September 11, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 10th and September 17th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of September 10th in Hardcover
BLACK DAHLIA & WHITE ROSE: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates takes readers deep into dangerous territory, from a maximum-security prison to the inner landscapes of two beautiful and mysteriously doomed young women in 1940s Los Angeles: Elizabeth Short, otherwise known as the Black Dahlia, victim of a long-unsolved and particularly brutal murder, and her roommate Norma Jeane Baker, soon to become Marilyn Monroe.
Ecco * 9780062195692
CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak by Joyce Meyer
Building on the premises of POWER THOUGHTS and LIVING BEYOND YOUR EMOTIONS, Joyce Meyer examines the tremendous power of words --- which are the vehicles that convey our thoughts and emotions --- and provides a series of guidelines for making sure that our talk is constructive, healthy, healing, and used to good results.
FaithWords * 9780446538572
DELUSION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
An airborne virus is unleashed on the patrons of a bar, killing 80 people. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things, and they describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear, rage and paranoia. It appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive anyone to temporary insanity, if not kill them outright. But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror --- or why.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158810
A FISTFUL OF COLLARS: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
Hoping to bring some Hollywood money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next major production starring Thad Perry. Known for his bad behavior, Thad needs a babysitter, and the mayor hires Chet and Bernie for the job. When they dig into the details of an old crime, they discover that Thad has links to the Valley that go way back. To complicate matters, Thad’s cat seems hellbent on making trouble for Chet.
Atria Books * 9781451665161
GRACE HAPPENS HERE: You Are Standing Where Grace is Happening by Max Lucado
Max Lucado looks at grace from all directions and reveals that no matter which way you look at it, God’s grace is always there, ready to do wonders in your life. This beautiful gift book is filled with powerful quotes, Scripture, and stories that will transform your heart and mind with a deeper understanding of God’s healing grace.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400320387
GRACE: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado
Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and pre-meal prayers. But do we really understand its meaning? Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?
Thomas Nelson * 9780849920707
THE MALICE OF FORTUNE by Michael Ennis
Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon: The Prince.
Doubleday * 9780385536318
THE PEOPLE OF FOREVER ARE NOT AFRAID by Shani Boianjiu
Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain.
Hogarth * 9780307955951
ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE JANUS REPRISAL by Jamie Freveletti
Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith is attending a conference in The Hague on infectious diseases. Without warning, the conference hotel is consumed in a bloodbath. Smith is caught in the crossfire and barely escapes. But the hotel is not the only location under attack in The Hague. In the midst of further chaos, Pakistani warlord Oman Dattar puts in motion a plot to bring down the West once and for all.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446539845
ROBERT B. PARKER'S FOOL ME TWICE: A Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman
A Hollywood movie company has come to Paradise, Massachusetts, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159497
TELEGRAPH AVENUE by Michael Chabon
Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are longtime friends and co-regents of a used record store. But when ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode announces his plan to build a megastore nearby, the duo fears that it will mean certain death for their small business. What they don’t know is that this announcement marks the peak of a secret history, including a forgotten crime of the Black Panther era. How will the two make it through these trying times?
Harper * 9780061493348
THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER by Junot Diaz
On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness --- and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487361
THOSE WE LOVE MOST by Lee Woodruff
Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes.
Voice * 9781401341787
A WANTED MAN: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat --- to both sides at once. Nothing is what it seems in Lee Child’s latest thriller, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.
Delacorte Press * 9780385344333
THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin Powers
In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible actions.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316219365
THE VOICE IS ALL: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac by Joyce Johnson
Joyce Johnson peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. Looking into how Kerouac’s French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider’s vision of America, she tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs of 1951 that resulted in the composition of ON THE ROAD.
Viking Adult * 9780670025107
On Sale the Week of September 10th in Paperback
THE BRIDESMAID: Home to Hickory Hollow, Book 2 by Beverly Lewis
Twenty-four-year-old Joanna Kurtz is so far proving the adage “always the bridesmaid, never the bride.” Yet despite appearances, she has a beau who is secretly courting her from afar. Will her hidden passion for writing and his responsibilities to his family keep them forever apart?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209789
THE DANGERS OF PROXIMAL ALPHABETS by Kathleen Alcott
Ida, yearning to fill a void in her life from growing up in a single-parent household, forms a familial-like bond with her neighbors, two brothers named Jackson and James. Fissures form in the trio when Ida and Jackson start to fall for one another, discovering the dangers of love in the process.
