May 31, 2011
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of May 30th and June 6th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of May 30th in Hardcover
CENTURIES OF JUNE by Keith Donohue
Set in the bathroom of an old house just before dawn on a night in June, CENTURIES OF JUNE is a black comedy about a man who is attempting to tell the story of how he ended up on the floor with a hole in his head.
May 31, 2011 * Crown * 9780307450289
DREAMS OF JOY by Lisa See
More than a sequel --- literally a continuation --- DREAMS OF JOY fulfills the spellbinding story begun in SHANGHAI GIRLS, launching its engrossing narrative from the last cliffhanging scene in that book.
May 31, 2011 * Random House * 9781400067121
MY DEAR I WANTED TO TELL YOU by Louisa Young
The lives of two very different couples are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of love and war.
May 31, 2011 * Harper * 9780061997143
TRADER OF SECRETS: A Paul Madriani Novel, by Steve Martini
Defense attorney Paul Madriani is on the trail of a missing NASA scientist --- a man carrying horrific state-of-the-art weapons technology --- in this latest entry of Steve Martini's bestselling series.
May 31, 2011 * William Morrow * 9780061930232
ALICE BLISS by Laura Harrington
Teenaged Alice Bliss and her family struggle through uncertain times after Alice's father is deployed to Iraq.
June 2, 2011 * Pamela Dorman Books/Viking * 9780670022786
CITY OF THE SNAKES by Darren Shan
For 10 years Capac Raimi has ruled the City. Created by the first Cardinal to continue his legacy, Capac cannot be killed. Then Capac disappears.
June 2, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446573474
CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD by Sara Gran
Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant deductive skills and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection --- the only book published by the late, great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette.
June 2, 2011 * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547428499
TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER by Tom McNeal
TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.
June 2, 2011 * Little, Brown and Company * 9780316127394
On Sale the Week of May 30th in Paperback
CORDUROY MANSIONS by Alexander McCall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith starts a new series filled with quirky characters, this time set in a crumbling mansion block in the London neighborhood of Pimlico.
May 31, 2011 * Anchor * 9780307476500
THE DAY I ATE WHATEVER I WANTED: And Other Small Acts of Liberation, by Elizabeth Berg
Every now and then, right in the middle of an ordinary day, a woman commits a small act of liberation. What would you do, if you were going to break out?
May 31, 2011 * Ballantine Books * 9780345487537
THE EXILE by Andrew Britton
Andrew Britton's fourth politically-charged spy thriller takes ex-CIA agent Ryan Kealey to West Darfur to investigate the death of a relief worker.
May 31, 2011 * Kensington * 9780786022564
HALF A LIFE: A Memoir, by Darin Strauss
In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life.
May 31, 2011 * Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812982534
THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED by Sue Miller
A 9/11 victim’s death binds four people together as they deal with personal struggles and tragic losses.
May 31, 2011 * Vintage * 9780307276704
PROMISES TO KEEP by Jane Green
When Callie Perry receives a difficult diagnosis, her family will come together for one unforgettable and ultimately life-changing year.
May 31, 2011 * Plume * 9780452297173
RED HOOK ROAD by Ayelet Waldman
A newlywed couple dies in an accident on the way to their reception, and their very different families must learn to cope with the terrible loss --- and with each other.
May 31, 2011 * Anchor * 9780307275820
SCARLET NIGHTS: An Edilean Novel, by Jude Deveraux
Sara Shaw is just weeks away from her wedding when her fiancé, Greg Anders, suddenly leaves town without explanation, leaving her to wonder about the intentions of the man who swept her off her feet.
May 31, 2011 * Pocket Star * 9781439107997
THE SPY: An Isaac Bell Adventure, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
It is 1908, and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name.
May 31, 2011 * Berkley * 9780425241752
THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY by Danielle Ganek
When their Aunt Lydia dies, half-sisters Peck and Cassie converge on her summer house in the Hamptons to carry out the wishes stipulated in her will. Aunt Lydia would like them to spend one last summer at the house before selling it.
