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November 5, 2013 - Talk of the Town
Allegiant Veronica Roth Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins
There is a reason that Veronica Roths books shoot to number one every time on the best-seller lists. Roth is an absolutely great storyteller for all ages and Allegiant is her best yet. Read Roths other books in the Divergent series which include Divergent and Insurgent before reading Allegiant, which is the conclusion of the series. We cant wait for her next book.
A Dance with Dragons (new trade paperback) George R. R. Martin Bantam Books
George R. R. Martins latest in the Game of the Thrones is new in trade paperback the perfect gift for every fan.
Sycamore Row John Grisham Doubleday
Although blockbuster novel, The Firm, made Grisham a household name, Grishams first novel, A Time to Kill, established him as one of our best storytellers of any kind, with its plot about justice, racism and fairness in the courtroom. Sycamore Row is a worthy sequel to A Time to Kill, and once again racism and crime is at the heart of this wonderful book.
The Bully Pulpit Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism Doris Kearns Goodwin Simon & Schuster
Doris Kearns Goodwin proved her genius in writing history to read like fiction with Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and won the Pulitzer for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Two big thumbs up from BookManBookWoman for The Bully Pulpit. Teddy Roosevelt is one of our favorite presidents; do not wait for the paperback.
The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan Ecco/HarperCollins
Amy Tan proved she is a brilliant writer with her best-seller, The Joy Luck Club. The Valley of Amazement is the spellbinding and heartbreaking story of Lucia and her daughter, Violet, and how each woman chooses to survive in San Francisco in 1897 and later in Shanghai in 1912. This book will stay with the reader for a long time.
We Are Water Wally Lamb Harper
A wedding and the resulting blended family is the heart of Wally Lambs new book, We Are Water. Lambs books I Know This Much is True and Shes Come Undone were both selected by Oprah for her book club, and his new book We Are Water is perfect for any book club.
The Everything Store Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Brad Stone Little, Brown
Who thought that pointing and clicking on a computer would bring the world of shopping into everyones home? Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, did. Critics and fan alike will find The Everything Store informative and possibly life changing.
I Am Malala The Girl who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb Little, Brown
The title of this book tells it all. A young girl almost died because she had the courage to stand up for what she believes. Should be required reading for those who do not support education for both girls and boys.
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey The Official Backstage Pass to the Set, Actors and the Drama Emma Rowley St. Martins Press
Just in time for season four, this beautifully illustrated book is the perfect gift for any fan of the hit television series Downton Abbey.
Through the Evil Days Julia Spencer-Fleming Minotaur
Clare Fergusson is an Episcopal priest who finds herself teaming up with Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne to capture murderers. Fans of Louise Penny which includes BookManBookWoman, will easily become addicted to this terrific series by Julia Spencer-Fleming.
The Wedding Gift Marlen Suyapa Bodden St. Martins Press
In 1852 in Alabama, Clarissa, the daughter of a plantation owner, is engaged to be married. As part of her wedding gift, her father gives her a slave, Sarah, who happens to be the half-sister of Clarissa. The Wedding Gift is the first novel by Marlen Suyapa Bodden, one of the most promising writers today.
The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally Atria
Thomas Keneally highlights the danger, the passion and the suffering of World War I in this story of two Australian sisters. As nurses, they work in the war in France as well as near Gallipoli in of the worst battles of the war. The author of Schindlers List brings the battlefield right into the readers heart.
Enders Game Orson Scott Card TOR
This new reissue of a classic that is required reading in almost every American high school entertains, frightens and makes the reader think about the definition of humanity as our hero prepares to win a contest of grave importance.
Merry Christmas Splat Rob Scotton Harper
We love all books about Splat the Cat and this book proves why one of our favorite felines never deserves switches and ashes in his stocking.
The Christmas Wish Lori Evert Random
The Christmas Wish is one of the most beautiful holiday books to come along in years.
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway 1923-1925 Edited by S. Spanier, A. DeFazio and R. Trogdon Cambridge University Press
Ernest Hemingway led an extraordinary literary and personal life. These collected letters give amazing insight into Hemingways thoughts and personality and are addressed to other famous writers (Fitzgerald, MacLeisch, Pound, Stein, Wilson), and others. The letters discuss the world, writing, state of literature, appetites, travel, artistry, holidays, humor and the tragedy of bull fighting. A must-have for the Hemingway fan.
The Last Lion William Manchester & Paul Reid Bantam
New in trade paperback, these authors answer the question of why was Winston Churchill voted out of office immediately after winning World War II? This William Manchester biography (completed by Paul Reid after Manchesters death) answers this and other important questions about Churchills life and work from 1940 until his death. The Last Lion is a must-have for the fan of books about Churchill.
The Tilted World Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly Morrow
This is a different type of southern literature. Focused on the great flood of 1927, this tale of crime, bootlegging and sabotage between a law agent and a miscreant is exciting and passionate.
Basketball Bobby: The Rules of the Game for Kids Gerald Hacker & Andrew Wolthers
This book shows kids the rules of the game and to be good sports.
Dream More Dolly Parton Riverhead/Penguin
The founder of The Imagination Library and one of the sharpest business entrepreneurs, who also happens to write and sing a little, tells her life story as a model to dream more, learn more, care more and be more. This edition is the perfect little gift for anyone.
October 8, 2013 - Talk of the Town
Doctor Sleep Stephen King Scribner
Return to the scary world of The Shining as Stephen King whispers the story of middle-aged Dan Torrance, who was the young son on the tricycle in the Overlook Hotel. King is still the master of terror.
The Signature of all Things Elizabeth Gilbert Viking
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the sensational Eat, Pray, Love, delights her fans with a novel featuring Alma Whittaker, a girl with an inquisitive mind who longs to explore the world and make a difference in science. The Signature of All Things will delight and entertain fans of Gilbert.
Storm Front John Sandford Putnam
Virgil Flowers returns in a twisted, at times almost humorous, take on various Mideastern groups, the theft of an ancient religious relic involving Mossad, and several fakes, all fixated on small town Minnesota. All the John Sandford magic is here in a startling and unusual mystery.
Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 2 Mark Twain University of California Press
One the greatest author of all time, Mark Twain tells all in Volume 2 of Twains own story. This mammoth 773 page book is the perfect gift and doorstop of any fan of Mark Twain.
David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell Little, Brown
The subtitle of David and Goliath is Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants because the author wants the reader to think about the history of overcoming adversity. BookManBookWoman believes that Gladwell, the author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, is one of the premier writers of his generation. Dont wait for the paperback two big thumbs up.
The Lowland Jumpa Lahiri Knopf
If you read The Namesake or Interpreter of Maladies then you know that Jumpa Lahiri is a brilliant, compelling storyteller. She does not disappoint in this story of two brothers who grow up in Calcutta in the 1960s. These brothers take different and painful paths to achieve their goals and their story is one that you will not forget.
Scaredy Cat - Splat! Rob Scotton HarperCollins
Splat the Cat was inspired by the black cat that lived next door to author Rob Scotton. This time Splat is looking for the perfect Halloween costume to wear to school and the illustrations and story are marvelous.
Five Little Monkeys - Trick or Treat Eileen Christelow Clarion
A charming picture book that gets youngsters of all ages into the Halloween spirit.
Doomed Chuck Palahniuk Doubleday
This intriguing follow-up to Chuck Palahniuks best-selling book Damned portrays an apocalyptic vision of the final fight between Good and Evil and the true nature of the planet Earth.
The House of Hades Rick Riordan Hyperion
If the young and the adventurous in your household loved the Harry Potter novels, introduce them to Rick Riordans retelling of Greek mythology almost as bloody and scary as the original myths.
Who Asked You Terry McMillan Viking
Betty Jean has her hands full raising her children and keeping her job at a hotel. When she thinks her life cannot get busier, Betty Jeans daughter dumps her children on Betty Jean to care for. So, Betty now has her children, her job and her grandchildren to manage, not to mention being all things to her friends and sisters. Terry McMillan, the author of Waiting to Exhale, keeps the reader involved in Betty Jeans life until the very last page.
W is for Wasted Sue Grafton Putnam
W is for Wasted is one of Sue Graftons best books in many years. Kinsey Millhone has two mysteries to solve in Santa Teresa. Millhone is puzzled about why a homeless person has her name in his pocket when his body is found. The sudden death of another private investigator seems unrelated until Millhone starts to investigate. A great story by Grafton.
Never Go Back Lee Child Delacorte Press
Lee Child is the favorite suspense writer of BookManBookWoman. His Jack Reacher character is the best anti-hero ever. This time Reacher breaks out of jail, and with a beautiful dame, traps the bad military guys in this adventure that travels from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. One of Childs best.
