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May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of May 6th and May 13th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of May 6th in Hardcover

May 7th

THE BARBED CROWN: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich
In William Dietrich’s THE BARBED CROWN, the sixth tale of rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage, our hero returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, Gage plots revenge on Napoleon Bonaparte for the kidnapping of his son.
Harper * 9780062194077

CLASS A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann
Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up through the baseball ranks to the major leagues. Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann turns his eye on the players, the coaches, the fans, the radio announcer, the town, and finally on himself, a young man raised on baseball, driven to know what still draws him to the stadium.
Pantheon * 9780307907547

COMPLEX 90 by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission. Arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge, he quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a fire fight with Russian agents. On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his return to stand charges, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: why him?
Titan Books * 9780857684660

Eight-year-old Havaa watches as Russian soldiers abduct her father, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. She and her friend, Akhmed, seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded while mourning her missing sister. Over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weave together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate.
Hogarth * 9780770436407

THE COOKED SEED: A Memoir by Anchee Min
In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with RED AZALEA, a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter --- an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781596916982

DEAD, WHITE, AND BLUE: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart
Summer brings good business to Annie Darling’s mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, as tourists swarm in, searching for the latest beach read. But July 4th brings its own mystery as first one and then another islander disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by adultery, blackmail and betrayal as they pursue a cold-blooded killer in the dog days of summer.
Berkley Hardcover * 9780425260777

A DELICATE TRUTH by John le Carré
In 2008, a counter-terrorist operation was mounted by an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, so secret even the Minister’s personal secretary, Toby Bell, was not cleared for it. In 2011, a disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be --- or a ruthlessly covered-up human tragedy? Toby might have the answer, and he must choose between his conscience and his duty.
Viking Adult * 9780670014897

DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime by Sarah Smiley
The week before Thanksgiving 2011, Dustin Smiley left for a yearlong military deployment. Soon after, his 11-year-old son invited Senator Susan Collins to fill his dad's chair at dinner. On January 3, 2012, Senator Collins came to dinner...and brought brownies. So began DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS, nationally syndicated columnist Sarah Smiley's 52-week commitment to fill her husband's place at the family dinner table with interesting people and unique role models for her three sons.
Hyperion * 9781401324872

A DUAL INHERITANCE by Joanna Hershon
In 1962, two students meet one evening during their senior year at Harvard --- Ed, a Jewish kid on scholarship, and Hugh, a Boston Brahmin with the world at his feet. Ed is ambitious and girl-crazy, while Hugh pines for the one girl he's ever loved. An immediate, intense friendship is sparked that night between these two opposites, which ends just as abruptly, several years later, although only one of them understands why.
Ballantine Books * 9780345468475

FLORA by Gail Godwin
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II. Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother's 22-year-old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout, played against a backdrop of a lost America, will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620401200

THE INNOCENCE GAME by Michael Harvey
The first day of class for graduate students Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold starts like any other --- until a fellow student, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his backpack. Inside is a bloodstained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered 14 years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the killing. The only problem is the alleged murderer is already dead. Suddenly, the class has a new assignment: find the real killer.
Knopf * 9780307961259

THE LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE: My Ultimate African Safari by Paul Theroux
“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the vast land never left him. Now he returns, after 50 years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780618839339

LETTERS FROM THE CLOSET: Ten Years of Correspondence That Changed My Life by Amy Hollingsworth
As the years and letters passed between John and Amy, the layers fell off as they explored and unmasked themselves and each other. Every writer needs a room of his own, but for some people, at certain times and in certain circumstances, the best you can do is a closet. From the confines and protection of his closet, John wrote these letters --- letters that were read, cherished, and then locked away for decades in Amy’s closet. Now they are chronicled and shared for your enrichment.
Howard Books * 9781451666779

As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court has been saved. Lord Robert's son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. While Lord Robert and Lady Isobel debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela, she runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists and has a life-saving run-in with the king.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250028006

