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By Steve Richards
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FINDING MY FATHER His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow by Deborah Tannen
Long before Deborah Tannen became a bestselling author and internationally renowned linguist at Georgetown University, she was a young girl who adored her father—profoundly influenced by his gift for writing and storytelling. In her riveting memoir, FINDING MY FATHER—her most personal and revealing work yet—Tannen embarks on the poignant, yet perilous, quest to piece together the puzzle of her father’s life. Reading journals he kept as a young man, she uncovers secrets not even she could’ve expected—secrets that force Tannen to rethink her assumptions about her father’s life, her parents’ marriage, and the story she for decades told herself about her parents’ love story. Beginning with his astonishingly vivid memories of the Hasidic community in Warsaw, where he was born in 1908, Tannen traces her father’s journey: arriving in New York City in 1920 at 12; quitting high school at 14 to support his mother and sister by working in a factory; through a vast array of jobs, including prison guard and gun-toting alcohol tax inspector; to eventually establishing a thriving law practice and running for Congress. Tannen follows her father through the trials of immigration, the Depression, the American Communist and Labor Movements—and the thicket of relations among men, women and sex, so different in his time than in her own. FINDING MY FATHER is a daughter’s stunning labor of love: a tribute to her father and the near century that he lived. But even more, it’s an unflinching account of a daughter’s struggle to see her father more clearly, to know him more deeply, and to unearth a more truthful story about her family—and herself. DEBORAH TANNEN is the acclaimed author of You Just Don’t Understand, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years; the New York Times bestsellers You’re Wearing THAT? about mothers and daughters and You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!, about sisters; and many other books. A professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she is a frequent guest on national television and radio, including 20/20, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today, and NPR’s Fresh Air and 1A. She has written for and been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, and Harvard Business Review, among many others. She lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C., area.
September 25, 2020
REAGANLAND: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980 By Rick Perlstein
With REAGANLAND: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980 , historian Rick Perlstein concludes his sweeping four-volume account of the rise of modern American conservatism. Over two decades (and more than three thousand pages), Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in American politics: Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of American Consensus (2002); Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008); and The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (2014). With the saga’s final installment, REAGANLAND—covering the years from Jimmy Carter’s election to his defeat at the hands of Ronald Reagan—he has delivered his most stunning literary and historical achievement yet. Perlstein shows how much the nation changed over those years—and just as importantly, how those changes produced the world we live in now. About the author Rick Perlstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan; Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, a New York Timesbestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications; and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. His essays and book reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate, among others. A contributing editor and board member of In These Times magazine, he lives in Chicago.
September 22, 2020
Vince Flynn- Total Power-A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills
In the next thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, it’s a race against the clock when ISIS takes out the entire US power grid and throws the country into chaos. When Mitch Rapp captures ISIS’s top technology expert, he reveals that he was on his way to meet a man who claims to have the ability to bring down America’s power grid. Rapp is determined to eliminate this shadowy figure, but the CIA’s trap fails. The Agency is still trying to determine what went wrong when ISIS operatives help this cyber terrorist do what he said he could—plunge the country into darkness. With no concept of how this unprecedented act was accomplished, the task of getting the power back on could take months. Perhaps even years. Rapp and his team embark on a desperate search for the only people who know how to repair the damage— the ones responsible. But his operating environment is like nothing he’s experienced before. Computers and communication networks are down, fuel can no longer be pumped from gas stations, water and sanitation systems are on the brink of collapse, and the supply of food is running out. On Vince Flynn: Total Power is the 19th book featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. All 14 books that Vince Flynn wrote before his death were New York Times bestsellers, 3 of them reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list Nearly 75 million Vince Flynn books have been sold worldwide At least 2 United States Presidents and 1 King are fans of Vince Flynn: he’s heard personally from both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush (left) that they’re big fans, the latter even inviting him to the White House on several occasions. King Abdullah II of Jordan (see right) has hosted Vince in his palace and requests each new book for his enjoyment. On Kyle Mills: Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one books, including five previous Mitch Rapp novels, The Survivor, Order to Kill, Enemy of the State, Red War and last year’s #1 New York Times bestseller Lethal Agent. Kyle’s father was an FBI agent, the Legal Attaché to the UK, and the director of Interpol. As the legend that Vince Flynn created goes: Mitch Rapp joined the CIA in reaction to the love of his life dying in Pan Am 103. Well, in real life, Kyle’s father was the FBI’s lead man in the investigation of that terrorist attack. It happened during Kyle’s college graduation dinner in London where he was stationed at the time. His assistant came to the restaurant and told him that a plane had gone down in a small Scottish town. That was the last he saw of him for months. The Mills family first met Tom Clancy when he was researching his second book and still worked as an insurance salesman. His FBI character Dan Murray is based on Mills’s father. Because of Kyle’s father’s job, he grew up in Oregon, Washington, DC.
September 19, 2020
TRUMP ON TRIAL: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath-Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan
TRUMP ON TRIAL: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, in collaboration with The Post staff. Anchored in fresh reporting and interviews from Washington and abroad, the book offers a richly detailed, fast-paced narrative of what happened and why as Donald Trump faced only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Among the book’s many revelatory scenes: A split-screen account of Trump’s fateful July 25, 2019 telephone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, with a senior Zelensky adviser passing him notes as the conversation drifts in the direction that aides on both sides had feared. Deeply reported and character-driven, TRUMP ON TRIALis the first and most definitive portrayal yet of the forces at work in this historic confrontation. The book is also an intimate and immersive study of political power: the people who have it,  use it, and abuse it. Among the book’s many compelling storylines is the personal feud between Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking elected woman in American history, and Trump, the president who engaged in a relentless social media campaign to rail against the investigation that threatened his presidency and his ambition of a second term. About the Authors Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan are Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists for The Washington Post. A married couple, they were based abroad for fourteen years as the Post’s co–bureau chiefs in Tokyo, Mexico City, and London. Sullivan writes about national and international issues. Jordan is a national political correspondent. They are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland and The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail. Jordan is also the author of The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump.
September 10, 2020
S.A. Cosby- Blacktop Wasteland
BLACKTOP WASTELAND (Flatiron Books) is about a diamond heist schemed up by an uneasy alliance of poor men and women. Black and white, they live in the Virginia Tidewater region in a town where the desire to be more, have more, leave and live large haunts. With breakneck twists, heartbreaking intents and the missteps of its indelible characters, S. A. Cosby weaves a story about black male identity, about what it means to be from the South and have its history not include your story, and about the pull of family and its confusing messages about love and inheritance. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shawn A. Cosby is a writer from Southeastern Virginia, now residing in Gloucester, Virginia. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. His short story "The Grass Beneath My Feet" won the Anthony award for best short story in 2019. He is also the author of My Darkest Prayer and Brotherhood of the Blade. His writing is influenced by his experience as a bouncer, construction worker, retail manager and for six hours a mascot for a major fast food chain inside the world's hottest costume. When he isn't crafting tales of murder and mayhem he assists the dedicated staff at J.K. Redmond Funeral home as a mortician's assistant. He is an avid hiker and is also known as one hell of a chess player.
August 31, 2020
Readers everywhere turn to Debbie Macomber for stories of love, loss, and hope. In A WALK ALONG THE BEACH (Ballantine), two sisters must learn from each other's strengths and trust in the redeeming power of love, ultimately discovering that even in the darkest moments, family is everything. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Debbie Macomber, the author of Window on the Bay, Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is, as well, the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
August 24, 2020
Michel Paradis-LAST MISSION TO TOKYO: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice
In 1942, freshly humiliated from the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt demanded a show of strength against the Japanese. Jimmy Doolittle, a stunt pilot with a doctorate from MIT, came forward and led eighty young men on a seemingly impossible mission across the Pacific. Dubbed “The Doolittle Raiders,” they struck the mainland of Japan and permanently turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. But their legendary l mission wasn’t the end of the story. In his debut history, LAST MISSION TO TOKYO: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice  (Simon & Schuster), legal scholar and historian Michel Paradisuncovers one of the last untold stories of a seminal moment in World War II: the pair of trials in Shanghai that determined the future of legal and military history. With incredible and gripping detail, he recounts the dramatic aftermath of the Doolittle mission, which involved two lost crews captured, tried, and tortured at the hands of the Japanese; the dramatic rescue the survivors in the last weeks of the conflict; and the international manhunt and trial led by two dynamic and opposing young lawyers - Major Robert Dwyer, a prosecutor determined to bring justice to the Raiders, and Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Bodine, assigned to defend the Japanese - who were forced to confront the questions of what constitutes a fair trial, when we should show mercy to our enemies, and right and wrong in the fog of war. The result is a heart-stopping, perspective-shifting courtroom drama that opens our eyes to a final act in the story of the Greatest Generation. Like compelling World War II histories such as Lucky 666 and Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, LAST MISSION TO TOKYO is a thrilling war story meets courtroom drama that also offers a deep dive into the Japanese perspective that fans of Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" will find fascinating. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Michel Paradis is a leading human rights lawyer and national security law scholar. He has won high-profile cases in courts around the globe and worked for over a decade with the US Department of Defense, Military Commissions Defense Organization, where he led many of the landmark court cases to arise out of Guantanamo Bay. He also holds the position of Lecturer at Columbia Law School, where he teaches on the military, the constitution, and the law of war. He received his doctorate from Oxford University and his law degree from Fordham Law School. He has appeared on or written for NPR, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Foreign Policy, Lawfare, America, The Intercept, and the late Weekly Standard. He lives with his family in Manhattan. Learn more at and follow him at
August 18, 2020
Lorraine Toth- Psychic Serendipity
Sadie’s sad past means she’s been carrying guilt for years. Is she strong enough to let it all go and accept the joy destiny is offering? She is a successful photographer and single mother who is juggling it all. When a chance encounter with a psychic reveals that her soul mate is waiting for her, she has a choice to make: believe in serendipity or stay stuck in the status quo. Is Sadie too focused on her past to see what fate has delivered to her doorstep? Can she release the pain from that past in time to save the love that destiny has delivered? And who is the sexy cowboy waiting in the wings? Find out in Psychic Serendipity, a true-to-life new romance from Lorraine Toth.
August 14, 2020
Richard J Ellis- Old Tip vs. the Sly Fox The 1840 Election and the Making of a Partisan Nation
Usually remembered for its slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too,” the election of 1840 is also the first presidential election of which it might be truly said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Tackling a contest best known for log cabins, cider barrels, and catchy songs, this timely volume reveals that the election of 1840 might be better understood as a case study of how profoundly the economy shapes the presidential vote. Richard J. Ellis is Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics at Willamette University. His many books include The Development of the American Presidency (3rd edition), Historian in Chief: How Presidents Interpret the Past to Shape the Future (as coeditor), and, from Kansas, Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush.
August 8, 2020
Chris Frantz- Remain in Love-Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
One of the most dynamic groups of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating hits like “Psycho Killer” and “Burning Down the House” that captured the post-baby boom generation’s intense, affectless style. In Remain in Love, Frantz writes about the beginnings of Talking Heads—their days as art students in Providence, moving to the sparse Chrystie Street loft Frantz, Weymouth, and Byrne shared where the music that defined an era was written. With never-before-seen photos and immersive vivid detail, Frantz describes life on tour, down to the meals eaten and the clothes worn—and reveals the mechanics of a long and complicated working relationship with a mercurial frontman. At the heart of Remain in Love is Frantz’s love for Weymouth: their once-in-a-lifetime connection as lovers, musicians, and bandmates, and how their creativity surged with the creation of their own band Tom Tom Club, bringing a fresh Afro-Caribbean beat to hits like “Genius of Love.” Studded with memorable places and names from the era—Grace Jones, Andy Warhol, Stephen Sprouse, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, and Debbie Harry among them—Remain in Love is a frank and open memoir of an emblematic life in music and in love. CHRIS FRANTZ is a musician, producer, and songwriter and founding member of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club.
August 7, 2020
Samantha Downing -He Started It
From the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family—not unlike your own—just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in.... Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven't all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we'll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance. But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone. It's even harder when you're all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory, a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won't stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there's a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons. But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.
August 5, 2020
Brad Balukjian- The Wax Pack: On the open road in search of baseball's afterlife
THE PREMISE The Wax Pack: On the open road in search of baseball's afterlife is the true story of tracking down all the players in a single pack of 1986 Topps on a 11,341-mile road trip across the U.S. What started out as a fit of nostalgia became something much bigger than baseball: A meditation on the loss of innocence, what it means to grow up, and the surprising gift accessible to us all: Impermanence. Brad Balukjian is a doctor, but not one who can write you a prescription (unless you're a sick insect). He hated school when he was little, but now loves it so much that after graduating from the 23rd grade, he has moved to the other side of the desk to teach natural history at Merritt College in Oakland, California. He has strong opinions about the value of education, exposure to nature, and utility infielders from the 1980s, and is pursuing a hybrid career of teaching, writing, and research to get the word out that science is accessible and (gasp!) fun. He chose this path because he never wants to stop learning and apparently has a strong aversion to money. This is his first time writing in the third-person.
August 3, 2020
JAX MILLER - HELL IN THE HEARTLAND: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jax Miller is an American author. While hitchhiking across America in her twenties, she wrote her first novel, Freedom's Child, for which she won the 2016 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle and earned several CWA Dagger nominations. She has received acclaim from the New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and many more. She now works in the true-crime genre, having penned her much-anticipated book and acting as creator, host, and executive producer on the true-crime documentary series Hell in the Heartland on CNN's HLN network. Jax is a lover of film and music, and has a passion for rock 'n' roll and writing screenplays. Like Michelle McNamara in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Miller delicately unravels a decades-long mystery. Along the way, she uncovers a second story about a forgotten region. Like Brian Reed in S-Town, Miller pierces a broken rural community ensnared by drugs and poverty, and is drawn into the lives of people trapped within its cycle. She also investigates theories of police corruption, and discovers jaw-dropping evidence of negligence and mismanagement. Among the most well-known examples is that the parents of Lauria Bible actually discovered one of the two burnt bodies left in the trailer, a full day after investigators combed the scene. Miller chronicles not just the crime at hand but the deterioration of her own mental health as she puts her life on the sidelines in an obsessive quest to find the girls and see the case through authorities’ first arrest. She has dug for bodies, faced down the barrel of a gun, sat with meth heads, taken criminals’ confessions, and endured death threats she is still too scared to discuss. A former addict, Miller was able to get into the dark corners of a region ravaged by methamphetamine, speaking with hundreds of sources, many of whom remained fearful to come forward years after the crime. Miller’s docuseries of the same name premiered on HLN in 2019. HELL IN THE HEARTLAND’s exquisite prose is drawing early comparisons to Hillbilly Elegy and Educated from Penguin sales reps, and belongs on the shelf next to American Predator, The Fact of a Body, Say Nothing and other pivotal true crime narratives. Twitter: @RealJaxMiller Facebook: @RealJaxMiller
August 3, 2020
Julian Zelizer-BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party
One of America’s premier historians traces the origin story of our deeply partisan times, examining how Newt Gingrich and his allies reshaped Washington with an anti-establishment, take-no-prisoners approach to politics When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, President Obama observed that Trump “is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party for the past ten, fifteen, twenty years.” In BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party, author Julian Zelizer, esteemed Princeton historian and CNN Political Analyst, pinpoints the moment when our country was set on a path towards the current era of bitterly partisan and ruthless politics. Zelizer argues that Newt Gingrich’s political strategies in the 1980s, when he waged a campaign against Speaker of the House Jim Wright, have inspired some of the most divisive episodes in contemporary American politics, from the Tea Party movement to the Trump presidency. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Julian E. Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a CNN Political Analyst. He is a  co-host of the Politics and Polls podcast. His most recent books are Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (co-authored with Kevin Kruse) and The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society, the winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for Best Book on Congress. Zelizer has been awarded fellowships from the New York Historical Society, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and New America. Twitter: @julianzelizer
July 31, 2020
Larry Tye- Demagogue
Demagogue is two books in one – a biography of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy, one of the most reviled figures in U.S. history, and a broader look at America’s long-standing love affair with bullies. Author Larry Tye got the first-ever access to McCarthy’s personal and professional papers, medical and military records, love letters, wartime diaries, and other files that had been under lock and key for half a century. Examining this fresh evidence of McCarthy’s official excesses, and of his surprising behind-the-scenes humanity, makes him more authentic, if also more confounding. Today, every schoolchild in America is introduced to Joe McCarthy, but generally as a caricature, and their parents and grandparents recall the senator mainly with catch phrases like witch hunter or with a single word: evil. The newly disclosed records let us shave away the myths and understand how the junior senator from Grand Chute rose to become powerful enough not just to intimidate Dwight Eisenhower, our most popular postwar president, but to provoke senators and others to take their own lives. Pulling open the curtain, Tye reveals Senator McCarthy as neither the Genghis Kahn his enemies depicted, nor the Joan of Arc rendered by friends.
July 30, 2020
Brian Freeman- Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Evolution
About THE BOURNE EVOLUTION: After the death of his lover in a mass shooting, secret agent and the man without a past, Jason Bourne is convinced that there is more to her murder than it seems. Worse, he believes that Treadstone, the clandestine spy agency that trained him, is behind the killing. Bourne goes rogue, leaving Treadstone behind and taking on a new mission to infiltrate and expose Medusa, a shadowy, anarchical cyber-enemy intent on harvesting and controlling the world’s private information. As an independent operative, Bourne has been hired by a powerful cabal of tech executives who want him to stop the threat posed to their empire by the crusading young congresswoman Sofia Ortiz. When Ortiz is assassinated during a rally in New York’s Washington Square Park, it is assumed that Bourne is behind it. Bourne alone knows that someone else pulled the trigger. And that someone is now after him. Meanwhile, Abbey Laurent, a dogged Canadian journalist, has watched the assassination firsthand. Back in Quebec City, she awaits a rendezvous with an informant—Bourne—when she witnesses even more violent killing. Soon, Abbey is engaged in a cat-and-mouse game, not only with Bourne, but with an unknown killer. Despite her street smarts, the seasoned reporter can’t be sure who is telling her the truth and whom she can trust. When she reluctantly places her faith in the enigmatic Bourne, a cyclone of danger will take her and her mystery protector from Canada to the U.S. to the Caribbean—as Bourne tries to figure out who has framed him for the congresswoman’s murder and who exactly the real enemy is. Twitter: @bfreemanbooks Facebook: @bfreemanfans ABOUT THE AUTHORS Brian Freeman is a bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His Audible original, The Deep, Deep Snow, landed on the New York Times Audio bestseller list. His stand-alone novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards, and his novel The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award. His debut novel, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Dagger, Edgar, Anthony, and Barry awards for Best First Novel. Freeman lives in Minnesota with his wife. Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among other novels. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.
July 30, 2020
Megan Collins- Behind The Red Door
From the author of the “suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting” (Megan Miranda) Book of the Month Club selection The Winter Sister (2019), Megan Collins returns with this summer’s breakout thriller, Behind the Red Door ( Atria). A gripping, sinister page-turner that seems ripped straight from the headlines, it centers on a woman who feels a mysterious connection to the victim of an infamous decades old kidnapping. When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a thirty-four-year-old missing woman from Maine, she’s positive she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping—and equally famous return—twenty years ago, but Fern has no memory of that. But when Astrid appears in Fern’s recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her, pleading, Fern fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory. Fern purchases a copy of Astrid’s recently published memoir, which the media speculates has provoked her original kidnapper to abduct her again. With the help of her psychologist father, Fern digs deeper, hoping to find evidence that her connection to Astrid can help the police locate her. But when Fern discovers more about her own past than she ever bargained for, the disturbing truth will change both of the women's lives forever.
July 29, 2020
Julie Pennell- Louisiana Lucky
Julie Pennell, author of the critically acclaimed debut, The Young Wives Club, returns with her latest Southern charmer, LOUISIANA LUCKY . For fans of Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey, the story stars three sisters who win a huge lottery prize. Lexi, Callie, and Hanna Breaux grew up in small-town Louisiana, and have always struggled to make ends meet. When the incredible happens and the Breaux sisters hit it big—$204 million dollars big—all their dreams come true… Or so they think. Heartfelt, engaging, and featuring characters you’ll root for from the first moment you meet them, Louisiana Lucky is a satisfying, page-turning beach read from a rising star in women’s fiction. Julie Pennell was born and raised in Louisiana. After graduating from college, she headed to New York to work at Seventeen magazine. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and young son, and is a regular contributor to Her writing has also appeared in The Knot, In Style, and Refinery29. She is the author of The Young Wives Club and Louisiana Lucky.
July 29, 2020
Shari Lapena- The End of Her
A new domestic suspense novel from Shari Lapena, the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know. Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she's sure of: she has all she ever wanted. Then 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, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick--things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn't sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie's trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth--is Erica the persuasive liar Patrick says she is? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, and Someone We Know, which have all been New York Times and The Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-seven territories around the world. She lives in Toronto.
July 28, 2020
Kevin Kwan- Sex and Vanity
The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds – the WASP establishment of her father’s family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. On her very fist morning on the jewel-like island of Capri, Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao, and she instantly can’t stand him. She can’t stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can’t stand that he knows more about Casa Malaparte than she does, and she really can’t stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish, disapproving cousin Charlotte. “Your mother is Chinese so it’s no surprise you’d be attracted to someone like him,” Charlotte teases. The daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George. But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, where Lucie is weekending with her new fiancé, she finds herself drawn to George again. Soon, Lucie is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment building, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world – and her heart. Moving among summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, SEX AND VANITY (Doubleday)is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.
July 28, 2020
Colin Woodard-UNION: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood
In his popular book, American Nations, award-winning journalist Colin Woodard argued for the existence of 11 separate stateless nations within the United States, where rival cultures explain history, identity, and voting behaviors. With his new book, UNION: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood (Viking), Woodard expands on a theme from Nations: how the cherished idea of a unified country has ignored the basic facts of our history. In this fascinating study of a fractured America, he examines how the myth of our national unity was created and fought over by five men—George Bancroft, William Gilmore Simms, Frederick Douglass, Woodrow Wilson, and Frederick Jackson Turner—and how it continues to affect us today. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Colin Woodard is a New York Times bestselling writer, historian, and journalist who has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and The San Francisco Chronicle, he is a reporter at the Portland Press Herald, where he received a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Smithsonian and Politico. He is the author of American Nations, American Character, The Lobster Coast, The Republic of Pirates, and Ocean's End and lives in Maine.
July 24, 2020
Archie Brown- The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War
In this penetrating analysis of the role of political leadership in the Cold War's ending, Archie Brown shows why the popular view that Western economic and military strength left the Soviet Union with no alternative but to admit defeat is wrong. To understand the significance of the parts played by Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in East-West relations in the second half of the 1980s, Brown addresses several specific questions: What were the values and assumptions of these leaders, and how did their perceptions evolve? What were the major influences on them? To what extent were they reflecting the views of their own political establishment or challenging them? How important for ending the East-West standoff were their interrelations? Would any of the realistically alternative leaders of their countries at that time have pursued approximately the same policies? The Cold War got colder in the early 1980s and the relationship between the two military superpowers, the USA and the Soviet Union, each of whom had the capacity to annihilate the other, was tense. By the end of the decade, East-West relations had been utterly transformed, with most of the dividing lines - including the division of Europe - removed. Engagement between Gorbachev and Reagan was a crucial part of that process of change. More surprising was Thatcher's role. Regarded by Reagan as his ideological and political soulmate, she formed also a strong and supportive relationship with Gorbachev (beginning three months before he came to power). Promoting Gorbachev in Washington as 'a man to do business with', she became, in the words of her foreign policy adviser Sir Percy Cradock, 'an agent of influence in both directions'. Archie Brown is a British political scientist and historian. He is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1991, Professor Brown was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He has written widely on Soviet and Communist politics, the Cold War, and political leadership.
July 24, 2020
Ted Bell- Dragonfire
About DRAGONFIRE In 1941, the new Chinese ambassador to the United States, Tiger Tang, meets with President Roosevelt one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For the next four years, China and the U.S. will be wartime allies, but the charming, sophisticated ambassador may be playing his own treacherous game. But today, while Alex Hawke is recovering from serious injuries incurred during a mission, his recuperation is interrupted by a desperate call from the Queen. Her grandson has disappeared in the Bahamas. Lord Hawke is the only man she trusts with a mission this sensitive. All she knows is that the young prince was last seen at the exclusive Dragonfire nightclub owned by the nefarious Tang brothers, grandsons of Ambassador Tiger Tang.
July 24, 2020
Christopher J. Leahy-President Without a Party- The Life of John Tyler
Historians have long viewed President John Tyler as one of the nation’s least effective heads of state. In President without a Party—the first full- scale biography of Tyler in more than fifty years and the first new academic study of him in eight decades—Christopher J. Leahy explores the life of the tenth chief executive of the United States. Born in the Virginia Tidewater into an elite family sympathetic to the ideals of the American Revolution, Tyler, like his father, worked as an attorney before entering politics. Leahy uses a wealth of primary source materials to chart Tyler’s early political path, from his election to the Virginia legislature in 1811, through his stints as a congressman and senator, to his vice- presidential nomination on the Whig ticket for the campaign of 1840. When William Henry Harrison died unexpectedly a mere month after assuming the presidency, Tyler became the first vice president to become president because of the death of the incumbent. Leahy traces Tyler’s ascent to the highest office in the land and unpacks the fraught dynamics between Tyler and his fellow Whigs, who ultimately banished the beleaguered president from their ranks and stymied his election bid three years later. Leahy also examines the president’s personal life, especially his relationships with his wives and children. In the end, Leahy suggests, politics fulfilled Tyler the most, often to the detriment of his family. Such was true even after his presidency, when Virginians elected him to the Confederate Congress in 1861, and northerners and Unionists branded him a “traitor president.” The most complete accounting of Tyler’s life and career, Leahy’s biography makes an original contribution to the fields of politics, family life, and slavery in the antebellum South. Moving beyond the standard, often shortsighted studies that describe Tyler as simply a defender of the Old South’s dominant ideology of states’ rights and strict construction of the Constitution, Leahy offers a nuanced portrayal of a president who favored a middle- of- the- road, bipartisan approach to the nation’s problems. This strategy did not make Tyler popular with either the Whigs or the opposition Democrats while he was in office, or with historians and biographers ever since. Moreover, his most significant achievement as president—the annexation of Texas—exacerbated sectional tensions and put the United States on the road to civil war.  Christopher J. Leahy is professor of history at Keuka College in New York
July 17, 2020
Todd Zolecki-Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay
Roy “Doc” Halladay was an All-Star, a two-time Cy Young winner, a superstar and ultimately a Hall of Famer. But Roy was also a quiet enigma, a man who worked harder than anyone and let his pitches do his talking. He intimidated opponents, and his silent intensity hung between him and the media, his fans and even some of his teammates. In Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay (Triumph Books), longtime Phillies writer Todd Zolecki reveals the real Roy Halladay in a way which has never been done before. Thoroughly and thoughtfully reported, with input and reflections from Halladay's teammates, coaches, competitors and more, this is an essential biography for baseball fans everywhere. Highlights include: More than a hundred interviews with Roy’s coaches, teammates, friends, family, and childhood and minor league confidants, as well as extensive interviews with Roy’s wife, Brandy An examination of Halladay's distinctive, disciplined approach to pitching, his impact as a teammate and community member and the baseball world's honoring of these qualities in Cooperstown in 2019 Trained to be a pitcher since childhood, witness Roy Halladay’s early years and what lead him to garnering the attention of major league scouts as a teenager in Colorado From Roy’s driven adolescence chasing a baseball dream to his largely unknown early struggles as a big leaguer, from his methodical reinvention as an ace in Toronto to the signature no-hitter he authored in his playoff debut with the Philadelphia Phillies, from the battles at the end of his career to his struggles in retirement and untimely death,. Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay peels away everything to show us the true Roy Halladay. About the Author: Todd Zolecki is the Philadelphia Phillies beat reporter for He is the author of The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Philadelphia Phillies, and co-author of The Rotation: A Season with the Phillies and One of the Greatest Pitching Staffs Ever Assembled. He lives with his family in Media, Pennsylvania.
