New Books on CD and MP3 for April
Lone Wolf -- Twenty-four-year-old Edward Warren, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: his dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism or revenge?
Becoming Marie Antoinette -- Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother's political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon. Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen.
Force of nature -- Trouble comes calling from Nate Romanowski's past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called friend won't stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe Pickett and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.
Cinnamon roll murder -- The tour bus carrying the Cinnamon Roll Six overturns, sending the band members to the hospital--and the keyboard player to a bizarre and untimely death. Soon Hannah discovers the victim's surprising secret--and becomes determined to bring the killer to justice.
Bringing up bébé : one American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting -- With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, American journalist Pamela Druckerman sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, parents don't just need a different parenting philosophy, they need a very different view of what a child actually is.
The schoolmaster's daughter -- With the outbreak of the American revolution, Abigail Lovell's family is torn apart. Her schoolmaster father is an outspoken loyalist and prominent figurehead in the community, while she and her two brothers engage in acts of espionage to undermine the British forces in Boston. Her other brothers, also support the American revolutionaries. With the help of her friend, Rachel Revere, Abigail smuggles money and supplies out to Benjamin, Ezra, and other revolutionaries. When a British sergeant is found murdered, Abigail stands accused-- she must now fight to save herself and those she loves.
Cat's claw -- China Bayles's friend, Police Chief Sheila Dawson, takes center stage. When local computer guru Larry Kirk is found dead, many are convinced it was suicide over his recent divorce. But Sheila has a hunch there's more to this case than meets the eye--especially when evidence surfaces that Larry was being stalked.
Odyssey -- One of the great translators of our meets the challenges of gods Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wonderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, the "man of twists and turns" meets the challenges of gods and monsters, only to return after twenty years to a home besieged by his wife's suitors. In the myths and legends retold in this immortal poem, Fagles has captured the energy of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom.
Agony of the leaves : a tea shop mystery -- Theodosia find herself in hot water when a body surfaces at the grand opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium. She's been hired to cater the event and things are going swimmingly-- until she discovers the body of her former boyfriend. It looks like an accident, but her instincts tell her differently. She'll have to jump into the deep end and start her own investigation...
Stay close -- Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.
E.E. Cummings -- A selection of 42 unabridged poems read by the author e.e. cummings, one of America's most popular poets, whose lyrical impulse was matched by an exuberant playfulness -- language sent spinning against its own gravity. He could be as satirical as he was amorous and as precise as he was flighty.
Custom of the country -- Beautiful, calculating Undine Spragg wants more than anything to be stylish. Never satisfied, she is constantly planning her next social accomplishment. In her struggle, she encounters Ralph Marvell, a gentleman from the upper class, who falls helplessly in love with her. But the restless Undine is concerned only for her own well-being, and does not understand the feelings of those who surround her.
Swamplandia! -- The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator wrestling theme park, formerly no. 1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava's father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety eight gators as well as her own grief. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, the author has written a novel about a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking.