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Friday, December 5, 2008

December 5, 2008

The following reviews, interviews, and features began running on beginning Friday, December 5th:

Also mentioned in newsletter opener, which can be read here:

NO LIMITS by Michael Phelps

Reviews and Excerpts
SCARPETTA by Patricia Cornwell (Mystery)
Has it really been 20 years since chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta first started extracting killer clues from dead bodies? Yes, and she
's back --- though far from her usual Southern sleuthing grounds --- in Patricia Cornwell's new novel. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman and excerpted.

THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT by Steve Berry (Thriller)
As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.

BORN TO RUN by James Grippando (Thriller)
Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck gets caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and murder at the top levels of the United States government, as he finds himself at the heart of a complicated cover-up that spans nearly 50 years and the globe, in his most high-profile and disturbing case yet. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.

THE SHACK by William P. Young (Fiction)
Mackenzie Allen Philips
's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. Reviewed by Marcia Ford and excerpted.

A LION AMONG MEN: Volume Three in the Wicked Years, by Gregory Maguire (Fiction)
In A LION AMONG MEN, the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, Gregory Maguire re-examines the life of another acclaimed Oz denizen --- the so-called Cowardly Lion, the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in WICKED. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE ARCHBISHOP IN ANDALUSIA: A Blackie Ryan Novel, by Andrew M. Greeley (Mystery)
Ostensibly, Archbishop John Blackwood Ryan is in the historic city of Seville to attend a conference on American philosophy, but a far more critical assignment also requires his attention. The local cardinal has summoned the wily archbishop to Spain in hopes that he can avert a murder before it happens. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

PROMISED LAND: Thirteen Books That Changed America, by Jay Parini (Literary Criticism)
In PROMISED LAND, Jay Parini examines the life and times of 13
"books that changed America." Their influence remains pervasive, however hidden, and in his essays Parini demonstrates how these books entered American life and altered how we think and act in the world. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

THE PARIS ENIGMA by Pablo De Santis (Historical Mystery)
Paris. The World
's Fair. Murder. A famous society called The Twelve Detectives. A young man from Buenos Aires becomes enmeshed in it all and comes out a changed person. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

THIS ONE IS MINE by Maria Semple (Fiction)
Violet Parry leads what appears to be a charmed life with David, her rich and successful husband, and Dot, their adorable daughter. Yet Violet feels isolated and empty. Sally, David
's ballet-dancing sister, is pushing 40 and determined to marry. Both women want more out of life, but their quests for self-fulfillment could lead to their undoing. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

THE UNSEEN by T.L. Hines (Thriller)
Lucas is a master at remaining silent and unseen in his carefully constructed world as an invisible observer. But when a chance encounter turns the tables, the watcher becomes the watched. Caught up in an escalating series of events, Lucas discovers an underground organization with a chilling mission. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

MY WORD IS MY BOND: A Memoir, by Roger Moore (Memoir)
Sir Roger Moore, perhaps best known worldwide for his portrayal of James Bond in seven films, pens the story of his life from childhood through present day. MY WORD IS MY BOND is a candid memoir of his 60-year career as well as his humanitarian work. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

There's one gift that's perfect for everyone on your holiday list --- a book! Yes, everyone has people who are readers on their lists, which makes shopping for them easy. But beyond these kindred spirits, there's a book that can match just about any recipient's interests, even if reading is not their true passion. That is why we are going to be sharing 45 reasons why a book makes a perfect gift, counting down from today until Christmas Day, December 25th. Check back and see why we think this is the gift you want to give --- and, oh yes, receive!


Need ideas for holiday gift-giving (and getting)? Check out these "reader perfect" suggestions in 13 categories. There's something for everyone on your list. Let the shopping begin!

The holiday season is upon us! At it
's time for us to share the spirit of the season with our Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest. As you begin your holiday shopping, we want to remind you that books make affordable, personal and wonderful gifts for EVERYONE on your list --- and are a nice way to treat yourself as well!

From November 7th through January 5th we will spotlight a different title or collection of titles, and readers will have the chance to win one of five holiday baskets filled with winter-themed items as well as two copies of the featured book(s). Why two? One is to keep, of course, and one is for someone on your holiday gift list. We will also include festive wrapping paper to make the gift-giving hassle-free. ยป Click here for all the contest details.

This Week's Basket:

BUFFALO GAL by Laura Pedersen
Growing up in the snowblower society of Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen's first words were most likely
"turn the wheel into a skid." Like many families subsisting in the frigid North during the energy crisis, the Pedersens feared rising prices at the gas pump, argued about the thermostat, fought over the dog to stay warm at night, and often slept in their clothes. While her parents were preoccupied with surviving separation and stagflation, daughter Laura became the neighborhood wild child, skipping school, playing poker, betting on the horses and trading stocks. Learning how to beat the odds, by high school graduation Pedersen was well prepared to seek her fortune on Wall Street, becoming the youngest person to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange and a millionaire by age 21. Combining laugh-out-loud humor with a slice of social history --- her hometown was a flash point for race riots, antiwar protests, and abortion rallies, not to mention bingo, bowling and Friday night fish fries --- Pedersen paints a vivid portrait of an era.


This week's Books Into Movies Feature includes:

Wendy and Lucy
The Tale of Despereaux
Yes Man
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marley & Me
The Spirit
Revolutionary Road

Steve Berry

In Steve Berry
's latest thriller, THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT, protagonist Cotton Malone searches for the truth behind his father's mysterious death 38 years previous, while also stumbling upon cryptic diaries found in the tomb of the legendary ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. In this interview, Berry discusses what drew him to this progressive historical figure and describes why he chose to explore his main character's past. He also expands on the mysterious history of Antarctica --- which figures heavily in the book's plot --- explains the concept of "first civilization" and shares some of the exotic locations he's visited in researching the story.

ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT: Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight
FINAL BREATH by Kevin O'Brien (Thriller)
On Sale December 30, 2008
At first the deaths seem random: a young Portland couple brutally murdered in a game gone awry, a Chicago woman who plummeted to her death from an office building, an aspiring screenwriter asphyxiated in his New York apartment . . . but the macabre souvenirs television reporter Sydney Jordan receives reveal the connection is both personal and terrifying. - Read More

KISS by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy (Suspense)
On Sale January 7, 2009
After a car accident puts Shauna McAllister in a coma and wipes out six months of her memory, she returns to her childhood home to recover, but her arrival is fraught with confusion. Her estranged father, a senator bidding on the White House, and her abusive stepmother blame Shauna for the tragedy, which has left her beloved brother severely brain damaged.

- Click here to read an excerpt from KISS

Click here for advance readers
' comments.

TWO RIVERS by T. Greenwood (Fiction)
On Sale December 30, 2008
A haunting new novel set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and civil rights movement is an examination of the power of grief, and the importance of forgiveness. - Read More

by Marie Bostwick
- Click here for Marie Bostwick
's answers to readers' questions.

by Carla Neggers
- Click here for Carla Neggers
' answers to readers' questions.

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