January 29, 2013
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On Sale the Week of January 28th in Hardcover
THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
In February 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a “clear and fully-matured” threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of 13 days, the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America’s first female private eye.
Minotaur Books * 9780312600228
THE IMPOSTER BRIDE by Nancy Richler
Lily Azerov arrives in post-WWII Montreal as a mail-order bride for Sol Kramer. But upon seeing her at the train station, Sol turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep but doomed love. When it becomes clear that Lily is not who she claims to be, she disappears, leaving her new husband and baby daughter behind with only a diary, a large uncut diamond, and a need to find the truth.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250010063
INSANE CITY by Dave Barry
Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league, so it’s astonishing that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158681
THE MARLOWE PAPERS by Ros Barber
On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his "death" was an elaborate ruse to avoid a conviction of heresy; that he was spirited across the English Channel to live on in lonely exile; that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colorless man from Stratford --- one William Shakespeare.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250017178
PROOF OF GUILT: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
In the summer of 1920, an unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar. When signs point to murder, one small clue leads Inspector Ian Rutledge to a firm built by two families famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the head of the English enterprise, is missing, but is he the dead man? And is Matthew Traynor, French's cousin who heads the Madeira office, somehow involved?
William Morrow * 9780062015686
THE REAL JANE AUSTEN: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
Paula Byrne’s book offers a startlingly original look at Jane Austen through a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in her life and work. Going beyond previous traditional biographies that have traced Austen’s daily life from Steventon to Bath to Chawton to Winchester, this portrait explores the lives of Austen’s extended family, friends and acquaintances.
Harper * 9780061999093
SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley
When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce. Greed, pride and murder result in old secrets coming to light --- along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.
Delacorte Press * 9780385344036
UNTIL THE END OF TIME by Danielle Steel
Jenny and Bill’s happy life together is suddenly cut short when tragedy strikes. Thirty-eight years later, Bob, a hardened New York City publisher, will meet his match in Lillibet, a shy Amish girl who is a talented writer. Though these two couldn't be less alike, they immediately sense a deep connection that spans their differences. And there's the unshakable sense that they've known each other for a long time...possibly in another life.
Delacorte Press * 9780345530882
THE WINTER WITCH by Paula Brackston
Morgana is a sharp-minded girl who possesses a strange magic that allows household objects to move at her command and brings bad luck to those who do her ill. Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills, takes Morgana as his wife, and she soon falls in love with him and his farm. But Morgana's strangeness is soon noticed by the people of her new village, and one person will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against her.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250001313
A TEASPOON OF EARTH AND SEA by Dina Nayeri
Growing up in a small rice-farming village in 1980s Iran, 11-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister, Mahtab, are captivated by America. When her mother and sister disappear, Saba is certain that they have moved there without her. As she grows up, falls in and out of love, and struggles with the limited possibilities in post-revolutionary Iran, Saba envisions that there is another way for her story to unfold.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487040
PROMISES OF HOPE FOR DIFFICULT TIMES by Jane Kirkpatrick
In this insightful devotional, Jane Kirkpatrick provides comfort and inspiration for those in the midst of life's challenges. PROMISES OF HOPE FOR DIFFICULT TIMES is a personal yet universal journey to find new beginnings in the face of loss or unwelcome change. Kirkpatrick offers a needed reminder that God longs to show compassion and care, rest and refuge to those who hurt.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736949941
On Sale the Week of January 28th in Paperback
CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED by Pam Houston
Prize-winning novelist Pam Houston writes about travel with magnificent wit, detailing the adventures of an eccentric writer and teacher whose wanderlust takes her around the world a few dozen times. A single career woman with exquisite and terrible taste in men ponders questions on life and love while trekking with lovers and the occasional group of girlfriends.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393343489
ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson
Historical events are traditionally identified with those who set them in motion, but headlined names are only the public layer of the story. In ABDICATION, Juliet Nicolson creates an absorbing fictional backdrop to the infamous abdication of Edward VIII through the lives of several not-so-common commoners as they plot their own paths through the tumultuous year of 1936.
Washington Square Press * 9781451664799
THE AFFAIR by Colette Freedman
After 18 years of marriage, Kathy Walker has settled into a pattern of comfortable routines. Then one day, she discovers a suspicious number on her husband’s phone. Now Kathy must decide whether to follow her suspicions at the risk of losing everything, or trust the man with whom she’s entwined her past, present and future.
