August 28, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of August 27th and September 3rd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of August 27th in Hardcover
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
When the renowned choir director at a monastery is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec are called in to investigate. They learn that one of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors.
Minotaur Books * 9780312655464
BONES ARE FOREVER by Kathy Reichs
Temperance Brennan has been asked to examine the corpses of three dead babies in Montreal, while her long-time flame, Detective Ryan, is investigating the infants’ mother. When the woman flees to Edmonton, the investigation is joined by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant with whom Tempe had an ill-advised fling over a decade earlier. The dissonant team heads to a remote diamond-mining city to pursue an ever more sinister trail.
Scribner * 9781439102435
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., at nine years old, Reyna Grande enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Filled with hope, she quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect. Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she reads.
Atria Books * 9781451661774
LAST TO DIE: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen
When several attempts on an orphan’s life prove to be part of a grisly plot, detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles take matters into their own hands. It's not just this one orphan in danger; an unspeakable secret dooms the children's fate unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer's twisted quest.
Ballantine Books * 9780345515636
THE MIRRORED WORLD by Debra Dean
Born to a Russian family of lower nobility, Xenia is a passionate dreamer who cares little for social conventions. She unexpectedly falls in love with Andrei, a handsome solider with the Imperial choir. Their perfect happiness is constantly overshadowed by the petty demands of life at the royal court and her obsession to have a child. However, she is certain that tragedy will strike; when it finally does, Xenia begins giving away her possessions and mysteriously vanishes.
Harper * 9780061231452
RETURN TO WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs
Sonnet Romano is leading a seemingly perfect life until her mother drops the news that she’s expecting and the pregnancy is high risk. Sonnet feels compelled to put everything else on hold and return home to Avalon. Although she plans to pick up her life where she left off once her mother is out of danger, a devastating diagnosis is given, forcing Sonnet to make life-altering decisions.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778313847
THE REVISED FUNDAMENTALS OF CAREGIVING by Jonathan Evison
Having lost virtually everything, Benjamin Benjamin enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving. He is assigned to 19-year-old Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As the two embark on a wild road trip across the American West, a new camaraderie replaces the traditional boundary between patient and caregiver.
Algonquin Books * 9781616200398
A SUNLESS SEA: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry
As commander of the River Police, William Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated body of a female moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little --- only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk’s investigation?
Ballantine Books * 9780345510648
CARAVAN OF THIEVES by David Rich
Working as an undercover marine, Rollie Waters is never less than two steps ahead of trouble --- a skill he learned from the con artist father who raised him, though he hasn't seen Dan in years. It develops that a lot of money from the U.S. government has gone missing, and they think Rollie’s father took it. The only way to find Dan is to trace the frail tendrils of truth scattered among Rollie’s childhood memories. To do that, he’ll have to go deep into the undercover identity of a lifetime: his own.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952886
On Sale the Week of August 27th in Paperback
77 SHADOW STREET by Dean Koontz
Once the dream home of a tycoon, the Pendleton is now a luxury apartment building, a sanctuary for its privileged inhabitants. They are unaware of the building’s dark history --- episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse.
Bantam * 9780553593068
ANATOMY OF A DISAPPEARANCE by Hisham Matar
Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies, and it seems nothing can fill the emptiness that her death causes within him and his father. Then they meet Mona, and Nuri falls madly in love. But it's Nuri's father who Mona loves and eventually marries, and their happiness consumes and tortures Nuri. When Nuri's father is kidnapped, they both realize how little they know this man.
Dial Press Trade Paperback * 9780385340458
ANATOMY OF MURDER by Imogen Robertson
London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship's captain who has been gravely injured in the king's naval battles with France. As London's streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames. The indomitable Mrs. Westerman and her reclusive sidekick, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, are once again called on to investigate.
Penguin Books * 9780143122630
BELLA FORTUNA by Rosanna Chiofalo
Valentina DeLuca has made hundreds of brides' dreams come true with her ability to find the perfect style for even the most demanding customer. Now, it's her turn. Valentina has loved Michael Carello ever since he rescued her from a cranky shopkeeper when she was 10 years old. In a few weeks, she's going to marry him --- in Venice. But just when she thinks everything is falling into place, Valentina is forced to re-examine her life to see what truly makes her happy.
Kensington * 9780758266538
DEATH OF KINGS by Bernard Cornwell
In this latest installment of Bernard Cornwell’s saga of England, loyalties are divided and chaos is mounting. As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne --- as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780061969669
DEFENSIVE WOUNDS by Lisa Black
In this fourth novel in Lisa Black’s captivating suspense series, forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect --- especially when high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead.
Harper * 9780061989421
THE FACILITY by Simon Lelic
In a near-future dystopian Britain, democracy has been undermined. Emboldened by new anti-terrorism laws, police start to “disappear” people from the streets for unspecified crimes. But when unassuming dentist Arthur Priestley is snatched and held prisoner at a top-secret facility, his estranged wife, Julia, and a brave but naive journalist named Tom Clarke embark on a harrowing quest for the truth.
Penguin Books * 9780143120681
KEPT IN THE DARK by Penny Hancock
When her neighbor’s 15-year-old nephew goes missing, Sonia is the last person anyone would suspect. At 43, she is a strikingly attractive wife and mother. And like the River House, her lovely home overlooking the Thames, Sonia’s life is a picture of perfection and normalcy --- until she meets Jez. From the moment he shows up on Sonia’s doorstep, the gorgeous teenage boy awakens a torrent of memories that threaten to reveal a terrifying truth.
Plume * 9780452298330
LETTER FROM A STRANGER by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Justine Nolan is a documentary film maker who lost her beloved grandmother a decade ago --- the person who was the only source of love and comfort in her life. But when Justine inadvertently opens a letter addressed to her mother, she discovers that not only is her grandmother alive, but that her mother has deliberately estranged the family from her for all these years.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312631697
NIGHTWATCHER by Wendy Corsi Staub
Allison Taylor adores her adopted city of New York. But on a bright and clear September morning, the familiar landscape around her is savagely altered --- and in the midst of widespread chaos and fear, a woman living upstairs from her is found, brutally slaughtered and mutilated. Homicide detective Rocky Manzillo must hunt for a monster called "The Nightwatcher" amid the smoking ruins of a devastated city.
Harper * 9780062070289
ON CANAAN'S SIDE by Sebastian Barry
Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over 17 days, ON CANAAN'S SIDE opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger.
Penguin Books * 9780143122180
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 installment of Ted Bell's espionage thriller series. Hawke ultimately goes nose-to-nose with an enemy unlike any he's fought before --- and may never again.
Harper * 9780061859328
THE ROPE: An Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr
Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna Pigeon’s past and finally reveals the story that her many fans have been long asking for. In 1995 and 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart, Anna takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park --- never to return.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250008671
SIDNEY SHELDON'S ANGEL OF THE DARK by Tilly Bagshawe
LAPD Detective Danny McGuire could never forget the face of Angela Jakes and the nightmare she endured --- raped, beaten, and tied to the murdered body of her elderly husband, multimillionaire art dealer Andrew. His obsession nearly cost McGuire his sanity, even after the stunning young widow disappeared without a trace. Ten years later, living in France and working for Interpol, he's put the past behind him...until Matt Daley, Andrew Jakes' estranged son, walks into his life.
Harper * 9780062073457
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 * 9780062060624
SWEETNESS: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman
In the 12 years since his death from cancer, Walter Payton’s legend has only grown in magnitude. Based on meticulous research and interviews with nearly 700 family members, friends, teammates and various associates, SWEETNESS delivers an unforgettable portrait of a man who lived his life just like he played the game: at full speed.
