Monthly Archives: May 2020

The End of October – Lawrence Wright

“An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global . . . A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller.” —New York Post   “Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, the book produces deep shudders . . . A disturbing, eerily timed novel.” —Kirkus Reviews “A compelling read up to the last sentence. Wright has come up with a story worthy of Michael Crichton. In ...

Camino Winds – John Grisham

“In American icon John Grisham’s new novel, Camino Winds, an odd assortment of mystery and crime authors, some of them felons themselves, discover one of their colleagues has been murdered during the fury of a massive hurricane—the perfect crime scene. Since officials are preoccupied with the aftermath of the storm, the authors set out to solve the mystery themselves, in the type of wild but smart caper that Grisham’s readers love.” —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing John Grisham, #1 bestselling author and master of ...

On Immunity: An Inoculation – Eula Biss

A New York Times Best Seller A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year A Facebook “Year of Books” Selection One of the Best Books of the Year * National Book Critics Circle Award finalist  The New York Times Book Review (Top 10) * Entertainment Weekly (Top 10)  New York Magazine (Top 10) Chicago Tribune (Top 10) * Publishers Weekly (Top 10) * Time Out New York (Top 10) * Los Angeles Times  Kirkus  Booklist  NPR’s Science Friday  Newsday  Slate  Refinery 29  And many more… Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula ...

Do Nothing – Celeste Headlee

“A welcome antidote to our toxic hustle culture of burnout.”—Arianna Huffington “This book is so important and could truly save lives.”—Elizabeth Gilbert “A clarion call to work smarter [and] accomplish more by doing less.”—Adam Grant   We work feverishly to make ourselves happy. So why are we so miserable? Despite our constant search for new ways to optimize our bodies and minds for peak performance, human beings are working more instead of less, living harder not smarter, and becoming more lonely and anxious. We strive ...

They Went Left – Monica Hesse

The New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed, tour de force historical mystery from Monica Hesse, the award-winning author of Girl in the Blue Coat. Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from ...

The Self-Evolved Leader: Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People In a World That Refuses to Slow Down – Dave McKeown

A practical guide to help executives and managers at all levels adopt a new way of leading in our fast-moving world. In this easy-to-read yet impactful book, leadership expert Dave McKeown dispels many of leadership mindsets and approaches that are no longer effective in our organizations. In their place he provides a compelling case that leadership should be focused on achieving the team’s common goals and in doing so helping them become the best version of themselves. McKeown outlines the three key steps to make ...

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants – Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an ...

Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege – Mike Thomson

The remarkable story of a small, makeshift library in the town of Daraya, and the people who found hope and humanity in its books during a four-year siege. Daraya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just southwest of the Syrian capital. Yet for four years it lived in another world. Besieged by government forces early in the Syrian Civil War, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by heavy artillery, and under the constant fire of snipers. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation ...

The Convergence – Chuck Carr

A struggle to understand and cope unfolds as a journey of hope. A hidden letter reveals an incredible love, and two travelers come face to face with a shared secret. The Convergence is an epic tale, healing the human heart and spirit.

Ghosts of Harvard – Francesca Serritella

A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices.   “Every time I thought I knew where Ghosts of Harvard was heading, I turned out to be wrong. Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this novel is all entertainment.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult Cadence Archer arrives on Harvard’s campus desperate to understand why her brother, Eric, a genius who developed paranoid schizophrenia took his own life there the year before. Losing Eric has left a black hole in Cady’s life, and while her decision to follow in her brother’s footsteps ...

The Sinner in Mississippi – D.L. Lane

​I was born in a rundown house in a small parish outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during one of the worst storms on record. It rained so much the banks of the Mississippi overflowed. For most families, bringing a new life into the world should be a time of great celebration. But giving birth to a girl was not a joyful occasion in my home. My condition was fragile because I had come more than a month early. Mama never said, but I suspected her ...

The Book of Longings – Sue Monk Kidd

“An extraordinary novel . . . a triumph of insight and storytelling.” —Associated Press “A true masterpiece.” —Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. ...

New Orleans Dangerous – Eric Wilder

Vampires arrived in New Orleans some 300-years-ago. Many believe they are still there. New Orleans Dangerous, Book-8 of Eric Wilder’s absolutely absorbing, standalone French Quarter Mystery Series. “Riveting characters that evoke the true sense of emotional abandon and searing sexuality which intoxicates many a visitor and resident of the Quarter.” Amazon Reviewer. Visit the Big Easy tonight but don’t forget to wear your gris gris.