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Fresh Picks

October 2006
Volume 1 Issue 10

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of October! This month's newsletter contains the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest. We're particularly pleased to include Alison Jenkins' Birdhouses : From Castles to Cottages. You'll find it in the nonfiction category.


A Field of DarknessA Field of Darkness
by Cornelia Read

A tough-talking, shotgun-toting debutante gets in over her head investigating a pair of cold case murders in this assured, thrilling first novel. 


She May Not LeaveShe May Not Leave
by Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon lets her incisive wit loose on a hot issue facing many modern families--child care, and what can happen when that involves having a nanny under your roof. She May Not Leave confirms, "when she's on form there's simply no touching Fay Weldon as a writer" (The Observer). 

by Katharine Weber

The last living survivor of the notorious 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire has told her story countless times. Even so, her death at the age of 106 leaves many unanswered questions. Are the discrepancies in her various accounts over the years just ordinary human fallacy, or is there a hidden story in Esther's recollections of that terrible day?


Restoring GraceRestoring Grace
by Katie Fforde

In the irresistible new novel by the bestselling author of Paradise Fields, pregnant Ellie needs a place to stay and Grace needs a lodger in the wonderful but dilapidated house she has inherited. Both of them need a friend.




Baby Read-Aloud Basics: Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of WordsBaby Read-Aloud Basics: Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of Words
by Caroline Blakemore

Decades of research have proven the value of reading aloud to children. Children who are read to regularly speak earlier, read on their own sooner, and benefit from an increased vocabularies and attention spans. Organized around the six stages of early language development from birth to age two.


All the Good Ones Aren't Taken: Change the Way You Date and Find Lasting LoveAll the Good Ones Aren't Taken: Change the Way You Date and Find Lasting Love
by Debbie Magids

If you always experience the same unhappy endings in your relationships, "All the Good Ones Aren't Taken" offers an empowering approach to changing your romantic life. Dr. Debbie Magids will help you understand the patterns of behavior that are keeping you stuck and teach you to make changes in the way you think, behave, and feel, so that you can find the love you want. 


Birdhouses: From Castles to Cottages - 20 Simple Homes and Feeders to Make in a WeekendBirdhouses: From Castles to Cottages - 20 Simple Homes and Feeders to Make in a Weekend
by Alison Jenkins

Complete with full tool and material lists, precise drawings of all four templates, and an extensive resource section, Birdhouses is the perfect guide for all bird lovers. Whether you're a beginner or an expert craftsperson, you'll find this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide the best way to build beautiful houses to spruce up your and shelter its birds for years to come.  


The Urban Astronomer's Guide: A Walking Tour of the Cosmos for City Sky WatchersThe Urban Astronomer's Guide: A Walking Tour of the Cosmos for City Sky Watchers
by Rod Mollise

Most amateur astronomers yearn to observe more frequently. Many of them, however, live in urban and highly developed suburban areas that are heavily light polluted. This book describes the many objects that can be seen in a bright urban sky, and shows the city or suburban astronomer how to observe object after object, season after season. 





Espresso Tales

Espresso Tales
by Alexander McCall Smith

Fans will welcome the second installment in the bestselling 44 Scotland Street series. Full of McCall Smith's gentle humor and sympathy for his characters, "Espresso Tales" is also an affectionate portrait of a city and its people.


Pegasus DescendingPegasus Descending
by James Lee Burke

Bestselling author James Lee Burke takes listeners back to New Orleans where detective Dave Robicheaux becomes engulfed in a dangerous mystery surrounding a beautiful girl and stolen money. 



The Preacher's Daughter

The Preacher's Daughter
by Beverly Lewis 

 The Preachers Daughter begins a remarkable journey of heartache and homespun delight. Paradise, Pennsylvania, is likened to a little slice of heaven on earth...but for Annie Zook "the preachers eldest daughter" it seems like a dead-end street. She is expected to join the Amish church, but at 20 she is still deciding.


Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for LifeUltraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life
by Mark Liponis

Two physicians unveil a revolutionary new science-based, patient-centered program they developed at America's pre-eminent health resort, Canyon Ranch, for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life. Includes self-tests. 






Delta Belles

Delta Belles
by Penelope J. Stokes

In 1965, four best friends at a Mississippi college form a singing group and call themselves The Delta Belles. Twenty-five years later, the Belles are asked to get back together for their college reunion. As the old friends reconnect, they come to a new understanding of the meaning and value of their lives. 


We Are All Welcome Here

We Are All Welcome Here
by Elizabeth Berg

Three women struggle against overwhelming odds for her own kind of freedom in the summer of 1964 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Despite the difficulties thrust upon them, each will find her own path to independence, understanding, and peace. 


The Second Horseman

The Second Horseman
by Kyle Mills

At the start of this strong thriller from bestseller Mills, career criminal Brandon Vale is in prison for a failed diamond theft when Richard Scanlon, an ex-FBI agent and security consultant, gets him released and offers him a job. The Ukrainian mob claims it has 12 nuclear warheads for sale, and Scanlon decides he'll save them from becoming ammunition in a terrorist plot.



by Chris Jordan
No parent believes it can happen to them- their child taken from a suburban schoolyard in the gentle hours of dusk. But, as widowed mother Kate Bickford discovers, everything can change in the blink of an eye. One minute her lanky, amazing maddening Tommy is begging for ice cream, then in a terrible instant, he's gone.




Golden Country

Golden Country
by Jennifer Gilmore

Gilmore reinvents the classic Jewish American novel in her ambitious and extraordinary debut that follows the intertwining lives of three immigrant families from the 1920s to 1960s.



by Celestine Vaite

In Tahiti, it's a well-known fact that women are wisest, mothers know best, and Materena Mahi knows best of all--or so everyone except for her own daughter thinks. Soon enough, mother and daughter are engaged in a tug-of-war that tests the bonds of their love.


Chateau of EchoesChateau of Echoes
by Siri L. Mitchell

The chateau held as many secrets and ghosts as its new owner, Frederique Farmer. She thought she'd found the perfect place to hide from the shards of her life, the world at large, and even from God. She was wrong. Little does Frederique know, she's unwittingly concocted a recipe for intrigue, romance, and possibly disaster. 


Murder at the Monks' Table: A Sister Mary Helen MysteryMurder at the Monks' Table: A Sister Mary Helen Mystery
by Carol Anne O'Marie

The Monk's Table is a pub in the village of Ballyclarin, Ireland, where Sister Mary Helen stumbles across a dead body in the ladies' room. Aside from prayerful devotion, murder is Sister Mary Helen's specialty, and it won't be long before the Irish are glad that the nun dropped in. 




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