February 26, 2013
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of February 25th and March 4th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of February 25th in Hardcover
ANGEL'S GATE: A Shortcut Man Novel by p.g. sturges
Dick Henry --- aka the Shortcut Man --- becomes involved in a case featuring aging movie mogul Howard Hogue, who keeps a stable of young starlets available for his highly ritualized attentions. After Hogue’s star director assaults one of these women in a drug-fueled romp, Henry is drawn into a deeper mystery from years past involving a mysterious death on a boat and a missing screenplay written by what appears to be a homeless man.
Scribner * 9781476712970
BAD BLOOD: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow
A Kuskulana man is accused of murdering a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Sergeant Jim Chopin. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help. This time, though, her Park relationships may not be enough to sort out the truth hidden in the tales of tragedy and revenge.
Minotaur Books * 9780312550653
BENEDICTION by Kent Haruf
When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him. Her devotion softens the bitter absence of their estranged son, Frank, but this cannot be willed away and remains a palpable presence for all three of them.
Knopf * 9780307959881
CALCULATED IN DEATH by J. D. Robb
On Manhattan's Upper East Side, a woman named Marta lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. When someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158827
DREAMS AND SHADOWS by C. Robert Cargill
Something is missing from Ewan and Colby’s lives. Residing in the corners of their memories is their time in Limestone Kingdom, a realm filled with magic and mystery, a world where only some may travel amongst the menagerie of mystical souls and sinister demons.
Harper Voyager * 9780062190420
EIGHTY DAYS: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
On November 14, 1889, reporter Nellie Bly left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day --- and heading in the opposite direction by train --- was journalist Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to circle the globe in less than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued would change both competitors’ lives forever.
Ballantine Books * 9780345527264
GODS AND BEASTS by Denise Mina
A lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man helps the gunman fill bags with cash, and is then murdered. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene. None of the employees can be linked to the gunman, and the grandfather is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, it becomes chillingly clear that her involvement will go deeper than she ever could have imagined.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316188524
RED VELVET CUPCAKE MURDER: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes! by Joanne Fluke
Doctor Bev is trying to stir things up with her old flame Norman, who has reunited with Hannah Swensen. Just as Hannah's patience with Bev runs thin, her rival is found dead at the bottom of Miller's Pond. To everyone's shock, Hannah is now the target of a murder investigation --- and she's feeling the heat in a way she never has before.
Kensington * 9780758280343
A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US REFLECTIONS: 100 Daily Inspirations Based on the Epic TV Miniseries "The Bible" by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
This gorgeous, high-design book of 100 daily inspirations will help you to experience God's love through the text of the Bible. Each reflection includes a Bible verse, a personal reading, and a short prayer with visually stunning images from the set of the epic TV miniseries "The Bible," produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
FaithWords * 9781455525676
A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US: A Novel Based on the Epic TV Miniseries "The Bible" by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
Beginning with the creation of man and ending with the revelation of a new world, readers will revel in this epic saga of warriors, rebels, poets and kings, all called upon by God to reveal His enduring love for mankind. Ultimately, God's plan is fulfilled in the story of Jesus the Messiah, whose life, death and resurrection brings salvation to one and all.
FaithWords * 9781455525584
THE STORYTELLER by Jodi Picoult
Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. When a shocked Sage refuses, he then tells her he deserves to die. Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he’s right.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439102763
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU: A Memoir by Domenica Ruta
Domenica Ruta grew up with her mother, a drug dealer and user who raised Domenica on a steady diet of Oxycontin. She knew she was far smarter and worse dressed than everyone else she knew, but found solace in writing and reading. As her mother's behavior grew increasingly outrageous and her home life increasingly untenable, Domenica fled her hometown only to become ensnared by the demons of addiction.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812993240
On Sale the Week of February 25th in Paperback
11th HOUR by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last, but her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals, and it was taken from her own department's evidence locker.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446571821
15 SECONDS by Andrew Gross
Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.
