October 2, 2012
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On Sale the Week of October 1st in Hardcover
ALL THINGS NEW by Lynn Austin
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to their Virginia plantation. Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival --- and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine's mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a bitter hatred fuels her.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210556
TOTAL RECALL: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, TOTAL RECALL covers Arnold Schwarzenegger’s high-stakes journey to the United States --- from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema’s most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451662436
ACCELERATED by Bronwen Hruska
Kramer vs. Kramer meets Erin Brockovich in Bronwen Hruska's compelling, keenly observed, and fiercely funny debut novel, about a single father and his son who discover what lies beneath the facade of a tony Upper East Side private school.
Pegasus * 9781605983790
ANCIENT LIGHT by John Banville
Is there any difference between memory and invention? This question haunts Alexander Cleave, whose stunted acting career is suddenly revived by a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is. Cleave explores memories of his first love affair with his best friend's mother, as well as those of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that he can only fail to understand.
Knopf * 9780307957054
BLASPHEMY: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie
Included in this collection of new and classic stories by Sherman Alexie are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem," “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World” and “War Dances.” His new stories are about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors.
Grove Press * 9780802120397
BOOKS TO DIE FOR: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly and Declan Burke
In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world’s leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, 119 authors from 20 countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451696578
THE CURSING MOMMY'S BOOK OF DAYS by Ian Frazier
Structured as a daybook of sorts, Ian Frazier’s first novel, which is based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, follows the Cursing Mommy --- beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys --- as she tries (more or less) valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374133184
DICK FRANCIS'S BLOODLINE by Felix Francis
When Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, comes in second when she could have won, he believes that she lost on purpose. After confronting her with his suspicions, Clare storms off. Hours later, she jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel. Devastated and guilty over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. What had led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all?
Putnam Adult * 9780399160806
DOES THIS CHURCH MAKE ME LOOK FAT?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems by Rhoda Janzen
What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were 12? At the end of her bestselling memoir, MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. But when she starts dating a churchgoer, this skeptic begins a surprising journey to faith and love.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455502882
THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe
This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading.
Knopf * 9780307594037
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FINDING CASEY by Jo-Ann Mapson
Glory Vigil and her husband, Joseph, have just moved into a house that is rumored to have a resident ghost. Their adopted daughter, Juniper, is still heartbroken over the day eight years earlier when her sister, Casey, disappeared --- in a time before she'd ever met Glory and Joseph. When a fieldwork course takes Juniper to a pueblo only a few hours away, she finds herself right back in the past she thought she'd finally buried.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608197637
GOLDBERG VARIATIONS by Susan Isaacs
Elegant, amusing and profoundly nasty tycoon Gloria Garrison is shocked that none of her three grandchildren are interested in inheriting her brilliant, booming beauty business. What’s so grand about their lives that they would reject such a kingdom? Memories have a way of intruding at the most inopportune times. Is Gloria’s tough hide as impenetrable as she has always believed?
Scribner * 9781451605914
THE HOT COUNTRY: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller by Robert Olen Butler
Christopher "Kit" Marlowe Cobb, a swashbuckling American war correspondent, travels to Veracruz in 1914 to cover the multi-sided civil war known as the Mexican Revolution. While simultaneously trying to uncover the identity of a sniper and discern the motives behind the mysterious maneuverings of German officials stationed in the city, he falls in love with a young Mexican laundress who is not as innocent as she seems.
Mysterious Press * 9780802120465
HOW I CAME TO SPARKLE AGAIN by Kaya McLaren
Jill Anthony finds her husband in bed with another woman; Lisa Carlucci is sick and tired of having meaningless sex; and 10-year-old Cassie Jones no longer believes in anything anymore after losing her mother to cancer. The lives of these three people, who are at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing, will be changed one winter in Sparkle.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250013873
IN SUNLIGHT AND IN SHADOW by Mark Helprin
Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, returns home to run the family business. In a single, magical encounter on the Staten Island ferry, the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale falls for him in an instant, too late to prevent her engagement to a much older man. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in postwar America's Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547819235
INVISIBLE MURDER by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
In this follow-up to THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg doesn’t realize she is putting life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of sick Hungarian gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. Nina has unwittingly thrown herself into a deadly nest of the unscrupulous and the desperate, and what is at stake is much more terrifying than anyone had realized.
