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Friday, March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

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

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

THE NECKLACE by Cheryl Jarvis
PICKING COTTON: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
WATCHMEN by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Reviews and Excerpts
HANDLE WITH CARE by Jodi Picoult (Fiction)
A family is torn apart by the very thing they most desired: a baby. This child, so wanted, has a disease so debilitating that the mother is convinced to bring a malpractice suit. But who can say whether they would have been better off had the child not been born? Reviewed by Kate Ayers.
- Click here to read an excerpt from HANDLE WITH CARE.

PICKING COTTON: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, with Erin Torneo (Memoir)
Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment. Her positive identification of Ronald Cotton as her attacker was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After 11 years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face --- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. Reviewed by Eileen Zimmerman Nicol.
-Click here to read an excerpt from PICKING COTTON.

TERMINAL FREEZE by Lincoln Child (Thriller)
A breathtaking discovery at the top of the world by a crew of scientists sets them on a terrifying collision course between modern science and Native American legend. In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a frightening mythic creature and a pervasive mood of chaos --- and fear. Reviewed by Ray Palen.
- Click here to read an excerpt from TERMINAL FREEZE.

CREAM PUFF MURDER: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes by Joanne Fluke (Mystery)
When cookie maker extraordinaire Hannah Swensen decides to get in shape, she figures the worst thing she will encounter are sore muscles. Instead, she discovers the feisty, flirty and widely despised fitness instructor Ronni Ward floating face down in the health club Jacuzzi and a list of suspects as long as her list of delicious cookie recipes. Reviewed by Amie Taylor.

ABOVE THE LAW by Tim Green (Thriller)
When an illegal Mexican immigrant is shot on a ranch outside Dallas, it makes the news, not because of the immigrant, but because of the shooter, Senator Tucker Dean. It looks like a hunting accident, and the well-loved young Senator spins the disaster artfully with his tearful press conference --- until the sister-in-law of the victim steps forward with another tale. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THAT WENT WELL: Adventures in Caring for My Sister by Terrell Harris Dougan (Memoir)
This true story of two sisters compares and contrasts their lives. And there are much more differences because the older sister leads what would be considered a "normal" life while the younger one is mentally handicapped. Older sister Terrell has written a book that is painfully honest, humorous and sad by turns, and yet full of hope. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

THE SECOND OPINION by Michael Palmer (Medical Thriller)
Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With sympathetic characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, THE SECOND OPINION will make you question…everything. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

GHOST AT WORK by Carolyn Hart (Mystery)
In this charming cozy whodunit, Bailey Ruth Raeburn turns into a detective after she dies by becoming an emissary of the heavenly Department of Good Intentions. The rector's wife in Bailey Ruth's old hometown has just found a corpse on her front porch. Can the spirited (and spirit of) Bailey Ruth find the true murderer? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE NEW DEAL: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience by Kirstin Downey (Biography)
During the 12-year presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frances Perkins probably ranked second only to FDR’s wife Eleanor as the most admired --- and reviled --- woman in the nation. Journalist Kirstin Downey has attempted to rescue Perkins from undeserved obscurity in a biography that highlights her profound influence on FDR’s sweeping New Deal reforms and penetrates some distance into the private life that Perkins tried to hide from public view. Reviewed by Robert Finn.

UNCOMMON: Finding Your Path to Significance by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker (Self-Help)
Tony Dungy believes that his primary job as a coach is to build men worthy of being role models to a nation of boys who look up to them: Men of character, integrity and courage. Men with both confidence and humility. Men who know the value of family and faith as well as career. In a culture that defines success by the size of your salary or by the media frenzy surrounding you, Dungy offers valuable insights on achieving uncommon success and real significance. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Author Talks
Jodi Picoult
Following bestsellers like NINETEEN MINUTES and CHANGE OF HEART, Jodi Picoult's most recent family drama, HANDLE WITH CARE, examines the complex circumstances, the moral ambiguities and the "what-ifs" that arise when the parent of a child with a debilitating genetic disease seeks out a controversial means to give her daughter the best life possible. In this interview, Picoult talks about the article that inspired the plot of her latest novel and sheds light on the physical and emotional difficulties of those who suffer from OI (osteogenesis imperfecta) and their loved ones. She also discusses why she chose to narrate her story in the second-person voice, likens her readers to members of a jury and reveals what she enjoyed the most about her "fact-checking" process.

Christina Sunley
Christina Sunley's debut, THE TRICKING OF FREYA, is a coming-of-age novel that was partly inspired by real events experienced by her grandfather in Iceland over 130 years ago. In this interview, Sunley shares some of her rich family history and describes how it has influenced both the plot and the characters of her story. She also recounts her research trips to Iceland and Canada, and elaborates on the importance of coming to terms with our past.

Books Into Movies
This week's Books into Movies Feature includes:
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline
When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops --- the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Everything inside her tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.
- Click here to read more about LOOK AGAIN.
- Click here to read Lisa Scottoline's bio.
- Click here to read Lisa Scottoline's bibliography.

When an obscure charity recruits Josh Hagarty to manage their activities in a war-torn region of Africa, he is eager to sign on and atone for a past he regrets. After a lifetime of bad luck, someone is finally giving him a chance. All he has to do is not blow it.
- Click here to read an excerpt from LORDS OF CORRUPTION.

FAULT LINE by Barry Eisler
Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he’ll be the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, California’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.
- Click here to read a third excerpt from FAULT LINE.

HEART OF ICE by Gregg Olsen
A New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen has written seven nonfiction books, three novels and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child. As a journalist and true crime author, Olsen has received numerous awards and much critical acclaim for his writing. In HEART OF ICE, his new thriller now available in stores, Sherriff Emily Kenyon, who were were introduced to in must stop a serial killer who is targeting young women.
- Click here to read a third excerpt from HEART OF ICE.

Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight
LOST SOULS by Lisa Jackson
Kristi Bentz wants to write true crime. All she needs is that one case that will take her to the top. She finds it when she enrolls at All Saints College after learning that three troubled girls have disappeared in one term. When the bodies are found, all blood drained from their bodies, rumors abound that vampires are on the loose. Are they? Or is there a new serial killer in New Orleans --- one more cunning than any that Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya have gone up against before?
- Click here to read a review of LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read an excerpt from LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read an interview with Lisa Jackson about LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read fast facts about Lisa Jackson.
- Click here to read Lisa Jackson’s bio.
- Click here to see Lisa Jackson's backlist.
- Click here to read critical praise for LOST SOULS.
- Click here to see our advance readers' responses to LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read Lisa's responses to advance readers' questions.

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