March 4, 2014
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of March 3rd and March 10th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of March 3rd in Hardcover
THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED: A Family Portrait by Blake Bailey (Memoir)
Blake Bailey is a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393239577
THE $11 BILLION YEAR: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System by Anne Thompson (Arts & Entertainment)
What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? When Anne Thompson chose 2012 as "the year" to track, she knew that box-office and DVD sales were declining, production costs were soaring, and the digital revolution was making big waves. But she had no idea that events would converge to bring radical structural movement, record-setting box-office revenues, and what she calls "sublime moviemaking."
Newmarket for It Books * 9780062218018
ABOVE by Isla Morley (Psychological Suspense/Dystopian)
A teenager named Blythe is abducted and locked away in an abandoned missile silo by a survivalist who believes he is saving her from the impending destruction of the world. Blythe focuses on finding a way to escape until she discovers that she also has to deal with crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of her captor, and the persistent temptation to give up. Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raise a child in confinement.
Gallery Books * 9781476731520
ALL OUR NAMES by Dinaw Mengestu (Fiction)
ALL OUR NAMES is the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart --- one into the deepest peril, as the movement gathers inexorable force, and the other into the safety of exile in the American Midwest.
Knopf * 9780385349987
AMERICAN SAINT: The Life of Elizabeth Seton by Joan Barthel (Biography)
In this riveting biography of Elizabeth Seton, critically acclaimed and bestselling author Joan Barthel tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss. Elizabeth resisted male clerical control of her religious order, as nuns are doing today, and the publication of her story could not be more timely.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312571627
ASTORIA: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark (History)
ASTORIA is the true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing.
Ecco * 9780062218292
THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black (Mystery)
It is the early 1950s, Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. In walks a beautiful young woman who wants Marlowe to find her former lover, Nico Peterson. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson’s disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805098143
BLACK HORIZON: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando (Legal Thriller)
Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, oil is again spewing into the ocean --- from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters 60 miles off the Florida Keys. Representing an American woman whose Cuban husband was killed on the rig, criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck discovers that his incendiary case may be lethally connected to his new wife Andi's undercover assignment for the FBI.
Harper * 9780062109880
BLACK MOON by Kenneth Calhoun (Dystopian Fiction)
Somehow the world has stopped sleeping. Words are slurred, eyes are red-rimmed, and people are starting to lose their grip. Matt Biggs, however, is one of the few who can still sleep. His marriage is now at a crossroads: Carolyn has succumbed to the sleeplessness, gone mad and run away. Desperate to find his wife, save his marriage and preserve his sanity, he ventures out into the bizarre new world in which he lives.
Hogarth * 9780804137140
BONE DEEP: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White (Thriller/Adventure)
When a Crow Indian acquaintance of Tomlinson’s asks him to help recover a relic stolen from his tribe, Doc Ford is happy to tag along --- but neither Doc nor Tomlinson realize what they’ve let themselves in for. Their search takes them to Bone Valley, famous primarily for two things: a ruthless subculture of black-marketers who trade in illegal artifacts and fossils, and a multibillion-dollar phosphate industry whose strip mines compromise the very ground they walk on.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158131
THE BOOTLEGGER: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Thriller/Adventure)
When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend, Joseph Van Dorn, is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.
Putnam Adult * 9780399167294
BROOKS: The Biography of Brooks Robinson by Doug Wilson (Sports/Biography)
Doug Wilson returns to baseball’s Golden Age to detail the birth of a new franchise through the man who came to symbolize it as one of baseball’s most beloved players. Through numerous interviews with people from every part of the legendary player's life, Wilson reveals never-before-reported information to illuminate Brooks Robinson's remarkable skill and warm personality.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250033048
A CIRCLE OF WIVES by Alice LaPlante (Psychological Thriller)
When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she ever could imagine. It turns out that Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. And when these three unsuspecting ladies show up at his funeral, suspicions run high.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802122346
CITY OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen (Historical Mystery)
Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible, so Molly agrees to take their young son, Liam, on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends. But upon arriving in the City of Lights, nothing goes as planned.
