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July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of July 8th and July 15th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of July 8th in Hardcover

July 8th

Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career --- working public relations for the dean at South Carolina Medical College --- takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves are unearthed on campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393239317

July 9th

BIG GIRL PANTIES by Stephanie Evanovich
Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she is alone at age 32 and weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple even after she has met her goals --- and other men are noticing?
William Morrow * 9780062224842

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen
This memoir derives from Kate Christensen's popular foodcentric blog, in which she shares scenes from an unusual upbringing and an unusually happy present-day life. That it is written by Christensen means that it will be a delicious reading experience in every sense --- a compulsively readable account of a knockabout life, full of sorrows and pleasures, many of the latter of the sensual, appetitive variety.
Doubleday * 9780385536264

BOMBSHELL: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter
FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. But first he has to deal with his sister, Delsey, who has been found after a wild party naked, unconscious, and covered with blood that isn't hers. At the same time, Savich and Sherlock have their hands full investigating the murder of the grandson of the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157332

CLOSE MY EYES by Sophie McKenzie
When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth, her world stopped turning. But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen that Beth is still out there somewhere, alive and waiting to be found. As Gen delves into the darkest parts of her past, she starts to realize that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250033895

THE CURIOSITY by Stephen P. Kiernan
Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Remarkably, the frozen man is brought back to the lab and successfully reanimated. Kate and the man, who turns out to be Judge Jeremiah Rice, grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah’s new life is slipping away...and all too soon, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.
William Morrow * 9780062221063

EYE FOR AN EYE: A Dewey Andreas Novel by Ben Coes
When Dewey Andreas uncovers the identity of a mole embedded at a high level in Israel’s Mossad, it triggers a larger, more dangerous plot. The mole was the most important asset of Chinese Intelligence, and Fao Bhang, head of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), responds to the discovery and brutal elimination of the mole, by immediately placing a kill order on the man responsible.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250007162

FIN & LADY by Cathleen Schine
It's 1964, and 11-year old Fin has just been orphaned. That means his glamorous, free-spirited older half-sister Lady is now his legal guardian, and Fin has to move from a dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village in the middle of the 1960s. Fin and Lady embark on this new life against a background of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. Together they form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.
Sarah Crichton Books * 9780374154905

FREUD’S MISTRESS by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman
Minna Bernays, an overeducated lady’s companion with a sharp, wry wit, turns to her sister Martha, a mother struggling with six children and an absent, disinterested husband named Sigmund Freud. While Martha and the scientific community are shocked and repulsed by Freud's "pornographic" work, Minna is fascinated. She and Freud embark on what is at first simply an intellectual courtship, but hides something deeper beneath the surface, a desire that Minna cannot escape.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399163074

America’s most secretive organization operates without any accountability to the American people, and its power is without measure. The future is thrust into peril when control of the organization is lost. Scot Harvath, a covert counterterrorism operative, comes to Washington to embark on a dangerous chase when five candidates being considered to head this mysterious industry go missing.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476717098

I WEAR THE BLACK HAT: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman
In I WEAR THE BLACK HAT, Chuck Klosterman questions the modern understanding of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don’t we see Bernhard Goetz the same way we see Batman? Who is more worthy of our vitriol --- Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O. J. Simpson’s second-worst decision? And why is Klosterman still haunted by some kid he knew for one week in 1985?
Scribner * 9781439184493

THE LAST WORD: A Spellman Novel by Lisa Lutz
After Isabel Spellman's hostile takeover of her family's firm, her employees are the furthest thing from congenial...and Izzy finds herself struggling to pay the bills, even though she's now the one running Spellman Investigations. But when she is accused of embezzling from a former client, the stakes become immense. If Izzy gets indicted, she could lose her PI license and the Spellman family’s livelihood, not to mention her own freedom.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451686661

LETTERS FROM SKYE by Jessica Brockmole
A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.
Ballantine Books * 9780345542601