LOVE ME ANYWAY by Tiffany Hawk
When 23-year-old Emily Cavenaugh’s marriage to her abusive high school sweetheart ends, she trades in her dull small-town life for an all-access pass to see the world as a flight attendant. Hoping for a new start, she moves to San Francisco to bunk with six other new flight attendants. Among them is KC Valentine, a free spirit whose mission in life is to find her father, who abandoned her as a child.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250021472

MONTARO CAINE by Sidney Poitier
A baby is born with a coin in her hand. An orphan crafts a mysterious wooden object. The CEO of a large corporation finds himself under extraordinary pressure at work and at home. And on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, a medicine man seems to understand the meaning of all these events and to hold the key to the future.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780385531115

MURDER AS A FINE ART by David Morrell
Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London 43 years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.
Mulholland Books * 9780316216791

THE ONE-WAY BRIDGE by Cathie Pelletier
Welcome to Mattagash, the last town in the middle of the northern Maine wilderness. Its citizens are fiercely proud, yet this simple town connected by a single one-way bridge is anything but tranquil. While neighbors bicker publicly over trivialities such as offensive mailbox designs and gossip about suspicious newcomers, they privately struggle to navigate deeper issues --- scandals, loss, failed ambitions, the scars of war...and a mysterious dead body in the woods.
Sourcebooks Landmark * 9781402280733

THE OPHELIA CUT by John Lescroart
District Attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend his brother-in-law, Moses McGuire, who has been accused of murdering the man who raped his daughter. McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could expose some old and dangerous secrets. Hardy struggles to defend McGuire against mounting evidence --- until he sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?
Atria Books * 9781476709154

THE OTHER TYPIST by Suzanne Rindell
Rose Baker is a typist in a New York City Police Department precinct. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room, she is once again the weaker sex. When glamorous Odalie joins the typing pool, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie’s high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399161469

PIRATE ALLEY by Stephen Coonts
A cruise ship is attacked and captured by a band of bloodthirsty Somali pirates, who threaten to execute all their hostages if their ransom demands aren’t met. But a far more dangerous conspiracy is afoot. Jake Grafton is assigned to negotiate with the brutal pirate chief, while his right hand man, Tommy Carmellini, and a team of CIA and Navy SEAL operatives mount an undercover operation to save the hostages and keep the U.S. from being maneuvered into a murderous war.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312372842

RED MOON by Benjamin Percy
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455501663

ROBERT B. PARKER’S WONDERLAND: A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins
A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry Cimoli's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, and plans to turn to a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.
Putnam Adult * 9780399161575

SILKEN PREY by John Sandford
Lucas Davenport is investigating a case when the trail leads to the disappearance of a Minnesota political fixer, then --- very troublingly --- to the Minneapolis police department, then --- most troublingly of all --- to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness and sheer will to make it happen. No matter who gets in the way.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159312

SOBER MERCIES: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp
Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Heather Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness...and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves.
Jericho Books * 9781455527748

In the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor, Bill Cheng’s SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG is an epic literary debut in which the bonds between three childhood friends are upended by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. In its aftermath, one young man must choose between the lure of the future and the claims of the past.
Ecco * 9780062225009

A STEP OF FAITH by Richard Paul Evans
After the death of his beloved wife and the loss of his advertising business and home, Alan Christoffersen is a broken man. Leaving everything he knows, he sets out on an extraordinary cross-country journey --- from Seattle to Key West. Along the way, Alan meets people who teach him lessons about love, sacrifice and forgiveness. But in St. Louis, Alan faces another life-changing crisis, putting the journey in jeopardy.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451628296

UNWRITTEN by Charles Martin
Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all-too-familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows that the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. However, there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself.
Center Street * 9781455503957

WHEN THE DEVIL DRIVES by Christopher Brookmyre
A woman hires Jasmine Sharp to find her younger sister, an assignment that takes her back into the world of professional theater. Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is called to the scene of a murder in the Highlands. Following a theatrical outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a prominent figure in the Scottish arts community is shot dead. As their investigations intertwine, it becomes evident that both cases are far more convoluted and dangerous than anticipated.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802120892
On Sale the Week of May 6th in Paperback

