Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

August 29, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad […]

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The Known World by Edward P. Jones

August 26, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him […]

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Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

August 22, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction…. Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job […]

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NYT Bestsellers 082112

August 21, 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 GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn BARED TO YOU, by Sylvia Day Combined […]

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Kindle Fire?

August 19, 2012

I’m currently debating whether or not I should get a Kindle Fire. I currently have a Kindle Keyboard and an iPad, and am wondering if the Fire would end up being a perfect combination of both devices. On the plus side for the Kindle Keyboard is the E-Ink technology and the fact that the device […]

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

August 18, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Rachel Verinder, a young Englishwoman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt English army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their […]

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Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis

August 16, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): No husbands allowed Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the […]

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Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice

August 14, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist. Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet Union, to working to protect the country in the aftermath of 9-11, to becoming only the second woman […]

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Death on A Southern Breeze by Mark de Castrique

August 9, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): JUNE 1860 — A new locomotive christened A Southern Breeze steams across the Carolina countryside carrying seventeen-year-old Jeb Bennett and his twin sister Rachel Leigh to the exhilarating promise of a summer in Charleston. While storm clouds gather over the landscape, fiercer storms rage inside the passenger cars. The tensions […]

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Bag of Bones by Stephen King

August 5, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Four years after the sudden death of his wife, bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving, unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at Sara Laughs, the Maine summerhouse that seems to be calling to him. Reluctantly returning to the lakeside getaway, Mike finds a small town in […]

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