Gotham * 9781592407378
TIGER HILLS by Sarita Mandanna
The year is 1878, the year a beautiful baby girl, Devi, is born. Her fate is intertwined with Devanna, a gifted young boy whose mother has died in tragic circumstances. The two quickly become inseparable, until Devi meets Machu the tiger killer, a hunter of great repute. It is the tangled relationship among the three that leads to a devastating tragedy --- an event with unforeseen and far-reaching consequences for generations to come.
Pintail * 9780670066933
On Sale the Week of September 3rd in Hardcover
ZOO by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316097444
THE ACCOMPLICE by Charles Robbins
Smarting over a recent gubernatorial campaign in which he may have cost his boss the race, Henry Hatten is concerned about becoming a political has-been. But he catches a break when he lands a job as communications director for Nebraska Senator Tom Peele’s presidential campaign. As the campaign progresses, however, Henry finds himself involved in dealings so dirty, even a potential spot in the White House might not justify the means.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250010513
BREED by Chase Novak
As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire... but with awful consequences. Ten years later, twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked in their rooms every night. Driven to a desperate search for answers, they set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the people who raised them.
Mulholland Books * 9780316198561
BUFFALO BILL’S DEAD NOW: A Wind River Mystery by Margaret Coel
After more than 120 years, the regalia worn by Arapaho Chief Black Heart in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show were supposed to be returned to his people. But the cartons containing the relics were empty when they arrived at the Arapaho museum. Vicki and Father John suspect rancher and Indian artifact collector Trevor Pratt knows more about the theft than he’s telling --- a suspicion that’s confirmed when they witness a car speeding from his home and he’s found murdered inside.
Berkley Hardcover * 9780425252710
THE FORGETTING TREE by Tatjana Soli
Claire Nagy’s love for Forster Baumsarg, the only son of prominent California citrus ranchers, is so strong that not even the tragic death of her son Joshua at kidnappers’ hands, her alienation from her two daughters, or the dissolution of her marriage can pull her from the ranch she’s devoted her life to preserving. But Claire is about to face her greatest struggle: an illness that threatens to take her very life.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250001047
GARMENT OF SHADOWS: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King
Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds.
Bantam * 9780553807998
GONE by Randy Wayne White
Hannah Smith makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice. Her methods can be unorthodox, though, and those on the receiving end of them often wind up very unhappy --- and sometimes very violent. When a girl goes missing, and Hannah is asked to find her, that is exactly what happens.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158490
IN BETWEEN DAYS by Andrew Porter
The Harding family is teetering on the edge. Elson is recently divorced from his wife of 30 years, Cadence. Their grown son, Richard, still lives at home, resisting the career as a writer that beckons him. But when Chloe returns home after getting kicked out of college for reasons she can't explain to her family, the Hardings' lives begin to unravel.
Knopf * 9780307273512
JOHN SATURNALL’S FEAST by Lawrence Norfolk
John Saturnall, an orphan turned kitchen boy growing up in 17th-century England, quickly rises through the ranks of his manor house to become the greatest cook of his generation. He falls in love with Lucretia, the aristocratic daughter of the lord of the manor, who has sworn a vow of fasting until her father calls off her engagement to her buffoonish fiancé. It falls to John to try to cook her delicious foods that might tempt her to break her fast.
Grove Press * 9780802120519
LAURA LAMONT’S LIFE IN PICTURES by Emma Straub
Elsa Emerson relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child's game of pretend. While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488450
THE MAP OF THE SKY by Felix J. Palma
A love story serves as the backdrop for THE MAP OF THE SKY when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds. What follows are three interconnected plots that create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery.
Atria Books * 9781451660319
MORTALITY by Christopher Hitchens
Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us.
Twelve * 9781455502752
NW by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith’s new novel follows four Londoners as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203978
THE OTHER WOMAN by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Jane Ryland, once a rising star in television news, now finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. As the body count rises and the election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.
Forge Books * 9780765332578
THE RAPTURE OF THE NERDS by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross
Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the 21st century, where random humans are charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether or not to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors.
