|Mirage, Clive Cussler
The Oregon and its captain, Juan Cabrillo, find a connection between the 1943 disappearance of a U.S. destroyer, experiments in electromagnetic radiation, and a corrupt Russian admiral who’s developed a weapon that could forever alter the fate of nations.
|The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Alexander McCall Smith
Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including face cream that burns the skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? Meanwhile, on the home front, Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana–a land where family has always been held above all else but which is on the crossroads between old and new–this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration.
|The Seamstress, Sara Tuvel Bernstein
A memoir of the author’s imprisonment in a women’s concentration camp.
|Emma: A Latter-day Tale, Rebecca H. Jamison
Jane Austen’s classic matchmaking tale with a modern twist.
|Protector, C.J. Cherryh
Bren and Illisidi must protect young prince Cajeiri and the human children who have come to visit for his birthday from the dangerous split compromising the Assassin’s Guild.
|Identical, Scott Turow
A mayoral candidate’s brother is released from prison twenty-five years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, a situation that leads to the re-opening of the case.
|My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs, Brian Switek
A regular columnist for Smithsonian and Wired questions our long-held beliefs about dinosaurs and presents the latest scientific findings on what colors they really were, how they got so big and how they actually may have died out.
|Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way, Katy Butler
This is the story of one daughter’s struggle to allow her parents the peaceful, natural deaths they wanted and to investigate the larger forces in medicine that stood in the way. When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker that caused her eighty-four-year-old father’s heart to outlive his brain, Katy Butler, an award-winning science writer, embarked on a quest to understand why modern medicine was depriving him of a humane, timely death. After his lingering death, Katy’s mother, nearly broken by years of nonstop caregiving, defied her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and insisted on facing death the old-fashioned way: bravely, lucidly, and head on. Against this backdrop of familial love, wrenching moral choices, and redemption, Knocking on Heaven’s Door celebrates the inventors of the 1950s who cobbled together lifesaving machines like the pacemaker and it exposes the tangled marriage of technology, medicine, and commerce that gave us a modern way of death
|The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, Amanda Ripley
Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, a literary journalist recounts how attitudes, parenting, and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries’ education results.