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Fresh Picks


October 2008
Volume 3 Issue 10

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of October! This month's newsletter contains a wide variety of titles to spark your interest.  In the Downloadable Audiobooks category, we are particularly pleased to include Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic. 


The Black TowerThe Black Tower
by Louis Bayard

The acclaimed author of "Mr. Timothy" and "The Pale Blue Eye" has constructed another spellbinding historical mystery about a real-life convict who transformed himself into the world's first modern detective.

by Amy MacKinnon

In this darkly atmospheric and tautly written debut novel, a young mortician finds herself entangled in a sordid underworld when she unwittingly links an abused girl to a cold case murder investigation.  



Land of a Hundred WondersLand of a Hundred Wonders
by Lesley Kagen

Brain damaged after a tragic car accident that took both her parents, Gibby is now NQR (Not Quite Right), a real challenge for a fledgling newspaper reporter. Especially when she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy.   


The Little BookThe Little Book
by Selden Edwards

An irresistible triumph of the imagination more than 30 years in the making, "The Little Book" is a breathtaking love story that spans generations, ranging from fin de siecle Vienna through the pivotal moments of the 20th century.






Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening That Changed AmericaDinner at Mr. Jefferson's
by Charles A. Cerami 

Only two guests, Alexander Hamilton and James Madicon, were invited to the dinner party hosted by President Thomas Jefferson. Privacy was important and Jefferson believed that the very future of the United States of America depended on the compromise he sought that would enable the federal government to pay its debts and secure the American dollar.  


Yum-O! the Family CookbookYum-O! the Family Cookbook
by Rachael Ray

Popular celebrity chef, bestselling author, and Food Network host Ray delivers the perfect healthy cooking primer for even the youngest chefs in the family, a resource packed with kid-friendly recipes and meal plans. 



The Wishing Year: A House, a Man, My Soul - A Memoir of Fulfilled DesireThe Wishing Year
by Noelle Oxenhandler  

A delightfully candid memoir, "The Wishing Year" chronicles Oxenhandler's journey into the art and soul of wishing. Soon she discovers that what started as a year's dare has turned into a way of life. 



Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45Staging Your Comeback
by Christopher Hopkins

Christopher Hopkins believes that as women age they become more beautiful but often feel less attractive.  He's out to change that. Drawing on over twenty years expereince,  Hopkins provides step-by-step strategies and detailed advice to help you restore, revamp, refresh and renew.






Off SeasonOff Season
by Anne Rivers Siddons

Acclaimed novelist Siddons' new novel is a stunning tale of love and loss as one woman looks hard to her past to try to figure out her future. A journey that begins with tender memories culminates in a revelation that will make her re-evaluate everything she thinks she knows.

The Gypsy MorphThe Gypsy Morph
by Terry Brooks

In Brooks' shattering conclusion to the Genesis of Shannara trilogy, survivors hold out against predators, rogue militias, and mutations, while demons are bent on slaughtering the last of humankind. While the allies of good unite to challenge evil, follow Logan Tom, Angel Perez, Kirisin Belloruus, and Hawk as they battle for humanity's final destiny.


Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do
by Tom Vanderbilt

Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, "Traffic" gets under the hood of the everyday activity. Ultimately, this work is about more than driving: it's about human nature.



by Karin Slaughter

Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation takes on the case of a girl who has been savagely murdered in one of Atlanta's most desirable neighborhoods.






The Book of LiesThe Book of Lies
by Brad Meltzer

Mitchell Siegel was fatally wounded in 1932 and the gun was never recovered. His mourning son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. Today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cal Harper face a family secret: his long-lost father, who's been shot with the 1932 Siegel murder weapon. But before Cal can ask questions, he and his father are attacked.   

American WifeAmerican Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld

On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House and the repercussions of a life lived. "American Wife" is an intimate story of an ordinary woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances when she becomes First Lady.

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The god of final fate and the leader of the Dark-Hunters, Acheron Parthenopaeus, is used to being in charge...at least in this lifetime. He answers to no one and no one questions him. Until a woman on a forbidden quest to answer an ancient mystery who won't take no for an answer. She will not be denied, despite Acheron's attempts to stop her. 


The Richest SeasonThe Richest Season
by Maryann McFadden

Set on beautiful Pawley's Island, South Carolina, this novel is about second chances occurring at the most inopportune times in life. In three parallel journeys, three individuals walk away from lives they always thought they wanted, only to rediscover a part of themselves they'd all but forgotten.



Travel WritingTravel Writing
by Peter Ferry

Our narrator teaches high school English outside of Chicago and moonlights as a travel writer. On his way home after work one evening he witnesses a car accident that kills a beautiful woman. Or did he?  With humor, tenderness, and suspense, Ferry takes readers on fascinating journeys, both geographical and psychological, and delves into the notion that the line between fact and fiction is often negotiable. 


House of DaughtersHouse of Daughters
by Sarah-Kate Lynch

Family rivalries, long-ago love affairs, and forgotten scandals blend in this sparkling novel set in the Champagne province of France.



The Creator's MapThe Creator's Map
by Emilio Calderon 

Covering the most tumultuous and fascinating period of recent history, from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War to the end of World War II, this novel recreates the dark intrigue, romantic entanglements, and divided loyalties of a war-torn Europe. 



One More Year: StoriesOne More Year: Stories
by Sana Krasikov

Krasikov's debut collection features stories of people who hold out hope, despite the odds, that life will be kind to them. The characters look to love to repair their lives, and when love isn't really there, they attempt to make do with relationships that substitute for love.



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