February 2013 Movers & Shakers

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

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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
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Fame comes at a price for narrator Jonny Valentine, age 11, a perfectly packaged pop star with a legion of tween fans, a drug-addled "momager," and one wish—to meet his absent father. That quest shatters his sheltered world in this literary novel. Kelly says, "Jonny is one of my favorite characters in a long time...this is a story that forces you to reconsider previous notions of success, youth, experience, love, and acceptance." Fame comes at a price for narrator Jonny Valentine, age 11, a perfectly packaged pop star with a legion of tween fans, a drug-addled "momager," and one wish—to meet his absent father. That quest shatters his sheltered world in this literary novel. Kelly says, "Jonny is one of my favorite characters in a long time...this is a story that forces you to reconsider previous notions of success, youth, experience, love, and acceptance."
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Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
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Dr. Ben Goldacre outlines in damning detail how pharmaceutical companies rig their results, jeopardizing the lives of patients and padding their own pockets, while doctors are often dangerously ignorant of a drug's true effectiveness—and side effects. Knig says, "This should be compulsory reading...[it's] the most appalling, horrific, mind-numbing exposé on the current state of medicine I had never hoped to see, or know, or be a part of. Ever." Dr. Ben Goldacre outlines in damning detail how pharmaceutical companies rig their results, jeopardizing the lives of patients and padding their own pockets, while doctors are often dangerously ignorant of a drug's true effectiveness—and side effects. Knig says, "This should be compulsory reading...[it's] the most appalling, horrific, mind-numbing exposé on the current state of medicine I had never hoped to see, or know, or be a part of. Ever."
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The House Girl by Tara Conklin The House Girl
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Alternating between centuries, this novel connects the lives of two women: a plantation house slave in 1852 Virginia and a modern-day New York lawyer who is tasked with finding a slave descendent willing to be the plaintiff in an enormous reparations lawsuit for African Americans. Kiki says, "Great writing, compelling storytelling, and lovely structure helped make an almost unbelievable story...absolutely unforgettable." Alternating between centuries, this novel connects the lives of two women: a plantation house slave in 1852 Virginia and a modern-day New York lawyer who is tasked with finding a slave descendent willing to be the plaintiff in an enormous reparations lawsuit for African Americans. Kiki says, "Great writing, compelling storytelling, and lovely structure helped make an almost unbelievable story...absolutely unforgettable."
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Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
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In November 1889, gutsy journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland left New York City in opposite directions, each hoping to circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days. Their race, chronicled in this nonfiction adventure, pushed the limits of world travel as they defied Victorian mores and created a media frenzy. Jammies says, "Mr. Goodman writes as if he knew his heroines personally, and his fascination with their journeys is infectious...engrossing and satisfying and well worth a read." In November 1889, gutsy journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland left New York City in opposite directions, each hoping to circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days. Their race, chronicled in this nonfiction adventure, pushed the limits of world travel as they defied Victorian mores and created a media frenzy. Jammies says, "Mr. Goodman writes as if he knew his heroines personally, and his fascination with their journeys is infectious...engrossing and satisfying and well worth a read."
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Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell Man in the Empty Suit
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Every year for his birthday, a time traveler hops to 2071 Manhattan to celebrate with all the other versions of himself—the ultimate party with both his younger and older selves. But at age 39 in this mind-bending thriller, he discovers his 40-year-old self shot dead in the hotel elevator. Rita calls it "a lightning-paced, intricately woven take on the classic theme 'man vs. himself'...this thoughtfully riveting story will make you question every decision you've ever made in your life." Every year for his birthday, a time traveler hops to 2071 Manhattan to celebrate with all the other versions of himself—the ultimate party with both his younger and older selves. But at age 39 in this mind-bending thriller, he discovers his 40-year-old self shot dead in the hotel elevator. Rita calls it "a lightning-paced, intricately woven take on the classic theme 'man vs. himself'...this thoughtfully riveting story will make you question every decision you've ever made in your life."
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The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)
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In this gothic tale of horror for young adults, H.G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau is revisited through the eyes of Juliet, the daughter of Wells's mad scientist character. Both repulsed and curious, she voyages to his tropical island to try to stop his monstrous experimentation. Blythe says it "opens with a bang and ends with an even bigger bang, full of complete and utter brilliance at every corner." In this gothic tale of horror for young adults, H.G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau is revisited through the eyes of Juliet, the daughter of Wells's mad scientist character. Both repulsed and curious, she voyages to his tropical island to try to stop his monstrous experimentation. Blythe says it "opens with a bang and ends with an even bigger bang, full of complete and utter brilliance at every corner."
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