When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy

May 30, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): For over 100 years a chasm has separated animal lovers – who know that their dog, cat, horse, or parrot have complex emotional lives – and scientists, to whom attributing any emotions to animals has been equivalent to heresy. And while a groundswell among a new generation of scientists has begun […]


The Expats by Chris Pavone

May 27, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave […]


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

May 24, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the […]


Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

May 20, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): What if saying hello to an old friend meant saying good-bye to life as you know it? It’s been six years since Pen Calloway watched her best friends walk out of her life. And through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father, and the vicissitudes of single […]


NY Times Bestsellers 51712

May 17, 2012

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James THE LAST BOYFRIEND, by Nora Roberts DEADLOCKED, by Charlaine Harris Combined Print […]


Stay Close by Harlan Coben

May 14, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a […]


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

May 12, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an […]


Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy

May 7, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): In the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than thirty years, John Guy creates an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of history’s greatest women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of […]


Simple Genius by David Baldacci

May 4, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): In a world of secrets, human genius is power. And sometimes it is simply deadly… A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world’s most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an […]


Julie & Julia by Julie Powell

May 1, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul. Julie Powell is 30 years old, living in a tiny apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking […]