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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...

VIOLET RAMIS STIEL – GHOSTBUSTER’S DAUGHTER: Life With My Dad, Harold Ramis

Author: Violet Ramis Stiel Book: GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER: Life With My Dad, Harold Ramis Publishing: Blue Rider Press (June 5, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the daughter of...

ANDREW SHAFFER – HOPE NEVER DIES: An Obama Biden Mystery

Author: Andrew Shaffer Book: HOPE NEVER DIES: An Obama Biden Mystery Publishing: Quirk Books (July 10, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack...

BRIAN ABRAMS – OBAMA: An Oral History 2009-2017

Author: Brian Abrams Book: OBAMA: An Oral History 2009-2017 Publishing: Little A (July 10, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The first ever comprehensive oral history of President Obama’s...

KEN BENSINGER – RED CARD: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s...

Author: Ken Bensinger Book: RED CARD: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal Publishing: Simon & Schuster (June 12, 2018) Synopsis (from...

DAVID BELL – SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER

Author: David Bell Book: SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER Publishing: Berkley (July 10, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense from the USA Today bestselling author...

JOHN HART – THE HUSH: A Novel

Author: John Hart Book: THE HUSH: A Novel Publishing: St. Martin's Press (February 27, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times bestseller The only writer in history to...

R.H. STAVIS – SISTER OF DARKNESS: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist

Author: R.H. Stavis (with Sarah Durand) Book: SISTER OF DARKNESS: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist Publishing: Dey Street Books (February 6, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The...

KIMMERY MARTIN – THE QUEEN OF HEARTS: A Novel

Author: Kimmery Martin Book: THE QUEEN OF HEARTS: A Novel Publishing: Berkley (February 13, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Southern...

ELYSSA FRIEDLAND – THE INTERMISSION: A Novel

Author: Elyssa Friedland Book: THE INTERMISSION: A Novel Publishing: Berkley (July 3, 2018) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't tell...
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