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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Stephen L. Carter

What would have happened if Abraham Lincoln hadn't died after John Wilkes Booth shot him?  In Stephen L. Carter's novel, Lincoln is now facing an impeachment trial.  Abigail Canner, despite her race and gender, finds herself clerking for the lawyers who are defending Lincoln.  Conspiracies abound and time is of short order.

Jul 31, 2012
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Home in New England
Brocke Clark

Sam Pulsifer burned down the Emily Dickinson House when he was 18. Accidentally. Two people died in the fire and Sam had to pay with 10 years in prison.  When he gets out, he wants to forget all that or, rather, that others would forget all that. So he leaves home, goes to college, marries, and moves to a suburban cluster of homes where most residents don’t know each other’s names. But then a mystery man enters his life and things start changing and fast. He is implicated in several other fires that have burned down New England writers’ homes and is having a hard time convincing a bumbling investigator of his innocence. This novel, told in the first-person, is a mystery as well as a comedy, and it pulls on the heartstrings with strained family relationships. See if Sam really did the deed(s) he's accused of.

Jul 27, 2012
The Prestige
Christopher Priest

This is the story of two feuding magicians, Albert Borden and Rupert Angier, in early 20th century England who pushed each other to great heights and the limits of mortality. The book is a page-turner and will have you guessing, especially since the novel is told in diary form from each magician’s perspective. There is plenty of space for double-speak and sleight of hand and the greatest of all magic tricks, transportation. Each magician has their own transport trick and each is urged on by professional duty and personal curiosity and admiration to figure out how the other does it. The book won many awards and the 2006 movie of the same title, starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, was also well-received.

Jul 26, 2012
The Nightmare
Lars Kepler

A photograph is the key to solving an apparent drowning and a suicide but it is also worth so much more to a number of people and someone is willing to do almost anything to get it back.  Detective Joona Linna (first seen in The Hypnotist) must find the killer before there's much more bloodshed.

Jul 21, 2012
The Chase
Clive Cussler

It's 1906 and there's a brutal bank robber/murderer on the loose.  It's up to Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency to bring the Butcher Bandit to justice.  The chase is on, figuratively and literally, as Bell catches up to the bandit and his accomplice.  First book in the Isaac Bell series.

Jun 29, 2012
Mira Grant

When the Kellis-Amberlee virus sweeps across the world, infecting everyone and causing the deceased to rise from the dead, it was social media-not corporate news-that carried the story and gave the survivors a fighting chance. When sibling bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are chosen to cover a historic presidential campaign, they know they will have to ask the tough questions while delivering crowd-catching content, but they have no idea they will also be embarking on a dangerous investigation of the virus that has shaped their world (and their occupation) for the last twenty years. Of the wide array of zombie fiction released in the last five years, Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy (of which Feed is the first installment) is exceptional. Grant paints a rich, detailed landscape of life after the end of death and more importantly, moves past tales of survival to explore the evolution of human technology, culture, and communication in a post-Outbreak world. A must read for fans of zombie fiction.

Jun 26, 2012
Drop Dead Healthy
A. J. Jacobs

What does it take to be truly healthy? There is so much differing (and often conflicting) advice on the topic that A.J. Jacobs spent two years researching, examining, and experimenting with different methods for improving his mind and body, including protecting his ears with noise-cancelling headphones, running (literally) to all of his errands, and working on a treadmill desk. As with every A. J. Jacobs experiment, the journey is as important as the destination and readers will be treated to the usual bits of wit, perspective, and heart. By the end, he had lost almost 20 lbs of jiggle, gained a brand new body shape, increased his energy levels, and even had an abnormal mole removed by a dermatologist. The result? A happier, healthier A. J. As for the keys to his success, you’ll have to read to find out!

Jun 20, 2012
The English Major
Jim Harrison

There’s man fiction and there’s older man fiction. Jim Harrison’s (MSU grad) “The English Major” falls into another category altogether (which tends to blend the three) older man literary fiction. Cliff’s wife of nearly 40 years has just divorced him to reconnect with a flash from the past. Cliff, previously an English teacher and then a farmer in northern Michigan, must leave his farm and decides to take a road trip west. Here he hooks up with a former student, visits his Hollywood producer son, and goes on many hair-brained adventures he learns his body can no longer handle. But more than what happens in the story is the assured, humorous voice of Cliff finding his way through. Harrison touches on many of his loves in life including cooking, the natural world, and poetry throughout, never dwelling on one for too long, because like Cliff’s journey the inner narrative is too interesting to stick to one narrative. For those who like to go along for the ride with a great character and learn a bit about themselves in the process.

Jun 14, 2012
Helsinki White
James Thompson

The third book in the Inspector Vaara series, Helsinki White is a much darker and cynical look at Finnish life.  Kari Vaara is now  the head of a special crime unit that borders on the criminal side.  Racial hate crimes are becoming more common.  A mysterious former French Legionnaire has also taken an interest in Vaara's work, especially an unsolved kidnapping/murder and a more recent murder of an extreme-view politician.

Jun 9, 2012
Rendezvous with Rama
Rendezvous with Rama
Arthur C. Clarke

The world discovers that there is a giant cylinder hurtling through space on the edge of our solar system and headed to our sun. It’s shape alone indicates that it must be produced by an alien intelligent life and an expedition is sent out to investigate. The astronauts discover that this mysterious object they have dubbed Rama is hollow and find a way to enter and explore. Inside they find what appears to be some type of abandoned habitat that is millions of years old but slowly waking up to their presence.

Jun 3, 2012

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