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October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of October 17th and October 24th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of October 17th in Hardcover

October 17th

THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
Gaby Summerhill announces to her four children that she's getting married this Christmas --- and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day. But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise --- she has another gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316097390

October 18th

BONNIE by Iris Johansen
With the help of her beloved Joe Quinn and CIA agent Catherine Ling, Eve Duncan has come closer than ever to finding out the truth surrounding the disappearance of her daughter. But the deeper she digs, the more she realizes that Bonnie’s father is a key player in solving this monstrous puzzle.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312651220

DAMNED by Chuck Palahniuk
This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on endless repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hard-sell you Hell.
Doubleday * 9780385533027

DOUBLE DEXTER by Jeff Lindsay
Dexter Morgan is not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observing him and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tolerate displeasure; in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.
Doubleday * 9780385532372

ED KING by David Guterson
In Seattle, 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary, makes the biggest error of his life --- he sleeps with Diane, his children's au pair. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions.
Knopf * 9780307271068

THE INFERNALS by John Connolly
John Connolly's latest novel centers on a boy and his dog and their journey to escape the wrath of demons.
Atria Books * 9781451643084

THE LADY OF RIVERS by Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory weaves witchcraft, passion and adventure into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses.
Touchstone * 9781416563709

THE MAID: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter
Kimberly Cutter combines fact and fiction to bring the legend of Joan of Arc to life in this riveting historical novel.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547427522

MY LONG TRIP HOME: A Family Memoir by Mark Whitaker
An award-winning journalist sets out to trace the story of what happened to his parents, a fascinating but star-crossed interracial couple, and arrives at a new understanding of the family dramas that shaped their lives --- and his own.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451627541

The award-winning author of WAITING and WAR TRASH returns to his homeland in a searing new novel that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the 20th century: the Rape of Nanjing.
Pantheon * 9780307379764

TRIANGLES by Ellen Hopkins
In this first adult novel by the bestselling author of the Crank trilogy, three female friends face midlife crises in a no holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage and the fragility of life.
Atria Books * 9781451626339

VAN GOGH: THE LIFE by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials to produce this heartbreaking portrait of creative genius Vincent van Gogh.
Random House * 9780375507489

ZONE ONE by Colson Whitehead
In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.
Doubleday * 9780385528078

October 19th

WEST BY WEST: My Charmed, Tormented Life by Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman
For the first time, the legendary Jerry West tells his story --- from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his relationships with NBA legends like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316053495

October 20th

WHY READ MOBY-DICK? by Nathaniel Philbrick
Nathaniel Philbrick skillfully navigates Herman Melville's world and illuminates MOBY-DICK's humor and unforgettable characters --- finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times.
Viking Adult * 9780670022991
On Sale the Week of October 17th in Paperback

October 18th

Part of a top-secret, all-female counterterrorist program codenamed The Athena Project, four of Delta’s best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.
Pocket Star * 9781439192979

DJIBOUTI by Elmore Leonard
In search of bigger challenges, documentary filmmaker Dara Barr arrives in Djibouti with her right-hand man, six-foot-six, 72-year-old African American seafarer Xavier LeBo, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. But almost no one here is who he claims to be.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061735219

OOGY: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin
In 2002, the Levin family had to put their beloved cat to sleep. What began as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen --- disfigured from lifelong abuse --- ran up to them and captured their hearts.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446546300

Bosnian immigrant and priest Danny Hansen must confront powerful, hypocritical men --- and when he meets Renee Gilmore, the frail victim of one such man, both of their lives are thrown dangerously off-course.
Center Street * 9781455504008

A RED HERRING WITHOUT MUSTARD: A Flavia De Luce Novel by Alan Bradley
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce has her fortune told by a soothsayer, only to discover her later, bludgeoned almost to death. The soothsayer may have abducted a local child years ago. Could the two crimes be connected?
Bantam * 9780385343466
On Sale the Week of October 24th in Hardcover

October 24th

STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson
Based on more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years, Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451648539

October 25th

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s --- 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant bestseller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
Knopf * 9780307593313

AMERICAN EMPEROR: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America by David O. Stewart
AMERICAN EMPEROR traces Aaron Burr from the threshold of the presidency in the contested election of 1800, through his duel with Alexander Hamilton, and then across the American West as he schemed with foreign ambassadors, the traitorous general-in-chief of the army, and future presidents, including Andrew Jackson.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439157183


A familiar face from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels --- Charlotte’s mother, Caroline --- travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula the vampire first touched English soil in the sensational novel named after him.
Ballantine Books * 9780345524638

