Skip to main content

February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of February 4th and February 11th that we think will be of interest to readers.

May we ask that you forward this newsletter to friends who you think would enjoy reading it?

On Sale the Week of February 4th in Hardcover

February 4th

THE CITY OF DEVI by Manil Suri
As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, a statistician named Sarita can only think of being reunited with Karun, her physicist husband. Why has he vanished? Who is he running from? How will they form the family of three he’s always wanted? To find him, Sarita must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393088755

SWOON: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Prioleau
Contrary to popular myth and dogma, the men who consistently beguile women belie the familiar stereotypes. As Betsy Prioleau points out, legendary ladies’ men are a different, complex species altogether, often without looks or money. Prioleau cuts through the cultural lore and reveals who these master lovers really are and the arts they practice to enswoon women.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393068375

February 5th

In 1960s California, Rebecca Madden and her friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca’s haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805094558

Police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of Lynn Martinson, who is accused of the crime. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A.J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. When the body of an ex-con is discovered near the first crime scene, Ali struggles to determine if A.J. and Lynn’s cases are related.
Touchstone * 9781451628685

THE GOLDEN CALF: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation by Helene Tursten
Three men have been shot in one of Göteborg's most fashionable neighborhoods, sending Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues on a goose chase through a tony world of expensive cars and fancy homes. All three victims seem to be tied to one person, the glamorous dot-com darling Sanna Kaegler-Ceder. But Sanna is not speaking, even when her own life seems to be at stake.
Soho Crime * 9781616950088

HOUSE OF EARTH by Woody Guthrie
Finished in 1947 and lost to readers until now, HOUSE OF EARTH is Woody Guthrie's only fully-realized novel --- a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, filled with the homespun lyricism and authenticity that have made his songs a part of our national consciousness. It is the story of an ordinary couple's dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.
Harper * 9780062248398

Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, David Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. He evokes his deeply divided personality, character flaws, woes, and serious despairs. Books are his life, but when they come to feel unlifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness and self-consciousness.
Knopf * 9780307961525

INDISCRETION by Charles Dubow
Harry and Madeleine Winslow share a love that is both envied and admired. One weekend at the start of the summer season, Harry and Maddy meet Claire and cannot help but be enchanted by her winsome youth, quiet intelligence, and disarming naivete. Drawn by the Winslows' inscrutable magnetism, Claire eagerly falls into their welcoming orbit. But over the course of the summer, her reverence transforms into a dangerous desire.
William Morrow * 9780062201058

ISCARIOT: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee
ISCARIOT is the story of Judas, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous --- and infamous --- religious icons in history.
Howard Books * 9781451683769

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD: Resting in the Peace and Power of Psalm 23 by Robert J. Morgan
At a time of great uncertainty for so many people, pastor and celebrated writer Robert J. Morgan offers the timeless solace of one of history’s most famous poems --- six verses that comprise the most memorized passage in the Bible and that, as Morgan shows, provide a microcosm of God’s grace.
Howard Books * 9781451664720

Eleven-year-old megastar Jonny Valentine knows that the fans don’t love him for who he is. But within the marketing machine, somewhere, this talented singer is still a vulnerable little boy, perplexed by his budding sexuality and his heartthrob status, dependent on his hard-partying manager-mother, and endlessly searching for his absent father in Internet fan sites, lonely emails, and the crowds of faceless fans.
Free Press * 9781476705859

THE PRETTY ONE: A Novel about Sisters by Lucinda Rosenfeld
For nearly 40 years, the Hellinger sisters have played the roles set down by their loving yet domineering mother. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone could understand what it's like to be her. But when a freak accident lands their mother in the hospital, a chain of events is set in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her comfort zone, leaving her to wonder: was this the role she was truly born to play?
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316213554

