February 12, 2013
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of February 11th and February 18th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of February 11th in Hardcover
ABOVE ALL THINGS by Tanis Rideout
In 1924, George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George’s young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire’s faded glory. Through alternating narratives, what emerges is a story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399160585
AIRTIGHT by David Rosenfelt
Judge Daniel Brennan is only days away from achieving a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals bench when he’s brutally stabbed to death. When one tip leads New Jersey policeman Luke Somers to Steven Gallagher, Luke is instantly glorified for solving the case. Chris Gallagher raised his brother almost single-handedly; certain that Steven is innocent, he won’t rest until he sets the record straight.
Minotaur Books * 9781250024763
BEYOND HEAVEN'S DOOR by Max Lucado
There is much about heaven that we don't yet understand. And while thoughts on our final destiny may stir questions, they needn't stir our fears. In BEYOND HEAVEN'S DOOR, Max Lucado takes us on a journey from finding certainty in our destination to God's great promises of the hereafter. Open the door and catch a glimpse of the joy that awaits you in heaven --- and find hope for today in the process.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849948435
CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler
Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle wants her hairdresser, Dorrie, a black single mom in her 30s, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250014528
THE COMFORT OF LIES by Randy Susan Meyers
Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with Nathan. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption. Caroline reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband, praying her misgivings would disappear. Juliette considered her life ideal. But when she intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. Before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.
Atria Books * 9781451673012
COOLIDGE by Amity Shlaes
Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as quiet and passive. History has remembered the decade in which he served as a frivolous, extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president.
Harper * 9780061967559
A DENIABLE DEATH by Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour takes readers inside a secretive op to assassinate a man in Iran responsible for rigging many of the roadside bombs used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the eyes of our hero, a talented surveillance operative suddenly plucked from home country duty, saddled with a partner he can’t stand, and dropped into the steaming marshland outside the bad guy’s house, Seymour shows us what it’s actually like to be a modern spy and soldier.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250018809
THE DINNER by Herman Koch
On a summer's evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. The conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said; with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Hogarth * 9780770437855
EXTINCTION by Mark Alpert
Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250021342
GHOSTMAN by Roger Hobbs
When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called Jack. While it’s doubtful that anyone knows his true identity, he does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours, a private jet is flying him to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess. He has only 48 hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes.
Knopf * 9780307959966
GIRLS WITH SWORDS: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero by Lisa Bevere
Worldwide, women are the targets of prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse, and even gendercide. Lisa Bevere writes that these attacks say more about who women might be in the future than who they have been in the past. In GIRLS WITH SWORDS, she explains a spiritual enemy is seeking to disarm women on every level. It’s time that women become the heroes God created them to be and stand --- courageous, discerning, forgiving and wise.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307457813
GUILT: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried 60 years ago. Soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case --- and draw out the disturbing truth.
Ballantine Books * 9780345505736
HARVEST by Jim Crace
A remote English village wakes on the morning after harvest, looking forward to enjoying a hard-earned day of rest and feasting. But two mysterious columns of smoke mar the sky, raising alarm and suspicion. In HARVEST, Jim Crace details the unraveling of bucolic life in the face of economic progress.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385520775
HIT ME by Lawrence Block
Sometimes it's hard to remember that Nicholas Edwards used to kill people for a living. But when the nation's economy tanks, all it takes is one phone call to drag him back into the game, back to being the man he always was: Keller. A call puts him on a West Indies cruise, with several interesting fellow passengers. But the high drama comes in Cheyenne, where a recent widow is looking to sell her husband's stamp collection.
Mulholland Books * 9780316127356
THE HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin
Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her tobacco farm, were actually the work of Josephine, Lu Anne’s 17-year-old house slave. In piecing together Josephine's story, ambitious young lawyer Lina Sparrow embarks on a journey that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story of her mother's mysterious death.
