Monday, May 2, 2011

New Book Releases: May 3

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Take a bite out of this week's juicy New Book Releases! Charlaine Harris returns with the latest installment of her sultry Sookie Stackhouse series of vampire novels. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro team up for the 10th installment in the Women's Murder Club series. Then, a trio of memoirs: Steven Tyler opens up a out his up-and-down rock n roll career; Betty White shares wisdom gleaned from 70 years in showbiz; and Shania Twain relates stories of heartbreak, sacrifice and triumph that have marked her remarkable life. See you again next Tuesday for more New Book Releases!

Charlaine Harris Dead Reckoning Sookie Stackhouse True BloodThe Southern Vampire Mysteries--basis for the hit HBO TV series True Blood--rolls on to its eleventh sultry installment from award-winning author Charlaine Harris. Dead Reckoning (Starting at $14.68: Up to 47% in Savings) finds Bon Temps, Louisiana, waitress and telepath Sookie Stackhouse witnessing the firebombing destruction of Merlotte's, the restaurant where she works. Given that Sam Merlotte has now been outed as a shapeshifter, anti-shifters are naturally the target of suspicion for the crime. But Sookie--so changed since the horrible torture she endured at the hands of the demented fairies Lochlan and Neave--isn't convinced. Indeed, she believes it's an old enemy of her own, looking for vengeance. But her attention shifts almost entirely to a development in her relationship with Eric, the Viking vampire. It seems he and his "daughter" Pam are plotting a little insurrection against his vampire master. Reluctantly pulled into the plot, Sookie must determine her loyalty to Eric: how far will she go to hang on to him, and will it be worth it in the end? Get it Now on Aol Shopping.

James Patterson Maxine Paetro 10th Anniversary The Women's Murder Club hits its own 10th anniversary with the latest collaboration between James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Detective Lindsay Boxer finds herself in another mess in 10th Anniversary (Starting at $17.43: Up to 38% in Savings), right about the time she should be enjoying her blissful--and very long-in-coming--new marriage to Joe. The celebration is interrupted when she's called in to investigate an unthinkable crime: a severely injured teenage girl has been left clinging to life, her newborn baby stolen from her arms. There are seemingly no answers to the mystery, although Lindsay believes the victim herself has more answers than she's letting on. As Lindsay desperately tries to find the missing baby--pressured by her new boss Lt. Jackson Brady--her best friend, Assistant D.A. Yuki Castellano, is prosecuting a murder case that could make her career. She believes she has a slam-dunk guilty verdict on the woman who allegedly murdered her husband in front of her children, but when Lindsay stumbles across some potentially damaging evidence, she wonders if she might be betraying her friend to reveal it. And as everything work-related swirls around, she wonders if she'll ever be able to have a family of her own with Joe. Get it Now on Aol Shopping.

Steven Tyler Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?Legendary Aerosmith frontman and now American Idol judge Steven Tyler opens up about his wild roller coaster ride of a life in his memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? (Starting at $15.20: Up to 45% in Savings). Some people were simply born to be rock stars, and that can certainly be said about Tyler, who grew up in the Bronx on a steady diet of Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, and Janis Joplin. As a teenager he hits the streets and stages of New York, determined to meet his destiny. But it didn't take shape until the fateful between he and his inseperable counterpart Joe Perry. Together the two rode the rocketship of fame with Aerosmith, shooting to global status in the 70s. Tyler candidly (and in his inimitably goofball poet way) gives the goods about the rock 'n' roll lifestyle: the sex, the drugs, the fighting, the money, the glamour, the rehab stints, the general debauchery. He also details the low times for the group, and having to struggle to return to the top in the 80s and 90s. At the end of the day, Tylerreveals that behind the shobix persona, he's a spiritual family man, deeply in love and a proud father of four children. Wowza shooba habba dooba! Get it Now on Aol Shopping.

Betty White If You Ask MeOnly Commies don't love Betty White. The legendary, 7-time Emmy Award-winning actress and funnywoman shares humorous and candid stories from her long and illustrious career in Hollywood in If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) (Starting at $14.75: Up to 43% in Savings). Seventy years (!) in the business yields a wealth of insight about a vareity of topics, including romance, sex, getting old, friendship, television, the love of animals, and the nature of celebrity on into the 21st century. White--who starred on all-time hit TV shows The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls opens up about some dishy Hollywood stories, including her long-rumored flame for Robert Redford, her beauty secrets, and the landmark social media groundswell that finally coaxed her into accepting the honor of hosting Saturday Night Live to rave reviews (she had turned it down three times prior to accepting). Far from done, White is still making us laugh on sitcoms, commercials, and film, while also devoting her life to the cause of animal welfare. What a gal. Get it Now on Aol Shopping.

Shania Twain From This Moment OnFive-time Grammy winner, and the artist behind the number one-selling album by a female and 9th of all time, country-pop recording artist Shania Twain opens up about her remarkable and often tragic life in her memoir From This Moment On (Starting at $16.13: Up to 40% in Savings). Twain grew up in an impoverished family in rural Windsor, Ontario, one of five siblings who often had to go without food. As a teenager, Shania--born Eileen Twain--was the driving force behind the dramatic refusal to accept domestic abuse in her household, courageously saving her mother and siblings by helping them flee to a battered women's shelter. Then, only a few years later as 22-year-old, Shania had to step up again and become the leader of her family when her parents were killed in a tragic car accident. Through all of that, she still rose to become a superstar recording artist, selling over 70 million albums worldwide. But of course success doesn't always mean happiness, as demonstrated by the public betrayal and bitter divorce that has dominated country music headlines of late. Yet a new and joyful marriage to a beloved friend confirms Shania's determination to carve out happiness from strife, a lesson in grace, acceptance, wisdom and hope that she shares with her legions of fans. Get it Now on Aol Shopping.


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