From Publishers Weekly Only a special author can enter the imaginative realm of a child to write a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Yet this authorized biography, written by someone who knew Dahl and worked with the cooperation of the author's adult children and both wives--one of whom was film star Patricia Neal--covers the man and his reputation thoroughly while veering from deeper psychological readings of his work. This is not to say the book is superficial. Neal observed that her husband was a modern Pied Piper to children, and an element of the conjurer runs insightfully through this solid biography. Dahl considered himself a wanderer between his native Norway, the U.K., New York, and Hollywood, and a depressed one at that. He was drawn to the high life and celebrities such as Chaplin, Dorothy Lamour, and Robert Altman, and to expensive artwork and furnishings. Well covered are Dahl's English boarding-school years, his flying for the RAF during WWII; prickly relations with agents, editors, and publishers; the tragic lives of two of his children; and his up-and-down marriage to Neal. Yet because this biography is authorized, one comes away feeling that there is more to tell. 16 pages of b&w photos.
Product Description Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.
From Booklist After a gig investigating “locative art” for the “overly wealthy and dangerously curious” Hubertus Bigend, founder of the trend-forecasting firm Blue Ant (Spook Country, 2007), Hollis Henry finds herself once again under Bigend's employ. This time she is hired to discover the identity of the designer of a secret brand of clothing called Gabriel Hounds, whom Bigend hopes to enlist in his bid to get into the design, contracting, and manufacture of U.S. military clothing (and its inevitable spin-off into the mainstream consumer market). Military contracting, according to Bigend, is essentially recession proof. Meanwhile, the translator and cryptologist Milgrim (also returning from Spook Country), a former Ativan addict (now in recovery on Bigend's dime) with “zero history” (being off the grid, he has no credit or address history), is asked to assist Hollis in her investigation. What begins as a seemingly innocent apparel-related project takes on more sinister overtones when the two are followed from London to Paris by a competitor with shady dealings in the arms trade and a personal ax to grind with Milgrim. Gibson, who made a name with Neuromancer (1984) and other speculative takes on new technologies, returns to his familiar concerns with hacker culture, surveillance, paranoia, and viral marketing, with occasional digressions into the semiotics of fashion and celebrity and references to cosplay, base jumping, and the Festo AirPenguin (look it up). --Ben Segedin
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Readers looking for an unbiased appraisal of what the Bible says about premarital sex, homosexuality, and polygamy can trust Coogan, a biblical scholar of the highest order. Concise, clear, and accessible to general readers, this book covers all the usual topics plus a few that may surprise. A professor of religious studies at Stonehill College and editor of the New Oxford Annotated Bible, Coogan has also taught at Harvard and Wellesley. He covers predictable ground in unpredictable ways, frankly noting, for example, the pervasive biblical assumption that women ar`e subordinate while explaining how that reflects the Bible's foreign and ancient context. The author does not overreach the evidence to promote his own agenda, but notes the Bible's contradictions on certain issues and admits the limits of modern scholarship. Readers may be surprised to find a convincing discussion of evidence for God's own (sometimes unflattering) sexuality, in metaphor if not in fact. Coogan's reminder at the book's end that modern application of biblical texts requires interpretation and nuance is a welcome corrective to selective, literalist use.
