New in Hardcover:
- Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille
From #1 New York Times bestselling author DeMille comes a suspenseful new novel featuring Detective John Corey and an all-too-plausible conspiracy to detonate a nuclear bomb in two major cities. My mom loves this guy, she can't stop reading his books.
- There's Nothing in this Book That I Meant to Say by Paula Poundstone
Part memoir, part monologue, comedian Poundstone's book features biographies of historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and Helen Keller, peppered with digressions about Poundstone's own life, such as her very public DUI.
- The House of Hilton: From Conrad to Paris: A Drama of Wealth, Power, and Privilege by Jerry Oppenheimer
This is not — I repeat, not — a crappy, trashy tell-all about a braindead heiress who has done nothing to deserve her constant tabloid attention. It is a New York Times bestselling author's searing expose of an entire family of braindead people who have done nothing to deserve their constant tabloid attention — or money.
Scoff if you will, but we know who's reading this thing under the covers at night.
- The Mystical Life of Jesus: An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ by Sylvia Browne
Man, this Jesus dude is in these days. Right-wingers have always loved him, but now lefties are getting in on the act, even if it's only to line up behind another unlikely conspiracy theory to prove that all of life is a colossal cover-up.
Now here comes "America's leading psychic" to explore the details of super-popular Jesus's life "from her unique perspective as someone familiar with this world and the next."
- The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry
Not to be confused with Walter the Farting Dog, even though I hear Christmas miracles give you really bad gas. Farts would seem a perfect fit for humorist Barry, but this time he gets all sentimental with a story about a Christmas pageant in a small town in 1960.
Keep your copies of Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel close, just in case...
- Too Soon to Say Goodbye by Art Buchwald
Writers growing old is a terrible thing: waiting for Death to knock at your door, never knowing which book will be your last, hoping to go out on that final high note.
Venerable humorist Buchwald attempts to meet death on his own terms in this memoir, which features Buchwald planning his funeral, plotting to land a big obituary in the New York Times, and more.
- Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir by Gore Vidal
Buchwald certainly isn't alone in waiting to die. Gore Vidal's new memoir, a sequel to Palimpsest, sums up the author, historian, actor, screenwriter, playwright, political activist, and television personality's long and storied life.
Will this be Vidal's last book or does he have one more in him before the casket closes? Only time will tell...
- The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara
Is there an American war Shaara hasn't written about yet? Well, if there is, be patient — he's getting around to it.
In his newest novel, Shaara tackles the Great One, portraying the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of World War II.
- Born in Death by J. D. Robb
Futuristic cop Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers — both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm — are brutally killed on the same night. If that sounds like a setup for your standard episode of Law & Order, consider this: Dallas also has to plan a baby shower for her best friend!
I'm not sure why any of this needs to be set in the future, but I'm awfully curious what the baby shower of tomorrow will be like.
- Ships of the Line (Star Trek) by Margaret Clark and Doug Drexler
In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek, here for the very first time collected together are the spectacular images from the highly successful and acclaimed Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars, including text by Michael Okuda (The Star Trek Encyclopedia).
I'm not going to make any cracks. The targets are too easy and have already taken enough abuse. Engage!
New in Paperback:
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Checkmate by David Michaels
Bang! Pow! Zoom! "Take that, liberal scum!!"
Here we have a novel based on a popular video game series allegedly created by Tom Clancy. I can find no information on this book besides that. However, my younger brother has played all the games and is really excited about the new one coming out and can't recommend them highly enough.
- Rachael Ray 2,4,6,8 by Rachael Ray
My favorite Rachael Ray story comes secondhand from a coworker (who shall not be named).
It's a brief, acid-spiked account of Ray's atrociously diva-like behavior while shooting at a Portland restaurant. She kept the whole crew waiting for something like two or three hours, then charged onto the set furiously barking demands and snapping at everyone — and as soon as the camera turned on, she magically transformed into America's giggly, bubbly, happy-go-lucky kitchen sweetheart. At least Martha Stewart lets her bitchy side hang right out there.
- Light My Fire: An Aisling Grey, Guardian, Novel by Katie MacAlister
With all the sexy witch bounty hunters and vampire killers having naughty trysts with werewolves and the undead out there, it must be tough for a writer of paranormal romance to come up with a truly unique concept. But I think Katie MacAlister has nailed it: "Aisling Grey is juggling being a demon lord, a Guardian, and a wyvern's mate."
Sounds perfect for fans of horror, romance, horrific romance, Lord of the Rings fan fiction, and reading while tripping on acid.
- Phil Hellmuth Presents Read 'Em and Reap: A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells by Joe Navarro
Why just play cards when you can play cards for a potential fortune and use the FBI's crack interrogation techniques to read the other players? Here's real-life FBI agent Navarro's proof that our tax dollars can be put to good use, after all.
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