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BOSSYPANTS Fey, Tina

Actress, comedian, writer, and producer Tina Fey has won five Emmys, five Writers Guild Awards, and the Kennedy Center's annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Presently appearing on the TV sitcom '30 Rock,' Fey's career actually started in 1994. Before she was Tina Fey, she was Elizabeth Stamatina 'Tina' Fey. She talks about her life and career and the lessons she's learned.


FROM THIS MOMENT ON Twain, Shania

Shania Twain has lived a life filled with triumph and tragedy. One of seven children of divorced parents, Shania knew about poverty and loss at a young age. At 22 she became the sole support of her siblings when her mother and stepfather were killed in an auto accident. This is the story of her musical discovery and her rise to stardom, amidst still more heartbreak.


HOLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA : THE RACE TO KILL THE BP OIL GUSHER Achenbach, Joel

Following the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the first order of business was to contain the leak and clean-up what couldn't be contained. The second priority was to kill the leaking well, which lay on the ocean floor, an unprecedented technical challenge. This is the story of the men called in to carry out that monumental task.


IF YOU ASK ME : AND OF COURSE YOU WON'T White, Betty

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned and observations made, Betty applies her wit and wisdom to a broad range of topics including television, aging, life, love, sex, and celebrity. Mixed in are her best stories from a career that began in 1939, but specifically focuses on the last 15 years. The book is short, funny, sweet, and to the point, just like Betty.


NOTES : RONALD REAGAN'S PRIVATE COLLECTION OF STORIES AND WISDOM Reagan, Ronald

This is a collection of Ronald Reagan's most intimate thoughts, favorite quotations, proverbs, and excerpts from speeches, poetry, and literature, as gleaned from his newly disclosed Notebooks. In them, he wrote his thoughts on work, marriage, and family in classic one-liners. His jokes, aphorisms, and insights into politics and life are surprising and reveal a view of the president rarely seen before.


TALIBAN SHUFFLE : STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN Barker, Kim

Kim Barker was a war correspondent for the 'Chicago Tribune' in the Middle East and Afghanistan following 9/11. She now offers an irresistible, darkly comic immersion in the absurdities of life in a war zone where she spent years doing what she refers to as 'the Taliban shuffle' between Kabul and Islamabad and exposes the lunacy and incompetence of the governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


UNFAMILIAR FISHES Vowell, Sarah

Vowell explores the history of Hawaii and explains how it is Manifest Destiny's plate lunch. It's a story of cannibalism, incest, massacres, con men and dreamers, racism, Teddy Roosevelt, Obama, and America, opportunistic missionaries, warring whalers, kings and queens, and even lepers.


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2030 : THE REAL STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS TO AMERICA Brooks, Albert

By the year 2014 cancer had been alleviated, America had aged dramatically, and people were living into their 80s with no natural end in sight. As they reaped perpetual retirement benefits, and lived securely on pensions that never envisioned longevity, the young people of the world simmered with resentment toward them. Then, in 2030 an earthquake struck Los Angeles that set in motion an unthinkable option.


BLOOD TRUST Lustbader, Eric

Ali Carson intends to honor her late father and her comatose mother by becoming one of the best FBI agents at the Fearington Institute. She gains great support from National Security Adviser, Jack McClure. When Ali becomes the prime suspect in a murder at Fearington, Jack's support becomes even more invaluable. Together can they find the criminal mastermind lurking in the shadows?


BURIED PREY Sandford, John

During demolition work at the future site of a condo development the bodies of two girls are found beneath an old house. Policeman Lucas Davenport remembers when the two girls went missing and the kidnapper was killed in a shootout in 1985. The case was officially closed, but Lucas had never forgotten it. Now that the case was reopened, he dove into the investigation once more.


CLUTCHES AND CURSES : A HALEY RANDOLPH MYSTERY Howell, Dorothy

Things are going well for amateur sleuth/professional fashionista Haley Randolph until an irate customer puts a curse on her. Haley doesn't believe in curses until things start going really wrong. She thinks transferring to another store will help, but it doesn't. It seems the curse followed her. Then she finds the body of a former classmate and becomes the police's leading suspect in the woman's death.


COME AND FIND ME : A NOVEL OF SUSPENSE Ephron, Hallie

Grief over losing her husband in a climbing accident two years earlier turned Diana Banks into a recluse. She has not stepped outside her home in all that time. But, when her sister goes missing, Diana's forced to brave the outside world--and her own demons--to find her. The trail she follows is fraught with danger that threatens not only her sister's life, but hers too.


