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April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of April 23rd and April 30th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of April 23rd in Hardcover

April 24th

AFTERWARDS by Rosamund Lupton
In the aftermath of the devastating fire that tears her family apart, Grace embarks on a mission to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. This fire was not an accident, and her daughter Jenny may still be in grave danger. Grace is the only one who can discover the culprit, and she will do whatever it takes to save her family.
Crown * 9780307716545

AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS: A Memoir by Auma Obama, translated by Ross Benjamin
While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama’s childhood played out in a remote village in Kenya. They met for the first time in the 1980s, and built a lasting relationship that led to travels together in Kenya, research into their family history, and ultimately Auma’s support for her brother’s political career and eventual bid for the U.S. presidency.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250010056

FARTHER AWAY: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
In FARTHER AWAY, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. These pieces deliver on Franzen’s implicit promise to conceal nothing.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374153571

FIFTEEN DIGITS by Nick Santora
Every day, five men come together at their white shoe law firm. They're "Printers": blue-collar guys consigned to the dark basement of the firm charged with copying, collating and delivering the mountains of paperwork that document millions of dollars of sensitive legal secrets. Until the five are approached by an ambitious young attorney who teaches them what they have: insider information.
Mulholland Books * 9780316176316

"The first time I saw Marian Ballantine she looked like a burst of bittersweet among the winter branches..." And so begins a tale of love lost and found, the rekindling of a passion for life that two people discover with each other, and the complex dynamics of family and friendship.
William Morrow * 9780061449727

GOLIATH by Susan Woodring
When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is found dead by the railroad tracks outside town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312675011

LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE: A Memoir by Anna Quindlen

In her new memoir, the New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead --- and celebrating it all --- as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more.
Random House * 9781400069347

MEMOIRS OF A RUGBY-PLAYING MAN: Guts, Glory, and Blood in the World's Greatest Game by Jay Atkinson
Bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his 35-year odyssey in rugby --- from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all-star selections, up to his current stint with the freewheeling Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312547691

MIDNIGHT IN PEKING: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French
Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind the notorious murder of a young Englishwoman, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.
Penguin * 9780143121008

MY HAPPY DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD: A Memoir by Garry Marshall with Lori Marshall
Garry Marshall, who has been among the most successful writers, directors and producers in America for more than five decades, takes us on a journey from his stickball-playing days in the Bronx to his time at the helm of some of the most popular television series and movies of all time.
Crown Archetype * 9780307885005

TRUE SISTERS by Sandra Dallas

TRUE SISTERS tells the story of four women, brought together on the harrowing journey of the Martin Handcart Company, and united by the promises of prosperity and salvation in a new land. Through the ties of female friendships and the strength born from suffering, each one tests the boundaries of her faith and learns the real meaning of survival along the way.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250005021

A WEDDING IN HAITI by Julia Alvarez

A teenager when Julia and her husband first met him in 2001, Piti illegally crossed the border into the Dominican Republic to find work. Julia, impressed by his courage and charmed by his smile, has over the years come to think of him as a son, even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009, Julia’s promise is tested.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201302

THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A Dark Tower Novel by Stephen King
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet --- Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler --- encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two...and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.
Scribner * 9781451658903
On Sale the Week of April 23rd in Paperback

April 24th

22 BRITANNIA ROAD by Amanda Hodgkinson
With World War II finally over, Silvana and her seven-year-old son, Aurek, board the ship that will take them to England, where Silvana's husband --- determined to forget his ghosts --- has rented a little house at 22 Britannia Road. But Aurek is wild, almost feral. And Silvana cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act.
Penguin * 9780143121046

A long-time sports columnist for the New York Times interweaves stories from his life and the events he covered to explore the relationships between the games we play and the lives we lead.
Ecco * 9780061769146

BETRAYAL OF TRUST: A J.P. Beaumont Novel
by J. A. Jance

Trying to solve a devastating crime involving troubled teens leads J.P. Beaumont, an investigator for the Washington Attorney General's Special Homicide squad, into a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government.
Harper * 9780061731327

CALEB'S CROSSING by Geraldine Brooks
Bethia Mayfield lives among pioneers and Puritans of the 17th century. She yearns for an education, but her gender forbids it. At 12 she encounters Caleb, the Native American son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret friendship. When Caleb goes to Cambridge to study Latin and Greek, Bethia finds herself there, too --- but she is indentured as a housekeeper.
Penguin * 9780143121077

