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October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of October 29th and November 5th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of October 29th in Hardcover

October 30th

ASTRAY by Emma Donoghue
The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They are gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316206297

BRUCE by Peter Ames Carlin
In a groundbreaking biography that draws on unprecedented access to Bruce Springsteen and those closest to him, acclaimed music critic Peter Ames Carlin presents the most revealing account yet of New Jersey’s favorite son.
Touchstone * 9781439191828

Sent to India during the midst of the Indian Mutiny against the East India Company, Victor Narraway (Thomas Pitt's future boss) is charged with defending a British medical orderly accused of murdering a fellow guard. With the help of two small children, a Christmas garland, and some brilliant detective work, Narraway manages to find his Christmas miracle --- and learns a lesson about hope that he carries with him for the rest of his life.
Ballantine Books * 9780345530745

THE CHRISTMAS KID: And Other Brooklyn Stories by Pete Hamill
Never before collected in one volume, here are Pete Hamill's stories about Brooklyn, the borough in which he was born and grew up, and the one closest to his heart. These are stories of a New York almost lost but not forgotten, brimming over with nostalgia --- for the world after the war, the city before heroin and crack, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, even, for some, the world of the Depression.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316232739

ELSEWHERE: A Memoir by Richard Russo
After eight commanding works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.
Knopf * 9780307959539

THE GIVING QUILT: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters gather for a special winter session of quilt camp. Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953609

KURT VONNEGUT: Letters edited by Dan Wakefield
This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a 60-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide.
Delacorte Press * 9780385343756

Vigilante priest Danny Hansen is serving a 50-year prison term for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence. But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.
Center Street * 9781599953359

THE SINS OF THE MOTHER by Danielle Steel
Everything Olivia Grayson touches in the business world turns to gold. Now, though, she reflects upon her life and wishes she'd invested in her family as much as she did in her business. Eager to atone for past sins, Olivia does her utmost to support each of her children as they struggle through mid-life crises. Together, the Grayson dynasty will confront conflicts past and present as Olivia takes them on a climactic family vacation.
Delacorte Press * 9780385343206

THE WALNUT TREE: A Holiday Tale by Charles Todd
While visiting France in the summer of 1914, Lady Elspeth Douglas is stranded at the port city of Calais with a sea of travelers, soldiers and refugees trying to leave the continent after the Germans invade Belgium at the start of World War I. She begins heroically carrying water to weary soldiers near the front, where she is rescued from a German shelling by Captain Peter Gilchrist. Once she is safely home in England, she cannot forget the gallant captain.
William Morrow * 9780062236999

A WINTER DREAM by Richard Paul Evans
Joe is forced out of the family business by his jealous siblings. Moving on to another company, he soon becomes chief advisor to the CEO. But when the economy turns, Joe’s siblings need his help to save the family business.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451628036
On Sale the Week of October 29th in Paperback

October 30th

It is 1937, and Captain Alexei Korolev finds himself on an airplane bound for Odessa after the suspicious suicide of Maria Alexandrovna Lenskaya, a loyal young party member who supposedly had an illicit intimate relationship with the party director. His instructions are to determine if her suicide was actually a cover-up for murder, and if so, to find her killer --- but under no circumstances reveal her close ties to the director.
Minotaur Books * 9781250013415

DEAD ASLEEP by Jamie Freveletti
Biochemist Emma Caldridge comes to a remote tropical island in the Caribbean in search of minerals believed to reverse the aging process. What she finds instead are the bloody remnants of a bizarre religious ritual. And here, where the local people speak in whispers about sea monsters, ancient voodoo curses and rampaging evil, she discovers something far more real...and more terrifying.
Harper * 9780062025197

In the four years since Lauren Lawton’s daughter disappeared, Lauren’s husband took his own life and her younger daughter, Leah, is looking only for what’s left of her childhood. But Lauren knows who took her child, and there’s not a shred of evidence against him. Looking for a fresh start, Lauren and Leah move to idyllic Oak Knoll. So has Lauren’s suspect. And it feels that history is about to repeat itself.
Signet * 9780451414960

ELEGY FOR EDDIE: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet: a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London’s highest circles of power.
Harper Perennial * 9780062049582

THE GREAT LEADER by Jim Harrison
A policeman retires but can’t let go of the case he last worked: a cult leader recruiting underage girls. Trying to bring the leader down almost ruins a perfectly good retirement. In the end, though, tenacity pays off.
Grove Press * 9780802145987

