New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | October 8

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Liz Phair, Andrew Ridgeley and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Books To Read If You Love To Travel

Books To Read If You Love To Travel

Are you a born traveler and looking for some inspiration for your next adventure? You won’t want to miss these exciting new books from authors Sunny and Al Lockwood, Christopher Schacht, Dan Kois, Mark Kenyon, Christopher Ingraham, and Mary Jane Black. Enjoy these new books to read if you love to travel!


Cruising the Mississippi

by Sunny Lockwood and Al Lockwood

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Cruising the Mississippi is the new novel from bestselling authors Sunny and Al Lockwood… A serious car accident changed the lives of Sunny and Al Lockwood. It was a reminder for them to stop postponing their dreams of ocean cruises. Now you can join them on their latest adventure of cruising the Mississippi River on a genuine paddlewheeler. Experience everything with them, from culinary delights and rich architecture to breathtaking vistas and the famous hospitality of southern culture.

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Around the World on 50 Bucks

by Christopher Schacht

Release Date: September 17, 2019

At the age of nineteen, Christopher Schacht put his dream into motion. With only 50 euros in savings, he set off on an adventure to travel around the world. He would have to rely on his friendliness, flexibility, charm, and willingness to work for shelter and food. Over a period of four years, he managed to visit 45 countries and traversed 1000,000 kilometers on foot, hitchhiking, and sailing.

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How to Be a Family

by Dan Kois

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Dan Kois and his wife always wanted to do the best for their children. As busy professionals in the suburbs of D.C. they scheduled their kid’s time wisely. Dan, Alia, and their two pre-teen daughters were all searching for their own happiness. But they wanted to achieve happiness together. In this memoir, you can join the Kois family as they search for other places to live away from home, but also be closer together.

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That Wild Country

by Mark Kenyon

Release Date: December 1, 2019

That WIld Country is the new novel from outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon. Follow Mark as he reflects on the past and future battles over America’s public lands. The public land system in America has been embroiled in controversy since its inception. Mark will explore these lands involved in heated debates and learn how they came to be.

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If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now

by Christopher Ingraham

Release Date: September 10, 2019

If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now is the candid story of writer Christopher Ingraham and how he uprooted his whole life and moved his family to Red Lake Falls, Minnesota… A place that was made famous as “the worst place to live in America” according to a Washington Post article.

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She Rode a Harley

by Mary Jane Black

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Mary Jane Black was a schoolteacher that escaped an abusive marriage and found love on a blind date… Mary Jane’s new husband Dwayne teaches her the joy of riding a motorcycle, as he’s sure riding a Harley will restore her confidence. Fifteen years later and they have followed the white lines together. Then Dwayne was diagnosed with cancer. When she loses her husband, she must learn to live on her own again.

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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | October 1

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Al & Sunny Lockwood, Elvis Duran, Debbie Harry, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Sunny and Al Lockwood, Authors of Cruising the Mississippi

What can you tell us about your new release, Cruising the Mississippi?

“Cruising the Mississippi” takes readers on the river cruise of a lifetime.

Riding the great river from New Orleans to Memphis, we share daily adventures, discoveries, and challenges, and introduce colorful characters and practical travel insights.

And along the way readers will learn fascinating facts about the Mississippi River and the river towns along its banks.

From a vibrant New Orleans Jazz concert at famous Preservation Hall, to the largest plantation mansion in the Mississippi, to Civil War battlegrounds, “Cruising the Mississippi” brings American history and Southern culture to life.

Our travel memoir, or travelogue, is written in an easy, conversational style. We visit unusual museums, partake of delicious gourmet meals, meet fascinating people and learn things about America and the Mississippi River that we never knew before.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

For years I worked in the media — as a daily newspaper reporter, as a magazine editor, as a TV talk show host and more. Al was an engineer in Silicon Valley before it was known as Silicon Valley. Later he moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and became a licensed general contractor. And he took up fine art photography. His photographs of mid-sierra wildflowers have been featured in California magazines and newspapers.

After we had more or less retired (we’re workaholics, so retirement simply means, changing what we do each day), we suffered a serious car wreck that changed our lives.

We were waiting at a red light when a texting drive slammed into us at 60 miles per hour. She totaled both cars in an explosion of glass and metal.

Seat belts and airbags protected us from broken bones, but our bruises and aches kept us at the doctor’s office for weeks. That wreck made us realize how fleeting life can be. One minute you’re doing nothing more dangerous than waiting at a red light, and the next moment you could be on your way to the morgue.