One Summer America 1927 Bill Bryson Doubleday
This vision of the summer of 1927 is spectacular. From Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth to Shipwreck Kelly, Al Capone, the flooding of the Mississippi and the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer. Fans of Bill Bryson will savor his latest book.
Becoming Mr. October Reggie Jackson with Kevin Baker Doubleday
One of the best baseball players of all time, Reggie Jacksons true brilliance always showed up in the World Series. Along with all of his athletic feats, Jackson was also the first big money free agent. A great story.
Southern as a Second Language Lisa Patton Thomas Dunne/St. Martins
Author Lisa Patton returns with her third and final novel of her Dixie trilogy. Fans of her previous books WhistlinDixie in a NorEaster and Yankee Doodle Dixie will enjoy this story of whether Leelee Satterfield, who is Southern born, and her love interest, Peter, will live happily ever after. Pattons books are a real treat.
Chris Grimlys Frankenstein Mary Shelley & Chris Grimley Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins
A truly artistic graphic novel that understands that all horror and monster fans are either Dracula or Frankenstein types. This version of Frankenstein gives the reader all of the beauty and the terror.
Longbourn Jo Baker Knopf
Jane Austens beloved book, Pride and Prejudice, is the novel that keeps on giving and has more fans than almost any love story ever written. Jo Baker takes us below the stairs and into the lives of the servants who worked for the Bennet family in their home called Longbourn which was featured in Pride and Prejudice. For those who long for more stories about Regency England and anything related to the stories of Jane Austen, the novel Longbourn fits the bill.
The Quest Nelson DeMille Centerstreet/Hatchette
Nelson DeMille surprises his readers at every turn especially in this modern version of the Arthurian Quest for the Holy Grail. Our story begins in the Ethiopian Civil War when a mortar attack frees an elderly priest who claimed to know the true location of the cup from the Last Supper. Full of suspense and quick paced, as usual, DeMille is one of the very best.
Inherit the Dead Jonathan Santlofer Touchstone
This mash up noir novel by 20 different authors (a chapter each) is fun as the authors including Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly and Lisa Unger, twist and turn through New York and the Hamptons.
September 3, 2013 - Talk of the Town
The Bone Season Samantha Shannon Bloomsbury USA
“Fans of the Harry Potters series, both young and old, will love The Bone Season, the first in what is sure to be a series of best-selling books. In the year 2059, Paige Mahoney has the ability to see into other people’s minds. But is Mahoney on the side of good or evil? The Bone Season is a fabulous book. Two thumbs up from BookManBookWoman. Don’t wait for the paperback!”
Night Film
Marisha Pesel
Random House
Night Film is an extraordinary literary thriller that will entertain and captivate the reader. Like Marisha Pesel’s previous book, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Night Film, is almost in its own genre. Scott McGrath must find out if a young woman committed suicide or murder. What McGrath discovers will put his life in jeopardy and not until the end of the book will the reader and McGrath find out if the truth was really worth the sacrifice.”
The Cuckoo’s Calling
Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Mulholland Books/Little, Brown
"J.K. Rowling has written her first detective story under the name Robert Galbraith. The Cuckoo's Calling is a mystery where detective Cormoran Strike is hired to solve the murder of a famous model named Lula Landry nicknamed Cuckoo. In order to solve her murder Strike matches wits with the very worst of the rich and famous. Hereís hoping that Rowling returns with another mystery featuring Strike, no matter what names she uses."
Let It Burn
Steve Hamilton
“Alex McKnight said he would never return to Detroit but when his old sergeant calls about a man being released from prison McKnight go back to make sure the right man served time for the crime. Or did he? Steve Hamilton never disappoints in his mysteries that are always entertaining.”
Lest We Forget – Nashville’s Lost Businesses and Their Stories
Ridley Wills II
“Historian Ridley Will II is a Tennessee treasure and his latest gift to us is his stories of the businesses that made the city of Nashville great. Lest We Forget  is the perfect gift for the newcomer who wants to understand what makes Nashville so special as well as for anyone starting his or her own business.”
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
“James McBride’s earlier book, the best-selling The Color of Water, was so good that it is on the list of required reading for many schools. McBride proves his brilliance again in his newest book, The Good Lord Bird. Henry Shackleford is a slave who becomes a part of the world of abolitionist John Brown. Throughout the book Shackleford reflects back on his life as part of the raid on Harpers Ferry and the beginnings of the Civil War.”
Claire of the Sea Light
Edwidge Danticat
"Claire Danticat, the author of Brother, Iím Dying and The Dew Breaker, proves again that she is a phenomenal writer in this intensive story of love and betrayal and sacrifice set in Haiti."
Compound Fractures
Stephen White
“Alan Gregory is back in what may be Stephen White’s last in the series. Spoiler Alert – you have to first read White’s previous mystery, In the Line of Fire, to be able to follow the plot of Compound Fractures as all of the evils in Gregory’s past surround him in his most severe test as a psychologist and a crime solver.”
Jo Nesbo
Vintage Crime
"Fans of Harry Holes detective series are glad that this first in the crime series, set in Australia, is now available in the United States."
This is the Rope – a Story from the Great Migration
Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group
“The story of a rope is beautifully illustrated by James Ransome in this picture book for young readers who will learn of the struggles of one African American family when they move north during the Great Migration.” 
How the Light Gets In
Louise Penny
“Award-winning author Louise Penny is in fine form with her latest in the absorbing series featuring Inspector Gamache. Penny recruits more readers with each book and we think she should be ranked with Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie as one of the best in the mystery and suspense genre.”
Running From Lions
Julian R. Vaca
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
"Running From Lions is a fast-paced dystopian thriller in the same vein as the Divergent and Hunger Games trilogies.  Lovers of Young Adult books should instantly connect with two main characters--a sixteen-year-old girl named Farah, who's trying to find her "role" in a post-apocalyptic village, and the other a mysterious being that crash lands on Earth.  Running From Lions was recently awarded the Novel Rocket Award for best Young Adult."
Bitter River
Julia Keller
"We eagerly anticipated the next in Julia Kellerís series featuring Bell Elkins, a county prosecutor in rural West Virginia and Bitter River was worth the wait. Keller joins the ranks of Sallie Bissell, Kathy Reichs and Linda Fairstein."
Death Angel
Linda Fairstein
“Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper has proven with her previous cases that she is fearless in her quest to lock up dangerous predators. In Death Angel, Cooper must prove that she and Detective Mike Chapman are innocent in a big scandal while they work together to put away some horrific bad guys. Death Angel is one of Fairstein’s best. Two thumbs up!”
The Whole Enchilada
Diane Mott Davidson
“Goldy Schulz is supposed to be a fulltime caterer but fans of Diane Mott Davidson expect Shulz to find her mixed up in murder wherever she goes. Davidson delivers again in The Whole Enchilada and fans of the series will come away full and satisfied and eager for more.”
Ready for a Brand New Beat
Mark Kurlansky
“The song “Dancing in the Street” is one of the all-time best songs ever. How did what was written as a dance song become an anthem for the social and political events of 1964? Mark Kurlansky’s book reads like a novel in this compelling summary of why 1964 was such a memorable year in the United States.”
Shirley Jones – A Memoir
Shirley Jones & Wendy Leigh
Gallery Books
“Shirley Jones, the star of the musicals, “Oklahoma” and “The Music Man”, tells her own story of her quick rise to stardom at an early age and the price of her love affair and marriage to Jack Cassidy. It is not always a pretty story but it appears to be an honest one. The star of the television show “The Partridge Family,” did not always have a wholesome or happy life.”
Vendetta Stone
Tom Wood
Walnut Hills Press
“Vendetta Stone is a terrific page turner. Jackson Stone’s wife was brutally murdered and Stone takes the law into his own hands to trap the killer as events really become suspenseful. Vendetta Stone is so good it should be a chapter in the hit television show, Nashville.” 
Pierre Lemaitre
MacLehose Press
"Alex by Pierre Lemaitre is the winner of the 2013 Crime Writerís Association International Dagger Award as the Best Crime Novel of 2013. This mystery won this prestigious award because of the tension the reader experiences as Police Commandant Camilee Verhoeven must quickly unravel the puzzle as to why Alex Prevost was kidnapped and why she may be murdered. If you like the mysteries by Jo Nesbo then you will love Alex."
Ghost Walk
Susan Cooper
Margaret K. McElderry Book
"Newbery Award-winning author Susan Cooperís new book Ghost Walk is the story of two young boys, Native American Little Hawk and a new settler, John Wakeley. Their friendship is tested as they both try to find their place in the founding of a new country."
Rose Kennedy – The Life and Times of Political Matriarch Barbara Perry Norton
“Presidential historian Barbara Perry offers new insight into the life of Rose Kennedy through newly released diaries and letters. Rose Kennedy had more than her share of sorrows and triumphs and this book is the inside story of how she coped with the highs and lows of her life.”
August 6, 2013 - Talk of the Town
Light of the World James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster
“Robicheaux fails at everything except finding the truth as he and his families are pursued in Montana by a serial killer in this compelling mystery. James Lee Burke keeps his title as ‘King of the Hard-Boiled Crime World.’”
Unseen Karin Slaughter Delacorte

