Reviews, News and Events

The United States of Paranoia- Jesse Walker (Harper $25.99)
 
If you’re looking for an alternative book on American history,  give “The United States of Paranoia” by Jesse Walker a try.  Far from being fringe movements USPthroughout our history, Walker claims that conspiracy theories are part of our folklore.  They’ve become as Main Street as Main Street itself.  They provide more truths about the people who believe in them than about the claims themselves.  The enemy could be above, below, outside, or within.  Walker even includes the conspiracies of the angels, benevolent conspiracies that protect us from the evils around us.
 
It’s a quick read and an interesting one, one that’s sure to give you a look at our history as you’ve never seen it before.  An enjoyable read whether you agree or not with the premise. -Steve Corrigan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Richard Lester Discussing & Signing
The Check Out (Self $12.99)
Tuesday 3rd at 6:00 PM
Failing grocery store manager Larry Prescott just wants a quickie. With a frigid wife waiting at home, Larry decides to have some extramarital fun with an employee named Maxine Watkins. Though he has no way of knowing it, Larry is sowing the seeds for a crime spree that will be dubbed “The MegaSaver Massacre.” The Check Out is a satirical thriller that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore. It is the story of a $10,000 giveaway, and the Richardemployees who independently decide to heist the money on the same night. An ensemble piece, each chapter focuses on the motivations and actions of a different main character. Larry Prescott is an arrogant drunk whose affair quickly spirals towards danger. Maxine Watkins is a scheming liar, determined to claw her way out of indigence. Terrence Claybrook, the assistant manager, is an escaped convict trying to keep his past from catching up to him. Roland Till-man, a blood thirsty fugitive, reunites with his former cellmate during the MegaSaver robbery. Brad, an addiction ridden stocker, tries to turn his life around while picking up the pieces of a broken marriage. They each see the prize money as their only lifeline, and are determined to do everything necessary to grab it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lara Parker Discussing & Signing
Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising (Mira Books $15.95)
Thursday 5th at 6:00 PM
This is the first all new Dark Shadows novel in years, written by Lara Parker, one of the stars of the cult classic TV show! When a portrait is lost that has maintained Quentin Collins’s youthful appearance for over a century—and has also kept his werewolf curse at bay—Quentin begins to dread the full moon. DarkshadowsMeanwhile, David, the sixteen-year-old heir to the Collins fortune, has fallen in love with Jacqueline, a young girl living at the Old House who is the reincarnation of Angelique. David and Jacqueline are swept back in time to the prohibition era of the 1920s, where David uncovers the dark secrets of the Collins family history. Most threatening of all, Dr. Nathaniel Blair, an expert in the paranormal, has come to Collinwood because he suspects they are harboring a vampire. Fortunately, Barnabas Collins has returned to his coffin after a disastrous flirtation with life as a human. Nevertheless, what Blair discovers places the entire Collins family in jeopardy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lisa McMann & Margaret Peterson Haddix Discussing & Signing
Island of Fire and Risked (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 & $16.99)
Saturday 7th at 1:00 PM
The fate of Artime is at stake and an unlikely alliance could redeem it in book three in the “New York Times” bestselling Unwanteds series. The magical world of Artime is gone. The Unwanteds have no food, no water, and no hope, and MPH!everyone is looking to Alex Stowe for answers. Overwhelmed and feeling totally helpless, Alex knows it’s up to him to find a way to restore Artime, rescue his captive friends, and free Megan from her voice-stealing necklace of thorns, three im-possible tasks. But could help lie with the silent, orange-eyed newcomers? Meanwhile, Alex’s twin brother Aaron continues to build his army in the stark land of Quill, preparing for the ultimate showdown with the Unwanteds. But a shocking twist reveals that Alex and Aaron share a common enemy more dangerous than either could have imagined…
Jonah and Katherine journey to 1918 with the Romanov children in the sixth MPH2book of the “New York Times” bestselling The Missing series. It’s a paradox: When Jonah and Katherine find themselves on a mission to return Alexei and Anastasia Romanov to history and then save them from the Russian Revolution, they are at a loss. In their own time, the bones of Alexei and Anastasia have been positively identified through DNA testing. What hope do they have of saving Alexis and Anastasia s lives when the twenty-first century has proof of their deaths? Don’t miss your chance to meet this bestselling author responsible for the Shad-ow Children series.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Del Lawrence Discussing & Signing
Soul Ties (Self $14.95)
Saturday 7th at 4:00 PM
soultiesMr. Del knows a few things about breaking away from toxic influences, and now he former hip-hop artist of Three-6 Mafia is bringing that knowledge to print in Soul Ties: How to Detox From Toxic Relationships. Relationships are the key to our universal need as human beings to belong and be cared for. Unfortunately, in life these relation-ships go sour or turn out to be toxic and affect us to a degree that can be detrimental to our growth and well-being. Through the power of faith, love, and action you can detox your life and build healthy relationships that will pro-vide nourishment for your soul.