Tor Books * 9780765329103
THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR by Michael Kardos
When friends Will, Jeffrey and Nolan are out for a drive one night, Jeffrey tells the others to stop at a convenience store, and shocks them when he drags a young woman out from the store and into the car. Obeying Jeffrey's orders to drive, Will and Nolan suddenly find themselves guilty of harboring a kidnapped hostage, and a thrilling three days result before the fate of the car's four occupants is decided.
Mysterious Press * 9780802120267
TIGER’S CLAW by Dale Brown
In the near future, the U.S., weakened by a massive military and economic downfall, finds its position as head of the global order threatened by an ever-more powerful China. Retired Air Force lieutenant-general Patrick McLanahan prepares to confront the inevitable clash between the two superpowers as they push each other towards destruction.
William Morrow * 9780061990014
THE TIME KEEPER by Mitch Albom
The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
Hyperion * 9781401322786
THE TOMBS: A Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
Husband-and-wife Sam and Remi Fargo and their friend hunt for Attila the Hun's tomb, which supposedly contained a vast amount of treasure. They follow a trail that leads them across the eastern hemisphere and pits them against others who are hungry for the Attila's treasure.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159268
TRUST YOUR EYES by Linwood Barclay
Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon --- but has not --- in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.
NAL Hardcover * 9780451237903
WILDERNESS by Lance Weller
Thirty years after the Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, Abel Truman has found his way to the edge of the continent, the rugged, majestic coast of Washington State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his beloved dog. WILDERNESS is the story of Abel, now an old and ailing man, and his heroic final journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608199372
On Sale the Week of September 3rd in Paperback
AMERICAN DERVISH by Ayad Akhtar
Hayat Shah is a young Pakistani American in love for the first time. Mina is Hayat's mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. When Mina begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions force him to question all that he has come to believe is true.
Back Bay Books * 9780316183307
ARGUABLY: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
For nearly four decades, Christopher Hitchens was telling us what we confront when we grapple with first principles --- the principles of reason, tolerance and skepticism that define the foundations of our civilization. Here, he supplies fresh perspectives on such figures as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West, George Orwell and J.G. Ballard. His intrepid discussions are gathered from a lifetime of traveling and reporting all over the world.
Twelve * 9781455502783
THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES by Héctor Tobar
Héctor Tobar takes us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams and ambitions.
Picador * 9781250013798
DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR by William Gibson
Though best known for his fiction, William Gibson is as much in demand for his cutting-edge observations on the world we live in now. Originally printed in publications as varied as Wired, the New York Times and the Observer, these articles and essays cover 30 years of thoughtful, observant life, and are reported in the wry, humane voice that lovers of Gibson have come to crave.
Berkley * 9780425252994
FOBBIT by David Abrams
Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base is like the back-office of the battlefield. Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acquainted, grunts are playing Xbox and watching NASCAR between missions, and a lot of the senior staff are more concerned about getting to the chow hall in time for the Friday night all-you-can-eat seafood special than worrying about little things like military strategy.
Grove Press/Black Cat * 9780802120328
FRIENDS LIKE US by Lauren Fox
In this hilarious, sorrowful, intelligent and irresistible page-turner, Willa Jacobs has the best friend of a lifetime in Jane Weston. When Ben, a close friend from high school, returns to Willa's life, the delicate balance of friendship and love is tipped askew.
Vintage * 9780307388254
THE GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS by Tan Twan Eng
Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo. Who is Aritomo, and how did he come to leave Japan? And is the real story of how Yun Ling managed to survive the war perhaps the darkest secret of all?
Weinstein Books * 9781602861800
THE GOOD WOMAN: A Brennan Sisters Novel by Jane Porter
Years of being “the good woman” have taken a toll on Meg; she feels burned out and empty, and more disconnected than ever from her increasingly distant husband. Lonely and disheartened, she attends the London Wine Fair with her boss, Chad Hallahan. It’s here, alone together in an exotic city, that Chad confesses his long-standing desire for Meg. An overwhelmed Meg returns home, only to suddenly question every choice she’s ever made.