PURSUED: God's Divine Obsession with You by Jud Wilhite
Jud Wilhite has seen it all, and he knows that no matter how far someone has strayed from God, God always remains in passionate pursuit. Using the biblical prophet Hosea's marriage, commanded by God, to an unfaithful prostitute as a metaphor for God's unwavering love, PURSUED compellingly illustrates God's plan for every person --- to be freed to become his or her own unique self through intimate togetherness with the living, loving God.
FaithWords * 9781455515462

SEE NOW THEN by Jamaica Kincaid
In Jamaica Kincaid’s first novel in a decade, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. SEE NOW THEN is Kincaid’s attempt to make clear what is unclear, and to make unclear what we assumed was clear: that is, the beginning, the middle and the end.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374180560

TOUCH & GO by Lisa Gardner
Investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the home of Justin and Libby Denbe, a couple who seemed to have it all but now appears to have been abducted. Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect façades can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953074

WISE MEN by Stuart Nadler
During the summer of 1952, attorney Arthur Wise’s teenage son, Hilly, makes friends with a black man named Lem Dawson. When Hilly finds himself falling for Lem's niece, Savannah, his affection for her collides with his father's dark secrets. Years later, Hilly sets out to find Savannah, in an attempt to right the wrongs he helped set in motion. But can his guilt, and his good intentions, overcome the forces of history, family and identity?
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316126489

February 7th

THE BURN PALACE by Stephen Dobyns
One night, Alice Alessio --- also known as Nurse Spandex --- is given the surprise of her life. Coming back from a secret tryst with a doctor, she peeks in to check on the newborn baby she was supposed to be watching, and finds a huge, writhing red-and-yellow snake in the bassinet instead. So begins the series of strange and disturbing events that start to plague a sleepy little community and confound the police.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399160875

SHADOW ON THE CROWN by Patricia Bracewell
In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.
Viking Adult * 9780670026395
On Sale the Week of February 4th in Paperback

February 5th

ALL I DID WAS SHOOT MY MAN: A Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley
In this fourth installment of Walter Mosley’s series featuring Leonid McGill, the New York private eye helps get a woman he framed for a $58 million robbery out of prison. But that sets off a series of murders that come right to the doorstep of his troubled home as people start thinking McGill has the stolen money or knows where it is.
NAL Trade * 9780451239167

ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE by Christopher Castellani
It’s been 50 years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. Their daughter, Prima, hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy --- hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201708

CHARLOTTE AU CHOCOLAT: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver
In CHARLOTTE AU CHOCOLAT, Charlotte Silver recalls her childhood growing up in her glamorous mother’s Harvard Square restaurant. When the restaurant nears financial collapse, Charlotte realizes the sacrifices her mother has made in running a kitchen while raising a family.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594486500

CHASING MIDNIGHT: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White
At a reception hosted by a notorious Russian black marketeer, Doc Ford is able to get an underwater look at the billionaire's yacht. By the time Ford surfaces, everything has changed. Environmental extremists have herded everyone together and threatened to kill one hostage every hour until midnight unless their demands are met.
Berkley * 9780425250617

THE FALLEN ANGEL by Daniel Silva
Called on to investigate the death of a beautiful woman in Rome, Gabriel Allon fights against police who have already ruled her death a suicide and the Vatican’s “don’t ask too many questions” rule to uncover the truth. But along the way, he must also penetrate a criminal smuggling network and encounter an old enemy plotting revenge that puts himself and those he holds dear on the razor’s edge of danger.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062253835

A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George
In Germany in 1904, music sparks the love of Frederick Meisenheimer and Jette Furst. After an unplanned pregnancy, the couple flees to America. Their journey takes them from Hanover to New Orleans to St. Louis and finally to the town of Beatrice, Missouri, where they search for the American dream.
Berkley Trade * 9780425253175

THE GOOD DAUGHTER: A Brennan Sisters Novel by Jane Porter
Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for 17 years, Kit's decisions have always been sound --- but not too satisfying. When a girls' weekend away gives Kit a much-needed reprieve, she meets a dangerous man who challenges everything she thought she was --- or should be. Now Kit must decide: will she finally let her desires take flight, or will she continue to be the good daughter?
Berkley Trade * 9780425253427

GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY: The Discovery - A Lancaster County Saga, Part 1 by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?
Barbour Books * 9781616260859

HELSINKI WHITE: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson
After recovering from brain surgery, Inspector Kari Vaara, who has been handpicked to run a rogue black-ops unit, gets to work. Soon the unit is cleaning house, robbing Helsinki's mobsters blind of their cash, dope and illegal firearms. But Kari's team is too good, and their actions have unintended consequences.
Berkley Trade * 9780425253441

HOUSE OF STONE: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya, which was seized by revolution. When he was freed, Shadid returned to his great-grandfather’s estate, a house he had begun to rebuild over three years earlier. HOUSE OF STONE is the story of a battle-scarred home and a war correspondent’s jostled spirit.
Mariner Books * 9780544002197

THE HUNTER by John Lescroart
Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family --- until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?" The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades.
Signet Select * 9780451414564

THE LIST by Karin Tanabe
Adrienne Brown recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at the Capitolist. She is certain that her new position will be the making of her career; it is, but not at all in the way that she expects. Just when it seems like the frenetic workload is going to break her, she stumbles upon a juicy political affair, involving a very public senator and her most competitive colleague. Should she go public with the story?
Washington Square Press * 9781451695595

MUDWOMAN by Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates’s novel explores the high price of success in the life of one woman --- the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution --- and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons.
Ecco * 9780062095633

In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. At the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Ramona Ausubel’s debut novel explores how we use storytelling to survive and shape our own truths.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594486494

Priscille Sibley’s debut novel is a love story about a family torn apart by a medical crisis and the ethical dilemma of keeping a pregnant woman with no chance of recovery on life support for months in an attempt to give her unborn baby a chance.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062194176

S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline
Cassie Robichaud’s life has been filled with regret and loneliness since the death of her husband. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café where she works, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies.
Broadway * 9780385346436

THE STONECUTTER written by Camilla Lackberg, translated by Steven T. Murray
The remote resort town of Fjallbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman’s net. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has the grim task of discovering who could be behind the murder of a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. What he does not know is how this case will reach into the dark heart of Fjallbacka, spanning generations, ripping aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.
Free Press * 9781451621860

When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king, Indravarman. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Indravarman pits even his most trusted men against each other and quashes any hint of rebellion.
NAL Trade * 9780451239174

TUMBLEWEEDS by Leila Meacham
In an emotional and dramatic novel spanning many decades, Cathy Benson grows close to the two males who will shape her life. John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall are best friends who both adore Cathy. Their triangular friendship grows and changes in surprising (and sometimes shocking) ways over the course of a lifetime.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455509232

VIRAL by James Lilliefors
In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis --- if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out.
Soho Crime * 9781616952198
On Sale the Week of February 11th in Hardcover

February 12th

ABOVE ALL THINGS by Tanis Rideout
In 1924, George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George’s young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire’s faded glory. Through alternating narratives, what emerges is a story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399160585

AIRTIGHT by David Rosenfelt
Judge Daniel Brennan is only days away from achieving a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals bench when he’s brutally stabbed to death. When one tip leads New Jersey policeman Luke Somers to Steven Gallagher, Luke is instantly glorified for solving the case. Chris Gallagher raised his brother almost single-handedly; certain that Steven is innocent, he won’t rest until he sets the record straight.
Minotaur Books * 9781250024763

There is much about heaven that we don't yet understand. And while thoughts on our final destiny may stir questions, they needn't stir our fears. In BEYOND HEAVEN'S DOOR, Max Lucado takes us on a journey from finding certainty in our destination to God's great promises of the hereafter. Open the door and catch a glimpse of the joy that awaits you in heaven --- and find hope for today in the process.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849948435

CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler
Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle wants her hairdresser, Dorrie, a black single mom in her 30s, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250014528

