Books with Buzz

andalucianCheck out these recent releases that are generating buzz in the book world.

American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms by Chris Kyle:  Chris Kyle—fallen hero and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper—reveals how ten legendary guns forever changed U.S. history.

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg:  Breaking her personal code to date a charming patient, Sophie Brinkmann discovers that he is the head of a powerful international crime organization warring against a ruthless German syndicate.

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig:  Feeling unfulfilled in the face of an imminent legal partnership and a broken engagement, Manhattan lawyer Clementine Evans learns of a long-buried family secret that leads her to the inner circles of World War I British society and the red hills of Kenya.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan:  Traces the unknown contributions of tens of thousands of women residents of the Manhattan Project’s then-secret city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, whose uranium-enriching jobs in support of the Project were shrouded in secrecy and whose legacy is still being felt today.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker:  Combining elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, this stunning debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures, Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, who form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.

Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos:  After adopting a preschooler, the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding shares her hilarious and heartwarming parenting experiences, explores innovative ways to conquer the challenges new moms face and celebrates the fact that motherhood comes in many forms.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson:  Ursula Todd is born on a cold snowy night in 1910 — twice. As she grows up during the first half of the twentieth century in Britain Ursula dies and is brought back to life again and again. With a seemingly infinite number of lives it appears as though Ursula has the ability to alter the history of the world, should she so choose.

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle:  The residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center (from twelve-year-old Abby to eighty-five-year-old Sadie) share some of life’s most profound discoveries. What they eventually learn about themselves and one another will transform them all.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight:  When her high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter Amelia supposedly commits suicide after she is caught cheating, litigation lawyer and single mother Kate Baron, leveled by grief, must reconstruct the pieces of Amelia’s life to find the truth and vindicate the memory of the daughter whose life she could not save.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler:  A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris, and the French Riviera.


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