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September 27, 2011

September 27, 2011

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 26th and October 3rd that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of September 26th in Hardcover

September 26th


When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow is called in to investigate the savage killing of a young woman, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316069335

September 27th

ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom by Yangzom Brauen

The lives of three generations of Tibetan women are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312600136

THE AFFAIR: A Reacher Novel by Lee Child

In this prequel to KILLING FLOOR, Jack Reacher is still in the army. And there's big trouble in a small town in Mississippi, where a soldier's girlfriend is found with her throat cut from ear to ear. Local trouble? Or is the killer from nearby Fort Kelham, a giant base used by elite Army Rangers?
Delacorte Press * 9780385344326


Héctor Tobar takes us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams and ambitions.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374108991

COUP D’ETAT: A Dewey Andreas Novel by Ben Coes

Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreas has gone to rural Australia, far from turbulent forces that he once fought against. But powerful men, seeking revenge, have finally found him --- forcing Dewey to abandon his home and to fight for his life against a very well-armed, well-trained group of assassins.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312580766


Forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect --- especially when high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead.
William Morrow * 9780061989414

DRAMA: An Actor's Education by John Lithgow

Emmy Award-winner John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye and before he became a nationally known star.
Harper * 9780061734977

THE FAVORED QUEEN: A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife by Carolly Erickson

Carolly Erickson's latest novel centers on Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312596903

FEAST DAY OF FOOLS by James Lee Burke

When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Sheriff Hackberry Hollan's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451643114

GHOST HERO: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel by S. J. Rozan

What starts as rumors over new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more desperate --- a high-stakes crisis that PI's Lydia Chin and Bill Smith will find themselves risking everything to resolve.
Minotaur Books * 9780312544508

GOING HOME: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz

In this moving and thoughtful book, Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a devoted companion, and offers comfort, wisdom, and a way forward from sorrow to acceptance.
Villard * 9780345502698

HALF-PAST DAWN by Richard Doetsch

A district attorney wakes up with no memory of the previous night to find that he has made the front page of the newspaper --- as a murder victim.
Atria Books * 9781439183977


This is the story of a young African mother's journey to reclaim the infant son heartlessly stolen from her.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608196999

KILLING LINCOLN: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard recount one of the most dramatic stories in American history --- the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and how this one gunshot changed the country forever.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805093070

L.A. MENTAL by Neil McMahon

Los Angeles has become a bedlam of murder, drugs, conspiracy and obsession, and only one man has the power to put things right.
Harper * 9780061340789

LOST MEMORY OF SKIN by Russell Banks

Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. On probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather.
Ecco * 9780061857638

NIGHTWOODS by Charles Frazier

A young woman inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins. Their arrival changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful and dangerous ways.
Random House * 9781400067091

OPERATION NAPOLEON by Arnaldur Indridason

Why is the US Army trying to secretively remove a plane from an Icelandic glacier, and why are they threatened by a young Icelandic rescue volunteer who manages to contact his sister before disappearing off the face of the earth?
Minotaur Books * 9780312659103

RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439190135

September 28th


Zed is an agent from the future, a time when the world's problems have been solved. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course --- especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.
Mulholland Books * 9780316176729

September 29th


William Kennedy’s long awaited new novel first takes us to Cuba in 1957, where American journalist Daniel Quinn has some legendary encounters and experiences, and meets the woman he will marry, and then moves to Kennedy’s beloved Albany in 1968 where political unrest could inflame a city already quivering with racial tension.
Viking Adult * 9780670022977

FICTION RUINED MY FAMILY: A Memoir by Jeanne Darst

Jeanne Darst has written an entertaining memoir of a family haunted by its own myths and its obsessive idolization of the literary life.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488146

IF JACK’S IN LOVE by Stephen Wetta

In the vein of Suzanne Berne’s A CRIME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, with a whiff of Nick Hornby’s ABOUT A BOY, Stephen Wetta's debut novel is a wry and clear-eyed coming-of-age story set in a Virginia suburb as the turmoil of the 1960s encroaches.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399157523
On Sale the Week of September 26th in Paperback