Soho Crime * 9781616951702
JESUS: A THEOGRAPHY by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
JESUS: A THEOGRAPHY is the first book ever written to combine historical Jesus studies with biblical theology, crafting together one breathtaking saga that tells the Jesus story in both Old and New Testaments. This flagship book demonstrates clearly that every bit of Scripture is part of the same stunning drama, what the authors refer to as the theography of Jesus Christ.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849947025
THE JEWELS OF PARADISE by Donna Leon
After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer, have been discovered. The composer died childless, and now two Venetians each claim inheritance. Caterina Pellegrini’s job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the “testamentary disposition” of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions, she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802120649
THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE OF BIG STONE GAP: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch
Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore, so when they left their high-octane jobs for a simpler life in an Appalachian coal town, they seized an unexpected opportunity to pursue their dream. Against all odds, but with optimism, the help of their Virginian mountain community, and an abiding love for books, they succeeded in establishing more than a thriving business --- they built a community.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250010636
LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
Set against a dazzling backdrop of Prohibition-era American cities ranging from Jazz Age Boston to Tampa's Latin Quarter, Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a Boston Police captain, defies his orthodox upbringing to journey up the dizzying ladder of organized crime.
William Morrow * 9780060004873
MAD RIVER: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
As the crime spree of three teenagers cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157707
THE MAN WHO SAVED THE UNION: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands
Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover he had a genius for battle, and he propelled the Union to victory in the Civil War. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the disastrous brief presidency of Andrew Johnson, America turned to Grant again to unite the country, this time as president. In H. W. Brands' page-turning biography, Grant emerges as a heroic figure who was fearlessly on the side of right.
Doubleday * 9780385532419
MICK JAGGER by Philip Norman
From exclusive interviews with those closest to Mick Jagger, such as ex-girlfriends Chrissie Shrimpton and Cleo Sylvestre, which shed light on little seen aspects of Jagger's personality, to record-straightening revelations about Jagger's infamous 1967 drugs bust and the notorious Altamont concert, Philip Norman's groundbreaking biography crafts a vivid portrait of the real man behind the swagger, little glimpsed and much misunderstood.
Ecco * 9780061944857
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
Clay Jannon has landed a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that the store is even more curious than the name suggests. He concludes it must be a front for something larger, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior. It turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374214913
MY LAST EMPRESS by Da Chen
When Samuel Pickens’ great love tragically loses her life, Samuel travels the globe, Annabelle always on his mind. Eventually, he comes face to face with the mirror image of his obsession in the last place he would expect, and must discover her secrets and decide how far he will go for a woman he loves.
Crown * 9780307381309
PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS by Joanne Harris
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to go back to Lansquenet, where she opened a chocolate shop eight years ago. But she finds the once-beautiful French village changed in unexpected ways. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Father Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help. Can Vianne work her magic once again?
Viking Adult * 9780670026364
PHANTOM by Jo Nesbø
Former police officer Harry Hole must return to Oslo when the son of the woman he loves is arrested for murder. In order to prove the boy's innocence, Harry sets out on a dangerous investigation that takes him into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials).
Knopf * 9780307960474
ROGUE by Mark Sullivan
Two years ago, Robin Monarch was a top level CIA operative --- until he abruptly walked away, leaving his old life and friends behind without a word of explanation. Now this ex-soldier, ex-operative, and orphan with a murky past is stealing from the super-rich. When a high-profile jewel heist goes wrong, Monarch is led into a carefully woven trap designed to force him to complete the very same mission he walked away from years ago.
Minotaur Books * 9780312378516
THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
The victim of a recent attack, Geraldine Coutts is reluctant to relive or reveal to anyone what happened. She will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Her son, Joe, becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.
Harper * 9780062065247
SALVATION OF A SAINT by Keigo Higashino
Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect --- except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty and calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa to solve this impossible murder.
Minotaur Books * 9780312600686
SAY YOU'RE SORRY by Michael Robotham
Three years after the disappearance of two teenage girls, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where one of the teens once lived. A troubled young man who can hear voices claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman. Convinced that at least one of the girls might still be alive, Joe O'Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz race against time to save the girls from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.
Mulholland Books * 9780316221245
THE VANISHING POINT by Val McDermid
Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian, Stephanie Harker, watches helplessly. Assisting the FBI in their attempt to recover the missing boy, Stephanie reaches into the past to uncover the motive for the abduction. Has Jimmy been taken by his own relatives? Is Stephanie’s obsessive ex-lover trying to teach her a lesson? Has a stalker of Jimmy’s mother come back to haunt them all?