THE LIGHT IN THE RUINS by Chris Bohjalian
It's 1943 and the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Twelve years later, Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, is assigned to a gruesome case --- a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood. She finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.
Doubleday * 9780385534819

LOST GIRLS: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker
Over the course of three years, five different women vanished without a trace. All but one of their bodies was discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island. The police concluded they were all the victims of one murderer, the Long Island serial killer. Working closely with the victim's families, LOST GIRLS brings into focus the stories of these young women, offering a searing portrait of crime and circumstance that goes to the heart of modern America itself.
Harper * 9780062183637

NEMESIS: A Nameless Detective Novel by Bill Pronzini
Jake Runyon agrees to investigate Verity Daniel’s claim that he is receiving threatening demands for money from a mysterious caller. Verity is nowhere near the helpless victim she pretends to be, and a series of surprise revelations culminates in Runyon being falsely accused of a crime that never happened. With the help of partner Tamara Corbin, Nameless works to clear both Runyon’s and the agency’s good names --- but not until he overcomes a deadly threat to his own safety.
Forge Books * 9780765325662

PLEASE DON’T TELL by Elizabeth Adler
Fen Dexter’s quiet life on the idyllic California coast is interrupted one stormy night when a blood-covered man shows up on her doorstep, claiming to have had a car accident. He tells her that he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiancé. Who is this mysterious stranger, really? What does he want with Fen and her family? And will they live long enough to uncover the truth?
Minotaur Books * 9781250019899

SKINNER by Charlie Huston
Skinner was the CIA's best choice for "asset protection," or at least he was until his handlers started to fear him just as much as his enemies did and banished him to the hinterlands of the intelligence community. Now, an ornate cyber-terrorist attack draws Skinner back into the fray. His asset is a roboticist named Jae, an expert in the new era of global guerrilla warfare. If Skinner fails now, the balance of power around the world could tip in a perilous new direction.
Mulholland Books * 9780316133722


Cold and poverty define Hanna Renström’s childhood in northern Sweden, and in 1904 she boards a ship for Australia. But none of her hopes --- or fears --- prepares her for the life she will lead. As Hanna’s story unfurls over the next several years in this “treacherous paradise,” she wrestles with a devastating loneliness and with the racism she is meant to unthinkingly adopt.
Knopf * 9780307961228

For the first time in a long time, Captain Alexei Korolev is about to be truly happy: his son, Yuri, is coming to visit for an entire week. Shortly after Yuri’s arrival, an important man has been murdered, and Korolev is the only detective they’re willing to assign to this sensitive case. Korolev is suddenly faced with much more than just discovering a murderer’s identity; he must decide how far he’ll go to see justice served...and what he’s willing to do to protect his family.
Minotaur Books * 9780312586522

July 11th

READY FOR A BRAND NEW BEAT: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America by Mark Kurlansky
In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording, but it became one of the icons of American pop culture. As the country grew more radicalized in the summer of 1964, “Dancing in the Street” gained currency as an activist anthem and took on new meanings for the many different groups that were all changing as the country changed.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487224

In the small town of Oakpine, Wyoming, four men try to make peace with who they are in the world. In high school, they were in a band, and readers learn what has become of these friends and the different directions of their lives. Now that they are reunited, getting the band back together might be the most important thing they can do.
Viking Adult * 9780670025077

THE ROAD TO BURGUNDY: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France by Ray Walker
After experiencing his first taste of wine from Burgundy, Ray Walker quit his job and went to France to start a winery. He began honing his skill, became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times, and founded Maison Ilan. Here, Ray shares enthralling stories of late-night tastings, flying down the Route National on a vintage Peugeot bicycle with no brakes, and his journey to secure both the trust of his insular Burgundian neighbors and the region’s most coveted grapes.
Gotham * 9781592408122

