January is coming to a close and it is time to shake those January Blues and get back on the horse. Where better to ride that horse than straight over to Bookstr for three killer book recommendations that will launch you into February feeling invigorated, inspired and ready to take on the world?
So without further ado, here are the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week.
OUR HOT PICK
Absolute Proof by Peter James
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What would it take to prove the existence of God? This question and the consequences of its answer lies at the heart of Absolute Proof, the new international thriller from bestselling author Peter James. To provide absolute proof of a divine existence would trigger worldwide instability, with every one of the major faiths laying claim to such evidence by whatever means necessary. Promising intrigue, action and conspiracy on a global scale this electrifying novel will have you hooked from the first page to last.
Absolute Proof could be the most ambitious Peter James novel yet. His newest epic could serve as a real mirror to the world, providing a striking lens on the extremism that can be found in different faiths today. Who better to interweave these timely issues into a high-stakes thriller than master of suspense Peter James? Author of over thirty books and winner of a writing award almost every year since 1999, James is a literary powerhouse who keeps going from strength to strength.
Our Coffee Shop Read
Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz
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Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets―i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan’s past is catching up to him.
Someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. After Evan’s mentor and the only father he ever knew was killed, he decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the Program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States.
But President Bennett knows that Orphan X is after him and, using weapons of his own, he’s decided to counter-attack. Bennett activates the one man who has the skills and experience to track down and take out Orphan X―the first recruit of the Program, Orphan A.
With Evan devoting all his skills, resources, and intelligence to find a way through the layers of security that surround the President, suddenly he also has to protect himself against the deadliest of opponents. It’s Orphan vs. Orphan with the future of the country―even the world―on the line.
Gregg Hurwitz’s latest chapter in the Orphan X series is sure to satisfy longtime fans and welcome excited newcomers. You’ll be sure to jump into previous installments after following Evan Smoak’s Jason Bourne-like adventures from the comfort of your local coffee spot. Be careful how much coffee you drink as you fly through this heart pounding thriller.
Our Dark Horse
The Peacock Feast by Lisa Gornick
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The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C. Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall―his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue-banded minaret―so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use. The explosion shakes both the apple crate where Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany’s prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven-year-old brother, is playing.
Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, a hospice nurse and the granddaughter of Randall, who Prudence never saw again after he left at age fourteen for California. The mementos Grace carries from her grandfather’s house stir Prudence’s long-repressed memories and bring her to a new understanding of the choices she made in work and love, and what she faces now in her final days.
Spanning the twentieth century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune. With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has written a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying, and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space.
Lisa Gornick’s extensive background in clinical psychology gives her emotional tale about life-changing choices and reflection great texture and authenticity. This book will likely have the tears running and serve as an unexpected guide to a life of more mindful experiences. Grab this dark horse for yourself and your loved ones and start the year with new perspective.