JUST IN – 2017


Selection Day: a novel / Aravind Adiga

Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world that he doesn’t know. When Manju meets Radha’s great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self.

Conclave / Robert Harris

The Pope is dead. Behind locked doors of the Sistine chapel, 118 cardinals from around the world will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men, but they are men of the world, and they have rivals. And over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: a true story / Douglas Preston

Recounts how the author and a team of scientists discovered a legendary sacred city, the Lost City of the Monkey God, hidden deep in the Honduran jungle.

Anything is Possible: fiction / Elizabeth Strout

Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout’s work. A brilliant latticework of fiction that recalls Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir / Ryan, Jennifer

Told through diary entries, this is a wonderful glimpse into life in a small British town during WWII. Ryan is a skilled writer who gives each diary entry a clear voice: Mrs. Paltry is dishonest and scheming, Venetia, the self-centered young woman in love with a mysterious man, Kitty, the love struck teenager with big dreams, and Mrs. Tilling, the midwife and moral compass of the town. Through their entries, you really see them grow. The power of music brings them strength that they didn’t know that they had.

The Spy: a novel / Paulo Coelho

A novel of Mata Hari’s final days, as written by the woman herself while accused of espionage.

This Road We Traveled / Jane Kirkpatrick

When three generations of Brown women take to the Oregon Trail with separate goals in mind, hardship and obstacles test their faith and threaten their survival.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk / Kathleen Rooney

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “In some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.” Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed–and has not. A portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Books for Living / Will Schwalbe

Presents a highly personal celebration of reading, sharing impassioned recommendations for specific books that can offer guidance through daily life.

The Dry / Jane Harper

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them.

 

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Hollywood Fiction


hollywood1Hollywood Wives: the new generation / Jackie Collins

Power! Sex! Money! Fame! The new Hollywood wives are back with a vengeance. Whatever they don’t have, they want — and whatever these women want, they get. Unlike their counterparts in the ’80s, who were happy to give charity dinners and exclusive parties to further their husbands’ careers, today’s Hollywood wives are hungry to create their own identities. Ambitious, young, smart and lethal, the new Hollywood wives are into yoga, fasting, spinning, Pilates, their own production companies, and making things happen.

 

Hollywood Hills / Joseph Wambaugh

A circle of teenage burglars that the media has dubbed The Bling Ring has taken to pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebutants, and when a pair of drug-addled young copycats stumbles upon an art heist, that’s just the beginning of the disaster to come. Soon LAPD veteran “Hollywood Nate” Weiss, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the team at Hollywood Station have a deadly situation on their hands.

 

Hollywood: a novel of America in the 1920s / Gore Vidal

Follows the career of Caroline Sanford, a brilliant and beautiful newspaper publisher who leaves Washington to become a Hollywood producer and movie star.

 

My Hollywood / Mona Simpson

Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to L.A. so her husband can follow his dream of writing TV comedy. With Paul working all hours and Claire left with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for, they hire Lola – a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who works in America to pay for her own children’s education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and other parents try to lure her away.

 

Hollywood Tough / Stephen J. Cannell

At a glamorous Hollywood party with his new wife, Alexa, Detective Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. Is he serious or joking around with his coterie of hangers-on? This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa’s closest friend.

 

Opportunity Knocks: a novel / Alison Sweeney

Alex Cleary lands a dream job doing make-up for Hillary P. a culinary star with a million-dollar lifestyle empire and reputation for being very challenging. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and provides a steady paycheck. But when Alex inadvertently violates the confidentiality clause of her contract, her dream opportunity turns to dust: She’s on the hook for a million bucks unless she can squash the problem within 72 hours. With help from a Hollywood heartthrob, Alex concocts an elaborate scheme that just might get her off the hook.

 

Monsters: a Love Story / Liz Kay

Aimless and steeped in writer’s block in the months after losing her husband and the father of her children, writer Stacey Lane enters a secret affair with Hollywood star and poetry fan Tommy, who offers her chances to escape into his glamorous world before they are forced to evaluate their growing bond.

 

Stars over Sunset Boulevard / Susan Meissner

When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind,” ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner takes her on a journey to 1938 Los Angeles where Violet Mayfield first meets the enigmatic Audrey Duvall.

 

Our Town: a novel / Kevin Jack McEnroe

An unseen narrator guides us through the dark fairy tale of Dorothy White, an aspiring actress who “never quite figured how to get out of her own way.” Her perfect marriage to an equally golden actor, Dale, quickly turns into one of jealousy and violence. Dorothy ends the marriage yet begins a legacy of self-destruction for the failed couple, as well as their two children. Our Town is an original and startling debut novel, one whose fresh voice and expert perspective reinvents the Hollywood story for a new generation of readers.

 

City of Echoes / Robert Ellis

On Detective Matt Jones’s first night working Homicide in LA, he’s called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months. When Jones discovers shocking, deep-seated corruption; a high-level cover-up; and his own personal ties to the rising body count, he’s no longer sure he can trust anyone, even himself.

A Touch of Stardust / Kate Alcott

Although Julie Crawford has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job she’s able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick–who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he begins filming ‘Gone with the Wind.’ 

Stardust: a novel / Joseph Kanon

Ben Collier has just arrived in 1945 Hollywood from war-torn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died under mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. 

West of Sunset: a novel / Stewart O’Nan

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie.

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