Sunday, October 16, 2011

New This Week

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone)

When the death of Joan of Arc shows her the dangers faced by strong women, Jacquetta, a psychic descendant of a river goddess, studies alchemy and becomes the secret wife of Richard Woodville before returning to the court of Henry VI.

Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin (Pantheon)

A sobering tale set against a backdrop of the 1937 attack on Nanjing follows American missionary and women's college dean Minnie Vautrin's decision to remain at her school to help during a violent Japanese attack that renders the school a refugee center for 10,000 women and children

Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by zombies, survivor efforts to rebuild are focused on Manhattan, where civilian team member Mark Spitz works to eliminate remaining infected stragglers and remembers his horrifying experiences at the height of the zombie plague

Bonnie by Iris Johansen (St. Martin's Press)

When Eve Duncan gave birth to Bonnie, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Eve's entire life came into focus and nothing was going to stand in the way of giving her daughter a wonderful life--the kind of life she herself never experienced. And then, the unthinkable happened. On an ordinary class trip to a local park, seven-year-old Bonnie vanished. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare that permeated her days and nights, and from which there was no escape. In the trilogy that began with Eve and continued with Quinn, Eve Duncan gets closer and closer to answering the questions that have tormented her. But the deeper she digs, the more she realizes that Bonnie's father, John Gallo, is a key player in solving this monstrous puzzle. And that Bonnie's disappearance was not as random as everyone had always believed. Eve, Joe, Catherine, and John find themselves in a deadly dance where answers will be uncovered, and justice might finally be served-- if they can all stay alive long enough to make it happen.

A Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo (Little Brown)
The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death, but when Gaby announces that she's getting married--and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day--she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise--she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.

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