May 7th

THE ABBEY: An Ash Rashid Novel by Chris Culver
Paperback Original

Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. That changes when his niece's body is found in the guest home of one of his city's most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up. Against orders, Ash launches an investigation to find his niece's murderer, but the longer he searches, the more entangled he becomes in a case that hits increasingly close to home.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455527410

THE ABSENT ONE: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Detective Carl Mørck is intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects --- part of a group of privileged boarding-school students --- confessed and was convicted. But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems.
Plume * 9780142196830

AFLOAT by Erin Healy
Paperback Original

Eagle’s Talon is an architectural marvel --- shining residential units afloat in a protected cove of the gorgeous Rondeau River. The project is nearly complete when a sinkhole gives way. Then torrential rains and a flood leave a ragged collection of builders, investors and residents stranded in one floating building, cut off from the rest of the world. In this watery world where everyone's secrets will eventually come to light, salvation may mean more than just getting out alive.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401685522

AFTER ANNIE by Michael Tucker
Herbie Aaron is one-half of a celebrity marriage. He and Annie have been together a lifetime, but when Annie dies of cancer, Herbie doesn't know what to do without her, his conscience and his muse.
Overlook TP * 9781468302707

BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
Anne Boleyn has failed to give Henry a son, and her sharp intelligence and audacity will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.
Picador * 9781250024176

Paperback Original

Dr. Kendall Haynes’s plans to have a perfect life are eluding her. She needs to stop wishing upon a star and face reality: Some dreams just never come true. Meanwhile, a dangerous choice ejects Air Force pilot Griffin Walker from his cockpit. His life becomes even more complicated after the sudden death of his parents makes him the guardian of his 16-year-old brother. When their lives collide, Kendall and Griffin must decide if they can embrace the unexpected changes God has waiting for them.
Howard Books | 9781451660272

CITY OF WOMEN by David R. Gillham
At the height of the Second World War, Berlin has essentially become a city of women. While her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder goes to work every day and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law. Her tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters, and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.
Berkley Trade * 9780425252963

Nora Keane’s carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she --- along with the rest of the world --- learns that her husband, a prominent Massachusetts attorney general, has been cheating on her. Heartbroken and humiliated, Nora takes refuge with her maternal aunt on Burke’s Island in Maine, a place where superstition and magic are carried on the ocean winds, and wishes and dreams wash ashore with the changing tides.
Harper Perennial * 9780062107978

DEATH COMES SILENTLY: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart
Annie Darling enlists the help of her husband, Max, to piece together a puzzle involving an overturned kayak, a stolen motorboat, a troubled love affair, and a reckless teenager. And she must tread carefully in her investigation, because a killer is on the loose, and that killer works well in the foggy days of winter.
Berkley * 9780425252093

A DOG'S JOURNEY: Another Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
The sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller A DOG’S PURPOSE, A DOG’S JOURNEY is a charming and heartwarming story of hope, love and unending devotion that asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us?
Forge Books * 9780765330543

THE FAMILY MANSION by Anthony C. Winkler
Paperback Original

THE FAMILY MANSION tells the story of Hartley Fudges, whose personal destiny unfolds against the backdrop of 19th-century British culture, a time when English society was based upon the strictest subordination and stratification of the classes. Hartley's decision to migrate to Jamaica at the age of 23 seems sensible at first, but for all of its fabulous wealth, Jamaica was a difficult and inhospitable place for an immigrant.
Akashic Books * 9781617751660

Carmen wishes Jobe, the husband she never loved, dead --- only to fall in love with him after he is gone. As she helps her three children grieve, she discovers, after a tryst with her most recent lover, that her own life may be in danger. Her emotions reeling, Carmen reflects on the fateful days of her youth that made her the person she has become: privileged suburban wife, unfaithful widow, mother of a child with Down syndrome, fierce friend.
Overlook TP * 9781468306323

