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Happy Thanksgiving, Snoopy! by Charles M. Schultz

Thanksgiving is not working out the way Charlie Brown expected this year. His Grandma had to cancel dinner and now he’s stuck at home. For Snoopy, it’s shaping up to be a pretty typical Turkey Day: He has no plans, and no one has invited him anywhere. He’s just going to play it ‘Joe Cool’ and pretend he’s not lonely. Luckily, Charlie Brown and friends realize that if they want any kind of Thanksgiving celebration they’re going to have to throw it themselves...at Joe Cool's ‘dorm!’ It’s a nontraditional Thanksgiving, spent with people they weren’t expecting to hang out with, but it’s one they’ll always be thankful for. After all, Thanksgiving is not really about what or where you eat, but about who you get to spend time with!

Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon - Format: Paperback - Price: $4.99

November 11th is Veteran's Day
It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan by Tracy Crow

This inspiring anthology is the first to convey the rich experiences and contributions of women in the American military in their own words—from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East.

Serving with the Union Army during the Civil War as a nurse, scout, spy, and soldier, Harriet Tubman tells what it was like to be the first American woman to lead a raid against an enemy, freeing some 750 slaves. Busting gender stereotypes, Josette Dermody Wingo enlisted as a gunner’s mate in the navy in World War II to teach sailors to fire Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns. Marine Barbara Dulinsky recalls serving under fire in Saigon during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and Brooke King describes the aftermath of her experiences outside the wire with the army in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In excerpts from their diaries, letters, oral histories, and pension depositions—as well as from published and unpublished memoirs—generations of women reveal why and how they chose to serve their country, often breaking with social norms, even at great personal peril.

Potomac Books 2017 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $32.95

November 10th is the 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street!
Love the Fur You're In: Monster Wit and Wisdom from Sesame Street

Wise and witty advice from Sesame Street—perfect for graduation gifts, commencement speeches, or anyone looking to celebrate Sesame Street's 50th anniversary!

Brought to you by Sesame Street and illustrated with 50 years of art from Sesame Street children's books, this is a wise and funny guide to life that's just right for fans of all ages, especially those who grew up with Sesame Street!

Written with great heart and great humor, this hardcover book contains advice for being true to one's self and living life with a Sesame Street perspective—finding that sunny day! Inside you'll find treasures like: "Get out in the rain and dance!" "Don't hide your light under a trashcan lid." "Be someone's Super Grover!"—and much, much more.

The rich, full-color art showcases classic characters such as Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count—as well as Prairie Dawn, Betty Lou, Biff and Sully, Sherlock Hemlock, Guy Smiley, and others.

The illustrations offer a look back across five decades of Sesame Street book art and give readers the opportunity to remember or discover a wide range of nostalgic art styles that took Sesame Street beyond television—and into the hands of generations of young book lovers.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street—a truly iconic part of our culture and an indelible part of growing up—with this gem of a book!

Random House Books for Young Readers 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $12.99

30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berline Wall, and The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Iain MacGregor

A powerful, fascinating, and groundbreaking history of Checkpoint Charlie, the famous military gate on the border of East and West Berlin where the United States confronted the USSR during the Cold War.

East Germany committed a billion dollars to the creation of the Berlin Wall in the early 1960s, an eleven-foot-high barrier that consisted of seventy-nine miles of fencing, 300 watchtowers, 250 guard dog runs, twenty bunkers, and was operated around the clock by guards who shot to kill. Over the next twenty-eight years, at least five thousand people attempted to smash through it, swim across it, tunnel under it, or fly over it.

In November 1989, the East German leadership buckled in the face of a civil revolt that culminated in half a million East Berliners demanding an end to the ban on free movement. The world’s media flocked to capture the moment which, perhaps more than any other, signaled the end of the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie had been the epicenter of global conflict for nearly three decades.

As the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Wall approaches in 2019, Iain MacGregor captures the essence of the mistrust, oppression, paranoia, and fear that gripped the world throughout this period.  Checkpoint Charlie  is about the nerve-wracking confrontation between the West and USSR, highlighting such important global figures as Eisenhower, Stalin, JFK, Nikita Khrushchev, Mao Zedung, Nixon, Reagan, and other politicians of the period. He also includes never-before-heard interviews with the men who built and dismantled the Wall; children who crossed it; relatives and friends who lost loved ones trying to escape over it; military policemen and soldiers who guarded the checkpoints; CIA, MI6, and Stasi operatives who oversaw operations across its borders; politicians whose ambitions shaped it; journalists who recorded its story; and many more whose living memories contributed to the full story of Checkpoint Charlie.

