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WE HAVE more new Adult Fiction this week starting with “Outsider,” by Linda Castillo. While enjoying a sleigh ride, Amish widower Adam Lengacher discovers a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. Chief Kate Burkholder recognizes the driver as fellow cop and former friend, Gina Colorosa. After regaining her wits, Gina reveals a shocking story: she is being harassed by her police colleagues and needs Kate’s protection. As a blizzard bears down on Painters Mill, Kate arranges for Gina to go into hiding among the Amish.

LUCAS Davenport faces his own challenges in “Masked Prey,” by John Sandford. The daughter of a US Senator is monitoring her social media presence when she finds a picture of herself on a strange blog. There are pictures of children of other influential Washington politicians, each identified by name. Surrounding the photos are texts of vicious political rants from a motley variety of extremist groups. The anonymous photographer can't be pinned down to one location or IP address, and no crime has actually been committed. So the influential senators decide to call in someone who can operate outside the FBI's constraints: Lucas Davenport.

 DANIELLE Steel explores the lives of four generations of women in “The Wedding Dress.” The Parisian design houses in 1928, the crash of 1929, the losses of war, the drug culture of the 1960s — history holds many surprises. For richer or for poorer, in cramped apartments and grand mansions, the treasured wedding dress made in Paris in 1928 follows each generation of women, and represents different hopes for each of them, as they marry very different men.JOE Pickett is back in the pages of “Long Range” by C.J. Box. When Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue efforts for the victim of a startling grizzly attack, he reluctantly leaves his district behind. Just as Joe begins to suspect the attack is not what it seems, he is brought home by an emergency. Someone has targeted a prominent local judge, shooting at him from a seemingly impossible distance. While the judge was not hit, his wife is severely wounded, and it is up to Joe to find answers…and the shooter.

FANS of Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn should enjoy “You Are Not Alone,” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Shay Miller has three strikes against her: no job, no apartment, no love life. But then she meets the glamorous and seductive Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane. As Shay is pulled deeper and deeper under their spell, she finds her life getting better and better. But what price does she have to pay?

STONE Barrington is back in “Hit List,” by Stuart Woods. When Stone finds his name on a hit list, he plans to lie low until the culprit is caught. But when this foe shows no signs of stopping until his deadly objective is realized in full, Stone is left with no choice but to face the problem head-on. But it turns out this scum is an expert at evasion, and the international cat-and-mouse hunt that ensues has Stone questioning if he has become the predator or the prey.

NEXT up is “A Week at the Shore,” by Barbara Delinsky. One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family's Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone, running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage and drove her and her two sisters apart. She has lived in New York ever since, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy. But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again - something involving Mallory's father.

FAMILY problems are also evident in “Daddy’s Girls,” by Danielle Steel. Decades ago, after the death of his wife, Texas ranch hand JT Tucker took his three small daughters to California to start a new life. With almost no money, a will of iron, and hard work, he eventually built the biggest ranch in California. But when he dies suddenly at the age of sixty-four, the ranch is inherited by his three daughters. And the paper trail JT leaves behind begins to reveal much more than the three sisters ever guessed about who he really was.

HARRIET Blue returns in James Patterson’s “Hush, Hush,” and she is in prison…for murder…in Australia. Luckily, Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods is offering her a 'get out of jail free' card. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child are missing and he needs Harry's expertise (and willingness to go outside the law) to find them. So Harry walks out of the prison gates and straight into a deadly game. Because although Tonya has a top cop for a father, she also has some dangerous friends!

PATTERSON continues the Rory Yates series in “Texas Outlaw.” After his girlfriend writes a new hit single about Rory’s bravery, he escapes to the remote West Texas town of Rio Lobo. Detective Ariana Delgado is the one who requested Rory, and the only person who believes a local councilwoman's seemingly accidental death is a murder. As he pursues the case, Rory begins to uncover a tangle of small-town secrets and is forced to take liberties with the investigation!

