Lit Hub Weekly May 21 – 25, 2018
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Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself
by Faith Salie (Author)
From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author’s adventures during her lifelong quest for approval
Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation. Whether she’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcism to save her toxic marriage, or baking a 3D excavator cake for her son’s birthday, Salie is the ultimate approval seeker—an “approval junkie,” if you will.
The Americana Series Volume Two: Valley of the Vapours, Fire and Ice, and After the Storm
by Janet Dailey (Author)
With more than three hundred million books sold, Janet Dailey is an icon of American fiction. In a romantic tour of the United States, the first lady of romance wrote fifty novels, one set in each state. The three enchanting installments of the Americana Series included in this collection tell heart-soaring tales of love and desire in Arkansas, California, and Colorado.
Valley of the Vapours: One kiss was all it took for Tisha’s father to jump to the wrong conclusions and demand that Roarke Madison do the right thing by his daughter. Surely Roarke would put a stop to this ridiculous talk of marriage. Instead he presents her with the most beautiful diamond solitaire engagement ring . . .
Fire and Ice: Some women marry for love. Alisa Franklin has to marry to satisfy conditions in her domineering mother’s will and gain custody of her sister, Christine. It’s not easy for her to accept Zachary Stuart’s proposition—or to live with him without letting down her defenses . . .
After the Storm: Rad MacLeod was the best-looking, nicest guy in Denver, Colorado—the only man his wife, Lainie, ever truly loved. When he went away, her heart was shattered. But now he’s back. They’re both a little older, a whole lot wiser . . . could their connection be hotter than ever?
Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, Book 8)
by Jim Butcher (Author)
There’s no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.
As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend—all grown up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it’s all in a day’s work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob…
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Rebecca Schwartz Mysteries 4-5 (Rebecca Schwartz Mystery Series)
by Julie smith (Author)
Vol. 4: DEAD IN THE WATER
WHAT’S THE ETIQUETTE WHEN YOUR HOSTESS IS ARRESTED FOR MURDER?
San Francisco lawyer Rebecca Schwartz has occasion to wonder when she and her weekend hostess, Marty Whitehead, find a body floating in the 30-foot kelp tower at the Monterey Aquarium, and Marty’s promptly dragged off to the slammer.
Rebecca quickly grasps the Emily Post solution—sign on as Marty’s lawyer, try to keep her client’s two young kids out of the deep end, and somehow avoid drowning in the sea of lies gushing from Marty’s mouth–and everyone else’s. There’s a lot of intrigue among the aquarium’s oceangoing primates, as well as rumors of a pearl beyond price. Plus a new romance for our heroine!
Volume 5: OTHER PEOPLE’S SKELETONS
WHAT SHE’S ABOUT TO LEARN WILL ROCK HER WORLD! Rebecca Schwartz, “Jewish feminist lawyer,” as she’s fond of saying, thought she knew her best friend–and her boy friend. Not to mention her family. But everything’s about to change.
Secrets spill out of these pages like hornets out of a nest, each with its own distinct sting, as author Smith weaves a thrill-packed and complicated San Francisco mystery that’s as much about how little we know about our nearest and dearest as it is about whodunit.
Rebecca’s shocked when Chris Nicholson, her glamorous law partner, is arrested for murder–but not nearly so shocked as when she discovers Chris can’t come up with an alibi. What she was doing, Chris says, involves a secret so damaging she’d be drummed out of San Francisco legal circles if anyone knew. Sure enough, when Rebecca uncovers it, her world tilts on its axis—and continues to list, ever more dangerously, as the story picks up speed and this formerly rational lawyer finds her worldview threatened by things she never knew existed. At least not in her circle! And Chris is far from the only one with a skeleton in her closet.
BONUS SHORT STORY: BLOOD TYPES
This one’s absolutely shivery. If you’re a lawyer, and someone you haven’t heard from in years calls to ask how to execute a holographic will, what are you to think if he dies the next day? For all fans of Bay Area mysteries, with perhaps more appeal to readers of noir than cozies.