January 27, 2015
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 26th and February 2nd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of January 26th in Hardcover
MARCHING HOME: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War by Brian Matthew Jordan (History)
Following the Civil War, Union veterans --- tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensions --- tragically realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal, forget and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age. Mining previously untapped archives, Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan uncovers anguished letters and diaries, essays by amputees, and gruesome medical reports, all deeply revealing of the American psyche.
Liveright * 9780871407818
PRIVATE VEGAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Thriller)
In Las Vegas, Lester Olsen treats gorgeous young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows and limo rides --- and then teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin --- and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before.
Little, Brown & Company * 9780316211154
THE BIG SEVEN by Jim Harrison (Mystery)
Detective Sunderson's new neighbors are creating even more havoc than the Great Leader did. A family of outlaws, armed to the teeth, the Ameses have local law enforcement too intimidated to take them on. Then Sunderson’s cleaning lady is murdered, and black sheep brother Lemuel Ames seeks Sunderson’s advice on a crime novel he’s writing that may not be fiction. Sunderson must struggle with the evil within himself and the far greater, more expansive evil of his neighbor.
Grove Press * 9780802123336
BREAKING CREED by Alex Kava (Thriller)
Ryder Creed and his dogs have intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders and suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin. Unfortunately, by the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late.
Putnam Adult * 9780399170768
THE GRAND PARADOX: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith by Ken Wytsma (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Following Jesus is done --- can only be done --- in the messiness of this world into which we were all born. Yet many Christians expect the walk of faith to be easier, neater and relatively devoid of hassles. So perhaps it’s time for a frank conversation about the true nature of Christian faith. Maybe there are many desperately in need of a clear dialogue about how our greatest joy is found in our pursuit of God. In THE GRAND PARADOX, Ken Wytsma seeks to help readers understand that although God can be mysterious, He is in no way absent.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849964671
THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA by Matthew Reilly (Thriller/Adventure)
The Chinese government has found a species of animal no one believed even existed that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can’t…
Gallery Books * 9781476749556
HAPPY ARE THE HAPPY by Yasmina Reza, translated by John Cullen (Fiction)
The 20 interlocking vignettes in this slim novel by Yasmina Reza, author of the plays “Art” and “God of Carnage,” focus on the family lives of more than two-dozen characters. Couples bicker over such trivialities as the purchase of the wrong cheese at a grocery store or the playing of a wrong suit in bridge. As in much of Reza’s work, these conflicts are catalysts for larger arguments and the release of long-suppressed resentments.
Other Press * 9781590516928
INSIDE A SILVER BOX by Walter Mosley (Speculative Fiction)
Two people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. They join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself.
Tor Books * 9780765375216
THE JAGUAR’S CHILDREN by John Vaillant (Fiction)
Héctor is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers’ money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait. Héctor finds a name in his friend César’s phone --- a name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message César has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through? As water and food run low, Héctor tells how he came to this desperate place.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544315495
THE KINGS OF LONDON: A Breen and Tozer Mystery by William Shaw (Historical Mystery)
Detective Sergeant Breen has a death threat in his inbox and a mutilated body on his hands. The dead man was the wayward son of a rising politician, and everywhere Breen turns to investigate, he finds himself obstructed and increasingly alienated. Breen begins to see that the abuse of power is at every level of society. And when his actions endanger those at the top, he becomes their target. Out in the cold, banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, Breen is finally forced to fight fire with fire.
Mulholland Books * 9780316246873
THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon (Urban Fantasy)
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun. Many of the fugitives are still missing, and she is the most wanted person in London. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620408933
MUNICH AIRPORT by Greg Baxter (Fiction)
In Greg Baxter’s second novel, his follow-up to 2013’s THE APARTMENT, an unnamed narrator waits in Munich’s fog-bound airport with his father and a US consul to transport the corpse of the expatriate narrator’s sister to America. She died alone of starvation in Berlin three weeks earlier. The book consists of flashbacks that paint a portrait of one family’s struggles and of a young man trying to come to terms with decisions he has made.
Twelve * 9781455557950
ONE STEP TOO FAR by Tina Seskis (Psychological Thriller)
A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life? Emily now has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat has buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can't bury the past --- or her own memories. And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she's done --- a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far.
