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MARK GREANEY – GUNMETAL GRAY: A Gray Man Novel

Author: Mark Greaney Book: GUNMETAL GRAY: A Gray Man Novel Publishing: Berkley (February 14, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Mark Greaney, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, delivers another breakneck thriller...

BRAD MELTZER – I AM JIM HENSON

Author: Brad Meltzer Book: I AM JIM HENSON (Ordinary People Change the World) Publishing: Dial Books (January 10, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture...

REED FARREL COLEMAN – WHAT YOU BREAK: A Novel

Author: Reed Farrel Coleman Book: WHAT YOU BREAK: A Gus Murphy Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (February 7, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Former Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy returns to prowl the meaner streets of Long Island’s...

BRAD TAYLOR – RING OF FIRE: A Pike Logan Thriller

Author: Brad Taylor Book: RING OF FIRE: A Pike Logan Thriller Publishing: Dutton (January 10, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Former Delta Force officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a relentlessly fast-paced, gripping thriller featuring Taskforce...

JAMES ROLLINS – THE SEVENTH PLAGUE: A Sigma Force Novel

Author: James Rollins Book: THE SEVENTH PLAGUE: A Sigma Force Novel Publishing: William Morrow; 1st edition (December 13, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In a breathtaking blend of scientific intrigue and historical mystery, #1 New York Times bestselling...

LISA GARDNER – RIGHT BEHIND YOU: A Novel

AUTHOR: Lisa Gardner BOOK: RIGHT BEHIND YOU: A Novel Publishing: Dutton (January 31, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Lisa Gardner's next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights. Is...

M.A. LASWON – K STREET (A Kay Hamilton Novel)

Author: M.A. Lawson Book: K STREET (A Kay Hamilton Novel) Publishing: Blue Rider Press (January 17, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The latest installment in M.A. Lawson's thrilling Kay Hamilton series, K Street finds the ex-DEA agent working...

NICK PETRIE – BURNING BRIGHT: A Peter Ash Novel

Author: Nick Petrie Book: BURNING BRIGHT: A Peter Ash Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 10, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “LOTS OF CHARACTERS GET COMPARED TO MY OWN JACK REACHER, BUT PETRIE'S PETER ASH IS THE REAL...

DR. JOHN T. CHIRBAN – COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Guiding and Protecting Your Child Through the...

Author: Dr. John T. Chirban Book: COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Guiding and Protecting Your Child Through the Minefield of Divorce Publishing: Thomas Nelson (January 17, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Based on research from more than 10,000 surveys from children...

CHARLES DUHIGG – SMARTER FASTER BETTER: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and...

Author: Charles Duhigg Book: SMARTER FASTER BETTER: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business Publishing: Random House (March 8, 2016); Audiobook read by Mike Chamberlain Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the author of the New York...

KEN GIRE – ALL THE GALLANT MEN: The First Memoir by a USS Arizona...

Co-Author: Ken Gire (with Donald Stratton) Book: ALL THE GALLANT MEN: The First Memoir by a USS Arizona Survivor Publishing: William Morrow (November 22, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR: Donald Stratton,...

JACK WEATHERFORD: GENGHIS KHAN AND THE QUEST FOR GOD: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror...

Author: Jack Weatherford Book: GENGHIS KHAN AND THE QUEST FOR GOD: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom Publishing: Viking (October 25, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A landmark biography by the New York Times bestselling...

JOSHUA JELLY-SCHAPIRO – NONSTOP METROPOLIS: A New York City Atlas

Co-Author: Joshua Jelly-Schapiro Book: NONSTOP METROPOLIS: A New York City Atlas Publishing: University of California Press (October 19, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New...

JENNIFER LEHR – PARENTSPEAK: What’s Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children –...

Author: Jennifer Lehr Book: PARENTSPEAK: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Children - and What to Say Instead Publishing: Workman Publishing Company (January 10, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A provocative guide to the hidden dangers...

SHILPI SOMAYA GOWDA – THE GOLDEN SON: A Novel

Author: Shilpi Somahya Gowda Book: THE GOLDEN SON: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 29, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an...

JOHN NIXON – DEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein

Author: Former CIA Senior Analyst John Nixon Book: DEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein Publishing: Blue Rider Press (December 27, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Set for release on the 10th anniversary of Saddam Hussein's execution,...

ISA CHANDRA MOSKOWITZ – THE SUPERFUN TIMES VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKBOOK: Entertaining for Absolutely Every...

Author: Isa Chandra Moskowitz Book: THE SUPERFUN TIMES VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKBOOK: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion Publishing: Little, Brown and Company (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Bestselling author, vegan goddess, and comfort food queen Isa Chandra...

