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  • Jeff Somers 10:00 pm on 2018/07/13 Permalink
    Tags: , Games and Strategy, ready set go, ,   

    Let the Games Begin with Summer Game Nights at B&N! 

    If the thousands of board game meetups around the country, boasting more than a million members, are any sign, board and card games have never been more popular. These meetups are a testament to the power and appeal of playing a fun, geeky, challenging, or hilarious game with friends, no headsets or high-speed internet required. Games exercise your logic circuits, strategic genius, and creativity—all you need is the game, some players, and a comfortable place to spread out and play. To celebrate our killer selection, Barnes & Noble is psyched to be hosting a six-week Game Night series, starting Thursday, July 19.

    Every Thursday night from July 19 through August 23, B&N stores will be the ideal spot for your regular Game Night—or your first foray into tabletop gaming. There are a lot of reasons B&N is the perfect place to roll some dice and deal some cards. Let our cafés provide the drinks and snacks (no fuss, no cleanup), with deals including $5 flatbreads and buy one, get one free Frappuccinos. Not sure how to get started? Each Game Night will have a host, ready to help organize games and educate players. Have you been wanting to try a new game, but weren’t ready to commit? We’ll have game demo libraries on hand in each store, with featured games available for 10% off.

    The demo games include a mix appropriate for all ages, including Boss Monster, Star Wars X-Wing, Superfight, and You Gotta be Kitten Me. With plenty of space to spread out, food and beverages mere steps away, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff at your service, Game Night is about to get a lot more epic.

    B&N Game nights will include a few featured games each week, ranging from classics to devious new favorites. For the old-school folks, you’ll have the opportunity to bankrupt your friends and loved ones with Monopoly, prove you’re a walking dictionary with Scrabble (as well as the frenetic new variation Bananagrams), get back to old-school card tricks with UNO, and wrack your brains with Scattergories.

    Want games of skill? B&N will be featuring games like Yeti in My Spaghetti, where you have to remove noodles without letting the yeti drop into the bowl, and the “Telephone for the 21st century” game Telestrations.

    Prefer card games? We got you—some Game Nights will feature rounds of the hilarious Game of Things, where players write down responses to questions and you have to guess who said what, the insanity of Exploding Kittens, where you must avoid—yes—adorable cats that explode, or the imagination-intense Superfight, in which players build superpowered characters and pit them against each other.

    Just want to have fun? No one said Game Night had to be hard. Cozy up to games like Harry Potter Clue, lynch a werewolf or two in One Night Ultimate Werewolf, or fire up your inner storyteller with a thought-provoking round of Dixit.

    All of these games and more will be on hand at different Game Nights, so you can come by to play some old favorites or to discover new ones, make some new friends (and tabletop rivals) in the process, and enjoy a snack from the café. Because there’s one thing we know: whatever your age, whatever your skills, there’s a game out there for you—and this summer you’ll find it at your local Barnes & Noble.

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  • Jeff Somers 6:00 pm on 2018/07/11 Permalink
    Tags: , frames of mind, , howard gardner, SMRT, ,   

    10 Books That Will Make You Smarter in Every Way 

    According to famed psychologist Howard Gardner, there is not one measure of intelligence, but nine: Spatial, Naturalist, Musical, Logical-Mathematical, Existential, Interpersonal, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Linguistic, and Intra-Personal. This means that if your goal is truly to become smarter, you have to think in broader terms and do more than plow through a few extra crossword puzzles every week—you have to feed every aspect of your intellect. The books below can help make you smarter in each area of intelligence. Embark on a reading journey that’ll make you feel like a genius—or at least more aware of your strengths.

    Frames of Mind, by Howard Gardner
    You might as well start at the source. Gardner’s seminal 1983 book lays out his theory of multiple versions of intelligence in detail. He describes the nine types of intelligence as different ways people process information, and argues that they operate largely independently—and that modern testing and education systems are fatally flawed, because they don’t take this variety into account. It’s a fascinating work that might change how you think about thinking.

    Spatial Intelligence: Spatial Intelligence: Why It Matters from Birth through the Lifespan, by Daniel Ness, Stephen J. Farenga, Salvatore G. Garofalo
    No book offers a more comprehensive outline of what, exactly, spatial intelligence is, and why you should be more aware of it. After explaining the natural tendency for all people to interrogate the world through spatial relationships and knowledge, it offers real-world parallels linking spatial skills to professional skills, and demonstrates how developing them can make you more effective and successful.

