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February 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of February 3rd and February 10th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of February 3rd in Hardcover

February 3rd

I AM ABRAHAM: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War by Jerome Charyn (Historical Fiction)
Tracing the historic arc of Abraham Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I AM ABRAHAM hews closely to the familiar Lincoln saga.
Liveright * 9780871404275

THE UNAMERICANS: Stories by Molly Antopol (Fiction/Short Stories)
THE UNAMERICANS, a stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history, is the debut work of fiction by Molly Antopol, a 2013 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree. Again and again, Antopol’s deeply sympathetic characters struggle for footing in an uncertain world, hounded by forces beyond their control.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393241136

February 4th

THE BOOK OF JONAH by Joshua Max Feldman (Fiction)
A bizarre, unexpected biblical vision at a party changes everything for young Manhattan lawyer Jonah Jacobstein. This disturbing sign is only the first of many Jonah will witness, and before long his life is unrecognizable. Though this perhaps divine intervention will be responsible for more than one irreversible loss in Jonah’s life, it will also cross his path with that of Judith Bulbrook, an intense, breathtakingly intelligent woman who is no stranger to loss herself.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805097764

BURN: Book 3 of the Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott (Post-Apocalyptic Horror)
Inside the Dome, Partridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His intent had been to bring down the Dome from the inside with the help of the secret resistance force led by Partridge's former teacher, Glassings. But from his new position of power, things don't seem quite as clear. Outside the Dome, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them by their parents from the time before the detonations. Can they still trust their friend and ally, Partridge, to see their plan through? Or will a new war begin?
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455502998

BY BLOOD WE LIVE by Glen Duncan
(Paranormal Fantasy/Horror)
With her twins safely at her side, and the devotion of her lover, Walker, Talulla has what appears to be a normal family life --- except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this hard-won, tenuous peace is undermined for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. As the novel unfolds, Talulla and Remshi are inexorably drawn to each other --- and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass.
Knopf * 9780307595102

CAUGHT by Lisa Moore (Literary Adventure)
David Slaney has escaped from prison, where he was locked up on charges of marijuana possession. A trucker who is a friend of his sister transports him to a strip bar, where he survives his first night of freedom. But Slaney intends to track down his old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business. Along the way, Slaney's fugitive journey across Canada rushes vibrantly to life as he visits an old flame and adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities.
Grove Press * 9780802122124

CELL by Robin Cook (Medical Thriller)
The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. Radiology resident George Wilson’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers --- and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up?
Putnam Adult * 9780399166303

CITY OF GOD: Faith in the Streets by Sara Miles (Memoir/Spiritual Growth)
On Ash Wednesday, 2012, Sara Miles and her friends left their church buildings and carried ashes to the buzzing city streets. They marked the foreheads of neighbors and strangers, sharing blessings with waitresses and drunks, believers and doubters alike. CITY OF GOD narrates the events of the day in vivid detail, exploring the profound implications of touching strangers with a reminder of common mortality.
Jericho Books * 9781455547319

CONFESSIONS OF A WILD CHILD by Jackie Collins (Fiction)
Lucky Santangelo is a 15-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother's murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then, Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in CONFESSIONS OF A WILD CHILD, Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250050939

THE DEEPEST SECRET by Carla Buckley (Psychological Suspense)
Eve Lattimore’s son has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, which means he can never leave the house except at night. For Eve, only constant vigilance stands between an increasingly restless teenage son and the dangers of the outside world. But when tragedy strikes, it becomes clear that there are some crises Eve cannot control --- and some secrets that not even love can conceal.
Bantam * 9780345535245

DEFIANT: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned by Alvin Townley (History)
During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators. To quash the powerful underground resistance of the POWs, their captors singled out its 11 leaders and banished them to an isolated jail that would become known as Alcatraz. As they suffered in Hanoi, their wives at home launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the nationwide POW/MIA movement.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250006530

DO OR DIE: Reluctant Heroes by Suzanne Brockmann (Romantic Suspense/Adventure)
Former SEAL Ian Dunn is employed to rescue two kidnapped children, believed to be held captive in a South American embassy. Racing against time and unknown enemies, Dunn must find the children while simultaneously fighting his own war with the mob for a job gone bust. At his side is Phoebe Kruger, who is pulled further into the heart of the conflict and Dunn's perilous mission.
Ballantine Books * 9780345543790

DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear by Aram Goudsouzian (History)
DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS is the story of the last great march of the Martin Luther King, Jr. era, and the first great showdown of the turbulent years that followed. Depicting rural demonstrators’ courage and the impassioned debates among movement leaders, Aram Goudsouzian reveals the legacy of an event that would both integrate African Americans into the political system and inspire even bolder protests against it.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374192204

THE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEART by Peter Swanson (Thriller)
George Foss’s comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman who vanished without a trace 20 years ago sits down next to him at a bar. Ex-girlfriend Liana Dector, the first love George couldn’t quite forget, needs his help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money and will do whatever it takes to get it back. George makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal and murder from which there is no sure escape.
William Morrow * 9780062267498

GLITTER AND GLUE: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan (Memoir)
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” After college, Kelly took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting. But soon her savings dwindled, and she realized she needed a job. That’s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, she suddenly heard her mother’s voice everywhere.
Ballantine Books * 9780345532831

THE GOD OF YES: How Faith Makes All Things New by Jud Wilhite
(Christian Life/Personal Growth )
The Christian life is often defined as "no." What starts with a desire to reject destructive things morphs into a "no" to people, enjoyment, laughter, pleasure, success, and ultimately life itself. Ecclesiastes, through Solomon's journals, gives us a huge dose of reality. Solomon's entire experience is a counterintuitive "yes" to God and every aspect of life. THE GOD OF YES explores this approach and provides clear application on how faith can infuse meaning to the monotony of everyday life.
FaithWords * 9781455515394

HOME RUN: Learn God's Game Plan for Life and Leadership by Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell
(Religion & Spirituality/Leadership)
For five hard years, Christian leader Kevin Myers struggled personally and professionally. But then God pointed out where he was going wrong and showed him the biblical pattern for living. During that time, John Maxwell also became his mentor. Together, using a baseball diamond as an analogy for following God's plan for life, Myers and Maxwell provide a clear path forward while helping you keep your priorities in order and your eyes on the prize.
FaithWords * 9781455577224

I FORGOT TO REMEMBER: A Memoir of Amnesia by Su Meck with Daniel de Vise (Memoir)
In 1988, Su Meck suffered a traumatic brain injury that erased all her memories of her life up to that point. Although her body healed rapidly, her memories never returned. Yet after just three weeks in the hospital, Su was released and once again charged with the care of two toddlers and a busy household. Nearly 20 years would pass before a series of personally devastating events shattered the “normal” life she had worked so hard to build, and she realized that she would have to grow up all over again.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451685817

LINCOLN’S BOYS: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image by Joshua Zeitz (Biography)
Abraham Lincoln’s official secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay, enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president’s immediate family. As Joshua Zeitz shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their creation.
Viking Adult * 9780670025664

LION PLAYS ROUGH: A Leo Maxwell Mystery by Lachlan Smith (Mystery)
In LION PLAYS ROUGH, the second in Lachlan Smith’s acclaimed Leo Maxwell series, Leo is tasked by a mysterious woman to defend her wrongfully accused brother, only to find himself accused of a heinous crime that only he can solve.
Mysterious Press * 9780802122162

ONE MORE THING: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (Fiction/Short Stories)
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, actor B. J. Novak’s debut short story collection has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that just might make a person complete.
Knopf * 9780385351836

by Helen Peppe (Memoir)
With everything happening on Helen Peppe’s backwoods Maine farm --- ferocious sibling rivalry, rock-bottom poverty, feral male chauvinism, sex in the hayloft --- life was out of control, even for the animals. Despite the chaos, in telling her family’s story, Peppe manages deadpan humor, an unerring eye for the absurd, and a touching compassion for her utterly overwhelmed parents.
Da Capo Press * 9780306822728

THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY: A Journey to Intimate Friendship With God by Dutch Sheets (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
There's just something about people who are close to God. Through the ups and downs of life, they remain secure and hopeful. If you want a more rewarding spiritual life, if you want the pleasure of knowing your Creator's heart, this soul-lifting book is for you. Learn from Dutch Sheets as he shares his life lessons for cultivating an intimate relationship with God.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209482

THE RACE UNDERGROUND: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway by Doug Most (History/Transportation)
In the late 19th century, two brothers from one of the nation's great families --- Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York --- pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own: one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America’s place in the world.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312591328

