July 16th Book Releases

The New Girl: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva (Harper, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-283483-6). 500,000 copies. Updated with title.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, $24.95; ISBN 978-0-385-53707-0). 350,000 copies.

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch; illustrated by Carey Pietsch, (First Second, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22928-1; $19.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-15371-5). 300,000 copies; 50,000 paper copies.

Four Friends by William D Cohan (Flatiron Books, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-07052-4). 150,000 copies.

Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Robot-Human Features by David Ewing Duncan (Dutton, $29; ISBN 978-1-5247-4359-8). 50,000 copies.

Prison Letters by Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter, (Liveright, $23.95 paper; ISBN 978-1-63149-596-0). 50,000 copies.

The Second Worst Restaurant in France: A Paul Stuart Novel by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $25.95; ISBN 978-1-5247-4829-6). 50,000 copies.

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman (Ballantine, $27; ISBN 978-1-984817-21-1).

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine, $27; ISBN 978-0-399-18133-7).

Red Metal by Mark Greaney and Lt. Col. Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV (Berkley, $27; ISBN 978-0-451-49041-4).

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley, $15 paper; ISBN 978-1-984802-19-4).

Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-13309-0).

Shamed by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-14286-3).

Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin Press, $26; ISBN 97-80-7352-1792-8).

After the End by Clare Mackintosh (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-451-49056-8).

The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel by Baoshu, translated by Ken Liu, (Tor, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-30602-9).

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July 15th Book Releases

Bad Gateway by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-68396-207-6).

Brain Bats of Venus: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton, Volume 2 (1942–1952) by Greg Sadowski (Fantagraphics Books, $44.99; ISBN 978-1-68396-214-4).

Maria M. by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-68396-016-4).

Tonta by Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-68396-205-2).

Vivisectionary by Kate Lacour (Fantagraphics Books, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-68396-212-0)

“Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” by Julie Kibler

“Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” by Julie Kibler

Blurb:

In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth’s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and “ruined” girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there—one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son—they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home’s former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she’d let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.

My Thoughts:

This is a very moving story and beautifully written. The narrative moves back and forth between Cate in the present, and Lizzie and Mattie in the early 1900’s. Mattie and Lizzie immediately appealed to me as characters. As the story opens, both are in desperate situations with no resources to draw on. Cate took me a little more time to warm up to because she has closed herself off from people so completely. In the end, I think I enjoyed her part of the story the most because of the depth of the transformation her research leads her to. Having lived a stone’s throw from Arlington, TX, where the Berachah home was located, I was very drawn to the historical aspect of the story. In the historical records there is mention of a Lizzie and a Mattie and the author has incorporated what is actually known about their lives into the this fictional account. I loved everything about this book, the setting, the characters, the historical setting and recommend it to anybody who wants a good story.

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7/9/2019 New Releases

All links take you to the book’s Amazon page.

For the Good of the Game by Bud Selig (William Morrow, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-290595-6). 150,000 copies.

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-283475-1). 150,000 copies.

The Chain by Adrian KcKinty (Mulholland Books, $28; ISBN 978-0-316-53126-9). 150,000 copies.

Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay (Dey Street Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-268667-1). 100,000 copies.

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess (Henry Holt & Co., $27; ISBN 978-1-250-22547-4). 100,000 copies.

The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb by Sam Kean (Little, Brown, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-38168-0). 75,000 copies.

Bad Axe County by John Galligan (Atria Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-982110-70-3). 60,000 copies. See my review here.

George Marshall: Defender of the Republic by David L. Roll (Dutton Caliber, $34; ISBN 978-1-101-99097-1). 60,000 copies.

How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivating Your Personal Green Space by Summer Rayne Oaks (Optimism Press, $25; ISBN 978-0-525-54028-1). 60,000 copies.

Breathe In, Cash Out by Madeleine Henry (Atria Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-982114-53-4). 50,000 copies.

Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor (Pamela Dorman Books, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-56211-5). 50,000 copies.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (Forever, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5387-1560-4). 50,000 copies.

The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin (Grand Central Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5387-1571-0). 50,000 copies.

Archaeology from Space by Sarah Parcak (Henry Holt & Co., $28; ISBN 978-1-250-19828-0). 50,000 copies.

The Method to the Madness by Allen Salkin and Aaron Short (All Points Books, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20280-2).

The Rumor by Lesley Kara (Ballantine, $23 paper; ISBN 978-1-984819-34-5).

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Berkley, $16 paper; ISBN 978-0-451-49187-9).

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (Berkley, $26; ISBN 978-1-984803-69-6).

Dark Age by Pierce Brown (Del Rey, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-425-28594-7).

The Sum of All Shadows by Eric Van Lustbader (Forge, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-7653-8863-6).

The Shameless by Ace Atkins (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-53946-9).

