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Devil’s Peak

Audie and Earphone Award winner Simon Vance slides from vulnerable masculinity to cool sensuality, never upstaging the author’s craftsmanship. The resultant amalgam eclipses the plot’s violence to produce a literary jewel for fans of crime, mysteries, and knockout writing. [“Readers will need a measure of patience to handle the quick jumps between stories and the half-page or so that it takes to figure out whose story is now center stage. Still, Meyer’s ability to probe the depths of his major characters makes this read well worth the effort. Recommended for public libraries,” read the review of the Little, Brown hc, LJ 3/15/08.—Ed.]

Philosophy Bites Back

With this second book, the authors have again succeeded in conveying the engaging and accessible format of their popular podcast. Readers can enjoy each chapter individually or read the entire book for an understanding of major figures of Western philosophy. As was the first, this book is highly recommended for all general readers with an interest in philosophy.

True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps

This collection of feel-good Southern fare will please True Blood devotees.

The River

Thomas Nelson is marketing this self-published title by a songwriter and worship leader as their big book this fall, so demand may be high. That being said, Neale tries too hard to make parallels between the river and God. The characters were likable, but readers may have trouble feeling truly invested in them.

For Greater Glory

The violence against and torture of Cristeros is sometimes not easy to stomach, but it is important to understand. The film moves too briskly between stories, like a faster-paced soap opera, and characters aren’t given the time they need to develop the relationships that become so critical. Eventually, the film evens out and has a good rhythm. History buffs and those with an interest in Mexican or Catholic history will enjoy this film.

Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-Day Saint History

This thorough resource can stand on its own as a historical, statistical, and geographical account of the Mormon faith from its beginnings. Highly recommended for those wishing to study the origins of Mormonism, its continuing development, and its current place in the world.

The Topless Tulip Caper: A Chip Harrison Mystery

With a breezy mystery at its core, this story is played mostly for laughs, at which Block is a virtuoso. There are zingers that will have you hitting pause until you stop laughing. Both sides are amply played by narrator Gregory Gorton. A light mystery combined with barrels of laughs makes this a delight.

Ghana Must Go

After the death of famed surgeon Kwaku Sai, his family, which had spun apart violently when he abandoned them for his second wife, come together again in Ghana...

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends: Updated and Expanded Edition

While young adults are de Vos’s target audience, only fairly advanced scholars will have the patience to extract relevant information from her work that is trying to be too many things. The digitized version, if part of a larger ebook collection, might get use by default, since arrangement and other presentation issues don’t loom as large in ebooks. Brunvand’s work, which is considered a standard on the topic, is recommended for public, school, and academic libraries, especially those lacking the earlier edition.

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