July 17, 2020
Ace Atkins- The Revelators
Former Army Ranger Quinn Colson returned a decade ago to his native Tibbehah County, Mississippi, to serve as sheriff. In the last nine books of the series, he has sparred with white supremacists, collided with corrupt religious leaders, and grappled with issues of racism on his home turf. New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins writes, “The genesis of the series was to write about the new South, what’s happening right now. And you can’t really escape the rise of Trumpism and its effect on Southerners. I am definitely an old school storyteller, writing about a classic American hero who embraces old fashioned ideas like truth, justice, and the American way. Quinn is pretty straight ahead in what he believes.” The series’ tenth installment, THE REVELATORS (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), comes down to a climactic battle against corruption and evil. For years, Quinn has taken on Fannie Hathcock, a vicious crime queenpin who runs a sleazy strip joint next to a highway truck stop. But Fannie’s real business is running drugs, guns, stolen goods, and underage girls. So far, she’s been under the protection of crime bosses and corrupt politicians, including now even the governor of the state. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-six books, including ten Quinn Colson novels and eight New York Times– bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s iconic Spenser series. HBO has optioned the Quinn Colson novels with a series currently in high development and Atkins’ second novel for Robert B. Parker estate, Wonderland, was just made into the film Spenser Confidential with Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke. A former newspaper reporter and SEC football player, Atkins also writes essays and investigative pieces for several publications, including Garden & Gun, the Wall Street Journal and Outside. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family.
July 17, 2020
Tracy Tutor-FEAR IS JUST A FOUR-LETTER WORD: How to Develop the Unstoppable Confidence to Own Any Room
Behind Tracy Tutor's entertaining on-screen persona is an uncanny knack for projecting confidence in the most intimidating of circumstances. The breezy, tough-talking, utterly inimitable LA real estate broker has rivaled her male co-stars to land increasingly high-profile deals. In FEAR IS JUST A FOUR-LETTER WORD: How to Develop the Unstoppable Confidence to Own Any Room, Tracy leverages her years of experience to provide the go-to manual for women who struggle to convince people they're in charge.  The first step in Tracy's system for confidence is to figure out what people want and how they operate. From there, simply push the right levers of influence. Through candid, hilarious stories of her rise through the male-dominated world of high-end real estate (text message screen shots from creeps included!), Tracy offers a crash course in the psychology of power dynamics and social signaling. This book is a must-read for any ambitious woman who wants to learn not only how to be in important rooms but how to run them. Tracy Tutor is a top real estate agent at Douglas Elliman Beverly Hills, consulting with some of the world's leading architects and developers. She is the first and only female cast member on Bravo's Million Dollar Listing LA. The show's twelfth season is now running through August 2020. She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters.
July 16, 2020
Megha Majumdar- A Burning
A BURNING is about three characters whose lives become entwined after a terrorist attack in India. It is taut, electrifying, and dazzling. “I started writing A Burning from a place of alarm and anger,” says Megha Majumdar, “I saw a world changing in frightening ways, growing more intolerant of minority communities and more extremist, and I wanted to look at individuals caught within those turns of society.” Megha grew up in Kolkata, India and studied social anthropology at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. She is currently an editor at Catapult. Her novel is rooted in history and place and written with an indelible care for her characters. A Burning is a page-turner about accusation and betrayal, innocence and guilt, longing and love.
July 15, 2020
Sara Paretsky- Love & Other Crimes
In this spellbinding collection, Paretsky showcases her extraordinary talents in a new V.I. Warshawski story, along with fourteen additional short stories, eight of those featuring the indomitable detective. As Publishers Weekly praised, ““The love that really comes through in each story is the love and empathy Paretsky has for her all-too-human characters.” Paretsky is the master of twisting suspense and pacey plot. She is one of only four living writers to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She has been hailed by the crime community as "a legend" (Harlan Coben) and "one of the all-time greats" (Karin Slaughter). Her acclaimed novels featuring detective V.I. Warshawski rank among the most celebrated crime series in modern fiction. For longtime fans of V.I. Warshawski, new readers discovering her for the first time, or any lover of crime and suspense, LOVE & OTHER CRIMES is a celebration of Paretsky’s exceptional storytelling skill and a searing exploration of the dark conspiracies and desperate human acts hiding in plain sight.
July 14, 2020
Jane L Rosen- Eliza Starts A Rumor
About ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR by Jane L. Rosen Eliza Hunt is the creator of the Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board, a local social media group for the mothers of her community just north of New York City that she started when her twins were barely out of diapers. Fifteen years later, with an empty nest and a crippling secret affliction—agoraphobia—it’s brought to her attention that the younger moms in her town no longer have any use for the group she prides herself in running. Instead, there’s a new group online—and this one is populated with comments airing the salacious and personal details of her neighbors’ lives.  The group is lively and has so much activity, and in a moment of jealousy and boredom, Eliza attempts to rile up her own community by starting a tiny rumor in a post on the Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board. But you know what they say about rumors: they often contain a nugget of truth. The rumor—an anonymous comment about an alleged affair—spreads like wildfire and affects Eliza’s closest real life friends. New mom Olivia York is convinced the rumor is about her husband.  Allison Le, a single mom and new to the Hudson Valley, channels the New York City lawyer she used to be and attempts to investigate Olivia’s fears—but even she is not immune to deception via the Bulletin Board by a new friend she meets there. And Amanda Cole, Eliza’s childhood best friend, has reentered the community following years of abuse from her Hollywood husband—but she also might hold the key to why Eliza’s agoraphobia has reared its ugly head and led to this mess. In ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR, Rosen explores female friendships and the power of community—both online and in real life.
July 14, 2020
Mark Cannizzaro- Seven Days in Augusta: Behind the Scenes at the Masters
In Seven Days in Augusta: Behind the Scenes at the Masters (Triumph Books), veteran New York Post sportswriter Mark Cannizzaro explores the rich history and deep connection between Augusta National and the world’s most iconic and prestigious golf tournament. Cannizzaro, who’s covered a quarter century of Masters tournaments, combines his experience and passion for the sport in this engaging collection of essays. Loaded with insights from the biggest personalities in the golf world, this great new title will bring value to longtime golf fans and the younger generation alike. Highlights include: About the Author: Mark Cannizzaro is a native of Fairfield, CT, and a graduate of Ithaca College, where he competed on its Division III soccer and tennis teams. He is a columnist at the New York Post, where he's worked since 1994 and has covered more than 100 major championships, including 25 Masters Tournaments and every Ryder Cup since 1997. He is a golf addict whose finest accomplishment as a player was winning $10 from Phil Mickelson in a putting contest on Mickelson's backyard putting green. He lives in Highlands, NJ, and Manhattan with his wife, Carolyn Waters.
July 2, 2020
Tracy Campbell- The Year of Peril, America in 1942
The Second World War exists in the American historical imagination as a time of unity and optimism. In 1942, however, after a series of defeats in the Pacific and the struggle to establish a beachhead on the European front, America seemed to be on the brink of defeat and was beginning to splinter from within. Exploring this precarious moment, Tracy Campbell paints a portrait of the deep social, economic, and political fault lines that pitted factions of citizens against each other in the post–Pearl Harbor era, even as the nation mobilized, government-aided industrial infrastructure blossomed, and parents sent their sons off to war. This captivating look at how American society responded to the greatest stress experienced since the Civil War reveals the various ways, both good and bad, that the trauma of 1942 forced Americans to redefine their relationship with democracy in ways that continue to affect us today. TRACY CAMPBELL is professor of history at the University of Kentucky. His previous books include The Gateway Arch: A Biography and Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition, 1742–2004. He lives in Lexington, KY.
June 26, 2020
Chanel Cleeton- The Last Train to Key West
THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST is another example of Chanel Cleeton’s gorgeous historical storytelling as she brings to life three bold young women whose paths cross over Labor Day weekend, 1935, when a devastating storm wreaks havoc on the Florida Keys – the very first Category 5 storm to hit American soil. These women seem very different on the surface, but ultimately their lives will never be the same after their chance encounters during this life-altering, completely unforgettable moment in history. Cleeton has a gift for transporting readers back in time, weaving in elements of Cuban-American history that aren’t often focused on in literature, and THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST offers no exception.
June 26, 2020
Tom Clavin- TOMBSTONE: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell
Tom Clavin’s popular Western histories have delighted readers and earned critical accolades. Like many, Clavin is fascinated by the larger-than-life personalities and enduring myths that surround the Wild West. His histories take on those myths and legends, separating fact from fiction to get at what really happened. In Dodge City, he told the true story of how a depraved cattle town was tamed by two young lawmen. In Wild Bill, he provided a definitive biography of the first lawman of the Wild West. In his next book, TOMBSTONE: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell (St. Martin’s Press) he takes readers to Tombstone, Arizona to examine the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the “vendetta ride” that made Earp a legend. Together, these three books form the Frontier Lawmen Trilogy and deepen the understanding of the country’s formative years when new social structures were shaping a new way of life. Clavin’s trilogy draws a line from the post-Civil War years where the prototype of the frontier lawman was established by Wild Bill Hickok to the mid-late 1870s when Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson cleaned up Dodge City as peace officers, to Tombstone, where the 1881 gunfight can be seen as the last gasp of violent lawlessness in a closing frontier as “civilization” took hold in the West. Today, the distinction between the good guys and the bad guys seems clear but the truth was far murkier. This is especially true of the men who faced off in Tombstone. In TOMBSTONE, Clavin uses existing scholarship and his own extensive research to tell the story of the most famous shootout in American frontier history. The fight sprang forth from a tense, hot summer. Cattle rustlers had been terrorizing the back country of Mexico and selling the livestock they stole to corrupt ranchers. The Mexican government built forts along the border to try to thwart American outlaws, while Arizona citizens became increasingly agitated. Rustlers, who became known as the cow-boys, began to kill each other as well as innocent citizens. That October, tensions boiled over with Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne confronting the Tombstone marshal, Virgil Earp, and the suddenly deputized Wyatt and Morgan Earp and shotgun-toting Doc Holliday. Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding the story of Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. TOMBSTONE also digs deep into the vendetta ride that followed the tragic gunfight, when Wyatt and Warren Earp, along with Holliday went vigilante to track down the likes of Johnny Ringo, Curly Bill Brocius, and other cowboys who had cowardly gunned down his brothers. That “vendetta ride” would make the myth of Wyatt Earp complete and punctuate the struggle for power in the American frontier’s last boom town. ABOUT THE AUTHOR TOM CLAVIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has worked as a newspaper and web site editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His books include The Heart of Everything That Is, Halsey’s Typhoon, and Reckless. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY.
June 19, 2020
Robert Dallek-HOW DID WE GET HERE?: From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump
Renowned New York Times bestselling historian and presidential scholar Robert Dallek believes that President Trump is ignorant of the histories of the presidencies that came before 1993. “It was only with the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama presidencies,” Dallek says, “that he saw vulnerabilities he hoped to exploit to become president.” But while Trump’s 2016 election has presented extreme new challenges to American republican ideals, the triumphs and failures of some of the great modern presidents that came before in some ways cleared the path to Donald Trump. In HOW DID WE GET HERE?: From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump (Harper), Dallek offers an incisive look at ten twentieth century administrations that changed the presidency—for good or ill—and played a role in bringing us to our present moment. Robert Dallek is the author of Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 and Nixon and Kissinger, among other books. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Vanity Fair. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president in 2004-2005. He lives in Washington, D.C.
