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April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of April 15th and April 22nd that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of April 15th in Hardcover

April 15th

THE GOOD NURSE: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.
Twelve * 9780446505291

April 16th

AMITY & SORROW by Peggy Riley
A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from her husband; the girls, Amity and Sorrow, can't imagine what the world holds outside their father's polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley's abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316220880

THE ASTOR ORPHAN: A Memoir by Alexandra Aldrich
Alexandra Aldrich, a direct descendant of John Jacob Astor, tells the story of her eccentric, fractured family; her 1980s childhood of bohemian neglect in the squalid attic of Rokeby, the family’s Hudson Valley Mansion; and her brave escape from the clan. Aldrich reaches back to the Gilded Age when the Astor legacy began to come undone, leaving the Aldrich branch of the family penniless and squabbling over what was left.
Ecco * 9780062207937

Hired gun Ray Lamar is ready to put his past behind him. He wants to see his 12-year-old son and start a new life --- away from the violence of the last 10 years. One last heist will take him there. All he has to do is steal a rival’s stash. But when things start to go very wrong, Ray realizes that the path to redemption isn’t always easy.
William Morrow * 9780062216885

I CAN'T COMPLAIN: (All Too) Personal Essays by Elinor Lipman
In her two decades of writing, Elinor Lipman has populated her fictional universe with characters so utterly real that we feel like they’re old friends. Now she shares an even more intimate world with us --- her own --- in essays that offer a candid, charming take on modern life. Looking back and forging ahead, she considers the subjects that matter most: childhood and condiments, long marriage and solo living, career and politics.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547576206

A MAN WITHOUT BREATH: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr
A month has passed since the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, commanders on the ground know better. Now word has reached Berlin of a Red massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk. For once, both the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels want the same thing: irrefutable evidence of this Russian atrocity. Both parties agree that the ensuing investigation must be overseen by a professional trained in sifting evidence and interrogating witnesses. That man is Bernie Gunther.
A Marian Wood Book/Putnam * 9780399160790

PALE HORSES by Jassy Mackenzie
At first, the case appears to be one of simple misadventure. Sonet Meintjies, a base jumper, falls to her death while attempting to parachute off a newly built 65-story Sandton skyscraper. But Sonet's jumping partner, Victor Theron, insists that this was no accident, and he hires private investigator Jade de Jong to uncover the truth.
Soho Crime * 9781616952211

TAKING EVE: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen
Jim Doane's 25-year-old son may or may not be dead, and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence. But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth --- a truth that takes forensic sculptor Eve Duncan down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250019981

Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot’s luxurious Village apartment. Gwen also brings on a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony. As the three swap money-making schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot’s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547576213

WHISKEY BEACH by Nora Roberts
Lawyer Eli Landon has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of the murder of his soon-to-be ex-wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, where Abra Walsh --- Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist --- is helping him take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159893

April 18th

THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD: A Charlie Hood Novel by T. Jefferson Parker
Three men --- an earnest law-enforcer, an inveterate lawbreaker, and the man who pits them against each other --- hurtle toward one another in the jaw-dropping conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker’s mesmerizing vision of the border. Their climactic showdown brings to a spectacular close a crime series that obliterated the boundaries of the genre.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953173

Hannah Gardner Price has lived according to the principles of the Nantucket Quaker community, where a woman’s path is expected to lead to marriage and motherhood. But Hannah is determined to discover a comet that will win her a gold medal, which is unheard of for a woman. Unfortunately, her friendship with a young whaler causes her standing in the community to unravel, challenging her most fundamental beliefs about work and love, and ultimately changing the course of her life forever.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487446
On Sale the Week of April 15th in Paperback

April 15th

LOVE AT ANY COST: The Heart of San Francisco, Book 1
by Julie Lessman
Paperback Original

Cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress who was jilted by a fortune hunter. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time.
Revell * 9780800721671

April 16th

THE BLACK BOX: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the unsolved killing of a young female photographer during the 1992 L.A. riots. His ballistics match now indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455526956

Newly divorced and penniless, Sally is desperate to support herself and her teenage daughter. Forced into a criminal world of pornography and drugs, she and her sister --- who has a crippling secret that dates back 20 years --- struggle to keep a grip on reality.
Grove Press * 9780802120854

