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Fresh Picks


May 2009
Volume 4 Issue 5

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of May! This month's newsletter contains a wide variety of titles to spark your interest.  We are particularly pleased to include Tyson's The Pluto Files, which can be found in the Audiobooks section. 


Follow MeFollow Me
by Joanna Scott

In 1946, Sally Werner abandons her home to begin a daring journey of self-creation, the truth of which she entrusts only with her granddaughter, six decades later. But when the younger Sally's father enters her life and offers another story, she must uncover the truth of her grandmother's past.



The World BeneathThe World Beneath
by Aaron Gwyn

Beginning with the disappearance of a teenage boy, this literary novel winds into an obsessive hunt with murderous results. Gwyn's perceptive, quietly beautiful prose engages readers in a tale that is both savage and burning with heart.



The Song Is YouThe Song Is You
by Arthur Phillips

Julian Donahue is going through an emotional crisis that started when his young son died of an infection. He discovers meaning to life again while listening to songs by Irish singer Cait O'Dwyer. As his interest in her music and career grows into a full-blown obsession, Julian is propelled to do more than hang out at Cait's performances.



About FaceAbout Face
by Donna Leon

After an investigator from the Carabiniere looking into the illegal hauling of garbage asks for a favor, Commissario Guido Brunetti soon finds himself in the middle of murder and corruption more dangerous than anything he's seen before.





Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic WorldAladdin's Lamp
by John Freely 

Freely tells the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C., producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, and others, which through the centuries spread across the Greco-Roman world.



Puff: 50 Flaky, Crunchy, Delicious Appetizers, Entrees, and Desserts Made with Puff PastryPuff
by Martha Holmberg

Puff pastry is one of the secrets to savory appetizers, elegant entrees, and decadent desserts. And it's a breeze to make dozens of impressive recipes in this cookbook using pre-made puff pastry dough. Holmberg provides advice on how to get the most out of the dough plus which ingredients and equipment should be stocked in the pantry.



Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and MiraclesBrain Surgeon
by Keith Black

Dr. Black invites readers to shadow his breathtaking journeys into neurosurgery. Along the way, he shares his unique insights about the inner workings of the brain, his unwavering optimism for the future of medicine, and the extraordinary stories of his patients.



What Would Google Do?What Would Google Do?
by Jeff Jarvis 

An indispensable manual for survival and success, this guide asks the most important question today's leaders need to ask themselves: What would Google do? The result is an astonishing, mind-opening book that can change the way readers ask questions and solve problems. 






The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured ClassThe Intellectual Devotional
by David S. Kidder 

This secular daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning is designed to inspire and invigorate the reader every day of the year.



The Gate HouseThe Gate House
by Nelson DeMille

After John's wife killed her Mafia don lover, John set out on a sailboat journey around the world. Ten years later he comes home and people from his life begin resurfacing, in a web of seduction and betrayal, intent on exacting revenge.



Buyology: Truth and Lies about Why We BuyBuyology
by Martin Lindstrom

Marketing guru Lindstrom draws on a three-year study of people from around the world to overturn many of the assumptions, myths, and beliefs about what genuinely stimulates consumers' interest in a product and compels them to buy.



The Gone-Away WorldThe Gone-Away World
by Nick Harkaway

This wildly entertaining debut novel introduces a bold new voice that combines antic humor with a stunning futuristic vision to deliver an electrifyingly original tale of love, friendship, and the apocalypse.






American RustAmerican Rust
by Philipp Meyer 

Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, a lush landscape as deceptively promising as the edifices of the abandoned steel mills, Meyer weaves a tale of the lost American dream and the desperation that arises in its absence.



The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes EverythingThe Element
by Ken Robinson

From one of the world's leading thinkers and speakers on creativity and self-fulfillment comes a breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement.



Kill for MeKill for Me
by Karen Rose 

The stunning conclusion to the bestselling trilogy that includes "Die for Me" and "Scream for Me." Vowing to stop a black market ring that sells teenage girls, Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos find comfort in each others' arms. But they are soon confronted by ruthless killers who will do anything to keep their business intact.



The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite PlanetThe Pluto Files
by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

In his typically witty way, Tyson chronicles America's irrational love affair with Pluto, exploring the history of planet classification and America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf.




The Man in the WindowThe Man in the Window
by Kjell Ola Dahl

A cryptic murder resurrects dark memories of past atrocities, in this latest mystery from the master of Norwegian crime writing.



This Is Not a GameThis Is Not a Game
by Walter Jon Williams

In this near-future thriller, Williams weaves a pulse-pounding tale of intrigue, murder, and games where players don't get a second chance.



An Accidental LightAn Accidental Light
by Elizabeth Diamond

In this heartbreaking and redemptive novel, Diamond explores the ripple effects of a single moment of tragedy--the journey from guilt to peace, from vengeance to forgiveness, from sorrow to hope, and ultimately, to joy.



How It Ended: New and Collected StoriesHow It Ended
by Jay McInerney

Bestselling author McInerney's collection of twenty-six stories, both old and new, traces the arc of his career.



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