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May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of May 7th and May 14th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of May 7th in Hardcover

May 7th

11th HOUR by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last, but her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals, and it was taken from her own department's evidence locker.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316208086

May 8th

ALONG THE WAY: The Journey of a Father and Son by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, with Hope Edelman
In this dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters, they tell stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.
Free Press * 9781451643688

BIRDSEYE: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky
From the author who gave us COD, SALT and other informative bestsellers comes the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.
Doubleday * 9780385527057

BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
Anne Boleyn has failed to give Henry a son, and her sharp intelligence and audacity will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805090031

A DOG’S JOURNEY: Another Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
The sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller A DOG’S PURPOSE, A DOG’S JOURNEY is a charming and heartwarming story of hope, love and unending devotion that asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us?
Forge Books * 9780765330536

THE EMERALD STORM: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich
On his latest adventure, Ethan Gage and his new wife, Astiza, are in the Caribbean searching for the Lost Treasure of Montezuma --- a legendary hoard rumored to have been hidden from Cortez’s plundering Spanish conquistadors. But in the pursuit, they will have to face the British and French, who want the treasure for their own sinister purposes.
Harper * 9780061989209

While his youngest children are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son is a college student, Vito Corleone worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but the 17-year-old wants nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446574624

HOME by Toni Morrison
Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town that he’s hated all his life.
Knopf * 9780307594167

IN ONE PERSON by John Irving
Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of IN ONE PERSON, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451664126

THE INQUISITOR’S KEY: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass
When Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton’s protégé, uncovers a stone chest during an excavation beneath the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France, she is shocked to find an inscription claiming the chest holds the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazarus. Though she and Dr. Brockton are skeptical, evidence for authenticity appears to be strong.
William Morrow * 9780061806797

THE MASTER’S MUSE by Varley O'Connor
“We set our sights on each other almost from the beginning.” So begins THE MASTER'S MUSE, a novel about the true love affair between two artistic legends: George Balanchine, the Russian émigré to America who is widely considered the Shakespeare of dance, and his wife and muse, Tanaquil Le Clercq.
Scribner * 9781451655384

PERFECT CHAOS: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her by Linea Johnson and Cinda Johnson
PERFECT CHAOS is the story of a mother's and daughter’s journey through mental illness towards hope. From initial worrying symptoms to long sleepless nights to cross-country flights and the slow understanding and rebuilding of trust, this memoir tells Linea's and Cinda’s harrowing and inspiring story, of an illness that they conquer together every day.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312581824

PINSTRIPE EMPIRE: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss by Marty Appel
Since their breakthrough championship season in 1923, the New York Yankees have been baseball’s most successful franchise. Marty Appel, the Yankees’ PR director during the 1970s, now illuminates the team in all its century-plus of glory: clever, maneuvering owners; rowdy, talented players; and, of course, 27 championships.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608194926

THE ROAD TO GRACE by Richard Paul Evans
Halfway through his trek from Seattle to Key West, Alan Christoffersen sets out to walk the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis, but it’s the people he meets along the way who give the journey its true meaning. Among these individuals is an elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451628180

THE SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer

Hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, Harry Clifton has joined the Merchant Navy. When he survives the sinking of his ship by a German U-boat, he assumes the identity of the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York.
St. Martin’s Press * 9781250000972

SPARKY AND ME: My Friendship with Sparky Anderson and the Lessons He Shared About Baseball and Life by Daniel Ewald
Sparky Anderson met author Dan Ewald in 1979, and thus was born a lifelong friendship not likely ever to be seen again in baseball. Along the way, Dan never took for granted the front row seat he had to watch one of history's most memorable managers’ absolute mastery of baseball's nuances and intricacies.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250000262

STARTING AND CLOSING: Perseverance, Faith, and One More Year by John Smoltz and Don Yaeger
From starting pitcher to closer, and miraculously back to the starting rotation, John Smoltz shares the story of his 22-year career in professional baseball, including his struggles and triumphs over the kind of “career-ending” injuries that have sidelined many other players.
William Morrow * 9780062120540

THEY EAT PUPPIES, DON’T THEY? by Christopher Buckley
In an attempt to gain Congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "Bird" McIntyre and sexy Neo-Con wonkette Angel Templeton start a rumor that the Chinese secret service is trying to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Their outrageous scheme provokes a series of crises involving the White House, the CIA, and a strangely sympathetic and vulnerable Chinese president.
Twelve * 9780446540971

TO THE LAST BREATH: A Memoir of Going to Extremes by Francis Slakey
Before Georgetown physics professor Francis Slakey set out to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean, he had shut himself off from other people. But as his journey veered dangerously off course, everything about him began to change. TO THE LAST BREATH depicts the quest that leads Slakey around the globe, almost takes his life, challenges his fiercely held beliefs, and opens his heart.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439198957

