Tagged: bnstorefront-bookstore Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Jeff Somers 9:00 pm on 2019/04/01 Permalink
    Tags: bnstorefront-bookstore, , , , ,   

    April’s Best Thrillers 

    Warning: preg_match_all(): Compilation failed: invalid range in character class at offset 7 in /homepages/23/d339537987/htdocs/do/wp-content/themes/p2/inc/mentions.php on line 77

    Redemption, by David Baldacci
    Amos Decker, the Memory Man with the perfect recall, returns in more ways than one in Baldacci’s latest as he heads back to his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, with FBI partner Alex Jamison along for the ride. There, Decker meets Meryl Hawkins, the first person he ever arrested. Hawkins was convicted of murder and has spent years in jail, emerging ravaged by time and illness. Even as he’s dying, Hawkins insists to Decker that he didn’t commit those crimes, and Decker is shaken by the possibility that he made a youthful mistake that sent an innocent man to jail. Digging into the case, Decker discovers a connection to another crime—one that hasn’t been committed yet, and which he might be able to put a stop to if he can solve the puzzle in time.

    The 18th Abduction, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
    Three teachers head out for a fun night in San Francisco after class, but their adventure turns deadly when the trio is abducted, tortured, and murdered. When one of their bodies is discovered, Detective Lindsay Boxer catches the case that has the city worrying over the safety and security of the entire school system. Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative reporter Cindy Thomas, for help, and the fresh perspective reveals unexpected facets of the victims. The Women’s Murder Club must work together like never before to protect their families and their city from a terrifying threat.

    Neon Prey, by John Sandford
    When Howell Paine fails to pay back the money he owes loan shark Roger Smith, Smith sends violent thug Clayton Deese to punish him. But Paine fights back with an unexpected ferocity, and Deese is jammed up on racketeering charges. When Deese escapes his ankle bracelet and investigators discover partially-eaten bodies buried in his backyard, Lucas Davenport takes an interest and begins tracking the killer and the brutal gang he travels with as they journey across the country, pulling jobs to fuel their gambling and drug use. Worried that Deese is an unstable source of dire secrets that could ruin him, Smith decides he has to go, setting up a tense three-way game of cat-and-mouse Davenport fans are sure to love.

    I Know Who You Are: A Novel, by Alice Feeney
    When actress Aimee Sinclair’s husband Ben disappears from their London townhouse the day after a terrible fight, the police center their investigation on her. After security footage of a woman that looks a lot like Aimee cleaning out their bank accounts turns up, they suspect she’s hiding something—and she is, though it’s not what the police think. Aimee definitely has a secret, one she’s now convinced someone knows and is using against her. Juggling the investigation and an audition for a high-profile role in a disturbing, career-making film, Aimee slowly reveals her shocking past even as the present-day mystery develops, one unexpected clue at a time.

    Collusion, by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley
    With a title guaranteed to catch your eye, long-time political insider Gingrich and co-writer Earley deliver an action thriller ripped from the headlines. When the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is killed by terrorists, disgraced former Navy SEAL Brett Garrett is tasked with conveying an encrypted thumb drive to the president himself. The drive reveals that a high-ranking member of the Russian government intends to defect, and it falls on Garrett and the FBI’s expert on domestic terrorism, Valerie Mayberry, to bring him in and prevent a deadly poison attack on American soil. Standing in his way: corrupt politics, liberal protesters, and deadly enemies.

    Saving Meghan, by D.J. Palmer
    Meghan Gerard was once a vibrant star athlete with a bright future. But by age 15, she’s frequently with a broad range of mysterious ailments that her medical team can’t seem to explain. On the surface, her wealthy parents are devoted to her, especially her mother, Becky, but when Meghan takes a turn for the worse, the doctors begin to openly wonder if Becky is perhaps keeping Meghan sick in a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Becky finds herself racing against time to prove that Meghan is truly sick and in desperate need of help—and she’ll have to face her own dark history and family secrets along the way.

    The Mother-in-Law, by Sally Hepworth
    This tense thriller will appeal to anyone who’s ever had a less-than-friendly relationship with the in-laws. When Lucy marries Ollie, everything is perfect—except for her relationship with his mother Diana. A beloved member of the community, Diana is faultlessly polite and outwardly kind, but Lucy knows the woman doesn’t like her. When Diana appears to kill herself, leaving a note behind stating that she doesn’t want to live through the breast cancer she’s been diagnosed with, everyone is shocked. But what’s more shocking is the autopsy that finds no cancer whatsoever—but plenty of evidence that Diana was murdered. The revelation of changes to her will mean everyone in the family suddenly has a motive, and as the truth comes out, one thing is certain: the family will never be the same.