FIRST HUSBAND : A NOVEL Dave, Laura

After being dumped by the man she thought was the love of her life, a travel writer hastily marries another man and finds herself living in Western Massachusetts with someone who seems like a stranger. Had she been too hasty in marrying only three months after being dumped? Should she stay in this marriage, or return to the man who dumped her?


FRIENDSHIP BREAD : A NOVEL Gee, Darien

Julia Everts, still grieving the loss of her son five years after his death, comes home one day to find something called a Friendship Bread and a small bag of starter on her front porch. When she decides to prepare the bread for her young daughter, and pass the starter along to two newcomers in town, it changes her life, forges new friendships, and renews relationships in her town.


GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE Kane, Andrea

Family-court Judge Hope Willis watched helplessly as the car containing her daughter sped away. Now she was grasping at anything that gave her hope of rescuing Krissy. She calls in P.I. Casey Woods who knows the difference between finding the girl dead or alive could be as slight as a suspect's elevated heart rate or as deep as Hope's dark family history.


HEADS YOU LOSE Lutz, Lisa & Hayward, David

Orphans Paul and Lacey Hansen are pot-growing, 20-something siblings eking out a living in northern California. When a corpse turns up on their property, they naturally can't call the police, so they move it. The next day, the body's back on their doorstep. It's then they discover it's Lacey's ex-boyfriend. Deciding to investigate, they uncover a link between this death and their parents' deaths a decade earlier.


HEAT WAVE : A NOVEL Thayer, Nancy

Carley never thought it would happen to her. It starts when she learns that best friend Maud is having an affair with Carley's other best friend, Vanessa. Carley's choice to keep the secret creates problems. When Carley's husband, Gus, grows more distant, and Carley gives into temptation with a carpenter, she learns of Gus dying in Vanessa's arms in a motel.


INFORMATIONIST : A NOVEL Stevens, Taylor

Vanessa Munroe deals in information--working for corporations, heads of government, private clients, and anyone who can pay her price. She learned her skills at the side of an infamous gunrunner in central Africa when she was 14 and cultivated them until something sent her running. A decade later, she's never looked back. But then, her past finds her, with near deadly consequences.


MINDING BEN Brown, Victoria

Leaving the West Indies for what she hopes will be a better life in America, Grace finds work as a nanny for the Bruckner family, a job that pays meager wages for a job that's demanding and sometimes humiliating. Unprepared for the playground politics within the community, Grace navigates the complicated world of America with strength and perseverance.


ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS YOU : A NOVEL Berg, Elizabeth

Because John and Irene married for all the wrong reasons, they were now divorced. Each was dating other people and living in different parts of the country. Their only reason to stay in contact was their daughter, Sadie, 16. But, when tragedy strikes they're brought back together and begin to see one another in a new light.


ONE SUMMER Baldacci, David

Jack, a terminally ill man, is trying to prepare his wife and children for his death. In a cruel twist of fate, his wife is killed in an auto accident and the children are split up and sent to live with various relatives. Reuniting for the summer, Jack must figure out how to rebuild their lives as a family.


PHANTOM EVIL Graham, Heather

Adam Harrison, a paranormal investigator, has formed a secret government unit which includes six members--each with a psychic talent. One member is Jackson Crow, part English, part Cheyenne. Despite his link to the realm of spirits, he knows the living commit the most heinous crimes. Now teamed up with police officer Angela Hawkins, they're investigating the death of a senator's wife in the French Quarter.


SCONES & BONES Childs, Laura

When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning gets talked into attending the Heritage Society's 'Pirates and Plunder' event, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of a crime scene. Someone has stolen an antique diamond skull ring and killed a history intern. Now she knows she'll have to use her investigative skills to solve the crimes. But, it won't be easy. There are many suspects.


SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN Evanovich, Janet

For Stephanie Plum, it's time to face the fire. The New Jersey bounty hunter is on the case when the bail bonds office goes up in flames, and bodies appear in the vacant construction lot. Things get more confusing when one of Stephanie's past flames returns to town. It's a good thing Plum's got her heat-packing grandma and a former hooker to keep her grounded.


STATE OF WONDER Patchett, Ann

Like it or not, medical practitioner-turned-pharmacist Marina Singh will have to face her old mentor again. Marina has missed medical practice, but has loved her research with coworker Anders Echman, and enjoys her closeness to widowed boss Mr. Fox. When Anders dies in the Amazon, Fox sends Marina to investigate. But the Amazon doctor hates intruders. Even worse, that doctor is Marina's former mentor.


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