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September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016
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In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of September 12th and September 19th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our Women's Fiction Author Spotlight contests for THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr and MENDING FENCES by Sherryl Woods. We also are spotlighting Jennifer Chiaverini's new book, FATES AND TRAITORS: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth, which is now available, and our Fall Preview feature, where once again we are giving away books on select days throughout September and October in a series of 24-hour contests.

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This Week's Bonus News: Our Women's Fiction Author Spotlight Contests for THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr and MENDING FENCES by Sherryl Woods
Win a Copy of THE LIFE SHE WANTS and Share Your Comments on It
We have 10 copies of THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr --- in which two friends confront their pasts and move towards their future ---to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which releases on September 27th, and share their comments on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, September 22nd at noon ET.


THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr (Fiction)
In the aftermath of her financier husband’s suicide, Emma Shay Compton’s dream life is shattered. She bears the burden of Richard's crimes and is left with nothing. When a friend encourages her to come home to Sonoma County, Emma must decide if she can face Riley Kerrigan, her ex-best friend. It turns out she can’t escape her husband’s reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she’d ever ask for help --- Riley. It’s an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they’ve made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other --- and themselves --- can each of them find the life she wants.

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Win a Copy of MENDING FENCES and Share Your Comments on It

We have 15 copies of MENDING FENCES --- a 2007 novel by Sherryl Woods in which devastating secrets tear two families apart --- to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which re-releases in paperback on September 27th, and share their comments on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, September 22nd at noon ET.

MENDING FENCES by Sherryl Woods (Fiction)
For 10 years, Emily Dobbs and Marcie Carter have been the closest of friends. They've raised their kids together, shared joy and heartache, and exchanged neighborhood gossip over tea. But when Marcie's son, now a college freshman sports star, is arrested for date rape, the bond between the families could be shattered forever. As the Carters try to deal with the unthinkable, Emily discovers her daughter has been hiding a terrible secret…a secret that threatens the futures of both families. Recently divorced, Emily struggles to keep it all together --- to support her terrified daughter, to maintain her friendship with Evan's mother, and to have faith in the detective who could change all of their lives.


-Click here to read more in our Women's Fiction Author Spotlight and enter the contest.
On Sale the Week of September 12th in Hardcover

September 13th

BETWEEN BREATHS: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas (Memoir)
From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story. Now, in BETWEEN BREATHS, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety and how she dealt with it as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455559633

BLACK WATER
by Louise Doughty (Thriller)
John Harper is in hiding in a remote hut on a tropical island. As he lies awake at night, he believes his life may be in danger. But he is less afraid of what is going to happen than of what he’s already done. In a nearby town, he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragic history. They begin an affair, but can they offer each other redemption? Or do the ghosts of the past always catch up with us in the end? Flashing back from late 1990s Indonesia to Cold War Europe, Harper’s childhood in civil rights-era California, and Indonesia during the massacres of 1965 and the subsequent military dictatorship, BLACK WATER explores some of the darkest events of recent history through the story of one troubled man.
Sarah Crichton Books * 9780374114015

BLOOD CRIME written by Sebastia Alzamora, translated from the Catalan by Martha Tennent and Maruxa Relano (Gothic Thriller)
It is 1936, and Barcelona burns as the Spanish Civil War takes over. Yet in all this death, the murders of a Marist monk and a young boy, drained of their blood, are strange enough to catch a police inspector’s attention. His quest for justice is complicated by the politics, dangers and espionage of daily life in a war zone. The Marist brothers of the murdered monk are being persecuted; meanwhile, a convent of Capuchin nuns hides in plain sight, trading favors with the military police to stay alive. In their midst is a 13-year-old novice who stumbles into the clutches of the murderer. Can she escape in this city of no happy endings?
Soho Crime * 9781616956288

BODY ON THE BAYOU: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron (Mystery)
The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they’ve managed to survive the scandal. Now there’s a très bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat’s nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer. When everyone else refuses the job of being Vanessa's Maid of Honor, Maggie reluctantly takes up the title and finds herself tasked with a long list of duties --- the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa’s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke. But just days before the wedding, Ginger’s lifeless body is found on the bayou. The Pelican PD and the Crozats have another murder mystery on their hands.
Crooked Lane Books * 9781629537689

THE BOYS OF DUNBAR: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball by Alejandro Danois (Sports)
As the crack epidemic swept across inner-city America in the early 1980s, the streets of Baltimore were crime ridden. But basketball could provide the quickest ticket out, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship and perhaps even play in the NBA. Dunbar High School had one of the most successful basketball programs, not only in Baltimore but in the entire country. In the early 1980s, the Dunbar Poets were arguably the best high school team of all time. Four starting players would eventually play in the NBA, an unheard-of success rate. In THE BOYS OF DUNBAR, Alejandro Danois takes us through the 1981-1982 season with the Poets as the team conquered all its opponents.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451666977

