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DAVID SEDARIS – CALYPSO

Author: David Sedaris Book: CALYPSO Publishing: Back Bay Books; Paperback edition (June 4, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly...

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: Penguin Books; Paperback edition (June 4, 2019) Synopsis...

GILLIAN McALLISTER – THE GOOD SISTER

Author: Gillian McAllister Book: THE GOOD SISTER Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 11, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An electrifying novel about the unyielding bond between two sisters,...

LOUISE CANDLISH – THOSE PEOPLE

Author: Louise Candlish Book: THOSE PEOPLE Publishing: Berkley (June 11, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the author of the international bestseller Our House, a new novel of...

MIKE MADEN – TOM CLANCY ENEMY CONTACT: A Jack Ryan, Jr. Novel

Author: Mike Maden Book: TOM CLANCY ENEMY CONTACT: A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (June 11, 2019) AUDIO BOOK EXCERPT! (Audio excerpted courtesy Penguin...

KIM HOOPER – TINY: A Novel

Author: Kim Hooper Book: TINY: A Novel Publishing: Turner (June 11, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Nate and Annie Forester are faced with every parent’s worst nightmare when...

NEIL MILLER – SEX CRIME PANIC: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the...

Author: Neil Miller Book: SEX CRIME PANIC: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s Publishing: Alyson Books - 2002 NOTE: Unfortunately, this book is out-of-print. ...

JANE GREEN – THE FRIENDS WE KEEP: A Novel

Author: Jane Green Book: THE FRIENDS WE KEEP: A Novel Publishing: Berkley (June 4, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The Friends We Keep is the heartwarming and unforgettable...

CARSON VAUGHAN – ZOO NEBRASKA: The Dismantling of an American Dream

Author: Carson Vaughan Book: ZOO NEBRASKA: The Dismantling of an American Dream Publishing: Little A (April 1, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A resonant true story of small-town...

BILL RUSSELL – Playwright of PAGEANT at Lamb Arts Ltd.

June 7-22 at Lamb Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa…it’s PAGEANT, a musical comedy by Bill Russell. PAGEANT is a pageant...with a twist.  Judges selected...

DAVID EPSTEIN – RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Author: David Epstein Book: RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Publishing: Riverhead Books (May 28, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Urgent and important. . . an essential...

BILL ZAHREN – TRAFFIC (Kingman and Reed Novel #5)

Author: Bill Zahren Book: TRAFFIC (Kingman and Reed Novel #5 Publishing: Independently published (April 30, 2019) Buy the book on Amazon, at Bill's web site, or at...

DAVID MARANISS – A GOOD AMERICAN FAMILY: The Red Scare and My Father

Author: David Maraniss Book: A GOOD AMERICAN FAMILY: The Red Scare and My Father Publishing: Simon & Schuster (May 14, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In a riveting...

MATTHEW STANLEY – EINSTEIN’S WAR: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World...

Author: Matthew Stanley Book: EINSTEIN'S WAR: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I Publishing: Dutton (May 21, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): KIRKUS STARRED...

VINCE HOUGHTON – NUKING THE MOON and Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left...

Author: Vince Houghton Book: NUKING THE MOON and Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board Publishing: Penguin Books (May 7, 2019) Synopsis (from...

RANDY SUSAN MEYERS – WAISTED: A Novel

Author: Randy Susan Meyers Book: WAISTED: A Novel Publishing: Atria Books (May 21, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women...

JONNA MENDEZ – THE MOSCOW RULES: The Secret CIA Tactics that Helped America Win...

Co-Author: Jonna Mendez (with Antonio Mendez) Book: THE MOSCOW RULES: The Secret CIA Tactics that Helped America Win the Cold War Publishing: PublicAffairs (May 21, 2019) ' Synopsis...

JEFFERY DEAVER – THE NEVER GAME: A Colter Shaw Novel

Author: Jeffery Deaver Book: THE NEVER GAME: A Colter Shaw Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 14, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the bestselling and award-winning master...

WILLIAM SANDERSON – YES, I’M THAT GUY: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Character Actor

Author: William Sanderson (with Ray Richmond) Book: YES, I'M THAT GUY: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Character Actor Publishing: BookBaby (May 23, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): William...