Minotaur Books * 9781250011664
CLEVER GIRL by Tessa Hadley (Fiction)
CLEVER GIRL is a powerful exploration of family relationships and class in modern life, witnessed through the experiences of an Englishwoman named Stella. Unfolding in a series of snapshots, Tessa Hadley's involving and moving novel follows Stella from childhood, growing up with her single mother in a Bristol bedsit, into the murky waters of middle age.
Harper * 9780062270399
THE DISAPPEARED by Kristina Ohlsson (Thriller)
Missing student Rebecca Trolle is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in a Stockholm suburb. While Fredrika Bergman and her team try to find out why Rebecca met such a violent demise, more bodies are found in the same area. Fredrika is inevitably drawn into the case, but it becomes much more complicated when her lover’s name is mentioned in the investigation.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476734002
THE ENCHANTED by Rene Denfeld (Fiction)
A death row inmate finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Two outsiders venture to this ancient stone prison: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal.
Harper * 9780062285508
GEMINI by Carol Cassella (Mystery)
When an unidentified Jane Doe, the victim of a hit-and-run, arrives in Dr. Charlotte Reese’s intensive care unit, she brings with her mysteries --- both medical and personal. As Charlotte cares for Jane, she becomes increasingly caught up in the questions of her patient’s identity and what led to her accident. When Charlotte’s search for answers reveals links between Charlotte and her patient, the repercussions will forever change her life and her understanding of what love can make possible.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451627930
HIS OWNSELF: A Semi-Memoir by Dan Jenkins (Sports/Memoir)
In HIS OWNSELF, we follow Dan Jenkins from his youth in Texas, where being a sports fan meant understanding a lot about religion, heroes and drinking; to his first job at the Fort Worth Press; to the glory days of Sports Illustrated. From his friendship and the rounds played with Ben Hogan, to the stories swapped with New York’s elite, Jenkins lets loose on his experiences in journalism, sports and showbiz.
Doubleday * 9780385532259
INCOGNITO: Lost and Found at Harvard Divinity School by Andrea Raynor (Memoir)
As a bright young girl from Ohio, Andrea Raynor always wanted to be a doctor. Instead, she landed --- almost by accident --- at Harvard Divinity School, which, she quickly discovered, was no typical seminary. From navigating relationships to exploring whether a pretty girl can truly wear a collar, INCOGNITO tackles our assumptions about spirituality, the church, morality and identity, and affirms that God often works in ways --- and in people --- we least expect.
Howard Books * 9781476723457
A KING'S RANSOM by Sharon Kay Penman (Historical Fiction)
This long-anticipated sequel to LIONHEART is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home, he was to spend 15 months imprisoned, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom. For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars and illness were ever present.
A Marian Wood Book/Putnam * 9780399159220
THE LIE by Hesh Kestin (Thriller)
Dahlia Barr is a brash and successful Israeli attorney whose life’s work is defending Palestinians accused of terrorism. One horrible day, Dahlia’s son Ari, a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces, is kidnapped by Hezbollah and whisked over the border to Lebanon. As fate would have it, the one man who may hold the key to Ari’s rescue is an Arab currently locked in a cell in police headquarters --- and he’s not talking.
Scribner * 9781476740096
THE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY by Maud Casey (Historical Fiction)
In a trance-like state, Albert walks all over Europe. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he’s left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. THE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY imagines Albert’s wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620403112
MISTER OWITA'S GUIDE TO GARDENING: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall (Memoir)
One day, Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. Before long, Giles Owita is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399157981
MOUNT TERMINUS by David Grand (Fiction)
After their mother's probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz take steps to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia --- who can see sounds, taste words and smell sights --- is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother's unfinished novel to lay her spirit properly to rest.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374280888
MURDER IN PIGALLE by Cara Black (Mystery)
A serial rapist has been terrorizing Paris's Pigalle neighborhood, following teenage girls home and attacking them in their own houses. It is sad and frightening but has nothing to do with Private Investigator Aimée Leduc --- until Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimée's favorite café, disappears. The police aren't mobilizing quickly enough, and when Zazie's desperate parents approach Aimée for help, she knows she can’t say no even if she wanted to.
