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The Cuban affair : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by DeMille, Nelson,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
433 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F DEM
Summary "Daniel Graham MacCormick--Mac for short--seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he's living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos's clients--a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez. What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara's grandfather when he fled Castro's revolution. With the "Cuban Thaw" underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it's only a matter of time before someone finds the stash--by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he'll walk away rich"--

Wicked deeds : Krewe of hunters

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Graham, Heather,
Publisher Mira Books, 2017. ©2017
315 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F GRA
Summary Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI's Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe's great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life.

Swallowing mercury

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Greg, Wioletta,
Publisher Transit Books, 2017. ©2017
146 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number F GRE
Summary While political change hums in the background, Wiola looks back on her youth in a close-knit agricultural community in 1980s Poland: the superstitions of the village women, rumored visits from the Pope, and the locked room in the dressmaker's house.

To be where you are

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Karon, Jan, 1937-
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017] ©2017
450 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number F KAR
Summary "#1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs. After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one--but what, exactly, does it prove? Meanwhile, newly married Dooley and Lace face a crisis that empties their bank account and turns their household upside down. Is the honeymoon over? Is this where real life begins? As the Mitford Muse editor stumbles on a quick fix for marital woes and the town grocer falls in love for the first time, Father Tim and Cynthia receive an invitation to yet another family wedding. But perhaps the bottom line is this: While a star blinks out in the Mitford firmament, another soon blinks on at Meadowgate, and four-year-old Jack Tyler looks forward to the biggest day of his life--for now and forever. Jan Karon weaves together the everyday lives of two families, and the cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin"--

The good people

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Kent, Hannah, 1985-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First United States edition.
388 pages : map ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F KEN
Summary Three women in nineteenth-century Ireland bond over a shared effort to rescue a child from a superstitious community that believes that his trauma-related inability to speak indicates that he is a changeling responsible for a series of misfortunes.

The ninth hour

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by McDermott, Alice,
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
First edition.
247 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F MCD
Summary A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant's suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn.

Such fine boys

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Modiano, Patrick, 1945-
Publisher Yale University Press [2017] ©2017
xi, 186 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number F MOD
Summary "As a boarding school student in the early 1960s, Patrick Modiano lived among the troubled teenage sons of wealthy but self-involved parents. In this mesmerizing novel, Modiano weaves together a series of exquisitely crafted stories about such jettisoned boys at the exclusive Valvert School on the outskirts of Paris: abandoned children of privilege, left to create new family ties among themselves. Misfits and heroes, sports champions and good-hearted chums, the boys of Valvert misbehave, run away, get expelled, and engage in various forms of delinquency and disappearance. They emerge into adulthood tragically damaged, still tethered to their adolescent selves, powerless to escape the central loneliness of their lives in an ever-darkening spiral of self-delusion and grim consequence"--Back cover.

The exact nature of our wrongs

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Peery, Janet,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First edition.
276 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F PEE
Summary Gathering on a summer evening to celebrate the birthday of their ailing patriarch, the Campbell family confronts the difficult realities of an offspring's addiction problems, his mother's enabling behaviors, and his siblings' conflicted views.

White bodies : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Robins, Jane
Publisher Touchstone, 2017.
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
297 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F ROB
Summary "This chilling psychological suspense novel--think Strangers on a Train for the modern age--explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together. Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems. Callie, Tilda's unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix's domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix's uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister's arms. Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies--or was he murdered? A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another--and ourselves"--

Best day ever

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Rouda, Kaira Sturdivant, 1963-
Publisher Graydon House, [2017] ©2017.
342 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number F ROU
Summary "Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys, and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he's the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That's why he's planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. It will be the best day ever. But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and into the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them. How perfect is any marriage, really? How much do they trust each other? Is Paul the person he seems to be? And what are his secret plans for the cottage weekend? Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, this story crackles with dark energy spinning ever tighter towards its shocking conclusion"--Publisher.

The boat runner : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:01
by Murphy, Devin,
Publisher HarperPerennial, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
370, 13 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number F MUR
Summary Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren't playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys' father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory. When war breaks out, Jacob's world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life-and his life's mission-forever. Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy's harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people's stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.

Warcross

New YA Books - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:01
by Lu, Marie, 1984-
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
353 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number YA F LU
Summary "When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"--

The playbook [CD sound recording] : 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life

New YA Books on CD - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Alexander, Kwame,
Publisher Recorded Books, [2017] ℗2017
Unabridged.
1 audio disc (1 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Audio CD
Call Number BOOK CD Y 796.01 ALE
Summary Kwame Alexander shares inspiring lessons about the rules of life, as well as uplifting quotes from athletes such as Stephen Curry and Venus Williams and other exemplars like Sonia Sotomayor and Michelle Obama.