Scribner 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $30.00

The Zookeepers' War: An Incredible True Story from the Cold War by Ramachandra Guha

The unbelievable true story of the Cold War’s strangest proxy war, fought between the zoos on either side of the Berlin Wall.

Living in West Berlin in the 1960s often  felt  like living in a zoo, everyone packed together behind a wall, with the world always watching. On the other side of the Iron Curtain, the East Berlin zoo was spacious and lush, a socialist utopia where everything was perfectly planned...and then rarely successfully finished.

Berlin’s two zoos quickly became symbols of the divided city’s two halves. And so no one was terribly surprised when the head zookeepers on either side started an animal arms race—rather than stockpiling nuclear warheads, competing to have the most pandas and hippos. Soon, state funds were being quietly diverted to give these new animals lavish welcomes worthy of visiting dignitaries. West German presidential candidates were talking about zoo policy on the campaign trail. And eventually politicians on both side of the Wall became  convinced  that if  their  zoo were proved to be inferior, then that would mean their country’s whole ideology was too.

A quirky piece of Cold War history unlike anything you’ve heard before,  The Zookeepers’ War  is an epic tale of desperate rivalries, human follies, and an animal-mad city in which zookeeping became a way of continuing politics by other means.

Simon & Schuster 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.00

October 2nd was Gandhi's 150th Birthday
Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha

Opening in July 1914, as Mohandas Gandhi leaves South Africa to return to India,  Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1918  traces the Mahatma’s life over the three decades preceding his assassination. Drawing on new archival materials, acclaimed historian Ramachandra Guha follows Gandhi’s struggle to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India’s Hindus and Muslims, to end the pernicious practice of untouchability, and to nurture India’s economic and moral self-reliance. He shows how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence that successfully challenged British authority and would influence revolutionary movements throughout the world. A revelatory look at the complexity of Gandhi’s thinking and motives, the book is a luminous portrait of not only the man himself, but also those closest to him—family, friends, and political and social leaders.

Vintage Books 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $20.00

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November New Releases
Fiction
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

“If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am,” says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex—a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister--feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra.

As Barbra fends off Alex’s unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex’s brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary’s wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor’s history, they must figure out a way to move forward—with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.

All This Could Be Yours is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to—maybe, hopefully—break free. With her signature “sparkling prose” ( Marie Claire ) and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.00

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

From the  New York Times  bestselling author of  The Night Circus,  a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Doubleday 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.95

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (signed copies available!)

Kevin Wilson’s best book yet—a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.

Ecco 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton

Fifty years after  The Andromeda Strain  made Michael Crichton a household name—and spawned a new genre, the technothriller—the threat returns, in a gripping sequel that is terrifyingly realistic and resonant.

The Evolution is Coming.

In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated   The Andromeda Strain— killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the world from an epidemic of unimaginable proportions. In the moments before a catastrophic nuclear detonation, they succeeded.

In the ensuing decades, research on the microparticle continued. And the world thought it was safe…

Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrain-mapping drone has detected a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the deadly microparticle.

With this shocking discovery, the next-generation Project Wildfire is activated, and a diverse team of experts hailing from all over the world is dispatched to investigate the potentially apocalyptic threat.

But the microbe is growing—evolving. And if the Wildfire team can’t reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.

Harper 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $29.99

Nonfiction
With All Due Respect by Nikki R. Haley

A revealing, dramatic, deeply personal book about the most significant events of our time, written by the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley is widely admired for her forthright manner (“With all due respect, I don’t get confused”), her sensitive approach to tragic events, and her confident representation of America’s interests as our Ambassador to the United Nations during times of crisis and consequence.

In this book, Haley offers a first-hand perspective on major national and international matters, as well as a behind-the-scenes account of her tenure in the Trump administration.

This book reveals a woman who can hold her own—and better—in domestic and international power politics, a diplomat who is unafraid to take a principled stand even when it is unpopular, and a leader who seeks to bring Americans together in divisive times.

