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  Umberto Eco, an Italian scholar and author of best-selling novels, notably The Name of the Rose, died on Friday at his home in Milan, Italy. He was 84.

As a semiotician – one who studies signs and symbols and how they are used – Mr. Eco sought to interpret cultures and his scholarly studies were infused into his fiction writing.

Umberto Eco joined us on The Book Show in 2012 to discuss his then most-recent novel, The Prague Cemetery – a work that was denounced by the Vatican. We air a portion of that conversation in memoriam today. 

    

  In her latest novel, After Birth, Elisa Albert writes about motherhood and friendship. The book tells the story of Ari who lives in a town in upstate New York and is supposed to be working on a Ph.D. in women’s studies but she has major postpartum depression.

The book issues a wake-up call to a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles and expects them to act like natives.

  In W. B. Belcher's debut novel, Lay Down You’re Weary Tune, a ghostwriter of the memoirs of a reclusive folk music icon attempts to glean fact from fiction, only to discover the deeper he digs into the musician’s past, the more his own past rises to the surface

Despite his fame, Eli Page is a riddle wrapped in a myth, inside decades of mask-making. His past is so shrouded in gossip and half-truths that no one knows who he is behind the act. Jack Wyeth, a budding writer, joins Eli in Galesville, a small town on the border of New York and Vermont, only to learn that the musician’s mind is failing.

As he scrambles to uncover the truth, Jack is forced to confront his own past, his own hang-ups, and his own fears. At the same time, he falls for a local artist who has secrets of her own, he becomes linked to a town controversy, and he struggles to let go of his childhood idols and bridge the divide between myth and reality.

  David McCallum is a Scottish-born actor and musician. He is best known for his television roles including Russian secret agent Ilya Kuryakin on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and his current role as medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS.

Add "author" to his CV, his quirky crime novel, Once a Crooked Man is available now. In it, Sal, Max and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file, on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  In his remarkable novel, Tod Wodicka, author of All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, has crafted a story of a most curious friendship.

The Household Spirit is poignant, big-hearted, and often very humorous novel about two unique individuals unceremoniously thrown together. It is a story about how little we know the people we see every day - and of the unexpected capabilities of the human heart.

Tod Wodicka was born in Glens Falls, New York and now lives in Berlin.

  A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever.

The Bone Labyrinth spans 50,000 years in human history, in it New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind’s next great leap.

 Amy Stewart is the author of six books including the best sellers, The Drunken Botanists and Wicked Plants, all were non-fiction; she now has written a novel. Girl Waits with Gun is the story of Constance Kopp a woman who doesn't quite fit the mold, she towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has kept mostly to her remote farm ever since a remote farm sent her household out of the country fifteen years ago. It is a true story she is writing about, but it is a fictional tale.   

  On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter--one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island--has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome.

Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.

These two stories are woven together by Kristina McMorris in her book, The Edge of Lost.

  License to Quill is a James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot.

The story follows the fascinating golden age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, and the cloak-and-dagger politics of Renaissance England. Readers will frequent the same taverns as Shakespeare, test their wits against the infamous Guy Fawkes, witness the miracles of the scientific revolution, and delight in the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: Macbeth.

  Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50  books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays including Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, and A Handmaid’s Tale. Her latest, The Heart Goes Last, is a funny disturbing tale about a new future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.

Todd Moss is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development a Washington DC think tank, and an adjunct professor at George Town University. From 2007 to 2008 he served a deputy assistant secretary of state and was responsible for diplomatic relations with sixteen West African countries. 

When he left the State Department he decided to write novels. He did so with fictional State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker. His first novel was entitled The Golden Hour; his new novel is called Minute Zero. 

  As children, we learn about the inspiring victory of David over Goliath. As adults, we are warned of David's adultery with Bathsheba. Novelist Geraldine Brooks, in her latest book, The Secret Chord, has filled in all of the human bits in between. She's the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of March and Year Of Wonders. The Old Testament drama of King David intrigued her, and she went back to her Bible to piece his life together.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, which have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—but not without fratricide and treason.

  Ron Rash’s latest, Above the Waterfall, takes place in and around a state park in the Appalachian Mountains.

The characters are haunted by eco-terrorism, a school shooting, and crystal meth addiction – but several of his characters can find solace in the trees, flowers, and fields that surround them.

  Alley Russo is a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That’s when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel.

  Robert Goolrick’s most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, is set in 1980’s New York City, a time when Wall Street ruled, drugs were in constant supply, and jockeying for power was the name of the game. We meet Rooney, who tells the story of how he and a group of other young Princes made it to the top and then, one by one, took a fall.

  Set in the sparse frontier settlements of northeastern Brazil―a dry, forbidding, and wild region the size of Texas, known locally as the Sertao - Backlands by Victoria Shorr tells the true story of a group of nomadic outlaws who reigned over the area from about 1922 until 1938.

Taking from the rich, admired―and feared―by the poor, they were led by the famously charismatic bandit Lampiao. The gang maintained their influence by fighting off all the police and soldiers the region could muster.

  In House Divided, Peter Pollak’s new thriller, Leonard and Alison Robbins disagree how big a mistake their college student daughter is making by joining the radical Students for Palestinian Justice.

