A CLOSER LOOK AT OCTOBER’S

SIX BOOK CLUB-WORTHY TITLES

TRUTH OF THE MATTER

By Jamie Beck

THE BOOK

Starting over means looking back for a mother and daughter on the road to reinventing themselves in this poignant, multigenerational tale.

Seventeen years ago, two pink stripes on a pregnancy test changed Anne Sullivan’s life. She abandoned her artistic ambitions, married her college sweetheart before graduation, and — like the mother she lost in childhood — devoted herself to her family. To say she didn’t see the divorce coming is an understatement. Now, eager to distance herself from her ex and his lover, she moves with her troubled daughter, Katy, to the quaint bayside town of Potomac Point, where she spent her childhood summers.

But her fresh start stalls when the contractor renovating her grandparents’ old house discovers a vintage recipe box containing hints about her beloved grandmother’s hidden past. Despite the need to move forward, Anne is drawn into exploring the mysterious clues about the woman she’s always trusted. Gram’s dementia is making that harder, and the stakes intensify when Katy’s anxieties take an alarming turn. Amid the turmoil, uncovered secrets shatter past beliefs, forcing each woman to confront her deepest fears in order to save herself.

THE AUTHOR

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than three million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

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THE REFLECTING POOL

By Otho Eskin

THE BOOK

Murder leads to the White House. “A riveting page-turner,” raves USA Today bestselling author Jon Land. Eskin has crafted “the best crime hero this side of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosh.”

Washington DC homicide detective Marko Zorn operates by his own rules. He hates guns and abhors violence and normally carries no weapon, relying instead on his quick wits and cool nerve if he gets into trouble, resorting to violent action only when necessary. His expensive tastes cost him more than he can afford on a policeman’s salary, so he earns extra money working for some very unsavory people on the side, engaging in activities that, if not strictly illegal, are borderline and often dangerous.

While investigating the murder of a young woman Secret Service agent, he uncovers a connection between the victim, a doomed love affair in the White House and a domestic white supremacist terrorist group that plans to assassinate the U.S. president. But forces within the U.S. government are determined to prevent him from finding the killer. If Zorn’s life weren’t complicated enough, he quickly becomes embroiled in a major gang war where he is both the hunted and the hunter. He must use all his skills and cunning to avoid becoming the victim.

THE AUTHOR

A lawyer and former diplomat, Otho Eskin served in the U.S. Army and in the United States Foreign Service in Washington and in Syria, Yugoslavia, Iceland and Berlin (then the capital of the German Democratic Republic). He was Vice-Chairman of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, participated in the negotiations on the International Space Station, was principal U.S. negotiator of several international agreements on seabed mining and was the U.S. representative to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He speaks French, German and Serbo-Croatian. He was a frequent speaker at conferences and has testified before the U.S. Congress and commissions.

Otho Eskin has also written plays including: Act of God, Murder As A Fine Art, Duet, Julie, Final Analysis, Season In Hell, among others, which have been professionally produced in Washington, New York and in Europe.

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WHO AM I

By J.R. Penna 

THE BOOK

Gripping. Controversial. Emotional. Compassionate. Bay Area real estate agent Rita’s worst fear has just come true: her attacker got her pregnant. Traumatized and facing financial troubles, she must decide whether or not to keep the pregnancy.

This is a story on many levels, an absorbing narrative, addressing a controversial issue that will have you flipping pages. Right from the beginning, you are drawn into an engaging story with the complexities of Rita – financial pressures, pregnancy, and extreme trauma – that will grip you. As the story unfolds, it is compelling in the plot and in its spiritual, psychological, and economic depth. Rita’s inner journey meets with the ideas of Gnostics, Buddhists, and profound criticism of conventional Christianity, and the powerful psychological insights into the origin of self-destructiveness.

The moral complexities of the issue of abortion are also explored in an interesting and thought-provoking way. This is an impressive literary achievement. The storytelling is strong and will carry you enjoyably along through all the pages.

THE AUTHOR

A Realtor for the past 55 years, the author finds himself reading an assortment of material from periodicals to novels and informative texts, ranging from business to social science to philosophy to politics. He has been involved with forming a bank, and running for elective office where he served 12 years as a city council member. Family and friendship are the most important aspects of his existence.

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RETURN FROM SIBERIA

By John Shallman

THE BOOK

A young revolutionary condemned to exile. 100 years later, history repeats itself.

In the midst of running a long-shot political campaign, Democratic political consultant John Simon discovers a 100-year-old manuscript written by his grandfather, Joseph — a brilliant young revolutionary whose exile to Siberia by the last Czar of Russia is just the beginning of an extraordinary tale of survival, romance and revolution. As the manuscript is translated, the Simon family is pulled deep into their ancestor’s story — in particular, the bitter rivalry between two brothers, whose competing visions of the American Dream are played out on the campaign trail and in their lives.

THE AUTHOR

John Shallman is an award-winning media, advertising and campaign professional with an unparalleled record of political victories for clients throughout the country. Shallman’s roster of wins includes governors, U.S. senators, congress members, state legislators and local elected officials from mayor to district attorney. Shallman is a “go-to” crisis management expert for A-List celebrities, corporate executives and athletes. He has consulted for a number of television and film projects, appeared on television news including ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News and has lectured at universities and colleges across the country.

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VANISHING GIRLS

By Lisa Regan

THE BOOK

“Utterly fantastic,” says Bonnie’s Book Talk. “An explosive start to a new series,” this gripping crime novel is perfect for readers who adore Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl, goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing. Completely mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust? Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses his or her life?

THE AUTHOR

Lisa Regan is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers Association and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.

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MONSTERLAND REANIMATED

by Michael Okon

THE BOOK

“If Monsterland was thrilling, then Monsterland Reanimated is heart-poundingly … edge-of-your-seat exciting,” raves What’s Good to Read. Readers welcome back Okon’s unique blend of gore and sarcasm in this fast-paced and supernaturally zany second book of his Monsterland series.

After the supernatural theme park Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?

THE AUTHOR

Michael Okon is an award-winning and bestselling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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