Harper * 9780061656033
COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250023292
DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son Jacob. But when a crime shatters their New England town, Andy is shocked to learn that Jacob is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
Dell * 9780440246138
ENCHANTMENTS by Kathryn Harrison
Masha, the daughter of the Mad Monk Rasputin, and her sister come under the protection of the tsar to keep them safe during the Bolshevik Revolution. While at the palace, Masha and the young tsarevich, Aloysha, begin a relationship that will take them far away from their tedious days at the palace under the watchful eye of their guards.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812973778
GARDEN OF STONES by Sophie Littlefield
Lucy Takeda is just 14 years old when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are taken to the Manzanar prison camp, where they must endure its harsh living conditions. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778313526
A GIFT FOR MY SISTER by Ann Pearlman
Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that, they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other’s shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439159507
HEART OF ICE: A Louis Kincaid Novel by P. J. Parrish
Louis Kincaid’s vacation with his 10-year-old daughter is cut short when Lily takes a fall onto a pile of old bones in an abandoned hunting lodge. His reluctance to take on the case grows when he discovers that the state investigator is Norm Rafsky, who had worked with Louis’s girlfriend Joe Frye 15 years ago. When Joe returns to the island to help, she and Louis must confront the simmering tension between her and Rafsky, and yet stay focused on finding a dangerous killer who still may be in the area.
Pocket Books * 9781439189375
THE LAST STORYTELLER: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney
In the 1950s, amid the violent unrest in Ireland, men with the gift of storytelling walked the land, knocking on doors of strangers to bless their homes with legends and lore. Ben MacCarthy has gathered stories for decades, as he has searched for his missing wife, Venetia Kelly. Now it’s time for him to give back those stories, among them his life’s own.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812979756
LEFTY: An American Odyssey by Vernona Gomez and Lawrence Goldstone
Born to a small-town California ranching family, Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his powerful arm and jocular personality right across America to the dugout of the New York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters with his blazing fastball, establishing himself as the team’s ace. Now his daughter and co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the life and adventures of the irreverent southpaw.
Ballantine Books * 9780345526496
LOVE IS MURDER edited by Sandra Brown
Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by 30 of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romantic suspense today. Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers --- these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778314370
MY CROSS TO BEAR by Gregg Allman
As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. Now he tells the unflinching story of his life, offering the definitive account of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. From run-ins with the law to meeting girls on the road to experimenting with drugs, Gregg holds nothing back, while also speaking, for the first time, about the painful deaths of his brother, Duane, and bassist Berry Oakley.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062112057
POTBOILER by Jesse Kellerman
Arthur Pfefferkorn is a middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling thriller writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone him professionally, but married the woman he also loved. Pfefferkorn's decision to reconnect with de Vallèe’s widow plunges him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue.
Jove * 9780515153026
THE SILENCE OF BONAVENTURE ARROW by Rita Leganski
Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance --- a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. With the help of a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062113764
THE TAKER by Alma Katsu
A woman covered in blood with no obvious injuries is brought into the emergency room of a small hospital in Maine. Believing she may be in shock, the on-call doctor keeps her for observation. When she begins to tell the doctor about her life, it makes him wonder if what he’s hearing is true or an incredible tale woven by a potential murderer.
Pocket Books * 9781451676457
THE THIRD GATE by Lincoln Child
An archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh in the Sudd, a nearly impassable swamp in northern Sudan. They find what is believed to be the god-king Narmer's tomb and hope to find within it his legendary crown, which supposedly possessed awesome powers. A series of inexplicable occurrences are causing people to fear a curse, and it is up to Professor Jeremy Logan to answer the questions being raised with the alarm.
Anchor * 9780307473745
AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST: A Memoir by Mary Johnson
During her 20 years with the Missionaries of Charity, Sister Donata (as Mary Johnson was known) grappled with her faith, her sexuality, the politics of the order, and her complicated relationship with Mother Teresa. Eventually, she left the church to find her own path --- one that led to love and herself.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780385527484
WARDS OF FAERIE: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks
The Four Lands hang in the balance between science and magic as subversive elements take up arms against the Druid Council. Humans and their allies have developed dangerous weapons using the forbidden secrets of science that long ago destroyed the world. Then a clue to four sets of precious Elfstones is discovered. Their magic has been missing for thousands of years. If it can be regained, the balance of power may shift once again....
Del Rey * 9780345523488
WILD THING by Josh Bazell
WILD THING finds Dr. Pietro Brnwa as a cruise ship doctor under an assumed name. So when a reclusive billionaire offers him a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Pietro reluctantly agrees. And that means an army of murderers, mobsters and international drug dealers --- not to mention the occasional lake monster --- are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316032209
GRAVE CONSEQUENCES: The Grand Tour Series, Book 2 by Lisa T. Bergren
For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future --- her very life --- depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger.
David C. Cook * 9781434764324
HOME RUN by Travis Thrasher
Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible.
