Modern ideas get tangledup with traditional ones in the latest
intriguing installment in the beloved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies’
Detective Agency series.
Precious Ramotswe has taken on two
puzzling cases. First she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is
the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that
the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the
farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees
to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed
nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes
to Mma Ramotswe for advice. The opening of her new salon has been
shadowed by misfortune. Not only has she received a bad omen in the
mail, but rumors are swirling that the salon is using dangerous products
that burn people’s skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out
Meanwhile, at the office, Mma Ramotswe has noticed
something different about Grace Makutsi lately. Though Mma Makutsi has
mentioned nothing, it has become clear that she is pregnant . . . But in
Botswana—a land where family has always been held above all else—this
may be cause for controversy as well as celebration.
genuine warmth, sympathy, and wit, Alexander McCall Smith explores some
tough questions about married life, parenthood, grief, and the
importance of the traditions that shape and guide our lives.
This is the fourteenth installment in the series.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved, bestselling
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the
Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and
the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous
children’s books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the
University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and
international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in
what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of
Botswana. He lives in Scotland.
Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there's a time and place for everything...even going wild.
About the Author
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times
Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award
for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is
To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him.
at the local college and unsuccessful in his previous relationships,
he'd been feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, "a
great beast of a birthday," as he sees it, but being with Julia makes
him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to
terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest
talent, is flattered by Sam's attention. But their relationship is
tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also
infatuated with Julia.
Told in alternating points of view, The
Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam's relationship,
which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches and Julia
becomes less and less sure whom she can trust.
About the Author
Justin Kramon is the author of the novels Finny and The Preservationist. A graduate of the Iowa
Writers' Workshop, he has published stories in Glimmer Train, Story
Quarterly, Boulevard, Fence, TriQuarterly, and others. He has received
honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American
Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship, and
the Bogliasco Foundation.
Three women. They have nothing in common. They are different ages, come
from different background, and lead drastically different lives. The
only thing that binds them together is their red hair--and that each of
them has been targeted for murder.
When each 'Red' receives a
chilling letter in the mail from a killer known only as the Wolf, their
lives are upended as they spend every waking moment in the fear that
their lives could be snuffed out at any moment. The Wolf is stalking
them, biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to complete his
master plan. Yet the one thing this cunning and devious killer didn't
plan for is the Reds discovering each other.
The three women,
using clues left by the Wolf, manage to band together in the hopes of
protecting one another from this deadly predator. With law enforcement
turning their backs on the Reds, their only hope for survival is to turn
the tables, for the prey to become the predators. In a riveting game of
cat-and-mouse, the Reds must track down the Wolf himself--before he
silences each of them forever.
About the Author
John Katzenbach has written twelve previous novels and one work of non-fiction. Three of his novels have been made into feature films: In the Heat of the Summer (adapted for the screen as The Mean Season), Hart's War starring Bruce Willis, and Just Cause starring Sean Connery. His other books include The New York Times bestseller The Traveler; Day of Reckoning and The Shadow Man. Katzenbach was a criminal court reporter for The Miami Herald and Miami News and a featured writer for the Herald’s Tropic magazine. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed What Comes Next. He lives in western Massachusetts.
We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer.
“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in
it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun
approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells
the story of one of America’s icons in an entertaining, conversational
way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who
aren’t quite ready for the Who Was series. Each book focuses on a
particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For
example, Abraham Lincoln always spoke up about fairness, and thus he led
the country to abolish slavery. This book follows him from childhood to
the presidency, including the Civil War and his legendary Gettysburg
Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer; she
dared to do what no one had ever done before, and became the first woman
to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. This book follows
her from childhood to her first flying lessons and onward to her
multi-record-breaking career as a pilot.
This engaging series is the perfect way to bring
American history to life for young children, and to inspire them to
strive and dream.
About the Author
Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle and its recent sequel, The Fifth Assassin). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter were New York Times Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show Brad Meltzer's Decoded.
Sand in my Suit: My Early Yearsin
Miami is a nostalgic
memoir by Joan Canner. Joan grew up in the historic Highland Park section of Miami,
just west of downtown. Her delightful book brings the Miami of post-World War
II in the 1940s and 1950s to life when Miami was a small, laid back town.
Miami Historian Dr. Paul S. George said of her book in the
introduction he wrote: “We owe Joan Canner big-time for this memoir, which, I
believe, will be consulted again and again by scholars and writers seeking to
understand more clearly the Miami of yesteryear, a time when the city claimed
little more than 200,000 residents ...”
About the Author
Joan Canner is
an “almost native” Floridian, having moved to Miami as a child in 1945. She
received a public school education K-12 in Dade County schools and, after her
freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh, returned to graduate with a BS
in Education from the University of Miami.
marrying and teaching first grade for five years, she retired to raise two
children. After an 11 year hiatus, Joan rejoined the work force, holding
professional positions at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Baptist Hospital
of Miami Foundation, and the American Jewish Committee.
retiring in 2002, she has concentrated on writing, quilting, raising orchids
and traveling with Gary Canner, her husband of 48 years. They are the devoted
grandparents of one granddaughter and five grandsons.
A clever tribute to literature, Tequila Mockingbirdis the cocktail
book for the literary obsessed. Combining beloved classic novels with
witty humor and delicious drink recipes, some of the charming recipes
include Vermouth the Bell Tolls, Gin Eyre, Are You There God? It’s Me,
Margarita, Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri, and more. Accompanying the 65
cocktail recipes are a list of tools and techniques, a spirits glossary,
and a handful of drinking games and bar bites, making this cocktail
book both fun and functional. With a special cover designed to look like
a classic novel, whimsical illustrations, and a two-color design
throughout, Tequila Mockingbird is a one-of-a-kind cocktail book.
About the Author
Tim Federle is a Broadway actor, word nerd, cocktail
enthusiast, author of the YA comic novel, Better Nate Than Ever, and
former lifestyle columnist for Apartment Therapy. He lives (and drinks)
in New York City. Say hi at TimFederle.com and on Twitter at
Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.
Ike's plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world. Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mother demanding financial support. When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes.
And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity, and those who practice Christianity.
A meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other.
About the Author
Okey Ndibe teaches African and African Diaspora literatures at Brown University. He earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has taught at Connecticut College, Bard College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He is also the author of Arrows of Rain and has served on the editorial board of Hartford Courant where his essays won national and state awards. He lives in West Hartford, CT, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.