February 2nd, 2016

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New Releases: February 2nd, 2016


BE FRANK WITH ME by Julia Claiborne Johnson
After falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning must write a new book for the first time in decades. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion to monitor her progress, she’s put to work right away --- as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old son. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation --- and whether Mimi will ever finish that book. Fiction

THE GOLDEN LAD: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt by Eric Burns
More than a century has passed since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, but he still continues to fascinate. He became a war hero, reformed the NYPD, busted the largest railroad and oil trusts, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, created national parks and forests, won the Nobel Peace Prize and built the Panama Canal --- to name just a few. Yet it was the cause he championed the hardest --- America's entry into World War I --- that would ultimately divide and destroy him, when his youngest son, Quentin, died in an air fight. History

In 1904, a young man named Tomás sets out in search of an extraordinary artifact that would redefine history. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’ quest. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion. Fiction

SWEETGIRL by Travis Mulhauser
As a blizzard bears down, Percy James sets off to find her troubled mother, Carletta. Fearing she is strung out on meth and that she won’t survive the storm, Percy heads for Shelton Potter’s cabin. Searching the house, she finds the two-bit criminal and his girlfriend drugged into oblivion --- and a crying baby girl. Percy knows she must save her --- a split-second decision that is the beginning of a dangerous odyssey in which she must battle the elements and evade Shelton and a small band of desperate criminals, hell-bent on getting that baby back. Fiction

Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams --- invasive images of blood and brutality --- torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It’s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her. Horror


DISCLAIMER by Renée Knight
Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day she became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew --- and that person is dead. Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day…even if the shocking truth might destroy her. Thriller

FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby
Set in 1960s London, FUNNY GIRL is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny, if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process. Historical Fiction

ROMANTIC OUTLAWS: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelleyby Charlotte Gordon
Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book --- until now. In ROMANTIC OUTLAWS, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN and the Romantic visionary who gave the world FRANKENSTEIN --- two courageous women who should have shared their lives, but instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy. Biography / History

Peeking into the archives...today in:
2015: News: February Book to Movie Adaptations
2014: Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
2013: Winter Book Clearing Giveaway
2012: Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
2011: Random behind-the-scenes blogginess
2010: Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
2009: Atticus of Rome and Pandora of Athens by Barry Denenberg