September 27th

BAD BLOOD: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
Two bodies in two days. One is murder. The other is suicide. Virgil Flowers never imagined that discovering the connection would lead him into the perverse history of the Minnesota farm community, and almost unimaginable darkness.
Berkley * 9780425243930

BIRD CLOUD: A Memoir by Annie Proulx
Annie Proulx's first work of nonfiction in more than 20 years, BIRD CLOUD is the story of designing and constructing a house in Wyoming --- with its solar panels, Japanese soak tub, concrete floor and elk horn handles on kitchen cabinets. It is also an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region.
Scribner * 9780743288811

COMING BACK: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller
In LOCKED IN, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. When Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446400527

Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of recording thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has opened his personal archive, which offers unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.
Picador * 9780312611682

CROSS FIRE by James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross's wedding plans are put on hold when he is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressman and an underhanded lobbyist.
Vision * 9780446574716

DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Tasha Alexander
Set in the lush countryside of Normandy, France, this new novel of suspense featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves is filled with intrigue, romance, mysterious deaths, and madness.
Minotaur Books * 9780312383817

DEAD OR ALIVE by Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood
Uniting characters from Tom Clancy’s fictional world, DEAD OR ALIVE follows them on a mission to capture a middle eastern terrorist known as "The Emir," a character heavily based on Osama bin Laden, and responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the universe's storyline.
Berkley Trade * 9780425244852

FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen
Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul --- the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery.
Picador * 9780312576462

GINGERBREAD COOKIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier and Laura Levine
Christmas is coming, and the cookies --- and bodies --- are piling up across the country in this smorgasbord of murder mysteries. This assortment of different yet satisfying stories dishes out the tasty goods that are sure to please mystery lovers.
Kensington * 9780758234964

HELL TO PAY by Wendy Corsi Staub
Survivors of a serial killer who invaded their childhood, Lucy and Jeremy are married now, replacing nightmares of their terrifying past with joyful dreams of the upcoming birth of their first child. Fiercely determined to protect the fragile balance of their lives, Lucy doesn’t know that her new husband guards a deadly secret.
Avon * 9780061895081

HYPOTHERMIA: An Icelandic Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason
Inspector Erlunder has spent his career evading the phantoms of his past, and now he finds himself twice haunted --- first, at a séance attended by the victim of a suspicious suicide, and again by the puzzle of two young people who went missing 30 years ago.
Minotaur Books * 9780312610593

Sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes, are thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school. Bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them.
Mira * 9780778312789

MULE: A Novel of Moving Weight by Tony D'Souza
Absorbing and timely, MULE perfectly captures the anxieties of plunging into the criminal world and of being a young person making do in a moment when the American Dream you never had to believe in suddenly vanishes from the menu.
Mariner Books * 9780547576718

MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella
Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca, spill all their family secrets --- which sound a lot like yours, if you understand that three generations of women is the formula for spontaneous combustion.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312668341

NASHVILLE CHROME hits all the right grace notes with its vivid evocation of an era in American music, while at its heart, it is a wrenching meditation on the complexities of fame and of one family who experienced them firsthand.
Mariner Books * 9780547577463

SELECTED STORIES by William Trevor
Over a career spanning more than half a century, William Trevor has crafted exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition. SELECTED STORIES is a powerful collection by "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" (The New Yorker).
Penguin * 9780143115960

SHOCK WARNING by Michael Walsh
It begins in California with a devastating biological attack --- a horrific display of homegrown terror unseen on U.S. soil --- just weeks before the presidential election. For the White House, it is a political nightmare. But for the NSA's undercover agent Devlin, it is the ultimate warning.
Pinnacle * 9780786024124

Ian Frazier reveals Siberia's role in history --- its science, economics and politics --- with great passion and enthusiasm , ensuring that we'll never think about it in the same way again.
Picador * 9780312610609

Susana Fortes offers a gorgeously written, ENGLISH PATIENT-style novel about the real-life romance between two photojournalists furiously in love: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. During the Spanish Civil War, Capa and Taro risked everything documenting Francisco Franco’s Fascist uprising --- even as they risked everything for love.
Harper Perennial * 9780062000385