“Karin Slaughter is the toughest hard-boiled crime writer and this time starts with four dead bodies in Macon, Georgia as her tortured detective, Will Trent, seeks justice in his own way.”

The Panopticon Jenni Fagan Hogarth

“The Panopticon is one of the all-time best modern books and a guaranteed best-seller. This debut novel concerns a foster child, Anais, trapped in a circular prison in this complex and multidimensional story.”

The Casual Vacancy

J. K. Rowling Bay Back Books Little, Brown & Company

“The Casual Vacancy is new in trade paperback and ready for all book clubs. J.K. Rowling, the author of the famous Harry Potter series, has written an adult story that should be read by grownups. It is big business versus those that are small and functional adults pitted against the dysfunctional. The Casual Vacancy will not disappoint Rowling’s fans who wanted her to write something that is not for the young at heart.”

Black Orchid Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean Vertigo
“Black Orchid is a super-hero woman who is fighting the crime lords and losing. This story violates all the graphic novel rules, which, is par for the course in any Neil Gaiman work, as he and Dave McKean proved more than 20 years ago with Sandman.”
Not the Killing Type Lorna Barrett Berkley
“Discover one of today’s most entertaining series in Lorna Barrett’s Booktown mysteries that take place in the charming town of Stoneham, New Hampshire. Trica Miles is the owner of the Haven’t Got a Clue mystery bookstore. When she isn’t selling books she is finding bodies and solving crimes. Entertainingly addictive."
Revolutionary Summer – The Birth of American Independence Joseph A. Ellis Knopf
“The summer of 1776 decided the future of our unborn nation. Would the 13 colonies come together? Who would lead them? How would they be selected? What and who could they count on? Even knowing most of the answers today, this book is a great read.”
The Cushion in the Road Alice Walker The New Press
“For the millions of Alice Walker fans, this book collects her meditations and her insights about life, race, Palestine, Cuba, President Obama, Africa and hundreds of other important and disturbing issues."
Gettysburg – The Last Invasion Allen C. Guelzo Knopf
“Author Allen C. Guelzo is a leading Civil War historian with intimate knowledge, having worked at Gettysburg College. This day-by-day account of the soldiers, the leaders, the politics and impact of the Union victory at Gettysburg is a resounding salute about the harshness of war forging our national unity.”
Close My Eyes Sophie McKenzie St. Martin’s Press
“The state of mind of survivoring a stillborn birth is precarious and shrouded in mystery, especially after a mother is suddenly told that her healthy daughter was stolen at birth and still lives. This is a dark emotional tale in the Ruth Rendell tradition.”
The White Princess Philippa Gregory Touchstone
“No one writes historical fiction better than the best-selling author Philippa Gregory. The White Princess is the next chapter in the Cousins War, or the story of England during the War of the Roses. Elizabeth of York, who loved the now dead Richard III, marries Henry Tudor. Will Elizabeth learn to love Henry Tudor or betray him?”
The Silent Wife A. S. A. Harrison Penguin
“If you liked the mega-hit best-selling book Gone Girl, then you will dive right in to The Silent Wife, a real page-turner.”
The Astronaut Wives Club – A True Story Lily Loppel Grand Central
“A truly American story, The Astronaut Wives Club is already popular with book clubs. Like Ginger Rogers who had to dance backward in high heels, these astounding women had to take care of their husbands, their families and their media obligations while living in a military-style fishbowl of constant, unreasonable expectations. They succeeded and got little public credit for it. Read this and then re-read The Right Stuff for a real appreciation of the space program and American life."
On the Noodle Road-from Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta Jen Lin-Liu Riverhead Books
“A true story about the history of food along the Silk Road in China, On the Noodle Road reads like a novel. Pick up this book and savor it.”
A Dangerous Fiction Barbara Rogan Viking
“A Dangerous Fiction is a fun novel about the New York high life amidst romantic and criminal desires focused by the threat of a stalker. It’s tough to have to work with an old flame as the lead detective.”
Cronkite Douglas Brinkley Harper Perennial

“New in paperback, this book is the height of irony and news, since a Brinkley is writing the story about Walter Cronkite. For those old enough to remember Walter Cronkite and his chief rivals, the team of Huntley-Brinkley, this history of television news and the Cronkite newscast empire is a treat.”

Second Honeymoon James Patterson & Howard Roughan Little, Brown
This is classic Patterson; a book with micro-short chapters and frantic action in every paragraph that is meant to be devoured in one afternoon. In this case, death interferes with a honeymoon trip to the Caribbean.”
Planes Fly George Ella Lyon Atheneum Books for Young Readers

“Fabulous artwork and a straight-ahead story about the big sky and airplanes.”

