New Arrivals · All Fiction

October 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Blind sight

October 25, 2016
O'Connell, Carol, 1947- author.
388 pages ; 24 cm.
"The nun was dead. Her body lay on the lawn outside Gracie Mansion, the home of New York City's mayor, and it wasn't alone. There were four of them altogether. They'd been killed at different times, in different places, and dumped there. There should have been five--but the boy was missing. Jonah Quill, blind since birth, sat in a car driven by a killer and wondered where they were going. Though he was blind, Jonah saw more than most people did. It was his secret, and he was counting on that to save his life. Detective Kathy Mallory was counting on herself to save his life. It took her a while to realize that the missing-person case she was pursuing was so intimately connected to the massacre on the mayor's lawn. But there was something about the boy she was searching for that reminded her of herself, all those years ago, when she was an orphan adrift in a world over which she had little control and determined never to let that happen again. She would find him--she just hoped it'd be in time."-- Provided by publisher.

Commonwealth : a novel

October 25, 2016
Patchett, Ann, author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2016]
322 pages ; 24 cm
"The acclaimed, bestselling author--winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize--tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together"-- Provided by publisher.

Infamy : a novel

October 25, 2016
Tanenbaum, Robert, author.
xii, 352 pages ; 24 cm
When a former Army veteran suddenly murders a colonel in New York, he claims that he had to do it because he was being used in mind control experiments. Is it a case of post-traumatic stress from his tours in Afghanistan-- or something more? New York District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp prepares a murder case against the veteran, and meets with investigative reporter Ariadne Stupenagel, who suspects that one of her sources for a story on high-level government corruption was a victim in the shooting. They discover a monumental betrayal of our nation's security and integrity.

The kept woman : a novel

October 25, 2016
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author.
461 pages ; 24 cm
It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor -- the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away... and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest and most high-profile athlete -- a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A hero married to Will's ex-wife. A hero whom Will's superiors at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have spent the last six months investigating for rape. But for Will -- and also for Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner -- the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past... and the consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

Pushing up daisies : an Agatha Raisin mystery

October 25, 2016
Beaton, M. C., author.
280 pages ; 22 cm
"Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds Hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, just small things, a teapot here, a set of silverware there. So it's quite the shock when she is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor, Jerry Tarrant, hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. But the village is secretive and the residents resent Agatha's investigation. Of course that doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from investigating and sticking her nose where no one wants it--especially as the suspect list grows. And, as if it isn't enough that Agatha's ex has reentered the picture, the murderer is now targeting Agatha! With M.C. Beaton's Something Borrowed, Someone Dead the bossy, vain, and absolutely irresistible, Agatha Raisin continues to be a fan favorite"-- Provided by publisher.

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd : a Flavia de Luce novel

October 25, 2016
Bradley, C. Alan, 1938- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
331 pages ; 20 cm
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty -- and not empty enough. Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar's wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man's body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits. But what awaits Flavia will shake her to the very core.

The Obsidian chamber : a Pendergast novel

October 25, 2016
Preston, Douglas J., author.
407 pages ; 24 cm
"After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, his ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive -- only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown. And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred, and it may already be too late."-- Provided by publisher.

The dead hand

October 25, 2016
Kahn, Michael A., 1952- author.
227 pages ; 23 cm
"Dead hand" is the English translation of the Latin term "mortmain," which the law dictionary defines as "the influence of the past regarded as controlling the present." For Rachel Gold, a more accurate term would be "zombies." In particular, the wealthy zombies who seek to control the living--and especially their families--from the grave through legal documents prepared before they died. In The Dead Hand, Rachel represents two women--one a widow, one a divorcee--in a pair of nasty zombie lawsuits, the outcome of each of which hinges upon a clause in a dead man's document. Rachel's client Cyndi Mulligan is the young trophy widow of the late Bert Mulligan, a billionaire entrepreneur whose last will and testament left his estate to Cyndi's daughter. The challenge comes from Bert's angry first wife and her angrier only son. Their claim: Cyndi's daughter--born eleven months after Bert's death--cannot possibly be Bert's child. Rachel's other client is Marsha Knight, the ex-wife of the wealthy founder of a women's lingerie manufacturer. She's been sued by his widow, who seeks to invalidate Marsha's divorce settlement and, in the process, impoverish her through invocation of the ancient and nearly inscrutable Rule against Perpetuities. As the trial date approaches in each lawsuit, the threats to Rachel and her two clients begin to escalate. Zombies, as Rachel discovers, are hard to kill, and so are their lawsuits.