Kensington * 9780758281005
THE AMBASSADOR'S DAUGHTER by Pam Jenoff
In 1919, Margot Rosenthal is brought to Paris by her father, a German diplomat. Resenting a city where she is viewed as the enemy, Margot realizes that life back in Berlin with her wounded fiance to whom she can hardly relate anymore may not be so much better. Torn between duty and a desire to be free, Margot must make alliances and decide where her loyalties truly lie.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778315094
AVAILABLE DARK by Elizabeth Hand
Photographer Cass Neary is sent to Helsinki, where an iconic fashion photographer shows her gorgeous photos of ritual killings. After escaping death, Cass flees to Iceland, where she finds a former lover and a legendary, exiled musician. Soon, unsolved murders are rapidly multiplying.
Minotaur Books * 9781250013231
THE BEGINNER'S GOODBYE by Anne Tyler
Anne Tyler's latest novel deals with the uninspiring marriage of Aaron and Dorothy, and the freakish accident that causes Dorothy's death. Aaron is grief-stricken and seems unable to recover from his loss. Then his late wife begins appearing by his side without explanation. In THE BEGINNER’S GOODBYE, Tyler examines their marriage as Aaron struggles with what might have been as well as what actually was.
Ballantine Books * 9780345533357
BETRAYAL by Danielle Steel
Tallie Jones is at the top of her career as a hugely successful, renowned movie director; she's in a relationship with a handsome producer; and her personal assistant is also her devoted best friend. But Tallie's perfect life begins to crumble when she discovers a series of betrayals that can only have been perpetrated by someone within her closest circles --- and she will need to play a dangerous game to find the predator stalking her in plain sight.
Dell * 9780440245223
CLOSE YOUR EYES by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
The FBI doesn’t usually consult with music therapists, but Kendra Michael has perfected the art of picking up the most subtle audio, olfactory and tactile cues from the world around her. Former FBI agent Adam Kyle is a notorious master manipulator, skillfully handing criminals and colleagues alike. But now he needs Kendra’s help to find her ex, who may have run directly into the path of a serial killer.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250010414
THE CLOUD by Matt Richtel
Disoriented and bloodied after a near-deadly fall onto the subway tracks, freelance journalist Nat Idle is positive that the man who had barreled into him did not do so accidentally. On a quest to find out why this was done to him, Nat uncovers a slew of mysterious deaths and a bizarre neurological disorder that is affecting the minds of Bay Area children. Can Nat solve the mystery without being able to trust his own mind?
Harper * 9780061999703
CRIMINAL by Karin Slaughter
Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has finally gotten his personal life in order. For the first time, he is starting to gain a life outside of solving the hardest --- and often darkest --- cases. But GBI’s newest investigation and its long-buried crimes threaten his new life and change everything he thought he knew about his past.
Dell * 9780345528520
THE DARK ROSE by Erin Kelly
Paul and Louisa, two scarred and solitary teenagers who are embroiled in crime and hiding in the shadows of unspeakable events, begin a secret affair. Louisa starts believing that she can again find the happiness she had given up on. But neither of them can outrun Paul’s violent past.
Penguin Books * 9780143122746
THE END OF THE WASP SEASON by Denise Mina
A woman brutally murdered. A detective pregnant with twins. Lost boys, parents both cruel and caring, a complex plot that ranges from the mean streets of Glasgow to its ritzier enclaves. Gritty and sensitive at the same time, THE END OF THE WASP SEASON is first-class crime fiction.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316069342
THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS by Katherine Howe
Sibyl Allston is a woman looking for answers, completely unaware that her method could possibly be her --- and her family’s --- downfall. With a mother and sister dead and brother on a path of self-destruction, Sibyl looks to the past and the future for comfort but finds it doesn’t exist in either place. Set in Boston’s Back Bay in 1915, THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS traps the reader in a family story full of sadness, guilt and redemption.
Hyperion * 9781401342005
IN ONE PERSON by John Irving
IN ONE PERSON is a story of unfulfilled love and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the book’s bisexual narrator and main character, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451664133
THE INQUISITOR'S KEY: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass
When Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton’s protégé, uncovers a stone chest during an excavation beneath the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France, she is shocked to find an inscription claiming the chest holds the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazarus. Though she and Dr. Brockton are skeptical, evidence for authenticity appears to be strong.