Flying Solo Julie Cummins Roaring Brook Press

“Flying Solo is about a beauty queen who sets an example for Amelia Earhart by proving herself a great pilot in the 1920s.”

Daredevil Meghan McCarthy Simon & Schuster Books for Young People

“Daredevil tells the story of a 16-year-old who gets her pilot license and breaks records in the air and on the ground, and who should have been one of the Mercury astronauts.”

July 2, 2013 - Talk of the Town
Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Schedule   Keel Hunt   Vanderbilt University Press
"Coup, a compelling and true suspense story, is ably spun by Hunt, including behind-the-scenes accounts of the courage of public officials who acted in time. Tennesseans will remember the unprecedented early ouster of the governor to stop the steady flow of prisoners who were being pardoned. However, you don't have to be a Tennessean to enjoy this non-fiction story of suspense, power and political intrigue.”
Bad Monkey   Carl Hiaasen   Knopf
“All of the best Carl Hiaasen zany characters confront the usual suspects of ex-lovers, speculators, outlandish public officials and a bad monkey in this absolutely fabulous tale of a former police officer with a human arm in the freezer. Our only complaint about Hiaasen is that we have to wait too long between his books.”
The 9th Girl    Tami Hoag   Dutton
“Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are back by demand solving their most gruesome crime yet. Tami Hoag continues to excel as one of our premier suspense writers. Escape with Hoag out of the summer heat in this story of a serial killer on the loose in the cold snow of Minneapolis.”
The Heist   Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg   Bantam
“Janet Evanovich, the best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum mystery series, is out with a new character, Kate O’Hare, who is a special agent for the FBI. Evanovich has joined with Lee Goldberg who was a writer for the television series Monk, and this twosome has started the beginning of what should be a popular and entertaining series.”
Revenge Wears Prada – The Devil Returns   Lauren Weisberger   Simon & Schuster
“Fans of The Devil Wears Prada will dive right into this story of trying to live happily ever after. Andy Sachs is back after quitting her job for a premier high fashion magazine and starting a popular bridal magazine. She plans to marry the man of her dreams when disaster strikes.”
Deeply Odd   Dean Koontz   Bantam
“Another thriller from the master of the genre. This time Odd Thomas tries to stop the crime before it happens when a vicious truck driver tries to kill him. Dean Koontz’s best series ever.”
Under the Dome   Stephen King   Gallery Books/Scribner

“What if your entire town was suddenly and irrevocably sealed off from the rest of the world? If you are watching the television series already, you will be afraid to read this book. King’s best work of the past decade. Vintage Stephen King.”

2312   Kim Stanley Robinson   Orbit/Hatchett
“Winner of the best novel of the year at WorldCon, Kim Stanley Robinson proves once again that she is the very best at near-future history. A visionary work.”
America’s Great Debate   Fergus Bordewich   Simon & Schuster
“America’s Great Debate is the behind-the-scenes story of the great and regrettable Compromise of 1850; the turning point that marked the end of the Whig Party and creating the opportunity of the birth of the Republican Party. Probably the last and best chance to avoid doing right on the great moral issue of American history.”
Dog in Charge   K. L. Going   Penguin Young Readers
“Best dog ever? Well he thinks so and is funny at proving it.”
Tennessee Trailblazers   Patricia & Fredrick McKissack   March Media
“A celebration of famous Tennesseans with special appeal to young adults.”
The Last Policeman, Countdown City   Ben H. Winters   Quirk

“When the world may be coming to an end and you are the detective, do you keep investigating suspicious deaths? This series is a fascinating account of crime and police culture.”

A Beautiful Day   Elin Hilderbrand   Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown

“It would not be summer unless there is a story of love and romance on Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. A Beautiful Day is about Jenna, who has planned the wedding of her dreams but nothing goes as planned thanks to the family of both the bride and groom."

Murder as a Fine Art   David Morrell  

Mulholland/Little, Brown

“In 1811, England experienced mass killings that were labeled ‘fine arts.’ Now Scotland Yard and the chief suspect’s daughter uncover the real truth in this amazing thriller by David Morrell, the author and creator of First Blood and Rambo.”

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls   Anton Disclafani   Riverhead/Penguin

“The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is sure to be a top selection by book clubs. In 1930, Thea Atwell is sent to a boarding school attended by beautiful wealthy southern debutants. This elite school is not what Thea is used to, and this well-written novel is the story of the consequences of her decisions. This book is made for discussions and to be shared with your reading circle.”

His Majesty’s Hope   Susan Elia MacNeal   Bantam
“The Maggie Hope mystery series that is set in England during World War II is one of today’s very best. Maggie Hope grew up in America and goes to Britain to settle her family home and stays. Her brilliance as a code breaker first sends her to the employment of Winston Churchill, Princess Elizabeth and then to Germany where she is sent as a spy. Susan Elia MacNeal writes the kind of story that leaves us wanting more. If you like the PBS series The Bletchley Circle then you will love the Maggie Hope mysteries.”
Fear in the Sunlight   Nicola Upson   Bourbon Street Books
“We enjoy escaping into this historical series featuring the mystery writer Josephine Tey, who solves mysteries set in England in the 1930s. This time, Alfred Hitchcock joins Tey to find the killer of an actress who was to star in Hitchcock’s newest movie. Upson’s books provide a great escape.”
Henri, le Chat Noir – The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat   William Braden   Ten Speed Press

“Henri is a world-wide sensation thanks to his fans on the Internet, and at last he has his own book which is loads of fun.”

Cat Daddy – What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me about Life, Love, and Coming Clean   Jackson Galaxy   Tarcher/Penguin
“Jackson Galaxy is the star of the hit television show My Cat from Hell and is a real cat whisperer. If anyone can help cats and their humans, it is Jackson Galaxy. Cat Daddy is the true story of how a cat literally saved his life and is worth the read, even if you are not a cat fan.”
The Life of Objects   Susanna Moore   Vintage

“Beatrice leaves Ireland to live with a powerful Berlin family during Hitler’s time of terror. Once there, she learns her host family is on the wrong side of the people with influence. Beatrice’s skills as a lace maker may or may not help a family escape from the Nazis in this spellbinding novel.”

June 4, 2013 - Talk of the Town


Dan Brown


“We think Inferno is Dan Brown’s best book since The DaVinci Code. Inferno is so good that the BookMan and the BookWoman each demanded their own copy the day of publication. Another fast-paced literary thriller by the master of this genre, Dan Brown.”

And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini

Riverhead Books

“The story begins with the secret emotional relationship between 3-year-old Pari and 10-year-old Abdullah and continues through their families’ lives, illustrating the power of poetry, rituals and the purging of bad dreams. Another heartbreaking and memorable novel by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.”

Outlaw –Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville

Michael Streissguth


“This is a must-have book for any fan of real music. These were the entertainers who transformed the country music industry. They had a hard time fitting in so they started their own movement and things have never been the same. In addition to being the “outlaws,” these men became very rich. The real inside story; two big thumbs up from BookManBookWoman.”

S’WANEE (A Paranoid Thriller)

Don Winston


“We loved S’WANEE and read it in almost one sitting. Cody Marko is suddenly recruited by a small liberal arts college in Tennessee. He decides to attend S’WANEE instead of living at home and attending Rutgers University. What happens to Cody is part fun, weird, suspenseful and definitely frightening. Can’t wait for the movie version and for Don Winston’s next book. Two big thumbs up from BookManBookWoman.”

Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

Phil Robertson & Mark Schlabach

Howard Books

“An inspirational tell-all that combines faith and business savvy. Any fan of the hit television show Duck Dynasty will love this book.”


Colum McCann

Random House

“This book by National Book Award-winning novelist Colum McCann (for Let the Great World Spin) is about journeys; the first attempted non-stop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean, ex-slave Frederick Douglass’ international lecture tour, and former U. S. Senator George Mitchell’s negotiating peace in Northern Ireland. All these journeys involve Ireland and insightful women who guide the gripping story.”

The Turk who Loved Apples and Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World

Matt Gross

Da Capo

“Matt Gross, has visited more than 60 countries and travels in unique and different ways to try to give a real picture of his journeys from Turkey to Lithuania to Vietnam to Mexico and the Caribbean. Knowing the author is the editor of gives the reader an idea of his focus.”

That is Not a Good Idea

Mo Willems

Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins

“What if you had a dinner where the guests include a very hungry fox, a very plump goose and a wonderful surprise ending? It would make a great children’s story. Mo Willems in one of the best.”

The Joker

Andrew Hudgins

Simon & Schuster

“This astounding memoir will fascinate and delight with its insights into character, families and the nature of humor. Author Andrew Hudgins travels the world with his family and explores the range of human feelings and emotions by telling jokes.”

Nashville Counts! A Counting & Art Book

Vadis Turner & Matthew Turner

Holland Brown Books

“What could be better than a child’s book about Nashville and counting? The artwork is brilliant, and the narrative about numbers is way cool.”

As I Knew Him – My Dad, Rod Serling

Anne Serling

Citadel Press

“Serling’s daughter writes a brilliant memoir/biography/history about our television culture through the prism of her father’s great media successes. This is the true inside story of a genius who left us way too soon.”


Stephen King

Hard Case Crime

“And you thought Stephen King wrote only scary stories. He also writes for the New Yorker magazine, edits short-story anthologies and best of all, writes hard-boiled crime stories about people in trouble in a way that only King can.”

Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland – A Spenser Novel

Ace Atkins


“As a reader, you always hope that when your favorite author dies that they left a least one more novel to be published. Robert Parker did, but even better, author Ace Atkins has picked up the Spenser/Hawk/Susan/Pearl characters and doesn’t miss a step in this Boston-based Don Quixote adventure disguised as a mystery.”

Little Green

Walter Mosley


“Any book about Easy Rawlins and Mouse is worth celebrating, especially a book including the gritty, 1960’s version of Los Angeles that Walter Mosley describes so vitally. Since it seemed that Mosley might have killed off Rawlins six years ago, this crime novel is a special treat.”

Hostile Shores – An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure

Dewey Lambdin

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press

“With Alan Lewrie’s return to England and the return of Lydia Stangbourne, this is the best-ever sea adventure by Dewey Lambdin. From the Cape of Good Hope to the invasion of Buenos Aires, this series just keeps getting better. Lambdin never disappoints!”

A Delicate Truth

John LaCarre


“John LaCarre returns to his true form in this complex, multi-layered story of a British counterterrorism effort assisted by the CIA and a private military operator. When all of the evil details start to come to light, the cover-up lurches into high gear, as only LaCarre can tell it.”

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline


Ready Player One is a dazzling mystery wrapped in a near-future science fiction story in a youth culture where being online 24/7 is a way of life. The death of the most popular Internet game creator in the world starts this sizzling adventure.”

The Ophelia Cut

John Lescroart

Atria/Simon & Schuster

“John Lescroart out-does and out-plots John Grisham in The Ophelia Cut, his latest best-selling legal thriller. Attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend his brother-in-law, Moses McGuire, who is accused of murdering his daughter’s ex-boyfriend after she was assaulted.

The Orphan Master’s Son

Adam Johnson

Random House

“Adam Johnson uses North Korea as the setting for this fascinating and suspenseful novel that won the Pulitzer Prize. A perfect book club selection.”

Remembering Medgar Evers

Minrose Gwin

University of Georgia Press

“While we know the brief life story of Medgar Evers as a civil rights hero who was shot in the back and killed by a coward, this book illuminates the scope and depth of Evers’ life and his impact on our culture.”

May 7, 2013 - Talk of the Town
Cooked-A Natural History of Transformation Michael Pollan Penguin
“Michael Pollen proved in his previous best-sellers, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Rules, The Botany of Desire and In Defense of Food, that he is a genius when it comes to explaining the natural sciences in a way that we all can understand. Don’t wait for the paperback of Cooked, buy it now and travel along with Pollan as he cooks with the power of the four elements –earth, fire, water and air. It is worth the journey.”
Gulp – Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Mary Roach Norton
“What goes in must come out – especially food. Mary Roach, the best-selling author of Stiff, Bonk, and Spook, has found a real niche as a narrator about the science of what happens to our bodies, and in Gulp, Roach attacks the story of our digestive system with great gusto. Another absolutely fabulous book and maybe her best – do not wait for the paperback!”
NOS4A2 Joe Hill William Morrow

“Now the son (Joe Hill) may be outshining the father (Stephen King), and just to rub it in, Hill cranks up the terror and the mystery using the same themes that always worked for the old man – children in places they should not be, in lands of fantasy, to which they return unwillingly as adults. No spoiler alert here; just read it and be scared, very scared. Loved it and love his style of writing.”

The Shining Stephen King Anchor Books
'This is the new paperback edition of the story of one really crazy guy with wife and small child at the Overlook Hotel in a Rocky Mountain winter. You might know the story and you might remember Jack Nicholson in the film, but to read The Shining again is an amazingly scary experience."
Silken Prey John Sandford Putnam

“Lucas Davenport just keeps getting better; more smarts, more violence, more suspense and more allies with Byzantine backgrounds. In the first 50 pages there is murder, mayhem, computer sabotage, bribery and the worst kind of tabloid news – or is it? It just gets better with the turn of every page in this 404-page thriller. We buy any John Sandford book the day it is published – he is that good. While Burke is our best mystery writer and Connelly is our best crime writer, no one matches Sandford as a thrills-a-minutes, chilling storyteller with a very, very wicked sense of justice. How can such a nice guy come up with this stuff?”

The 5th Wave Rick Yancey Putnam
“It’s the end of the world, as least as we know it, and Cassie is trying to save her family and her world. If you like The Stand by Stephen King or The Passage by Justin Cronin, this is the same kind of takeover/save-our-world story."
The Accursed Joyce Carol Oates Ecco/Harper Collins
“Joyce Carol Oates ventures into new territories with The Accursed, a combination of historical fiction and psychological thriller. This mammoth novel is a chunky 665 pages, but the plot of what happens in Princeton, New Jersey at the turn of the last century involves vampires, ghosts, Mark Twain, Upton Sinclair and Presidents Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson. We like the twist and turns but recommend The Accursed for only those not intimidated by the length of the novel.”
The Hit David Baldacci Grand Central
“These days, no one is surprised to read that our government employs very experienced assassins – or at least we do in Baldacci’s fictional world. Now one of our hitters has to take out someone we trained and she is probably a better killer than he is. The Hit is nonstop action and adventure, what we expect from David Baldacci.”
Harlem is Nowhere – A Journey to the Mecca of Black America Sharifa Rhodes – Pitts Back Bay Books
“Harlem has always existed as both a place of refuge and a virtual concept of the universal center of African-American culture. This exploration and description of the events, actions, people and mystique of Harlem is rich and informative.”
Fancy Nancy Fanciest Doll in the Universe Jane O’Connor Harper Collins Children’s Books
“This book comes alive. The magical illustrations emphasize the whimsical nature of childhood.”
Tapestry of Fortunes Elizabeth Berg Random House

“Elizabeth Berg, author of the best-selling Oprah selection Open House, has another story of women living together in one house who are all on different paths. Berg is always a joy to read.”

