What’s Your Story

Brandon Doman’s What’s Your Story: True Experiences from Complete Strangers is a compilation of handwritten letters and artwork. The Stranger Project started in a coffee house when Doman randomly decided to ask strangers to share their story with him. He had individuals express what ever is on their mind as long as it the truth, spontaneously written with no identifying names. The letters are very heartfelt, funny, poignant, and at times, heartbreaking. The project shows the range of the human experience in a completely honest way. This unique book contains 200 letters that Doman collected throughout five years. This book would make a great gift or a book for yourself if you are curious about your fellow humans.  And, if you are a handwriting analyst, this book is outstanding.

Dance of the Bones

Dance of the Bones is J. A. Jance’s latest novel featuring J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker. The Last Chance (TLC) group contacts retired Detective Walker regarding a 30 year old case involving the murder of Amos Warren. All of the evidence had pointed Walker toward Amos’ son who was arrested, tried and jailed. Now the case is being re-opened and there is pressure for them to find the “real” killer. The search leads Walker to reach out to Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont. However, things only become more complicated when someone close to Walker is targeted. The cases are connected, the two just have to figure out how.

As always, Jance packs her book with action and suspense. This book was captivating and hard to put down. I really enjoyed how she wove in the Tohono O’odham lore in the story. It was interesting learning how some stories can only be shared at a certain time of year. I also enjoyed seeing how Walker and Beaumont interact with each other. If you have only read the Beaumont series or the Walker family books, you will still enjoy this novel. If you haven’t read both series this would be a great time to start.

 

THE GATES OF EVANGELINE

Hester Young’s debut novel Gates of Evangeline is a gripping tale of missing children and family secrets.  After suffering the terrible loss of her son, Charlie is having a hard time readjusting to life.  To complicate matters, she has started having visions of children in trouble and is realizing her visions come true.   When her old boss contacts her out of the blue for a job opportunity she decides a change is just what she needs (not to mention the little boy in her vision is asking her to come and help him).  Leaving New York City behind, Charlie temporarily moves to Louisiana to research and write a book on the thirty year old cold case of the disappearance of a little boy.  However, he wasn’t from your typical  family but in fact an old southern genteel family with plenty of secrets.

Young’s writing is great.  The book is filled with twists and turns and just a hint of the paranormal which make you keep coming back.  I am a sucker for southern books these days and Young does a great job of capturing the atmosphere and southern drawl.  The characters are interesting and developed and you want to know what everyone is hiding.  This is a great book for mystery enthusiasts as well as contemporary fiction readers.  There is a mystery that carries the novel, but you become involved with all of the characters and their story as well.

NEW RELEASES

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon (Book 11 in the Mitford series)

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry

Killing Lessons by Saul Black

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History by Jay Winik

Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry (Book 5 in the Rot & Ruin series)

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (Book 3 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series) (Limited number of signed copies available at the store.)

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Blood & Salt by Kim Liggett

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

A Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Olaf’s Night Before Christmas Book by The Disney Group

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin

New Release

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kumal Nayyar

A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George by Kelly Carlin

Driving Heat by Richard Castle (the latest novel featuring Nikki Heat)

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt

One Year After by William Forstchen

The Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr

Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

Breakaway by Kat Spears

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales

It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton

Island of Graves by Lisa McMann (book 6 in the Unwanteds series)

The Forever Man by Eoin Colfer (Book 3 in the W.A.R.P. series)

 

 

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Dance of the Bones by J. A. Jance (the latest book featuring J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker)

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (autographed copies available at the store)

The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters

The Courtesan by Alexandra Gambrill Curry

Stand-Off by Andrew Smith (the sequel to Winger)

Drowning is Inevitable by Shalandra Stanley

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier by Michelle Cuevas

The Book of Kings by Cynthia Voight (the latest in the Mister Max series)

Dewey Bob by Judith Byron Schachner (autographed copies available at the store)

Faceoff

Faceoff is a compilation of short stories edited by David Baldacci. This book is great because each short story has two characters who are often the heroes from their own series who faceoff (or work together to take down the bad guy). Short stories are so much fun when it is a new story with a beloved character or a great story from a new author. I loved how riddled this book is with some of my favorite mystery authors.

Here is a brief look at a few of my favorites:

When Jack Reacher walks into a bar in Boston to watch the Yankees take on the Red Sox, I knew something fun was going to happen. Nick Heller was sitting two stools away and within a couple of innings they had figured out the man sitting between them was trouble. I loved seeing how each of the characters sizes up the situation and helps in their unique way!
(Lee Child & Joseph Finder)

I thoroughly enjoyed Cotton Malone meeting Gray Pierce in the South American jungle while they were each on the same assignment. Working together the two take care of business and in just a few pages are on their way. It amazed me that the authors can create such a seamless story together and still stay true to their own characters and writing style.
(Steve Berry & James Rollins)

And on the creepy side was R. L. Stine’s Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy against Preston/Child’s Agent Pendergast in a gaslight story of the weirdest kind. There is something for every mystery fan in this book.