Product Description In Obama's Wars , Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism. At the core of Obama's Wars is the unsettled division between the civilian leadership in the White House and the United States military as the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an exit plan for the Afghanistan War. &quot;So what's my option?&quot; the president asked his war cabinet, seeking alternatives to the Afghanistan commander's request for 40,000 more troops in late 2009. &quot;You have essentially given me one option.... It's unacceptable.&quot; &quot;Well,&quot; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates finally said, &quot;Mr. President, I think we owe you that option.&quot; It never came. An untamed Vice President Joe Biden pushes relentlessly to limit the military mission and avoid another Vietnam. The vice president frantically sent half a dozen handwritten memos by secure fax to Obama on the eve of the final troop decision. President Obama's ordering a surge of 30,000 troops and pledging to start withdrawing U.S. forces by July 2011 did not end the skirmishing. General David Petraeus, the new Afghanistan commander, thinks time can be added to the clock if he shows progress. &quot;I don't think you win this war,&quot; Petraeus said privately. &quot;This is the kind of fight we're in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids' lives.&quot; Hovering over this debate is the possibility of another terrorist attack in the United States. The White House led a secret exercise showing how unprepared the government is if terrorists set off a nuclear bomb in an American city--which Obama told Woodward is at the top of the list of what he worries about all the time. Verbatim quotes from secret debates and White House strategy sessions--and firsthand accounts of the thoughts and concerns of the president, his war council and his generals--reveal a government in conflict, often consumed with nasty infighting and fundamental disputes. Woodward has discovered how the Obama White House really works, showing that even more tough decisions lie ahead for the cerebral and engaged president. Obama's Wars offers the reader a stunning, you-are-there account of the president, his White House aides, military leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs in this time of turmoil and danger. From the Washington Post By Steve Luxenberg, September 22, 2010: President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. Frustrated with his military commanders for consistently offering only options that required significantly more troops, Obama finally crafted his own strategy, dictating a classified six-page &quot;terms sheet&quot; that sought to limit U.S. involvement, Woodward reports in Obama's Wars . According to Woodward's meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review, the president avoided talk of victory as he described his objectives. &quot;This needs to be a plan about how we're going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan,&quot; Obama is quoted as telling White House aides as he laid out his reasons for adding 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation. &quot;Everything we're doing has to be focused on how we're going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It's in our national security interest. There cannot be any wiggle room.&quot;
A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through. For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet’s secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poet’s daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer’s life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his father’s study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944. Connecting these stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more meaning, and comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared. Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?
Product Description Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years. With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.
Product Description With the new millennium approaching, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues after being clocked by a Catholic statuette. Her daughter, Tabitha, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus—whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K. The ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group. The Radical Radiants battle the Catholics. A Christmas pageant goes horribly awry. And a child is born. Only a modern master like Gregory Maguire could spin a tale as frantic, funny, and farcical as The Next Queen of Heaven .
Product Description Set in medieval England, this lively historical romance delivers the trademark wit that fans have come to know and love from the #1 New York Times -bestselling author. When Garron of Kersey returns home from the king's service to claim his title as Baron Wareham, he's shocked to find Wareham Castle very nearly destroyed by a man called the Black Demon. According to the last starving servants still clinging to life inside the castle walls, the Black Demon was looking for gold belonging to Garron's brother Arthur. Among his remaining servants is the enigmatic Merry, the bastard child of the castle's priest. Garron quickly realizes that she is much more than a servant: She reads and writes and makes lists, just as he does. Together they bring Wareham back to its former splendor. But this is only the beginning. Did Arthur have a cache of gold? Who is the Black Demon? And the biggest question of all: Who is Merry?
Review “ Jen ( The Love Wife ) unwinds another expansive story of identity and acceptance, deploying voices that are as haunting and revealing as they are original. Hattie Kong, 68 and full of unresolved longing for her dead husband, her best friend, and an old lover, finds a sort of purpose in the new neighbors, an immigrant Cambodian family. As she nurtures a friendship with the family’s teenage daughter, Sophy, Hattie learns the family’s secrets. Sophy’s father, Chhung, has survived the horrors of Pol Pot, marrying Sophy’s mother in a refugee camp and adopting her brother, Sarun. Sarun and Sophy founder in America; Sarun has gang ties, and Sophy becomes involved with manipulative evangelicals. Chhung, isolated and unable to cope with his children, spends his days digging a pit behind their cramped trailer until one day he implodes in an act of horrifying violence. While pondering how to help the family, Hattie discovers much about her own motivations and her place in the world as the daughter of an American missionary and a descendent of Confucius. Jen’s prose is unique, dense and enthralling and her characters are marvels of authenticity.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From Publishers Weekly Goldberg's unremarkable latest, a neatly constructed if hollow story of memory and deception, begins in the woods surrounding a small upstate New York town, as 11-year-old Celia watches her best friend, Djuna, get into a stranger's car, never to be seen again. At least that's the story Celia gives to the police. Twenty-one years later, Celia returns to her hometown to tell her family and old friends what really happened that fateful day, but her new version of the disappearance is met with disbelief by family and old friends. Meanwhile, Celia's image of her childhood identity is shattered as she listens to descriptions of herself as a child: she was sweet to some, cruel and bullying to others. Goldberg successfully evokes the shades of gray that constitute truth and memory, but her tendency toward self-conscious writerliness and grand pronouncements (&quot;The unadult mind is immune to logic or foresight, unschooled by consequence, and endowed with a biblical sense of justice&quot;) prevents the narrative from breaking through its muted tones. Goldberg misplays the setup, trading psychological suspense for a routine story of self-discovery.