June 19, 2020
Chris Wallace- Countdown 1945
From Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, comes an electrifying behind-the-scenes account of the 116 days leading up to the American attack on Hiroshima. April 12, 1945: After years of bloody conflict in Europe and the Pacific, America is stunned by news of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death. In an instant, Vice President Harry Truman, who has been kept out of war planning and knows nothing of the top-secret Manhattan Project to develop the world’s first atomic bomb, must assume command of a nation at war on multiple continents—and confront one of the most consequential decisions in history. Countdown 1945 tells the gripping true story of the turbulent days, weeks, and months to follow, leading up to August 6, 1945, when Truman gives the order to drop the bomb on Hiroshima. In Countdown 1945, Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, takes readers inside the minds of the iconic and elusive figures who join the quest for the bomb, each for different reasons: the legendary Albert Einstein, who eventually calls his vocal support for the atomic bomb “the one great mistake in my life”; lead researcher J. Robert “Oppie” Oppenheimer and the Soviet spies who secretly infiltrate his team; the fiercely competitive pilots of the plane selected to drop the bomb; and many more. Perhaps most of all, Countdown 1945 is the story of an untested new president confronting a decision that he knows will change the world forever. Truman’s journey during these 116 days is a story of high drama: from the shock of learning of the bomb’s existence, to the conflicting advice he receives from generals like Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Marshall, to wrestling with the devastating carnage that will result if he gives the order to use America’s first weapon of mass destruction. But Countdown 1945 is more than a book about the atomic bomb. It’s also an unforgettable account of the lives of ordinary American and Japanese civilians in wartime—from “Calutron Girls” like Ruth Sisson in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to ten-year-old Hiroshima resident Hideko Tamura, who survives the blast at ground zero but loses her mother and later immigrates to the United States, where she lives to this day—as well as American soldiers fighting in the Pacific, waiting in fear for the order to launch a possible invasion of Japan. Told with vigor, intelligence, and humanity, Countdown 1945 is the definitive account of one of the most significant moments in history.
June 19, 2020
Doug J Swanson- CULT OF GLORY- : The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers came to life in 1823, when Texas was still part of Mexico. Nearly 200 years later, the Rangers are still going, one of the most famous of all law enforcement agencies. Countless movies, television shows, and pulp novels have celebrated the Rangers as Wild West supermen. In many cases, they deserve their plaudits. But often the truth has been obliterated.    In CULT OF GLORY: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers (Viking) Doug J. Swanson does justice to the Rangers’ heroic moments while also showing how the white and propertied power structures of Texas used them as enforcers, protectors and for officially sanctioned violence. He demonstrates how the Rangers and their supporters have operated a propaganda machine that turned agency disasters and misdeeds into fables of triumph, transformed murderous rampages--including the killing of scores of Mexican civilians--into valorous feats, and elevated scoundrels to sainthood. This book documents, for the first time, the Rangers’ efforts to suppress the NAACP in Texas. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Doug J. Swanson was for many years an investigative reporter at the Dallas Morning News. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Swanson currently teaches journalism in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His previous nonfiction book, Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster who Created Vegas Poker, was published by Viking in 2014. Swanson spent five years researching and writing Cult of Glory, much of it in the Texas state archives. Some of the records he used have never been published.  
June 11, 2020
Nicholas Basbanes- CROSS OF SNOW: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The first major biography of “a poet of the people” in 50 years,  CROSS OF SNOW: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Nicholas Basbanes. Cross of Snow gets its title from a sonnet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(1807-1882) wrote toward the end of his life to commemorate the devastating loss eighteen years earlier of his beloved wife Fanny, the victim of a frightful domestic accident that in an instant turned an idyllic relationship into a scene of unspeakable horror. For his central image, Longfellow described a massive mountain “in the distant west” that displays a snow-encrusted symbol of contrition on its side year-round—a cross of snow—which he compared to the figurative one he wore around his neck in unending grief, “changeless since the day she died.” The 14-line poem was so deeply personal, he placed it among his private papers, where it was found after his death, and published posthumously by his younger brother Samuel. Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of ten critically acclaimed works of cultural history, with a particular emphasis on various aspects of books and book culture. A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books, his first book, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction in 1995, and was a New York Times Notable Book. On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History (2013, Knopf) was one of three finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and was named a best book of the year by seven major publications. In 2016, he was awarded a Public Scholar research fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities, his second NEH grant, for work on Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow..  He also writes the “Gently Mad” column for Fine Books & Collections magazine, lectures widely on book related subjects, and is a frequent contributor to Humanities magazine and other publications. He and his wife Constance live in North Grafton, Massachusetts.
June 11, 2020
Kristan Higgins- Always The Last To Know
In her newest novel, ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW (Berkley Trade Paperback Original), Higgins tackles fractured family relationships through the story of a quietly unhappy nuclear family trapped in a narrative of their own making. Barb and John Frost, who entered marriage deeply in love, have become two people coexisting in the same house. Barb’s pride and joy is her favorite daughter, the beautiful and successful Juliet. John’s purest love belongs to his free-spirited and artistic younger daughter Sadie. When John has a stroke, all their lives are turned upside down and secrets that have lived below the surface bubble up. The entire family finds itself reeling as their comfortable numbness explodes. In the aftermath, Sadie moves back home to care for John fulltime and is confronted by the man she loved and left. Barb focuses on her work in local government to avoid coming to terms with long-held resentments and her new reality. And Juliet battles panic attacks as she juggles supporting her mother, husband and children while climbing the corporate ladder at an architectural firm. John’s medical emergency forces the Frost women to admit they’ve been passive participants in their lives for years, afraid to embrace change and uncertainty. None of them feel truly fulfilled, successful or happy. But each can—and does—change her story. Their choices are messy, brave, and achingly human. As with all the best summer novels, ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW immerses you in the lives of its characters and will have you cheering in your beach chair and laughing by the pool as you follow the Frosts down a path where anything—fulfillment, pain, failure and success—is possible. You know, like life. Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received many awards and accolades, and she is a six-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction. Kristan is also a cohost of the Crappy Friends podcast, which discusses the often complex dynamics of female friendships, with her friend and fellow writer, Joss Dey. Higgins lives in Connecticut with her family. Connect with Kristan online at,, and
June 8, 2020
Danielle Trussoni- The Ancestor
THE ANCESTOR by Danielle Trussoni —her triumphant return to fiction a decade after the critically acclaimed publication of her breakout novels Angelolgy and Angeloplis. As the horror columnist for the New York Times Book Review, Trussoni has a unique window into the world in which THE ANCESTOR is set. Her mastery and understanding of the genre has influenced this newest release with a captivating blend of taut suspense and gothic elements that will “enrapture readers” (Publishers Weekly) and “sweep readers up in awe and wonder” (Library Journal). ABOUT THE AUTHOR Danielle Trussoni is the New York Times, USA Today, and Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of the supernatural thrillers Angelology and Angelopolis. She currently writers the Horror column for the New York Times Book Review and has recently served as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Trussoni holds an MFA in Fiction from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won the Michener-Copernicus Society of America award. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her family and her pug Fly. For more information please visit   
June 8, 2020
Tim McGrath- JAMES MONROE: A Life
Among the extraordinary group of early Americans who became known as the Founding Fathers, James Monroe may be the least recognized.  But with the remarkable range of his service to the nation, and his extraordinary skill in shepherding the young nation through one of its most perilous periods, he and his achievements find new resonance and relevance in our own time.  Now, drawing on newly available primary sources, acclaimed biographer and historian Tim McGrath presents the first biography of the fifth president in more than a decade, JAMES MONROE: A Life (Dutton). Tim McGrath is a two-time winner of the Commodore John Barry Book Award, as well as the author of the critically acclaimed biography John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail, and Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea, recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.  He lives outside of Philadelphia.   
June 4, 2020
Jeffrey Deaver- The Goodbye Man
About the Book: The Osiris Foundation is located in a vast rural area near the beautiful but remote Snoqualmie Gap in Washington State. It bills itself as a faith-based organization that helps troubled people overcome addiction and other problems. Its enigmatic and charismatic leader is known only “Master Eli,” who claims to have cheated death and become a prophet for a new age. But just who is this strange man and what hypnotic power does he hold over his flock? Shaw is drawn to the Osiris Foundation when he tracks down two young men who have been charged with a hate crime. Both of them are on their way to the cult’s compound when Shaw finds them, and when one of them kills himself rather that get captured, and the other refuses to reveal any details about where they are headed, Shaw knows what he must do: It’s time to go undercover. Adopting a false identity, Shaw poses as a new Osiris recruit to unlock the secrets lurking deep within their walls. But, as he’ll soon find out, this is a cult whose members are willing to kill to keep outsiders from learning what they are up to. And worse still, Master Eli even controls local law enforcement, so Shaw will be totally alone in this mission. That’s how powerful this cult is. About the Author Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014 he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. Photo Credit:  Gunner Publications LLC
June 4, 2020
David Pepper- The Voter File
As November approaches, foreign interference in our election process weighs heavily on our public conscience. Novelist David Pepper—who in 2015 was unanimously elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Ohio—lends his singular political expertise and sharp storytelling powers to a twisty, cautionary thriller—THE VOTER FILE —that sounds the alarm about election meddling and the loss of American freedoms. No one is better suited than Pepper—who President Bill Clinton named as one of his favorite authors in the New York Times Book Review—to craft the disturbingly plausible scenario that unravels with heart-racing pace.   About the Author David Pepper is the author of The People’s House and The Wingman, both of which feature Jack Sharpe. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He has clerked for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals; served in local elected office in Ohio; worked for major law firms; and taught election and voting rights law. Prior to law school, Pepper worked in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 2015, he was unanimously elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Ohio.  
June 4, 2020
Thomas Wolf- The Called Shot
In the   summer of 1932, at the beginning of the turbulent decade that would remake   America, baseball fans were treated to one of the most thrilling seasons in   the history of the sport. As the nation drifted deeper into the Great   Depression and reeled from social unrest, baseball was a diversion for a   troubled country—and yet the world of baseball was marked by the same   edginess that pervaded the national scene. On‑the‑field fights were as   common as double plays. Amid the National League pennant race, Cubs’   shortstop Billy Jurges was shot by showgirl Violet Popovich in a Chicago   hotel room. When the regular season ended, the Cubs and Yankees clashed in   what would be Babe Ruth’s last appearance in the fall classic. After the Cubs   lost the first two games in New York, the series resumed in Chicago at   Wrigley Field, with Democratic presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt   cheering for the visiting Yankees from the box seats behind the Yankees’   dugout. In the top of the fifth inning the game took a historic   turn. As Ruth was jeered mercilessly by Cubs players and fans, he gestured   toward the outfield and then blasted a long home run. After Ruth circled the   bases, Roosevelt exclaimed, “Unbelievable!” Ruth’s homer set off one of   baseball’s longest‑running and most intense debates: did Ruth, in fact, call   his famous home run? Rich with historical context and detail, The Called Shot dramatizes the   excitement of a baseball season during one of America’s most chaotic summers. Thomas Wolf has written numerous articles on   baseball history and is the coauthor of Midnight   Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland.
June 4, 2020
Stephen Fritz- The First Soldier Hitler as Military Leader
A leading expert reexamines history to offer a stunningly original portrait of Hitler as a competent military commander and strategist After Germany’s humiliating World War II defeat, numerous German generals published memoirs claiming that their country’s brilliant military leadership had been undermined by the Führer’s erratic decision making. The author of three highly acclaimed books on the era, Stephen Fritz upends this characterization of Hitler as an ill-informed fantasist and demonstrates the ways in which his strategy was coherent and even competent. That Hitler saw World War II as the only way to retrieve Germany’s fortunes and build an expansionist Thousand-Year Reich is uncontroversial. But while his generals did sometimes object to Hitler’s tactics and operational direction, they often made the same errors in judgment and were in agreement regarding larger strategic and political goals. A necessary volume for understanding the influence of World War I on Hitler’s thinking, this work is also an eye-opening reappraisal of major events like the invasion of Russia and the battle for Normandy. Stephen G. Fritz is professor at East Tennessee State University. His books include Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II and Ostkrieg: Hitler’s War of Extermination in the East. He lives in Johnson City, TN. Also of Interest
May 29, 2020
Dave Wedge- Hunting Whitey
Based on exclusive, fresh reporting, HUNTING WHITEY is the thrilling, definitive inside story of the pursuit, capture, and killing of legendary South Boston mob boss, James “Whitey” Bulger, detailing as never before his years on the run, how he evaded arrest, and his brutal murder in prison. Sherman and Wedge draw on exclusive interviews and exhaustive investigative reportage to tell the complete story of Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious crime bosses in American history and a longtime FBI informant. The leader of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang and #1 on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, Bulger was indicted for nineteen counts of murder, racketeering, narcotics distribution, and extortion. But it was his sixteen-year flight from justice on the eve of his arrest that made him a legend and exposed deep corruption within the FBI. Interweaving the perspectives of Bulger, his family and cohorts, and law enforcement—including former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, HUNTING WHITEY explains how this dangerous criminal evaded capture for nearly two decades and shines a spotlight on the dedicated detectives, federal agents, and prosecutors involved in bringing him to justice. It is also a fascinating, detailed portrait of both Bulger’s trial and his time in prison—including shocking new details about his 2018 death at Hazelton Prison less than twenty-four hours after his arrival. Unlike other books chronicling Bulger’s life and crimes, HUNTING WHITEY offers unprecedented access to inside sources in this case and chronicles the story of his life on the run, his capture, and his eventual murder.  This is the definitive book on Whitey Bulger. Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge are one of the premier non-fiction writing teams telling stories out of Boston. Together, they co-wrote the definitive story of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy, which was adapted for the Mark Wahlberg film Patriots Day. They also wrote Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS, which is in development as a Netflix feature film, and the New York Times bestselling 12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption.  They live in Boston.