Soho Crime * 9781616952846
NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALYPSE by Wayne Gladstone (Fiction)
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. With the help of his friends, Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250045027
THE PLAYER: A Carter Ross Mystery by Brad Parks (Mystery)
When he hears residents of a Newark neighborhood are getting sick and even dying from a strange disease, investigative reporter Carter Ross dives into the story --- so deep he comes down with the illness himself. With even more motivation to track down the source of the disease, Carter soon hits upon a nearby construction site. But when the project’s developer is found dead, and his mob ties surface, Carter knows he’s looking at a story much bigger than an environmental hazard.
Minotaur Books * 9781250044082
PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth (Mystery)
When Rachel and Clara met in high school, they instantly fell under one another’s spell. Now in their late 20s, Rachel has a television career, an apartment and a boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it abduction, suicide --- or something else altogether?
Minotaur Books * 9781250041197
REDEPLOYMENT by Phil Klay (Fiction/Short Stories)
Phil Klay's REDEPLOYMENT takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.
The Penguin Press * 9781594204999
THE RISE: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis (Psychology)
Many of our most iconic, creative endeavors are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts. The gift of failure is a riddle. Like the number zero, it will always be both a void and the start of infinite possibility. THE RISE --- a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit --- makes the case that many of our greatest triumphs come from understanding the importance of this mystery.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451629231
THE SCARLET SISTERS: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age by Myra MacPherson (Biography)
Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Clafli were two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics and business threatened the white male power structure of the 19th century and shocked the world. Here award-winning author Myra MacPherson deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today.
Twelve * 9780446570237
THREE BROTHERS by Peter Ackroyd (Historical Fiction)
THREE BROTHERS follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, a trio of brothers born on a postwar council estate in Camden Town. Marked from the start by curious coincidence, each boy is forced to make his own way in the world --- a world of dodgy deals and big business, of criminal gangs and crooked landlords, of newspaper magnates, backbiters and petty thieves.
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday * 9780385538619
TROUBLE IN MIND: The Collected Stories, Volume 3 by Jeffery Deaver (Thriller/Short Stories)
A devoted housekeeper embarks on a quest to find the truth behind her employer's murder. A washed-up Hollywood actor gets one last, high-stakes chance to revive his career. A man makes an impulsive visit to his hometown and learns more about his past than he bargained for. These are among the 12 electrifying tales in Jeffery Deaver's new collection of stories. Plus, Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance and John Pellam return in stories now in print for the first time.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455526796
BOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi (Historical Fiction)
In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. Elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s dark-skinned daughter, Bird, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594631399
THE OGALLALA ROAD: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning by Julene Bair (Memoir)
Julene Bair has inherited part of a farming empire and fallen in love with a rancher from Kansas’s beautiful Smoky Valley. Part of her legacy is a share of the ecological harm the Bair Farm has done: each growing season her family pumps over 200 million gallons out of the Ogallala aquifer. The rapidly disappearing aquifer is the sole source of water on the vast western plains, and her family’s role in its depletion haunts her.
Viking Adult * 9780670786046
SAVAGE GIRL by Jean Zimmerman (Historical Fiction)
Jean Zimmerman’s new novel tells of the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart 18-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.
Viking Adult * 9780670014859
On Sale the Week of March 3rd in Paperback
AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fiction)
Ifemelu is a young Nigerian woman who has left her country’s military dictatorship to pursue her studies in the United States. There, she starts a popular blog known for its snarky but insightful posts about the experiences of “Non-American Blacks” in America. Now she has decided to return to Nigeria, where Obinze, the boyfriend she left behind, has become a wealthy property magnate.
Anchor * 9780307455925
BEAUTIFUL DAY by Elin Hilderbrand (Fiction)
The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event --- but in reality, things are far from perfect.
