December 31, 2017

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson asks the haunting question, what happened to Brigitte Berthold? That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, since he and Brigitte were separated after a harrowing escape from the Gestapo and journey to England. Now a wealthy old man, Daniel has vowed to find her, his final hope resting with an with an unlikely pair that follows a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all their lives.

Where the Light Falls by Allison and Owen Pataki masterfully weaves fictional characters with actual historical figures, following a nobleman as he fights for the French revolution against his own noblemen, and a lawyer who tries to navigate his role in the conflict. The demand for justice, aided by the new invention of the guillotine, breeds instability, creates enemies out of compatriots and forces those involved to question the sacrifices they make.

The O’Malleys of Texas by Dusty Richards challenges Harp and Long John O’Malley, former Texas Rangers, who are not yet through fighting. They sign on with a cattle drive that will take them across the most treacherous and deadly stretch of the American frontier: the long trail from Texas to Sedalia. Beset by ruthless enemies inside and outside the camp, the two aim for the future—where a great ranching fortune awaits back in a Texas they will change forever.

The Taking of K-129 by Josh Dean walks through the true story of Cold War espionage and engineering, when in the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian nuclear-armed submarine vanishes. Found wrecked at the bottom of the Pacific by an American operation, top-secret Project Azorian is launched to retrieve the sub and the intelligence assets it holds, directly under the watchful eyes of the Russians, and at the risk of nuclear annihilation.

Bunny Mellon by Meryl Gordon draws from thousands of pages of letters, diaries, appointment calendars, and interviews to present a new biography of the style icon and American aristocrat. Mellon, who designed the White House Rose Garden for JFK and served as a living witness to 20th century American history, operated in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion, becoming known as a talented “American original”.

Simply Electrifying by Craig R. Roach brings to life the 250-year history of electricity, the comprehensive account of one of mankind’s most important journeys: from a time when only a few could even imagine a world with electricity to today when, for most of us, a world without it would be unimaginable. Through the stories of its early pathfinders – Franklin, Watt, Morse, and others – to current innovators, business strategists, and political figures, the complete, thrilling, and often-dangerous story of electricity is revealed like never before.