Other Press * 9781590515297
HEADSTONE: A Jack Taylor Novel of Terror by Ken Bruen
An elderly priest is nearly beaten to death, and a special-needs boy is brutally attacked. Evil has many guises, and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.
Mysterious Press * 9780802155139
I MARRIED YOU FOR HAPPINESS by Lily Tuck
During one long night, as Nina sits by the body of her newly deceased husband Philip, she pieces their marriage together from scraps of memory. The resulting mosaic is a moving, honest and deeply satisfying depiction of a complicated relationship.
Grove Press * 9780802145918
THE RETRIBUTION: A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Novel by Val McDermid
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan have put away scores of criminals. But there is one serial killer who has defined their careers: Jacko Vance, ex-celebrity and sociopath whose brilliance and utter lack of remorse have not left Tony’s mind in the 10 years since his imprisonment. Now Jacko has escaped from prison. Even more twisted than before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol.
Grove Press * 9780802120441
WE THE ANIMALS by Justin Torres
Justin Torres’ brief first novel tells the brutal, tender story of three brothers growing up on the edge of poverty. WE THE ANIMALS is a stomach-grinding portrait of a family in turmoil and the toll it exacts on those boys.
Mariner Books * 9780547844190
WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes
Karl Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war. He weaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings --- from Homer to The Mahabharata to Jung.
Grove Press * 9780802145925
On Sale the Week of September 17th in Hardcover
THE VANISHING ACT by Mette Jakobsen
On a small snow-covered island lives 12-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa, Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier, Minou's mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned. One morning, Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother’s disappearance be explained by the boy?
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393062922
BEAUTIFUL LIES by Clare Clark
London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past --- and the family she abandoned --- come back to haunt them both.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780151014675
BLACK FRIDAYS by Michael Sears
An investment firm asks former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers are the kinds of problems that can get you killed. But Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, “the Kid,” from his unstable ex-wife. When the two threads of his life come together, the results are unforgettable.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158667
THE CUTTING SEASON by Attica Locke
Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that has turned into an eerie tourist attraction. Outside the gates, a corporation has been snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations and replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.
Harper * 9780061802058
FATHER NIGHT: A McClure/Carson Novel by Eric Van Lustbader
A tidal wave of reform is sweeping across the Middle East. Up for grabs are major seats of political power, and at the center of it all are two men, giants of the vast criminal underworld. One is known as Dadya Gourdiev, the other is an underworld mystery, known only as the Syrian. But hiding in the shadows is a man history might have forsaken, but whose evil is still very much alive: Father Night.
Forge Books * 9780765333391
HISS AND HERS: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton
Agatha has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, and will do anything to get her man --- including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.
Minotaur Books * 9780312616250
I DECLARE: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life by Joel Osteen
Broken into 31 segments, Joel Osteen's latest book defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles.
FaithWords * 9781455516780
JOSEPH ANTON: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Salman Rushdie tells that story for the first time --- the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.
Random House * 9780812992786
THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY by Timothy L. O'Brien
In the late spring of 1865, as Washington mourns the death of Lincoln, Detective Temple McFadden witnesses a murder at the B&O Railroad Station --- and then makes an even more staggering discovery. On his slain friend's body he finds two diaries: one that clearly belongs to Mary Todd Lincoln and one that he learns was penned by John Wilkes Booth. Together, these documents reveal the true depth and reach of the conspiracy behind the assassination.
Ballantine Books * 9780345496775
LOW PRESSURE by Sandra Brown
Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan's murder. She becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455501557
OUTRAGE: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaldur Indridason
Haunted by personal demons, Detective Erlender decides to take a short leave of absence, putting his female assistant, Elinborg, in charge while he is gone. When a disturbing case lands on her desk, Elinborg is quickly thrust into a world of violent crime. A serial rapist is on the loose, and the clock is ticking as the police race to catch him before he strikes again.
Minotaur Books * 9780312659110
RESURRECTION EXPRESS by Stephen Romano
For the past two years, high-tech thief Elroy Coffin has been incarcerated after a job gone bad, driven to near-madness by the revelation of his beloved wife’s murder. Now a powerful and mysterious visitor offers Elroy his freedom if he’ll do another job, and sweetens the deal with proof that his wife might still be alive. All Elroy has to do is hack into one of the most complicated and deadliest security grids in the world.
