RED HEADED BOOK LOVER

Home

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a

CONTINUE READING »

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under

CONTINUE READING »

City of Bones, Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or

CONTINUE READING »

The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will

CONTINUE READING »

Room, Emma Donoghue

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive

CONTINUE READING »

From Darkest Skies, Sam Peters

After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keona Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife’s personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose – to discover the truth behind her own death – but Keona’s relationship

CONTINUE READING »

The Hatching, Ezekiel Boone

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these

CONTINUE READING »

Bright Air Black, David Vann

In Bright Air Black, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia’s Colchis – where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann’s

CONTINUE READING »

Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid

CONTINUE READING »

The Witchfinder’s Sister, Beth Underdown

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth–but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a

CONTINUE READING »

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, Denis Thériault

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle—Bilodo has taken to stealing people’s mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Ségolène’s letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing

CONTINUE READING »

Good Me, Bad Me, Ali Land

Fifteen year old Milly was raised by a serial killer: her mother. When she finally breaks away and tells the police everything about her mother’s crimes and years of abuse, she is given a new identity and placed in an affluent foster family and an exclusive private school. She wrestles with being the daughter of a murderer and the love she still feels for her mother, despite her crimes, but her hopes are simple. Milly

CONTINUE READING »

The White Raven, Carrie D. Miller

In her thirteenth life, Aven has settled into the now witchcraft-friendly Salem where she has found true happiness and friendship, maybe even love. Despite her contentment, the truth of Aven’s existence haunts her. When she dies, her Spirit is forced from the Veil to live again in the body of a stranger. Does the elusive white raven, who has shadowed Aven through each of her lives, hold the secret to her release–or is it the

CONTINUE READING »

The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with a difference. Set throughout the roaring twenties, it is a wicked fairytale of circus tricks and child prodigies, radical chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians and brooding clowns, set in an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. It is the tale of two dreamers, abandoned in an orphanage where they were fated to meet. Here, in the face of cold, hunger and unpredictable beatings, Rose

CONTINUE READING »

Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street

CONTINUE READING »

Blackwing, Ed McDonald

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost. The

CONTINUE READING »

Thunder Peak, Trae Stratton

Carved from the rugged Chiricahua Mountains, the intimidating spire, Thunder Peak, slashes the sky, haunting the southern reaches of the Arizona Territory and looming over Itza Chu Canyon. Staked in the darkest corner of Thunder Peak’s shadow lies the Tamm Ranch and Orchard, run by Civil War veteran Jonas Tamm. Jonas lives with his adopted daughter Casey and knows more about the mysterious canyon they live in than anyone. When Casey rescues a hornless, juvenile

CONTINUE READING »

Finding Persephone, PJ Braley

Finding Persephone  follows Timaeus Tuzurias, the last fire slayer of an alien brotherhood, as he travels to North America to participate in the creation of the next genetic leap in Lyostian evolution: a generation specifically designed to save the planet from human destruction. With a new name and designation as Dr. Grant Gates, geneticist and physician, Timaeus believes he is finally free of the murderous legacy of the fire slayers. His new identity, however, does not

CONTINUE READING »

Finding Evie, Catina Noble

I’m sure we all must have told ourselves, at least once while growing up, that life couldn’t possibly get worse. As Rod Serling, host of the ancient TV show, *The Twilight Zone*, actually never said, “Imagine if you will,” being the eldest female child in a family with no parenting. Imagine being “Mommy” to a pair of irresponsible, substance-addicted adult children. Imagine taking on the responsibility of being the nanny for younger siblings, the maid

CONTINUE READING »

Leaving Large, Michelle Petties

How I Won a 42 – Year Battle With Obesity It is the one thing found at the intersection of race, culture, identity, status, education, and economics-food. The truth is: It’s never about the food. It’s always about the story behind the food. In Leaving Large: The Stories of a Food Addict, Michelle Petties shares a collection of personal essays that chronicle her triumph over 42 years of obesity and ill-health. As a result of uncovering