YOUR WORDS HOLD A MIRACLE: The Power of Speaking God's Word by John Osteen
At some point in every person's life, we will need a miracle from God. But rather than running around searching for needed miracles, the late John Osteen shows us how to put the power of God's Word into daily practice. When we agree with, believe in, and confess the Word of God, miracles reveal themselves.
FaithWords * 9780892968824

May 10th

A GOLDEN VOICE: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation by Ted Williams and Bret Witter
Ted Williams --- the homeless man with a golden voice --- holds nothing back in his memoir, as he takes the reader through prostitution, theft, crack houses, and homeless shelters in a search, ultimately, for redemption and hope.
Gotham * 9781592407149

HARD COUNTRY by Michael McGarrity
In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murderous outlaws and a place where he can start over. He drifts south until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory and forever changes his life.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952466

OVERSEAS by Beatriz Williams
A young Wall Street analyst, Kate Wilson learned to rely on logic and cynicism. So why does she fall so desperately in love with Julian Laurence, a billionaire with a mysterious past? What she doesn't know is that he has been waiting for her...the enchanting woman who emerged from the shadows of the Great War to save his life.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157646

THE SEVENTH GATE by Richard Zimler
Forced to lead a double life when her father and boyfriend become Nazi collaborators, 14-year-old Sophie reserves her dreams of becoming an actress for her beloved elderly neighbor and his friends, most of whom are Jews working against the government in a secret group called the Ring. When a member is sent to Dachau, she realizes there must be a Nazi traitor in the group. But who?
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590207130

On Sale the Week of May 7th in Paperback

May 8th

A monsignor of the Catholic church, shamed by a secret event in his past and accused of a terrible crime, must join forces with an American missionary, a police chief, and a witch doctor and his wise-woman wife to clear his name.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061997730

THE BURNING by Jane Casey
“The Burning Man” is the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth. Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable who is determined to bring this killer to justice.
Minotaur Books * 9781250006608

So much has changed for Thekla Jansen and the people of Burgdorf, Germany, in the year since the parliament building burned. Thekla’s lover is sure the Nazis did it to frame the communists. But Thekla believes that the communists set the fire, and encourages her 10-year-old students to join the “Hitler-Jugend” with its hikes, songs and bonfires.
Scribner * 9781451608304

CLEANING HOUSE: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma

As parents, so often we do everything we can for our kids --- unintentionally reinforcing their belief that the world revolves around them. When Kay Wyma realized that an attitude of entitlement had crept into her home, this mother of five got some attitude of her own. CLEANING HOUSE is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730671

MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE by Francine Prose
Temporarily submerged by our economic woes, the debate over immigration policy simmers just below the surface of American political and social life. In MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE, Francine Prose tells the story of Lula, a savvy young Albanian immigrant trying to gain a foothold in a country that at times seems as strange as her native land.
Harper Perennial * 9780061713798

OPERATION NAPOLEON by Arnaldur Indridason
In 1945, a German bomber crash-lands in Iceland during a blizzard, with both German and American officers on board. One of the German officers sets off in search of the nearest farm, only to disappear into the white vastness. Years later, a young Icelander stumbles upon the excavation and promptly disappears. But he first manages to contact his sister, who embarks on a desperate mission to find him.
Picador * 9781250003188

SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones
In a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, James Witherspoon has two families --- the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201425

STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett
Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be a valuable new drug. She also hopes to find answers to questions about another friend's death, the state of her company's future, and her own past.
Harper Perennial * 9780062049810

SUMMER RENTAL by Mary Kay Andrews
Ellis, Julia and Dorie, who have been best friends since grade school, now find themselves in their mid-30s and at the crossroads of life and love. A month renting an old beach house in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what each of them needs. But will this month in a summer rental steer them on the path to happiness and forgiveness?
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312642709

THEN CAME YOU by Jennifer Weiner
Three women --- two seeking to earn money by donating their eggs, and one wealthier woman who believes a baby will ensure a happy ending for her marriage --- come together in this unexpected love story, which interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.
Washington Square Press * 9781451617733


Six months after her Army husband Jarrod’s death, Corrie retreats to the family home he inherited deep in the Missouri Ozarks, hoping that somehow he will come back to her. Corrie begins to wonder if she can feel Jarrod's presence, but when Jarrod's cousin Eli comes to help with the house's restoration, he knows that his dead cousin is not what Corrie senses.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730442

Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. But when an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown, a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Although she is determined not to stay long, the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730381

On Sale the Week of May 14th in Hardcover

May 15th

AS THE CROW FLIES: A Walt Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire's daughter, Cady, is getting married to the brother of his undersheriff, Victoria Moretti. When he sets out to find a new site for the nuptials on the Cheyenne Reservation, the scouting expedition ends in horror as he witnesses a young Crow woman plummeting from Painted Warrior’s majestic cliffs.
Viking Adult * 9780670023516

THE BLUE CASCADE: A Memoir of Life After War by Mike Scotti
Upon returning from the Iraq war, Mike Scotti ignored the creeping depression and numbness he called "The Blue Cascade" and charged ahead toward his goal to get an MBA, secure a high-paying finance job, and retire young and rich. But scenes of drunken emotion and raging violence were becoming more and more frequent, and he eventually found himself contemplating suicide.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455503483

