March 13, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of March 12th and March 19th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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
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
On Sale the Week of March 19th in Hardcover
THE BLIND SPY by Alex Dryden
Superspy Anna Resnikov is back in the rifle sights of her former masters as she races to expose Russia’s plot to destabilize the Ukraine and retake their former territory.
Ecco * 9780062088086
BORN TO DARKNESS by Suzanne Brockmann
Former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the compound, he is plunged into a strange world where certain individuals possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results.
Ballantine Books * 9780345521279
DUST TO DUST: A Memoir by Benjamin Busch
Benjamin Busch, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, as seen firsthand.
Ecco * 9780062014849
FALL FROM GRACE by Richard North Patterson
Using his training as a CIA operative, Ben Blaine skillfully seeks to find the truth surrounding his father’s violent death --- even if it means exposing one of his own family members as the killer and unearthing hidden skeletons that were never meant to be found.
Scribner * 9781451617054
FORCE OF NATURE: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box
In 1995, Nate Romanowski was in a secret Special Forces unit abroad when a colleague did something terrible. Now high up in the government, the man is determined to eliminate anyone who knows about it, and Nate knows exactly how he'll do it --- by striking at Nate's friends to draw him out.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158261
THE GOOD FATHER by Noah Hawley
Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. In the harrowing opening scene of this novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and his son Daniel is caught on video as the assassin.
Doubleday * 9780385535533
GOSSIP by Beth Gutcheon
GOSSIP is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship, competition and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and abuse "information" about others --- be it true, false, or imagined --- to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.
William Morrow * 9780061931420
THE MIGHT HAVE BEEN by Joseph M. Schuster
After a decade playing in the minor leagues, Edward Everett Yates sustains a devastating knee injury that destroys his professional career. Thirty years later, Edward is still grappling with regret over the life he almost had, when he encounters two players who show him that his greatest contribution may come in the last place he ever expected.
Ballantine Books * 9780345530264
MUDWOMAN by Joyce Carol Oates
MUDWOMAN explores the high price of success in the life of one woman --- the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution --- and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons.
Ecco * 9780062095626
A PARTIAL HISTORY OF LOST CAUSES by Jennifer duBois
In Jennifer duBois’s mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds. Spanning two continents and the dramatic sweep of history, A PARTIAL HISTORY OF LOST CAUSES reveals the stubbornness and splendor of the human will even in the most trying times.
The Dial Press * 9781400069774
PHANTOM: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell
Counterspy Alex Hawke must catch a villainous megalomaniac --- a man obsessed with horrifying experiments in cyberwarfare --- in this mesmerizing new espionage thriller in Ted Bell's New York Times bestselling series.
William Morrow * 9780061859304
SO PRETTY IT HURTS: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White
True-crime journalist and sassy amateur sleuth Bailey Weggins has scarcely begun her hard-earned weekend getaway when something comes up: a dead body, belonging to one of the world’s most glamorous supermodels. Now Bailey is trapped at an upstate New York home amidst the glitterati --- and any one of them could be a murderer.
Harper * 9780061576607
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: A Journal of My Son's First Son by Anne Lamott
Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Anne Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life. Lamott and Sam struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax's mother.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488412
STAY CLOSE by Harlan Coben
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952275
THAT'S HOW I ROLL by Andrew Vachss
Esau Till’s race is almost run. After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, he sits on death row, awaiting lethal injection. And writing his life story. But his memoir is no case study in tragedy --- it’s his one last chance to protect his brother Tory after he’s gone.
Pantheon * 9780307379948
THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura
The Thief has no family, no friends, no connections.... But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job. Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man he tied up was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery.
Soho Crime * 9781616950217
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WINTER: A Memoir in Blindness by Candia McWilliam
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WINTER is the story of a celebrated writer’s sudden descent into blindness, and of the redemptive journey into the past that her loss of sight sets in motion.
Harper * 9780062094506
On Sale the Week of March 19th in Paperback
CLARA AND MR. TIFFANY by Susan Vreeland
Tiffany glass --- those gorgeously colored turn-of-the-century lamps and other collectibles --- was, it turns out, often designed and produced by a band of unsung female artisans. Their leader, Clara Driscoll, emerges from obscurity in another art-themed historical novel from the author of GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE and THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812980189
THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL by Deborah Rodriguez
After hard luck and heartbreak, Sunny finally finds a place to call home --- in the middle of an Afghanistan war zone. There, the 38-year-old serves up her American hospitality to the expats who patronize her coffee shop, including a British journalist, a “danger pay” consultant, and a wealthy and well-connected woman.
Ballantine Books * 9780345514769
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