Harper * 9780061807060
INTO THE DARK by Alison Gaylin
When Brenna Spector first sees footage of missing webcam performer Lula Belle, Lula's deepest, darkest secrets are stories that to Brenna are chillingly familiar --- stories only Brenna and her sister, Clea, would know. Clea went missing when they were children, and Brenna is convinced the missing Internet performer has ties to her sister. Brenna takes the case --- and in her quest for Lula Belle unravels a web of obsession, sex, guilt and murder.
Harper * 9780061878251
THE NIGHTMARE written by Lars Kepler, translated by Laura A. Wideburg
On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned boat. The next day, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook. The obvious explanation for both would be suicides, but the circumstances in each case make that impossible. Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece the two mysteries together, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events.
Picador * 9781250024107
THE SHADOW PATROL by Alex Berenson
In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. More than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and the CIA's chiefs wonder if it somehow has been infiltrated by the Taliban.
Jove * 9780515151305
SHADOWKILLER by Wendy Corsi Staub
Nestled in the warm, domestic cocoon of a loving husband and family, Allison finally feels safe --- unaware that a stranger's brutal murder on a Caribbean island is the first step in an intricate plan to destroy everything in her life. For seasoned NYPD Detective Rocky Manzillo, the signs are clear that something terrible has emerged from the shadows: a murder victim left without a face and a faded photograph that yields a startling connection.
Harper * 9780062070326
SONOMA ROSE: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
With the nation in the throes of Prohibition, Rosa Diaz Barclay unwittingly discovers that her husband has given over the duties of their Southern California rye farm in favor of armed bootlegging. Fearing for the safety of her family, Rosa flees with Lars, the father of two of her four children. Under assumed names, they hire on at a Sonoma County vineyard, seeking not only refuge from danger, but convalescence for two of the children, who suffer from a mysterious wasting disease.
Plume * 9780452298996
THE STARBOARD SEA by Amber Dermont
When his best friend commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason Prosper is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason’s life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250023438
A TEENY BIT OF TROUBLE by Michael Lee West
In this follow-up to GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN, Charleston pastry chef Teeny Templeton witnesses a murder and discovers that her lawyer-boyfriend, Coop O’Malley, has been keeping secrets: the victim’s 10-year-old daughter may be his child.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250023476
THAT NIGHT ON THISTLE LANE: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers
Carla Neggers returns with the second book in her Swift River Valley series, following SECRETS OF THE LOST SUMMER. Librarian Phoebe O’Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful…until she discovers the hidden room.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778314202
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I READ BOOKS: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
In 10 erudite essays, novelist Marilynne Robinson explores a variety of political, religious and personal subjects, offering a liberal humanist perspective grounded in her Congregationalist faith on some of the dilemmas facing American society.
Picador * 9781250024053
THE WOLF GIFT by Anne Rice
Returning to her horror roots, Anne Rice begins a new saga with werewolves as the central characters. When young Reuben is bitten by a werewolf, he begins to undergo a startling change. Will he be able to use his newfound powers for good, or is his future already predestined by centuries of lycan lore?
Anchor * 9780307742100
ALL FOR A SONG by Allison Pittman
Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything she ever wanted, yet longs for something more. Spending a few days in St. Louis with her sister’s family, Dorothy Lynn discovers a whole new way of life and meets a dynamic charismatic evangelist...who just happens to be a woman. When offered a chance to join Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team, Dorothy Lynn finds herself confronted with temptations she never dreamed of.
Tyndale House Publishers * 9781414366807
CONGO DAWN by Jeanette Windle
While former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan is no stranger to corruption or conspiracy, she has always been able to tell the good guys from the bad. At first the Congo jungle seems no different. But as her security team tries to track down an insurgent killer, Robin has to face a man who broke her trust years ago, and she discovers that the gray areas extend farther in this jungle wilderness than she anticipated.
