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Week of June 4, 2012

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Week of June 4, 2012

In the intriguing thriller THE SIXES by Kate White, a secret circle of really mean girls --- the dark side of female empowerment --- becomes the nemesis of a gutsy journalist heroine. From the bestselling author of HUSH and the Bailey Weggins mystery series.

While in THE WINTERS BLOOM by Lisa Tucker, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be. Yet they have always feared that the life they created was destined to be disrupted. And on one perfectly average summer day, it is: their son, Michael, disappears from his own backyard.

Blind Goddess: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne Holt - Mystery


A dead drug dealer is discovered on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Within days, Hansa Larsen, a lawyer of the shadiest kind, is found shot to death, and police officers Håkon Sand and Hanne Wilhelmsen establish a link between the two crimes and uncover a massive network of corruption leading to the highest levels of government.

The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe - Fiction


Grace’s life is slowly unraveling, and dreams of having a family seem hopeless. With the start of a new year, Grace does something bold: she opens a café where women can come together, bridging cultural divides to share in each other’s triumphs and pain. But with the crumbling of her marriage, the café becomes more of a burden than an escape.

The Craving: A Novel of the Pack by Jason Starr - Thriller


After some personal troubles, Simon Burns turned things around with the help of a new group of friends. They were stay-at-home dads like himself --- but there was something “off” about them, and he found himself slowly changing. Simon isn't the man he once was. He's a member of the pack. And once you're in, it's impossible to get out...

The Cut by George Pelecanos - Thriller


THE CUT is the first book in a series starring recent Iraqi vet-turned-private-investigator Spero Lucas, who recovers stolen property for the clients of a defense attorney for a 40% cut. But he comes upon a web of corruption that even the enticement of the cut cannot top.

Damage Control by John Gilstrap - Thriller


A bus full of teenagers on a church mission are held hostage, and the ransom demands are explicit: deliver three million dollars --- with zero involvement from law enforcement --- or all captives will be executed. Rescue specialist Jonathan Grave must face the chilling possibility that someone within the U.S. government has a deadly secret to protect --- one that could jeopardize national security like never before.

Daughters of the Revolution by Carolyn Cooke - Fiction


In 1968, a clerical mistake threatens the prestigious but cash-strapped Goode School in the small New England town of Cape Wilde. After a century of all-male, old-boy education, the school accidentally admits its first female student: a brilliant, outspoken, 15-year-old black girl whose arrival will have both an immediate and long-term effect on the prep school and everyone in its orbit.

Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris by David King - True Crime


This is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer.

The Drop by Michael Connelly - Thriller


Nearing the end of his career, Harry Bosch wants cases more than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Meanwhile, Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window, and Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Bosch handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries.

The Hand That Trembles by Kjell Eriksson - Mystery


A Swedish county commissioner disappears, and many years later, one of the town’s natives is convinced that he’s caught a glimpse of the missing man while traveling in Bangalore, India. Meanwhile, Ann Lindell is investigating a case of a severed female foot found where a striking number of inhabitants are single men --- and the two cases may be crucially connected.

The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood - Romantic Suspense


While jogging in a park nearby, Dr. Ellie Sullivan witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter's face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the case --- he’s definitely not the ideal man Ellie always imagined, yet she's attracted to him in a way she can't explain.

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister - Fiction

In this moving tale, Kate throws a party for her female friends to celebrate her cancer recovery. Together they strike a bargain: Kate will do something that has always terrified her (white-water rafting) if each woman will accomplish one challenging task Kate chooses for her.

Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic - Memoir


Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling and “ridiculously good” life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Nick eagerly spreads his central message: the most important goal is to find your life’s purpose and to never give up, despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in your way.

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly - Fiction


THE LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS explores the imagined lives of Jo March’s descendants --- three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March. This novel will speak to anyone who has ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her.

Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays by Siri Hustvedt - Essays


LIVING, THINKING, LOOKING brings together 32 essays written between 2006 and 2011, in which Siri Hustvedt culls insights from philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis and literature. The book is divided into three sections: the essays in Living draw directly from Hustvedt’s life; those in Thinking explore memory, emotion and the imagination; and the pieces in Looking are about visual art.

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma - Historical Fantasy


Three love stories set in Victorian England are held together by one person: H.G. Wells and his book, THE TIME MACHINE. Wells is called upon to investigate and help perpetuate incidents of time travel. But he finds himself pondering questions about the future and whether it’s possible to change not only the future but also our lives in the process.

Misery Bay: An Alex McKnight Novel by Steve Hamilton - Mystery


Alex McKnight knows all about evil, having faced down a madman who killed his partner and left a bullet next to his heart. But nothing could have prepared him for the darkness he’s about to face, when a simple quest to find a few answers about a suicide turn into a nightmare of sudden violence, bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless killer.

The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner - Mystery


Autumn Reiniger expects something special for her 21st birthday. Her father signs up her and five friends for an “ultimate urban reality” game: a simulated drug deal, manhunt and jailbreak. It’s a high-priced version of cops and robbers, which is convenient for the gang of real kidnappers zeroing in on their target and a mammoth payday.

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell - Fiction


Margo Crane is just 14 years old when her world begins to unravel, starting with the death of her beloved grandfather. When the unimaginable happens, 16-year-old Margo takes a rifle and hits the Stark River in her rowboat. In search of her mother, she discovers much more.

The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne - Thriller


An ancient mystery linked to religious dogma, coded messages and fallen angels who wander the earth are the crux of THE PARADISE PROPHECY. Government agent Bernadette Callahan and religious historian Sebastian “Batty” LaLaurie race against time to decode an archaic text and try to defeat diabolical forces bent on destroying mankind.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Science Fiction/Thriller


At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a genre-busting debut --- part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

The Sixes by Kate White - Thriller


A secret circle of really mean girls --- the dark side of female empowerment --- becomes the nemesis of a gutsy journalist heroine in this intriguing thriller from the bestselling author of HUSH and the Bailey Weggins mystery series.

Silent Enemy by Tom Young - Thriller


Four years after the events of THE MULLAH’S STORM, jihadists strike the Afghan National Police training center in Kabul, killing many and wounding others. The injured are loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy bound for Germany, but once airborne, the commander, Major Michael Parson, receives a message. The jihadists have placed bombs on some planes leaving Afghanistan, and the Galaxy is one of them. If Parson tries to descend, the bomb will go off.

The Soldier's Wife by Joanna Trollope - Fiction


Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees these reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can’t?

Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir by Oscar Hijuelos - Memoir


Born to Cuban immigrants in 1951, Oscar Hijuelos introduces readers to the colorful circumstances of his upbringing. The son of a Cuban hotel worker and exuberant poetry-writing mother, his story, played out against the backdrop of a working-class neighborhood, takes on an even richer dimension when his relationship with his family and culture changes forever.

To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal - Fiction

Judith Whitman always believed in a certain kind of love, but she has only experienced it once. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor, and marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. Twenty years later, Judith’s marriage is full of secrets, and she holds the phone number of the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him.

Untold Story by Monica Ali - Fiction


As what-if novels go, this sensitive thriller --- a highly marketable offering from a Booker Prize-shortlisted author --- is a bombshell...a blonde bombshell. It features a royal personage with a strong resemblance to Diana, Princess of Wales, who fakes her own death and takes up ordinary life in small-town America.

The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman -


Austin, Texas therapist Victoria Vick has been contacted by a man who believes his situation is unique. But as he reveals himself to her slowly and cryptically, she becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions --- he is a scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible.

The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker - Fiction


Together for over a decade, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be. Yet they have always feared that the life they created was destined to be disrupted. And on one perfectly average summer day, it is: their son, Michael, disappears from his own backyard.