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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Billy Collins
Publisher: Random House (2013, Oct 22nd).
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Billy Collins puts the ‘fun’ back in ‘profundity.’ ”—Alice FultonFrom the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out reading venues all across the country. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Martin Cruz Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2013, Nov 12th).
Arkady Renko, one of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, the melancholy hero— cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive— unravels a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself. The fearless reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire, Grisha Grigo-renko, is shot and buried with the trappings due a lord. No one else makes the connection, but Arkady is transfixed by the tapes he discovers of Tatiana’s voice describing horrific crimes in words that are at odds with the Kremlin’s official versions. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Nicola Griffith
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2013, Nov 12th).
A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: HildIn seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king’s youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby. But now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world—of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing her surroundings closely and predicting what will happen next—that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John Grisham
Format: Large Print]
Publisher: Random House Large Print; Lrg edition (2013, Oct 22nd).
John Grisham takes you back to where it all began . . . John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as 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. Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Sarah Jio
Publisher: Plume (2013, Nov 26th).
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattle’s Lake Union, home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959 Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor’s fate, but little suspects that Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Hannah Kent
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2013, Sep 10th).
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others? . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Robert Stone
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013, Nov 12th).
The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani …takes as its presiding muse not Conrad or Graham Greene, but Nathaniel Hawthorne. What Black-Haired Girl [has] in common with the rest of Mr. Stone's work is a fascination with the existential and religious yearnings of the human heart, and with what Melville called Hawthorne's fascination with the "great power of blackness" rooted in man's capacity for sin…Black-Haired Girl…marks…a retooling of [Mr. Stone's] voice for the purposes of creating a taut novel of psychological suspense…his gift for orchestrating suspense and dramatic scenes…is deployed here with efficiency and élan. As is his talent for charting his characters' psychological and spiritual longings…The result is at once a Hawthorne-like allegory and a sure-footed psychological thriller. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Joshilyn Jackson
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: William Morrow (2013, Nov 19th).
Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem—or what we hope they will be.Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son.Shandi doesn't know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (2013, Nov 5th).
ONE MOMENT IN TIME CAN HAUNT YOU FOREVER. Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget . . . Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mary Ellen Taylor
Publisher: Berkley Trade (2013, Nov 5th).
Daisy McCrae knows that change can be suddenand devastating. And while it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, change has the power to turn your whole world upside down.... Running the family bakery and living in the store’s attic might not be Daisy’s dream life, but she’s beginning to understand what being content feels like. And then she gets some unexpected news. In one moment, Daisy’s calm existence turns into chaos. Now she’s struggling to keep it together, especially with renovations at the bakery spiraling out of control. But when a box of recipes and mementos is found hidden behind a wall in the bakery, Daisy suddenly has something to cling toa mystery that echoes her own troubles and gives her the opportunity to figure out what she really wants out of life. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability