March 6, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of March 5th and March 12th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of March 5th in Hardcover
CARRY THE ONE by Carol Anshaw
CARRY THE ONE begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451636888
DEVIL IN THE GROVE: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
Gilbert King shines new light on remarkable civil rights crusader Thurgood Marshall, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as “one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.”
Harper * 9780061792281
ENCHANTMENTS by Kathryn Harrison
After Rasputin’s body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his 18-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his headstrong son Prince Alyosha, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha find solace in each other’s company.
Random House * 9781400063475
GODS WITHOUT MEN by Hari Kunzru
Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. Before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed --- but not unchanged --- the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them.
Knopf * 9780307957115
THE GREAT NORTHERN EXPRESS: A Writer's Journey Home by Howard Frank Mosher
Several months before novelist Howard Frank Mosher turned 65, he learned that he had prostate cancer. Following 46 intensive radiation treatments, Mosher set out alone in his 20-year-old Chevy Celebrity on a monumental road trip and book tour across 21st-century America.
Crown * 9780307450692
THE HOPE VENDETTA by Scott Mariani
Ex-SAS operative and hero-for-hire Ben Hope has decided to put down his gun for good. When his professor and friend asks him to help find his missing daughter, Ben declines, but puts his buddy, Charlie Palmer, on the case. But when Charlie runs into trouble, Ben reluctantly joins him to find out what might have happened.
Touchstone * 9781439193471
ILLUSION by Frank Peretti
Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life --- or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the 19-year-old she was in 1970.
Howard Books * 9781439192672
THE NEXT RIGHT THING by Dan Barden
Randy Chalmers has to admit he’d be dead or in prison were it not for his best friend, lawyer and Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, Terry Elias. Thanks to Terry’s coaching and an endless stream of caffeine-fueled AA meetings, Randy has been off the booze for eight years. All is well…until Terry, himself supposedly sober for 15 years, is found dead of a heroin overdose.
The Dial Press * 9780385343404
THE O'BRIENS by Peter Behrens
THE O'BRIENS is the story of a marriage and a family moving through history --- from the first flying machines, through two world wars, to the election of JFK --- told with epic precision and wondrous imagination.
Pantheon * 9780307379931
POISON FLOWER: A Jane Whitefield Novel by Thomas Perry
Jane Whitefield spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife’s murder, out of a criminal court building. Within minutes, men posing as police kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her. Jane’s captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby’s wife. She endures their torment and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby.
Mysterious Press * 9780802126054
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, is to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles, and the boys become steadfast companions. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece must lay siege to Troy. Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows.
Ecco * 9780062060617
WALKING IN THE DUST OF RABBI JESUS: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life by Lois Tverberg
By reading the words of Jesus through the perspective of his first Jewish followers, Lois Tverberg invites readers to follow their Rabbi more closely, examining his teachings in the light of their Jewish context.
Zondervan * 9780310284208
WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? by Jeanette Winterson
WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin.
Grove Press * 9780802120106
EVERY DAY A FRIDAY JOURNAL: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen
How can you become a happier person? In this seven-week companion to his bestselling book, Joel Osteen offers inspiring guidance to meet that goal. This journal offers relevant Scriptures, inspirational quotations, selected stories, prayers, and points for reflection.
FaithWords * 9780892969814
On Sale the Week of March 5th in Paperback
CLAIR DE LUNE by Jetta Carleton
The time: 1941, at the cusp of America's entry into World War II. The place: southwest Missouri, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. A young junior college teacher strikes up a friendship with two young men that soon takes a turn for the worse.
Harper Perennial * 9780062089199
COLD WIND: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box
When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in-law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do --- especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin.
Berkley * 9780425246917
DOC by Mary Doria Russell
The year is 1878, the peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp.
Ballantine Books * 9780812980004
A LESSON IN SECRETS: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
In the summer of 1932, the career of psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment from the British Secret Service.
Harper Perennial * 9780061727719
NEW YORK TO DALLAS: An In Death Novel by J.D. Robb
J. D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas, one that will take her all the way to the city that gave her her name --- and plunge her into the nightmares of her childhood.
Berkley * 9780425246894
READING MY FATHER: A Memoir by Alexandra Styron
READING MY FATHER is the story of a daughter coming to know her father, William Styron, at last. Alexandra Styron grew up in Connecticut and on Martha’s Vineyard, and she was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind.
Scribner * 9781416591818
THE SATURDAY BIG TENT WEDDING PARTY: The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
At a remote cattle post south of Gaborone, two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s No. 1 Lady Detective, is asked to investigate. It is an intriguing problem with plenty of suspects --- including, surprisingly, her own client.
Anchor * 9780307472984
SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING by Ann Brashares
From bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the return of Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget, whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now they have grown up, starting their own lives. Though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780385521239
THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM by Jonathan Coe
Maxwell Sim can’t seem to make a single meaningful connection. In an attempt to get out of his rut, Max accepts a strange offer to drive a Prius full of toothbrushes from London to the remote Shetland Islands. But he’s unable to resist making a series of impromptu visits to important figures from his past.
Vintage * 9780307742155
TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET by Colin Thubron
Colin Thubron's TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET is a memoir of discovery and loss, chronicling the author's journey to the holiest mountain on earth, the solitary peak of Kailas in modern-day Tibet. To Buddhists and Hindus, it is the mystic heart of the world and an ancient site of pilgrimage. It has never been climbed.
Harper Perennial * 9780061768279
UNFAMILIAR FISHES by Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell sets out to discover the odd, emblematic and exceptional history of Hawaii, the 50th state. In examining the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn, she finds America again, warts and all.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594485640
THE WISE MAN’S FEAR: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two by Patrick Rothfuss
In Patrick Rothfuss’s long-awaited sequel to THE NAME OF THE WIND, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents.
DAW Trade * 9780756407124
On Sale the Week of March 12th in Hardcover
SPIRIT RISING: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit by Jim Cymbala
Jim Cymbala, author and pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, discusses the vital presence of God’s agent on earth, the Holy Spirit, combining biblical teachings with stories of how God is working in the lives of people and churches today.
Zondervan * 9780310241256
AN AMERICAN SPY by Olen Steinhauer
When Alan Drummond, Milo Weaver's former boss in the CIA, uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him.
Minotaur Books * 9780312622893
ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART by Jane Green
Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at 37, she's finally found him: Ethan, a divorced father of two. But in his daughter Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312591823
ARCADIA by Lauren Groff
In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. ARCADIA follows this romantic, rollicking and tragic utopian dream.
Voice/Hyperion * 9781401340872
THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES by M. J. Rose
Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. When her brother hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing, Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.
Atria * 9781451621303
DEEP FATHOM by James Rollins
Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted salvage mission to find Earth burning. Now, with the United States on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse, Kirkland must pilot his oceangoing exploration ship, Deep Fathom, on a desperate mission miles below the ocean’s surface.
William Morrow * 9780061916489
THE DOG WHO DANCED by Susan Wilson
If there’s been a theme in Justine Meade’s life, it’s loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, was Mack, her gray and black Sheltie --- that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than 20 years away.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312674991
DUBLIN DEAD by Gerard O'Donovan
Irish detective Mike Mulcahy returns in this suspenseful follow-up to the highly acclaimed international bestseller THE PRIEST --- and now he’s hot on the trail of an international drugs gang.
Scribner * 9781451610635
THE FOURTH FISHERMAN: How Three Mexican Fishermen Who Came Back from the Dead Changed My Life and Saved My Marriage by Joe Kissack
Three Mexican fishermen in a small boat without any supplies battle death 5,500 miles out to sea, with a tattered Bible and an unwavering faith as their only lifelines. Thousands of miles away, Joe Kissack, a successful Hollywood executive who is on a downward spiral into depression and addiction, discovers their story, which takes him on an unexpected journey.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307956279
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Brad Parks
Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. Will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?
Minotaur Books * 9780312667689
HUSH NOW, DON'T YOU CRY: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
Molly Murphy and her husband have been invited to spend their honeymoon on Alderman Brian Hanna’s estate in the spring of 1904, but Molly doesn’t entirely trust the offer. Hanna has his eye on a senate seat and intentions of taking Tammany Hall to get it. When Hanna is found dead at the base of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic, Molly’s suspicions are quickly justified.
Minotaur Books * 9780312628116
THE VANISHERS by Heidi Julavits
Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.