May 28, 2020
David Rohde-IN DEEP: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s “Deep State”
With IN DEEP: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s “Deep State” [W. W. Norton & Company], two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Rohde investigates whether an American “deep state” exists. Today, three-quarters of Americans polled believe that a group of unelected government and military officials are secretly manipulating national policy. To conservatives, the “deep state” is an ever-growing government bureaucracy, an “administrative state” that relentlessly encroaches on the individual rights of Americans. Liberals fear the “military-industrial complex”—a cabal of generals and defense contractors who they believe routinely push the country into endless wars. Americans increasingly distrust the politicians, lobbyists, and journalists who they believe unilaterally set the country’s political agenda. American democracy faces its biggest crisis of legitimacy in a half century. About the Author: David Rohde, two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, is an executive editor of The New Yorker website, an MSNBC contributor, and a former New York Times, Reuters, and Christian Science Monitor reporter. He lives in New York City with his family.
May 28, 2020
John Shea- 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid
Willie Mays has long been recognized as baseball’s greatest all-around player. In the history of the sport, few have been as inspiring as Mr. Mays, who uplifted many generations since he first captivated the baseball world with his unparalleled combination of skills, flair and joyful exuberance.  This tremendous, heartfelt new book, co-authored with John Shea, and told in Mr. Mays’s voice, 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid, (St. Martin’s Publishing Group), is full of poignant and timeless stories and reflections from Mr. Mays, as well as tales from many others who played major roles in his career and life. About the Authors: Willie Mays, forever the youthful Say Hey Kid, was a major league center fielder for 22 seasons with the New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets, and played for the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro Leagues. A Hall of Famer who is considered the greatest all-around talent in the game’s history, he continues to be actively involved with the San Francisco Giants and his Say Hey Foundation, which is dedicated to underprivileged youth positive opportunities and safer communities. John Shea is the author of four baseball books, including Rickey Henderson’s autobiography, Off Base: Confessions of a Thief. He is an award-winning national baseball writer at the San Francisco Chronicle and appears on the MLB Network.
May 28, 2020
Alan Gaff- Lou Gehrig- The Lost Memoir
At the tender age of twenty-four, Lou Gehrig decided to tell the remarkable story of his life and career. He was one of the most famous athletes in the country, in the midst of a record-breaking season with the legendary 1927 World Series-winning Yankees. In an effort to grow Lou’s star, pioneering sports agent Christy Walsh arranged for Lou’s tale of baseball greatness to syndicate in newspapers across the country. Until now, those columns were largely forgotten and lost to history. Lou comes alive in this inspiring memoir. It is a heartfelt rags-to-riches tale about a dirt poor kid from New York who became one of the most revered baseball players of all time. Fourteen years after his account, Lou would tragically die from ALS, a neuromuscular disorder now known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. His poignant autobiography is followed by an insightful biographical essay by historian Alan D. Gaff. Here is Lou—Hall of Famer, All Star, and MVP—back at bat. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Alan D. Gaff is an independent scholar and the author of many books, including Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir, Bayonets in the Wilderness, Blood in the Argonne, and On Many a Bloody Field, hailed as “a masterpiece of Civil War scholarship” (The Bookwatch). He lives in Indiana.
May 23, 2020
Barbara Sapienza-The Laundress: A Novel
Set among the steep streets and stunning vistas of San Francisco, The Laundress: A Novel (May 19, 2020; She Writes Press; paperback original) by Barbara Sapienza is a coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever sought to understand where they came from in order to figure out who they’re meant to become. About the Author Barbara Sapienza, PhD, is a retired clinical psychologist and an alumna of San Francisco State University’s creative writing master’s program. She writes and paints, nourished by her spiritual practices of meditation, tai chi, and dance. Her family, friends, and grandchildren are her teachers. Her first novel, Anchor Out (She Writes Press, 2017) received an IPPY bronze medal for Best Regional Fiction, West Coast. Sapienza lives in Sausalito, CA, with her husband.
May 23, 2020
Ted Widmer-LINCOLN ON THE VERGE: Thirteen Days to Washington
LINCOLN ON THE VERGE: Thirteen Days to Washington ( Simon & Schuster) by Ted Widmer is a deep history of thirteen days in the life of Abraham Lincoln as he boarded a train in Springfield, IL and journeyed to Washington, DC to take the oath of office and be sworn in as the sixteenth president of the United States. Widmer, a Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York and former speechwriter in the Clinton White House, offers “a colorful, richly detailed overture to Lincoln's odyssey” (Kirkus Reviews) and “a riveting piece of history and a first-rate read” (Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow). The country had never been more divided when Lincoln assumed office in 1861, and his journey to Washington was fraught with danger. The government was on the verge of collapse, and Southerners had vowed to prevent Lincoln’s inauguration by any means necessary. Stopping in numerous cities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and finally Washington, Lincoln’s safe delivery was, as Widmer writes, “A powerful symbol for the survival of democracy in America.” Ted Widmer is a Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York. He writes actively about American history inThe Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, where he helped create the Disunion feature about the Civil War. From 1997 to 2001, he worked in the White House as a foreign policy speech writer.
May 23, 2020
Lisa Duffy- My Kind of People
My Kind of People (Atria), Lisa Duffy’s third breathtaking and sensitive novel, will restore your hope in the world. For fans of Celeste Ng and Mary Beth Keane comes a profound story about the power of community as a members of a small New England island town rally around a recently orphaned ten-year-old girl. My Kind of People is Big Little Lies meets an Elin Hilderbrand novel, delving into themes of love, heartbreak, deceit, scandal, and mental health. Emotionally complex, deeply moving, and ultimately uplifting, you’ll be immersed in this small town on Ichabod Island, full of the messiness of life and human resilience. This is a story about starting over, the strength of community, and what unites us all in the face of tragedy.
May 15, 2020
Scott Turow- The Last Trial
THE LAST TRIAL by Scott Turow is the courtroom drama his fans have been waiting for: the culmination of two incredible lives in one explosive case, as Turow’s beloved character, Sandy Stern, returns to the Kindle Country courtroom to defend one of his oldest friends from ruinous charges. In THE LAST TRIAL, Sandy Stern is a celebrated criminal defense lawyer nearing the end of his career. But when his lifelong friend, Dr. Kiril Pafko, a Nobel Prize winner and world- renowned cancer researcher, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder and his life’s work is put into jeopardy, Stern decides to take on one last trial – one that could impact both of their legacies. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Scott Turow is the author of eleven bestselling works of fiction, including Testimony, Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
May 12, 2020
James Patterson-The House of Kennedy
James Patterson Tells the Story of the Kennedy Family The House of Kennedy is a revealing, fascinating account of America’s most storied family, as told by America’s most trusted storyteller. You've read about Jack, Bobby, Joe, Rose, Kick, Ted, Jackie O, John, and JFK Jr. This is their true story. James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and I Funny. Among his notable literary collaborations are The President Is Missing, with President Bill Clinton, and the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over three million books to schoolkids and the military, donated more than seventy million dollars to support education, and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. The National Book Foundation recently presented Patterson with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and six Emmy Awards. He lives in Florida with his family.
May 1, 2020
John Turner- They Knew They Were Pilgrims
An ambitious new history of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, published for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing In 1620, separatists from the Church of England set sail across the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower. Understanding themselves as spiritual pilgrims, they left to preserve their liberty to worship God in accordance with their understanding of the Bible. There exists, however, an alternative, more dispiriting version of their story. In it, the Pilgrims are religious zealots who persecuted dissenters and decimated Native peoples through warfare and by stealing their land. The Pilgrims’ definition of liberty was, in practice, very narrow. Drawing on original research using underutilized sources, John G. Turner moves beyond these familiar narratives in his sweeping and authoritative new history of Plymouth Colony. Instead of depicting the Pilgrims as otherworldly saints or extraordinary sinners, he tells how a variety of English settlers and Native peoples engaged in a contest for the meaning of American liberty. John G. Turner is professor of religious studies at George Mason University and the award-winning author of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet.
May 1, 2020
David Baldacci- Walk The Wire
About WALK THE WIRE: Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman, Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open—which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene’s life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who worked as a prostitute by night was also a teacher for a local religious sect by day—a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the community. London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer’s death… before the boom town explodes. BIO: DAVID BALDACCI is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 150 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at
May 1, 2020
Chad Seales- Religion Around Bono
On the face of it, Bono—U2’s frontman since 1978 and arguably one of the most recognizable people on the planet—is the very example of an engaged, progressive activist: headlining human rights benefits, conferring with world leaders, founding NGOs to help Africa’s poor. But in this new critique, religious studies scholar and U2 fan Chad Seales illuminates the often-ignored threads that run through and complicate the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s popular persona and promise—and that unconsciously inform the economic and spiritual frames his fans place on the world. An impressive reconsideration of Bono's legacy, from a man who still considers himself a fan:)
April 29, 2020
Don Winslow- Broken
In six intense, haunting short novels, Don Winslow returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of his acclaimed body of work—crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt, and redemption—to explore the savagery and nobility that drive and define the human condition. About the Author:  Don Winslow is the author of twenty-one acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, and The Border sold to FX in a major multi-million-dollar deal to air as a weekly television series beginning in 2020. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island. Facebook: @DonWinslowAuthor  Twitter: @donwinslow
April 24, 2020
Lindsay Chervinsky-The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution
The US Constitution never established a presidential cabinet—the delegates to the Constitutional Convention explicitly rejected the idea. So how did George Washington create one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government? On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries—Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph—for the first cabinet meeting. Why did he wait two and a half years into his presidency to call his cabinet? Because the US Constitution did not create or provide for a presidential cabinet. Washington was on his own.
April 24, 2020
Veteran journalist Toby Muse has witnessed up close each level of the cocaine underworld, fueled by the appetite for cocaine in America and Europe. In KILO: INSIDE THE DEADLIEST COCAINE CARTELS—FROM THE JUNGLES TO THE STREETS, he takes the reader inside Colombia’s notorious drug cartels to offer a never before look at the drug trade. Following a kilo of cocaine from its production in a clandestine laboratory to the smugglers who ship it abroad, he reveals the human lives behind the drug’s complicated legacy. With a 16 page insert of exclusive photos, KILO is particularly timely as the world, and the United States, struggles with a record harvest of cocaine that has resulted in purer drugs and led to a spike in overdoses. Reporting on Colombia for the world’s most prestigious networks and publications, Muse gained unprecedented access to the extraordinary people who survive on the drug trade—farmers, smugglers, assassins—and the drug lords and their lovers controlling these multi-billion dollar enterprises. He also spent weeks with the US Coast Guard as they tried to stem the flow of drugs, seizing tons of cocaine on the vast Pacific Ocean. Uncovering stories of violence, sex, and money, he shows the allure and the madness of cocaine. And how the War on Drugs has been no match for cocaine. Piercing this veiled world, KILO is a gripping portrait of a country struggling to end this deadly trade even as the riches flow. A human portrait of criminals and the shocking details of their lives, this is a chilling, unforgettable story that takes you deep into the belly of the beast.
April 21, 2020
Jon Pessah- Yogi A Life Behind the Mask
The definitive biography of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees icon, winner of 10 World Series championships, and the most-quoted player in baseball history by Jon Pessah.
April 17, 2020
Erik Larson- The Splendid and The Vile
New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson is known for expertly transporting readers to past worlds; even stories we think we know come to life in a different way in his hands. With his remarkable new work of nonfiction, THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE, Larson once again turns history into a thriller, taking us into the heart of war-torn England for the period of May 10, 1940, through May 10, 1941—Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister.
April 17, 2020
Harlan Coben- The Boy From The Woods
In THE BOY FROM THE WOODS, Harlan Coben creates the unforgettable character of Wilde, a man who is a mystery to everyone, including himself.   Decades ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods with no memory of his past.  Now, thirty years later, he’s a highly trained ex-military operative who still knows nothing about his personal history.   And he's back living in the same woods on the outskirts of town, content to be an outcast with only a few deep connections to other people. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: With more than 75 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous suspense novels, including Run Away, Don't Let Go, Home, and Fool Me Once, as well as the multi-award-winning Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 44 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries.  THE BOY FROM THE WOODS is his 32nd book.
April 10, 2020
Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life by Wade Phillips and Vic Carucci
Football life lessons from one of our greatest coaches, who learned from his father –the legendary Bum Phillips. Legendary football coach and Super Bowl champion Wade Phillips recalls his life in football and memories of his father, NFL head coach Bum Phillips.
April 9, 2020
Luis Tiant-Son of Havana: A Baseball Journey from Cuba to the Big Leagues and Back with Saul Wisnia.
