New Books 9/18/17

There’s a special comfort in curling up in your favorite reading spot with an author that you are very familiar with.  It’s like sitting down with a good friend to catch up on what’s going on.  This week’s list includes several authors that have written a large number of books and may be favorites of yours.

The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard
In a memoir of learning to understand true love through the experience of loss, the New York Times best-selling author describes finding the love of her life in her late fifties, only to lose him to pancreatic cancer less than three years into their marriage.

The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter
Opening their Ohio home once again to culinary hopefuls, Lyle and a grieving Heidi impart Amish cooking lessons to a teen from a divorced family, a caterer in need of new recipes, and other students who offer solace and healing.

Close to Home by Robert Dugoni
When her case against an active duty serviceman falls apart, detective Tracy Crosswhite discovers a conspiracy that goes farther than the military protecting its own, putting herself in harms way in the process

Dead Woman Walking by S. J. Bolton
When she witnesses a murder from a hot air balloon before it crashes, leaving her the sole survivor, Jessica Lane discovers she does not know who she can trust when the killer comes after her.

Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills
With a non-aggression pact in place that keeps Saudi involvement in 9/11 quiet in exchange for oil, Mitch Rapp undergoes a covert mission as a traitor to keep the peace when evidence emerges that the Saudis are funding ISIS.

George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl
George and Lizzie, who have very different views of love and marriage, must confront their disparate feelings of fulfillment and a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past.

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
A real estate tycoon and his mysterious, corrupt family become the subjects of an aspiring filmmaker’s project before revelations of their criminal past activities give way to the rise of a mad presidential candidate.

In the Shadow of the Moon by Anthony Aveni
An exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display.

Legacy of Spies by John LeCarre
Peter Guillam and other former members of the British Secret Service face charges for decades-old intelligence operations by a generation that is unfamiliar with the dynamics of the Cold War.

Make Your Bed: Little Things that can Change your Life…and Maybe the World by William McRaven
The former Navy SEAL, former JSOC commander and decorated Admiral at the head of the operation that took down Osama bin Laden shares uplifting life lessons and recommendations for changing the world for the better by taking small, motivational steps throughout the day.

Proof of Life by J. A. Jance
When his longtime nemesis dies in what is declared an accidental fire, J.P. Beaumont is dragged out of retirement and into an ensuing investigation at the request of the deceased himself.

Right Time by Danielle Steel
Inspired by the stories she grew up reading after her mother’s abandonment, Alexandra Winslow finds publishing success writing mystery novels under a male pseudonym but becomes isolated as a result of her fame and her double life.

Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb
When a gossip reporter is murdered, Eve Dallas learns that the woman kept her most shocking secrets from her columns to use as blackmail, a situation that forces Eve to uncover sordid information that threatens her own safety.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother’s addictions and his grandmother’s cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Enduring a virtually solitary existence working for an ambitious software company, an exhausted coder is bequeathed a sourdough recipe from sibling bakers who are forced to close their shop, a gift that leads to a new vocation, a legal dispute and a venture into a secret market that fuses food with technology.

Thriftstyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper’s Guide to Smart Fashion by Allison Engel
Bargain-hunting fashionistas looking to make a statement without sabotaging their budgets will learn to navigate the racks of their local consignment shop, spot name brands like Versace, Dior, and Burberry, select the best quality items, and repair secondhand clothes that need some love.

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey Ward
A vibrantly photographed companion to the multi-part PBS film examines the Vietnam War’s role in debates that continue in today’s world, drawing on extensive interviews with contributors at all levels in America and Vietnam to explain why and how the war happened as well as its complicated legacy.

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd
Following her wealthy husband’s death, Merida reinvents herself and vows revenge on those responsible for a traumatic accident years earlier that cost her the ability to speak and left her bound to her elderly partner’s obsessions