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Fiction

Frans G. Bengtsson – The Long Ships
HarperCollins eBook

Originally published in the 1940s, this book for many years has been the top circulator in Swedish libraries. But it was neglected for many years in other countries, and is newly available in eBook. It’s the story of lusty 10th Century Vikings pillaging across Europe—and laughing all the way. You’ll chuckle along too, believe it or not, as this classic holds up really well. Michael Chabon said about this book: “Adventure is a dish that is best eaten takeout, in the comforts of one’s own home.” And your readers will be sure to love this adventure if you give them a chance.

 

C. J. Box – Stone Cold
Perseus Book Group eBook

Joe Pickett is still officially a Wyoming game warden, but acts mainly as a troubleshooter for the governor in this, the 14th in his award-winning thriller series. Reviewers say Box just keeps getting better. Box has won Anthony, Edgar, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, among others.

 

Dorothy Cannell – Murder at Mullings: A 1930s Country House Murder Mystery
Severn House eBook

Dorothy Cannell was born in Nottingham, though she now lives in the U.S. This title is the first in a brand new series by the Anthony and Agatha Award nominee. Florence Norris, the longstanding housekeeper for the Stodmarsh family, investigates when a family member makes an ill-advised second marriage to a scheming woman.

 

Robyn Carr – The Chance
Harlequin UK eBook

FBI agent Laine Carrington picks Thunder Point as the best place to recuperate from a gunshot wound. But things take an unexpected turn when she meets a reformed criminal in town to put down roots and bond with the daughter he only recently discovered. Carr is a RITA Award winner and author of many bestselling romances.

 

Ian Doescher – William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back
Random House eBook

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas’ enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back. Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master–and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian–can our heroes escape the Empire’s wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun’s tooth it is to have a Jedi child. 250,000 print run in the U.S.

 

Hanna Jameson – Girl Seven
Head of Zeus: Perseus Book Group eBook

A breathtaking thriller about Seven, a young girl who has worked her way up from the streets of London to an exclusive club. Now that she has dangerous friends, will she get her revenge? Book 2 in the London Underground series. Book 1 was nominated for a Dagger Award.

 

Elizabeth Lowell – Night Diver
HarperCollins eBook

Following a family tragedy Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind for what she thought would be forever, but the family’s diving and marine recovery business is in trouble and her brother pleads with her to return to St. Vincent where her financial expertise is sorely needed. A former British military diver is investigating suspicious activity surrounding the ancient wreck of a pirate ship. The two form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. Bestselling author. 4 ½ hearts from Romantic Times.

 

Susan Mallery – Evening Stars
Mira eBook

Small town nurse Nina Wentworth has been a caretaker of others her entire life. Now she’s suddenly juggling two men—her high school sweetheart and a younger pilot. But her mother and sister need her help. Does love heal, or does it mean giving up dreams? Bestselling author. Booklist starred review.

 

Christopher Moore – The Serpent of Venice
HarperCollins eBook

Another visit to the lunacy of Moore’s literary worlds. After taking on King Lear in Fool, he addresses both The Merchant of Venice and Othello in this one—with a dash of Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado thrown in for good measure. After Pocket the Fool stops a plot to start a new Crusade, he is thrown overboard and is saved by what he thinks is a seriously horny mermaid and washes up in Venice’s Jewish ghetto where he is rescued by shylock’s daughter. Booklist and Library Journal starred reviews. Bestselling author.

 

Val McDermid – Northanger Abbey
HarperCollins eBook

A witty, updated take on Jane Austen’s classic by the internationally-bestselling crime author. A homeschooled minister’s daughter from Dorset loses herself in novels and waits for a glamorous adventure. When neighbors invite her to a festival in Edinburgh, she takes the city by storm. Gold Dagger Award-winning author.

 

Fern Michaels – A Family Affair
Kensington eBook

A young dancer entrances a wealthy foreign prince who proposes marriage. Her new life is thrilling, but challenging, as she adjusts to a new, complex culture and the expectations she faces as a royal’s wife. Michaels is a bestselling romance author.

 

Katie Oliver – Mansfield Lark
Harlequin UK eBook

Gemma Astley has managed to tame wild rock star Dominic Heath and stop his womanising ways for good. But then his real identity is revealed. Dominic is really Rupert Locksley, the heir of Mansfield House—a crumbling stately home in need of a major influx of cash. But while his mother begs him for help, his father the Earl is about to disinherit him. Book 3 in the Dating Mr. Darcy series.

 

Nonfiction

Colman Andrews – My Usual Table: A Life in Restaurants
HarperCollins eBook

A love letter to the great restaurants that have changed the way we eat by a James Beard Award-winner. The restaurants he describes in this book represent the changing history and culture of food in Western Europe and America. Publishers Weekly starred review.