William Morrow * 9780062340078
THE SACRIFICE by Joyce Carol Oates (Fiction)
When a 14-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In THE SACRIFICE, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice --- of innocence, truth, trust and, ultimately, lives.
Ecco * 9780062332974
SHARK SKIN SUITE by Tim Dorsey (Fiction/Humor)
Ruthless at taking down the greedy banksters kicking people out of their homes, young lawyer Brook Campanella --- one of Serge Storms’ old flames --- lands a major class-action lawsuit and wins big. The opposition is determined to shut her down, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to do it. Luckily for her, Serge has been hired to do some investigative legwork on the case. There's nothing he likes better than saving a damsel in distress, especially when it means kicking a bunch of shyster butt.
William Morrow * 9780062240019
On Sale the Week of January 26th in Paperback
THE BOOK OF JONAH by Joshua Max Feldman (Fiction)
A bizarre, unexpected biblical vision at a party changes everything for young Manhattan lawyer Jonah Jacobstein. This disturbing sign is only the first of many Jonah will witness, and before long his life is unrecognizable. Though this perhaps divine intervention will be responsible for more than one irreversible loss in Jonah’s life, it will also cross his path with that of Judith Bulbrook, an intense, breathtakingly intelligent woman who is no stranger to loss herself.
Picador * 9781250062116
THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer (Thriller)
Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated.
Picador * 9781250036155
CALL ME BURROUGHS: A Life by Barry Miles (Biography)
Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, "William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. In CALL ME BURROUGHS, Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century --- and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs' life and examine his long-term cultural legacy.
Twelve * 9781455511938
CARELESS PEOPLE: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell (Literary History)
CARELESS PEOPLE is a unique literary investigation: a gripping double narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime and a quest for the roots of one of America’s best-loved novels. Acclaimed scholar of American literature Sarah Churchwell reconstructs the events of that pivotal autumn in 1922, revealing in the process new ways of thinking about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.
Penguin Books * 9780143126256
COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter (Thriller)
As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock Atlanta’s police department in 1974, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. When she and her new partner, Maggie Lawson, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain and pride finally reach the boiling point. They pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.
Dell * 9780345547507
DAY ZERO by Marc Cameron (Thriller)
Suspected of murder and marked for death by a network of conspirators embedded in the White House, special agent Jericho Quinn knows he has to get out of the country before a team of contract killers finds him and his daughter. To set things right at home, he'll have to take a nonstop flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Vladivostok, Russia, aboard a massive Airbus A380. But soon after takeoff, it becomes apparent that Quinn and his daughter picked the wrong plane.
Pinnacle/Kensington * 9780786035274
A DEADLY BUSINESS: A Mia Quinn Mystery by Lis Wiehl and April Henry (Mystery)
Detective Charlie Carlson believes that Mia Quinn's husband's deadly car accident was no accident at all. When Mia and Charlie encounter resistance to reopening the case, they take the investigation into their own hands. And they find much more than they bargained for. Was Mia's husband more than an accountant...and less than an honest man? As the truth becomes more shocking and the case grows more complex, her husband's killers take note of Mia...and her children.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595549075
DEATH OF A POLICEMAN: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by M. C. Beaton (Mystery)
Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to ensure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead, and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455504749
ECHO LAKE: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers (Romance)
In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner. Heather Sloan has landed her dream job, and, for once, she's in charge. When Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock returns to Echo Lake to help out a friend, a romance develops between him and Heather. However, she is wary of Brody's sudden interest in her and suspects there's more to his homecoming than he's letting on. Can Heather wrap her head around the possibility of this new love?
Mira * 9780778317432
GLORIOUS WAR: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer by Thom Hatch (Biography)
GLORIOUS WAR, the definitive biography of George Armstrong Custer’s Civil War years, is nothing short of a heart-pounding cavalry charge through the battlefield heroics that thrust the gallant young officer into the national spotlight in the midst of the country’s darkest hours. From West Point to the daring actions that propelled him to the rank of general at age 23 to his unlikely romance with Libbie Bacon, Custer’s exploits are the stuff of legend.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250061546
THE GUTS by Roddy Doyle (Fiction/Humor)
In the 1980s, Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. These days, the almost-50-year-old Jimmy has a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past.
