December's new Books on CD and MP3
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Out of Oz : the final volume in the Wicked years -- Glinda, former Throne Minister, held under house arrest by General Cherrystone, obtains the infamous Grimmerie, supposedly a volume of magical lore, coveted by Oz. Meanwhile, Lir's daughter Rain begins her quest to discover her true identity and unravel the layers of political and personal secrets that have caused strife and division in Oz.
The Noël Coward collection -- The essential works of the prolific playwright Noël Coward (1899 - 1973), one of the English language's finest writers of high comedy. His sophisticated wit comes shining through in this collection that features six of his greatest plays.
The wedding quilt : an Elm Creek quilts novel -- As the wedding day of Sarah McClure's daughter Caroline approaches, Sarah's thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present. A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor, and Sarah is determined that the blocks in her daughter's quilt will display a vivid pastiche of love in all its varieties.
Hell's Angels : a strange and terrible saga -- Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America.
The Scottish prisoner -- Lord John Grey has documents that expose the corruption of a high-ranking British officer. But they also elude to an even greater danger, one that sends Grey on a quest to the Irish country. Along the way, he seeks the aide of Jamie Fraser, a paroled Jacobite still fighting for Ireland's independence. Grey needs Fraser to help translate a message left in the language of the Scottish highlanders, but Fraser has his doubts about helping the British nobleman.
Prague cemetery -- 19th-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to the notorious forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But, what if, behind all these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay just one man? What if that evil genius created the most infamous document of all?
Lost December -- Luke is the heir to the Crisp Copy Center fortune. He has a life of plenty before him--until he makes a huge mistake and blows all his money in a single year of partying and living it up. Now, determined to avoid asking his famous father for help, Luke manages to get an entry-level job as a clerk--and finds romance with a woman who might just help him get his life back on track.
Eva Braun : life with Hitler -- The author delivers the first comprehensive biography of Eva Braun in this authoritative reassessment of Braun's role in Hitler's life and revealing portrait of the Führer and his inner circle. Drawing on newly discovered documents, Görtemaker carefully distinguishes fact from fiction.
The killer is dying -- Sallis' novel tracks the fortunes of three men of vastly different ages, backgrounds, and ambitions. Though they never meet, a hired assassin searching for a rival killer, a burned-out detective with a terminally ill wife, and an abandoned youth plagued by nightmares and surviving by his wits have their lives intersect in compelling ways in the scorching metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona.
Industrial magic -- Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals — a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer.
The angel Esmeralda : nine stories -- DeLillo's first collection of short stories compiles works penned between 1979 and 2011. A true cause for literary celebration, the nine stories assembled here chronicle three decades of American life from the perspective of a range of characters, including a pair of nuns in the South Bronx and two astronauts orbiting the Earth.
Table comes first -- One man's quest for the meaning of food in a time obsessed with what to eat. Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, even our moralizing--"You still eat meat?" And where can we possibly go from here? Locating our table ancestry in France, Adam Gopnik traces our rapid evolution from commendable awareness to manic compulsion and how, on the way, we lost sight of a timeless truth: what goes on around the table--families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board--is always more important than what we put on the table.
Black diamond -- In the wake of attacks on local Asian vendors and an increase in black-market ingredients that threaten the Dordogne's lucrative truffle trade, Chief of Police Bruno finds the case taking a personal turn when one of his hunting partners, a former high-profile intelligence agent, is murdered.
Hemingway's boat -- An illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will change the way he is perceived and understood. Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961--from his pinnacle until his suicide--Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's exultations and despair around the one constant in his life during this time: his beloved boat, Pilar. We follow him from Key West to Paris, to New York, Africa, Cuba, and finally Idaho, as he wrestles with his angels and demons. Whenever he could, he returned to his beloved fishing cruiser, to exult in the sea, to fish, to drink, to entertain friends and seduce women, to be with his children. But as he began to succumb to fame, we see that Pilar was also where he cursed his critics, saw marriages and friendships dissolve, and tried, in vain, to escape his increasingly diminished capacities.