David C. Cook * 9780781408387
THE ICECUTTER’S DAUGHTER: Land of Shining Water, Book 1 by Tracie Peterson
Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but is bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, he soon crosses paths with Merrill, who dreams of claiming her as his wife. But soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill and prevent him from starting a new life.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764206191
LEOTA’S GARDEN by Francine Rivers
Leota’s garden was once a place of beauty, where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she prayed to a loving God. Now 84 years old, Leota is alone and her beloved garden is in ruins. Then God brings a wind of change through unlikely means. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?
Tyndale House Publishers * 9781414370651
LOVE IN A BROKEN VESSEL by Mesu Andrews
Hosea has been charged by God to marry a prostitute in order to show God's people the nature and depth of his love for Israel. It turns out, though, that the prostitute is Hosea's childhood friend, Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she's good at --- she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel heal Gomer's broken spirit?
Revell * 9780800721695
LOVE IN THE BALANCE by Regina Jennings
Molly Lovelace dreams of being a society leader in 1879 Lockhart, Texas, but being smitten with handsome wrangler Bailey Garner doesn't seem the quickest route. If only he would settle down so he could support a family. Bailey imagines doing great things for God, but his greatest obstacle is Molly. As long as he thought they'd be married, he excused their stolen kisses, but when she keeps refusing, he vows to earn her love.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209918
MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE: A Regency Romance by Ruth Axtell
French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, Lady Celine Wexham is in the unique position of being able to help those in need --- or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell.
Revell * 9780800720896
SWEPT AWAY: Trouble in Texas, Book 1 by Mary Connealy
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil is rescued by Luke Stone, who is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure that he doesn't make it alive. Luke just can't abandon Ruthy, so he takes her along on his journey. The more time he spends around the hard-working young woman, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209147
UNRIVALED by Siri Mitchell
After a year in Europe, Lucy Kendall returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell his struggling candy company. Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes. St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is determined to help his father dominate the nation's candy industry. Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father's approval, and falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only one company can win.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764207976
On Sale the Week of March 4th in Hardcover
THE OBITUARY WRITER by Ann Hood
On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, obituary writer Vivien Lowe is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393081428
THE ACCURSED by Joyce Carol Oates
Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil. When the bride's brother sets out against all odds to find her, his path will cross those of Princeton's most formidable people.
Ecco * 9780062231703
BANISHED: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain with Lisa Pulitzer
The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for their pickets, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers and the nine-year-old victim of the recent Tucson shooting. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it is perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later. BANISHED is the first look inside the organization, as well as a fascinating story of adaptation and perseverance.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455512423
BEAUTIFUL NATE: A Memoir of a Family's Love, a Life Lost, and Heaven's Promises by Dennis Mansfield
A leader in the evangelical public policy arena, Dennis Mansfield was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2000 when he learned of his oldest son’s drug use. Though Dennis and his wife, Susan, turned their attention to helping drug addicts and their families, they were powerless to stop the death of their own son in 2009 at the age of 27. BEAUTIFUL NATE lucidly recounts these difficult years while painting a picture of what did and did not work in raising a child within the evangelical framework.
Howard Books * 9781451678512
BORN ON A MOUNTAINTOP: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier by Bob Thompson
In the road-trip tradition of Sarah Vowell and Tony Horwitz, Bob Thompson follows Davy Crockett's footsteps from the Tennessee river valley where he was born, to Washington, where he served three terms in Congress, and on to Texas and the gates of the Alamo, seeking out those who know, love and are still willing to fight over Davy's life and legacy.
Crown * 9780307720894
THE BOYFRIEND by Thomas Perry
Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. It turns out the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way. Till must risk his life to find a seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
Mysterious Press * 9780802126061
THE CHANCE by Karen Kingsbury
The day before a teenage Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other and buried them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return 11 years later, dig the box up, and read the letters. But now, as that date approaches, much has changed.
Howard Books * 9781451647037
DAMASCUS COUNTDOWN by Joel C. Rosenberg
Israel has successfully launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads --- and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. In danger not only from the ongoing missile strikes on Iran but also from the increasingly hostile and suspicious governments of multiple countries, CIA operative David Shirazi and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. * 9781414319704
DAYS LIKE THESE: Even In The Darkest Moments, Light Can Shine Through by Kristian and Rachel Anderson
In DAYS LIKE THESE, Kristian Anderson shares his valiant fight with cancer. In his own words, Kristian leaves a powerful legacy for his wife Rachel, his two little boys, and the rest of the world, with an inspiring and faith-filled story of hope and the ultimate truth that light can shine through even in the darkest moments.
