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WILL IOWA LEGALIZE SPORTS GAMBLING?

In May 2018, the United States Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports betting throughout the country with its decision in Murphy vs....

PAM JENOFF – THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS

Author: Pam Jenoff Book: THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS Publishing: Park Row (January 29, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A New York Times Bestseller Cosmopolitan Best Book Club Book...

FIONA BARTON – THE SUSPECT

Author: Fiona Barton Book: THE SUSPECT Publishing: Berkley (January 22, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand...

JOSEPH FINDER – JUDGMENT: A Novel

Author: Joseph Finder Book: JUDGMENT: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (January 29, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder returns with an explosive new thriller about...

NICK PETRIE – TEAR IT DOWN: A Peter Ash Novel

Author: Nick Petrie Book: TEAR IT DOWN: A Peter Ash Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 15, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from...

TOM HUNT – ONE FATAL MISTAKE: A Thriller

Author: Tom Hunt Book: ONE FATAL MISTAKE: A Thriller Publishing: Berkley (February 5, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The author of Killer Choice, a thriller "full of shocks...

RONALD S. BARAK – THE PUPPET MASTER (A Brooks/Lotello Thriller)

Author: Ronald S. Barak Book: The Puppet Master (A Brooks/Lotello Thriller) Publishing: Gander House Publishers (December 10, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): What would YOU do if they...

BRAD MELTZER – THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Author: Brad Meltzer (with Josh Mensch) Book: THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington Publishing: Flatiron Books (January 8, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Taking...

LYNDSAY FAYE – THE PARAGRON HOTEL: A Novel

Author: Lyndsay Faye Book: THE PARAGON HOTEL: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 8, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The new and exciting historical thriller by Lyndsay...

MIKE LUPICA – Robert B. Parker’s BLOOD FEUD: A Sunny Randall Novel

Author: Mike Lupica Book: Robert B. Parker's BLOOD FEUD: A Sunny Randall Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (November 27, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Robert B. Parker's iconic...

DELIA OWENS – WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING: A Novel

Author: Delia Owens Book: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (August 14, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1 New York Times Bestseller A Reese Witherspoon...

HEATHER MORRIS – THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ: A Novel

Author: Heather Morris Book: THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ: A Novel Publishing: Harper Paperbacks; Paperback edition (September 4, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The #1 International Bestseller & New...

BECKY AIKMAN – OFF THE CLIFF: How the Making of “Thelma & Louise” Drove...

Author: Becky Aikman Book: OFF THE CLIFF: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge Publishing: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 7,...

NEAL BASCOMB -THE GRAND ESCAPE: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

Author: Neal Bascomb Book: THE GRAND ESCAPE: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century Publishing: Arthur A. Levine Books (September 25, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Neal...

LISA UNGER – UNDER MY SKIN: A Novel

Author: Lisa Unger Book: UNDER MY SKIN: A Novel Publishing: Park Row (October 2, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Named one of the most anticipated and top thrillers...

DAVID BALDACCI – LONG ROAD TO MERCY (An Atlee Pine Thriller)

Author: David Baldacci Book: LONG ROAD TO MERCY (An Atlee Pine Thriller) Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (November 13, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Introducing a remarkable new character...

LACY M. JOHNSON – THE RECKONINGS: Essays

Author: Lacy M. Johnson Book: THE RECKONINGS: Essays Publishing: Scribner (October 9, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): This extraordinary, timely new collection of essays by the award-winning writer...

MATT GEIGER – ASTONISHING TALES! (Stories and Essays)

Author: Matt Geiger Book: ASTONISHING TALES!* (Stories and Essays) *Your Astonishment May Vary Publishing: HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc. (December 1, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In his new collection...

MARY HIGGINS CLARK – YOU DON’T OWN ME (An Under Suspicion Novel)

Author: Mary Higgins Clark (with Alafair Burke) Book: YOU DON'T OWN ME (An Under Suspicion Novel) Publishing: Simon & Schuster (November 6, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Queen...

STUTTERING JOHN MELENDEZ – EASY FOR YOU TO SAY

Author: Stuttering John Melendez Book: EASY FOR YOU TO SAY Publishing: Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book (November 13, 2018)   Synopsis (from the Publisher): Easy For You To...

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN – LEADERSHIP IN TURBULENT TIMES

Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Book: LEADERSHIP IN TURBULENT TIMES Publishing: Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “After five decades of magisterial...

MICHAEL BESCHLOSS – PRESIDENTS OF WAR: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times

Author: Michael Beschloss Book: PRESIDENTS OF WAR: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times Publishing: Crown; First Edition edition (October 9, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From...

GEORGE HOWE COLT – THE GAME: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968

Author: George Howe Colt Book: THE GAME: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 Publishing: Scribner (October 9, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the author of the bestselling...

GORDON S. WOOD – FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Author: Gordon S. Wood Book: FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (October 23, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A New York Times Book...

BRENT MUSBURGER Halftime Interview, 10-25-2018

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger. We discussed his nearly half-century broadcasting career, his new gig as the...

NATHANIEL PHILBRICK – IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE: The Genius of George Washington and the...

