May 3, 2011
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of May 2nd and May 9th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
On Sale the Week of May 2nd in Hardcover
MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE RICH AND THE DEAD edited by Nelson DeMille
THE RICH AND THE DEAD features mystery and crime stories set among the upper crust of society, going behind the scenes of the lifestyles of the two percent of the world that controls 60 percent of its riches --- and just how far they'll go to stay on top.
May 2, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446555876
THE SENTIMENTALISTS by Johanna Skibsrud
Haunted by the vivid horrors of the Vietnam War, exhausted from years spent battling his memories, Napoleon Haskell leaves his North Dakota trailer. He retreats to a small Ontario town where Henry, the father of his fallen Vietnam comrade, has a home on the shore of a man-made lake. Under the water is the wreckage of what was once the town --- and the home where Henry was raised.
May 2, 2011 * W. W. Norton * 9780393082517
10th ANNIVERSARY by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found.
May 3, 2011 * Little, Brown and Company * 9780316036269
AN ACCIDENTAL SPORTSWRITER: A Memoir, by Robert Lipsyte
A longtime sports columnist for the New York Times interweaves stories from his life and the events he covered to explore the relationships between the games we play and the lives we lead.
May 3, 2011 * Ecco * 9780061769139
THE BUTTERFLY'S DAUGHTER by Mary Alice Monroe
Four very different women embark on a transformational journey that follows the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico.
May 3, 2011 * Gallery Books * 9781439170618
CALEB'S CROSSING by Geraldine Brooks
Based on historical fact, CALEB'S CROSSING tells the story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665 and his secret relationship with Bethia, a minister's daughter frustrated with the restrictions on women's education.
May 3, 2011 * Viking Adult * 9780670021048
THE DEVIL'S LIGHT by Richard North Patterson
An al-Qaeda operative directs the theft of a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and its targeting at Israel, while a CIA operative desperately tries to stop the Middle East from going up in flames.
May 3, 2011 * Simon & Schuster * 9781451616804
DOC by Mary Doria Russell
The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. When the burned body of a mixed-blood boy is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.
May 3, 2011 * Random House * 9781400068043
EXPOSURE by Therese Fowler
In a brilliant departure and in the page-turning, ripped-from-the-headlines tradition of Jodi Picoult comes Therese Fowler's provocative tale of young love, sexting and legal madness.
May 3, 2011 * Ballantine Books * 9780345515537
GOOD STUFF: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant, by Jennifer Grant
Jennifer Grant writes of her enchanted but very real life with her father, Hollywood legend Cary Grant.
May 3, 2011 * Knopf * 9780307267108
IF YOU ASK ME (AND OF COURSE YOU WON'T) by Betty White
Seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals and the brave new world of celebrity.
May 3, 2011 * Putnam Adult * 9780399157530
THE MERMAID GARDEN by Santa Montefiore
Spanning four decades and sweeping from the Italian countryside to the English coast, this new story by Santa Montefiore is a mysterious tale of love, forgiveness and the past revealed.
May 3, 2011 * Touchstone * 9781451624304
THE MOMENT by Douglas Kennedy
A love story of epic sweep and immense emotional power, THE MOMENT explores why and how we fall in love --- and the way we project on to others that which our hearts so desperately seek.
May 3, 2011 * Atria * 9781439180792
MY LUCKY LIFE IN AND OUT OF SHOW BUSINESS: A Memoir, by Dick Van Dyke
This is a lively, heartwarming memoir of a performer who still thinks of himself as a "simple song-and-dance man," but who is, in every sense of the word, a classic entertainer.
May 3, 2011 * Crown Archetype * 9780307592231
PULSE: Stories, by Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes returns with 14 stories about longing and loss, friendship and love, whose mysterious natures he examines with his trademark wit and observant eye.
May 3, 2011 * Knopf * 9780307595263
THE READING PROMISE: My Father and the Books We Shared, by Alice Ozma
When Alice Ozma was in fourth grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. After the 100th night, it became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.
May 3, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446583770
ROBERT REDFORD: The Biography, by Michael Feeney Callan
Michael Feeney Callan brings the legendary Robert Redford into focus, documenting his scattered family background and restless childhood, his rocky start in acting, the death of his son, his political activism, his artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances.
May 3, 2011 * Knopf * 9780679450559
A SINGULAR WOMAN: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother, by Janny Scott
Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for what is best in him. Here is the missing piece of the story.
May 3, 2011 * Riverhead * 9781594487972
SIXKILL: A Spenser Novel, by Robert B. Parker
On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate.
May 3, 2011 * Putnam Adult * 9780399157264
TO END ALL WARS: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild
World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before.