THE WAR FOR LATE NIGHT: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy by Bill Carter
In candid detail, Bill Carter charts the vortex that sucked in not just Leno and O'Brien, but also Letterman, Stewart, Fallon, Kimmel and Ferguson as frantic agents and network executives tried to manage a tectonic shift in television's most beloved institution.
Plume * 9780452297494
On Sale the Week of October 3rd in Hardcover

October 3rd

Gina Moynihan remembers her affair with "the love of her life," Seán Vallely, while awaiting the arrival of Seán's fragile, 12-year-old daughter, Evie --- the complication, and gravity, of this second life.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393072556

October 4th

CAIN by Jose Saramago
In this, his last novel, Jose Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547419893

THE CAT'S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje
From Michael Ondaatje comes a stunning new novel --- by turns poignant and electrifying --- about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage.
Knopf * 9780307700117

THE DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman
In 70 CE, 900 Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. Two women and five children are believed to have survived. Based on this, Alice Hoffman weaves a tale of four extraordinary women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.
Scribner * 9781451617474

FALLING TOGETHER by Marisa de los Santos
A remarkable friendship ended abruptly, only to be resurrected in great need years later at a college reunion. This launches three formerly devoted companions and reluctant family members alike on a sobering, enlightening journey across the world and through the past.

William Morrow * 9780061670879

THE GREAT LEADER by Jim Harrison
On the verge of retirement, Detective Sunderson begins to investigate a hedonistic cult. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but as Sunderson and his 16-year-old sidekick dig deeper, they find him more intelligent and sinister than they realized.
Grove Press * 9780802119704

HEADSTONE: A Jack Taylor Novel by Ken Bruen
An elderly priest is nearly beaten to death, and a special-needs boy is brutally attacked. Evil has many guises, and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.
Mysterious Press * 9780802126009

LIONHEART by Sharon Kay Penman
Sharon Kay Penman has written a powerful story about the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine --- Richard, Coeur de Lion --- set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.
A Marian Wood Book/Putnam * 9780399157851

THE LOST ANGEL by Javier Sierra
In approximately 72 hours, a little known Middle Eastern terrorist group plans to bring about the end of the world. Convinced that they are the descendants of angels, they believe they are on the verge of at last being returned to heaven.
Atria Books * 9781451632798

MARY BOLEYN: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir
Bestselling British historian and novelist Alison Weir reconstructs the real story of the much-misrepresented Mary Boleyn. Mary was a woman whose star rose and fell in the glittering Tudor court, whose life ended in banishment and relative obscurity when she dared to marry for love.

Ballantine Books * 9780345521330

Jeep, Mags, Baxter and King are back for another Wild West adventure --- this time to save a community of abandoned Reno houses --- in the bighearted second book of the newest bestselling canine mystery series from Rita Mae Brown.
Ballantine Books * 9780345511836

THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian
In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin 10-year-old daughters, who hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? 39.
Crown * 9780307394996

SHOCK WAVE: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157691

THE VISIBLE MAN by Chuck Klosterman
Austin, Texas therapist Victoria Vick has been contacted by a man who believes his situation is unique. But as he reveals himself to her slowly and cryptically, she becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions --- he is a scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible.

Scribner * 9781439184462

THE VOYAGE OF ROSE CITY: An Adventure at Sea by John Moynihan
An honestly written story of a boy’s coming into manhood at sea, THE VOYAGE OF THE ROSE CITY is a taut, thrilling tale of the adventure of a lifetime.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812982435

WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan
WHEN SHE WOKE is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future --- where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated, but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can.