Back Bay Books * 9780316099769
BREAKING POINT: A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. Box (Thriller)
Butch Roberson, a hardworking, upright local business owner, is accused of murdering two EPA employees. As the manhunt organized itself, Joe heard about the tract of land Butch and his wife had bought to build their retirement home on, until the EPA declared it a wetland. It was an awful story. But was it the whole story? The more Joe looks into it, the more he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected and never wanted.
Berkley * 9780425264607
THE BROKEN PLACES: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins (Thriller)
Convicted murderer Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, but for the victim’s family, the only thought is revenge. The men in prison from Dixon’s last job, an armored car robbery, also don’t believe him; they break out and head straight to Jericho. Quinn Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they have their work cut out for them, but they don’t count on a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head.
Berkley Trade * 9780425267752
A CAPTAIN FOR LAURA ROSE by Stephanie Grace Whitson (Historical Romance)
Laura Rose White's late father taught her everything he knew about piloting a Missouri River steamboat. When tragedy strikes, Laura must make the two-month journey from St. Louis to Fort Benton and back in order to save her family's legacy, her home, and the only life she's ever known. The only way for her to overcome the nearly insurmountable odds is with the help of her brother's disreputable friend, Finn MacKnight, a skilled pilot with a terrible reputation.
FaithWords * 9781455529056
THE COOKED SEED: A Memoir by Anchee Min (Memoir)
In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with RED AZALEA, a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter --- an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608194230
A DAD'S PRAYERS FOR HIS DAUGHTER: Praying for Every Part of Her Life by Rob and Joanna Teigen (Parenting/Prayer)
From the moment your little girl was born, you knew you were going to be doing a lot of praying. But you may wonder, What exactly should I be praying for? Now the authors of 88 GREAT DADDY-DAUGHTER DATES show you how to pray for every area of your daughter's life. Rob and Joanna Teigen give you a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of prayer for your daughter with a collection of specific prayers you can use to get started right now.
Revell * 9780800722623
DEATH BY THE BOOK: A Drew Farthering Mystery by Julianna Deering (Historical Mystery)
Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered. Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? And why does Drew's investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210969
DON'T GO by Lisa Scottoline (Fiction)
When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. However, in an ironic turn of events, Chloe dies in an apparent household accident. A devastated Mike returns home to bury his wife, only to learn a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250010087
THE FAME THIEF: A Junior Bender Mystery by Timothy Hallinan (Mystery)
Few people can say no to 93-year-old Irwin Dressler, Hollywood’s scariest mob boss-turned-movie king. Dressler wants LA burglar Junior Bender to solve a “crime” committed over 60 years ago, when his friend Dolores La Marr’s career was destroyed over some controversial photos of her at a Las Vegas party. What Junior finds as he starts digging is that some vendettas never die --- they only get more dangerous.
Soho Crime * 9781616952822
FLORA by Gail Godwin (Historical Fiction)
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II. Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother's 22-year old first cousin, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620401224
THE GIFT OF LOVE: One Woman's Journey to Save a Life by Amy Clipston (Memoir)
Bestselling author Amy Clipston shares her journey to becoming a kidney donor in the paired donor program through Johns Hopkins Hospital. The gift of life she was able to give to a woman suffering from kidney disease provided a kidney for Amy's husband, Joe, in return. There were times when Amy hit rock bottom, wondering why Joe had to suffer and why she had to carry the load for the family. However, through faith, they made it through, stronger than they were when they began their journey.
Zondervan * 9780310331346
A HEART'S REBELLION: A Regency Romance by Ruth Axtell (Regency Romance)
Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet has taken an interest in her, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm --- and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it. Can Jessamine trust her heart to lead her to a love that proves true through thick and thin? Or will her rash actions close the door on the life she really desires?
Revell * 9780800720902
HELSINKI BLOOD: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson (Thriller)
Kari Vaara is recovering from the physical and emotional toll of solving the Lisbet Söderlund case when he’s approached with a plea: an Estonian woman begs him to find her daughter, Loviise, a young woman with Down syndrome who was promised work and a better life in Finland, and has since disappeared. As Kari works this new case, a past one comes back to haunt him when powerful enemies return to settle unfinished business.
