Check out this weeks new releases and add onto your reading list! Here are some books we picked out for you!
Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America’s Bravest Warriors by James Patterson – The decorated war hero who inspired the movie, Black Hawk Down, shares firsthand wartime accounts describing the courageous battlefield sacrifices of men and women from every branch and operational specialty of the U.S. military.
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec – A subversive reimagining of Norse mythology traces the experiences of a banished witch whose unexpected passionate relationship with the trickster Loki produces three remarkable offspring before her family is targeted by wrathful gods.
The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery – Devastated by a divorce that she admits was inevitable, MacKenzie finds her attempts to move away from the only family and source of employment she has ever known complicated by an unplanned pregnancy.
We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida – The disappearance of a teen in the aftermath of a dispute about something that was or was not witnessed exposes dark community secrets. By the award-winning author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name.
Faithless in Death by J. D. Robb – Investigating a woman whose report about an artist’s murder is not adding up, Eve Dallas uncovers a fanatical conspiracy that leads to Dallas’s partnership with the FBI. By the best-selling author of Vendetta in Death.
A Stranger in Town: a Rockton Novel by Kelley Armstrong – Becoming suspicious when she notices that fewer residents are joining their fresh-start community, Detective Casey Duncan learns in the wake of a violent attack that the Rockton project is being shut down.
The (Other) You: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates – The National Book Award-winning author of We Were the Mulvaneys presents a latest collection of stories that explores the musings of a writer, a prisoner and a student who consider how their lives might have unfolded differently.
Never Far Away by Michael Koryta – Placed in witness protection in remote northern Maine, Leah risks exposing herself to the dangerous forces of her past when her homesick children run away. By the award-winning author of Those Who Wish Me Dead.
The Power Couple by Alex Berenson – Embarking on a European family vacation to revitalize their marriage, two government employees find the limits of their bond tested when their daughter goes missing from a Barcelona club. By the award-winning author of The Faithful Spy.
The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor – Assigned to a remote English countryside parish after a suspicious suicide, an unconventional vicar and single father investigates the village’s tragic history and the recent disappearances of two teens. By the award-winning author of The Chalk Man.
The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era by Jennifer Ashton – The Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC News presents a guide to resilience in the era of COVID, sharing insights into how to understand evolving medical updates, adapt to evolving norms and make responsible choices throughout the pandemic.
Zorrie by Laird Hunt – Cast adrift in the Depression-era West after the last of her relatives pass away, Zorrie survives by working at a radium processing plant before finding love, community and unexpected loss upon returning to her small Indiana hometown.
American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000 by Peter Vronsky – Collects chilling narrative accounts of serial killers from the age of the serial murder “epidemic” (1950-2000).
Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues
by David Bradford & Carole Robin – Based on Stanford’s successful Interpersonal Dynamics course, a guide to building more fulfilling relationships in personal and professional arenas shares time-tested strategies for giving feedback, negotiating boundaries and overcoming tricky disputes.
Each week a Rocky River Public Library staff member will share a glimpse into their reading shelf in hopes that you will discover that next great read.
In this week’s special picks there are new exciting detective, mystery, suspense, and many more genres for you to choose from! Enjoy!
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain – Co-edited by the National Book Award-winning author of How to Be an Antiracist, a 400-year chronicle of African-American history is written in five-year segments as documented by 80 multidisciplinary historians, artists and writers.
Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Exile by Joshua Hood – A sequel to The Treadstone Resurrection finds Adam Hayes offering passage to a tech baron’s daughter, whose subsequent kidnapping pits the former Operation Treadstone agent against a rogue operative connected to a scheme to steal millions in relief aid.
Beneath the Keep (Queen of the Tearling) by Erika Johansen – A prequel to the best-selling Queen of the Tearling trilogy finds an underworld assassin, a farm girl-turned-rebel and a manipulated crown princess struggling to save their feudal Tearling world, while local rumors prophesize the rise of a great queen.
My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee – An everyday American college student finds his life transformed by a Chinese-American businessman who unexpectedly takes him under his wing on a series of whimsical, heartbreaking and darkly shocking adventures throughout Asia. By the award-winning author of Native Speaker.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah – A Depression-era woman confronts a wrenching choice between fighting for the Dust Bowl-ravaged land she loves in Texas or pursuing an uncertain future in California. By the best-selling author of The Nightingale.
The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner – Moving to early 20th-century San Francisco to escape New York tenement life, an Irish mail-order bride uncovers transformative secrets involving a silent child and two other women before her precarious existence is upended by the great earthquake of 1906.