Product Description From one of the most beloved authors of our time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.” Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture. Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.
Product Description Unlike recent authors who emphatically say No! or Yes! to God, Michael Krasny is among the millions who know they don’t know. As a radio host, college professor, and literary scholar, he has spent decades leading conversations on every imaginable topic. He’s discussed life’s most important questions with the foremost thinkers in virtually every discipline. And yet answers to some questions, the big, 3:00-in-the-morning questions, elude him. Pondering them in this book, Krasny is a pure seeker, one who doesn’t discount belief systems or ridicule faith. His quest is informed by the full power of our cultural heritage: artists, scientists, world events, and even films. He takes readers on an exploration of morality, mortality, why we do good, and why evil sometimes triumphs. Personal and universal, timely and timeless, this is a deeply wise yet warmly welcoming conversation, an invitation to ask one’s own questions — no matter how inconclusive the answers.
Product Description After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own: Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.
Product Description The long-awaited autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Ladies and gentleman: Keith Richards. With The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he lived the original rock and roll life. Now, at last, the man himself tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones's first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as an outlaw folk hero. Creating immortal riffs like the ones in &quot;Jumping Jack Flash&quot; and &quot;Honky Tonk Women.&quot; His relationship with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos, and the road that goes on forever. With his trademark disarming honesty, Keith Richard brings us the story of a life we have all longed to know more of, unfettered, fearless, and true.
Product Description &quot;Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.&quot; Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons? A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.
Product Description A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the bestselling author of Great Plains In Travels in Siberia , Ian Frazier trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region, which takes up one-seventh of the land on earth. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the forty-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs. The book brims with Mongols, half-crazed Orthodox archpriests, fur seekers, ambassadors of the czar bound for Peking, tea caravans, German scientists, American prospectors, intrepid English nurses, and prisoners and exiles of every kind—from Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the czarina for copying her dresses; to the noble Decembrist revolutionaries of the 1820s; to the young men and women of the People’s Will movement whose fondest hope was to blow up the czar; to those who met still-ungraspable suffering and death in the Siberian camps during Soviet times. More than just a historical travelogue, Travels in Siberia is also an account of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union and a personal reflection on the all-around amazingness of Russia, a country that still somehow manages to be funny. Siberian travel books have been popular since the thirteenth century, when monks sent by the pope went east to find the Great Khan and wrote about their journeys. Travels in Siberia will take its place as the twenty-first century’s indispensable contribution to the genre.
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Bob Costas eulogized the Yankee great as &quot;a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic.&quot; The &quot;we&quot; in Costas's remarks--with author Leavy (Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy) as stand-in--is as much the subject of this fascinating biography as the ballplayer himself. Mantle, who succumbed to cancer in 1995 at age 63, was justly famous for his baseball exploits, but what Costas described as Mantle's &quot;paradoxical grip&quot; on a certain generation of baseball fans is exactly what Leavy tackles in this book. She should know. She spent much time in her childhood in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, a tomboyish &quot;Mickey guy&quot; listening to the roar of the crowd from across the Grand Concourse. While a sportswriter for the Washington Post, she won a 1983 assignment to interview Mantle for his upcoming golf tournament in Atlantic City. What happened that day and night between the fading, embittered Mantle and the former fan girl trying to do her job is the drama that structures Leavy's narrative--she has never reported the truth till now, and she does so without judgment. Instead, she proceeds with steely determination to understand what brought this onetime golden boy from the zinc mines of Oklahoma to center stage at Yankee Stadium and made him into America's quintessential tragic hero, a freakily gifted athlete haunted by a deadly genetic inheritance, including alcoholism. With storytelling bravado and fresh research, Leavy weaves around her own story the milestone dates in &quot;the Mick's&quot; career, which as often burnishes the legend as tarnishes it. Leavy concludes that Mantle cavorted in a more innocent time, when people believed in sports heroes and would not hear otherwise. That's hardly a new idea, but no matter: by the end of this book, readers will know what made Mantle rise, fall, and survive into recovery for his last 18 months. In Leavy's hands, the life of Mantle no longer defies logic: it seems inevitable. She's hit a long home run. 8 pages of color and 8 pages of b&w photos.
