Linda's Picks

Linda - Tech Guru 


In a world full of specialists, I am a proud generalist with a wide range of interests.  My literary heroes include Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, and Thomas Paine.  For a quirky treat, I suggest  Life of Pi and also Firmin.

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ISBN: 9780553394818
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 30th, 2015

When Sandy Tremont’s brother and his friend drop in unexpectedly, it’s no cause for joy. Nick is supposed to be in prison and he’s not friendly. In fact, he takes the family hostage and before long Sandy must do something drastic to stop her estranged brother before he harms her daughter, Ivy, and her husband, Ben. Full of the tension we’ve come to expect from Ms. Milchman’s novels, she has once again given us the story of a strong woman who is pushed beyond her limits by the unexpected, and successfully rises to the challenge. This is one of the best reads of this summer.

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ISBN: 9780804186803
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

Join me as we get up close and personal with Freedom Oliver and the family of the man she killed twenty years ago – her husband. Let’s get so close we can look out through their minds’ eyes at a world filled with witness protection, children left behind, a crazy family with revenge centermost in their lives, bars full of bikers and the woman who regrets her decisions of the past. When news comes that her daughter has been kidnapped, all bets are off and she starts a race across country to save her daughter and try to make amends for the past. This book is so well written it almost makes me want to weep. What a treasure!

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ISBN: 9781250032805
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 30th, 2015

What can be as terrorizing as being held prisoner for four years by a maniac? Maybe finding out that the maniac has walked away from the psychiatric hospital and is “out there” again. When Reeve LeClaire learns of Flint’s escape, she has a simple choice to make – live in fear for her life or figure out a way to fight back. If you’re not familiar with Ms. Norton’s work, do yourself a favor and dive into this gripping look at the world of psychopaths and the victims who suffer at their hands. You’ll be adding her to your favorite author’s list from page 1.


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ISBN: 9781476704647
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Published: Atria Books - March 3rd, 2015

WWII has been over for 4 years, but the world continues to fume as suspicion wages a new kind of war in McCarthy’s America and the German people starve behind a barrier that has locked them into a Cold War. When Alex Meier returns to Berlin to attempt to “earn” his way back to the U.S. with espionage, life quickly begins to unravel and he is thrown into a turmoil that he could not have imagined. How can he betray the love of his youth by remaining loyal to his pledge to help his new country win? This is what got the CIA started and you’ll be on the edge of your seat with expectation.

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ISBN: 9780802123138
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 6th, 2015

In the midst of celebrating all that the internet has done for us comes this thoughtful invitation to consider the negative impacts of it’s presence in our lives. Keen, a tech himself, reveals the behind-the-scenes workings of the industry with input from others involved. His best message, however, is that with consideration and a little application of care, we can perhaps shape a future society that can utilize this its strengths while not allowing it to overwhelm us and make us into robotic servants of the very technology that was designed to help us gain freedom and growth as human beings. Let’s hope we can free ourselves from the hypnotic siren call of social media long enough to recognize the dark side of overly-monetized life.