October 25, 2016
Smith, Martin J., author.
321 pages ; 22 cm
The dry season has hit the Inland Empire of California, depleting the ponds and revealing the muddy grave of Paul Dwyer. Some viewed Dwyer as a savior, providing construction jobs for locals. Others believed he was ruining their beautiful, close-knit town. But who was angry enough to murder him? His widow Shelby has kept her own secrets for decades. Local cop Ron Starke investigates Dwyer's dirty money and handshake deals gone wrong, but the name at the top of the suspect list is the most intriguing, and chilling. As the season's wildfires intensify, Starke must discover who killed Dwyer before all the evidence burns, and the whole town is erased.

Every hidden thing

October 25, 2016
Oppel, Kenneth, 1967- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
361 pages ; 22 cm
Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth century world has ever seen. To Samuel Bolt it's the "rex", the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her chance to prove herself on this expedition with her professor father. With both eyeing the same prize, their budding romance seems destined to fail. As danger looms, can they join forces to find their quarry?


October 25, 2016
Banks, Anna, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
359 pages ; 22 cm
The spectorium Princess Sepora createe provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it. Fleeing, she escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must deal with a plague sweeping killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. Sepora knows her gift could save the kingdom. Should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

Scarlet widow

October 25, 2016
Masterton, Graham, author.
385 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Beatrice Scarlet thriller"--Jacket
London, 1750: Beatrice Scarlet is the apothecary's daughter. She can mix medicines and herbs to save the lives of her neighbours - but, try as she might, she can't save the lives of her parents. An orphan at just sixteen, Beatrice marries a preacher and emigrates to America. New Hampshire, 1756: In the farming community where Beatrice now lives, six pigs are found viciously slaughtered; slices of looking-glass embedded in their mouths. According to scripture, this is the work of Satan - but Beatrice Scarlet suspects the hands of men. As she closes in on the killer, she must act quickly to unmask him - or become the next victim herself...


October 25, 2016
Spangler, Brie, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
330 pages ; 22 cm
After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender.

Last seen leaving

October 25, 2016
Roehrig, Caleb, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
328 pages ; 22 cm
Flynn's girlfriend is missing, and people are suspecting him of knowing something, so he struggles to uncover her secrets as he must also face the truth about himself.

This adventure ends

October 25, 2016
Mills, Emma, 1989- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
308 pages ; 22 cm
Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida -- especially not a group of friends so intense, so layered with private tragedies and secret codes, and so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens. Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and most serious person Sloane has ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that crosses state lines -- and pulls her ever deeper into the twins' lives.

The stand-in

October 25, 2016
Bloom, Steven L. (Steven Lawrence), 1956- author.
354 pages ; 20 cm
After seventeen-year-old Brooks Rattigan agrees to be a stand-in Homecoming date for a friend's geeky but wealthy cousin, he realizes becoming a (completely platonic) rent-a-date for the socially awkward could help him earn college money.


October 25, 2016
Chase, Nichole, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher, [2016]
366 pages ; 20 cm.
"Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you're the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip-up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire's latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams the incredibly good-looking but extremely annoying vice president's son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride."-- Provided by publisher.

The moth catcher

October 25, 2016
Cleeves, Ann, author.
387 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter to look after the place while they're away. But he is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene with her detectives Holly and Joe. When they look round the attic of the big house, Vera finds the body of a second man. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be deadly secrets trapped here ... " --Provided by publisher.

