Best of BARD: January 2014
As the new year comes fully into view, we saddle up to the top five books downloaded from BARD for the month of January, expecting the familiar brand of solid selections made by BARD users. But what's this? Could it be that a sea change has taken place? There's no King on this list - mysteriously absent in place of a stellar showing by Julie Garwood - James Patterson is nowhere to be found. Some good picks round out our list, but I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts we see a certain powerhouse back in the fold next month. Stay tuned!
- Doing Hard Time
- DB 77566
- by Stuart Woods
- After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Stone Barrington's son Peter decides to drive to L.A. with friends. But Russian thugs are after Peter and his pals, causing Stone to pair up with his former enemy--ex-CIA agent Teddy Fay. Strong language and some violence. 2013.
- DB 77358
- by Julie Garwood
- Chef Peyton Lockhart and her two sisters are renovating their uncle's Florida resort. Peyton reunites with her childhood buddy Finn MacBain, an Olympic swimmer-turned-FBI agent. But someone is trying to kill Peyton and sabotage the project. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.
- Ready to Die
- DB 77307
- by Lisa Jackson
- As Detective Pescoli arrives at Sheriff Grayson's house on Christmas morning intending to resign, Grayson is gunned down. While Grayson remains in a coma, Pescoli and her partner Detective Alvarez hunt for the shooter--and learn a judge was murdered in a similar fashion while skiing. Violence and strong language. 2013.
- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
- DB 48270 / CL 6591
- by Stephen King
- While her brother and mother argue up ahead on the Maine hiking trail, nine-year-old Trisha stops to relieve herself and becomes lost for days in the wilderness. Her imaginary conversations with Red Sox relief pitcher Tom Gordon help her cope with the evil thing that's following her. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1999.
- The Gift
- DB/RC 32020 / CL 5176
- by Julie Garwood
- When Sara Winchester was four her father signed a contract promising her hand in marriage to Nathan, Marquess of St. James,age fourteen. It was hoped that the marriage would finally end the ancient feud between the families. Now at age eighteen, Sara eagerly waits for her groom to claim her. But Nathan is unprepared for the beautiful woman whose honesty and defiant ways constantly exasperate him. Explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1991.
The Week magazine compiled their composite of the best works of fiction in 2013, and here at LBPH we have you covered. These authors got plenty of buzz for their works – Saunders as a MacArthur Grant recipient as well as he and Kushner receiving nominations for the National Book Award. Here’s the top five:
- Tenth of December
- DB 76097 / CL 15176
- by George Saunders
- Collection of ten short stories by the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner. In "Home" a veteran deals with reuniting with family members who have no clue about the man he has become. In the title story a suicidal cancer patient crosses paths with an imaginative boy. Strong language. Bestseller. 2013.
- The Goldfinch
- DB 77453
- by Donna Tartt
- At the age of thirteen, Theo Decker survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is raised by wealthy family friends. His one connection to his mother--a painting--draws Theo into New York City's underground art world as he grows older. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
- The Flamethrowers
- DB 76749
- by Rachel Kushner
- 1970s. Seeking to give creative expression to her love of motorcycles, Nevada-born Reno moves to New York and falls in with the art crowd. Romance then leads her to Italy and the political revolutionaries there. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
- Life After Life
- DB 76417 / CL 15115
- by Kate Atkinson
- England, 1910. Ursula Todd's first life ends before it even begins. But she is born again--and again and again. Growing to various ages, only to start over, Ursula finally realizes the power her reincarnation provides--a chance to change history. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.
- The Son
- DB 76883
- by Philipp Meyer
- 1936. One-hundred-year-old Eli McCullough, the first male born in the Republic of Texas, recounts his life. When his mother and sister are murdered, twelve-year-old Eli is taken in by Comanches. Over the decades he and his descendants make their way in the world. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.
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Best of BARD: December 2013
It takes a big man to come after the King and still stand at the end of the day. Luckily, Lee Child has created just that man with his character Jack Reacher, and his latest has stolen the crown to end 2013 from the always hot King Patterson, who lurks not too far behind in the top downloads for December BARD. Here’s a look at what BARD users enjoyed during the month of December:
- Never Go Back
- DB 77346 / CL 15213
- by Lee Child
- While stopping by his former army office to finally meet the appealing commanding officer Susan Turner, Reacher is accused of committing murder sixteen years ago--and of fathering a child. Turner is also being framed, and the two go on the run. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2013.