May 3, 2011 * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780618758289
UNTIL TUESDAY: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, by Luis Carlos Montalvan with Bret Witter
UNTIL TUESDAY tells the unforgettable story of how two wounded warriors, man and dog, found salvation in each other and, in the process, became best friends for life.
May 3, 2011 * Hyperion * 9781401324292
WALKING TO HOLLYWOOD: Memories of Before the Fall, by Will Self
A British writer named Will Self goes on a quest through L.A. freeways and eroding English cliffs, skewering celebrity as he attempts to solve a crime: who killed the movies.
May 3, 2011 * Grove Press * 9780802119728
THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME by Jean Thompson
In THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME, Jean Thompson creates a sweeping and emotionally powerful story of a single American family during the tumultuous final decades of the 20th century.
May 3, 2011 * Simon & Schuster * 9781439175880
YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD: A Memoir, by Emma Forest
In YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.
May 3, 2011 * Other Press * 9781590514467
THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Rachel Simon
Divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the lives of Lynnie, Homan, Martha and baby Julia are drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.
May 4, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446574464
A FATHER'S LOVE: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home, by David Goldman
David Goldman recounts his extraordinary battle to bring his son Sean home from Brazil as Sean's mother kept them apart for five years.
May 5, 2011 * Viking Adult * 9780670022625
THE INFORMANT: A Butcher's Boy Novel, by Thomas Perry
The Butcher's Boy is back for another one-man war against the Mafia --- and a high-stakes battle of wits against tenacious Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring.
May 5, 2011 * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547569338
TABLOID CITY by Pete Hamill
As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, TABLOID CITY is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured it perfectly for decades.
May 5, 2011 * Little, Brown and Company * 9780316020756
On Sale the Week of May 2nd in Paperback
THE RED THREAD by Ann Hood
Maya Lange nurses her guilt about her past role in a devastating tragedy while running an adoption agency connecting parents with baby girls from China.
May 2, 2011 * W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393339765
APPETITE FOR AMERICA: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West -- One Meal at a Time, by Stephen Fried
This is the story of an offbeat hero who came to the United States from England in the 1850s as a penniless teenager, worked in saloons and then for the railroads, and at the age of 40 had a brilliant idea that changed America.
May 3, 2011 * Bantam * 9780553383485
BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Robert B. Parker
Gunmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in the town of Appaloosa where they once were the law. But now they find themselves in trouble with the new sheriff.
May 3, 2011 * Berkley * 9780425241455
GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok
When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings.
May 3, 2011 * Riverhead Trade * 9781594485152
I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE by Laura Lippman
“Stockholm syndrome” is the phenomena of captives beginning to have positive and even caring feelings toward their captors. Here, Laura Lippman at once explores Stockholm syndrome and turns it on its head.
May 3, 2011 * William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062070753
IMPERIAL BEDROOMS by Bret Easton Ellis
In this sequel to LESS THAN ZERO, Clay returns to Los Angeles as a successful screenwriter, reunited with his friends and the seedy side of L.A. But soon he will have to come to terms with his shady past.
May 3, 2011 * Vintage * 9780307278692
THE LAST HERO: A Life of Henry Aaron, by Howard Bryant
THE LAST HERO is a biography of Henry “Hank” Aaron, detailing Aaron’s journey from Jim Crow Alabama to success as one of baseball’s all-time greatest players.
May 3, 2011 * Anchor * 9780307279927
LIFE by Keith Richards
LIFE is the long-awaited autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones.
May 3, 2011 * Back Bay Books * 9780316034418
THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Kelly O’Connor McNees
Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees returns to the summer of 1855, when vivacious Louisa May Alcott is 22 and bursting to free herself from family and societal constraints and do what she loves most.
May 3, 2011 * Berkley Trade * 9780425240830
THE PREGNANT WIDOW by Martin Amis
A college student spending the summer in Italy pursues a beautiful young woman while being tormented by his on-again, off-again girlfriend.
May 3, 2011 * Vintage * 9781400095988
PRETTY LITTLE THINGS by Jilliane Hoffman
A string of instant messages leads FDLE Special Agent Bobby Dees to believe that 13-year-old Lainey Emerson, who has gone missing, has been abducted by an online predator.
May 3, 2011 * Vanguard Press * 9781593156381
SHOOT TO THRILL: A Monkeewrench Novel, by P. J. Tracy
The FBI asks the ingenious Monkeewrench crew to help them find the chilling link between a dead bride found floating in the Mississippi and a series of gruesome murder videos posted anonymously on the Web.