THE COMFORT OF LIES by Randy Susan Meyers
Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with Nathan. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption. Caroline reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband, praying her misgivings would disappear. Juliette considered her life ideal. But when she intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. Before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.
Atria Books * 9781451673012

COOLIDGE by Amity Shlaes
Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as quiet and passive. History has remembered the decade in which he served as a frivolous, extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president.
Harper * 9780061967559

A DENIABLE DEATH by Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour takes readers inside a secretive op to assassinate a man in Iran responsible for rigging many of the roadside bombs used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the eyes of our hero, a talented surveillance operative suddenly plucked from home country duty, saddled with a partner he can’t stand, and dropped into the steaming marshland outside the bad guy’s house, Seymour shows us what it’s actually like to be a modern spy and soldier.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250018809

THE DINNER by Herman Koch
On a summer's evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. The conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said; with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Hogarth * 9780770437855

EXTINCTION by Mark Alpert
Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250021342

GHOSTMAN by Roger Hobbs
When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called Jack. While it’s doubtful that anyone knows his true identity, he does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours, a private jet is flying him to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess. He has only 48 hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes.
Knopf * 9780307959966

GIRLS WITH SWORDS: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero by Lisa Bevere
Worldwide, women are the targets of prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse, and even gendercide. Lisa Bevere writes that these attacks say more about who women might be in the future than who they have been in the past. In GIRLS WITH SWORDS, she explains a spiritual enemy is seeking to disarm women on every level. It’s time that women become the heroes God created them to be and stand --- courageous, discerning, forgiving and wise.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307457813

GUILT: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried 60 years ago. Soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case --- and draw out the disturbing truth.
Ballantine Books * 9780345505736

HARVEST by Jim Crace
A remote English village wakes on the morning after harvest, looking forward to enjoying a hard-earned day of rest and feasting. But two mysterious columns of smoke mar the sky, raising alarm and suspicion. In HARVEST, Jim Crace details the unraveling of bucolic life in the face of economic progress.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385520775

HIT ME by Lawrence Block
Sometimes it's hard to remember that Nicholas Edwards used to kill people for a living. But when the nation's economy tanks, all it takes is one phone call to drag him back into the game, back to being the man he always was: Keller. A call puts him on a West Indies cruise, with several interesting fellow passengers. But the high drama comes in Cheyenne, where a recent widow is looking to sell her husband's stamp collection.
Mulholland Books * 9780316127356

THE HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin
Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her tobacco farm, were actually the work of Josephine, Lu Anne’s 17-year-old house slave. In piecing together Josephine's story, ambitious young lawyer Lina Sparrow embarks on a journey that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story of her mother's mysterious death.
William Morrow * 9780062207395

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS by Christine Sneed
The people who orbit around actor Renn Ivins --- his girlfriends, children, ex-wives, those on the periphery --- long to experience the glow of his fame. Anna and Will are Renn's grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608199587

LONG SHOT by Mike Piazza with Lonnie Wheeler
Mike Piazza’s autobiography is the candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball, from his inauspicious draft selection to his Hall of Fame-worthy achievements and the unusual controversies that marked his career. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439150221

THE NIGHT RANGER by Alex Berenson
Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. But after 12 weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for, though, when bandits hijack them. John Wells is asked to try to find them; when he arrives, he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159725

THE POWER TRIP by Jackie Collins
A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women, and an invitation no one can refuse. From mega-seller Jackie Collins comes her new novel, set on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312567477

A TIME FOR WAR by Michael Savage
The U.S. is under secret attack and only Jack Hatfield, a popular television host hounded from his position by left-wing forces in the media for speaking the truth, suspects the danger of this lethal conspiracy. With the help of Dover Griffith, Hatfield pursues a trail leading to a billionaire American electronics entrepreneur who has sold out his own country with the help of officials at the highest level of the American government.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312651626

VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE: Stories by Karen Russell
A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. Two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood. And this only scratches the surface of what appears in Karen Russell’s new collection of stories.
Knopf * 9780307957238

