by Justin Cronin
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
The First Days
by Rhinannon Frater
If you’re a fan of zombie books and movies this is the book for you. Could you survive in The First Days? Really solid zombie series that’s great for “Walking Dead” fans.
I Shall Be Near You
by Erin Lindsay McCabe
A newly married woman disguises herself as a man and fights by her husband’s side in the Civil War. Rosetta grew up helping her father run the farm and preferred doing that to “woman’s work.” When her husband left to fight for the Union, she was alone with his family and relegated to cooking, cleaning and sewing. She cut her hair, dressed in men’s clothes and enlisted. This novel is based on true events described in letters by women who fought in the war.
Blood on the Snow
by Jo Nesbo
Olav is a professional hitman who is very good at his job. When he is asked by his boss to kill his wife, things take a bizarre turn.
Emma: A Modern Retelling
by Alexander McCall Smith
The original “Emma” by Jane Austin tells a delightful tale about an innocently-flawed heroine trying to be a match-maker in early-19th century England, The same cannot be said of this new version, which does not seem to fit in with present-day. The characters and plot seem contrived and out of place. For those longing for a return to the world of Austin, it may be a disappointment, but read it anyway; it will remind you of just how great a writer Austin really is.
by Chevy Stevens
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens is about a Realtor who gets abducted from an open house. It was an excellently-written and fast-paced psychological thriller. It pulled me in and through the book so fast, I didn’t want to put it down!
Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
by Elle Luna
This may just be the book to get you to stop procrastinating and make your art. A must read for creative types!
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
Once again, David McCullough has written a historical masterpiece that reads like a good piece of fiction. The Wrights come to life in the context of their family relationships and community in Dayton, OH, showcasing the development of their early interest in flying machines. This account makes it clear that the brothers were geniuses, each with his own gifts and dedication that contributed to the brilliant invention that gave mankind the ability to fly.
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
by Eric Foner
Foner’s latest is a detailed history of the Underground Railroad, adding to his tremendous body of work on slavery. This work focuses on the anti-slavery movement in New York City, and makes the connection between business support for slavery and ties to Southern trade. Interesting book but mostly for those truly interest in the subject matter.