by Anita Shreve
Sydney takes a summer job with a wealthy New Hampshire family tutoring their young daughter Julie while they vacation at their beach cottage. During her stay, Sidney finds herself enmeshed in family jealousies and secrets eventually reawakening rivalries between two older brothers who visit the cottage periodically.
Carolyn MacKenzie was 16 years old when her older brother Charles, known as Mack, disappeared just before his college graduation. A decade later, dissatisfied with the police’s efforts to find Mack, Carolyn decides to undertake her own investigation. Clinging to the belief that Mack is alive, based on his annual calls to their mother on Mother’s Day, Carolyn begins to interview anyone she can find who had a connection with her brother. The more she learns, the more questions arise, and the more she unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. Where Are You Now?, Mary Higgins Clark’s twenty-seventh suspense novel, incorporates all the elements Higgins Clark fans have come to expect: numerous characters who are rarely whom they appear to be, fast-paced chapters with cliffhanger endings, and plot twists that’ll keep the reader guessing.
History shows that Hitler made a mistake invading Russia in World War II. What many people do not know is that the need for an alternative source of cooking oil for Germany and the Soviet sunflower fields were a contributing factor to his decision. In his book Sunflowers (the Secret History), Joe Pappalardo relates the unexpected history of this flower from caves in the Stone Age to the gardens of kings. Flower lovers, scientists, and trivia buffs will find this book entertaining reading as they learn of sunflowers influence on our lives.
Two organizations just presented their 2008 awards for mysteries written in 2007.
Agatha Award - given by Malice Domestic, Ltd., in honor of Agatha Christie. The Best Novel award went to Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (shelved in Mystery).
What do you do with yourself when you’ve elected to step off a promising career path to raise a family and then find that 10 years have passed and your kids no longer need you like they once did? Meg Wolitzer examines this question through the lives of four women in her latest novel, The Ten-Year Nap. Long-time friends Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen struggle to find meaning and purpose in their lives as they experience marital ennui, their husbands' professional successes, their pre-teen children's move toward independence, and their friendship tested when Amy befriends a woman she and her three friends have always simultaneously mocked and admired. Well written, poignant, and often unnervingly realistic, The Ten-Year Nap explores the roles of contemporary women as daughters, mothers, and wives.
Saturday, May 10: Celebrate Astronomy Day by taking a look at the night sky. After dark, say around 9:30 to 10:00, under --we hope-- a clear sky, look in the direction of the first-quarter Moon. To the lower right of our pock-marked neighbor you will see three bright "stars" floating in the still darkening sky. The first of those isn't a star at all. That first reddish object is the planet Mars. To the right of that are two of the genuine article: stars Pollux and Castor, the "head" parts of the constellation Gemini. Higher in the sky, nearly overhead, the ringed planet Saturn can be seen to the east of the star Regulus; the pairing makes them easy to spot. Look carefully: can you see the slightly golden tint to Saturn's light compared with the star's cooler color?
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Robert Neville is the last man in Los Angeles California. By day he roams the city gathering food and supplies to prepare himself for night, when vampires surround and attack his home.
A few years before, a germ had spread, turning everyone into the living dead: Neville had to bury his wife, twice. Nightly, Neville's old neighboor and carpool buddy, now walking dead, taunts him to come outside.
Jennifer Weiner's debut novel Good in Bed featured heroine Cannie Shapiro, a plus-sized newspaper journalist turned single mother turned wildly successful novelist. In Certain Girls, Weiner's latest release and the sequel to Good in Bed, thirteen years have passed, and Cannie is now married to a bariatric physician, the author (under a pseudonym) of a successful science fiction series, and the mother of a teenager. When Cannie's daughter Joy discovers and reads her mother's novel, a thinly disguised fictional account of Cannie's life, Joy suddenly begins to question everything that she has held true and dear regarding herself and her family. Her search for the truth leads her on a journey of self-discovery and reveals what it means to love and to be a family.