The Ship of the Dead [CD sound recording]

New YA Books on CD - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Riordan, Rick,
Publisher Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio, [2017]
Unabridged.
11 audio discs (13 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Audio CD
Call Number J CD Audiobook Middle School Riordan, Ri
Summary Loki is readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus and his friends to stop him.

Certain women [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Reichardt, Kelly
Publisher The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Director-approved DVD special edition.
1 videodisc (107 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (12 panels : color illustrations ; folded to 19 cm)
Video DVD
Call Number DRAMA CER
Summary A stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand. A portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.

Beyond the high blue air : a memoir

New Nonfiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Spinney, Lu,
Publisher Catapult, [2016] ©2016
258 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number 616.849 SPI
Summary Lu Spinney's memoir Beyond the High Blue Air is at once a portrait of the fearlessness of familial love and the profound dilemma posed by modern medicine. When Spinney's twenty-nine-year-old son, Miles, flies up on his snowboard, and lands hard on the ice and falls into a coma. Thus begins the erratic loss - Miles first in a coma and then trapped in a fluctuating state of minimal consciousness - that unravels over the next five years. Spinney, her husband, and three other children put their lives on hold to tend to Miles at various hospitals and finally in a care home. They hold out hope that he will be returned to them. With blunt precision, Spinney chronicles her family's intimate experience.

God's wolf : the life of the most notorious of all crusaders, scourge of Saladin

New Nonfiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Lee, Jeffrey, 1966-
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
First American edition.
332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number 956.014 LEE
Summary In a 2010 terrorist plot, Al-Qaeda hid a bomb in a FedEx shipment addressed to Reynald de Chatillon, a knight who had died centuries ago in the crusades. A reviled figure in Islamic history, often portrayed as the very epitome of brutality, Reynald remains as controversial--and as vividly present in the minds of many in the Middle East--as the story of the crusades themselves. An epic saga set in the midst of a violent clash of civilizations, God's Wolf tells the story of Reynald's staggering rise from lowly soldier to prince of Antioch, one of the crusader kingdoms in the Near East. Jeffrey Lee argues that, despite his brutality, Reynald was a strong military leader and an effective statesman who defended his kingdom against attacks from Byzantines, Armenians, and Muslims. A tale of faith, fanaticism, and brutality, God's Wolf is the fascinating story of an exceptional crusader and a provocative reinterpretation of the crusader era--

The bloody black flag : a Spider John mystery

New Mystery Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Goble, Steve, 1961-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
237 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M GOB
Summary "1722--aboard a pirate ship off the American Colonial Coast. Spider John Rush never wanted to be a pirate, but it had happened and he'd learned to survive in the world of cut and thrust, fight or die. He and his friend Ezra knew that death could come at any moment, from grapeshot or storm winds or the end of a noose. But when Ezra is murdered in cold blood by a shipmate, Spider vows revenge. On a ship where every man is a killer many times over, how can Spider find the man who killed his friend? There is no law here, so if justice is to be done, he must do it. He will have to solve the crime and exact revenge himself. One wrong step will lead to certain death, but Spider is determined to look into the dying eyes of the man who killed his friend, even if it means his own death"--

The unquiet grave : a novel

New Mystery Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948-
Publisher Atria Books, 2017.
First Atria books hardcover edition.
358 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M MCC
Summary "From New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost. Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897. Beautiful, willful Zona Heaster has always lived in the mountains of West Virginia. Despite her mother's misgivings, Zona marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the handsome blacksmith who has recently come to Greenbrier County. After weeks of silence from the newlyweds, riders come to the Heasters' place to tell them that Zona has died from a fall, attributed to a recent illness. Mary Jane is determined to get justice for her daughter. A month after the funeral, she informs the county prosecutor that Zona's ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered. An autopsy, ordered by the reluctant prosecutor, confirms her claim. The Greenbrier Ghost is renowned in American folklore, but Sharyn McCrumb is the first author to look beneath the legend to unearth the facts. Using a century of genealogical material and other historical documents, McCrumb reveals new information about the story and brings to life the personalities in the trial: the prosecutor, a former Confederate cavalryman; the defense attorney, a pro-Union bridgeburner, who nevertheless had owned slaves; and the mother of the murdered woman, who doggedly sticks to her ghost story--all seen through the eyes of a young black lawyer on the cusp of a new century, with his own tragedies yet to come. With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore, illuminating the story's fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb's place among the finest Southern writers at work today"--

House. tree. person : a novel of suspense

New Mystery Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by McPherson, Catriona, 1965-
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017.
First edition.
xvi, 335 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M MCP
Summary The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern's life apart seam by seam. She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage son, is keeping secrets. She fears he's in danger, too. But her new job at the psychiatric hospital, the job her husband pushed her into, is using up everything she's got every day. She can try to ignore the sounds that surely can't really be there. And she can try to trust the doctors, who can't be as dark as they seem. But can Ali hold herself, her life, and her family together without getting blood on her hands?

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