Best Books of the Month: January 2013

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

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Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See
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A Hollywood executive succumbs to bipolar disorder in this visceral novel told in the intervals between electroshock treatments. After abandoning his family and walking away from a successful career, he spends a decade careening from continent to continent. Linda says, "Garey's book is vivid, allowing the reader to get a genuine glimpse of the raw pain...an important book." A Hollywood executive succumbs to bipolar disorder in this visceral novel told in the intervals between electroshock treatments. After abandoning his family and walking away from a successful career, he spends a decade careening from continent to continent. Linda says, "Garey's book is vivid, allowing the reader to get a genuine glimpse of the raw pain...an important book."
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The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
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With the nation on the brink of civil war, detective Allan Pinkerton forms the cornerstone of this suspenseful historical account of the "Baltimore Plot," the 1861 assassination attempt on president-elect Abraham Lincoln as he traveled to Washington to take the oath of office. Gwen says, "One gets a thorough understanding of the strife and distress in America...Stashower paints a vivid and endearing picture of Lincoln's thoughts, wit, and actions." With the nation on the brink of civil war, detective Allan Pinkerton forms the cornerstone of this suspenseful historical account of the "Baltimore Plot," the 1861 assassination attempt on president-elect Abraham Lincoln as he traveled to Washington to take the oath of office. Gwen says, "One gets a thorough understanding of the strife and distress in America...Stashower paints a vivid and endearing picture of Lincoln's thoughts, wit, and actions."
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The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell The Death of Bees
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In an impoverished, drug-riddled neighborhood of Glasgow, two sisters quietly bury their junkie parents in the backyard in this literary black comedy. Hoping to avoid foster care, they conceal the truth and attempt to avoid the authorities until big sister Marnie is of age. Carol says, "This lively, suspenseful, and darkly hilarious tale transfixed me from gruesome start to wonderfully satisfying finish. Brilliant, delightful, and thought-provoking!" In an impoverished, drug-riddled neighborhood of Glasgow, two sisters quietly bury their junkie parents in the backyard in this literary black comedy. Hoping to avoid foster care, they conceal the truth and attempt to avoid the authorities until big sister Marnie is of age. Carol says, "This lively, suspenseful, and darkly hilarious tale transfixed me from gruesome start to wonderfully satisfying finish. Brilliant, delightful, and thought-provoking!"
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Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless Chanel Bonfire
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Dressed in couture and perpetually smoking, Wendy Lawless's mother was a narcissistic socialite who acquired a string of lovers and husbands, tormented her daughters, and served up years of abuse masked by a luxurious lifestyle. This unusual memoir recounts the emotional fallout of growing up with a disturbed mother. Nenia describes it as "a sparse and elegant recollection of a miserable childhood...beautifully written, brutally honest." Dressed in couture and perpetually smoking, Wendy Lawless's mother was a narcissistic socialite who acquired a string of lovers and husbands, tormented her daughters, and served up years of abuse masked by a luxurious lifestyle. This unusual memoir recounts the emotional fallout of growing up with a disturbed mother. Nenia describes it as "a sparse and elegant recollection of a miserable childhood...beautifully written, brutally honest."
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The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon The One I Left Behind
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They never found Reggie's mom's body. Or the serial killer named Neptune who kidnapped her and three other women in their small town. Twenty-five years later, Reggie gets the call that her mother has been found alive in a homeless shelter, but the mystery deepens on when Neptune takes his next victim. Katie says, "[It's] a fast, exciting read that you can't put down. From the very beginning you begin to draw your own conclusions, only to find you were probably wrong." They never found Reggie's mom's body. Or the serial killer named Neptune who kidnapped her and three other women in their small town. Twenty-five years later, Reggie gets the call that her mother has been found alive in a homeless shelter, but the mystery deepens on when Neptune takes his next victim. Katie says, "[It's] a fast, exciting read that you can't put down. From the very beginning you begin to draw your own conclusions, only to find you were probably wrong."
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The Archived by Victoria Schwab The Archived (The Archived, #1)
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Trained by her grandfather, teen Mackenzie Bishop lives a secret life as a "Keeper" in a library of the dead. Archived and organized on shelves, the dead's "Histories" can be read like books, but the Keepers must prevent them from escaping in this paranormal mystery for young adults. Danielle calls it "all things creepy and beautiful wrapped into one book...[it] will break your heart and piece it back together slowly." Trained by her grandfather, teen Mackenzie Bishop lives a secret life as a "Keeper" in a library of the dead. Archived and organized on shelves, the dead's "Histories" can be read like books, but the Keepers must prevent them from escaping in this paranormal mystery for young adults. Danielle calls it "all things creepy and beautiful wrapped into one book...[it] will break your heart and piece it back together slowly."
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