Penguin Books * 9780143126096
INSIDE MAN by Jeff Abbott (Thriller)
Sam Capra's friend, Steve, has been murdered. The only lead is a mysterious, beautiful stranger Steve tried to protect. To avenge his friend, Sam goes undercover into the Varelas, one of Miami's most prominent and dangerous families. Now on the inside, playing a part where one wrong move means death, Sam faces a powerful, unstable tycoon intent on dividing his business empire among his three very different children, who each may hold murderous secrets of their own.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455528448
THE LONG MARS by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Science Fiction)
In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption, there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that he has an ulterior motive for his request.
Harper * 9780062297303
LOVED BACK TO LIFE: How I Found the Courage to Live Free by Sheila Walsh (Memoir)
Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career, appearing daily on television as co-host of "The 700 Club." One day, she found herself walking away from it all and checking in to a psychiatric hospital, where she stayed for a month. From the outside everything seemed fine, but on the inside Sheila was in trouble. LOVED BACK TO LIFE takes readers on Sheila’s journey of the soul from hopelessness to joy as she finds that although the road was scary, at every turn God beckoned her to follow and trust Him.
Thomas Nelson * 9780718021870
LYDIA’S PARTY by Margaret Hawkins (Fiction)
Lydia is having a party, one that she has hosted every year for six female friends who treasure the midwinter bash. As this particular evening unfolds, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement. As we follow these friends through their party preparations, we meet flawed but lovable characters who are navigating the hassles of daily chores while also meditating in stolen moments on their lives, regrets, complicated relationships and deepest desires.
Penguin Books * 9780143126119
A MAN OF HIS OWN by Susan Wilson (Fiction)
Rick Stanton was once a promising professional baseball player with a bright future ahead of him, until he returned home from World War II with his body permanently broken and his dreams shattered. He and his wife, Francesca, also volunteered their beloved dog Pax for the Army’s K-9 Corp, and when Pax comes back along with his handler Keller, they hire the soldier to stay with them as Rick's live-in aid. All three of them are lost, broken and need healing...and Pax might be the one to guide them home.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250054487
MERCY SNOW by Tiffany Baker (Fiction)
In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day, a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455512751
MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH by Rebecca Mead (Memoir)
Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH. After gaining admission to Oxford and moving to the US to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read and reread MIDDLEMARCH, which offered her something that modern life and literature did not. Here, she leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written.
Broadway Books * 9780307984777
THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah (Supernatural Thriller/Horror)
Louise’s troublesome neighbor has begun blasting choral music at all hours of the night --- and she’s the only one who can hear it. Hoping to find some peace, Louise convinces her husband, Stuart, to buy them a country house in an idyllic, sun-dappled community. But it seems that the haunting melodies of the choir have followed her there. Louise starts to suspect that this sinister choir is not only real, but a warning. But of what? And how can it be, when no one else can hear it?
Picador * 9781250063755
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.
Dell * 9780345530929
THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE: Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book One by Shelley Shepard Gray (Romance)
The more time Amish bride-to-be Leona spends with Edmund and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. When a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona is faced with two vastly different futures. Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?
Avon Inspire * 9780062337702
QUEEN OF THE DARK THINGS by C. Robert Cargill (Fantasy)
Colby Stevens can’t catch a break. Only six months after an epic battle in a magical realm, he’s doing his best to live in a drunken stupor, but the creatures that inhabit the shadows won’t let him be. When a long-lost friend reemerges and brings an army with her demanding revenge for something Colby did as a child, he begins making deals --- deals even monsters and magical creatures don’t want to make.
Harper Voyager * 9780062190468
RIPPER by Isabel Allende (Mystery)
High school senior Amanda Jackson is a natural-born sleuth addicted to crime novels and Ripper, an online mystery game. When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, discovering that the deaths may be connected. But the case becomes all too personal when her mother suddenly vanishes. Could her mother’s disappearance be linked to the serial killer?
Harper Perennial * 9780062291424
ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom (Memoir)
As a teen, Patience Bloom fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page. Years later, she moved to New York and found her dream job: editing romances for Harlequin. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, but her dating life remained uninspired. Then one day, a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what she’d been writing and editing all those years might be true.
