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Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Finds 8-21-2009

Here are my finds this week!

13 1/2 by Nevada Barr

Publisher: Vanguard Press

About the book: In 1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the “Butcher Boy” incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and television screens nationwide.

Now, in present-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps finds herself at yet another lonely crossroads in her life. No stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen, escaping a nightmarish Mississippi childhood.

Lonely, that is, until she encounters architect Marshall Marchand. Polly is immediately smitten. She finds him attractive, charming, and intelligent. Marshall, a lifelong bachelor, spends most of his time with his brother Danny. When Polly’s two young daughters from her previous marriage are likewise taken with Marshall, she marries him. However, as Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband’s increasing dark moods, fearing that Danny may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.

But what of the ominous prediction by a New Orleans tarot card reader, who proclaims that Polly will murder her husband? What, if any, is the Marchands’ connection to the infamous “Butcher Boy” multiple homicide? And could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for? (Amazon)

About the author: Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist and New York Times bestselling author. She has a growing number of Anna Pigeon mysteries to her credit as well as numerous other books, short stories, and articles. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband, four magical cats, and two adorable dogs. (Amazon)

13 1/2
Publisher/Publication Date: Vanguard Press, Sept 29, 2009
ISBN: 978-1593155537
320 pages

The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible by John Geiger

Publisher: Weistein Books

About the book: The Third Man Factor is an extraordinary account of how people at the very edge of death experience the sense of an unseen presence beside them who encourages them to make one final effort to survive. This incorporeal being offered them a feeling of hope, protection, and guidance, and left the person convinced he or she was not alone. There is a name for this phenomenon: It's called the Third Man Factor.

If only a handful of people had ever encountered the Third Man, it might be dismissed as an unusual delusion shared by a few overstressed minds. But over the years, the experience has occurred again and again, to 9/11 survivors, mountaineers, divers, polar explorers, prisoners of war, sailors, shipwreck survivors, aviators, and astronauts. All have escaped traumatic events only to tell strikingly similar stories of having sensed the close presence of a helper or guardian. The force has been explained as everything from hallucination to divine intervention. Recent neurological research suggests something else.

Bestselling and award-winning author John Geiger has completed six years of physiological, psychological, and historical research on The Third Man. He blends his analysis with compelling human stories such as Ron diFrancesco, the last survivor out of the World Trade Center on 9/11; Ernest Shackleton, the legendary explorer whose account of the Third Man inspired T.S. Eliot to write of it in The Wasteland; Jerry Linenger, a NASA astronaut who experienced The Third Man while aboard the Mir space station-and many more.

Fascinating for any reader, The Third Man Factor at last explains this secret to survival, a Third Man who-in the words of famed climber Reinhold Messner-"leads you out of the impossible." (Amazon)

The Third Man Factor
Publisher/Publication Date: Weinstein Books, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-1602861077
320 pages

What great books did you find this week?? Stop over at Should Be Reading and share yours!


Crystal said...

I saw 13 1/2 on Shelf Awareness this week and it sounds so good.

The Third Man Factor sounds very interesting, I'll have to check this out.

jlshall said...

The Nevada Barr book sounds really good. I used to live in Louisiana, and always love books set in New Orleans - I'll have to check it out. Nice finds!

bermudaonion said...

Those both look like winners!

gautami tripathy said...

Both sound good to me!

Friday Find: Judah's Lion by Anne Caston

Book Dragon said...

13 1/2 is not NB's normal book! Sounds dark and scary ~shiver~

I'm off the the library's site to see if they have both.

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