THE BUTCHER'S SON by Grant McKenzie (Thriller)
Ian Quinn is a Child Protection Officer who has spent his life protecting children from the monsters that live among us. Ian's own father left years ago, leaving him and his sister alone. But, out of the blue, Ian is called by an attorney, claiming his father has recently died and named Ian in his will. Ian had assumed his father was long dead, and is confused as to what he could possibly be needed for. When Ian goes to the lawyer's office, he is given three items: The first is a key. The second is a deed to his grandfather's old butcher shop. The third is a letter from his father that reads simply and cryptically: "Sorry for everything, son, but it's your burden now."
Polis Books * 9781943818020

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett (Fiction)
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly --- thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, COMMONWEALTH explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.
Harper * 9780062491794

DARKTOWN by Thomas Mullen (Historical Thriller)
Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect that white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines.
Atria / 37 Ink * 9781501133862

FATES AND TRAITORS: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini (Historical Fiction)
The subject of more than a century of scholarship, speculation and even obsession, John Wilkes Booth is often portrayed as a shadowy figure: a violent loner whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. Lost to history until now is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return: Mary Ann, the steadfast matriarch of the Booth family; Asia, his loyal sister and confidante; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator’s daughter who adored Booth yet tragically misunderstood the intensity of his wrath; and Mary Surratt, the Confederate widow entrusted with the secrets of his vengeful plot.
Dutton * 9780525954309

FORWARD: A Memoir by Abby Wambach (Sports/Memoir)
Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age 35 she would become the highest goal scorer in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. She has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. Here she shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete.
Dey Street Books * 9780062466983

IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett (Entertainment/Memoir)
Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for 11 glorious seasons? IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made "The Carol Burnett Show" legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show’s original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.
Crown Archetype * 9781101904657

INDELIBLE INK: The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of America's Free Press by Richard Kluger (History)
When Britain began colonizing the New World, strict censorship was the iron rule and any words that disparaged the government were a punishable crime. So when a small newspaper, the New-York Weekly Journal, printed scathing articles assailing the new British governor, William Cosby, as corrupt and abusive, it was the paper’s publisher, John Peter Zenger, who took the fall. Although Zenger was merely a front man for Cosby’s true adversaries, he was jailed for the better part of a year and faced a jury in a proceeding matched in importance during the colonial period only by the Salem Witch Trials.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393245462

JERUSALEM by Alan Moore (Fiction)
In JERUSALEM, Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them.
Liveright * 9781631491344

JUNIPER: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French (Memoir)
Juniper French was born four months early, weighing in at one pound, four ounces. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love --- to save her, or to let her go? Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper's life. Here, they explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now-thriving daughter.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316324427

KILLING THE RISING SUN: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
(History)
Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. KILLING THE RISING SUN takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

Henry Holt and Co. * 9781627790628

LITTLE NOTHING by Marisa Silver (Historical Fiction)
In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival, conceived in part by gypsy tonics and archaic prescriptions, stuns her parents and brings outrage and scorn from her community. Pavla has been born a dwarf, but as the years pass, she grows no farther than the edge of her crib. When her parents turn to the treatments of a local charlatan, his terrifying cure opens the floodgates of persecution for Pavla. LITTLE NOTHING unfolds across a lifetime of unimaginable, magical transformation in and out of human form, as an outcast girl becomes a hunted woman whose ultimate survival depends on the most startling transfiguration of them all.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399167928

LONER by Teddy Wayne (Fiction)
David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells and becomes instantly infatuated. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem.
Simon & Schuster * 9781501107894

MURDER IN THE BAYOU: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? by Ethan Brown (True Crime)
Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the murky canals and crawfish ponds of Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou town of 10,000 in the heart of the Jefferson Davis parish. Local law enforcement officials were quick to pursue a serial killer theory, opening a floodgate of media coverage. Collectively the victims became known as the “Jeff Davis 8,” and their lives, their deaths and the ongoing investigation reveal a small southern community’s most closely guarded secrets. As Ethan Brown suggests, these homicides were not the work of a single serial killer, but the violent fallout of Jennings’s brutal sex and drug trade, a backwoods underworld hidden in plain sight.
Scribner * 9781476793252

NAVIGATORS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Science Fiction)
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's NAVIGATORS Of DUNE is the climactic finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert's classic DUNE. The story line tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and its breeding program, the human-computer Mentats, and the Navigators (the Spacing Guild), as well as a crucial battle for the future of the human race, in which reason faces off against fanaticism. These events have far-reaching consequences that will set the stage for Dune, millennia later.
Tor Books * 9780765381255

NUTSHELL by Ian McEwan (Psychological Thriller)
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home --- a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse --- but John is not there. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385542074

AN OBVIOUS FACT: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson (Mystery)
In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend Henry Standing Bear are called to Hulett, Wyoming to investigate, things start getting complicated. As competing biker gangs; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; a military-grade vehicle donated to the tiny local police force by a wealthy entrepreneur; and Lola, the real-life femme fatale and namesake for Henry's '59 Thunderbird (and, by extension, Walt's granddaughter) come into play, it rapidly becomes clear that there is more to get to the bottom of at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than a bike accident.
Viking * 9780525426943