From the author of The Christmas Hope series comes a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women, but one that will change each of their lives forever.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312658960

A CRIMSON WARNING: A Lady Emily Mystery by Tasha Alexander
Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret --- and worse --- by someone who enjoys destroying lives.
Minotaur Books * 9780312661755

FEAR AND LOATHING AT ROLLING STONE: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson by Hunter S. Thompson
This is a definitive, hand-picked selection of Hunter S. Thompson's finest pieces ever published in Rolling Stone--- the magazine that helped to put him on the map in the 1970s.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439165959

JERUSALEM: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Simon Sebag Montefiore has written an intimate and unprecedented history of Jerusalem, recounted through the lives of the men and women who created, destroyed, conquered, wrote about and believed in the Holy City through the millennia.
Knopf * 9780307266514

THE LITIGATORS by John Grisham
With their new associate on board --- a young but already burned-out attorney who walked away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm --- the “boutique law firm” of Finley & Figg is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law.
Doubleday * 9780385535137

THE NIGHT ETERNAL: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
THE NIGHT ETERNAL is the conclusion to Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's much-talked-about vampire trilogy. As the final battle dawns, the group’s only hope is the intervention of an unexpected race of beings --- avenging “angels” --- who arrive to help them defeat the vampires and reclaim the planet for humanity.
William Morrow * 9780061558269

TIDES OF WAR by Stella Tillyard
Harriet and James's interwoven stories of love and betrayal propel this novel as it moves between Regency London on the cusp of modernity --- a city in love with science, the machine, money --- and the shocking violence of war in Spain.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805094572

WHEN ELVES ATTACK: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State by Tim Dorsey
Tim Dorsey offers the perfect antidote for all those sappy feel-good holiday stories with this zany blockbuster extravaganza in which his wonderfully deranged serial killer Floridaphile delivers his special brand of Christmas cheer.
William Morrow * 9780062092847

October 26th

CITY OF WHISPERS: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller
Private eye Sharon McCone receives an email asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half brother Darcy Blackhawk. Sensing he's in terrible danger, Sharon begins a search for him throughout the city.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446573337

October 27th

GOODNIGHT IPAD: A Parody for the Next Generation by Ann Droyd
A parody of children’s picture book classic GOODNIGHT MOON, GOODNIGHT IPAD teaches you and your children how to “power down” for the night.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399158568

On Sale the Week of October 24th in Paperback

October 25th

BROOKLYN STORY by Suzanne Corso
Fifteen-year-old Samantha Bonti, who is half-Jewish and half-Italian, dreams of escaping her dysfunctional community to pursue a writing career in Brooklyn --- until she meets Tony, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed mobster wannabe who seduces her into his dangerous world.
Gallery Books * 9781439190234

A CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD by Garrison Keillor
A charming holiday farce, A CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD follows James Sparrow as he returns from Chicago to his lunatic family in Looseleaf, North Dakota in the midst of a historic blizzard.
Penguin * 9780143119883

CRESCENT DAWN: A Dirk Pitt Novel by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
In the fourth Dirk Pitt novel from Clive Cussler and son Dirk, evildoers Ozden Aktan Celik and his sister, Maria, who are bent on Muslim domination of the Middle East, plot to blow up sacred Muslim sites and pin the blame on the West.
Berkley * 9780425242391

GIDEON’S SWORD by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Ever since his late mother begged him to avenge his father’s murder, Gideon Crew has been on a mission. Now, he is being closely observed --- and he may have an opportunity to use his skills for more than just this murder.
Vision * 9780446564311

Fabric shop-owner Linda Davis is torn between excitement and heartache as her only child prepares for college. On the journey to Molly’s new school, Linda compiles scraps from throughout Molly’s life to create a meaningful gift.
Mira * 9780778313229

Composed mentally while Tony Judt was paralyzed and unable to physically write, his memoirs thoughtfully explore his childhood in postwar London, his travels throughout Europe, his arrival to a new home in New York and, finally, the devastating illness that took his life.
Penguin * 9780143119975

Marissa Fordham is dead, but her daughter is found alive at the crime scene. Now detective Tony Mendez and child advocate Anne Leone begin to investigate Marissa’s life --- until a shocking twist reveals that Marissa never actually existed.
Signet * 9780451235152

October 26th

SUNSET PARK by Paul Auster
A blend of captivating personal stories, SUNSET PARK follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.
Picador * 9780312610678

Exiled in Paris, 100-year-old Mathilde Kschessinska, once the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar’s Russian Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, now reflects on her tumultuous life with striking clarity.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux * 9780312610715

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