From Publishers Weekly In Child's exciting 15th thriller featuring one-man army Jack Reacher (after 61 Hours), Reacher happens into a situation tailor-made for his blend of morality and against-the-odds heroics. While passing through an isolated Nebraska town, the ex-military cop persuades the alcoholic local doctor to treat Eleanor Duncan, who's married to the abusive Seth, for a &quot;nosebleed.&quot; Reacher later breaking Seth's nose prompts members of the Duncan clan, who are involved in an illegal trafficking scheme, to seek revenge. Reacher, who easily disposes of two hit men sent to get him, winds up trying to solve a decades-old case concerning a missing eight-year-old girl. While Child convincingly depicts his hero's superhuman abilities, he throws in a few lucky breaks to enable the outnumbered Reacher to survive. Crisp, efficient prose and well-rounded characterizations (at least of the guys in the white hats) raise this beyond other attempts to translate the pulse-pounding feel of the Die Hard films into prose. (Nov.) (c)
Product Description On a moonless Texas night in 1895, an ambitious young landowner suffers the loss of &quot;the only woman he s ever been fond of&quot; when his wife dies during childbirth with the couple's fourth boy, Karel. From an early age Karel proves so talented on horseback that his father enlists him to ride in acreage-staked horseraces against his neighbors. But Karel is forever haunted by thoughts of the mother he never knew, by the bloodshot blame in his father's eyes, and permanently marked by the yoke he and his brothers are forced to wear to plow the family fields. Confident only in the saddle, Karel is certain that the horse &quot;wants the whip the same way he wants his pop's strap . . . the closest he ever gets to his father's touch.&quot; In the winter of 1910, Karel rides in the ultimate high-stakes race against a powerful Spanish patriarch and his alluring daughters. Hanging in the balance are his father's fortune, his brother's futures, and his own fate. Fourteen years later, with the stake of the race still driven hard between him and his brothers, Karel is finally forced to dress the wounds of his past and to salvage the tattered fabric of his family. Reminiscent of Kent Haruf's portrayals of hope amidst human heartbreak and Cormac McCarthy's finely hewn evocations of the American Southwest, Bruce Machart's striking debut is as well wrought as it is riveting. It compels us to consider the inescapable connections between sons and their mothers, between landscape and family, and between remembrance and redemption.
Amazon Exclusive: Joe Hill Reviews Djibouti In the spirit of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Writing , here are ten reasons why Elmore Leonard rules–a fact that has never been more obvious than in Djibouti , his 48th novel. 10. The babes. The heroine of Djibouti would be one Dara Barr, who has touched down in Africa to make a documentary about the booming piracy business and maybe win herself another Oscar. Dara is as laconic and unflappable as any of Leonard’s finest heroes (see: Hombre , Swag , The Hot Kid ), with a creative and curious streak that marks her as special. Throw in an underwear model named Helene looking to make a married man out of a billionaire who likes to play C.I.A. agent, and you’ve got a book in which the gents are waaaaaay overmatched. 9. The bad boys. Creative writing teachers who want to show their students how to draft an unforgettable antagonist ought to tear out chapter 18 and pass it around. That’s where Leonard tells us the story of James Russell, a clever Miami lowlife, who reinvents himself as Jamal Raisuli, al-Queda bomb-thrower… all in 7 pages of breezy, economical characterization. 8. The talk. Plenty has been written about Elmore Leonard’s mastery of dialogue, and I don’t need to rehash it. Why bother, when I could just quote some of it? An elderly terrorist, jailed in The States , gets talking with James Russell: “What is it you hope to become in your life?” “Famous,” James said. “I been looking at ways.” “Become a prophet? “I don’t tell what will happen. I do it.” 7. The walk. Everyone hustles in an Elmore Leonard novel; you can’t stand still and hope to score. From the slums, where life is the only thing cheaper than khat, to the clubs, where it’s easier to find a pirate than out on the open ocean, everyone is on their way up or on their way down… in a hurry. 