Brian retired after 40 years in the energy business and then turned around to start a new career as a bookshop owner. He is a Nebraska native who graduated from Hastings College with a business degree. One of his beloved environments is the Platte River of central Nebraska. He has been married to co-owner, Amy, for 30 years and is the father of twins, Olivia and Charlie.
National Book Award Finalist! One August afternoon, two sisters—Sophia, eight, and Alyona, eleven—go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia.
Nora Seed is faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one: undoing old breakups, and realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist. She must search within as she travels through the Midnight Library.
Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to a fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house. And then one evening, Alicia shoots her husband five times in the face and never speaks another word. Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is working to get her to talk. But his determination to unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations.
When 70-year-old Charlotte Perkins enters the Become a Jetsetter contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged chil- dren. When she wins the con- test, the family spends ten days traveling from Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido
Marveloso. Can four lost adults find the peace they’ve been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back together?
In 1941 a young Frenchwoman became the leader of a vast intelligence organization known as Alliance. No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence. Now, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live with their German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.
To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is... part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part outand-out thriller.”
In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from murdering thousands. “Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment….”
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.
Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better--their pleasures and their difficulties--a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.