Jack Sharpe is an investigative television news reporter. Congressman Anthony Bravo is a decorated Iraq War veteran and a Democratic candidate for president. In the fast-paced political thriller The Wingman by David Pepper, these two characters become embroiled in a high-stakes world entangled in dark money, deep pockets and scandal at every turn.
Check It Out Category: Picks by Donna C
Luis Alberto Urrea writes novels with the evocative language and lush rhythms of his poetry. The House of Broken Angels tells the story of two days in a wonderfully complex Mexican American family, celebrating a birthday, a funeral, and a lifetime of relationships. Complementing the book, check out this NY Times interview with Urrea.
Donna C. from Fiction/AV/Teen suggests Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Life leads you down strange and winding roads as you begin your adventures into adulthood. In Sourdough by Robin Sloan, Lois Clary is on just such a journey, open to the unknown as she ambles purposefully from the Midwest to San Francisco. Initially she heads to the Bay Area to take a job as a computer programmer at a startup company that makes robotic arms to perform delicate repetitive motions such as cracking eggs. Undeterred by a culture that forgoes food for semi-liquid nutrient supplement packets called “Slurry”, Lois embraces the high tech way of life. But when she finds herself craving a rich, flavorful meal that doesn’t come in a pouch, she begins a relationship with an ancient culture, an enigmatic duo of brothers and a bread recipe that takes on a life of its own.
For other offbeat adventures in the realm of culinary arts or the computer tech scene, try these…
by Doree Shafrir
Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea, but before the ink on Mack’s latest round of funding is dry, an errant text message helps his startup company go viral for all the wrong reasons.
by Aimee Bender
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the slice.
by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious: a fearlessly opinionated partner , a revolutionary architect, a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears…
by Man Martin
Bone King has no physical impairment, but at times his brain and muscles simply can’t recall how to walk him through doors and is not sure why, until renowned neurologist Arthur Limongello offers a diagnosis as peculiar as the ailment…
by Robin Sloan
After a few days on the job, Clay Jannon discovers that Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest.
Edward Kelsey Moore’s new book,The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, picks up with the Supremes still persevering through the reappearance of an absent father, the scars of infidelity, and an unexpected wedding, all while laughing and keeping each other (mostly) sane. The literal and figurative ghosts of the past stay with these best friends as they meet every Sunday in Earl’s cozy diner.
As the leaves change their hue and a chill in the air signals the return of autumn, indulge your senses and fears in Ray Bradbury’s evocative and sublime tribute to fall, Something Wicked This Way Comes. The haunting tale of innocence lost perfectly accompanies an early evening porch, knit sweater and pumpkin-spice latte.
Russian spies, remote hideouts, British Secret Service, exhilarating car chases, unwitting Americans and a few twists and turns you definitely will not see coming, Our Kind of Traitor is yet another great film adaptation of a John Le Carre novel. Watching, you’ll ask yourself, who is the bad guy here?
Donna C. of Research Services recommends Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple:
Where would you go if you wanted to get away from it all? If a chance to truly leave it all behind opened up, would you take it? Where’d You Go, Bernadette asks a simple question, but Maria Semple’s book skillfully reveals why the answer is so hard to ascertain. Who really knows Bernadette? Her daughter? Her husband? Reading this book, you find yourself quickly wrapped up in the messy and all-too-familiar life of a suburban mom doing her best to toe the line while the vines of her creative, disjointed past threaten to strangle and uproot the present. While this book would make a great beach read, it may also satiate your own desire to escape. Semple draws a beautiful picture of the lush and high-tech city of Seattle, peeking into the lives of Microsoft employees, eccentric architects, and precocious students in the search for our missing heroine.
Sunday, Monday, every day’s a happy day for television superstar Garry Marshall, in My Happy Days in Hollywood. There’s no mollycoddling here. From his mom warning “Beware of the boring,” to his dad’s note “Sorry you had to get a tooth pulled. It’s over now,” Marshall’s memoir charms and entertains.
All too often we find ourselves harried by chaos. If you’d like to take a much needed break, sit back, relax, and watch Geoffrey Baer’s Biking the Boulevards. Spend a pleasant 90 minutes exploring Chicago’s beautiful and historic boulevards on DVD, then grab your bike and take your own tour!
As the finite supply of fresh water decreases, what can be done to ensure the existence of this crucial and irreplaceable resource? Scientists, scholars, and activists explore this dilemma in the book Last Call at the Oasis. A must-read for all who want to be part of the solution.