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Fresh Picks
May 2007
Volume 2 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 the usual wide variety of titles to spark your interest. We're particularly pleased to include Pamela Brodowsky's,  Two minutes To Glory: The Official History of the Kentucky Derby. You'll find it in the Non Fiction category.



 

Dragonwell Dead

Dragonwell Dead
by Laura Childs 

It's springtime in Charleston when the upper crust open their sprawling gardens to the public. Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys the Ramble, especially since she can pour tea and promote her Indigo Tea Shop--and her latest concoction. 


 

The Last EmpressThe Last Empress
by Anchee Min

In this sequel to "Empress Orchid" Anchee Min offers a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research of one of the most important figures in Chinese history. "The Last Empress" is the story of Orchid's dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader.

 

 

The Commission

The Commission
by Michael Norman


A parole board chair's murder makes both politicians and the press anxious. In his fiction debut, Norman offers a refreshing throwback to the lean, straight-ahead police procedures of the Dragnet era.

 

 

White Chocolate Moments White Chocolate Moments
by Lori Wick

Beloved author Wick presents a new stand-alone in the tradition of her bestselling "Sophie's Heart," which sold more than 290,000 copies. "White Chocolate Moments" is a compelling story about a woman's hunger for acceptance and wholeness that points the reader home to God's love.


 

 

 

 

 

Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of ParentingGood-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting
by Rene Syler

Proudly imperfect mom and "Early Show" anchor Syler reveals the truth about modern mothering. With humor and warmth, she reassures moms that even if their kids are strangers to homemade cookies, they can emerge as happy and well-adjusted members of society.

 

 

 

Two Minutes to Glory: The Official History of the Kentucky Derby

Two Minutes to Glory: The Official History of the Kentucky Derby
by Pamela Brodowsky

From mint juleps to the garland of roses to weeping men and women in the Winner's Circle, "Two Minutes to Glory" is the official story of the world's greatest horse race— the Kentucky Derby.

 

 

Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own

Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own
by Henry Louis Gates

Tied to an identically titled, highly-promoted PBS special, Finding Oprah's Roots will be eagerly read by all who are fascinated by the family background of America's most powerful and beloved female celebrity. This unprecedented undertaking presents a user-friendly methodology that will help 35 million African Americans seeking to discover their own roots.

 

 

 
Written in plain English, this book takes the "legal guesswork" out of writing and conducting an employee's performance appraisal, providing all the answers a manager needs at every step.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

More Twisted Collected Stories Vol. II

More Twisted Collected Stories Vol. II
by Jeffery Deaver

Diverse, provocative, eerie, and twisted, this collection of Jeffery Deaver's best stories exhibits amazing range and the signature plot twists that have made him a perennial bestseller.

 

 

Finn

Finn
by Jon Clinch

In this masterful debut novel, Clinch takes readers on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature's most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn's father. The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain's classic novel but takes on a fully realized life of its own.

 

 

Ten Days in the Hills

Ten Days in the Hills
by Jane Smiley


This glorious new novel from the Pulitzer Prize winner is a big, smart, bawdy tale of love and war, sex and politics, friendship and betrayal--and the allure of the movies.

 

 

The Castle in the Forest

The Castle in the Forest
by Norman Mailer 

No career in modern American letters is at once so brilliant, varied, and controversial as that of Norman Mailer.  Now, in "The Castle in the Forest," his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, Mailer offers what may be his consummate literary endeavor: He has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler.

 

 

 

 

Queen of Broken Hearts

Queen of Broken Hearts
by Cassandra King


In this story infused with all the flavors, textures, and intrigues of a small Southern town with a rich, resonant center, a divorce coach must heal her own broken heart when her marriage ends in tragedy.

 

 

The God of Animals

The God of Animals
by Aryn Kyle

In her stunning debut, Kyle produces an emotionally powerful coming-of-age story that deftly and movingly captures not only the complexity of love, loss, and human relationships but also the fierce and powerful bond between horses and humans.

 

 

Dust

Dust
by Martha Grimes

When an old friend pulls Richard Jury into the investigation of a wealthy bachelor's murder, Jury soon finds himself in over his head with the beautiful chief inspecting officer and the false leads surrounding the once-charismatic dead man, last seen alive in a club named Dust.

 

 

Breakpoint

Breakpoint
by Richard A. Clarke

"Against All Enemies" warned about how America is conducting the war against terror. "The Scorpion's Gate" demonstrated what could happen. Now the country's preeminent counterterrorism expert and #1 bestselling author reveals to listeners what might come next.

 

 

 

 

 

Nefertiti: The Book of the DeadNefertiti: The Book of the Dead
by Nick Drake 

A thrilling novel set in ancient Egypt in which a savvy detective is secretly assigned to unravel the mysterious disappearance of the world's most enigmatic queen.

 

 

The Insufficiency of Maps

The Insufficiency of Maps
by Nora Pierce


In this powerful debut novel by an award-winning author, a young Native American girl must discover the meaning of self and family as she struggles to find her place between two realities.

 

 

The Visible World

The Visible World
by Mark Slouka

From an author whose gifts recall Milan Kundera and W.G. Sebald, "The Visible World" is a literary page-turner and an immensely powerful novel about the vagaries of love and the need to make sense of life through the telling of stories.

 

 

The Friday Night Knitting Club

The Friday Night Knitting Club
by Kate Jacobs

In this charming debut novel, Jacobs pens a moving story about a single mother who runs a Manhattan yarn shop where some of her regulars gather to chat over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

 

 

 
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