GONE SOUTH by Meg Moseley
Paperback Original

An opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War-era home beckons Tish McComb to Noble, Alabama. When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.
Multnomah Books * 9780307730800

GROUNDED: Windy City Neighbors, Book 1 by Neta Jackson and Dave Jackson
Paperback Original

The first book in the Windy City Neighbors series is an uplifting, contemporary story about ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. The series employs the innovative storytelling technique of parallel novels, each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters' lives become intertwined and affect one another. GROUNDED welcomes you to Beecham Street --- a typical, isolated American neighborhood that might just be a place of hope.
Worthy Publishing * 9781617950001

THE INQUISITOR'S WIFE: A Novel of Renaissance Spain by Jeanne Kalogridis
Paperback Original

In Spain, the Inquisition is targeting conversos, Christians of Jewish descent, who practice Judaism secretly in their homes. Marisol Garcia, a young conversa, is hurriedly wed to Gabriel, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition, in hopes that he will protect her. But she still yearns for the childhood love who abandoned her four years earlier and is shocked when he reappears suddenly at her wedding. When her father is arrested and tortured, Marisol finds herself caught between her love for him and her desire to save the lives of her people.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312675462

IS THIS TOMORROW by Caroline Leavitt
Paperback Original

In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her 12-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. Years later, when Lewis and Rose reunite to untangle the final pieces of the tragic puzzle, they must decide: Should you tell the truth even if it hurts those you love, or should some secrets remain buried?
Algonquin Books * 9781616200541

Just as the orphaned Desmond Pepperdine begins to lead a gentler, healthier life, his uncle Lionel --- once again in a London prison --- wins £140 million in the lottery. Upon his release, Lionel hires a public relations firm and begins dating a topless model and “poet.” Strangely, however, Lionel's true nature remains uncompromised, while his problems --- and therefore also Desmond's --- seem only to multiply.
Vintage * 9780307948083


Budo is the imaginary friend of eight-year-old Max Delaney. He loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, who kidnaps him. It is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him --- and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or Budo's very existence.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250031853

ONCE UPON A PRINCE: The Royal Wedding Series, Book 1 by Rachel Hauck
Paperback Original

ONCE UPON A PRINCE, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, tells a modern-day fairy tale as fetching as the recent nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. When a jilted girlfriend meets a reluctant crown prince, they discover the power of God’s love to heal hearts and change a nation.
Zondervan * 9780310315476

THE OUTSIDER: An Ash Rashid Novel by Chris Culver
Paperback Original

Ash Rashid has finished law school and is aiming to become a prosecutor. The last thing he wants is to become embroiled in a new homicide investigation. That changes when he hears that the mother of one of his daughter's friends was murdered in front of her home. Ash launches an inquiry and quickly becomes entangled in a case involving a dangerous mix of election-year politics, crime and street justice.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455526017

THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
The fourth volume in Robert A. Caro’s series on Lyndon Johnson follows Johnson through some of the most frustrating and triumphant periods of his career, including his battle against Robert Kennedy during the 1960 Democratic nomination for president and Johnson’s own unhappy vice presidency.
Vintage * 9780375713255

THE RED BOOK by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Clover, Addison, Mia and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989. Twenty years later, their lives are in free fall. Like all Harvard grads, they’ve kept abreast of one another via the red book, which contains brief autobiographical essays by fellow alumni. But there’s the story we tell the world, and then there’s the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their 20th reunion weekend.
Voice * 9781401341992

RED CELL by Mark Henshaw
The CIA Red Cell is a real “devil’s advocate” analysis unit created on September 13, 2001 by then CIA Director George Tenet to “tell me what no one else is telling me.” Mark Henshaw is a CIA analyst and based his debut novel on Tenet’s red cell premise. RED CELL follows two CIA outcasts brought together to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war.
Touchstone * 9781451665574

Having lost virtually everything, Benjamin Benjamin enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving. He is assigned to 19-year-old Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As the two embark on a wild road trip across the American West, a new camaraderie replaces the traditional boundary between patient and caregiver.
Algonquin Books * 9781616203153

