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ARGO: HOW THE CIA AND HOLLYWOOD PULLED OFF THE MOST AUDACIOUS RESCUE IN HISTORY Mendez, Antonio J.

Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 taking dozens of hostages and sparking a quake in global politics that still reverberates today. What few people know is that six of the hostages escaped but still needed to get out of the country. That's where CIA agent Antonio Mendez and a team of Hollywood directors, producers, and actors come into the story.


CONCUSSIONS AND OUR KIDS: AMERICA'S LEADING EXPERT ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUNG ATHLETES AND KEEP SPORTS SAFE Cantu, Robert

The effect of concussions on athletes has become a major national issue in the news recently. Now, neurologist Robert Cantu explains how we can protect our young athletes and keep sports safe. He is at the forefront of an effort to change rules and policies pertaining to this matter.


END OF MEN: AND THE RISE OF WOMEN Rosin, Hanna

Men are no longer the dominant sex, according to Rosin, who says women have pulled decisively ahead. She reveals how this new state of affairs is shifting the power dynamics between men and women at every level of society, with implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. Understanding this shift, regardless of gender, can help us adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.


Fiction

APPLE FOR THE CREATURE Harris, Charlaine (ed.)

Imagine your worst school nightmares and they will even pale in comparison to the 13 paranormal stories in this anthology. Not only will readers find a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story from Charlaine Harris, but they'll also be treated to stories from Ilona Andrews, Mike Carey, Thomas E. Sniegoski and others.


BLACK FRIDAYS Sears, Michael

Former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford is now trying to put his life back together after serving two years in prison for a wrong choice. He's unemployable until an investment firm asks him to check into irregularities left by a junior trader who died in an accident. What he uncovers is bigger and more deadly than he--or anyone--imagined.


BRIDESMAID Lewis, Beverly

Joanna, 27, has been a bridesmaid, but never a bride. She secretly wants to be a published writer, which is unheard of in her Pennsylvania Amish community. But that's not her only secret. She also has a long distance beau. Eben is a young Indiana Amishman who hopes to marry Joanna, yet those dreams are dimming with his brother off in the English world in the military.


CASUAL VACANCY Rowling, J. K.

On the surface Pagford seems like a quiet little English village. But the truth is, it's a town where the rich are at war with the poor, wives are at war with their husbands, and teachers are at war with their pupils. An empty seat on the town council is the catalyst for the biggest conflict of all.


DOG STARS Heller, Peter

Hig lives in an airplane hanger with his dog, the only survivors of the flu that killed his wife and his friends. He occasionally flies his Cessna off to the mountains where he fishes and pretends that things are normal. But then a static-filled voice on the radio ignites his hope that there is life beyond the airport which he flies off to find.


HISS AND HERS: AN AGATHA RAISIN MYSTERY Beaton, M. C.

Agatha Raisin's in love--again. This time it's gardener George Marston, who many other women have their eye on. But, Agatha's determined to be the victor. To that end she foots the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. When he doesn't show up, she goes looking for him, discovering his body in a compost heap, the victim of a venomous snake bite.


HOSTAGE Wiesel, Elie

Shaltiel Feigenberg, a writer, has been abducted from his home by two men who blindfold him, tie him to a chair, and place him in a dark basement telling him only that his life will be bartered for the freedom of three Palestinian prisoners. As one day turns into several, Shaltiel keeps himself calm by telling stories to himself and his captors.


IN BETWEEN DAYS Porter, Andrew

The Harding family's lives are unraveling. Elson and Cadence are divorced after 30 years of marriage; their grown son, Richard, still lives at home and works at a menial job even though he could have a thriving career as a writer, and daughter Chloe has returned home after being kicked out of college, for reasons she can't explain to her family.


LIONEL ASBO: THE STATE OF ENGLAND Amis, Martin

Although all Desmond Pepperdine wants is to read and a girl to love, his uncle, Lionel Asbo is determined to teach him the joys of pit bulls, Internet porn, and all things of serious criminality. Even his uncle winning a huge sum of money in the lottery does not improve either of their lives. In fact, their problems seem to multiply.


MAD RIVER Sandford, John

They were teenagers in dead end lives and with chips on their shoulders. Envisioning themselves the modern-day version of Bonnie and Clyde, the two and a friend went on a killing rampage across Minnesota. Sometimes they recorded their acts on their cell phones and sent the pictures to a local TV station. That's when Virgil Flowers joined other police in the hunt.


MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND Dicks, Matthew

Budo has been the imaginary friend of Max, eight, for five years, which he's happy about. But he thinks constantly of the day when Max will stop believing in him and what will happen to him then. Although some say Max has Asperger's syndrome, this doesn't matter to Budo. All he cares about is protecting Max. Unfortunately, Budo discovers he can't protect Max from everything!


NW: A NOVEL Smith, Zadie

The only thing Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan remembered about the Caldwell housing estate in Northwest London was how badly they wanted to get out. Now, 30 years later they all had, with varying degrees of success. But, Leah's peace is disturbed the afternoon a stranger comes to her door seeking help and forcing her out of her isolation.


RADIOACTIVE MAN, VOL. 1. RADIOACTIVE DEPOSITORY Groening, Matt

Never fear humans! There's a new superhero on the job to fight evil wherever it may be found. He's Bart Simpson's own favorite comic hero, Radioactive Man, aka Claude Kane III. With the help of his sidekick, Fallout Boy, Radioactive Man is back to continue to make Zenith City safe from the likes of Dr. Crab, Magmo the Lava Man, Hypno-Head, Larva Girl, Larceny Lass, and Richard Millhouse Nixon. Graphic Novel


SHUNNING SARAH: A NOVEL Kramer, Julie

TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz is following the case of a young Amish woman found so badly beaten about the face that she's not able to be identified without the help of a forensic artist. Since the Amish aren't cooperating with the police, they're having a tough time solving the crime. But Riley finds a clue that leads to the discovery of a web of fraud and deception.


TELEGRAPH AVENUE: A NOVEL Chabon, Michael

Meet Archy and Nat, longtime friends, band mates and co-regents of Brokeland Records, and their wives Gwen and Aviva. The wives are the Berkeley Birth Partners, delivering thousands of new-minted little citizens. Both couples have worked to construct lives and livelihoods, connect across barriers of race and class, and cling to a sense of order. But that's all about to be threatened.


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