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March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of March 11th and March 18th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of March 11th in Hardcover

March 11th

Fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on a March night when American bombers shower her city with napalm --- an attack that leaves 100,000 dead within hours and half the city in ashen ruins. In the days that follow, Yoshi’s old life will blur beyond recognition, leading her to a new world marked by destruction and shaped by those considered the enemy.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393071573

LEAN IN: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. In LEAN IN, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.
Knopf * 9780385349949

March 12th

THE ANDALUCIAN FRIEND by Alexander Söderberg
When Sophie Brinkmann --- nurse, widow, single mother --- meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful. She likes his quiet charm and easy smile, not to mention the way he welcomes her into his family. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister. Now she must summon everything within her to navigate an intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship.
Crown * 9780770436056

BLOODFIRE QUEST: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Long ago, many dangerous creatures were locked behind a magical barrier, bringing peace and prosperity to the land. But now those barriers are eroding, and generations of embittered prisoners are about to escape. War seems inevitable...unless a few brave souls can stem the tide. While some venture into the forbidden lands, others must undertake a perilous quest, the success of which will mean the death of a young girl, but whose failure will have unimaginable consequences.
Del Rey * 9780345523501

BREAKING POINT: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box
Butch Roberson, a hardworking, upright local business owner, is accused of murdering two EPA employees. As the manhunt organized itself, Joe heard about the tract of land Butch and his wife had bought to build their retirement home on, until the EPA declared it a wetland. It was an awful story. But was it the whole story? The more Joe looks into it, the more he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected and never wanted.
Putnam Adult * 9780399160752

A LITTLE FOLLY by Jude Morgan
When their domineering father dies, Valentine throws open their Devonshire estate of Pennacombe to their fashionable cousins from London. Soon, the temptations of Regency London beckon, including the beautiful, scandalous and very married Lady Harriet Eversholt, with whom Valentine becomes dangerously involved. Meanwhile, Louisa finds that freedom of choice is as daunting as it is exciting. Will the opportunity to indulge in a little folly lead to fulfillment --- or disaster?
St. Martin's Press * 9781250022271

MARGARET FULLER: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England’s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women’s sense of how they could think and live; her editorship of the Transcendentalist literary journal The Dial shaped American Romanticism. Megan Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, who was tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547195605

MIDDLE C by William H. Gass
William H. Gass’s new novel moves from World War II Europe to a small town in postwar Ohio. In a series of variations, Gass gives us a mosaic of a life --- futile, comic, anarchic --- arranged in an array of vocabularies, altered rhythms, forms and tones, and broken pieces with music as both theme and structure, set in the key of middle C.
Knopf * 9780307701633

NOSE by James Conaway
During a routine tasting in advance of his eponymous publication’s new issue, wine critic Clyde Craven-Jones blindly samples a selection of Cabernets. To his confounded delight, he discovers one bottle worthy of his highest score, an accolade he’s never before awarded. But no one seems to know how it appeared on his doorstep, which is a problem for a critic who’s supposed to know everything. Thus an investigation into the mystery Cabernet commences.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250006844

When Brigid Quinn retired early from the FBI, she thought she could put all her horrible memories of hunting sexual predators behind her. Wanting nothing more than a quiet life with her new husband and their dogs, she moves to Tucson and begins to settle in. However, when Floyd Lynch confesses to the worst of her unsolved crimes and the new FBI agent on the case thinks the confession is fake, Brigid is pulled back into the world she thought she left behind.
Minotaur Books * 9780312622947

SISTER MINE by Nalo Hopkinson
As the only one in the family without magic, Makeda has decided to move out on her own and make a life for herself among the claypicken humans. But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to find her own power --- and reconcile with her twin sister, Abby --- if she's to have a hope of saving him.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446576925