    Naturalist Intelligence: Last Chance to See, by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
    Our ability to identify and comprehend other living things has always been essential to our survival, from the first time someone died from eating the wrong berries, to our instinctive reaction to spotting a rabid dog on the street. Naturalistic Intelligence is severely underdeveloped in a large portion of the modern world, insulated as we are from the hunting and farming and wilderness survival that was once essential. Adams and Carwardine’s book focuses on species that are in imminent danger of extinction—an excellent place to start your naturalistic reeducation.

    Musical Intelligence: Amadeus, by Peter Shaffer
    You could buy a book on musical theory, or specifically on Musical Intelligence, which is how we interpret and react to sounds, rhythms, and tones. You could read this haunting, complex play, listening to the musical pieces referenced as you go, and climb into the head of a genius who seemed to translate everything he experienced into music. Mozart certainly possessed extraordinary musical intelligence, and if you can absorb just a bit of it, you’ll be better off.

    Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: Gödel, Escher, Bach, by Douglas R. Hofstadter
    This book isn’t solely focused on one form of intelligence—there is a lot of musical intelligence stuff in here as well, for example. But it’s a deep dive into questions, puzzles, and ways of thinking directly linked to the Logical-Mathematical part of your brain, and it’s so energetically written and wonderfully imagined, it’s also a damn hard book to put down. It’s not easy reading, but it will definitely leave your logic circuits buffed up once you’ve absorbed its stories, word games, linguistic puzzles, and deep references.

    Existential Intelligence: The Stranger, by Albert Camus
    On the surface, Camus’ classic is a straightforward story of a man who commits a terrible crime and pays the price. Underneath, it wrestles with fundamental questions of our existence, and there’s no better way to boost start your Existential IQ than reading it—twice, maybe—and thinking about the absurd view that Camus puts forward. Our existence, our being, is one of the fundamental facts of our lives, and yet it is a mystery in many ways. Read this novel, go have a good think, and you’ll come out smarter, whether you realize it or not.

    Interpersonal Intelligence: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    There’s a sense that this classic novel gets an inflated reputation because of its racially-charged subject matter, but that’s unfair—Lee’s first (and for some time, only) novel is a genius-level creation of Interpersonal iIntelligence and empathy. Science tells us that reading classic literature improves both dramatically anyway, partially because it forces us to experience lives much different from our own. That’s true of Mockingbird, but it’s also a book featuring a main character, Scout, with a genius-level Interpersonal IQ. Scout navigates the other characters with a strong instinct for who’s good, who’s bad, and how to deal with both, even though she often lacks the experience to put her instinct into words. You can learn a lot just by thinking about why she reacts in certain ways throughout the story.

    Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence: The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
    There are many books specifically about knowing your body and learning its limitations, but this work of fiction is one of the deepest to investigate the mysterious relationship between what we’re capable of doing and how we actually learn to do it. Harbach’s story about a skilled baseball player chasing a difficult record that’s derailed by a mysterious and sudden inability to do what was once came naturally—known in professional sports as ‛The Yips’—is not only a brilliant read, but a book that will have you thinking about the sometimes tenuous link between your mind and your body.

    Linguistic Intelligence: Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
    People with Linguistic Intelligence find language to be a pliable tool, useful for accomplishing just about anything. Considering a huge portion of the words you use every day were invented by Shakespeare, it’s arguable he possessed one of the highest linguistic IQs in history. The challenge here is to read his plays in the original 16th-century English, without reference materials, and see how much you can follow. Then, go back and read them again, focusing on things you don’t quite get. You might eventually have to look some stuff up (some of Shakespeare’s reference were very topical), but forcing yourself to think hard about his words is a great exercise.

    Intrapersonal Intelligence: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami
    At first blush, a book by a famous author about his running obsession might not seem right for intelligence focused on knowing yourself—but read it, and all becomes clear. This isn’t so much a book about running as it is a book about meditation, private thought, and finding that safe space where you can explore yourself without distraction or self-doubt. For Murakami, that pace is running. After reading it, you’ll be inspired to find that place for yourself.

    What books do you read to feel smarter?