 
 
 

A YA AdVANture Tour Featuring: Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, Tara Hudson, and Myra McEntire (Random House/Harper, Various Prices)
Saturday 7th at 7:00 PM

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An outstanding group of young adult authors will be heading to Memphis during Random House Publishing’s multi-city tour! This year’s YA AdVANture Tour authors are: Sonia Gensler (The Dark Between), Tessa Gratton (The Lost Sun), Tara Hudson (Elegy), and Myra McEntire (Infinityglass). This event is perfect for YA book lovers of all ages looking for the next break-out series of the fall! Attendees will have a great time meeting the authors, learning about their books, entering to win free giveaways, and eating complimentary refreshments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nancy Tillman Special Story Time & Signing
I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love
(Macmillan $17.99)
Thursday 12th at 11:00 AM
Every child is special and unique, but every child also loves to dream of being something different. In I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love, bestselling author and tillmanartist Nancy Tillman has created another heartfelt masterpiece celebrating the joys of imagination, and the comfort of always knowing that “you are loved.” Kids will have a great time listening to stories, signing songs, making crafts, and prancing around in their favorite animal costumes during our store led costume parade.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charles Graeber Discussing & Signing
The Good Nurse (Hachette Book Group USA $26.99)
Thursday 12th at 6:00 PM
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed “The Angel of Death” by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved fa-ther, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. goodnurseCullen’s murderous career in the world’s most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania,courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a rivet-ing piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap re-cordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential in-formant who helped bring him down, The Good Nurse weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jolina Petersheim Discussing & Signing
The Outcast (Tyndale House Publishers $13.99)
Saturday 14th at 2:00 PM
Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir Outcastthe moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most. She is eventually coerced into leaving by her brother-in-law, the bishop. But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, however, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Marti Miller Discussing & Signing
Kid Raising That Works (Self $18.95)
Saturday 14th at 4:00 PM
A common sense approach to raising your children, this indispensable guide to KRTWgood parenting is as straight talking as it is spot-on. With advice that takes parents from a baby’s first gasps of air to their life-changing grasp of a high school diploma, Miller’s savvy, Southern-inflected perspective can teach anyone some basic principles to success-fully raise their children or grandchildren, read their body language, and even have the tools to potentially save their lives. Brimming with both the tried true, the old-fashioned techniques and up to the minute

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gennifer Choldenko Discussing & Signing
Al Capone Does My Homework (Penguin $17.99)
Tuesday 17th at 6:00 PM
Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn’t the most normal place to grow up, but it’s home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose’s dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it’s a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the CholdenkoFlanagan’s apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose’s dad too? If Moose can’t figure out what Capone’s note means, it may be too late. The last heart-pounding installment in the “New York Times” bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning Alcatraz trilogy is not to be missed!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anna Dewdney Discussing & Signing
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat (Penguin $17.99)
Wednesday 18th at 6:00 PM
Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. BullygoatBut when Gilroy Goat starts teas-ing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn’t sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him–walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again? Taking on a difficult but important part of children’s lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tracey Garvis Graves Discussing & Signing
Covet (Penguin $25.95)
Saturday 21st at 2:00 PM
Tracey Garvis Graves, the “New York Times” bestselling author of On the Island, returns! What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else? Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When covethe’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely. Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together. Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be any-thing other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Danny Ellis Discussing & Signing
The Boy at the Gate (Arcade Publishing $24.95)
Monday 23rd at 6:00 PM
Danny Ellis is a survivor, strong and resilient. An acclaimed singer/songwriter, he is proud of the way he handled his difficult past: poverty in the 1950s Dublin slums and the brutality of the Artane Industrial School. He felt as though he had safely disposed of it all, until one night, while writing the powerful song that DElliswould launch his high-ly-praised album, 800 Voices, Danny’s past crept back to haunt him. Confronted by forgotten memories of betrayal and abandonment, he was stunned to discover that his eight-year-old self was still trapped in a world he thought he had left behind. Although unnerved by his experience, Danny begins an arduous journey that leads him back to the streets of Dublin, the tenement slums, and, ultimately, the malice and mischief of the Artane playground. What he discovers with each twist and turn of his odyssey will forever change his life. Elegantly written, this is a brutally honest, often harrowing, depiction of a young boy’s struggle to survive orphanage life, and stands as an inspiring testament to the healing power of music and love.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

