Friday, April 21, 2017

0 Audio Book Review: Northanger Abbey

Title: Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Publisher: British Classic Audio
Published: 2/22/17
MP3: 9 hours and 23 minutes


Award-winning narrator and internationally acclaimed writer/comedienne, Alison Larkin brings her signature wit to this hugely entertaining audio production of Jane Austen's first novel, Northanger Abbey, followed by The History of England, a short, delightfully satirical piece that Austen wrote when she was just 15 years old.

In Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland, a clergyman's daughter, longs for the kind of romantic adventures she has read about in her favorite Gothic novels. After spending a season mingling with fashionable high society in Bath, she is invited to stay at Northanger Abbey where nothing is what it seems.

In The History of England, the teenage Jane Austen pokes fun at the historians of the day who pretended to be objective when they clearly were not, and wrote about the kings and queens of England with less respect (and more wit) than a British newspaper.

My Thoughts

I've read and re-read Northanger Abbey many times. Revisiting old books is like revisiting old friends. So I was delighted to receive this audiobook to revisit this Gothic classic once again. And experience it for the first time on audio. There are many things that I really appreciate about this book. I love how Catherine's imagination runs away with her and the consequences it yields. It's a cautionary tale to say the least. Austen's nod to Gothic romance is brilliant.

Alison Larkin has narrated a long list of audio books, yet the Northanger Abbey audiobook was my first experience with this narrator. Larkin's voice was made for this audiobook. She embodied the characters' personalities effortlessly. I definitely recommend Larkin as a narrator.

I also love that included with Northanger Abbey is The History of England. It was written by Austen when she was fifteen. Though she was young, her writing style, humor, and voice comes through clearly. Overall, it was a pleasure listening to this audiobook.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

0 Review: Around the World in 80 Tales

Published: August 16, 2016
Genre: Memoir
Source: Author


80 Stories, 25 Countries, 5 Continents, One Heck of a Ride! 

Come with me on a journey of captivating true travel stories from around the world. This fascinating kaleidoscope of people, places, history, food and culture will inspire, amuse and even amaze. Experience the challenges, rewards and fun of budget travel without leaving home!

My Thoughts

Around the World in 80 Tales by Dave Tomlinson is a short story collection about his travels across the world. Traveling on a budget, Tomlinson encounters some interesting situations and not at all glamorous. But through it all you can tell that he really enjoys his travels. It's interesting to see the world through his eyes. And after you finish reading it, you might find yourself coming down with a case of wanderlust.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

0 Fill your bookshelves with these fantastic SUMMER READS from HarperCollins Children’s Books!


Sit back and relax with these fun CONTEMPORARY teen reads!

9780062348708 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 4/11/2017
Jane Austen’s EMMA meets David Levithan in this funny, authentic novel about love, relationships, and identity, from Morris Award-winning author of SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA.

RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy
9780062418357 – $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/9/2017Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN'—now available in paperback—brings us another fearless heroine in this evocative novel about family, friendship, and the fluidity of love.

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia
9780062290137 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 5/30/2017
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the secret creator of the most popular web comic ever, but her hidden identity is threatened when a new boy at school makes her want to build a life offline. Fangirl meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the strength to be yourself.

LIBERTY by Andrea Portes9780062421999 – $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 6/6/2017Andrea Portes is back with the story of Paige Nolan, a disillusioned teen girl recruited by the CIA. A spy novel, told in her signature snarky, voice-driven style.

9780062335777 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 4/4/2017
Raw and emotionally honest, Meg Haston’s second YA novel explores a star-crossed high school relationship, and the lead up and aftermath of the event that doomed the couple from the start.

LOOKING FOR GROUP by Rory Harrison
9780062453075 – $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 4/25/2017
A brave, timely YA about two misfit teens—one in remission from cancer, one in the throes of discovering her gender identity—who embark on a cross-country road trip.

If you’re looking to escape into another world, these fabulous FANTASY books are for you!

DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau

9780062453846 – $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 6/6/2017
Cain and Abel meets The Selection in a sweeping fantasy about two royal siblings forced to compete for the crown—from the bestselling author of The Testing.

OUR DARK DUET by Victoria Schwab9780062380883 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 6/13/2017An urban fantasy from the #1 New York Times bestselling Victoria Schwab. August Flynn and Kate Harker lead the battle between humans and monsters in the thrilling sequel to the THIS SAVAGE SONG, now available in paperback!

SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer
9780062440877 – $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 4/11/2017
ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets SLEEPING BEAUTY in this fresh and fantastical adventure unlike any re-telling you’ve read before from Lexa Hillyer, author of PROOF OF FOREVER, writing in a completely new genre. This dark tale is the first in a YA fantasy duology.

For more summer reads, check out—
·         THE SECRET HISTORY OF US by Jessi Kirby (On Sale 8/1/2017)
·         WHO’S THAT GIRL by Blair Thornburgh (On Sale 7/11/2017)
·         THE SCATTERING by Kimberly McCreight (On Sale 5/2/2017)

Also, some of our favorites are NOW IN PAPERBACK for $9.99!
·         DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy (9780062327192)
·         THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee (9780062418609)
·         THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab (9780062380869)


For a little ACTION & ADVENTURE, check out…

9780062306937 – $17.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/16/2017From acclaimed, award-winning author Laura Ruby comes the first book in an epic alternate-history series about three kids who try to solve the greatest mystery of the modern world: a puzzle and treasure hunt laid into the very streets and buildings of New York City.

9780062074669 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/2/2017
In this new fantasy novel set in the world of THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE, a warrior girl learns that she is not who she thinks she is, and must raise a rebellion on behalf of her people.

KEEPER OF MYTHS by Jasmine Richards
9780062010117 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 6/13/2017In the sequel to SECRETS OF VALHALLA, Buzz and Mary embark on another mythical adventure to save the world when they learn there are more gods than they realized.

GUYS READ: HEROES & VILLAINS edited by Jon Scieszka
9780062385611 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 4/4/2017Guys Read, the hottest anthology series for tweens, continues with ten new tales--fiction, nonfiction, adventure, realism, comics, you name it--of great HEROES AND VILLAINS.

For some good CONTEMPORARY fun, read…

9780062360212 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/2/2017In this funny, bighearted contemporary middle grade friendship story, two mismatched cousins from estranged branches of a family spend an adventure-filled summer together in Florida, completing a list of “Good Ideas for Summertime” written by their eccentric late grandmother.

9780062318756 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 6/13/2017The third and last book in the charming contemporary realistic tween series. Summer is upon the Silver sisters again, and Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily are heading to Pruet to join Aunt Sunny, their now-Uncle Tony, and their favorite locals to celebrate the town's 300th birthday!


9780062427601 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 4/11/2017A brave and heartwarming middle grade novel about a girl who tries to bring her fractured family back together again by working her way through her mother’s old cookbook.

APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou
9780062371089 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 4/11/2017A heartfelt, authentic middle grade novel about a girl hiding from her family's issues by discovering New York with a mysterious boy she meets at the Met.

For the perfect road trip, pick up…

9780062497932 – $4.99 – Ages 6 to 10 – On Sale 5/16/2017This travel-themed collection continues Rob Elliott’s #1 bestselling Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids series— featuring, for the first time ever, games and puzzles to keep the whole family busy for hours!


PETERRIFIC written and illustrated by Victoria Kann
9780062563569 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/2/2017
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of PINKALICIOUS has created an all-new picture book star: Pinkalicious's brother Peter, whose adventures are sure to be Peterrific!

PETE THE CAT AND THE COOL CAT BOOGIE written and illustrated by James Dean
9780062404343 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/9/2017
From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean comes another groovy Pete the Cat adventure, sure to have readers dancing in their seats.

MORRIS MOLE written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
9780062411075 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/2/2017
Morris Mole has always been a little bit different. When the moles are running low on food, it is up to clever Morris to save the day. With a little help from an unexpected friend and a lot of digging, Morris learns that even the smallest creatures can do big things.