MATTHEW McGOUGH – THE LAZARUS FILES: A Cold Case Investigation

Author: Matthew McGough Book: THE LAZARUS FILES: A Cold Case Investigation Publishing: Henry Holt and Co. (April 30, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A deeply-reported, riveting account of...

JOHN URSCHEL – MIND AND MATTER: A Life in Math and Football

Co-Author: John Urschel (with Louisa Thomas) Book: MIND AND MATTER: A Life in Math and Football Publishing: Penguin Press (May 14, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): For John...

WILLIAM GEROUX – THE GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL: The Arctic Voyage that Defied the...

Author: William Geroux Book: THE GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL: The Arctic Voyage that Defied the Nazis Publishing: Viking (May 14, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): An extraordinary story...

ANDREW L. SEIDEL – THE FOUNDING MYTH: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American

Author: Andrew L. Seidel Book: THE FOUNDING MYTH: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American Publishing: Sterling (May 14, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Do “In God We Trust,” the...

ALEX KERSHAW – THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to...

Author: Alex Kershaw Book: THE FIRST WAVE: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II Publishing: Dutton Caliber (May 14, 2019) Synopsis...

T.C. BOYLE – OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: A Novel

Author: T.C. Boyle Book: OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: A Novel Publishing:Ecco (April 9, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A provocative new novel from bestselling author T.C. Boyle exploring the...

SHAWN LEVY – THE CASTLE ON SUNSET: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at...

Author: Shawn Levy Book: THE CASTLE ON SUNSET: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont Publishing: Doubleday (May 7, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Fascinating,...

BRIAN JAY JONES – BECOMING DR. SEUSS: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an...

Author: Brian Jay Jones Book: BECOMING DR. SEUSS: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination Publishing: Dutton (May 7, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The definitive,...

GEORGE WEIGEL – LESSONS IN HOPE: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

Author: George Weigel Book: LESSONS IN HOPE: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II Publishing: Basic Books (September 19, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A preeminent authority...

CASEY CEP – FURIOUS HOURS: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Author: Casey Cep Book: FURIOUS HOURS: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Publishing: Knopf (May 7, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): As seen on CBS...

KEVIN COOK – TEN INNINGS AT WRIGLEY: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, With Baseball on...

Author: Kevin Cook: Book: TEN INNINGS AT WRIGLEY: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, With Baseball on the Brink Publishing: Henry Holt and Co. (May 7, 2019) Synopsis (from...

DAVID O. DOWLING – A DELICATE AGGRESSION: Savagery and Survival in the Iowa Writers’...

Author: David O. Dowling Book: A DELICATE AGGRESSION: Savagery and Survival in the Iowa Writers' Workshop Publishing: Yale University Press (March 26, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A...

BRIAN LAMB – THE PRESIDENTS: Noted Historians Rank the Best – and Worst –...

Book: THE PRESIDENTS: Noted Historians Rank the Best - and Worst - Chief Executives Co-Author: Brian Lamb (with Susan Swain & C-SPAN) Publishing: PublicAffairs (April 23,...

CHARLES LANE – FREEDOM’S DETECTIVE: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the...

AUTHOR: Charles Lane BOOK: FREEDOM'S DETECTIVE: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror Publishing: Hanover Square...

ALAFAIR BURKE – THE BETTER SISTER: A Novel

Author: Alafair Burke Book: THE BETTER SISTER: A Novel Publishing: Harper (April 16, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Recommended by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, Popsugar, Goodreads,...

NANCY ISENBERG & ANDREW BURSETEIN – THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY: The Presidents Adams Confront...

Co-Authors: Nancy Isenberg & Andrew Burstein Book: THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality Publishing: Viking (April 16, 2019) Synopsis (from the...

DAVID BALDACCI – REDEMPTION (Memory Man Series)

Author: David Baldacci Book: REDEMPTION (Memory Man Series) Publishing: Grand Central Publishing (April 16, 2019) Synopsis (from the Publisher): Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made...

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,...
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