New Books 8/7/17

Shelf of new books

Mothers play a leading role in several of this week’s offerings.  The mother-child bond, the loss of a mother, and the secrets hidden by a mother with a radical past are explored.


The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
Danticat discusses how to write about death using the author’s personal account of her mother’s loss and such literary examples as Toni Morrison’s “Sula” and Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”

Deadfall by Linda Fairstein
Investigating the murder of a high-profile city employee, Alexandra Cooper teams up with two NYPD detectives to search for answers in secret societies, a big-game hunting operation, the illegal animal trade, and covert government deals.

Everything All At Once by Bill Nye
In the New York Times bestseller Everything All at Once, Bill Nye shows you how thinking like a nerd is the key to changing yourself and the world around you.

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Trapped in a closed zoo after witnessing a life-shattering event, a woman and her four-year-old son navigate the zoo’s hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits to stay ahead of a dangerous adversary who tests their survival and the limits of the mother-child bond.

Lovemurder by Saul Black
Investigating an eerily familiar crime scene before discovering a note written in the style of a killer she helped put away six years earlier, San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart is forced to ask the imprisoned psychopath to help capture a copycat.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
In the wake of a woman’s horrifying discovery of human remains along a scenic tidal estuary, the members of a once-inseparable clique from a second-rate boarding school near the English Channel reflect on their participation in a dangerous game of deception that contributed to the death of a teacher

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters
After someone saves her from a would-be assassin, Amelia Peabody, accompanied by her husband, Emerson, witnesses the discovery of a precious Egyptian artifact while navigating the murderous activities of master-of-disguise Sethos.

Paradise Valley by C. J. Box
Setting a trap for a serial killer she has hunted for three years, investigator Cassie Dewell is disgraced when the operation goes horribly wrong, a situation that is further complicated by the loss of her job, the disappearance of a troubled youth and her determination to catch the killer at any cost.

The Swamp by Eric Bolling
The New York Times best-selling author of Wake Up America and cohost of Fox News’ The Five chronicles various stories of political scandal in Washington, DC, and ends by offering recommendations on how President Trump can rid America’s capital of political corruption.

Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich
The Nobel Prize-winning author of Voices from Chernobyl offers a collection of deeply personal stories that share the World War II perspectives of women from the front lines, at home and in occupied territories.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
When a Berkeley mother with a radical past goes missing during a hike in California’s Desolation Wilderness, her devastated family is forced to come to terms with her secretive nature.

Witches of New York by Ami McKay
In 1880s New York, Beatrice, unaware of her spiritual gifts, applies for a job at a teashop for female occultists run by Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair and with their help, she faces down the dark forces lurking in the city.