St. Martin's Press 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $29.99

Eat. Play. Love: Life Lessons From My Dog by Emma Block

Friendship can be easy

Whoever coined the phrase "a dog's life" should've tried the lifestyle first! What's  not  to love when every meal is a feast, every errand is an adventure, and every day, you wake up to see your  very favorite  person? Let artist Emma Block's adorable pooches win you over with 100 heartwarming life lessons, like:

  • You are never too old to play.
  • Don’t be afraid to get messy.
  • Overcome fear with love.
  • Try anything once!

Live  better —live like your dog!

The Experiment 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $12.95

How to Land on Your Feet: Life Lessons From My Cat by Jamie Shelman

Why spend one life worrying . . . when you could spend nine lives napping?

Take it from artist Jamie Shelman's wry and furry felines: Cats work reasonable hours (zero), love wisely (from a distance), and live boldly (until someone starts vacuuming). Don't go without these 100 sage lessons:

  • Be especially attentive to the one person who doesn’t like you.
  • Get away with murder by looking cute.
  • Ignore anyone who doesn't worship you.
  • Be pleased with your achievements, however small.
  • The best solution to a problem is a nap.

Live  better —live like your cat!

The Experiment 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $12.95

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas History That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade

In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred about 200-250 Texans who had been trapped in a tiny adobe church in San Antonio for thirteen days. American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start.

The devastating loss galvanized the surviving Texans. Under General Sam Houston, a maverick with a rocky past, the tiny army of settlers rallied. Just one month after the massacre, the underdog Texans soundly defeated the "Napoleon of the West" (as Santa Anna styled himself) at the Battle of San Jacinto. They secured the independence of the land their friends had died for.

In his now trademark fashion, Brian Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, and brings the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Thanks to Kilmeade's storytelling, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamo.

Sentinel 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.00

Southern Women: More Than 100 Stories of Innovators, Artists, and Icons by Garden & Gun Editors

For too long, the Southern woman has been synonymous with the Southern belle, a “moonlight and magnolias” myth that gets nowhere close to describing the strong, richly diverse women who have thrived because of—and in some cases, despite of—the South. No more.  Garden & Gun ’s  Southern Women: More than 100 Stories of Trail Blazers, Visionaries, and Icons  obliterates that stereotype by sharing the stories of more than 100 of the region’s brilliant women, groundbreakers who have by turns embraced the South’s proud traditions and overcome its equally pervasive barriers and challenges.

Through interviews, essays, photos, and illustrations these remarkable chefs, musicians, actors, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, and public servants will offer a dynamic portrait of who the Southern woman is now. The voices of bona fide icons such as Sissy Spacek, Leah Chase, and Loretta Lynn join those whose stories for too long have been overlooked or underestimated, from the pioneering Texas rancher Minnie Lou Bradley to the Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quilter Mary Margaret Pettway—all visionaries who have left their indelible mark not just on Southern culture, but on America itself.

By reading these stories of triumph, grit, and grace, the ties that bind the sisterhood of Southern women emerge: an unflinching resilience and resourcefulness, an inherent love of the land, a singular style and wit. And while the wisdom shared may be rooted in the Southern experience, the universal themes are sure to resonate beyond the Mason-Dixon.

HarperWave 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $35.00

Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal—some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate’s bestselling novel  Before We Were Yours  and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach

From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents—hiding the fact that many weren’t orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.

The publication of Lisa Wingate’s novel  Before We Were Yours  brought new awareness of Tann’s lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.

Before and After  includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Christie and Wingate tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children’s Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.

Ballantine Books 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $25.00

Children's Fiction
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

In  Wrecking Ball,  Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?

Amulet Books 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $14.99

The Crayons' Christmas by Drew Daywalt

'Tis the season for all of us to write our holiday wishlists. But everyone—even the crayons—know the best presents are the ones that you give. In this unique book, readers get to see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the holidays. With real, folded letters from the Crayons that you can pull from their envelopes and read, games, punch-out ornaments, a poster, and a pop-up tree, this book is the perfect gift for fans of  The Day the Crayons Quit  and  The Day the Crayons Came Home .

Penguin Workshop 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $19.99

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush (signed copies available!)

A lovely, lyrical ode to the magic of sisterhood by beloved former first daughters and bestselling authors Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.