Doubleday * 9780385523813
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I READ BOOKS: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
In this new collection, Marilynne Robinson returns to the themes that have preoccupied her work: the role of faith in modern life, the inadequacy of fact, and the contradictions inherent in human nature.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux * 9780374298784
WIDE OPEN by Deborah Coates
Ghosts haunt lonely country backroads and magic crackles across the sky in WIDE OPEN, the first novel in a chilling contemporary fantasy trilogy.
Tor Books * 9780765328984
THE GILLY SALT SISTERS by Tiffany Baker
Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn't stop Whit Turner, the town's wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives and marrying Claire. Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband's pregnant mistress.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446194235
THE OTHER SIDE OF SUFFERING: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace by John Ramsey
Faced with the tragic death of his daughter, murder of his son and loss of his wife to ovarian cancer, John Ramsey reveals how he was sustained by faith during a long period of spiritual darkness, offering hope and encouragement to others who suffer tragedy and injustice.
FaithWords * 9780892963850
GLOW by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
In the autumn of 1941, Amelia J. McGee, a young woman of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish descent, and an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP, hastily sends her daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia in the middle of the night --- a desperate action that is met with dire consequences when the child encounters two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road.
Viking Adult * 9780670023318
THE GODS OF GOTHAM by Lyndsay Faye
One night while making his rounds as a reluctant NYPD officer, Timothy Wilde runs into a girl not more than 10 years old dashing through the dark covered head to toe in blood. He takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399158377
HELSINKI WHITE: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson
After recovering from brain surgery, Inspector Kari Vaara, who has been handpicked to run a rogue black-ops unit, gets to work. Soon the unit is cleaning house, robbing Helsinki's mobsters blind of their cash, dope and illegal firearms. But Kari's team is too good, and their actions have unintended consequences.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158322
On Sale the Week of March 12th in Paperback
AUTUMN: AFTERMATH by David Moody
It's been almost 100 days since a killer disease wiped out 99% of the population. Survivors are few and far between, and those who remain stick together to give themselves the best possible chance of staying alive. But the unexpected appearance of survivors from another group changes everything.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312570026
CAMPY: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella by Neil Lanctot
Based on interviews with dozens of people who knew Roy Campanella and diligent research into contemporary sources, CAMPY offers a three-dimensional portrait of this gifted athlete and remarkable man whose second life after baseball would prove as illustrious as his first.
Simon & Schuster * 9781416547051
THE DARK SIDE OF INNOCENCE: Growing Up Bipolar by Terri Cheney
In THE DARK SIDE OF INNOCENCE, Terri Cheney, author of the bestselling MANIC, explores her tumultuous childhood. She offers an insider’s look into the frightening world of childhood bipolar disorder.
Atria * 9781439176245
FINDING OUR WAY HOME by Charlene Ann Baumbich
When ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury, she retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota, where her injuries limit her as much as her mother's recent death haunts her. She hires a temporary live-in aide, and the two women form an unlikely alliance.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307444738
THE KING OF DIAMONDS by Simon Tolkien
It's 1960, and David Swain is two years into his life sentence for murdering the lover of his ex-girlfriend, Katya. In the dead of night, David escapes, and Katya is found murdered. Inspector Trave of the Oxford Police heads the manhunt for David.
Minotaur Books * 9781250002006
THE SANDALWOOD TREE by Elle Newmark
In 1947, American historian and WWII veteran Martin Mitchell moves with his family to India to conduct his research. But soon, Martin and Evie find themselves stranded in a colonial bungalow in the Himalayas due to violence surrounding the partition of India between Hindus and Muslims.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781416590606
STAND BY ME: A SouledOut Sisters Novel by Neta Jackson
Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family all but disowns her.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595548641
TIGERLILY’S ORCHIDS by Ruth Rendell
When Stuart Font throws a housewarming party, he invites all the residents of his new building. But careful planning can only get a person so far. As it turns out, this party will be one everyone remembers.
Scribner * 9781439150399
THE TRINITY SIX by Charles Cumming
London, 1992. Late one night, 76-year-old Edward Crane is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a “resourceful career diplomat.” But Crane was much more than that --- and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250004628
WITCHES OF EAST END by Melissa de la Cruz
The three Beauchamp women live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their town seems almost stuck in time, and all three lead seemingly uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret --- they are powerful witches banned from using their magic.
Hyperion * 9781401310912
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