The Hummingbird's Daughter

by Luis Alberto Urrea                                             www.luisurrea.com

The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea's long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico.It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico.  A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream--a dream that she has died.  Only it was not a dream.  This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with a power to heal--but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the Saint of Cabora. THE HUMMINGBIRD'S DAUGHTER is a vast, hugely satisfying novel of love and loss, joy and pain. Two decades in the writing, this is the masterpiece that Luis Alberto Urrea has been building up to.

The Journal of Best Practices

by David Finch                                                        www.davidfinchwriter.com

At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?!  In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question.  Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome.  The diagnosis explains David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility.  But it doesn’t make him any easier to live with.  Filled with humor and surprising wisdom, The Journal of Best Practices is a candid story of ruthless self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism-spectrum condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all.

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn                                                     www.gillian-flynn.com

Marriage can be a real killer.  One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.  With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Something Borrowed
by Emily Giffin                                                       www.emilygiffin.com

Rachel White is the consummate good girl.  A hard-working attorney in Manhattan and diligent maid-of-honor to her best friend Darcy, Rachel has always done the right thing.  But all of that changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when, after a few too many drinks, she ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé.  Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to realize that she has genuine feelings for the only guy she shouldn’t.  As the wedding date nears, Rachel must make a choice between her heart and conscience.  In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat and sometimes you have to risk everything to win true happiness.

Playing With the Enemy
by Gary W. Moore                                              www.playingwiththeenemy.com

Gary Moore’s book about his father, a baseball phenom whose future in the majors was cut short by World War II and a fateful occurrence during a top secret mission for the U.S. Navy is a warm-hearted memoir of faded dreams and new hope that is destined for the bestseller lists. Filled with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country’s history, it is a truly redemptive story that will be read and reread for generations to come.