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NELSON DEMILLE – THE CUBAN AFFAIR: A Novel

Author: Nelson DeMille Book: THE CUBAN AFFAIR: A Novel Publishing: Simon & Schuster (September 19, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling...

KATE HAMER – THE DOLL FUNERAL: A Novel

Author: Kate Hamer Book: THE DOLL FUNERAL: A Novel Publishing: Melville House (August 15, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “ both Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan . ....

ANTOINE L. SMITH – Broadway Musical Actor & West High Graduate

This week, I had a chance to talk with Antoine L. Smith for the Davenport Cleaners Halftime Show on our broadcast of West High's...

ALABAMA STORY at Lamb Arts Regional Theatre

September 15 through October 1 at Lamb Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa…it’s ALABAMA STORY, a new play based on true events, by playwright...

REED FARREL COLEMAN – Robert B. Parker’s THE HANGMAN’S SONNET: A Jesse Stone Novel

Author: Reed Farrel Coleman Book: Robert B. Parker's THE HANGMAN'S SONNET: A Jesse Stone Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 12, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The stellar...

MARCIA CLARK – SNAP JUDGMENT (Samantha Brinkman Book #3)

Author: Marcia Clark Book: SNAP JUDGMENT (Samantha Brinkman Book #3) Publishing: Thomas & Mercer (August 29, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In the third installment of Marcia Clark’s...

T. JEFFERSON PARKER – THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE: A Novel

Author: T. Jefferson Parker Book: THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (August 22, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): For fans of Michael Connelly...

TANA FRENCH – THE TRESPASSER: A Novel

Author: Tana French Book: THE TRESPASSER: A Novel Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (August 8, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times bestselling author Tana French is...

ANNE HELEN PETERSEN – TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TO LOUD: The Rise and Reign...

Author: Anne Helen Petersen Book: TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TO LOUD: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman Publishing: Plume (June 20, 2017) Synopsis (from the...

STEVE DUNCAN (Foreward) – CONFESSIONS OF A CARTEL HIT MAN

Author: Martin Corona, with Tony Rafael, Steve Duncan (Foreward) - Special Agent, California Department of Justice Book: CONFESSIONS OF A CARTEL HIT MAN Publishing: Dutton (July...

CATHERINE PEARLMAN – IGNORE IT! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral...

Author: Catherine Pealrman Book: IGNORE IT! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction Publishing: TarcherPerigee (August 8, 2017) Synopsis (from...

ACE ATKINS – THE FALLEN: A Quinn Colson Novel

Author: Ace Atkins Book: THE FALLEN: A Quinn Colson Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 18, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From New York Times-bestselling Southern crime master...

ZINZI CLEMMONS – WHAT WE LOSE: A Novel

Author: Zinzi Clemmons Book: WHAT WE LOSE: A Novel Publishing: Viking (July 11, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “The debut novel of the year.” —Vogue “A richly volatile study...

AUGUSTUS ROSE – THE READYMADE THIEF: A Novel

Author: Augustus Rose Book: THE READYMADE THIEF: A Novel Publishing: Viking (August 1, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “A kickass debut from start to finish.” —Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground...

ERIC METAXAS – IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty

Author: Eric Metaxas Book: IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (June 6, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1...

KARIN SLAUGHTER – THE GOOD DAUGHTER: A Novel

Author: Karin Slaughter Book: THE GOOD DAUGHTER: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (August 8, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling...

KATE QUINN – THE ALICE NETWORK: A Novel

AUTHOR: Kate Quinn BOOK: THE ALICE NETWORK: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 6, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): USA TODAY BESTSELLER #1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION...

WINIFRED GALLAGHER – HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA: A History

Author: Winifred Gallagher Book: HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA: A History Publishing: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (July 4, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A masterful history of...

DAN ZAK – ALMIGHTY: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age

Author: Dan Zak Book: ALMIGHTY: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age Publishing: Blue Rider Press; Paperback edition (August 1, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): **A...