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802120526
VIPER PILOT: A Memoir of Air Combat by Dan Hampton
A fighter pilot who came of age at the end of the Cold War, Dan Hampton was one of the flyers scrambled into the skies on 9/11. With the onset of the Iraq War, he flew into hostile territory first to draw enemy fire --- revealing the positions of their anti-aircraft weaponry for our forces to destroy. In his fascinating memoir, Hampton takes readers into the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat.
William Morrow * 9780062130358
THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde
The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to recuperate. But with Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, her convalescence is going to be anything but restful.
Viking Adult * 9780670025022
A WORKING THEORY OF LOVE by Scott Hutchins
Settled back into the San Francisco singles scene following the implosion of his young marriage just months after the honeymoon, Neill Bassett is going through the motions. His carefully modulated routine, however, is soon disrupted in ways he can’t dismiss with his usual nonchalance.
The Penguin Press * 9781594205057
GOD LOVES YOU: He Always Has --- He Always Will by David Jeremiah
Dr. David Jeremiah reveals that not fully understanding and appreciating every critical dimension of God's love can lead to missed opportunities to experience His love. He explains how even the so-called negative dimension of God's actions --- hell, prohibitive commandments, pain and suffering in the world --- can only be rightly understood by viewing them in light of God's true love.
FaithWords * 9780446565974
On Sale the Week of October 1st in Paperback
A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, hailed as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764207884
A LOVE SURRENDERED: Winds of Change, Book 3 by Julie Lessman
Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' death. But when she falls hard for Steven O'Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is?
Revell * 9780800734176
A PROMISE TO LOVE by Serena B. Miller
Ingrid Larsen, a young Swedish immigrant, arrives in Michigan in 1871 to search for her brother who has disappeared into the woods to work the dangerous lumber camps. She encounters a newly-widowed farmer who is struggling to raise five children on his own. Marriage would solve both of their problems, and so Ingrid proposes to a man she barely knows. She will fight to protect her new family --- but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.
Revell * 9780800721176
THE ANGEL ESMERALDA: Nine Stories by Don DeLillo
Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison and outer space, these nine stories are an introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice --- from the rich, startling, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories.
Scribner * 9781451659092
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. Lauren Groff’s latest novel follows this romantic, rollicking and tragic utopian dream.
Voice * 9781401341909
DAMNED by Chuck Palahniuk
Madison is the 13-year-old daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire. Abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, she dies over the holiday, presumably of a marijuana overdose. The last thing she remembers is getting into a town car and falling asleep. Then she's waking up in Hell. Literally.
Anchor * 9780307476531
THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE: Nonfictions, Etc. by Jonathan Lethem
What’s a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what’s contemporary culture supposed to do with novelists? In a constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, Jonathan Lethem --- tangling with what he calls the “white elephant” role of the writer as public intellectual --- arrives at an astonishing range of answers.
Vintage * 9780307744500
FALLING TOGETHER by Marisa de los Santos
Pen lost touch with her closer-than-close college friends, Will and Cat, after their friendship tragically ended. Now, six years later, she receives a message from one of them that feels like a summons --- a message that will alter Pen's life in ways she never could have predicted.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061670886
THE FORGOTTEN AFFAIRS OF YOUTH: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
Isabel and her fiancé know who they are and where they come from. But not everybody is so fortunate. Jane Cooper, a visiting Australian philosopher, has more questions than answers. Adopted at birth, Jane is trying to find her biological father, but all she knows about him is that he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. When she asks for Isabel’s help in this seemingly impossible search…well, of course, Isabel obliges.
Anchor * 9780307739407
HOLY GHOST GIRL: A Memoir by Donna M. Johnson
She was three years old when her mother signed on as the organist for tent revivalist David Terrell, and before long, Donna Johnson was part of the hugely popular evangelical preacher's inner circle. A homecoming like no other, HOLY GHOST GIRL brings to life miracles, exorcisms and face-offs with the Ku Klux Klan. And that's just what went on under the tent.
Gotham * 9781592407354
THE HOUSE I LOVED by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Paris of the 1860s is a time of change for Rose Bazelet. A widow living in a neighborhood marked for improvement by the Emperor Napoleon, she takes a stand and vows never to leave her family home. She spends her days reliving memories of her husband and family in the house she has come to love as much as the people who inhabited it.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250012883
THE HOUSE OF SILK: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
Holmes and Watson embark on a mission to protect their client from a stalker, and soon find themselves chasing the mysterious House of Silk. As they come closer to discovering what they’re pursuing, they realize that it is worse than they could have imagined.