Berkley Trade * 9780425264614
HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA by Mohsin Hamid (Fiction)
Mohsin Hamid’s third novel follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594632334
I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN: A Memoir by Jackie Hance and Janice Kaplan (Memoir)
Until the horrific car accident on New York State’s Taconic Parkway that took the lives of her three beloved young daughters, Jackie Hance was an ordinary Long Island mom, fulfilled by the joyful chaos of a busy household. After the tragedy, she was “The Taconic Mom,” whose unimaginable loss embodied every parent’s worst nightmare. I’LL SEE YOU AGAIN chronicles the day Jackie received the traumatizing phone call that defied all understanding, and the numbed and torturous events that followed.
Gallery Books * 9781476758008
IN THE SHADOW OF JEZEBEL by Mesu Andrews (Historical Romance)
Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments. Forced to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's Temple.
Revell * 9780800721701
LADY AT THE O.K. CORRAL: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner (Biography)
For nearly 50 years, she lived with the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this definitive biography, Ann Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her full story --- a spirited tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention and romance reflective of America itself, from the post–Civil War years to World War II.
Harper Perennial * 9780061864513
LOST by S.J. Bolton (Thriller)
Like everyone reading the newspapers these days, 10-year-old Barney Roberts knows the killer will strike again soon. There will be no warning about who will be next. There will be no real reason for Barney’s friend and neighbor, Lacey Flint, to become involved…and no chance that she can stay away. With the clock ticking, the violence escalating, and young lives at stake, Lacey and Barney both know they can’t afford a single wrong step if they hope to make it through alive.
Minotaur Books * 9781250042231
LOVE COMES CALLING by Siri Mitchell (Historical Romance)
Ellis Eton finds herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. Though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips. It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work and get paid. But her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210365
MARGARET FULLER: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Biography)
From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England’s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women’s sense of how they could think and live; her editorship of the Transcendentalist literary journal The Dial shaped American Romanticism. Megan Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, who was tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist.
Mariner Books * 9780544245617
OLEANDER GIRL by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Fiction)
Orphaned at birth, 17-year-old Korobi Roy has been troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ deaths. She dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile family. But shortly after their engagement, a heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi's past.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451695687
ORDINARY GRACE by William Kent Krueger (Historical Mystery)
For 13-year-old Frank Drum, 1961 was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. When tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family --- which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother --- he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Atria Books * 9781451645859
RED CELL by Mark Henshaw (Thriller/Adventure)
The CIA Red Cell is a real “devil’s advocate” analysis unit created on September 13, 2001 by then CIA Director George Tenet to “tell me what no one else is telling me.” Mark Henshaw is a CIA analyst and based his debut novel on Tenet’s red cell premise. RED CELL follows two CIA outcasts brought together to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war.
Touchstone * 9781476774572
ROBERT B. PARKER'S WONDERLAND: A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins (Mystery)
A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry Cimoli's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, and plans to turn to a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.
Berkley * 9780425270660
THE STRIKER: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Historical Thriller/Adventure)
It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.
Berkley * 9780425264683
TELLING THE BEES by Peggy Hesketh (Fiction)
Albert Honig’s most constant companions have always been his bees. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled. When Claire is killed in a seemingly senseless accident during a burglary gone wrong, Albert is haunted by the loss, and by the secrets and silence that hovered between them for so long.
Berkley Trade * 9780425264881
THANKLESS IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (Thriller)
The Reinholds lie in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son, Jerry. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team already know the who, how and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry is going to strike next.
Berkley * 9780515154139
TWO SISTERS by Mary Hogan (Fiction)
With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, Muriel Sullivant knows she never will measure up to beautiful sister Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. But then one day, Pia shows up to visit and shares devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell --- a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062279934
UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter (Memoir)
UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Co-written with Bret Witter, the book is Susan Spencer-Wendel's account of living a full life with humor, courage and love, but also accepting death with grace and dignity. Included in this paperback edition is a powerful new afterword from Susan.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062241474
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (Historical Fiction)
Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood, and on the French Riviera made them legends even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and The Lost Generation’s vivid world abroad, Z brings Zelda and Scott’s romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250028662
On Sale the Week of March 10th in Hardcover
BLOOD WILL OUT: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn (True Crime/Memoir)
In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn set out to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper and brutal murderer.