SON OF A GAMBLING MAN: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor's Mansion by Bob Miller
SON OF A GAMBLING MAN is a memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who’s seen two sides of every coin. When Bob Miller arrived in Las Vegas as a boy, it was a small, dusty city. His father was a tough guy --- though a good family man --- who had operated on both sides of the law on some of the meaner streets of industrial Chicago. As Bob grew up, so did Vegas, now a “town” of some two million.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312591816


Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is a home away from home for Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean. Dubbed “the Supremes” by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Through marriage, children, happiness and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears, and uproarious banter.
Knopf * 9780307959928

Katie’s world is shattered by the news that her headstrong and bohemian younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. Although they’d hardly spoken to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would have taken her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, Katie leaves her orderly, sheltered life in London behind and embarks on a journey to find out the truth.
Touchstone * 9781451683394

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who has lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace --- and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.
Viking Adult * 9780670026630

Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point --- and everything they have built together unravels, swiftly and spectacularly. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and her daughter’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.
Random House * 9780812993219

UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter
Susan Spencer-Wendel’s UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Co-written with Bret Witter, the book is Spencer-Wendel’s account of living a full life with humor, courage and love, but also accepting death with grace and dignity.
Harper * 9780062241450

Pastor Rob Bell explains why both culture and the church resist talking about God, and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD tackles the misconceptions about God and reveals how God is with us, for us, ahead of us, and how understanding this could change the entire course of our lives.
HarperOne * 9780062049667
On Sale the Week of March 11th in Paperback

March 12th

Broken from growing up in one of North Korea’s forced-labor camps, Gi has learned to cope with pain by retreating into a realm of numbers and calculations. She becomes enamored of the brash and radiant Il-sun. But Il-sun’s pursuit of a better life imperils both girls when her suitor spirits them across the Demilitarized Zone and sells them as sex workers.
Algonquin Books * 9781616202767

DARK TIDE by Elizabeth Haynes
Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and begun a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. Not many people know that she financed her fresh start by working weekends as a dancer at a less-than-reputable gentlemen's club, and she's determined to keep it that way. But on the night of her housewarming party, the past intrudes when a body washes up beside the boat, and Genevieve recognizes the victim as a fellow dancer.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062197337

DORCHESTER TERRACE: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry
The 27th novel starring the husband-and-wife team of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt features their elevation into a world of wealth and power that they are not used to. Their new-found success and change of social status comes along with a price and a moral dilemma that will push them to the brink and threaten their future.
Ballantine Books * 9780345510631

GONE MISSING by Linda Castillo
When the search for a young Amish teen turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case, she will have to call upon everything she has to give. But will she piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate?
Minotaur Books * 9781250022226

It’s Christmas of 1957 in Barcelona, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, are celebrating their new beautiful son, Julian, and the engagement of close friend Fermín Romero de Torres. But a mysterious stranger threatens all of it when he visits the Sempere bookshop and tries to expose a terrible secret that has been buried in the city’s past. His appearance plunges Fermín and Daniel into an adventure that takes them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco’s dictatorship.
Harper Perennial * 9780062206299

THE RED HOUSE by Mark Haddon
Six weeks after their mother’s death, Richard, a wealthy radiologist, invites his sister Angela, her husband and their children to a vacation rental near Wales to spend the week with him, his second wife, and his teenage stepdaughter. Through rapidly shifting points of view, Mark Haddon creates a rich portrait of characters dealing with animosities and personal crises, from job anxiety to confusion over one’s sexuality.
Vintage * 9780307949257

SPRING FEVER by Mary Kay Andrews
Annajane thinks she's over her ex-husband, Mason. But when she attends his wedding, everything changes, and she realizes she might want him back. Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312642723

High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world, who have wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession.
Back Bay Books * 9780316018975

Talulla Demetriou is grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake. Pursued by the hunters of the World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena, she must find a place to give birth to Jake’s child in secret. The eventual birth leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms, she believes the worst is over --- until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun.
Vintage * 9780307742186