CONTINUE READING »

Cassandra and the Crystal Cave, Deborah Shining Star

When disaster threatens the family farm, Cass and her dog rush into the burning barn to help rescue the cows and her beloved pony. But tragedy strikes and Cass’s world comes crashing down. While hospitalized and semi-conscious, her epic journey of healing and empowerment begins. Guided by her spiritual allies and power animals, Cassandra’s spirit travels between the realms of Sheva and her world of lucid dreaming. Here, she meets Grandmother Shining Stars who mentors

CONTINUE READING »

The Keepers, Tan Van Huizen

There is evil in the swamp–the place where spirits dwell. Everyone in Titicut Township knew Carl Jenkins suffered from paranoid delusions, but what truly haunted him was far darker in nature. Whatever the small-town talk, only Carl and the shadow force of keepers (headed by Chief of Police, Elias Hicks) knew the truth. When outsider and city reporter, Don Williams, arrives to investigate a 1973 cold case involving Carl Jenkins and the disappearance of three

CONTINUE READING »

Bastards of the Revolution, Pres Maxson

Erin Ashford, a historian, finds the diary of a colonial-era woman who claims she slept with every American founding father. Erin tries to authenticate the diary and find the woman’s vault of souvenirs from every affair, but she’s not alone. As her journey unfolds, she meets a gaggle of inept treasure hunters, an army of law enforcement, and one scrappy intern with sticky fingers. Add cartoon versions of the founding fathers, some vengeful pirates, and

CONTINUE READING »

LO, Bradford Tatum

Willoughby, known back on Earth as “the East Hamptons of the Kuiper Belt System,” is the first sustainable colony on Mars. Built by the mysterious geneticist Carlos Yakamura this settlement encourages the rich to live as they please. They can enjoy decadent homes, physically modifiable partners, meals based on their best memories and even boutique children known on Willoughby as Builds. Designed to impress even at the dullest cocktail parties, the Builds’ proprietary motive genes

CONTINUE READING »

Wake Up the Night, Kenneth A. Silver

This is a collection of stories, of words and ideas that flow like a dream, but is there anything less predictable or quite so fickle as a dream? Ken Silver creates narratives that are decidedly daring, and he is never afraid to reach, but never beyond the point at which (with lawyerly precision) he is unable to support his conclusions, scientifically or otherwise. Make no mistake though, it is hardly a tame piece of writing,

CONTINUE READING »

The Martial Art, Dane Andrew

Amid a brutal epidemic, a business executive enacts his nefarious plan to honour a neglected son and make himself billions. But when those plans result in the death of an unintended, an unlikely hero emerges. Forged in the fire of ancient traditions; Adam Emerson, armed with hard-earned skill and inherent mental prowess, disrupts those plans as he attempts to solve his family’s murder. Meanwhile, a mysterious group that is feared by criminals and law enforcement

CONTINUE READING »

A River of Ill Wind, Christopher Baird

There are times when a single decision, something done or left undone, alters the lives of all involved. A River of Ill Wind is one such story. It tracks the joys, sorrows, accomplishments, and vulnerabilities of six young men who futures are changed forever by violence. Despite profound misgiving, Paul Bennet embarks on a weekend canoe trip with his friends to a renowned whitewater river in Northern Wisconsin. The principal danger, however, is not the

CONTINUE READING »

Valley Fliers, David Boito

Jay Smalley, seventeen, loves remote control aviation. He spends most of his time with model planes at the San Fernando Valley miniature airfield near his home. When a newcomer to the field arrives and boldly practices flight maneuvers with a military-issue drone, Jay suspects he may be an assassin who uses drones to kill. Jay rallies his fellow Valley Fliersto surveil the suspect in a move that puts everything he cares about at risk: his

CONTINUE READING »