Tyndale House Publishers * 9781414371580
A DREAM FOR TOMORROW: Homeward on the Oregon Trail, Book 2 by Melody Carlson
Elizabeth Martin and her two children have made it through the easy part of their journey, but now their wagon train faces high mountain passes, dangerous river crossings, and decreasing supplies. Desperate circumstances bring out the best and worst of the travelers, including Will Bramford, the wealthy widower who is pursuing Elizabeth, and Eli Kincade, the independent and solitary guide who has stolen Elizabeth's heart.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736948739
FIREFLY ISLAND by Lisa Wingate
Congressional staffer Mallory Hale can't imagine her future without Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick. So she takes a leap of faith and enters into a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But then she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764208232
FLORA'S WISH: The Secret Lives of Will Tucker, Book 1 by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Flora Brimm, whose previous four fiancés died in untimely accidents, is desperate to marry, because producing an heir is the only way she can keep her family's estate. Pinkerton detective Lucas McMinn is hot on the trail of Will Tucker, the thief who broke his sister's heart. When he discovers the slippery fellow with Flora, he thinks they are in on the devious plot together. Will Flora be able to convince Lucas of her innocence?
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736952101
A HOME FOR LYDIA: The Pebble Creek Amish Series, Book 2 by Vannetta Chapman
A HOME FOR LYDIA, the second book in a new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, centers again on the Plain community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736946148
KATIE OPENS HER HEART: Emma Raber's Daughter, Book 1 by Jerry S. Eicher
Emma has refused to remarry since her daughter Katie's daett died soon after she was born. When widower Jesse Mast calls for Mamm's hand in marriage, Katie hopes to move into a new phase of life and leave the old "Emma Raber's daughter" behind. But Emma is having none of it, and Katie must consider abandoning all hope of ever changing her mamm's bitterness or of ever having popular Ben Yoder notice her.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736952514
LOVE COMES TO PARADISE: The New Beginnings Series, Book 2 by Mary Ellis
When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora King follows soon after. But does she love the man, or the independence and freethinking he represents? Unexpectedly, Lewis Miller comes from Harmony to offer Nora what every woman needs --- a lifetime of unconditional love. Will Nora come to her senses before Elam's thoughtless choices ruin her reputation beyond repair?
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736938679
MY AMISH CHILDHOOD: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simple Life by Jerry S. Eicher
Jerry S. Eicher’s mother was 19 years old and nine months married when he was born. She had received Grandfather Stoll's permission for the wedding because she agreed to help out on the farm the following year. However, with Jerry on the way, those plans failed. Jerry recounts his first two years of school in the Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario and his parents' decision to move to Honduras.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736950060
SHATTERED: Alaskan Courage, Book Two by Dani Pettrey
Piper McKenna’s prodigal brother, Reef, appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed --- but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. Piper is frustrated with Deputy Landon Grainger’s need for facts over faith. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209833
On Sale the Week of February 4th in Hardcover
THE CITY OF DEVI by Manil Suri
As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, a statistician named Sarita can only think of being reunited with Karun, her physicist husband. Why has he vanished? Who is he running from? How will they form the family of three he’s always wanted? To find him, Sarita must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393088755
SWOON: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Prioleau
Contrary to popular myth and dogma, the men who consistently beguile women belie the familiar stereotypes. As Betsy Prioleau points out, legendary ladies’ men are a different, complex species altogether, often without looks or money. Prioleau cuts through the cultural lore and reveals who these master lovers really are and the arts they practice to enswoon women.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393068375
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF US by Aria Beth Sloss
In 1960s California, Rebecca Madden and her friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca’s haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805094558
DEADLY STAKES by J. A. Jance
Police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of Lynn Martinson, who is accused of the crime. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A.J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. When the body of an ex-con is discovered near the first crime scene, Ali struggles to determine if A.J. and Lynn’s cases are related.
Touchstone * 9781451628685
THE GOLDEN CALF: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation by Helene Tursten
Three men have been shot in one of Göteborg's most fashionable neighborhoods, sending Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues on a goose chase through a tony world of expensive cars and fancy homes. All three victims seem to be tied to one person, the glamorous dot-com darling Sanna Kaegler-Ceder. But Sanna is not speaking, even when her own life seems to be at stake.
Soho Crime * 9781616950088
HOUSE OF EARTH by Woody Guthrie
Finished in 1947 and lost to readers until now, HOUSE OF EARTH is Woody Guthrie's only fully-realized novel --- a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, filled with the homespun lyricism and authenticity that have made his songs a part of our national consciousness. It is the story of an ordinary couple's dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.
Harper * 9780062248398
HOW LITERATURE SAVED MY LIFE by David Shields
Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, David Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. He evokes his deeply divided personality, character flaws, woes, and serious despairs. Books are his life, but when they come to feel unlifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness and self-consciousness.