Because of that wreck, we stopped postponing our travel dreams. Stopped saying, “We’ll go there someday.” And started traveling all over the place. Our first dream trip was a cruise through the Panama Canal.

Because we had so much fun on that trip, it seemed natural to share the fun by writing about it.. We published our first travel memoir, “Cruising Panama’s Canal, savoring 5,000 nautical miles and 500,000 decadent calories,” in 2014. And the book sold. People liked reading about our trip. We received fan mail.

We’ve written other books about other trips, and our readers continue to tell us they love our books.

So you could say we became authors because of a horrible car wreck. Or you could say we became authors because we stopped postponing our dreams. And then we shared our wonderful trips in the hopes of inspiring others to make their travel dreams come true.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Although we have very different tastes in reading, we share a book every night before we go to sleep. We choose a book, and then one or the other reads a chapter aloud each night until we finish the book together. Of the more than 90 books we’ve read together, here are some of our favorites:

“Travels with Charlie” by John Steinbeck.

“Blue Highways” by William Least Heat-Moon

“The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson.

“Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes

“The #1 Ladies Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

President Jimmy Carter. He’s authored about 50 books, traveled all over the world, served this country honorably as President, made Habitat for Humanity a household word, teaches Sunday School almost every week in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, and is, in short, remarkable. His books cover politics, faith, family, growing up in the tiny town of Plains and many other topics. I would ask him what he gets out of writing, what the creative act of writing does for him.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I have two favorite things. First, that it is inexpensive. Unlike photography or playing an instrument or taking up a sport, writing only requires paper and a pencil (or pen). Of course we write on a computer, but you don’t have to have a computer to write. The other thing I like about writing is it helps me organize my thoughts. and therefore, helps me be a better thinker and a better communicator.

What is a typical day like for you?

Since we no longer have employers, we get up a little later than we used to. We rise about 7:30 or 8 a.m. Have breakfast. Read the newspaper. I (Sunny) walk for a mile or two. After that, I write. Al works on his photography: taking pictures with cameras he has built. Developing the film. Printing the images. After lunch we read or take a nap. Or we read and then take a nap.

After the nap, we continue our creative endeavors until supper. Al is the family cook. I clean up after the meal. We watch PBS news together. Al has three photo groups he works with during the month. I have three writers groups I take part in each month. We also have a social life with friends, family and neighbors. And before we go to sleep at night, we read the current book we’ve chosen. Then say our prayers and go to sleep.

What scene in Cruising the Mississippi was your favorite to write?

The moment of serendipity when I discover one of the American Queen star performers has a close connection to my family. But that’s the way travel is, isn’t it, you never know what magical connections you’ll make on a trip.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

We have a theme we travel by, a theme we share with our readers. Because of that car wreck, and because of increasing age, our travel theme is: Do it now. While you can.

Sunny and Al Lockwood are the authors of the new book Cruising the Mississippi.

Connect with Sunny and Al
Author Website

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Interview with Sunny and Al Lockwood, Authors of Cruising the Mississippi

What can you tell us about your new release, Cruising the Mississippi?

“Cruising the Mississippi” takes readers on the river cruise of a lifetime.

Riding the great river from New Orleans to Memphis, we share daily adventures, discoveries, and challenges, and introduce colorful characters and practical travel insights.

And along the way readers will learn fascinating facts about the Mississippi River and the river towns along its banks.

From a vibrant New Orleans Jazz concert at famous Preservation Hall, to the largest plantation mansion in the Mississippi, to Civil War battlegrounds, “Cruising the Mississippi” brings American history and Southern culture to life.

Our travel memoir, or travelogue, is written in an easy, conversational style. We visit unusual museums, partake of delicious gourmet meals, meet fascinating people and learn things about America and the Mississippi River that we never knew before.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

For years I worked in the media — as a daily newspaper reporter, as a magazine editor, as a TV talk show host and more. Al was an engineer in Silicon Valley before it was known as Silicon Valley. Later he moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and became a licensed general contractor. And he took up fine art photography. His photographs of mid-sierra wildflowers have been featured in California magazines and newspapers.

After we had more or less retired (we’re workaholics, so retirement simply means, changing what we do each day), we suffered a serious car wreck that changed our lives.

We were waiting at a red light when a texting drive slammed into us at 60 miles per hour. She totaled both cars in an explosion of glass and metal.

