September 10, 2013
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On Sale the Week of September 9th in Hardcover
A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED by Dara Horn
Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted --- leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393064896
AFTER THE FIRE: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose by J. A. Jance
Before she found fame as a bestselling mystery author, Judith Jance was married to an alcoholic. For years she channeled her pain into words, composing the poems in this moving volume. In searing and direct language, AFTER THE FIRE chronicles the collapse of Jance's marriage under the weight of her husband's addiction --- and her own unwitting denial and co-dependence while she struggled to find herself.
William Morrow * 9780062293978
BELOVED ENEMY: A Jack McClure Novel by Eric Van Lustbader
Shortly after Jack McClure leaves a late-night meeting with Dennis Paull, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Paull is found dead. The President is furious but equally frightened of a scandal, since McClure is one of their own --- an operative and Paull's friend. With top officials in the CIA and FBI after him, McClure goes on the run. Someone framed him for Paull's murder, possibly to prevent him from accomplishing Paull's last request --- a task vital to U.S. National Security.
Forge Books * 9780765337054
THE BONES OF PARIS by Laurie R. King
Summer, 1929. Global financial ruin may be on the horizon, but in Paris, decadence is synonymous with freedom. The American expat community of artists, musicians and writers is joined by Harris Stuyvesant, private inquiry agent and former officer with the American Bureau of Investigation. Stuyvesant is investigating a missing American girl, whose disappearance may be one of many, and possibly linked to a series of murders.
Bantam * 9780345531766
BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent
Agnes is charged with the brutal murder of her former master and is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316243919
DISSIDENT GARDENS by Jonathan Lethem
At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s new novel stand two extraordinary women: Rose Zimmer, an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant, and her daughter, Miriam, who flees Rose’s suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives. These flawed, idealistic people all struggle to follow their own utopian dreams in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference.
Doubleday * 9780385534932
THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton
Ten years ago, Reeve LeClaire was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she has spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner. But when he asks her to help another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching every move.
Minotaur Books * 9781250031044
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.
Crown * 9780307718969
FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid by Joshua Safran
When Joshua Safran was four years old, his mother --- determined to protect him from the threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan --- took to the open road with her young son, leaving the San Francisco countercultural scene behind. Together they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home. In FREE SPIRIT, Safran tells the harrowing yet wryly funny story of his childhood chasing this perfect life off the grid --- and how they survived the imperfect one they found instead.
Hyperion * 9781401324605
GOD WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH by Max Lucado
Through decades of betrayal, abandonment and false accusations, Joseph never gave up on God or His purpose. And Joseph continually trusted the sovereignty of God as Master-weaver of his life. In GOD WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH, Max Lucado invites readers to do the same --- to let God’s message through Joseph guide His children through tough times today.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400323111
A HOUSE IN THE SKY: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
A HOUSE IN THE SKY is the spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia. Amanda Lindhout’s story is one of courage, resilience and extraordinary grace.
Scribner * 9781451645606
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler
In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way. She explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of medicine. Her provocative thesis is that modern medicine, in its pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents.
Scribner * 9781451641974
MISS ANNE IN HARLEM: The White Women of the Black Renaissance by Carla Kaplan
The 1920s in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation and passion --- with Harlem at the epicenter. White men could go uptown to see jazz and modern dance, but women who embraced black culture too enthusiastically could be ostracized. MISS ANNE IN HARLEM focuses on six of the unconventional, free-thinking women who crossed race lines and defied social conventions to become a part of the culture and heartbeat of Harlem.
