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Books in the News - 9/1/13

MoonriseAnxious to keep up on the books review in our local papers this weekend but inadvertently recycled your paper already?  Why, we're here to help!  Here's a helpful list, with links to our catalog for your convenience!

In the Pioneer Press:

Moonrise by Cassandra King - When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home. Helen soon falls under the spell not only of Moonrise, her predecessor's Victorian mansion. But the harder Helen tries to fit in, the more obvious it is that she will never measure up to the woman she replaced.

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn - Based on new interviews, this revealing account of one of the most notorious criminals in American history puts Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the 60s, revealing a rock star wannabe whose killings were directly related to his musical ambitions.

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume - Resettled in the "Bomb City" with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father's death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.Maddaddam

And in the Star Tribune Books section:

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood - Bringing together characters from Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy confirms the ultimate endurance of humanity, community, and love.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl - When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death.

Duplex by Kathryn Davis - Mary and Eddie are meant for each other-- but love is no guarantee, not in these suburbs. Like all children, they exist in an eternal present; time is imminent, and the adults of the street live in their assorted houses like numbers on a clock. Meanwhile ominous rumors circulate, and the increasing agitation of the neighbors points to a future in which all will be lost.Duplex

Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adkins - This book offers a new view of Jane Austen's world in a wide-ranging and detailed social history of English life in the early nineteenth century, from weddings to childbearing, from education to fashion, from labor to leisure and finally to the rituals of death.

Let Him Go by Larry Watson - In 1951 North Dakota, years after losing her son in a horse riding accident, Margaret Blackledge seeks to retrieve her grandson from the daughter-in-law who ran off with another man but finds her efforts challenged by her reluctant husband and the boy's stepfamily.

The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee - An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative.

Happy reading!


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