Zondervan * 9780310325833
DEEP DOWN by Deborah Coates
Now that she has solved her sister's murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn't sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there's still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn't seen a ghost in weeks. All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the underworld that are harbingers of death.
Tor Books * 9780765329004
THE DEMONOLOGIST by Andrew Pyper
One afternoon, Professor David Ullman is visited by a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a “phenomenon,” and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer, as he opens himself up to the possibility that demons really do exist.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451697414
ELDERS by Ryan McIlvain
For nearly two years, American Elder McLeod has spent his days in Brazil studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon. His new partner is Elder Passos, a Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother’s early death. When a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard and put all of their practice to good use, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship.
Hogarth * 9780307955692
THE END OF THE POINT by Elizabeth Graver
Ashaunt Point has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. As the decades pass, Helen and then her son Charlie return to the Point, seeking refuge from the chaos of rapidly changing times. But Ashaunt is not entirely removed from events unfolding beyond its borders, and neither Charlie nor his mother can escape the long shadow of history.
Harper * 9780062184849
THE FAMILY WAY: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
When a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly Murphy (now Molly Sullivan) figures it couldn’t hurt to at least ask around. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month. What she uncovers will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her life --- and that of her baby --- in danger.
Minotaur Books * 9781250011633
FINDING MOOSEWOOD, FINDING GOD: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island by Jack Perkins
For 25 years, millions of Americans watched Jack Perkins on NBC News as a correspondent, commentator and anchorman. Yet at the age of 52 and at the height of his career, Jack disappeared from the public eye and moved with his wife, Mary Jo, to a bare-necessities cabin on an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine. This isolated home they came to call Moosewood was the setting for Jack and Mary Jo’s spiritual awakening.
Zondervan * 9780310318255
THE FUN PARTS: Stories by Sam Lipsyte
A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Meanwhile, an aerobics instructor, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul. These are just a few of the stories that unfold in Sam Lipsyte’s richly imagined world.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374298906
GHANA MUST GO by Taiye Selasi
Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. GHANA MUST GO is their story, and a testament to the transformative power of unconditional love.
The Penguin Press * 9781594204494
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks
Reporter Carter Ross heads off to interview the widow of a cop who allegedly committed suicide. But Carter can’t understand why a man with a job he loved, a beautiful wife and adorable children would suddenly kill himself. And when his widow makes a public statement to the same effect and Carter’s calls to the police and the morgue are repeatedly blocked, it's clear someone knows more than he's saying about the cop's death.
Minotaur Books * 9781250005526
HER: A Memoir by Christa Parravani
Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond sisterhood or friendship. But haunted by childhood experiences with father figures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, Cara descended into depression, drugs and a shocking early death. A few years later, Christa read that when an identical twin dies, 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years. First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; suddenly, she was struggling to keep herself alive.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805096538
HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA by Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid’s third novel follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487293
JACOB'S FOLLY by Rebecca Miller
In 18th-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life. More than 200 years later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a ﬂy in the Long Island suburbs of 21st-century America. Thanks to his arrival, the lives of a reliable volunteer fireman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman nursing a secret ambition will never be the same.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374178543
LADY AT THE O.K. CORRAL: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner
For nearly 50 years, she lived with the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this definitive biography, Ann Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her full story --- a spirited tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention and romance reflective of America itself, from the post–Civil War years to World War II.
Harper * 9780061864506
LESSONS IN FRENCH by Hilary Reyl
Kate has just graduated from Yale and is eager to pursue her dreams as a fledgling painter. When she receives a job offer to work as the assistant to Lydia Schell, a famous American photographer in Paris, she immediately accepts. As Kate rediscovers Paris and her roots there, while trying to fit into Lydia’s glamorous and complicated family, she begins to question the kindness of the people to whom she is so drawn as well as her own motives for wanting them to love her.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451655032
THE MAPMAKER'S WAR: A Legend by Ronlyn Domingue
In an ancient time, in a faraway land, a young woman named Aoife is allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom’s mapmaker, tasked with charting the entire domain. Traveling beyond its borders, she finds a secretive people who live in peace, among great wealth. They claim to protect a mythic treasure, one connected to the creation of the world. When Aoife reports their existence to her kingdom, the community is targeted as a threat.
Atria Books * 9781451688887
MURDER BELOW MONTPARNASSE: An Aimee Leduc Investigation by Cara Black
Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée Leduc to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death. Some very dangerous people are threatening Aimée and her co-workers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother has to do with all this.