May 31, 2011 * Plume * 9780452297050
TELL-ALL by Chuck Palahniuk
Has-been actress Katherine Kenton searches for a comeback vehicle while having an affair with a man who has troubling ulterior motives.
May 31, 2011 * Anchor * 9780307389824
THREADING THE NEEDLE by Marie Bostwick
Two friends reunite in a quilting class during the recent economic depression, reliving old memories and forging new ones during troubled times.
May 31, 2011 * Kensington * 9780758232175
VELOCITY by Alan Jacobson
In a frantic race against time that takes her from the monuments of Washington, D.C. to the wealthy beach enclaves of San Diego and the bright excesses of Las Vegas, shocking truths emerge --- truths that will forever change Karen Vail.
May 31, 2011 * Vanguard Press * 9781593156725
THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey
In her astonishing new book, Susan Casey captures colossal, ship-swallowing waves, and the surfers and scientists who seek them out.
May 31, 2011 * Anchor * 9780767928854
WICKED LIES by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
For two years, Justice Turnbull has paced his room at Halo Valley Security Hospital, planning to escape. Justice has a mission --- one that began with a vicious murder two decades ago. And there are so many others who must be sent back to the hell that spawned them.
May 31, 2011 * Zebra/Kensington * 9781420103397
DOG TAGS by David Rosenfelt
A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder, and if his owner --- an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief --- is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down.
June 1, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446551502
HITCH-22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens
In his memoir, Christopher Hitchens discusses his lifelong intellectual and political journey, as well as some personal revelations that may surprise his readers.
June 3, 2011 * Twelve * 9780446540346
On Sale the Week of June 6th in Hardcover
BLOODMONEY: A Novel of Espionage, by David Ignatius
In a tragedy of revenge, the CIA falls victim to its own daring operation in the Middle East.
June 6, 2011 * W. W. Norton * 9780393078114
THE KINGDOM: A Fargo Adventure, by Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood
Sam and Remi Fargo are used to hunting for treasure, but they find themselves hunting for people when an investigator friend of theirs goes missing.
June 6, 2011 * Putnam Adult * 9780399157424
BEST STAGED PLANS by Claire Cook
Sandy Sullivan is a professional home stager in the Boston suburbs, so getting rid of her own house, remaking it for the market, and downsizing should be a breeze. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems.
June 7, 2011 * Voice/Hyperion * 9781401341176
CAMOUFLAGE: A Nameless Detective Mystery, by Bill Pronzini
Nameless may not like David Virden, but the case is simple enough: Find his ex-wife, deliver some papers to her, and it's all done. But she refuses the papers, sends a message to Virden to never contact her again, and slams the door.
June 7, 2011 * Forge * 9780765325648
EAST ON SUNSET by Ken Mercer
In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed SLOW FIRE, hero cop Will MacGowen returns to battle the evils of his past when a killer is released from jail at the worst possible moment.
June 7, 2011 * Minotaur Books * 9780312558376
EXILES by Cary Groner
Opening the door to a Nepal few Westerners have encountered, EXILES tells the haunting story of an American doctor and his teenage daughter caught in the midst of a civil war.
June 7, 2011 * Spiegel & Grau * 9781400069781
I WORE THE OCEAN IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL: A Memoir, by Kelle Groom
Kelle Groom shares her life story of addiction, tragic loss, grief and redemption.
June 7, 2011 * Free Press * 9781451616682
MISERY BAY: An Alex McKnight Novel, by Steve Hamilton
Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton returns to the series that made him a legend --- with Alex McKnight hunting a bloodthirsty killer across frostbitten Michigan.
June 7, 2011 * Minotaur Books * 9780312380434
MURDER ONE by Robert Dugoni
Attorney David Sloane must defend the woman he loves against a charge of murder when she is accused of killing a Russian drug dealer she holds responsible for her daughter's death.
June 7, 2011 * Touchstone * 9781451606690
MY YEAR WITH ELEANOR: A Memoir, by Noelle Hancock
Fans of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT and THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY meet the irresistibly funny, charming and winning Noelle Hancock, who turns to Eleanor Roosevelt to reinvent herself in the year leading up to her 30th birthday.
