January 24, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 23rd and January 30th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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
On Sale the Week of January 30th in Hardcover
BLACK SITE: A Delta Force Novel by Dalton Fury
A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, Kolt Raynor is still trying to make sense of his life, and duty, after a secret mission gone bad. He’s been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men and himself. But his shot at redemption comes at a price.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312668372
DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay
Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber is happy with his wife and 14-year-old son, Jacob. But when a crime shatters their New England town, Andy is shocked to learn that Jacob is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
Delacorte Press * 9780385344227
GOOD IN A CRISIS: A Memoir by Margaret Overton
During physician Margaret Overton’s drawn-out divorce, she was determined to find her true soul mate. But in an awkward moment on a date, she discovered she had a brain aneurysm. Here, she humorously shares her story of dealing with the most serious of life's problems.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608197644
HELPLESS by Daniel Palmer
After nine years, former Navy Seal Tom Hawkins returns to Shilo, New Hampshire, to raise his teenage daughter, Jill, following the murder of his ex-wife. When anonymous rumors about Tom start plaguing the Internet, he must untangle a web of lies to prove his innocence.
Kensington * 9780758246653
HOME FRONT by Kristin Hannah
From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all. But after 12 years together, the couple has lost their way. Then the Iraq war starts, and an unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312577209
MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
Charlotte Kinder happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife to go to a country manor house that provides an immersive Jane Austen experience. Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608196258
SISTER QUEENS: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox
Ousted from the positions of power they had been groomed for and separated from their children, Katherine of Aragon and her sister, Juana of Castile, each turned to their abiding faith and deep personal belief in their family’s legacy to cope with their enduring hardships.
Ballantine Books * 9780345516046
A MOM AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART DEVOTIONAL by Elizabeth George
Drawing from her bestselling books, radio spots and podcasts, author Elizabeth George utilizes scripture and personal experience to provide devotionals that seek to uplift and guide mothers through the joys and challenges of parenting.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736947596
THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey
Jack and Mabel have recently arrived in Alaska in 1920. Longing for children and struggling in their marriage, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone --- but they glimpse a small girl running through the trees.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316175678
THE DARK ROSE by Erin Kelly
Two scarred and solitary teenagers, embroiled in crime and hiding in the shadows of unspeakable events, start a secret affair. Both begin to believe that they may find happiness again…if they can outrun their violent pasts.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670023288
DRIFTING HOUSE by Krys Lee
Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee's stories illuminate a people torn between the traumas of their collective past and the indignities and sorrows of their present.
Viking Adult * 9780670023257
THE LOST GODDESS by Tom Knox
From the temples of Angkor Wat and the wild streets of Bangkok to the prehistoric caves in Western Europe, photographer Jake and archaeologist Julia are linked by separate discoveries connected by a strange, demonic woman with a shocking thirst for vengeance.
Viking Adult * 9780670023189
NO ONE IS HERE EXCEPT ALL OF US by Ramona Ausubel
In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. At the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487941
THE RULES OF INHERITANCE: A Memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith
When both of her parents die of cancer, Claire Bidwell Smith finds herself alone in the world and inconsolable at the revelation that suddenly she is no one's special person. It is only when Claire eventually falls in love, marries and becomes a mother that she emerges from the fog of grief.
Hudson Street Press * 9781594630880
SAYING IT WELL: Touching Others with Your Words by Charles R. Swindoll
Charles R. Swindoll shares the expertise that has lauded him as one of America’s preeminent communicators. Whether preparing for a speech or simply organizing one’s thoughts, SAYING IT WELL helps readers master the art of effective communication.
FaithWords * 9780892968312
On Sale the Week of January 30th in Paperback
AGAINST ALL ENEMIES by Tom Clancy
A terrorist bombing in Pakistan wipes out ex-Navy SEAL Max Moore’s entire CIA team. What he discovers in the terrorist cell leads him to a much darker conspiracy in an unexpected part of the globe --- the US/Mexico border, where a drug war rages.
Berkley * 9780425246061
THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS by Jan-Philipp Sendker
When Julia’s father, a successful New York lawyer, suddenly disappears, she and her mother discover a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Julia decides to travel to the woman’s village to find out the truth.
Other Press * 9781590514634
CRUNCH TIME by Diane Mott Davidson
When the rental house shared by Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz's longtime friend Yolanda and her aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, and Goldy must investigate.
Avon * 9780061348167
THE DINOSAUR HUNTER by Homer Hickam
Cowboy and former homicide detective Mike Wire retreats to Montana after a stressful career in Hollywood. When a paleontologist and his assistants arrive hoping to dig, Mike knows that once discovered, those bones won’t stay buried, and not everyone hunting for them is doing it in the interest of science.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250001962
FALLEN by Karin Slaughter
Everything Faith learned in the police academy goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room, a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn’t see is her mother.
Dell * 9780345528216
THE LEGACY OF EDEN by Nelle Davy
For the past 17 years, Meredith Pincetti has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name.
Mira * 9780778329558
LITTLE GIRL GONE by Drusilla Campbell
Madora was 17 and headed for trouble when Willis rescued her. She ran away with him, and for five years they have lived alone, in near isolation. But after Willis kidnaps a pregnant teenager and imprisons her in a trailer behind the house, Madora is torn between love and her sense of right and wrong.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446535793
NIGHT VISION: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White
The Red Citrus Trailer Park is inhabited mostly by illegal laborers. But the manager and his girlfriend want to sell it for some easy money --- and they'll do whatever it takes to drive the residents out.
