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Fresh Picks
February 2008
Volume 3 Issue 2

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of February! This month's newsletter contains the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest. We're particularly pleased to include Beth Webb Hart's Adelaide Piper.  You'll find it in the Under the Radar category. 


by Ron Leshem

By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, this debut novel is an international literary sensation. Charged with brilliance and hypnotic in its intensity, Beaufort is a coming-of-age story, one of the most powerful, visceral portraits of the horror, camaraderie, and absurdity of war in modern fiction.




The Theory of CloudsThe Theory of Clouds
by Stephane Audeguy 

Akira Kumo, an eccentric collector of all literature having to do with clouds and meteorology, he hires Virginie, a young librarian, to catalog his library. While she works, he tells her stories of those who have devoted their lives to clouds, resulting in her trip to London in search of the suppressed Abercrombie protocol.




An Ordinary SpyAn Ordinary Spy
by Joseph Weisberg

Two embattled spies go to extraordinary lengths to keep their informants out of harms way in this riveting and dramatic portrait of modern espionage.





Korea StraitKorea Strait
by David Poyer

A suspenseful and timely sea adventure by the most thoughtful of the military-thriller set and a master of authentic detail.




The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation

The Great Experiment
by Strobe Talbott

Acclaimed journalist Talbott tells the story of humankinds struggle to band together for protection and profit--and the urgent need for a new birth of American leadership to meet the looming threats of terror, climate change, and nuclear catastrophe. 




Charging the Net: A History of Blacks in Tennis from Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe to the Williams SistersCharging the Net
by Cecil Harris

In Charging the Net, Cecil Harris and Larryette Kyle-DeBose draw on personal interviews and extensive research to chronicle the triumphs and humiliations of blacks in professional tennis from the 1940s to the present, spotlighting a wide range of competitors as well as the American Tennis Association, an organization that thrived despite racial segregation.




Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and NightCooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night
by Sallie Ann Robinson

Offering remembrances and remedies, as well as 75 all-new recipes by Sallie Ann Robinson from the unique Gullah islands off the South Carolina coast, this work highlights Gullah cooking, which is a mix of African, European, and Native American influences.




The Florist's DaughterThe Florist's Daughter
by Patricia Hampl

A tribute to the ardor of supposedly ordinary people, this memoirs concerns reach beyond a single life to achieve a historic testament to mid-century middle America, in her most intimate, yet most universal, work to date.




The CureThe Cure
by Athol Dickson

When a small town in Maine becomes a mecca for miracles, Riley Keep journeys north to find out for himself, returning to a place and people he had left long ago. What he finds waiting is a hope beyond his wildest expectations, but will his past drag him away from this second chance at life?




In Secret ServiceIn Secret Service
by Mitch Silver

Return to the world of Ian Fleming, where spies, love, and passion comes to life. A young woman inherits the long-lost account of his own spying during World War II and must finish it to find out why people are trying to kill her.





Mercy FallsMercy Falls
by William Kent Krueger

In this follow-up to "Blood Hollow," Tamarack County Sheriff Corcoran O'Connor investigates the high-profile murder of a powerful Chicago businessman. When targeted by a sniper, O'Connor must move through a maze of murder, adultery, and deceit.




It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less StuffIt's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
by Peter Walsh

The organizational guru of TLCs hit show "Clean Sweep" shares his proven program to help readers let go of emotional and physical clutter, get organized, and simplify their homes for a happier, more stress-free life.





A Whole New LightA Whole New Light
by Sandra Brown

Cyn McCall knew she could always count on Worth Lansing, friend and business partner of her last husband.  He could make her laugh and forget her problems. She could tease him about his many romantic entanglements. The last thing Cyn expected was to find herself longing for a man who could never settle down. 




12: The Elements of Great Managing

12: The Elements of Great Managing
by Rodd Wagner

This long-awaited sequel follows great managers as they harness employee engagement to turn around a failing call center, improve patient care in a hospital, maintain production through power outages, and successfully face a host of other challenges in settings around the world.




Precious BloodPrecious Blood
by Jonathan Hayes

Forensic pathologist Edward Jenner hunts a serial killer on the streets of New York, just days after the 9/11 attacks. Author Jonathan Hayes combines the wit of Patricia Cornwell, the action in "CSI," and the clip of Kathy Reichs, in his gripping debut thriller.




The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in LifeThe Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life
by Jim Loehr

The "New York Times" bestselling co-author of "The Power of Full Engagement" provides a compelling and powerful program to revolutionize the stories people tell about their lives and how they approach success.




Adelaide PiperAdelaide Piper
by Beth Webb Hart

Adelaide Piper, small-town Gen-X debutante and renegade poetess, plays her own tune, leading her and those she cares about into dangerous places. Tragedy and heartbreak mean a return to the very ground that she once cursed. 




A Gentle RainA Gentle Rain
by Deborah Smith

A Connecticut heiress learns she is adopted. Her birth parents are mentally handicapped ranch workers in northern Florida. She gets a job at the ranch under a false name in order to learn more about her parents. To her surprise she falls in love with them, the ranch, and the handsome owner who cares for handicapped ranch hands including his own brother.




KIA: A Dr. Kel McKelvey NovelKIA: A Dr. Kel McKelvey Novel
by Thomas Holland

Kel McKelvey is back and the bones do not lie in this latest forensic mystery from expert anthropologist, Thomas Holland.





The Sound of LanguageThe Sound of Language
by Amulya Malladi

In this luminous story of bravery, tradition, and the power of language, an Afghan woman and Danish widower form an unexpected alliance. Escaping the turmoil of Kabul, Raihana settles with distant relatives in Denmark. Homesick and heartbroken, she bravely attempts to start a new life. 





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