The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman This months-long New York Times bestseller is irresistible seductive with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page, (O, The Oprah Magazine).
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a gift from God, and against Tom s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. $16.00
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood Bringing together "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood," this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community, and love.
Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.
Zeb has been searching for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of "MaddAddam "is the story of Zeb's dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.
Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, "MaddAddam" is vintage Margaret Atwood--a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy. 27.95 And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Kite Runner "and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe--from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos--the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page. $28.95 Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs #1 "New York Times "bestselling author and producer of the Fox hit series "Bones, "Kathy Reichs returns with an unforgettable new novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a mysterious hit-and-run victim triggers an investigation into human trafficking.
When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse, police find an airline club card bearing the name of prominent local businessman John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific fire months earlier. How did Story and the girl know each other? Was she an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered? Was he?
Tempe must also examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?
As the complications pile on, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the army. Meanwhile, Katy s father, Pete, is growing frustrated by Tempe s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America to Afghanistan and right to the center of Charlotte.
A tour de force of imagination, "Bones of the Lost" is a roller coaster of plot twists, punctuated by Tempe s fierce wit and forensic know-how. A genius at building suspense (New York Daily News), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this sixteenth installment of the Temperance Brennan series. With the Fox series "Bones" in its ninth season, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling. $26.99
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton Of the #1 New York Times-bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters."
"Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue."
The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.
Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.
But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. "And just like that," she says, "the lid to Pandora's box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself."
In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.
W is for . . . wanderer . . . worthless . . . wronged . . .
"W is for wasted." $28.95 The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter
The sequel you ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational #1 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada.
Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job a
million girls would die for working for Miranda Priestly at Runway
magazine a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and
Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined
forces to start a highend bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly
become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to
call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart s
content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a
seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max
Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident,
successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed
across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to
toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But
karma s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can t shake the
past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing
implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy
realizes that nothing not her husband, nor her beloved career is
as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a
bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely
escaped ten years ago and directly into the path of the devil
Packed to bursting with new and updated achievements, Guinness World Records 2014 features an all-new design and more images than we've ever had before - including over 100 all-new original photographs you won't find anywhere else. New topics this year include Superheroes, Venom, and Social Networking, and feature chapters on the Circus and Dynamic Earth round off our most exciting and explosive edition yet.
And finally, jumping off the page this year are even more Officially Amazing Augmented Reality features. Just download the free app to your phone or tablet device and look for the "See-It-3D" icons scattered throughout the book. $28.95
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc. by David Sedaris
A guy walks into a bar car and...
From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.
Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.
With "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls," David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called "hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving" ("Washington Post"). $27.95
1945, London. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father's office on the night he was killed. When the general election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, who ultimately influences his uncle's fate.
In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family marches onto the page. But after Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? "Best Kept Secret," the third volume in Jeffrey Archer's bestselling series, will answer all these questions but, once again, pose so many more. $27.99
Mickey and Willie by Allen Barra Acclaimed sportswriter Allen Barra exposes the uncanny parallels--and lifelong friendship--between two of the greatest baseball players ever to take the field.
Culturally, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were light-years apart. Yet they were nearly the same age and almost the same size, and they came to New York at the same time. They possessed virtually the same talents and played the same position. They were both products of generations of baseball-playing families, for whom the game was the only escape from a lifetime of brutal manual labor. Both were nearly crushed by the weight of the outsized expectations placed on them, first by their families and later by America. Both lived secret lives far different from those their fans knew. What their fans also didn't know was that the two men shared a close personal friendship--and that each was the only man who could truly understand the other's experience.$27.00 The Honest Life by Jessica Alba
As a new mom, Jessica Alba wanted to create the safest, healthiest environment for her family. But she was frustrated by the lack of trustworthy information on how to live healthier and cleaner--delivered in a way that a busy mom could act on without going to extremes. In 2012, with serial entrepreneur Brian Lee and environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable. "The Honest Life" shares the insights and strategies she gathered along the way.
"The Honest Life" recounts Alba's personal journey of discovery
and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and
stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily
life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with
favorite family-friendly recipes) and embraces nontoxic choices at
home and provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget. Alba
also discusses cultivating a daily eco beauty routine, finding
one's personal style without resorting to yoga pants, and engaging
in fun, hands-on activities with kids. Her solutions are easy,
chic, and down-to-earth: they're honest. And discovering everyday
ways to live naturally and authentically--true to you--could be
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