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Week of December 12, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of December 12th include EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD by Ian Rankin, which finds John Rebus coming out of retirement...to save his nemesis; MARLENE, C. W. Gortner's biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, Marlene Dietrich; STORIES I TELL MYSELF, Juan F. Thompson's personal account of his father, Hunter S. Thompson, and of their getting to know each other during their 41 fraught years together; and THE LOVERS by Rod Nordland, the story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.

December 5, 2016

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that is perfect for holiday giving and that you may want to include on your “to me/from me” list. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Tuesday, December 6th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: The Tox Files, Book 1 by Ronie Kendig, which releases tomorrow. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Week of December 5, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of December 5th include FAMILY JEWELS, yet another thrilling installment in Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington series; THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS, Edan O'Brien's first novel in 10 years, about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal; THE ABSOLUTION, the mesmerizing finale to Jonathan Holt's Carnivia Trilogy, following THE ABOMINATION and THE ABDUCTION; and BROWSINGS by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda, a collection of 50 of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves.

George Clason

If I set for myself a task, be it so trifling, I shall see it through. How else shall I have confidence in myself to do important things?

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George Clason

Tim Fargo

It is better to know what to fear than to say “no fear.”

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Tim Fargo

Khalil Gibran

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans.

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Khalil Gibran

December 2, 2016

What a great Thanksgiving weekend we had. I cooked like mad on Wednesday, ate and entertained on Thursday, and from there I had three days with zero agenda and lots of leftovers (though somehow we still managed to cook two additional special dinners that weekend when my eyes crossed thinking about turkey).

There was lots of time for reading, as well as relaxing. First up was THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS, a novel by Laurie Frankel, which will be published on January 24th. It’s a story about family, and how far a family will go to take care of each other, especially when they are hiding a secret. Claude is the youngest of five boys in the Walsh-Adams family. As a very young child, he makes it clear that he is happier wearing girls clothes and considers himself to be a girl. His parents, Rosie and Penn, know the path that Claude has chosen will be a difficult one, but they decide as a family to do what it takes to keep Claude’s wishes, even if it means keeping the true origins of their now-girl Poppy a family secret. And then one day, the secret is told; from there, their world that they carefully constructed implodes.

Steve Twomey, author of Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack

COUNTDOWN TO PEARL HARBOR is a fascinating look at the 12 days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor --- the warnings, clues and missteps. Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Steve Twomey unravels the crucial characters and moments, and produces an edge-of-your seat drama with fascinating details about America at this moment in its history. By the end, the reader understands how assumption is the root of disaster, and how sometimes a gamble pays off.

Haruki Murakami, author of Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest.

Erika Johansen, author of The Fate of the Tearling

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy --- and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.