November 13, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of November 12th and November 19th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of November 12th in Hardcover
MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS by James Patterson
On Christmas Eve, Detective Alex Cross is informed that a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity and daring to save another family. He risks everything --- and may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316210683
BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
BRAIN ON FIRE is the powerful account of Susannah Cahalan’s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills --- and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness --- she pieces together the story of a “lost month” of her life.
Free Press * 9781451621372
THE COLONY by A.J. Colucci
When a deadly supercolony of ants begins a series of gruesome attacks on New York City, the desperate mayor turns to the greatest ant expert in the world, Paul O'Keefe, who then calls on his ex-wife Kendra Hart, an entomologist studying fire ants in the New Mexico desert, for help. When the ants launch an all-out attack, Paul and Kendra hit the streets of New York to search for the coveted queen and unlock the secrets of an indestructible new species before the president nukes Manhattan.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250001290
DEAR LIFE: Stories by Alice Munro
In story after story of her new collection, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.
Knopf * 9780307596888
A DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS by Charles Finch
Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. He plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. However, the quiet village of Plumley greets him with a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops. Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley.
Minotaur Books * 9781250011602
THE HEAT OF THE SUN by David Rain
Woodley Sharpless, a crippled orphan, finds his life inextricably linked with his Blaze Academy schoolmate, Ben "Trouble" Pinkerton, the son of Democratic senator Benjamin Pinkerton and geisha Madame Butterfly. From early in life, Trouble finds himself at the center of some of the biggest events of the 20th century --- and though over time Woodley's and Trouble's paths diverge, their lives collide again to dramatic effect.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805096705
THE LAST MAN by Vince Flynn
Joe Rickman, head of CIA clandestine operations in Afghanistan, has been kidnapped and his four bodyguards executed in cold blood. But Mitch Rapp wonders if something even more sinister is afoot. Irene Kennedy, director of the CIA, has dispatched him to Afghanistan to find Rickman at all costs. Rapp, however, isn’t the only one looking for Rickman. It quickly becomes apparent that the FBI is less concerned with finding Rickman than placing the blame on Rapp.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781416595212
THE LAWGIVER by Herman Wouk
Margo Solovei is a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multibillionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451699388
LIFE AMONG GIANTS by Bill Roorbach
At 17, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. In a mansion across the pond from their Connecticut home lives the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide, and her rock star husband, whose own disasters intersect with Lizard’s --- and Kate’s --- in the most intimate and surprising ways.
Algonquin Books * 9781616200763
LISTENING FOR MADELEINE: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices by Leonard S. Marcus
Madeleine L’Engle is best known to the world as the author of A WRINKLE IN TIME. But to those who knew her well, L’Engle was much more: a larger-than-life persona, an inspiring mentor, a strong-willed matriarch, a spiritual guide, and a rare friend. Renowned literary historian and biographer Leonard S. Marcus reveals L’Engle in all her complexity through a series of incisive interviews with the people who knew her most intimately.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374298975
MEET ME AT EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE CLAIM by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Love and tomato sauce are thick in the Scottoline/Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca’s mother-daughter turned best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty-nester and Francesca is an independent twenty-something in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother’s love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries?
St. Martin's Press * 9780312640088
THE PATRIARCH: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw
Drawing on never-before-published material from archives on three continents, David Nasaw unearths a man far more complicated than the popular portrait. Was Joseph Patrick Kennedy an appeaser and isolationist, an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer, a stock swindler, a bootlegger, and a colleague of mobsters? Nasaw ignores the tired old answers surrounding Kennedy, starting from scratch to discover the truth behind this misunderstood man.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203763
SWEET TOOTH by Ian McEwan
Set in 1972 during the Cold War, England's legendary intelligence agency MI5 embarks on an operation code-named "Sweet Tooth" to fund writers whose politics align with those of the government. Cambridge student Serena Frome is hired to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. But when she begins to fall in love with him, she wonders how long she can conceal her undercover life.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385536820
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY by Colm Tóibín
In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God nor that his death was “worth it.” She judges herself ruthlessly, and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine.
Scribner * 9781451688382
THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER by Jon Meacham
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of AMERICAN LION and FRANKLIN AND WINSTON brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. THE ART OF POWER gives us Thomas Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.
Random House * 9781400067664
TRUSTING GOD DAY BY DAY: 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer
In her dynamic new devotional, international speaker and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer provides you with powerful "starting points" for every day of the year. Each day's devotion is filled with practical advice and help from Meyer along with life-changing promises from God's Word that you can quickly and easily apply in your own life.
FaithWords * 9780446538589
THE WATCHERS: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford
Elizabeth I came to the throne of England in a Europe aflame with wars of religion and dynastic conflicts. To the great Catholic powers of France and Spain, England was a heretic pariah state, a canker to be cut away for the health of the greater body of Christendom. Elizabeth's government, defending God's true Church of England and its leader, the queen, could stop at nothing to defend itself. Stephen Alford offers a chillingly vivid depiction of Elizabethan espionage, literally recovering it from the shadows.