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  • Jeff Somers 4:00 pm on 2018/07/05 Permalink
    Tags: a year in provance, chasing the sun, , one-way ticket, sag harbor,   

    10 Books To Read Instead of Taking a Vacation This Summer 

    There’s nothing rougher than listening to friends, family, or co-workers (maybe especially co-workers) chatter on about their amazing summer vacation plans if you yourself have none. Whether due to finances, work responsibilities, or simple bad luck, not everyone can plan a great trip every year, and that can make the hot summer months seem longer, sadder, and hotter than they truly are.

    Readers, of course, know a good way to go on a trip whenever they want to: all it takes is the right book. The 10 books below not only tell gripping, emotionally powerful stories—they also take you someplace you’ve likely never been, and let you revel in a foreign culture and landscape.

    Call Me by Your Name, by André Aciman
    Not only is this tender love story a pure delight in terms of character and storytelling, reading it is also almost as good as an actual trip to the Italian Riviera. In-between acting on their burgeoning attraction, 17-year old Elio and 24-year old Oliver lounge around the sort of gorgeous Italian countryside and charming villas that are the stuff travel agents’ dreams are made of. If you can read this beautiful, brief novel and somehow not want to travel to the Mediterranean to drink wine and read books, we can only conclude you have no soul. That, or you already live there.

    Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
    India is big. Like, really, really big. Saying you want to “go to India” is sort of like saying you want to go to Europe, or the Moon—you really need to be more specific. That being said, despite the often grimy subject matter, Roberts’ controversial biography-as-novel introduces to an India that is equal parts overwhelming and exciting, overcrowded, hot, and beautiful, as seen through the eyes of an escaped convict on the run. You might not want to follow in the author’s supposed footsteps exactly, but reading this book is like getting off a plane in India without any money or a current passport and just diving into the country.

    Wedding Night, by Sophie Kinsella
    Underneath the farcical, bubbling story of a woman who gets fed up with a boyfriend who won’t as her to tie the knot and immediately accepts the proposal of an old flame, running off to a luxury resort in Greece to get married while her sister works behind the scenes for an annulment is a love letter to the gorgeous Greek Islands on which the story is set. Anyone who’s seen Mama Mia probably entertains a daily fantasy of moving to such a place; this book is almost as good as heading there for your own 5-star destination wedding.

    Ulysses, by James Joyce
    Yes, yes—this is an intimidating postmodern novel that scares the pants off seasoned academics and literature experts. It’s also a funny, salty tour of Dublin—granted, it’s Dublin on June 16, 1904, but you can still recognize the old bones of the city Joyce is making love to on every one of these many, many pages. Reading this classic might be more work than most books, but the end result will likely be a burning desire to visit Ireland and walk the streets that Leopold Bloom and company traversed in Joyce’s mind all those years ago.

    The Black Book, by Orhan Pamuk
    This unconventional and unexpected mystery doubles as a testament to just how awesome it is to live in Istanbul. As Galip searches for his missing wife and accidentally assumes the identity of the man he suspects she ran off with, Pamuk layers on stories about life in the ancient city, painting a picture of a beautiful, mysterious place that is equal parts modern and traditional. If you can’t get to Istanbul yourself (with or without the fraught mystery and confusing sense of reality), this book will definitely make you feel like you and the city are old friends, well met.

    Chasing the Sun, by Natalia Sylvester
    Set in Lima, Peru, this story of violence and kidnapping may not initially seem like much of an advertisement for a vacation—but once you realize that Sylvester set the story during a period of chaos and trouble that is long in the past, you can see the beauty and passion of the country peeking out around the edges. As a desperate husband works with a professional negotiator to try and get his kidnapped wife back from terrorists, Lima emerges as the sort of gorgeous spot anyone would want to explore over the course of a few lazy weeks, just taking in the lush Latin vibes. Minus the kidnapping, of course.

    Sag Harbor, by Colson Whitehead
    Not every amazing vacation spot is overseas, but not every New Yorker (or every American) can just jet out to the Hamptons every summer. If you are one of the many who can’t, check out Whitehead’s brilliant 2009 novel, which explores deep issues of race, culture, and capitalism while also introducing you to an intimate view of high-rolling Long Island you might not get anywhere else. You might not be able to afford the summer-long vacation the kids in this novel experience (without parental supervision, too), but you’ll definitely want to move the Hamptons up on your must-see list.

