“12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers and Spies Took Down a Nazi
Super weapon” by Jamie Holmes, history/military. The World War II story of “Section T”, a
team of physicists, engineers, and everyday people created one of the world’s first smart
weapons that helped neutralize the Nazi super weapon that threatened countless lives.
“Atomic Love” by Jennie Fields, historical fiction. Recruited by the FBI to spy on her former
lover, a guilt-riddled Manhattan Project physicist becomes torn between lingering feelings for
her ex and her growing attraction to a special agent, a former prisoner of war.
“Being Lolita: A Memoir” by Alisson Wood, biography. A lonely and vulnerable high-school
senior who finds solace in her writing is given a copy of Lolita by her charismatic young English
teacher before the girl becomes the victim of a deeply abusive, forbidden relationship.
“Betty” by Tiffany McDaniel, general fiction. Born to a Cherokee father and white mother in
the Appalachians of 1954, Betty endures poverty and violence in a wild natural refuge before
she is forced to reckon with the historical influences that shaped dark family secrets.
“Bitter Pill” by Fern Michaels, suspense. Managing a painful career setback with the help of an
online support group and a secret boyfriend who goes mysteriously missing, a neuro-scientist is
declared a person of interest when she is asked to identify the body of a stranger.
“Blood World” by Chris Mooney, suspense. In a world where people with a rare gene are
kidnapped for their blood’s wonder-cure abilities, an LAPD officer fighting the activities of illegal
blood farms is pitted against a madman who has modified healing blood to unstoppable levels.
“Boys’ Club, The” by Erica Katz, suspense. An Ivy League overachiever accepts a job at a
prestigious Manhattan law firm where the dynamics of workplace sexism force her to choose
between her career and doing what is right.
“Choppy Water” by Stuart Woods, action/adventure. When his Maine vacation is interrupted
by extreme weather that a menacing adversary uses as cover to target a close friend, Stone
Barrington uncovers a massive scheme with corrupt ties spanning New York City through Key
“Convince Me” by Nina Sadowsky, suspense. When a devoted family man dies in a suspicious
car accident, his loved ones discover unsettling discrepancies, including a fabricated medical
record, that reveal his true nature as a sociopath and pathological liar.
“Death of Vivek Oji, The” by Akwaeke Emezi, general fiction. In the wake of a southeastern
Nigerian mother’s discovery of her son’s body on her doorstep, a family struggles to understand
the enigmatic nature of a youth shaped by disorienting blackouts, diverse friendships and a cousin’s worldly influence.
“Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher: Hunting America’s Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer at the
Dawn of Modern Criminology” by Max Allan Collins, true crime. The authors document
Prohibition agent Eliot Ness’ years-long and possibly fatal manhunt for “The Mad Butcher of
Kingsbury Run” against a backdrop of the 1936 World’s Fair in Cleveland.
“End of Everything, The: (Astro-physically Speaking)” by Katie Mack, Science. From one a
dynamic rising star in astrophysics comes an accessible and eye-opening look at five ways the
universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most
important concepts in cosmology.
“Falcon Always Rings Twice, The” by Donna Andrews, mystery detective. Volunteering at her
grandmother’s craft-center Renaissance Faire, Meg is challenged to prove the innocence of her
grandfather when he is wrongly accused of murdering a fairgrounds performer who was
suspected of mistreating a rare falcon.
“Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed it to the World” by Lesley
Blume, history/military. The author reveals the information suppression campaign that
followed the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, detailing how reporter John Hersey saved
millions of lives by exposing the bombings’ long-term radiation effects.
“Final Cut” by S.J.Watson, suspense. The author explores themes of memory and identity in
the story of a documentary filmmaker who investigates the disappearance of a girl from a quiet
“First to Lie, The” by Hank Phillippi Ryan, suspense. A devastating act of betrayal catapults a
young woman onto an obsessive path to justice that embroils a glamorous manipulative
wannabe, an in-too-deep reporter and a grieving widow into a high-stakes game of cat and
“Good Dogs Don’t Make it to the South Pole” by Hans-Olav Thyvold, general fiction. A
heartwarming tale of aging, friendship and death is told from the perspective of a grumpy mutt
who bonds with his late master’s widow during walks to the library, before their home is
threatened by impatient relatives.
“Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn” by Sanjay Sarma, science. The head of MIT’s
Open Learning draws on neuroscience, cognitive psychology and other disciplines to explore the
scientific processes of learning, the conditions that are most conducive to learning, the role of
forgetting and whether traditional classroom approaches are effective.
“Heatwave, The” by Kate Riordan, suspense. Returning to the Southern France childhood
home she would rather forget, Sylvie endeavors to protect her youngest daughter from a
growing threat and toxic family dynamics linked to the death of her enigmatic firstborn.
“Hierarchies, The” by Ros Anderson, science fiction. Designed to cater to a human man’s every
whim, a synthetically designed “wife” hidden on the top floor of a luxurious home secretly longs
for a more qualitative existence and records in her diary her fears of being reprogrammed.
