Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Fiction 2/28/2017

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week.  If you see something you line, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062424969    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781617732201    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781476792422    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780765388452

Bone Box by Faye Kellerman
Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Broken Glass by V.C.Andrews
The Lioness Is the Hunter by Loren D. Estleman

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Heist by James Patterson and Ree Jones

It is morning. Right before the shops are going to open. Three people are sitting in a van. As they see a man approach carrying a bag, they jump out of the van and attack him. The man is carrying millions in diamonds. The trio have been playing this heist for weeks and everything is going as planned. Until two guys show up on motorcycles and try to rob them.

After the close call, the trio continue with their plan, to get to Amsterdam and exchange the diamonds for cash. But they have an aggressive cop after them plus the guys they stole the diamonds from. Will they be able to pull off this heist or will the plan go up in flames?

Another good, fast read from Patterson's Bookshots. This one is actually in a book called Kill or Be Killed with three other Bookshot stories.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Surgeon and bestselling author of Complications: A Surgeon's Notes On an Imperfect Science Atul Gawande's latest book has you pondering what's really important at the end of life

Gawande says that in medical school, he was never taught about having those end of life conversations with patients on what are their priorities; what do they want at the end. Too often, when there is no cure, doctors focus on treatments to prolong life, but at the expense of quality of life.

He shares the stories of a pregnant woman who was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. After saving the baby, the doctor in agreement with Sara and her husband start rounds of aggressive treatments that leave her very sick. In her last hours she develops pneumonia from the lowered immune system due to the chemotherapy. She could barely breath and was in immense pain and distress. Gawande argues that perhaps they made the wrong decision in dealing with Sara's illness. What would her last days have been like had they focused on quality of life?

The reader also learns about how assisted living facilities had gotten their start and about a nursing home who allowed animals as part of therapy and what a difference that made in the lives of its residents. Finally, Gawande discusses the treatments of his own father who had a rare spinal cancer, and the difficulty of having that conversation with his parents, both of whom are doctors.

Dying is something that will effect all of us one day and many of us have or will see a loved one die. Gawande gives us an alternative to dying that steps away from the medical and focuses on the living. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Fiction 02/21/2017

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week.  If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062440556    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781455558308    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062371881    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062356260

Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando
Death of a Ghost by M.C.Beaton
Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth
The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

Zoe is starting her life over. After a horrific accident when she was fourteen,  Zoe and her mom, Maria, have moved from Devon to Bristol. Maria has remarried to Chris, who has a son, Lucas. Zoe and Lucas are both piano prodigies are putting on a concert. But just as they start, a man comes barreling down the aisle screaming at Zoe calling her a murderer.

When they arrive back at home, Maria finally tells Chris the truth about what happened three years ago with Zoe. By the morning Maria is dead. Zoe is devastated and terrified that she will be accused. But by the end of the day the killer will be revealed.

This was a pretty good psychological thriller. The author doesn't leave you hanging too long to find out the details of Zoe's past. And the chapters alternate between characters for different points of view. I would recommend this thriller.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Shadow Moon is not in a good place. He's just been released from prison, where he's been serving a 3 year sentence for assault, and he's also just found out that his wife has been killed in an accident. Seated on the plane next to him is a man who calls himself Wednesday, and who seems to know an awful lot about Shadow. Wednesday offers Shadow a job, and with nothing left of his former life to keep him, Shadow accepts. Wednesday isn't very forthcoming about what the job entails, just that Shadow will be his assistant/bodyguard/driver.

At first, it seems that Wednesday is just a first rate con man, but as Shadow comes to find out, he is actually the Norse god Odin. Furthermore, he's on a mission to gather the rest of the old gods who've settled all across the country, and get them to join him in waging war against the new gods who seem to be taking over. Soon, Shadow finds himself caught up in an epic battle.