Harper * 9780060882389
NINE INCHES: Stories by Tom Perrotta
NINE INCHES, Tom Perrotta’s first true collection, features 10 stories --- some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing. Whether he’s dropping into the lives of two teachers --- and their love lost and found --- in “Nine Inches,” or documenting the unraveling of a dad at a Little League game in “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face,” Perrotta writes with a sure sense of his characters and their secret longings.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250034700
ROBERT B. PARKER’S DAMNED IF YOU DO: A Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman
The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens. She wasn’t exactly beautiful, but she’d tried to make the most of her looks. And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t know her name. Whoever she is, she didn’t deserve to die. Jesse starts digging, only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a bitter turf war between two ruthless pimps. And more blood will spill before it’s over.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159503
SECOND WATCH: A J. P. Beaumont Novel by J. A. Jance
SECOND WATCH shows Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont taking some time off to get knee replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing mysteries he's ever faced. His past collides with his present in a story that explores loss and heartbreak, duty and honor, and, most importantly, the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe those who served in the Vietnam War, and those in uniform today.
William Morrow * 9780062134677
SOMEONE by Alice McDermott
An ordinary life --- its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion --- lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of SOMEONE, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of AFTER THIS. Scattered recollections --- of childhood, adolescence, motherhood and old age --- come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374281090
SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford
Twelve-year-old William Eng has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday --- or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday --- William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother.
Ballantine Books * 9780345522023
SUBTLE BODIES by Norman Rush
In his long-awaited new novel, Norman Rush, author of three books set in Africa (including the bestselling classic and National Book Award winner MATING), returns home, giving us a sophisticated, often comical, romp through the particular joys and tribulations of marriage, and the dilemmas of friendship, as a group of college friends reunites in upstate New York some 20 years after graduation.
Knopf * 9781400042500
THE THICKET by Joe R. Lansdale
When a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave, and a street-smart woman-for-hire who has come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot).
Mulholland Books * 9780316188456
W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths: one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as she digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long, at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity.
A Marian Wood Book/Putnam * 9780399158988
WILSON by A. Scott Berg
One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. Now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159213
THE WRONG GIRL by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that a respected adoption agency is reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. She and detective Jake Brogan are soon on a trail full of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal.
Forge Books * 9780765332585
ALL GOOD THINGS: From Paris to Tahiti: Life and Longing by Sarah Turnbull
Having shared her story in her bestselling memoir, ALMOST FRENCH, Sarah Turnbull seemed to have had more than her fair share of dreams come true. While Sarah went on to carve out an idyllic life in Paris with her husband, Frederic, there was still one dream she was beginning to fear might be impossible: starting a family. Then, out of the blue, an opportunity to embark on another adventure offered a new beginning --- and new hope.
Gotham * 9781592408689
BEING A ROCKEFELLER, BECOMING MYSELF: A Memoir by Eileen Rockefeller
In BEING A ROCKEFELLER, BECOMING MYSELF, the great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller and the daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller reveals what it was like to grow up as the youngest of six children and 22 cousins in one of the world’s most famous families. Eileen learned in childhood that great wealth and fame could open almost any door, but they could not buy a sense of personal worth.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399164088
THE FACADES by Eric Lundgren
One night, in the once-great Midwestern city of Trude, the theater’s most celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes during rehearsal. When police come up empty-handed, the star’s husband, a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, must take up the quest on his own. But to discover the secret of his wife’s disappearance, Norberg must descend into Trude’s underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468306873
On Sale the Week of September 9th in Paperback
38 NOOSES: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg
Scott W. Berg has written an account of the little-known Dakota War of 1862, when Dakota Indian warriors attacked white soldiers and settlers on the Minnesota Frontier. Federal forces quashed the uprising and found 300 Indians guilty of murder, resulting in the largest government-sanctioned execution in US history.
Vintage * 9780307389138
BREED by Chase Novak
As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood a reality, Alex and Leslie Twisden travel to Slovenia, where they undergo a painful procedure that gives them what they've so fervently wanted...but with awful consequences. Ten years later, twins Adam and Alice set out on a quest to uncover the truth about the man and woman who raised them. What they discover will reveal a threat so terrible that it must be escaped at any cost.