The Interestings Meg Wolitzer Riverhead
“We think that The Interestings is Meg Wolitzer’s best novel yet, and Wolitzer, who wrote the best-seller The Ten-Year Nap, is no stranger to success. What happens when six interesting teenagers meet each other in 1974 and stay in touch for decades? What if some are successful and some are not, are they still interesting? Dive into this great book and find out. Two thumbs up from BookManBookWoman.”
Garment of the Shadows Laurie R. King Bantam
“If you like Sherlock Holmes and have not discovered the mystery series by Laurie King, then stop what you are doing right now and immediately purchase one of her books. In King’s books, Mary Russell is married to Sherlock Holmes and has a knack for solving crimes herself. Garment of Shadows features both Holmes and Russell in a fast-paced thriller as both try to solve a puzzle that has worldwide ramifications.”
Seduction M.J. Rose Atria
“Fans of Gothic historical fiction will dive right into the mystery of Seduction. Jac L’Etoile wants to escape from the misery in her life, so she travels to the Isle of Jersey and becomes immersed in a drama involving the novelist Victor Hugo and the tragic death of his daughter. Nothing turns out the way Jac expects, but at least it gets her mind off her own troubles.”
Murder in Chelsea Victoria Thompson Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin

“We love and adore all of Victoria Thompson’s books featuring midwife Sarah Brandt in nineteenth-century New York City. Brandt uses intellect and social connections to solve the unfortunate demise of unsuspecting victims. Someone is after the child that Brandt has practically adopted, and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy uses all of his skills to help Brandt catch a killer.”

The Last Train to Zona Verde-My Ultimate African Safari Paul Theroux Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“Paul Theroux writes the best travel books of the world, this time its South Africa, Namibia and Angola, where he worked as a Peace Corp volunteer 50 years ago. The tragic chapter – Riding the Elephant – alone is worth the price of the book. Amazing.”
Long Live the King Fay Weldon St. Martin’s Press
“Those of us who are fans of the British television series “Downton Abby” are loving this trilogy by Fay Weldon, who wrote the pilot for the show “Upstairs, Downstairs.” Long Live the King, the second in this trilogy, continues the story of the Dilberne. These books are wicked, delicious and fun.”
Where’d You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple Back Bay Books
“One of the most readable books of the year, Where’d you Go Bernadette is a mixture of mystery, love, suspense and dysfunction. A compelling read that is hard to put down, this book is the story of the disappearance of Bernadette and her daughter’s efforts to find her.”
House of Secrets Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins
“The Walker family has to move into an old, creepy house where the children realize they are not alone after their parents disappear. This is the latest and one of the best successors to the Harry Potter stories, already contracted and soon to be a film.”
Cats & Daughters – They Don’t Always Come When Called Helen Brown Citadel/Kensington
“It is hard to replace any loved pet, but Helen Brown found that Jonah, an unusual Siamese, had chosen her as his human. Cats and Daughters is sure to be treasured by lovers of both children and pets.”
April 2, 2013 - Talk of the Town
Sum It Up Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins Crown/Archetype
"No one knows more about winning and no one is a better role model than our favorite coach, Pat Summitt, who shares all in one of the most courageous books ever written. Sum It Up is a tell-all book about her life and her victories as well as the stunning news of her early onset Alzheimer's disease. We recommend this book for everyone. Summitt grew up hard and has a heart of gold."
Throwing StrikesMy Quest for Truth and the Perfect Knuckleball R. A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey & Sue Corbett Dial

"Life has not been smooth sailing for the 2012 Cy Young Award Winner, R. A. Dickey. Throwing Strikes is a great adaption, especially for younger fans of Dickey's previous best-seller, Wherever I Wind Up. We think the life lessons in Throwing Strikes are great for kids of all ages."

Mom & Me & Mom Maya Angelou Random House
"Just in time for Mother's Day is Maya Angelou's tell-all story about her relationship with her mother. Angelou was loved but left behind at a young age by her mother, and this book is a wonderful story of their reconciliation, love and forgiveness. Angelou never disappoints."
The Storyteller Jodi Picoult Emily Bessler Books/Atria
"Jodi Picoult strikes fire again in her newest morality tale disguised as a novel. What would you do if your best friend disclosed horrible secrets about his youth during a time of war and now asks you to end his suffering?"
Life after Life Kate Atkinson Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown
"All of us make personal choices that affect our history. This fantastic novel recounts again and again how even choices made with knowledge of the consequences can lead to unexpected results."
The Annotated Peter Pan – The Centennial Edition J. M. Barrie Norton
"Who among us does not want to escape to the Neverland? This version explains every reference in the classic novel which only increases the wonder and awe."
The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout Random House
"Two brothers, the corporate lawyer and the legal aid attorney, are called home by their sister to help her teenage son out of trouble. This Pulitzer Prize-winning author has the gift of creating strong and memorable characters with sharp moral issues."
Wool Hugh Howey Simon & Schuster
"This fantastical debut novel creates a believable future of population control in a dystopian world of strange and interesting characters."
Music of Ghosts Sallie Bissell Midnight Ink
"Another great Mary Crow legal fight about a double murder in the mountains of North Carolina that results in the death of the governor's daughter decades later. A brilliant story."
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead Sheryl Sandberg Knopf

"Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, explores gender issues, parenting, and business leadership on a personal level with empirical data in this thought-provoking book. Sanberg's advice on negotiation, mentors, and a career is practical and smart."

