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Friday, February 6, 2009

February 6, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on beginning Friday, February 6th:

Also mentioned in the Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

ECSTASY Jacquelyn Frank
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett
CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese

Reviews and Excerpts:
THE ASSOCIATE by John Grisham (Legal Thriller)
With THE ASSOCIATE, John Grisham has returned to a story reminiscent of his second novel, THE FIRM. A young lawyer in a large, powerful law firm faces extortion, murder and industrial espionage. This is the recipe for yet another page-turning legal thriller from the international bestselling author. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.
-- Click here to read an excerpt from THE ASSOCIATE.

TRUE COLORS by Kristin Hannah (Fiction)
Kristin Hannah's bestselling 2008 novel, FIREFLY LANE, was a sweeping, decades-long exploration of the changeable, tumultuous but sustaining friendship between two women who came of age during the 1980s. Now Hannah follows the success of that book with TRUE COLORS, which will do for sisterhood what FIREFLY LANE did for women's friendships. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.
-- Click here to read an excerpt from TRUE COLORS.

VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani (Fiction)
Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. VERY VALENTINE is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world. Reviewed by Lourdes Orive.
-- Click here to read an excerpt from VERY VALENTINE.

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS: Stories by Ray Bradbury (Fiction/Short Stories)
From one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time comes a new collection of previously unpublished stories. From space travel to radio personalities to nighttime golfing, WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS will please a variety of readers, no matter their familiarity with the author. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.

DELICATE EDIBLE BIRDS: And Other Stories by Lauren Groff (Fiction/Short Stories)
THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON, in which Lauren Groff adroitly reimagined her hometown of Cooperstown, New York, and the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, was one of the most widely acclaimed debut novels of 2008. Now Groff follows up its success with DELICATE EDIBLE BIRDS, a collection of bittersweet short stories exploring the lives and loves of a wide range of women. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

Charlie Huston has a style that is razor sharp, an eye that never shies from the gritty details, and a taste for stories that simultaneously shock, disturb and entertain. His latest novel, THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH, is the type of story --- swift, twisted, hilarious, somehow hopeful --- that only he could dream up. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

NEMESIS by Jo Nesbo (Thriller)
Grainy closed-circuit television footage shows a man walking into an Oslo bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells the young woman to count to 25. When the robber doesn't get his money in time, the cashier is executed, and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace. Police Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE LEISURE SEEKER by Michael Zadoorian (Fiction)
John and Ella Robina have shared a wonderful life for more than 50 years. Now in their 80s, Ella suffers from cancer and has chosen to stop treatment; John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one last adventure, they kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives to steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery. Reviewed by Jamie Layton.

HEROES AMONG US: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices by John Quinones (Memoir)
HEROES AMONG US reminds us all of the courage and dignity it takes to stand up for oneself and those around us. By chronicling such bravery, veteran journalist John Quiñones captures America's can-do spirit and shows that through the slightest good deed, each one of us harbors a hero within. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

MRS. LINCOLN: A Life by Catherine Clinton (Biography)
Just in time for the bicentennial celebration of the birth of Abraham Lincoln comes MRS. LINCOLN, in which Catherine Clinton draws on important new research to illuminate the remarkable life of his wife, Mary, and at a time when the nation was being tested as never before. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

4th Annual Valentine’s Day Contest – Books to Fall in Love With
The countdown to Valentine's Day is on! Stuck on what to buy your Valentine? Our featured titles have the bookish answer. From January 23rd through February 6th, readers will have the chance to win one of our five Valentine's Day baskets. They are filled with one copy of each of our featured books. Whether you are looking for a humorous tale, a heartwarming love story or an escape into the world of paranormal romance, our Valentine's Day suggestions are sure to satisfy whatever you're craving to give on this holiday.

Our featured Valentine's Day titles are:

NIGHT’S PLEASURE by Amanda Ashley
Savanah Gentry's life was much simpler as a reporter for the local newspaper --- before her father's sudden death bequeathed her the family trade --- vampire hunting. Entrusted with a legacy, Savannah enters a mysterious new world that puts everyone she cares for in danger... including the seductive Vampire, Rane.

Rane Cordova has always been alone, half hating himself for his dark gift yet savoring its extraordinary power. But one look at Savanah fills him with the need to take everything she has to give, and carry her to heights of unimagined ecstasy. He never intended their relationship to go this far, and now she's in incredible danger: a relentless enemy is determined to eliminate Rane and all of his kind. Desire casts a dark spell, but will their love be enough to save them...

ONE TRUE THEORY OF LOVE by Laura Fitzgerald
Since the love of her life betrayed her, Meg has had a hard time putting into practice her Hokey-Pokey Theory of Life, which demands that you put your whole self in. What's the point of opening yourself up if your heart comes back a little more broken each time? These days, Meg and her nine-year-old son Henry are taking on the world in their own lively way, and it's enough.

Then Meg unexpectedly finds love in the form of an exotically handsome Iranian-American who befriends her and Henry over a game of chess in a coffee shop. When Meg takes another leap of faith, she begins to discover that in order to heal you have to hurt, but most of all you have to live your life and put your whole self in.

VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani
In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin.

While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected.

VERY VALENTINE is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani's trademark heart and humor.

Jason F. Wright's THE WEDNESDAY LETTERS is a heartwarming novel that begins with an extraordinary promise: a husband will write his new bride a love letter every week of their married lives. Thirty-nine years later, Jack and Laurel Cooper pass on, and it's not long before their adult children stumble upon a trunk filled with the Wednesday Letters and begin to read. They learn of previously undisclosed joys and pains in their parents' marriage, but in the letters they also find clues to a family secret that will bring the Cooper children face-to-face with a life-changing moment of truth.

THE WEDNESDAY LETTERS is a story with huge hear
t that speaks to family, hope and the importance of forgiveness. Readers across the country have not only embraced the book, they've been inspired to write their own Wednesday Letters to loved ones.

Books into Movies Feature

This week's Books into Movies Feature includes:
He’s Just Not That Into You
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Youth in Revolt

Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight
WICKED GAME by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush (Romantic Suspense)
Twenty years ago, wild-child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth’s high school. Most in Jessie’s tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected Jessie was hiding a shocking secret --- one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer. Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie’s old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure the body is Jessie’s and the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But soon, Jessie’s friends each begin to die in horrible, freak accidents that defy explanation.
-- Click here to read advance reader comments for WICKED GAME.

Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
LETHAL LEGACY by Linda Fairstein (Suspense)
New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. In her newest Alex Cooper novel, LETHAL LEGACY, Fairstein takes readers on a breathtaking ride through the valuable first editions, lost atlases and secret rooms and tunnels of the great New York Public Library.

FINAL BREATH by Kevin O’Brien (Thriller)
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.
-- Click here to read Kevin O'Brien's answers to readers' questions.

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