DANIELLE KRYSA – YOUR INNER CRITIC IS A BIG JERK: And other Truths About...

Author: Danielle Krysa Book: YOUR INNER CRITIC IS A BIG JERK: And Other Truths About Being Creative Publishing: Chronicle Books (October 11, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's...

MARGARET MOORE – ORGANIZE YOUR EMOTIONS, OPTIMIZE YOUR LIFE: Decode Your Emotional DNA –...

Author: Margaret Moore, MBA Book: ORGANIZE YOUR EMOTIONS, OPTIMIZE YOUR LIFE: Decode Your Emotional DNA - And Thrive Publishing: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 6, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From a top wellness coach and a Harvard Medical...

DAVA SOBEL: THE GLASS UNIVERSE: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the...

Author: Dava Sobel Book: THE GLASS UNIVERSE: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Publishing: Viking (December 6, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava...

MARCIA CLARK – MORAL DEFENSE (Samantha Brinkman #2)

Author: Marcia Clark Book: MORAL DEFENSE (Samantha Brinkman #2) Publishing: Thomas & Mercer (November 8, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “ has it all: a hard-charging lawyer heroine, tough-as-nails cops…as well as fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants pacing and page-turning twists.” —The...

DOUGLAS ABRAMS – THE BOOK OF JOY: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Co-Author: Douglas Abrams (with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu) Book: THE BOOK OF JOY: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Publishing: Avery (September 20, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An instant New York Times...

MARK GREANEY – TOM CLANCY’S TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE: A Jack Ryan Novel

Author: Mark Greaney Book: TOM CLANCY'S TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE: A Jack Ryan Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 6, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The #1 New York Times–bestselling series is back with the most shocking revelation...

DANIELLE TRUSSONI – THE FORTRESS: A Love Story

Author: Danielle Trussoni Book: THE FORTRESS: A Love Story Publishing: Dey Street Books (September 20, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Falling Through the Earth and Angelology returns with this much-anticipated memoir of...

BILL RANCIC – FIRST LIGHT: A Novel

Author: Bill Rancic Book: FIRST LIGHT: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (November 1, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A moving story of love, family, and survival against all odds from beloved entrepreneur and reality TV star Bill...

PETE DEISON – VISITS FROM HEAVEN: One Man’s Eye-Opening Encounter with Death, Grief, and...

Author: Pete Deison Book: VISITS FROM HEAVEN: One Man's Eye-Opening Encounter with Death, Grief, and Comfort from the Other Side Publishing: Thomas Nelson (November 22, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A tragic suicide may have ended the earthly...

AMY ALIPIO (Editor) – WILD BEAUTIFUL PLACES: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe

Editor: Amy Alipio Book: WILD BEAUTIFUL PLACES: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe Publishing: National Geographic (October 25, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Experience the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places with shots by National Geographic photographers and vintage...

SEAN CONNOLY – THE BOOK OF WILDLY SPECTACULAR SPORTS SCIENCE: 54 All-Star Experiments

Author: Sean Connolly Book: THE BOOK OF WILDLY SPECTACULAR SPORTS SCIENCE: 54 All-Star Experiments Publishing: Workman Publishing Company (November 29, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Why does a knuckleball flutter? Why do belly flops hurt so much? Why...

KEI LUM CHAN – CHINA: The Cookbook

Co-Author: Kei Lum Chan (with Diora Fong Chan) Book: CHINA: The Cookbook Publishing: Phaidon Press (September 19, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The definitive cookbook bible of the world’s most popular and oldest cuisine "China The Cookbook is a...

CHRISTY JORDAN – SWEETNESS: Southern Recipes to Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the...

Author: Christy Jordan Book: SWEENESS: Southern Recipes to Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the Blessings of a Full Life Publishing: Workman Publishing Company (November 7, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Celebrate the sweet spirit and taste of...

KAREN KINGSBURY – A BAXTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Author: Karen Kingsbury Book: A BAXTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS Publishing: Howard Books (October 25, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A New York Times bestseller! Karen Kingsbury’s most beloved characters are back! From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes...

DAVID BALDACCI – NO MAN’S LAND: A John Puller Novel

Author: David Baldacci Book: NO MAN'S LAND: A John Puller Novel Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Special Agent John Puller, combat veteran and the army's most tenacious investigator, is back in this...

PATRICIA CORNWELL – CHAOS: A Scarpetta Novel

Author: Patricia Cornwell Book: CHAOS: A Scarpetta Novel Publishing: William Morrow (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with another scintillating thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner...