Gallery Books * 9781451668643
SAN MIGUEL by T.C. Boyle
On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families --- one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s --- come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle’s haunting new novel.
Viking Adult * 9780670026241
SEVERE CLEAR: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington is overseeing the grand opening of his new hotel, which will be attended by Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos and billionaires from overseas. But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans. The hunt to find them leads Stone into a complex web of deceit and misdirection, in a world where the intrigues of government intelligence collide with the clandestine machinations of the upper crust.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159848
WINTER OF THE WORLD: Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right where FALL OF GIANTS left off, as its five interrelated families --- American, German, Russian, English and Welsh --- enter a time of enormous social, political and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952923
On Sale the Week of September 17th in Paperback
BEST FRIENDS, OCCASSIONAL ENEMIES: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, are the best of friends --- 99.9% of the time. In other words, they’re just like every mother and daughter in the world. Now they’re dishing about it all: their lives, their relationship, and their carb count.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250013866
BLEED FOR ME by Michael Robotham
When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark family secrets her mind has buried.
Mulholland Books * 9780316126373
CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert K. Massie brings us the extraordinary story of Catherine the Great. Once an obscure young German princess, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. She traveled to Russia at 14 and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful and captivating women in history.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780345408778
DEAD MAN’S GRIP by Peter James
Carly Chase is still traumatized 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she finds out that the drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: she could be next.
Minotaur Books * 9780312643218
THE GIRL IN THE GLASS by Susan Meissner
Meg is fed up after a broken engagement, the disappearance of her irresponsible father, and the loss of a promised heirloom. When her missing father sends her a ticket to Florence, Meg assumes he will meet her there. Instead, she meets Sofia, a memoir-writer who claims she's the last Medici and that the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance speak to her. As Meg tours Florence, her perspectives on what is real --- and what she wants to be real --- are challenged.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730428
GUILTY WIVES by James Patterson and David Ellis
Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous and sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Little did any of them know that they all would be arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. Now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime --- for survival.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455506668
HERE COMES TROUBLE: Stories from My Life by Michael Moore
Breaking the autobiographical mode, Oscar-winning filmmaker and bestselling author Michael Moore presents 24 far-ranging, irreverent and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his early life. Capturing the zeitgeist of the past 50 years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, it's a book he has been writing --- and living --- his entire life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455513079
RED FLAGS by Juris Jurjevics
Army cop Erik Rider is enjoying his war until he’s sent to disrupt Vietcong opium fields in a remote Highland province. Rider lands in Cheo Reo, home to hard-pressed soldiers, intelligence operatives, and profiteers. The tiny U.S. contingent and their unenthusiastic Vietnamese allies are hopelessly outnumbered by enemy infantry. And they’re all surrounded by 60,000 Montagnard tribespeople who want their mountain homeland back.
Mariner Books * 9780547840239
THE RIVER by Michael Neale
Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure. But something holds him back --- the memory of the terrible event he witnessed on The River when he was just five years old. When he returns to The River after years away, his heart knows he is finally home --- and his destiny is within reach.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401688486
A SEASON FOR TENDING: Book One in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall
Old Order Amish Samuel King needs to keep the family apple orchard profitable, while Rhoda Byler’s father must take back her two-acre grove. Samuel believes he has an answer to both of their business needs, but removes his offer when he learns that Rhoda may practice magic. When a tornado destroys his orchard, Samuel joins a group of Amish who will establish a new settlement. Unaware of his plans, Rhoda has joined a different group of Amish heading for the same destination.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730022
WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan
In a distant American future, Hannah Payne awakens after being infected with a virus that has turned her skin red. Chroming is her punishment for her crime of murder --- for terminating the pregnancy of her unborn child. Because of her refusal to identify the father or name the abortionist, she is forced to live in permanent disgrace.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201937
THE WINE OF SOLITUDE by Irene Nemirovsky
THE WINE OF SOLITUDE follows the Karol family through the Great War and the Russian Revolution, as the young Hélène grows from a dreamy, unhappy child into a strong-willed young woman. From the hot Kiev summers to the cruel winters of St. Petersburg and eventually to springtime in Paris, the would-be writer Hélène blossoms, despite her mother’s neglect, into a clear-eyed observer of the life around her.
Vintage * 9780307745484
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