Archive for December, 2017

A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander

December 20th, 2017

a higher callFour days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany.  At its controls was a 21 year-old pilot.  Half his crew lay wounded or dead.  It was their first mission.  Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter.  Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with a squeeze of a trigger.  What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.

This is the true story of two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day–the American:  Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17; the German:  Second Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who had sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

GPL: 940.544 Makos, book

GPL: BCD 940.54 Makos, audiobook

 

THE SECRET DIARY OF HENDRIK GROEN, 83 1/4 YEARS OLD—by Hendrik Groen

December 18th, 2017

secret diary os hendrik groenHenrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn’t planning to be buried any time soon.  Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he has to visit his doctor more than he’d like.  Technically speaking he is…elderly.  But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums?

Hendrik sets out to write an expose: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing its ups and downs—not least his new endeavor, the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club.  And when Eefje moves in—the woman Hendrik has always longed for—he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what’s left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and also very sad consequences.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will delight older readers with its wit and relevance, and will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.

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THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer

December 11th, 2017

scribe of siennaNew York, present day:  In the wake of her brother’s untimely death, Beatrice is surprised to learn that she has inherited not only his historic house in picturesque Siena but also his research into the secret history of this Tuscan city he once called home.  In his notes she stumbles upon the journal of a 14th century fresco artist, in whose paintings she discovers the impossible image of her own face.  The mystery he left behind draws her from the safety of her century to a Siena on the eve of The Plague’s arrival.

Italy, 1347:  Gabriele Accorsi dreams again of a lady in green, the inspiration for his latest commission, a fresco on the Ospedale.  But when Beatrice crosses his path in waking life, his muse becomes just as real as the sinister conspiracy that unfolds around them.

With The Plague about to claim its victims, Siena and Florence struggle for power in a war that takes a dangerous, personal turn.  Caught in the treachery and the beauty of the two most formidable cities in Italy, Beatrice and Gabriele will be torn between their allegiance to state, to country, and even to century.

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INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins

December 4th, 2017

into the waterPaula Hawkins, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train, has an addictive new novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of truth—and one family drowning in secrets.  Ms.Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate.  Their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl.  Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.