Private novelist : fiction

October 25, 2016
Zink, Nell, author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, c2016.
xi, 317 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Foreword / by Avner Shats -- Sailing toward the sunset by Avner Shats -- European story for Avner Shats.
Nell Zink took on the challenge of reading a novel by a friend, Hebrew-language writer Avner Shats. Unable to make sense of his work, she resolved to rewrite it for him from scratch. Her tongue-in-cheek homage is available for the first time, accompanied by a dazzling and imaginative novella that ingeniously explores questions of art, language, and life.

A memory of muskets

October 25, 2016
Ernst, Kathleen, 1959- author.
388 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
Curator Chloe Ellefson is happily planning to spotlight home-front challenges and German immigrants at Old World Wisconsin's first Civil War reenactment, but her overbearing boss scorns her ideas and proposes staging a mock battle instead. And when a reenactor is found dead at one of the historic site's German farms, Chloe's boyfriend, cop Roelke McKenna, suspects murder. The more Roelke learns about reenacting, the more he fears that a killer will join the ranks. Then Chloe discovers a disturbing secret about Roelke's Civil War-era ancestors. Together they struggle to solve crimes past and present . . . before Chloe loses her job and another reenactor loses his life.

Strong cold dead

October 25, 2016
Land, Jon, author.
350 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
The terrorist organization ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. There is a race for the toxin because it also holds the potential to eradicate cancer. At the Indian reservation where a vengeful tycoon is mining the toxin, he is disguising his effort as an oil-drilling operation. Now Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong must face off against a host of adversaries, including a mythic monster culled from Native American folklore that the tribe believes has risen to protect its land.


October 25, 2016
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
291 pages ; 22 cm.
Discreet Retrieval Agency mysteries --Title page verso.
"After her philandering husband died and left her penniless in Prohibition-era New York, Lola Woodby escaped with her Swedish cook to the only place she could--her deceased husband's secret love nest in the middle of Manhattan. Her only comforts were chocolate cake, dime store detective novels, and the occasional highball (okay, maybe not so occasional). But rent came due and Lola and Berta were forced to accept the first job that came their way, ultimately leading them to set up shop as a Discreet Retrieval Agency, operating out of Alfie's cramped love nest. Now they're in danger of losing the business they've barely gotten off the ground-- they haven't had a job in months and money is running out. So when a society matron offers them a job, they take it-- even if it means sneaking into a detox facility and consuming only water and health food until they can steal a diary from Grace Whiddle, a resident at the 'health farm.' But barely a day in, Grace and her diary escape from the facility-- and Grace's future mother-in-law is found murdered on the premises. Lola and Berta are promptly fired. But before they can climb into Lola's red and white Duesenberg Model A and whiz off the property, they find themselves with a new client and a new charge: to solve the murder of Grace's future mother-in-law"-- Provided by publisher.

Unlucky charms

October 25, 2016
Johnston, Linda O., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]
ix, 275 pages ; 20 cm.
"Rory Chasen, manager of the Lucky Dog Boutique in Destiny, California, hopes her new line of good-luck doggy toys will be a hit, especially the stuffed rabbits with extra-large feet. The timing of the line's debut proves ill-fated, though, as several local shops--including Rory's--are ransacked and vandalized with spilled salt and other unlucky charms. The most likely culprit is disgruntled real estate agent Flora Curtival, whose issues with the town give her a motive. But after Flora is murdered and one of Rory's toy rabbits is found with the body, Rory needs all the luck she can get while trying to determine just who killed the superstitious vandal" -- provided by publisher.

Children of time

October 25, 2016
Tchaikovsky, Adrian, 1972- author.
599 pages ; 20 cm
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home. Following their ancestors' star maps, they discovered the greatest treasure of a past age--a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course and must fight to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

Conspiracy of ravens

October 25, 2016
Bowen, Lila, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
359 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"The sequel to Wake of Vultures, where a rich, secret world is hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life. When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?"-- Provided by publisher.

