"Of Love and Evil" by Anne Rice - "Toby O'Dare, the assassin who started on the path to redemption in Angel Time (2009), continues his quest for salvation....Toby is transported to fifteenth-century Rome to respond to the prayer of a Jewish physician named Vitale, whose best friend and patient, Niccolo, has clearly been poisoned. Given the city's virulent anti-Semitism, Vitale is at risk if the real culprit isn't discovered..... Toby must discover the origins of an angry spirit that is haunting the house Vitale lives in. Toby is surprised by the dangers he faces in a story shaped by Catholic doctrine. Readers who enjoy Rice's larger-than-life tales and elegant writing will find much to appreciate here, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave fans eager for the next installment. Kristine Huntley."- AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION.
"Room" by Emma Donoghue - Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days."--Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry
"Tick Tock" by James Patterson - Detective Michael Bennett joins forces with FBI Agent Beth Peters to root out a terrorist who is threatening New York City with a devastation of the greatest magnitude, and must simultaneously sort out his feelings for Beth and protect his 10 adopted children, all while his relationship with his children's nanny, Mary Catherine, takes an unexpected turn.
"A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan - "In the hands of a less-gifted writer, Egan's time-hopping narrative, unorthodox format, and motley cast of characters might have failed spectacuarly. But it works here, primarily because each person shines within his or individual chapter that offers a distinct voice and a facsinating backstory. A few reviewers mentioned the uneven nature of the chapters and the different stylistic experiments within them. Yet, hailed as a " frequently dazzling piece of layer-cake metafiction" (Entertainment Weekly), A Visit from the Goon Squad is a gutsy novel that succeeds on all levels." - Bookmarks
"A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides" by David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill - "David Rohde has survived one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a foreign reporter. His account of captivity with the Taliban illuminates important things about courage, about war--and also about marriage. His wife, Kristen, is the real hero of this story. This is a brilliant, beautifully written book and I could not read it fast enough." --Sebastian Junger, author of "War"
"The Haves and Have-Nots" by Branko Milanovic - "Charming, erudite, curious, and deeply informed about every aspect of economic inequality, Branko Milanovic takes us on a tour from Austen to Tolstoy, from ancient Rome to modern Brazil via the late Soviet Union. He explores almost all the ways of thinking about inequality that there are. And he makes it seem easy, which it definitely is not." - James. K. Galbraith
"The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda" by Peter L. Bergen - "Drawing on vast firsthand knowledge of the region and mining a huge stock of primary and secondary material, including his own interviews with combatants, the book's depth of detail and breadth of insight make it one the more useful analyses of the ongoing conflict." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Never Say Die: the Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age" by Susan Jacoby - "Jacoby, a sworn enemy irrationality of every form, has some shockingly bad news: we will all die, and most of us will get old first--not 'older' but actually old. In this book, she punctures the promises that aging will eventually be 'cured'. The good news is that if we wake up from our delusions we may be better able to grow old with dignity." -- Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
"The Next Decade: Where We've Been..and Where We're Going" by George Friedman - " With a unique combination of cold-eyed realism and boldly confident fortune-telling, Friedman (America's Secret War) offers a global tour of war and peace in the upcoming century...Engrossing." -- Publisher's Weekly
"The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee - "The Emperor of All Maladies" is an extraordinary achievement. It's hard to think of many books...that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion."--The New Yorker
"The View From Lazy Point" by Carl Safina - "For Carl Safina--and for us--Lazy Point, a resuscitated shack on a lonely beach at the eastern end of Long Island, is the center of the natural world, and the point from which he travels, literally and figuratively, to the ends of the earth. Written by a brilliant stylist and deeply concerned conservationist, this book brings into sharp (and often painful) focus the plight of wildlife in a world largely indifferent to the fate of our fellow travelers on Spaceship Earth. Alive with fresh ideas to help bring our species in sync with the natural world."--Richard Ellis, author of Tuna: A Love Story
"The Devotion of Suspect X" by Keigo Higashino - "What's in an alibi? In The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino weaves a web of intellectual gamesmanship in which the truth is a weapon that leads both police and readers astray. The ingenious conclusion is so unexpected that it's difficult to imagine anyone seeing it coming. Smart, smart characters." -- Jacqueline Winspear
"I'd Know You Anywhere" by Laura Lippman - "a powerful and utterly riveting tale that skillfully moves between past and present to explore the lasting effects of crime on a victim's life..."--inside front cover
"Rogue Island" by Bruce DeSilva - "Not since Dennis Lehane's A Drink Before the War have I read a first novel as compelling and sure-handed as Rogue Island. Investigative reporter Liam Mulligan has the gritty, tough-talking charm, old-school street smarts, and sexy chivalry of a Marlowe or Spade."--James W. Hall, author of Hell's Boy
"Faithful Place" by Tana French - "Tana French is back with a brilliant thriller in Faithful Place. Hard-edged and smart, like the scene-stealing detective at the center of this haunting novel, the book is a stunning tale of love and betrayal." --Linda Fairstein author of Hell Gate and Lethal Legacy
"The Queen of Patpong" by Timothy Hallinan - "Timothy Hallinan's The Queen of Patpong is pure magic; a compelling thriller grown from a dark and treacherous soil. The brushstrokes that form the fully realized character of Rose are revealed with honesty and compassion and it's impossible not to fall for her head over heels. Hallinan is courageous in his exploration of sexual exploitation, greed and corruption. I've read no one better on the subject."--Stephen Jay Schwartz, author of Boulevard
"Juliet: a Novel" by Anne Fortier, read by Cassandra Campbell - "A high-flying debut...Fortier navigates around false clues and twists, resulting in a ...love story that reads like a Da Vinci Code for the smart modern woman."--Publisher's Weekly starred review
"The Adventures of Nanny Piggins" by R. A. Spratt - "The most exciting saga about a flying pig nanny ever told. There is a laugh on every page and a lesson in there somewhere. I recommend it highly."--Madeline K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
"The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis" - "With humor and authenticity, this beguiling tale of summer friendship mines the small, jewellike adventures of a rural childhood...Irresistibly quirky."-- Publishers Weekly starred review
"The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan - "Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharoahs.
"They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti - "This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America's democracy. Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and other primary sources, this is a book to read and remember." -- inside front cover
"Old Bear and His Cub" by Olivier Dunrea
"That New Animal" by Emily Jenkins