Best of BARD: September 2016

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It truly is the end of the hot summer months, for we have our first non-fiction sighting in the Top Five in many months. We must truly be reflecting hard, because a book about bioengineering is really diving in to the not so funny stuff. But fear not, because we have some palate cleanses to go with the grit of the real hard truths, and who better to sate the taste buds than a Three Pines mystery by Louise Penny, a heartbreaker by Robyn Carr, and a sweet double dose of the delectable Jimmy “don’t call me that” Patterson. Let’s see what keeps the fires stoked next month on the Best of!

A Great Reckoning by PennyA Great Reckoning
Louise Penny
DB 85142
When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. Given to Armand Gamache the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.

Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in the Bioengineered Society of the Near Future
Michael Bess
DB 83516
Technology historian examines the state of biotechnology, including drugs, bioelectronics, and genetics, in the twenty-first century and speculates about the development of new and improved technologies. Considers the ethical implications of areas of research if brought to fruition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

What We Find by CarrWhat We Find
Robyn Carr
DB 84639 / CL 16022
Denver neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan has had a difficult year, losing her baby, her boyfriend, and possibly even her career. She goes to visit her father’s campground in Sullivan’s Crossing, Colorado, where she meets Cal Jones. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Chase: A Bookshot; A Michael Bennett Story
James Patterson
DB 85093
In this novella, a man plunges to his death from the roof of a Manhattan hotel. It looks like a suicide–except the victim has someone else’s fingerprints and ten thousand dollars in cash. Enter Detective Michael Bennett. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Bullseye
James Patterson
DB 85092 / CL 16177
A highly trained team of lethal assassins’ next mission may very well turn the Cold War red-hot once again. When the president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart, only Detective Michael Bennett can save him. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller.  2016.