New Releases

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The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

The Mountain Between Us is a romance-disaster novel, written by American author Charles Martin. The story focuses on Dr. Ben Payne and writer Ashley Knox as they get stuck on High Uintas Wilderness after a plane crash.[1]

The novel was published by Broadway Books on June 28, 2011.[2] A film adaptation starring Idris Elbaand Kate Winslet was released on October 6, 2017.

 


 

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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.


 

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The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon

After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc’s deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT—the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for HIroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble.

This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon’s The Great Halifax Explosion: a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast’s 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands.
The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history’s only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction.

Mesmerizing and inspiring, Bacon’s deeply-researched narrative brings to life the tragedy, bravery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times.


 

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

“[A] powerful first novel… political events, even as dramatic as the ones that are presented in The Kite Runner, are only a part of this story. In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence—forces that continue to threaten them even today.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful novel… This unusually eloquent story is also about the fragile relationship between fathers and sons, humans and their gods, men and their countries. Loyalty and blood are the ties that bind their stories into one of the most lyrical, moving and unexpected books this year.” The Denver Post

“A marvelous first novel… the story of two young boys who are friends in Afghanistan, and an incredible story of the culture. It’s an old-fashioned kind of novel that really sweeps you away.” San Francisco Chronicle

“This extraordinary novel locates the personal struggles of everyday people in the terrible sweep of history.” People

“A moving portrait of modern Afghanistan.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A powerful book…no frills, no nonsense, just hard, spare prose…an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation that requires no atlas or translation to engage and enlighten us. Parts of The Kite Runner are raw and excruciating to read, yet the book in its entirety is lovingly written.”—The Washington Post Book World

“An astonishing, powerful book.”—Diane Sawyer


 

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Black Klansman: A Memoir by Ron Stallworth

” A fascinating memoir of an extraordinary inquiry into a recrudescent Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”
― The San Francisco Chronicle 

“I was just blown away. I couldn’t believe I had never heard about it. It’s one of these pieces of reality that almost plays like social satire. I was immediately obsessed with this story.”
-Jordan Peele in The Hollywood Reporter 

“A direct, furious protest against the Trump era.”
― The New York Times

“The astonishing true story of one of the riskiest undercover investigations in American history ― an improbable early-’70s case in which black police detective Ron Stallworth applied for and was ultimately granted membership in the Ku Klux Klan… a compelling black empowerment story.”
 Variety

“A searing look at hate groups from the inside out, as well as a captivating true story that you’ll never forget.”
― Bustle


 

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

About this Book

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to turn-of-the-century Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. When the clues she finds lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a postmortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman haunting the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, they must overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined.


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The Woman in the Window (Finn, A.J.) (2018)
A.J. Finn (Author)

Dr. Anna Fox has been a recluse for ten months. A trauma has left her crippled by severe agoraphobia, which led to her divorce and loss of her family. She has been hiding in her apartment, downing pills and subsisting only on what food can be ordered from the Internet. She watches old movies, studies French, and drinks. Her one effort to connect to the outside world is an obsession with watching people who pass by her windows. Once a successful child psychologist, she finds it interesting to observe the lives of her neighbors through the lens of her camera. When new neighbors move in directly across from Anna, she is excited to see something new. The Russells–Alastair, Jane, and their son, Ethan–seem to be the perfect family. After a chance meeting, Anna finds that she even enjoys Jane’s company. However, one night she is looking into their apartment and she witnesses something horrible. Anna reports what she saw to the police and is shocked when no one believes her. Her paranoia skyrockets as she fights to convince anyone to take her seriously.

 

Sidelights:

A.J. Finn is the pseudonym for Daniel Mallory, who worked in publishing in New York and London editing and acquiring books, and has published his own Hitchcock-esque psychological thriller, The Woman in the Window, to critical acclaim. Finn earned a Ph.D. in literature at Oxford University in England. After working at Little, Brown in the United Kingdom, he returned to the United States, where he served as vice president and executive editor of William Morrow.

The Woman in the Window follows the set-up of Rear Window. An agoraphobic woman, Anna Fox, once a respected child psychologist, experienced a traumatic event in her past and suffers in isolation in her New York City apartment. To pass the time, she watches old movies and likes to spy on the new Russell family that just moved in across the way with a long-lens camera. One day as she spies into their apartment, she thinks she has just seen a woman she knew get stabbed to death. Few people believe Anna because Anna also drinks a lot of wine that she mixes with her medication, causing her perception to get fuzzy. The reader, too, is not sure what to believe, because Anna is an unreliable narrator.

In a review in Kirkus Reviews, a writer said, “Crackling with tension, and the sound of pages turning, as twist after twist sweeps away each hypothesis you come up with about what happened in Anna’s past.” About the reason Anna was traumatized, Finn explained in an interview on NPR.org with Lynn Neary: “Whether you anticipate its details or parameters or not is sort of by the by. It’s really incidental. It’s not about surprise. It’s not about a jack-in-the-box effect. It’s about how such an event would impact someone, how they would cope with it.”

“Mallory … clearly knows a lot about the more diabolical elements in Hitchcock movies. And he hasn’t been shy, as Finn, about plugging them into his plot,” said Janet Maslin in New York Times. Finn said he was inspired by Sherlock Holmes stories, the work of Patricia Highsmith, classic cinema, and his own struggles with agoraphobia and depression. Diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, Finn had secluded himself in his apartment for several weeks and transitioned to various medications. “While the language is at times too clever for its own good,” readers will enjoy it, according to a Publishers Weekly reviewer. Patrick Anderson said in the Washington Post: “It’s a beautifully written, brilliantly plotted, richly enjoyable tale of love, loss and madness.”

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, 2018
SOURCE CITATION : “The Woman in the Window (Finn, A.J.).” 2019.   Books & Authors  Gale. Pinal County Library District. 16 May 2019 <http://bna.galegroup.com/bna/start.do?p=BNA&u=pinal_az&gt;

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (2017)
Gail Honeyman (Author)

Twenty-nine-year-old Eleanor Oliphant bears the physical scars of a painful childhood experience. She also has some emotional damage. She has no friends, and her peculiar personality makes her a pariah at the Edinburgh office where she works as a clerk. She spends her weekends alone drinking too much. Lately, she has allowed herself the indulgence of a crush on a musician, but she has little hope of finding true romance. Eleanor’s life takes a turn when two very different men enter her life–Raymond Gibbons, the office tech guy, and Sammy Thom, an elderly man who falls on a city street. The three meet when Eleanor and Raymond come to Sammy’s aid. They become friends, and Raymond and Sammy gradually get Eleanor to open up. As Eleanor experiences real friendship for the first time, the details of her painful past are revealed.
Sidelights:
Gail Honeyman’s debut novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an isolated soul who is forced by circumstances to confront her own existence. “Eleanor Oliphant,” stated a Foyles interviewer, “leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.” “Eleanor’s life begins to change,” explained a Kirkus Reviews contributor, “when Raymond, a goofy guy from the IT department, takes her for a potential friend, not a freak of nature.” “Now,” continued the Foyles interviewer, “she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted–while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.” “Witty, charming, and heartwarming,” concluded Bridget Thoreson in Booklist, “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a remarkable debut about a singular woman.”
Online Resources:
Source Citation: “Gail Honeyman.” 2018. Books & Authors. Gale. Pinal County Library District.  16 May 2019 <http://bna.galegroup.com/bna/start.do?p=BNA&u=pinal_az

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, 2018