April 2010 Books on CD

Secrets of Eden

Just after she is baptized by the Reverend Stephen Drew, Alice Hayward is murdered by her husband, who then shoots himself. Stephen, who feels his faith in God slipping away, is saved from despair only by a chance meeting with inspirational author Heather Laurent. Heather herself survived a childhood that culminated in her own parents’ murder-suicide, so she identifies with Alice’s daughter and offers to mentor the girl while acting as support for Stephen. But then the state’s attorney begins to suspect that Alice’s husband may not have killed himself and that Alice had secrets only her minister knew.

The Silent Sea

On December 7th, 1941, five brothers exploring a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of the Pearl Harbor attack. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentina, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own. His search to untangle the mystery leads him to that small island and its secret.

Hell Gate

“In ‘Hell Gate’, Alex finds her attention torn between investigating a shipwreck that has a contraband cargo– human cargo– and the political sex scandal of a promising New York congressman now fallen from grace”–Container.

Bloodroot

Myra Lamb of Bloodroot Mountain has troubling “haint” blue eyes and a grandma whose touch charms people and animals alike. When their neighbor John Odom tries to tame Myra, he meets a with shocking, violent disaster.

Split Image

What initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach. Jesse Stone and private investigator Sunny Randall team up to solve two cases involving the gunshot murder of Petrov Ognowski and a religious cult holding an 18-year-old girl against her will.

Fantasy in Death

NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, was murdered as who did the murdering in this mystery revolving around a fantasy game of ultimate seduction and death.

A Night Too Dark

In Alaska, people disappear every day. In Aleut detective Kate Shugak’s Park, they’ve been disappearing a lot lately. Not only are Park rats disappearing at an alarming rate, but so is life in the Park as Kate knows it. Alaska state trooper Jim Chopin’s workload has increased to where he doesn’t make it home three nights out of four, the controversial mine has seduced Johnny and his classmates with summer jobs and divided the Ninilta Native Association, and a hostile environmental activist organization has embraced the Suulutaq Mine as their reason for being. It’s almost a relief when Kate finds a body. This she can handle. Unitl the identity of the body vanishes, too.

Big Girl

In body-conscious Los Angeles, Victoria Dawson’s attractive parents have always expressed disappointment with her looks. Feeling out of place in her self-centered family, Victoria knows that she has to get away from home.

Game Change

In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton–and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines has yet been told. In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his résumé, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape–and warp–Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth–or troubled in more serious ways? Game Change answers those questions and more, laying bare the secret history of the 2008 campaign. Heilemann and Halperin take us inside the Obama machine, where staffers referred to the candidate as “Black Jesus.” They unearth the quiet conspiracy in the U.S. Senate to prod Obama into the race, driven in part by the fears of senior Democrats that Bill Clinton’s personal life might cripple Hillary’s presidential prospects. They expose the twisted tale of John Edwards’s affair with Rielle Hunter, the truth behind the downfall of Rudy Giuliani, and the doubts of those responsible for vetting Palin about her readiness for the Republican ticket–along with the McCain campaign staff’s worries about her fitness for office. And they reveal how, in an emotional late-night phone call, Obama succeeded in wooing Clinton, despite her staunch resistance, to become his secretary of state. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.

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