Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – by Dan Ariely
Adult Nonfiction. Ever wonder why something free is so hard to pass up, even if you don’t need it and you have to stand in line to get it? It’s this sort of odd behavior that author and professor Dan Ariely assesses in Predictably Irrational, using scientific studies and behavioral economics to explain some of the reasons why we act and spend our money the way we do. Readers who choose to check out this bestseller will likely find it to be a “fascinating, eye-opening read” (Publishers Weekly).
Decision Points – by George W. Bush
Adult Nonfiction. No matter their political party leanings, many readers are interested in why George W. Bush made the choices he did while acting as the 43rd President of the United States. Here, he offers a candid journey through his decisions, discussing the hotly contested 2000 election, his selection of key appointees, 9/11, the Iraq War, and his controversial choices during the financial crisis and Hurricane Katrina. Getting personal, he also addresses his decision to quit drinking as well as his faith and relationship with his family.
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Deadly Decisions – by Kathy Reichs
Adult Fiction. In her 3rd outing, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan once again divides her time between North Carolina and Montreal. In Canada, a motorcycle gang war claims the life of a nine-year-old girl with black ringlets and a pink backpack. Back in the states, the body of a long-missing teenager is found hundreds of miles from her home. Are the two cases related? If so, how? That’s what Tempe wonders even as she faces surprising trouble in her love life and with her nephew. The popular television series Bones is based on these bestselling novels.
The Choice – by Nicholas Sparks
Adult Fiction. Veterinarian Travis Parker loves his life in the lovely coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina: he boats, swims, hangs out with friends, and is content to be single and blissfully free of the entanglements of marriage. But when an attractive new neighbor, Gabby Holland, moves in and sparks fly between them, he wants Gabby in his life — even if she does have a long-time boyfriend. Not only is this a “tender and moving love story” (Publishers Weekly), it also addresses the difficult decisions people sometimes have to make.