New Releases

New Books-April 2012

Listed below are just a few of the new titles we have on our shelves. Please stop by and see what’s new in April!

The Expats by Chris Pavone.

Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.
She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done—playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry. Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she’s not allowed to know. He’s becoming distant and evasive; she’s getting lonely and bored.
Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and she’s terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.
Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.

The Blind Spy by Alex Dryden.

The brilliant new international thriller by the modern spy master. Russia's intentions are aggressive. They want to control more of Europe. The Kremlin is threatening to invade Ukraine, a country vital to the West's oil and gas supplies. On the ground, in the seething pit of rumour and fear that is the city of Odessa, on the shore of the Black Sea, two top secret agents are searching for ways to prevent the horrors of invasion and war. Anna Resnikov, ex KGB, and Logan Patterson must negotiate the knife-edge of diplomacy and intimidation that pervades every corner of every street, cafe and back ally. They need information, the gold currency of espionage. The CIA is exerting heavy muscle and MI6 is influencing hearts and minds and both have their own agendas. Are there assassins on Anna and Logan's tail? And will they get to them before they uncover the identity of the deep, deep throat, known as the Blind Spy, who seems to have all the answers?

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. 

Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?
From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.

All in Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home by by Tara Kuczykowski and Mandi Ehman.

A few dollars wasted here, a few minutes lost there...it all adds up, and soon you're stretched thin, stressed out, and wishing you had more free time and financial resources for the important things, like your family-and yourself. These authors know-as busy moms with nine children between them, they've been there! It's time to get your house- and schedule-in order. The secret to streamlining your life is in the timing.

FIND OUT THE SMARTEST TIMING FOR getting a haircut * flipping a mattress * buying a grill * taking a family vacation * filling the gas tank * buying (and applying) sunscreen * stocking a gift closet * seeing the dentist * getting a mammogram * buying a bike (and learning to ride) * filling a prescription * and much more

PLUS: LEARN THE SECRETS TO CUTTING YOUR GROCERY BILL WITH OR WITHOUT CLIPPING COUPONS

New Books - January 2012

These just in!!!

We just got a pile of new book arrivals…which are just now being catalogued & processed…but, it’s NOT too soon to get your name on the HOLD list!

James Patterson’s Private #1 Suspect has arrived, as well as Gideon’s Corpse from the Preston/Child team and the latest from Nevada Barr, The Rope.

Here are a few other suggestions, fiction AND non-fiction from writers who might not…yet…be household names!

The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi. Michael Connelly says, “This story screams high tension, high states, and high velocity.”  From the book’s dust jacket: “Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and thirteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls’ bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found. The Whisperer is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also utterly unputdownable.” An international best-seller that won five international literary prizes and has been sold in nearly twenty countries, you’ll want to put this one on your reading list! Translated from the Italian.

The Rook: On Her Majesty’s Supernatural Secret Service by Daniel O’Malley. A “Rook” is a high-level operative in a secret government agency that protects the world against supernatural threats. Myfanwy Thomas awakens in a London Park surrounded by dead bodies and with no memory of who she is or what she might be doing there. Her only clue is a letter in her hand which reads, “Dear You. The body you are wearing used to be mine.” She has to follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and escape those who want to destroy her. One reviewer says it is, “Harry Potter meets Ghostbusters meets War of the Worlds. The Rook is a scintillating supernatural swashbuckler, replete with spores, slime, and unrelenting suspense-and with three intrepid heroines (two of them sharing the same body.” Give it a try!

Break Down by Sara Paretsky. Fans of Chicago’s V.I. Warshawski won’t want to miss the latest in the series! A group of tweenage girls, who happen to come from Chicago’s most powerful families, enact an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery in imitation of a shape-shifting fictional character. There’s a problem…there’s a fresh dead body there, stabbed through the heart, vampire-style. For P.I. V.I. Warshawski, questions multiply faster than answers and answers are hard to come by. The Chicago Sun Times says, “Warshawski presents and irresistible combination – a cranky, vulnerable woman with a messy life, but a superhuman willingness to put herself in harm’s way for the sake of justice. She’s like Spider-Man with a P.I. license.”

Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank. From the dust jacket: “In Pity the Billionaire, Thomas Frank, the great chronicler of American paradox, describes what he calls the ‘hard-times swindle’: the sleight of hand that has caused dire economic circumstances to yield wildly unexpected political results. Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wicked sense of humor, he gives us the first full account of the political alchemy that transformed disillusionment into orthodoxy, changed despair into profit and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous.

WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? by John Yates. Jon Yates is the “official problem solver of the Chicago Tribune and one of America’s leading consumer advocates. Say you’re being overcharged on your electric bill…or your insurance denies a claim you know it oughta pay…or the airline won’t reimburse you for lost luggage…or some similar travail. THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!! Packed with tips, strategies and dozens of real life success stories, this book can enable you to SOLVE your problems!

