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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Remaining Oct Titles

As the last weekend in September approaches, I am going to try to jam in the rest of the October titles that I want to discuss. Some are nonfiction but most are fiction. Hope there are some that interest you in the mix.

Eric Kaplan, a co-executive producer and writer for The Big Bang Theory, has Does Santa Exist? : A Philosophical Investigation coming on Oct 16th. Kaplan is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Berkeley so he does have knowledge to discuss this. This is really a discussion on how our beliefs are grounded and how do we know what is real. He uses sources from traditional philosophers to Monty Python. I am curious about his writing style.

The Dark Art: Undercover in the World's Most Dangerous Narco-Terror Oraganizations by Edward Follis and Douglas Century comes out on Oct 7th. Follis was with the Drug Enforcement Administration for 27 years and he was a highly decorated agent. He worked undercover to develop relationships with international drug lords. This is his memoir.

Elin Hilderbrand has penned her first holiday offering, Winter Street, which comes out on Oct 14th.
Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the father of 4 adult children. He is looking forward to a nice Christmas at home with his 2nd wife and 3 of the 4 children until he finds his wife kissing the man who plays Santa Claus. Can Christmas be saved?

Chase Novak continues the tale that started in Breed with Brood which comes out on Oct 7th. This adds some horror to my list. Twins Adam and Alice are being cared for by their aunt. They were created by a fertility treatment that destroyed their parents and causes some children to become feral. As the aunt watches for any sign - a bunch of feral children are coming for them.

Hank Phillippi Ryan has become more popular with each title. Her newest in the Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series is Truth Be Told which also comes out on Oct 7th. Ryland is digging up information about a middle class family that is evicted from their suburban homes and learns some facts about about a money making scheme. Meanwhile Brogan has reasons to doubt a man's confession to a 20 year old murder.

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain once again comes out on Oct. 7th. Riley MacPherson believed her older sister committed suicide as a teenager. Twenty years later, she returned to her fathers house after his death to clean it out and discovered that her sister was in hiding, living under an assumed name. What had happened all those years ago to make her run? What will happen if she looks for her? Sounds like a suspenseful one to me.

Marlon James spoke during BookExpo in May. He was funny and wonderfully entertaining. He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, comes out on Oct 2nd.  This novel offers a fictional investigation of the attempted assassination of reggae star Bob Marley and travels from 1970s Jamaica, to 1980s New York and back to the Jamaica of the 1990s. Reviewers have called him a genius and this title inventive and stunning. I can only say, listening to him speak, I know it will be entertaining.

Now, for the last Oct. title (this one out again on the 7th), Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash. Rash novel Serena is moving to the big screen starring Jennifer Lawrence coming out I believe in Feb 2015. This one revolves around a brutal crime, a longtime sheriff burned out by the impact of crystal meth on his community and a female park ranger. All takes place in Appalachia as is common in Rash titles. Sounds like it has real atmosphere from an author the New York Times has called 'one of the best authors of his time'.


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