The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Staff Pick

Australian novelist Jane Harper is on a roll, having now produced three magnificent psychological thrillers in fairly quick succession. Her latest, The Lost Man (Flatiron, $27.99), introduces new characters (the first two books featured a detective protagonist named Aaron Falk), but still relies on the author’s familiar themes of family hardship, resilience, and survival. The harsh, desolate terrain of Queensland provides the backdrop for the story, which begins with the mysterious death of one of three brothers, whose car, and body, are found miles apart for no explicable reason. Geographic and social isolation, as well as family secrets, all emerge to offer clues to solving the mystery. Harper, a former journalist, is an expert at sowing false leads in her readers’ minds, creating doubts about what sort of deceptions could have led to a man dying of dehydration in an area he knew well, and weaving together strands of evidence as the story becomes more tangled. Her greatest gift: You never figure out what happened until the very end. At least I didn’t.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250105684
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 5th, 2019

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

Staff Pick

Samantha Power’s memoir is a classic of the genre. For one, her life story is fascinating: She grew up with an alcoholic father in Ireland before migrating with her mother, a doctor, to the United States as a child. Huge successes, and notable setbacks, followed her into adulthood as she reported on the war in the Balkans, wrote a Pulitzer prize winning book about genocide, and joined the universe of rising political star Barack Obama. How she stayed true to her convictions while working in the White House, and then as Ambassador to the United Nations, is the crux of the story, which she narrates with integrity, wit, and an unwavering passion about the importance of doing right in the world.

 

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

Here All Along - Sarah Hurwitz

Staff Pick

Author Sarah Hurwitz was busy writing First Lady Michelle Obama’s speeches when she was re-introduced to Judaism, a religion she had only known through Hebrew school and her Bat Mitzvah. Inspired to look more deeply into her missing religious faith in her thirties, she spent thousands of hours studying ancient Jewish texts, querying rabbis and scholars, and debating with herself about the contradictions and paradoxes of Judaism as she explored how to apply its ethical teachings in her own life. Her book is the story of her poignant and often hilarious journey, conveyed in elegant and fluid prose and infused with humility, candor, and profound sensibility.

 

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$31.00
ISBN: 9780525510710
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Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

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