January 31, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 30th and February 6th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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
On Sale the Week of February 6th in Hardcover
CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED by Pam Houston
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air. She flies around the world, finding reasons to love life in dozens of far-flung places from Alaska to Bhutan.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393082654
ALL THAT I AM by Anna Funder
ALL THAT I AM is an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying threat of Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Harper * 9780062077561
BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels in Mumbai, and as India starts to prosper, residents are electric with hope. The lives of four ambitious Annawadians intertwine --- but tragedy and terror may destroy their dreams.
Random House * 9781400067558
CATCH ME by Lisa Gardner
A lone woman outside Detective D. D. Warren’s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants D. D. to handle the death investigation.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952763
DA VINCI'S GHOST: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image by Toby Lester
Toby Lester takes on one of the great untold stories in the history of ideas: the genesis of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Everybody knows the picture --- and yet almost nobody knows about the epic intellectual journeys that led to its creation.
Free Press * 9781439189238
FDR AND CHIEF JUSTICE HUGHES: The President, the Supreme Court, and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal by James F. Simon
Although Franklin D. Roosevelt later called Chief Justice Hughes the best politician in the country, the two men fiercely collided at a pivotal moment in history --- during the initial stages of FDR’s New Deal.
Simon & Schuster * 9781416573289
A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George
When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother in 1904, where better to go than America, the land of the new? By chance, they find themselves in Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399157592
HANGING HILL by Mo Hayder
Newly divorced and penniless, Sally is desperate to support herself and her teenage daughter. Forced into a criminal world of pornography and drugs, she and her sister --- who has a crippling secret that dates back 20 years --- struggle to keep a grip on reality.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802120069
HISTORY OF A PLEASURE SEEKER by Richard Mason
Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. He applies for a job as tutor to the son of Europe’s leading hotelier, and soon finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him.
Knopf * 9780307599476
KILL SHOT: An American Assassin Thriller by Vince Flynn
KILL SHOT is a suspenseful political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781416595205
THE LAST STORYTELLER: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney
The national mood in Ireland is downtrodden, and although Ben wants no part of the insurrection along the northern border, he unknowingly falls in with an IRA sympathizer. Yet all he can think about is finding his former wife and true love, actress Venetia Kelly.
Random House * 9781400067855
LEFT FOR DEAD by J. A. Jance
Ali Reynolds investigates two shocking cases of victims brutally left for dead --- Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, and an unidentified young woman presumed to be an illegal border crosser.
Touchstone * 9781451628586
THE LOST SAINTS OF TENNESSEE by Amy Franklin-Willis
Driven by the soulful voices of 42-year-old Ezekiel Cooper and his mother, Lillian, THE LOST SAINTS OF TENNESSEE journeys from the 1940s to 1980s as it follows Zeke’s evolution from anointed son, to honorable sibling, to unhinged middle-aged man.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802120052
THE MIRAGE by Matt Ruff
The MIRAGE presents a twisted alternate take on the 9/11 attacks: on September 11, 2001, Christian fundamentalists flew two planes into the Tigris & Euphrates World Trade Towers in Baghdad, and a third into the Arab Defense Ministry in Riyadh.
Harper * 9780061976223
NO MARK UPON HER by Deborah Crombie
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, Scotland Yard partners as well as devoted life-mates, become embroiled in the case of the puzzling drowning of a rower, a Met detective, on the Thames.
William Morrow * 9780061990618
STAY AWAKE: Stories by Dan Chaon
In these suspenseful stories, lost, fragile characters wander between ordinary life and a psychological shadowland. They have experienced intense love or loss, grief or loneliness, displacement or disconnection --- and find themselves in unfathomable situations.
Ballantine Books * 9780345530370
TRIBULATIONS OF THE SHORTCUT MAN by p. g. sturges
Dick Henry is the Shortcut Man, assisting people with sticky situations in the belief that the shortest solutions may not always be legal. In TRIBULATIONS OF THE SHORTCUT MAN, he reluctantly assists an old girlfriend, pole dancer Pussy Grace.
Scribner * 9781439194218
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK: Stories by Nathan Englander
These eight new stories from celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander address the great questions of modern life, exploring a range of eccentric characters through history and across generations.
Knopf * 9780307958709
PURE by Julianna Baggott
After an apocalyptic disaster, the Pures ---- those unmarked by the crisis --- are separated from the rest of humanity in the Dome. But Partridge risks his life to go in search of his mother. Along the way, he meets Pressia, a damaged girl on the run.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455503063
WILD THING by Josh Bazell
It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. When a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. “Peter Brown” a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, he has no choice but to say yes.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316032193
On Sale the Week of February 6th in Paperback
TOWNIE: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III
After their parents divorced, Andre Dubus III and his siblings grew up with their mother in a depressed mill town. Nearby, his father taught on a college campus. In TOWNIE, Dubus shares how he escaped the cycle of violence and bridged the rift between his father and himself.
W.W. Norton & Company * 9780393340679
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S.J. Watson
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love --- all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062060563
DREAMS OF JOY by Lisa See
In DREAMS OF JOY, Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from SHANGHAI GIRLS, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter Joy, who runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812980547
FADEAWAY GIRL by Martha Grimes
For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte and Lake Noir have been plagued by intertwined crimes. And with the arrival of an unexpected visitor, it looks like the bad times have only just begun.
NAL Trade * 9780451235640
FAR FROM HERE by Nicole Baart
When Danica Greene’s pilot husband disappears during a trip to Alaska, Danica begins a desperate journey to find him. But when she learns that her husband wasn’t flying alone and that a woman is missing too, she is forced to search for the truth in her marriage.
Howard Books * 9781439197332
FOUR OF A KIND by Valerie Frankel
When the mothers of four Brooklyn Heights private school kids are thrown together on a school committee, they impulsively turn their first meeting into a game of poker. But instead of betting with money, they play for intimate secrets about each other’s lives.
Ballantine Books * 9780345525406
HISTORY OF A SUICIDE: My Sister's Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky
On April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s 21-year-old sister Kim climbed into a car in the garage, turned on the ignition, and fell asleep. Now, Jill recreates her sister’s inner life, and the events and emotions that led her to take her life on this particular night.
Washington Square Press * 9781439101940
LUCIFER’S TEARS: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson
Still recovering from his last case and struggling with his personal life, Kari Vaara is pushed into the case of a 90-year-old national hero for war crimes committed during World War II --- which may be related to a murder-by-torture case that he’s also investigating.
Berkley Trade * 9780425245392
OVERBITE by Meg Cabot
Meena’s ability to predict how everyone she meets will die has impressed the Palatine Guard --- a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican --- and they’ve hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061735110
RESTORATION by Olaf Olafsson
Having grown up in a circle of wealthy British ex-pats in Florence in the 1920s, Alice Orsini shocks everyone when she marries the son of a minor Italian landowner. But her restlessness pulls her into a reckless affair that will have devastating consequences.
Ecco * 9780062065650
THE SECRET SOLDIER by Alex Berenson
In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.
Jove * 9780515150346
THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Helen Schulman
When 15-year-old Jake Bergamot receives --- and then forwards to a friend --- a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him, the video goes viral within hours. The scandal that ensues threatens to shatter his family and his world.
Harper Perennial * 9780062024398
THE UNION QUILTERS: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
In 1862, the men of Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, rally to President Lincoln's call while Dorothea Granger marshals her friends to "wield their needles for the Union." As their men struggle on the battlefield, the women forge a new independence that will forever change Elm Creek Valley.
Plume * 9780452297609
THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown
Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, where books are a way of life. They struggle to communicate with one another, and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them.
Berkley Trade * 9780425244142
WHAT HAPPENED TO HANNAH by Mary Kay McComas
As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, 20 years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her 15-year-old niece.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062084781
A WIDOW’S STORY: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates
In this memoir, Joyce Carol Oates sheds light on the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years. She shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of "death-duties," and the solace of friendship.
Ecco * 9780062020505
THE WINTER GHOSTS by Kate Mosse
Young World War I veteran Freddie Watson meets an enigmatic young woman one night while traveling through the French Pyrenees. By dawn, he will have unearthed a tragic mystery that goes back centuries, and discovered his own role in the life of this old remote town.
Berkley Trade * 9780425245293
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