September 9, 2014
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 8th and September 15th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of September 8th in Hardcover
13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team (Current Affairs)
13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the 13 hours of that now-infamous attack.
Twelve * 9781455582273
BAND OF GIANTS: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America's Independence by Jack Kelly (History)
BAND OF GIANTS brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. Here, Jack Kelly captures the fraught condition of the war --- the bitterly divided populace, the lack of supplies, the repeated setbacks on the battlefield, and the appalling physical hardships. That these inexperienced warriors could take on and defeat the superpower of the day was one of the most remarkable feats in world history.
Palgrave Macmillan Trade * 9781137278777
BE THE MESSAGE: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action by Kerry and Chris Shook (Christian Life/Personal Growth)
Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them. They decided to do something about it. BE THE MESSAGE is their story of waking up to the gospel --- not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people.
WaterBrook Press * 9781400073818
BLOOD ON THE WATER: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery)
William Monk is witness to the terrible bombing of an afternoon pleasure boat on the river that leaves 200 people dead. An Egyptian man is quickly caught, tried and sentenced to death --- and then just as swiftly murdered in prison. When evidence surfaces that proves the dead man innocent, the case is handed to Monk, who now must rely on his own memory of the event to help piece together what really happened.
Ballantine Books * 9780345548436
THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan (Fiction)
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court, but her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. She is called on to try an urgent case: 17-year-old Adam is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith?
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday * 9780385539708
THE DISTANCE by Helen Giltrow (Thriller)
Charlotte Alton is an elegant socialite. But behind the locked doors of her sleek, high-security apartment in London's Docklands, she becomes Karla. She's the unseen figure who, for a commanding price, will cover a criminal's tracks. A perfectionist, she's only made one slip in her career --- several years ago, she revealed her face to a man named Simon Johanssen, an ex-special forces sniper turned killer-for-hire. Karla helped him disappear before deciding to retire her double life. Now, after a long absence, Johanssen has resurfaced with a job, and he needs Karla's help once again.
Doubleday * 9780385536998
THE DOG by Joseph O'Neill (Fiction)
Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, the hero of Joseph O'Neill's latest novel leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In a Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-La, he struggles with his new position as the "family officer" of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the "doghouse," a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped.
Pantheon * 9780307378231
DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World by Neil Sagebiel (Sports)
The definitive account of the landmark 1969 Ryder Cup in which Jack Nicklaus's startling concession of the final hole resulted in the first draw in the Cup’s history, DRAW IN THE DUNES is a story of personal and professional conflict, from the nervousness at the very beginning of the Ryder Cup --- when one man could not tee his golf ball --- to the nerve displayed by Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, who battled each other up to the final moment of the final match.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250015952
FESTIVE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (Mystery)
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list --- plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.
Putnam Adult * 9780399164446
FIGHTING CHANCE: A Gregor Demarkian Novel by Jane Haddam (Mystery)
Gregor Demarkian grew up in the Armenian-American enclave in Philadelphia known as Cavanaugh Street. When Father Tibor Kasparian, his best friend and the most genuinely gentle soul he has ever met, is arrested on murder charges, it tears at the very foundation of Demarkian’s world. Demarkian is now a man possessed, and his one goal is to find out what really happened and who really is responsible for the murder with which Father Tibor is charged.
Minotaur Books * 9781250012357
FIVE DAYS LEFT by Julie Lawson Timmer (Fiction)
Mara Nichols is a successful lawyer, devoted wife and adoptive mother who has received a life-shattering diagnosis. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399167348
GREATER DEVOTIONAL: A Forty-Day Experience to Ignite God's Vision for Your Life by Steven Furtick (Devotional)
In GREATER, Pastor Steven Furtick challenged us to dream bigger, start smaller, and ignite God’s vision for our lives. In this devotional designed for daily guidance, you’ll begin your journey toward the greater life God wants for you. Over the next 40 days of teaching, scripture readings and prayer, your life will change. You’ll find the confidence to believe that nothing is impossible with God, the clarity to see what He’s calling you toward, and the courage to take your next step.
Multnomah Books * 9781601425256
THE KING’S CURSE by Philippa Gregory (Historical Fiction)
Margaret Pole is married off to a Lancaster supporter entrusted with the governorship of Wales. When Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, arrives with his bride Katherine of Aragon, Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend by hiding her own royal connections. Following Arthur’s death, Katherine marries his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret is summoned to court as the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine, and must choose between the king and queen, between her faith or the theology of her new masters.
