Laidlaw by William McIlvanney: the progenitor of all modern Scottish crime novels. THE BEST.
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Laidlaw / William McIlvanney (2014 reprint) "Papers of Tony Veitch" to be reprinted in 2014. Jack Laidlaw, the "mad" detective of Glasgow Police Department.
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The Marriage Game, by Alison Weir, brings to vivid life the intrigue, sex, plots, mysteries and tragedies of the Tudor court. February 2015
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Mr Mac and Me, by Esther Freud, a novel about a young boy and his unlikely friendship with the great Glaswegian artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. January 2015
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It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs, the son of the local publican, lives with his parents and sister in a village on the Suffolk coast. He is the youngest child, and the only son surviving. Life is quiet - shaped by the seasons, fishing and farming, the summer visitors, and the girls who come down from the Highlands every year to gut and pack the herring. Then one day a mysterious Scotsman arrives. To Thomas he looks for all the world like a detective, in his black cape and hat of felted wool, and the way he puffs on his pipe as if he's Sherlock Holmes. Mac is what the locals call him when they whisper about him in the Inn. And whisper they do, for he sets off on his walks at unlikely hours, and stops to examine the humblest flowers. He is seen on the beach, staring out across the waves as if he's searching for clues. But Mac isn't a detective, he's the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and together with his red haired artist wife, they soon become a source of fascination and wonder to Thomas Yet just as Thomas and Mac's friendship begins to blossom, war with Germany is declared. The summer guests flee and are replaced by regiments of soldiers on their way to Belgium, and as the brutality of war weighs increasingly heavily on this coastal community, they become more suspicious of Mac and his curious behaviour… In this tender and compelling story of an unlikely friendship, Esther Freud paints a vivid portrait of a home front community during the First World War, and of a man who was one of the most brilliant and misunderstood artists of his generation. It is her most beautiful and masterful work.
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby. Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. January 2015
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Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby. Please click on the book jacket to check availability or place an order @ Otis. (02/03/2015)
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Wonderful book based in Budapest, France and Italy beginning in 1938. It's a great love story.
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The Invisible Bridge By Julie Orringer 624 pages; Knopf A Grand, Sweeping Romance Set in Word War II Hungary An old-fashioned romantic drama, Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge is as rich in historical detail as it is human in its cast of sympathetic characters. The novel begins in 1937 Budapest, where a discriminatory quota system has forced a 22-year-old Hungarian Jew named Andras Lèvi to seek his education abroad.
Definitely a great book.
Academy Street by Mary Costello is the story of Tess Lohan, who emigrates from 1940s western Ireland to New York City
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The Unraveling of Mercy Louis : A Novel by Keija Parssinen. A modern Southern gothic with a feminist edge and the tense pacing of a thriller.
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Set in western KY, Beam Sheetmire accidentally kills a man attempting to rob him while operating his father Clem's river ferry.
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The Marble Orchard by Alex Taylor (February 2015) Southern gothic thrills "carried forward by cascades of gorgeous writing." (Booklist) Ideal for James Lee Burke fans!
Short story writer Taylor's first novel is a hillbilly noir employing literary language to explore the dark corners of human frailty.
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline. A psychiatrist becomes the target of a sociopath. New York Times Bestseller.
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Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline - released April 14, 2015. A New York Times Bestselling AuthorDr. Eric Parrish, a recently separated single dad, is Chief of a prominent Psychiatric Unit in a hospital outside Philadelphia. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max is having trouble handling his grandmother's terminal illness. Severe OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes make him high risk. Then the girl is found murdered. With Max nowhere to be found, Eric goes looking for him.
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline (April 14th): Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.
Framing the mystery within Weir's (Daniel O'Thunder, 2011) novel is an extraordinary rendition of life in Regency-era London
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A family curse haunts four generations of women - an exciting debut novel.
