Armchair Travel

nileThe Nile, one of the world’s great rivers, has long been an object of fascination and obsession. English writer, photographer, and explorer Levison Wood is just the latest. His Walking the Nile is a captivating account of a remarkable and unparalleled Nile journey.

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot by National Geographic Explorer Sarah Marquis. Not since Cheryl Strayed gifted us with her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone.

Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail by Debbie Moderow is a captivating memoirwild of one woman’s attempt to complete Alaska’s legendary race, led by her team of huskies with whom she forms a fascinating and inextricable bond and gains unique insights into canine behavior.

In Walking on the Wild Side: Long-Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, sociologist Kristi M. Fondren traces the stories of forty-six men and women who set out to trek America’s most well known long-distance hiking trail. This volume illuminates the intense social intimacy and bonding that forms among long-distance hikers as they collectively construct a long-distance hiker identity, revealing how important a sense of place can be to our identity.

Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka. No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. This time, he travels to Sri Lanka, a country only now emerging from twenty-six years of civil war. Delving deep into the nation s story, Gimlette provides us with an astonishing, multifaceted portrait of the island today.

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New Romance Series

My American Duchess by Eloisa James. The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever myconsider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.

A Son’s Vow: The Charmed Amish Life, Book One by Shelley Shepard Gray. Set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, the Kinsinger siblings are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.in

Into the Fury: Boss, Inc. #1 by Kat Martin. Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.

A Wicked Way to Win an Earl: Sutherland Scandals #1 by Anna Bradley. England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family‘s scandalous past and join high society.

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Breakout Short Stories

dobDog Run Moon: Stories by Callan Wink. Set mostly in Montana and Wyoming, near the borders of Yellowstone National Park, these stories combine an unforgettable understanding of the natural world with powerful human concerns.

American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis is a sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, featuring murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.

The Best Place on Earth: Stories by Ayelet Tsabari. From Israel to India to Canada, indelible charactersbest grapple with love, violence, faith, the slipperiness of identity, and the challenges of balancing old traditions with modern times.

Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. Top voices in historical fiction falldeliver an intensely moving collection of short stories about loss, longing, and hope in the aftermath of World War I.

An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao. The twelve paired stories here trace their origins to the formation of India and Pakistan in 1947, but they transcend that historical moment.

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New Biographies and Memoirs

Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies. From a personal obsession with film, to an unorthodox mentorship with the legendary Pauline Kael, to establishing himself with the upstart Entertainment Weekly, thisgul is a memoir by veteran film critic Owen Gleiberman that will speak to anyone whose life has been changed by a great film.

The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee’s Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World by Gulwali Passarlay is a gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival.

White Walls: A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between by Judy Batalion, who seemingly trapped forever within the wild absurdities of a mad family, learns how a frightened and loving daughter can become a loving and alexhappy wife and mother.

Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division by Jimmy Blackmon is the never-before-told true story of an army aviation task force during combat in the Afghan War, told by the commanding officer who was there.

Bullies: A Friendship by Alex Abramovich is a powerful account of one writer’s unlikely friendship with his childhood bully, now the president of a motorcycle club in one of America’s most dangerous cities, Oakland.

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir. After inheriting 400 novels of pornography written by his father in the 1970s and 80s, critically acclaimed author Chris Offutt sets out to make sense of a complicated father-son relationship.

 

 

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Get Crafty

artInventive Weaving on a Little Loom: Discover the Full Potential of the Rigid-Heddle Loom, for Beginners and Beyond by Syne Mitchell.

The Art of Papercutting by Jessica Palmer.

Mini Skein Knits: 25 Knitting Patterns Using Small Skeins and Leftovers by Lark Crafts.

Timeless Beadwork Designs by Cynthia Rutledge.

Next Steps in Machine Quilting Free-Motion & Walking-Foot Designs: Professional Results on Your Home Machine by Natalia Whiting Bonner.

Quilter’s Academy – Masters Year: A Skill-Building Course in Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave.gran

Granny Squares & Shapes: 20 Crochet Projects for You and Your Home by Susan Pinner.

Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy by Mique Provost.

Take a Ball of String: 16 Beautiful Projects for Your Home by Jemima Schlee.

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February Debuts

hanThe Vegetarian by Han Kang. Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat.

Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau. Good guy Karl Bender is a thirty-something bar owner whose life lacks love and meaning. When he stumbles upon a time-travelling worm hole in his closet, Karl and his best friend Wayne develop a side business selling access to people who wantmo to travel back in time to listen to their favorite bands.

beBe Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Reclusive literary legend Mimi Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor hergood progress.

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle. Veteran con artist Roy spots an obvious easy mark when he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online. In no time at all, he’s moved into Betty’s cottage and is preparing to accompany her on a romantic trip to Europe. Betty’s grandson disapproves of their blossoming relationship, but Roy is sure this scheme will be a success.

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Real People, Fictional Lives

annPlatinum Doll by Anne Girard. This is the enchanting story of Jean Harlow, one of the most iconic stars in the history of film, amid a glittering cast of ingénues and Hollywood titans–Clara Bow, Clark Gable, Laurel and Hardy, and Howard Hughes.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especiallycw among her friends–the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. Enter Truman Capote.

The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C. W. Gortner. Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized fifteenth-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty’s ambitions.

The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy. Lonely and deeply unhappy, Lizzie stifles her branfrustration, dreaming of the freedom that will come with her eventual inheritance. But soon, even that chance of future independence seems about to be ripped away. And on a stifling August day in 1892, Lizzie’s long-simmering anger finally explodes.

A Prisoner in Malta by Phillip DePoy. In 1583, the nineteen-year-old Christopher Marlowe—with a reputation as a brawler, a womanizer, a genius, and a social upstart at Cambridge University—is visited by a man representing Marlowe’s benefactors. There are rumors of a growing plot against her majesty Queen Elizabeth I, and the Queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, has charged young Marlowe with tracking down the truth.

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New Fantasy & SF

barkBarsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen. In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity’s genius–animals uplifted into walking, talking, and sentient beings.

Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers. In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood Hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins do not welcome them. While Scott desperately wants to leave, he cannot pry his sister away from this haunted House of Usher in thecity Hills that is a conduit for the supernatural.

City of Light: Outcast Novel #1 by Keri Arthur. When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others–alldemons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

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New Mysteries

janeKingdom Come: An Elizabeth Harris Mystery by Jane Jensen. Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has always been a place of quiet beauty until a shocking murder shatters the peace, and leaves a troubled detective picking up the pieces.

Downward Facing Death by Michelle Kelly. After ten years away, Keeley Carpenter isdow excited to be back in Belfrey, the traditional English village hometown she fled as a shy teen, with a plan to reopen her father’s neglected butcher shop as a yoga cafe, where she will sell delicious vegetarian food by day and teach yoga classes at night–until someone tries to burn down her shop.

alyMurder Most Malicious: Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery #1 by Alyssa Maxwell. In post World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, step outside of their social roles and put their lives at risk to apprehend a vicious killer. . .

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan. Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry until Ben vanishes.

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By Women and For Women

meiStars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner.  Two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson. In 1920s Paris an English lady trades in her staid aristocratic life for the mesmerizing salons and the heady world of the Lost Generation.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Broken Wheel, Iowa, hasbiv never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving.

hepThe Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth.  Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one other resident her age, Luke.

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