COUP D'ETAT by Ben Coes
Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreas has gone to rural Australia, far from turbulent forces that he once fought against. But when powerful men who are seeking revenge track him down, Dewey must abandon his home and fight for his life.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312580773


The day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from medical examiner Samantha Owens’s life. She has been pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate --- until she receives a peculiar call from Washington, D.C.
Mira * 9780778313205

DREAMS OF THE DEAD: A Nina Reilly Novel by Perri O'Shaughnessy
Attorney Nina Reilly is about to relive a nightmare as her own past comes back to haunt her in DREAMS OF THE DEAD, whereby the notorious killer who was responsible for her husband’s murder may have come back from the dead and is on the loose again.
Pocket Books * 9781416549741

ESCAPE by Barbara Delinsky
Lawyer Emily Aulenbach finds herself working for a company she doesn't believe in, her marriage is suffering a major disconnection, and her entire existence is tied to her technological gadgets. Finally she can't take it anymore and runs away. Is there any hope of getting her previous life back on track? Or must she abandon the whole thing?
Anchor * 9780307475978

FORT FREAK: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R. R. Martin
In the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, we get to know the hardbitten world of Manhattan's Fifth Precinct --- or "Fort Freak," as cops and malefactors alike call the cop-shop where every other desk sergeant, detective and patrol officer is more than human.
Tor Science Fiction * 9780765364685

THE GOOD FATHER by Diane Chamberlain
Four years ago, 19-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. Bella is the light of his life, and he's never regretted his decision. But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble.
Mira * 9780778313465

KBL: KILL BIN LADEN: A Novel Based on True Events by John Weisman
A riveting novel drawn from actual events, KBL: KILL BIN LADEN brings to life the drama behind SEAL Team 6's stunning raid that brought about the long-awaited destruction of the 21st century's most ruthless killer.
Harper * 9780062127877

KILLING KATE by Julie Kramer
Crime-solving means high ratings for Minnesota TV reporter Riley Spartz when she nails the culprit behind SILENCING SAM. But the stakes rise when Riley must piece together a serial killer’s murderous motive for KILLING KATE.
Pocket Star * 9781439178027

LOST IN SHANGRI-LA: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed.
Harper Perennial * 9780061988356

MURDER ONE by Robert Dugoni
Barclay Reid is struggling to cope with the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. When she’s accused of murdering a drug trafficker she blamed for the overdose, attorney David Sloane is not only her potential romantic interest, but her chosen defender, in his first criminal case.
Pocket Books * 9781451606706

MYSTERY: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
The murder victim’s fingertips were severed and her body mutilated. Recognizing the need for expert psychological insight on this gruesome case, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis calls in his friend and colleague, Alex Delaware. When a lead offers up the dead woman’s nickname --- Mystery --- the case takes an alarming turn.
Ballantine Books * 9780345505705

THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian
In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily, and their twin 10-year-old daughters, who hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, had to ditch his jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? 39.
Broadway * 9780307395009

OUTRAGE by Robert K. Tanenbaum
District Attorney Butch Karp battles a failure of the system, a police detective desperate to solve a case for his own ends, and a homicidal maniac who will stop at nothing to protect the truth.
Pocket Books * 9781439149270

THE PACK by Jason Starr
Simon Burns, a stay-at-home father, meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. He soon realizes they are different from other men he has met, and is lured into their mix. As he experiences disturbing changes in his body, he suspects that when the guys welcomed him to their "pack," they were talking about much more than male bonding.
Ace * 9781937007522

PREY by Linda Howard
Linda Howard brings us deep into the wild, where a smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive --- and avoid becoming what they never expected to be: PREY.
Ballantine Books * 9780345506924

SEAL TEAM SIX: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard E. Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) --- the toughest and longest military training in the world.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250006950

THE SINGLES by Meredith Goldstein
Beth “Bee” Evans’ first vow as a bride is that everyone on her list be invited to bring a guest to her lavish nuptials. When Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe and Nancy one by one decline Bee’s generous offer, the frustrated bride dubs them the “Singles,” adrift on her seating chart as well as in life.
Plume * 9780452298057

On Sale the Week of April 30th in Hardcover

May 1st

Broken from growing up in one of North Korea’s forced-labor camps, Gi has learned to cope with pain by retreating into a realm of numbers and calculations. She becomes enamored of the brash and radiant Il-sun. But Il-sun’s pursuit of a better life imperils both girls when her suitor spirits them across the Demilitarized Zone and sells them as sex workers.
Algonquin Books * 9781616200770