The Inventor and the Tycoon Edward Ball Doubleday
“Fascinating account about Eadweard Muybridge, who invented motion pictures, and the railroad tycoon, Leland Stanford, who financed him. This law and order account of Muybridge as a killer will rival Edward Ball’s other best-seller, Slaves in the Family.”
Chu’s Day Neil Gaiman Harper
“Neil Gaiman is the best children’s writer working today. Chu is a little panda who travels from the library to the circus in this tale of wonder.”
How to Tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill You Matthew Inman Andrews McNeel Publisher
“Everyone knows that cats have servants, not owners, and this delightful book proves it over and over again.”
Snake Oil – the Art of Healing & Truth-Telling Becca Stevens Jericho Books
“Episcopal Priest Becca Stevens is an activist in the very best way. Snake Oil is the true story of how Stevens took the pain of an early experience to reach out to the neglected and needy of our community. Drug addicts and prostitutes have been given a chance to experience grace and healing and have built a successful business enterprise with Thistle Farms. Snake Oil is a great book for anyone.”
Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland Orchard Books
“Every child needs a girly girl book with princesses who have parties and this is one of cutest books ever.”
Nigellissima – Easy Italian Inspired Recipes Nigella Lawson Clarkson Potter
“This cookbook will allow anyone who aspires to be a great chef to cook like one in these easy-to-use recipes.”
Life After Life Jill McCorkle Algonquin
“Best-selling author Jill McCorkle is back with one of her best books yet. The Pine Haven Retirement Center is the happening place for characters of all ages in this novel about relationships, truth telling and small town life.
Leaving Everything Most Loved Jacqueline Winspear Harper
“We think that the Maise Dobbs character created by Jacqueline Winspear is the most clever British mystery characters since Arthur Conan Doyle introduced us to Sherlock Holmes. Leaving Everything Most Loved is absolutely one of Winspear’s very best; full of suspense and intrigue with twists and turns.”
Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler St. Martin’s
“If you liked The Paris Wife by Paula McClain, then you will love this fictional account of the life of Zelda, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. We predict this novel about the Jazz Age will sell like gangbusters and be a great companion read for fans of The Great Gatsby.”
The Aviator’s Wife Melanie Benjamin Delacorte
“Anne Morrow meets Charles Lindbergh in 1927, marries him, and so begins, The Aviator’s Wife, which is a novel about Anne Morrow’s life; her career as a writer, and the consequences of the Lindbergh’s befriending the right and wrong people. The Aviator’s Wife is a thought-provoking choice for book clubs today.”
March 5, 2013 - Talk of the Town
Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel Jonathan Kellerman
Best crime novel of the year. Jonathan Kellerman has never been better, as Alex Delaware investigates a baby skeleton buried in the 1960s which leads to Hollywood skeletons both real and symbolic.
Deadly Stakes J.A. Jance Touchstone
A glamorous, recently divorced woman signs up for a video dating service and instead of meeting the man of her dreams, she is murdered. Once again, Ali Reynolds must put together the pieces in this murder puzzle so that the innocent are cleared. J.A. Jance delivers another page-turner in Deadly Stakes featuring Reynolds. This series is almost as good as her Joanna Brady mystery series.
Habits of the House Faye Weldon St. Martins Press
Faye Weldon delivers a winner for all of us who are avid Downton Abby fans. Habits of the House is the first of an entertaining and addictive trilogy about families both upstairs and downstairs in England. We cannot wait for the next in this series by the author of the original Upstairs Downstairs Masterpiece Theatre program.
Life on Mars: Poems Tracy Smith Graywolf Press
This new edition of last years Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry is an endearing and unforgettable book. Buy one for yourself and another for someone special.
The Secrets of the Hopewell Box New Paperback Edition James D. Squires Vanderbilt
Brand new in paperback, we highly recommend this book, which is the true story about the bad guys and the good guys in corrupt politics in Nashville from World War II through the 1960s. Signed copies by the author, a former Tennessean reporter, are now on sale at BookManBookWoman.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove Karen Russell Knopf
Karen Russell was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with her previous book, Swamplandia, and her newest book, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, proves again that she is one of todays best writers. Did we mention that her stories are thrilling, weird, provocative and impossible to forget? Two thumbs up from BookManBookWoman and do not wait for the paperback.
Round About the Earth Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit Joyce E. Chaplin Simon & Schuster
In the 1500s we have stories of explorers who tried to sail around the world. Why they did it and were they successful are some of the questions answered in this magnificent book.
All I Did Was Shoot My Man Walter Mosley New American Library
Zella Grisham shot her man and does not deny it. It is up to Leonid McGill to find out why she shot him and what is hiding in another fast-paced, enjoyable mystery by Walter Mosley.
Instructions Neil Gaiman Harper
Neil Gaiman is a worthy successor to Dr. Seuss the same twisted stories that are pure entertainment.
The Dangerous Alphabet Neil Gaiman HarperCollins
The best young adult book of the year. Who can resist a treasure map story told in a way only Neil Gaiman can do. He is simply the best.
Ghostman Roger Hobbs Knopf
Ghostman is a thrill a minute from the opening page, as Roger Hobbs constructs a brilliant heist using unforgettable characters. This first novel establishes Roger Hobbs as one of our top thriller writers.
The Presidents Club Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy Simon & Schuster
How do the presidents of the United States really get along with each other? Do they kiss and make up after elections and are they always seeking to serve? The Presidents Club answers these and other important questions about the holders of our nations highest office.
Harlems Little Blackbird-The Story of Florence Mills Renee Watson& Christian Robinson Random House
A beautifully illustrated childrens book about Florence Mills and her choice to stay in Harlem and sing.
Emeraldalicious Victoria Kann Harper
Being green is so cool in this delightful childrens story about the importance of recycling.
Good Night Tennessee Adam Gamble and Joe Veno Our World of Books
A sweet book that will make the reader feel something extra special for the state we call home. We think it is the perfect gift for any new baby.
The Lifeboat Charlotte Rogan Back Bay
Grace Winter finds herself in a lifeboat filled with an assortment of characters, and the choices these characters make are so suspenseful that the reader will be tempted to read the last page first. Dont do it.
Out of the Easy Ruta Sepetys Philomel
This Tennessee author has written another winner, this time featuring a 15-year-old in New Orleans. Will Josie realize her dream of going to college or will she be trapped in a world of prostitution and murder?
Midnight in Austenland Shannon Hale Bloomsbury
Fans of Shannon Hales previous book, Austenland, will adore this escapism into the world of Jane Austen.
News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories Jennifer Haigh Harper
One of the best ever short-story collections, and Jennifer Haigh continues to prove why she is one of todays most memorable writers.
February 5, 2013 - Talk of the Town - A Salute to Black History Month
The Nashville Way - Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for Social Injustice in a Southern City Benjamin Houston University of Georgia Press
“Riveting. One of the best books about Nashville history ever. If you liked David Halberstam's The Children you must read The Nashville Way. Highly recommended for any book club.”
Home Toni Morrison Vintage
“Another classic from the author of Beloved, this time a traumatic and absorbing story of an African American hero returning from war to find his little sister in 1950s Georgia.”
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Ayana Mathis Knopf
“There is a reason Oprah Winfrey selected The Twelve Tribes of Hattie for her book club. This is a fabulous, compelling and unforgettable story of twelve different narratives of Hattie and her family.”
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker Jennifer Chiaverini Dutton
“If you like historical fiction you will love this story told from the true life character of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, who was the dressmaker for Mary Lincoln and many other powerful women during the Civil War. Don't wait for the paperback - two thumbs up from BookManBookWoman.”
Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House Elizabeth Keckley Penguin
“If you wondered who Mary Lincoln's companion was in the movie “Lincoln,” then you should dive into the autobiography of Elizabeth Keckley. Behind the Scenes was very controversial when it was originally published in 1868 and is the perfect companion book for the novel Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.”
Mrs. Keckly Sends Her Regards Tim Jorgenson Xulon Press
“This novel concentrates on the story of Mary Lincoln's seamstress Elizabeth Keckley and what her life was like in the days before and right after President Lincoln's assassination.”
The King Years Taylor Branch Simon and Schuster
“This book relates the best and the worst of the tragic events and triumphs of justice that made America great. The King Years is a magnificent account of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s journey that should be read by everyone.”
