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DAVID KAPLAN – THE PLAN: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs...

Author: David Kaplan Book: THE PLAN: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty Publishing: Triumph Books (May 1, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): On October...

JOSEPH FINDER – THE SWITCH: A Novel

Author: Joseph Finder Book: THE SWITCH: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (June 13, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs...

MICHELLE STEVENS, PHD – SCARED SELFLESS: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving...

Author: Michelle Stevens, PhD Book: SCARED SELFLESS: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the...

DANIEL SUAREZ – CHANGE AGENT: A Novel

Author: Daniel Suarez Book: CHANGE AGENT: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (April 18, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi...

JAMES HAYMAN – THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE: A McCabe and Savage Thriller

Author: James Hayman Book: THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE: A McCabe and Savage Thriller Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 9, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From New York...

RICHARD A. CLARKE – WARNINGS: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes

Co-Author: Richard A. Clarke (with R.P. Eddy) Book: WARNINGS: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes Publishing: Ecco (May 23, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Warnings is the story of...

PAMELA PAUL – MY LIFE WITH BOB: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot...

Author: Pamela Paul Book: MY LIFE WITH BOB: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensued Publishing: Henry Holt and Co. (May 2, 2017) Synopsis (from the...

KARIN SLAUGHTER – THE KEPT WOMAN: A Novel

Author: Karin Slaughter Book: THE KEPT WOMAN: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow; Paperback edition (April 18, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The...

NATHANIEL PHILBRICK – VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the...

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Book: VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (May 9, 2017) Synopsis (from...

ED HENRY – 42 FAITH: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story

Author: Ed Henry Book: 42 FAITH: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story Publishing: Thomas Nelson (April 4, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and...

SCOTT SIMON – MY CUBS: A Love Story

Author: Scott Simon Book: MY CUBS: A Love Story Publishing: Blue Rider Press (April 11, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): NPR's Scott Simon's personal, heartfelt reflections on his...

DAVID LEITE – NOTES ON A BANANA: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic...

Author: David Leite Book: NOTES ON A BANANA: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression Publishing: Dey Street Books (April 11, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The...

DAVID OWEN – WHERE THE WATER GOES: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

Author: David Owen Book: WHERE THE WATER GOES: Life and Death Along the Colorado River Publishing: Riverhead Books (April 11, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A downstream adventure...

DAVID BALDACCI – THE FIX (Amos Decker #3)

Author: David Baldacci Book: THE FIX (Amos Decker #3) Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (April 18, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): THE NEW MEMORY MAN NOVEL! Amos Decker witnesses a...

DEEPAK SINGH – HOW MAY I HELP YOU? An Immigrant’s Journey from MBA to...

Author: Deepak Singh Book: HOW MAY I HELP YOU?  An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage Publishing: University of California Press (February 14, 2017) Synopsis (from...

T.R. REID – A FINE MESS: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and...

Author: T.R. Reid Book: A FINE MESS: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System Publishing: Penguin Press (April 4, 2017) Synopsis (from...

ANNABELLE GURWITCH – WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE THEY ARE: Stories About My Family You...

Author: Annabelle Gurwitch Book: WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE THEY ARE: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To Publishing: Blue Rider Press (April 18, 2017) Synopsis (from...

MICHAEL CALLAHAN – THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA: A Novel

Author: Michael Callahan Book: THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA: A Novel Publishing: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 18, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Inspired by a true story,...

JEFFERY DEAVER – THE BURIAL HOUR: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Author: Jeffery Deaver Book: THE BURIAL HOUR: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (April 11, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): DANGEROUSLY GOOD. DISTINCTIVELY DEAVER. Forensic detective Lincoln...

MARY HIGGINS CLARK – ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE: A Novel

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Book: ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE: A Novel Publishing: Simon & Schuster (April 4, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A glamorous cruise on a luxurious...

NOAH ISENBERG – WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s...

Author: Noah Isenberg Book: WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie Publishing: W. W. Norton & Company (February 14,...

MARY JENNINGS HEGAR – SHOOT LIKE A GIRL: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan...

Author: Mary Jennings Hegar Book: SHOOT LIKE A GIRL: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front Publishing: Berkley (March 7, 2017) Synopsis (from...

PAM JENOFF – THE ORPHAN’S TALE: A Novel

Author: Pam Jenoff Book: THE ORPHAN'S TALE: A Novel Publishing: MIRA (February 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A New York Times bestseller! "Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah's The...

CAITRIONA LALLY – EGGSHELLS: A Novel

Author: Caitriona Lally Book: EGGSHELLS: A Novel Publishing: Melville House (March 14, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): — Irish Book of the Year Finalist! A whimsical, touching debut about...

TERRY WAHLS, M.D. – THE WAHLS PROTOCOL COOKING FOR LIFE: The Revolutionary Paleo Plan...

Author: Terry Wahls, M.D. Book: THE WAHLS PROTOCOL COOKING FOR LIFE: The Revolutionary Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Publishing: Avery; 1 edition (April...

KAYLA CAGAN: PIPER PERISH

Author: Kayla Cagan Book: PIPER PERISH Publishing: Chronicle Books (March 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "There may not be another book published ... that is more perfect...