Plume * 9780142181393
SEARCHING FOR GRACE KELLY by Michael Callahan (Historical Fiction)
For a small-town girl with a big dream in 1955, there is no address more glamorous than New York’s Barbizon Hotel. Together, three young ladies embark on a journey of self-discovery that will take them from the penthouse salons of Park Avenue to the Beat scene of Greenwich Village to Atlantic City’s Steel Pier --- and into the arms of very different men who will alter their lives forever.
Mariner Books * 9780544313545
THE SON by Jo Nesbø (Thriller)
Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. He has been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit --- or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes.
Vintage * 9780345807243
STILL LIFE by Christa Parrish (Fiction)
Ada was born into a fringe religious sect named for her father, The Prophet. But her lifelong habit of absolute obedience was shattered when she fled the family compound to elope with photographer Julian Goetz. Katherine Walker’s marriage was a sham, and her affair brings her both escape and guilt. When a plane crash takes Julian from Ada and exacerbates Katherine’s sense of shame, both women become desperately unsure of where they belong in the world --- until the devotion of an artistic young boy conspires to bring them together.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401689032
WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY: A Frieda Klein Mystery by Nicci French (Psychological Thriller/Mystery)
Ruth Lennox is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in psychotherapist Frieda Klein, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case. When it emerges that Ruth was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection.
Penguin Books * 9780143127178
WARRIORS: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell (Thriller/Adventure)
When an elderly professor at Cambridge is murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture, Alex Hawke teams up with his Scotland Yard colleague and friend, Inspector Ambrose Congreve, to find the killer. But the death is only the opening move in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship. Hawke must pull off his most daring mission yet: infiltrate China and neutralize the source of their advantage, or risk witnessing World War III.
Harper * 9780062279392
On Sale the Week of February 2nd in Hardcover
1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music by Andrew Grant Jackson (Music/History)
During 12 unforgettable months in the middle of the turbulent ’60s, America saw the rise of innovative new sounds that would change popular music as we knew it. In 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music, music historian Andrew Grant Jackson chronicles a ground-breaking year of creativity fueled by rivalries between musicians and continents, sweeping social changes, and technological breakthroughs.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250059628
AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson (Thriller)
They thought they could cover up what an out-of-control trader at a Manhattan brokerage firm did to Olivia Sanchez. She worked hard and played by the rules, but so what? Blackball her from the industry and be done with her. Who’s going to stop them? Nobody, until Olivia turns to her cousin Manny, an ex-con and ex-gang leader whose first reaction is to take care of the arrogant bastard who hurt his cousin --- permanently.
Minotaur Books * 9781250047243
THE AUTUMN BALLOON by Kenny Porpora (Memoir)
Kenny Porpora's memoir is the story of a deeply dysfunctional but loving family, and follows his life from the chaos of his youth to his triumphs in the Ivy League. At times darkly comic, at times elegiac, THE AUTUMN BALLOON is a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family, even under the most trying circumstances.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455545162
BEFORE HE FINDS HER by Michael Kardos (Thriller)
Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away, has lived 15 years in the Witness Protection Program, and is coming back to reconcile her past. In the quest to find her father before he finds her, Melanie’s story becomes one about love, faith and fear --- and how the most important things can become terribly distorted when we cling to them too fiercely.
Mysterious Press * 9780802123190
THE BEIGE MAN: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation Set in Sweden by Helene Tursten (Mystery)
The high-speed chase of a stolen BMW takes a chilling turn when the two police officers involved witness a gruesome hit-and-run. But what they uncover is an entirely different horror: the half-naked corpse of a young girl in a nearby root cellar. As Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues struggle to put the pieces together, they discover that the man whose car was stolen --- a retired police officer --- is none other than the victim in the hit-and-run. Could it be a strange coincidence? Or is something larger at play?
Soho Crime * 9781616954000
CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly (Thriller)
It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want. When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan --- and their mother --- than either of them had ever imagined.
Saga Press * 9781481410304
CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner (Thriller)
Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero. Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury, and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.
Dutton Adult * 9780525954569
DEATH OF A LIAR: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by M. C. Beaton (Mystery)
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked, and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home, and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455504787
THE DEVIL IS HERE IN THESE HILLS: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James Green (History)
From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. The fight for unionization and civil rights sparked a political crisis verging on civil war that stretched from the creeks and hollows to the courts and the US Senate. In THE DEVIL IS HERE IN THESE HILLS, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802123312
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara Blaedel (Thriller)
An older woman recognizes the body of an unidentified woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than 30 years ago.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455581528
FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby (Fiction)
Set in 1960s London, FUNNY GIRL is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny, if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594205415
GET IN TROUBLE: Stories by Kelly Link (Fiction/Short Stories)
Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids. These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty --- and the hidden strengths --- of human beings.