Brick by Brick Charles R. Smith, Jr. Amistad
“A wonderful children's' picture book of the true story of the whites and blacks who did the manual labor to build the White House.
American Slavery 1619-1877 Peter Kolchin Hill and Wang
“Outstanding perspective and insight into the most traumatic issue of our American history.”
Darkest America Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen Norton
“Is America's black musical history the precedent for hip-hop? And if so, where do Amos n' Andy, Tyler Perry and others fit? A classic expose´ naming names and identifying the villains in black minstrel history.”
The One - The Life and Music of James Brown RJ Smith Gotham
“Free James Brown! The sheer magnificence of Brown's life, talent, showmanship and career is magical. Brown was truly one of a kind and we will not hear or see his equal again.”
America the Beautiful - Together We Stand Katharine Lee Bates Orchard
“An exquisite edition of America's most beautiful song showing children of all races in their love for our country.”
One Day I Will Write About This Place Binyavanga Wainaina Graywolf Press
“A sharp-edged rite-of-passage memoir from Africa to the USA that is not for the weak or fainthearted.”
Abby Takes a Stand - Scraps of Time 1960 Patricia C. McKissack Viking
“Memories of a grandmother's childhood in Nashville in 1960. This is a fabulous story of a family saga from Nashville's own Patricia C. McKissack.”
My Song: A Memoir Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson Viking
“Brand new in paperback, this is the story of how Harry Belafonte achieved professional success at every level, and was one of the prime movers behind the scenes in the modern civil rights movement when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., SNCC, and other national leaders called upon him for public support, money and resources. This book tells his amazing and courageous life story.”
A Memory of Light Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson TOR
“After 20 years and 14 volumes, a fitting and just conclusion to the Wheel and Time series. For every Tolkien - Harry Potter fan, this is the novel of the year.“
Tenth of December George Saunders Random House
“This collection of 10 stories may be the book of the year or just plain entertaining if you treasure human insight and sharp-edged characters.”
Powering the Dream Alexis Madrigal DaCapo
“A brilliant analysis of America's leadership and energy and where we go from here for renewable energy.”
Safe Haven Nicholas Sparks Grand Central
“A heartwarming love story, based on darks secrets, where good triumphs over danger. Don't wait for the movie.”
The Kid Sapphire Penguin
“A risqué novel about the son of Precious, who was left all alone by his mother's death.”
January 8, 2013 Talk of the Town
The Wrath of Angels John Connolly Emily Bestler Books/Atria
“Another great Charlie Parker mystery when an airplane wreck is discovered in Maine. The Wrath of Angels is a riveting story of the classic battle between the forces of good and evil, and is John Connolly at his best.”
Kinsey and Me
Sue Grafton Putnam
“If you like Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries, this is your opportunity to read her nonfiction articles about the origins and evolution of Kinsey Millhone's character. Grafton is in peak form.”
The Last Dragonslayer Jasper Fforde Harcourt
“The Harry Potter series proved that imaginative tales for young adults could be the best-selling books in the world. No doubt inspired by Rowling, Jasper Fforde, the author of many outstanding crime novels, has penned a fascinating Welsh fantasy about a 15-year-old foundling who operates the Kazam Mystical Arts Management and Employment Agency for Magicians. Way cool.”
Luminous Airplanes Paul La Farge Picador
“A vividly imagined and comical novel about flying machines and perhaps the end of the world that will remind the reader of The Time Traveler's Wife.”
On the Map Simon Garfield Gotham Books
“The first map auction in the western world was at Christie's in London in 1790, and the craze for collecting maps and understanding them has never slowed down. From rough charts for navigators to GPS software, Simon Garfield explores the impact of maps in our history.”
Love and Capital - Karl and Jenny Marx & the Birth of a Revolution Mary Gabriel Back Bay Books
“We all know Karl Marx, but did you know he was a devoted father and spouse, loved practical jokes, and was overly passionate about his pursuit of his goals? Spoiler alert: he does better in his marriage in his philosophy.”
The World Until Yesterday Jared Diamond Viking
“Drawing on his professional work in the Pacific and other underdeveloped areas, Jared Diamond, the author of the best-selling Guns, Germs and Steel, continues his analysis of how and why different cultures have evolved at different times under extraordinary circumstances. As usual with Diamond, his point of view is riveting and somewhat different from the traditional analysis.”
The Last Lion William Manchester and Paul Reid Little, Brown
“Why was Winston Churchill voted out of office immediately after winning World War II? This William Manchester biography (completed by Paul Reid after Manchester's death) answers this and other important questions about Churchill's life and work from 1940 until his death. The Last Lion is a must-have for the fan of books about Churchill.”
Pacific Crucible Jan W. Toll Norton
“Pacific Crucible is a history of the first few months of the war in the Pacific Ocean from Pearl Harbor Day through the Battle of Midway, and details the crucial events that blocked the rise of Japanese sea power and thus making it possible for us to win the war in the Pacific.”
The Fall of the House of Dixie Bruce Levine Random House
“One more history of our Civil War, told primarily through the correspondence, diaries, newspaper articles and journals of the people who lived it. This history reminds us again of the vast destruction and the great opportunity for the rebirth of American democracy.
The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier Dutton
“We loved The Girl with a Pearl Earring, and author Tracy Chevalier does not disappoint in her newest historical saga. Honor Bright is a Quaker from England who ends up in America during the time of slavery. Honor must decide if she has the courage and conviction to back up her religious beliefs by supporting the Underground Railroad. The Last Runaway deserves to be another memorable best-seller by Chevalier.
New Dress a Day Marisa Lynch Ballantine
“We loved this book and we are not talented in the craft department, but we adore ways to save money while looking fabulous. New Dress a Day is a worthy investment.”
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Catherynne M. Valente Feiwel and Friends
“Remindful of Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz, this very original and highly entertaining fantasy will capture your attention and leave you wanting more from Valente about 12-year-old September and her friend, Saturday. Enthralling!”
Bad Kitty School Daze Nick Bruel Roaring Brook Press
“There are no bad kitties, only bad humans. Nick Bruel's wonderful series featuring the adventurous Bad Kitty this time takes us to Kitty Obedience School. We all know cats train us and are not to be bothered with things like commands! Bad Kitty School Daze is another laugh-out-loud, read-aloud wonderful book by Bruel. We cannot wait for Bad Kitty's next adventure.”
Bunnies on Ice Johanna Wright Roaring Brook Press
“Looking for the perfect read-aloud book for a cold winter's day? Bunnies on Ice by Joanna Wright is a heartwarming, precious story of a little bunny who wants to be a skating star.”
The Husband List Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly St. Martin's Press
“Caroline Maxwell from Love in a Nutshell, from the best-selling writing team of Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, is back and must decide if money or true love will rule her heart in 1894. If you like the television show Downton Abbey and the book 'To Marry an English Lord,' then you will love escaping to the past of society's very rich and famous. A fun escape by this talented duo.”
The Sign of the Weeping Virgin Alana White Gale
“With the Italian Renaissance as background, Alana White brings a sense of immediacy to this crime and historical puzzle. Two thumbs up from BookManBookWoman. All the great clues are here. An enemy kidnapping, a religious painting weeping real tears, a secret message painted on the wall of a Florentine church. We cannot wait for the next mystery by Alana White, who has joined the ranks of our favorite writers.”
Real Wifeys Hustle Hard Meesha Mink Touchstone
“If you are a fan of street lit then you will not want to miss this Meesha Mink book featuring loan sharks and true love.”
Making Habits, Breaking Habits Jeremy Dean Lifelong/Da Capo
“Should we even bother with New Year's resolutions? Is there a way not to be frustrated with our bad habits that we may resume by the end of January? Jeremy Dean tells readers in an encouraging way that 'any habit change is possible.'”
Mistress of My Fate Hallie Rubenhold Grand Central
“Henrietta Lightfoot lives in London during the 18th century. Her innocence is gone at a young age and she must choose how she will survive. Our heroine proves she is indeed the 'Mistress of My Fate' in this captivating first book of a trilogy by Hallie Rubenhold, who is a commentator, writer and expert on many things British.”
The End of Your Life Book Club Will Schwalbe Knopf
“Mary Anne has less than six months to live, and she and her son, Will Schwalbe, decide to spend those last six months as a way to communicate and say goodbye to each other. The End of Your Life Book Club is truly a wonderful unforgettable book. Thank you, Will Schwalbe, for writing this book and for sharing your precious memories with us."


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