January 15, 2013
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 14th and January 21st that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of January 14th in Hardcover
THE AVIATOR’S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin
Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Drawing on the rich history of the 20th century and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, THE AVIATOR'S WIFE is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage --- revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows.
Delacorte Press * 9780345528674
THE BOY by Lara Santoro
Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a forty-something single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. But then she crosses paths with a 20-year-old neighbor who could not be more wrong for her. Though she resists temptation in every way she can, Anna is soon engaged in a reckless and obsessive affair --- and the consequences are life-changing.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316206235
COVER OF SNOW by Jenny Milchman
Nora Hamilton’s life is forever changed when her rock-solid policeman husband commits suicide. But the pieces don't add up. Relying on the methodical nature that serves her so well as a restorer of old homes, Nora struggles to understand what happened to her husband --- even as her insular, frigid mountain town is determined to keep its deadly secrets buried.
Ballantine Books * 9780345534217
ENEMY OF MINE: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor
A tentative peace between Israel and Palestine has been brokered by the United States. But the Taskforce gets wind of an assassination attempt on the American envoy sent to solidify the treaty and must devote every resource to saving his life. Taskforce operator Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, are charged with following the assassin’s flimsy trail through the Middle East, a trail that becomes more muddled at every turn.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953104
FATHERLESS by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner
The year is 2042. The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson --- a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career --- is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy.
FaithWords * 9781455513116
THE FIFTH ASSASSIN by Brad Meltzer
There have been more than two-dozen assassination attempts on US Presidents, but only four have been successful...for now. Beecher White discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who is meticulously recreating the crimes of these four men. During his investigation, he learns that over the course of 100 years, all four assassins were secretly working together. And Beecher is about to come face-to-face with the fifth one.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446553971
HABITS OF THE HOUSE by Fay Weldon
As the Earl of Dilberne faces serious financial concerns, the ripple effect spreads to everyone in the household. Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250026620
MRS. LINCOLN’S DRESSMAKER by Jennifer Chiaverini
Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for the First Lady within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953616
SERVANTS’ HALL: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance by Margaret Powell
Margaret Powell tells the true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who took a shocking step: She eloped with the family's only son, Mr. Gerald. Going from rags to riches, Rose finds herself caught up in a maelstrom of gossip, incredulity and envy among her fellow servants. Gerald and Rose marry, leave Redlands, and Powell looks on with envy, even as the marriage hits on bumpy times.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250029294
SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by Nele Neuhaus
When a woman falls from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath, detectives Pia Kirchoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to the scene. The investigation leads them to the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. Eleven years earlier, two girls vanished from the village without a trace. Rita's son was sentenced to 10 years in prison but is now back in his hometown. Pia and Oliver wonder if the attack on his mother had to do with his return.
Minotaur Books * 9780312604257
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE by Ian Rankin
For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But the police investigation grounded to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. When two more women go missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen, Rebus senses a connection.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316224581
THE THIRD BULLET: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter
Why did the third bullet aimed at John F. Kennedy explode? Bob Lee Swagger knows. Fifty years after the shots that brought America to its knees, the tough-as-nails sniper turns his forensic skills toward the most baffling rifle crime of all time. With the help of a new clue, Swagger follows a tantalizing path through old records, intelligence archives and buildings back to the sniper’s nest.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451640205
On Sale the Week of January 14th in Paperback
THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker
Julia and her family awake to discover that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, and the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet, as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life. As she adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812982947
GLAMOUR IN GLASS by Mary Robinette Kowal
In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent’s concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon…to escaping it.
Tor Books * 9780765325617
HEADING OUT TO WONDERFUL by Robert Goolrick
Recently back from the war in Europe, Charlie Beale shows up in the quiet town of Brownsburg, Virginia. His job at the local butcher shop gives him the opportunity to meet all the townsfolk, including a beautiful teenage bride. Ultimately, Charlie’s obsession with Sylvan Glass threatens to destroy everything and everyone in its path.
