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May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of May 12th and May 19th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of May 12th in Hardcover

May 12th

THE LONG SHADOW: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds (History)
One of the most violent conflicts in the history of civilization, World War I has been strangely forgotten in American culture. It has become a ghostly war fought in a haze of memory, often seen merely as a distant preamble to World War II. In THE LONG SHADOW, historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the 20th century.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393088632

May 13th

ANY OTHER NAME: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson (Mystery)
Detective Gerald Holman is dead, and Lucian Connally wants to know what drove him to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of his first grandchild, Sheriff Walt Longmire learns that the by-the-book detective might have suppressed evidence concerning three missing women. Digging deeper, Walt uncovers an incriminating secret so dark that it threatens to claim other lives even before the sheriff can serve justice --- Wyoming style.
Viking Adult * 9780670026463

BE THE DAD SHE NEEDS YOU TO BE: The Indelible Imprint a Father Leaves on His Daughter's Life by Dr. Kevin Leman
The relationship that matters most to your daughter isn't the one with her mother --- it's the one with you, Dad. Her self-esteem, choices, behavior, character, and even her ideas about or choice of a marriage partner are all directly tied to you. In BE THE DAD SHE NEEDS YOU TO BE, Dr. Kevin Leman will show you how to get the fathering job done well.

Thomas Nelson * 9780529123329

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman (Thriller)
Something terrifying is out there that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying --- one wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them.
Ecco * 9780062259653

BITTERSWEET by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Fiction)
On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at her Vermont cottage, Bittersweet, where her family has held court for more than a century. However, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact. Mabel must choose to either expose the secret and be expelled from paradise, or make Ev's dark world her own.
Crown * 9780804138567

THE BLONDE by Anna Godbersen (Historical Thriller)
In 1947, Norma Jeane Baker meets a mysterious man in Los Angeles who transforms her into Marilyn Monroe. Twelve years later he comes back for his repayment, and Marilyn is given her first assignment from the KGB: uncover something about JFK that no one else knows. But a simple job turns complicated when Marilyn falls in love with the bright young President and learns of plans to assassinate him.
Weinstein Books * 9781602862227

CLOUDS OF GLORY: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda (Biography/History)
Michael Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Robert E. Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia. CLOUDS OF GLORY analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his failed strategy for winning the war.
Harper * 9780062116291

THE CORSICAN CAPER by Peter Mayle (Mystery)
Awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, billionaire Francis Reboul spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul’s villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky’s methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it’s up to Sam to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men.
Knopf * 9780307962867

DEAR LEADER: Poet, Spy, Escapee -- A Look Inside North Korea by Jang Jin-sung (Memoir)
As North Korea’s State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.
Atria / 37 Ink * 9781476766553

DEBBIE DOESN'T DO IT ANYMORE by Walter Mosley (Fiction)
Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub --- electrocuted, with another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore." But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.
Doubleday * 9780385526180

DYLAN: The Biography by Dennis McDougal (Biography)
Bob Dylan is a music hero to generations. He’s also an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and an Oscar winner for “Things Have Changed.” His career is stronger and more influential than ever. How did this happen, given the road to oblivion he seemed to choose more than two decades ago? Los Angeles Times journalist Dennis McDougal builds a new understanding of Dylan, as well as the real story behind the myths.
Wiley * 9780470636237

ENDURING COURAGE: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross (History)
ENDURING COURAGE is the electrifying story of the beginning of America’s love affair with speed --- and how one man above all the rest showed a nation the way forward. Eddie Rickenbacker was an innovator on the racetrack, a skilled aerial dualist and squadron commander, and founder of Eastern Air Lines. He showed a war-weary nation what it took to survive against nearly insurmountable odds when he and seven others endured a harrowing three-week ordeal adrift without food or water in the Pacific during World War II.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250033772

HANGMAN by Stephan Talty (Thriller)
Not so long ago, serial killer Marcus Flynn preyed upon the community’s teenage daughters --- until he was cornered and shot in the head. But Flynn lived, carrying to prison the nickname “Hangman,” along with the secret of his last victim’s fate. Homicide cop Abbie Kearney wasn’t around during Hangman’s reign of terror and had never experienced firsthand his horror. Until now.
Ballantine Books * 9780345538086

THE HOLLOW GROUND by Natalie S. Harnett (Fiction)
The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced 11-year-old Brigid Howley and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents. Already struggling to keep her family together, Brigid makes a grisly discovery in a long-abandoned bootleg mine shaft. In the aftermath, decades-old secrets threaten to prove just as dangerous to the Howleys as the burning, hollow ground beneath their feet.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250041982