Alison believes Courtney needs to be allowed to make her own decisions, but retired CIA agent Leonard Robbins, who heads up a counterterrorism task force, fears she’s being used. Neither, however, foresee the real danger. Anti-Israeli terrorists are recruiting SPJ members to bomb Jewish organizations.

Can Robbins’ task force find and stop the terrorists before they claim more innocent victims? Will Courtney Robbins figure out the truth about SPJ before it’s too late?

  Brian Panowich is a firefighter and former musician. He grew up in Europe until his family settled in East Georgia.

His debut novel, Bull Mountain, takes place in that region. Spanning decades, the story is told from alternating points of view and evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, loyal, gritty, and ruthless. It is a story of family, the lengths men will go to protect it or - in some cases - destroy it.

  Dennis Mahoney’s new novel, Bell Weather, is a mystery-adventure about a young woman confronting dangers in a re-imagined, fantastical 18th century. Consider it a big, old-fashioned suspense story set in a strangely familiar world.

Mahoney is also the author of Fellow Mortals, a Booklist Top 10 debut in 2013.

  In the tradition of The Great Gatsby and Mrs Dalloway, Samantha Bruce-Benjamin delivers insight into five minutes in the life of a celebrated Hamptons society hostess, set against the backdrop of The Great Hurricane of 1938.

Her new novel is: The Westhampton Leisure Hour and Supper Club. The novel is based on historical research about the Hamptons at the peak of its grandeur, the devastation that the 1938 hurricane wrought, and a real supper club called The Leisure Hour and Supper Club.

  Joshua Braff delivers an authentic, funny and honest tale about modern family life.

The mom works, the dad stays at home - and the family figures everything out together.

Jay and Jackie uproot their family of four from San Francisco after Jackie loses her job but finds a lucrative new one in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jay, a one-time copywriter and aspiring author, now plays househusband, caring for his troubled thirteen-year-old son and precocious daughter as they adjust to their new life. 

  Vassar grad Sophie McManus' sharply written, funny and heart-breaking debut The Unfortunates, is a story of inheritance, influence, class and power.

She will read from a sign the book at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY tonight at 7p.m.

  Debut novelist Sabaa Tahir tells the thrilling, heart-wrenching story of two unforgettable characters willing to sacrifice everything for the chance to write their own destinies in her book, An Ember in the Ashes.

In a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality, seventeen-year old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him.

  The New York Times Book Review has called author Mary-Beth Hughes “a writer of dexterity and imagination.” In her new novel The Loved Ones, Hughes explores deep into the secret places between men and women to give an incisive portrayal of one family's struggle to stay together against stacked odds of deception, adultery, and loss.

Hughes is the author of the bestselling novel Wavemaker II, a New York Times Notable Book, and the acclaimed collection Double Happiness, which earned a Pushcart Prize.

The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT will be hosting a reception for the new book from 6 -7 PM. with a reading and audience discussion to follow.

  She is called in book circles - the reigning queen of the summer beach book -- Elin Hilderbrand -- is coming to Oblong Books and Music on Thursday, June 25, to talk about her new novel, The Rumor.

The longtime Nantucket resident has set all of her books on that beautiful Massachusetts island, and her annual June publication date has made her a beach-bag perennial since 2000. Hilderbrand has found a whole world in her restricted setting, covering everything from the complexities of running a successful resort restaurant, to the ways that summer beach vacations change as families grow apart.

The 15th Hilderbrand novel, "The Rumor" follows the relationship between blocked writer Madeline King and her best friend Grace, who is spending a summer transforming her garden with the help of a handsome landscape architect.

  Novelist Roland Merullo has written the novels Breakfast with Buddha and Lunch with Buddha. So, it makes perfect sense that is latest is entitled, Dinner with Buddha.

Merullo will be in our region tomorrow night discussing the new, a long-awaited follow-up which reprises the roles of Otto Ringling and Mongolian monk Volya Rinpoche in another road trip of discovery.

Roland Merulllo will be at Market Block Books in Troy, NY tomorrow night at 7PM for a reading and signing.

  Paula Hawkins’ debut novel, The Girl on the Train has already received rave reviews and has topped the New York Times Bestsellers list.

It tells the story of Rachel Watson, a commuter who is obsessed with a "perfect" couple she sees from the train that just happens to live a few houses away from her ex-husband. When the wife of the couple goes missing, Rachel gets involved.

  T. C. Boyle has been called by the New York Times - "one of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation." Boyle is the bestselling author of fourteen novels and nine short story collections.

His newest book, The Harder They Come, explores anti-authoritarianism and the bloodshed that can accompany it.

  Lisa Scottoline's best-selling and award-winning novels have been hailed as a centrifuge of fast-paced and nerve-wracking suspense. Bringing emotional charged questions of family, relationships, and justice to light, her deeply developed characters are both flawed and sympathetic.

In her new novel, Every Fifteen Minutes, Scottoline draws readers into the mind of a sociopath - who seems set on deliberately and methodically destroying a man's life.

  Mary Higgins Clark has been publishing bestsellers for 40 years. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Where are the Children?, the book that launched her career. She is celebrating by releasing a record-breaking three books beginning with the novella, Death Wears A Beauty Mask.

The book is a compilation that revisits the short stories from Clark’s career, from her first-ever published story – 1956’s “Stowaway” – to classic tales featuring Alvirah and Willy, My Gal Sunday and more.

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