 

David Barrie – Sextant: A Young Man’s Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans
HarperCollins eBook

Written in the tradition of Dava Sobel’s Longitude, this book traces the invention and discovery of the sextant, a mariner’s most prized possession. He uses the stories of some of the most legendary and daring sailors in history to illustrate the importance of this navigational instrument. Moving up the bestseller charts in the U.K.

 

Sister Simone Campbell – A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community
HarperCollins eBook

One of the best known leaders of today’s progressive Christian movements working for change in the church, Sister Simone Campbell advocates for social programs to help the poor and the struggling middle class.

 

Murray Carpenter – Caffeinated
HarperCollins eBook

Caffeine is a ubiquitous drug—addictive, usually unregulated, and added to increasing numbers of products for consumers to ingest. Drawing on the latest research, this book covers the benefits and the dangers of this product, tracing the history of its production, from highland coffee farms to secretive caffeine manufacturing plants in China. Moving up the bestseller lists.

 

Bart D. Ehrman – How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
HarperCollins eBook

Ehrman, author of several bestselling books on religion, explains how the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church. Only when some of the followers of Jesus had visions of him after his death did anyone think that he had become God…but what they meant by that was not all what people mean today.

 

Carl Hoffman – Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
HarperCollins eBook

An award-winning journalist traveled to the jungles of New Guinea to try to solve the mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, who was collecting primitive art in 1961. Was he really eaten by cannibals? The Dutch government and his family denied it. Reviewers call this a mesmerizing whodunit. Publishers Weekly and Kirkus starred reviews. An Amazon Best Book of the Month. Moving up the bestseller lists.

 

Juliet Macur – Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong
HarperCollins eBook

Billed as the definitive account of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong’s spectacular rise and fall for using illegal performance enhancing drugs. Includes firsthand accounts from more than a hundred witnesses including family members and Armstrong himself. Award winning journalist for the NY Times. The Guardian called it riveting.

 

Lynn Martin – Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World
Sourcebooks eBook

Who hasn’t dreamed of selling all their possessions and sailing the world? Martin and her husband actually did it. Their global adventure took them from Mexico to Turkey to Ireland and Portugal. Perfect for the armchair traveler. Featured in the Wall Street Journal. The author blogs for The Huffington Post, and at homefreeadventures.com.

 

S. Brent Plate – A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects
Random House eBook

Plate focuses on stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread, along with a bit about the human body, to explore how the world’s religious traditions have used them throughout the centuries. Library Journal starred review.

 

Fay Ripley – Fay Makes It Easy: 100 Delicious Recipes to Impress with No Stress
HarperCollins eBook

As a working mother of two and a busy actress, Fay Ripley knows how busy life can get. Here are her fail-proof recipes that have kept her sane. Mumsnet Best Cookbook Award-winning author.

 

 

For Kids

Mel Bartholomew – Square Foot Gardening with Kids – Ages 2 and up
Quayside eBook

Bartholomew’s innovative approach to gardening was first developed in the 1970s, and is now available in a special edition meant for use with kids. His easy gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites perfect for children. Full of tips, tricks, and fun projects.

 

Ryan Gebhart – There Will Be Bears – Ages 10 and up
Candlewick eBook

Thirteen-year-old Tyson likes to hang out with his Grandpa Gene, so when Grandpa has to move into a nursing home, he feels like he’s losing his only friend. Plus, Grandpa was supposed to take him on his first hunting trip. So the two sneak off to the Grand Tetons where there will be bears! Publishers Weekly starred review.

 

Tad Hills – Duck and Goose Go to the Beach Ages 3-7
Random House eBook

Duck wants to go on an adventure, but Goose sees no point in that. They’re happy right where they are. But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it, so he changes his mind. But Duck doesn’t like the ocean. Latest in the bestselling picture book series.

 

Susan Kim and Lawrence Klavan – WanderersTeens
HarperCollins eBook

In this dystopian sequel to Wasteland, Esther and Caleb begin a harrowing journey in hopes of finding food and shelter—and a way to live past age 19. Kim is an Emmy nominee, and Klavan has won an Edgar Award.

 

Gary Meehan – True Fire – Teens
Quercus eBook

Sixteen-year-old Megan’s village is razed by soldiers—her grandfather killed, and her twin sister taken by the raiders. As she travels on a desperate mission to rescue her sister, she discovers that the feared witch soldiers, vanquished a generation ago, have returned to see the fulfillment of a prophecy—a prophecy that involves Megan and her unborn child.

 

Herman Parish – Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild! – Ages 6-10
HarperCollins eBook

Amelia Bedelia, America’s favorite housekeeper, had a childhood full of surprises, mischief, and hilarious misunderstandings. In this illustrated chapter book adventure, just right for fans of Judy Moody and Ivy + Bean, young Amelia Bedelia and her friends build a zoo in the backyard (complete with stuffed animals and attractions) and offer safari adventures to the entire neighborhood. This is the fourth book in the nationally bestselling Amelia Bedelia chapter book series, and it is just right for newly independent readers ready for a more challenging vocabulary and books with chapters.

 

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