- DB 76805 / CL 15175
- by Dan Brown
- Symbology expert Robert Langdon, from "The Da Vinci Code" (CL 7677, DB 55735), awakens in an Italian hospital suffering from a gunshot wound and horrible hallucinations. When an assassin comes after Langdon, a doctor rescues him--and shows him the unusual biohazard canister she found hidden in his jacket. Violence. Bestseller. 2013.
- The Third Bullet
- DB 77341
- by Stephen Hunter
- After a writer is murdered while working on a JFK assassination book, his widow contacts ex-Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger. Swagger soon is on a collision course with ex-CIA operative Hugh Meachum, who has secrets--and the means to keep them buried. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2013.
- DB 77300 / CL 15209
- by James Patterson
- Crime lord Manuel Perrine declares war--and his top target is detective Michael Bennett, who once arrested him. Bennett, his ten adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather are hidden safely on a California farm, guarded by the FBI. But now the FBI needs Bennett's help. UNRATED. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
- Zero Hour
- DB 77088 / CL 15156
- by Clive Cussler
- While attending a conference in Sydney, Kurt Austin witnesses a helicopter force a speedboat to crash and then circle back to shoot the survivors. One of the dying men presses papers into Austin's hand and gasps "Tartarus"--the name of a mythical underworld prison. Some violence and some strong language. 2013.
Janet Dailey has passed away at the age of 69 in her Branson, Missouri home. Ever popular, her romance novels have sold more than 300 million copies. There’s something to admire about a woman who chose to become a writer because she felt she could write a better romance novel than the ones she had been reading. At LBPH, we carry many of her popular works, as highlighted below:
- You're Still the One
- DB 76552
- Four novellas by "New York Times" bestselling authors about former lovers reuniting. In Dailey's "The Devil and Mr. Chocolate", Kitty's ex-husband is determined to sabotage her engagement to a Belgian chocolatier. Includes "The Apple Orchard", "A Kiss before Midnight", and "Romeo and Juliet...and Jane". Some descriptions of sex. 2013.
- This Calder Range: Calder Saga, Volume 1
- DB 76552, CL 3601
- 1878. Determined young rancher Chase Calder and his beautiful but practical bride, Lorna, ride to the unspoiled Montana territory. As they dream of freedom and riches, old grudges and debts follow them to the new land. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1982.
- DB 42793, CL 5895
- Eden Rossiter is struggling to hold on to Spur Ranch, just north of Friendly, Nevada. Her neighbor wants the ranch as retribution for the death of his brother, a death for which he blames Rossiter. She finds an ally in a newcomer who develops aninterest in more than just saving her ranch. Strong language andsome descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1996.
Earlier this month, the world lost one of its greatest activists when Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Mandela famously served 27 years in prison for attempting to combat apartheid in his native South Africa, and upon his release rose to serve as the nation’s President. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as countless awards for his activism. Learn more about Nelson Mandela with the following titles:
- Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
- DB 39555
- by Nelson Mandela
- Memoirs of the South African leader who spent twenty-seven years in prison for opposing apartheid. Son of a tribal chief, Mandela had a traditional country childhood and a college education. As a leader of the African National Congress, he began talks that led to the mitigation of apartheid. Released from prison in 1990, he became president in 1994, with blacks voting for the first time. Bestseller. 1994.
- Conversations with Myself
- DB 73412
- by Nelson Mandela
- South African statesman opens his personal archive to reveal private correspondence and meditations. Discusses his 1941-1962 antiapartheid activities, 1962-1990 imprisonment and separation from his family, doubts and triumphs, and rise to world prominence, including winning the 1994 presidential election. Companion to "Long Walk to Freedom" 2010.
- Higher than Hope: The Authorized Biography of Nelson Mandela
- DB 32773
- by Fatima Meer
- The author--professor, family friend, and anti-apartheid activist--has organized a book that is part praise for Mandela and his family, part history of the anti-apartheid struggle and the African National Congress, and part compilation of Mandela’s own writings--his letters, his eloquent self-defense in 1964, and portions of his autobiography. For high school and older readers. 1988.
- Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela
- DB 66914
- by Bill Keller
- Biography of Nelson Mandela, the idealistic leader who transformed politics in South Africa after he was elected president in 1994. Discusses Mandela's confrontations with apartheid as well as his strategy of nonviolence, twenty-seven years in prison, and historic presidency. Includes relevant full-text New York Times articles. For grades 6-Young Adult. 2008.
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