SUTTON by J.R. Moehringer
Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In his retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all of Sutton’s crimes and confinements, his first love (and first accomplice) was never far from his thoughts. And when Sutton finally walked free --- a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969 --- he immediately set out to find her.
Hyperion * 9781401312688

TRICKSTER’S POINT by William Kent Krueger
The unsinkable Cork O’Connor is sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. Beside him is the first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little, who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men have been bow hunting, this is no accident. The arrow in the governor’s heart belongs to Cork, who becomes the primary suspect in the murder.
Atria Books * 9781451645712
On Sale the Week of May 13th in Hardcover

May 13th

FOOLS: Stories by Joan Silber
When is it wise to be a fool for something? What makes people want to be better than they are? The characters in Joan Silber’s new story collection tackle this question head-on. Vera, the shy, anarchist daughter of missionary parents, leaves her family for love and activism in New York. A generation later, her own doubting daughter insists on the truth of being of two minds, even in marriage. The adulterous son of a Florida hotel owner steals money from his family and departs for Paris, where he takes up with a young woman and finds himself outsmarted in turn.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393088700

May 14th

AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu departs for America to study, while Obinze plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, when Obinze and Ifemelu reunite and reignite their shared passion --- for their homeland and for each other --- they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Knopf * 9780307271082

This story traces love in the life of young Eunice. In the first part, Eunice must reckon with familial love --- from an eccentric mother and an absent father. The second leg of Eunice’s journey introduces her to the steadiness of a nurturing love through her relationship with a mysterious stranger named Rose. Finally, in the third act, Eunice is initiated into the world of passionate love.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455519750

THE DIMAGGIOS: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream by Tom Clavin
Acclaimed sportswriter Tom Clavin reveals the untold Great American Story of three brothers, Joltin’ Joe, Dom and Vince DiMaggio, and the Great American Game --- baseball --- that would consume their lives. A vivid portrait of a family and the ways in which their shifting fortunes and status shaped their relationships, THE DIMAGGIOS is an exploration of an era and a culture.
Ecco * 9780062183774

THE FEUD: The Hatfields and McCoys by Dean King
For more than a century, the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate, unyielding, and even violent confrontation. Yet nobody has ever told the in-depth true story of this legendarily fierce --- and far-reaching --- clash in the heart of Appalachia. Drawing upon years of original research, including the discovery of previously lost and ignored documents and interviews with relatives of both families, Dean King finally gives us the complete tale, one vastly more enthralling than the myth.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316167062

INFERNO by Dan Brown
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science.
Doubleday * 9780385537858

LITTLE GREEN: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley
Private eye Easy Rawlins and his murderous sidekick, Mouse, are looking for a young black man, Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.
Doubleday * 9780385535984

It is just as important to learn how to receive a blessing as it is to be willing to give one. So teaches John Osteen in this eye-opening book. Growing up during The Great Depression, John's mentality was shaped by frugality that seeped even into his spiritual life. When God tried to bless and increase his life, he struggled with receiving the abundance of God. But the Bible shows us example after example of those whom God blesses after they lose everything.
FaithWords * 9780892968855

LOOPERS: A Caddie's Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey by John Dunn
John Dunn never expected that his summer job as a caddy at the local course in Connecticut might turn into something more. But one adventure after another kept him coming back summer after summer, until --- out of college --- he found himself migrating with the seasons, looping at some of the most exquisite and exclusive golf locations in the world: Sherwood, Augusta, Bandon Dunes, Shinnecock and St. Andrews, to name a few.
Crown * 9780770437183

THE MAGICAL STRANGER: A Son's Journey into His Father's Life by Stephen Rodrick
On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, leaving behind a devastated wife, two daughters, and a 13-year-old son. In THE MAGICAL STRANGER, journalist Stephen Rodrick explores the life and death of the man who indelibly shaped his life, even as he remained a mystery.
Harper * 9780062004765