June 7, 2011 * Ecco * 9780061875038
NO ONE IN THE WORLD by E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson
Two bestselling authors join forces to tell the story of twin brothers --- one straight, one gay --- who in adulthood struggle to uncover many questions about themselves and one another, while becoming entangled in a plot thick with deceit and suspense.
June 7, 2011 * Simon & Schuster * 9781439178096
NOW YOU SEE ME by S.J. Bolton
An enigmatic London police officer finds herself at the heart of a serial-killer investigation with uncanny ties to Jack the Ripper.
June 7, 2011 * Minotaur Books * 9780312600525
OUTRAGE by Robert K. Tanenbaum
District Attorney Butch Karp battles a failure of the system, a police detective desperate to solve a case for his own ends, and a homicidal maniac who will stop at nothing to protect the truth.
June 7, 2011 * Gallery Books * 9781439149256
ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication.
June 7, 2011 * Doubleday * 9780385533850
SISTER by Rosamund Lupton
As one woman risks everything to uncover the truth about her sister's last moments, this debut novel with a knockout twist shows that nothing is as durable --- and as exceptional --- as the bond between sisters.
June 7, 2011 * Crown * 9780307716514
STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett
Award-winning, bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with her most provocative and assured novel yet --- a tale of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonian jungle.
June 7, 2011 * Harper * 9780062049803
THE SUMMER OF THE BEAR by Bella Pollen
From the bestselling author of HUNTING UNICORNS and MIDNIGHT CACTUS comes a riveting family drama in which a young boy believes an escaped bear may hold the key to his father's sudden death.
June 7, 2011 * Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802119742
SUMMER RENTAL by Mary Kay Andrews
Five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.
June 7, 2011 * St. Martin's Press * 9780312642693
TEN THOUSAND SAINTS by Eleanor Henderson
A remarkable new writer makes her debut with a sweeping, multigenerational drama, set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City of the late '80s.
June 7, 2011 * Ecco * 9780062021021
TOLSTOY AND THE PURPLE CHAIR: My Year of Magical Reading, by Nina Sankovitch
Catalyzed by the loss of her sister, a mother of four spends a year savoring great books from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron, ultimately changing her outlook on life.
June 7, 2011 * Harper * 9780061999840
THE UPRIGHT PIANO PLAYER by David Abbott
Henry Cage finds his idyllic life unraveling as his ex-wife's illness turns grave, his relationship with his son is strained, and he becomes the victim of a random act of violence.
June 7, 2011 * Nan A. Talese/Doubleday * 9780385534420
THE RIDGE by Michael Koryta
In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark --- until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.
June 8, 2011 * Little, Brown and Company * 9780316053662
JOY FOR BEGINNERS by Erica Bauermeister
As six women celebrate their friend's recovery from cancer, they all agree to reflect her new lease on life by trying things they swore they never would.
June 9, 2011 * Putnam Adult * 9780399157127
THE RANGER: A Quinn Colson Novel, by Ace Atkins
Army Ranger Quinn Colson investigates the suspicious death of his uncle, and in the process learns more than he bargained for about his family, his friends, his hometown, and himself.
June 9, 2011 * Putnam Adult * 9780399157486
A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE by R.J. Ellory
Detective Robert Miller is assigned to investigate a series of murders in Washington, D.C., only to find out that the victims do not officially exist.
June 9, 2011 * Overlook Press * 9781590203187
SOUTH OF SUPERIOR by Ellen Airgood
When Madeline moves away from Chicago to a small town on the coast of Lake Superior, she learns more about life, love and goodwill than she ever expected.
June 9, 2011 * Riverhead * 9781594487934
On Sale the Week of June 6th in Paperback
212 by Alafair Burke
When a college girl who fears for her life is found murdered, detectives discover a link to a months-old homicide and a missing roommate.
June 7, 2011 * Harper Paperbacks * 9780061561320
THE AMATEURS by Marcus Sakey
Four friends take on a risky opportunity to steal a fortune in dirty money. But in this game, any misstep carries lethal consequences --- and these four rank amateurs are playing against the most dangerous professionals imaginable.