Berkley Trade * 9780425253007
THE GRIEF OF OTHERS by Leah Hager Cohen
Unable to express their grief over the loss of their newborn baby, John and Ricky Ryrie struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and for their two older children. They pretend not only that little has changed, but that their marriage and their family have always been intact. Yet long-suppressed uncertainties about their relationship come roiling to the surface, and a dreadful secret emerges with unexpected reverberations.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594486128
HEFT by Liz Moore
In this compelling tale, two characters yearn for family. One is Arthur Opp, an obese recluse living in his family home in Brooklyn. The other is Yonkers teen baseball star Kel Keller, who has a remote connection to Arthur. Can these strangers triumph over loneliness?
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393343885
HEMINGWAY’S GIRL by Erika Robuck
In Depression-era Key West, Mariella Bennet attracts the interest of Ernest Hemingway, as well as Gavin Murray, one of the WWI veterans who are laboring to build the Overseas Highway. When she is hired as a maid by Hemingway’s second wife, the attentions of the larger-than-life writer become a dangerous temptation...even as straightforward Gavin Murray draws her back to what matters most.
NAL Trade * 9780451237880
A KILLER’S ESSENCE by Dave Zeltserman
New York City Homicide Detective Stan Green has seen better days. As his family life threatens to disintegrate and his work partner disappears, he is assigned to the most shocking case of his career --- a strange and remarkably violent murder. He finds just one witness, a neurologically disabled recluse who sees demonic hallucinations through the souls of others.
Overlook TP * 9781468300673
LIFE ITSELF: A Memoir by Roger Ebert
In this candid, personal history, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert shifts his attention inward to offer an insightful, compassionate, witty and moving self-portrait of a life that’s been filled with both joy and suffering.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446584968
THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey Eugenides
In the midst of the deep recession of the early 1980s, English student Madeleine Hanna is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine attempts to align this literary theme with current ideals, she finds herself in a complex love triangle that continues long after graduation.
Picador * 9781250014764
MARY BOLEYN: THE MISTRESS OF KINGS by Alison Weir
The world is familiar with the name of Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII’s six wives, but little is known of her elder sister Mary, who also had intimate relations with the same notoriously colorful monarch, as well as with his overseas contemporary, Francois I. Alison Weir’s exhaustive research brings a fascinating and little-known woman out of the shadows of history.
Ballantine Books * 9780345521347
MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
Charlotte Kinder is in need of true escape when she heads from Ohio to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside. But as it turns out, this vacation is no time to relax. Hearts are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues --- real and pretend, sinister and romantic --- increasingly tough to sort out. It's midnight in Austenland, and Charlotte is about to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen herself.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781596912892
THE ORCHARD: A Memoir by Theresa Weir
Theresa Weir’s THE ORCHARD is really two stories in one novelized memoir --- her patchwork existence before marrying into a midwest apple-growing family, and how she found a purposeful life in a heroic effort to reclaim the dying art of traditional orchardists.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446584685
THE PRAGUE CEMETERY by Umberto Eco
Conspiracies rule history. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man?
Mariner Books * 9780547844206
PURE by Julianna Baggott
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. When a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455503056
THE RACE: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
In 1910, a contest is awarding $50,000 to the first aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. One of the top candidates is Josephine Frost --- whose husband just killed her lover, tried to kill her, and is bound to try again. Investigator Isaac Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before, and if he takes the case, Frost will be after him, too.
Berkley * 9780425250440
RED MIST: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell
Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. But what Kay thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive.
Berkley * 9780425250433
THE RIDGE by Michael Koryta
In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than a local landmark --- until its builder is found dead at the top of the light. For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the death is disturbing and personal. Somehow it suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life.
Back Bay Books * 9780316053679
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