AINSLEY EARHARDT – TAKE HEART, MY CHILD: A Mother’s Dream

Author: Ainsley Earhardt Book: TAKE HEART, MY CHILD: A Mother's Dream Publishing: Aladdin (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In the tradition of Emily Winfield Martin’s The Wonderful Things You Will Be and Nancy Tillman’s On The...

JENNIFER S. HOLLAND – UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS: Dogs: 37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage

Author: Jennifer S. Holland Book: UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS: Dogs: 37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage Publishing: Workman Publishing Company (August 23, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A new book from the New York Times bestselling series. Enhanced with beautiful...

LUVVIE AJAYI – I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual

Author: Luvvie Ajayi Book: I'M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual Publishing: Holt Paperbacks (September 13, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): New York Times Bestseller #1 Washington Post Bestseller "A truth-riot of a book!"―Shonda Rhimes Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger...

TYLER KNOTT GREGSON & SARAH LINDEN – NORTH POLE NINJAS – Mission: Christmas!

Co-Authors: Tyler Knott Gregson & Sarah Linden Book: NORTH POLE NINJAS - Mission: Christmas! Publishing: Grosset & Dunlap; Har/Toy edition (October 18, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): East meets North in North Pole Ninjas, a yuletide call-to-arms to...

RICK BROWN – 100 THINGS IOWA FANS SHOULD KNOW & DO BEFORE THEY DIE

Author: Rick Brown Book: 100 THINGS IOWA FANS SHOULD KNOW & DO BEFORE THEY DIE Publishing: Triumph Books (October 30, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Most Iowa Hawkeyes fans have attended a basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, seen...

MICHAEL MACCAMBRIDGE – CHUCK NOLL: His Life’s Work

Author: Michael MacCambridge Book: CHUCK NOLL: His Life's Work Publishing: University of Pittsburgh Press (October 28, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls and presided over one of the greatest football dynasties in history,...

JEFF PEARLMAN – GUNSLINGER: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre

Author: Jeff Pearlman Book: GUNSLINGER: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre Publishing: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 25, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From a New York Times best-selling author, the full, definitive biography of Brett Favre A...

RON HANSEN – THE KID: A Novel

Author: Ron Hansen Book: THE KID: A Novel Publishing: Scribner (October 4, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A new novel from Ron Hansen, the award-winning author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, about...

SHAUN ASSAEL – THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights

Author: Shaun Assael Book: THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights Publishing: Blue Rider Press (October 18, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A daring investigation into the mysterious death of Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston, set...

LISA NAPOLI – RAY & JOAN: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and...

Author: Lisa Napoli Book: RAY & JOAN: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away Publishing: Dutton (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): This fall, the movie The Founder, starring...

DAN BARRY – THE BOYS IN THE BUNKHOUSE: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland

Author: Dan Barry Book: THE BOYS IN THE BUNKHOUSE: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland Publishing: Harper (May 17, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry...

MARY HIGGINS CLARK – THE SLEEPING BEAUTY KILLER (An Under Suspicion Novel)

Author: Mary Higgins Clark (with Alafair Burke) Book: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY KILLER (An Under Suspicion Novel) Publishing: Simon & Schuster (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The third thrilling installment in the bestselling Under Suspicion series from...

RICHARD SYLLA – ALEXANDER HAMILTON: The Illustrated Biography

Author: Richard Sylla Book: ALEXANDER HAMILTON: The Illustrated Biography Publishing: Sterling (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Find out who lived and who died in the incredible story of the founding father who made America modern—and became...

STEVEN JOHNSON – WONDERLAND: How Play Made the Modern World

Author: Steven Johnson Book: WONDERLAND: How Play Made the Modern World Publishing: Riverhead Books (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the New York Times–bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the...

PAUL A. RAHE – THE SPARTAN REGIME: Its Character, Origins, and Grand Strategy

Author: Paul A. Rahe Book: THE SPARTAN REGIME: Its Character, Origins, and Grand Strategy Publishing: Yale University Press (September 27, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An authoritative and refreshingly original consideration of the government and culture of ancient...

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Lamb Arts Regional Theatre

November 18 - December 11 at Lamb Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa…it’s PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, A Grown-Up's Prequel to Peter Pan, a play by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. An...

LINDA FAIRSTEIN – INTO THE LION’S DEN (The Devlin Quick Mysteries #1)

Author: Linda Fairstein Book: INTO THE LION'S DEN (The Devlin Quick Mysteries #1) Publishing: Dial Books (November 15, 2016) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Watch out, Nancy Drew—Devlin Quick is smart, strong, and she will DEFINITELY close the case...
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