ENZO AND THE FOURTH OF JULY RACES written by Garth Stein, illustrated by Victoria Kann
9780062380593 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/2/2017
It's Fourth of July, and Enzo and his family are off to the races as Denny and Zoë compete on the racetrack, Denny in the season points championship and Zoë in the Kids' Kart Challenge, each wishing to take home the top prize.

SHARK DOG written and illustrated by Ged Adamson
9780062457134 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/16/2017
From author-illustrator Ged Adamson comes the funny and sweet story of Shark Dog: half shark, half dog, and a one-of-a-kind pet.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

0 An Adventurous Night - Blit

Mystery, Detective
Date Published: March 2017

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When Sammy Shovel sinks his teeth into a case—he gets to the bottom of it— no matter how many bullets are flying at him.

Private Investigator, Sammy Shovel, is short, slightly overweight, balding, and he dresses like San Francisco’s most squalid street people.

When a supposed heist falls into his lap, Sammy jumps at the chance to make a few bucks, from an unknown victim, by stopping what appears to be a simple robbery. However, the case turns out to be different than anything he’s taken on since the death of his partner.

Sammy finds himself speeding through streets of San Francisco to head off another senseless murder. The events that follow are beyond his comprehension, and will change his perception of crime forever.

The victim may not be as evil as it seems, but rather—a casualty of circumstances.

About the Author

Ronald M. James was born during the great depression, and as a toddler watched WPA men build a new street, from his home’s big front window. His playmates were a red rider wagon, a small black satchel and rocks. By using his imagination he had conversations with mythical street workers that bloomed into fashioned fantasies by age four. He used cardboard boxes to create fun spaces for his neighborhood playmates to enjoy and he kept telling stories all through high school. In college he abandoned writing and studied architecture. James had a successful architectural career and retired, however he wanted to keep his creative juices fluent, so he returned to his childhood story telling days and joined a writers group. Like architecture, each day he couldn’t wait to create, finish, and start new stories—like this one, An Adventurous Night.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

0 iZombie, Doctor Who, And Shopping For Easter: Last Week in Review (44)

Hello, and welcome to Last Week in Review. The place where I talk about what I read, what I watched, and other general updates.

I've been working a lot lately, so it has really put a dent in my reading time. I did manage to finish The Global Novel. I hope to have it reviewed soon, so you'll have to wait a bit for my thoughts. I also continued reading Jane Eyre. I've read this novel many times over the years, and yet it still manages to surprise me. Every time I read it, there's always something, a character, a scene, that I didn't really notice before. It's almost like reading it first the first time. And finally, I'm listening to An Uncommon Courtship. Sadly, I haven't made much progress.

Apparently, several of the television shows I watch came back and I didn't notice. So, needless to say, I had some catching up to do! iZombie made it's return two weeks ago, and I couldn't be happier. I've missed this show so much, and that's saying a lot for me because I'm not a fan of the zombie genre in general. Another show that's made it's triumphant return is Agents of Shield. This series, I've been waiting for that has felt like a short distance from an eternity is the new season of Doctor Who. It was great and I love the new companion(s). We also watched the series premier of Class, right after DW, and I thought it was good as well. In case you can't tell, my family and I are a bit of science fiction geeks. And I'm finally all caught up on Call the Midwife.

My husband and I had Friday off, so we decided to go dress shopping for our daughter. She's recently had a growth spurt, and I've been having a hard time finding clothes that both fit her and make her look like the twelve year old that she is. Clothes shopping is not her favorite thing at all. She didn't want to be there at all. And after five minutes, I didn't either. It's basically me picking something off the rack and her shrugging her shoulders when I ask if she likes it. She's a jeans and t-shirt girl, and while I respect it, sometimes you have to wear something a little nicer than a t-shirt. Something that I thought would take us just an hour or two ended up taking a lot more time. But finally, she found something that she could live with. And it's like the heavens opened up and smiled down on us.

