The Leopard, by Jo Nesbo. Translated by Don Bartlett. Knopf, 2011. Print Length: 529 p. THRILLER. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (46 reviews). People's slant: "...has plot twists and creepy surprises that will keep readers on tenterhooks..." Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn’t want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry’s buried instincts begin to take over. After a female MP is discovered brutally murdered, nothing can keep him from the investigation." - Publisher.
The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters , by Jeffrey Zaslow. Penguin Publishing, 2011. Print Length: 304 p. NON-FICTION. Amazon customer rating: 3 stars (1 review). People's slant: "...a tenderhearted portrait of a bridal store in a small Michigan town." Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"You may not have heard of Fowler, Michigan, much less Becker's Bridal. But for the thousands of women who have stepped inside, Becker's is the site of some of the most important moments of their lives - moments that speak to us all. Housed in a former bank, the boutique owners transformed the vault into a magic room, with soft church lighting, a circular pedestal, and mirrors that make lifelong dreams come true. Illuminating the poignant aspects of a woman's journey to the altar, The Magic Room tells the stories of memorable women on the brink of commitment." - Publisher.
The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin. Reagan Arthur Books, 2011. Print length: 401 p. MYSTERY. People's slant: "Rankin's characters and plot are as layered and satisfying as always." Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (13 reviews). Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"The Complaints: that's the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who've made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel. A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist. There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line." - Publisher.
The Journal of Best Practices, by David Finch. Scribner, 2012. Print Length: 240 p. MEMOIR. Amazon customer rating: none yet. Slated for publication on January 3, 2011. People's slant: "...a primer of sorts for all of us on how to be better partners." Kindle edition $11.99. Text-to-Speech: Disabled.
"At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility. But it doesn’t make him any easier to live with. Determined to change, David sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband... [he] devotes himself to improving his marriage with an endearing yet hilarious zeal that involves excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, the Journal of Best Practices: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies that result from self-reflection both comic and painful. They include 'Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along,' 'Apologies do not count when you shout them,' and 'Be her friend, first and always.' Guided by the Journal of Best Practices, David transforms himself over the course of two years from the world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest, the husband he’d always meant to be.
Love You Madly: The True Story of a Small-town Girl, the Young Men She Seduced, and the Murder of her Mother, by Michael Fleeman. St. Martin's True Crime, 2011. Print Length: 256 p. NON-FICTION. Amazon customer rating: 3 1/2 stars (3 reviews). Kindle edition $7.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"She posted it online: Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered. But those simple words written by sixteen-year-old Rachelle Waterman couldn’t begin to describe the horror of the crime: Her mother’s body locked in a van. Doused in gasoline. Burned beyond recognition. Alaska troopers arrested two young men - both of whom had dated Rachelle and claimed to still love her. Investigators grilled Rachelle until she made shocking and apparently incriminating revelations. Was this obviously intelligent young woman really an abused child coerced by police - or a deceptive murderess?" - Publisher.
50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know: What to Do, What to Say, & How to Behave, by Kay West. Thomas Nelson, 2011. Print Length: 241 p. NON-FICTION. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (27 reviews). Kindle edition $9.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"It's safe to say that young women in the 21st century are exposed to more educational opportunities than any generation of women in history. But sometimes what gets lost in between ballet and biology, AP classes and piano lessons, creative writing and cross country, are the basic rules of simple etiquette and guidelines for appropriate behavior. Progress is a good thing, but even an accomplished student, a gifted artist, or a brilliant young law clerk is at a disadvantage if she never learned to write a thank you note, understand a formal table setting, accept a compliment, make an apology, express sympathy, or respond to an invitation. This latest book in the GentleManners series was written especially for girls ages 8 to 14, to teach them the basic skills every young lady should have and every young lady's mother and grandmother want her to have." - Publisher.
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