    True Believer, by Jack Carr
    Carr follows up The Terminal List with a thriller with an explosive twist: the most famous domestic terrorist in American history, former Navy SEAL James Reece, isn’t punished for pursuing his violent revenge on those who killed his family and colleagues. Instead, he’s recruited by the CIA as the one man who can turn the Iraqi commando coordinating a series of devastating attacks that have sowed chaos around the world. Offering Reece a pardon for himself and immunity for those who have protected him, the agency convinces a reluctant Reece to take on the job, setting him on a globe-trotting course that exposes a far-reaching conspiracy.

    The Invited, by Jennifer McMahon
    Helen and Nate Wetherell take the plunge and purchase 44 acres of land in rural Vermont on which to build their dream home. After they move into a trailer on the property and begin planning the project, however, they learn that a century before, a woman named Hattie Breckenridge was hanged as a witch on their property. Soon after, ominous things begin to happen. Pragmatic acience teacher Nate blames the locals who want them to stop building and go away, but as Helen investigates the history of the property, she becomes engrossed in Hattie’s legend—and convinced supernatural forces may be at work.

    The post April’s Best Thrillers appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Sarah Skilton 6:15 pm on 2019/04/01 Permalink
    Tags: b&n picks, bnstorefront-bookstore, ,   

    April’s Best New Fiction 

    Warning: preg_match_all(): Compilation failed: invalid range in character class at offset 7 in /homepages/23/d339537987/htdocs/do/wp-content/themes/p2/inc/mentions.php on line 77

    This month brings an eclectic mix of historical fiction, with three novels set during the Reagan Era (or the Thatcher Era, depending which side of the Atlantic you’re on); two centered on life-altering friendships amid the Great War and World War II, respectively; and one about the corruption of naïve newlyweds during their honeymoon in 1957. Golfers will delight in James Patterson and Pete de Longe’s latest McKinley Miracle, and Sally Rooney returns with a powerful follow-up to her remarkable debut, Conversations with Friends.

    The Last, by Hanna Jameson
    A murder mystery set against the backdrop of nuclear war plays out in a Swiss hotel in this original thriller. Historian Jon Keller is stuck far from home when he and the other attendees of an academic conference in Switzerland learn that humanity’s last gasps may have arrived. Two fraught months after global devastation hits, the survivors living at L’Hotel Sizieme near Zurich discover a girl’s dead body in the building’s water tank, and Jon feels compelled to solve the mystery or lose what’s left of his ties to the world that was.

    Lost Roses, by Martha Hall Kelly
    In Lilac Girls, readers met Caroline Ferriday, a real-life heroine of World War II. Roses reveals what Caroline’s mother was up to a generation earlier. The year is 1914, and socialite Eliza Ferriday is delighted to have the chance to visit St. Petersburg with her friend Sofya Streshnayva serving as tour guide. Did I mention Sofya is related to the Romanovs, and will soon be forced to flee to Paris? Back home in New York, Eliza does her best to assist other Russian families escaping the revolution, but when Sofya abruptly ceases contact, Eliza worries for her friend’s life in this compelling drama based on true events.

    Miracle at St. Andrews, by James Patterson & Pete de Jonge
    Following their previous golf fantasies Miracle on the 17th Green and Miracle at Augusta, Patterson and de Jonge bring their still-striving hero Travis McKinley to the “Home of Golf”: St. Andrews in Scotland. Scotland also happens to be McKinley’s ancestral home, and following a recent disappointment at the Senior Tour, McKinley and his family are in need of some TLC in the form of a pilgrimage. Anyone who’s ever hit a slump in their professional or personal lives will relate to this uplifting tale.

    The Book of Dreams, by Nina George
    When Henri Skinner is placed in a medically induced coma following a terrible accident, his estranged 13-year-old son, Sam, keeps vigil by his side in the hospital. Sam is an intellectually gifted synesthete who experiences reality differently than most people (for example, he might feel sounds as colors). Also at the hospital are Henri’s former lover, Edwina, who is shocked to learn she’s been named Henri’s next of kin, and another coma patient, a young ballerina named Madeline, who catches Sam’s attention. As Henri and Madeline hover between this world and the next, readers will enter their memories and learn about the decisions they wish they could revisit.

    Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan
    Set in an alternate history England in the Margaret Thatcher era, McEwan’s latest depicts a love triangle between a slacker narrator named Charlie, his upstairs neighbor and girlfriend Miranda, and Charlie’s new acquisition: Adam, an Alan Turing–created synthetic human. Charlie and Miranda design Adam’s characteristics beyond his factory pre-sets and the result is an Adam who is nearly indistinguishable from an actual person. The android quickly develops feelings for Miranda, writing her a staggering amount of haiku. This looks to be a thought-provoking tale about what it means to be human, set in a very different version of the 1980s.

    Wunderland, by Jennifer Cody Epstein
    Two teenage best friends, Ilse and Renate, grow up in Nazi Germany and find their once solid bond destroyed when one of them joins the Hitler Youth division for women and the other discovers her father’s ancestry puts her in the Gestapo’s crosshairs. Betrayals and secrets follow, and it’s not until Ilse’s daughter, Ava, raising her own family in New York’s East Village in the 1980s, digs into Ilse’s past decades that a full accounting of that fraught time can be made. Unflinchingly honest and perfect for book clubs, Wunderland doesn’t shy away from depicting a complex legacy and its deeply felt repercussions.

    Normal People, by Sally Rooney
    The Conversations with Friends author returns with another brilliant, award-winning novel centered on an intense push-pull relationship between two young people who love and harm each other in equal measure. In small-town Ireland, Connell is a popular soccer star in high school who unexpectedly (and secretly) grows close to isolated and socially awkward Marianne, whose wealthy family employs Connell’s mother as their housecleaner. As university students at Trinity College in Dublin, however, their power dynamic reverses; now it’s Marianne who effortlessly traverses the social scene and Connell who comes up short. Are they meant to be together, meant to push one another away, or meant to render each other perennially off-kilter as their standing in the world evolves?

    Cape May, by Chip Cheek
    In this intoxicating psychological drama, it’s 1957 and high school sweethearts Effie and Henry tie the knot and leave their Georgia hometown behind for a two-week honeymoon in Cape May, New Jersey. Surprised to discover that the seaside town is nearly deserted, the newlyweds almost cut their trip short. Instead, on a whim, they approach the lone lit-up house in sight and join the party within. Stripped of their innocence by a trio of decadent, gin-soaked acquaintances from Effie’s past, Effie and Henry will never be the same after the dust clears.

    Boy Swallows Universe, by Trent Dalton
    Dalton bursts onto the literary scene with a debut that’s sure to garner awards in his native Australia and worldwide. Twelve-year-old Eli Bell is determined to become a journalist, but first he’ll have to survive adolescence. Growing up in 1985 in a less-than-savory suburb of Brisbane, he lives with his electively mute older brother, August, and their loving but troubled mother, a heroin dealer who winds up in prison after her boyfriend is murdered. Ex-convict Slim, a babysitter of sorts known to the neighborhood as a multiple escapee from jail, provides unexpected stability and wisdom, but it’ll take everything Eli’s got to avenge his mother and expose the machinations of Tytus Broz, a notorious drug kingpin. This looks to be a coming-of-age book with a lot of bite and even more heart.

    The post April’s Best New Fiction appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Ross Johnson 6:00 pm on 2019/04/01 Permalink
    Tags: , bnstorefront-bookstore, , ,   

    April’s Best Biographies & Memoirs 

    Warning: preg_match_all(): Compilation failed: invalid range in character class at offset 7 in /homepages/23/d339537987/htdocs/do/wp-content/themes/p2/inc/mentions.php on line 77

    The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynastyby Susan Page
    Even before publication, this memoir of the former first lady made headlines for its candid observations about the current state of presidential politics, but journalist Page covers the entirety of Bush’s life, informed by extensive research, personal diaries, and interviews with family, friends, and Mrs. Bush herself during the last six months of her life. Sometimes controversial and frequently underestimated, Barbara Bush molded herself into the powerful head of a family that produced two United States presidents while navigating her role as a prominent woman across generations of change.

    Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, by Valerie Jarrett
    Jarrett is best known as the ultimate insider: the trusted aid and confidante to both of the Obamas, and the one consistent voice during all of their years in the White House. Of course, there’s much more to the story: born in Iran to parents who sought better opportunities there than were to be found in segregated America, she grew up in Chicago of the 1960s before becoming a corporate lawyer while a black single mother during a time when those roles carried even greater challenges. She was a key figure in in the administration of Harold Wilson, Chicago’s first black mayor, but when she interviewed young lawyer Michelle Robinson for a city job in 1991, a new phase of her life and career began.

    Life Will Be the Death of Me. . . and you too!, by Chelsea Handler
    Part confessional, part journey of self-discovery, Handler’s latest memoir describes a year in her life. Following the tumult of the 2016 presidential election, the comedian, writer, and television host made a commitment to confront her past and look her choices square in the face, embarking on a year of change, growth, and self-sufficiency through therapy, political activism, and picking up her own dog’s poo. It’s a funny and insightful journey, offering a roadmap to those of us looking to keep a smile on our faces as we chart new paths in life.

    Backstage Pass, by Paul Stanley
    It’s entirely possible we’ll never again see a band with the scope, longevity, and popularity of KISS, and Starchild Paul Stanley is a big part of the reason. It’s one thing to rock ‘n’ roll all night and party every day, but Stanley has also been a canny marketer and a smart businessman, helping to bring a behind-the-scenes discipline to the glam band that’s allowed it to thrive for nearly 50 years. Here, Stanley shares lessons from a life in rock.

    Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography, by Chris Salewicz
    Jimmy Page is rock royalty many times over, but the guitarist has remained an elusive figure during his six decades in the business, only rarely giving interviews or discussing his personal life. Salewicz takes on the task of crafting the definitive biography of a fascinating figure, a key part of the history of rock whose longstanding interest in the occult has only burnished his mysterious reputation. Relying on original research as well as years’ worth of interviews with Page himself, this one is destined to be a legendary rock biography.

    Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, by Ruth Reichl
    Chef, food writer, and producer of Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie on PBS, Reichl had an impressive career well before she was offered the top job at America’s oldest food and wine magazine, Gourmet. Having no experience of management and no interest in corporate politics, she said no before she said yes, spending a decade as editor-in-chief at the journal during a time when restaurants and foodie culture were on the rise, but print media was just beginning a steep decline. Her latest memoir is the story of those years, and includes some of the recipes and examples of the food writing for which she’s so well loved.

    Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope, by Jay DeMarcus with Timothy D. Willard
    A part of the trio that makes up one of the most popular pop country groups of the past two decades, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus takes fans backstage for the story of his early years in Ohio, his discovery of music, and the rise of one of the biggest bands in the world. Describing his surprises and setbacks with humor and heart, DeMarcus details a journey took him from anonymity in in Columbus, Ohio to fame and fortune in Nashville and beyond.

    Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith, and Achieve More Than You Can Imagine, by Ally Brooke
    After six years as the voice of Fifth Harmony, Mexican-American singer Ally Brooke recently embarked on a solo career that’s already set to rival the success of the multi-platinum selling group that got its start on American X-Factor. Detailing her childhood in San Antonio and her group’s meteoric rise, Brooke talks about the triumphs and challenges of being a young star, offering advice and life lessons for others with big dreams.

    Tiger Woods, by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
    We thought we knew Tiger Woods—one of the world’s most famous and talented athletes—until a 2009 car crash exposed serial infidelities and caused his complicated personal life to bleed over into his professional career. Suddenly, the public image of golf’s shining star became a lot more complicated. Relying on years of reporting and new interviews with hundreds of people in Woods’ sphere, Benedict and Keteyian have crafted a portrait of the brilliant athlete that, for the first time, creates a 360-degree portrait of a complex figure.

    Whose story inspires you?

    The post April’s Best Biographies & Memoirs appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Jeff Somers 7:00 pm on 2019/03/04 Permalink
    Tags: bnstorefront-bookstore, , , , ,   

    March’s Best New Thrillers 

    Warning: preg_match_all(): Compilation failed: invalid range in character class at offset 7 in /homepages/23/d339537987/htdocs/do/wp-content/themes/p2/inc/mentions.php on line 77

    The Cornwalls Are Gone, by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
    Army intelligence officer Amy Cornwall is skilled at dealing with scenarios that would make most people blanch. But nothing in her professional career prepares her for the sense of dread she experiences when she comes home to find her husband and young daughter missing. Contacted by the kidnapper, she is told there is only one way to save her family: she must somehow secure the release of an unnamed captive. She has two days to accomplish her mission, and if she fails, her family will be killed. Amy has no choice but to go rogue, using her training, contacts, and desperation to find out who took her family and why.