Random House * 9780804179683
GIRL RUNNER by Carrie Snyder (Fiction)
As a young runner, Aganetha Smart defied everyone’s expectations to win a gold medal for Canada in the 1928 Olympics. It was a revolutionary victory, because this was the first Games in which women could compete in track events --- and they did so despite opposition. But now Aganetha is in a nursing home, and nobody realizes that the frail centenarian was once a bold pioneer. When two young strangers appear asking to interview Aganetha for their film about female athletes, she readily agrees.
Harper * 9780062336040
A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne (Fiction)
Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. Forty years later, his devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people’s faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed and the lives of young parishioners destroyed. But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374171339
THE HUNGER OF THE WOLF by Stephen Marche (Fiction)
The body in the snow belonged to Ben Wylie, the heir to America’s second-wealthiest business dynasty. Jamie Cabot, the son of the Wylie family’s housekeepers, must figure out how and why Ben died. He knows the answer lies in the tortured history of the Wylie family, who over three generations built up their massive holdings into several billion dollars’ worth of real estate, oil and information systems, despite a terrible family secret they must keep from the world.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476730813
THE KIND WORTH KILLING by Peter Swanson (Psychological Thriller)
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. He talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. When Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done, Lily calmly states that she would like to help --- and they begin to plot Miranda's demise. Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive…with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
William Morrow * 9780062267528
THE LAST DAYS OF GEORGE AMRSTRONG CUSTER: The True Story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Thom Hatch (History)
George Armstrong Custer’s death and the defeat of the 7th Calvary by the Sioux was a shock to a nation that had come to believe that its westward expansion was a matter of destiny. While the first reports defended Custer, many have come to judge him by this single event. By reexamining the facts and putting Custer within the context of his time and his career as a soldier, Thom Hatch’s latest work reveals the untold and controversial truth of what really happened in the valley of the Little Bighorn.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250051028
THE MARAUDERS by Tom Cooper (Crime Fiction)
When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For those who inhabit the town of Jeannette, these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes. Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one-armed treasure hunter, is obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into contact with a wide array of memorable characters who ultimately find themselves on a collision course with each other.
Crown * 9780804140560
MONDAY’S LIE by Jamie Mason (Thriller)
Dee Aldrich’s marriage is falling apart, and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life. Just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money, and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots.
Gallery Books * 9781476774459
MORE THAN HAPPY: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B. Miller and Paul Stutzman (Parenting)
The more time Serena Miller spent in Holmes County, Ohio, doing research for her popular Amish novels, the more she began to notice something --- Amish children were the happiest children she’d ever seen. And yet, when she started asking questions about what these parents were doing differently, she was startled to learn that happiness is not a goal Amish strive for at all. MORE THAN HAPPY shows you how to apply the basic principles and parenting techniques the Amish use, so you can raise happy, well-adjusted kids.
Howard Books * 9781476753409
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. THE NIGHTINGALE tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312577223
OF IRISH BLOOD by Mary Pat Kelly (Historical Fiction)
It’s 1903, and Nora Kelly falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest and Ireland’s revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.
Forge Books * 9780765329134
RED NOTICE: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder (Memoir/True Crime)
Bill Browder made his fortune heading the largest investment fund in Russia after the Soviet Union’s collapse. But when he exposed the corrupt oligarchs who were robbing the companies in which he was investing, Vladimir Putin turned on him and had him expelled from Russia. Following the murder of his principled young tax attorney, Browder embarked on an unrelenting quest for justice, exposing the towering cover-up that leads right up to Putin.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476755717
SCARY CLOSE: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller (Christian Life/Religion & Spirituality)
After decades of failed relationships and painful drama, Donald Miller decided he’d had enough. Impressing people wasn’t helping him connect with anyone. He’d built a life of public isolation, yet he dreamed of meaningful relationships. So at 40 years old, he made a scary decision: to be himself no matter what it cost. From the author of BLUE LIKE JAZZ comes a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving.