Death in cold water

October 25, 2016
Skalka, Patricia, author.
242 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"On a bracing autumn day in Door County, a prominent philanthropist disappears. Is the elderly Gerald Sneider--known as "Mr. Packer" for his legendary support of Green Bay football--suffering from dementia, or just avoiding his greedy son? Is there a connection to threats against the National Football League? As tourists flood the peninsula for the fall colors, Sheriff Dave Cubiak's search for Sneider is stymied by the FBI. When human bones wash up on the Lake Michigan shore, the sheriff has more than a missing man to worry about."--Provided by publisher.

Death of a toy soldier : a vintage toyshop mystery

October 25, 2016
Early, Barbara, 1950- author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2016.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
Vintage toyshop mystery --Cover.
"Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland, but it was never her dream to settle in her small, albeit charming, hometown. When her father sinks his entire police pension into a vintage toy shop, however, someone needs to help him turn his dreams into reality--and keep him from sneaking out of retirement and off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY. The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous man, who was trying to have his antique toys appraised, is later found murdered in the shop."--Publisher description

Serious sweet

October 25, 2016
Kennedy, A. L., author.
479 pages ; 24 cm
"A good man in a bad world, Jon Sigurdsson is 59 and divorced: a senior civil servant in Westminster who hates many of his colleagues and loathes his work for a government engaged in unmentionable acts. A man of conscience. Meg Williams is 'a bankrupt accountant - two words you don't want in the same sentence, or anywhere near your CV'. She's 45 and shakily sober, living on Telegraph Hill, where she can see London unfurl below her. Somewhere out there is safety. Somewhere out there is Jon, pinballing around the city with a mobile phone and a letter-writing habit he can't break. He's a man on the brink, leaking government secrets and affection as he runs for his life. Set in 2014, this is a novel of our times. Poignant, deeply funny, and beautifully written, Serious Sweet is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world: ready to sacrifice what's left of themselves for honesty, and for a chance at tenderness. As Jon and Meg navigate the sweet and serious heart of London - passing through 24 hours that will change them both for ever - they tell a very unusual, unbearably moving love story."--Provided by publisher.

A thin bright line

October 25, 2016
Bledsoe, Lucy Jane, author.
323 pages ; 24 cm
Lucybelle, an independent and intelligent Arkansas native, leaves New York City for Chicago in the 1950s after being offered a job as the head of the editorial department for a lab, run by the Army Corps of Engineers, that studies Arctic ice cores to reveal "a story of earth's climate... perfectly preserved, for thousands of years." There, she faces an onslaught of problems as a result of her sexual identity and her presence as a woman at a workplace composed of male scientists. Racial tension arises with the introduction of Stella, a black, well-read, and charismatic photographer, with whom Lucybelle gets involved despite the disapproval of both society and peers.


October 25, 2016
MacLeod, Bracken, author.
New York : Tor, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016.
299 pages ; 25 cm
"Badly battered by an apocalyptic storm, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves in increasingly dire circumstances as they sail blindly into unfamiliar waters and an ominously thickening fog. Without functioning navigation or communication equipment, they are lost and completely alone. One by one, the men fall prey to a mysterious illness. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange force plaguing the ship and her crew, which does little to ease their growing distrust of him. Dismissing Noah's warnings of worsening conditions, the captain of the ship presses on until the sea freezes into ice and they can go no farther. When the men are ordered overboard in an attempt to break the ship free by hand, the fog clears, revealing a faint shape in the distance that may or may not be their destination. Noah leads the last of the able-bodied crew on a journey across the ice and into an uncertain future where they must fight for their lives against the elements, the ghosts of the past and, ultimately, themselves" --Publisher.

Treason : a novel

October 25, 2016
Gingrich, Newt, author.
New York : Center Street, 2016.
372 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Duplicity.
"Captain Brooke Grant, Sergeant Walks Many Miles, and Representative Thomas "The Chairman" Stanton have been hunting down Islamic terrorist mastermind, The Falcon, and he has now marked them for death. His terrorists in place in America are training to execute his revenge--and they are happy to die for their cause."-- Provided by publisher.