The improbable story of Luis Tiant—a living link to the earliest days of Fidel Castro’s regime, a Boston Red Sox legend, and the most qualified 20th Century pitcher not yet enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
April 9, 2020
Megan Campisi- Sin Eater
“Reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale” (Kirkus Reviews), playwright Megan Campisi’s debut novel, SIN EATER ( Atria), is an inventive exploration of history and womanhood in 16th century England—with a dystopian and eerily contemporary feminine twist. When 14-year-old May is caught stealing, she receives a life sentence: rather than being hanged, she must become a Sin Eater—a shunned, silent woman, performing a funeral rite of consuming food that symbolizes each particular sin—from lust to rebellion to murder. This allows the dying to leave behind their sins, thus giving their souls access to heaven.
April 9, 2020
Kate Winkler Dawson- American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
Many are fascinated by the forensic techniques employed at crime scenes, but few know the origin story of these now taken-for-granted methods of solving murders and other misdeeds. AMERICAN SHERLOCK by journalist and documentary film producer Kate Winkler Dawson chronicles the revolutionary contributions of Edward Oscar Heinrich, who pioneered many of the forensic techniques used today.  Heinrich was one of the nation's first expert witnesses, working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalized crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence. Heinrich spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools that police still use today, including blood spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests, and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. His work, though not without its serious--some would say fatal--flaws, changed the course of American criminal investigation.
April 1, 2020
Steve Inskeep- Imperfect Union
Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America’s first great political couple John C. Frémont, one of the United States’s leading explorers of the nineteenth century, was relatively unknown in 1842, when he commanded the first of his expeditions to the uncharted West. But in only a few years, he was one of the most acclaimed people of the age – known as a wilderness explorer, bestselling writer, gallant army officer, and latter-day conquistador, who in 1846 began the United States’s takeover of California from Mexico. He was not even 40 years old when Americans began naming mountains and towns after him. He had perfect timing, exploring the West just as it captured the nation’s attention. But the most important factor in his fame may have been the person who made it all possible: his wife, Jessie Benton Frémont. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Steve Inskeep is a cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio program in the United States, and of NPR’s Up First, one of the nation’s most popular podcasts. His reporting has taken him across the United States, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Pakistan, and China. His search for the full story behind the news has led him to history; he is the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi and Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab, both published by Penguin Press.
April 1, 2020
Dean Koontz- Devoted
In Dean Koontz's new book: DEVOTED - 100,000 years of the human-dog bond leads to an evolutionary leap in a relationship that will change the world for the better - that is - if events in a Utah lab don’t first change it for the worse. Devoted is a breathless story of suspense and terror and also about the many ways people become devoted to one another and to dogs - and dogs to them! About the Author: DEAN KOONTZ has been praised as a “literary juggler” by The Times (of London) for his deft ability to blend other genres—horror, romance, humor, science fiction, and mystery—into his acclaimed suspense thrillers. Lauded by The New York Times as “psychologically complex, masterful, and satisfying,” Koontz’s work has been described by The New Orleans Times-Picayune as “scary, worthwhile reading,” “lyrical, without being naïve or romantic” in its portrayal of a “grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O’Connor or Walker Percy….”  His first novel was published two years after he graduated from college. Since then, moving fluidly between genres—suspense, horror, science-fiction, love stories—he has published many novels, novellas, and short fiction, and a memoir of his dog Trixie, A Big Little Life. Koontz garnered his first bestseller with Demon Seed in 1977 when paperback sales of his 1973 novel got a boost from the film adaptation. Whispers, his breakthrough 1980 suspense novel, was his first on The New York Times bestseller list. Since then, 14 Koontz novels have been #1 New York Times bestsellers in hardcover, making Koontz one of only a dozen writers to have hit that milestone. Sixteen of his books have risen to the #1 spot in paperback. Today, Dean Koontz lives in Southern California with his wife Gerda, and their beloved golden retriever Elsa.
April 1, 2020
Kerri Maher- The Girl In White Gloves
THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES is a vivid reimagining of the exhilarating and sensationalized life of Princess Grace of Monaco from Kerri Maher, the acclaimed author of The Kennedy Debutante. Maher’s meticulously researched novel, The Kennedy Debutante, earned Maher both critical and popular acclaim. People Magazine called it “a riveting reimagining of a true tale of forbidden love,” and USA Today praised this “well-paced and engaging novel.” In her new novel, THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES, Maher once again shines a spotlight onto the inner life of an almost mythical female historical figure: actress and princess—and fiction’s newest “it-girl”—Grace Kelly. When the world watched Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry, it seemed impossible: an American actress on a rising star giving up her aspiring career to live life as a royal abroad. But Markle was not the first to follow this path: Grace Kelly paved the way. Kerri Maher is also the author of This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World under the name Kerri Majors. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. For many years a professor of writing, she now writes full time and lives with her daughter in Massachusetts where apple picking and long walks in the woods are especially fine.
March 27, 2020
Susan Spungen- Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings,
An open kitchen, whether physical or spiritual, is a place to welcome company, to enjoy togetherness and the making of a meal. This cookbook is full of contemporary, stylish, and accessible dishes that will delight and impress with less effort. From simple starters such as Burrata with Pickled Cherries and centerpieces such as Kale and Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken, to desserts such as Chamomile Flan, the dishes are seasonal classics with a twist. Her meals are vegetable-forward and always appealing. Filled with practical tips and Susan’s “get-ahead” cooking philosophy that ensures streamlined, stress-free preparation, this cookbook encourages readers to open their kitchens to new flavors, menus, and guests. SUSAN SPUNGEN is a cook, food stylist, recipe developer, and author. She was the food editor at Martha Stewart Living from its founding in 1991 to 2003. She was the culinary consultant and food stylist on the feature films Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated, and Eat Pray Love. She is the author of Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook, What’s a Hostess to Do?, and Short Stack Editions’ Strawberries. She also co-authored Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook, which was a bestseller. She lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York. / facebook: susanspungen1 / instaram: susanspungen
March 27, 2020
Jason Diakite- A Drop of Midnight
JASON “TIMBUKTU” DIAKITÉ is one of Sweden’s chart topping hip hop artists winning 8 Swedish Grammy awards, 4 P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards and has performed all over the world, from Sweden to Africa and from the Roxy in Los Angeles to Nobel Peace Prize award ceremonies! Born in Sweden to American parents - an African American dad and a white mom - Jason's book - A DROP OF MIDNIGHT- has already sold thousands of copies in Sweden and goes on sale in the US next month. It is also being adapted into a stage performance premiering this month at Harlem Stage in New York City. In the book - Jason pens his very intimate journey of self-discovery which stretches from South Carolina slavery to 21 century Sweden - and how music and hip hop has impacted his life. About the Author:  JASON “TIMBUKTU” DIAKITÉ is one of Sweden’s most well-known hip-hop artists. Born in Lund to American parents—an African American dad and a white mom—he has released eight solo albums and numerous singles, the majority of which have reached gold or platinum status. His accolades include eight Swedish Grammy awards and four P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards. He has performed all over the world, from Africa to Svalbard, from the Apollo in New York City to the Roxy in Los Angeles and at the Polar Music Prize and Nobel Peace Prize award ceremonies. Jason is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir A Drop of Midnight, which has sold more than one hundred thousand copies in Sweden and has been adapted into a stage performance premiering in March 2020 at Harlem Stage.
March 11, 2020
Kristina Kuzmic- Hold On, But Don't Hold Still: Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life.
Thirteen years ago, Kristina Kuzmič , was a broke and defeated mother of two; recently divorced; juggling jobs and sleeping on the floor next to her kids. She never imagined that a lo-fi cooking show she pieced together to reach other moms in the trenches would get Oprah’s attention. Today, she speaks directly to her 2.8 million Facebook followers in honest, funny parenting videos on topics from “Mind your own Motherhood” to a satirical PSA “4 Reasons women should NEVER breastfeed in public.” Her star is rapidly rising, and she recently took her message of acceptance and resilience on the road to 22 sold-out cities. Her witty, knowing, and sympathetic voice is captured on the page in her first book HOLD ON, BUT DON’T HOLD STILL: Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life. Kristina Kuzmič was born in Croatia and is a world-renowned speaker known for her unique insight and humor on family-related topics. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, where her more important, rewarding, and exhausting careers include being a sanitation engineer, chef, chauffeur, and conflict-resolution guru for her three (mostly satisfied) clients—her children.
March 11, 2020
Joshua Hood- The Treadstone Resurrection
ABOUT THE BOOK: Operation Treadstone is a top-secret CIA Black Ops program that made uses behavior modification to turn government agents into virtually superhuman assassins.  The agents can lead normal lives until “activated,” at which point they become killing machines deployed to undertake nearly impossible missions.  Treadstone made Jason Bourne an unstoppable force, but he's not the only one. Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. They trained him to be a nearly invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family. Adam only wants normalcy, but the savage voices in his head still haunt him and control his responses. Now living in rural Washington state and scraping by as a carpenter, his marriage is a shambles and he hates being separated from his young son, but at least he has left Treadstone in the past…until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague stating, “By the time you get this I’ll be dead…”.  Soon after, Adam is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site. Now, Adam is wholly sucked back into the Treadstone universe and must regain the skills they taught him––lightning reflexes and a cold conscience––in order to discover who the would-be killers are, and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, someone inside Treadstone? His search will lead him to the highest levels of government and place him once more in the path of the extreme danger he thought he’d left behind. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Joshua Hood is the author of Warning Order and Clear by Fire. He graduated from the University of Memphis before joining the military and spending five years in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Iraq from 2005-2006 where he conducted combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2007-2008, Hood served as a squad leader with the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan where he was decorated for valor in Operation Furious Pursuit. On his return to civilian life he was a sniper team leader on a full time SWAT team in Memphis, TN, where he was awarded the lifesaving medal. Currently he works as the Director of Veteran Outreach for the American Warrior Initiative. Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series––The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum––among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.
March 6, 2020
Edward J Larson - Franklin & Washington The Founding Partnership
In FRANKLIN & WASHINGTON: The Founding Partnership (William Morrow), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson delivers a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington,  revealing their partnership’s centrality to the American founding—and their enduring relevance. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin—abolitionist freethinker from the urban North—and George Washington— slaveholding general from the agrarian South—were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention, held in Franklin’s Philadelphia and presided over by Washington. And yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since. Author Bio: Edward J. Larson received the Pulitzer Prize in History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He is the coauthor of Modern Library’s The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison and the author of The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783–1789, and A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign. He was an inaugural Library Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Larson is University Professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received his PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Larson travels widely as a media commentator, visiting instructor, and guest speaker. An Ohio native, Larson now lives in California.
March 6, 2020
Michael P. Balzano- DYSLEXIC: My Journey
Michael P. Balzano, Ph.D., the author of DYSLEXIC: My Journey, was a high-school drop out who couldn’t hold down a job. The son of working-class immigrants who lived pay check-to-paycheck, Balzano was known as “Crazy Mikey” for his unruly behavior. He was thrown out of one Catholic school, a public school, and the military. He lost dozens of minimum-wage jobs for his disruptive behavior. Not one of his teachers recognized that Balzano had a learning disability, which was the source of his bad behavior. From his earliest days, when Balzano looked at the printed page, the letters appeared to him in reverse order. Had his teachers been trained to identify learning disabled students at the time he was in elementary school, it would have been clear that he was dyslexic. In DYSLEXIC, Balzano describes his life as an example of what other learning-disabled students can achieve. His book is a call to action for parents, teachers, and school counselors not only to recognize the signs of dyslexia and other learning disabilities, but also to understand the importance of alternative paths to success besides college. Balzano went to college after he became a craftsman, and credits his success in life to entering an optical apprenticeship, which taught him self-discipline. He encourages learning-disabled students to consider careers in the trades or industrial arts and to enter college, if that is their goal, after entering apprenticeships in the trades. “An apprenticeship can change your child’s life,” says Balzano. ABOUT MCHAEL P. BALZANO Michael P. Balzano was a high-school dropout and garbage man before earning his doctoral degree from Georgetown University. He received a Ph.D. in political theory with distinction from Georgetown University. He was the advisor to six presidents on workforce issues including Presidents George H. W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton.  He was the director of the Peace Corp from 1974-1977. He is presently the Director of National Workforce Coalition. For more information,
March 5, 2020
Preston & Child- Crooked River
Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach–each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. Called away from vacation elsewhere in the state, Agent Pendergast reluctantly agrees to visit the crime scene–and, despite himself, is quickly drawn in by the incomprehensible puzzle. An early pathology report only adds to the mystery. With an ocean of possibilities confronting the investigation, no one is sure what happened, why, or from where the feet originated. And they desperately need to know: are the victims still alive? In short order, Pendergast finds himself facing the most complex and inexplicable challenge of his career: a tangled thread of evidence that spans seas and traverses continents, connected to one of the most baffling mysteries in modern medical science. Through shocking twists and turns, all trails lead back to a powerful adversary with a sadistic agenda and who–in a cruel irony–ultimately sees in Pendergast the ideal subject for their malevolent research.
March 3, 2020
Graham Russell- Air Supply
Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975 and formed Air Supply.The band recently performed their 5000th concert in Las Vegas. Last month they were proclaimed the top 5 Greatest Aussie Bands of All Time. They perform about 130 concerts each year, including this Thursday night at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. I talked to Graham about songwriting, how the band has lasted, and their very first tour with Rod Stewart. Photo credit: Denise Truscello.