THE ORPHAN MOTHER by Robert Hicks (Historical Fiction)
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock --- the "Widow of the South" --- has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah --- no stranger to loss --- finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead? Mariah's journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people --- including George Tole, a recent arrival to town, fleeing a difficult past of his own --- and forces her to confront the truths of her own past.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446581769

PIRATE: A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell (Thriller/Adventure)
An 800-year-old treasure. An ancient cypher wheel. A brutal murder. And a man who will stop at nothing to claim what he considers rightfully his. Husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo have gone on impossible missions before and faced many perils, but never have they faced an adversary as determined as the one before them now. The battle will take them halfway around the world, and at its end will be either one of the most glorious finds in history --- or certain death.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399183973

THE RECKONING ON CANE HILL by Steve Mosby (Mystery)
Charlie Matheson died two years ago in a car accident. So how is a woman bearing a startling resemblance to her claiming to be back from the dead? Detective Mark Nelson is called in to investigate and hear her terrifying account of what she's been through in the afterlife. Every year, Detective David Groves receives a birthday card for his son --- even though he buried him years ago. His son's murder took everything from him, apart from his belief in the law, even though the killers were never found. This year, though, the card bears a different message: I know who did it. Uncovering the facts will lead them all on a dark journey, where they must face their own wrongs as well as those done to those they love.
Pegasus * 9781681772080

RED RIGHT HAND by Chris Holm (Thriller)
When a viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on the Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground. FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson calls the only person on the planet who can keep her witness safe: Michael Hendricks. Once a covert operative for the US military, Hendricks makes his living hitting hitmen... or he did, until the very organization hunting Charlie's witness --- the Council --- caught wind and targeted the people he loves. He is now determined to take the Council down, even if it means wading into the center of a terror plot whose perpetrators are not what they seem.
Mulholland Books * 9780316259569

ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY: A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman (Mystery)
As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse Stone isn’t too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it’s the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past. Jesse and Diana head to Dallas for the wedding and, along with the tycoon’s security team, try to stop Peepers before the bill comes due. With Peepers toying with the authorities as to when and where he’ll strike, Jesse is up against the wall.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399171437

THE SOUND OF SEAS: Book 3 of The EarthEnd Saga by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin (Paranormal Thriller/Adventure)
After discovering the secrets to the Gaalderkhani tiles --- ancient computers that house not just memories, but untold destructive force --- Caitlin O’Hara’s son gets accidentally thrust back in time. In order to save him, she must master the power of the tiles and figure out what the Gaalderkhani’s modern relatives are searching and killing for. Can she put the pieces together and bring her son back home again?
Simon & Schuster * 9781476776590

THE SPICE BOX LETTERS by Eve Makis (Fiction)
Katerina inherits a scented, wooden spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary, written in Armenian. As she pieces together her family story, Katerina learns that Mariam's childhood was shattered by the Armenian tragedy of 1915. Mariam was exiled from her home in Turkey and separated from her beloved brother, Gabriel, her life marred by grief and the loss of her first love. Dissatisfied and restless, Katerina tries to find resolution in her own life as she completes Mariam's story --- on a journey that takes her across Cyprus and then half a world away to New York. Miracles, it seems, can happen --- for those trapped by the past, and for Katerina herself.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250095800

THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE by Dinah Jefferies (Historical Fiction)
Ninteen-year-old Gwendolyn, a young Englishwoman, marries a rich and seductively mysterious widower, Laurence Hooper, after a whirlwind romance in London. When she joins him at his Ceylon tea plantation, she’s certain she’ll be the perfect wife and, someday, mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, while the neighbors and her new sister-in-law are treacherous. Gwen finds herself drawn to a Singhalese man of questionable intentions and worries about the propriety of her husband’s connection to an American widow. But most troubling are the terrible secrets in Laurence’s past that soon come to light and force Gwen to make a devastating choice.
Crown * 9780451495976

THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN: Stories by Christine Sneed (Fiction/Short Stories)
THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN features protagonists attempting to make peace with the choices --- both personal and professional --- they have made so far. Long intrigued by love and loneliness, award-winning story writer Christine Sneed leads readers through emotional landscapes both familiar and uncharted. These probing stories are explorations of the compassionate and passionate impulses that are inherent in --- and often the source of --- both abiding joy and serious distress in every human life.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620406953

VIVIAN IN RED by Kristina Riggle (Fiction)
When 88-year-old Broadway producer Milo Short steps out of his apartment one morning, he's not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life 60 years ago who is looking just as beautiful as she did back in 1934. The sight causes him to suffer a stroke. And when he comes to, the renowned lyricist discovers he has lost the ability to communicate. Milo believes he must unravel his complicated history with Vivian Adair in order to win back his words. Tapped to write her grandfather’s definitive biography, Eleanor must dig into Milo’s colorful past to discover the real story behind Milo’s greatest song and the mysterious woman who inspired an amazing life.
Polis Books * 9781943818167
On Sale the Week of September 12th in Paperback


September 13th

CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?: A Memoir by Roz Chast (Graphic Memior)
In her first memoir, a 2014 National Book Award finalist, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781632861016

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD: Stories by Alexander Weinstein (Speculative Fiction/Short Stories)
Paperback Original
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild as we once did millennia ago.
Picador * 9781250098993