Touchstone * 9781451626117
THE LEGEND OF SHEBA: Rise of a Queen by Tosca Lee (Historical Fiction)
In the 10th century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father’s throne and all its riches at great personal cost. New alliances to the North now threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon will not be denied the tribute of the world --- or of Sheba’s queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king.
Howard Books * 9781451684049
LOVELY, DARK, DEEP: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates (Fiction/Short Stories)
LOVELY, DARK, DEEP is a collection of 10 mesmerizing stories from Joyce Carol Oates that maps the eerie darkness within us all. Fearful that her husband is “disappearing” from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in her sight in “The Disappearing.” “A Book of Martyrs” reveals how the end of a pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship. And in the title story, the elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, an unsettling young woman, who seems to know a good deal more about his life than she should.
Ecco * 9780062356949
THE MARCO EFFECT: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Psychological Thriller/Mystery)
All 15-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola forces the children of his gypsy clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body, he goes on the run. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Mørck needs is for his assistants to pick up a missing persons case on a whim. But when he learns that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy.
Dutton Adult * 9780525954026
THE MONOGRAM MURDERS: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah (Historical Mystery)
For the first time ever, the guardians of Agatha Christie’s legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation: Hercule Poirot. In THE MONOGRAM MURDERS, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London --- a diabolically clever puzzle that will test his brilliant skills while baffling and delighting longtime Christie fans and new generations of readers discovering him for the first time.
William Morrow * 9780062297211
THE MOOR’S ACCOUNT by Laila Lalami (Historical Fiction)
In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed with a crew of 600 men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés. Within a year there were only four survivors, all of whom would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquistadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.
Pantheon * 9780307911667
NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt (Historical Fiction)
She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. NEVERHOME is a novel that tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed, hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316370134
PERFIDIA by James Ellroy (Historical Fiction)
America stands at the brink of World War II. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans --- but now, war fever and race hate grip the city, and the Japanese internment begins. The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm center that illuminates these four driven souls --- comrades, rivals, lovers, history’s pawns.
Knopf * 9780307956996
PRINCE HARRY: Brother, Soldier, Son by Penny Junor (Biography)
Prince Harry, one of the most popular members of the British royal family, has had a colorful life. After losing his mother at 12 years old, he spent his teenage years making questionable choices under intense international media scrutiny. As he's grown, he has distinguished himself through military service, flying helicopters for the RAF. As he reaches his 30th birthday, Prince Harry is proving himself a prince of the people
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455549832
RAINEY ROYAL by Dylan Landis (Fiction)
Fourteen-year-old Rainey Royal lives with her father, a jazz musician with a cultish personality, in a now-decaying brownstone. Her mother has abandoned the family, and Rainey fends off advances from her father's best friend while trying desperately to nurture her own creative drives and build a substitute family. She's fighting to figure out how to put back in place the boundaries her life has knocked down, and struggling to learn how to be an artist and a person in a broken world.
Soho Press * 9781616954529
ROBERT B. PARKER’S BLIND SPOT: A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman (Mystery)
In Paradise, a young woman is found murdered, and her boyfriend --- a son of one of the town’s most prominent families --- is missing and presumed kidnapped. Though seemingly coincidental, there is a connection between a reunion of Jesse Stone’s old Triple-A team in New York City and the crimes back in Paradise. As Jesse, Molly and Suit hunt for the killer and for the missing son, it becomes clear that one of Jesse’s old teammates is intimately involved in the crimes.
Putnam Adult * 9780399169458
SO WE READ ON: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan (Literary Criticism)
Maureen Corrigan, the book critic for NPR's "Fresh Air," points out that, while THE GREAT GATSBY may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. Offering a fresh perspective on what makes GATSBY so great and utterly unusual, SO WE READ ON takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316230070
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel (Post-Apocalyptic Fiction)
One snowy night, a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. STATION ELEVEN charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.
Knopf * 9780385353304
TOKYO KILL by Barry Lancet (Thriller)
When an elderly World War II veteran shows up unannounced at Brodie Security begging for protection, Jim Brodie --- in Tokyo to hunt down a rare ink painting for a client --- agrees to provide a security detail until the man comes to his senses. Instead, a brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew, sending them deep into the realm of the Triads, Chinese spies, kendo warriors, and an elusive group of killers whose treachery spans centuries --- and who will stop at nothing to complete their mission.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451691726
VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN: The New Blue Bloods Coven by Melissa de la Cruz (Fantasy/Horror)
Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods immortals have matured and are now exposed to new challenges, new loves, new threats, and a haute, hot hipster lifestyle. It is 10 years after the great War with Lucifer, and the Coven has rebuilt. Leader of the Fallen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, plans to celebrate this prosperity by throwing a 400 Year Ball --- and all Blue Blood society will be there.
