Books

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Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

This debut novel is written as a man's confession to his future wife.  British lawyer Nick Platt finds himself working in corporate law in the oil rich Russia of the early 2000's.  The story begins when Nick bumps into a pair of young and enticing Russian women.  These young women prove to be 'shady' characters, but no more shady than the business dealings Nick finds himself involved with.  The rest of the book finds Nick giving in to the seductions of Russia's women and wealth.  Snowdrops was recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize. 

A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards

Fourteen years ago, Jinx's mother was brutally murdered. Since then, Jinx, who feels responsible, has had a hard time maintaning relationships and being a mother to her young son. This book was included on the Man Booker 2011 Longlist. Check Our Catalog

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Meet Jake Marlowe.  Jake is a werewolf.  He is the last known werewolf on earth, and he is being hunted.  When we meet Marlowe, he is almost 200 years old and is growing tired of the constant loneliness and the constant struggle to stay under the radar of his pursuers.  Just when the end is near and Jake is ready to give up, everything changes…  This is an excellent story, and a breath of fresh air from all of the recent vampire books. 

Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier

Have you ever been to nowhere?  Frazier has.  Travels in Siberia chronicles his several journeys to Siberia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Frazier provides us with both an enjoyable travelogue of his adventures across the bleak and barren tundra, and with more historical snippets about the role Siberia has played in the history of Russia.  Some of Frazier’s stories have you laughing out loud, while many others leave you scratching your head at the unbelievable, but true accounts of Siberia. 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre

This first novel in LeCarre’s Karla Trilogy is definitely worth a read, especially as it is being remade into a movie later this year.  Set at the height of the Cold War, LeCarre’s hero, the British Secret Service Agent George Smiley, is forced out of retirement and placed in charge of finding the Soviet mole within the British ranks.  The excellent pacing and intrigue will keep you turning the pages until the mole is uncovered. 

One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Another stellar title in this well-above-average mystery series featuring the Reverend Clare Fergusson and Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. The books are set in the small town of Millers Kill, New York and feature consistently interesting plots and the evolving relationship between the priest and the police chief.  This latest (and seventh) novel explores the aftermath of war when five local veterans return home and struggle to adjust to everyday life after disturbing tours of duty in Iraq.

Crazy U by Andrew Ferguson

If you're a parent with a high schooler headed for college, you really have to read this book. Ferguson makes you wince, groan and laugh out loud as he relates his family's journey from PSAT to college orientation day. Even more than a personal story, the book places today's competitive college admissions process in a historical, social and economic context that will help anxious parents keep things in perspective as they help their children navigate from secondary to higher ed.

Adventures Among Ants by Mark W. Moffett

Science writing at its best, myrmecologist Moffat shares his passion for a species adept at exploiting the most bizarre niches of the environment. Exquisitely illustrated with the author's color photographs we join a gigantic sortee of marauder ants in India, observe weaver ants spinning silk in order to bind leaves together to make a nest, and watch dumbfounded as a species in Brunei dives into pitcher plants to "fish" for drowned insects.

Pym by Mat Johnson

This tale has it all. Colonies of giant albino humaniods living below the Antarctic ice. A bitter, tenure-denied academic who discovers the manuscript of Edgar Allen Poe's only novel and decides there's enough evidence to prove it's not a work of fiction. A life-threatening, seafaring voyage of an all-black crew to find a black-inhabited island at the bottom of the world. Evil, conniving lawyers. Cold-hearted ex-girfriends. Acidly humorous, Johnson creates an uproarious satire of racial pathology. And does so with a cast of memorable miscreants and a blistering plot.

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Faultline Between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold

Griswold takes the reader on a journey along the tenth parallel--the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator--where we find a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. Religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. A deeply personal account, Griswold also places the intersection in its historical and social context. A must read.

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