Liveright * 9780871404510
THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone (Thriller)
Literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript that contains explosive revelations about powerful people. Veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun. And the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life while always looking over his shoulder. Over the course of one long day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication.
Crown * 9780385348454
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Jeffrey Archer (Historical Fiction)
The latest volume in Jeffrey Archer’s The Clifton Chronicles opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR follows the dazzling tale of the Clifton family's love, loss, betrayal and ambition into the 1960s.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250034489
THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt (Fiction)
After years of watching her work ignored or dismissed by critics, artist Harriet Burden conducts an experiment she calls Maskings: she presents her own art behind three male masks, concealing her female identity. When Burden finally steps forward triumphantly to reveal herself as the artist behind the exhibitions, there are critics who doubt her. The public scandal turns on the final exhibition, initially shown as the work of acclaimed artist Rune, who denies Burden’s role in its creation.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476747231
BUSTED: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker (True Crime)
BUSTED is the shocking true story of the biggest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia history --- a tale of drugs, power and abuse involving a rogue narcotics squad, a confidential informant, and two veteran journalists whose reporting drove a full-scale FBI probe, rocked the City of Brotherly Love, and earned a Pulitzer Prize.
Harper * 9780062085443
CATHEDRAL OF THE WILD: An African Journey Home by Boyd Varty (Memoir)
Boyd Varty grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. But it wasn’t just a sanctuary for animals; it was also a place for ravaged land to flourish again and for the human spirit to be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment, he came to the reserve to recover. CATHEDRAL OF THE WILD is Varty’s memoir of his life in this exquisite and vast refuge.
Random House * 9781400069859
THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS: Stories by David James Poissant (Fiction/Short Stories)
In each of the stories in his debut, award-winning writer David James Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family --- fathers and sons, husbands and wives --- as they are tested by the sometimes brutal power of love. His strikingly true-to-life characters have reached a precipice, chased there by troubles of their own making. Standing at the brink, each must make a choice: Leap, or look away?
Simon & Schuster * 9781476729961
THE HOTEL ON PLACE VENDOME: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo (History)
When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the legendary Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme --- an icon of Paris frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys and princes --- was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed in the occupied city by order of Adolf Hitler. Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in Fin-de-Siècle Paris.
Harper * 9780061791086
HOUSE OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address by Michael Gross (History)
America’s foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael Gross, turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Gross creates a dishy exposé of today’s wealthiest and most famous --- recounting the record-setting building’s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood.
Atria Books * 9781451666199
JESUS: A PILGRIMAGE by James Martin, SJ (Bible Studies/History)
Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual reflections about the Christ of faith, Father James Martin, SJ, recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher us into Jesus' life and times and reveal how Jesus speaks to us today. JESUS: A PILGRIMAGE is an invitation to know Jesus as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother.
HarperOne * 9780062024237
THE LOST SISTERHOOD by Anne Fortier (Historical Fiction)
Following on the success of her bestselling debut, JULIET, Anne Fortier has written a thrilling new historical novel that will forever alter our idea of one of mankind's greatest myths --- the Amazons --- by telling a brilliantly entwined story about a band of women who lived very long ago, and a young modern-day scholar who thinks they might not be such a myth after all.
Ballantine Books * 9780345536228
MENTATS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Science Fiction)
Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal --- to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family’s downfall.
Tor Books * 9780765322746
MISSION AT NUREMBERG: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend (History)
As an Army chaplain during World War II, Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke tended to the battered bodies and souls of wounded and dying GIs outside London. At the war’s end, Gerecke was recruited for the most difficult engagement of his life: ministering to the 21 Nazi leaders awaiting trial at Nuremburg. MISSION AT NUREMBERG takes us inside the Nuremburg Palace of Justice, into the cells of the accused, and the courtroom where they faced their crimes.