Mulholland Books * 9780316197014
THE MAGIC ROOM: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters by Jeffrey Zaslow
A bestselling author and father of three daughters himself, the late Jeffrey Zaslow thoroughly examines the complicated subject of love, marriage and parental love in THE MAGIC ROOM. Woven into this story about women who are on the brink of commitment is a bridal shop in Fowler, Michigan, that has been in continuous operation for 76 years by four generations of Becker women.
Gotham * 9781592407415
MORTAL: The Books of Mortals, Book 2 by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Nine years have gone by since Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in FORBIDDEN. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood. But The Order has raised an elite army to hunt and crush the living. The final surviving hope for humanity teeters on the brink of annihilation, and no one knows the path to survival.
FaithWords * 9781599953564
OUT OF OZ: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest. Yet amidst all the chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of SON OF A WITCH, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom --- and her legacy --- in an Oz wracked by war.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780060859732
THE PROFESSIONALS by Owen Laukkanen
Four friends --- recent college graduates who are caught in a terrible job market --- joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise --- quick, efficient, low risk --- works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man.
Berkley * 9780425250495
RIVER OF SMOKE by Amitav Ghosh
In Amitav Ghosh's SEA OF POPPIES, the Ibis began its treacherous journey across the Indian Ocean, bound for the cane fields of Mauritius with a cargo of indentured servants. Now, in RIVER OF SMOKE, the former slave ship flounders in the Bay of Bengal, caught in the midst of a deadly cyclone.
Picador * 9781250013750
ROBERT B. PARKER’S KILLING THE BLUES: A Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman
Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career.
Berkley * 9780425250457
THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married by Iris Krasnow
America's high divorce rate is well known. But little attention has been paid to the flip side: couples who creatively manage to build marriages that are lasting longer than we ever thought possible. What's the secret? To find out, bestselling journalist Iris Krasnow interviewed more than 200 wives whose marriages have survived for 15-70 years.
Gotham * 9781592407392
THE SHACK REVISITED: There Is More Going On Here than You Ever Dared to Dream by C. Baxter Kruger, Ph.D.
Millions have found their spiritual hunger satisfied by William P. Young's bestseller, THE SHACK --- the story of a man lifted from the depths of despair through his life-altering encounter with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Now C. Baxter Kruger's THE SHACK REVISITED guides readers into a deeper understanding of these three persons to help readers have a more profound connection with the core message of THE SHACK --- that God is love.
FaithWords * 9781455516803
SHOCK WAVE: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
The superstore chain PyeMart arrives in a Minnesota river town, but two furious groups want to stop it: local merchants and environmentalists. The project continues as planned --- until a bomb goes off at PyeMart's headquarters, and another explodes at the construction site itself. It’s Virgil Flowers’ job to find out who is behind the bombs and how far they will go --- before more people are killed.
Berkley * 9780425250488
THE SISTERS by Nancy Jensen
Growing up without a mother in hardscrabble Kentucky in the 1920s, Bertie Fischer and her older sister, Mabel, have only each other --- with perhaps a sweetheart for Bertie waiting in the wings. But on the day that Bertie graduates from eighth grade, good intentions go terribly wrong, setting off a chain of misunderstandings that will change the lives of the next three generations.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312548414
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STAY AWAKE: Stories by Dan Chaon
National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon devotes his superb writing abilities to this intricate web of dark, unnerving tales of death. These 12 short stories will definitely keep you up at night, if not for the mystery and shock, then for the simple craving to submerge until all the tales are fully told.
Ballantine Books * 9780345530387
WORTH FIGHTING FOR: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward by Lisa Niemi Swayze
WORTH FIGHTING FOR is both a candid tribute to a marriage and a celebration of the healing power that each day holds, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Lisa shares the details of Patrick’s 21-month battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and she describes his last days, when she simply tried to keep him comfortable.
Atria Books * 9781439196366
On Sale the Week of October 8th in Hardcover
NYPD RED by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
A special NYPD task force is charged with monitoring Hollywood on the Hudson, an event that brings more celebrities than usual to New York. A producer fatally collapses at a breakfast, and Detective Zach Jordan and his new partner/ex-girlfriend Kylie Mac Donald must solve some of the most brutal crimes they've encountered that are sending New York City into chaos.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316199865
A GRACE REVEALED: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life by Jerry Sittser
The long-awaited companion to A GRACE DISGUISED, this eloquently written reflection on hope, loss and God’s story of redemption will inspire and empower you. As Jerry Sittser writes, the plot line of our individual stories will differ, but the outcome will be the same --- a life rich in meaning and conformity to Jesus Christ.