    Cemetery Road (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Greg Iles
    Marshall McEwan escaped Bienville when he was young, heading off to Washington D.C. to become a journalist. When his father’s death and his family’s struggling newspaper force him to return home, he finds a transformed town flush with sketchy money and controlled by Max Matheson’s shadowy Bienville Poker Club, and discover’s Max’s old flame Jet has married the man’s son. After Max is implicated in the murder of his wife, he insists Jet serve as his defense lawyer. She secretly teams up with Marshall to investigate the whole web of lies, corruption, and murder, acting as the confidential informant to the journalist. Soon, the whole town seems to turn against Marshall, refusing to deal with the horrifying truth he’s threatening to reveal. The B&N exclusive edition includes a note from Greg Iles to his readers.

    Beautiful Bad, by Annie Ward
    In Meadowlark, Kansas, police officer Diane Varga responds to a 911 call made from the home of Ian and Maddie Wilson. She finds the house empty, the kitchen trashed and covered in blood, and no sign of the couple or their young son. As Varga investigates, flashbacks tell the story of how Ian and Maddie met, their often rocky relationship, Ian’s work as a security consultant in Nigeria, his struggles with PTSD, as well as Maddie’s own battle with anxiety and depression following a terrible accident. The story slowly builds to revelations about what actually went on in the house before and after an emergency call that was cut off, and how it all relates back to the very beginnings of the relationship.

    The Persian Gamble, by Joel C. Rosenberg
    Rosenberg’s sequel to The Kremlin Conspiracy spins a thrilling story that feels like a secret history unfolding in real time. In a bold move against NATO, Russia plans an invasion of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania while simultaneously signing a mutual defense pact with North Korea, which has only pretended to give up its nuclear program. Oleg Kraskin, son-in-law to Russian president Luganov, sees the potential end of the world in his father-in-law’s plot and passes information about his schemes to former secret service agent Marcus Ryker. They link up with the CIA’s Moscow station chief Jenny Morris in a desperate attempt to stop the mad president’s plans.

    The Perfect Alibi: A Novel, by Phillip Margolin
    Star athlete Blaine Hastings is convicted of rape despite his passionate, angry denials, largely due to the incontrovertible DNA evidence. While he’s in prison a second rape is committed, with DNA evidence pointing to the same culprit—which should be impossible. With a new lawyer, Blaine gets a fresh trial and is released on bail. His original lawyer is soon found dead. Fearing for her safety, the original rape victim hires young attorney Robin Lockwood, a skilled MMA fighter who is also handling another client charged with murder, despite clear evidence the act was committed in self-defense. Soon, Lockwood comes to suspect the two cases are connected, but she’ll have to act quickly to prove her theory before someone else winds up dead.

    My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing
    When the body of a young woman named Lindsay is discovered in an abandoned motel, it’s shocking—especially to the narrator of the book, who, along with his wife Millicent, had previously kidnapped her as part of a twisted attempt to inject sick thrills into their stale marriage. Millicent was supposed to kill Lindsay quickly and dispose of her body, but confesses she decided it would be better if the crime scene mimicked those of a notorious local serial killer. While the husband is intrigued by the possibility of hiding a murder spree behind another string of killings, the downside to this trick is the increased attention the crime receives.

    Dark Tribute: An Eve Duncan Novel, by Iris Johansen
    Johansen’s 24th Even Duncan novel kicks off with deceptive calm. Eve’s ward, violin prodigy Cara Delaney, leaves a celebrated performance and travels to Atlanta to meet her friend Jock in hopes of convincing him their intense bond should evolve into something romantic. At the hotel they’re both staying at, however, Cara’s whole world is turned upside-down when she’s abducted by a man bent on against Eve and her husband Joe Quinn. While Eve and Joe scramble to chase down clues, Cara must use all of her wits to survive.