Mulholland Books * 9780316198585
THE DEVIL IN SILVER by Victor LaValle
On his first night at the New Hyde Hospital's mental ward, Pepper witnesses an impossible vision: the Devil appears in the guise of an old man with a bison's head and murderous intent. It’s no delusion --- the Devil roams the halls of New Hyde, terrorizing its patients when the sun goes down. Pepper teams with three other strangely loveable patients to try to kill the monster that's been stalking them. But can the Devil die?
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812982251
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 * 9781455503100
JOSEPH ANTON: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Salman Rushdie tells that story for the first time --- the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812982602
LIFETIME by Liza Marklund
Police officer Nina Hoffman finds her fellow officer David Lindholm naked on his bed with bullets through his head and stomach. His traumatized wife, Julia, rambles on about a woman entering the house, killing David and running off with her son, but all the evidence seems to point in Julia’s direction. Annika Bengtzon covers the case and is drawn in headfirst when she sees that Julia is about to be falsely charged.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451607000
SHADOW CREEK by Joy Fielding
A group of unlikely traveling companions --- a woman, her two oddball friends, her teenage daughter, and her estranged husband's fiancée --- find themselves on a camping trip in the Adirondacks at the same time that a pair of teenage killers is terrorizing the area. When an elderly couple is found slaughtered and her daughter goes missing, Valerie finds herself in a nightmare much worse than anything she could have anticipated.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451688160
SHE MATTERS: A Life in Friendships by Susanna Sonnenberg
In SHE MATTERS, Susanna Sonnenberg illuminates the friendships that have influenced, nourished, inspired and haunted her --- and sometimes torn her apart. Each has its own lessons that Sonnenberg seeks to understand. Her method is investigative and ruminative, resulting in fearlessly observed portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the complexities of their own relationships.
Scribner * 9781439190609
TELEGRAPH AVENUE by Michael Chabon
Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are longtime friends and co-regents of a used record store. But when ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode announces his plan to build a megastore nearby, the duo fears that it will mean certain death for their small business. What they don’t know is that this announcement marks the peak of a secret history, including a forgotten crime of the Black Panther era. How will the two make it through these trying times?
Harper Perennial * 9780061493355
CHASING HOPE by Kathryn Cushman
After her Olympic dreams are dashed, Sabrina Rice distances herself from everything to do with running --- until the day she sees Brandy Philip racing security across campus. When she meets this troubled teen, Sabrina realizes she’s Brandy’s best hope to salvage a life that’s spiraling out of control.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764208270
FIRED UP: Trouble in Texas, Book 2 by Mary Connealy
Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives. Lately, though, someone appears determined to end his. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment. He wants to leave the violence of his war days behind and move on --- preferably with Glynna Greer at his side. But will he survive long enough to have his chance at love?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209154
A HOME FOR MY HEART by Anne Mateer
Sadie Sillsby is torn when she is offered the position of matron at the orphanage where she works. She loves her job, but she also loves her beau, Blaine --- and tradition dictates that she cannot have both. Should she give up her plans for a life with Blaine in order to continue serving these children who have no one else?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210648
THE INVENTION OF SARAH CUMMINGS: Avenue of Dreams, Book 3 by Olivia Newport
Sarah Cummings has one goal in life --- to break into Chicago's high society. When opportunity knocks at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to her goal --- and closer to Simon Tewell, director of St. Andrew's Orphanage --- Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of.
Revell * 9780800720407
LOVE'S AWAKENING: The Ballantyne Legacy, Book 2 by Laura Frantz
In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne opens a day school for young ladies. One of her students is an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family. The Turlocks are envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly entangled with the rival clan --- particularly the handsome Jack Turlock --- she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future. Will she betray her family and side with the enemy?