Seat belts and airbags protected us from broken bones, but our bruises and aches kept us at the doctor’s office for weeks. That wreck made us realize how fleeting life can be. One minute you’re doing nothing more dangerous than waiting at a red light, and the next moment you could be on your way to the morgue.

Because of that wreck, we stopped postponing our travel dreams. Stopped saying, “We’ll go there someday.” And started traveling all over the place. Our first dream trip was a cruise through the Panama Canal.

Because we had so much fun on that trip, it seemed natural to share the fun by writing about it.. We published our first travel memoir, “Cruising Panama’s Canal, savoring 5,000 nautical miles and 500,000 decadent calories,” in 2014. And the book sold. People liked reading about our trip. We received fan mail.

We’ve written other books about other trips, and our readers continue to tell us they love our books.

So you could say we became authors because of a horrible car wreck. Or you could say we became authors because we stopped postponing our dreams. And then we shared our wonderful trips in the hopes of inspiring others to make their travel dreams come true.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Although we have very different tastes in reading, we share a book every night before we go to sleep. We choose a book, and then one or the other reads a chapter aloud each night until we finish the book together. Of the more than 90 books we’ve read together, here are some of our favorites:

“Travels with Charlie” by John Steinbeck.

“Blue Highways” by William Least Heat-Moon

“The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson.

“Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes

“The #1 Ladies Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

President Jimmy Carter. He’s authored about 50 books, traveled all over the world, served this country honorably as President, made Habitat for Humanity a household word, teaches Sunday School almost every week in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, and is, in short, remarkable. His books cover politics, faith, family, growing up in the tiny town of Plains and many other topics. I would ask him what he gets out of writing, what the creative act of writing does for him.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I have two favorite things. First, that it is inexpensive. Unlike photography or playing an instrument or taking up a sport, writing only requires paper and a pencil (or pen). Of course we write on a computer, but you don’t have to have a computer to write. The other thing I like about writing is it helps me organize my thoughts. and therefore, helps me be a better thinker and a better communicator.

What is a typical day like for you?

Since we no longer have employers, we get up a little later than we used to. We rise about 7:30 or 8 a.m. Have breakfast. Read the newspaper. I (Sunny) walk for a mile or two. After that, I write. Al works on his photography: taking pictures with cameras he has built. Developing the film. Printing the images. After lunch we read or take a nap. Or we read and then take a nap.

After the nap, we continue our creative endeavors until supper. Al is the family cook. I clean up after the meal. We watch PBS news together. Al has three photo groups he works with during the month. I have three writers groups I take part in each month. We also have a social life with friends, family and neighbors. And before we go to sleep at night, we read the current book we’ve chosen. Then say our prayers and go to sleep.

What scene in Cruising the Mississippi was your favorite to write?

The moment of serendipity when I discover one of the American Queen star performers has a close connection to my family. But that’s the way travel is, isn’t it, you never know what magical connections you’ll make on a trip.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

We have a theme we travel by, a theme we share with our readers. Because of that car wreck, and because of increasing age, our travel theme is: Do it now. While you can.

Sunny and Al Lockwood are the authors of the new book Cruising the Mississippi.

Connect with Sunny and Al
Author Website

Buy The Book
Cruising the Mississippi: From New Orleans to Memphis on a Genuine Paddlewheeler

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Our Audiobook Playlist For September | 2019

Our Audiobook Playlist For September | 2019

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in September. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone, from mystery, literary fiction, fantasy, romance, and biography/memoir. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


You Have to Believe Me

by Sunday Tomassetti

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Every day after work, Dove Damiani drives past her ex-house, where her ex-husband lives with her ex-yoga instructor. Her ex-life that used to be perfect. From the outside, Dove seems to be bitter and resentful. So when her former husband is found dead in the birch grove outside of Dove’s apartment, no time is wasted in making her a person of interest.

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Anyone But Rich

by Penelope Bloom

Release Date: September 3, 2019

The first book in the new Anyone But… series by Penelope Bloom… My best friend and I made a promise to each other seven years ago. No matter what, we wouldn’t date one of the King Brothers. But guess who just flew back into our lives on a private jet? And guess who showed up to my job on my first day? Richard King. It didn’t take me long to realize he hadn’t changed.

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Permanent Record

by Edward Snowden

Release Date: September 17, 2019

For the first time, listen to the life of Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US Government for mass surveillance. Learn how he helped to build this surveillance system and the reasons why he was compelled to expose the truth.