DEAD MEN'S BONES: An Inspector McLean Novel by James Oswald (Mystery)
Paperback Original
The murder/suicide of a prominent Scottish politician and his family brings Edinburgh-based Detective Inspector Tony McLean out to the countryside to investigate. The powers that be want a quick report and then to have the whole thing buried, but McLean believes there's more to the case than meets the eye. The more lies he uncovers, the more McLean comes to realize there is a connection between the influential politician and another case he's working --- the body of a man, covered from head to toe in fresh tattoos, found in a river to the south of Edinburgh. But investigating the link between the two could have detrimental implications for his career, not to mention his life.
Crooked Lane Books * 9781629538297

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF LILIANE by Lily Tuck (Fiction)
As the child of a German movie producer father who lives in Italy and a beautiful, artistically talented mother who resides in New York, Liliane’s life is divided between those two very different worlds. A shy and observant only child with a vivid imagination, Liliane uncovers the stories of family members as diverse as Moses Mendelssohn, Mary Queen of Scots and an early Mexican adventurer, and pieces together their vivid histories, through both World Wars and across continents.
Grove Press * 9780802125507

A DREAM OF ICE: Book 2 of The EarthEnd Saga by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin (Paranormal Thriller/Adventure)
After uncovering a mystical link to the ancient civilization of Galderkhaan, child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is left with strange new powers. Someone is watching her, perhaps hunting her --- and using her son to do it. Meanwhile, Mikel Jasso, a field agent for a mysterious research organization, is searching for Galderkhaani ruins in Antarctica. He discovers the entire city has been preserved under ice and that the mysterious stone artifacts he’s been collecting are not as primitive as he thought. As Mikel and Caitlin work to uncover the mysteries of the Galderkhaani, they realize that the person hunting Caitlin and the stones may be connected in ways they never knew possible.
Simon & Schuster/Simon451 * 9781476776576

FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff (Fiction)
Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of FATES AND FURIES, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of 24 years. At age 22, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.
Riverhead Books * 9781594634482

KISSINGER'S SHADOW: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman by Greg Grandin (History/Politics)
Examining Henry Kissinger's own writings, as well as a wealth of newly declassified documents, Greg Grandin reveals how Richard Nixon's top foreign policy advisor, even as he was presiding over defeat in Vietnam and a disastrous, secret and illegal war in Cambodia, was helping to revive a militarized version of American exceptionalism centered on an imperial presidency. Believing that reality could be bent to his will, Kissinger anticipated, even enabled, the ascendance of the neoconservative idealists who took America into crippling wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Picador * 9781250097170

THE LAST MILE by David Baldacci (Thriller)
Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution --- for the violent killing of his parents 20 years earlier --- when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars' case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now? But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger --- and more sinister --- than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455586462

THE MISTAKE I MADE by Paula Daly (Psychological Thriller)
After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she's struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son. At her sister’s birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias, who makes her an offer to spend the night with him --- for money. With that kind of cash, she could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?
Grove Press * 9780802125699

QUIXOTE: The Novel and the World by Ilan Stavans (Cultural History)
The year 2015 marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of the complete DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA. The novel has spawned ballets and operas, poems and plays, movies and video games, and even shapes the identities of entire nations. In QUIXOTE, Ilan Stavans explores these many manifestations. Training his eye on the tumultuous struggle between logic and dreams, he reveals the ways in which a work of literature is a living thing that influences and is influenced by the world around it.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393353426

RFK JR.: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream by Jerry Oppenheimer (Biography)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. inherited his assassinated father's piercing blue eyes and Brahmin style, earning a reputation as the nation's foremost environmental activist and lawyer, battling corporate polluters. But in this first-ever biography of him, Jerry Oppenheimer places Bobby Jr., leader of the third generation of America's royal family, under a journalistic microscope. Like his slain father, the iconic senator and presidential hopeful, he was destined for political greatness. Why it never happened is revealed here.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250096661

STALKING GROUND: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima
(Mystery)
Paperback Original
When Deputy Ken Brody's sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, are called to search. But a dark snowstorm is brewing over the high country, and they're already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard. Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team, and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm. As their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer's stalking ground --- where the hunters have just become the hunted.
Crooked Lane Books * 9781629538341

A TREE OR A PERSON OR A WALL: Stories by Matt Bell (Fiction/Short Stories)
Paperback Original
A 19th-century minister builds an elaborate motor that will bring about the Second Coming. A man with rough hands locks a boy in a room with an albino ape. An apocalyptic army falls under a veil of forgetfulness. The story of Red Riding Hood is run through a potentially endless series of iterations. A father invents an elaborate, consuming game for his hospitalized son. Indexes, maps and a checkered shirt buried beneath a blanket of snow are scattered through these pages as clues to mysteries that may never be solved. A TREE OR A PERSON OR A WALL brings together Matt Bell’s previously published shorter fiction, along with seven dark and disturbing new stories.
Soho Press * 9781616955236

