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Fresh Picks

September 2006
Volume 1 Issue 9

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of September! This month's newsletter contains the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest. We're particularly pleased to include Dan Fesperman's Prisoner of Guantánamo. You'll find it in the audiobooks category.


by Lisa Moore

Seventeen-year-old Colleen Clark and her mother, Beverly, can't overcome their grief over the sudden death of David, Beverly's husband and Colleen's stepfather. While Beverly copes by dieting and retreating into herself, Colleen downloads videos of beheadings off the Internet and tries her hand at eco-terrorism before running away to Louisiana—where alligators troll the bayou.


Beautiful DreamerBeautiful Dreamer
by Christopher Bigsby

In a small southern town, a white man tries to prevent a lynching and finds himself branded by the mob - and worse, finds himself sheltering the dead man's son. When the killers come around to finish the job, the two victims are forced to flee across the country in the hopes of escaping men with nothing but vengeance on their minds.


Death of an Obnoxious TouristDeath of an Obnoxious Tourist
by Maria Hudgins

Dotsy Lamb and her friend Lettie are on a tour of Italy when the most hated member of their tour group, Meg Bauer, is murdered in her Florence hotel room. Suspicion runs rampant but soon falls upon her sister Beth, who has a number of reasons to kill her. But another death soon has Dotsy poking her nose where she should not and the reader trying to guess who did it.



by J. M. Ledgard

On April 30, 1975, secret police in Czechoslovakia circled a small-town zoo and slaughtered nearly 50 giraffes, the largest domesticated herd in the world. To this day, the zoo has received no official explanation. Ledgard, a foreign correspondent, has turned his investigation of the event into a profoundly affecting debut novel that will wake you up and break your heart.




Start Your Own Restaurant and Five Other Food Businesses: Your Step-By-Step Guide to SuccessStart Your Own Restaurant and Five Other Food Businesses
by Jacquelyn Lynn

There are more than 900,000 restaurants in the United States--100,000 of those were started in the last five years. The second edition of the number-one-selling Startup (more than 27,000 sold) is fully updated to reflect today's restaurant environment. It is the precise tool you need to start your own restaurant or food business.


Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the WorldGet to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World
by Linda Hirshman

Examining the trend of affluent, educated women abandoning their careers to raise their children, Hirshman argues that the time is ripe for a new feminist revolution based on values and quality of life, rather than on the false promise of "choice."


Real Men Don't ApologizeReal Men Don't Apologize
by Jim Belushi

In this "guy's guy guide to life," the star of the hit TV show "According to Jim" talks about how men can continue to be real men while still managing to make things work with the opposite sex.



Stop Being Your Symptoms and Start Being Yourself: The 6-Week Mind-Body Program to Ease Your Chronic SymptomsStop Being Your Symptoms and Start Being Yourself: The 6-Week Mind-Body Program to Ease Your Chronic Symptoms
by Arthur J. Barsky

Two leading psychiatrists at Harvard Medical School offer a groundbreaking, compassionate, and optimistic mind-body program for dealing with chronic everyday symptoms that cannot be cured by modern medicine such as fatigue, insomnia, indigestion, and more.





The King of LiesThe King of Lies
by John Hart

When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface, and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.



First ImpressionsFirst Impressions
by Jude Deveraux

The much-loved author of "The Summerhouse" presents her highly anticipated new, emotionally charged novel about one woman's bid to stand up to the tragedy of her past and reclaim the promise of her future.



Sins of the WolfSins of the Wolf
by Anne Perry

Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an ederly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder.



Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last HeroClemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
by David Maraniss

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, comes a book destined to become a book destined to become a modern classic--a full-scale biography of a great baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, who lived, played, and died with enduring grace.





The Afghan CampaignThe Afghan Campaign
by Steven Pressfield

In words that might have been ripped from today's combat dispatches, Steven Pressfield, the bestselling novelist of ancient warfare, returns with a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great's invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C., a campaign that eerily foreshadows the tactics, terrors, and frustrations of contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


by John Updike

Born of an Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father long since disappeared, 18-year-old Ahmad craves spiritual nurture and is drawn into an insidious plot.


The Prisoner of GuantanamoThe Prisoner of Guantanamo
by Dan Fesperman

Revere Falk--an FBI veteran and Arabic speaker--is an interrogator at "Gitmo," assigned to a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. Suddenly, Cold War tension is back and Falk finds himself at the heart of it.



by Tucker Malarkey

A thrilling and provocative mystery and love story based on the historicaldiscovery of the Gnostic Gospels in Egypt that asks the startling question: Was Mary Magdalene the first apostle?





Electronics Projects for DummiesElectronics Projects for Dummies
by Earl Boysen

Make lights dance to music, play with radio remote control, or build your own metal detector... who says the Science Fair has to end? If you love building gadgets, this book belongs on your radar. Here are complete directions for building ten cool creations that involve light, sound, or vibrations 


by Lindsay Ashford

Forensic psychologist Megan Rhys has been asked to advise the police on the murders of two young prostitutes. Seemingly, the women are victims of two killers working together. But there is something wrong with the information the police are giving her. Someone is trying to manipulate her. Or are her own prejudices coloring her judgment?



Family Wanted: Stories of AdoptionFamily Wanted: Stories of Adoption
by Sara Holloway

This volume is an honest, heartwarming, and heartbreaking collection featuring important authors personally involved in all sides of adoption. Here are more than 20 pieces, many published for the first time.


Red WeatherRed Weather
by Pauls Toutonghi

In this beautifully written coming-of-age novel, a Latvian-American teenager living in downtown Milwaukee with his immigrant parents during the late 1980s experiences adolescent growing pains while he tries to become a typical American teenager. 



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