William Morrow * 9780062207395
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS by Christine Sneed
The people who orbit around actor Renn Ivins --- his girlfriends, children, ex-wives, those on the periphery --- long to experience the glow of his fame. Anna and Will are Renn's grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608199587
LONG SHOT by Mike Piazza with Lonnie Wheeler
Mike Piazza’s autobiography is the candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball, from his inauspicious draft selection to his Hall of Fame-worthy achievements and the unusual controversies that marked his career. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439150221
THE NIGHT RANGER by Alex Berenson
Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. But after 12 weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for, though, when bandits hijack them. John Wells is asked to try to find them; when he arrives, he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159725
THE POWER TRIP by Jackie Collins
A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women, and an invitation no one can refuse. From mega-seller Jackie Collins comes her new novel, set on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312567477
A TIME FOR WAR by Michael Savage
The U.S. is under secret attack and only Jack Hatfield, a popular television host hounded from his position by left-wing forces in the media for speaking the truth, suspects the danger of this lethal conspiracy. With the help of Dover Griffith, Hatfield pursues a trail leading to a billionaire American electronics entrepreneur who has sold out his own country with the help of officials at the highest level of the American government.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312651626
VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE: Stories by Karen Russell
A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. Two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood. And this only scratches the surface of what appears in Karen Russell’s new collection of stories.
Knopf * 9780307957238
A WEEK IN WINTER by Maeve Binchy
When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger, a bad boy turned good, and her niece, Orla, Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.
Knopf * 9780307273574
On Sale the Week of February 11th in Paperback
ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART by Jane Green
Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at 37, she's finally found him: Ethan, a divorced father of two. But in his daughter Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312604165
THE CHEMISTRY OF TEARS by Peter Carey
In two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s latest novel, an automaton --- in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life --- will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of creation, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention, and the body’s astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.
Vintage * 9780307476081
EDGE OF DARK WATER by Joe R. Lansdale
May Lynn, once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star, is now dead. Sue Ellen, her strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. But Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back.
Mulholland Books * 9780316188425
THE FIRST WARM EVENING OF THE YEAR by Jamie M. Saul
"The first time I saw Marian Ballantine she looked like a burst of bittersweet among the winter branches..." And so begins a tale of love lost and found, the rekindling of a passion for life that two people discover with each other, and the complex dynamics of family and friendship.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061449734
GILDED AGE by Claire McMillan
Eleanor Hart had made a brilliant marriage in New York, but it ended in a scandalous divorce and 30 days in rehab. Now she finds that she will still need a husband to be socially complete. However, through one misstep after another, Ellie mishandles her second act. Her options narrow and future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451640489
IN THE KINGDOM OF MEN by Kim Barnes
In this intriguing mystery saturated with atmosphere set in the 1960s, Gin finds herself a very long way from her girlhood in Virginia. When her husband Mason goes to work on a Houston oil rig in Saudi Arabia, she is plunged into a surreal enclosed community of bored oil rig wives --- but the door opened to a much wider world beckons to her.
Anchor * 9780307474698
MOON OVER EDISTO by Beth Webb Hart
Once, they were the happiest family under the sun, crabbing and fishing and painting on beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina’s lowcountry. Then everything went wrong, and 20 years later the Bennett family is still in pieces. Then an emergency forces Julia back to Edisto to care for her three young half-siblings, and she grudgingly agrees to stay a week. But there’s something about Edisto that changes people.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595542021
THE NEWLYWEDS by Nell Freudenberger
Amina leaves Bangladesh for Rochester, New York, and for George Stillman, the husband who met and wooed her online. For Amina, the decision echoes the arranged marriages of her home country, while George finds Amina “straightforward” and likes that she “doesn’t play games.” Yet each is hiding something from the other.
Vintage * 9780307388971
STAY CLOSE by Harlan Coben
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.
Signet * 9780451233967
WE LIVE IN WATER: Stories by Jess Walter
This first collection of short fiction from bestselling author Jess Walter is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams. Among them are "We Live in Water," in which a lawyer returns to a corrupt North Idaho town to find the father who disappeared 30 years earlier, and the collection's final story, which transforms slyly from a portrait of Walter's hometown into a moving contemplation of our times.
Harper Perennial * 9780061926624
WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon
Alice Buckle sees herself as a wife, mother, drama teacher, Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions. Then an anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” shows up in her inbox. She becomes Wife 22 and is assigned a caseworker (Researcher 101). Along the way, she shares her innermost thoughts and secrets in this survey, and her confessions end up making some sparks fly.
Ballantine Books * 9780345527967
PICTURE PERFECT: Weddings by Design, Book 1 by Janice Thompson
Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott is dealing with the ultimate Bridezilla. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers --- a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
Revell * 9780800721527
REBEKAH: Wives of the Patriarchs, Book 2 by Jill Eileen Smith
When her father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Her hope for the future is restored when she falls in love with her cousin Isaac, and their relationship starts strong. But marital bliss cannot last forever, and the birth of their twin sons marks the beginning of years of misunderstanding, disagreement and betrayal.
