October 4, 2011
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of October 3rd and October 10th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of October 3rd in Hardcover
THE FORGOTTEN WALTZ by Anne Enright
Gina Moynihan remembers her affair with "the love of her life," Seán Vallely, while awaiting the arrival of Seán's fragile, 12-year-old daughter, Evie --- the complication, and gravity, of this second life.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393072556
CAIN by Jose Saramago
In this, his last novel, Jose Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547419893
THE CAT'S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje
From Michael Ondaatje comes a stunning new novel --- by turns poignant and electrifying --- about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage.
Knopf * 9780307700117
THE DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman
In 70 CE, 900 Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. Two women and five children are believed to have survived. Based on this, Alice Hoffman weaves a tale of four extraordinary women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.
Scribner * 9781451617474
FALLING TOGETHER by Marisa de los Santos
A remarkable friendship ended abruptly, only to be resurrected in great need years later at a college reunion. This launches three formerly devoted companions and reluctant family members alike on a sobering, enlightening journey across the world and through the past.
William Morrow * 9780061670879
THE GREAT LEADER by Jim Harrison
On the verge of retirement, Detective Sunderson begins to investigate a hedonistic cult. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but as Sunderson and his 16-year-old sidekick dig deeper, they find him more intelligent and sinister than they realized.
Grove Press * 9780802119704
HEADSTONE: A Jack Taylor Novel by Ken Bruen
An elderly priest is nearly beaten to death, and a special-needs boy is brutally attacked. Evil has many guises, and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.
Mysterious Press * 9780802126009
LIONHEART by Sharon Kay Penman
Sharon Kay Penman has written a powerful story about the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine --- Richard, Coeur de Lion --- set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.
A Marian Wood Book/Putnam * 9780399157851
THE LOST ANGEL by Javier Sierra
In approximately 72 hours, a little known Middle Eastern terrorist group plans to bring about the end of the world. Convinced that they are the descendants of angels, they believe they are on the verge of at last being returned to heaven.
Atria Books * 9781451632798
MARY BOLEYN: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir
Bestselling British historian and novelist Alison Weir reconstructs the real story of the much-misrepresented Mary Boleyn. Mary was a woman whose star rose and fell in the glittering Tudor court, whose life ended in banishment and relative obscurity when she dared to marry for love.
Ballantine Books * 9780345521330
MURDER UNLEASHED by Rita Mae Brown
Jeep, Mags, Baxter and King are back for another Wild West adventure --- this time to save a community of abandoned Reno houses --- in the bighearted second book of the newest bestselling canine mystery series from Rita Mae Brown.
Ballantine Books * 9780345511836
THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian
In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin 10-year-old daughters, who hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? 39.
Crown * 9780307394996
ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE ARES DECISION: A Covert-One Novel by Kyle Mills
Covert-One's top operative, army microbiologist Colonel Jon Smith, is sent to investigate an attack in Uganda, and finds evidence of a parasitic infection that for centuries has been causing violent insanity and then going dormant. This time, though, it's different.
Grand Central Publishing * 978044669908
SHOCK WAVE: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157691
THE VISIBLE MAN by Chuck Klosterman
Austin, Texas therapist Victoria Vick has been contacted by a man who believes his situation is unique. But as he reveals himself to her slowly and cryptically, she becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions --- he is a scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible.
Scribner * 9781439184462
THE VOYAGE OF ROSE CITY: An Adventure at Sea by John Moynihan
An honestly written story of a boy’s coming into manhood at sea, THE VOYAGE OF THE ROSE CITY is a taut, thrilling tale of the adventure of a lifetime.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812982435
WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan
WHEN SHE WOKE is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future --- where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated, but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can.
Algonquin Books * 9781565126299
BLACK LIGHT by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano
Private eye and exorcist Buck Carlsbad knows something big is coming --- a super high-tech bullet train running express across a stretch of unforgiving desert known for the most deadly paranormal events in history. This is a place where Buck almost died a few years ago, and where he swore he would never return.
Mulholland Books * 9780316196710
On Sale the Week of October 3rd in Paperback
SCORPIONS: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman
SCORPIONS tells the story of four great justices, their relationship with FDR, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War.
Twelve * 9780446699280
AT HOME: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room journey through his own house, using each room as a jumping-off point into the vast history behind the domestic items we take for granted.
Anchor * 9780767919395
BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA by Sean Wilentz
Using his unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes and rare photographs, Sean Wilentz places Bob Dylan’s music in the context of its time and offers a stunning critical appreciation of Dylan both as a songwriter and performer.
Anchor * 9780767931793
BUSY BODY: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin’s detective agency is investigating the murder of John Sunday of the Health and Safety Board. But when a man has made as many enemies as Sunday, it’s hard to know where to start.
Minotaur Books * 9780312536503
CHRISTMAS AT THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP edited by Otto Penzler
Each year, for the past 17 years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer. These stories were then produced as pamphlets and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present. Now, all 17 tales have been collected in one volume.
Vanguard Press * 9781593156770
CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR by Lisa Kleypas
The gift of love from a little girl’s uncle leads to a new family for Holly after her mother dies unexpectedly. Holly asks Santa for a “new mom,” and you know Santa never disappoints little girls.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312605872
COMPASS ROSE by John Casey
With COMPASS ROSE, National Book Award winner John Casey returns to the marshes of Rhode Island and the complex women that long ago captured readers’ hearts in his beloved earlier novel, SPARTINA.
Vintage * 9780375709135
CRASHERS by Dana Haynes
Whenever a plane goes down in the U.S., a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate. Those people --- each of them a leading expert in a specific area --- are known informally as "Crashers."
