September 20, 2011
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 19th and September 26th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of September 19th in Hardcover
COLUMBUS: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen
Along with his 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, Christopher Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity.
Viking Adult * 9780670023011
DEATH IN THE CITY OF LIGHT: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris by David King
DEATH IN THE CITY OF LIGHT is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris.
Crown * 9780307452894
HABIBI by Craig Thompson
A graphic novel of epic scale, HABIBI tells the story of two slaves whose lives are bound together by circumstance, love, honor and religion.
Pantheon * 9780375424144
LEARNING TO BREATHE: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life by Priscilla Warner Priscilla Warner undertakes a year of committed serious meditation, as well as half-serious samplings of other spiritual and alternative health practices, in order to change her brain and rid her of her extreme anxiety and panic attacks.
Free Press * 9781439181072
LETHAL by Sandra Brown
Accused murderer Lee Coburn claims that Honor Gillette's beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn has come to their house to retrieve it --- at any cost.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455501472
A MOMENT IN TIME: An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace by Ralph Branca with David Ritz
Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” A MOMENT IN TIME details the remarkable story of a man who could have been destroyed by a supreme professional embarrassment --- but wasn’t.
Scribner * 9781451636871
REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
In this high-stakes thriller, a wealthy tech entrepreneur gets caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game.
William Morrow * 9780061977961
SON OF STONE: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But his former love, Arrington Calder, has other plans for Stone...including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157653
THE ORCHARD: A Memoir by Theresa Weir
A street-smart city girl must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446584692
On Sale the Week of September 19th in Paperback
DON’T BLINK by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons --- the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446568845
EVE by Iris Johansen
As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan is driven by the fact that her own daughter was kidnapped years ago. But now, a name from the past resurfaces. Could he be the missing piece to the puzzle that has haunted Eve for years?
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312651268
THE RADLEYS by Matt Haig
THE RADLEYS is a moving, thrilling and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love.
Free Press * 9781451610338
RED WOLF by Liza Marklund
A journalist is murdered in the frozen white landscape of a northern Swedish town. Annika Bengtzon, a reporter at a Stockholm-based tabloid, was planning to interview him about a long-ago attack against an isolated air base nearby, and now she suspects that his death is linked to that attack.
Washington Square Press * 9781451602074
WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE by J.T. Ellison
The shot to the head didn't kill Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson. But it will crack her psyche and take her to the very edge. Someone or something is coming after Taylor. But is it dead...or living?
Mira * 9780778312680
On Sale the Week of September 26th in Hardcover
THE END OF THE WASP SEASON by Denise Mina
When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow is called in to investigate the savage killing of a young woman, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316069335
ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom by Yangzom Brauen
The lives of three generations of Tibetan women are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312600136
THE AFFAIR: A Reacher Novel by Lee Child
In this prequel to KILLING FLOOR, Jack Reacher is still in the army. And there's big trouble in a small town in Mississippi, where a soldier's girlfriend is found with her throat cut from ear to ear. Local trouble? Or is the killer from nearby Fort Kelham, a giant base used by elite Army Rangers?
Delacorte Press * 9780385344326
THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES by Héctor Tobar
Héctor Tobar takes us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams and ambitions.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374108991
COUP D’ETAT: A Dewey Andreas Novel by Ben Coes
Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreas has gone to rural Australia, far from turbulent forces that he once fought against. But powerful men, seeking revenge, have finally found him --- forcing Dewey to abandon his home and to fight for his life against a very well-armed, well-trained group of assassins.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312580766
DEFENSIVE WOUNDS by Lisa Black
Forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect --- especially when high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead.
William Morrow * 9780061989414
DRAMA: An Actor's Education by John Lithgow
Emmy Award-winner John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye and before he became a nationally known star.
Harper * 9780061734977
THE FAVORED QUEEN: A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife by Carolly Erickson
Carolly Erickson's latest novel centers on Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312596903
FEAST DAY OF FOOLS by James Lee Burke
When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Sheriff Hackberry Hollan's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451643114
GHOST HERO: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel by S. J. Rozan
What starts as rumors over new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more desperate --- a high-stakes crisis that PI's Lydia Chin and Bill Smith will find themselves risking everything to resolve.
Minotaur Books * 9780312544508
GOING HOME: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz
In this moving and thoughtful book, Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a devoted companion, and offers comfort, wisdom, and a way forward from sorrow to acceptance.
Villard * 9780345502698
HALF-PAST DAWN by Richard Doetsch
A district attorney wakes up with no memory of the previous night to find that he has made the front page of the newspaper --- as a murder victim.
Atria Books * 9781439183977
HAND ME DOWN WORLD by Lloyd Jones
This is the story of a young African mother's journey to reclaim the infant son heartlessly stolen from her.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608196999
KILLING LINCOLN: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard recount one of the most dramatic stories in American history --- the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and how this one gunshot changed the country forever.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805093070
L.A. MENTAL by Neil McMahon
Los Angeles has become a bedlam of murder, drugs, conspiracy and obsession, and only one man has the power to put things right.
Harper * 9780061340789
LOST MEMORY OF SKIN by Russell Banks
Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. On probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather.
Ecco * 9780061857638
NIGHTWOODS by Charles Frazier
A young woman inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins. Their arrival changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful and dangerous ways.
Random House * 9781400067091
OPERATION NAPOLEON by Arnaldur Indridason
Why is the US Army trying to secretively remove a plane from an Icelandic glacier, and why are they threatened by a young Icelandic rescue volunteer who manages to contact his sister before disappearing off the face of the earth?
Minotaur Books * 9780312659103
RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439190135
THE REVISIONISTS by Thomas Mullen
Zed is an agent from the future, a time when the world's problems have been solved. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course --- especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.