JACK OF SPIES by David Downing (Thriller)
Jack McColl has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city, he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy. With a geopolitical catastrophe brewing, he soon realizes what his aspirations may cost him. Meanwhile, an American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement his bosses are fighting against.
Soho Crime * 9781616952686

THE KILL SWITCH: A Tucker Wayne Novel by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood (Thriller)
The mission seems simple enough: extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil, a volatile man who holds the secret to a deadly bioweapon. But nothing is as it appears to be. A conspiracy of world-shattering scope unravels as former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his stalwart companion, Kane, a military working dog of exceptional abilities, struggle to keep one move ahead of their deadly enemies.
William Morrow * 9780062135254

THE KRAKEN PROJECT by Douglas Preston (Thriller)
NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy," a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.
Forge Books * 9780765317698

NEXT LIFE MIGHT BE KINDER by Howard Norman (Fiction)
Sam Lattimore meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery. The sparks are immediate, leading quickly to a marriage that is dear, erotically charged and brief. In Howard Norman’s new novel, the gleam of the marriage and the circumstances of Elizabeth’s murder are revealed in heart-stopping increments.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547712123

THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden (Fiction)
Christophe, a French Jesuit missionary, is ready to begin his enlightenment when he sets out in the New World to save the souls of "sauvages." When his native guides --- terrified by even a scent of the Iroquois --- abandon him, however, he is captured by a Huron warrior named Bird, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls. The three are soon caught at the center of the Huron-Iroquois rivalry, compounded by the development of the settlement New France.
Knopf * 9780385350730

THE POSSIBILITIES by Kaui Hart Hemmings (Fiction)
Sarah St. John is still reeling from the death of her 22-year-old son, Cully, in an avalanche. Though she is surrounded by family and friends who try to distract her from her grief, she cannot help but feel alone. Barely ready to deal with the fact that she will never see her son again, Sarah is surprised when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep bearing a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476725796

QUEEN OF THE DARK THINGS by C. Robert Cargill (Fantasy)
In the sequel to DREAMS AND SHADOWS, we find the wizard Colby reeling from the loss of his best friend to an army of fairies from the Limestone Kingdom. But in vanquishing these creatures and banning them from Austin, Colby has sacrificed the anonymity that once protected him. With word of his deed spreading, powerful enemies begin to resurface. With time running out and few of his old allies and enemies willing to help, he is compelled to turn for aid to forces even darker than those he once battled.
Harper Voyager * 9780062190451

REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston (Fiction)
Since Justin Campbell's disappearance four years ago, his family has been stuck in the grooves of grief. They are unable to comfort themselves, let alone one another. Then the impossible happens: Justin has been found only miles away, completely okay. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin’s homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family, the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal.
Random House * 9781400062126

THE SHELF: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose (Essays)
Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort to do just that. Hoping to explore the “real ground of literature,” she reads her way through a somewhat randomly chosen shelf of fiction, from LEQ to LES.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374261207

THE SKIN COLLECTOR: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver (Thriller)
Lincoln Rhyme must untangle a twisted web of clues before a killer targets more victims --- or Rhyme himself. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector --- the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago --- Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case. Rhyme, Sachs and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455517138

THE SON by Jo Nesbø (Thriller)
Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. He has been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit --- or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes.
Knopf * 9780385351379

TED WILLIAMS, MY FATHER: A Memoir by Claudia Williams (Sports/Memoir)
Claudia Williams, the last surviving child of Ted Williams, recounts her time with one of baseball's brightest stars, offering a rare glimpse inside the Hall of Famer's life after he hung up his spikes. With a fresh insight, she presents an unexpected portrait of Ted Williams as more than the greatest hitter to ever live, but also as a flawed man with a kind heart.
Ecco * 9780062259561

THROWBACK: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played by Jason Kendall and Lee Judge (Sports)
Jason Kendall and sportswriter Lee Judge team up to bring you --- the fan, player, coach, or curious statistician --- an insider’s view of the game from a player’s perspective. This is a book about pre-game rituals, what to look for when a pitcher warms up between innings, the signs a catcher uses to communicate with the pitcher, and so much more.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250031839

TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris (Fiction)
Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice. But he is a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself. When someone begins impersonating Paul online, his quest to learn why his identity has been stolen forces him to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316033978

THE TRANSCRIPTIONIST by Amy Rowland (Fiction)
When Lena, the transcriptionist for the Record, a New York City newspaper, reads a shocking piece about a Jane Doe mauled to death by a lion, she is surprised to see that she recognizes the woman, having met her on the bus a few days before. Obsessed with understanding what caused the woman to deliberately climb into the lion's den, Lena begins a campaign for the truth that will destroy the Record's complacency and shake the venerable institution to its very foundation.
Algonquin Books * 9781616202545

