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Fresh Picks


December 2008
Volume 3 Issue 12

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of December! This month's newsletter contains a wide variety of titles to spark your interest.  We are particularly pleased to include Seth Godin's Tribes, which can be found in the Audiobooks section. 


Arctic DriftArctic Drift
by Clive Cussler

Looking for the connection between a breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming, a series of unexplained deaths in British Columbia, and a rash of international incidents that threaten the USA, NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, know they have very little time before events escalate out of control.



The Hour I First BelievedThe Hour I First Believed
by Wally Lamb

Relocating to a family farm in Connecticut after surviving the Columbine school shootings, Caelum and Maureen discover a cache of family memorabilia dating back five generations, which reveals to Caelum unexpected truths about painful past events.



Gone TomorrowGone Tomorrow
by P.F. Kluge

When an acclaimed writer and college professor is killed in a hit-and-run accident, speculations about his unwritten final novel run rampant in the intellectual community, prompting his literary executor to begin a search through the professor's personal records.



Ghost at Work: A Bailey Ruth MysteryGhost at Work
by Carolyn Hart

When the pastor's wife discovers a murdered body on her porch, ghost sleuth Bailey Ruth Raeburn applies her beyond-the-grave talents for solving puzzles to keep suspicion from falling on the innocent pastor.






The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the WorldThe Ascent of Money
by Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson tells the human story behind the evolution of money, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest Wall Street upheavals. The author shows that finance is, in fact, the foundation of human progress.



Southern Living Christmas Cookbook: All-New Ultimate Holiday Entertaining GuideSouthern Living Christmas Cookbook
by Rebecca Brennan 

Throwing a party just got easier. Whether you're planning your first big holiday celebration or your twentieth, you'll find this memory-making treasury an invaluable hospitality guide for all occasions. Over 400 recipes, 32 menus, and nearly 250 color photographs team up to make this the ultimate holiday entertaining guide.



1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire1,000 Dollars and an Idea
by Sam Wyly

In his fast-paced, fascinating, and candid memoir, Wyly reveals the thought processes, relationships, and financial machinations behind the building of his diverse businesses over the last four decades.



Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest FloodBretz's Flood
by John Soennichsen

Channeled Scablands, between Idaho and the Cascades, is a unique landscape of basalt cliffs, dry waterfalls, canyons, and coulees. Geologist J. Harlen Bretz was the first to explore the area, starting in the 1920s. This dramatic book tells the story of how he came to study the region and his radical theory that a flood of biblical proportions created it.






The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You DoThe Encore Effect
by Mark Sanborn

The bestselling author of "The Fred Factor" and "You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader" reveals how people can achieve stellar performance and excel in work and life.



The Fifth FloorThe Fifth Floor
by Michael Harvey

Harvey's sizzling, intricately woven follow-up to "The Chicago Way" opens with murder in contemporary Chicago and winds its way back to Mrs. O'Leary's cow and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.



The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson

In this European publishing sensation, a crusading journalist joins forces with a 24-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker to investigate the whereabouts of a missing woman from one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.



Lost Girls: A Sherry Moore NovelLost Girls
by George D. Shuman

In this new thriller, blind psychic Sherry Moore combs the Caribbean to find the murderous kingpin of a human trafficking network and finds that she must confront a man who shares her talent for seeing the final moments of a dead body's life.






Tribes: We Need You to Lead UsTribes
by Seth Godin

Tribes are everywhere, in companies large and small, and their members are hungry for connection, meaning, and change--in other words, for leadership. For the first time, explains Godin, everyone has an opportunity to lead, not just bosses.



A Cedar Cove ChristmasA Cedar Cove Christmas
by Debbie Macomber

After a comedy of errors on Christmas Eve, a five-month pregnant woman, traveling to Cedar Cove to search for her child's father, finds herself lodging in an apartment above a barn. The residents of Cedar Grove come to her rescue as an early labor begins.



Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful ThinkingSun in a Bottle
by Charles Seife

Focusing on the history of fusion energy, this book details the misplaced hopes, controversy, and even comedy of the research teams who have tried to bottle the sun with lasers, magnets, and sound waves.



Hot MahoganyHot Mahogany
by Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington is hired to protect Barton Cabot, an army intelligence officer suffering from amnesia following a random act of violence. Barton is a man with a past, and one event in particular is coming back to haunt his present in ways he'd never expected.



All I Have to Give: A Christmas Love StoryAll I Have to Give
by Melody Carlson

Anna and Michael have been trying for years without success to have a baby. Now in her late thirties, Anna has given up on the hope of motherhood. She has to consider the possibility that it might be time to empty out the nursery and convert it to a guest room. As Christmas needs, there are miracles in store for Anna and Michael.



Being WrittenBeing Written
by William Conescu

This masterful debut novel offers a fast-paced, psychologically taut, explosive tale of a man in a crisis and the lengths to which he will go to provide meaning to his life.



Hannah's DreamHannah's Dream
by Diane Coplin Hammond

In the tradition of "Water for Elephants" comes a charming, captivating story of an aging caretaker and his beloved elephant, and an extraordinary cast of quirky characters centered around a dilapidated zoo.



The Rose Labyrinth with PaperThe Rose Labyrinth
by Titania Hardie

From world-renowned folkloric author Hardie comes a mystical fiction debut that takes readers on a romantic journey from Elizabethan England to modern-day London, where a centuries-old secret awaits.



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