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December 6, 2011

December 6, 2011

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of December 5th and December 12th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of December 5th in Hardcover

December 5th

MAN SEEKS GOD: My Flirtations with the Divine by Eric Weiner
When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner --- an agnostic by default --- finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" The thought of it nags him, and prods him --- and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that.
Twelve * 9780446539470

ONE ON ONE: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game by John Feinstein
John Feinstein goes behind the scenes of his reporting from The Final Four, Wimbledon, The US Open, the Army/Navy game, the Olympics, and more, opening up sports' most private, closed-door places and sharing exclusive stories from the reporting of his previous books.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316079044

December 6th

Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life’s expectations and its realities in three novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the stories’ dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547577456

Inspired by a lifelong passion for Jane Austen, mystery writer P. D. James draws the characters of Austen’s beloved novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.
Knopf * 9780307959850

EGYPT: The Book of Chaos by Nick Drake
In this concluding installment of Nick Drake's acclaimed Ancient Egyptian trilogy, and again based on a true story, the future of Egypt lies in the hands of chief detective Rahotep when he undertakes a top-secret mission across enemy empires and rogue states.
Harper * 9780060765941

THE FORGOTTEN AFFAIRS OF YOUTH: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
In the eighth installment of Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series, our inquisitive heroine helps a new friend discover the identity of her father.
Pantheon * 9780307379184

MURDER SEASON by Robert Ellis
When Detective Lena Gamble gets called to the scene of a double murder at Club 3 AM, the latest A-list hangout for Hollywood celebs, she knows the fun is only beginning. But the shocker comes when Lena sees 25-year-old victim Jacob Gant, acquitted just days ago of murdering his 16-year-old neighbor, after L.A.'s latest trial of the century.
Minotaur Books * 9780312366179

RED MIST: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell
Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158025

SOFT TARGET by Stephen Hunter
In Stephen Hunter's latest breakneck thriller, ex-Marine sniper Ray Cruz confronts a group of murderous terrorists who have laid siege to the Mall of America.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439138700

VIGILANTE: A Shane Scully Novel by Stephen J. Cannell
In the last novel by acclaimed producer and New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell, LAPD detective Shane Scully and his partner Summer Hitchens investigate crime with ties to the sometimes violent world of reality TV.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312646110

WE GOT HIM!: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein by Steve Russell
Here is the riveting account of the six-month manhunt that ended at a hole on the bank of the Tigris River, and the blow-by-blow plays of the actual raids that netted Saddam Hussein.
Threshold Editions * 9781451662481

December 8th

BROTHERS (AND ME): A Memoir of Loving and Giving by Donna Britt
Donna Britt has always been surrounded by men, learning to give to them at an early age. But after her beloved brother Darrell's senseless killing by police 30 years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn't help Darrell.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316021845

On Sale the Week of December 5th in Paperback

December 6th

NAKED CRUELTY: A Carmine Delmonico Novel by Colleen McCullough
In 1968, the leafy Holloman suburb of Carew is being terrorized by a series of vicious and systematic rapes. When finally one victim goes to the police, the rapist escalates to murder. It’s up to Captain Carmine Delmonico to solve this seemingly impossible case.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439178355

THE OTHER LIFE by Ellen Meister
Quinn Braverman is happy and successful --- but she also knows that an alternative reality exists in which she has an entirely different life. When Quinn travels through the portal to the life she could have had, she is faced with a critical decision.
Berkley Trade * 9780425243374

QUEEN HEREAFTER: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland by Susan King
Shipwrecked on the Scottish coast, Margaret of Scotland and her family ask for sanctuary from the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore. A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, forging unexpected friendships and trying to fulfill her destiny.
Broadway * 9780307452801

Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists, and needs the help of his longtime friend, General Boris Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency, FSB-2. What he doesn’t know is that in order to remain the head of FSB-2, Karpov must hunt down and kill Bourne.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455510306

SHORTCUT MAN by p.g. sturges
Dick Henry makes his living hunting down con men and doing whatever it takes to bring his clients to justice. But when Henry gets an assignment from porn producer Artie Benjamin, his life suddenly becomes much more complicated.
Scribner * 9781439194195

Ten years after eloping with her high school boyfriend, Marly Hanson returns to her hometown at the request of her daughter, Katie, who has recently been treated for brain cancer. But what starts as a short visit becomes much more complicated.
Vanguard Press * 9781593156787

On Sale the Week of December 12th in Hardcover

December 13th

KILL SWITCH by Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene
Claire Waters, a dedicated forensic psychiatrist, has always been drawn to those rare "untreatable" patients who seem to have no conscience or fear. But one shocking case could make or break her career --- and it's waiting for her in the psychiatric wing of New York City's Rikers Island.
Kensington * 9780758266866

Deeply traumatized by the Snowman investigation, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. But when a series of women are murdered --- after all spending the night at the same isolated mountain hostel --- he agrees to return to Oslo to investigate the brutal case.
Knopf * 9780307595874

LOCKED ON by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney
Tom Clancy's All-Star lineup is back. Jack Ryan, his son, Jack Jr., John Clark Ding Chavez, and the rest of the Campus team are facing their greatest challenge ever.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157318

SERGEANT REX: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog by Mike Dowling
THE HURT LOCKER meets MARLEY & ME in this thrilling and inspiring true story of a U.S. Marine and his German Shepherd Rex, a bomb-sniffing dog on the war-torn streets of Iraq’s most dangerous city.
Atria Books * 9781451635966

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