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The Humbling by Philip Roth
The Humbling by Philip Roth is his slimmest novel. It is the story of an aging actor, Simon Axler, who has lost his talent, wife and everything that defined him, but starts to find a new life in a younger woman.
Ford County' by John Grisham
Ford County by John Grisham is a collection of short stories that take place in Ford County, Mississippi, which was the setting of Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill. In an interview with amazon.com, Pat Conroy said, "Ford Country is the best writing that John Grisham has ever done."
The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver is Kingsolver's first novel in nine years (after The Poisonwood Bible). This story takes place in the early 20th century and explores the life of Harrison William Shepherd, the child of a divorced American father and Mexican mother. Harrison is kicked out of the military, becomes a writer and is later investigated for "un-American" activities.
Kindred in Death' by J.D. Robb
Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is the 29th book in Robb's "In Death" series. When the new police captain's daughter is brutally murdered, the captain specifically requests that Lieutenant Eve Dallas lead the investigation into the crime.
Under the Dome' by Stephen King
In Under the Dome, Stephen King has written a massive novel that he is comparing with The Stand. Under the Dome is the story of a Maine town that is subject to an impenetrable dome that isolates its citizens from the world.
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson is the 15th book in Patterson's Alex Cross detective series. In this novel, Alex finds out that one of his relatives was brutally murdered. As he investigates the murder, he discovers the relative was involved in some wild and secretive activities, and that she wasn't the murderer's only victim.
Going Rogue' by Sarah Palin
Going Rogue is the much anticipated autobiography by 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee and former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Palin is releasing this autobiography months earlier than the initially announced date.
Pirate Latitudes' by Michael Crichton
After Michael Crichton‘s death in 2004, the manuscript for Pirate Latitudes was discovered. Pirate Latitudes takes place in the Caribbean in 1665, but it has all the elements that made Crichton popular -- adventure, action and suspense.
Breathless' by Dean Koontz
Breathless by Dean Koontz is a thriller about a man in the Colorado mountains who discovers two kind, new creatures. He soon finds himself pursued by the government and scientists, and decides to flee with the creatures to protect them.
Cleaving' by Julie Powell
Julie Powell's first book, Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, recounted the year she decided to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It was turned into a popular movie in 2009. On the heels of the movie and just in time for the holidays, Powell is releasing another memoir: Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession. After her marriage is shaken by a love affair, Powell decides to leave the city and work at a butcher, immersing herself in the hard physical labor of chopping meat in order to distract herself. Cleaving reveals details about butchery and the story of mending Powell's heart.
Stones into Schools' by by Greg Mortenson and Mike Bryan
Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson and Mike Bryan is the follow up to Mortenson's bestselling memoir, Three Cups of Tea. In Stones into Schools, Mortenson continues his story of building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
La's Orchestra Saves the World' by Alexander McCall Smith
La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith is a novel that takes place in England during World War II. When La's husband leaves her for a woman in France, she moves to a cottage in a small town and launches an amateur local orchestra to boost morale during the war.
The Wild Things' by Dave Eggers
... is perhaps a 300-page masterpiece that matches the 9-sentence version Maurice Sendak wrote so many years ago. Of course, it all depends if you're willing to think as a child again when you read it. Dave Eggers helps the reader do so with the wonderfully conflicted Max, all dangerously mischievous and spiteful boy, full of vim and vigor. He lives with his divorced mother and teenage sister as a lone cub who's wondering if he's the only one who knows how to truly have fun anymore...or if anyone really gets him or loves him at all.
Half Broke Horses' by Jeannette Walls
In Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel, Jeannette Walls tells her grandmother's story, told in a first person voice. Lily Casey Smith started helping her father break horses by the time she was six. As a young woman, she rode
Manhood for Amateurs' by Michael Chabon
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon is a series of autobiographical essays. This is Chabon's first major work of nonfiction. In it, he offers a series of reflections, regrets, and reexaminations in the form of personal stories that touch the past and present.
A Touch of Dead' by Charlaine Harris
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris is a collection of stories about Sookie Stackhouse. Chronologically, it is not the next book in the Southern Vampire Series. The stories take place out of time. Harris' fans may, however, enjoy a few more stories to hold them over until the release of the tenth book in the series.
Pursuit of Honor' by Vince Flynn
Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn is a political thriller that takes place after a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are in the middle of the action, dealing with politicians and trying to catch al Qaeda terrorists at the same time.
Nine Dragons' by Michael Connelly
Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly is the ninth Harry Bosch novel. This time the homicide detective is investigating a murder at Fortune Liquors, a store in South LA owned by a Chinese man. As he gets into the investigation, he receives a call that his daughter, Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong, has gone missing. Are the cases related? Bosch travels to Hong Kong to find his daughter and seek the truth.
SuperFreakonomics' by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
... is the follow-up to their bestseller, Freakonomics. Levitt and Dubner use the same humor and easy-to-read style that made them popular to discuss a new set of questions, including "what's the best way to catch a terrorist" and "how is a prostitute like a department store Santa?"
What the Dog Saw' by Malcolm Gladwell
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell is a collection of Gladwell's most famous articles from The New Yorker. Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and is also the author of the bestselling books, The Tipping Point and Outliers.
Last Night in Twisted River' by John Irving
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving is Irving's first book since 2005. Last Night in Twisted River spans five decades and tells the story of a boy and his father who have to flee their small New Hampshire town after the boy mistakes the constable's girlfriend for a bear.
Bed of Roses' by Nora Roberts
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts is the second book in Roberts' Bride Quartet series, following Vision in White. The Bride Quartet follows childhood friends, MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker, who always dreamed of their own weddings, and now, working in the wedding planning business, make others' dreams come true. In Bed of Roses, Emma finds romance where she least expects it.
Dead Until Dark' by Charlaine Harris - Book Review
Dead Until Dark is the first book in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series, which inspired the HBO TV series True Blood. Dead Until Dark is fast and sexy, but well written and full of interesting characters. If you like vampires or supernatural elements in stories, this is perfect beach reading.
· 'Dead Until Dark' is a fast paced mystery with a fun twist.
· Sookie Stackhouse is a lovable protangonist.
· The novels are sexy without being overly erotic.
· If you think vampires are silly, you won't like 'Dead Until Dark.'
· The novel doesn't entirely wrap up -- it leaves you needing the next book.
· 'Dead Until Dark' was first published in 2001.
· Publisher: Ace Books
· 304 Pages
Guide Review - 'Dead Until Dark' by Charlaine Harris - Book Review
Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic cocktail waitress in a small Lousiana town. She is very pretty, but can't maintain a relationship with anyone of the opposite sex because of her "disability" -- hearing every thought the other person is having.
Bill Compton is a vampire. Since the development of synthetic blood, vampires have "come out of the coffin," making their reality known to the normal world. When Compton walks into Sookie's bar, she is mesmerized and excited to discover that she cannot hear a single thing he's thinking.
Meanwhile, people who are known to hang around with vampires have started being murdered. Bill becomes a suspect, and Sookie's relationship with him is scrutinized. Sookie decides to use her "disability" to her advantage, and begins investigating the crimes.
Dead Until Dark is your typical page turning murder mystery with all these atypical elements thrown in for flavor. Charlaine Harris is a skillful writer, creating an interesting world with a gripping mystery. I recommend Dead Until Dark as light but entertaining reading.