A young girl's wish is granted when a new sister arrives. While the baby can't do much, over time the big and little siblings become inseparable, playing and dancing, imagining and laughing. By each other's sides, they are smarter, kinder, and braver than they ever thought they could be. And they are forever sisters first.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $18.99

The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith

The Wonky Donkey  has a daughter in this hilarious sequel to the runaway hit!

Wonky Donkey had a child,
it was a little girl.
Hee Haw!

The laugh-out-loud follow-up to the viral sensation  The Wonky Donkey  is finally here! Featuring playful verses by Craig Smith and charming illustrations by Katz Cowley,  The Dinky Donkey  follows the same formula that made its predecessor a worldwide hit. Readers will love the antics of this stinky punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky funky blinky dinky donkey!

Scholastic Inc. 2019  - Format: Paperback - Price: $7.99

Staff Picks
Jill Recommends...
Animals Reviewed: Starred Ratings of our Feathered, Finned, and Furry Friends by Association of Zoos and Aquariums

A hilarious sendup of online reviews. This will make a great stocking stuffer for anyone one your holiday list!

Timber Press  2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $9.95

Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee

One of my favorite SF romances of all time!



Baen Publishing Enterprises  2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $8.99

Melissa Recommends...
The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand

18-year-old Cassandra is adopted, and when faced with the possibility of losing her mom, she becomes curious about her birth mother. Both Cass's story and that of her 16-year-old birth mother (told through letters she wrote to her unborn daughter) are captivating and highlight Cass's search for the meaning of family in a way that any reader can relate to. Will appeal to fans of Robin Benway's Far from the Tree.


HarperTeen 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $17.99

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

As much as I love a good enemies-to-lovers or friends-to-lovers romance, it was nice to read this one about the struggles of maintaining an existing relationship. Romance is usually an escapism read for me, but this book made me feel seen in a way I wasn't expecting and that was refreshing.





Berkley Books 2019  - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.00

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

While you might pick this book up because of the dragons and revolution, Munda's real accomplishment is in her wonderfully flawed and complex characters. This is not a straight good vs. evil story, and that is reflected in the difficult decisions the characters have to make, and how their morals affect those decisions.





G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $18.99

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Joel desperately wants to be a Rithmatist -- part of a select order that can bring chalk drawings to life to battle wild chalkings and keep the human race safe. But since he's not, Joel spends his time learning everything he can about Rithmatics and befriends an outcast professor and another student, who end up helping him in his own battle. This well-plotted story is perfect for all sorts of readers -- the math geek, the fantasy lover, and the sucker for happy endings. It grabbed me from the very beginning and ended with a goofy grin on my face, despite my strong desire for a sequel.

Tor Books 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $14.99

Grace Anne Recommends...
The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

I read a lot of historical fiction, but this quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list. The majority of WWII fiction revolves around the camps, but this gave a new perspective - the kindertransports system, run by Truus, a woman unable to bear children herself who is determined to get all of the Jewish children safely out of Austria. It's one of those rare books with multiple storylines that keeps you engrossed in every single page, and leaves you in awe of the people who fought not only for their own lives, but for the lives of every single person that they possibly could. This book will keep you hooked until the final page, and will make you hold the kids in your life a bit more tightly.

Harper 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.99

All the Greys of Greene Street by Laura Tucker

It had been a while since I'd read a middle grade book, but I could not have loved All the Greys on Greene Street more. Sweet, funny, heartbreaking, and healing, it tells the story of Olympia, the daughter of artists who doesn't know what to do when her dad disappears overnight and her mom stops getting out of bed. It's hard to believe that this is a debut. With the honest charm that comes with a twelve-year-old narrator, this book delivered in every area - great characters, a bit of mystery, beautiful writing, and a realistic look at mental illness. A great read for anyone of any age.

Viking Books for Young Readers 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $17.99

Lee Recommends...
Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex

Both humorous and educational, this should be a rallying cry for a world wide petition to give Pluto honorary status as a planet. Just saying.





Beach Lane Books 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $17.99

Volunteer Picks
Brent Recommends...
Blue Moon by Lee Child

OK, disclaimer: I'm a 'Reacherholic.' And for those who share my obsession with the Reacher series, this one will not disappoint. It has all of the standard elements: the good guys in need of help, the bad guys, the really bad guys, and the really really bad guys, not to mention the femme fatale. But Reacher fans, you need to read this one and let me know if I am reading something into it that isn't there. Reacher isn't himself. This is a darker Jack Reacher; a more brooding, more violent, more intense Reacher than we have seen before. Maybe all this time on the road is changing him, and it may not be for the better. I'm worried about Jack Reacher!