Soho Crime * 9781616952150
NIGHT MOVES: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White
While trying to solve one of Florida’s most profound secrets, Doc Ford is the target of a murder attempt by someone who wants to make it look like an accident. Or is the target actually his friend, Tomlinson? What their small family of friends don’t know is that their secret pasts make it impossible for the two of them to go to the law for help. There is an assassin on the loose, and it is up to them to find the killer --- before he (or she) finishes the job.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158124
OUT OF ORDER: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O'Connor
The road to today's modern court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor writes, was one fraught with change, upheaval and contingency for most of our nation's history. So much of what we take for granted was once steeped in uncertainty. Here, Justice O'Connor sheds light on the people and transformations that took us from John Jay to John Roberts, from an erratic young court to the incredible institution that endures today.
Random House * 9780812993929
THE ROMANOV CROSS by Robert Masello
Nearly 100 years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization as we know it.
Bantam * 9780553807806
SECOND CHANCES: More Stories of Grace by Max Lucado
We humans are prone to failure. We’re experts at muddying, mixing and messing up our lives. Who among us hasn’t looked up from the bottom of a pit and realized he dug it himself? Who hasn’t fallen so far, messed up so badly that she thought there was no hope? And it’s at these low points that we crave reminders that there’s hope for the broken. No reminder is quite as poignant as a story of second chances.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849948558
SILENCED by Kristina Ohlsson
A teenage girl was assaulted and raped on a midsummer’s eve 15 years ago. Cut to present: a man is killed in a hit and run. He has no identification on him and is not reported missing. The same day, a priest and his wife are found dead in an apparent suicide. Fredrika Bergman and her colleagues are assigned to all three of the seemingly unrelated cases. What is the thread of evil that connects them all?
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439198902
THE STRIKER: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.
Putnam Adult * 9780399161773
THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE'S GONE by Thea Goodman
When Veronica Reed wakes up one frigid January morning, two things are “off” --- she has had a good night’s sleep, which hasn’t happened in months, and both her husband and her baby are gone. Grateful for the much-needed rest, Veronica doesn’t seriously question her husband’s trip out to breakfast with baby Clara. Little does she know, her spouse has fled lower Manhattan, with Clara, for some R&R in the Caribbean.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805096620
ASTONISHED: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace by Beverly Donofrio
Beverly Donofrio had already lived two lives --- first as a scrappy young mother on the streets of the East Village and later as a bestselling author. Now, even though she was living in a vibrant, picturesque Mexican town, where she practiced yoga, drank margaritas in her backyard, and took salsa lessons, she felt lost and was searching for monasteries to visit. Then one night she woke to find a rapist holding a knife to her throat.
Viking Adult * 9780670025756
HONOR by Elif Shafak
Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak's new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in.
Viking Adult * 9780670784837
MARY COIN by Marisa Silver
In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America’s farms in search of work. Little personal information is exchanged, and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced what will become the most iconic image of the Great Depression.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399160707
THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD by Emily Rapp
Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan. But that all changed when Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting. THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD is the story of a mother’s journey through grief and beyond it.
The Penguin Press * 9781594205125
TELLING THE BEES by Peggy Hesketh
Albert Honig’s most constant companions have always been his bees. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled. When Claire is killed in a seemingly senseless accident during a burglary gone wrong, Albert is haunted by the loss, and by the secrets and silence that hovered between them for so long.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159053
On Sale the Week of March 4th in Paperback
BILL VEECK: Baseball's Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson
Relying on primary sources, including more than a hundred interviews, Paul Dickson has crafted a richly detailed portrait of an American original: baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit and unflinching advocate of racial equality, Bill Veeck.
Walker & Company * 9780802778307
BLUE MONDAY by Nicci French
The abduction of a five-year-old boy provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. When his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein can’t ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child.
Penguin Books * 9780143122722
DEAD SCARED by S. J. Bolton
When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student’s death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone.
Minotaur Books * 9781250022561
DRIVING MR. YOGI: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton
DRIVING MR. YOGI is the story of how a unique friendship between a pitcher and catcher is renewed every year. It started in 1999, when Berra was reunited with the Yankees after a long self-exile, the result of being unceremoniously fired by George Steinbrenner 14 years before. A reconciliation meant Berra would attend spring training again, and Guidry befriended “Mr. Yogi” instantly.
