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October 22, 2013

October 22, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of October 21st and October 28th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of October 21st in Hardcover

October 21st

LASTING CITY: The Anatomy of Nostalgia by James McCourt
Enjoined by his dying mother to "tell everything," James McCourt was liberated by this deathbed wish to do just that. The result is LASTING CITY, an operatic recollection that braids a nostalgic portrait of old-Irish New York with a boy’s funny, gutter-snipe precocity and hardly innocent coming-of-age in the 1940s and '50s.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780871404589

October 22nd

Three climbers who set out to summit the world’s highest mountain arrange funding from Lady Bromley, whose son disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. She refuses to believe he’s dead and pays the trio to bring him home. Joined by the missing boy's female cousin, they find themselves being pursued through the night by someone or something.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316198837

AMSTERDAM: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto
Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses; student travelers know it for hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." Russell Shorto reveals how the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam has had a profound effect on Dutch --- and world --- history.
Doubleday * 9780385534574

ASK NOT: A Nathan Heller Thriller by Max Allan Collins
In 1964, Beatlemania sweeps the nation, the Vietnam War looms, and the Warren Commission prepares to blame a “lone-nut” assassin for the killing of JFK. But as the post-Camelot era begins, a suspicious outbreak of suicides, accidental deaths and outright murders decimates assassination witnesses. It’s up to Nathan Heller and celebrity columnist Flo Kilgore to investigate this increasing wave of violence.
Forge Books * 9780765336262

AWAKENING FAITH: Daily Devotions from the Early Church by James Stuart Bell with Patrick J. Kelly
In simple, updated language, AWAKENING FAITH by James Stuart Bell provides a year of inspiring readings drawn from the earliest teachers and writers of the church --- the Church Fathers. In every reflection, you will be refreshed by deep wells of wisdom and spiritual insight.
Zondervan * 9780310514879

THE CREEPS: A Samuel Johnson Tale by John Connolly
When a new toy shop’s opening goes terrifyingly awry, Samuel Johnson must gather a ragtag band of dwarfs, policemen, and very polite monsters to face down the greatest threat the Multiverse has ever known --- not to mention assorted vampires, a girl with an unnatural fondness for spiders, and highly flammable unfriendly elves.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476757094

CRITICAL MASS: A V.I. Warshawski Novel by Sara Paretsky
V.I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who, in turn, summons V.I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets and silence.
Putnam Adult * 9780399160561

CROSS AND BURN by Val McDermid
Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. Meanwhile, someone is killing women --- women who bear an unsettling resemblance to Carol. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer. Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forced to fight for themselves and each other as never before.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802122049

FALLEN WOMEN by Sandra Dallas
Wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver. What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living. When Beret discovers the sordid truth of Lillie’s death, she makes her way to Denver, determined to find her sister’s murderer.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250030931

FIGHT: Winning the Battles That Matter Most by Craig Groeschel
Author and pastor Craig Groeschel helps you uncover who you really are --- a man created in the image of God with a warrior's heart --- and how to fight the good fight for what's right. You will find the strength to fight the battles you know you need to fight --- the ones that determine the state of your heart, the quality of your marriage, and the spiritual health of your family.
Zondervan * 9780310333746

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the art underworld.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316055437

THE HIDDEN WHITE HOUSE: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America's Most Famous Residence by Robert Klara
In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House’s second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room. A handpicked team of the country’s top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250000279

IF KENNEDY LIVED: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield
What if Kennedy was not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? How would JFK, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place? The answers Jeff Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic.
Putnam Adult * 9780399166969

THE LITTER OF THE LAW: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
Rita Mae Brown collaborates with feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown in a new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi. Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme.
Bantam * 9780345530486

OUTLAW by Ted Dekker
From deep in the impenetrable jungles where bestselling author Ted Dekker was born and raised comes OUTLAW, an epic adventure of two worlds that perhaps only he could write. Full of harrowing twists, sweeping violence and wild love, OUTLAW takes us beyond the skin of this world to another unseen.
Center Street * 9781599954158

OUTLAW: A Robin Monarch Novel by Mark Sullivan
Former CIA operative and master thief Robin Monarch and his counterpart, a mysterious Chinese agent, embark upon a dangerous journey into the underbelly of Southeast Asia, a world of corrupt Vietnamese Army officers, fanatical pirates, Hong Kong triad leaders, and volatile mercenaries living around the red light districts of Thailand. As they get closer and closer, Monarch learns that his whole mission may not be what it seems.
Minotaur Books * 9781250023612