    The Woman in the Dark, by Vanessa Savage
    After accidentally overdosing in the wake of her mother’s death, Sarah and her husband Tom decide to move their family into Tom’s childhood home. Sarah insists her brush with suicide was an accident, and that the change of scenery will be a wonderful way to leave grief behind. When they arrive, however, they find the house has been abandoned for 15 years after its last occupants were brutally murdered. They move into what the locals call the “Murder House” anyway. As Tom becomes obsessed with the crime, odd objects from the house’s past begin to turn up on their doorstep. When Sarah learns the murderer has just been released from prison—and that the sole survivor is in town too—she begins to doubt her husband’s stories of his own childhood in the house. As her struggle with depression worsens, Sarah grows desperate to protect her children from what increasingly seems like a supernatural evil within the residence. Or is it all in her head?

    The post March’s Best New Thrillers appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Jeff Somers 5:00 pm on 2019/03/04 Permalink
    Tags: bnstorefront-bookstore, , ,   

    March’s Best History & Current Events Books 

    Warning: preg_match_all(): Compilation failed: invalid range in character class at offset 7 in /homepages/23/d339537987/htdocs/do/wp-content/themes/p2/inc/mentions.php on line 77

    Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, by Vicky Ward
    Vicky Ward delves into an oft overlooked aspect of the Trump presidency: the influence and, some would argue, unchecked power of Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. While the couple go to great pains to paint themselves as the voices of reason and moderation in the White House, Ward painstakingly charts what she views as their arrogance, ignorance, and lack of respect for procedural norms and the rule of law. Every decision that the Kushners make, Ward argues, is based on how it will increase their personal wealth and power, and is influenced by their elite upbringings and the wealth-insulated lives they’ve led. In the scrum of shocking books about American politics, this one is a must-read.

    Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law, by Preet Bharara
    If you’re expecting a book about the 45th president written by a federal prosecutor appointed by Barack Obama and fire ignominiously by Donald Trump eight years later to be a hit job, think again. Bharara instead offers a thoughtful exploration of the modern role of the criminal justice system and the prosecutors working within it. Through a series of in-depth reviews of his own cases—including high-profile prosecutions like Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber—Bharara underlines the complexities of investigating crimes in the modern age. He’s refreshingly honest about his own uncertainties and regrets. It’s rare to see a high-level public official admit to mistakes, and Bharara’s honesty lends weight to his insights into our criminal justice system and to the conclusions he draws about the specific cases he worked on.

    Topgun: An American Story, by Dan Pedersen
    Pederson, who co-founded the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (better known to most as the Topgun program), offers a fascinating analysis of both the school’s impact on the tactics and techniques of the U.S. Air Force’s fighter planes and the handling of the Vietnam War, the conflict in which these new ideas were first put into practice. Pederson is understandably proud of both the program and the people who made it legendary, yet also critical of the Johnson administration’s decisions, especially when it comes to the rules of engagement handed down to pilots. As he devoted himself to his career, Pederson suffered two failed marriages and missed out on time with his children, and his frank talk of his regrets adds a layer of reliability to the story of a transformative military hero and the elite program that is his legacy.

    Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day, by Giles Milton
    Milton meticulously outlines the awe-inspiring level of planning, detail, and cooperation that D-Day’s Operation Overlord required to pull off the largest sea invasion ever staged. From the harried officers struggling to get the official green light from disparate commanders, to the German intelligence agent who made an astoundingly accurate prediction of what was about to happen, only to have his report ignored, the machine of D-Day only becomes more impressive as you learn the details. Interspersed with the high-altitude view are gritty stories of individuals—the soldiers and the members of the French Resistance—whose acts of personal bravery and sacrifice triumphed over insurmountable odds.

    Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights, by Doug Jones
    Jones, the first Democratic Senator from Alabama in a quarter century, writes a personal account of Alabama’s racial history and his own political evolution. From his childhood in the suburbs, where race never once entered his mind, to his horror and social awakening after a horrific 1963 church bombing that left four young girls dead, Jones details the travesty of the obstructed investigation into the bombing that saw the three men responsible—Bob Chambliss, Tommy Blanton, and Bobby Frank Cherry—walk free. When Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley managed to reopen the case and convict Chambliss in 1977, Jones was inspired; years later, as U.S. Attorney, he managed to convict the last surviving suspects. Jones uses Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous quote”the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice—as a guiding light, and readers will be surprised at the depth this senator brings to his story.

    The post March’s Best History & Current Events Books appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

compose new post
next post/next comment
previous post/previous comment
show/hide comments
go to top
go to login
show/hide help