Closer to the chest

October 25, 2016
Lackey, Mercedes, author.
376 pages ; 24 cm.
Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar's Herald Spy, has been developing a network of young informants who operate on the streets and also in the halls and kitchens of the wealthy and highborn. His wife Amily is King's Own Herald and finds it useful to be underestimated for there are dark things stirring in the shadows of Haven. Someone has discovered many secrets of the women of the Court and the Collegia and is using those secrets to terrorize and bully them. Mags and Amily will have to track down someone who leaves few clues behind.

My life as an animal : stories

October 25, 2016
Stone, Laurie (Novelist), author.
Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2016.
203 pages ; 23 cm.
Yard sale -- Elevator -- Sixty -- Andre -- Spy -- Toby dead -- Gesche -- Boulder -- Leaving Gardner -- I like talking to you -- Thin -- Wolf or dog -- Aloes -- Marco -- Goat -- Dog -- Ring -- When people fall, i laugh -- Catch -- Threads -- I like talking to you, 2 -- Kolkata -- Hallmark -- Clip -- Bus -- Happiness.
A woman meets a man and falls in love. She is sixty, a writer and lifelong New Yorker raised by garmentos . She thought this kind of thing wouldn't happen again. He is English, so who knows what he thinks. He is fifty-six, a professor now living in Arizona, the son of a bespoke tailor. As the first of Laurie Stone's linked stories begins, the writer contemplates what life would be like in the desert with the professor. As we learn how she became the person she is, we also come to know the artists and politics of the downtown scene of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, a cultural milieu that remains alive in her. In sharply etched prose, Stone presents a woman constantly seduced by strangers, language, the streets-- even a wildlife trail. Her characters realize that they feel at home in dislocation--in always living in two places at the same time: east and west, past and present, the bed and the grave (or copper urn). Love may not last, the writer knows. Then again, when has anything you thought about the future turned out right?

Shine on me : a novel

October 25, 2016
Mojtabai, A. G., 1937- author.
Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2016.
x, 121 pages ; 22 cm
Includes notes.
The rules are simple enough: "Here's the deal: Whoever keeps his hands longest on one of the dealer's brand new pickup trucks owns it and gets to drive it away." An actual contest hosted by an auto dealership in Texas is the prompt for this fictional exploration, which seeks to probe the depths and shallows of the American soul. To the players vying for this shiny new prize, competition revs up as the hours wear on, positions harden, sightlines narrow, and sleep-deprivation intensifies. At the center is the reporter Trew Reade, struggling to make sense of the event and his own role in it. Early on, he muses that "surface and substance were rarely the same; transparency could be the most cunning of masks." -- Back cover

Wild horse : stories

October 25, 2016
Neuenfeldt, Eric, author.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2016]
vii, 152 pages ; 23 cm
Gar -- Temper -- Alley cat -- Scrap -- Gritters -- Bee inside a bullet -- Lifer -- Polo -- Wake -- Telegraph -- Wild horse.
Interweaving images of remarkable natural beauty with neglected homes and trashed streets, Neuenfeldt writes fully to life characters who have been dealt losing hands. An orphaned boy fights to keep the dilapidated home that contains the memory of his family. A sawyer's nephew scrambles to recall the skills of the trade in the wake of his uncle's death. A corrections teacher strains to give his son direction in a remote prison town after his addict mother deserts them. These stories create a portrait of the difficult decisions people must make in unforgiving surroundings and the consequences of the battle to press on.

Bridget Jones's baby : the diaries

October 25, 2016
Fielding, Helen, 1958- author.
219 pages : illustration ; 19 cm
Bridget Jones finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour. However, her joyful pregnancy is dominated by one crucial but awkward question --who is the father? Could it be honorable, decent, notable human rights lawyer, Mark Darcy? Or, is it charming, witty, and totally despicable, Daniel Cleaver?

