July 2009 Books on CD

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

AFTER MORE THAN TWO YEARS ON THE BESTSELLER LISTS, KHALED HOSSEINI RETURNS WITH A BEAUTIFUL, RIVETING, AND HAUNTING NOVEL OF ENORMOUS CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE.A Thousand Splendid Sunsis a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years — from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding — that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives — the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness — are inextricable from the history playing out around them.Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that madeThe Kite Runnera beloved classic,A Thousand Splendid Sunsis at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love — a stunning accomplishment.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

When a doctor delivers his own twins, one a daughter with Down’s syndrome, he tells his nurse to take the baby to an institution and never reveal the secret. The nurse disappears into another city to raise the child herself in this tale of redemptive love and long-buried secrets that unfolds over a quarter of a century.

Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steele

Top photographer Hope Dunne has known joy and heartbreak, and finds serenity through the lens of her camera. Content in her Soho loft, she isn’t looking for a man or excitement. But these things find her when she flies to London to photograph one of the world’s most celebrated writers.

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

In this 13th Reacher novel, the former army MP confronts a suicide bomber on a nearly deserted Manhattan subway car–a confrontation that will lead him back to the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s and forward to the war on terrorism as he tracks down and eliminates the bad guys.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Two sisters leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles in this fresh, fascinating adventure.

The Scarecrow by Michael Connolly

Newspaperman Jack McEvoy is being forced out of the Los Angeles Times due to budget cuts, so he decides to use his final days at the paper to write the story of his career. He finds out that 16-year-old Alonzo Winslow’s confession to a brutal murder is false and now Jack’s tracking the real killer.

Medusa by Clive Cussler

Kurt Austin puts the NUMA team on a case involving a hideous series of medical experiments, an extraordinarily ambitious Chinese criminal organization, and a secret new virus that threatens to set off a worldwide pandemic.

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