January 17, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 16th and January 23rd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of January 16th in Hardcover
ALIX AND NICKY: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virginia Rounding
Through the letters and diaries written by the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his wife the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, and by those around them, Virginia Rounding presents an intimate portrayal of these two complex figures, their love and their suffering.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312381004
ALL NECESSARY FORCE by Brad Taylor
The CIA, FBI and Department of Defense systems have spiked, but traditional intel is going nowhere. It falls to the Taskforce --- a top-secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law and is charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats --- to stop the unknown conspirators.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952626
DEATH OF KINGS by Bernard Cornwell
In the final installment of Bernard Cornwell’s saga of England, loyalties are divided and chaos is mounting. At a crucial moment in time, as Alfred the Great lays dying, the fate of all --- Angles, Saxons and Vikings alike --- hangs desperately in the balance.
Harper * 9780061969652
THE FACE THIEF by Eli Gottlieb
THE FACE THIEF is a powerfully dark and gripping tale of two men obsessed with one very charismatic, very damaged woman who’s determined to con from each of them everything she needs to survive.
William Morrow * 9780061735059
THE LIVING END: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving by Robert Leleux
When Robert Leleux’s grandmother JoAnn began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, she’d been estranged from her daughter for decades. Alzheimer’s caused her to lose most of her memories, but she also forgot her old anger, and finally reached out to her daughter.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312621247
THE LOOK OF LOVE: A Piper Donovan Mystery by Mary Jane Clark
Mary Jane Clark’s beloved Piper is back on a cake-creating assignment at a West Coast luxury spa for the wealthy and famous --- where nip and tuck and murder are offered in equal measures.
William Morrow * 9780061995569
THE NECESSITY OF AN ENEMY: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity by Ron Carpenter, Jr.
Are you ready to reach your next goal in life? Do you want biblically-based wisdom to help defeat every enemy and move with confidence to your destiny? THE NECESSITY OF AN ENEMY will give you the tools to change your perspective --- and find meaning and purpose in all of life’s trials.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730282
RAYLAN by Elmore Leonard
U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, finds himself in Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug-dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business.
William Morrow * 9780062119469
THE ROPE: An Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr
In THE ROPE, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna Pigeon’s past and finally reveals the story that her fans have been long asking for. She takes us back to 1995 when Anna is 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart.
Minotaur Books * 9780312614577
SHADOWS IN FLIGHT by Orson Scott Card
At the end of SHADOW OF THE GIANT, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. But they are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity.
Tor Books * 9780765332004
ANOTHER WOMAN by Penny Vincenzi
The night before her lavish wedding, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished without a trace. Shocked and confused, the two families face a long day of revelations, as a complex, fragile web of sexual, marital and financial secrets is ripped apart by Cressida's disappearance.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590203576
THE ODDS: A Love Story by Stewart O'Nan
On Valentine's weekend, their lives on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion Fowler flee to Niagara Falls and book a bridal suite. While they sightsee during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances --- and save their marriage.
Viking Adult * 9780670023165
On Sale the Week of January 16th in Paperback
THE ANATOMY OF GHOSTS by Andrew Taylor
1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of murdered Sylvia Whichcote has been sighted by Frank Oldershaw, a fellow commoner. When his mother employs John Holdsworth, author of "The Anatomy of Ghosts" --- an account of why ghosts are mere delusion --- to investigate, the uneasy status quo at Jerusalem is rapidly torn apart.
Hyperion * 9781401310738
EYES OF THE INNOCENT by Brad Parks
Investigative reporter Carter Ross is reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey: a house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the paper’s newest intern, Carter finds out that the victims’ mother, Akilah Harris, isn't what she seems.
Minotaur Books * 9781250002280
FAITH by Jennifer Haigh
It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In FAITH, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.
Harper Perennial * 9780060755812
THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY by Hannah Pittard
Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she's left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence. As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows, and the boys still long for her.
Ecco * 9780061996061
GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown --- and the man --- she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural...and there was good reason for her odd traditions.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062115164
THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan
The narrator of David Levithan’s THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple.
Picador * 9781250002358
THE MATCHMAKER OF KENMARE: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney
In the summer of 1943, as World War II rages on, Ben MacCarthy is haunted by the disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the enigmatic Miss Kate Begley, the Matchmaker of Kenmare.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812979749
THE PHILOSOPHICAL BREAKFAST CLUB: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World by Laura J. Snyder
THE PHILOSOPHICAL BREAKFAST CLUB recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell and Richard Jones.
Broadway * 9780767930499
SCORECASTING: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim
In SCORECASTING, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football and hockey games are played, won and lost.