Caravaggio : painter on the run

October 25, 2016
Moss, Marissa, author.
Berkeley, California : Creston Books, [2016]
345 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
In the 1600's the Inquisition ruled Rome and all painting had to obey its rules. One man refused. With his revolutionary style and fierce independence, Caravaggio dared to unchain art, putting himself in deadly peril.

Color blind

October 25, 2016
Sobel, Sheila, 1952- author.
Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc., [2016]
253 pages ; 23 cm
"After her father dies, nobody's left to take April in except her mom's sister, a free spirit who's a chef in New Orleans. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Miles, a bayou boy, brings April into the heart of the Big Easy. He takes her to the cemetery where nineteenth-century voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried, and there, April gets a shocking clue about her own past"--Provided by publisher.

Creep con

October 25, 2016
Firmston, Kim, author.
Toronto, ON, Canada : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2017.
151 pages ; 23 cm
"Cosplay is fun-- until it becomes an obsession. Feeling like an outsider in a new city and at a new school, Mariam is happy to meet another girl who loves comic-book superheroes as much as she does. Together, the girls plan their costumes for the big fan convention-- Mariam as the smart and practical schoolgirl Haruhi, and Tya in the more revealing costume of the superhero Black Rock Shooter. At the convention, Mariam meets Rick, who is playing the character of Haruhi's love interest. He insists that Mariam spend all her time with him, doing things that their characters like to do and playing out their romance. When he tries to physically force himself on her, Mariam realizes that Rick is breaking all the rules of cosplay and taking the role way too seriously. But how can she escape his attention?"--Back cover.

Girls like me

October 25, 2016
StVil, Lola, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
310 pages ; 22 cm
Fifteen-year-old Shay is trying to cope with being overweight and getting bullied in school, but when she falls in love with mysterious Blake, insecure Shay needs the help of her two best friends to make love prevail.

Jerkbait : a novel

October 25, 2016
Siegert, Mia, 1985- author.
Provo, Utah : Jolly Fish Press, [2016]
244 pages ; 21 cm
"Fifteen-year-old Tristan is forced to play caretaker after his twin brother, a closeted gay NHL Draft prospect, attempts suicide, and becomes aware his brother is being stalked by an online predator"-- Provided by publisher.

Look past

October 25, 2016
Devine, Eric, author.
285 pages ; 22 cm
The daughter of a prominent and very conservative local pastor is murdered, and the killer is now taunting Avery, a transgender boy, with messages claiming the murder was revenge for her relationship with Avery. The killer demands Avery repent for changing his gender identity, or he will be the next one killed.

Resurrecting Sunshine

October 25, 2016
Koosis, Lisa A., author.
312 pages ; 22 cm
At seventeen, Adam Rhodes is famous, living on his own, and in a downward spiral since he lost the girl he loved. Marybeth, whose stage name was Sunshine, was his best friend from the days they were foster kids; then she was his girlfriend and his band mate. But since her accidental death, he's been drinking to deal with the memories. Until one day, an unexpected visitor presents Adam with an unusual proposition. Using breakthrough cloning and memory-implantation techniques, Dr. Elloran and the scientists at Project Orpheus want to resurrect Marybeth, and they need Adam to "donate" intimate memories of his life with her. The memory retrieval process forces Adam to relive his life with Marybeth and the devastating path that brought them both to fame. As the process sweeps Adam and Marybeth ever closer to reliving the tragedy that destroyed them, Adam must decide how far he'll go to save her.