Algonquin Books * 9781565126299

October 5th

BLACK LIGHT by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano

Private eye and exorcist Buck Carlsbad knows something big is coming --- a super high-tech bullet train running express across a stretch of unforgiving desert known for the most deadly paranormal events in history.This is a place where Buck almost died a few years ago, and where he swore he would never return.
Mulholland Books * 9780316196710

On Sale the Week of October 3rd in Paperback

October 3rd

SCORPIONS: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman
SCORPIONS tells the story of four great justices, their relationship with FDR, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War.
Twelve * 9780446699280

October 4th

AT HOME: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room journey through his own house, using each room as a jumping-off point into the vast history behind the domestic items we take for granted.
Anchor * 9780767919395

Using his unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes and rare photographs, Sean Wilentz places Bob Dylan’s music in the context of its time and offers a stunning critical appreciation of Dylan both as a songwriter and performer.
Anchor * 9780767931793

BUSY BODY: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin’s detective agency is investigating the murder of John Sunday of the Health and Safety Board. But when a man has made as many enemies as Sunday, it’s hard to know where to start.
Minotaur Books * 9780312536503

Each year, for the past 17 years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer. These stories were then produced as pamphlets and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present. Now, all 17 tales have been collected in one volume.
Vanguard Press * 9781593156770

The gift of love from a little girl’s uncle leads to a new family for Holly after her mother dies unexpectedly. Holly asks Santa for a “new mom,” and you know Santa never disappoints little girls.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312605872

COMPASS ROSE by John Casey
With COMPASS ROSE, National Book Award winner John Casey returns to the marshes of Rhode Island and the complex women that long ago captured readers’ hearts in his beloved earlier novel, SPARTINA.
Vintage * 9780375709135

CRASHERS by Dana Haynes
Whenever a plane goes down in the U.S., a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate. Those people --- each of them a leading expert in a specific area --- are known informally as "Crashers."
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312544157

DANIEL by Henning Mankell
In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town with one desire: to discover an insect and name it after himself. Instead, he impulsively adopts an orphan, christens him Daniel and brings him back to Sweden. But Daniel is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him to Africa. The only way back is by sea --- so he decides to learn to walk on water.
Vintage * 9780307385840

DON’T SING AT THE TABLE: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani
In DON’T SING AT THE TABLE, Adriana Trigiani reveals how her grandmothers’ simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780061958953

DRIVING ON THE RIM by Thomas McGuane
Berl Pickett is a housepainter turned doctor living in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The son of Pentecostal rug-shampooers, Pickett has never been the social toast of the town, but when he is accused of negligent homicide in the death of his former lover, he finds himself ostracized by his colleagues.
Vintage * 9781400075225

THE LAST BOY: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy
Meticulously reported and elegantly written, THE LAST BOY is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from Jane Leavy’s weekend with The Mick after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences about the boy from Commerce, Oklahoma.
Harper Perennial * 9780060883539

NEMESIS by Philip Roth
A young playground director in Newark helplessly witnesses his schoolboy charges fall to a polio outbreak against the backdrop of World War II.
Vintage * 9780307475008

Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed they were about to make a mistake. Years later --- divorced and dating other people --- they are bound only by mutual love for their spirited 18-year-old daughter. When tragedy strikes, they must come together to support their daughter.
Ballantine Books * 9780345517326

THE PROSTITUTES’ BALL: A Shane Scully Novel by Stephen J. Cannell
When LAPD Detective Shane Scully responds to a call at a once-immaculate mansion, the place is deserted --- except for three dead bodies, all shot with the same gun. But when Scully starts investigating what looks like an open-and-shut case, things take a turn for the worse.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312549275

SING YOU HOME by Jodi Picoult
In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life. But to her shock and inevitable rage, some people don’t want that to happen.
Atria * 9781451620993

SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
Though the characters in this collection of keen-eyed, animal-themed tales may not be human, they still mirror the insanity of everyday life --- encompassing everything from beastly bureaucracy, to animal AA meetings, to star-crossed critters.
Back Bay Books * 9780316038409

Ryan Brown follows up his zombie football tale PLAY DEAD with THAWED OUT AND FED UP, a modern twist on the classic western --- featuring a cryogenically frozen John Wayne.
Gallery Books * 9781439171561

October 6th

It's a day like any other for Tracy Waterhouse, running errands at the local shopping center, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316066747

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