ISAAC LIDSKY – EYES WIDE OPEN: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World...

Author: Isaac Lidsky Book: EYES WIDE OPEN: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can't See Clearly Publishing: TarcherPerigee (March 14, 2017) Synopsis (from the...

BRUCE FEILER – THE FIRST LOVE STORY: Adam, Eve, and Us

Author: Bruce Feiler Book: THE FIRST LOVE STORY: Adam, Eve, and Us Publishing: Penguin Press (March 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the New York Times bestselling...

GREG PROOPS – THE SMARTEST BOOK IN THE WORLD: A Lexicon of Literacy, A...

Author: Greg Proops Book: THE SMARTEST BOOK IN THE WORLD: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool Publishing: Touchstone (February 21,...

DANIEL BARBARISI – DUELING WITH KINGS: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-Rich Promise...

Author: Daniel Barbarisi Book: DUELING WITH KINGS: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-Rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports Publishing: Touchstone (March 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the...

ROBERT KNOTT – Robert B. Parker’s REVELATION: A Cole and Hitch Novel

Author: Robert Knott Book: Robert B. Parker's REVELATION: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (February 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch...

C.J. BOX – VICIOUS CIRCLE: A Joe Pickett Novel

Author: C.J. Box Book: VICIOUS CIRCLE: A Joe Pickett Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The past comes back to haunt game...

DEREK THOMPSON – HIT MAKERS: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distinction

Author: Derek Thompson Book: HIT MAKERS: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distinction Publishing: Penguin Press (February 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “This book picks up...

JOEL SARTORE – THE PHOTO ARK: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals

Author: Joel Sartore Book: THE PHOTO ARK: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals Publishing: National Geographic (March 7, 2017)   Synopsis (from the Publisher): This lush book...

ADAM HASLETT – IMAGINE ME GONE: A Novel

Author: Adam Haslett Book: IMAGINE ME GONE: A Novel Publishing: Back Bay Books (February 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): TOP 10 NOVELS OF THE YEAR -- TIME,...

CHRISTINE LENNON – THE DRIFTER: A Novel

Author: Christine Lennon Book: THE DRIFTER: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 14, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Megan Abbott meets M.O. Walsh in Christine Lennon's compelling...

ASHLEE VANCE – ELON MUSK: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Author: Ashlee Vance Book: ELON MUSK: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Publishing: Ecco (January 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times and...

CLARE MACKINTOSH – I SEE YOU: A Novel

Author: Clare Mackintosh Book: I SEE YOU: A Novel Publishing: Berkley (February 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “ well-told suspense story...refreshingly realistic.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Danger...

TRUDY NAN BOYCE – OLD BONES: A Detective Sarah Alt Novel

Author: Trudy Nan Boyce Book: OLD BONES: A Detective Sarah Alt Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (February 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A timely and penetrating mystery...

ELAN MASTAI – ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS: A Novel

Author: Elan Mastai Book: ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (February 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.”—Entertainment Weekly “ amazing debut novel...Dazzling...

MEL AYTON – PLOTTING TO KILL THE PRESIDENT: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover

Author: Mel Ayton Book: PLOTTING TO KILL THE PRESIDENT: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover Publishing: Potomac Books (February 1, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Since the birth...

STEVE STEINBERG – URBAN SHOCKER: Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age

Author: Steve Steinberg Book: URBAN SHOCKER: Silent Hero of Baseball's Golden Age Publishing: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Baseball in the 1920s...

GREG ILES – MISSISSIPPI BLOOD: A Novel (Natchez Burning Trilogy #3)

Author: Greg Iles Book: MISSISSIPPI BLOOD: A Novel (Natchez Burning Trilogy #3) Publishing: William Morrow (March 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The final installment in the epic...

Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys

On Saturday, March 26, 2017, I caught up with Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban, both longtime members of The Oak Ridge Boys, as they...

PATRICIA CORNWELL – RIPPER: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert

Author: Patricia Cornwell Book: RIPPER: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert Publishing: Thomas & Mercer (February 28, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller. From...

WILLIAM DANIELS – THERE I GO AGAIN: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny,...

Author: William Daniels Book: THERE I GO AGAIN: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, & Many Others Publishing: Potomac Books,...

DAVID BALDACCI – THE WIDTH OF THE WORLD (Vega Jane, Book 3)

Author: David Baldacci Book: THE WIDTH OF THE WORLD (Vega Jane, Book 3) Publishing: Scholastic Press (February 28, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): This is it. Vega Jane’s...

DEBORAH CROMBIE – GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS: A Novel

Author: Deborah Crombie Book: GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS: A Novel (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels) Publishing: William Morrow (February 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid...

BRET BAIER – THREE DAYS IN JANUARY: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission

Author: Bret Baier Book: THREE DAYS IN JANUARY: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission Publishing: William Morrow (January 10, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1 National Bestseller! “THE BEST BOOK ON...

ERIKA CHRISTAKIS – THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LITTLE: What Young Children Really Need From...

Author: Erika Christakis Book: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LITTLE: What Young Children Really Need From Grownups Publishing: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the...
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