A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer

July 28, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed WRX3883, a […]


The Clocks by Agatha Christie

July 27, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Sheila Webb, typist-for-hire, has arrived at 19 Wilbraham Crescent in the seaside town of Crowdean to accept a new job. What she finds is a well-dressed corpse surrounded by five clocks. Mrs. Pebmarsh, the blind owner of No. 19, denies all knowledge of ringing Sheila’s secretarial agency and asking for […]


Blindspot by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore

July 23, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): “Tis a small canvas, this Boston,” muses Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter who, having fled his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on America’s far shores. Eager to begin anew in this new world, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at […]


A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

July 20, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn’t know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own […]


NY Times Bestsellers 71811

July 18, 2011

Here are the current New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Combined Print & E-book Fiction: THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett NOW YOU SEE HER, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge SMOKIN’ SEVENTEEN, by Janet Evanovich THE SILENT GIRL, by Tess Gerritsen THE BLACK ECHO, by Michael Connelly Combined Print […]


Stupid American History by Leland Gregory

July 16, 2011

Synopsis (from the publisher): America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History. From Columbus to George W. Bush (that’s a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history’s mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along […]


Questions and Answers on Life Insurance

July 11, 2011

My husband and I are thinking about revamping our life insurance policies, but we’re not really sure what to do. Obviously, talking to our agent about the different options available to us would probably be the easiest course of action. However, we’re worried that we would just get a sales pitch from him rather than […]


10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

July 9, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals—but that […]


One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

July 8, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): ONE FINE MESS Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash-fast-but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to turn […]


Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

July 5, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County–to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto–pursued by the implacable […]