DECEMBER 2020 B&T BOOKS
“All the Young Men” by Ruth Koker Burks, biography. A gripping and triumphant tale of human compassion follows a young single mother in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who was driven to the forefront of the AIDS crisis, becoming a pivotal activist in America’s fight against AIDS.
“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman, humor. A poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
“Arctic Fury, The” by Greer Macallister, historical fiction. Secretly hired by an eccentric Lady Franklin to lead a team of women explorers into the Arctic to recover Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, Virginia Reeve survives a harrowing quest only to find herself on trial for murder.
“Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, The” by Phil Szostak, performing arts. This official behind-the-scenes companion to the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian features exclusive concept art, character and costume sketches, and vehicle and creature designs.
“Attack Protocol” by Jerome Preisler, suspense. Tracking a master hacker operating in the shadows of the Carpathians, an elite team of Net Force cybersecurity agents is betrayed by one of its own as part of a Dark Web plot to seize world power.
“Biohack Your Brain: How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power ” by Kristen Willeumier, body, mind, spirit. The Your Brain Health neuroscience podcaster outlines recommendations for promoting brain health and resilience throughout a lifetime, outlining helpful techniques for preventing memory loss and other neurodegenerative disorders.
“D: A Tale of Two Worlds” by Michael Faber, fantasy. Baffled by the sudden disappearance of the letter D, a young woman is summoned to the home of a former history teacher before arriving in an enslaved, wintry land where free thinking is under threat.
“Deadly Edition, A” by Victoria Gilbert, mystery/detective. Investigating an art dealer’s murder to help clear a friend’s name while juggling the demands of her approaching nuptials, librarian Amy Webber is thwarted by her aunt Lydia’s boyfriend, who believes the chief suspect is guilty.
“Eat Smarter: Use the Power of Food to Reboot your Metabolism, Upgrade Your Brain, and Transform Your Life” by Shawn Stevenson, health and fitness. Lose weight, boost your metabolism, and start living a happier life with this transformative 30-day plan for healthy eating.
“Eddie’s Boy” by Thomas Perry, suspense. Surviving an attempt on his life, retired mob hit man Michael Shaeffer reflects on his apprenticeship under an elite killer while pursuing his would-be assassins from Australia to the United States to identify who is trying to eliminate him.
“Fool Me Twice” by Jeffry P. Lindsay, suspense. A sequel to Just Watch Me finds thief and disguise artist Riley Wolfe continuing his Robin Hood-inspired crusade against the wealthy elite by orchestrating the theft of a highly prized Faberge egg.
“Greatest Beer Run Ever, The” by John Donohue, autobiography. This is a wildly entertaining, feel-good memoir of an Irish-American New Yorker and former U.S. marine who embarked on a courageous, hare-brained scheme to deliver beer to his pals serving Vietnam in the late 1960s.
“Humans” by Brandon Stanton, biography/guide book. A poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
“Hush-hush” by Stuart Woods, action/adventure. New York City cop turned Manhattan law firm rainmaker, Stone Barrington, lands in hot water.
“Last Days of John Lennon, The” by James Patterson with Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, true crime. Published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s assassination and based on insider interviews, a chronicle of the iconic music artist’s final days includes coverage of his last album and the life of Mark David Chapman.
“My Name Is Anton” by Catherine Ryan Hyde, historical fiction. Realizing that a neighbor is trapped in an abusive marriage, a smitten 18-year-old youth, haunted by his brother’s accidental death, offers the woman shelter and a means to escape.
“Mystery of Mrs Christie, The” by Marie Benedict, historical fiction. Claiming amnesia after going missing for more than a week in late 1926, up-and-coming mystery author Agatha Christie pens a chilling story that brashly implicates her war-hero husband.
“Not According to Plan” by Maria Belodubrovskaya, history/criticism. The author reveals the limits on the power of even the most repressive totalitarian regimes to create and control propaganda. Belodubrovskaya’s revisionist account of Soviet filmmaking between 1930 and 1953 highlights the extent to which the Soviet film industry remained stubbornly artisanal in its methods, especially in contrast to the more industrial approach of the Hollywood studio system
“NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp, suspense. This book continues the story of top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald.
“Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures With Two Very Good Dogs” by Andrew Cotter, pets. Tells the story of Olive and Mabel, Labrador retrievers who rose to internet fame as the subjects of Andrew Cotter’s BBC sports parodies.
“Perestroika in Paris” by Jane Smiley, folk tale. Coexisting in the lush hidden spaces of Paris until cold weather arrives, an escaped racehorse and her companion, a German shorthaired pointer, forge a bond with a boy living in seclusion with his nonagenarian grandmother in an ivy-covered house.
“Red Hands” by Christopher Golden, suspense. Ben Walker, an expert in weird phenomena is asked by the Global Science Research Coalition to locate a woman who has been the victim of a devastating bioweapon that causes every person she touches to drop dead.
“Rock Force: The American Paratroopers Who Took Back Corregidor and Exacted MacArthur’s Revenge on Japan” by Kevin Mauer, history/military. The author documents how three years after being forced to abandon his troops at Manila Bay’s Corregidor, General Douglas MacArthur launched the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment to capture the island’s Japanese-occupied fortress.
“Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy” by Leslie Brody, biography. The author traces the life story of author Louise Fitzhugh, discussing her upbringing in segregated Memphis, experiences as a closeted lesbian and influential creative relationships
“Under the Alaskan Ice” by Karen Harper, romance. A sequel to Deep in the Alaskan Woods finds a young widow assisting a pilot in the wake of a bush plane crash, before an unknown adversary begins sabotaging the pilot’s investigation in the Alaskan wilderness.
“Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the U.S.S. Plunkett ” by James Sullivan, history/ military. Documents the true story of a U.S. Navy destroyer that inspired the writings of John Ford and Herman Wouk, drawing on the journals and other writings of five shipmates who witnessed the Anzio attacks and D-Day invasion.
“Watch Her” by Edwin Hill, mystery/detective. Investigating a suspicious burglary and the disappearances of Prescott University alumni, Harvard librarian Hester Thursby and Detective Angela White uncover financial transgressions, rumors of infidelity and a decades-old tragedy.
“We Thought We Knew You: A Terrifying True Story of Secrets, Betrayal, Deception and Murder” by M. William Phelps, true crime. The award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author of Dangerous Ground documents the 2015 poisoning murder of chiropractic therapist Mary Yoder and the community-dividing investigation that implicated members of the victim’s own family.
“Wild Minds: The Artists and Rivalries that Inspired the Golden Age of Animation” by Reid Mitenbuler, performing arts. This historical account of the Golden Age of classic animation includes coverage of the less-remembered work of Winsor McCay while exploring the stories behind and enduring influences of iconic 20th-century characters, from Betty Boop to Popeye.
“Write! Shoot! Edit!: The Complete Film Guide for Teen Filmmakers” by Deborah S. Patz, teen and young adult films. Write! Shoot! Edit! mentors teens in first filmmaking crafting complete, scripted movies in a safe place free from public exhibition and scrutiny, experimenting with the medium, and discovering one s own visual storytelling voice.
“Wrong Alibi” by Christina Dodd, suspense. Sentenced to life in prison for a murder she did not commit, 18-year-old Evelyn escapes and works under an alias at a wilderness camp, where her chance at revenge is complicated by a former employer’s mysterious connections.
“Wrong Family, The” by Tarryn Fisher, suspense. An off-kilter narrator witnesses the slow unraveling of a couple’s strained marriage that erupts in unexpected ways.