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Paw & Order
"Paw and Order" is the part of the Chet and Bernie mysteries. For those not in the know, this series is narrated by Chet - a dog trained for K-9 duty - who was distracted during his final test and therefore failed. Bernie, a war veteran and former cop, is a private eye and has special skills to go along with his big, fuzzy partner. This plotline has them visiting...
Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley, who was awarded the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel "A Thousand Acres," returns to the farm for her latest novel "Some Luck." This family saga is the first book in a trilogy titled "The Last Hundred Years."

The novel introduces Walter and Rosanna Langdon, a young married couple with an infant son, living on a small farm in Denby, Iowa in 1920. The story follows their family as it grows and changes over the course of three decades. Each of the thirty-four chapters in the book covers a single year. The result is a series of snapshots or brief...

River of Doubt by Candace Millard

If Ken Burns' documentary "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" leaves you eager for more information on this remarkable family, you are in luck. In addition to the ...

History Romance Newbies
Romance is in the air, or at least really great read. My request list is filled with new releases from Eloisa James to Loretta Chase. Everything you're looking for is in your local branch and even a few unexpected surprises.
 
Fans of Historicals may enjoy these new reads:
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Local author Ann Leckie dominated the science fiction awards this year, winning multiple awards including the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her first novel "Ancillary Justice."

This captivating book deserves the positive attention. It introduces readers to a strange world, but remains grounded in human motivations. The plot centers on the dilemma faced when conscience...

AKA Doc Pomus

Pop quiz music fans, what do the songs "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "Viva Las Vegas" have in common? It's the songwriter, Doc Pomus also known as Jerome Felder. The biopic "AKA Doc Pomus" has rough production values, but it's an inspirational gem. Pomus was born to immigrant parents. His father was a bitter, broken failure. The family was always in debt....

Chris Bohjalian's latest, "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" presents the harrowing story of Emily Shephard, a smart teenager obsessed with Emily Dickinson whose biggest problem is a growing concern about her parents' drinking until...

"A Tale for the Time  Being" by Ruth Ozeki,

My time ran out for listening to the CD recording of "A Tale for the Time  Being," fiction by Ruth Ozeki, and I had to return it. Other readers were waiting for it. Yet, I did not want to let loose of this story about the intertwining of a writer with an unknown, unknowable reader, and the realm of the written word they share. Yet, unlike the Japanese teenager's diary washed up on the...

"Face Value" by Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn reports that he began writing the Rachel Gold mystery series after his wife grew tired of him saying he could write a better mystery than the one he just read. She encouraged him to stop complaining and start writing. Since his first book was published in 1988, readers have...

"Can't we talk about something more pleasant?

The quirky cartoonist for the New Yorker, Roz Chast, has a new book out called "Can't we talk about something more pleasant?" It's a graphic novel of her parents' decline that is...

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