Thomas Nelson * 9780785213185
SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW: Stories by Katherine Heiny (Fiction/Short Stories)
Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie’s lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover’s wife and then immediately regrets it. In these 11 stories, these women are grappling with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets and betrayal.
Knopf * 9780385353632
THERE’S SOMETHING I WANT YOU TO DO: Stories by Charles Baxter (Fiction/Short Stories)
The 10 inter-related stories in THERE’S SOMETHING I WANT YOU TO DO are held together by a surreally intricate web of cause and effect --- one that slowly ensnares both fictional bystanders and enraptured readers. As the collection progresses, we delve more deeply into the private lives of these characters, exploring their fears, fantasies and obsessions. They appear and reappear, performing praiseworthy and loathsome acts in equal measure in response to the request --- or demand --- lodged in each story’s center.
Pantheon * 9781101870013
TRIGGER WARNING: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (Fiction/Short Stories)
In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. TRIGGER WARNING includes previously published pieces of short fiction --- stories, verse, and a very special "Doctor Who" story that was written for the 50th anniversary of the beloved series in 2013 --- as well as “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of AMERICAN GODS, exclusive to this collection.
William Morrow * 9780062330260
WASHINGTON’S REVOLUTION: The Making of America's First Leader by Robert Middlekauff (History)
George Washington was famously unknowable, a man of deep passions hidden behind a facade of rigid self-control. Yet before he was a great general and president, Washington was a young man prone to peevishness and a volcanic temper. His greatness as a leader evolved over time, the product of experience and maturity but also a willed effort to restrain his wilder impulses. Focusing on Washington’s early years, Robert Middlekauff penetrates his mystique, revealing his all-too-human fears, values and passions.
Knopf * 9781101874233
WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler (Fiction)
WE ARE PIRATES by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. It’s also about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608196883
AMERICAN RECKONING: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity by Christian G. Appy (History)
How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War, PATRIOTS, now examines the relationship between the war’s realities and myths, and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture and postwar foreign policy.
Viking Adult * 9780670025398
HEAD OF STATE by Andrew Marr (Fiction)
It’s September 2017, and the United Kingdom is on the verge of a crucial referendum that will determine if the country remains a member of the European Union or goes its own way. Yet, unknown to all but a handful of members of the Prime Minister’s innermost circle, there is a shocking secret at the very heart of government that could change everything in an instant. A group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing --- including murder --- to prevent that from happening.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468310566
IT’S WHAT I DO: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario (Memoir/Photography)
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11th changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making --- not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.
The Penguin Press * 9781594205378
LONG WAY DOWN by Michael Sears (Thriller)
Two years in a federal prison has changed Jason Stafford, but one thing it has taught him as a financial investigator is how to detect a lie. He doesn’t think Philip Haley is lying. An engineer on the verge of a biofuel breakthrough, Haley has been indicted for insider trading on his own company, and Stafford believes him when he says he’s been set up. It does make him dangerous to be around, though. The deeper Stafford investigates, the more secrets he starts to uncover --- secrets people would kill for.
Putnam Adult * 9780399166716
PRUDENCE by David Treuer (Historical Fiction)
On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family’s rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a bombardier. But before the homecoming can be celebrated, the search for a German soldier, escaped from the POW camp across the river, explodes in a shocking act of violence, with consequences that will reverberate years into the future for all of them and that will shape how each of them makes sense of their lives.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594633089
THE TUTOR by Andrea Chapin (Historical Fiction)
At a time of much unrest in the year 1590, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, William Shakespeare, who swiftly disrupts what fragile peace there is left at Lufanwal Hall. Katharine de L’Isle, Sir Edward’s niece, is at first appalled by the boldness of this new tutor. But when she learns he is a poet, things between them begin to shift. Soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare’s verse, and his life, in ways that will change her forever.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594632549
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THE AMISH CLOCKMAKER: The Men of Lancaster County, Book 3 by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner (Romance)
Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family’s tack and feed store when a surprising property dispute puts the remodel on hold. Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber, who was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife (although the charges eventually were dropped). The only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family’s business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put him on the trail of a murderer?