A WEEK IN WINTER by Maeve Binchy
When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger, a bad boy turned good, and her niece, Orla, Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.
Knopf * 9780307273574
On Sale the Week of February 11th in Paperback

February 12th

Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at 37, she's finally found him: Ethan, a divorced father of two. But in his daughter Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312604165

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.
Vintage * 9780307476081

EDGE OF DARK WATER by Joe R. Lansdale
May Lynn, once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star, is now dead. Sue Ellen, her strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. But Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back.
Mulholland Books * 9780316188425

"The first time I saw Marian Ballantine she looked like a burst of bittersweet among the winter branches..." And so begins a tale of love lost and found, the rekindling of a passion for life that two people discover with each other, and the complex dynamics of family and friendship.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061449734

GILDED AGE by Claire McMillan
Eleanor Hart had made a brilliant marriage in New York, but it ended in a scandalous divorce and 30 days in rehab. Now she finds that she will still need a husband to be socially complete. However, through one misstep after another, Ellie mishandles her second act. Her options narrow and future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451640489

In this intriguing mystery saturated with atmosphere set in the 1960s, Gin finds herself a very long way from her girlhood in Virginia. When her husband Mason goes to work on a Houston oil rig in Saudi Arabia, she is plunged into a surreal enclosed community of bored oil rig wives --- but the door opened to a much wider world beckons to her.
Anchor * 9780307474698

MOON OVER EDISTO by Beth Webb Hart
Once, they were the happiest family under the sun, crabbing and fishing and painting on beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina’s lowcountry. Then everything went wrong, and 20 years later the Bennett family is still in pieces. Then an emergency forces Julia back to Edisto to care for her three young half-siblings, and she grudgingly agrees to stay a week. But there’s something about Edisto that changes people.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595542021

THE NEWLYWEDS by Nell Freudenberger
Amina leaves Bangladesh for Rochester, New York, and for George Stillman, the husband who met and wooed her online. For Amina, the decision echoes the arranged marriages of her home country, while George finds Amina “straightforward” and likes that she “doesn’t play games.” Yet each is hiding something from the other.
Vintage * 9780307388971

STAY CLOSE by Harlan Coben
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.
Signet * 9780451233967

WE LIVE IN WATER: Stories by Jess Walter
This first collection of short fiction from bestselling author Jess Walter is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams. Among them are "We Live in Water," in which a lawyer returns to a corrupt North Idaho town to find the father who disappeared 30 years earlier, and the collection's final story, which transforms slyly from a portrait of Walter's hometown into a moving contemplation of our times.
Harper Perennial * 9780061926624

WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon
Alice Buckle sees herself as a wife, mother, drama teacher, Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions. Then an anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” shows up in her inbox. She becomes Wife 22 and is assigned a caseworker (Researcher 101). Along the way, she shares her innermost thoughts and secrets in this survey, and her confessions end up making some sparks fly.
Ballantine Books * 9780345527967

February 15th

PICTURE PERFECT: Weddings by Design, Book 1 by Janice Thompson
Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott is dealing with the ultimate Bridezilla. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers --- a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
Revell * 9780800721527

REBEKAH: Wives of the Patriarchs, Book 2 by Jill Eileen Smith
When her father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Her hope for the future is restored when she falls in love with her cousin Isaac, and their relationship starts strong. But marital bliss cannot last forever, and the birth of their twin sons marks the beginning of years of misunderstanding, disagreement and betrayal.
Revell * 9780800734305

WHEN THE HEART HEALS: Sisters at Heart, Book 2 by Ann Shorey
Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse during the Civil War behind her, Rosemary Saxon must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart, and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancée, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever?
Revell * 9780800720735

Don't forget to forward this newsletter to a friend or to visit the websites in,,,,,, and

The Book Report Network
250 W. 57th Street - Suite 1228

New York, New York 10107

connect with us twitterfacebook