THE SECRET OF RAVEN POINT by Jennifer Vanderbes (Historical Fiction)
When 17-year-old Juliet Dufresne receives a cryptic letter from her enlisted brother and then discovers that he’s been reported missing in action, she lies about her age and travels to the front lines as an army nurse, determined to find him. One patient of hers in particular, a deserter awaiting court-martial, may hold the answer to her brother’s whereabouts --- but the trauma of war has left him catatonic.
Scribner * 9781439167007

SOMERSET by Leila Meacham (Historical Fiction)
Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph --- all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love ROSES so much --- are here in abundance.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455547388

UNCOMMON MARRIAGE: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together by Tony Dungy and Lauren Dungy, with Nathan Whitaker (Love & Marriage/Relationships)
What does it take to build a marriage that will last? In UNCOMMON MARRIAGE, Tony and Lauren Dungy share the secrets that hold them together, revealing what they’ve learned so far about being a good husband or wife; getting through times of loss, grief or change; staying connected despite busy schedules; supporting each other’s dreams and goals; and helping each other grow spiritually.
Tyndale Momentum * 9781414383699

February 6th

DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES: A Memoir by Penelope Lively (Memoir)
DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES traces the arc of Penelope Lively’s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain’s 20th century. She reflects on her early love of archaeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands.
Viking Adult * 9780670016556

QUEEN SUGAR by Natalie Baszile (Fiction)
Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her 800 sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season, but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670026135

ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom (Memoir)
As a teen, Patience Bloom fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page. Years later, she moved to New York and found her dream job: editing romances for Harlequin. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, but her dating life remained uninspired. Then one day, a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what she’d been writing and editing all those years might be true.
Dutton Adult * 9780525954385

SEX AFTER...: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes by Iris Krasnow (Self-Help)
Filled with edgy and honest stories of carnal challenge and triumph from women of all backgrounds and life stages, SEX AFTER... is Iris Krasnow’s signature take on EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK --- during all of life’s passages. Krasnow is a media and lecture tour favorite, and readers will applaud her eye-opening perspectives on the one issue that can change lives for better or worse like nothing else.
Gotham * 9781592408276

THE SWAN GONDOLA by Timothy Schaffert (Historical Fiction)
On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair, Ferret Skerritt --- ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth --- isn’t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594486098
On Sale the Week of February 3rd in Paperback

February 3rd

SWOON: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Prioleau (Gender Studies/Relationships)
Contrary to popular myth and dogma, the men who consistently beguile women belie the familiar stereotypes. As Betsy Prioleau points out, legendary ladies’ men are a different, complex species altogether, often without looks or money. Prioleau cuts through the cultural lore and reveals who these master lovers really are and the arts they practice to enswoon women.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393348484

February 4th

ABOVE ALL THINGS by Tanis Rideout (Historical Fiction)
In 1924, George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George’s young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire’s faded glory. Through alternating narratives, what emerges is a story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.
Berkley Trade * 9780425268148

THE CONTRACTORS by Harry Hunsicker (Thriller)
Paperback Original
Jon Cantrell is a DEA agent patrolling one of the busiest drug-hubs in the country: Dallas, Texas. When he and his partner confiscate the wrong shipment of drugs, they find themselves in possession of a star witness in an upcoming cartel trial that could destroy the largest criminal organization in the hemisphere.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781477808726

COOLIDGE by Amity Shlaes (Biography)
Calvin Coolidge, who served as president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls. The shy Vermonter, nicknamed "Silent Cal," has long been dismissed as quiet and passive. History has remembered the decade in which he served as a frivolous, extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president.
Harper Perennial * 9780061967597

FAMILY PICTURES by Jane Green (Fiction)
Two women live on opposite coasts, but their lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They are both in their 40s and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250042644

THE FEVER TREE by Jennifer McVeigh (Historical Fiction)
Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed. In this remote and inhospitable land, she becomes entangled with two very different men --- one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals.
Berkley Trade * 9780425264911

GOLDEN STATE by Michelle Richmond (Fiction)
Paperback Original

Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister's side, but the streets of San Francisco have erupted into chaos. Today is the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and painful parts of her past.
Bantam * 9780385343282

HOPEFUL: Return to Sugarcreek, Book One by Shelley Shepard Gray (Romance)
Paperback Original
Miriam Zehr has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed...until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend. If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process.
Avon Inspire * 9780062204462

Eleven-year-old megastar Jonny Valentine knows that the fans don’t love him for who he is. But within the marketing machine, somewhere, this talented singer is still a vulnerable little boy, perplexed by his budding sexuality and his heartthrob status, dependent on his hard-partying manager-mother, and endlessly searching for his absent father in Internet fan sites, lonely emails, and the crowds of faceless fans.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476705866

LOVE’S SWEET BEGINNING: Sisters at Heart, Book 3 by Ann Shorey (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
It isn't Cassie Haddon's fault that she has reached the age of 25 without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry --- and Cassie must find work to support them. She will need to summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she's exactly what his business needs.

