New Books in Bestsellers Collection for October
The Robert R. Muntz Library has recently added the following titles to the Bestsellers Collection. If you are in the mood for some recreational reading, feel free to browse the Bestsellers Collection in the library's reading area. The titles added for October are (in no particular order, with their call numbers):
- Nicholas Spark, The Lucky One (PS 3569 .P363 L83 2008). Read Sparks's 14th book, which tells the story of a man who finally finds love after a series of brushes with death.
- Peter Straub, Poe's Children: the new horror: an anthology (PS 648 .H6 P58 2008). This comes in just in time for Halloween. If you are in the mood for some horror fiction, pick this collection of contemporary horror from 25 great writers edited by Peter Straub. Some of the writers featured are Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Johathan Carroll.
- Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict (PS 3553 .O51165 B73 2008). Connelly's newest novel brings together two of his greatest characters: Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch. Publishers' Weekly calls this novel, "a beautifully executed crime thriller."
- Hooman Majd, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: the Paradox of Modern Iran (DS 318 .M35 2008). The educated son of an ayatollah looks at modern Iranian culture and politics in this well received account. Publishers' Weekly gave it a starred review and said it is a "critical but affectionate portrait of Iranian politics and culture" that "reads as if he is chatting with a smart friend, while strolling around Tehran." Houston's own mayor, Bill White, calls the book, "a witty, timely perspective on the nation posing the greatest challenge to our next President."
- Candace Bushnell, One Fifth Avenue (PS 3552 .U8229 O54 2008). Here's a new novel from the author of Sex and the City. Bushnell once again looks at New York City women sophisticates. USA Today says about the book, "its observations about money, the Internet, the function of art in society as wellas sex romps, social climbing and snobbery enhance Bushnell's reputation as an astute observer of modern life."
- Maya Angelou, Letter to my daughter (PS 3551 .N464 Z468 2008). The collection of stories and inspirational wisdom from one of America's greatest writers.
- Kim Osorio, Straight from The Source: an Expose from the Former Editor in Chief of the Hip-Hop Bible (PN 4874 .O787 A3 2008). The first female editor of The Source magazine gives you a front row look at the battles and scandals in hip-hop.
- Thomas L. Friedman, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution-- and How It Can Renew America (GE 195 .F75 2008). The new book from the author of the bestseller The World Is Flat takes a look at the U.S. losing its focus after 9/11 and the global environmental crisis.
- John Saul, Faces of Fear: A Novel (PS 3569 .A787 F33 2008). The police are searching for the Frankenstein killer, a serial killer who removes body parts from his female victims in this new thriller. Another selection just in time for Halloween.
- Robin Cook, Foreign Body (PS 3553 .O5545 F67 2008). Cook, a master of the medical thriller, now writes about a very timely topic: medical tourism. Medical tourism is a trend where Americans seek out cheaper medical treatment and surgery overseas.In the novel, Jennifer Hernandez, a 4th year medical student, flies to India to investigage the death of her grandmother in a New Dehli hospital. Grandma died during a hip replacement surgery. Hernandez finds an Indian medical establishment doing everything possible to avoid the negative publicity and an American HMO just dying to expose the missteps of medicine in the Third World.
- Judith A. Jance, Damage Control (PS 3560 .A44 D36 2008). Read the latest Joanna Brady mystery in Jance's 13th novel. Regarding Jance, Publishers' Weekly says, "Jance beautifully evokes the desert and towns of her beloved southwest as well as the strong individuals who live there."
- George P. Pelecanos, The Turnaround: A Novel (PS 3566 .E354 T87 2008). In 1972, three white boys drunk and high on weed decide to go to a poor Washington D.C. neighborhood to stir trouble. They confront three black kids, who leave one of the trouble seekers dead and the other badly beaten. The story moves to 2007 as the past comes back.
- Emily Giffin, Love the One You Are With (PS 3607 .I28 L68 2008). This is Giffin's fourth novel. According to Booklist, "Giffin’s fluid storytelling and appealing characters give her novels a warm, inviting air, and her fourth is no exception."
- Matt Taibbi, The Great Derangement: a Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire (E 902 .T345 2008). This one is just in time for the election season. Publishers' Weekly describes this book as follows: "With his trademark mordant wit, journalist Taibbi explores the black comedy of the American polis, where a citizenry shunted out of the political process seeks solace in conspiratorial weirdness and Internet-fueled mysticism." David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover, calls Matt Taibbi, "the best American journalism has to offer." This is a book that will make you laugh and get enraged, often at the same time.
- Ridley Pearson, Killer View (PS 3566 .E234 K55 2008). The New York Times bestselling author returns with his new thriller featuring Sheriff Walt Fleming.
- Stan Lauryssens, Dali & I: the surreal story (N 8660 .L38 A3 2008). This is a memoir of money and fraud in the art world and the relationship of an art dealer with one of the great art masters. In the words of Noah Charney, author of The Art Thief, "The art market is a dark circus of hope and deceit. Lauryssens provides us with an intimate portrait of Dalí, its mustachioed ringmaster: as eccentric as he is ingenious, as manipulative as he is fascinating."