Book Recommendations -- December 2015

I hope Santa was good to you all this year.  Did you receive any books as gifts? Well, here are some more suggestions!

14th Deadly Sin
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The prolific author delivers another collaborative episode of the Women's Murder Club as they try to save San Francisco from an outburst of violence.

5-Minute Star Wars Stories
Eleven action-packed tales take place at various times in the Star Wars saga.

by Chrissy Eubank
The singer is taking the world by storm thanks to her blockbuster new album, so what better time for a quickie biography?

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Phil Szostak
Not only do we see designs from the latest Star Wars film, but we also glimpse tantalizing concept renderings of ideas that were abandoned for the movie.

Ashley Bell
by Dean Koontz
The bestselling author tells the story of a woman who survives a medical death sentence and becomes convinced that she's alive in order to save someone else, and she starts a quest to find that mysterious person.

The Bone Labyrinth
by James Rollins
In this Sigma Force novel, the team must deal with the repercussions when a Neanderthal woman's bones are discovered in a subterranean chapel.

Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain
by Stephen Joseph
The photographer shows his panoramic images of the behind the scenes work that goes into creating a Broadway theatrical production.

Curtain Up: Agatha Christie -- A Life in the Theater
by Julius Green
This book examines the mystery writer's work as a playwright.

Escaping Peril
by Tui T. Sutherland
Here's the eighth part in the Wings of Fire dragon series.

The First Hostage
by Joel C. Rosenberg
The President of the United States is missing after a terrorist attack and journalist J.B. Collins tries to find answers.

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes
by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley
Based on the best-selling horror videogame series, a group of friends return to the pizzeria were murders took place and are confronted by dangerous animatronic mascots.

The Forgotten Soldier
by Brad Taylor
An operative goes rogue so Pike Logan and the TaskForce come to the rescue.

Frank Sinatra: An Extraordinary Life
by Spencer Leigh
Marking the 100th anniversary of his birth, here are exclusive interviews about the life of the beloved singer by those who knew him.

Girl in a Band: A Memoir
Kim Gordon
The founding member of Sonic Youth writes the story of her life.

Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book
As the adult coloring book trend continues, I'm surprised that the major comic book companies Marvel and DC haven't capitalized on it by coming out with black-and-white pages of their superheroes for fans to color themselves. The independent comics, however, are jumping on the bandwagon as evidenced by this compilation of illustrations from Zenescope Entertainment series of sexy fairy tales.

The Hateful Eight
by Quentin Tarantino
Love him or hate him, you have to admit that the film director is a talented writer. The screenplay for his most recent movie is available for purchase.

Help! I Have an Audition! Now What?
by Martin King Young
If you're a struggling or aspiring actor looking for auditioning tips, this book is for you.

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
by Herbie Hancock and Lisa Dickey
The legendary jazz musician reflects on his life.

House of the Rising Sun
by James Lee Burke
The author continues his Holland Family epic, this time about a father and son separated by war as they encounter the Holy Grail.

I Funny TV: A Middle School Story
by Chris Grabenstein and James Patterson
The fourth book in the series finds Jamie Grimm on the verge of television superstardom.

Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir
by Lorna Luft
The daughter of Judy Garland shares stories about her show biz family.

The Music of the Beatles
by Chris Wade
If you're a fan of the greatest band that ever lived, like I am, you'll appreciate this examination of their recordings.

Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography
by Tom Jones
My mom used to love singer Tom Jones. Now he shares the secrets of his success.

Patriot Rising: The Unbroken
by Max Alexander
Civil war and the threat of invasion from Russia and China are the tense settings for this sequel to Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises.

Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty
by Alex Bellos and Edmund Harriss
With so many adult coloring books out there, I'm trying to keep my eye open for unique ones to bring to your attention.  This seems like one of them.

People We Lost in 2015
People Magazine looks at the big names who passed away during the year.

Podcasting Made Easy: A Short Guide to Planning, Scripting, Outlining, and Creating Your First Podcast
by Mike Eiman
Podcasts are all the rage. This step-by-step tutorial shows how to create your own.

The Relic Master
by Christopher Buckley
In this humorous novel set in the 16th century, a relic hunter and his best friend attempt to forge the Shroud of Turin.

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge
by Michael Punke
Here's the true story of frontiersman Hugh Glass, whom Leonardo DiCaprio portrays in the new movie adaptation.

The Short Drop
by Matthew FitzSimmons
Conspiracies are uncovered during the investigation of a ten-year missing person case.

Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films
by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury
The Agent 007 movie franchise has been thriving for 50 years.  Here are all the details.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Before the Awakening
by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Phil Noto
This anthology book focuses on the lives of the characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens before the film takes place.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Incredible Cross-Sections
by Jason Fry and Kemp Remillard
Detailed drawings and text examine the vehicles in the new Star Wars movie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Visual Dictionary
by Pablo Hidalgo
Loaded with illustrations, this is a Star Wars fan's dream book.

The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror
by George Beahm
Stephen King continues to deliver bestsellers, and this book takes an updated look at his body of work.

Sword of Destiny
by Andrzej Sapkowski
Inspired by the videogame The Witcher, a man with magic powers targets monsters that prey on the innocent.

Timeless Beauty: Over 100 Tips, Secrets, and Shortcuts to Looking Great
by Christie Brinkley
The supermodel must drink from the Fountain of Youth. Here she reveals her beauty secrets.

Tom Clancy's Commander in Chief
by Mark Greaney
Tom Clancy may be gone, but his great character Jack Ryan lives on, and the action continues now that Ryan is President.

Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping the Modern World
by Martin Vargic
The digital artist delivers his witty maps that explore social issues moreso than geography.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016
by Sarah Janssen
Tidbits and facts on almost everything you can imagine are gathered here.

Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane
by Patrick McGilligan
Here's a look at the brilliant filmmaker in his youth.

Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour
by Dita Von Teese
The fashion icon shares her beauty tips.

Your Magical Life
by Mike Dooley and Virginia Allyn
Finally here's a nicely illustrated fantasy bedtime story.

Happy reading!