MICKEY AND WILLIE: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age by Allen Barra
Culturally, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were light-years apart. Yet they were nearly the same age and almost the same size, and they came to New York at the same time. They were both products of generations of baseball-playing families, for whom the game was the only escape from a lifetime of brutal manual labor. These two men shared a close personal friendship, and each was the only man who could truly understand the other's experience.
Crown Archetype * 9780307716484

ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman
On the day the Herath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street, disturbed only by the cries of the children whose triumphs and tragedies sustain the families that live there. As the neighbors adapt to the newcomers in different ways, the children fill their days with cricket matches, romantic crushes and small rivalries. But the tremors of civil war are mounting, and the conflict threatens to engulf them all.
Graywolf Press * 9781555976422

THE OUTSIDER: A Memoir by Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors ignited the tennis boom in the 1970s with his aggressive style of play, turning his matches with John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Ivan Lendl into prizefights. But it was his prolonged dedication to his craft that won him the public’s adoration. More than just the story of a tennis champion, THE OUTSIDER is the uncensored account of Connors's life --- from his complicated relationship with his formidable mother and his storybook romance with tennis legend Chris Evert, to his battles with gambling and fidelity.
Harper * 9780061242991

POPPET: A Jack Caffery Thriller by Mo Hayder
Everything goes according to procedure when a patient, Isaac, is released into the community from a high-security mental health ward. But when the staff realizes that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm amongst the ward's patients, and furthermore that he was released in error, they call on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate. Will the terrifying little effigies Isaac made explain the incidents around the ward, or provide the clue Caffery needs to predict what he has planned?
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802121073

SOUTHERN LEAGUE: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race by Larry Colton
Talented pitcher Johnny "Blue Moon" Odom and outfielder Tommie Reynolds --- both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues --- along with Bert Campaneris, a dark-skinned shortstop from Cuba, all found themselves playing for Heywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer. Larry Colton traces their entire season, capturing the essence of Birmingham and its citizens during the tumultuous year of 1964.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455511884

WALKING WITH JACK: A Father's Journey to Become His Son's Caddie by Don J. Snyder
Don Snyder and his young son, Jack, made a pact: if one day Jack became good enough to play on the pro golf tour, Don would be his caddie. Years later, Jack was a standout college golfer, and Don moved to St. Andrews, Scotland, to learn from the best caddies in the world. Finally, Don and Jack reunited --- and confronted the challenges of a father-son relationship that had inevitably changed since the days when their journey began.
Doubleday * 9780385536356

May 16th

SHE LEFT ME THE GUN: My Mother's Life Before Me by Emma Brockes
A chilling work of psychological suspense and forensic memoir, SHE LEFT ME THE GUN is a tale of true transformation: the story of a young woman who reinvented herself so completely that her previous life seemed simply to vanish, and of a daughter who transcends her mother’s fears and reclaims an abandoned past.
The Penguin Press * 9781594204593
On Sale the Week of May 13th in Paperback

May 14th

THE ACCOUNTING by William Lashner
Paperback Original

Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his pals Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is on the rocks, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has taken his job and decimated his finances. Worst of all, when he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, he knows the past has risen from its grave to grab him by the throat. The battle that ensues will force Jon to confront the demons of his past.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781611099355

ALBERT OF ADELAIDE by Howard Anderson
Howard Anderson’s debut novel is the story of a duck-billed platypus who escapes from Australia’s Adelaide Zoo and embarks on a journey through the outback in search of “Old Australia,” a land of liberty, promise and peace. Along his voyage, he encounters a motley assortment of characters and discovers a strength and skill for survival he never knew he possessed.
Twelve * 9781455509614

DAN GETS A MINIVAN: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad by Dan Zevin
A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, DAN GETS A MINIVAN provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either, fasten your seat belt and prepare to crack up.
Scribner * 9781451606478

THE FACE OF THE EARTH by Deborah Raney
Paperback Original

When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife sets off for home after a conference, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Hours later, Jill still hasn’t returned, and his irritation turns to dread. When the police come up empty, Mitch enlists the help of their next-door neighbor, Jill’s best friend, Shelley, to help search. As hours turn into days and days into weeks, Mitch and Shelley’s friendship grows ever closer --- and decidedly more complicated.
Howard Books * 9781416599975

Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler, and an incorrigible womanizer. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mah-jongg tables. But when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth.
Hogarth * 9780307986481

HE’S GONE by Deb Caletti
Paperback Original
Dani’s husband, Ian, disappears without a trace from their houseboat in Seattle. Panic and disbelief soon give way to grief --- either he's been the victim of foul play (which is what the police assume), or he's determined not to be found. But Dani won't rest until she learns what happened to him. Her quest will dredge up dark memories from the past, and will force her to confront unpleasant truths about her relationship with Ian.
Bantam * 9780345534354

THE INNOCENTS by Francesca Segal
Adam Newman has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both 16, and now they are finally planning to marry. But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum, Adam feels the first faint touches of claustrophobia. And when Rachel’s younger cousin moves home, Adam starts questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and independence.
Hyperion * 9781401341893

LITTLE ELVISES: A Junior Bender Mystery by Timothy Hallinan
LA burglar Junior Bender is being bullied into proving that aging music industry mogul Vinnie DiGaudio is innocent of the murder of a nasty tabloid journalist he had threatened to kill. It doesn’t help that the dead journalist’s pretty widow is trying to get Junior to mix pleasure with business. Just as the investigation is spiraling out of control, Junior's hard-drinking landlady begs him to solve the disappearance of her daughter, who got involved with a very questionable character.
Soho Crime * 9781616952792

LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
Set against a dazzling backdrop of Prohibition-era American cities ranging from Jazz Age Boston to Tampa's Latin Quarter, Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a Boston Police captain, defies his orthodox upbringing to journey up the dizzying ladder of organized crime.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062197757

NEVER TELL by Alafair Burke
When 16-year-old Julia Whitmire is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life. When they use their power to force a criminal investigation, NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher’s resistance (she’s convinced the case is a suicide) causes trouble for her both at work and in her personal life.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780061999178

THE OFFERING by Angela Hunt
Paperback Original

Amanda Lisandra is a gestational carrier for a childless couple. Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy’s world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium. Two years later, she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened. Could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child?
Howard Books * 9781439182055

ONE LAST STRIKE: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel
Down 10 1/2 games with little more than a month to play, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team made the playoffs and won the World Series. Now manager Tony La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his remarkable career, explaining how a team with so much against it was able to succeed on baseball's biggest stage.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062207548

RAY OF LIGHT: The Days of Redemption, Book Two by Shelley Shepard Gray
Paperback Original

In the second installment of Shelley Shepard Gray's Days of Redemption series, Roman Keim just wants a break from the family drama at his snowy Ohio home when he heads to an Amish snowbird community in Florida. There he meets Amanda Yoder and her daughter Regina, who soon are warming his heart. But will Roman return to Ohio, or will he stay and help the young widow embrace a second chance at love?
Avon Inspire * 9780062204424

SWEET DREAMS by Carla Stewart
Paperback Original

It's 1962, and Dusty Fairchild, daughter of a self-made millionaire and oilman, wants to go to college. Instead she is sent to a private finishing school in East Texas with her cousin and best childhood friend, Paisley. Their loyalty to each other binds them, but when they fall in love with the same handsome young man, their relationship teeters on shaky ground. Only after a tragic accident do they learn where their true hearts --- and dreams --- lie.
FaithWords * 9781455504275

THEY EAT PUPPIES, DON’T THEY? by Christopher Buckley
When Congress declines funding for Dumbo, a predator drone built by Groepping-Sprunt, Groepping’s CEO realizes he needs to educate Americans about the threat they face from China’s ascendancy. He asks his lobbyist, Walter “Bird” McIntyre, to drum up anti-China sentiment. With the help of Angel Templeton, an Ann Coulter-like media powerhouse, Bird succeeds, but not without bringing the US and China close to war.
Twelve * 9780446540964

ZOO by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446571791

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