Traveling With Ghosts: A Memoir
By Shannon Leone Fowler (Simon & Schuster)
In 2002, marine biologist Fowler was backpacking through Asia with her fiancé Sean when tragedy struck on a Thai beach — during a swim, Fowler watched as a venomous box jellyfish wrapped itself around Sean, stinging and killing him. Her future plans destroyed, her love lost, Fowler embarked on a trip around the world in an attempt to move past her grief. Her trip takes her to Israel, Poland, Romania, Croatia and eventually to Spain, where she first met Sean.
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street
By Sheelah Kolhatkar (Random House)
Readers who enjoyed “The Big Short” will enjoy the story of billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen, who became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance; the rise and fall of his hedge fund, SAC Capital; and what became the largest insider-trading investigation in history. Reads like a fast-paced thriller.
We Were The Lucky Ones
By Georgia Hunter (Viking)
Thirty-thousand Jews lived in the town of Radom, Poland, at the start of World War II, a number that would shrink to fewer than 300. One of many, the Kurc family is ripped apart as one sibling tries to flee Europe, another is forced into exile and others hide as gentiles in plain sight.
Most Dangerous Place
By James Grippando (Harper)
A banker and his wife fly from Hong Kong to Miami for their young daughter’s surgery, when the wife is promptly stopped at the airport and charged with conspiring to murder the man who raped her in college. Miami is the backdrop for this Jack Swyteck thriller.
The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream
By Tyler Cowen (St. Martin’s)
Restlessness has always been a quintessential American trait, whether it involves taking new jobs, new risks, moving or otherwise embarking on grand adventures. Cowen makes the case that these days this dynamism is on the wane. Americans are moving less, marrying people like themselves and generally working hard to avoid change, a state he refers to as The Great Stagnation.
By Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (Little, Brown)
A neurosurgeon flees the scene of a hit-and-run after he sees there is no saving his victim. The victim’s widow shows up at his house the following day holding his wallet, but it turns out she’s not after money.
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