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Not too hot to read a book

Check out a stack of books, pull up a comfy chair– in the library or at home, and lose yourself in a book until the hot weather passes. There has been a lot of television exposure lately about Jaycee Dugard, the young girl who was kidnapped and held captive for 18 years. “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard is told with unflinching detail. It is difficult to read, although beautifully written. Much of the book is taken from her actual journal written while in her backyard prison.
“Lost In Shangri-La” by Mitchell Zuckoff is a true story of survival, adventure and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II. Near the end of the war, a plane carrying 24 members of the US military crashed into the New Guinea jungle. The three survivors were stranded deep in a jungle valley notorious for its cannibalistic tribes. The trio’s lives were dependent on an unprecedented rescue mission. A riveting story of deliverance under the most unlikely circumstances deserves its place among the great survival stories of World War II.
“Flashback” by Dan Simmons is a new science fiction book on the shelves bound to create interest. With 560 pages, this provocative novel is set in a future that seems scarily possible. In the novel, 87 percent of the United States is addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. As the country is near total collapse, ex-detective Nick Bottom is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor’s son. This flashback addict may be able to change the course of an entire nation.
In New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava’s new thriller, “Hotwire,” Special Agent Maggie O’Dell investigates the death of three teenagers, only to find herself in the middle of a conspiracy involving biological warfare. Set in western Nebraska, a group of kids filming their drug-fueled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. As Maggie’s FBI partner, R. J. Tully, investigates a deadly outbreak on the East Coast, the two cases collide as they discover secrets meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwestern landscape.
Danielle Steel has over 590 million copies of her novels sold and is still adding to that total. In her latest release, “Happy Birthday,” she tells the story of three very different people, each on the same day reaching a crucial turning point in their life. A terrifying act of violence, an out-of-the-blue blessing and two unlikely love affairs soon turn the lives of Jack, Valerie and April inside out. Beginning on one birthday and ending with the next they discover that life’s greatest gifts are always a surprise.
Another bestselling author, Catherine Coulter, returns with another pulse-pounding FBI thriller with “Split Second.” A serial killer is on the loose and it’s up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to hunt him down. Joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, the chase is on to hunt down the killer who has ties to the infamous Ted Bundy. At the same time, Agent Carlyle faces a new family-related mystery containing a strange ring that holds power beyond her ken. Savich becomes the killer’s focus and it’s up to Agent Carlyle to stop the madness before it is too late.
From one of our most acclaimed writers, Anne Rivers Siddons, comes a dramatic tale of a well-born Southern woman whose life is changed forever by the betrayal of first her mother and later by the man she loves. Thayer Wentworth marries and they move into her deceased grandmother’s house in Atlanta, only miles from “Burnt Mountain,” where her father died in a car accident years ago. Her husband, Aengus, is invited to a camp on the mountain to tell old Irish tales. As he spends less and less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets about her mother and most devastating of all, her husband.