“In Case of Emergency” by E.G.Scott, suspense. Managing a painful career setback with the
help of an online support group and a secret boyfriend who goes mysteriously missing, a
neuro-scientist is declared a person of interest when she is asked to identify the body of a
“Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness” by Catherine Cho, autobiography. Traces
the debut author’s identity-shattering experience with postpartum psychosis, describing her
commitment into a New Jersey psychiatric ward and her efforts to reconstruct her sense of self
as a London wife and daughter of Korean immigrants.
“Jackal, The” by J.R. Ward, romance. A new Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off set in an
underground prison that is populated by thieving and murderous beings.
“Less Dead, The” by Denise Mina, mystery/detective. Navigating burnout, an unfaithful ex and
a relative’s recent death, Margo reaches out to her birth family before discovering that her
biological mother was murdered years earlier by a killer who begins sending her threatening
“Little Disasters” by Sarah Vaughan, suspense. A pediatrician makes unsettling discoveries
when her best friend arrives in the emergency room with her infant daughter and a story that
does not quite add up.
“Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink” by Sean Hannity, The Fox News host
argues that the leftist radicalism that he believes undermined American democracy in the 1960’s
must be purposefully fought again during the 2020 election to prevent progressive changes.
“Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain” by David Eagleman, science. The
Stanford University professor, host of the Emmy-nominated The Brain and best-selling author of
Incognito draws on the latest scientific findings in a revelatory portrait of the human mind that
explores how it continually adapts, recreates and forges new understandings.
“Madman Theory, The: Trump Takes on the World” by Jim Sciuto, political science. A CNN chief
national security correspondent shows how Donald Trump has disrupted the world order, and
lays out just how difficult it will be to restore it.
“Midwife Murders, The” by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo, suspense. When two kidnappings and a stabbing occur on her watch in a Manhattan university hospital, a fearless senior midwife teams up with a skeptical NYPD detective to investigate rumors that shift from the Russian Mafia to an underground adoption network.
“Nazi Menace, The: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin and the Road to War” by Benjamin Carter
Hett, history/military. A narrative account of the years leading up to World War II that
examines the racial conflicts and challenges to democracy that compromised Europe’s early
response to growing Nazi extremism.
“Operation Vengeance: The Astonishing Aerial Ambush That Changed World War II” by Dan
Hampton, history/military. A narrative account of America’s secret World War II mission to
assassinate Isoroku Yamamoto, the Japanese commander who masterminded the Pearl Harbor
“Organ Thieves, The: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South”
by Chip Jones, history/United States. An investigation into how racial inequality has shaped
the heart transplant race describes how in 1968 an injured black man checked into a hospital
before his heart was removed and donated without his family’s knowledge or consent.
“Royal” by Danielle Steel, romance. Sent into hiding during World War II, headstrong
17-year-old Princess Charlotte assumes an alias and enjoys the freedoms of a normal life in
Yorkshire before her ill-fated romance with her guardians’ son leads to the orphaning of a royal
“Six Days in August: The Story of Stockholm Syndrome” by David King, true crime. The author
presents a groundbreaking account of the six-day hostage crisis in 1973 Stockholm during which
altercations between a notorious outlaw, the prime minister of Sweden and psychologically
traumatized captives inspired the term, “Stockholm syndrome
“Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia” by Chris Hamby,
business/economics/industry. In a devastating and urgent work of investigative journalism, a
Pulitzer Prize winner uncovers the tragic resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia, its Big
Coal cover-up, and the resilient mining communities who refuse to back down.
“Squeeze Me” by Carl Hiaasen, mystery/detective. When a high-society dowager murdered at
the height of Palm Beach’s charity gala season is declared a political martyr by the colorful
president she supported, a talented wildlife wrangler uncovers the truth amid the discovery of a
“Sucker Punch” by Laurell K Hamilton, fantasy. When a young wereleopard is scheduled for
execution for the brutal murder of his uncle, Anita Blake navigates escalating pressure from the
local authorities and family demands for justice in the face of evidence that does not quite add
“This is Your Brain on Food” by Uma Naidoo, health and fitness. A Harvard-trained psychiatrist,
Cornell nutrition specialist and professional chef shares actionable dietary recommendations
and brain-healthy recipes for foods that can support the treatments of common psychological
and cognitive health challenges, from anxiety to sleep disorders.
“True Crimes and Misdemeanors” by Jeffrey Toobin, true crime. The CNN chief legal analyst
presents a behind-the-scenes account of the Mueller investigation to explain how in spite of
associate convictions and an impeachment, Donald Trump has survived to run for reelection.
“Universe of Two” by Stephen Kiernan, historical fiction. A fascinating fictionalized account of
the life of Charlie Fisk, a gifted mathematician who was drafted into Manhattan Project and
ordered against his morals to build the detonator for the atomic bomb.
“Whirlwind” by Janet Dailey, romance. One of three sisters who would carry on their family’s
bull-breeding legacy debuts a promising specimen at a professional bull rider’s competition
while resisting the advances of an attractive cowboy who tests her resolve against the dangers
of rodeo life.