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736957380
HEAVEN HELP HEIDI by Sally John (Fiction)
After an accident leaves her injured and unable to work, Heidi Hathaway leases her home and moves into a cozy little cottage in the charming garden complex where her friend Piper lives. There she finds so much more than a place to rest and recover. Piper Keyes knows Jared is not coming back from Afghanistan. After making it through the fifth anniversary of his death, she wonders if she’s at last ready to get on with life. She gingerly explores new avenues and learns to open her heart again.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736954686
THE LAST HEIRESS by Mary Ellis (Historical Romance)
Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow restore shipments of cotton for her family’s textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes. Amanda’s family deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovely and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736950527
MIRIAM’S SECRET: Land of Promise, Book 1 by Jerry S. Eicher (Romance)
Miriam Yoder's compassionate care for Amos Bland during his last days resulted in her receiving a large inheritance. When Ivan Mast indicates his intentions at romance, Miriam suspects he has discovered her hidden wealth and has plans that aren’t inspired by his love for her. Seeking a fresh start where no one knows her, Miriam accepts a teaching position in faraway Oklahoma where she meets Wayne Yutzy, whose interest in her seems genuine. Happiness surely awaits the newly engaged couple. Or does it?
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736958790
FAMILY LIFE by Akhil Sharma (Fiction)
We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother, Birju, are waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393350609
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.
Berkley * 9780425272800
CITY OF GOD: Faith in the Streets by Sara Miles (Memoir/Spiritual Growth)
On Ash Wednesday, 2012, Sara Miles and her friends left their church buildings and carried ashes to the buzzing city streets. They marked the foreheads of neighbors and strangers, sharing blessings with waitresses and drunks, believers and doubters alike. CITY OF GOD narrates the events of the day in vivid detail, exploring the profound implications of touching strangers with a reminder of common mortality.
Jericho Books * 9781455547302
CITY OF LIES by R.J. Ellory (Thriller)
John Harper has just made a discovery: the father he believed to be dead for more than 30 years is alive, though lying in a coma in a Manhattan hospital. Harper finds himself seduced by a lifestyle that he seems to have inherited --- an underworld life of power, treachery and menace. As he desperately tries to uncover the facts of his own past, he becomes more and more entangled in a dark and shocking conspiracy.
Overlook TP * 9781468310061
CONQUEST: The Chronicles of the Invaders, Book 1 by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard (Science Fiction/Adventure)
The first installment in John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard's new science fiction trilogy, The Chronicles of the Invaders, CONQUEST introduces a world where humanity has been conquered by a powerful alien rulership --- unless a group of young rebels can unlock their powers and help rescue humankind from its terrible fate.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476757131
A CRUEL AND SHOCKING ACT: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination by Philip Shenon (History)
The questions have haunted our nation for half a century: Was President John F. Kennedy killed by a single gunman? Was Lee Harvey Oswald part of a conspiracy? Did the Warren Commission discover the whole truth of what happened on November 22, 1963? Philip Shenon, a veteran investigative journalist who spent most of his career at The New York Times, finally provides many of the answers.
Picador * 9781250060754
DESTROYER ANGEL: An Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr (Thriller)
Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on an autumn canoe trip with her friends and their daughters. On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs have taken her companions captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250058478
THE GOD OF YES: Living in the Joy of His Complete Acceptance by Jud Wilhite (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
The Christian life is often defined as "no." What starts with a desire to reject destructive things morphs into a "no" to people, enjoyment, laughter, pleasure, success, and ultimately life itself. Ecclesiastes, through Solomon's journals, gives us a huge dose of reality. Solomon's entire experience is a counterintuitive "yes" to God and every aspect of life. THE GOD OF YES explores this approach and provides clear application on how faith can infuse meaning to the monotony of everyday life.
FaithWords * 9781455515370
HOME RUN: Learn God's Game Plan for Life and Leadership by Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell (Religion & Spirituality/Leadership)
For five hard years, Christian leader Kevin Myers struggled personally and professionally. But it was during that time that God pointed out where he was going wrong and showed him the biblical pattern for living. During that time, John Maxwell also became his mentor. Together, using a baseball diamond as an analogy for following God's plan for life, Myers and Maxwell provide a clear path forward while helping you keep your priorities in order and your eyes on the prize.
