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Fresh Picks Untitled Document
July 2008
Volume 3 Issue 7

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of July! This month's newsletter contains the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest. We're particularly pleased to include Peter Sheahan's Flip. You'll find it in the Audiobook category. 


Black OutBlack Out
by Lisa Unger
A woman has to quickly piece together disturbing events--one of which is the murder of her psychologist--before her past comes to claim her future and her daughter.



Odd HoursOdd Hours
by Dean R. Koontz
Haunted by dreams of a powerful red tide, Odd Thomas, accompanied by two otherworldly sidekicks--his dog Boo and the Chairman of the Board--is drawn to a small California coastal town, where nothing is as it appears and where he confronts overwhelming and sinister forces out to stop his quest.



The Plague of DovesThe Plague of Doves
by Louise Erdrich
The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation.



Skeletons at the FeastSkeletons at the Feast
by Chris A. Bohjalian
As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles, an aristocratic Prussian woman and her child flee west away from the approaching Russian army. Eventually they form an unlikely alliance with a Jewish man escaping from the concentration camps.



The Hamburger: A HistoryThe Hamburger: A History
by Josh Ozersky
Highlighting the significance of the hamburger as an American icon, this book shows how the history of the burger is entwined with American business and culture, how the hamburger played a role in America's transformation into a mobile culture, and why America's favorite sandwich is nothing short of an irrepressible economic and cultural force today.



To a Distant Day: The Rocket PioneersTo a Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers
by Chris Gainor
Although the notion of rocketing into space may have originated with Chinese experiments with gunpowder in the Middle Ages, the use of rockets are outlined in this history of how human beings gained the ability to catapult themselves into space.




Mediterranean Fresh: A Compendium of One-Plate Salad Meals and Mix-And-Match DressingsMediterranean Fresh
by Joyce Goldstein
A treasure trove of salad meals and mix-and-match dressings, featuring 140 of healthful and easy-to-prepare dishes for a sensuous and satisfying meal.




The Second Journey: The Road Back to YourselfThe Second Journey
by Joan Anderson 
Picking up a decade after "A Year by the Sea" was published, this book explores what happens after Anderson returns home to her busy life. This exploration is for any woman who has taken a detour from the life she expected, and helps her chart a new course.





Dark RoomDark Room
by Andrea Kane
Seventeen years ago, Morgan Winter was traumatized by the discovery of her parents' brutally murdered bodies in a Brooklyn basement on Christmas Eve. Now shocking new evidence overturns the killer's conviction and Morgan is confronted with the horrifying realization that the real killer is still out there.



The Miracle at Speedy MotorsThe Miracle at Speedy Motors
by Alexander McCall Smith 
In the ninth mystery of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe visits a game preserve to uncover the truth about an elderly American traveler whose safari proves to be his last journey.




Miss Julia Paints the TownMiss Julia Paints the Town
by Ann B. Ross
When developers threaten to bulldoze the old courthouse to make way for condominiums, Miss Julia is dismayed. She enlists the help of Etta Mae Wiggins in a plot to scare off the money by exposing the town's many eccentric characters.




Winter StudyWinter Study
by Nevada Barr
Visiting an isolated Lake Superior isle to study wolf behavior, ranger Anna Pigeon joins a scientific group that subsequently discovers unusual DNA evidence suggesting that a giant and dangerous wolf hybrid has been introduced by an unknown source.



The Children of HurinThe Children of Hurin
by J. R. R. Tolkien
The first complete book by Tolkien in three decades, this book reunites fans of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" with elves, men, dragons, dwarves, eagles, and orcs. This stirring narrative will return fans to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.



The Girl with No ShadowThe Girl with No Shadow
by Joanne Harris
The "New York Times"-bestselling author returns with an exquisite treat that continues the story begun in her novel, "Chocolat." 




Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head--And Succeed Beyond Your Wildest ImaginingsFlip
by Peter Sheahan
Placing emphasis on flexible, counterintuitive decision-making, a young management guru calls for a new way of doing business in the global economy, where conventional wisdom fails.



Shadow CommandShadow Command
by Dale Brown
America's most advanced military unit rebels against the very government it's charged to protect, in this pulse-pounding military thriller chock-full of suspense, adventure, and high-tech weaponry.






Chez MoiChez Moi
by Agnes Desarthe
Redolent with the sights, smells, and tastes of Paris, "Chez Moi" is a profound and tender novel about a woman's troubled past--and her enduring love of cooking.




Driving SidewaysDriving Sideways
by Jess Riley
A charming new voice in fiction, much like a twenty-something Fannie Flagg, Riley tells the funny yet touching story of one woman's road trip to self-discovery after getting a new chance at life.




by S. J. Bolton
Part forensic-thriller, part medical-thriller, "Sacrifice" combines both elements to great effect in this atmospheric and original debut.




The Tenth GiftThe Tenth Gift
by Jane Johnson
For readers of Sarah Dunant and Elizabeth Kostovea comes a smart, page-turning epic about the Barbary pirates, the uncanny link between two fascinating women of different eras, and their equally engrossing love stories.



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