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Fresh Picks


November 2008
Volume 3 Issue 11

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of November! This month's newsletter contains a wide variety of titles to spark your interest.  We are particularly pleased to include Ivan Doig's The Eleventh Man, which can be found in the Fiction section. 


The Whiskey RebelsThe Whiskey Rebels
by David Liss

Ethan Saunders, a former spy, is recruited by Alexander Hamilton to find his ex-fiancee's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her veteran husband, living in the western Pennsylvania frontier, find a chance for prosperity in a new method of distilling whiskey. However, the Maycotts' success attracts the attention of Hamiton's men who threaten to destroy everything. As their causes intertwine, Maycott and Saunders find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and that of their new country.

Between Here and AprilBetween Here and April
by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Elizabeth Burns is obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend, April Cassidy.  Now a mother herself, Elizabeth discovers that April and her sister had been killed by their mother who then took her own life and longs to gain insight into the desperation that could lead a mother to commit such a monstrous crime.

I See You EverywhereI See You Everywhere
by Julia Glass

Louisa Jardine, the older sister, is a good student and yearns for a good marriage, a career and a family. Clem Jardine, the younger sister, is the rebel and a constant source of frustration to her sister. Alternating between the sisters voices, their story unfolds over a 25-year span, from 1980 to 2005, beginning when Louisa and Clem are in their early twenties. A tale of jealousy and anger, affection and devotion.

The Eleventh ManThe Eleventh Man
by Ivan Doig

Ten members of Montana's legendary 1941 football team are caught up in World War II. The 11th man, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training and asked to chronicle the adventures of his teammates. Ready for action, he chafes at the assignment, not knowing that it will bring him love.




What Matters: The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our TimeWhat Matters
by David Elliot Cohen

The combination of compelling photographs and insightful writing make this a highly relevant, widely discussed book that concerns the crucial issues shaping the world.



Blue Sky July: A Mother's Story of Hope and HealingBlue Sky July
by Nia Wyn

This gripping autobiography follows the story of a mother who battles impossible odds in the hopes of healing her son Joe who, six months after he was born, was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. Her day-by-day musings reveal the extraordinary relationship between mother and son.



Outliers: The Story of SuccessOutliers
by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell embarks on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers, the best and the brightest and the most successful. He investigates what makes high-achievers different by looking at their culture, family, generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.



The Comfort TableThe Comfort Table
by Katie Lee Joel

Emphasizing local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, this collection features a mouthwatering assortment of recipes from Joel's childhood spent growing up on a farm in West Virginia.






The Starter WifeThe Starter Wife
by Gigi Levangie Grazer

After her studio-executive husband dumps her for a pop tarlet, Gracie Pollock seeks refuge at her best friend's Malibu mansion and soon finds herself associating with all the wrong people.

The Water's EdgeThe Water's Edge
by Daniel Judson

When Jake Bechet hears that two men have been murdered a few miles from where he lives in the Hamptons, he knows that trouble is coming.  Trouble for him, for everyone, because it means that someone has betrayed the Castello crime family. He may not know why, but Jake knows that he wants nothing to do with the matter because he walked again from the Castellos years ago with enough inside information to keep himself safe. Then he discovers that the crime boss, Jorge Castello, wants Jake to find out who's behind the killings. Working for the Castellos again is the last thing Jake wants to do, but he knows he has to find a way to finish it somehow.


The Last TheoremThe Last Theorem
by Arthur Charles Clarke

Two of science fiction's most renowned writers join forces for a storytelling sensation. "The Last Theorem" is a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from aliens, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together or perish.


Black and White and Dead All OverBlack and White and Dead All Over
by John Darnton

Priscilla Bollingsworth, a young, ambitious female NYPD detective, investigates the killing of a powerful newspaper editor. She teams up with Jude Hurley, a clever, rebellious reporter, and together they navigate the ink-infested waters whose denizens include the paper's resentful old guard, scheming careerists, a bumbling publisher, a steely executive editor, and a rival newspaper tycoon named Lester Moloch. But the waters thicken considerably when more bodies turn up, dead all over. 





Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of BusinessCrowdsourcing
by Jeff Howe

In this work, Howe reveals that consumers have seen only the tip-of-the-public-ideas iceberg. Known as crowdsourcing, the open source idea is a phenomenon with huge economic, cultural, business, and political implications.



Into the StormInto the Storm
by Taylor Anderson

In this first book of the Destroyermen saga, the USS "Walker" is pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific.  The ship's captain knows that he and his crew are in dire straits fleeing from the Japanese. In desperation, he heads "Walker" into a squall, hoping it will give them cover, only to emerge somewhere else.

From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named LavaFrom Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava
by Jay Kopelman

In this inspired, timely follow-up to the "New York Times" bestseller "From Baghdad, With Love", Kopelman credits his canine best friend, Lava, with keeping him sane after he returned home from the war. 


Master of the DeltaMaster of the Delta
by Thomas H. Cook

While conducting a class on historical evil, Jack is shocked to discover that his unassuming student Eddie is the son of a notorious local murderer. When Eddie's investigation into his past leads him to Jack's own father, Jack finds himself questioning Eddie's motives and his own.



Ghost RadioGhost Radio
by Leopoldo Gout

Hosting an underground Mexican radio call-in show dedicated to paranormal phenomena, former punk rocker Joaquin detects a structured burst of static that proves to be a voice from another dimension, a discovery that has profound consequences for both the living and the dead.

Time of My LifeTime of My Life
by Allison Winn Scotch

Jillian Westfield, a young wife and mother, gets a chance to find out what life could be like if she had made different choices. With hindsight, Jillian has the chance to discover what if once and for al and to decide which life is the one she really wants.


Up Pops the DevilUp Pops the Devil
by Angela Benson 

What happens when the past comes back to haunt you? When Wilford Preacher Winters rejoins society after a stint in prison, four different women in his life vie for his attention, setting up a web of sin, temptation, and redemption.

The Ancient ShipThe Ancient Ship
by Zhang Wei

Originally published in 1987, two years before the Tiananmen Square protests, Wei's award-winning first novel is the story of three generations of the Sui, Zhao, and Li families living in the fictional northern town of Wali during the troubled post-liberation years in China.



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