May 3, 2011 * Signet * 9780451413055
STEINBRENNER: The Last Lion of Baseball, by Bill Madden
This is the definitive biography of George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, written by the New York Daily News columnist who has covered the team for three decades.
May 3, 2011 * It Books * 9780061690327
SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart
Middle-aged Lenny Abramov is in love with the much younger Eunice Park in this satirical novel set in a dystopic, futuristic New York City.
May 3, 2011 * Random House * 9780812977868
TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION by P. D. James
Examining mystery from top to bottom, beginning with such classics as Charles Dickens's BLEAK HOUSE and Wilkie Collins's THE WOMAN IN WHITE, and then looking at such contemporary masters as Colin Dexter and Henning Mankell, P. D. James goes right to the heart of the mystery genre.
May 3, 2011 * Vintage * 9780307743138
WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER by Howard Norman
Howard Norman returns to his favorite setting of Nova Scotia to tell a thoughtful story of one man’s quiet triumph over adversity, both self-inflicted and cruelly thrust upon him.
May 3, 2011 * Mariner Books * 9780547521824
BACKSEAT SAINTS by Joshilyn Jackson
Here is a stunning portrayal of the measures a mother will take to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will travel to satisfy the demands of forgiveness.
May 4, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446582377
STRIP by Thomas Perry
An aging but formidable strip club owner has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank’s night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.
May 5, 2011 * Mariner Books * 9780156035590
On Sale the Week of May 9th in Hardcover
BLOOD TRUST: A McClure-Carson Novel, by Eric Van Lustbader
Jack McClure and Alli Carson are back for another adventure through the shadows of power in this third installment of the New York Times bestselling series.
May 10, 2011 * Forge * 9780765329745
BURIED PREY by John Sandford
Lucas Davenport investigates the 25-year-old case of the disappearance of two young girls --- a case that he himself had never considered resolved.
May 10, 2011 * Putnam Adult * 9780399157387
strong>THE CHIMPS OF FAUNA SANCTUARY: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery, by Andrew Westoll
Andrew Westoll has written a fascinating and moving account of a remarkable community of chimpanzees gradually learning to be chimps again after years spent in laboratories.
May 10, 2011 * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547327808
COOKING FOR GRACIE: The Making of a Parent from Scratch, by Keith Dixon
COOKING FOR GRACIE is a touching, insightful and uplifting memoir, complete with more than 40 recipes, that recounts a year in the life of a new parent learning to cook for three.
May 10, 2011 * Crown * 9780307591876
FAITH by Jennifer Haigh
It is the spring of 2002, and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In FAITH, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.
May 10, 2011 * Harper * 9780060755805
THE FUND by H.T. Narea
International finance insider H.T. Narea delivers an explosive thriller that explores the terrifyingly real threat of financial terrorism.
May 10, 2011 * Forge * 9780765328908
HOW SHAKESPEARE CHANGED EVERYTHING by Stephen Marche
Esquire columnist Stephen Marche gives an expansive and exciting look at William Shakespeare's pervasive influence on every aspect of modern culture --- showing us how we can find Shakespeare even where we least expect him.
May 10, 2011 * Harper * 9780061965531
IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson
The bestselling author of DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY has penned a gripping saga of love, intrigue and terror at the American embassy in Berlin during Hitler's first year in power.
May 10, 2011 * Crown * 9780307408846
INNOCENT SPOUSE: A Memoir, by Carol Ross Joynt
INNOCENT SPOUSE is an eye-opening memoir that asks a provocative and disturbing question: Is it ever possible to really know and trust someone, even your spouse?
May 10, 2011 * Crown * 9780307592095
JUST WANNA TESTIFY by Pearl Cleage
For Pearl Cleage's legions of fans and for readers of Bernice McFadden comes a novel set in familiar places…but with strikingly new faces.
May 10, 2011 * One World/Ballantine * 9780345506368
THE LANGUAGE OF THE SEA by James MacManus
Having lost his teaching position thanks to outspoken views, marine biologist Leo Kemp decides to go on one last field trip with his students. The outing becomes disastrous when the weather turns and Leo is thrown overboard.
May 10, 2011 * Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312648473
THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbø
Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø's antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back in a bone-chilling thriller that will take him to the brink of insanity.
May 10, 2011 * Knopf * 9780307595867
THOSE IN PERIL by Wilbur Smith
Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her 19-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling $20-billion ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.
May 10, 2011 * Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312567255
A TIME FOR PATRIOTS by Dale Brown
The New York Times bestselling thriller master delivers a novel for our times: in the midst of economic and political turmoil, Patrick McLanahan must enlist the aid of his son and his fellow citizens to hunt down terrorists any way they can.