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson is happy with his new assignment as safety officer at a Kyrgyzstan air base. However, on his second day, a C-27 crashes on the runway with a load of electronic gear --- and opium. Parson investigates not only the crash but the source of the cargo, and the answers they find will lead them into a conflict as lethal as any they have known.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158476
On Sale the Week of July 8th in Paperback

July 8th

An aspiring writer, a beautiful fledgling painter, and another would-be novelist become best friends in college. As adults, they reunite as the 3AC --- the Asian American Artists Collective --- until a racially-tinged controversy hits the headlines. Long after the 3AC has disbanded, Eric reflects on these events as he tries to make sense of Joshua’s recent suicide.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393345421

July 9th

Paperback Original

After losing her job and leaving her beloved husband, journalist Gemma Hendricks is sure that scoring an interview with Colin Firth will save her career and marriage. Yet a heart-tugging local story about women, family ties, love and loss captures her heart --- and changes everything.
Gallery Books * 9781476710204

FOREVER, INTERRUPTED by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Paperback Original

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething who heads to pick up a pizza for one on New Year's Day. She isn't expecting to see anyone, much less charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they've eloped. Only days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed. At the hospital, Elsie faces Susan, the mother-in-law who doesn't even know she exists.
Washington Square Press * 9781476712826

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 Paperbacks * 9780062201065


In Caleb Carr's fascinating tale of the kingdom of Broken, legend meets history, new gods collide with old, science defies all expectation, virtue comes in many guises, and one noble soldier struggles to save a fortress city besieged by enemies within and without.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812984521

SERPENT’S KISS: A Witches of East End Novel by Melissa de la Cruz
Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the-map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down.
Hyperion * 9781401312633

On Sale the Week of July 15th in Hardcover

July 15th

ROSE KENNEDY: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch by Barbara A. Perry
In her compelling and intimate portrait, presidential historian Barbara A. Perry captures Rose Kennedy’s essential contributions to the incomparable Kennedy dynasty. This biography --- the first to draw on an invaluable cache of Rose’s newly released diaries and letters --- unearths the complexities behind the impeccable persona she showed the world.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393068955


July 16th

BLOOD & BEAUTY: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant
By the end of the 15th century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician must use papacy and family --- in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia --- in order to succeed.
Random House * 9781400069293

DOWNFALL by Jeff Abbott
The simplest beginnings can unravel a life. For Sam Capra, it is the moment a beautiful young woman walks into his San Francisco bar. An ex-CIA agent, his only desire now is to build a quiet, peaceful home for himself and his infant son. But Diana Keene is no ordinary customer. She's pursued by two gunmen, and when she finds Sam, she whispers an urgent, desperate plea: "Help me." And without any warning, Sam is thrust into a fight for his life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455528431

THE ENGLISH GIRL by Daniel Silva
When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister's career is threatened with destruction. Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.
Harper * 9780062073167

FIRST SIGHT by Danielle Steel
When two very different worlds and strong-willed people collide, everything changes in an instant, as they confront the age-old question of whether to lay oneself bare and risk intimacy --- or not. Are they brave enough to face what comes next? And will they do it together or apart? FIRST SIGHT is a tale of daring to take risks, and losing control just enough to have a life, when the opportunity presents itself.
Delacorte Press * 9780385338301

THE HOMECOMING by Carsten Stroud
When two plane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, corporate corruption, and financial double-dealing, it’s not enough that Niceville detective Nick Kavanaugh (ex–Special Forces) has to investigate. He and his wife, family lawyer Kate, have also just taken in brutally orphaned Rainey Teague. Something bothers Nick about Rainey --- and it isn’t just that the woman in charge of attendance at Rainey’s prep school has disappeared.
Knopf * 9780307700964

HUNTING EVE: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen
The stakes are raised even higher in book two of Iris Johansen’s new Eve Duncan trilogy as Eve battles the man who is holding her prisoner. Secrets about why Eve has been targeted come into the light, bringing Eve even closer to danger. With its cliffhanger ending, HUNTING EVE sets up perfectly for the finale, SILENCING EVE.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250019998

LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH leaps cities and decades as David Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal. The characters' lives are linked to each other by acts of generosity or cruelty. Rakoff's insistence on beauty and the necessity of kindness in a selfish world raises this novel far above mere satire.
Doubleday * 9780385535212

THE NEVER LIST by Koethi Zan
Best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”: a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs. But against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride one night and suffer the consequences --- for the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar. Ten years later, when her abductor is up for parole, Sarah goes on a cross-country chase and begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670026517

STRANDED: A Maggie O'Dell Novel by Alex Kava
When FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the one clue left behind is a map that will send Maggie and Tully on a frantic hunt crisscrossing the country to stop a madman before he kills again. As the body count rises, she turns to a former foe for help. As she gets closer to finding the killer, it becomes eerily clear that Maggie is the ultimate target.
Doubleday * 9780385535540

In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Karen Joy Fowler, Meg Waite Clayton, the bestselling author of THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS, returns with an enthralling new novel of mothers, daughters, and the secrets and dreams passed down through generations.
Ballantine Books * 9780345530288

THE WIDOW’S STRIKE: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor
In the fourth installment of Brad Taylor’s bestselling thriller series, the Taskforce --- led by Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill --- must stop a suicide bomber intent on triggering a global epidemic. THE WIDOW'S STRIKE ties together government-sanctioned terrorist activities, nefarious multinational conglomerates, and frighteningly plausible science.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953111

WITCH WRAITH: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks
For centuries, the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode --- and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.
Del Rey * 9780345523532
On Sale the Week of July 15th in Paperback

July 16th

BRILLIANCE by Marcus Sakey
Paperback Original

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in --- and betray his own kind.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781611099690

THE JOY BRIGADE by Martin Limon
In this pulse-racing ninth adventure in Martin Limon’s series, Sergeant George Sueño heads north of Korea's DMZ on a mission to prevent war between the Communist North and the American-allied South.
Soho Crime * 9781616953973

Born to a Russian family of lower nobility, Xenia is a passionate dreamer who cares little for social conventions. She unexpectedly falls in love with Andrei, a handsome solider with the Imperial choir. Their perfect happiness is constantly overshadowed by the petty demands of life at the royal court and her obsession to have a child. However, she is certain that tragedy will strike; when it finally does, Xenia begins giving away her possessions and mysteriously vanishes.
Harper Perennial * 9780061231469

A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY by Elizabeth Adler
Fifteen-year-old Issy and her newly single mother, Caroline, are struggling to find their way alone, as well as together. Issy still adores her father and secretly blames her mother for their change in life. When Caroline’s dream of restoring an old barn into a restaurant finally begins to come true, her chance at happiness hangs in the balance as whispers of murder and vengeance find their way to her.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250005632

THE POISONED PILGRIM: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch
Paperback Original

Two monks from the monastery at Andechs experiment with cutting-edge technology, including a method of deflecting the lighting that has previously set the monastery ablaze. When one of the monks disappears and his lab is destroyed, foul play is suspected. But as famed hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family attempt to solve the mystery of the missing monk, they must deal with both the eccentric denizens of the monastery and villagers who view the monks’ inventions as witchcraft that must be destroyed at all costs.
Mariner Books * 9780544114609

Sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnessed a shocking crime that challenged everything she knew about her family, especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, 50 years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress. A family gathering for Dorothy’s 90th birthday leads Laurel to search for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day --- answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.
Washington Square Press * 9781439152812

TRIBURBIA by Karl Taro Greenfeld
Thrown together by circumstance, a group of fathers meet each morning at a local coffee shop after walking their children to their exclusive school. Over the course of a single year, we learn about their dreams deferred, their secrets and mishaps, their passions and hopes, as they confront terrible truths about ambition, wealth and sex.
Harper Perennial * 9780062132406

TRUE BELIEVERS by Kurt Andersen
Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968 --- an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than 40 years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret --- as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812978896

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