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Immortals

by Joshua Smith

Release Date: September 17, 2019

The first book in the new Essencers of Aelathis series by Joshua Smith… Stories have been told for thousands of years about a terrible sorceress who’s given all her power to end the ancient world. But the stories were just that. There are signs of Sorceress Jocina’s power returning. And she wants to finish the job.

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A Better Man

by Louise Penny

Release Date: August 27, 2019

A new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from New York Times Bestselling Author Louise Penny… It is Gamache’s first day back as the head of the homicide department and floodwaters are rising across the province. Amidst the turmoil, a father approaches Gamache asking for help to find his daughter. As more crisis’ emerge, he is tempted to call off the search for Vivienne Godin, but with a daughter of his own, he develops an empathy for this distraught father.

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Instant Gratification

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: August 27, 2019

I am the premier best-man-for hire in Manhattan. I promise discretion, so when I need a plus one for a couple of “I dos,” I turn to my best friend’s sister. She’s also my good friend and I lust after her completely… I mean Trust her completely. We’ve only fallen off the wagon once, I’m sure we can make it through these weddings.

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The Buzziest Books of September | 2019

The Buzziest Books of September | 2019

The month of September was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of September. Happy reading!


The Institute

by Stephen King

Release Date: September 10, 2019

On a quiet suburban street in Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Elis’s parents and he is loaded into a black SUV. In the morning he wakes up at The Institute. He is in a room that looks just like his own but with no windows. Outside his door are other doors, all that have other kids… kids with special talents.

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The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

Release Date: September 10, 2019

The sequel to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale… Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale the Republic of Gilead regime maintains its grip on power. But it may be starting to rot from within. Follow three very different women as their lives converge.

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The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Release Date: September 24, 2019

The new book from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates… Hiram Walker’s mother was sold away when he was very young, he was robbed of all memory of her. But he was gifted a mysterious power. This power saved his life when he almost drowned in a river years later. Hiram’s brush with death spurs a daring scheme… to escape the only home he has ever known.

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All He’ll Ever Be

by Willow Winters

Release Date: September 22, 2019

The entire Merciless series in one complete collection… I now understand why Beauty fell in love with the Beast. But there is no magical rose that will turn Carter Cross into a prince. He will always be a beast. He is a cold-hearted mafia king that is trapped in a castle of his own making. I am the daughter of his enemy. I am his new possession.

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The Immortal City

by Amy Kuivalainen

Release Date: September 19, 2019

Dr. Penelope Bryne has always been intrigued by the unexplainable and magical history of Atlantis. When an ancient script is found at a murder site, she travels to Venice to help solve the mystery. There she meets Alexis Donato and everything she believes is challenged. What she doesn’t know is that Alexis has spent many years trying to sabotage Penelope’s career and cover up the truth… that Atlantis had seven magicians who survived and it is up to him to protect them.

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The Clockwork House

by Wendy Saunders

Release Date: August 26, 2019

Ava Cortez spent her childhood drifting from town to town, dreaming of a normal life and a home to call her own. When her mother passes away, she makes a shocking discovery that her mother had a significant amount of money which she concealed from her. It turns out she also had an old rambling Victorian house on a small island in Midnight, Maine. The place where her mother was born.

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The Mars One Incident

by Kelly Curtis

Release Date: August 30, 2019

In 2635, the people on Earth live in a utopia that is free of tech. Captain Alma Johnson is one of the few permitted to use technology as a part of the human fleet. It is up to her and her starship to protect humanity’s holdings in the solar system, one that is overpopulated with aggressive aliens and pirates. But now she finds herself on a doomed mission.

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Two Worlds of Provenance

by Angelina J. Steffort

Release Date: August 31, 2019

The first book in the Two Worlds series by bestselling author Angelina J. Steffort… When Maray Johnson heads out to explore her new neighborhood, she certainly didn’t expect to see a medieval sword fight. She definitely didn’t expect to be the first responder to an injured boy, who despite having some serious wounds, has the nerve to kidnap her into an alternate dimension.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | September 2019

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! September had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Stuart Woods, Linwood Barclay, John Sandford, Janet Evanovich, Jodi Picoult, John Scalzi, Marie Lu, Margaret Rogerson, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | September 24

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Jonathan Van Ness, Chanel Miller, David Cameron, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | September 17

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Edward Snowden, Rachel, Barry Zito, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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