    The Hundred Foot Journey, by Richard C. Morais
    You might not need much motivation to visit the Occitanie region of France (or, you know, France), but this delightful book, focused on the rivalry between two restaurants in the region, will make you pine for a place you’ve likely never been. Many people think France is Paris, and vice versa, but France is a big place, composed of several regions that were once independent countries, and thus have their own flavor and cultural je ne sais quoi. This book will put Occitanie on your list.

    A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle
    Can’t spend a year in the south of France whipping an old villa into shape and sampling the local wines and cheeses? Well, that’s rotten luck. The good news is that this novel-like memoir is sort of like going there and doing just that. What’s great about the book is how Mayle treats the region and its people as a real, tangible place, with frustrations and problems as well as beauty and incredible food. That being said, you can’t read this and not want to head off immediately, job and responsibilities be damned.

    The Hairdresser of Harare, by Tendai Huchu
    Finally, it’s easy to get lost in African literature and come away with the idea that the continent is dangerous, unsettled place to visit. But even more so than India, Africa is a land of many different nations and even climates. Huchu’s brilliant novel presents one of them to you all its messy glory. It is set in Zimbabwe, and follows the surprising and ultimately tragic relationship between hairdressers Vimbai and Dumisani, while making country seem like the sort of place smart, adventurous people might visit.

    What books take you where you wish you could go?

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  • Jeff Somers 6:00 pm on 2018/07/01 Permalink
    Tags: crack team, , ocean's 8   

    8 Woman-Centric Heist Novels to Read If You Loved Ocean’s 8 

    Reboots are en vogue these days, with no TV show or movie from more than a few years back safe from a refresh at the hands of today’s filmmakers. Increasingly, it isn’t enough to just remake the same story for modern-day audiences, it’s also necessary to reinvent it—and one the most powerful ways to reinterpret something from an earlier era is to reconsider the way it handles gender. For the Ocean’s 11 franchise, that meant making Ocean’s 8 with an all-woman cast, focusing on a caper organized by the sister of the earlier films’ main character.

    When the end product looks as good, and is as entertaining as Ocean’s 8, who could complain? The jazzy beats of a heist story aren’t exclusively male property, after all. If you loved the movie as much as we did, here are eight (of course) novels that will keep you buzzing on that female-centric caper energy.

    Diamonds Aren’t Forever, by Connie Shelton
    A rare “reverse heist” is at the fore in this fast-paced, fun story. Penelope Fitzpatrick’s family isn’t rich, but it’s been sustained by jewels that her grandfather smuggled out of Russia when the tsar fell. Now there’s just one jewel left—and it’s been stolen in a brazen robbery. Pen puts together a caper team, but the job isn’t to rob someone else—it’s to take back that which is hers by birthright. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a wholly satisfying heist at the center of this breezy novel—for Pen, pulling it off is far from a sure thing.

    Uptown Thief, by Aya de León
    Marisol Rivera is a good women—she runs a women’s health clinic on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and she’s dedicated to helping her patients. So dedicated that she’s willing to run a brothel for the 1 percent in order to pay the bills—supplemented by a little light thievery from the CEOs and Titans of old money who patronize it. When even this isn’t enough, she plots an ambitious heist that she thinks will set her and the clinic up for life—and as you might imagine, everything quickly goes sideways. This book’s fiercely feminist tone is right in line with today’s news, and the heist is thrillingly detailed.

    Artemis, by Andy Weir
    In Artemis, city on the Moon, Jazz Bashara works as a porter, scraping by and supplementing her income with a little light smuggling on the side. Her moonlighting brings her into contact with wealthy, powerful figures like Trond Landvik, a businessman with designs on a lunar aluminum monopoly. Landvik asks Jazz to come up with a way to sabotage his competition, and Jazz seizes the opportunity to grab a big score with a bold plan. The resulting caper moves at a mile a minute, and is delivered with the same witty dialogue and ribald humor that made us fall in love with Mark Watney, narrator of Weir’s blockbuster novel The Martian. Jazz is a woman with a serious attitude problem, and you’ll quickly come to love her.

    Void Moon, by Michael Connelly
    Connelly knows from crime novels, and his first Cassie Moon story is steeped in caper energy. Moon opens the novel is prison, craving revenge. She’s planning to rob the high-roller suite at the Las Vegas casino where she was arrested five years previously attempting the same crime—a bungled job that left her lover dead. She plots the heist with incredible precision, and pulls it off—only to find herself pursued by a tireless private detective. The fact that Moon viewed this robbery as her literal “one last score” before retiring just makes the mess that follows her delightfully ironic. There aren’t many better crime writers than Connelly, and this is one of his most, er, arresting efforts.