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A book you chose because of the cover: The Daughters by Adrienne Celt
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Music and motherhood — that’s what you’ll find at the core of The Daughters, yet each element is so original, you’ll swear you’ve never read about either before. This debut by Adrienne Celt reads like a warm, cherished folksong. Celt’s voice, kind of like the opera sensation about whom she writes, is strong and unusual, and the story she tells is affecting. (Norton; Aug 3)
Letters and postcards once used as bookmarks flutter out of used books, forgotten signs of liaisons. Roberta treasures books so much that she pines away in her beloved job at Old and New Bookshop, watching Philip, her boss and the man she can’t yet admit to herself that she loves, take the beautiful Jenna as his lover. But secrets begin to spill out of the books—secrets that will change her understanding of the past and hopes for the future.
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Suspended Sentences - Patrick Modiano's books are relatively unknown outside his native France, but his portrayals of wartime France and the 1960s read like black-and-white photographs—haunting, wistful, and unforgettable. Read more: http://www.oprah.com/book/Suspended-Sentences?editors_pick_id=54709#ixzz3JRwak8zR
Suspended Sentences. Originally published between 1988 and 1993, these three atmospheric novellas share Modiano’s recurring theme: an attempt to understand the secret histories of the Nazi Occupation of his native Paris.
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Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano; translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti. A trio of intertwined novellas from the 2014 Nobel Laureate for literature.
Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas By Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti (Translator) 232 pages:If you haven't heard of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Patrick Modiano, you're not alone. His books are relatively unknown outside his native France, but his portrayals of wartime France and the 1960s read like black-and-white photographs—haunting, wistful and unforgettable. Start with the prize winner's latest novel to be translated into English, Suspended Sentences.
Better known for her nonfiction (The Drunken Botanist, 2013, etc.), Stewart crafts a solid, absorbing novel based on real-life events concerning Constance Kopp and her sisters Norma and Fleurette, —though they’re unusual enough to seem invented.
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Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot (Amy Einhorn) centers on a woman who goes to the gym, hits her head, and loses all memory of the past decade, which was apparently quite eventful: While Alice wakes up thinking she's 29, deliriously happy in her marriage and newly pregnant, in fact she's a 39-year-old mother of three in the midst of a hideous divorce. What happened? How does she reconnect?
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Forgotten, by Catherine McKenzie. While on vacation in Africa, an earthquake hits and attorney Emma Tupper is stranded for six months. When she finally gets home it's only to find out that everyone thought she was dead. Everyone thinks she should take this opportunity to change her life...but does she want to?“Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into a million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo’s nest, and befriended Lindsay Lohan along the way....” (Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail columnist, author of The Continuity Girl)
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This is the perfect summer read, or maybe a book to add to your beach bag!
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The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers. The story of three women, Tia, Caroline and Juliette, whose lives all intersect because of their connection to one man, Nathan. The book is told from all four of these characters' perspectives, and we come to understand in separate, interconnected pieces what their ties are, and how they're going to affect each other when they become aware of one another.
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Salley Vickers's intelligent novel set around Chartres Cathedral explores the darker side of human nature through the central character, Agnes.
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The Cleaner of Chartres: A Novel. She has transformed all their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agnès is hiding. Then an accidental encounter dredges up the specter of her past, and the nasty meddling of town gossips forces Agnès to confront her tragic history and the violent act that haunts it. Creator: Salley Vickers. Reprint. If you enjoy the work of Marilynne Robinson, Penelope Fitzgerald, James Salter you should be reading Vickers. ”...
THE CLEANER OF CHARTRES by Salley Vickers -- “If you enjoy the work of Marilynne Robinson, Penelope Fitzgerald, James Salter…you should be reading Vickers.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World
McMahon juggles contemporary present, and two different but essential past eras in this suspenseful tale about sisters and secrets kept.
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The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets. The Night Sister goes on sale August 4, 2015
The Night Sister: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon. Please click on the book jacket to check availability or place a hold @ Otis. 8/4/15
The Angel's Game
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"'The Angel's Game' is a complex thriller set in 1920s Barcelona, Spain, many years before the modern technologies and conveniences we now take for granted. As I listened to this novel, the tempo and voice flowed gracefully, reminding me of summer days and siestas, with gothic undertones in the shadows."
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Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed—a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more.
Loved this book. Alice will certainly stay with me forever. Such a brave little girl. Her courage is inspiring.