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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly. Morrow, $27.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-236359-6

Shetterly, founder of the Human Computer Project, passionately brings to light the important and little-known story of the black women mathematicians hired to work as computers at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Va., part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA's precursor). The first women NACA brought on took advantage of a WWII opportunity to work in a segregated section of Langley, doing the calculations necessary to support the projects of white male engineers. Shetterly writes of these women as core contributors to American success in the midst of a cultural "collision between race, gender, science, and war," teasing out how the personal and professional are intimately related. She celebrates the skills of mathematicians such as Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Hoover, whose brilliant work eventually earned them slow advancement but never equal footing. Shetterly collects much of her material directly from those who were there, using personal anecdotes to illuminate the larger forces at play. Exploring the intimate relationships among blackness, womanhood, and 20th-century American technological development, Shetterly crafts a narrative that is crucial to understanding subsequent movements for civil rights. A star-studded feature film based on Shetterly's book is due out in late 2016. (Sept.)

Reviewed on 08/26/2016 | Details & Permalink

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Four Letter Word

J. Daniels. Forever, $14.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-4555-6607-5

Daniels (Sweet Obsession) launches a contemporary series with this uneven, ultimately disappointing novel. In the promising opening scenes, best friends Sydney and Tori, who are both having man trouble, decide to embrace a life of single gal pals living together in a small North Carolina town. But Sydney's hilariously overdone attempt to defend Tori leads to an embarrassing mistaken telephonic confrontation with Brian, a local surfer with some baggage of his own. As she gets to know him, Sydney starts to realize what she was missing in her marriage. Brian and Sydney embark on a charming sequence of phone calls and text messages, cautiously proceeding through a secretive quasi-affair that's a delight to follow. But when they finally meet in person, the story spirals into a series of uncomfortable encounters with Brian's unforgivably sleazy friend Jamie, interspersed with summarized sex scenes. The book develops an abrasive focus on catering to the emotional needs of the male characters. The story is innovative and interesting for the first half, but by the end it looks as if this series might be one to skip. Agent: Kimberly Brower, Rebecca Friedman Literary. (Oct.)

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

Rachel Hauck. Zondervan, $9.99 trade paper (240) ISBN 9780310344537

American volleyball star Avery Truitt believes she has gotten over her long-past teenage love, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, who stood her up four and a half years ago. But when she leaves Georgia to visit the kingdom, where her sister is married to the king, she realizes she is not as over the handsome young prince as she thinks she is. Colin is now dating an actress, but the appearance of Avery at the palace causes him to doubt his past decisions and plans for his future. When people start talking about the tradition of the Chapel Tower bell—in which a man rings the bell at midnight to declare his love and asks the woman he loves to marry him on Christmas Day—Colin protests any desire to ring the bell. Two nosy TV personalities keep the media abuzz with the royal romance, or lack thereof, and add a touch of humor to Hauck's (The Wedding Dress) sweet love story of a royal prince and a down-home girl at Christmastime. (Oct.)

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Tangled Webs

Irene Hannon. Revell, $14.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-8007-2454-2

In the final book of her Men of Valor contemporary romantic suspense series, Hannon tells the story of the healing power of love and faith. Finn McGregor has rented a remote cabin in Beaumont, Mo., in an attempt to figure out his next life move now that his career as an Army Ranger has ended. He needs time to heal both physically and mentally, and space to do so away from his overprotective brothers. Dana Lewis, a romance book editor, has inherited her grandfather's cabin and come to heal from her own injuries after an accidental fall. Dana's screaming nightmare brings Finn running, and their shared religious faith and electric attraction keeps them together. When it appears that someone is using dangerous pranks to scare Dana away from the property, Finn uses his military training and skills to protect her. As the threats escalate both Dana and Finn discover a love that gives them courage when they need it most. Hannon expertly writes characters who embody human vulnerability and strength. Their journey takes readers in and out through the twisted lengths people will go to in order to protect their secrets, leading to a somewhat predictable ending. (Oct.)

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An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas

Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vanetta Chapman. Thomas Nelson, $15.99 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-0-5291-1853-0

Each of the four novellas from these veterans of Amish fiction is set in an Amish community at autumn harvest time. Wiseman's entry features a young mother with two small children who hides a secret to protect her dead husband's good name. In Clipston's story, a witness to an accident is forbidden by her family to come forward with the truth. An introvert finds her shyness nearly unbearable after developing a stutter in Fuller's tale. And in Chapman's story, a widow, forced to live with a crotchety aunt, buries herself in mystery stories until she finds herself on an unexpected real-life quest. The transition and renewal inspired by the autumn harvest underpin each of the tales; the characters, towns, and situations are all distinct and relatable. Each of the stories contains a dire or trying circumstance that allows new paths of friendship and love to grow. The sweet romances set against the simplicity of Amish life make for great end-of-summer reading. These four standalone tales will appeal to readers of both Amish fiction and inspirational romance. (Aug.)