HOTEL VENDOME by Danielle Steel
No matter what ups and downs life throws her way as she journeys from childhood to womanhood, and from America to Europe and back again, the elegant and determined Heloise Martin knows that she can count on her Swiss-born father and closest confidante, Hugues, to welcome her home again, back to the one place from where she draws her strength: New York City's magnificent Hotel Vendome.
Dell * 9780440245209

I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley
A famous actress is starring in a new movie that’s being filmed at the de Luces’ old English estate. When a body is found on set, strangled to death with a length of film, Flavia knows that a gruesome killer is hiding in plain sight, and she’s determined to find out who it is.
Bantam * 9780385344029

NEED YOU NOW by James Grippando
What if the U.S. government knew about the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme but had a secret agenda? This chilling question is at the heart of James Grippando’s latest thriller, as today’s headlines are turned into a frightening “what if” scenario of financial intrigue.
Harper * 9780061840319

PRINCE OF RAVENSCAR: A Sherbrooke Novel by Catherine Coulter
Nicholas Monroe is feeling pressure from his family to remarry. But the mysterious death of his first wife still hangs over his head. Her brother, Richard, believes Nicholas is responsible for her death. When Richard finally confronts Nicholas, long-held secrets threaten to resurface --- despite someone's desperate effort to keep them buried.
Jove * 9780515151152

ROME: A Cultural, Visual and Personal History by Robert Hughes
Starting on a personal note, Robert Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry 21-year-old fresh from Australia in 1959. He then takes us back more than 2,000 years to the city's foundation, one mired in mythologies and superstitions that would inform Rome's development for centuries.
Vintage * 9780375711688

Sean has spent 20 years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas. But when burnout sets in, he is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny.
Penguin * 9780143121916

One-hundred years ago, the Mona Lisa went missing from the Louvre. In this re-imagining of how it happened, charming con artist Valfierno recruits a grateful painter, a streetwise femme fatale, a disgruntled museum worker and a wayward American to pull off the heist of a lifetime.
Minotaur Books *9781250015730

A spiderweb of dangerous relationships is at the heart of Sue Grafton's new Kinsey Millhone novel. When a woman with a murky past suddenly dies, it initially appears to be suicide. But Kinsey discovers that it actually may have been a murder tied to a local shoplifting ring.
Berkley * 9780425250563

THE WEDDING QUILT: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
Sarah McClure arrived at Elm Creek Manor as a newlywed, never suspecting that her quilting lessons with master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson would inspire the successful and enduring business Elm Creek Quilts, whose members have nurtured a circle of friendship spanning generations. THE WEDDING QUILT opens as the wedding day of Sarah's daughter Caroline approaches.
Plume * 9780452298491

WHEN ELVES ATTACK: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State by Tim Dorsey
It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24th rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062205797

November 1st

THE AIR WE BREATHE by Christa Parrish
Ruled by fear and deep wounds, 17-year-old Molly Fisk stays hidden away from the world. But the sudden reappearance of Claire, a woman from her past, changes everything. Can she help Molly finally begin to heal from the trauma in her childhood?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764205552

THE BREATH OF DAWN by Kristen Heitzmann
Corporate turnaround specialist Morgan Spencer, dubbed the "success guru," has a Midas touch in business. But losing his wife sent him to the brink, and his two-year-old daughter, Livie, is all he's living for --- until they encounter a woman whose trouble just might draw him out of his own.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210426

Masquerading as a governess, Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission to find the man who ran off with her fortune and reclaim what’s rightfully hers. But does God have something --- or someone --- better in mind?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210181

COURTING CATE: The Courtships of Lancaster County, Book 1 by Leslie Gould
Betsy Miller has many would-be suitors, but she’s not allowed to marry until her older sister, Cate, does so first. Unfortunately, Cate has scared off every man in Lancaster County --- until Pete Treger comes to town, that is.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210310

JUDGE: Books of the Infinite, Book 2 by R. J. Larson
Kien Lantec's mission is to warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs on the Infinite to worship a new goddess. But why Kien? Isn't this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne? Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has forsaken their Creator and will soon suffer judgment. Each must seek to follow the Infinite's leading...and hope He will reunite them again soon.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209727

PLACEBO: A Jevin Banks Novel by Steven James
While covertly investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world's largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons' tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did.
Revell * 9780800734251
On Sale the Week of November 5th in Hardcover