MATT RICHTEL – DEAD ON ARRIVAL: A Novel

Author: MATT RICHTEL Book: DEAD ON ARRIVAL: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (August 1, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “MICHAEL CRICHTON meets STEPHEN KING at their finest.” — Lisa Gardner •...

GIN PHILIPS – FIERCE KINGDOM: A Novel

Author: Gin Phillips Book: FIERCE KINGDOM: A Novel Publishing: Viking (July 25, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Warning: you'll finish this in one sitting.” –TheSkimm “Expertly made thriller ....

LINDA FAIRSTEIN – DEADFALL (An Alexandra Cooper Novel)

Author: Linda Fairstein Book: DEADFALL (An Alexandra Cooper Novel) Publishing: Dutton (July 25, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Hunting a killer within New York’s urban jungle becomes the...

JEANNE MCWILLIAMS BLASBERG – EDEN: A Novel

Author: Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg Book: EDEN: A Novel Publishing: She Writes Press (May 2, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Becca Meister Fitzpatrick―wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the...

ANN KIDD TAYLOR – THE SHARK CLUB: A Novel

Author: Ann Kidd Taylor Book: THE SHARK CLUB: A Novel Publishing: Viking (June 6, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “A quintessential summer read.” —Marie Claire A warm and wonderfully...

JONATHAN GOLDSMITH – STAY INTERESTING: I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, but...

Author: Jonathan Goldsmith Book: STAY INTERESTING: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do, They're True and Amazing Publishing: Dutton (June 13,...

FIONA BARTON – THE CHILD: A Novel

Author: Fiona Barton Book: THE CHILD: A Novel Publishing: Berkley (June 27, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): One of the most highly anticipated thrillers of the year—as seen...

MARY MCNEAR – THE LIGHT IN SUMMER: A Butternut Lake Novel

Author: Mary McNear Book: THE LIGHT IN SUMMER: A Butternut Lake Novel Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 20, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times and USA...

KAREN DIONNE – THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER: A Novel

Author: Karen Dionne Book: THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 13, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Praised by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter,...

MEG GARDINER – UNSUB: A Novel

Author: Meg Gardiner Book: UNSUB: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (June 27, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a...

LARRY TYE – BOBBY KENNEDY: The Making of a Liberal Icon

Author: Larry Tye Book: Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon Publishing: Random House Trade Paperbacks (May 9, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER...

STEPHEN HUNTER – G-MAN: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

Author: Stephen Hunter Book: G-MAN: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel Publishing: Blue Rider Press (May 16, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner...

STEVE HAMILTON – EXIT STRATEGY: A Nick Mason Novel

Author: Steve Hamilton Book: EXIT STRATEGY: A Nick Mason Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 16, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In the stunning follow-up to the New...

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ – ALEX & ELIZA: A Love Story

Author: Melissa de la Cruz Book: ALEX & ELIZA: A Love Story Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (April 11, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From...

PETER EISNER – MacARTHUR’s SPIES: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied...

Author: Peter Eisner Book: MacARTHUR'S SPIES: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II Publishing: Viking (May 2, 2017) Synopsis...

TASHA EURICH – INSIGHT: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How...

Author: Tasha Eurich Book: INSIGHT: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in...

MEGAN WHALEN TURNER: THICK AS THIEVES: A Queen’s Thief Novel

Author: Megan Whalen Turner Book: THICK AS THIEVES: A Queen's Thief Novel Publishing: Greenwillow Books (May 16, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Thick as Thieves is the eagerly...

NICK MIDDLETON – AN ATLAS OF COUNTRIES THAT DON’T EXIST: A Compendium of Fifty...

Author: Nick Middleton Book: AN ATLAS OF COUNTRIES THAT DON'T EXIST: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States Publishing: Chronicle Books (March 28, 2017) Synopsis...

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...
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