BY JOSEPH O'CONNOR
From the author of Star of the Sea comes a new novel that is both brutal and poetic. It is set post Civil War and centers around the western town of Redemption Falls to where a traumatized set of characters journey for various reasons.
Spook Country by William Gibson
Hollis Henry, the former lead singer of a rock group "The Curfew" is trying to reinvent herself as a journalist for a secretive technology-focused magazine called Node. She has been sent to find Bobby Chombo, an elusive global-positioning-system expert.
An Irish Country Doctor
By Patrick Taylor
A novel in the tradition of James Herriot, this charming book follows a young doctor's first months as a physician's assistant in rural Ireland. The story is filled with delightful scenes of country village life and the wit of the Irish. Highly recommended!
This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley
Write every day for at least 90 minutes. Don't edit yourself. Avoid distractions. Study poetry. Oh, and write every day. No matter what. These and other practical, straightforward tips about writing a novel in one year are included in this slim, yet informative, book (less than 25,000 words, according to the author) from the author of more than two dozen fiction and non-fiction books, including an historical mystery series starring detective Easy Rawlins.
Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen
Like a person, a dog that has held a special place in the lives of others will be remembered long after its natural life has ended. Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen is about one such dog. Beau, a black Labrador retriever that spent virtually all of his 15 years in the author's household, is lovingly and eloquently memorialized in this short book filled with black-and-white studio photographs of all kinds of irresistibly adorable dogs.
An Accidental American by Alex Carr Nicole Blake's life has never been simple from growing up during Lebanon's Civil War, having a con man for a father, and spending six years in a French prison. She retreats to a quiet life living in a farmhouse and working as a consultant until a CIA operative asks for her help in finding her ex-lover and now supposed terrorist. Nicole's past is painfully fleshed out against the backdrop of Lebanon's political history, the Gulf War, and 9/11. An intriguing, exciting, and eloquent read!
If you resolve to live a cleaner, leaner, and greener life in 2008, check out these books:
Help! Around the House: a mother's guide to getting the family to pitch in and clean up Don Aslett
As a mother, you may often feel as though you do all the housework. The author believes that it doesn't have to - and shouldn't - be that way. He explains why and how to enlist the help of children, how to assign cleaning tasks to children based on their age, how to help children succeed at household chores, and what to do when children ignore or partially complete their cleaning responsibilities. This book will show you that you don't have to go it alone when it comes to keeping your home clean.
Souls of Angels by Thomas Eidson Here's the latest novel by the author of The Missing and St.Agnes Stand. Isadora Lugo, now Sister Ria, returns to her family estate in California from the streets of India. She's come home to help her troubled father who has been recently convicted of killing a young, pregnant prostitute. Sister Ria bravely seeks the truth behind both the gruesome murder and her painful childhood. A great western and mystery mix!
In the sequel to the Hugo Award-winning Spin, Robert Charles Wilson further explores the mystery of the "hypotheticals," small machines that have engineered a new planet called Equatoria for humanity. On that world, a journalist searches for her hypothetical-obessed father, a charter pilot with a checkered past, and a boy genetically engineered to communicate with the hypotheticals come together to pursue this enigmatic artificial intelligence that opened up a portal between the two planets.
This is character-driven science fiction, and not technologically dense as the genre can be. Reading the first novel, while not essential, would be both helpful and enjoyable.
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