WAKE THE DEVIL by Robert Daniels (Thriller)
Paperback Original
Seven months after their last encounter, retired FBI agent Jack Kale and Atlanta Police Detective Beth Sturgis are reunited by a new case that pits them against the Sandman, a nearly perfect assassin who leaves no clues, can change his appearance seemingly at will, and has eluded police on four continents for years. It’s now a race against time to protect the Sandman's next targets --- two witnesses scheduled to testify before a grand jury by the end of the week. With the clock ticking down, Kale and Sturgis dive headfirst into a desperate chase to catch the killer before he strikes and disappears again.
Crooked Lane Books * 9781629537986

WRATH OF THE FURIES: A Novel of the Ancient World by Steven Saylor (Historical Mystery)
In 88 B.C., it seems as if the entire ancient world is at war. The young Gordianus has been waiting out the chaos in Alexandria with Bethesda when he gets a cryptic message from his former tutor and friend, Antipater. Now in Ephesus, as part of Mithridates' entourage, Antipater seems to think that his life is in imminent danger. To rescue him, Gordianus concocts a daring, even foolhardy, scheme to go "behind enemy lines" and bring Antipater to safety. But there are powerful and deadly forces at work here that have their own plans for Gordianus.
Minotaur Books * 9781250105783

YEAR OF YES: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes (Memoir)
With three hit television shows and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. She reluctantly agreed --- and the result was nothing short of transformative. In YEAR OF YES, Shonda chronicles the powerful impact that saying YES had on every aspect of her life --- and how we can all change our lives with that one little word.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476777122

On Sale the Week of September 19th in Hardcover

September 20th

BASED ON A TRUE STORY: A Memoir
by Norm Macdonald (Humor/Memoir)
As this book’s title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life --- more or less --- from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on “Star Search” to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live” -- until he was fired because a corporate executive didn’t think he was funny. But BASED ON A TRUE STORY is much more than a memoir; it’s the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm’s life.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812993622

BLOOD AT THE ROOT: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips (History)
Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the 20th century was home to a large African American community. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms. But then in September 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. One man was dragged from a jail cell and lynched on the town square, two teenagers were hung after a one-day trial, and soon bands of white “night riders” launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror. National Book Award finalist Patrick Phillips tells Forsyth’s tragic story in vivid detail and traces its long history of racial violence all the way back to antebellum Georgia.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393293012

DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton (Mystery)
He’s a serial killer. A murderer of young women, all killed in brutal attacks. Despite serial killer Hamish Wolfe’s conviction, he’s always stuck to his story --- he is innocent of the murders of young women and has been wrongly imprisoned. Now he wants someone to investigate and, more importantly, to write his story. Maggie Rose is a notorious defense attorney and writer whose specialty is getting convictions overturned. At first, Maggie is reluctant to even acknowledge Hamish’s requests to meet, ignoring his letters. But this is a very charismatic and persuasive man, good-looking and intelligent. Eventually even she can’t resist his lure…
Minotaur Books * 9781250103420

THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest (Supernatural Thriller/Romance)
Inventory at Chuck Dutton's Music City Salvage is running low, so he's thrilled when Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. He assigns his daughter, Dahlia, to personally oversee the project, and the crew finds a handful of surprises, including a cemetery. When human remains turn up after bulldozing the property, Augusta goes missing and Dahlia's concerns grow. As things get even stranger, there's nowhere to go and no one she can call for help, even if anyone would believe that she and her crew are being stalked by a murderous phantom.
Tor Books * 9780765378248

THE FORTRESS: A Love Story by Danielle Trussoni (Memoir)
From their first kiss, 27-year-old writer Danielle Trussoni is spellbound by a novelist from Bulgaria. The two share a love of jazz, books and travel, passions that intensify their whirlwind romance. Eight years later, hopeful to renew their marriage, Danielle and her husband move to the south of France, to a picturesque medieval village in the Languedoc. It is here, in a haunted stone fortress built by the Knights Templar, that she comes to understand the dark, subterranean forces that have been following her all along. While Danielle and her husband eventually part, Danielle's time in the fortress brings precious wisdom about life and love that she could not have learned otherwise.
Dey Street Books * 9780062459008

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SPY WAR: The Making of America's First Spymaster by John A. Nagy (History)
This is the untold story of how George Washington took a disorderly, ill-equipped rabble and defeated the best trained and best equipped army of its day in the Revolutionary War. Author John A. Nagy has become the nation’s leading expert on the subject, discovering hundreds of spies who went behind enemy lines to gather intelligence during the American Revolution, many of whom are completely unknown to most historians. Using George Washington’s diary as the primary source, Nagy tells the story of Washington’s experiences during the French and Indian War and his first steps in the field of espionage.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250096814

HERO OF THE EMPIRE: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard (History)
At age 24, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day. To achieve his goal, he believed he needed do something spectacular on the battlefield. Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899 to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels. But just two weeks after his arrival, the soldiers he was accompanying on an armored train were ambushed, and he was taken prisoner. Remarkably, he pulled off a daring escape. Churchill then enlisted, returned to South Africa, fought in several battles, and ultimately liberated the men with whom he had been imprisoned.
Doubleday * 9780385535731