Knopf * 9780307961525
INDISCRETION by Charles Dubow
Harry and Madeleine Winslow share a love that is both envied and admired. One weekend at the start of the summer season, Harry and Maddy meet Claire and cannot help but be enchanted by her winsome youth, quiet intelligence, and disarming naivete. Drawn by the Winslows' inscrutable magnetism, Claire eagerly falls into their welcoming orbit. But over the course of the summer, her reverence transforms into a dangerous desire.
William Morrow * 9780062201058
ISCARIOT: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee
ISCARIOT is the story of Judas, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous --- and infamous --- religious icons in history.
Howard Books * 9781451683769
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD: Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23 by Robert J. Morgan
At a time of great uncertainty for so many people, pastor and celebrated writer Robert J. Morgan offers the timeless solace of one of history’s most famous poems --- six verses that comprise the most memorized passage in the Bible and that, as Morgan shows, provide a microcosm of God’s grace.
Howard Books * 9781451664720
THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE by Teddy Wayne
Eleven-year-old megastar Jonny Valentine knows that the fans don’t love him for who he is. But within the marketing machine, somewhere, this talented singer is still a vulnerable little boy, perplexed by his budding sexuality and his heartthrob status, dependent on his hard-partying manager-mother, and endlessly searching for his absent father in Internet fan sites, lonely emails, and the crowds of faceless fans.
Free Press * 9781476705859
THE PRETTY ONE: A Novel about Sisters by Lucinda Rosenfeld
For nearly 40 years, the Hellinger sisters have played the roles set down by their loving yet domineering mother. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone could understand what it's like to be her. But when a freak accident lands their mother in the hospital, a chain of events is set in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her comfort zone, leaving her to wonder: was this the role she was truly born to play?
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316213554
PURSUED: God's Divine Obsession with You by Jud Wilhite
Jud Wilhite has seen it all, and he knows that no matter how far someone has strayed from God, God always remains in passionate pursuit. Using the biblical prophet Hosea's marriage, commanded by God, to an unfaithful prostitute as a metaphor for God's unwavering love, PURSUED compellingly illustrates God's plan for every person --- to be freed to become his or her own unique self through intimate togetherness with the living, loving God.
FaithWords * 9781455515462
SEE NOW THEN by Jamaica Kincaid
In Jamaica Kincaid’s first novel in a decade, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. SEE NOW THEN is Kincaid’s attempt to make clear what is unclear, and to make unclear what we assumed was clear: that is, the beginning, the middle and the end.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374180560
TOUCH & GO by Lisa Gardner
Investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the home of Justin and Libby Denbe, a couple who seemed to have it all but now appears to have been abducted. Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect façades can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953074
WISE MEN by Stuart Nadler
During the summer of 1952, attorney Arthur Wise’s teenage son, Hilly, makes friends with a black man named Lem Dawson. When Hilly finds himself falling for Lem's niece, Savannah, his affection for her collides with his father's dark secrets. Years later, Hilly sets out to find Savannah, in an attempt to right the wrongs he helped set in motion. But can his guilt, and his good intentions, overcome the forces of history, family and identity?
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316126489
THE BURN PALACE by Stephen Dobyns
One night, Alice Alessio --- also known as Nurse Spandex --- is given the surprise of her life. Coming back from a secret tryst with a doctor, she peeks in to check on the newborn baby she was supposed to be watching, and finds a huge, writhing red-and-yellow snake in the bassinet instead. So begins the series of strange and disturbing events that start to plague a sleepy little community and confound the police.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399160875
SHADOW ON THE CROWN by Patricia Bracewell
In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.
Viking Adult * 9780670026395
On Sale the Week of February 4th in Paperback
ALL I DID WAS SHOOT MY MAN: A Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley
In this fourth installment of Walter Mosley’s series featuring Leonid McGill, the New York private eye helps get a woman he framed for a $58 million robbery out of prison. But that sets off a series of murders that come right to the doorstep of his troubled home as people start thinking McGill has the stolen money or knows where it is.
NAL Trade * 9780451239167
ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE by Christopher Castellani
It’s been 50 years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. Their daughter, Prima, hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy --- hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201708
CHARLOTTE AU CHOCOLAT: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver
In CHARLOTTE AU CHOCOLAT, Charlotte Silver recalls her childhood growing up in her glamorous mother’s Harvard Square restaurant. When the restaurant nears financial collapse, Charlotte realizes the sacrifices her mother has made in running a kitchen while raising a family.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594486500
CHASING MIDNIGHT: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White
At a reception hosted by a notorious Russian black marketeer, Doc Ford is able to get an underwater look at the billionaire's yacht. By the time Ford surfaces, everything has changed. Environmental extremists have herded everyone together and threatened to kill one hostage every hour until midnight unless their demands are met.
