Top Picks for August 2013

2013 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for books with highly anticipated releases of Dan Brown’s Inferno and Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed earlier this year. Later this year a myriad of hot titles will be released including:

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Mistress by James Patterson

top picks for august 2013top picks for august 2013James Patterson made a name for himself writing the Alex Cross series. In recent years he has brought in countless co-authors seemingly releasing a new book every other month. Most recently, Patterson and David Ellis released Mistress a story of deeply obsessed man who spirals out of control when the object of his obsession is murdered and he attempts to learn the truth. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a must read but it is a quick, fun read that Patterson fans will undoubtedly enjoy. Patterson and Ellis also teamed up for Guilty Wives in 2012 and Ellis has many of his own novels including The Last Alibi released in August as well.

 

Crazy Rich by Jerry Oppenheimer

top picks for august 2013top picks for august 2013Crazy Rich is an unauthorized biography of several generations of the Johnson family who began the conglomerate Johnson & Johnson business in 1888 along with subsequent generations up to those living today including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson. The scandals are plentiful and compelling including lawsuits relating to wills, paternity, affairs, etc. Oppenheimer has also written biographies of Anna Wintour, Ethel Kennedy, The Hiltons, Martha Stewart, and the aptly named Madoff with the Money among others. Oppenheimer paints a parallel to the Kennedys with soap opera like drama for the rich and famous. A well written biography that proves dysfunction knows no economical boundaries.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

In its first selection, the Today Show Book Club selected The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. This is Shannon’s debut novel; a futuristic thriller about a young clairvoyant woman, Paige, who can read people’s thoughts. But Paige is kidnapped and imprisoned where she must bide her time until she can somehow get free. Shannon, a native of London is just 22 years old and has already been sold in 22 countries. It is difficult to fault the Today Show on their inaugural selection.

The Last Witness by WEB Griffin

top picks for august 2013top picks for august 2013The Last Witness is the eleventh installment of Griffin’s Badge of Honor series featuring Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne. Griffin spins a stirring plot surrounding Russian girls being smuggled into the country and forced to work in the sex trade when all of a sudden the girls start disappearing or dying. Payne must find the lone surviving witness before the Russians or cartels find her first. Griffin is a master of action with numerous series including the Presidential Agent series and the Honor Bound series to name two. The Griffin shelf in the bookstore is very intimidating with so many books and various series, but I’m taking the plunge his work is too good to miss.

RG3: The Promise by David Sheinin

David Sheinin has written a pure biography of phenomenal quarterback Robert Griffin III better known as RG3. It starts with Griffin’s love of basketball and his track prowess and carries the young star all the way through his spectacular college career capped by winning the Heisman Trophy and into his rookie season with the Washington Redskins. It’s an uplifting work that chronicles a successful young man’s rise to fame. Its good but take it for it is and consider that it was written by a journalists who covers the Redskins for the Washington Post.

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