    The Grifters, by Jim Thompson
    Thompson soul-killing view of the universe may be best absorbed in small doses, but wow, did the man know how to bring the sordid lives of criminals to bright, electric life. The crimes in this book are confidence games, not proper heists, but when the characters discuss their business of fooling people out of their money, the same sort of buzzing electricity fills your head. The planning, the details, the quick-thinking that saves the day—it’s all here, soaked in darkness and horror. If the Ocean’s movies leave you feeling a bit too sunny about breaking the law, this novel will set you back on the straight and narrow.

    Rulebreaker, by Cathy Pegau
    Another sci-fi setting with a satisfying heist. On the mining colony of Nevarro, Liv Braxton makes her way with straightforward smash-and-grab thievery. Her simple approach is complicated when an old lover invites her to help him in a big score, and she accepts—only to find that the powerful woman she’s supposed to deceive has gotten under her skin in a way she never anticipated. The SFF elements are lightly handled, and the main pleasures are in the surprisingly detailed heist and the emotional effect it has on Liv.

    The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, by Catharina Ingelman Sundberg
    Martha Andersson may be 79 and interred at a retirement home, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to just take what life hands her. Fed up with bad food and restrictive rules, she recruits some of her elderly compatriots into the League of Pensioners, and proceeds to wreak havoc around the place. The League’s minor crimes somehow slowly build up to a full-on bank heist. If you think wishing to break out of the rules and make one big score is something that only the young can contemplate, this book will show you otherwise, and in fine style, as Martha and her gang of seniors—who even have cool criminal nicknames—show the kids just how a caper is pulled off.

    Ruin of Angels, by Max Gladstone
    Set in an urban fantasy universe in which magic and disputes over zoning regulations go hand-in-hand, the standalone sixth installment of Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence is the SFF heist story you’ve been looking for. In the city of Agdel Lex, which sits atop the wreckage of another city, destroyed in the God Wars, the streets shift without notice, tethered to one reality or another only by a shared understanding. Into this strange landscape wanders Kai, a priestess on the hunt for her missing sister, Ley. Kai finds Ley has been involved in a very shady business deal and is now on the run—but what she doesn’t know is that Ley is plotting a magical heist that could change the fate of the city and everyone in it. Assuming she survives, of course.

    Did we miss your favorite woman-centric heist story? Let us know!

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  • Jeff Somers 6:00 pm on 2018/06/30 Permalink
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    July’s Best New Thrillers 

    The Other Woman, by Daniel Silva
    Silva’s 18th entry in the Gabriel Allon series finds the art restorer and Israel’s most effective spy drawn back into the struggle against Russia’s to tip the balance of world power in their favor. When one of Allon’s best assets inside Russian intelligence is assassinated while trying to defect, he investigates—and is soon on the trail of one of the biggest and best-kept secrets of the last few decades: there is a mole inside the highest corridors of power in the west—someone who has bided their time and now stands at the summit of power. Allon will have to risk everything and give all in order to stop the unthinkable.

    Spymaster, by Brad Thor
    The 17th Scot Harvath book finds the skilled agent finally feeling his age—though he’s still the most dangerous and effective employee at private security and espionage endeavor The Carlton Group. Across Europe, someone is assassinating diplomats, and Harvath is ordered to find out who—and why. When it’s revealed to be part of a plot by Russia to leverage the NATO alliance to draw the United States into a war, Harvath is tasked with stopping the Russian plan, and he goes on the offensive, identifying and hunting down the assassins themselves. Meanwhile, the founder of the Carlton Group battles a declining mental state that means the secrets of his long career are at risk—and the new head, former CIA chief Lydia Ryan, must scramble to protect those secrets—as well as her agents in the field.