THIRDLY from Patterson, we have “The Summer House.” Once a luxurious getaway for a wealthy Southern family, the Summer House has long since fallen into disrepair. Its fall from grace is complete when it becomes the scene of a horrific mass murder. Shocking evidence points to four Army Rangers recently returned from Afghanistan. The Army sends Major Jeremiah Cook, a war veteran and former NYPD cop, to investigate. As Cook and his team struggle to put together pieces of evidence that just won’t fit, powerful forces rally against them to try to ensure that damning secrets are buried along with the victims!

EMMA Straub is back with “All Adults Here.” When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three, now-grown children. Astrid's youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered?

SHARI Lapena continues to offer thrills in “The End of Her.” Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. And Stephanie is certain that she has it all until Erica, a woman from Patrick's past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife's death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder. Patrick insists he's innocent, and that this is a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick that make Stephanie begin to question her husband.

WE'VE had multiple requests for “The Vanishing Half,” by Brit Bennett and now it’s here! The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, everything about them is different: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past.

IN historical fiction we have “Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters,” by Jennifer Chiaverini. 1875. Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide. The shocking act followed legal proceedings arranged by Mary's eldest and only surviving son that declared her legally insane. The Todd sisters - Elizabeth, Frances, Ann, and Emilie - had always turned to one another in times of joy and heartache. But when Civil War erupted, the conflict shattered their family. Can they come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour?

BEATRIZ Williams offers more Historical Fiction with “Her Last Flight.” In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett has arrived on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a biography on famed aviator Sam Mallory. Sam had been in the Spanish Civil War when he disappeared, and recently the wreck of his plane has been recovered from the Spanish desert. Janey is in Hawaii to interview Irene (Foster) Lindquist who was Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner. But Irene is reluctant to dig up the past!

ALSO IN Historical Fiction we have “The Woman before Wallis,” by new author Bryn Turnbull. In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale - even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales. In a twist of fate Thelma falls headlong into a love affair with Edward. But happiness is fleeting, when Thelma’s sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications.

FAMILY ties are tested in “Always the Last to Know,” by Kristan Higgins. Barb and John are bored with each other after fifty years of marriage, but at least they have their two daughters to turn to. Juliet is Barb’s favorite; Sadie is John’s favorite. But when John suffers a stroke, the troubled family must come together. And Barb and John must finally confront what’s been going on in their marriage all along.

TROUBLED children are the subject of “This Tender Land,” by William Kent Krueger. In the summer of 1932 on the banks of the Minnesota’s Gilead River, the Lincoln Indian Training School is a pathetic place where Native American children are placed away from their homes to assimilate into white culture. So it is an odd place to find Odie and Albert, two white brothers. When the errant youngsters commit a terrible crime, they are forced to flee for their lives. Along for the ride are Mose, a young mute Sioux, and Emmy, a broken hearted little girl. The foursome steals a canoe, and on down the Mississippi they go…searching for a place to call home.

SUNNY Randall returns in “Robert Parker’s Grudge Match,” by Mike Lupica. When Sunny’s longtime gangster associate Tony Marcus comes for help, Sunny is surprised because she recently double-crossed him on a deal. But Tony’s trusted girlfriend and business partner has vanished, and Tony has no idea why. While Sunny is skeptical, the missing woman intrigues her. Against all odd, the woman has risen to power in Tony’s criminal enterprise, and when a witness is murdered, it’s clear there’s more at stake than Tony’s love life.

WE travel to Vietnam in “The Red Lotus,” by Chris Bohjalian. Alexis and Austen met in the emergency room where Alexis sutured a bullet wound in Austen's arm. Six months later, they travel to Vietnam on a bicycling tour so that Austen can pay his respects to the place where his father and uncle fought in the war. But as Alexis waits at the hotel for Austen to return from his solo ride, two men emerge from the tall grass and Austen vanishes into thin air. As Alexis grapples with this bewildering loss, she uncovers a series of strange lies that force her to wonder: Where did Austen go? Why did he really bring her to Vietnam?

