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AUGUST 2010 -THESE JUST IN!

These new titles have JUST arrived and are in the process of being processed. There are plenty of other new titles, too...like the new J.A. Jance, Queen of the Night and the new Phillipa Gregory, The Red Queen and Burn, the latest from Nevada Barr. What follows here is some info. about a few of our new titles from writers you may NOT already know...but who, we think, you'll want to become familiar with!

 Fiction-

I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson. Arvid Jansen is trying to cope with his divorce and his mother's cancer diagnoses in 1989. As Arvid struggles to accommodate the changes to his present, he recollects summer holidays from his past, spent on the beach with his brothers. He also recalls the early days of his courtship and the idealism of his youth as a communist, so devoted to his working-class background that he spurned the college education that his mother had worked so hard to provide for him. This novel won the 2009 Nordic Council Literature Prize and the 2008 Norwegian Critics Prize. Readers may be familiar with his 2005 novel, Out Stealing Horses. I Curse the River of Time bears the hallmark compassion for humanity that has made Petterson an international favorite.

A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott. This lyrical, haunting debut novel is about secrets, families and the forces of good and evil that dwell in every small town. Peter Robinson says that, "This atmospheric novel sets you firmly in small town Scotland of the 1950's. The characters are engaging and the suspense mounts along with a growing sense of dread as events surrounding the death of a young boy unfold." BOOKLIST, in a starred review, said, "This splendid debut mystery has everything going for it...The characters of the crusading small town newspaper are skillfully drawn and will have readers rooting for them unequivocally...captivating on every level."

 The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan. Author John Lescroart says, "You won't read a better thriller this year!" Bangkok-based American travel writer Poke Rafferty thought things were calming down in his world. He and his long-time love, Rose, finally made it through the marriage ceremony. Their adopted daughter, former street child Miaow, has become part of the family. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, shattering the peace they've worked so hard to obtain, threatening everything they cherish. The Queen of Patpong is a terrifying, heartbreaking, electrifying story of peril, love, and, ultimately, redemption.

The Black Minutes by Martin Solares. Told from multiple persepctives and filled with macabre details and surrealist elements that are interwoven throughout the narrative. This electrifying and highly original novel from a brilliant new voice has been published across Europe to great acclaim and rave reviews. The book is full of dark twists and turns, and populated by a cast of captivating...and mostly corrupt...characters. Junot Diaz calls this book, "A breathless, marvelous first novel...This is Latin American fiction at its pulpy phantasmagorical finest...a literary masterpiece masquerading as a police procedural and nothing else I've read this year comes close."

Non-fiction-

Brilliant: The Evolution of  Artifical Light by Jane Brox. In Brilliant, author Jane Brox traces the fascinating history of human light, from the stone lamps of the Pleistocene to the LEDs embedded in fabrics of the future, and reveals that the story of light is also the story of our evolving selves. This is a compelling story imbued with human voices, startling insights, and--only a few years before it becomes illegal to sell most incandescent light bulbs in the United States--timely questions about how the light of the future will shape our lives.

Grunts:Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II through Iraq by John C. McManus. McManus earned a PhD in American History and Military History and served as assistant director fo the Center for the Study of War and Society, helping to oversee a project collecting first-hand stories of American veterans. He teaches at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and also serves as the official historian for the U.S. Army's Seventh Infantry Regiment. In Grunts, McManus demonstrates that, from the beaches of the Second World War to the deserts of the middle east, the foot soldier has been the most indispensable...and most overlooked...factor in wartime victory. Examining ten critical battles, McManus covers six decades of warfare--from the 1944 fight on the island of Guam to today's counterinsurgency combat in Irag--in which the skills and courage of American troops proved the crucial difference between victory and defeat.

The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice by Laraine Herring.In this work, Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Learn how to remove obstacles in your writing and develop techniques to help you relax into your own voice; discover ways to enter into a compassionate, non-judgemental relationship with yourself so that you can write safely and authentically from a place of absolute vulnerability; and discover the interconnectedness of your personal writing process and the community as a whole.