6. The sound. Leonard famously said that if his sentences sound like writing, he rewrites them, but don’t be fooled. These sentences jump to their own dirty, hothouse jazz rhythm. There isn’t a better stylist anywhere in American letters. 5. The seduction. Dara isn’t just curious about piracy; she spends thirty days on a boat with 73-year-old Xavier LeBo, long enough to fall a little in love with her best friend, and wonder if the old dude can still get it up. Xavier bets her ten-thousand dollars he can. It’s the book’s biggest gamble; trust me, it earns out big. 4. More boom for your buck. A lot of the suspense in Djibouti revolves around a tanker filled with enough liquefied natural gas “to set off an explosion a hundred times bigger than the Hindenburg disaster.” It’s an atom bomb with a rudder and all it needs is a target. 3. The place. Leonard doesn’t beat anyone over the head with his research, but from Djibouti to Eyl to New Orleans (the three backdrops for this story), the details are crisp, unforgettable, and right. You don’t read Djibouti. You live there. 2. The pay-off. Everyone in an Elmore Leonard story wants one, but only the reader is guaranteed to get one, and boy do they, in a final chapter that seems inevitable, yet comes as completely unexpected. 1. The know-how. Let’s get to it. In the fifty-plus years he’s been turning out lean, loose, laid-back thrillers, Elmore Leonard has cast his indelible stamp on American crime fiction, inspired his peers, and spawned a thousand imitators. He’s the kind of guy critics describe as old school, but that’s missing it. Elmore Leonard isn’t old school. He built the school. Product Description Elmore Leonard, New York Times bestselling author and &quot;the hippest, funniest national treasure in sight&quot; ( Washington Post ), brings his trademark wit and inimitable style to this twisting, gripping—and sometimes playful—tale of modern-day piracy Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. She's covered the rape of Bosnian women, neo-Nazi white supremacists, and post-Katrina New Orleans, and has won awards for all three. Now, looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, a six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer, head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections. Billy Wynn, a Texas billionaire, plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him. He's promised his girlfriend, Helene, a nifty fashion model, that he'll marry her if she doesn't become seasick or bored while circling the world on his yacht. And there's Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who's vowed to blow up something big. What Dara and Xavier have to decide, besides the best way to stay alive: Should they shoot the action as a documentary or turn it into a Hollywood feature film?
From Publishers Weekly In this captivating memoir, Steinberg, a Harvard grad and struggling obituary writer, spends two years as a librarian and writing instructor at a Boston prison that's an irrepressibly literary place. True, his patrons turn books into weapons (and one robs him while out on parole), but he's beguiled by the rough poetry of inmate essays and &quot;kites&quot;--contraband notes secreted in library books--and entranced by the &quot;skywriting&quot; with which they semaphore messages letter-by-letter across the courtyard. And there's always an informal colloquium of prostitutes, thieves, and drug dealers convened at the checkout desk, discussing everything from Steinberg's love life to the &quot;gangsta&quot; subculture of Hasidic Jews. Gradually, the prison pulls him in and undermines his bemused neutrality. He helps a forlorn female prisoner communicate with her inmate son, develops a dangerous beef with a guard, and finds himself collaborating on the memoir of a charismatic pimp whose seductive rap disguises a nasty rap sheet; he has to choose sides, make queasy compromises, and decide between rules and loyalty. Steinberg writes a stylish prose that blends deadpan wit with an acute moral seriousness. The result is a fine portrait of prison life and the thwarted humanity that courses through it. (Oct. 26) (c)
Product Description An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?