Hyperion * 9781401324711
WORLD ORDER by Henry Kissinger (Current Affairs/Politics)
Henry Kissinger offers in WORLD ORDER a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era, Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the 21st century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology and ideological extremism.
The Penguin Press * 9781594206146
YOUR LEGACY: The Greatest Gift by Dr. James Dobson (Christian Living)
In YOUR LEGACY, Dr. James Dobson traces his own family history to show how God worked through the prayers and actions of his relatives at every turn of their lives to ensure that the spiritual legacy of a Godly Christian life, and the assurance of heaven after death, were passed down from generation to generation. Dobson shares these revealing stories and also presents the principles for a successful "legacy transfer" that the reader can apply to his or her own family.
FaithWords * 9781455573431
THE HUMAN AGE: The World Shaped By Us by Diane Ackerman (Social Science)
In THE HUMAN AGE, Diane Ackerman confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth. She takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating --- perhaps saving --- our future and that of our fellow creatures.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393240740
NOT FADE AWAY: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found by Rebecca Alexander with Sascha Alper (Memoir)
Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. In NOT FADE AWAY, Rebecca charts her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities to a woman who is able to face the world exactly as she is. Even though Rebecca inhabits a gradually darkening world, she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm.
Gotham * 9781592408313
On Sale the Week of September 8th in Paperback
ACCUSED: A Rosato & Associates Novel by Lisa Scottoline (Thriller)
Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates by a 13-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping. Allegra Gardner’s sister, Fiona, was murdered six years ago, and it appeared that the accused, Lonnie Stall, was the culprit. But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250054531
BLIND JUSTICE: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery)
A charismatic minister has been accused of using the faith and gullibility of his congregation for his own financial gain. When the defense comes up with a witness whose testimony completely undermines the evidence, Judge Oliver Rathbone resorts to a desperate measure to force him to recant his statement. When the guilty verdict is announced, the minister and his family are found dead, Rathbone is arrested for blackmail, and William Monk and his wife must enter the fray to unravel the truth and set their friend free.
Ballantine Books * 9780345536723
BROWN DOG: Novellas by Jim Harrison (Fiction)
Brown Dog, a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, has earned cult status with readers of Jim Harrison in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, BROWN DOG gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including a never-published one, into a single volume --- the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison’s irresistible Everyman.
Grove Press * 9780802122865
THE BULLY PULPIT: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (History)
Doris Kearns Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business.
Simon & Schuster * 9781416547877
JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks (Fiction)
Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant) return in their first new novel in nearly 40 years. P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance in 1915 to his final completed novel in 1974. Now, four decades later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250049063
KING’S MOUNTAIN: A Ballad Novel by Sharyn McCrumb (Historical Fiction)
John Sevier had not taken much interest in the American Revolution, since he was too busy fighting Indians in the Carolinas and taming the wilderness. But when an arrogant British officer threatened his settlement --- promising to burn the farms and kill families --- the war became personal. That arrogant officer is Patrick Ferguson of the British Army. Inventor of the Ferguson rifle and the devoted lover to his mistress, Virginia Sal, Patrick becomes a delightful anti-hero.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250011411
A LOVE UNDONE: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace
by Cindy Woodsmall (Romance)
At 19 years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. Years later, she meets Andy Fisher, who challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face. As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance --- or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730008
THE MAID'S VERSION by Daniel Woodrell (Historical Fiction)
Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Alma thinks she knows the answer --- and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair.
Back Bay Books * 9780316205887
THE PERFECT SCORE PROJECT: One Mother's Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Stier (Memoir/Education)
These days, high SAT scores are seen as the ticket to a good college, merit aid, and ultimately a successful life. Yet for parents, the torment of cajoling kids into studying is made worse by the tangle of conflicting advice about how best to prepare. Debbie Stier made it her mission to cut through that tangle and ace the SAT. As part of her quest, Debbie took the SAT seven times, sampled test-prep methods, and bonded with her test-taking teenage son.
Harmony * 9780307956682
A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY by Russell Banks (Fiction/Short Stories)
The 12 stories in A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY examine the myriad ways that we try --- and sometimes fail --- to connect with one another, as we seek a home in the world. The book charts with subtlety and precision the ebb and flow of both the families we make for ourselves and the ones we're born into, as it asks how we know the ones we love and, in turn, ourselves.
