September 6, 2011
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 5th and September 12th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of September 5th in Hardcover
ASSASSINS OF THE TURQUOISE PALACE by Roya Hakakian
This unforgettable narrative of heroism and justice is about a crusade that would not only pit members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition against Tehran, but also against some of the greatest powers in Germany.
Grove Press * 9780802119117
BIRDS OF PARADISE by Diana Abu-Jaber
A girl who ran away from home five years previously must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393064612
BLUEPRINTS FOR BUILDING BETTER GIRLS: Fiction by Elissa Schappell
Eight provocative and darkly funny linked stories explore the commonly shared, but rarely spoken of experiences that build girls into women and women into wives and mothers, mapping America's shifting cultural landscape from the late 1970s to the present day.
Simon & Schuster * 9780743276702
THE BURNING SOUL by John Connolly
Detective Charlie Parker must unravel a web of deceit involving the police, the FBI, a doomed mobster, and a man tormented for his past crime.
Atria Books * 9781439165270
DAMAGE CONTROL by Denise Hamilton
Denise Hamilton weaves an engrossing story of teenage friendship and adult betrayal, featuring a high-powered crisis consultant who gets swept up in murder and scandal involving a wealthy political family.
Scribner * 9780743296748
I MARRIED YOU FOR HAPPINESS by Lily Tuck
I MARRIED YOU FOR HAPPINESS is not only a moving elegy to a man and a marriage, but also a meditation on the theory of probability and how chance can affect both a life and one's consideration of the possibility of an afterlife.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802119919
IRMA VOTH by Miriam Toews
IRMA VOTH follows a young Mennonite woman, vulnerable yet wise beyond her years, who carries a terrible family secret with her on a remarkable journey to survival and redemption.
Harper * 9780062070180
LOOSE DIAMONDS: …and other things I’ve lost (and found) along the way by Amy Ephron
Amy Ephron weaves together the most insightful, profound, and just plain funny stories of her life to form a tapestry of a woman’s experiences from childhood through young adulthood, marriage, divorce (and remarriage), and everything in between.
William Morrow * 9780061958748
PIRATE KING by Laurie R. King
In this latest adventure featuring the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, Laurie R. King takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films --- where the pirates are real and the shooting isn’t all done with cameras.
Bantam * 9780553807981
PREY by Linda Howard
A smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive --- and avoid becoming what they never expected to be.
Ballantine Books * 9780345506917
THE RACE: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
It is 1910, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates --- an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost --- and that's where Detective Isaac Bell comes in.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157813
SANCTUS by Simon Toyne
A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous and symbolic act. Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it’s evidence that a revolution is at hand.
William Morrow * 9780062038302
SECOND NATURE: A Love Story by Jacquelyn Mitchard
From the bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN and NO TIME TO WAVE GOODBYE comes this fierce and moving story of a young woman's fight for identity in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
Random House * 9781400067756
SECRET OBSESSION by Kimberla Lawson Roby
A sister's jealousy pushes a family to the edge and exposes life-changing secrets in this new novella from New York Times bestseller Kimberla Lawson Roby, author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black series.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446572422
WUNDERKIND by Nikolai Grozni
Brash, brilliant 15-year-old Konstantin is a world-class pianist of exceptional sensitivity whose propulsive rage at Soviet oppression threatens to undo him.
Free Press * 9781451616910
THE ART OF FIELDING by Chad Harbach
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316126694
CHILDREN OF PARANOIA by Trevor Shane
Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and he's one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and he's sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria. And for the first time in his life, his singleminded, bloody purpose fades away.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952374
THE END: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw
Award-winning historian Ian Kershaw has produced a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203145
JAGGER: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue by Marc Spitz
Combining biography with cultural history, JAGGER unfolds like a captivating documentary, a series of episodes tracing the icon's rise from his childhood in middle-class postwar London to his status as a jet-setting knight.
Gotham * 9781592406555
ON CANAAN’S SIDE by Sebastian Barry
Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over 17 days, ON CANAAN'S SIDE opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger.
Viking Adult * 9780670022922
On Sale the Week of September 5th in Paperback
AGAINST ALL THINGS ENDING: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
Thomas Covenant is alive again, restored to his mortal body by Linden Avery's magic --- a defiant act of love that has unleashed unimaginable power capable of devastating the Land.
Ace * 9780441020812
ALL OUR WORLDLY GOODS by Irene Nemirovsky
Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and the family patriarch, the tyrannical industrialist Julien Hardelot, provoking a family feud that cascades down the generations.
Vintage * 9780307743299
BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF by Danielle Evans
Striking in their emotional immediacy, these stories are based in a world where inequality is reality, but where the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood are sometimes the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594485367
THE BETRAYAL by Helen Dunmore
Internationally acclaimed author Helen Dunmore follows her bestselling novel, THE SIEGE, with a riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of postwar Soviet Russia, a world of violence and terror where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted allies.