These are only a few of the newly arrived. Visit us soon and check out something NEW!

New Arrivals January 2012

New Movies in January!

A new stack of DVD's just arrived....Beginners, The Borgias, Attack The Block, Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Tree of Life, Barney's Version, Cold Weather, The Guard, and Margin Call. Stop by and check out our selection or go online and place a hold on them and we'll call you when they're ready!

New Arrivals December 2011

These just in…put them on HOLD for yourself!

Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell. The name may be familiar because you’ve read other of his Shane Scully, LAPD detective novels, or because you’ve seen it in connection with television shows like The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Hunter and The Comish. In Vigilante, Scully finds himself in competition with a reality t.v. show to solve the murder of a local gang activist and police critic. Scully risks everything to save himself, his family and the job he loves.

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo. Nesbo, a Norwegian, has been awarded the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime fiction and is also a musician, songwriter and economist. In The Leopard, two young women are found murdered in Oslo, drowned in their own blood. The crime scene offers no coherent clues. Inspector Harry Hole climbs out of his self-imposed convalescence in a Hong Kong opium den to return to Oslo to investigate the case.

Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. It’s Black Friday in the Mall of American. A dozen gunmen open fire on thousands of shoppers, herding them into the amusement park. Retired Marine sniper Ray Cruz, shopping with his fiancé, is swept along with the thousands of other hostages. Unlike them, he has a plan. Set during the four hours of the terrifying event, the story follows both hostages and gunmen and the complex police response.

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin. In this novel of an Internal Affairs investigation into what starts as a simple misconduct charge but turns into conspiracy, corruption and murder, Rankin demonstrates that he is a master of the intricately plotted, fiercely compelling thriller.

Collateral Damage by H. Terrell Griffin. The quiet beauty of Longboat Key is shattered when a young groom is shot to death on the beach the day after his wedding. Matt Royal and four of his friends commence to investigate, encountering Longboat Key Detective J.D. Duncan and a shady and dangerous cabal in the process. Griffin is said to write in the John D. MacDonald tradition.

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil  by Tom Mueller. For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life’s necessities, but this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt. Writer Tom Mueller takes us on a journey through the world of olive oil and his superb writing includes fascinating forays into olive oil’s uses throughout time and unveils the sacred history and profane present of a substance seen for ages as the essence of health and civilization.

Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. Everyone of  reading or television-viewing age during the early and middle 1970’s will probably remember Sybil, the story of a woman with sixteen distinct and different personalities. The non-fiction book on the subject came out in 1973 with the t.v. movie, starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward soon to follow. The book rocketed multiple personality disorder (MPD) into public consciousness. Journalist Debbie Nathan, who examined the entire Sybil archive, demonstrates that the allegedly true story of Sybil was largely fabricated, involved horrendously irresponsible therapeutic practices and was in large part motivated by a financial arrangement between a willing patient, her ambitious shrink and the imaginative journalist who spun their story into bestseller gold.

THESE JUST IN: November 2011

We've just added these titles to our collection...check 'em out!

 KILL ALEX CROSS by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he's ever been part of. The president's son and dauhter have been abducted from their school and Alex Cross gets a presidential request: "PLEASE FIND MY KIDS!"

THE HOUSE OF SILK: A SHERLOCK HOLMES NOVEL by Anthony Horowitz. A fine arts dealer visits Holmes and Watson to beg for their help. He is being threatened by a known criminal who's followed him to London from America. Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn deeper into an international conspiracy that Holmes begins to fear will tear apart the very fabric of society. The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose author Anthony Horowitz to write this novel because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes.

THE TERRITORY by Tricia Fields. Set in a desert landscape (West Texas) as beautiful as it is dangerous, this winner of the Tony Hillerman prize captures the current border issues from the eyes of a tough, compelling heroine and richly evokes the American Southwest.

THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. Nina Borg is a nurse, wife, mother...and compulsive do-gooder. A friend leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and inside Nina finds a suitcase...that contains a naked, drugged, three year old boy. Nina soon realizes that both her life and the boy's are in jeopardy. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who, exactly, is trying to hunt him down.

AMERICA'S QUARTERBACK: BART STARR AND THE RISE OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE by Keith Dunnavant. "This is one of the best sports history books you will read. It's the story of a remarkable man and a fascinating time. Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers led the way in the 1960's when pro football became America's favorite sport. but it is much more than a football story. Bart Starr is a great man who has handled adversity, triumpth, and tragedy with unique dignity. Bart's story has a lot to teach us about life." Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.

RIN TIN TIN:THE LIFE AND THE LEGEND by Susan Orlean. New Yorker staff writer Orlean spent nearly ten years researching and reporting the story of a dog who was born in 1918 and never died. Writer Ann Patchett said this book is, "Fascinating and big-hearted...This book is for anyone who has ever had a dog or loved a dog."