July 23, 2017

Daughters of God by Jerry Marcus keeps readers guessing until the last page in this explosive mystery revolving around the darker side of political life. Detective Tony Pinella and crime reporter Max Gold investigate the terrifying secrets that lie behind Governor Morris Green’s political comeback, what the governor’s wife and eldest daughter really know, and what are their connections to murders in New York City, Chicago, and Paradise Valley, AZ. And why does Pinella seek answers from a woman imprisoned in a Michigan psychiatric ward?

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers delivers the sci-fi tale of Lovelace, once merely a spaceship’s artificial intelligence, who wakes up in a physical body following a total system shut-down and reboot. As she learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer determined to help her learn and grow. Together, they discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

Sentinels of Fire by P.T. Deutermann takes place in the spring of 1945, finding the Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed and reacts by dispatching suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. One destroyer, the USS Malloy, faces an even more pressing issue when Executive Officer Connie Miles realizes the ship’s much-admired Captain Pudge Tallmadge is losing his mind under the relentless pressure of the attacks.

The Secret Life of the Mind by Mariano Sigman draws on physics, linguistics, psychology, education, and other disciplines to explore the inner workings of the human brain. Sigman, a leading neuroscientist, tackles challenging questions including what defines our choices and allows us to trust other people and our own decisions – are we governed by our unconscious mind – and is it possible to decipher, control, and manipulate our dreams?

Prince Charles by Sally Bedell Smith takes a new and authoritative look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years, still waiting after more than six decades for his destined role. From his lonely childhood through intellectual and entrepreneurial quests, search for spiritual meaning, marriages, and children, Charles is seen as a man with a fiercely independent spirit, far more complicated and compelling than thought.

The Aliens are Coming by acclaimed actor and trained quantum physicist Ben Miller provides a lighthearted but thorough exploration of the science behind the search for intelligent alien life—what it might be like, where and how we might find it—and reflects on whether we could understand or recognize an alien at all. Complex concepts are presented simply and clearly, reporting the fascinating science based on unprecedented amounts of data from super-high-powered telescopes, Mars rovers, and the probes now leaving our solar system.