Berkley * 9780425245750
NOW YOU SEE HER by Joy Fielding
New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding tells an unforgettable story of a newly divorced woman attempting to heal her heartache, only to find herself on a desperate search for her daughter.
Pocket Star * 9781416585329
ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING by Jasper Fforde
At a time of great unrest in the Bookworld, only the ace literary detective can avert a devastating Genre War. But Thursday has vanished. Now the written Thursday must answer the call, save the Bookworld, evade capture, and find the actual Thursday!
Penguin * 9780143120513
THE POISON TREE by Erin Kelly
This psychological thriller begins when Karen and her nine-year-old daughter pick up Rex from a 10-year stint in prison for murder. Flash back to the sultry summer in 1990s London when Karen, a straight-A college student, first meets the exotic Biba and joins her louche life in a crumbling mansion in Highgate.
Penguin * 9780143120414
SECRETS OF THE LOST SUMMER by Carla Neggers
A neighboring house is in disarray, so Olivia Frost writes to the owner, Dylan, asking him to clean it up. Dylan has no idea his late father left him the house. Curious, he travels to Knights Bridge, where he and Olivia hit it off. Soon they are digging into the past in search of buried secrets.
Mira * 9780778313113
THE SOMETIMES DAUGHTER by Sherri Wood Emmons
Judy Webster’s mother, Cassie, is a beautiful, flawed flower-child. But as Cassie's husband gradually abandons '60s ideals in favor of a steady life, their marriage crumbles. When Cassie moves to an ashram in India, Judy is grief-stricken. And when she returns, Judy must decide what place Cassie claims in her life.
Kensington * 9780758253255
SPYCATCHER by Matthew Dunn
Intelligence agent Will Cochrane, working on a joint mission for the CIA and MI6, is out to capture a brilliant and ruthless Iranian spy in this extraordinary international espionage debut by a real-life former field agent.
Harper * 9780062037862
WE ALL FALL DOWN by Michael Harvey
Michael Kelly is back and racing to save Chicago from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed in the city’s subway system.
Vintage * 9780307473646
AN AMISH FAMILY REUNION by Mary Ellis
When Phoebe illustrates a story of Eli's after a chance encounter in Niagara Falls, they join forces to produce a children’s book. Though their feelings for each other extend beyond the page, it remains to be seen whether their love can survive when Eli’s father suffers a heart attack and the couple’s business venture comes to a sudden halt.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736944878
BEAUTIFUL BATTLE: A Woman's Guide to Spiritual Warfare by Mary E. DeMuth
Through difficult questions and investigation into scripture, BEAUTIFUL BATTLE guides readers to victory in their own spiritual warfare, and explains why a woman’s voice matters for eternity.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736943802
BECOMING A WOMAN WHO LISTENS TO GOD by Sharon Jaynes
Though women are often overwhelmed by the necessities of their daily lives and feel they haven’t the time to hear God’s voice, Sharon Jaynes finds, by relating scripture and insight from her own life, that some of God’s most memorable messages were and are delivered in the middle of everyday life.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736947619
BLUE MOON BAY by Lisa Wingate
For Seattle architect Heather Hampton, a trip back to tiny Moses Lake, Texas, is hardly in the plan. Yet because a promotion hinges on the sale of the family farmland, she heads to the last place she ever wanted to go. As her stay lengthens, she discovers a family steeped in secrets and an unexpected connection to a local banker, despite his opposition to her project.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764208225
A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF by Lawrence Block
Forced out of the NYPD, Matthew Scudder has given up the drink. Then he runs into "High-Low" Jack Ellery, a childhood friend. Scudder once solved crimes as a detective. Ellery committed them. Then Ellery is killed, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins. Is it what he saw or what he said that got him killed?
Mulholland Books * 9780316127318
FLIRTING WITH THE FORBIDDEN: Finding Grace in a World of Temptation by Steven James
In FLIRTING WITH THE FORBIDDEN, bestselling author Steven James reminds readers that we are always just one step away from bowing to temptation, that we all share the same potential and propensity for evil.
Revell * 9780800734282
SONG OF MY HEART by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent --- though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764207860
TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH: The Bliss Creek Amish, Book 1 by Kelly Irvin
Emma has only begun to heal after Carl left her small Amish community four years prior. Now, reeling from the unexpected death of her parents, Emma is plunged back into a world of despair and confusion, one only complicated by Carl’s return and her untimely infatuation with Thomas, a strong, quiet widower.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736943710
WHAT EVERY MAN WISHES HIS FATHER HAD TOLD HIM by Byron Forrest Yawn
Having a father who failed to provide as a positive role model can be detrimental in more ways than one. Author Byron Yawn offers 30 principles to help fathers and sons alike escape the common mistakes men make that stem from this equally common problem.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736946384
WORDS SPOKEN TRUE by Ann H. Gabhart
Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold readers in its grip until the very last page. Ann H. Gabhart once again delivers an enthralling and enduring tale for her loyal and ever-expanding fan base.
Revell * 9780800720452
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