Summer vacation on Great Rock Island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, who had lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth's journals, they reveal a woman far different from the cheerful wife and mother Kate thought she knew. The complicated portrait of Elizabeth makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her own deepest beliefs about loyalty and honesty at a period of uncertainty in her own marriage.
Broadway * 9780307887825

WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past rose to haunt the author later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.
Grove Press * 9780802120878

WOOL by Hugh Howey
In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside. His fateful decision will unleash a drastic series of events.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476733951
On Sale the Week of March 18th in Hardcover

March 19th

DEADLY VIRTUES by Jo Bannister
Jerome Cardy knew he was going to die and that it would be made to appear like an accident. He might not be able to prevent it, but he was determined to make sure that someone knew what was going to happen. After he is found beaten to death, Ash is unable to forget Jerome’s last awkward words to him: “I had a dog once. Othello. That was its name. Othello.” Certain there is a hidden message in these words, Ash is determined to discover the truth.
Minotaur Books * 9781250023445

In Owen King’s debut novel, a young man comes to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film. Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan family’s friends, lovers and adversaries, DOUBLE FEATURE is about letting go of everything --- regret, resentment, ambition, dignity, moving pictures, the dead --- and taking it again from the top.
Scribner * 9781451676891

Two women live on opposite coasts, but their lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They are both in their 40s and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312591830

by Orson Scott Card
Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can't control him…and they can't control him. He is far too powerful. When Danny comes face-to-face with the mages who call themselves Bel and Ishtoreth, he will come to understand just why Loki closed the gates all those centuries ago.
Tor Books * 9780765326584

THE LEVIATHAN EFFECT by James Lilliefors
Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening communication from a hacker identified only by the pseudonym Janus. The message is the latest in a series correctly predicting natural disasters around the world --- disasters that, Janus claims, were manufactured. And unless the United States does as Janus instructs, another disaster is coming --- a Category 5 hurricane that will hit the Eastern Seaboard and destroy the lives of tens of millions of people.
Soho Crime * 9781616952495

A MATTER OF TRUST: A Mia Quinn Mystery by Lis Wiehl with April Henry
One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death. Despite much reluctance, Mia teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate this unspeakable tragedy. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold --- even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595549037

OLEANDER GIRL by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Orphaned at birth, 17-year-old Korobi Roy has been troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ deaths. She dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile family. But shortly after their engagement, a heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi's past.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451695656

PUBLIC APOLOGY: In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time by Dave Bry
Dave Bry is sorry for many things in his life. But he’s especially sorry that he didn't hear his cancer-ridden father call out for help one fateful afternoon. Things are different now. Dave himself has become a dad, and has discovered a new compassion for the complicated man who raised him. And maybe if his 17-year-old self could meet his current self, he'd think twice before throwing beer cans on Jon Bon Jovi's lawn.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455509164

SIX YEARS by Harlan Coben
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. When Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life is turned completely inside out.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953487

March 21st

From the outside, Carter Tomlin’s life looked perfect. In reality, he has lost his job, the bills are mounting, and that perfect life is hanging by a thread. Desperate, he robs a bank. Then another. As the red flags start to go up, FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere homes in on Tomlin from one direction, while Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens picks up the trail from another. But Tomlin has guns and a new taste for violence. And he’s not quitting anytime soon.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157905

HELSINKI BLOOD: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson
Kari Vaara is recovering from the physical and emotional toll of solving the Lisbet Söderlund case when he’s approached with a plea: an Estonian woman begs him to find her daughter, Loviise, a young woman with Down syndrome who was promised work and a better life in Finland, and has since disappeared. As Kari works this new case, a past one comes back to haunt him when powerful enemies return to settle unfinished business.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158889

LIFESAVING LESSONS: Notes from an Accidental Mother by Linda Greenlaw
Through hard work and determination, Linda Greenlaw had created a life of peaceful independence, living on a rugged island off the coast of Maine. Then came Mariah, a troubled 15-year-old who arrives on the island to stay with her uncle. But when it is revealed that Mariah has suffered terrible abuse at his hands, the island comes together to rescue the teenager from further harm. The residents nominate Linda, who is not exactly the picture of maternal warmth, to be Mariah’s guardian.
Viking Adult * 9780670025176

