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DAVE BARRY – LESSONS FROM LUCY: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

Author: Dave Barry Book: LESSONS FROM LUCY: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog Publishing: Simon & Schuster (April 2, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Pulitzer Prize-winning...

WRIGHT THOMPSON – THE COST OF THESE DREAMS: Sports Stories and Other Serious Business

Author: Wright Thompson Book: THE COST OF THESE DREAMS: Sport Stories and Other Serious Business Publishing: Penguin Books (April 2, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The instant New York...

DAVID R. DOW – CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN: A Novel

Author: David R. Dow Book: CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (April 9, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Every person wrongfully convicted of a crime...

ELAINE SHANNON – HUNTING LEROUX: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a...

Author: Elaine Shannon Book: HUNTING LEROUX: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Enterprise Publishing: William Morrow (February 19, 2019) Synopsis...

MICHAEL AMES – AMERICAN CIPHER: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

Co-author: Michael Ames (with Matt Farwell) Book: AMERICAN CIPHER: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan Publishing: Penguin Press (March 12, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The...

MARK GREANEY – MISSION CRITICAL: A Gray Man Novel

Author: Mark Greaney Book: MISSION CRITICAL: A Gray Man Novel Publishing: Berkley (February 19, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From Mark Greaney, the New...

NICK BUNKER: YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: The Birth of Ingenuity

Author: Nick Bunker Book: YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: The Birth of Ingenuity Publishing: Knopf (September 18, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In this new account of Franklin's early life,...

JOEL RICHARD PAUL: WITHOUT PRECEDENT: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

Author: Joel Richard Paul Book: WITHOUT PRECEDENT: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Publishing: Riverhead Books (February 20, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The remarkable story of...

MAURA ROOSEVELT: BABY OF THE FAMILY: A Novel

Author: Maura Roosevelt Book: BABY OF THE FAMILY: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (March 5, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A wry and addictive debut about a modern-day American...

VICKY WARD – KUSHNER, INC.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story...

Author: Vicky Ward Book: KUSHNER, INC.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Publishing: St. Martin's Press (March 19, 2019) Synopsis (from...

LISA SCOTTOLINE – SOMEONE KNOWS

Author: Lisa Scottoline Book: SOMEONE KNOWS Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (April 9, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this...

LISA GARDNER – NEVER TELL: A Novel

Author: Lisa Gardner Book: NEVER TELL: A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel Publishing: Dutton (February 19, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns...

LINDA FAIRSTEIN – BLOOD OATH: A Novel

Author: Linda Fairstein Book: BLOOD OATH: An Alexandra Cooper Novel Publishing: Dutton (March 26, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein explores the...

BRAD PARKS – THE LAST ACT: A Novel

Author: Brad Parks Book: THE LAST ACT: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (March 12, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Award-winning author Brad Parks delivers a tense novel of thrills,...

C.J. BOX – WOLF PACK: A Joe Pickett Novel

Author: C.J. Box Book: WOLF PACK: A Joe Pickett Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 12, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad...

GREG ILES – CEMETERY ROAD: A Novel

Author: Greg Iles Book: CEMETERY ROAD: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (March 5, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Sometimes the price of justice is a good man’s soul. The...

DAVID BALDACCI – THE STARS BELOW: The Final Showdown (Vega Jane #4)

Author: David Baldacci Book: THE STARS BELOW: The Final Showdown (Vega Jane #4) Publishing: Scholastic Press (February 26, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the beginning, the fight...

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...

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. ....

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,...

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...

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...
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