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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

December 2012

Hardcover

The Valley of Unknowing by Philip Sington - Suspense

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393239331 | Published December 3, 2012

In the twilight years of Communist East Germany, Bruno Krug, author of a single world-famous novel written twenty years earlier, falls for Theresa Aden, a music student from the West. But Theresa has also caught the eye of a cocky young scriptwriter who delights in satirizing Krug’s work. Asked to appraise a mysterious manuscript, Bruno is disturbed to find that the author is none other than his rival. Disconcertingly, the book is good—very good. But there is hope for the older man: the unwelcome masterpiece is dangerously political.

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg - History, Nonfiction

Pantheon | 9780307377241 | Published December 4, 2012

Scott W. Berg has written an account of the little-known Dakota War of 1862, when Dakota Indian warriors attacked white soldiers and settlers on the Minnesota Frontier. Federal forces quashed the uprising and found 300 Indians guilty of murder, resulting in the largest government-sanctioned execution in US history.

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LaCava - Anthology, Autobiography, Essays, Memoir

Harper | 9780061963896 | Published December 4, 2012

An awkward, curious girl growing up in a foreign country, Stephanie LaCava finds solace and security in strange and beautiful objects. When her father's mysterious job transports her and her family to the Parisian suburb of Le Vesinet, the young American embarks on a life of discovery. Tasting the enchantments of Paris, she makes friends with her peers at a wildly unconventional international school and faces terrorism. But Stephanie's wonder gives way to anxiety and a deep depression brought on by a series of circumstances.

Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 3 by Philip Simon

Dark Horse | 9781595829979 | Published December 4, 2012

Godwink Stories: A Devotional by SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt - Christian, Christian Living, Nonfiction

Howard Books | 9781451678567 | Published December 4, 2012

The stories in this book reaffirm that godwinks happen to everyone. We just need to learn how to see them, allow them to unfold, and accept them as direct, person-to-person communications from God to each of us. Whether you’re looking for encouragement in a time of need or a story that speaks of joy, there’s a godwink story just for you.

Manara Erotica Volume 2: Kama Sutra and Other Stories by Milo Manara

Dark Horse | 9781595827807 | Published December 4, 2012

Marked Man by Howard Chaykin and Patrick Thorpe

Dark Horse | 9781616550042 | Published December 4, 2012

Me and the Devil by Nick Tosches - Fiction

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316120975 | Published December 4, 2012

One night, an aging writer named Nick meets a tantalizing young woman at a bar, and the night that follows is the most extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he tastes human blood for the first time and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy. His revival quickly fades, and soon Nick is yearning for another taste of the elusive rapture. There follows a descent into madness and unimaginable hell, and a pursuit of otherworldly revelation.

Nano by Robin Cook - Fiction, Thriller

Putnam Adult | 9780399160820 | Published December 4, 2012

After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies.

Open Heart by Elie Wiesel - Memoir, Nonfiction

Knopf | 9780307961846 | Published December 4, 2012

Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage and children and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he done enough for memory and the survivors? Where has his ongoing questioning of God led? Is there hope for mankind?

Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago - Fiction

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 9780151013258 | Published December 4, 2012

In Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the Mau Tempo family --- poor landless peasants --- faces changing fortunes in the midst of the coming of the Republic of Portugal, the two World Wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar's life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers’ lives until the first communist stirrings.

Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | 9781451688153 | Published December 4, 2012

A group of unlikely traveling companions --- a woman, her two oddball friends, her teenage daughter, and her estranged husband's fiancée --- find themselves on a camping trip in the Adirondacks at the same time that a pair of teenage killers is terrorizing the area. When an elderly couple is found slaughtered and her daughter goes missing, Valerie finds herself in a nightmare much worse than anything she could have anticipated.

Shiver by Karen Robards - Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller

Gallery Books | 9781451678673 | Published December 4, 2012

Danny Panterro was minutes away from dying when Sam found him. Bleeding badly from a gunshot wound, he’d been snatched from protective custody by a vicious gang of drug runners who would stop at nothing to see him dead. With his life on the line, Danny takes Sam hostage. Forcing her to help him, he tries to make her understand that now she’s a target for the killers, too. When they invade her house and threaten her son’s life, she knows that there’s no going back.

The Child's Child by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Scribner | 9781451694895 | Published December 4, 2012

When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together. The arrangement is unusual yet ideal for the affectionate pair --- until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel. What happens next will change the lives of everyone in the house.

The Doctor of Thessaly: A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery by Anne Zouroudi - Fiction, Mystery

Reagan Arthur Books | 9780316217873 | Published December 4, 2012

Trouble occurs in the village of Morfi just as a visit is due from a high-ranking government official. Fortunately, Hermes Diaktoros is on the case.

The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" by Alan Light - Entertainment, Music, Nonfiction

Atria Books | 9781451657845 | Published December 4, 2012

When music legend Leonard Cohen first wrote and recorded “Hallelujah,” it was for an album rejected by his longtime record label. A decade later, Jeff Buckley reimagined the song for his much-anticipated debut album. Three years after that, Buckley would be dead, his album largely unknown, and “Hallelujah” still unreleased as a single. How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy?

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney - Adventure, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Putnam Adult | 9780399160455 | Published December 4, 2012

An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Qiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. Jack Ryan’s administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missile endangers the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Knopf | 9780385350280 | Published December 6, 2012

In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.

A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Love Stories by Sebastian Faulks - Fiction

Henry Holt and Co. | 9780805097306 | Published December 11, 2012

Throughout the five stories that make up A POSSIBLE LIFE, characters risk their bodies, hearts and minds in pursuit of the manna of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born of love, separations and missed opportunities. These interactions --- whether successful or not --- also affect the long trajectories of characters' lives.

Hunt the Scorpion by Ralph Pezzullo and Don Mann - Thriller

Mulholland Books | 9780316209601 | Published December 11, 2012

When a nuclear device goes missing, and surfaces in the clutches of known terrorists, the United States calls on its most prized anti-terrorism force: Navy SEAL Team Six .

Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something by Kaoru Mori

Yen Press | 9780316229135 | Published December 11, 2012

Orders from Berlin by Simon Tolkien - Fiction, Historical Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9780312632144 | Published December 11, 2012

It’s September of 1940. France has fallen and London is being bombed day and night. Almost single-handedly Winston Churchill maintains the country’s morale. Britain’s fate hangs in the balance and the intelligence agencies on both sides of the Channel are desperate for anything that could give them the edge.

The Valley of the Shadow: A Cornish Mystery by Carola Dunn - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9780312600679 | Published December 11, 2012

A cryptic message spurs Eleanor, Megan, and Nick Gresham on a frantic search for a refugee's missing family.

Babble by Lee Robson, Benjamin Shahrabani, Eddie Deighton, and Jon Sloan

Com.x | 9780983223856 | Published December 19, 2012

Beautiful Ruins - Audiobook written by Jess Walter, performed by Edoardo Ballerini - Fiction

HarperAudio | 9780062268365 | Published December 4, 2012

The story begins in 1962. On the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot --- searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.