From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s narrator will be inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and rival in writing, Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Julian’s friend, Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. After the trio has a disastrous falling out, desperate to tell the truth in his writing and to figure out who he really is, Jansma’s narrator finds himself caught in a never-ending web of lies.
Viking Adult * 9780670026005
On Sale the Week of March 18th in Paperback

March 19th

THE BLESSED WOMAN: Learning About Grace from the Women of the Bible by Debbie Morris
It’s not easy being a woman. The demands and expectations of us, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. In THE BLESSED WOMAN, Debbie Morris shares her own stories and the stories of discerning women in the Bible, addressing topics such as overcoming insecurity, finding purpose, establishing priorities, letting go, and waiting. Her book reminds us how God longs for every woman to experience His tenderness --- and to know the true meaning of being blessed.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307731913

DARWIN'S GHOSTS: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott
Soon after the publication of ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter that accused him of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Realizing his error of omission, Darwin tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, but he found that history had already forgotten many of them. Rebecca Stott goes in search of these ghosts, telling the epic story of the discovery of evolution and natural selection.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812981704

DUST TO DUST: A Memoir by Benjamin Busch
Benjamin Busch, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, as seen firsthand.
Ecco * 9780062014856

EQUAL OF THE SUN by Anita Amirrezvani
Iran in 1576 is a place of peace, wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her trusted servant are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.
Scribner * 9781451660470

THE GUILTY ONE by Lisa Ballantyne
Solicitor Daniel Hunter is called to defend 11-year-old Sebastian, who has been charged with the murder of a young boy on a London playground. While examining Sebastian’s life in order to save it, Daniel can’t help but be transported to his own difficult youth spent in foster care --- a time when the one he trusted the most was the one who betrayed him.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062195517

THE LOST YEARS by Mary Higgins Clark
Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican library in the 15th century, it was assumed to be lost forever. But on the eve before his own murder, he confides to Father Aiden O’Brien, a family friend, that one of those whom he trusted most is determined to keep it from being returned to the Vatican.
Pocket Books * 9781451668926

SLEEP NO MORE: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it's like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen from her, she fought for closure. But now as she's striving to begin anew, she can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen --- or maybe already has. When her mother, Sandra, asks for help in finding a missing friend named Beth Avery, Eve is sure that she's hiding something.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312651305

SUMMERLAND by Elin Hilderbrand
A graduation night celebration on the beach ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming. As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316099899

A WEDDING IN HAITI by Julia Alvarez
A teenager when Julia Alvarez and her husband first met him in 2001, Piti illegally crossed the border into the Dominican Republic to find work. Julia, impressed by his courage and charmed by his smile, has over the years come to think of him as a son, even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009, Julia’s promise is tested.
Algonquin Books * 9781616202804

WHEN JESUS WEPT: The Jerusalem Chronicles, Book 1 by Bodie and Brock Thoene
WHEN JESUS WEPT unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, Bodie and Brock Thoene explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament.
Zondervan * 9780310335931

WHEN SHE WAS GONE by Gwendolen Gross
When a Cornell-bound teenager disappears, her quiet neighborhood is left to pick apart the threads of their own lives and assumptions. Linsey Hart’s neighbors are just ordinary people --- but even ordinary people can keep terrible secrets hidden close. As the days of Linsey’s absence tick by, dread and hope threaten to tear a community apart.
Gallery Books * 9781451684742

WISHING ON WILLOWS by Katie Ganshert
A three-year-old son, a struggling café and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Café, she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sense of purpose and community the work provides. So when developer Ian McKay shows up with plans to build condos where her café and a vital town ministry are located, she isn’t about to let go without a fight.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730404

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