Revell * 9780800720728

MINDING MOLLY: The Courtships of Lancaster County, Book 3 by Leslie Gould
Paperback Original
Molly Zook is struggling with her mother's wish that she marry Mervin Mosier to save the family farm, especially after she meets tall, muscular and confident Leon Fisher. Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly's best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place...but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead!
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210334

MURDER BELOW MONTPARNASSE: An Aimee Leduc Investigation by Cara Black
Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée Leduc to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death. Some very dangerous people are threatening Aimée and her co-workers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother has to do with all this.
Soho Crime * 9781616953294

MY AMISH BOYFRIEND by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer and can't wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her. When a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon is ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?
Revell * 9780800722265

NIGHT MOVES: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White (Thriller)
While trying to solve one of Florida’s most profound secrets, Doc Ford is the target of a murder attempt by someone who wants to make it look like an accident. Or is the target actually his friend, Tomlinson? What their small family of friends don’t know is that their secret pasts make it impossible for the two of them to go to the law for help. There is an assassin on the loose, and it is up to them to find the killer --- before he (or she) finishes the job.
Berkley * 9780425264621

THE PAINTED GIRLS by Cathy Marie Buchanan (Historical Fiction)
After their father's death, the two van Goethem sisters must find a way to support themselves and their alcoholic mother in 1878 Paris. Marie begins to train to enter the ballet and is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas where she meets a wealthy patron of the ballet who offers her assistance that may have strings attached. Meanwhile, Antoinette must choose between hard labor and other more profitable jobs open to a young woman in Paris.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594632297

PRINCESS EVER AFTER: The Royal Wedding Series, Book 2 by Rachel Hauck (Romance)
Paperback Original
Regina Beswick was born to be a princess. But she's content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop. Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation's future --- and his own. Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.
Zondervan * 9780310315506

RACHEL: Wives of the Patriarchs, Book 3 by Jill Eileen Smith (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him. But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery.
Revell * 9780800734312

SECOND HONEYMOON by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Thriller)
A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite --- and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners. FBI Agent John O'Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455515950

SEE NOW THEN by Jamaica Kincaid (Fiction)
Jamaica Kincaid’s beautiful, painful new book, her first novel in a decade, chronicles the dissolution of a marriage. Mr. Sweet is a composer of difficult works of modern music. He resents Mrs. Sweet, his Caribbean-born wife, for taking him from his beloved Manhattan and making him move to Vermont with their children, the daughter he adores and the son he detests. Kincaid uses Virginia Woolf-style repetition to create a hypnotic portrait of a dying love.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374534363

SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG by Bill Cheng (Historical Fiction)
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 * 9780062225023

THE TESTAMENT OF MARY by Colm Toibin (Historical Fiction)
In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God nor that his death was “worth it.” She judges herself ruthlessly, and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine.
Scribner * 9781451692389

UNCOMMON MARRIAGE BIBLE STUDY: A 5-Week Guide for Couples and Small Groups by Tony Dungy and Lauren Dungy, with Nathan Whitaker and Stephanie Rische (Love & Marriage/Relationships)
Paperback Original

A companion study to Tony and Lauren Dungy’s UNCOMMON MARRIAGE, this five-week guide for couples or small groups delves into Scripture to explore the blessings and challenges couples face today. Tony and Lauren share the importance of making time for each other, resolving conflict well, staying strong and committed through difficult times, coping with changes and big decisions, praying together, building a spiritual foundation for your family, and more.
Tyndale Momentum * 9781414391991

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD by Rob Bell (Religion & Spirituality)
Pastor Rob Bell explains why both culture and the church resist talking about God, and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD tackles the misconceptions about God and reveals how God is with us, for us, ahead of us, and how understanding this could change the entire course of our lives.
HarperOne * 9780062049681