Revell * 9780800720421
THE MINER'S LADY: Land of Shining Water, Book 3 by Tracie Peterson
Unable to resist Isabella's pleas, Chantel Panetta agrees to help her sister spend time with Orlando Calarco...only to have a run-in with Dante, Orlando's brother. Chantel can't deny the attraction that flares when she's with Dante. But when a tragedy occurs, is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between the Panettas and Calarcos might be resolved? Or will Chantel and Isabella's hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764206214
REBELLIOUS HEART by Jody Hedlund
Massachusetts, 1763. When a determined Susanna Smith and poor country lawyer Benjamin Ross act to save the life of a runaway indentured servant, they’ll risk everything for love and justice in a nation on the brink of revolution.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210488
On Sale the Week of September 16th in Hardcover
A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH by Colin McAdam
Told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, set in a Vermont home and a Florida primate research facility, A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH --- at times brutal, other times deeply moving --- is about the simple truths that transcend species, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for survival.
Soho Press * 9781616953157
BLACK SKIES: An Icelandic Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason
A man is making a "death mask," and he has revenge in mind. Meanwhile, a school reunion has left Inspector Erlendur's colleague Sigurdur Óli unhappy with life in the police force. While Iceland is enjoying an economic boom, Óli's relationship is on the rocks, and soon even his position in the department is compromised. When a favor to a friend goes wrong and a woman dies before his eyes, Óli has a murder investigation on his hands.
Minotaur Books * 9781250000392
BLEEDING EDGE by Thomas Pynchon
It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left.
The Penguin Press * 9781594204234
DEADLY HEAT by Richard Castle
Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history.
Hyperion * 9781401324803
DEXTER'S FINAL CUT by Jeff Lindsay
When mega-star Robert Chase and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for "research," Chase becomes fixated on blood spatter analyst Dexter Morgan. To perfect his role, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter's every move and learning what really makes him tick. There is just one tiny problem: Dexter's favorite hobby involves hunting down the worst killers to escape legal justice, and introducing them to his special brand of playtime.
Doubleday * 9780385536516
THE FINAL CUT by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison
Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond learns that his colleague, Elaine York, the “minder” of the Crown Jewels for the “Jewel of the Lion” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich don’t hesitate to help Drummond find the cunning international thief known as the Fox.
Putnam Adult * 9780399164736
THE FOUNTAIN OF ST. JAMES COURT; OR, PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS AN OLD WOMAN by Sena Jeter Naslund
Kathryn Callaghan has just finished her novel about painter Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, a survivor of the French Revolution hated for her sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Though still haunted by the story she has written, Kathryn must leave the 18th-century European world she has researched and made vivid in order to return to her own life as an American in 2012.
William Morrow * 9780061579325
HELP FOR THE HAUNTED by John Searles
Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation --- helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence. A year later, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night --- and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.
William Morrow * 9780060779634
THE IMPERSONATOR by Mary Miley
In 1917, 14-year-old Jessie Carr, sole heiress to her family’s vast fortune, disappeared without a trace. Now, years later, her uncle Oliver Beckett finds Leah, a young actress in a vaudeville playhouse who's a dead ringer for his missing niece. With Oliver's coaching, Leah agrees to impersonate Jessie and split the family fortune with him. The only problem is, Leah’s act isn't going to fool the one person who knows the truth about what happened to Jessie Carr.
Minotaur Books * 9781250028167
KATE: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl
Katie Nicholl gives an inside look into the life of the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton. Since becoming Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated royals fans around the world. Now, Nicholl delivers the story of her early life, first romances, and love with Prince William. She also reveals new details on Middleton’s initiation into royal life and, of course, her first pregnancy.
Weinstein Books * 9781602862265
THE LAST FIRST DAY by Carrie Brown
Ruth has always stood firmly beside her husband, Peter, the legendary chief of New England’s Derry School for boys. The aging Peter will soon have to retire, and Ruth is wondering what they will do in their old age, separated from the school into which they have poured everything, including their savings. The narrative takes us back through the years, revealing the explosive spark and joy between Ruth and Peter.
Pantheon * 9780307908032
THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. They are two couples who have little in common, and are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455520657
MEN WE REAPED: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life --- to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth --- and it took her breath away.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608195213
THE QUEST by Nelson DeMille
THE QUEST is a deadly adventure that pits two journalists and a beautiful photographer against the Vatican, murderous tribesmen, shadowy assassins, fanatical Coptic monks and, ultimately, the powers of the Holy Grail itself. Against the backdrop of a legend that has lasted 2,000 years, and with a love affair influencing many decisions, good eventually triumphs --- but at a steep price.
