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Fresh Picks Fresh Picks - December 2007
December 2007
Volume 2 Issue 12

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of  December! This month's newsletter contains the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest. We're particularly pleased to include Roopa Farooki's debut,  Bitter Sweets.  You'll find it in the Under the Radar category.



TheThe House of Lanyon
by Valerie Anand

Richard Lanyon answers to the aristocratic Sweetwater family that own the land he farms. Richards ambition is boundless, so he arranges a marriage for his only son, Peter. Though Peter and his bride settle into marriage, each harbors a broken heart--and secrets.



ManlessManless in Montclair: How a Happily Married Woman Became a Widow Looking for Love in the Wilds of Suburbia
by Amy Holman Edelman 

Isabel becomes a widow at age 41. Feeling out of place in the very married suburbs, she begins her journey back into the dating scene. But she begins to realize that another man may not be the answer.




A Free Life
by Ha Jin

From the acclaimed, award-winning author of "Waiting" comes a new novel that eloquently re-imagines the American immigrant saga. Jin tells the story of the Wu family, that sets out on a journey through contemporary America in search of a sense of belonging.



The Hearts of HorsesThe Hearts of Horses
by Molly Gloss

With an elegant sweetness and a pitch-perfect sense of western life reminiscent of Annie Dillard, Glosss breakout novel is a remarkable story about the connections between people and animals and how they touch one another in the most unexpected and profound ways.






Class 11: Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class
by T. J. Waters

Written by one of its own graduates, "Class 11" is a gripping insider's look at the first post-9/11 CIA training class, the most elite and secretive espionage training program in the country.




A Passion to Lead: Seven Leadership Secrets for Success in Business, Sports, and Life
by Jim Calhoun

For the first time ever, Hall-of-Fame coach Jim Calhoun of the University of Connecticut Huskies shares his seven secrets for motivation, success, leadership, and life.




TheThe Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child
by Richard Lavoie

From the author of the groundbreaking "Its So Much Work to Be Your Friend" comes a new book that shows parents, teachers, coaches, and caregivers how to motivate any child to learn.



A Passion for BakingA Passion for Baking
by Marcy Goldman

Perfect for baking this holiday season or simply for someone who cannot get enough of that sweet smell of something fresh baking in the oven.






Brass Ankle Blues
by Rachel M. Harper

A young woman of mixed race navigates the twists and turns of first love and shifting family loyalties. Moving towards a definition of self that encompasses all the aspects of American, diversity, she wonders if her newfound identity requires her to distance herself from those she loves.





The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith

Isabel Dalhousie is back--and with a new baby--in the fourth installment of this bestselling series from the author of phenomenally popular "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series.





Falling Man
by Don DeLillo

In this essential work of fiction, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships and reconfigured Americas perceptions of the world in a novel that is beautiful, heartbreaking, and, ultimately, redemptive.





A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler
by Jason Roberts

In an era when the blind were routinely warehoused in asylums, James Holman was studying medicine, fighting the slave trade in Africa, hunting rogue elephants, surviving a frozen captivity in Siberia, and circumnavigating the world alone in the 19th century.






GentlemenGentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
by Michael Chabon

This rollicking saga by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" is set 1,000 years ago along the ancient Silk Road, and tells the tale of two wandering adventurers and unlikely soul mates.




TheThe Quiet Girl
by Peter Hoeg

Set in Denmark in the here and now, this masterful, inventive novel centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt.




TheThe Race
by Richard North Patterson

Depicting contemporary power politics at its most ruthless, this provocative novel takes on the most incendiary issues in American culture: racism, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, gay rights, and the rise of media monopolies with their own agenda and lust for power.





Stolen in the Night
by Patricia MacDonald

From the author of "Married to a Stranger" and "The Girl Next Door" comes this chilling novel about a 20-year-old murder, a present-day killer, and the controversial role of the death penalty in the criminal justice system.





Dead Man's Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker TableDead Man's Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table
by Otto Penzler

If ever a subject begged to be associated with crime it is gambling, writes Otto Penzler in his introduction to this collection of short stories set at the poker table and beyond.




Bitter Sweets

Bitter Sweets
by Roopa Farooki

With this spellbinding first novel about the destructive lies three immigrant generations of a Pakistani/Bangladeshi family tell each other, Farooki has crafted an intelligent, engrossing, and emotionally powerful Indian family saga.




Breakfast with BuddhaBreakfast with Buddha
by Roland Merullo

The only thing certain about a journey is that it has a beginning and an end--for you never know what may happen along the way. And so it is with this journey into the minds and souls of two very different men--one of them in search of the truth, the other a man who may have already found it.




The Late Hector KiplingThe Late Hector Kipling
by David Thewlis

A wickedly funny black comedy from actor Thewlis, this work features a man whose midlife crisis leads him to acts of not-so-quiet desperation, supreme idiocy--and murder.



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