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April 2006
Volume 1 Issue 4

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Prospero's DaughterProspero's Daughter
by Elizabeth Nunez

Loosely based on Shakespeare's play The Tempest, American Book Award- winning author Elizabeth Nunez's new novel tackles the issues of race, class, science, and passion- and interweaves the English, African, and Caribbean influences Nunez is known for. 

Divas Don't YieldDivas Don't Yield
by Sofia Quintero

Four very diverse chicas go on a hilarious, heartbreaking, smart, and sexy road trip from New York to San Francisco. On the way, they realize there's a lot more to learn about loyalty, love, and relationships than their smart-alec, righteous selves knew.

North by Northanger, or the Shades of PemberleyNorth by Northanger, or the Shades of Pemberley
by Carrie Bebris

As Elizabeth settles into her pregnancy, the Darcys' serene solitude at Pemberly is not meant to be. First a mysterious letter is discovered, then a summons to Northanger Abbey involves the young couple in intrigues that may threaten Mr. Darcy's freedom.

The Night JournalThe Night Journal
by Elizabeth Crook

Meg Mabry has spent her life with her back turned to her legendary family legacy. When an unexpected discovery casts doubt on the history recorded by her great-grandmother, Meg succumbs to the allure of the family stories in order to unlock an old mystery.


The Education of a CoachThe Education of a Coach
by David Halberstam

Bill Belichick's 31 years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success. In this groundbreaking new book, Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man behind it, revealing what makes Belichick tick both on and off the field.

Blood in My Coffee: The Life of the Fight Doctor

Blood in My Coffee: The Life of the Fight Doctor
by Ferdie Pacheco

In this autobiography, the boxing world's colorful and legendary "Fight Doctor" recounts the life, wit, and wisdom of the man most closely associated with Muhammad Ali.


Boy Crazy!: Keeping Our Daughter's Feet on the Ground When Her Head Is in the CloudsBoy Crazy!: Keeping Our Daughter's Feet on the Ground When Her Head Is in the Clouds
by Charlene C. Giannetti

This guide offers parents a much-needed framework for teaching their daughters one of life's most important skills: how to build lasting, enjoyable relationships based on honesty, trust, and respect.

The Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspiration, Contempory DesignThe Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspiration, Contempory Design
by Valerie Hector

A renowned jewelry designer gives bead enthusiasts a tour of the quality, diversity, and artistry of beadwork from around the world.


by Stephen King

Civilization doesn't end with a bang or a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone. What happens on the afternoon of October 1 came to be known as the Pulse, a signal sent though every operating cell phone that turns its user into something...well, something less than human.

The Undertaker's WifeThe Undertaker's Wife
by Loren D. Estleman

From the author of "The Master Executioner" comes this story of life and death on the frontier, where the undertaker offers his skills to rich and poor, cowboys and outlaws. His wife is devoted to making her marriage whole in spite of the tragedy that strikes on one terrible day.

And One More Thing Before You Go...And One More Thing Before You Go...
by Maria Shriver

Graduating from high school is a big step for any girl. She is leaving her childhood behind and beginning the rest of her life. She is also leaving her mother's protective circle of love and guidance. One of the greatest gifts a mother can give her daughter at this pivotal moment in her life is good counsel. 

The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's LeaderThe Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's Leader
by Peter L. Bergen

The author of "Holy War, Inc." and a leading expert on al Qaeda offers a unique portrait of the world's most wanted man, a brilliant, seamless blending of interviews with people who know Osama bin Laden personally. Bergen has known and followed bin Laden since 1997.



by Michael Robotham

London detective Vincent Ruiz ("Suspect") returns and is accused of faking amnesia when he's found shot in the leg, but with no memory of how. Ruiz turns to psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, and soon a twisted trail of grief, vengeance, and the search for redemption is revealed.

by John J. Nance

Bestselling aviation expert and author Nance returns with a riveting thriller set in the world of commercial spaceflight. The year is 2009, and when a micrometeorite punches through the wall of a just-launched spacecraft, killing the pilot, passenger Kip Dawson discovers he is truly alone.

The Last Days of DogtownThe Last Days of Dogtown
by Anita Diamant

Based loosely on a true story of a historic community, this novel is set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s. Peopled with widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, free Africans, and "witches," it resurrects a forgotten sector of society.

Abide with MeAbide with Me
by Elizabeth Strout

Set the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, this long-awaited new novel by the author of "Amy and Isabelle" tells the story of a minister struggling to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss.


Little BeautiesLittle Beauties
by Kim Addonizio

The lives of three characters become linked in surprising ways as the magical plot of this novel unfolds. With a poet's ear for fresh, evocative language, and a deft humor that exposes her characters' foibles, Addonizio perfectly captures the messiness and unexpected beauty of life.

Lapham RisingLapham Rising
by Roger Rosenblatt

A recluse living on his own island in a creek across from the relentlessly noisy construction of a house belonging to a millionaire, reveals his life: his elaborate plot against the millionaire, the various odd visitors to his island, and his talking dog.

Murder on the OceanicMurder on the Oceanic
by Conrad Allen

When the "Oceanic sets sail from England's Port of Southampton, its ultimate destination is New York. But it must make one very important stop first: at Cherbourg, in France, to pick up internationally renowned financier and art collector J. P. Morgan, fresh from a continental buying spree sure to have turned up numerous priceless objets d'art.

Lord Vishnu's Love Handles: A Spy Novel (Sort Of)Lord Vishnu's Love Handles: A Spy Novel (Sort Of)
by Will Clarke

Psychically-gifted but tragically-shallow Travis Anderson milks his premonitions only to acquire an upper-middle-class lifestyle without having to make an effort. But recent visions threaten his yuppie contentment.



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