Center Street * 9781455576425
SEVEN FOR A SECRET by Lyndsay Faye
Officer Timothy Wilde is horrified when he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders,” who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property. When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy’s office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is “My family.”
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399158384
SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG by Delia Ephron
In SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of unforgettable, moving and provocative essays. The emotional linchpin in this collection is the author’s stirring, eloquent response to the death of Nora Ephron --- Delia’s older sister and frequent writing companion.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399166556
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMEONE DEAD: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton
It is quite the shock when Gloria French is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. A secretive village whose residents resent the investigation doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from sticking her nose where no one wants it --- especially as the suspect list grows.
Minotaur Books * 9780312640132
THANKLESS IN DEATH by J. D. Robb
The Reinholds lie in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son, Jerry. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team already know the who, how and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry is going to strike next.
Putnam Adult * 9780399164422
TRAVELING SPRINKLER by Nicholson Baker
Putting aside poetry in favor of music, and drawing on his classical bassoon training, Paul Chowder turns instead to his new acoustic guitar with one goal in mind: to learn songwriting. As he struggles to come to terms with the horror of America’s drone wars and ex-girlfriend Roz’s recent relationship with a local NPR radio host, Paul fills his days with Quaker meetings, Planet Fitness workouts, and some experiments with tobacco.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399160967
WHO ASKED YOU? by Terry McMillan
WHO ASKED YOU? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams --- all while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, each playing a part, and full of surprises.
Viking Adult * 9780670785698
On Sale the Week of September 16th in Paperback
31 DAYS TO HAPPINESS: How to Find What Really Matters in Life by David Jeremiah
Dr. David Jeremiah takes a look at history’s wisest and most successful man, King Solomon, and challenges readers to find what really matters in life. If you thought happiness was only an empty hope, maybe you’ve simply been looking in all the wrong places. In this book, Dr. Jeremiah reveals the way to the happiness you have longed for, the never-dimming light of your fondest dreams.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849921933
BRUCE by Peter Ames Carlin
Peter Ames Carlin's New York Times bestselling biography of one of America's greatest musicians is the first in 25 years to be written with the cooperation of Bruce Springsteen himself. With unfettered access to the artist, his family, and band members --- including Clarence Clemons in his last major interview --- the acclaimed music writer presents a startlingly intimate and vivid portrait of a rock icon.
Touchstone * 9781439191835
THE CUTTING SEASON by Attica Locke
Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that has turned into an eerie tourist attraction. Outside the gates, a corporation has been snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations and replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.
Harper Perennial * 9780061802065
THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block
Ariel Silverman is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them, Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250036292
THE HIT by David Baldacci
A highly skilled assassin, Will Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst enemies of the state. Fellow assassin Jessica Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now she's turning her gun sights on other members of their agency. As Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455521173
NO WAY OUT: A Karen Vail Novel by Alan Jacobson
When a powerful firebomb destroys part of an art gallery in an exclusive London district, FBI Profiler Karen Vail is dispatched to England to work with Scotland Yard. But Vail soon discovers that at the heart of the bombing lies a 440-year-old manuscript that holds clues to England's past --- with content so explosive that a group of political radicals is bent on destroying it at all costs.
Premier Digital Publishing * 9781624670848
RATLINES by Stuart Neville
As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered. This is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.
Soho Crime * 9781616953027
TAKING EVE: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen
Jim Doane's 25-year-old son may or may not be dead, and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence. But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth --- a truth that takes forensic sculptor Eve Duncan down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250034335
WHAT ONCE WAS LOST by Kim Vogel Sawyer
After a fire breaks out at the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor, Christina Willems is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy. As obstacles to repairing her farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she has dedicated her life.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307731258
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