POWER THOUGHTS DEVOTIONAL: 365 Daily Inspirations for Winning the Battle of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
Based on Joyce Meyer's New York Times bestseller POWER THOUGHTS, this devotional includes 365 opportunities to tap into God's power in your daily life by thinking and speaking His way. POWER THOUGHTS DEVOTIONAL will provide you with life-changing declarations of truth, directly from God's Word, to think and speak over your life every day of the year.
FaithWords * 9781455517442

ROTH UNBOUND: A Writer and His Books by Claudia Roth Pierpont
Claudia Roth Pierpont, a writer for The New Yorker for more than 20 years, tells an engaging story even as she delves into the many complexities of Philip Roth’s work and the controversies it has raised. This is not a biography --- though it contains many biographical details --- but something more rewarding: an attempt to understand a great writer through his art.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374280512

SILENT NIGHT: A Spenser Holiday Novel by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann
Spenser is confronted by a homeless boy named Slide, who has found refuge with the organization Street Business. Slide’s mentor is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community. Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a dangerous drug kingpin, whose hold on the at-risk community Street Business serves threatens not just the boys’ safety and security, but their lives as well.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157882

SYCAMORE ROW by John Grisham
Nearly 25 years after the publication of A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham returns to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial --- a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
Doubleday * 9780385537131

WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb
After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh --- wife, mother, outsider artist --- has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets --- dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives.
Harper * 9780061941023

On Sale the Week of October 21st in Paperback

October 22nd

by Thomas Sanchez

The exotic island city of Key West is being terrorized by horrific murders committed by a mysterious voodoo assassin. With each new kill, it becomes clear that the skeleton-clad executioner has an ecological agenda. Everyone dreads being the killer’s next victim as the clock counts down to the end of hurricane season and the final dramatic explosion of fear and rage.
Vintage * 9781400076901

ANGELS AT THE TABLE: A Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy Christmas Story by Debbie Macomber
Shirley, Goodness and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.
Ballantine Books * 9780345528889

ASTRAY by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue’s follow-up to her riveting novel ROOM is a collection of 14 works of short fiction. The stories in ASTRAY occur in various cities throughout England, Canada and the United States, from colonial America in 1639 to Ontario in the late 1960s. The protagonists are outsiders who feel removed from their surroundings: immigrants who pine for home, women who dress as men, adventurers in search of a better life.
Back Bay Books * 9780316206280

CUSTER by Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry has long been fascinated by George Custer and his rightful place in history. In CUSTER, he examines how the “Boy General,” who graduated last in his class at West Point, went on to earn distinction in the Civil War and rose through the ranks. In this lavishly illustrated volume, McMurtry delivers an honest assessment of Custer’s legacy and redefines our understanding of the American West.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451626216

THE DEATH OF BEES by Lisa O'Donnell
After their parents die, sisters Marnie and Nelly are on their own. Only they know what happened to their parents, and they aren't telling. When Lennie, the old man next door, realizes his young neighbors are alone and need help, he offers to take them in. But questions from their friends, teachers and the authorities soon threaten to bring dark secrets about the girls' family to the surface.
Harper Perennial * 9780062209856

FOX TRACKS by Rita Mae Brown
New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack with FOX TRACKS, the thrilling new mystery in her beloved foxhunting series featuring the indomitable “Sister” Jane Arnold and, among others, the boisterous company of horses and hounds. Now, as a string of bizarre murders sweeps the East Coast, this unlikely alliance must smoke out a devious killer who may be closer than they first think.
Ballantine Books * 9780345532992

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 Perennial * 9780062248404

PEACE: A Crittenden County Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray
Paperback Original
Beth Byler can't stop thinking about Englischer Chris Ellis. Nothing could ever happen between them, but he felt the attraction, too. It was the reason he left so suddenly, promising never to see Beth again. Then, three days before Christmas, Chris returns in need of a place to hide. Before long, it becomes clear that nothing between them has changed --- a relationship is inevitable. But are they ready to sacrifice everything for this chance at love?