Blink of an Eye by Roy Johansen & Iris Johansen – Investigator Kendra Michaels teams up with military-trained bodyguard Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch in a desperate effort to rescue a famous pop singer who has been kidnapped during a live performance.
Blood Grove by Walter Mosley – Unlicensed private investigator-turned-hardboiled detective Easy Rawlins navigates sex clubs, the mafia and dangerous friends when he reluctantly accepts the racially charged case of a traumatized Vietnam War veteran in late-1960s Los Angeles.
The Survivors by Jane Harper – Haunted by guilt for a reckless and consequential mistake in his youth, Kieran returns to his coastal hometown and his struggling fishing-industry parents, before the discovery of a body on the beach reveals long-held secrets.
Girl A by Abigail Dean – Bequeathed the house from where she escaped her brutally abusive parents, eldest child Lex Gracie navigates complicated family loyalties in her efforts to renovate the property into a safe place for her traumatized siblings.
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse – Accompanying family members to an isolated Swiss Alps hotel to recuperate from a traumatizing case, a woman detective uncovers the fates of long-ago tuberculosis patients who went missing from the property years earlier when it operated as a sanatorium.
Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman – LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis and brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware investigate a decades-unsolved case involving a rich and spoiled client, a mysterious birth mother and violent coincidences. By the Edgar Award-winning author of True Detectives.
The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice – Preparing for an exhibit that includes a piece about the domestic violence she once endured at the hands of her gubernatorial candidate husband, an artist survives a home invasion only to find herself pitted against dangerous corrupt forces.
In this week’s releases we have new adventure, mystery, suspense, romance and many more genres for you to choose from!
Irish Parade Murder by Leslie Meier – When a brash new reporter is implicated in the murder of a corrections officer, Lucy Stone uncovers a bizarre mystery while interviewing a stranger whose revelations change everything for Lucy’s family. By the author of Invitation Only Murder.
Tropic of Stupid by Tim Dorsey – Embarking on a Sunshine State road trip to meet long-lost family members, Serge Storms discovers that he may be related to a notorious serial killer before encountering a park ranger with her own mysterious agenda.
If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier – When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman sets out to investigate and plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.
Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz – Retiring from his Nowhere Man activities in exchange for an unofficial pardon, former government assassin Evan Smoak is entreated by a unlikely client to help rescue a fellow orphan from a dangerous foster home.
The Russian by James Patterson & James O. Born – Investigating a trio of horrifying murders in three major U.S. cities against a backdrop of his impending nuptials, Detective Michael Bennett risks getting caught in a deadly trap set by a particularly elusive killer.
Just As I Am: A Memoir by Cicely Tyson – The Academy, Tony, and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor and trailblazer tells her stunning story, looking back at her six-decade career and life.
Highland Treasure by Lynsay Sands – Rescued from an English dungeon and escorted to safety in the Highlands, a traumatized Lady Elysande de Valance falls in love with a Scottish clan’s healer and leader, Rory Buchanan, who is too busy to consider matrimony.
The Paradise Affair -A Carpenter and Quincannon mystery- by Bill Pronzini – Piggybacking a search for two con men onto his wife’s plans for a second honeymoon, Quincannon encounters more trouble than anticipated when Sabina becomes embroiled in a locked-room murder case.
Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It- by Ethan Kross – An award-winning psychologist and White House policy advisor explains how to distinguish between one’s inner critic and the more rational, positive self, offering counsel on how to avoid giving in to negative mental chatter to establish healthier self-advocacy.
We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen – Two superpowered individuals who have lost all memory of their real identities use their respective powers to commit or fight crime before teaming up together to stop the mad scientist behind a devastating medical conspiracy.
Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher – A heartfelt, spellbinding, and irresistible debut novel for fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Outlander that movingly examines loss, faith, and love as it follows a grown woman who travels back in time to be reunited with the mother she lost when she was a child.
Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth by Avi Loeb – Harvard’s top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star.
There are many exciting new book releases coming and you don’t want to miss it…
Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind by Alexander McCall Smith – An anthology of 14 stories by the best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series imagines the rich lives and loves behind everyday people featured in pictures from the London Sunday Times photograph archives.
Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner – Investigating the cold-case disappearance of a Haitian teen in a gritty Boston neighborhood, Frankie Elkin navigates resident and police resistance as well as the challenges of her own sobriety before risking her life to uncover the truth.
In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte by Camilla Bruce – A novel of feminine rage looks at one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history and the men who drove her to it.
Shiver by Allie Reynolds – A reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at a remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm, where ominous things begin to happen.
