Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Adult Summer Reading - Week 10 - Wednesday





Imperial Woman
Imperial Woman
By Buck, Pearl S.
2004-12 - Moyer Bell
9781559210355 Check Our Catalog


Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908.
Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence.
Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial …More


The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
By Burton, Jessie
2014-08 - Ecco Press
9780062306814 Check Our Catalog


Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.
There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life …More


The Crown
The Crown
By Cass, Kiera
2016-05 - Harper Teen
9780062392176 Check Our Catalog


Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.
In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America …More


Nowhere to Run
Nowhere to Run
By Clark, Mary Jane
2004-06 - St. Martin's Press
9780312988692 Check Our Catalog

When There's No One To Trust...

Botulism, anthrax, smallpox, plague: as medical producer for television's highly-rated morning news program, Annabelle Murphy makes her living explaining horrific conditions to the nation. So when a KEY News colleague dies with symptoms terrifyingly similar to those of anthrax, she knows the panic spreading through the corridors of the Broadcast Center is
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The Hopefuls
The Hopefuls
By Close, Jennifer
2016-07 - Knopf Publishing Group
9781101875612 Check Our Catalog

A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriagefrom the best-selling author of"Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls"tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite.

When Beth arrives in D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
By Demick, Barbara
2009-12 - Spiegel & Grau
9780385523905 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2011), National Book Awards (2010), National Book Critics Circle Award (2010), Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction (2010)


"Nothing to Envy" follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years--a chaotic period that saw the unchallenged rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
HPL patron: Shows life in North Korea through the eyes of people and then when they escaped to South Korea-what a contrast. It is difficult to think of how …More


We Never Asked for Wings
We Never Asked for Wings
By Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
2015-08 - Ballantine Books
9780553392319 Check Our Catalog

From the beloved "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Language of Flowers" comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just six in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit
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Seven Days Dead: A Thriller
Seven Days Dead: A Thriller
By Farrow, John
2016-05 - Minotaur Books
9781250057693 Check Our Catalog


During an epic storm in the Gulf of Maine a lone woman races--first by car, then by a life-threatening sea crossing--to the island of Grand Manan. Her father is dying will she make it in time?
Others also venture out into the maelstrom that night, including a mysterious band of men and women who gather on Seven Days Work, the sheer cliff that overlooks the wild sea. A housekeeper, a pastor, …More


The Girl from Junchow
The Girl from Junchow
By Furnivall, Kate
2009-06 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425227640 Check Our Catalog

An epic journey of love and discovery from the national bestselling author of"The Russian Concubine" and "The Red Scarf." …More


Find Her
Find Her
By Gardner, Lisa
2016-02 - Dutton Books
9780525954576 Check Our Catalog

"Flora Dane is a victim."

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

"Flora Dane is a survivor."

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim
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Black Horizon
Black Horizon
By Grippando, James
2014-03 - Harper
9780062109880 Check Our Catalog

In Black Horizon, a riveting and timely thriller drawn from tomorrow's headlines, New York Times bestselling author James Grippando brings back popular Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck in an international case involving a devastating oil spill that pits him against his most villainous adversaries yet.
Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, oil is again spewing into …More


The Racketeer
The Racketeer
By Grisham, John
2012-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385535144 Check Our Catalog

It is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Fogletree just became number five. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies--Judge Fogletree and his young secretary. And only one man knows the story. …More


Rogue Lawyer
Rogue Lawyer
By Grisham, John
2015-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385539432 Check Our Catalog

On the right side of the law. Sort of.

Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee, his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and
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Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row
By Grisham, John
2013-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385537131 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
L.A. Times Book Prize (2013), Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (2014), SIBA Book Award (2014)


When wealthy Seth Hubbard hangs himself from a sycamore tree and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial -- a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
HPL patron: Very good. A legal thriller with lots of twists and turns in a suicide, …More


Heat and Light
Heat and Light
By Haigh, Jennifer
2016-05 - Ecco Press
9780061763298 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: Very readable, mildly interesting.
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A Clue for the Puzzle Lady
A Clue for the Puzzle Lady
By Hall, Parnell
1999-11 - Bantam Books
9780553800968 Check Our Catalog

When the body of a teenage girl turns up in the Bakerhaven cemetery--a scrap of crossword puzzle in her pocket--Police Chief Dale Harper decides to seek help from Miss Cora Felton, the famed Puzzle Lady, " known for her crossword puzzle column. …More


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
By Harden, Blaine
2012-03 - Mantle
9780230748736 Check Our Catalog


The heart-wrenching "New York Times"-bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped. Harden unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin's shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway.
HPL patron: A book that keeps one's interest and is true. It is amazing that one …More


Before the Fall
Before the Fall
By Hawley, Noah
2016-05 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455561780 Check Our Catalog

New York Times Bestseller

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for
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The Shining
The Shining
By King, Stephen
1990-05 - Doubleday Books
9780385121675 Check Our Catalog


Evil forces try to destroy a boy with psychic powers.
HPL patron: Typically long and wordy like his early novels are, this audio book is perfect. A chilling nightmare of a bedtime story that never seems to end. The Shining is an amazing story, a classic. I enjoyed it very much.
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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
By Kleypas, Lisa
2010-12 - Center Point
9781602859395 Check Our Catalog

The first book in a new series by "New York Times"-bestselling author Kleypasbegins during the most magical time of the year--a time when true love gets asecond chance. …More


My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
By Lebovitz, David
2014-04 - Ten Speed Press
9781607742678 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
IACP Crystal Whisk Award (2015), James Beard Foundation Book Awards (2015)


HPL patron: This is a beautiful book, a wonderful combination of anecdotes and recipes.
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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
By Lewis, Michael
2010-03 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393072235 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
L.A. Times Book Prize (2010), Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (2011)


Why Michael Lewis, according to Malcolm Gladwell, "is the finest storyteller of our generation": Liar's Poker "So memorable and alive. . . . It's one of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era. . . . Remember the 1980s? When you want to recall this roaring decade, pick up a copy of Liar's Poker." -Fortune "Devastatingly funny." -New York Moneyball "The best business book Lewis has …More


The Quality of Silence
The Quality of Silence
By Lupton, Rosamund
2016-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781101903674 Check Our Catalog

The gripping, moving story of a mother and daughter's quest to uncover a dark secret in the Alaskan wilderness, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sister and Afterwards

Thrillingly suspenseful and atmospheric, The Quality of Silence is the story of Yasmin, a beautiful astrophysicist, and her precocious deaf daughter, Ruby, who arrive in a
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Winter's Child
Winter's Child
By Maron, Margaret
2006-08 - Mysterious Press
9780892968107 Check Our Catalog


In the chilling 12th installment of this award-winning series, Judge Deborah Knott's new marriage will be tested as she and her new husband are drawn into an emotional hunt for his missing ex-wife and son.
HPL patron: A mystery that is hard to put down, yet some names are hard to keep track of at first.
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