December 18 Bookworm
New Fiction Titles
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson: 1936, Kentucky. Blue-skinned nineteen-year-old Cussy Carter, the last female of the Blue People ancestry, has just given up on marriage and joined the Kentucky Pack Horse library service.
Chances Are… by Richard Russo: Three sixty-six-year old men convene on Martha’s Vineyard. Each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971. Now, forty-four years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives and that of a significant other are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery.
The Institute by Stephen King: “In the middle of the night, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. He will wake up at The Institute. Outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents–telekinesis and telepathy–and as each new victim disappears Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped.
Quantum by Patricia Cornell: On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences. As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought — not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.
Opioid, Indiana by Brian Carr: Seventeen-year-old Riggle is living in rural Indiana with his uncle and uncle’s girlfriend after the death of both of his parents. Now his uncle has gone missing, probably on a drug binge. It’s Monday, and $800 in rent is due Friday. Riggle, who’s been suspended from school, has to either find his uncle or get the money together himself. His mission exposes him to a motley group of Opioid locals–encounters by turns perplexing, harrowing, and heartening.
The Deserter by Nelson DeMille: A taut, psychologically suspenseful military thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille–writing with his son, screenwriter Alex DeMille–about two army investigators on the hunt in Venezuela for an army deserter who might know too much about a secret Pentagon operation.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes: Alice Wright feels claustrophobic in small-town Kentucky, so she enthusiastically signs up to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. With four other women, they become the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job–bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.
Bloody Genius by John Sandford: “At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of PC culture. Then someone winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate…and he soon comes to realize he’s dealing with people who, on this one particular issue, are functionally crazy.
The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.