WHERE COURAGE CALLS: A When Calls the Heart Novel by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Beth Thatcher accepts a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. She resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way, but the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she had feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. Despite the many obstacles, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764212314

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall (Historical Fiction)
Susan Crandall’s latest novel takes place in the summer of 1963 and introduces readers to nine-year-old Starla Claudelle, who runs away from home to be with her mother in Nashville and is offered a ride by a black woman who is traveling with a white baby. As the two unlikely companions make their long and sometimes dangerous journey, Starla’s eyes are opened to the harsh realities of 1963 southern segregation.
Gallery Books * 9781476740041

WILDWOOD CREEK by Lisa Wingate (Romance)
Paperback Original
When Allie Kirkland is offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father's footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. But when filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and a teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood seems to be hiding secrets.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764208249
On Sale the Week of February 10th in Hardcover

February 10th

PRIVATE L.A. by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Thriller)
When movie stars Thom and Jennifer Harlow disappear, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast --- and the world's golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn't begin to unveil.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316211123

February 11th

AFTER I'M GONE by Laura Lippman (Mystery)
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of THE MOST DANGEROUS THING, I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE and WHAT THE DEAD KNOW returns with an addictive story that explores how one man's disappearance echoes through the lives of the five women he left behind --- his wife, his daughters and his mistress.
William Morrow * 9780062083395

THE BEAR by Claire Cameron (Fiction)
While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear is attacking the family's campsite and pouncing on her parents as prey. At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316230124

CONQUEST: The Chronicles of the Invaders, Book 1 by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard (Science Fiction/Adventure)
The first installment in John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard's new science fiction trilogy, The Chronicles of the Invaders, CONQUEST introduces a world where humanity has been conquered by a powerful alien rulership --- unless a group of young rebels can unlock their powers and help rescue humankind from its terrible fate.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476757124

THE COUNTERFEIT AGENT: A John Wells Novel by Alex Berenson (Thriller)
In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159732

CRASH THE CHATTERBOX: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others by Steven Furtick
(Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Inside your head and heart is a chatterbox. Its lies are keeping you from realizing your God-given potential. But what can you do about them? In CRASH THE CHATTERBOX, Pastor Steven Furtick focuses on four key areas in which negative thoughts are most debilitating: insecurity, fear, condemnation and discouragement.
Multnomah Books * 9781601424563

DARK INVASION: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America by Howard Blum (History)
When a “neutral” United States becomes a trading partner for the Allies early in World War I, the Germans implement a secret plan to strike back. A team of saboteurs devise a series of “mysterious accidents” using explosives and biological weapons to bring down vital targets. New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department’s Bomb Squad, is assigned the difficult mission of stopping them.
Harper * 9780062307552

THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL by Roberto Costantini (Psychological Thriller)
Winner of the Scerbanenco Prize for the best Italian crime thriller, Roberto Costantini's THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL is a psychological thriller about an edgy policeman’s personal evolution --- or devolution --- as seen through the lens of a devilish case that consumed him early in his career and continues to haunt him 24 years later.
Quercus * 9781623650025

THE FOREVER GIRL by Alexander McCall Smith (Fiction)
Alexander McCall Smith's THE FOREVER GIRL is a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unexpected places to which this can lead us. Through the lives of Clover and James, and Amanda and David, the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series tells a tale full of love and heartbreak, humor and melancholy, that demonstrates the myriad ways in which love shapes our lives.
Pantheon * 9780307908254

THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW by Matthew Quick (Fiction)
For 38 years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Harper * 9780062285539

KILLER: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (Psychological Thriller)
At the behest of the court, Dr. Alex Delaware becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by physician Constance Sykes against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. When the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.
Ballantine Books * 9780345505750

THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir (Science Fiction/Thriller)
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Crown * 9780804139021

SHE'S LEAVING HOME by William Shaw (Historical Thriller)
Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen believes that the victim of a strangulation may be one of the many Beatles fans who regularly camp outside Abbey Road Studios. With his reputation tarnished by an inexplicable act of cowardice, this is Breen's last chance to prove he's up to the job. Both he and Helen Tozer, a young policewoman assisting him with the case, navigate a world where conservative tradition gives way to frightening new freedoms --- and troubling new crimes.
Mulholland Books * 9780316246842

