Additions to Bestsellers Collection, just in time for summer reading
Here is a list of new additions to the Bestsellers Collection. Remember you can browse the bestsellers in the reading area of the library's second floor. Fiction titles:
- Christopher Bohjalian has published his 12th novel: Skeletons at the Feast. This time, he is writing about German refugees during World War II fleeing West as the Russian army advances on them. Marvin Minkler of The North Star Daily writes about this book, "Chris Bohjalian has written his finest novel to date, set against the brutal, waning days of World War Two in Eastern Germany....Skeletons at the Feast is Bohjalian's masterpiece. The power of the narrative will stay with the reader long after it is put down. Inspired by an actual World War II diary the author read, it will stand as one of the best novels ever written about one of the most brutal periods in history." The book's call number is PS 3552 .O495 S58 2008.
- Dean R. Koontz is back with Odd Hours. The New York Times said of the book: “The nice young fry cook with the occult powers is Koontz’s most likable creation.” This book has the call number PS 3561 .O55 O3 2008.
- If you are in the mood for a love story, Jude Deveraux offers Secrets: A Novel. Cassandra Madden becomes the nanny for widower Jefferson Ames. Things become chaotic when shots ring out of Althea Fairmont's house, the actress. What are the secrets keeping Cassandra and Jeff apart? Find out in this book with the call number PS 3554 .E9273 S43 2008. This is what Booklist had to say about the book: "Deveraux gives her fans a sweet love story filled with twists and turns as her heroine changes from victim to a woman in charge of her own destiny."
- Maybe you feel like some short fiction. How about some short fiction with cops and criminals? Michael Connelly edits Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals and the Chase. This anthology features 19 new tales by various writers in settings from Hawaii to L.A. to the Civil War to the present day. Call number for this book is PS 648 .D4 M97 2008.
- If you want a global thriller, David Baldacci's The Whole Truth may be what you seek. Nicolas Creel is the head of the Ares Corporation, the world's biggest defense contractor. Dick Pender is the man in charge of managing Ares Corporation's image. And that is just for openers. The book is listed under call number PS 3552 .A446 W48 2008.
- Jeffrey Archer pays homage to The Count of Montecristo in his new novel A Prisoner of Birth. Four high class friends decide to frame Danny Cartwright, a poor and illiterate fellow, for a murder he did not commit. Danny gets a 22 year sentence, but with some help he manages to escape to get his revenge. Time Magazine has praised Archer as "a master entertainer.” Find this book under call number PR 6051 .R285 P66 2008.
- Jodi Picault brings us Change of Heart: A Novel. When a convicted murderer wishes to donate his heart, it creates complications for the execution. Add to this that the person needing the organ donation is the sister of the victim he killed eleven years ago. Call number for this book is PS 3566 .I372 C47 2008.
- Renowned author Kenneth C. Davis takes us on a new tour of American history in America's Hidden History: untold tales of the first pilgrims, fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation. Did you know the story of the first real Pilgrims in America, who were wine-making French Huguenots, not dour English Separatists? Read about it here. Find Davis's book under call number E 178 .D26 2008.
- Learn about one of the most famous movie companies of all time in The Pixar Touch: the making of a company by David A. Price. This is the company behind such hits as Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Even Alvy Ray Smith, co-founder of Pixar, praises this book when he says, “It’s quite a story, and David Price has finally got it right, it’s details and the players. This is the definitive history of Pixar.” Find it under call number NC 1766 .U52 P75 2008.
- Bestselling science writer Mary Roach looks at the science behind sex in Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Roach, author of books like Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers has been called "the funniest science writer in the country" by Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker. Find Bonk under call number QP 251 .R568 2008.
- Arthur Herman writes about two of the greatest men of the 20th century and their rivalry, a rivalry that led to the end of an Empire and the birth of two new nations. Read all about it in Gandhi & Churchill : the epic rivalry that destroyed an empire and forged our age. According to The Wall Street Journal, “the rivalry between Winston Churchill and Mohandas Gandhi could hardly have been played for higher stakes. The future of British India hung upon the outcome of their 20-year struggle…. As one might expect from the author of To Rule the Waves, a fine history … Mr. Herman has researched Gandhi & Churchill meticulously and written it fluently.” Find this book under call number DA 47.9 .I4 H47 2008.
- Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News, brings us the stories of American influential women in her new book Ladies of liberty : the women who shaped our nation. Find this book under call number E 176 .R65 2008.
- If you are a music fan, or you just want to read a biography, former Texas Monthly writer Joe Nick Patoski looks at the life of an American icon in Willie Nelson : an epic life. Library Journal's review states that "Patoski infuses his biography of Willie Nelson with an encyclopedic knowledge of Texas history that deftly illuminates the depth of influence the land and people of Texas had in shaping Nelson." This book's call number is ML 420 .N4 P38 2008.
- Learn about the highest court in the land in The nine : inside the secret world of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. The book surveys the court from the Reagan Presidency forward. Find it under call number KF 8748 .T66 2007.
- Finally, if you want a real life crime case that reads like a fictional thriller, then you may want to read Twisted triangle : a famous crime writer, a lesbian love affair, and the FBI husband's violent revenge by Caitlin Rother. The book tells "the compelling true story of Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent whose jealous, vengeful husband, Gene Bennett, a former undercover FBI agent, kidnapped and attempted to murder her after she had a secret love affair with best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell." Pulitzer-winning journalist Marcus Stern praises it as follows: "Hitchcock wishes he'd dreamed it up. Capote wishes he'd written it." Find this thriller under the call number HV 6250 .W65 R68 2008.