Black Cat * 9780802170880
C by Tom McCarthy
Opening in England at the turn of the 20th century, C is the story of Serge Carrefax, whose father experiments with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. His intense relationship with his brilliant but troubled older sister haunts him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world.
Vintage * 9780307388216
CLEOPATRA: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
Back Bay Books * 9780316001946
THE COLDEST FEAR by Rick Reed
After three victims are found murdered, a newspaper reporter seems to have a direct line to the killer --- and a secret he wants to keep hidden.
Pinnacle * 9780786024841
DEATH OF THE MANTIS: A Detective Kubu Mystery by Michael Stanley
In this third installment of the Detective Kubu mystery series, members of an ancient nomadic tribe are fingered in the murder of a ranger in modern-day Botswana.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062000378
FIRST FAMILY: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
Exquisitely researched and beautifully written, FIRST FAMILY is both a revealing portrait of a marriage and a unique study of America’s early years.
Vintage * 9780307389992
GREAT HOUSE by Nicole Krauss
For 25 years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet’s secret police. One day, a girl claiming to be the poet’s daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer’s life reeling.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393340648
THE HILLIKER CURSE: My Pursuit of Women by James Ellroy
Legendary crime writer James Ellroy gives us a searing, candid memoir about his obsession with women, his related search for atonement, and his literary career.
Vintage * 9780307477392
THE LOST DOGS: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant
Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived?
Gotham * 9781592406678
MAN IN THE WOODS by Scott Spencer
In his most stunning novel yet, this wry, witty and deeply sensitive writer returns to the territory of his New York Times bestseller A SHIP MADE OF PAPER in a gripping and provocative psychological thriller of morality and manhood, choice and fate.
Ecco * 9780061466571
PAINTED LADIES by Robert B. Parker
Spenser had a simple job: protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. But no one was supposed to die…
Berkley * 9780425243626
THE SPIDER'S WEB: A Wind River Mystery by Margaret Coel
When Arapaho Ned Windsong is shot to death, his fiancée Marcy is the only witness…and soon the suspect. Convinced of Marcy's innocence, Vicki agrees to represent the outsider, finding herself at odds with her own people.
Berkley * 9780425243756
STRATEGIC MOVES: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion: It may be that the lucrative new client whom he's introduced to the firm might be a Bernie Madoff in disguise.
Signet * 9780451234452
THE THOUSAND by Kevin Guilfoile
Math whiz Canada Gold is busy putting her skills to questionable use in the courthouses --- and casinos --- of Las Vegas when a case sends her back to Chicago, a city marred by personal tragedy.
Vintage * 9781400078271
THREE STATIONS: An Arkady Renko Novel by Martin Cruz Smith
Martin Cruz Smith produces a complex and haunting vision of an emergent Russia’s secret underclass of street urchins, greedy thugs, and a bureaucracy still paralyzed by power and fear.
Pocket * 9780743276757
On Sale the Week of September 12th in Hardcover
ABUSE OF POWER by Michael Savage
Spanning the globe from Europe and Israel to the back alleys of San Francisco’s Chinatown, a reporter must make the choice between protecting his own life and investigating a terrorist cell whose goal is nothing less than total political control.
St. Martin’s Press * 9780312651619
THE BALLAD OF TOM DOOLEY: A Ballad Novel by Sharyn McCrumb
What began as a fictional re-telling of the historical account of one of the most famous mountain ballads of all time became an astonishing revelation of the real culprit responsible for the murder of Laura Foster.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312558178
CITY OF SECRETS by Kelli Stanley
When Pandora Blake is murdered at San Francisco's 1940 World Fair and her body marked with an anti-Semitic slur, Miranda Corbie is soon entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal that is only overshadowed by the threat of impending war.
Minotaur Books * 9780312603618
DRIVING HOME: An American Journey by Jonathan Raban
For more than 30 years, Jonathan Raban has written about people and places in transition or on the margins, about journeys undertaken and destinations never quite reached. Spanning two decades, this collection charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events.
Pantheon * 9780307379917
GODDESS OF VENGEANCE by Jackie Collins
Jackie Collins's fierce heroine Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance --- in a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clan.
St. Martin’s Press * 9780312567460
HERE COMES TROUBLE: Stories from My Life by Michael Moore
A sort of anti-memoir, Michael Moore breaks the autobiographical mode while he presents 20 far-ranging, irreverent vignettes from his own life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446532242
IT’S HARD NOT TO HATE YOU: A Memoir by Valerie Frankel
In the midst of a health and career crisis, Valerie Frankel uncorks years of pent-up rage, and discovers you don't have to be happy to be happy. You don’t have to love everyone else to like yourself. And that your Bitchy Twin might just be your funniest, most valuable and honest ally.
St. Martin’s Press * 9780312609788
LASSITER by Paul Levine
Eighteen years ago, Jake Lassiter crossed paths with a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida’s sex trade. Now he retraces her steps and runs head-on into a conspiracy of Miami’s rich and powerful who would do anything to keep the past as dark as night and silent as the grave.
