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Fresh Picks
September 2008
Volume 3 Issue 9

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of September! This month's newsletter contains the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest.  The Downloadable Audiobooks selections are from our exciting new service, OverDrive.  In the Non-Fiction category, we are particularly pleased to include John Silverwood's Black Wave. 


The 351 Books of Irma AcuriThe 351 Books of Irma Acuri
by David Bajo

Bajo's mind-expanding novel is an amazing, beautiful story of Philip Mazryk's quixotic search for the Siren of all Sirens. These characters live within a puzzle that's inside a maze.



The Lace ReaderThe Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

In Barry's captivating debut, Towner Whitney, a young woman descended from a long line of mind readers and fortune tellers, has returned to her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, for rest and relaxation. Any tranquility in her life is short-lived, however, when her aunt drowns under mysterious circumstances.



Good-Bye and AmenGood-Bye and Amen
by Beth Gutcheon

Concluding the story that began in the critically acclaimed "Leeway Cottage", Gutcheon tells a rich narrative of several generations of a large family, the house that binds them together, and threatens to tear them apart.




Where the River EndsWhere the River Ends
by Charles Martin

Martin's beautifully written novel is a powerfully emotional and ultimately uplifting story of heartbreaking loss and undying love.





Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster That Saved ThemBlack Wave
by John Silverwood 

To escape the humdrum of life in Southern California, a man, his wife, and four young children decide to set sail across the high seas and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.




Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook's Essential CompanionFish Without a Doubt
by Rick Moonen

Featuring only seafood that is not overfished, this eco-conscious book encompasses all the techniques of fish cookery, from poaching to grilling to sauteing, as well as the most popular seafood dishes.




Books: A MemoirBooks: A Memoir
by Larry McMurtry

McMurtry, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain," returns with a fascinating and surprisingly intimate memoir of his lifelong passion of buying, selling, and collecting rare and antiquarian books.




The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great InvestmentsThe Little Book That Builds Wealth
by Pat Dorsey

Dorsey provides a sensible framework for identifying companies that can sustain high returns on capital, telling the reader how to look for durable competitive advantage in choosing equities.






Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical WaiterWaiter Rant
by Waiter

Based on the award-winning blog, "Waiter Rant" tells the story from the server's point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogance, and misbehavior.





The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Annie Fiery Barrows

London, 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of Guernsey during the German occupation, and about a society as extraordinary as its name.




My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal JourneyMy Stroke of Insight
by Jill Bolte Taylor

A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities.




by Nora Roberts

Cilla has come to her grandmother's farmhouse to rescue it from ruin. In the attic, she finds unsigned letters suggesting that her grandmother was pregnant when she died and that the father was a local married man. When Cilla becomes the target, her neighbor, Ford Sawyer, steps in to help her sort out who is targeting her and why.





America AmericaAmerica America
by Ethan Canin

From the bestselling author of "The Palace Thief" and "Carry Me Across the Water" comes a stunning novel, set in the Nixon era and today, about a great family, a political tragedy, and the impact of fate on history.



The James Boys: A Novel Account of Four Desperate BrothersThe James Boys
by Richard Liebmann-Smith

A provocative and strikingly original new voice in fiction reinvents the historical novel, along with American history itself, in this wry "what if?" that merges and mashes up four of our most famous and infamous national icons.




When You Are Engulfed in FlamesWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames
by David Sedaris

In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, his sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing.




Moon Shell BeachMoon Shell Beach
by Nancy Thayer

Bestselling author Thayer presents a powerful novel about two women who struggle to rekindle a childhood friendship damaged by lies and betrayal.



Hungry Ghosts: A Darcy Lott MysteryHungry Ghosts
by Susan Dunlap

Set among the wistful Victorians of San Francisco, the second installment of the Darcy Lott series finds stuntwoman Darcy once again plagued by murder.




by Roxana Robinson

In this luminous and gripping new novel, Robinson tackles addiction and explores its effects on the bonds of family, dazzling readers with her hallmark subtlety and precision in evoking the emotional interiors of her characters.




The Map ThiefThe Map Thief
by Heather Terrell 

The author of "The Chrysalis" returns with a captivating plunge into the world of stolen artifacts and takes readers on the thrilling search for a legendary map that could shake the pillars of history.




Telex from CubaTelex from Cuba
by Rachel Kushner

An astonishingly wise, ambitious, and riveting first novel set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading to Castro's revolution, this masterful debut is a compelling tour de force.




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