February 25, 2020
Kathleen West- Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes
About MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES: When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to battle back from certain social ruin. Isobel Johnson has spent her career in Liston Heights sidestepping the community’s high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a liberal agenda, she’s in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Julia Abbott, obsessed with the casting of the school’s winter musical, makes an error in judgment that has far-reaching consequences for her entire family. Brought together by the sting of public humiliation, Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far, thanks to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances. The Liston Heights High student body will need more than a strong sense of school spirit to move past these campus dramas in an engrossing debut novel that addresses parents behaving badly and teenagers speaking up, even against their own families. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kathleen West is a veteran middle and high-school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a Master's degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her hilarious husband, two sporty sons, and very bad goldendoodle.
February 21, 2020
David Rubenstein-The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians
Imagine an event that brings hundreds of Members of Congress—from both chambers and parties— together for an evening to learn about and revel in American history. Not only is it true, it’s happened more than 38 times over the past six years. In 2013, David Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, approached the Librarian of Congress with an idea for an event series in which Members of Congress could put politics aside and immerse themselves in the history of the nation. Thereafter began the Congressional Dialogue series: a dinner event held several times a year during which historic artifacts are exhibited and Rubenstein interviews bestselling and award-winning authors and historians for a Congressional audience. Now, in Rubenstein’s The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians (available October 29, 2019), these compelling conversations with the biggest names in American history are presented for all to learn and enjoy. In this lively collection of dialogues, esteemed historians explore the subjects they intimately know and understand. There’s Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton, Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin, Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln, Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King Jr, Chief Justice John A. Roberts Jr. on the Supreme Court, and more. With encyclopedic knowledge on their respective subjects, these experts answer questions like: How close did the world come to its first nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis? Why has John Adams long been given so much less public praise and attention than the other Founding Fathers? How did Ronald Reagan, a former B-movie actor who failed twice to get his party’s presidential nomination, become one of the most consequential presidents of the latter half of the twentieth century? Rubenstein, a lifelong history enthusiast, has become an insightful and revealing interviewer through his role as President of the Economic Club of Washington, DC and as host of Bloomberg’s The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations. He coined the phrase “patriotic philanthropy” and tirelessly advocates for causes that elevate history’s importance and accessibility in our nation. Rubenstein has purchased rare copies of historic documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Magna Carta to ensure they’re put on public display at places like the Smithsonian and the National Archives. He’s helped finance the restorations of historical landmarks like Washington Monument, Monticello, and the Lincoln Memorial so people may visit and be inspired to learn more about American history. In this vein, Rubenstein will donate all royalty revenues from sales of The American Story to the Library of Congress’s Literacy Awards. About the author: David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge, and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. Mr. Rubenstein is the host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg TV and PBS. He lives in Maryland.
February 21, 2020
Jill Shalvis- Almost Just Friends
Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free. When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other. Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun. New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
February 19, 2020
L. David Marquet LEADERSHIP IS LANGUAGE: The Hidden Power of What You Say—and What You Don’t
Few of us realize that much of our language in the workplace inhibits creative problem-solving and escalates uncertainty and stress. In both high-pressure situations and everyday scenarios, in each meeting and email, we have the opportunity to empower (or disempower) our colleagues. In Turn the Ship Around!, former US Navy Captain David Marquet, told the incredible story of abandoning command-and-control leadership on his submarine and empowering his crew to turn the worst performing submarine to the best performer in the fleet. In LEADERSHIP IS LANGUAGE, you'll learn how choosing your words can dramatically improve decision-making and execution on your team
February 10, 2020
Megan Angelo- Followers
In her electrifying, highly anticipated debut novel, Followers (Graydon House), journalist Megan Angelo imagines a world where our collective celebrity obsession and device-driven lifestyle almost get the best of us. Megan Angelo’s writing has appeared in publications like the New York Times (where she helped launch city comedy coverage), Glamour (where she was a contributing editor and wrote a column on women and television) and Elle (where she has written about everything from Lauren Conrad’s Instagram to NRA TV). She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three kids. Followers is her first novel.
February 10, 2020
Robin Dreeke- Sizing People Up
In SIZING PEOPLE UP, Dreeke shares his simple, six-step system to help predict anyone’s behavior based on their words, goals, patterns of action, and the situation at hand. For instance, a colleague might have a strong moral code, but do they believe your relationship will be long-term? Even the most upstanding person can betray your trust if they don’t see themselves tied to you or your desired result in the long term. How can you determine whether someone has both the skill and will to do what they’ve said they’re going to do? Behaviors as subtle as how they take notes will reveal their reliability. Robin Dreeke entered federal law enforcement in 1997 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received advanced training and operational experience in social psychology and in the practical applications of the science of relationship development. Eventually he rose to direct the behavioral analysis program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dreeke recently retired as an agent of the FBI. He is the author of It’s Not All About “Me” and The Code of Trust.
February 3, 2020
Kiley Reid- Such A Fun Age
An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her short stories have been featured and are forthcoming in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina, where her short story was the first-place winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest. In Summer 2018, she attended the Cuttyhunk Island Residency as the recipient of the Paul Cuffee Scholarship. SUCH A FUN AGE is her first novel, with film and TV rights already acquired by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures
February 3, 2020
Eric Nuzum- MAKE NOISE: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling
MAKE NOISE: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling by Eric Nuzum is the first book on the craft of audio storytelling from a true podcasting pioneer. Nuzum has created and produced podcasts that routinely top the charts, appear in yearly “best of” lists, and win awards. Of the six billion podcast downloads each year, more than one billion of those are for the 130 podcasts Nuzum created, including the TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, and The Butterfly Effect.
January 30, 2020
Lisa Gardner- When You See Me
WHEN YOU SEE ME is Gardner’s most daring novel yet. Set far from her usual haunts (the streets of Boston and the wilds of New Hampshire), the book’s backdrop is a secluded Georgia mountain community that oozes small-town sinister. A haven for hikers in the summer and not much else, Niche, Georgia has flown under the radar for decades…but when human remains are discovered at the edge of a popular hiking trail, dark deeds that have been buried for years surface. As the bodies begin to pile up, there are signs that these mysterious murders of the past could be linked to chilling crimes in the present. Soon, three of Gardner’s most beloved characters— Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren, survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane, and FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy—find themselves on the case together, seeking justice and retribution for the living victims and answers for those long gone. Gardner’s January 2019 novel, Never Tell, just hit stands this summer in paperback and was named Target’s August Book Club pick. It landed on bestseller lists immediately and new readers are flocking to Lisa’s books more than ever before. And though Gardner’s recurring characters have a rich history that weaves throughout her previous novels, WHEN YOU SEE ME stands on its own. Filled with creepy Southern Gothic vibes, secret societies, and twists readers won’t see coming, Gardner’s latest is a must-read for longtime fans and first time readers alike. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty suspense novels, including The Neighbor, which won Thriller of the Year from the International Thriller Writers. An avid hiker, traveler and cribbage player, she lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
January 28, 2020
Chad Dundas- The Blaze
Matthew Rose’s mind is a mystery. Especially to himself. A bombing in Iraq has left the former soldier with a traumatic brain injury, and now he can’t be sure about anything. The past is a cloudy haze to him, filled with jumbles of impressions and not many solid memories. Unfortunately for him, that could have deadly consequences for his future – how can he protect himself from a killer when he can’t even trust his own mind? That’s the pulse-pounding premise of THE BLAZE, a mesmerizing new novel from author Chad Dundas, who garnered massive acclaim for his 2016 debut novel, Champion of the World. After leaving the Army, Matthew has trouble acclimating to life back in the States. His head wound means he doesn’t remember major events from his own life, but even worse, major relationships feel unfamiliar to him as well. He knows he should love his mother, for example, but she seems like a stranger to him. The heartbreaking scenario is rendered even worse when Rose receives the news that his father has killed himself. Forced to return to Montana where he grew up to settle his dad’s estate, Matthew is on shaky ground. He knows his parents had divorced long ago and that he and his father had stayed in communication, but they weren’t close, and he doesn’t know why. Soon, his faulty memory will become a problem that could spell his own doom. It begins with a deadly and suspicious fire. Shortly after returning to Montana, Matthew takes a late-night walk to clear his head and witnesses a massive blaze that burns down a house and leaves a local college student dead. It’s a terrible tragedy, but even more troubling, the event stirs foggy recollections inside his brain, about another fire in this town many years before…and perhaps his own connection to the person who started it. CHAD DUNDAS has been a sportswriter for ESPN, NBC Sports, the Associated Press, Sporting News, Bleacher Report and other national and regional outlets. His short fiction has appeared in such publications as the Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Sou'Wester and Thuglit, and he is the author of Champion of the World, which was named a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016. A fourth-generation Montanan, he earned his MFA from the University of Montana and lives with his wife and daughter in Missoula.  PHOTO CREDIT : Amy Donovan
January 22, 2020
Rochelle Weinstein- This is Not How It Ends
Rochelle B. Weinstein is the USA Today bestselling author of emotionally driven women’s fiction, including Somebody’s Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind. Rochelle spent her early years in sunny South Florida, always with a book in hand, raised by the likes of Sidney Sheldon and Judy Blume. Upon graduating from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Rochelle moved to Los Angeles, where she handled advertising and promotions for major film studios and record labels at LA Weekly. After returning to Miami, she continued her passion for entertainment as a music-industry executive at the Box Music Network. When she’s not writing, Rochelle loves to hike, read, and find the world’s best nachos. She is currently working on her sixth novel. Please visit her at Behind the Book with Rochelle Weinstein Writers don’t always remember the impetus behind sitting down to write a book. By the time they’re asked this question they’re typically on their next manuscript and the recollection is distant and faded. If I dig deep inside my memory bank, I believe I initially wrote this book because of my readers. After What We Leave Behind released in 2012, fans and book clubs suggested I craft another love story. And with timely topics under my belt such as glycogen storage disease (human trials have begun), mental illness (we all see how the problem is rampant), and the dangers of digital over-sharing (now summer required reading for high schoolers), it was time to return to my favorite genre: a heartbreaking, emotional read of love, loss, and forgiveness. I think I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. Love stories between complex characters speak to my soul because of their relatability—who hasn’t fallen in love, fallen apart, and questioned their choices? At times, the fictionalized “love story” falls victim to a host of criticisms. It’s not a mere light and fluffy mindless connection. In many cases, it’s deeply moving with some rare and beautiful lessons. As someone who is fascinated by human behavior, I’ve witnessed internal struggles, how upbringing and early loss affect our choices, and I’ve seen how pain and promises disappoint. Anyone reading my novels will uncover layers of depth and understanding, facets that ultimately influence our trajectory. Over the years, I have stated in interviews, blogs, and social media that writers write what they know. Perhaps that’s why family members and friends have searched for pieces of me and themselves in my words. But what I think most authors will tell you is that their life experiences cultivate intense feelings and emotions and we infuse them in our stories to give them weight and depth and meaning. Writing this story, and the many before, I have tapped into those emotions so vividly, though they are never one experience or even one emotion. They are a collaboration twisted through fiction, and that’s how a manuscript comes to life: heartfelt and powerful.
January 14, 2020
Brad Taylor- Hunter Killer
In HUNTER KILLER  Pike Logan tracks highly-trained Russian assassins to Brazil after a vicious explosion kills a friend in Charleston, South Carolina. Pike knows the attack was meant for him. And when he loses contact with the Taskforce who are on a counter-terrorist mission in Brazil, Pike is convinced he and the Taskforce are under assault. Pike, along with his partner Jennifer Cahill, head to Brazil to investigate and within days they are entangled in a byzantine scheme involving a battle for control of offshore oil fields. The Russians are the equal of anything the Taskforce has encountered before, but they make a mistake in attacking Pike’s team, because he will stop at nothing to protect his family.
January 3, 2020
Curt Sampson- Roaring Back: The Fall and Rise of Tiger Woods
What caused Tiger Woods to fall farther than any beloved athlete in recent history, and even more, what led to his improbable return to glory at the 2019 Masters?  Curt Sampson is one of America’s leading golf writers whose new book, ROARING BACK (Diversion Books, October 2019) retells the phenomenal comeback of one of the most iconic golfers ever.  From the highs and lows of his career, to the inevitable comparisons with other notable golfers like Ben Hogan, Sampson shows why Tiger’s comeback rivals the most dramatic of any sport in history.  About The Author: CURT SAMPSON is one of America’s leading golf writers and the author of many books, including NYT bestsellers The Masters and Hogan.  He has written for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, and Golf World.
December 30, 2019
Phil Bayly- Murder on Skis
A ski resort owner in Montana is murdered. Other deaths, once believed to be accidental, receive a fresh look from television reporter JC Snow and police investigators. There could be a serial killer in the resort community. Grizzly Mountain is a ski resort full of snow country characters, from ski racers to ski bums to overdressed billionaires. An unfortunate few may be caught in the claws of Grizzly Mountain. Phil Bayly is a journalist. He's worked in television and radio in Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and New York. He also spent decades as a mediocre ski racer. He lives in Saratoga County, New York. Visit Phil at
December 22, 2019
Mo Rocca- Mobituaries
From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who have long fascinated him. Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries—reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his #1 hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter...until now. Take Herbert Hoover: before he was president, he was the “Great Humanitarian,” the man who saved tens of millions from starvation. But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten. Then there’s Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot. Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany. And what about Billy Carter and history’s unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne’er-do-well liabilities…or secret weapons? Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons. Yes, dragons. Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why. Photo Credit:  John Paul Filo CBS Broadcasting Inc.
