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Within a few months of the stunning July 4, 1976, Israeli raid on the airport at Entebbe, Uganda, to free hostages taken by pro-Palestinian terrorists who had hijacked a commercial airliner, three books had been written about the operation. That was just the beginning, as more books followed, along with multiple movies and documentaries. So, other than to commemorate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the raid, why do we need another book? In Saul David's view, the story "had not yet been properly told"—and he set out to fix that. With Operation Thunderbolt, he has succeeded.
In this captivating companion to the sensational book and 1991 movie Not Without My Daughter, it is the daughter’s turn to tell her tale. Now grown, educated and fiercely independent, Mahtob Mahmoody recounts her harrowing escape with her mother from a tyrannical and abusive father in war-torn Iran.
Decades after fleeing Japan and building a new life in America, Amaterasu Takahashi is confronted by a missing piece of her past. Badly scarred and bearing a trove of family secrets, a man arrives on her doorstep claiming to be her grandson, Hideo, who died in the bombing at Nagasaki along with his mother, Yuko. Ama spent countless hours searching for them amid the rubble and in hospitals. She doesn’t believe the man at the door.
The premise of Dean Koontz’s mesmerizing new psychological thriller, Ashley Bell, is compelling but not complex: When doctors inform 22-year-old Southern California surfer girl and budding novelist Bibi Blair that inoperable brain cancer will shorten her life to a matter of months, she replies, “We’ll see.”
There’s something intriguing and exciting about the high-powered world of the very rich that’s a perfect fit for romance. We’ve picked three novels with billionaire heroes challenged by beautiful, smart heroines—perfect for reading on your (fantasy) private jet.
New York Times best-selling author Jaci Burton returns to Oklahoma with Make Me Stay, the fifth book in her Hope series. A contemporary romance with a fun, close-knit cast of characters and adorable pets, Make Me Stay shows that sometimes the right person at the right time can make all the difference.
There’s no better time for romance than the holidays! Celebrate the season with A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers, the story of a harried doctor and the woman who helps him slow down and enjoy life—and decorate his grandmother's home for Christmas. In a 7 Questions interview, we asked Neggers about libraries, small towns and her own holiday traditions.
Several new books on religion and spirituality look at faith and God with both fresh and traditional views. From irreverent humor to pure devotion, these books follow Dorothy Day’s edict to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.