NEW RELEASES FOR FEBRUARY 2016
Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain, by Bill Bryson
A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t.
Georgia, A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe by Dawn Tripp
Tripp takes us into Georgia's world on a
very personal level, not only into her relationships with family and other artists,
but deeply into her creativity. Her
enjoyment of the Texas desert, the coast of Maine, and Lake George, New York,
gives us the beautiful background for her unique, original paintings. A
wonderful biography. – Karen
Wild, by Diane Les Becquets
Incredible tale of wilderness survival
of two extraordinary women. It's about Pru, a forest ranger who worked
relentlessly with her search & rescue dog, Kona, for a missing hunter. Amy Raye, is the gutsy, inventive bow hunter
(with a very shady past) who has broken her leg after shooting an elk, and is
now struggling to stay alive in the snowy Western Colorado mountains.
Wild by Nature: From
Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot, By Sarah Marquis
Contemporary, exhilarating, enlightening
and often funny. Marquis gives us her wild & woolly story of traveling
alone on foot through most unexpected areas of Asia and Australia. Personally I think it's a miracle that she
completed this journey at all! This
brave lady tells an amazing tale of survival and trust. Astonishing story read it fast, loved every sentence. - Karen
Even Dogs in the Wild, a novel by Ian Rankin
Rebus comes out of retirement...to save his nemesis. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. She's investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is killed, the powers that be want answers fast. But Clarke is puzzled: if Minton died in a robbery as everyone thinks, why is nothing missing from his home? The answer may lie not in what was taken, but in what was left behind at the scene--an ominous note.
The Guest Room: A Novel, by Chris Bohjalian
When a bachelor party goes terribly wrong and two Russian mobsters wind up dead, financier Richard Chapman finds himself struggleing to save his job and marriage. Meet young Alexandra, a sex slave with a narrative voice that will break your heart. Nobody does domestic drama quite like Bohjalian.
Warriors of the Storm, A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
The 9th installment in the Saxon Tales, the epic saga of the making of England, magnificently brought to life.
A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. King Alfred’s son Edward and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms’ greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are gathering against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and Aethelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. But with Uhtred’s own daughter married to Ivarson’s brother, who can be trusted?
The Things We Keep: a novel by Sally Hepworth
A novel about a woman who takes a job at an assisted-living facility and finds herself helping two young patients whose families wish to keep them apart. When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at the Rosalind house, an assisted living facility for the elderly. What she does not expect is to meet Anna and Luke, two young people who have early-onset dementia, nor does she expect to be so moved by the bond the pair has forged during their time at Rosalind. When a tragic incident leads Anna's and Luke's families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning whether or not protecting Luke and Anna is actually doing them more harm than good, and what she is willing to risk to help them.
House of the Rising Sun, by James Lee Burke
The story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance—and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever.
From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the United States Army.
After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places Hack’s son Ishmael squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ.
Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women: Ruby Dansen, the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael’s mother and Hackberry’s one true love; Beatrice DeMolay, a brothel madam descended from the crusader knight who brought the shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and Maggie Bassett, one-time lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth. In her own way, each woman will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, to vanquish their enemies, and to return the Grail to its rightful place.
My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, by Ruth Reichl
“Ruth is one of our greatest storytellers today, which you will feel from the moment you open this book and begin to read: No one writes as warmly and engagingly about the all-important intersection of food, life, love, and loss. This book is a lyrical and deeply intimate journey told through recipes, as only Ruth can do.”—Alice Waters
Enjoy reading Ruth's stories behind each recipe & the spectacular results from trying each one. - Karen
The Thing Explainer, by Randall Munroe
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:
- food-heating radio boxes (microwaves)
- tall roads (bridges)
- computer buildings (datacenters)
- the shared space house (the International Space Station)
- the other worlds around the sun (the solar system)
- the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates)
- the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table)
- planes with turning wings (helicopters)
Pacific, by Simon Winchester
The scope of these historical tales of military intrigue, along with the fascinating science of our great Pacific ocean brings new meaning to "The Ring of Fire" as well as international relations. His recent travels to isolated places gives us insight into deep sea discoveries and the aftermath of volcanic eruptions, which led to military encroachment and threat.
The Conquering Tide, non-fiction by Ian W. Toll
This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific Warthe period between mid-1942 and mid-1944 when parallel Allied counteroffensives north & south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.
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