Bloomsbury Press * 9781608190096
WOES OF THE TRUE POLICEMAN by Roberto Bolano
Roberto Bolaño’s last, unfinished novel follows Oscar Amalfitano, an exiled Chilean university professor and widower, through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374266745
YOUNG PHILBY by Robert Littell
When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most notorious double agent in the history of espionage. Recruited into His Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service at the beginning of World War II, he rose rapidly in the ranks to become the chief liaison officer with the CIA in Washington after the war. Robert Littell recounts the little-known story of the spy's early years.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250005168
MARTIN AMIS: The Biography by Richard Bradford
Martin Amis' life could itself provide the formula for an enthralling work of fiction. Son of one of the most popular and best-loved novelists of the post-War era, he has forged a groundbreaking manner of writing that owes nothing to the style of his father, nor indeed to anyone else. This biography offers the real Martin Amis, a cabinet of contrasts: tortured, eloquently aloof, kind, obsessive, loved by women, a dedicated family man, often the architect of his own undoing, and a literary genius.
Pegasus * 9781605983851
NEVER COMING BACK by Hans Koppel
Mike Zetterberg's wife, Ylva, doesn't come home as expected one night. Given the sudden and mysterious circumstances of her disappearance, Mike becomes the chief suspect. But what no one knows is that Ylva is being held hostage in the cellar of the house across the street. A secret camera has been set up in her own home so that Ylva can only watch her family on the screen. They cannot see her --- and they most certainly cannot hear her scream.
Pegasus * 9781605983912
On Sale the Week of November 12th in Paperback
EDGE OF BLACK by J. T. Ellison
Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University's forensic pathology department, Dr. Samantha Owens is called to consult on a case that's rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion.
Harlequin * 9780778313724
THE HEALING by Jonathan Odell
In pre-Civil War Mississippi, cholera claims the life of Amanda Satterfield’s 12-year-old beloved daughter, Becky. Mistress Amanda blames her husband for refusing to call for a doctor in time to save their only child. Grief-stricken and plunged into madness, Amanda orders an ebony-skinned newborn slave girl brought to the great house as a replacement for her daughter.
Anchor * 9780307744562
HISTORY OF A PLEASURE SEEKER by Richard Mason
Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. He applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe’s leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on Amsterdam’s grandest canal. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets --- and soon, quietly, steadily, finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him.
Vintage * 9780307949288
LONDON UNDER: The Secret History Beneath the Streets by Peter Ackroyd
LONDON UNDER is a short and comprehensive study of everything that goes on underground in London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and modern tube stations. Spanning throughout history, Peter Ackroyd reveals stories and secrets of this hidden world.
Anchor * 9780307473783
MEMOIR OF THE SUNDAY BRUNCH by Julia Pandl
At age 12, Julia Pandl was initiated into the rite of the Sunday brunch while working at her father's Milwaukee-based restaurant with her eight older siblings. There she learned the ropes of the family business as well as life lessons that would shape her for all the years to come. Her time working at the restaurant was not just a time of growing up, but ultimately of becoming a source of strength and support as the world her father knew began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201722
MRS. NIXON: A Novelist Imagines a Life by Ann Beattie
The rare First Lady who did not write a book, Pat Nixon remains one of the most mysterious and enigmatic public figures in recent history. Ann Beattie, like many of her generation, dismissed Richard Nixon’s wife. Decades later, she wonders what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man.
Scribner * 9781439168721
ROAD TO NOWHERE by Jim Fusilli
For years the drifter haunted the background of American life, roaming the side streets and highways that crisscross this vast country. That all changes when he witnesses a brutal assault on a young woman. By the time he reaches her, the assailant is gone, leaving a trail that is all too easy to follow. But playing the good Samaritan may be more trouble than it’s worth, when his moment of conscience hurls him into a shadowy world of violence, intrigue and deception.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781612185972
SHOCKAHOLIC by Carrie Fisher
SHOCKAHOLIC is the juicy account of the life of Carrie Fisher, daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Focusing on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old, this memoir recounts Fisher’s emotional and psychological journey through fame.
Simon & Schuster * 9780743264839
On Sale the Week of November 19th in Hardcover
THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is, and he’s the one the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes. Now he has a new case, but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. Before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that Paradise is not all it seems to be. What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident but a cold-blooded murder.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446573054
FOX TRACKS by Rita Mae Brown
New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack with FOX TRACKS, the thrilling new mystery in her beloved foxhunting series featuring the indomitable “Sister” Jane Arnold and, among others, the boisterous company of horses and hounds. Now, as a string of bizarre murders sweeps the East Coast, this unlikely alliance must smoke out a devious killer who may be closer than they first think.
Ballantine Books * 9780345532978
GRACE: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than 40 years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far.
Random House * 9780812993356
NOTORIOUS NINETEEN: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man.
Bantam * 9780345527745
On Sale the Week of November 19th in Paperback
THE ARTIST OF DISAPPEARANCE by Anita Desai
Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life’s expectations and its realities in three novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the stories’ dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate.
Mariner Books * 9780547840123
A DARK AND LONELY PLACE by Edna Buchanan
A century ago, the legendary John Ashley was accused of murder and sentenced to hang. He insisted he was innocent and went on the run with his sweetheart, Laura Upthegrove. John and Laura became the most notorious, colorful and compelling figures in Florida’s violent outlaw history. Their sensual and dreamy saga is juxtaposed with the taut and suspenseful story of their fictional descendants who share the same love and dangers a hundred years later.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439159187
UNWANTED by Kristina Ohlsson
In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators are assigned to what at first appears to be a classic custody fight. But when the child is found dead with the word “unwanted” scribbled on her forehead, the case soon turns into the investigation team’s worst nightmare.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439198919
WICKED BUSINESS: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich
When Harvard University English professor Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered, Lizzy and Diesel take up his 20-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Tearing through Boston catacombs, government buildings and multi-million-dollar residences, they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances and general mayhem.
Bantam * 9780345527790
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