D.J. MacHale Discussing & Signing
SYLO (Penguin $17.99)
Tuesday 24th at 6:00 PM
This is the ultimate action-fueled end-of-the-world conspiracy trilogy from #1 “New York Times” bestselling au-thor of the Pendragon series, D.J. MacHale! They came from the sky, parachuting out of military helicopters to invade Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine. They call themselves SyloSYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO’s commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the is-land has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world. Tucker believes there’s more to SYLO’s story. He was on the sidelines when the high school running back dropped dead with no warning. He saw the bizarre midnight explosion over the ocean, and the mysterious singing aircraft that travel like shadows through the night sky. He tasted the Ruby–and experienced the powers it gave him–for himself. What all this means, SYLO isn’t saying. Only Tucker holds the clues that can solve this deadly mystery. Look to they sky because Pemberwick is only the first stop.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hot Off the Presses: Fall Edition Become A Publisher’s Insider
Wednesday 25th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VIPYou’re invited to The Booksellers at Laurelwood’s second edition of our Hot Off the Presses series! Come join your favorite booksellers as we enjoy a special presentation by some of the biggest publishers in the book world as they share with us the hottest titles set to release this upcoming season. This is a free event open to book clubs, book lovers, and book aficionados! The evening will be geared towards adults looking for the next breakout hit of the fall. VIP attendees (everyone in attendance) will enjoy complimentary wine and finger foods and have a chance to win advance copies of the night’s featured titles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hot Off the Presses: Educators’ Edition
Thursday 26th at 6:00 PM
You’re invited to The Booksellers at Laurelwood’s first ever educator edition of our Hot Off the Presses series! Come join your favorite booksellers as we enjoy a special presentation from representatives all the way from Penguin and Random House in the book world as they share with us the hottest titles set to release this upcoming season. This is a free event open to teachers, librarians, and administrators! The evening will be geared towards educators searching for the perfect title to get their kids excited about reading. VIP attendees (everyone in attendance) will enjoy complimentary wine and finger foods and have a chance to win advance copies of the night’s featured titles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Barbara Mujica Discussing & Signing
I Am Venus (Overlook Press $26.95)
Saturday 28th at 2:00 PM
In this breathtaking historical novel by the acclaimed author of the bestselling MujicaFrida, Barbara Mujica reimagines the dramatic life and loves of the Baroque Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. Narrated by the mysterious model who posed for “The Toilet of Venus,” his only surviving female nude, I Am Venus is the riveting account of a great artist’s rise to prominence, set against the backdrop of political turmoil and romantic scandal. The year is 1619, and Diego Velazquez is a rising star at an art academy in Seville run by his father-in-law. But even as his young wife builds him a family, the painter yearns for a larger canvas, and soon his ambition lands him at the court of King Philip IV, where he quickly gains prominence, just as Spain is plunged into military defeat and domestic chaos. But as he gains nobility and privilege, Velazquez encounters the sinful decadence that defines the regime. At the heart of this most conservative country, its ruling class breaks every rule that the masses must obey. As he finds himself torn between loyalty to family and the easy seductions of power, Velazquez decides to take on his riskiest painting yet, which could, in a stroke, land him in the claws of the Inquisition. A sweeping story of scandal and passion, and a vivid recreation of a corrupt kingdom on the brink of collapse, I Am Venus is a thrilling novel that brings to life the public and private worlds of Spain’s greatest painter.

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