February Additions to Best Sellers Collection
We have added the following titles to the Best Sellers collection this month.
- Douglas Preston, Blasphemy. Physicist Gregory North Hazelius is trying to discover new forms of energy, or so he claims. In reality, he is trying to talk to God. He is using Isabella, a giant supercollider particle accelerator for his project, and there are delays. The government sends agents to find out just what may be delaying Hazelius's work. And what exactly do a Navajo medicine man, a failed missionary pastor, a televangelist, and an ex-CIA agent have to do with all this? Read the novel that Library Journal praised as "highly recommended... Preston joins Michael Crichton as a master of suspenseful novels that tackle controversial issues in the realm of science."
- Barbara Delinsky, Secret Between Us. This novel is Delinsky's latest exploration of family dynamics, this time looking at the relationship between mother Deborah Monroe and her teen daughter Grace. Deborah's ultra-demanding father, her ex-husband, her son, her sister all come together to complicate her life as well. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel.”
- Luanne Rice, Light of the Moon. If you are still looking for a novel that explores the dynamic relationship of mothers and daughters, then Luanne Rice may be what you are looking for. In this book, anthropologist Susannah Connolly, moved by her mother's death, travels to the French Camargue in search of a mysterious saint linked to her family history. Meanwhile, journalist Grey Dempsey is struggling to raise his troubled daughter while dealing with a great loss of his own. And what's up with those mysterious Romany women?
- Kimberla Lawson Roby, Sin No More. Are you in the mood for some melodrama instead? The Reverend Curtis Black finally makes up with his wife Charlotte after having a five year affair. However, the mistress, Tabitha, is not about to leave the reverend alone as she demands attention for her and their child. Add some small town church politics to the mix and go from there.
- John Grisham, The Appeal. On the other hand, if you want a legal thriller, you can look for John Grisham's latest tale from the author that readers appreciate as the standard for legal thrillers. The tale is set in Mississippi and deals with a campaign for a state Supreme Court seat. The Washington Post calls it "chilling and timeless."
- Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane. Hannah launches an exploration into the dynamics of best friends in her latest book. Two women: one middle class, the other poor, one chooses marriage and motherhood, the other career and celebrity. Oh, and one of their husbands likes the other woman better, and the other has to deal with the fact her addict mother abandoned her. Read this book from the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake.
- Stephen King, Duma Key. Here is the latest from the master storyteller. King tells the story of Edgar Freemantle, a man who lost his arm in an accident. To add to his pain, his wife leaves him. After an arduous recovery, he decides to move to Florida from Minnesota to start anew. However, things are not destined to be peaceful when a new horror enters his life as a result of his new found passion for art. Publishers' Weekly calls it a "well-crafted tale of possession and redemption." If you liked Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption or Lisey's Story, you will enjoy this one.
- Jimmy Breslin, The Good Rat: A True Story. If you are more in a mood for true stories and some true crime, then this collection of mob anecdotes and stories may be just what you are looking for. Breslin writes about mistaken identities, crooked cops, and murders, and the narratives go from humorous (where do they get those nicknames?) to dark to horrifying.
- Liz Clarke, One Helluva Ride: How Nascar Swept the Nation. NASCAR is a billion dollar industry. Thousands of fans attend events every weekend from February to November every year across the nation. Liz Clarke has been covering this popular motorsport for fifteen years now, and she brings readers into the driver's seat with her account of NASCAR's rise and prominence. Here is what 1989 NASCAR champion, ESPN commentator and legend Rusty Wallace says about Liz Clarke and her work, "I’ve known Liz Clarke for a long time. She’s one of the most respected writers out there. One Helluva Ride gets off to an entertaining start, and it describes the 2001 Daytona 500 just as I remember it–a race that went from the all-time high of my life, coming back from tearing up the car and finishing third, to the all-time low of losing one of my best friends, Dale Earnhardt.”
- Michael Palmer, The First Patient. If you liked Palmer's previous bestseller, The Fifth Vial, then you may like this tale combining medical thriller and presidential politics. Country doctor Gabe Singleton is called upon by his old friend, U.S. President Andrew Stoddard. Dr. Singleton not only has to figure out what is the mysterious affliction plaguing the President, he also has to stop what may be a conspiracy against the President. Publishers Weekly says that "the roller-coaster ride of a plot builds to an undeniably shocking conclusion."
- Jack Higgins, The Killing Ground. From the man that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has dubbed, "the dean of intrigue novelists," comes this latest tale of terrorism and espionage. Higgins's character, Agent Sean Dillon, returns to confront Hussein Rashid, a middle eastern terrorist and assassin known as The Hammer of God. To complicate matters, Dillon has dealt with Rashid before, who not only has targeted the head of British Intelligence but also holds a personal grudge.
- Lisa Scottoline, Lady Killer. Philadelphia attorney Mary DiNunzio gets embroiled in local mafia troubles when her high school rival shows up in her office one day. Shortly after, Trish Gambone, the rival, disappears. Trish has been involved with Bobby Mancuso, a local dealer and mobster who abuses her. Interestingly enough, Mary at one point had a crush on the guy too. Now there is a race against time to solve the mystery as Mary is pressured by her old classmates to act. Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, a winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and also winner of Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Fiction Award.
- Sophie Kinsella, Remember Me? Ruthless businesswoman Lexi Smart takes a bump on the head and wakes up thinking it's 2001 and that she missed her father's funeral. It really is three years later, and Lexi tries to revive things with her husband, thinking it is still 2001, only to find from a lover that she in the process of leaving the husband for him anyways. Romance and office politics come together in this tale.
- Nick Taylor, American Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work. If you are looking for some history, this book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and it may be just what you need. FDR launched the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935 as part of the New Deal to fight the Great Depression. The WPA put people to work on various projects from dams to parks and roads to post offices. The book covers from the WPA's inception to its shutdown by Congress in 1943 once the industrial boom from World War II made the WPA unnecessary. The WPA had its triumphs and defeats, and you can read all about it in this great book. Kirkus Review says this of the book in their starred review, “Vividly rendered—a near-definitive account of one of the most massive government interventions into domestic affairs on American history…. The book is filled with plucky, fast-talking characters who by dint of charm and grit pulled themselves up by their bootstraps to participate.”