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The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Set against the backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood during Prohibition in rural Mississippi, Tilted World tells the story of a bootlegger, her shady husband, an orphan baby, and two federal investigating agents and how their lives become entwined.  Weeks of constant rain and the impending natural disaster adds tension to this atmospheric story filled with murder and moonshine.  The strong-willed Dixie Clay who is mourning the recent death of her baby and decent, blues-loving agent Ted Ingersoll are drawn to each other in their mutual attachment to the orphan baby and thei

World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen

James Bowen and Bob are back with this moving sequel to the New York Times bestseller Street Cat Named Bob. In the continuing tale of their life together Bowen is now living in his own apartment but is still selling the Big Issue magazine on the street. He writes with brutal honesty of his struggles as recovering addict barely making ends meet. Bob is at his side and James shares the many ways the ginger tom cat has been his guardian angel through hardship, serious illness and threatening  danger. As the book draws to a close James writes humbly about the publicatio

Queen of the Air by Dean Jensen

Lillian Leitzel and Alfredo Codona were famed circus artists and the biggest stars of the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1920’s.  It was the heyday of the big top when circus performers were celebrities and household names.  Leitzel, born to a circus family, became a famous acrobat known for her open-air one arm rope trick.  Codona fell for her at 16 when he was just a circus extra and she a rising star.  When they married twenty years later he had become an accomplished trapeze artist, the first to master the triple somersault.  The marriage was tempestuous

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Brothers Subhash and Udayan  Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood  growing up in the 1960s.  Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge.  Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.

Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS by Rebecca Eaton

In this delightful memoir Rebecca Eaton shares the story of her twenty-five years as executive producer of Masterpiece Theater.   She has overseen the program from its golden age of elaborate British costume drama to more contemporary gritty fare with the addition of the popular offshoot Mystery.  Iconic names such as Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Firth and Judi Dench spill off the pages.  Little know facts about colorful hosts including Alistair Cook and Diana Rigg are revealed.  The author also tells of how she almost turned down the now wild

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