December 22, 2019
Karen White- The Christmas Spirits On Tradd Street
Two years after The Guests on South Battery became a New York Times hardcover bestseller, Melanie Trenholm returns. Finally married to true-crime bestselling author Jack Trenholm, they are living in Melanie’s historic home with their 18-month old twins and Jack’s fifteen-year-old daughter. But domestic bliss can’t last for long. A new passel of spirits have taken up residence at Fifty-Five Tradd, and they need Melanie’s help to right old wrongs and solve a mystery. In THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET, Melanie should be anticipating the holidays with nothing but joy. But then she discovers that a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure may be somewhere on her property. A gift from the French King—brought to Charleston by the Marquis de Lafayette himself to help finance the Colonial war effort—it’s whispered that many have already killed, and died to possess the treasure. When it resurfaces in present day, someone will once again stop at nothing to possess it . . . even if that means destroying everything Melanie holds dear. Christmas is the perfect time to fall in love with the residents of Tradd Street, both living and otherwise. Certain to delight long-time fans and easy to jump into for newcomers, THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET is a can’t-miss holiday release. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room and The Glass Ocean with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.
December 18, 2019
Jeff Lindsay -Just Watch Me
ABOUT THE BOOK: In JUST WATCH ME, Riley aims for an extraordinary target in a heist that will go down in history books: he will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Lent to the U.S. for diplomatic relations, the jewels are worth billions of dollars. Yet Riley’s draw to the jewels isn’t the potential payoff but rather that it can’t be done. With the best tech guarding the jewels, not to mention two teams of heavily armed mercenaries, a person would need to have a death wish to even attempt it. But Riley likes a challenge. His plans to pull off the impossible start with enlisting a master art forger as an ally, assuming different identities, and reconnaissance. At the same time, Special Agent Frank Delgado is also trying to achieve the unthinkable: catching Riley. Having missed him many times before, Delgado isn’t about to let him get away again. With the aid of his sometime ally, a beautiful woman who is a master art forger, Riley Wolfe goes for the prize that will either make him a legend—or, more likely, leave him dead. A thrilling cat and mouse game, JUST WATCH ME will leave readers white knuckling as they turn the pages. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeff Lindsay is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dexter novels, which debuted in 2004 with Darkly Dreaming Dexter. They are the basis of the hit Showtime and CBS series Dexter.
December 18, 2019
Bill Buell- George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady
An Iowa native, George Lunn came to Schenectady in 1904 to become senior pastor at the First Reformed Church in the city's Stockade Neighborhood. He entered politics in 1911 and was elected mayor of Schenectady as a member of the Socialist Party. He worked with General Electric scientist Charles Steinmetz to create Central Park and improve the city's school system, and also initiated free garbage pickup and a health clinic, all while the city's population was rapidly increasing due to immigration. He won the mayoral election four times, twice after switching to the Democratic Party, and also became a U.S. Congressman and Lieutenant Governor under Al Smith. Bill Buell is a life-long Schenectady County resident who spent 41 years - the first 21 as a sportswriter and the last 18 as a news reporter - with the Daily Gazette Newspaper. He graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Schenectady County Community College and the University at Albany, earning a degree in history. He has written books on Schenectady County and Albany County, and has won numerous writing awards, including a 2018 New York Press Association Award for a series on the history of the General Electric Company.
December 13, 2019
Jim Quinn-Don't Be Afraid To Win: How Free Agency Changed the Business of Pro Sports
Professional sports is a multi-billion dollar business that pays players extremely well, but it wasn’t always that way.  How did pro sports go from a quaint collection of athletes who needed side jobs in the off-season, to the lucrative industry for players it is today?  Jim Quinn is the legendary sports lawyer who spearheaded free agency for every professional sports league, including the MLB, MLS, NFL, and NBA.  Quinn’s new book, DON’T BE AFRAID TO WIN: How Free Agency Changed the Business of Pro Sports is a captivating look inside the tense meetings between owners, players, and league unions that explains free agency, and why it matters.  With specific examples of how hard owners fought, Quinn shows the gritty steps it took to make deals that satisfied everyone. JAMES W. QUINN is one of the most accomplished trial, arbitration, and mediation lawyers in U.S. history.  Mr. Quinn spent virtually his entire career at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP, a premier international law firm based in NYC.  At Weil, he served for more than two decades as both head of the firm’s 350-attorney Litigation Department and as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.  Mr. Quinn practiced in all areas of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on antitrust, securities, false advertising, sports entertainment, patent, and related complex intellectual property litigation.  He also developed extensive experience serving as an arbitrator under, among others, ICC and AAA International rules.  He is currently counsel to the national litigation boutique firm Berg and Androphy and a principal in JW Quinn ADR LLC, a mediation practice where he tries to settle, rather than start, disputes.    Mr. Quinn received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his L.L.B. from Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches a course about winning at trial.
December 13, 2019
Matthew Goodman- The City Game
THE CITY GAME by bestselling author Matthew Goodman is the incredible underdog story of the 1949-50 City College Beavers basketball team, their unlikely rise to top and subsequent fall from grace. In this gripping, true-life account, Goodman uncovers the real story behind the greatest American sports scandal since the 1919 “Black Sox.” In 1950 the City College Beavers became the only basketball team in history to win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. One year later the team’s star players were arrested for conspiring with gamblers to shave points. Overnight the players went from heroes to villains – but as Goodman shows, they were actually caught in a much larger web of corruption that stretched across major social institutions from City Hall to the police department, sports arenas, and even the universities themselves. It’s a historical story of duplicity and cynicism that’s all too relevant to big-money college sports today. Matthew Goodman is the author of three previous books of nonfiction: Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World; The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York; and Jewish Food: The World at Table. A New York Times bestseller, Eighty Days has been translated into eight languages. Goodman’s work has appeared in The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Salon, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
November 15, 2019
Mitch Albom- Finding Chika
Mitch Albom is the author of six consecutive number-one New York Times bestsellers and has sold more than thirty-four million copies of his books.   He returns this year to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade with the release of his new memoir, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. Finding Chika is the story of Mitch and his wife becoming the adoptive guardians of a young Haitian orphan, and the incredible bond they formed—and what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
November 15, 2019
Ruta Sepetys- The Fountains of Silence
Internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys is renowned for writing novels that uncover hidden histories, and for giving a voice to the voiceless. THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE is set in Madrid, during the summer of 1957, and told in alternating voices, this riveting novel sheds light on the hidden and all-but-forgotten tragedies of Franco-era Spain to deliver a gripping exploration of identity, dignity, and the debilitating repercussions of war. The Fountains of Silence tells the story of Daniel Matheson, a Dallas high society teen who joins his parents on a summer trip to Madrid as part of his father's oil business expansion. He arrives, hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth. But spending time in Madrid brings more than just family bonding, as Daniel begins to discover an incredibly dark side of the sunny Spanish city. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions. While his father conducts business with Franco, Daniel gets to know the people that El Caudillo's oppression is hurting the most and makes it his mission to bring to light the atrocities the world has ignored. Ruta Sepetys ( is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. Her debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, was hailed as “superlative” (New York Times Book Review) and “an engrossing and poignant story of the fortitude of the human spirit” (Associated Press). The Washington Post declared, “Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.” Her most recent novel Salt to the Sea appeared on multiple Best Book of the Year lists. The Wall Street Journal called it “Superlative…Masterfully crafted.” The New York Times Book Review raved, “Once again, Ruta Sepetys acts as champion of the interstitial people so often ignored—whole populations lost in the cracks of history.” Sepetys is considered a "crossover" novelist as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide. Her novels are published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, and are included on over sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently in development for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, European Parliament, the United States Capitol, and embassies
November 15, 2019
Gene Weingarten- One Day
On New Year’s Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day—chosen completely at random—turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day. Weingarten spent the next six years proving that there is no such thing. That Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s turned out to be filled with comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come. Lives were lost. Lives were saved. Lives were altered in overwhelming ways. Many of these events never made it into the news; they were private dramas in the lives of private people. They were utterly compelling. One Day asks and answers the question of whether there is even such a thing as “ordinary” when we are talking about how we all lurch and stumble our way through the daily, daunting challenge of being human. Gene Weingarten is a Washington Post journalist. He writes long-form stories as well as Below the Beltway, the weekly syndicated humor column. His previous books include I’m With Stupid: One Man. One Woman. 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up (with Gina Barreca); The Hypochondriac’s Guide to Life. And Death; Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs; and The Fiddler in the Subway, a collection of his best-known work. Weingarten is the only two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, for examining the phenomenon of parents who accidentally leave their children to bake to death in hot cars, and for an experiment in which he arranged for famed violinist Joshua Bell to busk incognito outside a Metro station in Washington, to see if anyone would notice. He lives in Washington, D.C.
November 15, 2019
Jami Attenberg- All This Could Be Yours
Jami is the author of six books: Instant Love, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, New York Times bestseller The Middlesteins, Saint Mazie, and national bestseller All Grown Up, which was published in March 2017 in the US and the UK, and in Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Russia, China, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal and Hungary in 2018. Her seventh book, All This Could Be Yours, was published on October 22, 2019. ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS is the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a southern summer. It’s an epic story told through multiple vantage points about a family reuniting at the deathbed of its patriarch. The Tuchmans are a family that overflows with secrets and misdeeds and in looking at them, we also see our society as a whole: the things we overlook and sweep under the rug, the men we celebrate, the money we chase, where we can find forgiveness, and where we can’t.
October 31, 2019
John U. Bacon - Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football
OVERTIME: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football offers a powerful look into a legendary program—and the sport itself—that only bestselling author John U. Bacon could deliver. Based on Bacon’s unprecedented access to the program, OVERTIME follows the University of Michigan’s coaches, players, and staffers through the 2018 season, including head coach Jim Harbaugh, offensive stars Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon, and NFL-bound defensive standouts Rashan Gary, Devin Bush Jr., and Chase Winovich, among others. All striving to live and play “The Michigan Way” while tuning out all of the external noise and pressures inherent when competing at The Big House, the nation’s largest stadium. Bacon met with them every week during a season that saw the Wolverines ride a thrilling ten-game winning streak to push to #4 in the nation, then take an embarrassing and significant beating at the hands of arch-rival Ohio State, led by the legendary and often controversial coach Urban Meyer.
October 25, 2019
Sean Parnell-All Out War
ALL OUT WAR delivers an authentic thrill-ride that parachutes readers right into the action of an international crisis that could threaten the safety and freedom of America.   The advance praise has been nothing short of phenomenal from Brad Thor to Lee Child, Nelson DeMille and Clive Cussler—Sean Parnell is the writer to watch! Author Bio - Sean Parnell is the author of the bestselling memoir Outlaw Platoon and the novel Man of War. He is a retired U.S. Army Infantry captain who served in some of the heaviest combat of the Afghan War. He recounts those battles in vivid detail during his leadership presentations for the nation’s most successful teams and corporations. He is also the cofounder of the American Warrior Initiative, a charity that honors and empowers our veterans. Sean lives with his three children near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
October 25, 2019
Adrienne Brodeur- WILD GAME: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
When Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, and Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. There were calamitous consequences for everyone involved. WILD GAME is a daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother – a story of resilience and a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
October 25, 2019
William Rawlings- The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes
John Wesley O'Toole is a disbarred Savannah attorney who is trying to get his life back together after his release from prison following a vehicular homicide charge.  No longer able to practice law, he's become an art dealer after inheriting his grandmother's gallery on Liberty Street.  O'Toole is in deep financial trouble and about to lose everything when he is contacted by Abraham Deign, a wealthy businessman.  Deign offers him a hefty sum to find a missing painting, and with it, his estranged granddaughter, Lucy.  When Lucy's body is discovered in a burned out car near where she and O'Toole were due to meet, he is arrested on a charge of kidnapping and murder.  Things go downhill from there.
October 19, 2019
TEXAS FLOOD The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career. Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now. ALAN PAUL is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, the definitive book on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. His first book, Big in China, is about his experiences raising an American family, forming a band and becoming an unlikely rock star in Beijing. He is a regular guest on radio shows and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Guitar World, and other publications. He lives in New Jersey. ANDY ALEDORT has been an essential contributor to the international music scene for 35 years, working as a journalist, instructor and performer. He has conducted hundreds of interviews and lessons with the world’s greatest guitarists for Guitar World and other publications, and toured and recorded with original Jimi Hendrix bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Buddy Miles and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. He was a member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern for 12 years. He has also sold over one million instructional DVDs and teaches guitar privately and via online sites such as Truefire. He lives on Long Island.
October 19, 2019
Peter Seth- When I Got Out
PETER SETH’s When I Got Out: Larry Ingber fell deeply in love once...and it cost him forty years of his life. Branded “The Ivy League Killer” by the media that followed his sensational story of obsession and its consequences, Larry has at last been freed from prison and tossed into a world he barely understands. Filled with tension, nuance, and revelation, When I Got Out is a remarkable story about what happens when the world you left behind and the world you never knew collide.
October 19, 2019
Robert Crais- A Dangerous Man
Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to bed, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out? ABOUT THE AUTHOR Robert Crais is the author of twenty-one previous novels, seventeen of them featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. He has won a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America as well as the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Ross Macdonald awards. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are global bestsellers. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.
September 21, 2019