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Off the Beaten Path

Readers who like their history books with plenty of anecdotes, sidebars, and little-known facts will enjoy Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell’s stories-behind-the-stories of the assassinations of United States Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. Vowell actually visited virtually every site connected with these three assassinations and recounts not only the history of the individuals involved (namely, the presidents and assassins and their respective families), but also the stories of contemporary-era individuals (historians, museum curators, tour guides, descendants of the famous and infamous) whose lives and livelihoods have been touched by these heinous crimes. An offbeat but very entertaining and educational read.

Patterson the Way You Like Him!

The Quickie
James Patterson
Lauren Stillwell's life turns upside down when she suspects her husband of having an affair. Her revenge seems swift and sweet, but soon leads to a crime she never imagined possible. Can Lauren recover from the lies and betrayal one night unleashed? Patterson keeps the story moving with his trademark suspense and pacing. Good beach reading!

Off to Botswana, anyone?

The Miracle at Speedy motors (Latest in the series "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)by Alexander McCall Smith
Are gas prices keeping you home this summer? Don't worry, sit back on an easy chair and join Precious Ramostwe for a "ride". Mma Ramotswe is the number one lady detective of Botswana! Granted, she is "traditionally built" and her white van is tiny, but she won't crowd you, she is very accommodative! The roads in Botswana may be bumpy but the landscape is quite exotic! In this ninth title in the series, Mma Ramotswe tackles the mystery of some anonymous hate letters and that of a missing family. She is endowed with such grace, intuition and intelligence that she is a natural problem solver. Her knowledge of "The Principles of Private Investigation" by Clovis Anderson is so thorough, that she can quote any passage from it anytime! Of course she has help from her big-spectacled associate, Mma Makutsi; a graduate from Botswana Secretarial College with a fantastic score of 97% in the final exam!

Suspense in the Middle East

The Last Secret of the Temple
by
Paul Sussman

Set in the Middle East, this gripping suspense weaves a spellbinding mix of archaeology, murder, and history. With the discovery of a body found in Egypt, detective Yusuf Khalifa becomes involved in a case that entails murder, corruption, and a conspiracy that will lead far beyond what he could have imagined.

House of Cards

Kevin Lewis was not your average blackjack player. As a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined a clandestine team of several other mathematically gifted MIT students who had studied and fine-tuned various strategies for the popular and, the experts say, only beatable casino card game. For four years during the mid-1990s, Kevin and his teammates flew to Las Vegas on weekends, worked surreptitiously as a team at the blackjack tables, and raked in thousands of dollars per weekend. How they did it, what motivated them to pursue this lifestyle for so long, and how they were eventually discovered, makes for a jaw-dropping, page-turning, amazingly true story as recounted in Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich.

Science as Entertainment

The Canon:  A whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

Natalie Angier

Ms. Angier is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the New York Times.  She combines a passion for science with an understanding of how it works and then writes about it with wit and intelligence.  This is a book for any parent who has been asked what is electricity or how was the earth made.  It is also for anyone wanting to understand many of the issues facing us today--from stem cells to bird flu and global warming.  All the major scientific disciplines are brought to light:  physics, chemistry, biology, geology and astronomy in a book that will inspire and recapture each reader's childhood fascination with the world around us.

Three Cheers for Laurie R. King!

Touchstone
by Laurie R. King
A great stand alone title from the author of the Mary Russell mysteries, this novel is set in post World War I England. It follows the efforts of an American agent hunting down a terrorist who has ties to bombings in the United States. In order to get close to his suspect, Harris Stuyvesant befriends a wounded British soldier who left the war with incredible extrasensory abilities after nearly getting killed in the trenches.

Summer Drama

Body Surfing
by Anita Shreve
Sydney takes a summer job with a wealthy New Hampshire family tutoring their young daughter Julie while they vacation at their beach cottage. During her stay, Sidney finds herself enmeshed in family jealousies and secrets eventually reawakening rivalries between two older brothers who visit the cottage periodically.

Where Are You Now?

Carolyn MacKenzie was 16 years old when her older brother Charles, known as Mack, disappeared just before his college graduation. A decade later, dissatisfied with the police’s efforts to find Mack, Carolyn decides to undertake her own investigation. Clinging to the belief that Mack is alive, based on his annual calls to their mother on Mother’s Day, Carolyn begins to interview anyone she can find who had a connection with her brother. The more she learns, the more questions arise, and the more she unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. Where Are You Now?, Mary Higgins Clark’s twenty-seventh suspense novel, incorporates all the elements Higgins Clark fans have come to expect: numerous characters who are rarely whom they appear to be, fast-paced chapters with cliffhanger endings, and plot twists that’ll keep the reader guessing.

Sunshine on a Rainy Morning

History shows that Hitler made a mistake invading Russia in World War II. What many people do not know is that the need for an alternative source of cooking oil for Germany and the Soviet sunflower fields were a contributing factor to his decision. In his book Sunflowers (the Secret History), Joe Pappalardo relates the unexpected history of this flower from caves in the Stone Age to the gardens of kings. Flower lovers, scientists, and trivia buffs will find this book entertaining reading as they learn of sunflowers influence on our lives.