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    Readers' Café



    New for July 2014 in the Readers' Cafe:

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    Panic in a Suitcase - Akhtiorskaya, Yelena
    ISBN: 9781594632143
    Publication Date: July 2014
    In this account of two decades in the life of an immigrant household, the fall of communism and the rise of globalization are artfully reflected in the experience of a single family. Ironies, subtle and glaring, are revealed: the Nasmertovs left Odessa for Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, with a huge sense of finality, only to find that the divide between the old world and the new is not nearly as clear-cut as they thought. The dissolution of the Soviet Union makes returning just a matter of a plane ticket, and the Russian-owned shops in their adopted neighborhood stock even the most obscure comforts of home. Pursuing the American Dream once meant giving up everything, but does the dream still work if the past is always within reach?

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    Sentinels of Fire - Deuterman, P.T.
    ISBN: 125004118X
    Publication Date: July 2014
    By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. One destroyer, the USS Malloy, faces an even more pressing issue when her Executive Officer Connie Miles begins to realize that the ship's much-admired Captain Pudge Tallmadge is losing his mind under the relentless pressure of the attacks.

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    The Fortune Hunter - Goodwin, Daisy
    ISBN: 9781250043894
    Publication Date: July 2014
    Despite Charlotte Baird's unconventional devotion to photography and her lack of beauty, she has many suitors because of the fortune she will inherit. Her brother's fiancee wants Charlotte's marriage to enhance the family's social standing. Enter Bay Middleton, renowned for his success with both horses and women despite his lack of money or title. Is he merely another fortune hunter, or does he value her other attributes?

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    The Queen on the Tearling - Johansen, Erika
    ISBN: 9780062290366
    Publication Date: July 2014
    An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut--the first novel in a trilogy.

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    The Home Place - La Seur, Carrie
    ISBN: 9780062323446
    Publication Date: July 2014
    For a Terrebonne, the home place is the safe haven, the convergence of waters, the place where the beloved dead are as real as the living. . . . The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its cruel poverty, bleak winters, and stifling ways. Hard work and steely resolve got her to Yale, and now she's an attorney in a high-profile Seattle law firm, too consumed by her career to think about the past. But an unexpected call from the Montana police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she'd escaped.

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    Dollbaby - McNeal, Laura Lane
    ISBN: 9780670014736
    Publication Date: July 2014
    A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in Civil Rights-era New Orleans--a novel of Southern eccentricity, secrets, and laughter. When Ibby Bell's father dies in a tragic accident in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie, and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's Victorian house is like no place Ibby has ever been--and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum every once in a while-- is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, her black cook, Queenie--who has run Fannie's household ever since it was Fannie's household--and Queenie's feisty daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

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    Famous Baby - Rizzo, Karen
    ISBN: 9781938849305
    Publication Date: July 2014
    Ruth Sternberg was the first and most famous mommy blogger, and now, eighteen years later, daughter and blog subject Abbie is understandably bitter about her public exploitation. So she takes a gap year to get away from the scrutiny and her overbearing mother. When she hears that her beloved grandmother is moving in with Ruth after receiving a terminal diagnosis, she rightly suspects that her mother has found a new subject to write about on her blog. Abbie can't bear the notion that her grandmother's suffering will be shared with the nation, so she kidnaps her, sending her doting but misguided mother into a panic.

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    Forty Acres - Smith, Dwayne
    ISBN: 9781476730530
    Publication Date: July 2014
    Attorney Martin Grey just won the biggest racial discrimination case of his career, putting his law firm in the media spotlight. The opposing counsel, superstar lawyer Damon Darrell, invites Martin and his wife, Anna, to a small party at his estate. Martin is welcomed into Damon's small group of friends, all of them powerful, extremely wealthy African American men. Despite Anna's growing suspicions that all is not right, Martin goes on a men-only retreat to a plantation-style mansion called Forty Acres. A horrified Martin is offered membership into a secret society that aims to avenge the past injustices of slavery through the kidnapping and enslavement of descendants of slaveholders. Knowing his refusal would mean his death, Martin desperately plans his escape not only to save himself and the slaves but to expose the immorality of all he sees.


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    All I Love and Know - Frank, Judith
    ISBN: 9780062302878
    Publication Date: July 2014
    For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed. In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple's two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship.


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