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Week of June 17, 2019

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Week of June 17, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of June 17th include THE RECKONING by John Grisham, in which a decorated World War II hero and a faithful member of the Methodist church commits a shocking crime and is willing to take his motive to the grave; COTTAGE BY THE SEA, Debbie Macomber's novel about a seaside town and its eclectic community that helps a young woman reclaim the light after darkness; A FORGOTTEN PLACE, the 10th installment in Charles Todd's series featuring Bess Crawford, who finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland; and SMALL FRY, a poignant coming-of-age story from Steve Jobs' daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs --- which is part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the '70s and '80s.

Blood Relations by Jonathan Moore - Psychological Thriller

June 18, 2019

Who is Claire Gravesend? So wonders PI Lee Crowe when he finds her dead on top of a Rolls Royce in the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco. Claire’s mother, Olivia, doesn’t believe the coroner’s ruling that she killed herself and hires Crowe to investigate. But the questions about the Gravesend family pile up fast. First, the autopsy reveals round scars running down Claire’s spine, old marks Olivia won’t explain. Then, Crowe visits Claire’s Boston townhouse and has to fend off an armed intruder. He leaves Boston afraid, but finds his way to Claire’s secret San Francisco pied-à-terre. It’s there that his questions come to a head. Sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, he finds Claire, and as far as he can tell, she’s alive.

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber - Romance

June 18, 2019

Days of Awe: Stories by A.M. Homes - Fiction/Short Stories

June 18, 2019

A.M. Homes exposes the heart of an uneasy America in her new collection --- exploring our attachments to each other through characters who aren't quite who they hoped to become, though there is no one else they can be. In "A Prize for Every Player," a man is nominated to run for president by the customers of a big box store, while he and his family do their weekly shopping. At a conference on genocide(s) in the title story, old friends rediscover themselves and one another --- finding spiritual and physical comfort in ancient traditions. And in "Hello Everybody" and "She Got Away," Homes revisits a Los Angeles family obsessed with the surfaces and frightened of what lives below.

Fight No More: Stories by Lydia Millet - Fiction/Short Stories

June 18, 2019

In FIGHT NO MORE, Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web of stories connecting a community through the houses they inhabit. With crackling satire and surprising tenderness, Lydia Millet introduces an indelible cast of untidy teens, beastly men and strong-minded women whose stories begin to outline the fate of one particular family being torn apart by forces they recognize but cannot control. Millet’s intellect and beautiful prose deliver profound insight into human behavior, from the ordinary to the bizarre, and draws startling contrasts between house and home.

A Forgotten Place: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd - Historical Mystery

June 18, 2019

In Dust and Ashes: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne Holt - Mystery

June 18, 2019

In 2001, a two-year-old girl was killed by a speeding car. The marriage of her grief-stricken parents dissolved in the wake of the accident, and not long thereafter, her mother died under mysterious circumstances. The girl’s father, Jonas, was convicted of his ex-wife’s murder and sentenced to 12 years in prison. But police investigator Kjell Bonsaksen knew he was innocent. Now it’s 2016, and an uncomfortable chance encounter with Jonas prompts Kjell to dig out Jonas’ case files for Detective Henrik Holme. Henrik doesn’t take long to convince his beloved mentor, Hanne Wilhelmsen, that Jonas was wrongly convicted. As their investigation evolves, Hanne and Henrik uncover eerie connections to the recent suicide of a right-wing extremist blogger whose fanatic ideologies seem incompatible with a desire to die.

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley - Fiction

June 18, 2019

Mary B by Katherine J. Chen - Historical Fiction

June 18, 2019

Mary Bennet possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited wit of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in 19th-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading and writing to keep her company. But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy and romance that eventually visit Mary’s own life.

Open Me by Lisa Locascio - Fiction

June 18, 2019

Roxana Olsen has always dreamed of going to Paris, and after high school graduation finally plans to travel there on a study abroad program. But a logistical mix-up brings Roxana to Copenhagen instead, where she is picked up at the airport by Søren, a 28-year-old guide who is meant to be her steward. Instantly drawn to one another, Roxana and Søren’s relationship turns romantic, and when he asks Roxana to accompany him to a small coastal town for the rest of the summer, she doesn’t hesitate to accept. But as their relationship deepens, Søren’s temperament darkens, and Roxana finds herself increasingly drawn to a local outsider, Zlatan, whom she learns is a Muslim refugee from the Bosnian War.

The Reckoning by John Grisham - Historical Fiction

June 18, 2019

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son --- a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor and faithful member of the Methodist church. Then, one cool October morning, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it --- to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury and to his family --- was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

The Rumor by Lesley Kara - Psychological Thriller/Mystery

June 18, 2019

Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman - Thriller

June 18, 2019

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs - Memoir

June 18, 2019

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty - Psychological Thriller

June 18, 2019

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey - Psychological Thriller

June 18, 2019

Jen and Hugh Maddox have just survived every parent’s worst nightmare. Their 15-year-old daughter, Lana, was found bloodied, bruised and disoriented after going missing for four days during a mother-daughter vacation in the country. She lies mute in her hospital bed, unwilling or unable to articulate what happened to her during that period. Even when she returns to the family home and her school routine, Lana only provides the same frustrating answer over and over: "I can’t remember." Without telling Hugh or their pregnant older daughter Meg, Jen sets off to retrace Lana’s steps, a journey that will lead her to a deeper understanding of her youngest daughter, her family and herself.

Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg - Fiction/Short Stories

June 18, 2019