November 5th

MAGNIFICENCE by Lydia Millet
Susan Lindley is a woman adrift after her husband’s death. Suddenly gifted her great uncle’s Pasadena mansion, Susan decides to restore his extensive collection of preserved animals, tending to “the fur and feathers, the beaks, the bones and shimmering tails.” Meanwhile, a menagerie of uniquely damaged humans --- including a cheating husband and a chorus of eccentric elderly women --- joins her in residence.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393081701

November 6th

BOTH FLESH AND NOT: Essays by David Foster Wallace
BOTH FLESH AND NOT gathers 15 of David Foster Wallace’s essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not," considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; "The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2," which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; and "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young," an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316182379

COLLATERAL by Ellen Hopkins
A graduate student named Ashley meets Cole, a handsome Marine, and their relationship evolves into a deeply felt, sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole desperately wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a college professor, with similar professional pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.
Atria Books * 9781451626377

CUSTER by Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry has long been fascinated by George Custer and his rightful place in history. In CUSTER, he examines how the “Boy General,” who graduated last in his class at West Point, went on to earn distinction in the Civil War and rose through the ranks. In this lavishly illustrated volume, McMurtry delivers an honest assessment of Custer’s legacy and redefines our understanding of the American West.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451626209

DAILY READINGS FROM EVERY DAY A FRIDAY: 90 Devotions to Be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen
This 90-day devotional incorporates excerpts from EVERY DAY A FRIDAY, emphasizing faith-building messages day to day, along with additional supportive and encouraging material in the form of key Bible verses, daily prayers and daily thoughts. Divided into seven key sections, each building on the next, the format helps readers to put events and circumstances in perspective, and to give them a mental, emotional and spiritual lift each and every day.
FaithWords * 9780892969920

DESPERATE SONS: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War by Les Standiford
More than 200 years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided it was time to take action. Les Standiford reveals how an armed rebellion of common cause would give birth to a radical political experiment --- a new nation known as the United States.
Harper * 9780061899553

Whitney Otto's latest novel explores the ambitions, passions, conflicts and desires of eight female photographers throughout the 20th century. This cast of spirited, larger-than-life women offers wide-ranging insight about the times in which they lived. From San Francisco to New York, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires and Rome, Otto spins a magical, romantic tale that creates a compelling portrait of the history of feminism and of photography.
Scribner * 9781451682694

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
Set in the present day in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp 29-year-old who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at 17. Now, after more than a decade of tending to small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation and her husband's antagonistic family, she has mitigated her boredom by surrendering to an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man.
Harper * 9780062124265

Jack Reacher takes on all comers, using a potent mixture of brutal strength and pure cunning. Now, his wisdom, his training, and even his wit has been compiled into a definitive guide to Jack Reacher. With quotes from Lee Child's bestselling novels, tips and tricks based on their plots, JACK REACHER’S RULES is the perfect companion for both rookie readers and seasoned Reacher veterans.
Delacorte Press * 9780345544292

While researching the murder of a well-known Israeli journalist, Detective Arieh Ben-Roi of the Jerusalem police discovers a puzzling connection to an uncovered labyrinth-like gold mine in Egypt. Ben-Roi's investigation takes him from Israel to Egypt, Vancouver and Romania as he attempts to unravel the mystery of the journalist's death.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802120410

THE LAST LION: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid
Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE LAST LION picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister --- when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316547703

LOOKING FOR YESTERDAY: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller
Three years ago, Caro Warrick was acquitted for the murder of her best friend Amelia Bettencourt, but the lingering doubts of everyone around Caro is affecting her life. Sharon McCone is confident that she can succeed where other detectives have failed, but when Caro is brutally beaten right at Sharon's doorstep, the investigation takes on a whole new course.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446573351

MARMEE & LOUISA: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother by Eve LaPlante
Since its release nearly 150 years ago, Louisa May Alcott’s classic LITTLE WOMEN has been a mainstay in American literature, while passionate Jo March and her calm, beloved “Marmee” have shaped generations of young women. In this riveting dual biography, Eve LaPlante draws on unknown and unexplored letters and journals to show that Louisa’s “Marmee,” Abigail May Alcott, was the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter’s world.
Free Press * 9781451620665

