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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 past and the future. Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy...

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 the Publisher): From the New York Times bestselling author of In...

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 the hidden hand of God that changed history  Journalist and baseball...

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 beloved Chicago Cubs, replete with club lore, memorable anecdotes, frenetic...

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 stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of 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 into the heart of one of America’s most important water...

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 murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman...

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 the Publisher): In this moving and insightful work, Deepak Singh chronicles...

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 the Publisher): The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed...

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 the Publisher): A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of...

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, a young woman is swept up in the glamour and...

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 Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet in...

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 ocean liner turns deadly in the latest mystery from “Queen...

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, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): For the 75th anniversary of its premiere―the...

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 the Publisher): “A must-read about an American patriot whose courage and determination...

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 Nightingale and Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants will embrace this...

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 loneliness, friendship and hope... Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in...

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 4, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): The cookbook companion to the groundbreaking...

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 for artistic who love stability yet crave adventure." —Teen...

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 Publisher): In this New York Times bestseller, Isaac Lidsky draws on...

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 author of Walking the Bible and Abraham comes a revelatory...

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, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the bold, beloved comic and podcast...

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 Publisher): As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and...

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 return to confront an escaped criminal in the grittiest entry...

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 warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect in...

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 where The Tipping Point left off." -- Adam Grant, Wharton professor and...

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 of photography represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major cross-platform...

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, Newsday TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016 -- San Francisco Chronicle 20 BOOKS...

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 debut novel about a group of friends on the cusp...

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 International Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the...

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 feels real in the brilliant I See You…Mackintosh seems destined...

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 about the intersection of policing, racism, and the community—set in...

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 and complex...Fearlessly funny storytelling.”—Washington Post “Instantly engaging…a timeless, if mind-bending, story...

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 of our nation and the election of the first president,...

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 is most known for Babe Ruth and the New York...

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 Natchez Burning trilogy by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author...

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 were in Sioux City to perform at the casino.  We...

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 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell comes Ripper: The...

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, Inc (March 1, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): There I Go Again...

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 time. She’s been lied to her whole life, so she...

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 and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold...

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 EISENHOWER TO APPEAR IN A VERY LONG TIME”*: BRET BAIER’S...

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 Publisher): “Christakis . . . expertly weaves academic research, personal experience...

ALEX GEORGE – SETTING FREE THE KITES: A Novel

Author: Alex George Book: SETTING FREE THE KITES: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (February 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful...

CLAUDIA ROWE – THE SPIDER AND THE FLY: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and...

Author: Claudia Rowe Book: THE SPIDER AND THE FLY: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder Publishing: Dey Street Books (January 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “Extraordinarily suspenseful and truly gut-wrenching. . . ....

CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE – A PIECE OF THE WORLD: A Novel

Author: Christina Baker Kline Book: A PIECE OF THE WORLD: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (February 21, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Graceful, moving and powerful.” --Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of Moonglow From the #1 New York...

JON ELSE – TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark...

Author: Jon Else Book: TRUE SOUTH: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil rights Movement Publishing: Viking (January 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): “ does several things at once....

RENNIE AIRTH – THE DEATH OF KINGS: A John Madden Mystery

Author: Rennie Airth Book: THE DEATH OF KINGS: A John Madden Mystern Publishing: Viking (January 3, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): "Rennie Airth is one of the best detective writers around. And The Death of Kings is his best...

SHANTHI SEKARAN – LUCKY BOY: A Novel

Author: Shanthi Sekaran Book: LUCKY BOY: A Novel Publishing: G.P. Putnam's Sons (January 10, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their...

TIM DORSEY – CLOWNFISH BLUES: A Novel

Author: Tim Dorsey Book: CLOWNFISH BLUES: A Novel Publishing: William Morrow (January 24, 2017) Synopsis (from the Publisher): A (Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in this insanely...