Zondervan * 9780310243250
HEAVEN CHANGES EVERYTHING: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind by Todd and Sonja Burpo
A shattered leg, kidney stones, and a lump diagnosed as hyperplasia were just the beginning for Todd and Sonja Burpo, whose four-year-old son faced a life-threatening illness, emergency surgery --- and an unforgettable journey to heaven. In 50 unique inspirational readings based on excerpts from their story, Todd and Sonja share their family’s responses and reactions to the HEAVEN IS FOR REAL experience.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849948411
ILLUMINATIONS: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt
Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard von Bingen was entombed in a small room where she was expected to live out her days in silent submission. Instead, she found comfort and grace in studying books, growing herbs, and rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. Some 30 years later, Hildegard broke out of her prison with the heavenly calling to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters and herself from the soul-destroying anchorage.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547567846
RED RAIN by R. L. Stine
In the aftermath of a storm, travel writer Lea Sutter discovers twin orphaned boys. Filled with a desire to do something to help, she impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful. But no one can anticipate their true nature --- or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Lea’s husband will wind up implicated in two brutal murders.
Touchstone * 9781451636123
SILENT HOUSE by Orhan Pamuk
Fatma, a mostly bedridden widow, awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. Her servant’s nephew, Hasan, is a high school dropout who has lately fallen in with right-wing nationalists. He will draw the visiting family into the growing political cataclysm issuing from Turkey’s tumultuous century-long struggle for modernity.
Knopf * 9780307700285
SOME GIRLS, SOME HATS AND HITLER: A True Love Story Rediscovered by Trudi Kanter
In 1938, Trudi Kanter fell deeply in love with Walter Ehrlich, a charming and romantic businessman. But as Hitler’s tanks rolled into Austria, the world this young Jewish couple knew collapsed, leaving them desperate to escape. This is the true story of Trudi’s astonishing journey from Vienna to Prague to blitzed London seeking safety for her and Walter amid the horror engulfing Europe.
Scribner * 9781451688306
ISLAND OF BONES by Imogen Robertson
For years, reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther has pursued his forensic studies --- and the occasional murder investigation --- far from his family estate. But an ancient tomb there will reveal a wealth of secrets. When laborers discover an extra body inside, the lure of the mystery brings Crowther home at last.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670026272
On Sale the Week of October 8th in Paperback
WHITE TRUFFLES IN WINTER by N. M. Kelby
WHITE TRUFFLES IN WINTER imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz. A man of contradictions --- kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry --- Escoffier was also torn between two dynamic women.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393343588
DRAMA: An Actor's Education by John Lithgow
John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place before he became a national star. Lithgow’s memory is clear and his wit sharp, and much of the humor comes at his own expense. But he also reflects with moving candor on friends made and lost, mistakes large and small, and the powerful love of a father who set him on the road to a life onstage.
Harper Perennial * 9780061734984
GABBY: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly
On January 8, 2011, while meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and 13 wounded. GABBY provides an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenges of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife.
Scribner * 9781451661071
THE INNOCENT by David Baldacci
America has enemies --- ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target. But Robie may have just made the first --- and last --- mistake of his career.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455519002
JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT by Martha Bolton
After a failed bid for the presidency, former Congressman Mark Stedman meets Josiah Stoltzfus, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania. Stedman learns more from Josiah in a few hours than in his many years in office, and comes to the conclusion that someone like Josiah should be running the country. Can a plain man of faith turn the tide of politics and become the leader of America, and what will he have to risk to do it?
Zondervan * 9780310318729
LAST WILL by Liza Marklund
For the first time in her career, investigative reporter Annika Bengtzon is covering the glamorous Nobel Prize Dinner, traditionally held in Stockholm’s City Hall. But when gunshots suddenly break out, Annika gets caught in the middle of an intricate drama with links to international terrorism, global pharmaceutical corporations, and Alfred Nobel himself.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451606942
RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
Millions of us watched the famous canine star, but few of us knew about his roots. Who owned him? How did he become a movie star? Where did he come from? Susan Orlean answers these questions and many more in her beautifully researched biography of Rin Tin Tin.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439190142
SACRE BLEU: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore
Everyone knows that Vincent van Gogh committed suicide. Or did he? Christopher Moore mixes genres as he poses that question, bringing us a study of the color blue while taking us on a riotous roller-coaster ride through 1890s Paris...and other pursuits.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061779756
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