Supper Club by Lara Williams (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-53958-2).

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day (Random House, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-51051-2).

Bethlehem by Karen Kelly (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20149-2).

Ten Years a Nomad by Matthew Kepnes (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19051-2).

Under Currents by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20709-8). One-day laydown.

No More Holding Back: Emboldening Women to Move Past Barriers, See Their Worth, and Serve God Everywhere by Kat Armstrong (W Publishing, $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7852-2346-7).

Nothing Comes Easy: Family, Faith, Then Football by Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin with Mark Schlabach (W Publishing, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-7852-3081-6).

The Seven Longest Yards: Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits While Leaning on Each Other by Chris and Emily Norton (Zondervan Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-310-35692-9).

Round-Up 7/7/2019

It is now summer in North Dakota. We’ve had a couple days of temperatures in the 90’s and quite a bit of rain over the last week of so. I have been doing some reading recently so let’s see if I’ve made any progress since my last Round-Up.

TBR – When we last checked I was at 197. Today I’m at 196. I added a couple of audiobooks to the list and finished 3 books.

Goodreads Challenge – I am currently 1 book ahead of schedule on this down from 3 books ahead last time we checked.

NetGalley Score – Still at 86%.

Craig Johnson Challenge – So, I’ve decided that the Walt Longmire series will be my next challenge. I listened to the first book about a year ago and I’m just feeling like I need to spend some time in Wyoming. Plus George Guidall, one of my favorite narrators, is the voice for these books.

Coming Up – I’ve got 2 reviews hopefully going up this week. I am currently reading “The Turn of the Key“, the latest book from Ruth Ware releasing on 8/6/19.The Turn of the Key My current audiobook is “Truth and Lies” by Caroline Mitchell.Truth and Lies That’s it for now. I hope you all are having a great summer and reading some great books.

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“Liar in the Library” by Simon Brett

“Liar in the Library” by Simon Brett

Blurb:

Fethering has everything a sleepy coastal town should: snug English pubs, cosy cottages, a little local library – and the occasional murder . . .

Bestselling author Burton St Clair, complete with soaring ego and wandering hands, has come to town to give a talk. But after his corpse is found slumped in his car, he won’t be leaving. Jude is the prime suspect; she was, after all, the last person to see Burton St Clair alive. If she is to prove her innocence, she will have to dust off her detective skills and recruit her prim and proper neighbour (and partner-in-sleuthing) Carole to find the real culprit.

My Thoughts:

This is book 18 in the Fethering series but the first one from this author that I have read. I have listened to some of Simon Brett’s BBC radio productions in the past and enjoyed them so I thought I would give one of his books a try. I found this book to be a fun, cozy mystery. The characters are all very unique but some of them took me a little time to warm up to. I even liked the villain, but only until he was exposed for his crimes at the very end. Mr. Brett’s vivid characterizations is what I had enjoyed the most in the radio programs and the characters here are equally vivid. Jude and Carole rule the show of course, but they are so different. I was surprised by the number of avenues of investigation these two explored. Fethering turns out to be a quite charming village but it is not immune to the challenges of our times like drug addiction and a reduction in library funding. This was a fun little mystery and I was not disappointed.

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

7/2/2019 New Book Releases

July 2

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Flatiron Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-31947-0). 250,000 copies.

Hawking by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Myrick, (First Second, $29.99; ISBN 978-162672-025-1). 100,000 copies.

The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell (Harper Paperbacks, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-289934-7). 100,000 copies.

Chimes of a Lost Cathedral by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-51005-9). 100,000 copies.

The Flight Girls by Noele Salazar (Mira, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7783-6922-6). 100,000 copies.

The Me I Used to Be by Jennifer Ryan (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-288391-9). 100,000 copies.

Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow Paperbacks, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-284454-5). 100,000 copies.

Sudden Courage by Ronald Rosbottom (Custom House, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-247002-7). 75,000 copies.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (Dutton, $29; ISBN 978-1-5247-4514-1). 75,000 copies.

When the Earth Had Two Moons by Erik Asphaug (Custom House, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-265792-3). 50,000 copies.

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead Books, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-53496-9). 50,000 copies.

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer (Ballantine, $27; ISBN 978-1-5247-9872-7).

Layover by David Bell (Berkley, $26; ISBN 978-0-440-00086-0).

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (Del Rey, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-18210-5).

Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn (Forge, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-250-29772-3).

Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron (Minotaur Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-10241-6).

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-53580-5).

The Plus One by Sarah Archer (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $16 paper; ISBN 978-0-525-53917-9).

Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton (Tor, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-30672-2).