Revell * 9780800734305
WHEN THE HEART HEALS: Sisters at Heart, Book 2 by Ann Shorey
Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse during the Civil War behind her, Rosemary Saxon must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart, and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancée, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever?
Revell * 9780800720735
On Sale the Week of February 18th in Hardcover
ALEX CROSS, RUN by James Patterson
Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, as well as for his wild "industry parties." After Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees, three beautiful women are brutally murdered. While Alex is feeling the pressure to solve these cases, someone else is investigating him --- someone so obsessed and so twisted that they'll do anything to get the vengeance they require.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316097512
ELSEWHENS by Melanie Rawn
Touchstone, the magical theater troupe, continues to build audiences. But Cayden is increasingly troubled by his “elsewhens,” the uncontrolled moments when he is plunged into visions of the possible futures. He fears that his Fae gift will forever taint his friendships, while his friends fear that his increasing distance will destroy him.
Tor Books * 9780765328779
FUSE by Julianna Baggott
To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back. To save millions of innocent lives, Partridge must risk his own by returning to the Dome and facing his most terrifying challenge.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455503087
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY: Stories by Ron Rash
PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in stories that span from the Civil War to the present day. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss's gruesomely unusual war trophies.
Ecco * 9780062202710
THE SEARCHERS: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel
In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and the Texas Rangers and restored to her white family, to die in misery and obscurity. Cynthia Ann's story has been told and retold over generations to become a foundational American tale.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608191055
THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS by Deborah Crombie
A well-respected barrister is found dead at a seedy hotel. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone. Detective Inspector Gemma James and her team must find his companion --- a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder.
William Morrow * 9780061990632
THE BURNING AIR by Erin Kelly
The MacBrides lead a cozy life of upper class privilege, including tuition-free education at the prestigious private school where Rowan is headmaster, an altruistic righteousness inherited from magistrate Lydia. But when Rowan and his three children gather for the first time since Lydia’s passing at the family’s weekend home, years of secrets surface, and they discover in their midst a stranger who is convinced that Lydia was a murderer.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670026722
FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER by Ellen Meister
Movie critic Violet Epps has learned to channel her literary hero, Dorothy Parker. If only she could summon that kind of courage in her personal life. Determined to defeat her social anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel, where Parker and other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs. But she gets more than she bargained for when Parker's feisty spirit rematerializes from an ancient guestbook and hitches a ride onto her life.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159077
THE OFFICE OF MERCY by Ariel Djanikian
Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five --- a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society and, above all, to Jeffrey are tested.
Viking Adult * 9780670025862
On Sale the Week of February 18th in Paperback
DEVIL IN THE GROVE: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
Gilbert King shines new light on remarkable civil rights crusader Thurgood Marshall, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as “one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.”
Harper Perennial * 9780061792267
SENT: How One Ordinary Family Traded the American Dream for God's Greater Purpose by Hilary Alan
SENT tells the story of ordinary Christians who accepted two words from Jesus at face value and found that doing so changed everything. In Jesus’s call to “follow me,” Hilary Alan and her husband, Curt, discovered answers to the most pressing human needs: meaning, purpose, vocation, significance, and God’s plan for the future.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307731579
SO PRETTY IT HURTS: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White
True-crime journalist and sassy amateur sleuth Bailey Weggins has scarcely begun her hard-earned weekend getaway when something comes up: a dead body, belonging to one of the world’s most glamorous supermodels. Now Bailey is trapped at an upstate New York home amidst the glitterati --- and any one of them could be a murderer.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062196910
UPSIDE-DOWN PRAYERS FOR PARENTS: Thirty-One Daring Devotions for Entrusting Your Child --- and Yourself --- to God by Lisa T. Bergren
It’s our instinct as parents to shield our children from harm. But our true responsibility is to raise children equipped to live well for God even in the midst of struggle. UPSIDE-DOWN PRAYERS FOR PARENTS encourages us to pray for our children in ways we may never have before. By turning our prayers “upside down,” we not only learn to release our children to the care of God alone, we also uncover how our own desires need to be submitted to God’s will.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307955838
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