ARE YOU MY MOTHER?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
In her highly anticipated follow-up to FUN HOME, bestselling author Alison Bechdel searches for the meaning of motherhood in her own life, not only from her actual mother but also from therapists, lovers, writers, and more. ARE YOU MY MOTHER? is a poignant, compelling and utterly fascinating journey from one of the most profound graphic creators of our era.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780618982509

In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Specialist William Lynn --- one of eight men who survived a ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents --- will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his 19 years.
Ecco * 9780060885595

THE BODY IN THE BOUDOIR: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page
Weddings can be deadly. Just ask caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild about her own nuptials to the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, a blissful day filled with family, friends, love --- and a case of attempted murder.
William Morrow * 9780062065483

DEAD LEVEL: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery by Sarah Graves
Nobody knows the nuts and bolts of home repair quite like Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, ex–Wall Streeter turned proud owner of an 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine. But when a killer with a screw loose sets his sights on Jake, her newest renovation project becomes a dire matter of life and deck.
Bantam * 9780553807905

FUN HOUSE: A John Ceepak Mystery by Chris Grabenstein
By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit “Fun House.” But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered --- and others from being threatened with the same fate.
Pegasus * 9781605983363

A GIFT FOR MY SISTER by Ann Pearlman
Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that, they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other’s shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439159491

by David Lyons
Jock Boucher has overcome modest beginnings to assume one of the most powerful positions in the land: U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana. Following a trail of cryptic clues from one end of the city to the other on his first case, Boucher is pushed to the limits only to find himself in the line of fire --- and too far from the law to ever return.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451629293

THE NEWLYWEDS by Nell Freudenberger
Amina leaves Bangladesh for Rochester, New York, and for George Stillman, the husband who met and wooed her online. For Amina, the decision echoes the arranged marriages of her home country, while George finds Amina “straightforward” and likes that she “doesn’t play games.” Yet each is hiding something from the other.
Knopf * 9780307268846

Jill Smolinski, author of THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST, has written a humorous and heartfelt novel about a personal organizer who must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung on to for decades.
Touchstone * 9781451660753

THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

The fourth volume in Robert A. Caro’s series on Lyndon Johnson follows Johnson through some of the most frustrating and triumphant periods of his career, including his battle against Robert Kennedy during the 1960 Democratic nomination for president and Johnson’s own unhappy vice presidency.
Knopf * 9780679405078

ROBERT B. PARKER'S LULLABY: A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins
When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother's death, he's not completely convinced by her claim that the original investigation was botched. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives: they're the very characteristics he abides by.

Putnam Adult * 9780399158032

On their son Emerald’s birthday, a train wreck leaves displaced passengers at the mercy of Charlotte and Edward Shift. Among them is Charlie Traversham-Beechers, a sketchy figure Charlotte once knew, whose presence makes for an unforgettable birthday and an evening of the past that literally comes back to haunt Charlotte.
Harper * 9780062116505

May 4th

THE WEIGHT OF MEMORY by Jennifer Paddock
Memory is the common thread running through the storylines of Chandler, Sarah and Leigh. All three women are from the same hometown, witnessed the death of a boy they all loved in high school, have complicated relationships with their fathers, and ride out Hurricane Katrina together in Destin, Florida.
MacAdam/Cage Publishing * 9781596923768

On Sale the Week of April 30th in Paperback

May 1st

ACT OF TERROR by Marc Cameron
From coast to coast, our nation is witnessing a new wave of terror. The perpetrators appear to be American --- but they are covert agents in a vast network of terror, selected and trained for one purpose only: the complete annihilation of America. The search for terrorists has escalated into an all-out witch hunt. And somehow, CIA Special Agent Jericho Quinn’s name is on the list…
Kensington * 9780786024957

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Back Bay Books * 9780316126670

A BITTER TRUTH: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
When World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford takes leave, returning home to England from France, she stumbles upon a stranger needing her help --- a situation that leads her into a murder mystery in which she becomes a major suspect.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062015716

BURIED PREY: A Lucas Davenport Novel by John Sandford
A house demolition leads to the discovery of the bodies of two girls wrapped in plastic. They disappeared in 1985 when Lucas Davenport was a young cop, and his bosses ultimately declared the case closed, though he never agreed. Now Davenport has a chance to investigate and finally learn the truth.
Berkley * 9780425247891