American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into the shadowy country of Istanbul, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of post-war life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.
Washington Square Press * 9781439156438

THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS, Chris Bohjalian's 15th book, is a spellbinding tale that travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012 --- a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, a subject his legions of fans have been asking him to write about for years.
Vintage * 9780307743916

WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED by Christopher Brookmyre
Small-time heroin dealer Jai McDiarmid turns up dead, and because he had countless enemies, Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod doesn't know where to start investigating. Out-of-work actress Jasmine Sharp is doing her best to be a private investigator, but her mentor has disappeared and it looks like his disappearance could be connected to Jai's death. Now, Catherine and Jasmine must team up to solve the mystery.
Grove Press * 9780802121240

WHERE WE BELONG by Emily Giffin
Marian Caldwell, a 36-year-old television producer, is living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and a satisfying relationship, Marian has everyone convinced that her life is going just the way she wants it to be. But when Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old with a key to Marian’s past, shows up on her doorstep, everything Marian has worked so hard to keep secret pours out.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312554187
On Sale the Week of April 22nd in Hardcover

April 22nd

HELGA’S DIARY: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss
Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezín and later deported to Auschwitz, only 100 survived. Helga Weiss was one of them. Reconstructed from her original notebooks, Helga’s diary is presented here in its entirety. With an introduction by Francine Prose, a revealing interview between translator Neil Bermel and Helga, and the artwork Helga made during her time at Terezín, HELGA’S DIARY stands as a vivid and utterly unique historical document.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393077971

April 23rd

DECADENCE by Eric Jerome Dickey
Nia’s success as a writer has grown, and now she’s ready to move on to marriage and motherhood. Drawn to an exclusive pleasure palace, where patrons try on roles as they actively shun their respective realities, Nia’s ability to balance truth and fantasy becomes increasingly blurred. When Nia’s past comes back to mingle with her present, her staid public persona clashes with her fantasy life of decadence.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953838

FLY AWAY by Kristin Hannah
FLY AWAY is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other --- plus a miracle --- to transform their lives. An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss and new beginnings, this long-awaited follow-up to FIREFLY LANE reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312577216

FROZEN IN TIME: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished. FROZEN IN TIME tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors.
Harper * 9780062133434

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection.
Harper * 9780062110831

THE HIT by David Baldacci
A highly skilled assassin, Will Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst enemies of the state. Fellow assassin Jessica Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now she's turning her gun sights on other members of their agency. As Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455521210

After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father. His neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Meanwhile, Conner, the Fosters’ handyman, has become the one person in which Linnea can confide. As these characters and many more hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you indeed pay someone to be good? At what price?
Blue Rider Press * 9780399158711

I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN: A Memoir by Jackie Hance with Janice Kaplan
Until the horrific car accident on New York State’s Taconic Parkway that took the lives of her three beloved young daughters, Jackie Hance was an ordinary Long Island mom, fulfilled by the joyful chaos of a busy household. After the tragedy, she was “The Taconic Mom,” whose unimaginable loss embodied every parent’s worst nightmare. I’LL SEE YOU AGAIN chronicles the day Jackie received the traumatizing phone call that defied all understanding, and the numbed and torturous events that followed.
Gallery Books * 9781451674774

LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS: Essays, Etc. by David Sedaris
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316154697

MAYA'S NOTEBOOK by Isabel Allende
Neglected by her parents, 19-year-old Maya Nidal has grown up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents. When her grandfather dies of cancer, Maya turns to drugs, alcohol and petty crime. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Here Maya tries to make sense of the past, unravels mysterious truths about life and about her family, and embarks on her greatest adventure: the journey into her own soul.
Harper * 9780062105622

THE MOTHER HEART OF GOD: Unveiling the Mystery of the Father's Maternal Love by Trudy Beyak
For more than five millennia, scholars focused on the paternal or fatherly qualities of God's loving kindness, but forgot or ignored the maternal aspects. As a committed Christian and an investigative journalist, Trudy Beyak spent five years on a journey researching the Scriptures and interviewing more than 50 leading biblical scholars and celebrities from North America to the Middle East. Beyak invites the reader to join her on a global journey to discover a fresh spiritual view of God that is relevant and encouraging for everyone.
FaithWords * 9781455527762

PARIS: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art and intrigue, Edward Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.
Doubleday * 9780385535304

