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New books to check-out

“The Litigators” is the newest John Grisham novel. As popular as Grisham is, chances are you will have to get on the waiting list for a chance at checking this one out. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg, partners in their seedy bungalow offices of Finley & Figg in southwest Chicago manage to scratch out a half-decent living with quickie divorces and DUIs while searching for their big break to come along. And then, along comes David Zinc, a young already burned-out attorney ready to join up with Finley & Figg. They see this as their ticket to a really big case and are ready to join a class action law suit to fame and fortune. Seem too good to be true? It is. Pick up this book and join Grisham in this tremendously entertaining and suspenseful romp.
Debbie Macomber’s latest installment of the Cedar Cove series, “1105 Yakima Street,” revolves around Bruce Peyton juggling his jealous 13-year-old daughter, Jolene, and his pregnant wife, Rachel. Jolene, once crazy over the idea of her dad marrying Rachel, is now the reason for Rachel moving out. And, across town, Linc Wyse finds that his business is being destroyed by an unrelenting father-in-law. Ms. Macomber plans to wind up the series with the last installment titled, “1225 Christmas Tree Lane,” to arrive soon.
“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman is a thrilling saga of four women who come together to tend the doves in Masada, Israel. The lives of these women are full of secrets, about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them and whom they love. The history within this fiction makes this novel haunting.
Sandra Brown has written 60 New York Times bestsellers and her latest thriller, “Lethal,” will draw you in and take you on an adventure. Lee Coburn, an accused mass murderer, is both saving the life of Honor Gillette while at the same time terrorizing her. As they tear across the state, hoping to be on the trail of the key to unlock secrets, meetings are set up, shots are fired, cars explode and the nightmare goes on. As this story all comes together, you will be gasping as one cliffhanger leads to another.
Chris Bohjalian, author of the novel “Midwives,” a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, has a new creepy gothic ghost story titled “Night Strangers.” New owners of a rambling Victorian house, Chip and Emily Linton plan to rebuild their lives after airline pilot, Chip, has to ditch his jet in Lake Champlain due to engine failure, losing 39 lives. In a dusty corner of the basement of their newly acquired home, they discover a door long sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. What follows is a riveting ghost story. Mentioned in the same breath with “The Shining,” “The Lovely Bones” and “The Robber Bride,” this book will join with them in being another page turner.
Don’t plan on putting this book down once you’ve started it. “Second Nature: A Love Story” by Jacquelyn Mitchard is a fascinating story of Sicily Coyne, who at age 13 survives a school fire that left her face disfigured and her father killed. Now, at age 25, a young surgeon offers hope with a revolutionary new surgery who may give Sicily new life. Rejecting the idea at first and then calling off her wedding to go through with the procedure, Sicily soon discovers that her new face carries risks that she could never have imagined. This story will stay with you long after the last page is turned.
And, on the non-fiction shelf, look for “Seriously…I’m Kidding” by Ellen DeGeneres. Her third book, this book is not only empowering and uplifting, it is hilariously funny. This book is laugh-out-loud funny. Full of Ellen’s life philosophies, some true, some not, all are told in story form. The book of short essays is easy to pick up or put down as time permits and always good for a chuckle.