June 7, 2011 * NAL Trade * 9780451230959
ANCESTOR by Scott Sigler
Scott Sigler offers a chilling cautionary account of what can happen when hubris, greed and madness drive scientific experimentation past the brink of reason.
June 7, 2011 * Broadway * 9780307591012
BONOBO HANDSHAKE: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo, by Vanessa Woods
A young woman follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo apes --- who teach her a new truth about love.
June 7, 2011 * Gotham * 9781592406340
THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS: A Ballad Novel, by Sharyn McCrumb
In 1935 Appalachia, a schoolteacher accused of murdering her father becomes the center of a national news story.
June 7, 2011 * Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312573621
GETTING TO HAPPY by Terry McMillan
The remarkable heroines of WAITING TO EXHALE are back --- and at a crossroads that will define their future.
June 7, 2011 * NAL Trade * 9780451233349
INSATIABLE by Meg Cabot
Writer Meena Harper hates vampires --- that is, until she finds herself falling in love with one.
June 7, 2011 * William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061735080
THE LIAR’S LULLABY by Meg Gardiner
When a controversial female singer is murdered during a concert, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett fears the act was political.
June 7, 2011 * Signet * 9780451233875
THE LION by Nelson DeMille
A Libyan terrorist returns to the U.S. 18 months after 9/11, planning to finish his revenge on the pilots who bombed Tripoli and killed his family in 1986.
June 7, 2011 * Grand Central Publishing * 9780446699600
THE MOSES EXPEDITION by Juan Gomez-Jurado
From wartime Vienna to terrorist cells in New York and a lost valley in Jordan, THE MOSES EXPEDITION is a thrilling read about a quest for power and the secrets of an ancient world.
June 7, 2011 * Atria * 9781416590651
THE MULLAH’S STORM by Thomas W. Young
When a transport plane carrying a Taliban detainee is shot down over the Hindu Kush, two people are caught in a battle for survival on some of the most forbidding terrain on earth.
June 7, 2011 * Berkley * 9780425242254
THE MURDER ROOM: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases, by Michael Capuzzo
The world’s greatest legal minds gather once a month to eat lunch and solve murders. Presented here, on the Vidocq Society’s 20th anniversary, are some of the toughest and oddest cases history has ever seen.
June 7, 2011 * Gotham * 9781592406357
MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. But just when Sophia finally awakens to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always separated them reappears.
June 7, 2011 * Riverhead Trade * 9781594485183
PIE TOWN by Lynne Hinton
Pie Town, New Mexico, was once legendary for its extraordinary pies. Unforeseen by all, its fortunes are about to take a turn with the arrival of two newcomers.
June 7, 2011 * William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062045089
THE RED QUEEN by Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory’s latest novel about the Tudors views the War of the Roses through the eyes of Margaret Beaufort, mother of the future King Henry VII.
June 7, 2011 * Touchstone * 9781416563730
TEMPTED BY TROUBLE by Eric Jerome Dickey
For Dmytryk and Cora, there's only one way to fight the recession that's crippled their comfortable lifestyle: accept a crime boss's offer to rob a few banks.
June 7, 2011 * NAL Trade * 9780451232663
THE TRANSFORMATION OF BARTHOLOMEW FORTUNO by Ellen Bryson
Ellen Bryson’s first novel tells the fictional story of the unusual relationship between two “human curiosities” from P.T. Barnum’s American Museum.
June 7, 2011 * St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312577124
VERMILION DRIFT by William Kent Krueger
William Kent Krueger’s gripping tale of suspense begins with a recurring nightmare, a gun, and a wound in the earth so deep and horrific that it has a name: Vermilion Drift.
June 7, 2011 * Atria * 9781439153871
THE WEDDING WRITER by Susan Schneider
Four talented women, one glossy wedding magazine. Life should be as perfect as a bridal catwalk. But reality is unveiled as these women search for the path to their own happily-ever-afters
June 7, 2011 * St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312676605
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