And the reason for this non-bookish rant? Because somewhere out there, someone has had a similarly frustrating experience, and I just want to say: You are not alone.

Also, The Phantom of the Opera music is still stuck in my head.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

0 Review: 84, Charing Cross Road

Author: Helene Hanff
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: October 1, 1990
Paperback, 112 pages
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Purchased


It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.

My Thoughts

I can't recall when I first discovered 84, Charing Cross Road. I suspect I came across it reading a book about bookstores post. I'm a sucker for those. For many, bookstores are a magical place. It's a place where we can often find people who are as enthusiastic about the love of the written word as we are. It's as if we finally find our home away from home among the stacks.

In 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff finds kindred spirits in a bookshop across the ocean. October 5, 1949, Helene writes her first letter to Marks & Co., a second-hand bookshop in London that specializes in out-of-print books, to inquire after a list of books she can't seem to get a hold of. The bookshop manages to procure most of the list for her and assure her they'll be on the lookout for the rest. It was this exchange that started a twenty-year correspondence between Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, an employee of Marks & Co.

Helene and Frank's letters start out very formal, but through time, the pretenses come down. Their letters become friendly, and before long, she's exchanging letters not only with the other staff, but also with their families. Although this book is slim, at less than a hundred pages, it's full of heart. 84, Charing Cross Road, is the book Helene Hanff is most remembered for and it's not hard to see why.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

0 Review: The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: September 15, 2015
Paperback, 271 Pages 
Audio Book Length: 7 hours and 58 minutes
ISBN: 9781594748011
Genre: Biography


The man. The movies. The life. The legend. He’s played a deranged groundskeeper, a bellowing lounge singer, a paranormal exterminator, and a grouchy weatherman. He is William James “Bill” Murray, America’s greatest national treasure. From his childhood lugging golf bags at a country club to his first taste of success on Saturday Night Live, from his starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters to his reinvention as a hipster icon for the twenty-first century, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every aspect of his extraordinary life and career.

He’s the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie’s Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents, and he once agreed to voice the lead in Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen Brothers film. He’s famous for crashing house parties all over New York City—and if he keeps photobombing random strangers, he might just break the Internet.

Part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, this enormous full-color volume, packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography, chronicles every Murray performance in loving detail, recounting all the milestones, legendary “Murray stories,” and controversies in the life of this enigmatic performer.

My Thoughts

I grew up watching movies starring the great Bill Murray. Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Scrooged were some of my favorites as a child and then I was introduced to old episodes of Saturday Night Live from the 70's and found a whole new appreciation for this comedian. I've never seen Caddyshack or Groundhog Day, which are probably the roles he's most famous for. When I mentioned this to my husband and suggested that maybe we watch them, his face lit up like I gave him a Christmas present. So, I must be missing out on something. 

I didn't know much about the actor before reading The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg, and when I flipped through the pages, it wasn't quite what I expected out of a biography. In fact, I'm reluctant to even call it a biography, it's more of an encyclopedia filled with facts about the actor. If you want to know Murray's view of cats, well you can find it listed under C. How does he feel about golf? Look under G, and spoiler alert: He loves it. 

Everything you never knew you wanted to know seems to be in this book. My particular favorites is the roles he was considered for and didn't want and Tales From Murrayland. Robert Schnakenberg hasn't met or conducted interviews with Murray, so all this information is collected through books, television, newspaper, and magazines interviews with Murray as well as his colleagues. However, it is nice to have it all compacted into one book. The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray is a great homage to this beloved comedian.

I had a paperback copy of this book, but I also listened to it as an audio book as well. And while I'm a fan of audio books, I think I would pass on it in this case. Please note: This has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the audio book or the narrator. Both were excellent. The book has images and is visually stimulating. While listening to the audio is good. but it's as if someone is reading entries to an encyclopedia. Johnny Heller, the narrator, did a wonderful job with the material. I would absolutely listen to another book narrated by Heller. This book didn't work as an audio book for me. 