HOME by Harlan Coben (Thriller)
A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend, Win, believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for 10 years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?
Dutton * 9780525955108

INFAMY by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Legal Thriller)
When a former Army veteran suddenly murders a colonel in New York, he claims that he had to do it because he was being used in mind control experiments. Surprisingly, a top Wall Street criminal defense lawyer decides to defend the killer, arguing that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress from his tours in Afghanistan. As New York District Attorney Roger “Butch” Karp prepares a murder case against the veteran, he meets with investigative reporter Ariadne Stupenagel, who suspects that one of her sources for a story on high-level government corruption was a victim in the shooting. This points not to a random act of violence, but a hired killing that goes to the top levels of our nation.
Gallery Books * 9781476793191

THE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter (Psychological Thriller)
With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop. Studying the body, Sara Linton --- the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover --- realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim who has vanished and will die soon if she isn’t found. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case, and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him.
William Morrow * 9780062430212

NO ECHO: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne Holt (Mystery)
When celebrity chef Brede Ziegler is discovered stabbed to death on the steps of the Oslo police headquarters, it sends a shockwave through the city’s hip in-crowd. Chef Ziegler had lots of famous associates. Could the culprit be among them, or was this a random act of violence? Police investigator Billy T. takes on the case, but is stymied by conflicting information about what kind of man Ziegler was. Meanwhile, Hanne Wilhelmsen returns to Oslo after a six-month absence. Hanne discovers that not only had Ziegler been stabbed, but he also had ingested a lethal dose of painkillers. As the plot thickens, Hanne and Billy T. are pulled deeper into the nefarious world in which Ziegler lived.
Scribner * 9781501123351

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD
by Stephanie Bishop (Historical Fiction)
While struggling with motherhood, and the changes marriage and parenthood bring, Charlotte decides to travel with her husband, Henry, to Australia. But upon their arrival in Perth, it becomes apparent that their new life is not the answer either was hoping for. Charlotte barely recognizes herself in this place where she is no longer a promising young artist, but instead a lonely housewife, venturing into the murky waters of infidelity. Henry, an Anglo-Indian, is slowly ostracized at the university where he teaches poetry. Subtle at first, it soon invades his entire sense of identity. Trapped by nostalgia, Charlotte and Henry are both left wondering if there is anywhere in this world they truly belong.
Atria Books * 9781501133121

PEARL HARBOR: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson (History)
The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men --- and forced America’s entry into World War II. PEARL HARBOR follows, moment by moment, the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor and president as they engineer, fight and react to this stunningly dramatic moment in world history.
Scribner * 9781451660494

PUSHING UP DAISIES: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton (Mystery)
When Agatha Raisin left behind her PR business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately, Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend, Sir Charles Fraith, attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans, he scoffs: “Do you think I give a damn about those pesky villagers?” So when Agatha finds his obituary in the newspaper two weeks later, it’s no surprise that some in town are feeling celebratory.
Minotaur Books * 9781250057440

THE QUEEN OF BLOOD: Book One of The Queens of Renthia
by Sarah Beth Durst
(Fantasy/Adventure)
Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow,” but the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. But queens are still only human, so young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness.
Harper Voyager * 9780062413345

THE REAL LIDDY JAMES by Anne-Marie Casey (Fiction)
Liddy James is one of New York’s top divorce attorneys, a bestselling author, and a mother of two. She and her husband, literature professor Peter James, have a tangled history that his new partner, Rose, is only just sorting out. But Rose is a patient woman with faith in a well-timed miracle, and is determined to be sympathetic to Peter’s plight. Together, Liddy, Peter and Rose have formed a modern family to raise Liddy and Peter’s truculent teen and Liddy’s fatherless six-year-old. But when Rose announces she’s pregnant, Liddy’s nanny takes flight, the bill for a roof repair looms, and a high-profile divorce case becomes too personal, Liddy realizes her days as a guilt-free woman might be over.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399160226

REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Fiction)
Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country's most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. A man capable of repealing laws, overturning judges' decisions, destroying politicians' careers with his art. His weapons are pen and ink. Those in power fear him and pay him homage. At 65, after four decades of a brilliant career, he's at the height of his powers. But this all changes when he's paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who upends his sense of personal history and forces him to reevaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world.
Riverhead Books * 9781594633478

SO SAY THE FALLEN by Stuart Neville (Mystery)
Henry Garrick, a local car dealer who was maimed in an accident five months before, has apparently taken his own life. A simple case, it should be wrapped up in a few days. But something doesn’t feel right to Belfast detective Serena Flanagan, despite the fact that there is no evidence of foul play. As she investigates, Flanagan interviews Roberta Garrick, Henry’s widow, who is comforted in her grief by Reverend Peter McKay, rector of the local church and a close family friend. But with the secrets McKay is keeping, he is in no position to help anyone. As Flanagan picks at the threads of the dead man’s life, a disturbing picture emerges, and she realizes that Roberta is not what she seems.
Soho Crime * 9781616957391