Berkley * 9780425250617
THE FALLEN ANGEL by Daniel Silva
Called on to investigate the death of a beautiful woman in Rome, Gabriel Allon fights against police who have already ruled her death a suicide and the Vatican’s “don’t ask too many questions” rule to uncover the truth. But along the way, he must also penetrate a criminal smuggling network and encounter an old enemy plotting revenge that puts himself and those he holds dear on the razor’s edge of danger.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062253835
A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George
In Germany in 1904, music sparks the love of Frederick Meisenheimer and Jette Furst. After an unplanned pregnancy, the couple flees to America. Their journey takes them from Hanover to New Orleans to St. Louis and finally to the town of Beatrice, Missouri, where they search for the American dream.
Berkley Trade * 9780425253175
THE GOOD DAUGHTER: A Brennan Sisters Novel by Jane Porter
Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for 17 years, Kit's decisions have always been sound --- but not too satisfying. When a girls' weekend away gives Kit a much-needed reprieve, she meets a dangerous man who challenges everything she thought she was --- or should be. Now Kit must decide: will she finally let her desires take flight, or will she continue to be the good daughter?
Berkley Trade * 9780425253427
GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY: The Discovery - A Lancaster County Saga, Part 1 by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?
Barbour Books * 9781616260859
HELSINKI WHITE: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson
After recovering from brain surgery, Inspector Kari Vaara, who has been handpicked to run a rogue black-ops unit, gets to work. Soon the unit is cleaning house, robbing Helsinki's mobsters blind of their cash, dope and illegal firearms. But Kari's team is too good, and their actions have unintended consequences.
Berkley Trade * 9780425253441
HOUSE OF STONE: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya, which was seized by revolution. When he was freed, Shadid returned to his great-grandfather’s estate, a house he had begun to rebuild over three years earlier. HOUSE OF STONE is the story of a battle-scarred home and a war correspondent’s jostled spirit.
Mariner Books * 9780544002197
THE HUNTER by John Lescroart
Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family --- until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?" The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades.
Signet Select * 9780451414564
THE LIST by Karin Tanabe
Adrienne Brown recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at the Capitolist. She is certain that her new position will be the making of her career; it is, but not at all in the way that she expects. Just when it seems like the frenetic workload is going to break her, she stumbles upon a juicy political affair, involving a very public senator and her most competitive colleague. Should she go public with the story?
Washington Square Press * 9781451695595
MUDWOMAN by Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates’s novel explores the high price of success in the life of one woman --- the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution --- and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons.
Ecco * 9780062095633
NO ONE IS HERE EXCEPT ALL OF US by Ramona Ausubel
In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. At the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Ramona Ausubel’s debut novel explores how we use storytelling to survive and shape our own truths.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594486494
THE PROMISE OF STARDUST by Priscille Sibley
Priscille Sibley’s debut novel is a love story about a family torn apart by a medical crisis and the ethical dilemma of keeping a pregnant woman with no chance of recovery on life support for months in an attempt to give her unborn baby a chance.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062194176
S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline
Cassie Robichaud’s life has been filled with regret and loneliness since the death of her husband. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café where she works, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies.
Broadway * 9780385346436
THE STONECUTTER written by Camilla Lackberg, translated by Steven T. Murray
The remote resort town of Fjallbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman’s net. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has the grim task of discovering who could be behind the murder of a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. What he does not know is how this case will reach into the dark heart of Fjallbacka, spanning generations, ripping aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.
Free Press * 9781451621860
TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND FACES by John Shors
When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king, Indravarman. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Indravarman pits even his most trusted men against each other and quashes any hint of rebellion.
NAL Trade * 9780451239174
TUMBLEWEEDS by Leila Meacham
In an emotional and dramatic novel spanning many decades, Cathy Benson grows close to the two males who will shape her life. John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall are best friends who both adore Cathy. Their triangular friendship grows and changes in surprising (and sometimes shocking) ways over the course of a lifetime.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455509232
VIRAL by James Lilliefors
In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis --- if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out.
Soho Crime * 9781616952198
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