William Morrow * 9780061997198
POWER PLAY by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
In Northern California, two successful CEOs are both indispensable to their growing companies' futures. Both are brilliant at the power game, but one is a man and the other a woman. In POWER PLAY, Danielle Steel explores what that means as she takes readers into the rarefied world of those at the pinnacle of international business and reveals the irrevocable choices they make, what drives them, and how others perceive them.
Delacorte Press * 9780345530912
THE SETUP MAN by T. T. Monday (Mystery)
Johnny Adcock is an aging Major League pitcher with the perfect retirement plan --- he moonlights as a private investigator. On the team bus after a game, teammate Frankie Herrera confides in Adcock that he has a “problem with his wife.” What sounds like the standard story of a pro athlete’s marriage gone sour quickly turns into the most dangerous case of Adcock’s second career when Frankie is killed in a car accident, leaving far too many questions unanswered.
Doubleday * 9780385538459
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler (Fiction)
Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the same Wisconsin town --- Little Wing --- and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. Seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them --- both then and now --- fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of lovesongs and rivalries. Now all four are home, in hopes of finding what could be real purchase in the world.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250039811
STONE COLD: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box (Mystery/Thriller)
Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, and especially the persistent rumors that his wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for.
Putnam Adult * 9780399160769
THE TRIDENT DECEPTION by Rick Campbell (Thriller/Adventure)
Rogue elements within the Mossad have learned that Iran has developed its first nuclear weapon and, in 10 days, will detonate it --- and the target is Israel. The suspected weapon complex is too far underground for conventional weapons to harm it, and the only choice is a pre-emptive nuclear strike. With limited time, this rogue group initiates a long-planned operation called the Trident Deception. They’ll transmit false orders and use a U.S. nuclear submarine to launch the attack.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250039019
WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham (Psychological Thriller)
Marnie Logan’s husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. It appears that a cold-blooded killer is eliminating the people in Marnie's life, and now that O'Loughlin is a part of it, he is next in line.
Mulholland Books * 9780316252003
THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Laura McHugh (Mystery/Thriller)
Lucy Dane is haunted by the murder of her friend, Cheri, along with the disappearance of her mother who she never knew. With the help of a local boy, Daniel, she sets out to uncover the mystery behind Cheri’s death. What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812995206
RULES FOR BECOMING A LEGEND by Timothy S. Lane (Fiction)
Jimmy “Kamikaze” Kirkus is a basketball star, destined for a legendary future in the NBA. But he soon confronts the “Kirkus curse” when tragedies begin to emerge. Not even basketball can save him from his family’s sorrow-filled past. His eventual defeat on the court echoes another disastrous legacy: Jimmy’s father was forced to give up his dream for a life defined by the curse of his name. Can Jimmy find a way to end this cycle of tragedy?
Viking Adult * 9780670014880
THE VISITORS by Patrick O'Keeffe (Fiction)
James Dwyer was born in rural county Limerick before moving to Dublin as a teenager and ultimately settling in Ann Arbor. One night, James’s past appears in the form of a down-and-out man named Walter, who issues an invitation for James to come to upstate New York to visit his old childhood neighbor, Kevin Lyons. Although neither James nor Kevin particularly cares for each other, there’s no denying their complicated past. Kevin and James’s sister, Tess, were lovers while James fell hard for Kevin’s sister, Una.
Viking Adult * 9780670024636
On Sale the Week of March 10th in Paperback
BLOOD AND BEAUTY: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant (Historical Fiction)
By the end of the 15th century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician must use papacy and family --- in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia --- in order to succeed.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812981612
CLASS A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann (Memoir/Sports)
Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up through the baseball ranks to the major leagues. Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann turns his eye on the players, the coaches, the fans, the radio announcer, the town, and finally on himself, a young man raised on baseball, driven to know what still draws him to the stadium.