    Give Me Your Hand, by Megan Abbott
    As a teenager, Kit Owens isn’t particularly ambitious—until she meets Diane Fleming, a troubled girl with a troubled past who pushes herself to perfection in everything. Kit finds herself being pushed along with her as they both pursue an elite science scholarship, until one night Diane shares a secret with Kit—and Kit, horrified, turns her back on Diane. A decade later, Kit is working in a prestigious lab under a famous scientist and pursuing a coveted spot on the male-dominated team, and she is shocked to find herself suddenly competing against Diane. Kit struggles to keep the past in the past as she realizes her connection to Diane, so long buried, is as powerful as ever—and Diane’s secret, which she worked so hard to forget, is as terrible as ever.

    Double Blind, by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
    The Johansens’ sixth Kendra Michaels novel finds the FBI agent drawn into a murder investigation when the victim, paralegal Elena Meyer, is found holding an envelope addressed to Kendra. Kendra doesn’t know Elena, and doesn’t recognize anyone on the video of a wedding reception contained on a memory stick in the envelope. She enlists the help of freelance investigator Adam Lynch—but the video suddenly disappears. As Adam and Kendra struggle with their attraction to one another, Kendra finds herself diving into a massive conspiracy—and tallying a rising body count.

    She Was the Quiet One, by Michele Campbell
    When their mother passes away, twins Rose and Bel are sent to Odell Academy, an elite boarding school. Rose is thrilled and immediately excels. but Bel falls in with a bad crowd. Both sisters forge unusually strong bonds with a married couple, Sarah and Heath, who act as both faculty advisors and dorm parents. When Bel gives in to peer pressure and hazes Rose, the bond between siblings is strained to the breaking point. Rose turns to Sarah and Bel turns to Heath, whose motives may be less than honorable. As the sisters’ relationship sours into violence, a deep and disturbing mystery arises, told through overlapping points of view and twisting timelines.

    Caged, by Ellison Cooper
    Sayer Altair, a talented special agent for the FBI, studies the patterns of serial killers in order to forget the tragedies that trail in her wake—parents dead in a horrific car crash, fiancé killed while working a mysterious case for the Bureau. She is forced to emerge from her research when she’s assigned to the case of Gwen Van Hurst, daughter of a senator who went missing a year before, who has been found dead in a cage in the basement of a booby-trapped house in Washington, D.C. Sayer learns that another victim may still be alive in a cage somewhere, kicking off a frantic race against time.

    Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage
    Stage’s debut tells the story of fragile Suzette, battling with her distant, cold mother and the crippling effects of Crohn’s disease. Despite the physical risks, she and her husband Alex have a child. Determined to be a better mother than her own, Suzette tries her best, but Hanna is a difficult child. As the story opens, Hanna is seven years old and Suzette is home-schooling her because Hanna—who has yet to speak a word despite knowing how to read and write—refuses to behave. The only person for whom Hanna seems to have any affection is her father, and she views Suzette as a barrier between her and the total devotion of her dad. As Hanna’s behavior becomes more violent and unhinged, Alex doesn’t see the danger—but Suzette begins to fear for her life.

    Bound for Gold, by William Martin
    Rare-book dealer Peter Fallon returns along with his girlfriend Evangeline Carrington. At Peter’s son’s behest, the pair head out to California in search of the stolen journal of James Spencer of the Sagamore Mining Company, who searched for a legendary “river of gold.” Spencer’s story is one of violence and greed, racism and capitalism—in short, the story of America. And it’s a story that may not be quite over; as Peter and Evangeline hunt for the stolen book and stumble into a plot that threatens their lives.

    Four Dominions, by Eric Van Lustbader
    The third entry in Lustbader’s Testament series opens with Emma Shaw, artifacts expert, studying the recently acquired Testament of Lucifer onboard a private plane. Turbulence knocks lemon juice onto the parchment, revealing hidden writings that Emma reads before she realizes the danger—and finds herself possessed by the demon Beleth, who serves Lucifer’s plan to finally free Heaven itself from God’s tyranny. Beleth sets Emma to turning her brother, academic Bravo Shaw, towards evil as the demons plot their final victory.

    All These Beautiful Strangers, by Elizabeth Klehfoth
    Ten years ago, Charlie Fairchild’s mother Grace was seen on bank security cameras cleaning out the family’s safe deposit boxes—and never seen again. Now 17, Charlie is haunted by her mother’s disappearance, wondering if she truly abandoned her family, or if there is another explanation. Attending an exclusive boarding school, Charlie is pushed by the secret society she’s pledging to dig into her family’s secrets—and what she finds makes her head reel. forcing her to consider the possibility she never knew either of her parents at all.

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