Thinking magical thoughts
and speaking one’s mind
The Fifth Vial, by Michael Palmer.
Palmer’s latest medical thriller explores illegal
transplant-organ trade. Three characters, separated by space and circumstance, each play a
role in tracking down a powerful conspiracy
network. A brilliant Harvard Medical School
student, a Chicago private eye and a doctor
in Cameroon who is refining a drug that can
speed the formation of new blood vessels all
look for the truth about the big business of
home with a new mother. Strengthened by
adversity and blessed with intelligence, she
isn’t completely comfortable. Readers get reacquainted with her best friend, Stuart, who is
determined to marry her, and her neighbor,
slow-witted Starletta. Ellen’s shows kindness
to them while finding her place in the world.
BRIDGET TE LACOMBE
Ten Days in the Hills, by Jane Smiley.
This novel begins the morning after the 2003
Academy Awards, as writer/director Max and
his lover, Elena, talk about the previous night’s
festivities, love, movies and the war in Iraq. But
soon their house is filled with a variety of
guests—all of whom demand a lot of attention.
Peter Rabbit’s Giant Storybook, by
Beatrix Potter. A bonanza of 14 of Potter’s
classic tales in one deluxe volume includes her
most popular stories—the tales of Peter
Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Mr. Jeremy Fisher,
Jemima Puddle-Duck and more. This oversize
book offers high-quality reproductions of
Potter’s original art.
while knowing that he wouldn’t. His death
followed their daughter’s near-fatal bout of
pneumonia. (After two years of almost recoveries, Didion’s daughter passed away in 2005.)
Now in paperback, this poignant chronicle is
another example of Didion’s insight, this time
The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster,
by Kaye Gibbons. Recently released in
paperback, this sequel to Gibbons’ Ellen Foster
finds Ellen, now 15, settled into a permanent
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan
Didion. When Didion’s husband died unexpectedly in 2003, it marked the end of a 40-
year marriage that was a true collaboration of
souls. In the wake of that event, Didion
entered a period of “magical thinking,” in
which she expected that he might come back,
Somebody’s Got to Say It, by Neal Bortz. A
28-year radio veteran and host of Atlanta’s
number-one radio show, Boortz gets his listeners hot under the collar every day with his
brand of conservative talk. Author of the
popular The Fair Tax Book, Boortz is back
with a truly hilarious—but really serious—
rant that covers any issue one can name.
A collector of the bizarre and
grotesque, rock star Judas
Coyne doesn’t hesitate when he
finds a ghost for sale on the
Internet. Delivered in a black
heart-shaped box, this latest
acquisition chases him to the
limits of sanity—and beyond.
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O n s ale F ebruary 1 3
Romantic debacles, shady
secrets and unrequited love fill
the pages of these selections
from William Morrow.
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Available late February
What makes egotistical yet
irresistible Dean Robillard fall in
love? What sort of woman catches
his eye and captures his heart?
You might be surprised. Natural
Born Charmer is Susan Elizabeth
Phillips’ latest book in her
Chicago Stars series.
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Available February 6
The Talkmaster. The Mouth of the
South. America’s Rude Awakening.
In Somebody’s Gotta Say It,
popular radio talk-show host Neal
Boortz deals with controversial issues
in a radical yet entertaining way.
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Available late February
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