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Book: IN THE HURRICANE'S EYE: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown Publishing: Viking (October 16, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The...

MIKE WANKUM Halftime Interview, 10/19/2018

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Mike Wankum, a meteorologist at WCVB-Channel 5 in Boston.  Those of us in Siouxland remember Mike...

TANA FRENCH – THE WITCH ELM: A Novel

Author: Tana French Book: THE WITCH ELM: A Novel Publishing: Viking (October 9, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. ....

VERNE LUNDQUIST Halftime Interview, 10/12/2018

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with legendary broadcaster Verne Lundquist. We discussed his broadcasting career, beginning with his nascent days in radio...

LOU BERNEY – NOVEMBER ROAD: A Novel

Author: Lou Berney Book: NOVEMBER ROAD: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (October 9, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative...

DAWN RAFFEL – THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. COUNEY: How a Mysterious European Showman...

Author: Dawn Raffel Book: THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. COUNEY: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies Publishing: Blue Rider Press (July 31,...

LARRY KENNEY Halftime Interview, 9/28/2018

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with voice actor Larry Kenney, who spent 30+ years as a cast member of the “Imus in...

SEAN GRENNAN – Playwright of NOW AND THEN at Lamb Arts Ltd.

NOW through September 30, 2018, (ONLY 4 PERFORMANCES LEFT!) at Lamb Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa…it’s NOW AND THEN, a magical comedy-drama by...

GILLY MACMILLAN – I KNOW YOU KNOW: A Novel

Author: Gilly Macmillan Book: I KNOW YOU KNOW: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 18, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From New York Times bestselling author Gilly...

BERNARD McGUIRK Halftime Interview, 9/20/2018

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Bernard McGuirk, co-host of  “Bernie & Sid in the Morning” on WABC Radio in New York...

REED FARREL COLEMAN – Robert B. Parker’s COLORBLIND (A Jesse Stone Novel)

Author: Reed Farrel Coleman Book: Robert B. Parker's COLORBLIND (A Jesse Stone Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 11, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Police chief Jesse Stone...

SID ROSENBERG Halftime Interview, 9/13/2018

Here is my Davenport Cleaners Halftime interview with Sid Rosenberg, host of "Sid Sports Sunday" on WABC Radio in New York City, as well...

T. JEFFERSON PARKER – SWIFT VENGEANCE: A Novel

Author: T. Jefferson Parker Book: SWIFT VENGEANCE: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (August 21, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In this incendiary new thriller from three-time Edgar...

STEVE HAMILTON – DEAD MAN RUNNING (An Alex McKnight Novel)

Author: Steve Hamilton Book: DEAD MAN RUNNING (An Alex McKnight Novel) Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (August 21, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Alex McKnight--hero of Steve Hamilton's bestselling,...

SHARI LAPENA – AN UNWANTED GUEST: A Novel

AUTHOR: Shari Lapena Book: AN UNWANTED GUEST: A Novel Publishing: Pamela Dorman Books (August 7, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! The twisty new...

KARIN SLAUGHTER – PIECES OF HER: A Novel

Author: Karin Slaughter Book: PIECES OF HER: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (August 21, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new...

FLYNN BERRY – A DOUBLE LIFE: A Novel

Author: Flynn Berry Book: A DOUBLE LIFE: A Novel Publishing: Viking (July 31, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “A thrilling page-turner.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the...

MIRIAM PARKER – THE SHORTEST WAY HOME: A Novel

Author: Miriam Parker Book: THE SHORTEST WAY HOME: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (July 31, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple...

RANDY SUSAN MEYERS – THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET: A Novel

Author: Randy Susan Meyers Book: THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET: A Novel Publishing: Washington Square Press; Paperback edition (June 26, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "A provocative tale...

AMY KAUFMAN – BACHELOR NATION: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure

Author: Amy Kaufman Book: BACHELOR NATION: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure Publishing: Dutton (March 6, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): *A New York Times Bestseller* The first definitive,...

ACE ATKINS – THE SINNERS: A Quinn Colson Novel

Author: Ace Atkins Book: THE SINNERS: A Quinn Colson Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 17, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In the new novel from New York...

SIOBHAN FALLON – THE CONFUSION OF LANGUAGES: A Novel

Author: Siobhan Fallon Book: THE CONFUSION OF LANGUAGES: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Paperback edition (June 5, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "A gripping, cleverly plotted novel...

ROSIE WALSH – GHOSTED: A Novel

Author: Rosie Walsh Book: GHOSTED: A Novel Publishing: Pamela Dorman Books (July 24, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to...

KEACH HAGEY – THE KING OF CONTENT: Sumner Redstone’s Battle for Viacom, CBS, and...

Author: Keach Hagey Book: THE KING OF CONTENT: Sumner Redstone's Battle for Viacom, CBS, and Everlasting Control of His Media Empire Publishing: HarperBusiness (June 26, 2018) Synopsis...

CRISTINA ALGER – THE BANKER’S WIFE: A Novel

Author: Cristina Alger Book: THE BANKER'S WIFE: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 3, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Immersive, satisfying, tense--and timely: This is probably happening...
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