A devastating presidential portrait in perhaps the most anticipated book of the year.
James Comey's polarizing account of the current state of affairs in Washington D.C.
Paragon of virtue or pettiness unbecoming a former FBI Director? You'll feel
unsettling anxiety as he shares accounts of his bizarre meetings with Donald Trump.
And you'll feel the weight of his ethical albatross surrounding the decision on the
Hillary Clinton e.mails. And nobody wins in the sad, seedy, salacious story about the
Russian prostitutes in the Moscow hotel suite. So ultimately, does 'Higher Loyalty'
demonize or humanize? You have 277 pages to decide for yourself. ~ Jen
To get a good idea of what Noir is like, take a classic hardboiled detective movie. Set it in a post WWII Los Angeles and mix in a governmental conspiracy. Finally, get the entire story narrated by Jack Black, and you might an idea of what Noir is like.
Packed full of wit, “dames,” and shadowy government agencies, Noir follows Sammy “Two-Toes” Tiffin, a down on his luck bartender who gets wrapped up in a whirlwind of bad decisions, from selling snake pee to sneaking into a top secret camp for the rich and powerful. With a cast of characters more colorful than a Jackson Pollock painting, Christopher Moore’s newest is guaranteed to keep you engaged to the last, hilarious word. ~ Ezra
File this one under "People actually live like this?!" or "I am so grateful my parents were normal," or "Holy crap, this woman can write." A stunning, unflinching memoir of self-determination, and flat-out stubborn curiosity. From the mountains of Idaho to the halls of Cambridge and Harvard, Westover slowly reveals her childhood with her extremist family, how this shaped (warped) her sense of self, and how she grew into her own person. This will join the canon of classic memoirs, to be taught in schools and marveled at for decades to come. ~ Dana
Reading and listening to Cold Mountain proved to be a transcendent experience. I felt that I was there. Varina conveys the intimate experience of being a prominent woman (the wife of Confederate “president” Jackson Davis) during the Civil War and the epic experience that resulted in most Southeners becoming fugitives or refugees. Frazier knows this place and time and these people. His gift is to help us remember our history-filled with anger, righteousness, and love. This necessary historical novel contains profound truths about our divisions and shared experiences. This story will take you there. ~ Dianne
Auntie Poldi is 60 years old and decides to permanently retire to Sicily—retire in more ways than one. Her plan is to drink herself to death with a view of the Mediterranean, but before she has a chance, a young man in her town is murdered. Poldi is suddenly caught up in the whirlwind of a murder investigation and finds herself meeting handsome detectives, German officials, and delving into the history of her sleepy town.
Poldi is like Miss Marple if Miss Marple had a penchant for swigging booze and flirting with policemen, and her gung-ho and viva la vida attitude makes her incredibly endearing. Interspersed with parties, Sicilian history, and strongly reminiscent of a Peter Mayle mystery. For Giordano’s first novel in English, it stands out as an incredibly enjoyable caper along the slopes of Mount Etna. ~ Ezra
NEW IN PAPERBACK! An unputdownable history of the women who painted the glow-in-the-dark faces on dials and watches in the 1920s, the horrific health issues the job caused, and the equally horrific legal battle that followed. Frustrating and unbelievable. For fans of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. ~ Dana
If Patricia Highsmith's Mr. Ripley and Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca had a love child, this is it - an evocative and stunning debut novel set in 1956 Tangier about a friendship gone awry. I read the first 100 pages in an hour, then slowed down to savor it, which is how it should be read. ~ Dana
This memoir is a series of essays that combine to deeply mine the riches and pitfalls of being a parent. Davies surmounts her own history and anxieties to raise a house full of children (and various critters). Her acceptance and critique of her own personality informs how difficult it is to be a parent under any circumstances. The attempts at giving her kids a “normal” upbringing alternate between laughter and heartbreak. Their situation is made all the harder by the presence of an autistic, sociopathic son. Anyone who is a parent or child would find some of their own truths shining through in this tough collection. ~Dianne
It’s time to be taken back in time to a Scotland different from the one you may know. In this one, bandits and witches hide in forests and knights live in castles where lords watch over their villages. In this Scotland, 12 year-old Drest lives with her five brothers and her father, and all of them are powerful warriors who roam the highlands with Drest in tow. But, when all of them are captured by a band of knights, Drest has no choice but to take a wounded knight captive and go to get her family back.
This one of the coolest kids’ books I’ve read in a long time, and I can only say that I’m really excited for the rest of the series to come. There were lots of points where I found myself sitting bolt upright while reading, completely invested in what happened to the brave Drest and her companions. This is one kids’ book you don’t want to miss, and the start of a brand new legend. ~ Ezra
Upon hearing Emily recite her poem “Varsity Athletics” several years ago at Wakefield High School, I found myself gasping at her courage. I knew that I needed to pay attention to this poet’s writing. Every poem in this collection braves the Upper Peninsula’s landscape instilling a sense of pride, wonder, and worry for all of its inhabitants and the land. She grew up here, she paid attention, and now gives back the gift of her insights. Many readers say something like “I don’t get it” when reading poetry. Those of us who are from remote rural places will find ourselves grateful for these poems. ~Dianne
Many people from the Roosevelt era knew that Eleanor had her companions and FDR had his. This well researched historical novel about Eleanor’s long term relationship with Lorena Hickock, told mostly fron Lorna’s point of view, gives us a more complete complex Eleanor. She was indeed a “Great Lady” as the public pronounced. But she also had a private life complicated by the judgments of her time and place. This is an intimate portrayal of an enduring relationship taking place during the vital times of the Depression and World War ll. It made me ponder the judgments and hypocrisies of our current political times. A great read with much to discuss. ~ Dianne