New Books!! – 04/03/17

It’s Monday and we’ve got some great new titles to start off the week with. See our list below!

Image result for the magnolia storyThe Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they’ve managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. It all happened so quickly, their ever-multiplying fan base has been left to wonder: Who are these people? Where did they come from? What’s the secret to their success? And should I pack up and move to Waco, too?

From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything, The Magnolia Story offers a peek behind the curtain of who Chip and Joanna are today. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

It also answers (in hilarious detail) the one lingering question that fans of the show always ask: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”


Image result for into the fire frostInto the Fire by Jeaniene Frost For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. 

Now, falling in love with Lelia has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.



Image result for the cubs wayThe Cubs Way by Tom Verducci How did a team of untested young players and carefully selected veterans come together to break the longest championship drought in professional sports? With exclusive interviews with all of the people integral to the World Series victory, The Cubs Way chronicles the Chicago Cubs’ transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball, revealing the keys to this incredible achievement.

Beginning with Theo Epstein’s first season with the team in 2012, Tom Verducci shows how Epstein went beyond “Moneyball” thinking when planning, step-by-step, the path to a championship. Leading the organization with a manual he helped develop called “The Cubs Way,” Epstein focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry and character as well as statistics.

To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cub bench. A man who encourages team loose, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with old-school leadership to help his players find their edge. The Cubs Way tracks the untold stories of how key players such as Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, Arrieta, and Lester were deftly guided by Maddon to outperform expectations.

Capping off the epic tale, The Cubs Way relives the magnificent highs and the precarious lows of the instant-classic seven-game World Series. From Maddon’s game plans to rain-delay pep talks, Verducci provides a previously unseen view from the bench, inside the locker room, and even in the owner’s box. This is the World Series unveiled.

The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.


Image result for women in the castle shattuckThe Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold.

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then Marianne locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, and filled with dark secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war – each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with devastating emotional power, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, to love, and ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.


Image result for the black book pattersonThe Black Book by James Patterson Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago’s chief of detectives, and with a twin sister also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, his tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there’s nothing Billy wouldn’t sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state’s attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself – who suspects Billy isn’t the cop he claims to be. They’re about to be linked by more than their careers.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address – an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene – but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city’s elite, and everybody’s desperate to find it.

As everyone who’s anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hand son the elusive black book, no one’s motives can be trusted. An ingenious, inventive thriller about influence, corruption, and the power of secrets to scandalize a city – and possibly destroy a family – The Black Book is James Patterson at his page-turning best.


Image result for 100 hours vincent100 Hours by Rachel Vincent Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends. And her cousin Maddie is beyond done with the shallow entitlement of everyone around her.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty – like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, she gets it.

Lured by the promise of white sand far from the cheap plastic sandals of common tourists, Genesis leads her crew to an isolated jungle beach outside Cartagena. But paradise, it turns out, comes at a terrible price.

Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep in the jungle – with no diva left behind. 

It all feels so random – to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down and the hostages begin to turn on one another, Maddie and Genesis discover their kidnappers’ true goals reach far beyond the scope of any problem their family’s money can fix. With little chance of escape and no possibility of rescue, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t thwart their captors’ plan, no one will make it out alive.


Image result for the daughter shemiltThe Daughter by Jane Shemilt Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.

But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.

As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios – kidnapping, murder – seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet, for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers – and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.

Jenny knows she’ll never be able to find Naomi unless she uncovers the whole truth about her daughter – a twisting, painful journey into the past that will lead to an almost unthinkable revelation . . .

Other new titles include: Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems by Stephen R. Gliessman; Field and Laboratory Investigations in Agroecology by Stephen R. Gliessman; and Transition to Agro-ecology For a Food Secure World by Jelleke De Nooy Van Tol

Coming Soon (Released Tomorrow, 04/04!):

Image result for The lost order berryThe Lost Order by Steve Berry The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. 

Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure – one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. 

Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the Knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution – linked to the Knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that  may cost one of them their life.

From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past and a potentially even darker future.


We’ll see you soon! 🙂


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