The Secret of Four Notch, Tracy Sabin

Mom and dad decided to move us from our home in California to middle-of-nowhere Washington state. Goodbye forever, best friends! Exploring our sopping wet new neighborhood, our weird “sort of” new friend, my sister and I discovered Four Notch. Was the legend true that it could take us back in time? I know it sounds crazy but we figured it out. Went back to the time of the sawmills. Very strange and pretty exciting until

CONTINUE READING »

A Marriage to Die For, Gerri LeClerc

Jane Phelan knows the odds. Women who leave don’t always survive. The day Jane wins a prestigious award at work, her husband’s psychological abuse escalates to physical violence. He’s always threatened vengeance if she ever were to leave him. Despite his exceptional resources to find her as a DEA agent, Jane knows she must risk escape. After months of secret preparation, on a dark winter night, Jane flees to an island in Maine. When she

CONTINUE READING »

Resumes for Children, Donna Kristine Manley

Resumes for Children – 17 Years Old and Under is a detailed guide of sample resumes that show how children’s talents, skills, abilities, and challenges can propel them to success. This book takes the guess-work from parents and children about what to put on a child’s resume. This book also provides great ideas on activities that children can pursue in order to build themselves a strong resume at an early age. Inside this book are

CONTINUE READING »

The Fallacy of Materialism, Steven L. Richheimer

For people today, materialism is the most common lens through which they view reality. This is despite the fact that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that disproves this morbid worldview.The evidence includes the important part that consciousness plays in how we perceive and experience reality; the “observation problem” and nonlocality of the quantum realm; the connection between space and time in Einstein’s theory of relativity; and the fact that paranormal phenomena such as ESP, mystical

CONTINUE READING »

A Scattering of Leaves, Patricia Reynolds

Following his Vision Quest in A Scattering of Crows, Hidden Spirit continues the journey after an unsettling vision of his sister, Chasing Rabbit, in danger. He races against the clock to find the boarding school where Preacher Jim continues to indoctrinate the Sioux children. He fears he will be too late and wonders about the fate of his beloved, Morning Star. Surviving insurmountable odds, Hidden Spirit rises to the harrowing challenge. Quelling his anger, his

CONTINUE READING »

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a

CONTINUE READING »

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under

CONTINUE READING »

City of Bones, Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or

CONTINUE READING »

Author Spotlight

Joe Pace, Author Spotlight

Isaiah Moss was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His illegitimate son Oscar Kendall wasn’t. Living in Isaiah’s inescapable shadow, Oscar has become an inveterate quitter who hides his own literary work from the world rather than suffer the pain of failure or rejection. When Isaiah suddenly dies, Oscar inherits the old man’s lakefront writing cabin in New Hampshire. There he finds his father’s typewriter, a full liquor cabinet, and an

CONTINUE READING »

Omara Williams, Author Spotlight

Love is all it takes. It is the end of the twenty-first century. Droughts and floods have left Earth on the brink of collapse, with limited resources and habitable land. Erin Lobart, a bright young student living on the remote island of Tinian with her adoptive parents, is partnering with rescue teams to deliver food and medicine that is barely keeping civilisation afloat. On her sixteenth birthday, Erin and her best friend, Sam, make a

CONTINUE READING »

L. Andrew Cooper, Author Spotlight

Crazy Time: A Bizarre Battle with Darkness and the Divine is a literary horror novel, a dark, surreal, contemporary supernatural fantasy that offers scares and suspense but seeks to terrify more on the level of concept, filling your head with thoughts and images that don’t fit right and perhaps shouldn’t even be. Bright, independent Lily Henshaw rides home with her friends Kris, Eric, and Mia after an evening of celebration and ends up in a

CONTINUE READING »

Mike Kimmel, Author Spotlight

Need a killer monologue for an audition? Discover a wealth of fresh options in this detailed tome. Sick of the same scripts being done to death? Looking for a soliloquy relevant to today’s contemporary world? Seeking material with a positive spin? Full voting member of the National Television Academy and Tonight Show sketch comedy performer Mike Kimmel has been writing, acting, and producing for decades. Now he’s here to share a curated collection of sixty

CONTINUE READING »