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Week of September 10, 2018

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Week of September 10, 2018

Paperback releases for the week of September 10th include THE FALLEN, David Baldacci's fourth Memory Man thriller featuring Amos Decker, who is investigating four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks but finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all; THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion, a romantic novel about true love, second chances and decades of great music; ALONE, in which historian Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk; and Mary V. Dearborn's ERNEST HEMINGWAY, the first full biography of the legendary novelist and short story writer in more than 15 years, the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material, and the first written by a woman.

Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory by Michael Korda - History

September 11, 2018

May 1940 was a month like no other. The superior German war machine blazed into France, as the Maginot Line, supposedly "as firmly fixed in place as the Pyramids," crumbled in days. With the fall of Holland and Belgium, the imminent fall of Paris, the British Army stranded at Dunkirk, and Neville Chamberlain’s government in political freefall, Winston Churchill became prime minister on this historical nadir of May 10, 1941. Britain, diplomatically isolated, was suddenly the only nation with the courage and the resolve to defy Hitler. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why.

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion - Fiction/Humor

September 11, 2018

Two decades ago, Adam Sharp’s piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, an intelligent and strong-willed actress. They had a chance at something more --- but Adam didn’t take it. Now, on the cusp of turning 50, Adam likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT. But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been. And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?

The Best of Us: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard - Memoir

September 11, 2018

In 2011, when she was in her late 50s, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of. Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the 19 months that followed, as they battled his illness together, Joyce discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple --- to be a true partner and to have one.

Broken Windows: A Duke Rogers PI Thriller by Paul D. Marks - Mystery/Thriller

September 10, 2018

While the storm rages over California’s notorious anti-illegal alien Proposition 187, a young woman climbs to the top of the famous Hollywood Sign --- and jumps to her death. An undocumented day laborer is murdered. And a disbarred and desperate lawyer in Venice Beach places an ad in a local paper that says: “Will Do Anything For Money.” Private investigator Duke Rogers takes on the case of Carlos, the murdered day laborer, as a favor to his sister Marisol, the housekeeper down the street from Duke’s house. Duke must figure out what ties together Carlos’ murder, the ex-lawyer’s desperate ad and the woman jumping from the sign. And who is the mysterious “coyote”?

Dixie Dewdrop: The Uncle Dave Macon Story by Michael D. Doubler - Biography

September 15, 2018

One of the earliest performers on WSM in Nashville, Uncle Dave Macon became the Grand Ole Opry's first superstar. His old-time music and energetic stage shows made him a national sensation and fueled a 30-year run as one of America's most beloved entertainers. Michael D. Doubler tells the amazing story of the Dixie Dewdrop, a country music icon. Born in 1870, David Harrison Macon learned the banjo from musicians passing through his parents' Nashville hotel. After playing local shows in Middle Tennessee for decades, a big break led Macon to Vaudeville, the earliest of his 200-plus recordings and eventually to national stardom.

Ernest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary V. Dearborn - Biography

September 11, 2018

The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than 15 years is the first to draw on a wide array of never-before-used material, resulting in the most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatic artist. Considered in his time the greatest living American writer, Hemingway was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize whose personal demons undid him in the end, and whose novels and stories have influenced the writing of fiction for generations after his death. Mary V. Dearborn’s revelatory investigation of his life and work substantially deepens our understanding of the artist and the man.

The Fallen by David Baldacci - Thriller

September 11, 2018

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague, Alex Jamison, are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene. Then the next killing hits sickeningly close to home. And with the lives of people he cares about suddenly hanging in the balance, Decker begins to realize that the recent string of deaths may be only one small piece of a much larger scheme --- with consequences that will reach far beyond Baronville.

Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman - Biography

September 11, 2018

In the first comprehensive biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, found common ground with America’s arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart without using force to preserve them. Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved.

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis by Kathryn Sermak with Danelle Morton - Memoir

September 11, 2018

As Bette Davis aged, she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn Sermak: a loyal and loving confidante, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent worker whom she trained to never miss a detail. For 10 years, Kathryn was at Miss D's side --- first as an employee and then as her closest friend. Throughout their time together, Kathryn had a front-row seat to Davis' late-career renaissance, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed her beloved boss and benefactor. MISS D & ME is an intimate account of the last years of the unique and formidable Bette Davis --- a tale of extreme kindness, unfailing loyalty, breathtaking style, and the beautiful friendship that endured through it all.

Poison: A Dismas Hardy Novel by John Lescroart - Legal Thriller

September 11, 2018

Finally recovered from two gunshot wounds, Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family. But he is pulled back into the courtroom when Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business, is murdered. The prime suspect is Wagner’s bookkeeper, Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy’s who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company --- but she insists that she’s innocent. Preparing for trial, Dismas investigates the Wagner clan, discovering dark, twisted secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, betrayals and blackmail. The closer he gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that Dismas has a target painted on his back.

Righteous: An IQ Novel by Joe Ide - Mystery

September 11, 2018

Ten years ago, when Isaiah Quintabe was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, he has to begin the hunt again --- or lose his mind. A case takes him and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the two first, they'll be murdered. Awaiting the outcome is the love of IQ's life: fail, and he'll lose her. Isaiah's quest will lead him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own sinister Moriarty.