If you'd like to listen to a sample of this book, click here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

0 8 Books I have On My Summer TBR List Thanks To @customhousebks and @WmMorrowBks

Over the past few weeks, I've been posting about all the amazing books coming out this summer from HarperCollins, and I've added many of them to my wishlist. I can't tell you how excited I am for the summer reads coming from Custom House and William Morrow. From mysterious serpents to psychological suspense, my nose will be stuck in a book all summer.

Release Date: June, 6, 2017

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890's, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners' agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, poetic and aphoristic. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.

Release Date: July 4, 2017

From one of the most accomplished British writers working today, the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Wolf Border, comes a unique and arresting collection of short fiction that is both disturbing and dazzling.

Sarah Hall has been hailed as "one of the most significant and exciting of Britain’s young novelists" (The Guardian), a writer whose "intelligence and ambition are thrilling to behold" (BookForum). Her work has been acclaimed as "amazing . . . terrific and original" (Washington Post). In this collection of nine works of short fiction, she uses her piercing insight to plumb the depth of the female experience and the human soul.

A husband’s wife transforms into a vulpine in "Mrs. Fox," winner of the BBC Short Story Prize. In "Case Study 2, " A social worker struggles with a foster child raised in a commune. A new mother runs into an old lover in "Luxury Hour." In incandescent prose, full of rich observations and striking clarity, Hall has composed nine wholly original pieces—works of fiction that will resonate long after the final page is turned.

Release Date: May 2, 2017

From the critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.

Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

But in the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.

But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

Release Date: July 25, 2017

A dark, compulsively readable psychological suspense debut, the first in a new series featuring the brilliant, fearless, chaotic, and deeply flawed Nora Watts—a character as heartbreakingly troubled, emotionally complex, and irresistibly compelling as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander and Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole.

It begins with a phone call that Nora Watts has dreaded for fifteen years—since the day she gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Bonnie has vanished. The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren’t looking, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope.

A biracial product of the foster system, transient, homeless, scarred by a past filled with pain and violence, Nora knows intimately what happens to vulnerable girls on the streets. Caring despite herself, she sets out to find Bonnie with her only companion, her mutt Whisper, knowing she risks reopening wounds that have never really healed—and plunging into the darkness with little to protect her but her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.

The search uncovers a puzzling conspiracy that leads Nora on a harrowing journey of deception and violence, from the gloomy rain-soaked streets of Vancouver, to the icy white mountains of the Canadian interior, to the beautiful and dangerous island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wishes had never been born.

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Joining the ranks of Unbroken, Band of Brothers, and Boys in the Boat, the little-known saga of young German Jews, dubbed The Ritchie Boys, who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, came of age in America, and returned to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory.

In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs. Known as the Ritchie Boys, they were sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they interrogated German POWs and gathered crucial intelligence that saved American lives and helped win the war.

Though they knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured, the Ritchie Boys eagerly joined the fight to defeat Hitler. As they did, many of them did not know the fates of their own families left behind in occupied Europe. Taking part in every major campaign in Europe, they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions. A postwar Army report found that more than sixty percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys.

Bruce Henderson draws on personal interviews with many surviving veterans and extensive archival research to bring this never-before-told chapter of the Second World War to light. Sons and Soldiers traces their stories from childhood and their escapes from Nazi Germany, through their feats and sacrifices during the war, to their desperate attempts to find their missing loved ones in war-torn Europe. Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten.

Relase Date: June 27, 2017

The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.

Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband’s estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Separated from her husband since the early days of their marriage, the headstrong Virginia plans to uncover the truth, for the sake of the daughter Simon never met.

Simon’s brother and sister welcome her with open arms and introduce her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the irresistible, hedonistic surface of this coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon and his mysterious business interests, the more she fears that the dangers that surrounded Simon now threaten her and their daughter’s life as well.

Release Date: July 11, 2017

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy--an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

Make sure to check out the other titles coming this summer from Dey Street BooksWilliam Morrow PaperbacksAvon and Voyager, HarperHarper 360Harper Perennial, and Ecco.

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