Bantam * 9780553806748
LIFE ITSELF: A Memoir by Roger Ebert
In this candid, personal history, film critic Roger Ebert chronicles it all: his loves, losses and obsessions; his struggle and recovery from alcoholism; his marriage; his politics; and his spiritual beliefs.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446584975
NEW YORK TO DALLAS: An In Death Novel by J.D. Robb
When a monster named Isaac McQueen --- taken down by Eve Dallas back in her uniform days --- escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157783
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Both playful and seductive, THE NIGHT CIRCUS is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.
Doubleday * 9780385534635
ROBERT B. PARKER’S KILLING THE BLUES: A Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman
When a mysterious figure from Jesse Stone's past arrives in town, memories of his last troubled days as a cop in L.A. threaten his ability to keep order in Paradise --- especially when it appears that the stranger is out for revenge.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157844
TENSION CITY: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to McCain-Obama by Jim Lehrer
From the man widely hailed as “the Dean of Moderators” comes a lively and revealing book that pulls back the curtain on more than 40 years of televised political debate in America.
Random House * 9781400069170
THERE BUT FOR THE by Ali Smith
At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and the story of Miles is told from the points of view of four of them.
Pantheon * 9780375424090
THE VAULT: An Inspector Wexford Novel by Ruth Rendell
A retired Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.
Scribner * 9781451624083
WIFE-IN-LAW by Haywood Smith
From the bestselling author of THE RED HAT CLUB comes a story about two unlikely friends who never would have imagined they would end up married to the same man.
St. Martin’s Press * 9780312609771
THE WINTERS IN BLOOM by Lisa Tucker
Together for over a decade, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be. Yet because of their complicated histories, they have always feared that the life they created was destined to be disrupted. And on one perfectly average summer day, it is.
Atria Books * 9781416575405
THE WOMEN OF THE COUSINS’ WAR: The Duchess, The Queen, and the King’s Mother by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin and Michael Jones
Philippa Gregory and her fellow historians describe the extraordinary lives of the heroines of her Cousins’ Warbooks: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.
Touchstone * 9781451629545
LOVE AND CAPITAL: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution by Mary Gabriel
Drawing upon years of research, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel brings to light the story of Karl and Jenny Marx's marriage. We follow them as they roam Europe, on the run from governments amidst an age of revolution and a secret network of would-be revolutionaries.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316066112
CABIN: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine by Lou Ureneck
Confronted with the disappointments and knockdowns that can come in middle age, Lou Ureneck decided he needed to build a simple post-and-beam cabin in the woods. Helping him was his younger brother, Paul, which Lou saw as a way to reconnect with their shared history and to rediscover his truest self.
Viking Adult * 9780670022946
THE GRIEF OF OTHERS by Leah Hager Cohen
THE GRIEF OF OTHERS asks how we balance personal autonomy with the intimacy of relationships, how we balance private decisions with the obligations of belonging to a family, and how we take measure of our own sorrows in a world rife with suffering.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488054
A MAN OF PARTS by David Lodge
H. G. Wells had sexual relations with innumerable women in his lifetime. But in 1944, as he finds himself dying, he returns to the memories of a select group of wives and mistresses.
Random House * 9780670022984
On Sale the Week of September 12th in Paperback
ALL MY LIFE: A Memoir by Susan Lucci
ALL MY LIFE shines a spotlight on “All My Children” star Susan Lucci and reminds us of the power of dreams and how we can find the courage and tenacity to make them come true.
It Books * 9780062061850
BRYANT & MAY OFF THE RAILS: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler
Arthur Bryant and John May --- and their team of proud eccentrics in the Peculiar Crimes Unit --- have been given only one week to hunt down a murderer they’ve already caught once.
Bantam * 9780345528285
CHASING THE SUN: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life by Richard Cohen
In the grand tradition of the scholar-adventurer, acclaimed author Richard Cohen takes us around the world to illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812980929
THE INNER CIRCLE by Brad Meltzer
Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself. Until now.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446616157
ROSE IN A STORM by Jon Katz
From New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz comes a moving and powerful novel, the first one inspired by life on his celebrated Bedlam Farm --- and perceptively told from the point of view of Rose, a dedicated working dog.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780345502667
A SECRET KEPT by Tatiana de Rosnay
By turns thrilling and seductive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A SECRET KEPT is the story of a modern family and the invisible ties that hold it together.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312553494
SNAKEWOMAN OF LITTLE EGYPT by Robert Hellenga
Sunny is eager to put her snake handling past behind her, but her new lover Jackson takes a professional interest in the religious ecstasy exhibited by the snakehandlers.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608193226
THE TASTE OF SALT by Martha Southgate
Award-winning novelist Martha Southgate tells the story of a family pushed to its limits by addiction over the course of two generations.
Algonquin Books * 9781565129252
STILL MIDNIGHT by Denise Mina
On a still night in a quiet suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, three armed men have slipped from a van into a house, demanding a man who is not, and has never been, inside the front door.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316015646
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