Mariner Books * 9780544002272
FORCE OF NATURE: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box
In 1995, Nate Romanowski was in a secret Special Forces unit abroad when a colleague did something terrible. Now high up in the government, the man is determined to eliminate anyone who knows about it, and Nate knows exactly how he'll do it --- by striking at Nate's friends to draw him out.
Berkley * 9780425250655
FORGOTTEN COUNTRY by Catherine Chung
On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story. Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to finally uncover her family's silence.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594486524
THE GILLY SALT SISTERS by Tiffany Baker
Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn't stop Whit Turner, the town's wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives and marrying Claire. Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband's pregnant mistress.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446557290
THE GODS OF GOTHAM by Lyndsay Faye
In 1845, three events converge at a pivotal time for New York City. A deadly fire destroys much of downtown; thousands of Irish Catholics arrive in New York to escape the potato famine; and after years of resistance, a New York City Police Department is formed, creating an army of copper stars.
Berkley Trade * 9780425261255
GOSSIP by Beth Gutcheon
Beth Gutcheon’s latest novel is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship, competition and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and abuse "information" about others --- be it true, false, or imagined --- to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061931437
THE GREAT NORTHERN EXPRESS: A Writer's Journey Home by Howard Frank Mosher
Faced with a diagnosis of prostate cancer at age 64, novelist Howard Frank Mosher embarked on a 20,000-mile book promotion tour that took him to some 150 independent bookstores. In this memoir he recounts that journey, as well as one back to the roots of his writing career.
Broadway * 9780307450708
THE LAND OF DECORATION by Grace McCleen
If a bullied, naive, obsessively religious little girl had the power to produce miracles, what might happen? In THE LAND OF DECORATION, Grace McCleen’s debut novel, a 10-year-old believes there is a certain power and magic --- akin to that of The Creator --- in her self-built replica of mankind.
Picador * 9781250024077
THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (13) by Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. But she’s far too busy to worry about it. Mma Potokwane has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position?
Anchor * 9780307472991
NORUMBEGA PARK by Anthony Giardina
Richie Palumbo, the most ordinary of men, gets lost one night in 1969 while driving with his family. He finds himself in Norumbega --- a gorgeous, hidden town on the far edges of Boston’s western suburbs. He sees a venerable old house and, without quite knowing why, decides that he must have it. Richie’s wild dream sets his family on a 40-year odyssey in which they confront class and parental dreams, sex and spirituality, and the way that hopes conflict with reality.
Picador * 9781250024091
OBJECTS OF MY AFFECTION by Jill Smolinski
Jill Smolinski, author of THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST, has written a humorous and heartfelt novel about a personal organizer who must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung on to for decades.
Touchstone * 9781451660777
THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin
At the turn of the 20th century, reclusive orchardist William Talmadge tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to see the man who gave them no chase and end up indulging in his deep reservoir of compassion. But just as they begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, leading to a shattering tragedy.
Harper Perennial * 9780062188519
THE ROAD TO GRACE by Richard Paul Evans
Alan Christoffersen, a loving husband and successful advertising executive, has lost his wife, business, home and car. To escape his heartbreaking situation, he decides to walk from Seattle to Key West. As he travels from South Dakota to St. Louis, he crosses unfamiliar landscape on his quest for healing.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451628289
THE ROCK STAR IN SEAT 3A by Jill Kargman
The night before her flight, Hazel’s boyfriend gave her a free pass if she ever met rock star Finn Schiller, her idol. She never would have thought the very next day the rock god would be sitting next to her on the plane. Now, when fantasy becomes real attraction, Hazel must decide what she wants.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062007223
STILL: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner
In STILL, Lauren Winner describes how experiences of loss and failure unexpectedly slam her into a wall of doubt and spiritual despair. She explores why --- in the midst of the overwhelming anxiety, loneliness and boredom of her deepest questioning about where (or if) God is --- the Christian story still explains who she is better than any other story she’s ever known.
HarperOne * 9780061768286
SUMMERSET ABBEY: A BLOOM IN WINTER by T. J. Brown
After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to Devonshire, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and embraces the most dangerous activity the world has ever seen, and Victoria defies her family and her illness to make her own dream occupation as a botanist come true.
Gallery Books * 9781451699050
THE THIEF: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. What are they holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and popular culture --- and perhaps something more.
Berkley * 9780425259290
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK: Stories by Nathan Englander
These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander address such topics as marriage, parenting, sexual intimacy and suffering, all set against various backdrops such as the Holocaust and Israel’s settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present.
Vintage * 9780307949608
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