SAUL BELLOW'S HEART: A Son's Memoir by Greg Bellow
In this warm, affectionate, yet strikingly honest look inside the life of one of America's greatest 20th-century writers, the Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, Greg Bellow offers a view no one else has of a man known to be quick to anger, prone to argument, politically conservative, and palpably vulnerable to criticism. Yet there was a bond of tender emotion between Saul Bellow and Greg, his firstborn.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608199952

WEDDING NIGHT by Sophie Kinsella
Lottie is 33 and sick of long-term boyfriends who don't want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears after 15 years and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled with their rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?
The Dial Press * 9780812993844
On Sale the Week of April 22nd in Paperback

April 23rd

DEARIE: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
Bob Spitz, the author of a well-regarded biography of the Beatles, has now given us a hagiography of another 20th-century icon: Julia Child. His affection for television’s French Chef comes through on every page. This comprehensive book covers Child’s life from her privileged upbringing in Pasadena to her work in the OSS during World War II to her four decades as one of America’s preeminent cooking teachers.
Vintage * 9780307473417

Paperback Original

During World War II, teenager Evelyn Roe is sent to manage the family farm in rural North Carolina, where she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier on their property. She rescues him, and it quickly becomes clear he is not a man…and not one of us. The rescued body recovers at an unnatural speed, and just as fast, Evelyn and Adam fall deeply in love.
Ecco * 9780062099440

FARTHER AWAY: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
Anyone familiar with the dustup surrounding Oprah Winfrey’s selection and rejection of Jonathan Franzen's novel, THE CORRECTIONS, in 2001 will recognize the prickliness of its author in this impressively diverse collection of essays and journalism, written mainly in the first decade of the 21st century. In this generous selection of 22 pieces, there's something to inform or agitate just about everyone.
Picador * 9781250033291

FIFTEEN DIGITS by Nick Santora
Every day, five men come together at their white shoe law firm. They're "Printers": blue-collar guys consigned to the dark basement of the firm charged with copying, collating and delivering the mountains of paperwork that document millions of dollars of sensitive legal secrets. Until the five are approached by an ambitious young attorney who teaches them what they have: insider information.
Mulholland Books * 9780316176330

I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Sophie Kinsella
Bride-to-be Poppy Wyatt is beyond relieved when she discovers an abandoned cell phone in a garbage can just moments after hers is stolen. But she has no idea that instead of solving all of her problems, this new phone is going to complicate her life in ways she never would have imagined.
Dial Press Trade Paperback * 9780385342070

LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE: A Memoir of a Woman’s Life by Anna Quindlen
In this wise and wonderful collection of essays, bestselling author Anna Quindlen muses on female aging, using her own experiences to express the many challenges and pleasures to be found past the middle of life. The result: comforting, empowering and uplifting reading seemingly relayed by a very close friend who also happens to be a born storyteller.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812981667

PHANTOM by Jo Nesbo
Former police officer Harry Hole must return to Oslo when the son of the woman he loves is arrested for murder. In order to prove the boy's innocence, Harry sets out on a dangerous investigation that takes him into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials).
Vintage * 9780307951151

PORCH LIGHTS by Dorothea Benton Frank
In an attempt to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the untimely death of her husband, Jackie McMullen returns to her childhood home on Sullivans Island, a place where home cooking fills tables and bellies, iced tea flows freely, and the loving warmth of family abounds.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062211767

THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE by Courtney Miller Santo
Meet the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women --- a line of daughters unbroken --- living together in the same house on a secluded olive grove in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. Told from varying viewpoints, Courtney Miller Santo’s debut novel captures the joys and sorrows of family --- the love, secrets, disappointments, jealousies and forgiveness that tie generations to one other.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062130525

THOSE WE LOVE MOST by Lee Woodruff
Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes.
Voice * 9781401341978

THE TIME OF MY LIFE by Cecelia Ahern
Paperback Original

Lucy Silchester keeps receiving a strange appointment card and sweeping its gold-embossed envelope under the rug. Literally. But she is about to find out that this is one appointment she can't miss, when Life shows up at her door, in the form of a sloppy but determined man. Life follows her, and she learns that some of the choices she has made and the stories she has told aren't what they seem. Now her half-truths are about to be revealed, unless Lucy tells the truth about what really matters to her.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062248602

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