Friday, August 16, 2013

Books In For Review

Here's a sample of the books that have recently arrived for review.  Check them out and then stop by again in a few weeks to read the reviews!




In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl Iris Crane’s tranquil life is shattered when a letter summons memories from her bittersweet past: her first love, her best friend, and the tragedy that changed everything. Iris, a young Australian nurse, travels to France during World War I to bring home her fifteen-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist. But in Paris she meets the charismatic Dr. Frances Ivens, who convinces Iris to help establish a field hospital in the old abbey at Royaumont, staffed entirely by women—a decision that will change her life. Seamlessly interwoven is the story of Grace, Iris’s granddaughter in 1970s Australia. Together their narratives paint a portrait of the changing role of women in medicine and the powerful legacy of love.

Downtown Strut: An Edna Ferber Mystery by Ed Ifkovic A wintry Manhattan, 1927, finds Edna Ferber preparing for “the Ferber season on Broadway.” The bestselling author has two shows opening back to back. On December 27, the musical adaptation of Show Boat by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern. December 28: The Royal Family, her comedy of manners written with George Kaufman—Ethel Barrymore has pondered legal action for the play’s depiction of theatrical royalty like, say, the Barrymores. Why does Edna miss both opening nights? She has something else on her mind—murder. Edna has been mentoring some talented, young black writers and actors who are part of the heady milieu of the Roaring Twenties’ Harlem Renaissance—the jazz clubs, the faddish dances, the frenzy—and the lively pulse of Broadway that entices these talented young “Negroes” to push for a downtown strut, for mainstream recognition for Negro voices and talents. Only recently have Negroes been allowed on downtown stages with Whites. Edna knows poet Langston Hughes, but she’s most intrigued by unknowns. Her housekeeper’s young son, Waters Turpin. Bella Davenport, a beautiful vamp. Ellie Payne, a jazz singer. Freddy Holder, a rabble-rouser. Lawson Hicks, Bella's handsome boyfriend. Taken by some fiction by the boyishly handsome Roddy Parsons, a charismatic man most recently in the “Negro chorus"" of Show Boat, she heads to Harlem to take him to lunch, only to discover he’s been stabbed to death in his bed. Who killed this promising young man?

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Dare to Look! Dare to Look! is the 10th book – and best yet – in the phenomenal bestselling Ripley's Believe It or Not! annual series. It offers up the world of weird in an all-new collection of unbelievable stories from across the globe. The new Ripley's Believe It or Not! app allows hidden content in the book to come alive. Jam-packed with a mind-boggling selection of incredible facts, crazy stories, jaw-dropping pictures, lists and interviews, this fantastic book also comes with bonus hidden content that's accessible using our Ripley's Believe It or Not! app. Step right into the world of Ripley's and see it come alive by scanning the special oddSCAN™ logos with a smartphone to reveal exclusive videos, images and more. Organised into thematic chapters, the crazy stories are illustrated with a wealth of amazing images throughout.

Declan's Cross (Sharpe & Donovan) by Carla Neggers For marine biologist Julianne Maroney, two weeks in tiny Declan's Cross on the south Irish coast is a chance to heal her broken heart. She doesn't expect to attract the attention of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan—especially since a Donovan is the reason for her broken heart.