Algonquin Books * 9781616202798
NIGHT ROUNDS: A Detective Inspector Irene Huss Investigation by Helene Tursten
One nurse lies dead and another vanishes after their hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen Nurse Tekla doing her rounds, but Nurse Tekla died 60 years ago. Detective Inspector Irene Huss has the challenge of disentangling wandering ghosts and complex human relationships to get to the bottom of this intriguing case.
Soho Crime * 9781616952082
PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm. But when his former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. Meanwhile, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to investigate a string of murders at her properties.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446571784
STUMBLING ON OPEN GROUND: Love, God, Cancer, and Rock 'n' Roll by Ken Mansfield
STUMBLING ON OPEN GROUND is a story of private trial and faith like those found in the books of Esther and Job. Punctuated with stories from Ken Mansfield’s years in the music business --- working with George Harrison and Waylon Jennings, among others --- the book is a private dialogue between a charismatic man, his loving wife, and the extraordinary God who transformed them both in the middle of a heartbreaking disease.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400204601
SUMMERSET ABBEY by T. J. Brown
Rowena and Victoria, daughters to the second son of the Earl of Summerset, have always treated their governess’s daughter, Prudence, like a sister. But when their father dies and they move in with their uncle’s family in a much more traditional household, Prudence is relegated to the maids’ quarters, much to the girls’ shock and dismay. The ever-present specter of class expectations makes it difficult for Prudence to maintain a foot in both worlds.
Gallery Books * 9781451698985
THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura
He has no family, no friends, no connections. But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life, and offers him a job. Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man he tied up was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery.
Soho Press * 9781616952020
On Sale the Week of January 21st in Hardcover
PRIVATE BERLIN by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany's headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. When Chris suddenly disappears, Mattie Engel, another one of Private Berlin's top agents and Chris's ex, throws herself into finding him. She follows three potential suspects, any one of whom would surely want Chris gone --- and one of them is evil enough to want him dead.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316211178
FRANCONA: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy
From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, one of the most talked-about and scrutinized teams in all of sports. In FRANCONA, the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547928173
GRAND CENTRAL: How a Train Station Transformed America by Sam Roberts
In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the 100-year-old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455525966
THE RIPTIDE ULTRA-GLIDE by Tim Dorsey
When newly unemployed Midwestern couple Patrick and Barbara McDougal decide a vacation in Florida is just what they need, awful accommodations, a robbery, and a not-so-helpful police department make them rethink their decision to drown their troubles in paradise. Luckily, charismatic (and crazy!) tour guide Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman, are up for another action-packed adventure.
William Morrow * 9780062092786
SATURDAY NIGHT WIDOWS: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman
In her 40s, widow Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity.
Crown * 9780307590435
SUSPECT by Robert Crais
After a shocking assault killed his partner and nearly killed him, LAPD cop Scott James is an angry emotional wreck. Maggie is a German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives, but when she lost her handler to an IED, she developed PTSD similar to Scott's. They are each other's last chance, and their case takes them through the darkest moments of their personal hells. Can the two survive together?
Putnam Adult * 9780399161483
TRUTH IN ADVERTISING by John Kenney
Finbar Dolan has carved out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency. But when he has to cancel a wedding and a long-awaited vacation --- and finds out his father is terminally ill and none of his siblings are willing to visit --- Fin has to examine his life and reevaluate his choices.
Touchstone * 9781451675542
JUJITSU RABBI AND THE GODLESS BLONDE: A True Story by Rebecca Dana
For Rebecca Dana, Truman Capote and Nora Ephron were her gods and New York City was her Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she moves to New York and all of her dreams come true. However, when they come crashing down around her, she finds herself living in Brooklyn's Lubavitch community with Cosmo, a 30-year-old Russian rabbi who practices jujitsu on the side. Both disenchanted with their religions, they go searching for meaning.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399158773
THE LOST ART OF MIXING by Erica Bauermeister
Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. Among the cast of characters are Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn’t learned to trust after heartbreak; Louise, Al’s wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling point; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there’s Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn’t expect.
