❶ The Last Mile, by David Baldacci
Popular character Amos Decker, introduced in Baldacci’s bestseller “Memory Man,” returns in this fast-paced, intense thriller.
From the jacket: Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution—for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier—when he’s granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars’ case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life. The new confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars—guilty or not—a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now? But when a member of Decker’s team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger hangs in the balance.
❷ Pokemon Adventures, by Hidenori Kusaka
The series of books has vaulted back into the mainstream thanks to the hit smartphone game “Pokémon Go.” The first Japanese comic, or manga, was released in 1997 and dozens of issues and volumes followed. Many Chicago libraries are offering the entire set, which has been re-released and modernized through the years. More than one hundred fifty million copies have been sold world-wide.
From the jacket: The Adventures begin with the story “Red, Blue & Green,” in which Red begins his journey to collect Pokémon and battle to earn gym badges. Along the way, he meets his rival, Blue, and a con artist named Green. The three must band together to save Red’s mentor, Oak, but Red and Blue’s rivalry has only begun—and so have the many battles, drama, and fun of “Pokémon Adventures.”
❸ Dishonorable Intentions, by Stuart Woods
The thirty-eighth thriller in Wood’s Stone Barrington series, this novel puts the New York cop-turned-lawyer in a tight spot with a new woman and her old man.
From the jacket: Stone Barrington’s latest lady friend is full of surprises, both good and ill. A sensual woman with unexpected desires, her revelations in the boudoir are extremely agreeable to Stone. But on the other hand, she also has some unfinished business with a temperamental man who believes Stone is in his way. In a cat-and-mouse game that trails from Bel-Air to a European estate and gorgeous Santa Fe, Stone and his friend remain just one step ahead of their opponent. But their pursuer is not a man who can stand to be thwarted, and tensions are mounting.
❹ 15th Affair, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The title identifies that this is the fifteenth in the Detective Lindsay Boxer and Women’s Murder Club series. This time, Boxer’s hunt for a suspect hits close to home.
From the jacket: As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay’s life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos, and Lindsay’s husband, Joe, vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women’s Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth.
❺ The Games, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
The Jack Morgan Private security series hits on a relevant topic, with this thriller on a dangerous plot during the Rio Olympics.
From the jacket: Two years ago, Jack Morgan, head of investigation firm Private, was in charge of security for the World Cup when the action nearly spilled into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster then, but now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympic Games and found that a plot born during that World Cup could decimate Rio. Someone will stop at nothing to sabotage the games.
❶ Meet the Beatles: A cultural history of the band that shook youth, Gender, and the world, by Steven D. Stark
Answering many questions about the most famous band in world history, Stark looks to get to the core of Beatlemania and how it survives and thrives today.
From the jacket: The Beatles have profoundly touched the lives of millions. But have you ever wondered why? Why did they become the most powerful artists in history and one of the twentieth century’s major symbols of cultural transformation? “Meet the Beatles” answers those questions and more, as it examines the ways the lives of John, Paul, George, and Ringo were inextricably tied to the cultural revolutions their music helped inspire. From their long hair and interest in India to their drug use and admiration for strong women, the Beatles changed the way we look, the way we feel, and even the way we think. This is the book for those who have always been infatuated with the Beatles, as well as those who want to learn for the first time what it all really meant.
❷ The Golden Rules: 10 steps to world-class excellence in your life and work, by Bob Bowman
The author is longtime coach of record-breaking Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and offers up his insight on success in all aspects of life.
From the jacket: Bowman presents ten key concepts by which all people should live. Illuminated by spirited anecdotes, Bowman teaches how to get gold out of every day by setting goals and getting motivated to achieve them. He will explain that taking risks is the key to success in any pursuit, and coach readers on how they can become more risk-tolerant. By following “The Golden Rules,” readers can learn through Bowman’s expert coaching to visualize in order to achieve goals, and that above all else, dedication to one’s training, job, or in whatever area one is seeking to triumph is paramount for success.
❸ The First Nazi: Eric Ludendorff, the man who made hitler possible, by Will Brownell, Denise Drace-Brownell, and Alex Rovt
A sobering look at one of history’s most reviled but oft-overlooked world military leaders.
From the jacket: One of the top two German generals of World War I, Ludendorff dominated not only his superior, Gen. Paul von Hindenburg, but also Germany’s head of state, Kaiser Wilhelm II. For years, Ludendorff was the military dictator of Germany. Ludendorff not only dictated all aspects of World War I but also refused all opportunities to make peace, even pushing for total military victory in 1918, in a rabid slaughter known as “The Ludendorff Offensive.” Shortly after losing the war, Ludendorff created the murderous legend that Germany had lost this war only because Jews had conspired on the home front. He soon forged an alliance with Hitler, endorsed the Nazis, and wrote maniacally about how Germans needed a new world war. This savage man had staggering designs to build a gigantic state that would dwarf even the British Empire.
❹ Morgue: A life in death, by Vincent J.M. DiMaio and Ron Franscell
A doctor and crime writer collaborate on this eye-opening narrative on what’s happening behind those morgue doors, including real-life cases like the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald and the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
From the jacket: Di Maio, one of the country’s most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologists, dissects himself, maintaining a nearly continuous flow of suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes, and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.
❺ Hamilton, the revolution: being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical with a true account, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
The Broadway phenomenon broken down by the only individuals who can do so in such detail.
From the jacket: “Hamilton: the Revolution” gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda and McCarter—a cultural critic and theatre artist involved in the project from its earliest stages—traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than two hundred revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.