Avon Inspire * 9780062204523

For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But the police investigation grounded to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. When two more women go missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen, Rebus senses a connection.
Back Bay Books * 9780316224604

THE THIRD BULLET: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter
Why did the third bullet aimed at John F. Kennedy explode? Bob Lee Swagger knows. Fifty years after the shots that brought America to its knees, the tough-as-nails sniper turns his forensic skills toward the most baffling rifle crime of all time. With the help of a new clue, Swagger follows a tantalizing path through old records, intelligence archives and buildings back to the sniper’s nest.
Pocket Books * 9781451640229

Roberto Bolaño’s last, unfinished novel follows Oscar Amalfitano, an exiled Chilean university professor and widower, through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona.
Picador * 9781250037824

On Sale the Week of October 28th in Hardcover

October 28th

by P. S. Duffy

When his beloved brother-in-law goes missing at the front in 1916, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him. Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into the visceral shock of battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a fishing village torn by grief.
Liveright * 9780871403766

October 29th

ACCUSED: A Rosato & Associates Novel
by Lisa Scottoline

Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates by a 13-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping. Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it appeared that the accused, Lonnie Stall, was the culprit. But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250027658

BACH: Music in the Castle of Heaven
by John Eliot Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Johann Sebastian Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents’ house. He has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and is now regarded as one of the composer’s greatest living interpreters. The fruits of this immersion are distilled in this remarkable book, grounded in the most recent Bach scholarship but moving far beyond it.
Knopf * 9780375415296

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS: The Lakeshore Chronicles
by Susan Wiggs

Logan O'Donnell is a single father determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O'Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, and one of the guests is Darcy Fitzgerald, a newcomer to Willow Lake. Even though she’s the last person Logan can see himself falling for, and Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas, their two lonely hearts collide.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778314745

by Nikki Giovanni

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. But if her reputation is writ large upon the national stage, her heart resides in the everyday where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. And at every gathering there is food: food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory.
William Morrow * 9780688156978

A CRUEL AND SHOCKING ACT: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination
by Philip Shenon

The questions have haunted our nation for half a century: Was the President killed by a single gunman? Was Lee Harvey Oswald part of a conspiracy? Did the Warren Commission discover the whole truth of what happened on November 22, 1963? Veteran investigative journalist Philip Shenon finally provides many of the answers.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805094206

THE DEATH OF SANTINI: The Story of a Father and His Son
by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy's great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. While the publication of THE GREAT SANTINI brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused with his father brought even more attention. Their long-simmering conflict burst into the open, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385530903

FALLING UPWARDS: How We Took to the Air
by Richard Holmes

FALLING UPWARDS tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.
Pantheon * 9780307379665

by Karen Kingsbury

Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show "Fifteen Minutes": If he makes it, the fame won’t change him. As his star rises, however, he quickly finds himself asked to compromise on his faith and more. Can Zack find his way, or will his 15 minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved?
Howard Books * 9781451647051

by Robert Hilburn

Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. Drawing upon his personal experience with Johnny Cash and a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316194754

by Martin W. Sandler

THE LETTERS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY draws on letters from and to Kennedy, as collected at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Drawn from more than two million letters on file at the library --- many never before published --- this project presents readers with a portrait of both Kennedy the politician and Kennedy the man, as well as the times in which he lived.
Bloomsbury Press * 9781608192717

by Nora Ephron

Everything you could possibly want from Nora Ephron is here --- from her writings on journalism, feminism and being a woman, to her bestselling novel HEARTBURN; from her hilarious and touching screenplay for the movie When Harry Met Sally to her recent play Lucky Guy (published here for the first time); from her pithy blogs on politics to her moving meditations on aging and dying.
Knopf * 9780385350839

by Nancy Thayer

Holidays on Nantucket are nothing short of magical, and the season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, who recently married a handsome former attorney. But the festive mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s stepdaughter, Kennedy. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length --- or, better yet, out of the picture altogether --- Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s holiday preparations.
Ballantine Books * 9780345545350

NICHOLSON: A Biography
by Marc Eliot

Biographer Marc Eliot sheds new light on Jack Nicholson's life on and off the screen. From Nicholson’s working class childhood in New Jersey to raucous nights on the town with Warren Beatty and tumultuous romances, to movie sets working with such legendary directors and co-stars as Dennis Hopper, Stanley Kubrick, Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski, Eliot paints a sweeping picture of the breadth of Nicholson’s 50-year career in film, as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life.
Crown Archetype * 9780307888372

by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger. And so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.
Mulholland Books * 9780316201643

THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION: A Maritime History of the World
by Lincoln Paine

THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION is a monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human.
Knopf * 9781400044092

by Joanna Trollope

From Joanna Trollope comes a contemporary retelling of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take care of his half sisters. But his wife, Fanny, has no desire to share their newly inherited estate. When she descends upon Norland Park, the three Dashwood girls are faced with the realities of a cold world and the cruelties of life without their father, their home, or their money.
Harper * 9780062200464

by Danielle Steel

When a horrific chairlift accident leaves 17-year-old competitive skier Lily Thomas paralyzed, she must come to grips with the fact that she not only will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but will never fulfill her lifelong dream of winning Olympic gold. But just as all hope seems lost, Lily meets Teddy, a young man even more badly injured than herself, but as doggedly determined to live an enriching life.
Delacorte Press * 9780385343220

October 31st

by Daniel Alarcón

Troubled young actor Nelson lands a starring role in a revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by his hero. The tour across his South American country whisks him out of the shelter of the city and across a landscape he has never seen. With each performance, Nelson grows closer to his fellow actors until, during one memorable performance, a long-buried betrayal surfaces to force the troupe into chaos.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594631719

CHURCHILL AND THE KING: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI
by Kenneth Weisbrode

The political and personal relationship between King George VI and Winston Churchill during World War II is one that has been largely overlooked throughout history, yet the trust and loyalty these men shared helped Britain navigate its perhaps most trying time. Together as foils, confidants, conspirators and comrades, the duo guided Britain through war while reinspiring hope in the monarchy, Parliament, and the nation itself.
Viking Adult * 9780670025763

by R.J. Ellory

John Harper has just made a discovery: the father he believed to be dead for more than 30 years is alive, though lying in a coma in a Manhattan hospital. Harper finds himself seduced by a lifestyle that he seems to have inherited --- an underworld life of power, treachery and menace. As he desperately tries to uncover the facts of his own past, he becomes more and more entangled in a dark and shocking conspiracy.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590204658

On Sale the Week of October 28th in Paperback

October 29th

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 * 9781250040763

by Alexander Söderberg

When Sophie Brinkmann --- nurse, widow, single mother --- meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful. She likes his quiet charm and easy smile, not to mention the way he welcomes her into his family. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister. Now she must summon everything within her to navigate an intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship.
Broadway Books * 9780770436070

THE BOY IN THE SNOW: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery
by M. J. McGrath

Half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk finds herself in Alaska with Sergeant Derek Palliser, helping her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to win the famous Iditarod dog sled race. The race takes a grim turn when Edie stumbles upon the body of a baby left out in the forest. The state troopers are keen to pin the death on the Dark Believers --- a sinister offshoot of a Russian Orthodox sect --- but Edie’s instincts tell her otherwise.
Penguin Books * 9780143124146

by Karen Kingsbury

For 30 years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes.
Pocket Books * 9781476734859

CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak
by Joyce Meyer

Building on the premises of POWER THOUGHTS and LIVING BEYOND YOUR EMOTIONS, Joyce Meyer examines the tremendous power of words --- which are the vehicles that convey our thoughts and emotions --- and provides a series of guidelines for making sure that our talk is constructive, healthy, healing, and used to good results.
FaithWords * 9781455549108

THE CHRISTMAS KID: And Other Brooklyn Stories
by Pete Hamill

Never before collected in one volume, here are Pete Hamill's stories about Brooklyn, the borough in which he was born and grew up, and the one closest to his heart. These are stories of a New York almost lost but not forgotten, brimming over with nostalgia --- for the world after the war, the city before heroin and crack, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, even, for some, the world of the Depression.
Back Bay Books * 9780316232746

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book Five
by George R. R. Martin

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance --- beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.
Bantam * 9780553582017

DARK WITCH: Book One of the Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
by Nora Roberts
Paperback Original

Iona Sheehan arrives in Ireland with nothing but her grandmother's stories and the promise of a few cousins to make her feel at home. She starts to build a new life for herself there with her two cousins and hunky stable owner Boyle McGrath. But an ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree, and family and friends will fight with and for each other to keep the promise of hope --- and love --- alive.
Berkley Trade * 9780425259856

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 * 9780385346856

by C. Robert Cargill

What happens when a wish comes true? What happens when that granted wish is cursed? Colby Stevens and Ewan Thatcher meet as children, and what seems on the surface to be a needed friendship for both actually turns out to be a harbinger of death and destruction. When they reach adulthood, the world hidden behind a magical veil appears for a battle on the streets of Austin, Texas.
Harper Voyager * 9780062190437