SOUL AT THE WHITE HEAT: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life
by Joyce Carol Oates (Essays)
"Why do we write?" With this question, Joyce Carol Oates begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life, and all its attendant anxieties, joys and futilities, in this collection of seminal essays and criticism. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration. Do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something "happen" to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer’s best work? In SOUL AT THE WHITE HEAT, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she dissects for clues to these elusive questions.
Ecco * 9780062564504

THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (Historical Mystery)
Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar’s wife, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man’s body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. However, what awaits Flavia will shake her to the very core.
Delacorte Press * 9780345539960

THE UNDOING OF SAINT SILVANUS by Beth Moore
(Mystery/Suspense)
Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. She hadn’t seen him or her grandmother in almost 20 years, and the trip would be all expenses paid by Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother’s apartment house. What Adella didn’t tell her was that the apartment house, Saint Silvanus, bore the dead weight of a long and painful history. Jillian walks into a web of spiritual and personal danger borne out of her family’s broken history, and despite Adella’s wiliest efforts, only God himself can orchestrate the undoing of all that is going on at Saint Silvanus.

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. * 9781496416476

THE VANISHED: A Konrad Simonsen Thriller written by Lotte and Søren Hammer, translated by Martin Aitken (Mystery/Thriller)
Lying at the bottom of his apartment stairs, a postman is found dead. At first glance, his death appears to be a simple fall, a straightforward accident and the perfect case for Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen to return to after a severe heart attack. But when he is called to investigate, new forensic evidence comes to light and something doesn't add up. When life-size images of a girl are discovered plastering the walls of the dead man's attic, the case takes a new and sinister turn. Who is she? Could she be alive? Soon members of the homicide team find themselves delving into the past, but as they approach the truth, Simonsen discovers long-hidden skeletons in his own closet.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781632864857

THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue (Psychological/Historical Thriller)
Tourists flock to the cabin of 11-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. Written with all the propulsive tension that made ROOM a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels --- a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316393874
On Sale the Week of September 19th in Paperback

September 20th

ALL DRESSED IN WHITE: An Under Suspicion Novel by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke (Mystery/Thriller)
Five years ago, Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart. Then, with their guests and families all gathered together, she disappeared. In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her investigative television series, “Under Suspicion.” She and her team set out to recreate the night of the disappearance at the Florida resort with Amanda’s friends and family in attendance. Laurie and “Under Suspicion” host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has a theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air.
Pocket Books * 9781501108563

BLUE by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married to a top anchorman, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life in Beverly Hills --- until her whole world dissolved in a single instant on the freeway two days before Christmas. In the aftermath, she pieces her life back together and tries to find meaning in her existence as a human rights worker in the worst areas around the globe. Then, on the anniversary of the fateful accident --- and wrestling with the lure of death herself --- she meets a boy who will cause her life to change forever yet again.
Dell * 9780425285404

THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER by Jenny Colgan (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion…and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile --- a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. Nina soon discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home --- a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062467256

BOY, 9, MISSING by Nic Joseph (Psychological Thriller)
Paperback Original
It should have been just a quiet evening with friends. But Francis lost his brother that night in what was ruled a tragic accident. He's tried to move on in the last 23 years, even though his father certainly hasn't. Indeed, his father still blames the lone witness, Sam, the nine-year-old son of friends. Perhaps if Sam would have just said something, anything, about what happened that night, but Sam still seems unable --- or unwilling --- to utter a word about the accident. And now, 23 years later, Sam's own nine-year-old son has disappeared.
Sourcebooks Landmark * 9781492633587

BRADY VS. MANNING: The Untold Story of the Rivalry That Transformed the NFL by Gary Myers (Sports)
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are perhaps the two greatest quarterbacks of all time. But what do they actually think of each other? What are they like behind closed doors and in the locker room, and how does that influence their careers? Veteran NFL correspondent Gary Myers tackles this subject from every angle and with unprecedented access and insight, drawing on a huge number of never-before-heard interviews with Brady and Manning, their coaches, their families, and those who have played with them and against them.
Three Rivers Press * 9780804139397

CHASING UTOPIA: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni (Poetry/Essays)
The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. But if her reputation is writ large upon the national stage, her heart resides in the everyday where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. And at every gathering there is food: food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062562883

EMPIRE OF SELF: A Life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini (Biography)
The product of 30 years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini’s EMPIRE OF SELF probes behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal's colorful life to reveal the complex emotional and sexual truth underlying his celebrity-strewn life. But there is plenty of glittering surface as well --- a virtual Who's Who of the American Century, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart through the Kennedys, Princess Margaret and the crème de la crème of Hollywood.
Anchor * 9780345805836

THE GIRL WHO FOUGHT NAPOLEON: A Novel of the Russian Empire by Linda Lafferty (Historical Fiction)
Paperback Original
It’s 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother’s footsteps. She’s a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her stallion, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home. Both Nadya and Alexander defy expectations --- she as a heroic fighter and he as a spiritual seeker --- while the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino and Smolensk rage on.
Lake Union Publishing * 9781503937260