Delacorte Press 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.99

The Deserter by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille

This is an outstanding collaboration between Nelson DeMille and his son. It is a cleverly conceived and well written tale that takes us into the back country of Venezuela as army investigators Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor track a high profile army deserter, Kyle Mercer deep into the heart of the jungle in order to bring him to justice. Mercer has become a killer and renegade with a mission to deliver fatal payback to his former army leaders, and as we learn the reasons behind his quest for vengeance, it becomes obvious that this isn't a simple man-hunt. This is a non-stop action thriller with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat while at the same time, rock you back with laughter from the pithy and acerbic humor that only DeMille can deliver. A top notch read!

Simon & Schuster 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.99

The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon is a gifted storyteller who takes us on a journey that begins in 1940's Auschwitz and ends in South America in 1962. While not typically a fan of period fiction, I found myself transfixed by this one. With the lushness of his words, combined with the intricate and fast paced action from start to finish this book was hard to put down. The relationship developed between Aaron Wiley, a young CIA agent in 1962 and nephew of a famed Nazi hunter and Hanna, daughter of a notorious Nazi war criminal is artfully crafted with layers of intimacy, intrigue and complexity. This book can be emotionally exhausting and the unexpected ending will remain with you long after the book as been finished. This is a powerful piece of fiction.

Atria Books 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.00

November Road by Lou Berney

Don't make the mistake of considering this a work of historical fiction (it is, set against and intertwined with the assassination of JFK). Don't consider it a suspense novel (it is, with Frank Guidry on the run for his life from a ruthless assassin and an organized crime boss with contacts everywhere, who are pursuing Frank for what he might know or have done in relation to the killing of JFK), and by no means consider it a love story (although, implausibly it becomes one when Frank falls for a young woman traveling with her two small children, and on the run for reasons of her own). This book is most simply a story, and one that is exceptionally well told. Lou Berney has crafted a very compelling tale with very human and relatable characters, each with their own flaws, secrets, dreams and desires. There are ups and downs, twists and turns, but mostly it's the story that grabs hold of you and keeps you turning the pages to the very end. This book was a joy to read.

William Morrow 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $15.99

Linda Recommends...
Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King Conroy

Cassandra King Conroy tells a compelling story of her courtship and marriage to Pat Conroy. As you can imagine, being with him was never boring, and Cassandra has the stories to prove it. Filled with laughter as well as tears, you will be carried through the ups and downs of Pat's life like the tidal current of Pat's beloved Battery Creek outside his Beaufort home. As hard as it is to read about Pat's sickness and death, Cassandra writes about it with compassion and love. Her words from the heart are truly beautiful. 

William Morrow 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $24.99

Nancy M. Recommends...
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs is an intoxicating novel, cleverly written, disturbing, yet vibrant, with just enough suspense to keep your interest from the beginning. It is told from 3 points of view in both the past and the present. For Libby the day has finally arrived. She turned 25 and the lawyers for her trust have told her she has inherited an empty mansion in Chelsea, a mansion that has quite a story attached. Lucy is a young single mother of two who is living in France and is definitely very down on her luck. She is living on the streets with her kids and about all we know at the beginning of the novel is that there was an alert on her phone that the baby is 25. Henry tells us about the past – when the new people arrive at his home and stay. No one knew what was going on behind those closed doors so many years ago… how four children were imprisoned and broken and then released…damaged, lost, and warped. No one realizes the strength of the bond those children formed and under the circumstances this bond was formed. Some good twists and turns, a complex plot, and a surprise ending make this story a must read.

Atria Books 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.00

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

Who knows better how to manipulate someone for their own nefarious purpose than a psychiatrist who understands when a person is damaged and vulnerable because of past trauma. That is the premise of An Anonymous Girl , a terrific psychological thriller with a complex plot that is both sick and twisted. Jessica Farris lies her way into what she thinks is a psychological study on ethics and morality conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Shields because she needs the money. She quickly comes to greatly admire Dr. Shields (because Dr. Shields knows how to manipulate her) and doesn’t realize that she is being used to help Dr. Shields build a case against her cheating husband. You won’t want to miss this one.

St. Martin's Griffin 2019  - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.99

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