New Nonfiction

Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Book Stores by Bob Eckstein: True tales and lost moments from book buyers, booksellers, and book lovers.

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday: The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus.

The Soul of Christmas by Thomas Moore: Moore reminds us that Christmas offers an opportunity to get in touch with our own mystical side, to recreate the Nativity in our hearts and to experience what is possible if human beings really loved each other.

Filthy Rich by James Patterson: Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City’s financial elite. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more. And that unceasing desire–especially a taste for young girls–resulted in his stunning fall from grace. Filthy Rich examines all sides of a case that scandalized one of America’s richest communities.

The Terror Years by Lawrence Wright: Eleven powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from a more peaceful time in 1990s Israel to the recent beheadings of reporters by ISIS.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka: Shares over one hundred recipes for dishes that are easy to prep, whether for cooking in the oven, on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, including such options as Korean-style beef tacos, pizza-stuffed chicken roll-ups, and peach-strawberry crumble.

Textile Collage by Mandy Pattulo: Discover a new way to reuse old fabrics and textile to create beautiful collages – including quilts, clothes, portraits and books.

Eye Candy by Linda Mason: Provides photographs and descriptions of fifty-five makeup designs for eyelids and lashes, with information on the colors, brushes, and techniques used to achieve each look.

Sully by Chesley Sullenberger: When Captain “Sully” Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew, his actions not only averted tragedy, but made him a hero. Sully’s story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot.

Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt: In the 1940s and 50s, when the Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

New Holiday Reads

santaChristmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke: The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” a Santa-sized sack full of trouble ensues.

Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes: A week before her wedding, Isabel Lawson calls it off and then heads to Paris alone where he is determined to use her time in the city of lights wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller, and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.

A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury: As Christmas nears, John Baxter makes a bold gesture–he invites a stranger to share Christmas Eve dinner with his family. But not just any stranger. This woman is the recipient of his daughter Erin’s heart. John knows the invitation will impact each of his adult kids and their families. But will they choose to embrace their guest?

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber: Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. When Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that’s the last straw. Julia decides to break his resolve to be standoffish by killing him with kindness.

Eggnog Murder: A trio of murder stories by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Hoff where eggnog is used as a means to three most vicious ends.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt: Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter’s friend Martha takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can’t handle. With Christmas just around the corner, one of Martha’s neighbors has just reported her to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the local zoning laws.

Crepe Factor by Laura Childs: While scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend Ava browse the booths at the Winter Market, the last thing the ladies expect to see is a restaurant critic stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them. The prime suspect is New Orleans restaurateur Quigg Brevard–who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him.

The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter: Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother’s diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her.

The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere: Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. When she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?

 

New Fiction

Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman: Doing a good deed for a relative offers the opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away. But two cases call them back from their vacation and separate them—one near Shiprock, and the other at iconic Monument Valley.

Broken Trust by W.E.B. Griffin: The Camilla Rose that Matt Payne had known as a teenager was beautiful and brilliant–how was it possible she’d jumped to her death from her own balcony? Her brother says she was battling a lifetime of mental demons, but something just doesn’t sit right. Reputations are on the line here, and lives–and if Payne isn’t careful, one of them may be his own.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple: Eleanor Flood is going to re-examine her life, clean up her act, get dressed, only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today she will actually attend, and be a better version of herself, all in one day. Until everything falls apart.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter: With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case… and the consequences will wreak havoc for Will and everyone around him.

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest: The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages-atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility to keep it fresh and interesting-from Cherie Priest, a modern master of supernatural fiction.

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris: Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them.

The Trespasser by Tana French: Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Soon she wonders if the case is another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson: Two women. Two crimes. The first is a poet claiming she was assaulted decades earlier by a man now regarded as one of the country’s national treasures. And the second is a girl found on a remote roadside. For Alan Banks, the first case rips a tunnel into long-ago days. And in the victim, he sees an opportunity for magic recaptured.

New DVDs

movie nightFree State of Jones: The story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Warcraft: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.

Criminal: The memories and skills of a CIA agent are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal in order to stop an international terrorist.

Criminal Intelligence: After he reunites with an old school pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage

The Boy: Greta is hired to nanny an eight-year-old life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son twenty years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Money Monster: TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.

X-Men: Apocalypse: After the re-emergence of the world’s first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

Captain America: Civil War: After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free, and the other following Tony Stark’s decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Independence Day: Resurgence: Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare people for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring the world back from the brink of extinction