POSEIDON’S ARROW: A Dirk Pitt Novel by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
It’s the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades --- an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. However, a key element of the prototype is missing, and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes burned bodies are found aboard. It is up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team to go on a desperate international chase to find the truth.
Putnam Adult * 9780399162923

THE PRODIGAL SON: A Carmine Delmonico Novel by Colleen McCullough
When Chubb University biochemist Millie Hunter notices that a deadly neurotoxin is missing from her laboratory refrigerator, she immediately goes to her father, Holloman, Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner. They both know that the situation is grave; the poison shuts down the nervous system and is virtually impossible to stop. Soon, as bodies pile up and the coroner keeps pointing to the neurotoxin, Captain Carmine Delmonico must find the killer fast.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451668759

RETURN OF THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett
This pair of never-before published Thin Man novellas --- AFTER THE THIN MAN and ANOTHER THIN MAN --- features the classic Hammett characters Nick Charles, a retired private investigator, and his former debutante wife, Nora. In these two stories, Nick and Nora become involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when they find Nora's family gardener murdered.
Mysterious Press * 9780802120502

UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother's Courage, a Race to Freedom by Kim de Blecourt with Ginger Kolbaba
When Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, they knew that the process might be challenging. Nothing, however, could have prepared her for the twisted nightmare she would endure. But God had no intention of abandoning de Blecourt or her family. Her amazing story --- culminating in a spine-chilling race to freedom --- offers dramatic proof that God's light shines on even in the deepest darkness.
FaithWords * 9781455515103

November 8th

A QUESTION OF IDENTITY: A Simon Serrailler Mystery
by Susan Hill
The murder of a very old woman in a housing project rocks the town of Lafferton. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another. Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country but was ultimately acquitted. All indications suggest that this person has simply vanished. Or is he right under their noses?
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468300505

Everything that Brek Cuttler has ever known disappears when she finds herself standing on a deserted train platform, covered in blood. As she tries to comprehend what’s going on, a man from her past approaches and explains that she has been chosen to join the elite team of lawyers charged with prosecuting and defending souls at the Final Judgment. As Brek struggles to find her way back to her husband and daughter, she will discover that her first client holds the shocking secret of her fate.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399159695

A brutal killer is on the loose, and ex-priest Tom Shaman finds himself in the midst of a series of ritualistic killings unlike anything Venice has ever seen. Enlisted by the Italian police, Tom teams up with young investigator Valentina Morassi to dig deep into the city's darkest history. As Valentina and Tom trace the killings through the centuries, they uncover a deadly secret that generations have killed to protect: a priceless mosaic known as the Gates of Hell.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468300499
On Sale the Week of November 5th in Paperback

November 6th

THE BRACELET by Roberta Gately
Abby Monroe is determined to make her mark as a UN worker in Peshawar, Pakistan. But after witnessing the brutal murder of a woman thrown from a building, she is haunted by the memory of a bracelet that adorned the victim’s wrist. At a local women’s shelter, Abby meets former sex slaves who have miraculously escaped their captors. She soon joins forces with a reporter who believes he can incriminate the shadowy leader of the vicious human trafficking ring.
Gallery Books * 9781451669121

THE COVE by Ron Rash
Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies a dark, forbidding place called the cove and within its shadows lives Laurel Shelton, a lonely young woman who’s believed to be a witch. One day, a stranger appears who explains in a note that his name is Walter and he is a mute. Laurel experiences true companionship and happiness for the first time, but Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything.
Ecco * 9780061804205

DEVIL’S GATE: A Kurt Austin Adventure by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
When two ships burst into flames in the same location, Kurt Austin and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team rush to the eastern Atlantic region to investigate --- and find themselves drawn into an African dictator’s complex plot to extort the world’s major nations.
Berkley * 9780425246764

Malcolm Fox and the Complaints Unit return with an investigation of whether their colleagues are covering up for a cop suspected of being corrupt. When a murder is committed with a weapon that shouldn’t exist, the Complaints find themselves going back to 1985 and a cold case that may have dangerous bearing on the present.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316078771

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 ultimately he embarks on a worldwide exploration of countless religions to find personal spiritual meaning.
Twelve * 9780446539487

THE PERFECT HOPE: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts
Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out --- with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.
Berkley Trade * 9780425246047

THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey
Jack and Mabel have recently arrived in Alaska in 1920. Longing for children and struggling in their marriage, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone --- but they glimpse a small girl running through the trees. As they struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, Jack and Mabel come to love her as their own daughter.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316175661

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