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GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny

June 18th, 2018

“Penny’s absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace.” ―PEOPLE

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.

From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

June 11th, 2018

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.

Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.

Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.

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IN THE SHADOW OF STATUTES: a white southerner confronts history–by Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans

May 29th, 2018

When Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, he struck a nerve nationally, forcing into the open a reckoning with the institutional racism that shapes us today. Now Mayor Landrieu retraces his personal journey on race & the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments.

At a moment when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government & when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time & place that never existed,  this book is necessary reading.  Equal parts memoir, history,& prescription for finally confronting America’s most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statutes contributes a strong voice to the national conversation about race today.  It is a passionate, personal, urgent book for all Americans.

 

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COUNT TO TEN by James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi

April 17th, 2018

count to tenSantosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed.  Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, now needs Santosh at his agency because he’s the only person Jack trusts.   Santosh accepts.

One by one, people are missing.  Find them before they’re dead.

Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house—this property belongs to the state government.  With the crime scene in lockdown and information suppressed by the authorities, delving too deep could make Santosh a target to be eliminated.

 

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YOUR SCORE an insider’s secrets to understanding, controlling, and protecting your CREDIT SCORE

April 6th, 2018

your scoreA healthy credit score is essential for a healthy financial life.  But despite its importance, the precise mechanism used to determine our credit scores continue to be shrouded in mystery.  With this revelatory new guide, YOUR SCORE, written by Anthony Davenport, is a consumer-friendly road map for understanding & navigating the secretive world of consumer credit.

Drawing on the real stories of his own firm’s high-profile clients, as well as the stories of middle-class Americans, Mr. Davenport reveals where your credit score comes from, how to improve, maintain, or rescue it, and how to avoid the hidden credit pitfalls that can ensnare even the most careful consumer.

Your Score is a detailed yet accessible manual designed to help you take control of your credit score, understand how to play the game, and gain an insider’s perspective on how to navigate all the important financial decisions in your life.

183 pp.

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