I’m a little behind in posting new releases for this month, but goodness, time is sure flying by quickly. In just a couple of weeks, it will be my birthday. I will be 28. So old, right?
Anyway, on to the 2014 February book releases!
Book: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Author: BJ Novak
Genre: Short Stories
Publication Date: 2/4/2014
Summary: A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.
Why You Should Read It: It may be written by a famous person, but if that famous person is BJ Novak, the book is probably pretty awesome.
Book: Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
Author: Annie Jacobsen
Genre: Historical biography/biopic
Publication Date: 2/11/2014
Summary: In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich’s scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis’ once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler’s scientists and their families to the United States.
Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery. They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War?
Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including previously unseen papers made available by direct descendants of the Third Reich’s ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and dossiers discovered in government archives and at Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into a startling, complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secret of the twentieth century.
In this definitive, controversial look at one of America’s most strategic, and disturbing, government programs, Jacobsen shows just how dark government can get in the name of national security.
Why You Should Read It: I happen to love true history that reads like a thriller novel. Especially if science is involved. This book offers an insider look at how science mixes with politics and conspiracy.
Book: Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9)
Author: Chloe Neill
Genre: Paranormal fantasy
Publication Date: 2/4/2014
Summary: Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead
But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?
Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.
Why You Should Read It: Critical reviews state that this series melds Nancy Drew with sword-wielding vampires and ass-kickery. That sounds like a book everyone would enjoy.
Book: The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy
Author: jennifer A. Nielsen
Genre: Children’s fantasy
Publication Date: 2/25/2014
Summary: Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Ascendance Trilogy.
War is coming. . . . Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!
Why You Should Read It: This children’s book series is full of classic fantasy goodness involving deceit, treachery, and epic battles. Think Game of Thrones for children.