FaithWords * 9781455577194
IN PARADISE by Peter Matthiessen (Fiction)
In the winter of 1996, more than a hundred individuals gather at the site of a former concentration camp for a weeklong retreat. They will offer prayer and witness at the crematoria, while eating and sleeping in the quarters of the Nazi officers who sent more than a million Jews to their deaths. Clements Olin, an American academic of Polish descent, is forced to abandon his observer’s role and embrace a history his family has long suppressed.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594633522
INFLUX by Daniel Suarez (Science Fiction/Thriller)
Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics, and Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.
Signet * 9780451469441
A MEMORY OF VIOLETS: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor (Historical Fiction)
For years, Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls has cared for London’s flower girls --- orphaned and crippled children living on the streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Assistant housemother Tilly Harper discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie, who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062316899
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 Science Fiction * 9780765362636
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 also 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.
Berkley Trade * 9780425273838
NEW LIFE, NO INSTRUCTIONS: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell (Memoir)
In a span of 10 years, Gail Caldwell had lost her best friend, her mother and her dog. Making matters worse, the polio she'd contracted in her infancy had reduced her stride to a painful limp, and it seemed things would only get worse. Then, a routine doctor's visit revealed that a common surgery could restore her gait. She would soon discover how many other things it would restore: her sense of her self was not in decline, but powerful and potent.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812981872
ONE MORE THING: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak (Fiction/Short Stories)
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, actor B. J. Novak’s debut short story collection has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that just might make a person complete.
Vintage * 9780804169783
POSTCARDS FROM COOKIE: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail by Caroline Clarke (Memoir)
Caroline Clarke, an award-winning journalist and the host of “Black Enterprise Business Report,” has penned a moving memoir of her surprise discovery of her birth mother --- Cookie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole --- and the relationship that blossomed between them through the heartfelt messages they exchanged on hundreds of postcards.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062103185
REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston (Fiction)
Since Justin Campbell's disappearance four years ago, his family has been stuck in the grooves of grief. They are unable to comfort themselves, let alone one another. Then the impossible happens: Justin has been found only miles away, completely okay. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin’s homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family, the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812971880
ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE GENEVA STRATEGY: A Covert-One Novel by Jamie Freveletti (Thriller/Adventure)
One evening in Washington, DC, several high-ranking members of government disappear in a mass kidnapping. Among the kidnapped is Nick Rendel, a computer software coding expert in charge of drone programming and strategy. If revealed, his kidnappers could reprogram the drones to strike targets within the United States. Jon Smith and the Covert One team begin a worldwide search to recover the officials, but as the first kidnapping victims are rescued, they show disturbing signs of brainwashing or mind-altering drugs.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455577583
SABOTAGED: Alaskan Courage, Book Five by Dani Pettrey (Romantic Suspense)
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska's arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night. Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank's daughter has been kidnapped.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764211966
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.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250039828
THE SWAN GONDOLA by Timothy Schaffert (Historical Fiction)
The 1898 Omaha World’s Fair has just concluded. In a small Nebraska town, a Civil War balloon formerly on display at the Fair lands on the home of two elderly sisters. The pilot is Ferret Skerritt, a young ventriloquist. In THE SWAN GONDOLA, Ferret tells the sisters the story of his romance with an actress who worked at the Chamber of Horrors, and of the wealthy magnate who tried to insinuate himself into their affair.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594633430
THORNLOST by Melanie Rawn (Fantasy)
Melanie Rawn’s new high fantasy series, Glass Thorns, that began with TOUCHSTONE and ELSEWHENS blends the worlds of magic, theater, art and politics. The third installment, THORNLOST, continues the story of Cayden “Cade” Silversun, part Elf, part Fae, part human Wizard --- and all rebel.
Tor Fantasy * 9780765367204
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 Paperbacks * 9781250061270
THE WORD EXCHANGE by Alena Graedon (Dystopian/Technological Thriller)
Set in New York in a not-so-distant future where the long predicted "death of print" has finally become a reality, THE WORD EXCHANGE revolves around Anana Johnson, whose father Doug is an anti-intellectual hard at work on the final edition of the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL). One evening, Doug disappears from the NADEL offices, leaving a single written clue: ALICE --- a code word he and Anna devised to signal if one of them ever fell into harm's way.
Anchor * 9780345806031
MISS HAZEL AND THE ROSA PARKS LEAGUE by Jonathan Odell (Historical Fiction)
Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head.
Maiden Lane Press * 9781940210049
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