Till Murder Do Us Part by James Patterson – A woman begins to suspect that her husband isn’t actually who he says he is and a teenager has her life upended during the hunt for a missing girl in two true-crime stories from the prolific and best-selling author.
Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester – The author of The Perfectionists explores the concept of land ownership and how it has shaped history, examining how people fight over, steward and occasionally share land, and what humanity’s proprietary relationship with land means for the future.
Knock Knock by Anders Roslund – The #1 international-bestselling thriller that tells the story of a police inspector and a former criminal informant in a race against time as they attempt to unravel past and present secrets.
The Divines by Ellie Eaton – Piecing together memories from her teen years at an elite English boarding school, Josephine gradually exposes a violent secret behind why the once-prestigious institution abruptly closed in disgrace.
With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism by Laura L. Lovett – Presents the first biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a trailblazing black feminist activist whose work made children, race, and welfare rights central to the women’s movement.
Thyroid Reset Diet, The: Reverse Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Symptoms with a Proven Iodine-Balancing Plan by Alan Christianson – The integrative physician and author of the best-selling The Metabolism Reset Diet outlines a recipe-complemented, counterintuitive plan for reversing the symptoms of thyroid disease through strategic food replacements that regulate iodine intake.
Discover RRPL’s Shared Shelf. A staff member has shared a glimpse into their reading shelf in hopes that you will discover that next great read.
Here some of the new exciting releases for you to take a look at this week!
Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu – An award-winning essayist combines literary memoir and cultural history to examine her personal struggles with her mixed-heritage identity and the emotional trauma of her mother’s abandonment and father’s dark secrets.
The Captive by Fiona King Foster – A woman with elite skills from her violent past travels with her family and an escaped criminal through a harsh winter landscape to claim a bounty and safeguard her loved ones from murderous rivals.
Baby Detransition by Torrey Peters – A trans woman, her detransitioned ex and his cisgender lover build an unconventional family together in the wake of heartbreak and an unplanned pregnancy, in a debut by the author of the novella, Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones.
The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin – The best-selling author of The Aviator’s Wife draws on oral histories of the Great Plains blizzard of 1888 to depict the experiences of two teachers, a servant and a reporter who risk everything to protect the children of immigrant homesteaders.
The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman – Detectives Peter Decker and Tyler McAdams link two suspicious disappearances from an assisted living facility to the case of three missing campers, before the reappearance of a foster son’s biological mother upends Decker’s home life.
Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey – PI Emma Djan investigates the death of a Ghanaian fashion icon and social media celebrity, Lady Araba, who was found murdered days after breaking up with her boyfriend, a womanizing talk-show host.
Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust by James Comey – The former FBI Director and best-selling author of A Higher Loyalty, uses his long career in federal law enforcement to explore issues of justice and fairness in the U.S. justice system.
The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis – Returning to her hometown to attend an estranged friend’s wedding, Maze navigates unexpected secrets with her childhood circle of friends while discovering that she still has feelings for a long-ago crush.
The Scorpion’s Tail by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – A sequel to Old Bones finds FBI agent Corrie Swanson and Santa Fe archaeologist Nora Kelly investigating the mummified corpse of a long-dead victim who died in agony while holding a mysterious 16th-century gold cross.
Spin by Patricia Daniels Cornwell – Captain Calli Chase races against time to thwart a plot that leaves the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.
Some amazing news for 2021 – Roxane Gay is starting The Audacious Book Club and inviting all interested parties to join! Roxane is an award winning fiction and non-fiction author, Twitter goddess and New York Times op-ed contributor. Her books include Bad Feminist, Hunger, Difficult Women, An Untamed State and Black Panther graphic novels. Roxane is brainy, funny, and pointedly insightful.
She’s already announced the list of books but there’s not a lot of details. I’ll keep you posted when I find out more so we can read and explore the titles together with Roxane on future Mondays. First, though, get a copy of January’s title, Black Futures.
January: Black Futures, edited by Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew (Week of 1/25)
February: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Week of 2/22)
March: The Removed by Brandon Hobson (Week of 3/22)
April: Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz (Week of 4/26)
May: Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenridge (Week of 5/24)
June: Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (Week of 6/21)
July: The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade (Week of 7/26)
August: Somebody’s Daughterby Ashley C. Ford (Week of 8/23)
September: The Renunciations by Donika Kelly (Week of 9/20)
October: The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (Week of 10/25)
November: Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins (Week of 11/22)
December: Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So (Week of 12/13)
Discover RRPL’s Shared Shelf. Each week a staff member will share a glimpse into their reading shelf in hopes that you will discover that next great read.