Ecco * 9780061857669
THE REDEEMER: An Inspector Harry Hole Novel by Jo Nesbø (Mystery/Thriller)
Shots ring out at a Salvation Army Christmas concert in Oslo, leaving one of the singers dead in the street. The trail will lead Harry Hole, Oslo’s best investigator and worst civil servant, deep into the darkest corners of the city and, eventually, to Croatia. An assassin forged in the war-torn region has been brought to Oslo to settle an old debt. As the police circle in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate and the danger mounts for Harry and his colleagues.
Vintage * 9780307742988
SWASTIKA NATION: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund by Arnie Bernstein (History)
In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund was a small but powerful national movement, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. But while they dreamed of a Swastika Nation, politicians, a rising legal star, a newspaper columnist, and denizens of the criminal underworld utilized their respective means and muscle to bring down the movement and its dreams of a United Reich States.
Picador * 9781250056016
On Sale the Week of September 15th in Hardcover
BIBLICAL by Christopher Galt (Apocalyptic Thriller)
All around the globe, people are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. There is the graffiti WE ARE BECOMING that has popped up in every major city around the world. And people everywhere are starting to talk about John Astor, the mysterious author of the book that seems to be at the center of it all. After a rash of suicides, psychiatrist John Macbeth and a team of FBI agents and scientists assemble to find out what's going on. Is this a spiritual phenomenon or something more sinister?
Pegasus * 9781605986579
EPILOGUE: A Memoir by Will Boast (Memoir)
Having already lost his mother and only brother, 24-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast is deep inside his grief when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He’d had another family before Will's --- a wife and two sons in England. This revelation leads to a flood of new questions. Did his father abandon this first family, or was he pushed away?
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780871403810
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (Memoir)
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393240238
BEYOND THE PALE MOTEL by Francesca Lia Block (Mystery)
Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend, Bree, are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they've always wanted. But when Catt's husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Hollywood Serial Killer, Catt's world begins to come crashing down.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250033123
THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISHMAN: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton (Mystery)
Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of "Babes in the Woods," Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens...followed by a scream and then silence. When it turns out that the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case.
Minotaur Books * 9780312616267
BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly (Mystery)
An intimate portrait of a town and the ordinary grievances that have slowly simmered for years before boiling over in an unthinkable crime, this adaptation of the hit television show "Broadchurch" tells the story of a shattered family, a reeling town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers.
Minotaur Books * 9781250055507
BROKEN MONSTERS by Lauren Beukes (Thriller)
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?
Mulholland Books * 9780316216821
COSBY: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker (Biography)
Published on the 30th anniversary of “The Cosby Show,” Mark Whitaker's book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Bill Cosby’s bestselling albums, breakout role on “I Spy” and pioneering place in children’s TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas --- from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of 50 years.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451697971
CRY FATHER by Benjamin Whitmer (Fiction)
Patterson Wells works alongside dangerous, desperate itinerant men as a tree clearer in disaster zones, and he’s still dealing with the loss of his young son. Writing letters to the boy offers solace, but the bottle gives more. In Colorado, Patterson stops to go fishing with an old acquaintance, only to find him in a meth-induced delirium with a woman tied up in the bathtub. Patterson tries to do the right thing, but in the lives of those he knows, violence and justice are strange, intoxicating bedfellows.
Gallery Books * 9781476734354
EDGE OF ETERNITY: Book Three of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett (Historical Fiction)
Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families --- American, German, Russian, English and Welsh --- as they make their way through the 20th century. EDGE OF ETERNITY, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution --- and rock and roll.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953098
THE GOLEM OF HOLLYWOOD by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman (Supernatural Mystery)
Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn’t even know existed, Detective Jacob Lev is sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice. All that Detective Lev has believed to be true will be upended --- and not only his world, but the world itself, will be changed.
Putnam Adult * 9780399162367
LIVING COURAGEOUSLY: You Can Face Anything, Just Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer (Christian Living/Inspirational)
Fear commonly affects our ability to live fully, holding us back from what enriches our lives and the lives of others. But our quality of life will improve when we learn how to be courageous in the face of fear. In LIVING COURAGEOUSLY, Joyce Meyer explains how, as Christians, we can overcome the paralyzing power of fear by calling upon the Lord. "Fear not" is written throughout the Bible. God knows His children will be confronted with fear, but He can help us resist it.