May 10, 2011 * William Morrow * 9780061989995
THE WHITE DEVIL by Justin Evans
When 17-year-old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high school to a British boarding school, his father hopes that the boy's dark past will not follow him from across the Atlantic. But blood, suspense and intrigue quickly surround Andrew once again.
May 10, 2011 * Harper * 9780061728273
SMALL MEMORIES: A Memoir, written by Jose Saramago and translated by Margaret Jull Costa
Written with Jose Saramago's characteristic wit and honesty, SMALL MEMORIES traces the formation of an artist fascinated by words and stories from an early age and who emerged, against all odds, as one of the world's most respected writers.
May 11, 2011 * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780151015085
A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF by Lawrence Block
Exploring themes of loss, nostalgia and redemption, for Lawrence Block, A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF circles back to how it all began, reestablishing why the Matthew Scudder series is widely regarded as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction.
May 12, 2011 * Mulholland Books * 9780316127332
THE FIRST HUSBAND by Laura Dave
After her relationship with her live-in boyfriend falls apart, Annie Adams marries someone else within three months and tries to restart her life.
May 12, 2011 * Viking Adult * 9780670022670
I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE by Steve Earle
From celebrated musician Steve Earle comes a novel imagining the life, addiction and redemption of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by his former patient, Hank Williams.
May 12, 2011 * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780618820962
TWICE BORN by Margaret Mazzantini
Gemma is caught between the past and the present in war-torn Sarajevo when she travels there with her teenage son to teach him about the city of his birth and the father he never knew.
May 12, 2011 * Viking Adult * 9780670022687
On Sale the Week of May 9th in Paperback
THE LONELY POLYGAMIST by Brady Udall
Brady Udall tells a tragicomic story of a deeply faithful man who, crippled by grief and the demands of work and family, becomes entangled in an affair that threatens to destroy his family's future.
May 9, 2011 * W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393339710
DOG BLOOD by David Moody
In this sequel to the neo-zombie thriller HATER, the entire world is now divided between Humans and Haters as Danny McCoyne searches for his daughter, Ellis.
May 10, 2011 * Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312577414
FATHER OF THE RAIN by Lily King
Long estranged from her charismatic, alcoholic father, Daley Amory returns home to care for him as years of fast living finally take their toll.
May 10, 2011 * Grove Press * 9780802145345
GRINGO NIGHTMARE: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua, by Eric Volz
Eric Volz recounts being framed and imprisoned for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and discusses the corruption he faced in the Nicaraguan government.
May 10, 2011 * St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312584177
INNOCENT by Scott Turow
Judge Rusty Sabich stands accused of murdering his wife and finds himself facing old enemies in this follow-up to Scott Turow’s debut thriller, PRESUMED INNOCENT.
May 10, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446562416
LITERARY LIFE: A Second Memoir, by Larry McMurtry
In his sequel to BOOKS, Larry McMurtry expounds on the private trials and triumphs of being a writer.
May 10, 2011 * Simon & Schuster * 9781439159941
MATTERHORN: A Novel of the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes
MATTERHORN is the timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood.
May 10, 2011 * Grove Press * 9780802145314
ROGER MARIS: The Life of Baseball’s Reluctant Hero, by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary
This biography details the life of Roger Maris and the struggles he faced despite his record-breaking 1961 season with the New York Yankees.
May 10, 2011 * Touchstone * 9781416589297
THIN, RICH, PRETTY by Beth Harbison
Two women try to undo a prank they had played on their summer camp nemesis 20 years before, hoping to turn her luck around.
May 10, 2011 * St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312381998
THE ELEPHANT’S JOURNEY by Jose Saramago
This is the tale of an elephant named Solomon who travels through 16th-century Europe, from Lisbon to Vienna.
May 11, 2011 * Mariner Books * 9780547574110
THE FINAL NOTE by Kevin Alan Milne
After a serious car accident sends his wife to the hospital, Ethan fears it may be too late to deliver a gift he promised years ago. However, he is about to find out that renewal is possible.
May 11, 2011 * Center Street * 9781599952956
THE CYPRESS HOUSE by Michael Koryta
When Arlen Wagner sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he abandons the train with 19-year-old Paul Brickhill. Soon, they are stranded at the Cypress House, and Arlen's eerie gift warns that they'll never leave.
May 12, 2011 * Back Bay Books * 9780316053716
OUR TRAGIC UNIVERSE by Scarlett Thomas
Meg Carpenter is a young writer who embarks on an assignment to read New Age books and then puts them to work in her own life. Her encounters with the unexplained shape her own messy personal life.
May 12, 2011 * Mariner Books * 9780156031523
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