Le #piccolecose che amo di te : Romanzo

October 25, 2016
Toms, Cleo, author.
203 pages : black and white illustrations ; 22 cm
"Luna is sixteen years old and a black cat named Salem is about to change his life forever ... "I look at the light that changes the color of your eyes, the light so shows you gesturing with your hands, the little things I had under the eyes all year and now I can not see more. Do you remember Little Things?" -- cataloger's translation of cover

A Calma Dos Dias

October 25, 2016
Naves, Rodrigo, 1955- author.
Sãu Paulo [Brazil] : Companhia das Letras, 2014. ©2014
171 pages ; 23 cm
Short Stories.
Declarącão -- Pânico -- Autocontrole -- O urubu e a cidade -- Teoria do cão -- Vontade de potência -- Nuca -- Um empalahador de realidades -- Imortalidade -- Mesa de trabalho -- Formalismo -- Objetividade -- Queda -- Maritacas -- Ao relento -- Instinto -- Horário de Verão -- A pietà do pós-modernismo -- O melhor amigo do homem -- Termópilas -- A mǫca mais bonita da terra -- Saúde -- A maldade de guignard -- Palhąco -- Mira Schendel (1919-88) -- Soberba -- Revelącão -- Ainda sobre arte e vida -- O professor -- Foca -- Lema -- Willys de Castro (1926-88) -- Toda uma vida -- Adeus às armas -- Constância -- Jurandir Gon̨calves de Aguiar (1948-2007) -- Danc̨a -- A calma dos dias -- Tango -- Um homem como outro qualquier: José Paulo Paes -- O encantador de serpentes -- Forma e conteúdo -- Aquário -- Lar das mǫcas cegas -- Profumo d'uomo -- O bar balcão e meu amigo João --Centauras nas cal̨cadas -- Crepúsculo com ipê -- Braguinha -- Alzheimer -- Coragem -- Sexo -- Assis.
"In his brief volume of fiction The Philanthropist, Rodrigo Naves, one of the most important art critics of Brazil, worked in a record that the critic John Moura Jr. would call 'modern shock'. From a language that combined test, prose and poetry, Naves encapsulated small prints, scenes and events of everyday life, removing them from a place of safety to assign them new meanings. Fifteen years passed before Naves resolved to go back to fiction. However, if there is something of The Philanthropist in The calm of this day - the short form, the disruption of expectations and preconceived schemes - there is also a new harshness, that constantly invades concise and lyrical look at the author. The clash between the strength of the field and what it has to light and fluid is at the center of these tales. The ability to Spaceships is to create, in the words of critic Andrew Goldfeder, 'a sprawling landscape, drawn with lines and subtle shifts Restless'. It is the art critic before the world, desincumbido the obligation to evaluate it, filling voids and concealing what is in sight." -- cataloger's summary.

A rapariga dinamarquesa

October 25, 2016
Ebershoff, David, author.
322 pages ; 24 cm
Originally in English.
"Now a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Tom Hooper, THE DANISH GIRL is a shockingly original novel about one of the most unusual and passionate love stories of the 20th century. Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires. The Danish Girl is an evocative and deeply moving novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the 20th century." --

Aloe na chernom

October 25, 2016
|6880-01 Korsakova, Tatʹi︠an︡a, author.
537 pages ; 21 cm
|6880-05 Samai︠a︡ temnai︠a︡ nochʹ -- Chas pered rassvetom.
Chas pered ressvetom: Thirteen years ago, a young woman drowned at the old count's estate and she was buried in a Moscow cemetery. Now, many are looking for this grave. Some for justice, some for riches and one man, Dan, for his lost love.

Taĭnai︠a︡ istorii︠a︡ : roman

October 25, 2016
|6880-01 Tartt, Donna, author.
|6880-03 Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo AST, [2015]
590 pages ; 22 cm.

Vse popravimo, esli li︠u︡bishʹ : roman

October 25, 2016
|6880-01 Romm, Andreĭ, author.
|6880-03 Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo "Ė", 2016.
314 pages ; 20 cm
Built on trust and tender care, single mother Helena has a strong relationship with her son, Romka. When he becomes the object of persecution, their relationship gets tested.

Za pravoe delo : [roman]

October 25, 2016
|6880-01 Grossman, Vasiliĭ, author.
637 pages ; 22 cm
|6880-05 "This novel incorporates a lot of people and events - from the Soviet soldiers and workers to generals, from the first battles on the border to the great battle on the Volga, from the petty to the general melee of the war strategy." -- cataloger's summary and interpretation of cover.

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