In two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s latest novel, an automaton --- in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life --- will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of creation, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention, and the body’s astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.
Knopf * 9780307592712

When a controversial report from a war-torn region is exposed as a fraud, investigative journalist Tom Sagan's professional reputation crashes and burns. He is haunted by bad decisions and the shocking truth he can never prove: that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy. But before Sagan can end his life, fate intervenes in the form of an enigmatic stranger with a request that cannot be ignored.
Ballantine Books * 9780345526519

Nora Keane’s carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she --- along with the rest of the world --- learns that her husband, a prominent Massachusetts attorney general, has been cheating on her. Heartbroken and humiliated, Nora takes refuge with her maternal aunt on Burke’s Island in Maine, a place where superstition and magic are carried on the ocean winds, and wishes and dreams wash ashore with the changing tides.
Harper * 9780062107961

FATHER’S DAY: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son by Buzz Bissinger
The author of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS journeys across the country and into the psyche of his son and traveling companion, where he finds not only the remarkable skills and debilities known as savantism, but a host of admirable qualities as well.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547816562

LEFTY: An American Odyssey by Vernona Gomez and Lawrence Goldstone
Born to a small-town California ranching family, Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his powerful arm and jocular personality right across America to the dugout of the New York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters with his blazing fastball, establishing himself as the team’s ace. Now his daughter and co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the life and adventures of the irreverent southpaw.
Ballantine Books * 9780345526489

ON PAR: The Everyday Golfer's Survival Guide by Bill Pennington
From equipment and instruction, to the rules and language of golf, to camaraderie and psychology, to the short game/long game debate, Bill Pennington informs and entertains as he gets to the essence of this mercurial game, including golf’s holy grail: the hole in one.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547548449

ONE SHOT AT FOREVER: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard
In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen became the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands.
Hyperion * 9781401324384

RAILSEA by China Miéville
On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea.
Del Rey * 9780345524522

STOLEN PREY by John Stanford
In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed. To Lucas Davenport, the scene looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he has seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit. Until it does.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157684

When the head of the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice announces that the winner of a cricket tournament will travel to Pakistan to train and play at an international level, Rukhsana develops a plan to win. The tournament is the only escape for her brother and young cousins, facing the corrupting influences of the Taliban, and Rukhsana herself, who the terrifying minister seeks to marry.
Ecco * 9780062091253

On Sale the Week of May 14th in Paperback

May 15th

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter’s debut novel tells the story of Henry Bright, a World War I veteran and West Virginia farmer, fleeing the demons of his wartime experience and the wrath of a vengeful enemy.
Dial Press Trade Paperback * 9780812981841

After giving up his post at the Hollows Police Department, Jones Cooper is at loose ends. He’s having trouble facing a horrible event from his past and finding a second act. Then, on a brisk October morning, he has a visitor. Eloise Montgomery, the psychic who plays a key role in FRAGILE, comes to him with predictions about his future --- some of which are dire.
Broadway * 9780307465184

EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
On the way back from a trip to Hawaii, her dream vacation-turned-nightmare, Stephanie Plum is roped into a complex case when her seatmate on the flight is found dead in a garbage can after the L.A. layover --- and she alone may hold critical evidence.
Bantam * 9780345527738

THE LAST GUNFIGHT: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral --- and How It Changed the American West by Jeff Guinn
In a vacant lot in Tombstone, Arizona, a confrontation between eight armed men erupted in a deadly shootout. The gunfight at the O.K. Corral shaped how future generations came to view the old West. But as THE LAST GUNFIGHT makes clear, the real story of the O.K. Corral and the West is far different from what we’ve been led to believe by TV westerns and Hollywood films.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439154250

MY LUCKY LIFE IN AND OUT OF SHOW BUSINESS is a lively, heartwarming memoir of a performer who still thinks of himself as a "simple song-and-dance man," but who is, in every sense of the word, a classic entertainer.
Three Rivers Press * 9780307592248

NEXT TO LOVE by Ellen Feldman
Three young women who live in a small town in Massachusetts all send the men they love off to fight in World War II. Not everyone returns, and those who do are profoundly changed, reminding us that the scars of war run deeper than the day that victory is won.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812982411

REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
A small group of ingenious Asian hackers has just unleashed Reamde, a virus that encrypts all of a player's electronic files and holds them for ransom. Its repercussions will be felt all around the globe, setting in motion a devastating series of events involving Russian mobsters, computer geeks, secret agents and Islamic terrorists.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062191496

STARDUST by Carla Stewart
Shortly after burying her unfaithful husband, Georgia Peyton unexpectedly inherits the derelict Stardust motel from a distant relative. Despite doubts from the community and the aunt who raised her, she is determined to breathe new life into it. But the guests who arrive aren't what Georgia expects.
FaithWords * 9781455504282

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