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Fresh Picks

July 2006
Volume 1 Issue7

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of July! This month's newsletter contains the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest. We're particularly pleased to include Alexander McCall Smith's Blue Shoes and Happiness.  You'll find it in the Downloadable Audiobook category.


The Lightning Keeper The Lightning Keeper
by Starling Lawrence
Sparks fly in Lawrence's blend of romance and historical fiction, set against the struggle to harness electricity in the early 20th century. Skillfully intertwining fact and fiction, the author generates an electric history of ideas, kindled by the flames of capital and passion.


Better Than Chocolate Better Than Chocolate
by Susan Waggoner
A woman discovers she should be careful what she wishes for when her husband invents the ultimate indulgence: fat-free, carb-free, calorie-free chocolate that tastes like the real thing . . . only better.



Unburnable Unburnable
by Marie-Elena John
Set partly in contemporary Washington, D.C., and post-World War II Dominica, this debut novel deftly intertwines the cultures of blacks in the United States and the West Indies as an extraordinary multigenerational family saga unfolds.



Fireworks Fireworks
by Elizabeth Winthrop
In her debut novel, a precocious new talent tracks the daily rhythms of a writer's disintegrating life in an eviscerating comic portrait of suburban despair, and a deeply affecting tale of grief and renewal.



Fleecing Grandma and Grandpa: Protecting Against Scams, Cons, and Frauds Fleecing Grandma and Grandpa: Protecting Against Scams, Cons, and Frauds
by Betty L. Alt

Falling for a scam or con is humiliating for anyone, and can have terrible consequences. But for the elderly, being the victim of fraud can be disastrous. Here, Alt and Wells describe the most common scams, offer the stories of actual victims, and detail ways to protect yourself and your family from becoming easy targets. 


The Boys Who Were Left Behind: The 1944 World Series Between the Hapless St. Louis Browns and the Legendary St. Louis Cardinals The Boys Who Were Left Behind: The 1944 World Series Between the Hapless St. Louis Browns and the Legendary St. Louis Cardinals
by John Heidenry

Here is the story of the unlikely crosstown wartime World Series between the 4-F Browns and Stan Musial's mighty Cardinals. 


The New Soul Food Cookbook for People with DiabetesThe New Soul Food Cookbook for People with Diabetes
by Fabiola Demps Gaines

The first and only African-American cookbook for people with diabetes. The book offers you flavorful recipes such as barbecue pulled pork, fried okra, orange sweet potatoes, shrimp jambalaya and more.



How Home Theater and HDTV Work How Home Theater and HDTV Work
by Michael Miller

Home theater and HDTV are hot, but most consumers know little or nothing about these technologies. You no longer have to rely on sales people to direct you to underpowered and overpriced equipment that doesn't meet your needs and is quickly outdated. Armed with this book, you will not only understand what you want, but why you want it and how to hook it all up.




Cause of Death Cause of Death
by Patricia D. Cornwell

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is back. She is here to solve the mystery of the death of an Associated Press reporter. Typically, Scarpetta's involvement in the case leads her to be targeted for murder herself by a cult. Helping Scarpetta is her niece Lucy, who is also an F.B.I. agent.



The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People TodayThe Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today
by Kenneth H. Blanchard

In the bestselling tradition of "Whale Done!," Ken Blanchard offers a new parable about the competition of two leaders with totally different management styles--and reveals the ingredients of truly effective leadership.



Good Hair

Good Hair
by Benilde Little

An African-American romance is threatened by class difference. She is Alice, a New Jersey reporter from the middle classes, he is Jack, a third-generation surgeon from Boston's black upper class. At first Alice is overjoyed, but as the romance progresses doubts surface.


Blue Shoes and Happiness

Blue Shoes and Happiness
by Alexander McCall Smith

This newest entry in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series continues the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's leading, and only, female private detective. Her personal life, busy agency, and unusual cases are always fascinating--and highly entertaining.





My Latest Grievance My Latest Grievance
by Elinor Lipman

From the author of "The Inn at Lake Devine" comes a pitch-perfect novel about a young woman, too smart for her own good, and the chaos that ensues when her path crosses that of her glamorous new next-door neighbor.



Firefly Cloak Firefly Cloak
by Sheri Reynolds

The follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick The Rapture of Canaan: A quirky, charming story of a young girl's journey to find her mother, set against the backdrop of the Deep South.



Magic Hour Magic Hour
by Kristin Hannah

Forced to give up her California practice, Julia Cates, fears she will never again do the work that truly makes her happy: healing hearts of troubled young children. But then a young mute girl is found abandoned and scared in Rain Valley.


The Ethical Assassin The Ethical Assassin
by David Liss

Edgar Award-winning author Liss's first contemporary thriller offers an original view of odd dreamers, political intrigue, and the strange, corrupt ways of life in America.





Hardscrabble Road Hardscrabble Road
by Jane Haddam

When a right-wing radio show host is arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs, the incident sets into motion a deadly series of events. Leading the investigation is Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent hired to stop a killer from striking again.


The Eagle's Throne: The Eagle's Throne
by Carlos Fuentes

In this provocative novel, Fuentes exposes many of the political skeletons lurking in the closet of Mexican history, as he weaves a novel of cunning, naked ambition, and duplicity.



The Lambs of London The Lambs of London
by Peter Ackroyd

A tour de force in the tradition of Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor and Chatterton, a gripping novel of betrayal and deceit set in the teeming streets of 19th-century London.



Black Elk in Paris Black Elk in Paris
by Kate Horsley

In this irresistible novel set in 19th-century Paris, a young girl falls in love with Black Elk, a Native American Indian touring with a Wild West show. She tries to help him, but it is Black Elk who ends up transforming the lives of all those around him.





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