John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of America’s legendary defense attorney, touching on Clarence Darrow’s divorce, affairs and disastrous finances; a shocking disclosure about one of his most controversial cases; and explosive revelations of shady tactics he used in his own trial for bribery.
Vintage * 9780767927598

FORBIDDEN by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Fleeing pursuit, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.
FaithWords * 9781599953533

IN THE BAG by Kate Klise
Meet two single parents who think they’re too busy to date, and two teenagers who can’t stop writing flirty emails. This is a tale of connections --- missed and made --- in a universe that seems to have its heart set on reuniting Ms. 6B and Mr. 13C.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062108050

IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
In 1933, William Dodd, the new American ambassador, arrives in Berlin, just as Hitler has been appointed chancellor. Dodd and his family watch as Germany falls under Hitler’s spell and the country is transformed. Why did the U.S. dismiss its ambassador’s warnings? Erik Larson takes a cold, hard look at this deplorable period in history.
Broadway * 9780307408853

THE INFORMANT: A Butcher’s Boy Novel by Thomas Perry
In THE BUTCHER’S BOY, a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. THE INFORMANT returns to the Butcher's Boy many years later as a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him.
Mariner Books * 9780547737430

JEZEBEL by Irene Nemirovsky
In a French courtroom, Gladys Eysenach is on trial for shooting dead her much younger lover. As witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past, recalling a series of events that reveal the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.
Vintage * 9780307745460

THE LAST BOYFRIEND: Book Two of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts
Owen runs the Montgomery family’s construction business with an iron fist, which allows the Inn BoonsBoro to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish. Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation --- and a newfound appreciation for Owen, her first boyfriend when they were kids.
Berkley Trade * 9780425246030

LEARNING TO BREATHE: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life by Priscilla Warner
Panic attacks and severe anxiety had plagued Priscilla Warner most of her life, and she was determined to find the peace and serenity that continued to elude her. In this memoir, she frankly shares her sometimes humorous, sometimes emotionally painful, and always determined journey through various treatments, practices and therapies.
Free Press * 9781439181089

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. As time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past --- and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon has died, and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. And then the revelations start.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062122926

THE RANGER: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins
Quinn Colson left Mississippi and never looked back. Now he must return as an Army Ranger for his uncle's funeral. An admired sheriff, Uncle Hampton supposedly shot himself, but Quinn is ready to face enemies --- old, new, and very dangerous --- to get to the truth.
Berkley Trade * 9780425247495

Princess Juana of Castile knows she may never inherit the Spanish crown, but she also is aware of her royal duty --- to marry and produce heirs. She begins her arranged marriage not knowing what to expect. But when circumstances change dramatically, Juana finds herself queen, and rumors of madness begin to circulate.
Berkley Trade * 9780425247310

THE SILENT LAND by Graham Joyce
In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is able to dig their way out from under an avalanche of snow --- only to discover the world has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. As the couple begins to witness unsettling events, they are forced to con­front a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.
Anchor * 9780307739827

SILENT MERCY by Linda Fairstein
In the middle of the night, Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is called to a church in Harlem. A woman’s decapitated body has been left burning on the steps. Three days later, a second is found in Little Italy. As Alex mines Manhattan’s houses of worship in search of a connection, she uncovers a terrible truth that puts her in the path of danger.
Signet Select * 9780451413154

THEN AGAIN by Diane Keaton
In THEN AGAIN, you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet --- and fall in love with --- her mother, Dorothy Hall. Keaton has sorted through all the pages of her mother’s 85 journals to paint an unflinching portrait of her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812980950

TRAPEZE by Simon Mawer
When 19-year-old Marian Sutro joins the British forces during World War II, her directive is hijacked by another secret organization that wants her to go to Paris to persuade a friend --- a research physicist --- to join the Allied war effort, a mission that could change the course of the war.
Other Press * 9781590515273

A man wakes up naked and cold, half-drowned on an abandoned beach. The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and a bank envelope stuffed with cash and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes. None of it is familiar. Is he Daniel Hayes, and if so, why doesn't he remember?
NAL Trade * 9780451236920

WEDDING CAKE FOR BREAKFAST: Essays on the Unforgettable First Year of Marriage edited by Kim Perel and Wendy Sherman
From the thrill and dread that comes with an unplanned pregnancy to catching up with an ex and having second thoughts, WEDDING CAKE FOR BREAKFAST offers an intimate and often surprising look at that first year of marriage through the eyes and lives of 23 acclaimed female writers.
Berkley Trade * 9780425247303

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