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The Candidate

Lis Wiehl, with Sebastian Stuart. Thomas Nelson, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-718-03768-0

In this predictable second installment of the Newsmakers series, Wiehl continues to follow the career of GNN cable news host Erica Sparks. Her recent ratings slip puts her career at GNN in jeopardy, and she becomes laser-focused on breaking a big story. When a favored presidential hopeful and his wife survive a bombing just minutes before an important primary debate—and just feet from where Sparks is reporting—all she sees is opportunity. As she investigates the bombing, Sparks becomes disturbed by the Svengali-like control that billionaire businesswoman Celeste Ortiz seems to have over her husband, the now presumptive Democratic nominee. Sparks is extremely unsympathetic heroine, as her devotion to her career trumps everything else—including her daughter, her fiancé, and the safety of others. Wiehl's portrayals include unambiguous evil and Sparks is singularly focused on exposing truth, with little else to round out her personality. Readers familiar with The Manchurian Candidate will no doubt anticipate the outcome early on. Agent: Todd Shuster. (Oct.)

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Double Blind: A Kate Benedict Paranormal Mystery

Carrie Bedford. CreateSpace, $12.99 trade paper (266p) ISBN 978-1-5151-6188-2

At the outset of Bedford's suspenseful second Kate Benedict mystery (after 2014's The Aura), Kate, an architect with a psychic gift, is jogging in London's Hyde Park with her best friend, Dr. Anita Banerjee, when she spots two older men running in the opposite direction and notices that both have the auras over their heads of people who are at risk of dying in the near future. To Kate's dismay, Anita tells her that one of the men is Simon Scott, the leader of the Labour Party, who could become the next prime minister in the election less than a month away. ("I don't do politics," Kate says by way of explaining why she didn't recognize Scott.) Determined to save Scott's life, Kate turns sleuth to try to identify possible assassins, while she strives to protect Anita after spotting an aura over her friend's head. In the face of understandable skepticism, Kate gets some unlikely support from pathologist Grace Trillo, who claims that she was "an Egyptian embalmer in a former life," a past profession that led to Grace's current one. Bedford successfully juggles the multiple plot lines. (BookLife)

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The More They Disappear

Jesse Donaldson. St. Martin's/Dunne, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-05022-9

Near the start of Donaldson's well-written, grim first novel set in 1998, troubled teenager Mary Jane Finley kills Sheriff Lew Mattock with a rifle shot at a fund-raising barbecue in Marathon, Ky. That action roils the lives of many Marathoners, including deputy Harlan Dupee, who suddenly finds himself sheriff, and the members of Mattock's family: his widow, Mabel; his son, Lewis; and Lewis's wife, Sophie. Mary Jane's boyfriend, Mark Gaines, who's Sophie's brother, and their father, Dr. Trip Gaines, are also affected. While Dupee, a reluctant and unprepared sheriff, begins to uncover Mattock's secrets (bribes, affairs, gambling debts), drug user Mary Jane and drug dealer Mark make ineffectual attempts to flee the area. Others, including the manipulative Trip, convince reluctant Lewis to run for sheriff. Donaldson relentlessly tracks the devastating fallout from Mattock's death as it sweeps through Marathon. Agent: David Hale Smith, Inkwell Management Literary. (Aug.)

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Moxyland

Lauren Beukes. Mulholland, $15.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-316-26791-5

A Big Brotherly corporation provides public services for a Cape Town beset by a bad economy and plague-ridden slums in this reissue, an intriguing if somewhat shapeless near-future novel from South African author Beukes (Zoo City). The four leading characters are tangentially related through an anti-corporation sabotage plot. Tandeka is gay but marries a destitute and pregnant refugee to protect her. Kendra, a former art student, becomes a nanotech lab rat, who voluntarily becomes addicted to Ghost, a popular drink, and helps to promote it. Toby, whose vocabulary is largely limited to current and projected expletives, amorally mines video games for cash. Lerato, a gifted programmer who clawed her way up out of poverty, schemes to leave her corporate job for a better life. Their amorphous protest against their bleak society aims to create an alternate economy without SIM IDs, which pretend to provide ever-increasing communication but actually enslave people by destroying their humanity, even promoting "art" created out of animals' pain. Beukes delivers a stinging assessment of people who want their government to supply everything that they think they need. (Aug.)

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Long Shot: A Sniper Novel

Jack Coughlin, with Donald A. Davis. St. Martin's, $26.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-07295-5

In Coughlin and Davis's solid ninth Sniper novel (after 2015's The Night of the Cobra), defector Ivan Strakov, a Russian intelligence operative, walks into the U.S. embassy in Helsinki, Finland, and declares that he will talk to no one except CIA sniper Kyle Swanson. The two met briefly 20 years earlier when Kyle was in the Marines and Ivan was in the Russian naval infantry. After a first debriefing session, Ivan sends Kyle, posing as a Canadian journalist, to Narva, Estonia, on a recon mission. Kyle figures out that Ivangorod, the Russian town across the river from Narva, could be the jumping off point for a Russian incursion into Estonia and beyond. Kyle wants to terminate his relationship with Ivan, but his CIA boss won't let him, and the defector continues to manipulate Kyle, the CIA, and several other spy agencies like the genius spy that he is. Soon it's apparent that only Kyle can stop a third world war between NATO and Russia. Fans of military thrillers will enjoy the ride. (Aug.)

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