“A Trace of Copper” by Anne Renwick – Update

“A Trace of Copper” by Anne Renwick – Update

Blurb:

New recruit to the Queen’s agents, Dr. Piyali Mukherji is given a simple first assignment. Travel to the small Welsh village of Aberwyn and solve the mystery of a young woman’s blue skin lesion. A challenging task, for the alarming infection is unlike anything she’s seen before – and it’s spreading.

Evan Tredegar, the town’s pharmacist and the only man to ever capture her heart, knows more than he’s telling. Despite his efforts to push her away, her touch reawakens old desires. As more villagers fall victim to the strange disease, he’ll have no choice but to reveal his secrets, even if it means sacrificing his freedom.

Together they must move past broken promises, capture a rogue frog, and stop the infection before it spreads out of control.

My Thoughts:

This is an update to my previous review which you can read here. This is the first of Anne Renwick’s Elemental Web Tales to be released as an audiobook and if steampunk or romance is your thing, then you don’t want to miss this one. I loved this story when I originally read it but I enjoyed it even more as an audio book. The narrator is Anais Inara Chase and she has done a fantastic job with this book. The story felt even more dramatic and action packed with her narration. More books in the series will be coming out on audio with this narrator and I can’t wait to rediscover these stories through her voice.

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

 

“Bad Axe County” by John Galligan

“Bad Axe County” by John Galligan

Blurb:

Fifteen years ago, Heidi White’s parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth—if only the investigators would listen.

Now Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She’s also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. And as a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface.

As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard—where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade.

As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core—and finding out what really happened the night her parents died.

My Thoughts:

Bad Axe County has a bad-ass sheriff. Well, technically she’s the interim sheriff until the special election is held. But there is nothing interim about her drive to bring down the criminals of the county. Heidi Kick is a complicated character. Difficult enough to be a wife, mother and sheriff but Heidi is haunted by her past and when if begins to collide with her present she struggles to keep her objectivity. I would love to meet her in person. I was initially drawn to this story because it’s set in the Wisconsin Dells area, a place I have vacationed at several times. I was impressed by the way the author used the setting as a character in the story. The hills and valleys of the place, even the weather, play a huge part in the drama and thrills of the narrative. This drama also touches on the issues of sex trafficking, the drug trade, and illegal interstate commerce. Not to mention the complicated relationships between residents. This book kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole ride and kept me guessing till the end. Top-notch read!

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This book releases on July 9, 2019. Pre-order yours today!

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

6/25/2019 New Book Releases

June 25

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-5011-3348-0). 350,000 copies.

Surviving Trump by Joy-Ann Reid (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-288010-9). 200,000 copies.

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown, $28; ISBN 978-0-316-52309-7). 150,000 copies.

Piety & Power by Tom LoBianco (Dey Street Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-286878-7). 125,000 copies.

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Doubleday, $27.95; ISBN 978-0-385-54425-2). 100,000 copies.

The Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle Benz (Ecco, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-249069-8). 100,000 copies.

Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operations Force by Dan Schilling & Lori Chapman Longfritz (Grand Central Publishing, $29; ISBN 978-1-5387-2965-6). 100,000 copies.

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe (Henry Holt & Co., $28; ISBN 978-1-250-30486-5). 100,000 copies.

Unleashed by Diana Palmer (HQN Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-335-65998-9). 100,000 copies.

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill and Dad Piepenbring (Little, Brown, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-47755-0). 100,000 copies.

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-285018-8). 100,000 copies.

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle (Park Row, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7783-0859-1). 100,000 copies.

The Sixth Man: A Memoir by Andre Iguodala (Blue Rider Press, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-53398-6). 75,000 copies.

The Snakes by Sadie Jones (Harper, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-289702-2). 75,000 copies.

Love Thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji with Alan Eisenstock (Convergent Books, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-57720-1). 50,000 copies.

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast by Andrew Blum (Ecco, $25.99; ISBN 978-0-06-236861-4). 50,000 copies.

Old Souls by Brian McDonald, illustrated by Les McClaine, (First Second, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-732-8). 50,000 copies.

Thirty-Life Crisis: Navigating My Thirties, One Drunk Baby Shower at a Time by Lisa Schwartz (Grand Central Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5387-6309-4). 50,000 copies.

A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards (Mira, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7783-0785-3). 50,000 copies.

Heels of Steel by Barbara Kavovit (Mira, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7783-6923-3). 50,000 copies.

A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-267598-9). 50,000 copies.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holms (Ballantine, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-61924-6).

I Want Your Sun to Reach My Raindrops: Poems by Jordan Weeks (Castle Point Books, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-21523-9).

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17947-1).

Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong (Minotaur Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18135-0).

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-7352-1257-2).

Rules of Engagement by David Bruns and J. R. Olson (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20031-0).

Northern Lights: One Woman, Two Teams, and the Football Field That Changed Their Lives by Cathy Parker with David Thomas (W Publishing, $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7852-2380-1).