Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hot Picks : April 'Buzz' Continues...

Great Reads
Maybe we've liked the bee theme a little too much this month (bee books for kids and beekeeping for adults) but these books are certainly buzz-worthy. Mix and match, fiction and non-fiction.

The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz) delivers a standalone historical fantasy that should please readers of the author's Arcane Society series.

Deliver Us from Evil by David Baldacci
Sequel to 2008's The Whole Truth. Expect a surprise ending.

Oprah : A Biography by Kitty Kelley
Kelley, queen of the dishy celebrity/politico bio, takes on Oprah Winfrey, queen of afternoon TV and influential American icon.

Edge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall
The latest 'end of days' novel from the creator of the Left Behind series.

A Ticket to the Circus by Norris Church Mailer
Mailer's sixth wife contributes to the legend. Catch library staff member Phil Carr's review.

Lucid Intervals by Stuart Woods
The latest Stone Barrington suspense novel, after 2009's Kisser.

You Are Not a Gadget : a Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
Computer scientist and Internet guru, Lanier, offers his measured view of online culture : the good, the bad, and the ugly. Listen to Tom Ashbrook's conversation with the author on Boston's NPR radio station,

The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Anyone who does (or still doesn't) understand the language of mortgage-backed unsecured securities will walk away from this one informed and uncomfortable. A thriller for sure... kinda' like Fantasy Football.

You Look Fine, Really by Christie Mellor
Mellor has much to say to women who have hit the big 4-0. Nothing earth-shaking here but a fun 'get-real' book about how to enjoy a mid-life ride without being hard on yourself.

Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen
A sequel to 2009's Blood Game, the book also revives John MacDuff and Jock Gavin, last seen in 2006's Killer Dreams. Plenty 'o hocus pocus for fans of the author's Eve Duncan forensic series.

Ready for Checkout Next Tuesday:
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Return to Sender by Fern Michaels
9th Judgment by James Patterson