FaithWords * 9781455517480
THE MEANS by Douglas Brunt (Fiction)
Tom Pauley is a conservative trial attorney in Durham, NC, who is tapped by GOP leaders to campaign for the Governor’s mansion. Mitchell Mason is the president-elect of the United States, pushed into politics by a father determined to create a political dynasty. Samantha Davis is a child actor-turned-lawyer-turned-journalist, working her way up from the bottom in a competitive industry. Her dogged pursuit of a decade-old story could trigger a scandal that would upend the political landscape.
Touchstone * 9781476772578
MOUNTAIN TO MOUNTAIN: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan by Shannon Galpin (Memoir)
Shannon Galpin left her career, sold her house, launched a nonprofit, and committed her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. In MOUNTAIN TO MOUNTAIN, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep desire to help women and girls halfway across the world, and her own inspiration to be so much more than just another rape victim.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250046642
THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters (Historical Fiction)
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594633119
STONE MATTRESS: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood (Fiction/Short Stories)
Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, MORAL DISORDER, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385539128
THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg (Social Science)
In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated to "dressed up like a boy" in Dari) is a third kind of child --- a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America's longest war.
Crown * 9780307952493
WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle (Psychological Thriller)
Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of 17, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. As the creator of “Trace Italian” --- a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail --- Sean guides players worldwide through his intricately imagined terrain. However, when two high school students take their play into the real world, disaster strikes. Sean is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374292089
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THE PRESERVATIONIST by Justin Kramon (Psychological Thriller)
To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. Working at the local college, he’d been feeling troubled about his approaching 40th birthday, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia.
Pegasus * 9781605986159
THE ALLIGATOR MAN by James Sheehan (Legal Thriller)
Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides that now is the time to leave Miami, visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years, and get some answers. Heading back to his hometown, he doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case involving one of the richest and most hated corporate criminals in America.
Center Street * 9781455585526
CAMELOT’S COURT: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek (History)
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek delivers a new portrait of the president and his inner circle of advisors --- their rivalries, personality clashes and political battles. Here, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy’s administration --- including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam --- were indelible.
Harper Perennial * 9780062065858
HEAVEN TOUCHING EARTH: True Stories of Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters compiled by James Stuart Bell (Christian Life/Spiritual Warfare)
A thin curtain separates the physical world from the unseen spiritual realm. And sometimes God pulls it back to give us a glimpse of the other side. In HEAVEN TOUCHING EARTH, ordinary people share more than 40 all-new stories of miracles, healing, divine provision and protection, and encounters with angels and demons.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764211867
LOVE’S FORTUNE: The Ballantyne Legacy, Book 3 by Laura Frantz (Historical Romance)
Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Wren makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world. There, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Wren feels she may never be comfortable in high society.
Revell * 9780800720438
MEN WE REAPED: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward (Memoir)
In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life --- to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth --- and it took her breath away.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608197651
THE MEN WHO UNITED THE STATES: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester (History)
How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Simon Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers and innovators. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
Harper Perennial * 9780062079619
PLAYING BY HEART by Anne Mateer (Historical Romance)
Lula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But after the sudden death of her sister's husband, Lula returns to her hometown to do right by her sister. Unfortunately, the only teaching job available in Dunn is combination music instructor/basketball coach. Still, the more time she spends there, the more Lula realizes God is working on her heart --- and her future is beginning to look a lot different than she had expected.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210655
THE STRESS CURE: Praying Your Way to Personal Peace by Linda Evans Shepherd (Christian Life/Prayer)
We live in a world filled to the brim with advice, and when it comes to dealing with stress, there's plenty of advice to go around. But more advice on coping is not necessarily what the stressed and anxious person needs. What we need is a cure. Linda Evans Shepherd has discovered it. In this inspiring book, she shows readers how to recognize God's continual presence and yield their troubles to the Prince of Peace.
Revell * 9780800722838
STRINGS ATTACHED by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky (Memoir)
His students knew Jerry Kupchynsky as "Mr. K," their Ukrainian-born music teacher who made them better than they had any right to be. Away from the classroom, though, life seemed to conspire against him at every turn. STRINGS ATTACHED takes you on his remarkable journey, which is told in alternating chapters by two childhood friends who reconnected decades later: journalist Joanne Lipman, his former student; and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter.
Hyperion * 9780316408899
THE TARGET by David Baldacci (Thriller)
The President knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455521180
TUDORS: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd (History)
TUDORS is the story of England's most famous monarchs, the plots between and against them, and a nation on its way from chaos to stability. Above all, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. Peter Ackroyd’s book shows a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250054609
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