Vintage * 9780307949752
DAMAGE CONTROL: Stories by Amber Dermont (Fiction/Short Stories)
DAMAGE CONTROL displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying characters at crossroads. In “Damage Control,” a young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and vacations with them as a “professional grandchild” in “Stella at the Winter Palace.” And in “The Language of Martyrs,” a couple houses a mail-order bride on behalf of the husband’s Russian mother.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250042743
THE DEMONOLOGIST by Andrew Pyper (Thriller/Horror)
Professor David Ullman doesn’t believe in demons, though his extensive knowledge of the literature of the demonic --- especially Milton’s PARADISE LOST --- has won him wide acclaim. When he is lured to Venice on a mysterious journey, he loses his 12-year-old daughter to an ancient evil that will force him to come face to face with all he knows about the underworld and the faith required to defeat it.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451697421
THE DEVIL WALKS IN MATTINGLY by Billy Coffey (Supernatural Thriller)
It has been 20 years since Philip McBride's body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since --- Philip didn't kill himself that day. He was murdered. Each of them have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Yet what cannot be laid to rest is bound to rise again. These three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death, between truth and lies.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401688226
A DUAL INHERITANCE by Joanna Hershon (Fiction)
In 1962, two students meet one evening during their senior year at Harvard --- Ed, a Jewish kid on scholarship, and Hugh, a Boston Brahmin with the world at his feet. Ed is ambitious and girl-crazy, while Hugh pines for the one girl he's ever loved. An immediate, intense friendship is sparked that night between these two opposites, which ends just as abruptly, several years later, although only one of them understands why.
Ballantine Books * 9780345468482
ELEVEN DAYS by Lea Carpenter (Fiction)
When the story opens on May 11, 2011, Sara’s son, Jason, has been missing for nine days from a Special Operations Forces mission on the same night as the Bin Laden raid. Through letters Jason writes home from his training and early missions, we get a picture of a strong, compassionate leader. His exceptional abilities will give him the chance to participate in a wholly different level of assignment, the most important and dangerous of his career. At the end, Sara will find herself on an unexpected journey full of surprises.
Vintage * 9780307951038
FINDING MOOSEWOOD, FINDING GOD: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island by Jack Perkins (Memoir)
For 25 years, millions of Americans watched Jack Perkins on NBC News as a correspondent, commentator and anchorman. Yet at the age of 52 and at the height of his career, Jack disappeared from the public eye and moved with his wife, Mary Jo, to a bare-necessities cabin on an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine. This isolated home they came to call Moosewood was the setting for Jack and Mary Jo’s spiritual awakening.
Zondervan * 9780310318705
THE GOLDEN EGG: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon (Mystery)
Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor shop-keeping violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaner has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him. Brunetti begins to investigate and is surprised when he finds nothing on the man. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802122421
MISTRESS by James Patterson and David Ellis (Thriller)
Unable to control his racing thoughts, Ben is consumed by his obsessions --- especially Diana Hotchkiss, who Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, his infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life. Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana's illicit affairs.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455515899
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY: Stories by Ron Rash (Fiction/Short Stories)
PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in stories that span from the Civil War to the present day. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss's gruesomely unusual war trophies.
Ecco * 9780062202727
ONCE UPON A TIME: Discovering Our Forever After Story by Debbie Macomber (Christian Living)
With chapters that cover the importance of literary elements such as characters, setting, backstory and conflict, Debbie Macomber uses the structure of a story to illustrate God’s hand in our lives. Each chapter has a storytelling prompt --- a searching question that will help frame our story --- and a sidebar that pulls an idea out of the chapter and expands it with practical tips.
Howard Books * 9781451607802
SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford (Historical Fiction)
Twelve-year-old William Eng has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday --- or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday --- William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother.
Ballantine Books * 9780345522030
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU: A Memoir by Domenica Ruta (Memoir)
Domenica Ruta grew up with her mother, a drug dealer and user who raised Domenica on a steady diet of Oxycontin. She knew she was far smarter and worse dressed than everyone else she knew, but found solace in writing and reading. As her mother's behavior grew increasingly outrageous and her home life increasingly untenable, Domenica fled her hometown only to become ensnared by the demons of addiction.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812983401
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