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November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012

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

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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
On Sale the Week of November 12th in Hardcover

November 12th

On Christmas Eve, Detective Alex Cross is informed that a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity and daring to save another family. He risks everything --- and may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316210683

November 13th

BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
BRAIN ON FIRE is the powerful account of Susannah Cahalan’s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills --- and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness --- she pieces together the story of a “lost month” of her life.
Free Press * 9781451621372

THE COLONY by A.J. Colucci
When a deadly supercolony of ants begins a series of gruesome attacks on New York City, the desperate mayor turns to the greatest ant expert in the world, Paul O'Keefe, who then calls on his ex-wife Kendra Hart, an entomologist studying fire ants in the New Mexico desert, for help. When the ants launch an all-out attack, Paul and Kendra hit the streets of New York to search for the coveted queen and unlock the secrets of an indestructible new species before the president nukes Manhattan.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250001290

DEAR LIFE: Stories by Alice Munro
In story after story of her new collection, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.
Knopf * 9780307596888

Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. He plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. However, the quiet village of Plumley greets him with a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops. Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley.
Minotaur Books * 9781250011602

Woodley Sharpless, a crippled orphan, finds his life inextricably linked with his Blaze Academy schoolmate, Ben "Trouble" Pinkerton, the son of Democratic senator Benjamin Pinkerton and geisha Madame Butterfly. From early in life, Trouble finds himself at the center of some of the biggest events of the 20th century --- and though over time Woodley's and Trouble's paths diverge, their lives collide again to dramatic effect.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805096705

THE LAST MAN by Vince Flynn
Joe Rickman, head of CIA clandestine operations in Afghanistan, has been kidnapped and his four bodyguards executed in cold blood. But Mitch Rapp wonders if something even more sinister is afoot. Irene Kennedy, director of the CIA, has dispatched him to Afghanistan to find Rickman at all costs. Rapp, however, isn’t the only one looking for Rickman. It quickly becomes apparent that the FBI is less concerned with finding Rickman than placing the blame on Rapp.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781416595212

THE LAWGIVER by Herman Wouk
Margo Solovei is a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multibillionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451699388

LIFE AMONG GIANTS by Bill Roorbach
At 17, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. In a mansion across the pond from their Connecticut home lives the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide, and her rock star husband, whose own disasters intersect with Lizard’s --- and Kate’s --- in the most intimate and surprising ways.
Algonquin Books * 9781616200763

LISTENING FOR MADELEINE: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices by Leonard S. Marcus
Madeleine L’Engle is best known to the world as the author of A WRINKLE IN TIME. But to those who knew her well, L’Engle was much more: a larger-than-life persona, an inspiring mentor, a strong-willed matriarch, a spiritual guide, and a rare friend. Renowned literary historian and biographer Leonard S. Marcus reveals L’Engle in all her complexity through a series of incisive interviews with the people who knew her most intimately.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374298975

MEET ME AT EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE CLAIM by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Love and tomato sauce are thick in the Scottoline/Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca’s mother-daughter turned best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty-nester and Francesca is an independent twenty-something in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother’s love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries?
St. Martin's Press * 9780312640088

THE PATRIARCH: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw
Drawing on never-before-published material from archives on three continents, David Nasaw unearths a man far more complicated than the popular portrait. Was Joseph Patrick Kennedy an appeaser and isolationist, an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer, a stock swindler, a bootlegger, and a colleague of mobsters? Nasaw ignores the tired old answers surrounding Kennedy, starting from scratch to discover the truth behind this misunderstood man.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203763

Set in 1972 during the Cold War, England's legendary intelligence agency MI5 embarks on an operation code-named "Sweet Tooth" to fund writers whose politics align with those of the government. Cambridge student Serena Frome is hired to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. But when she begins to fall in love with him, she wonders how long she can conceal her undercover life.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385536820

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God nor that his death was “worth it.” She judges herself ruthlessly, and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine.
Scribner * 9781451688382

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of AMERICAN LION and FRANKLIN AND WINSTON brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. THE ART OF POWER gives us Thomas Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.
Random House * 9781400067664

TRUSTING GOD DAY BY DAY: 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer
In her dynamic new devotional, international speaker and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer provides you with powerful "starting points" for every day of the year. Each day's devotion is filled with practical advice and help from Meyer along with life-changing promises from God's Word that you can quickly and easily apply in your own life.
FaithWords * 9780446538589

THE WATCHERS: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford
Elizabeth I came to the throne of England in a Europe aflame with wars of religion and dynastic conflicts. To the great Catholic powers of France and Spain, England was a heretic pariah state, a canker to be cut away for the health of the greater body of Christendom. Elizabeth's government, defending God's true Church of England and its leader, the queen, could stop at nothing to defend itself. Stephen Alford offers a chillingly vivid depiction of Elizabethan espionage, literally recovering it from the shadows.
Bloomsbury Press * 9781608190096

Roberto Bolaño’s last, unfinished novel follows Oscar Amalfitano, an exiled Chilean university professor and widower, through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374266745

YOUNG PHILBY by Robert Littell
When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most notorious double agent in the history of espionage. Recruited into His Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service at the beginning of World War II, he rose rapidly in the ranks to become the chief liaison officer with the CIA in Washington after the war. Robert Littell recounts the little-known story of the spy's early years.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250005168

November 14th

MARTIN AMIS: The Biography by Richard Bradford
Martin Amis' life could itself provide the formula for an enthralling work of fiction. Son of one of the most popular and best-loved novelists of the post-War era, he has forged a groundbreaking manner of writing that owes nothing to the style of his father, nor indeed to anyone else. This biography offers the real Martin Amis, a cabinet of contrasts: tortured, eloquently aloof, kind, obsessive, loved by women, a dedicated family man, often the architect of his own undoing, and a literary genius.
Pegasus * 9781605983851

Mike Zetterberg's wife, Ylva, doesn't come home as expected one night. Given the sudden and mysterious circumstances of her disappearance, Mike becomes the chief suspect. But what no one knows is that Ylva is being held hostage in the cellar of the house across the street. A secret camera has been set up in her own home so that Ylva can only watch her family on the screen. They cannot see her --- and they most certainly cannot hear her scream.
Pegasus * 9781605983912
On Sale the Week of November 12th in Paperback

November 13th

EDGE OF BLACK by J. T. Ellison
Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University's forensic pathology department, Dr. Samantha Owens is called to consult on a case that's rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion.
Harlequin * 9780778313724

THE HEALING by Jonathan Odell
In pre-Civil War Mississippi, cholera claims the life of Amanda Satterfield’s 12-year-old beloved daughter, Becky. Mistress Amanda blames her husband for refusing to call for a doctor in time to save their only child. Grief-stricken and plunged into madness, Amanda orders an ebony-skinned newborn slave girl brought to the great house as a replacement for her daughter.
Anchor * 9780307744562

Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. He applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe’s leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on Amsterdam’s grandest canal. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets --- and soon, quietly, steadily, finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him.
Vintage * 9780307949288

LONDON UNDER: The Secret History Beneath the Streets by Peter Ackroyd
LONDON UNDER is a short and comprehensive study of everything that goes on underground in London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and modern tube stations. Spanning throughout history, Peter Ackroyd reveals stories and secrets of this hidden world.
Anchor * 9780307473783

At age 12, Julia Pandl was initiated into the rite of the Sunday brunch while working at her father's Milwaukee-based restaurant with her eight older siblings. There she learned the ropes of the family business as well as life lessons that would shape her for all the years to come. Her time working at the restaurant was not just a time of growing up, but ultimately of becoming a source of strength and support as the world her father knew began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201722

MRS. NIXON: A Novelist Imagines a Life by Ann Beattie
The rare First Lady who did not write a book, Pat Nixon remains one of the most mysterious and enigmatic public figures in recent history. Ann Beattie, like many of her generation, dismissed Richard Nixon’s wife. Decades later, she wonders what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man.
Scribner * 9781439168721

ROAD TO NOWHERE by Jim Fusilli
For years the drifter haunted the background of American life, roaming the side streets and highways that crisscross this vast country. That all changes when he witnesses a brutal assault on a young woman. By the time he reaches her, the assailant is gone, leaving a trail that is all too easy to follow. But playing the good Samaritan may be more trouble than it’s worth, when his moment of conscience hurls him into a shadowy world of violence, intrigue and deception.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781612185972

SHOCKAHOLIC by Carrie Fisher
SHOCKAHOLIC is the juicy account of the life of Carrie Fisher, daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Focusing on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old, this memoir recounts Fisher’s emotional and psychological journey through fame.
Simon & Schuster * 9780743264839

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