LASTLY, B.A. Paris is back with “The Dilema.” It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday, and her husband, Adam, is throwing her a party. Livia is secretly pleased that their daughter, Marnie, can’t make it. Livia recently discovered something about Marnie that she’d rather Adam didn’t know. However, Adam has a surprise for Livia: He’s arranged for Marnie to fly back for the party. But now Adam has some terrible new of his own. Maybe this party is going to be a flop?!

NEW in Adult Nonfiction this week we have “The Splendid and the Vile: a saga of Churchill, ­Fam­i­ly, and De­fi­ance ­dur­ing the Blitz,” by Erik Larson. On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium, and for the next twelve months, would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family.

A DELAYED Life,” by Dita Kraus offers another unique memoir of World War II. Dita Kraus grew up in Prague in an intellectual, middle-class Jewish family - until the advent of the Holocaust. Dita was sent to Auschwitz with her family and writes about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books that her fellow prisoners managed to smuggle past the guards. But Kraus also looks beyond the Holocaust to her marriage, a new life in Israel and the happiness of motherhood.

FOR the adventurous and scientific reader there’s “Fighting for Space­: two pi­lot­s and their his­toric ­bat­tle ­for fe­male s­pace­flight,” by Amy Shira Teitel. When the space age dawned in the late 1950s, Jackie Cochran held more propeller and jet flying records than any pilot of the twentieth century-man or woman. She was more qualified than any woman in the world to be the first in space. Yet it was twenty-five years later that Jerrie Cobb took the same medical tests as the Mercury astronauts in preparation for own dreams of space travel. This dual biography tells the story of these dynamic and fearless space pioneers.

FOR the naturalist (and people who like to read about creepy people), we have “The Falcon Thief,” by Joshua Hammer. This is the true-crime adventure about an Irish rogue who traded in rare eggs and birds. Jeffrey Lendrum is a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit relentlessly pursued him.

IN Historical Nonfiction “999: The Ex­traor­di­nary Young ­Wom­en of the ­First of­fi­cial ­Trans­port ­to Auschwitz,” explores another bleak remembrance from World War II. The first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. They were young women who were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish, but because they were female. Now author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees.

WORKING class America is the topic of “Tightrope,” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon. The area prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. And these stories are representative of many places the authors write about, including the Dakotas, Oklahoma, New York and Virginia. Most importantly, this book addresses the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

NEXT UP is “American Harvest,” by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. Mockett accompanied a group of evangelical Christian wheat harvesters through the heartland at the invitation of Eric Wolgemuth, the conservative farmer who has cut her family’s fields for decades. Mockett, who grew up in bohemian Carmel, California, with her father and her Japanese mother, knew little about farming when she inherited this land. Yet she joined the crew in the fields, attended church, and struggled to adapt to the rhythms of rural life, all the while facing discrimination as a biracial woman. This book also explores the subjects of evangelical skepticism and cosmopolitan assumptions about food production and farming.

FROM Oprah’s Book Club we have “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family,” by Robert Kolker. After World War II, Don Galvin’s work with the Air Force brought he and his wife, Mimi, to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom, from 1945 to 1965. Their family creed included hard work, upward mobility, and domestic harmony. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown and sudden shocking violence, as six of the ten Galvin boys, one after the other, were diagnosed as schizophrenic.

FROM First Lady Barbara Bush, we have “Pearls of Wisdom: little pieces of Advice (that go a long way.) Barbara Bush was famous for handing out advice. From friends and family, to heads of state and Supreme Court justices, and certainly to her staff, her advice ranged from what to wear, what to say or not say, and how to live your life. In this volume, Bush shares the best of her advice to family, staff, and close friends.

FINALLY, explore the Irish potato famine in “Voyage of Mercy,” by Stephen Puleo.  More than 5,000 ships left Ireland during the great potato famine in the late 1840s. The first vessel to sail in the other direction, to help the millions unable to escape, was the USS Jamestown, a converted warship, which left Boston in March 1847 loaded with precious food for Ireland. In an unprecedented move by Congress, the warship had been placed in civilian hands and committed to the peaceful delivery of food, clothing, and supplies in a mission that would launch America's first full-blown humanitarian relief effort.


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