The Five Meanest Book Reviews <ul><li>Dirty Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain </li></ul><ul><li>"It is impossible to read 'Dirty, Sexy Politics' and come away with the impression that you have read anything other than the completely unedited ramblings of an idiot." </li></ul><ul><li>--Leon Wolf </li></ul>
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The Five Meanest Book Reviews <ul><li>Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer </li></ul><ul><li>"Foer isn't just a bad author, he's a vile one. Why wait to have ideas worth writing when you can grab a big theme, throw in the kitchen sink, and wear your flip-flops all the way to the bank? How could someone so willfully young be so unambitious?" </li></ul><ul><li>--Harry Siegel </li></ul>
The Five Meanest Book Reviews <ul><li>Freedom by Jonathan Franzen </li></ul><ul><li>"The novel is a 576-page monument to insignificance. Franzen uses facile tricks to tart up the story as a total account of American life." --B.R. Myers </li></ul>
The Five Meanest Book Reviews <ul><li>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson </li></ul><ul><li>"This is easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read. And bear in mind that I’ve read John Grisham." --Susan Cohen </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Bound </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Antonya Nelson </li></ul><ul><li>A young wife and older entrepreneurial husband, negotiate their difference in age and a plethora of well-concealed secrets. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: C </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Tom McCarthy </li></ul><ul><li>An experimental novel for the ambitious reader. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Donald Sturrock </li></ul><ul><li>The first authorized biography of one of the greatest authors of the modern age. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Some Sing, Some Cry </li></ul><ul><li>Authors: Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza </li></ul><ul><li>A saga covering seven generations of the Mayfield family. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: The Replacement </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Brenna Yovanoff </li></ul><ul><li>Mackie Doyle is not of this world. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: By Nightfall </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Michael Cunningham </li></ul><ul><li>A New Yorker has an existential crisis. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Zero History </li></ul><ul><li>Author: William Gibson </li></ul><ul><li>A follow-up to Spook Country. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: God and Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Michael Coogan </li></ul><ul><li>What does the Bible Really say about sex? </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Obama’s War </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Bob Woodward </li></ul><ul><li>An unprecedented behind the scenes look. </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: Great House </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Nicole Krauss </li></ul><ul><li>One desk, many stories </li></ul>
Hot Off The Press <ul><li>Title: The Reversal </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Michael Connelly </li></ul><ul><li>The latest in the Harry Bosch series. </li></ul>
Hot Off The Press <ul><li>Title: The Next Queen of Heaven </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Gregory Maguire </li></ul><ul><li>A little bit sacred, a little bit profane. </li></ul>
Hot Off The Press <ul><li>Title: Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine </li></ul><ul><li>Author: George Dohrmann </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: The Valcourt Heiress </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Catherine Coulter </li></ul><ul><li>Historical romance from the best-selling author. </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: Nemesis </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Philip Roth </li></ul><ul><li>One family and the long-term effects of polio in 1944. </li></ul>
Hot Off The Press <ul><li>Title: World and Town </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Gish Jen </li></ul><ul><li>A novel of survival and reconciliation. </li></ul>
Hot Off The Press <ul><li>Title: The False Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Myla Goldberg </li></ul><ul><li>After 20 years Celia decides to tell the truth of what really happened… </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: At Home: A Short History of Private Life </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Bill Bryson </li></ul><ul><li>A stroll through Bill’s house. </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: Spiritual Envy: an Agnostic’s Quest </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Michael Krasny </li></ul><ul><li>A memoir of searching and doubt. </li></ul>
Upcoming Books <ul><li>Title: The Lost Hero </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Rick Riordan </li></ul><ul><li>A new series set at Camp Half-Blood. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Life </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Keith Richards </li></ul><ul><li>The rocker’s long awaited autobiography. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Hunger </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Jackie Morse Kessler </li></ul><ul><li>An anorexic teen girl becomes one of the four horsemen. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: How to Read the Air </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Dinaw Mengestu </li></ul><ul><li>A man on the brink of divorce tries to make sense of his family history. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Travels in Siberia </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Ian Frazier </li></ul><ul><li>A travelogue of "the greatest horrible country in the world," </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Jane Leavy </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Worth Dying For </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Lee Child </li></ul><ul><li>Jack Reacher! </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Wake of Forgiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Bruce Machart </li></ul><ul><li>A sweeping tale of forgiveness </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Our Kind of Traitor </li></ul><ul><li>Author: John Le Carre </li></ul><ul><li>The latest from the master of spy fiction. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Djibouti </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Elmore Leonard </li></ul><ul><li>The latest from the author of more than 40 novels. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Ghost in Trouble </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Carolyn Hart </li></ul><ul><li>The latest set in the fictional town of Adelaide, Oklahoma. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Avi Steinberg </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: The Confession </li></ul><ul><li>Author: John Grisham </li></ul><ul><li>His first legal thriller since January, 2009. </li></ul>
Staff Picks <ul><li>Blind Descent by James Tabor </li></ul><ul><li>The Passage by Justin Cronin </li></ul><ul><li>The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins </li></ul><ul><li>Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout </li></ul><ul><li>The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva </li></ul>
Five of My Favorite Horror Novels* <ul><li>Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Cell by Stephen King </li></ul><ul><li>Ghost Story by Peter Straub </li></ul><ul><li>Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin </li></ul><ul><li>I Am Legend by Richard Mattheson </li></ul><ul><li>*available at the Stillwater Public Library </li></ul>