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Week of October 8, 2018

New in Paperback

Week of October 8, 2018

Paperback releases for the week of October 8th include MERRY AND BRIGHT by Debbie Macomber, a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances; DARE NOT LINGER, the long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death but now completed by acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa; MRS. OSMOND, in which John Banville continues the story of Isabel Archer, the young protagonist of Henry James’ beloved THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY; and THE RIVER OF CONSCIOUSNESS, a collection of essays that displays the late Oliver Sacks' passionate engagement with the most compelling ideas of human endeavor --- evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness and experience.

Crazy Like a Fox by Rita Mae Brown - Mystery

October 9, 2018

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land - Psychological Thriller

October 9, 2018

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter.

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way - Psychological Thriller

October 9, 2018

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor - Historical Fiction

October 9, 2018

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber - Romance

October 9, 2018

Merry Knight is taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her --- minus her photo --- and the matches start rolling in. Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects --- or desires.

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville - Historical Fiction

October 9, 2018

In MRS. OSMOND, John Banville continues the story of Isabel Archer, the young protagonist of Henry James’ beloved THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY. Eager but naïve, in James’ novel Isabel comes into a large, unforeseen inheritance and marries the charming, penniless, and --- as Isabel finds out too late --- cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond. Here Banville imagines Isabel’s second chapter, telling the story of a woman reawakened by grief and the knowledge that she has been grievously wronged, and determined to resume her quest for freedom and independence.

Never Coming Back by Alison McGhee - Fiction

October 9, 2018

When Clara Winter left her rural Adirondacks town for college, she never looked back. Her mother, Tamar, a loving but fiercely independent woman who raised Clara on her own, all but pushed her out the door, and so Clara built a new life for herself. Now more than a decade has passed, and Clara, a successful writer, has been summoned home. Tamar has become increasingly forgetful and can no longer live on her own. But just as her mother’s memory is declining, Clara’s questions are building. Why was Tamar so insistent that Clara leave all those years ago? Just what secrets was she hiding?

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks - Science

October 9, 2018

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P. D. James - Mystery/Short Stories

October 9, 2018

When it comes to crime, it’s not always a question of “whodunit?” Sometimes there’s more mystery in the why or the how. And what about the clever few who carry out what appears to be the perfect crime? Or whose most essential selves are changed by the crimes they commit? And what about those who know the identity of the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the questions that these six stories begin to unlock as they draw us into the inner workings --- the thoughts and emotional machinations, the recollections and rationalizations, the dreams and desires --- behind both murderous cause and effect.

Tell Tale: Stories by Jeffrey Archer - Fiction/Short Stories

October 9, 2018

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson - Historical Fiction

October 9, 2018

White Dancing Elephants: Stories by Chaya Bhuvaneswar - Fiction/Short Stories

October 9, 2018

A woman grieves a miscarriage, haunted by the Buddha’s birth. An artist with schizophrenia tries to survive hatred and indifference in small-town India by turning to the beauty of sculpture and dance. Orphans in India get pulled into a strange “rescue” mission aimed at stripping their mysterious powers. A brief but intense affair between two women culminates in regret and betrayal. And fragments of history, from child brickmakers to slaves in Renaissance Portugal, are held up in brief fictions, burnished, made dazzling and unforgettable. In 16 remarkable stories, Chaya Bhuvaneswar spotlights diverse women of color facing sexual harassment and racial violence, and occasionally inflicting that violence on each other.