Mulholland Books * 9780316176729
CHANGO’S BEADS AND TWO-TONE SHOES by William Kennedy
William Kennedy’s long awaited new novel first takes us to Cuba in 1957, where American journalist Daniel Quinn has some legendary encounters and experiences, and meets the woman he will marry, and then moves to Kennedy’s beloved Albany in 1968 where political unrest could inflame a city already quivering with racial tension.
Viking Adult * 9780670022977
FICTION RUINED MY FAMILY: A Memoir by Jeanne Darst
Jeanne Darst has written an entertaining memoir of a family haunted by its own myths and its obsessive idolization of the literary life.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488146
IF JACK’S IN LOVE by Stephen Wetta
In the vein of Suzanne Berne’s A CRIME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, with a whiff of Nick Hornby’s ABOUT A BOY, Stephen Wetta's debut novel is a wry and clear-eyed coming-of-age story set in a Virginia suburb as the turmoil of the 1960s encroaches.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399157523
On Sale the Week of September 26th in Paperback
BAD BLOOD: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
Two bodies in two days. One is murder. The other is suicide. Virgil Flowers never imagined that discovering the connection would lead him into the perverse history of the Minnesota farm community, and almost unimaginable darkness.
Berkley * 9780425243930
BIRD CLOUD: A Memoir by Annie Proulx
Annie Proulx's first work of nonfiction in more than 20 years, BIRD CLOUD is the story of designing and constructing a house in Wyoming --- with its solar panels, Japanese soak tub, concrete floor and elk horn handles on kitchen cabinets. It is also an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region.
Scribner * 9780743288811
COMING BACK: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller
In LOCKED IN, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. When Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446400527
CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of recording thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has opened his personal archive, which offers unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.
Picador * 9780312611682
CROSS FIRE by James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross's wedding plans are put on hold when he is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressman and an underhanded lobbyist.
Vision * 9780446574716
DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Tasha Alexander
Set in the lush countryside of Normandy, France, this new novel of suspense featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves is filled with intrigue, romance, mysterious deaths, and madness.
Minotaur Books * 9780312383817
DEAD OR ALIVE by Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood
Uniting characters from Tom Clancy’s fictional world, DEAD OR ALIVE follows them on a mission to capture a middle eastern terrorist known as "The Emir," a character heavily based on Osama bin Laden, and responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the universe's storyline.
Berkley Trade * 9780425244852
FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen
Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul --- the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery.
Picador * 9780312576462
GINGERBREAD COOKIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier and Laura Levine
Christmas is coming, and the cookies --- and bodies --- are piling up across the country in this smorgasbord of murder mysteries. This assortment of different yet satisfying stories dishes out the tasty goods that are sure to please mystery lovers.
Kensington * 9780758234964
HELL TO PAY by Wendy Corsi Staub
Survivors of a serial killer who invaded their childhood, Lucy and Jeremy are married now, replacing nightmares of their terrifying past with joyful dreams of the upcoming birth of their first child. Fiercely determined to protect the fragile balance of their lives, Lucy doesn’t know that her new husband guards a deadly secret.
Avon * 9780061895081
HYPOTHERMIA: An Icelandic Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason
Inspector Erlunder has spent his career evading the phantoms of his past, and now he finds himself twice haunted --- first, at a séance attended by the victim of a suspicious suicide, and again by the puzzle of two young people who went missing 30 years ago.
Minotaur Books * 9780312610593
THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD by Rebecca Coleman
Sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes, are thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school. Bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them.
Mira * 9780778312789
MULE: A Novel of Moving Weight by Tony D'Souza
Absorbing and timely, MULE perfectly captures the anxieties of plunging into the criminal world and of being a young person making do in a moment when the American Dream you never had to believe in suddenly vanishes from the menu.
Mariner Books * 9780547576718
MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella
Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca, spill all their family secrets --- which sound a lot like yours, if you understand that three generations of women is the formula for spontaneous combustion.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312668341
NASHVILLE CHROME by Rick Bass
NASHVILLE CHROME hits all the right grace notes with its vivid evocation of an era in American music, while at its heart, it is a wrenching meditation on the complexities of fame and of one family who experienced them firsthand.
Mariner Books * 9780547577463
SELECTED STORIES by William Trevor
Over a career spanning more than half a century, William Trevor has crafted exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition. SELECTED STORIES is a powerful collection by "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" (The New Yorker).
Penguin * 9780143115960
SHOCK WARNING by Michael Walsh
It begins in California with a devastating biological attack --- a horrific display of homegrown terror unseen on U.S. soil --- just weeks before the presidential election. For the White House, it is a political nightmare. But for the NSA's undercover agent Devlin, it is the ultimate warning.
Pinnacle * 9780786024124
TRAVELS IN SIBERIA by Ian Frazier
Ian Frazier reveals Siberia's role in history --- its science, economics and politics --- with great passion and enthusiasm , ensuring that we'll never think about it in the same way again.
Picador * 9780312610609
WAITING FOR ROBERT CAPA by Susana Fortes
Susana Fortes offers a gorgeously written, ENGLISH PATIENT-style novel about the real-life romance between two photojournalists furiously in love: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. During the Spanish Civil War, Capa and Taro risked everything documenting Francisco Franco’s Fascist uprising --- even as they risked everything for love.
Harper Perennial * 9780062000385
THE WAR FOR LATE NIGHT: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy by Bill Carter
In candid detail, Bill Carter charts the vortex that sucked in not just Leno and O'Brien, but also Letterman, Stewart, Fallon, Kimmel and Ferguson as frantic agents and network executives tried to manage a tectonic shift in television's most beloved institution.
Plume * 9780452297494
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