Putnam Adult * 9780399162114
MAY I BE HAPPY: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind by Cyndi Lee
Cyndi Lee, the founder of New York's OM Yoga Center, was in a lifelong cycle of harsh judgment about her body. Despite her success in many physically demanding professions, she still could not be happy with her physique. MAY I BE HAPPY is a memoir that tells the story of Cyndi's journey to self-acceptance.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953845
On Sale the Week of January 21st in Paperback
THE LIVES OF MARGARET FULLER: A Biography by John Matteson
Writer and social critic Margaret Fuller was the leading female figure in the transcendentalist movement, wrote a celebrated column for Horace Greeley’s newspaper, and served as the first foreign correspondent for an American newspaper. Despite her brilliance, however, Fuller suffered from self-doubt and was plagued by ill health. John Matteson captures Fuller’s longing to become ever better, reflected by the changing lives she led.
W.W. Norton & Company * 9780393343595
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Beginning in 1984 in Tokyo, Haruki Murakami’s newest saga follows the lives of Aomame and Tengo, a pair of estranged childhood friends. As Aomame begins to realize that she has entered a mysterious parallel world, Tengo has become deeply absorbed in a suspect ghostwriting project. Through a series of bizarre connections and dreamlike events, the two are gradually brought together.
Vintage * 9780307476463
AGENT 6 by Tom Rob Smith
Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife and daughters are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York, he is immediately suspicious. Forbidden to travel, Leo watches helplessly as his family is pulled into a web of conspiracy and betrayal that will end in tragedy.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446583084
CANADA by Richard Ford
When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' mother and father rob a bank, his sense of a happy, knowable life is forever shattered. Undone by the calamity of his parents' criminal actions and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew.
Ecco * 9780061692031
THE EXPATS by Chris Pavone
Kate Moore is a working mother struggling to make ends meet and maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life and to start anew. But then another American couple arrives, and Kate becomes terrified that her own past is catching up to her.
Broadway * 9780770435721
THE FACE THIEF by Eli Gottlieb
Margot is a promising journalist who morphs from a high-achieving affluent twentysomething into a grifter, making her living preying on the weaknesses of men. Having studied the ancient Chinese art of face reading, she becomes an expert at reading people and is also able to rearrange her look and persona to fit any social situation. She is an avenging angel, shattering marriages and draining bank accounts.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061735042
A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME by Wiley Cash
Adventurous and precocious, Jess Hall is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to --- an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062088239
THE MAN WITHIN MY HEAD by Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with English writer Graham Greene. He investigates all he has in common with Greene, and the deeper he delves, the more he begins to wonder if the man within his head is not Greene but his own father --- or even himself.
Vintage * 9780307387561
MONDAY MORNINGS by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. MONDAY MORNINGS follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446583848
MORE THAN YOU KNOW by Penny Vincenzi
Eliza has a dazzling career in the magazine world of the 1960s. But then she falls deeply in love with Matt, an edgy working-class boy, and gives up her ritzy, fast-paced lifestyle to get married. By the end of the decade, their marriage has suffered a harrowing breakdown, culminating in divorce and a dramatic courtroom custody battle over their little girl.
Anchor * 9780767930864
THAT’S HOW I ROLL by Andrew Vachss
Esau Till’s race is almost run. After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, he sits on death row, awaiting lethal injection. And writing his life story. But his memoir is no case study in tragedy --- it’s his one last chance to protect his brother Tory after he’s gone.
Vintage * 9780307948670
TRUTH LIKE THE SUN by Jim Lynch
Roger Morgan, the mastermind behind the Seattle World’s Fair, is now 70 and running for mayor in hopes of restoring all of the city’s former glory. Reporter Helen Gulanos sees her assignment to investigate the events of 1962 become front-page news with Morgan's candidacy, and resolves to find out who he really is and where his power comes from.
Vintage * 9780307949349
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Graham Swift
On an autumn day in 2006, on the Isle of Wight, Jack Luxton receives the news that his brother, not seen for years, has been killed in combat in Iraq. For Jack and his wife, Ellie, this will have unexpected, far-reaching effects. For Jack in particular, it means a crucial journey: to receive his brother’s remains and to confront his most secret, troubling memories.
Vintage * 9780307744395
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