Books

The mechanical

Ian Tregillis

Science Fiction

The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina -- but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower. Three centur...


Small mercies

Eddie Joyce

Literary Fiction

An ingeniously layered narrative, told over the course of one week, Eddie Joyce's debut novel depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history. Ten years after the loss of Bobby-- the Amendola family's youngest son-- everyone is still struggling to recover from the firefighter's unexpected death. Bobby's mother Gail; his widow Tina; his older brothers Peter, the corporate lawyer, and Franky, ...


The blondes

Emily Schultz

Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City. As the novel opens, she learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor) at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passersby, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes--whether CEOs, flight attendants, students, or accountants--into rabid kil...


The second sister

Marie Bostwick

Years of long workdays ... as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson's Bay, her small, close knit Wisconsin hometown. An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired, and she was content to stay in Nilson's Bay. Lucy ... got out and never looked back. Now, ... Lucy has taken up te...


Down don't bother me

Jason Miller

Mystery

In the depths of the Knight Hawk, one of the last working collieries in downstate Illinois, the body of a reporter is found, his mini-recorder tied around his neck and a notepad stuffed in his mouth. The Knight Hawk's owner, Matthew Luster, isn't happy. He wants answers -- and he doesn't want the cops or any more press poking into his business. To protect himself and the operation, he turns to Slim, a mine employee with a reputation for "bl...


Beach bodies

David Healey

Mystery

Ex-cop Nick Logan lives on a farm in the Maryland mountains and spends his days splitting cords of firewood by hand. When his college-age niece goes missing from her summer job in Rehoboth Beach, Nick is called in to find her. Just as he predicted, it turns out that his niece has run into nothing more sinister than a hot young lifeguard. Nick is ready to get back to splitting firewood, but his old friend and partner is now the Rehoboth Beac...


Chesapeake gardening and landscaping

Barbara Ellis

Nonfiction

Gardens and landscapes that benefit the environment -- Creating an ecological landscape design -- Building your Chesapeake landscape -- Shrubs, trees, and vines for landscaping -- Ground covers for Chesapeake landscapes -- Flowers for Chesapeake gardens -- Plants and gardens for shade -- Water, rain gardens, and wet soil -- Gardens for wildlife.