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312544157
DANIEL by Henning Mankell
In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town with one desire: to discover an insect and name it after himself. Instead, he impulsively adopts an orphan, christens him Daniel and brings him back to Sweden. But Daniel is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him to Africa. The only way back is by sea --- so he decides to learn to walk on water.
Vintage * 9780307385840
DON’T SING AT THE TABLE: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani
In DON’T SING AT THE TABLE, Adriana Trigiani reveals how her grandmothers’ simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780061958953
DRIVING ON THE RIM by Thomas McGuane
Berl Pickett is a housepainter turned doctor living in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The son of Pentecostal rug-shampooers, Pickett has never been the social toast of the town, but when he is accused of negligent homicide in the death of his former lover, he finds himself ostracized by his colleagues.
Vintage * 9781400075225
THE FIFTH WITNESS: A Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455510313
THE LAST BOY: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy
Meticulously reported and elegantly written, THE LAST BOY is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from Jane Leavy’s weekend with The Mick after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences about the boy from Commerce, Oklahoma.
Harper Perennial * 9780060883539
NEMESIS by Philip Roth
A young playground director in Newark helplessly witnesses his schoolboy charges fall to a polio outbreak against the backdrop of World War II.
Vintage * 9780307475008
ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS YOU by Elizabeth Berg
Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed they were about to make a mistake. Years later --- divorced and dating other people --- they are bound only by mutual love for their spirited 18-year-old daughter. When tragedy strikes, they must come together to support their daughter.
Ballantine Books * 9780345517326
THE PROSTITUTES’ BALL: A Shane Scully Novel by Stephen J. Cannell
When LAPD Detective Shane Scully responds to a call at a once-immaculate mansion, the place is deserted --- except for three dead bodies, all shot with the same gun. But when Scully starts investigating what looks like an open-and-shut case, things take a turn for the worse.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312549275
SING YOU HOME by Jodi Picoult
In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life. But to her shock and inevitable rage, some people don’t want that to happen.
Atria * 9781451620993
SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
Though the characters in this collection of keen-eyed, animal-themed tales may not be human, they still mirror the insanity of everyday life --- encompassing everything from beastly bureaucracy, to animal AA meetings, to star-crossed critters.
Back Bay Books * 9780316038409
THAWED OUT AND FED UP by Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown follows up his zombie football tale PLAY DEAD with THAWED OUT AND FED UP, a modern twist on the classic western --- featuring a cryogenically frozen John Wayne.
Gallery Books * 9781439171561
THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
Vintage * 9780679763888
STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG by Kate Atkinson
It's a day like any other for Tracy Waterhouse, running errands at the local shopping center, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316066747
On Sale the Week of October 10th in Hardcover
AS THE PIG TURNS: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin accompanies her former protegée and current rival in the private detection racket, Toni, to a pig roasting. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem...
Minotaur Books * 9780312387020
THE BEST OF ME by Nicholas Sparks
When two former high school sweethearts are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446547659
A DUBLIN STUDENT DOCTOR: An Irish Country Doctor Novel by Patrick Taylor
Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly is a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. In his new novel, Patrick Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal --- and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become.
Forge Books * 9780765326737
FENWAY 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout
In anticipation of its 100th anniversary, here's the untold story of how Fenway Park was born and the remarkable first season ever played there.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547195629
THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey Eugenides
With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374203054
MY SONG: A Memoir by Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson
As both an artist and an activist, Harry Belafonte has touched the lives of countless men and women. With MY SONG, he has found yet another way to entertain and inspire us.
Knopf * 9780307272263
SNUFF: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
In this 38th entry to the esteemed Discworld canon, the beloved Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is taking a vacation. But this is Discworld, where nothing goes as planned --- and hilarious adventure ensues.
Harper * 9780062011848
A THOUSAND LIVES: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres
A THOUSAND LIVES follows the experiences of five Peoples Temple members who went to Jonestown. Julia Scheeres drew from thousands of recently declassified FBI documents and audiotapes, as well as rare videos and interviews, to piece together a compelling history of the doomed camp.
Free Press * 9781416596394
THE WANDERING FALCON by Jamil Ahmad
Set in the forbidding remote tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, THE WANDERING FALCON is an unforgettable portrait of a world of custom and compassion, of love and cruelty, of hardship and survival, a place fragile, unknown and unforgiving.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488276
On Sale the Week of October 10th in Paperback
BOUND by Antonya Nelson
Oliver, an aging entrepreneur, is on his third marriage, and has an even younger mistress. Catherine, his wife, suddenly learns she's been named guardian of a teenage girl she's never met. Meanwhile, a serial killer who haunted Catherine’s adolescence has unexpectedly reemerged.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608192991
EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED by Sara Shepard
Sylvie finds her life upended by a late-night phone call from the headmaster of the prestigious private school where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott's involvement in a hazing scandal throw the entire family into chaos.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062080066
SWEET VALLEY CONFIDENTIAL: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal
Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal and sisterhood.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312667580
WISHES AND STITCHES: A Cypress Hollow Yarn by Rachael Herron
When Naomi Fontaine moves to Cypress Hollow to fulfill her dream of practicing small-town medicine, she can’t seem to fit in --- until handsome Rig Keller arrives to take over half of her practice, and instantly charms her.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061841323
BEING POLITE TO HITLER by Robb Forman Dew
After teaching and raising her family in post-World War II America for most of her life, Agnes Scofield is tired of the routine. But how, at 51, can she establish an identity apart from what has so long defined her?
Back Bay Books * 9780316018753
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