THE STORM INSIDE: Trade the Chaos of How You Feel for the Truth of Who You Are by Sheila Walsh
(Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Women feel the storm activity all around. We find ourselves teetering somewhere between everyday chaos and crisis. But storms show you what's really going on inside, reveal what you really believe, and actually make you stronger. In THE STORM INSIDE, Sheila Walsh will help you redefine your failures as a new beginning instead of an end, replace the words always and never in your life with positive declarations of hope, and know with confidence how to help a friend in chaos or crisis.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400204878

WAKE by Anna Hope (Historical Fiction)
Anna Hope’s debut novel unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives. The lives of these ladies are braided together as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of an unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.
Random House * 9780812995138

WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke (Mystery)
Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, but half a world away. And both murders are somehow connected to a 16th-century palimpsest book that appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin.
Minotaur Books * 9781250016805

THE WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon (Literary Thriller)
In 1908, Sara Harrison Shea was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace.
Doubleday * 9780385538497

WONDROUS BEAUTY: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte by Carol Berkin (Biography)
From the award-winning historian and author of REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS and CIVIL WAR WIVES, here is the remarkable life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte --- renowned as the most beautiful woman of 19th-century Baltimore, whose marriage in 1803 to Jérôme Bonaparte, the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, became inextricably bound to the diplomatic and political histories of the United States, France and England.
Knopf * 9780307592781
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February 10th

HELGA'S DIARY: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss (Memoir)
Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezín and later deported to Auschwitz, only 100 survived. Helga Weiss was one of them. Reconstructed from her original notebooks, Helga’s diary is presented here in its entirety. With an introduction by Francine Prose, a revealing interview between translator Neil Bermel and Helga, and the artwork Helga made during her time at Terezín, HELGA’S DIARY stands as a vivid and utterly unique historical document.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393348248

February 11th

THE BOYFRIEND by Thomas Perry (Thriller)
Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. It turns out the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way. Till must risk his life to find a seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
Mysterious Press * 9780802155122

COCKROACHES: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel by Jo Nesbo (Mystery/Thriller)
Paperback Original
When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death, even though no one asked him to or wants him to --- not even Harry himself.
Vintage * 9780345807151

CRIME OF PRIVILEGE by Walter Walker (Mystery/Thriller)
Years have passed since a young woman was found brutally slain at an exclusive Cape Cod golf club, and no one has ever been charged. Cornered by her father, lawyer George Becket can’t explain why certain leads were never explored --- leads that point in the direction of a single family --- and he agrees to look into it. Despite threats at every turn, George is driven to reconstruct the victim’s last hours while searching not only for a killer but for his own redemption.
Ballantine Books * 9780345548375

DEEP DOWN by Deborah Coates (Fantasy)
Now that she has solved her sister's murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn't sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there's still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn't seen a ghost in weeks. All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the underworld that are harbingers of death.
Tor Books * 9780765329011

GODS AND BEASTS by Denise Mina (Mystery)
A lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man helps the gunman fill bags with cash and is then murdered. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene. None of the employees can be linked to the gunman, and the grandfather is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, it becomes chillingly clear that her involvement will go deeper than she ever could have imagined.
Mulholland Books * 9780316188531

SAY YOU'RE SORRY by Michael Robotham (Psychological Thriller)
Three years after the disappearance of two teenage girls, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where one of the teens once lived. A troubled young man who can hear voices claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman. Convinced that at least one of the girls might still be alive, Joe O'Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz race against time to save the girls from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.
Mulholland Books * 9780316221238

SIX YEARS by Harlan Coben (Thriller)
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. When Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she’s not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades. With that fact, everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life is turned completely inside out.
Signet * 9780451414113

THESE FEW PRECIOUS DAYS: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie by Christopher Andersen (Biography)
They were the original power couple --- outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kenne­dys in their final year together, biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Theirs is a love story unlike any other --- filled with secrets, scandals and bomb­shells that could never be fully revealed...until now.
Gallery Books * 9781476732336

UNQUENCHABLE: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything by Carol J. Kent (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Paperback Original
In Carol Kent's latest book, UNQUENCHABLE, readers will discover the secrets of living for something greater than themselves, improving the quality of their day-to-day relationship with Jesus Christ, fueling the fire in the lives of others, and outlasting their lives. Readers will be awestruck by how their new daily choices result in a life on fire that ignites a flame in others.
Zondervan * 9780310330998

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