Three Rivers Press * 9780307591807
VENETIA KELLY’S TRAVELING SHOW: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney
January 1932: Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. After two hours, Ben’s father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe’s magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812979732
On Sale the Week of January 23rd in Hardcover
HEFT by Liz Moore
Former academic Arthur Opp hasn't left his Brooklyn home in a decade. In Yonkers, 17-year-old Kel navigates life as a poor kid in a rich school. Kel’s mother, Charlene, is a former student of Arthur’s and calls him with a plea for help after two decades of silence.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393081503
THE LIVES OF MARGARET FULLER: A Biography by John Matteson
Writer and social critic Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) was perhaps the most famous American woman of her generation. But she was also plagued by self-doubt. John Matteson captures Fuller’s longing to become ever better, reflected by the changing lives she led.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393068054
ALL I DID WAS SHOOT MY MAN: A Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley
As his own life unravels, Leonid McGill investigates a complex case. Seven years ago, Zella Grisham came home to find her man in bed with her friend. Zella didn't remember shooting him, but she didn't deny it either. And the police found $80,000 from a recent heist hidden in her storage space.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488245
AN AVAILABLE MAN by Hilma Wolitzer
When Edward Schuyler, a modest 62-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. Edward is still in mourning, but when his stepchildren place a personal ad in the newspaper for him, he is torn between his loyalty to Bee’s memory and his growing longing for connection.
Ballantine Books * 9780345527547
BOND GIRL by Erin Duffy
A bright, young, newly minted B-school graduate works her way up at one of Wall Street’s most prestigious brokerage firms --- only to confront the possible destruction of her dreams in the infamous 2008 financial bust.
William Morrow * 9780062065896
CITY OF FORTUNE: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley
Tracing the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga for the first time, CITY OF FORTUNE is framed around two of the great collisions of world history: the ill-fated Fourth Crusade in 1202 and the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499–1503.
Random House * 9781400068203
FAIRY TALE INTERRUPTED: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss by RoseMarie Terenzio
RoseMarie Terenzio was John F. Kennedy Jr.’s personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his closest confidantes during the last five years of his life. Here, she recounts the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and JFK.
Gallery Books * 9781439187678
THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY by Margot Livesey
The resonant story of a young woman’s struggle to take charge of her own future, THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY is a modern take on Charlotte Brontë’s classic, JANE EYRE.
Harper * 9780062064226
MR G by Alan Lightman
MR G is the story of Creation as told by God, or “Mr g.” Mr g is all powerful but not all knowing, and he does much of his invention by trial and error. As he watches his favorite universe grow, he begins to understand how the act of creation can change himself, the Creator.
Pantheon * 9780307379993
PINEAPPLE GRENADE by Tim Dorsey
Gloriously unrepentant Florida serial killer Serge Storms is back --- and he’s finagled his way into becoming a secret agent in Miami. The incomparable Serge takes up spying for the president of a Banana Republic, and now Homeland Security wants to bring him down.
William Morrow * 9780061876905
TAKEN by Robert Crais
When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike --- and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken by professional border kidnappers.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158278
A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY by Joshilyn Jackson
Fifteen-year-old Mosey is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. Jenny, Mosey's grandmother, holds together the strands of the three women's past, and will stop at nothing to defend their future.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446582353
WHY JESUS?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality by Ravi Zacharias
Ravi Zacharias believes that movements like New Age spirituality and society's obsession with human potential have combined like a "perfect storm" to redefine for popular culture what has been for centuries the classic biblical definition of the person, work and teaching of Jesus Christ.
FaithWords * 9780892963195
On Sale the Week of January 23rd in Paperback
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD: New and Selected Stories by E.L. Doctorow
From a master of modern American letters comes a collection of short fiction about people who, as E. L. Doctorow notes in his Preface, are somehow “distinct from their surroundings --- people in some sort of contest with the prevailing world.”
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812982039
CARTE BLANCHE: The New James Bond Novel by Jeffery Deaver
James Bond, in his early 30s and already a veteran of the Afghan war, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: To protect the Realm, by any means necessary.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451629354
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 * 9781455510825
"THERE ARE THINGS I WANT YOU TO KNOW" ABOUT STIEG LARSSON AND ME by Eva Gabrielsson with Marie-Françoise Colombani
No one knew Stieg Larsson like his lifelong companion, Eva Gabrielsson. Here she tells the story of their 30-year romance, Stieg's lifelong struggle to expose Sweden’s Neo-Nazis, his difficult relationships with his immediate family, and the joy and relief he discovered writing the Millennium Trilogy.
Seven Stories Press * 9781609804107
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