This book's been around for awhile, but if you haven't had a chance to read it yet, there's still time before it comes to the small screen in April. And I promise you, it's a rollicking great read.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Fiction 02/14/2017

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week.  If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345541437    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780812995343    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780544808249    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425282854

Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman
Gunmetal Gray by Mark Greaney
The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Wini Allen isn't to sure about this trip she has planned with her three friends. It is to go white water rafting in Maine at a very isolated river. But Pia, the ringleader, convinces her and Wini does want to see her friends after such a rough year.

Wini, Pia, Sandra, and Rachel are driving from Boston to Maine. As they get closer and closer to there destination, it becomes more and more isolated. They finally arrive and meet their guide. As they start their rafting everything seems to be going good until a tragic accident happens. Now they must find a way to get back home alive.

This book is getting alot of buzz but it was just alright for me. The book didn't really get going until about halfway through and then the thrills were just okay. And I didn't really like the characters. They all just seemed selfish to me. If you liked the movies The River Wild and Deliverance, you could give this a read.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

What to say about Alan Moore's Jerusalem? How do you even begin to describe a book that is just so gosh darn big, not just in size, but in sheer magnitude of thought? Clocking in at over 1200 pages, Jerusalem takes place in Moore's hometown of Northhampton, and in the section of town known as the Boroughs. At the center of the story is Michael Warren, who's just been in an industrial accident and had a very surreal experience while he was unconscious. Did he die and come back to life? If so, why?

As he talks things through later with his sister Alma, he begins to remember another experience that he had as a young child, and together they piece together a kind of living history, not only of their family, but of the Boroughs itself. Alma, an artist, then portrays the story through her art in an epic art show.

In between, the reader is taken on a journey of a thousand years of history, both past, present and future, with a cast of characters that includes politicians, artists, clergymen, prostitutes, ghosts, fiends, demons, angels, and literary characters. Using many different writing styles and told from many different points of view, Moore's tale is much more than a detailed fictionalized historical account. It's a dark, twisted love story for Northhampton, its people, and their ways of living. Do you need to read this book? Yes. Yes you do.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Fiction 02/07/2017

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week.  If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250123114    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780812998269    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250082756    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250092175
Echoes In Death by J.D. Robb
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Robert B. Parker's Revelation by Robert Knott
What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Her Every Fear By Peter Swanson

Kate Priddy is trying to live a normal life after her boyfriend held her hostage. When her cousin, Corbin, emails about doing an apartment swap Kate decides it is time. For six months Kate will live in Boston and Corbin will live in London. On Kate's first night her next door neighbor, Audrey, seems to be missing. By the next morning, it is confirmed that Audrey is dead.

Soon the police are questioning everyone and want to search Kate's apartment. Kate goes along and is wondering if Corbin has something to do with it. Kate goes about her life and meets her other neighbors including, Alan, who she finds out was obsessed with Audrey. She also meets Jack, who claims to be an ex-boyfriend of Audrey's and was worried about her every since Audrey started seeing Corbin.

Now Kate isn't sure if her cousin is innocent or not. And she doesn't know who to trust. She just wants a normal life but it isn't meant to be. Because the killer is watching her.

I loved this book. It was suspenseful and the characters were really interesting. It reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, which is a favorite movie of mine. This is one to read. Now I am excited to read his other books, The Kind Worth Killing and The Girl With a Clock For a Heart.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

Manderly Hotel is getting ready for it's grand opening. It is located in Santa Barbara, California and is a high class hotel that leaves nothing wanting. A select few of the staff are staying over to keep preparing for the opening. Tessa, the manger, is one of the remaining. But she is in for a shock when a man from her past shows up. Not really wanting to deal with him she tries to ignore him.

Brian has come to Manderly to put the past behind him and Tessa and to maybe start a future with her. He joins her as she makes her rounds. But unbeknownst to them, there is a killer loose in the hotel.  As they reconnect, the killer is killing off the staff one by one. When they realize the danger, will it be to late?

I really enjoyed this book. At first I was confused about the narration but then it is revealed who is telling us the story. The only thing I wasn't sure about is why it was happening. Definitely one I would recommend.