HIDE AWAY: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen (Thriller)
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan lies in a well-guarded hospital room in Carmel, California. But she and Joe Quinn have sworn to protect an innocent young girl, Cara Delaney, whose enemies are getting closer by the hour. Weighing her own health against Cara’s safety, Eve decides they must disappear --- and so she turns to her daughter, Jane MacGuire, for an unexpected solution. After years of resistance, Jane has finally succumbed to the inevitable: John MacDuff’s insistent plea to track down a treasure presumed buried in Scotland. The remote mountains should be a perfect hiding place for Eve and Cara, but they soon realize there is nowhere distant enough from the ruthless predators who are on their trail.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250075895

INJUSTICE by Lee Goodman (Legal Thriller)
Someone close to Nick Davis is murdered. Investigators see it as either a case of mistaken identity or the work of a jealous fiancé. As a federal prosecutor, Nick tries shepherding the case to a swift conclusion, but it keeps slipping away. Meanwhile, Nick’s relationship with his wife, Tina, hangs by the thinnest of threads. She is also a lawyer, working to vindicate a young man convicted of killing a child eight years previously. When old DNA evidence is uncovered in the murder case, its analysis hurls Nick’s universe into upheaval.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476728056

THE NIXON TAPES: 1973 by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter (History/Politics)
Between 1971 and 1973, President Richard Nixon’s voice-activated tape recorders captured 3,700 hours of conversations. Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter’s intrepid two-volume transcription and annotation of the highlights of this essential archive provides an unprecedented and fascinating window into the inner workings of a momentous presidency. THE NIXON TAPES: 1973 tells the concluding chapter of the story, the final year of taping, covering such events as the Vietnam cease-fire, the Wounded Knee standoff and, of course, the Watergate investigation.
Mariner Books * 9780544811843

ONCE IN A GREAT CITY: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss (History)
Detroit in 1963 is on top of the world. The city’s leaders are among the most visionary in America: Grandson of the first Ford; Henry Ford II; Motown’s founder Berry Gordy; the Reverend C.L. Franklin and his daughter, the incredible Aretha; Governor George Romney, Mormon and Civil Rights advocate; car salesman Lee Iacocca; Police Commissioner George Edwards; Martin Luther King. The time was full of promise. The auto industry was selling more cars than ever before. Yet the shadows of collapse were evident even then.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476748399

ONLY DAUGHTER by Anna Snoekstra (Psychological Thriller)
Paperback Original
In 2003, 16-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared. She had been enjoying her summer break before ominous things began to happen --- a presence in her room at night, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched. Eleven years later, a young woman claims to be the decade-missing Bec. Soon the impostor is living Bec's life. But her welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the impostor dodges the detective investigating her case, she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter --- and soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large, and that she is in imminent danger.
Mira * 9780778319443

OUTRAGE: A Faith McMann Novel by T.R. Ragan (Thriller)
Paperback Original
The happy life Faith McMann knew as a wife, mother and teacher was destroyed when vicious criminals murdered her husband, kidnapped her children, and left her for dead. Though her daughter remains missing and her son is lost in the wilderness, Faith’s relentless efforts have reunited some children with their families. They’ve also made her and the rest of her family the targets of a sadistic crime boss. But Faith has forged an unbreakable bond with two no-holds-barred allies in the war against evil. As they dodge assassins and take down predators, Faith travels deeper into the heart of darkness, determined to rescue her children at any cost.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781503938809

THE PAST by Tessa Hadley (Fiction)
Four middle-aged siblings meet in their grandparents’ home in the English town of Kington for a three-week holiday. They have convened to discuss whether or not to sell the house, but family tensions dominate conversations. The brother has brought his Argentinian third wife, whom the three sisters haven’t met. One sister brings an ex-boyfriend’s teenage son; another laments her unsatisfying love life. THE PAST is a quiet exploration of suppressed desire and internal struggles.
Harper Perennial * 9780062270429

SO YOU DON'T GET LOST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD written by Patrick Modiano, translated by Euan Cameron (Mystery/Psychological Suspense)
In the stillness of his Paris apartment, Jean Daragane has built a life of total solitude. Then a surprising phone call shatters the silence of an unusually hot September, and the threatening voice on the other end of the line leaves Daragane wary but irresistibly curious. Almost at once, he finds himself entangled with a shady gambler and a beautiful, fragile young woman, who draw him into the mystery of a decades-old murder. The investigation will force Daragane to confront the memory of a trauma he had all but buried.
Mariner Books * 9780544811867

A STRANGENESS IN MY MIND by Orhan Pamuk (Fiction)
Arriving in Istanbul as a boy, Mevlut KarataƟ is enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He becomes a street vendor, like his father, hoping to strike it rich, but luck never seems to be on Mevlut’s side. He spends three years writing love letters to a girl he has seen just once, only to elope by mistake with her sister. Although he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have together, Mevlut stumbles toward middle age as everyone around him seems to be reaping the benefits of a rapidly modernizing Turkey.
Vintage * 9780307744845

UNDER THE UDALA TREES by Chinelo Okparanta (Fiction)
Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is 11 when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child, and they fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.
Mariner Books * 9780544811799

THE WITCHES: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff (History)
It began in 1692 when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.
Back Bay Books * 9780316200592

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