A GIFT OF HOPE: Helping the Homeless
by Danielle Steel

Since the devastating loss of her son, Danielle Steel has been dedicated to helping the homeless of San Francisco --- taking to the streets herself with a small team of friends to directly provide much needed resources. Here is the eye-opening story of her personal work over more than a decade with the most destitute members of our society, and how it has enriched her life beyond all of her material successes.
Bantam * 9780345532060

by Fay Weldon

As the Earl of Dilberne faces serious financial concerns, the ripple effect spreads to everyone in the household. Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems to be the answer to all their prayers.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250042903

by David Rain

Woodley Sharpless, a crippled orphan, finds his life inextricably linked with his Blaze Academy schoolmate, Ben "Trouble" Pinkerton, the son of Democratic senator Benjamin Pinkerton and geisha Madame Butterfly. From early in life, Trouble finds himself at the center of some of the biggest events of the 20th century --- and though over time Woodley's and Trouble's paths diverge, their lives collide again to dramatic effect.
Picador * 9781250039224

by Tracy Chevalier

Honor Bright is a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850. Sick from the journey and forced by family tragedy to immediately rely on help from strangers, Honor realizes that in a country that still allows slavery, principles count for little. When drawn into helping with the Underground Railroad, she finally finds her principles put to use.
Plume * 9780142180365

by Herman Wouk

Margo Solovei is a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multibillionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451699395

by Joe Queenan

Joe Queenan became a voracious reader as a means of escape from a joyless childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. In the years since then, he has dedicated himself to an assortment of idiosyncratic reading challenges: spending a year reading only short books, spending a year reading books he always suspected he would hate, spending a year reading books he picked with his eyes closed. In ONE FOR THE BOOKS, Queenan tries to come to terms with his own eccentric reading style.
Penguin Books * 9780143124207

by Alan Brennert

Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey --- especially for seven-year-old Antoinette (nicknamed “Toni”) and her brother, Jack. However, both their father and Jack face the dangers of war, while their mother has ambitions of her own --- and Toni is determined to take on a very different kind of danger in impossible feats as a high diver. Yet they are all drawn back to each other --- and to Palisades Park --- until the park closes forever in 1971.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250038173

THE PRODIGAL SON: A Carmine Delmonico Novel
by Colleen McCullough

When Chubb University biochemist Millie Hunter notices that a deadly neurotoxin is missing from her laboratory refrigerator, she immediately goes to her father, Holloman, Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner. They both know that the situation is grave; the poison shuts down the nervous system and is virtually impossible to stop. Soon, as bodies pile up and the coroner keeps pointing to the neurotoxin, Captain Carmine Delmonico must find the killer fast.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451668773

A QUESTION OF IDENTITY: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery
by Susan Hill

The murder of a very old woman in a housing project rocks the town of Lafferton. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another. Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country but was ultimately acquitted. All indications suggest that this person has simply vanished. Or is he right under their noses?
Overlook TP * 9781468307122

by Ted Dekker

Vigilante priest Danny Hansen is serving a 50-year prison term for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence. But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.
Center Street * 9781599953366

by Barbara Taylor Bradford

At 30, American photojournalist Serena Stone has already made a name for herself with her unique and dramatic coverage of wars in the Middle East, following in her famous father's footsteps. But after his unexpected death in France, she ends her job at the renowned photo news agency. When Serena discovers that her former lover Zachary North is in trouble overseas, she is forced to head back to a place she was trying to escape... and her life will never be the same again.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312631673

by Richard Doetsch

In a world of dark and light, where East meets West, a horrific act of violence propels former thief Michael St. Pierre into a mystery that began 500 years ago. With his girlfriend’s life on the line and the fate of the world hanging in the balance, can Michael stop a madman from attaining an ancient artifact before he can turn its deadly power against the rest of the world?
Pocket Books * 9781416598992

by Jon Meacham

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of AMERICAN LION and FRANKLIN AND WINSTON brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. THE ART OF POWER gives us Thomas Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812979480

by Antoinette van Heugten
Paperback Original

Nora de Jong returns home from work one day to find her mother has been murdered. Her infant daughter is missing. And the only clue is the body of an unknown man on the living-room floor, clutching a Luger in his cold, dead hand. The contents of a locked metal box Nora finds in her parents' attic leave her with as many questions as answers --- and suggest the killer was not a stranger.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778313885

WRITERS BETWEEN THE COVERS: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads
by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon
Paperback Original

WRITERS BETWEEN THE COVERS rips the sheets off real-life love stories of the literati --- some with fairy tale endings and others that resulted in break-ups, breakdowns and brawls. From the best break-up letters to the stormiest love triangles to the boldest cougars and cradle-robbers, this fun and accessible volume reveals literary history’s most titillating loves, lusts and longings.
Plume * 9780452298460

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