Jamie Brenner – The Husband Hour

Jamie Brenner, the author of The Wedding Sisters, has written a great book for the summer: The Husband Hour.   When a young widow’s reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.   Lauren …

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Ann C. Colley – The Odyssey and Dr. Novak: A Memoir

Ann C. Colley’s memoir, The Odyssey and Dr. Novak, is a fascinating glimpse of the past — from her childhood meeting with a man from Czechoslovakia named Dr. Novak to the years she spent teaching at universities in Poland and Ukraine. In The Odyssey and Dr. Novak, Colley records personal experiences, interactions with colleagues, and descriptions of the landscape, creating a …

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Peter Brown – Wild Robot Escapes

The sequel to the bestselling The Wild Robot, by award-winning author Peter Brown Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings–but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill and the island? From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a …

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Janna King – The Seasonaires

Yipee! Janna King has written a really great book to take to the beach — just plain fun! What can go wrong with an idyllic Nantucket summer?  No responsibilities, a glamorous locale, and lots of beautiful people make for a great backdrop for this fun book. Who knew that there were such animals as seasonaires — brand ambassadors who get to wear …

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Jeffrey Deaver – The Cutting Edge

Jeffrey Deaver does it again! The Cutting Edge is a page-turning thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I always love following along as Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs solve crimes. This is the 14th in the series and it is great.   It takes place on a quiet Saturday in Manhattan’s Diamond District when a killer, …

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Steve Hopper – From Prison to Purpose

From Prison to Purpose: A Journey to Answering Life’s Greatest Question is an interesting look at what changes one can make in life — if you try. After hearing Steve speak at a local event for writers, I was impressed by his story of finding a purpose in life and by his enthusiasm to inspire others to do the same. I …

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Steve Brusatte – The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Everyone loves dinosaurs and Steve Brusatte takes us on an adventure in his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs – A New History of a Lost World. Steve Brusatte is a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork! Dr. Brusatte …

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Denise Kiernan – The Last Castle

I love what Karen Abbott (NYT bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy) says about this book: “The Last Castle is a soaring and gorgeous American story that gripped me from the very first page. With a historian’s keen insight and a poet’s gift for language, Denise Kiernan depicts life at Biltmore with such skill, I felt like I was there through it …

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C. Hope Clark – Newberry Sin

Move over Leroy Jethro Gibbs, there’s a new whiz investigator on the farm. Who would have thought that the US Department of Agriculture even has investigators? But, like all government agencies, they do — and it makes for some interesting crimes with a different twist.  This was a fun interview. I was so happy to discover that Hope has a …

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