September 16, 2018

Prepper’s Survival Retreats by Charley Hogwood tackles the big question of many preppers, “Where do we go?” With a variety of options available, how do you know what’s best for you and your family? Hogwood addresses the topics of purchasing an existing home, can you make it where you are, building or renovating a survival retreat, and survival groups, whittling down the short list of properties.

Ruthless Tide by Al Roker follows an unforgettable cast of characters whose fates converged May 31, 1889, when in minutes, the breach of a faulty dam, built to create a private lake for a fishing and hunting club for elite members like Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, released 20 million tons of water. Razing the valley mill town of Johnstown, the Great Flood, as it would come to be called, remains the deadliest flood in U.S. history, yet created remarkable heroes while exposing robber barons with little concern over the devastation caused by their greed and neglected infrastructure.

Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear, the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. From the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior, and Hermès, the rise and fall of the department store, and the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw, a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution is presented that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.

The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon chronicles Venetian life in all its blissful and sordid aspects, when an accident involving the father of a boy suspected of doing drugs finds Commissario Guido Brunetti pursuing a series of false and contradictory leads. What he soon discovers is a long-standing scam that unleashes unintentional consequences, and the realizations that the truth is not always straightforward.

The Leopard’s Prey by Suzanne Arruda offers a compelling plot as American adventuress Jade del Cameron returns home to British East Africa to help the Perkins and Daley Zoological Company collect wild animals for zoos in the States. But then, the body of a local merchant is found on a coffee-growing plantation and the prime suspect is Jade’s beau, movie-maker and ace World War I flyer Sam Featherstone.

A Wedding on Bluebird Way takes four related stories by different authors, and turns second chances into happy endings. As the wedding of the year gets underway at the charming Bluebird Inn, the big day becomes a fiasco when the bride turns heel, hijacks a Ducati, and speeds out of town. A down-on-her-luck B&B owner needs a little help finding happiness; a big city copy with small-town roots pulls over the girl he could never have; and a jilted groom and type A wedding planner discover a little chaos can make life exciting.