THE YANKEE WAY: Playing, Coaching, and My Life in Baseball by Willie Randolph (Sports/Memoir)
Legendary New York Yankee Willie Randolph tells the story of his life playing and coaching for the most storied professional sports franchise in the world, detailing his career on and off the field with some of baseball’s biggest stars. But though Randolph is a Yankee, he is first and foremost a quintessential New Yorker. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he shares memories of his rise from the projects to the house that Ruth built.
It Books * 9780061450778

THE YEAR SHE LEFT US by Kathryn Ma (Fiction)
A disastrous trip to visit her "home" orphanage in China has plunged 18-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her mother, Gran, and her sister, Les. As they cope with Ari's journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face to face with the truths of their lives.
Harper * 9780062273345

May 15th

THE HIDDEN CHILD by Camilla Läckberg (Psychological Thriller)
Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. To uncover her family's past, Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be.
Pegasus * 9781605985534
On Sale the Week of May 12th in Paperback

May 13th

A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH by Colin McAdam (Fiction)
Told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, set in a Vermont home and a Florida primate research facility, A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH --- at times brutal, other times deeply moving --- is about the simple truths that transcend species, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for survival.
Soho Press * 9781616953782

CATASTROPHE 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings (History)
In CATASTROPHE 1914, acclaimed military historian Max Hastings gives us a conflict different from the familiar one of barbed wire, mud and futility. He traces the path to war, making clear why Germany and Austria-Hungary were primarily to blame, and describes the gripping first clashes in the West, where the French army marched into action in uniforms of red and blue with flags flying and bands playing.
Vintage * 9780307743831

THE FOUNTAIN OF ST. JAMES COURT; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman by Sena Jeter Naslund (Fiction)
Kathryn Callaghan has just finished her novel about painter Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, a survivor of the French Revolution hated for her sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Though still haunted by the story she has written, Kathryn must leave the 18th-century European world she has researched and made vivid in order to return to her own life as an American in 2012.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061579509

GUESTS ON EARTH by Lee Smith (Historical Fiction)
It’s 1936 when orphaned 13-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital, a mental institution in Asheville, North Carolina, known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital’s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses cascading events that lead up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them.
A Shannon Ravenel Book/Algonquin * 9781616203801

THE HEART’S PURSUIT by Robin Lee Hatcher (Romance/Adventure)
Paperback Original
Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father's fortune. And Jared is in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family --- even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort. To confront a deadly enemy, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven't dared voice: What happens next?
Zondervan * 9780310259275

IF YOU WERE HERE by Alafair Burke (Mystery/Thriller)
Manhattan journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenage boy from the subway tracks. When she locates footage of part of the incident, she is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to a close friend who disappeared a decade earlier. This sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman --- a search that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062208361

THE LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE: My Ultimate African Safari by Paul Theroux (Memoir)
“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the vast land never left him. Now he returns, after 50 years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.
Mariner Books * 9780544227934

LETTERS FROM SKYE by Jessica Brockmole (Historical Fiction)
When was the last time you wrote a letter? Not an email or a Facebook message, but an actual handwritten letter sent through the mail? If it's been a while, then LETTERS FROM SKYE might just convince you to put pen to paper again. Jessica Brockmole's debut novel, an epistolary romance that spans several decades and two world wars, is a testament to the power of love to overcome great adversity.
Ballantine Books * 9780345542625

LOOPERS: A Caddie's Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey by John Dunn (Memoir)
John Dunn never expected that his summer job as a caddy at the local course in Connecticut might turn into something more. But one adventure after another kept him coming back summer after summer, until --- out of college --- he found himself migrating with the seasons, looping at some of the most exquisite and exclusive golf locations in the world.
Broadway Books * 9780770437206

MORTALITY by Christopher Hitchens (Memoir)
Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us.
Twelve * 9781455502769

THE OLD TURK'S LOAD by Gregory Gibson
(Hard-boiled Crime Fiction)
Angelo DiNoto is a powerful crime lord in 1967, his empire bolstered by importing pure heroin courtesy of the poppies grown by an old Turkish farmer. Yet when a five-million-dollar shipment goes missing, DiNoto isn’t the only one willing to turn over every rock (and bust some heads, arms, legs, etc.) to locate it.
Mysterious Press * 9780802121141

SOMEBODY LIKE YOU by Beth K. Vogt (Romance)
Paperback Original
Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening --- and finds her husband's estranged twin brother, Stephen, waiting for her. Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together --- and whose ghost could drive them apart?
Howard Books * 9781476737584

TOP OF THE MORNING: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by Brian Stelter (Arts & Entertainment)
When America wakes up with personable and charming hosts like Matt Lauer, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, it's hard to imagine their show bookers having to guard a guest's hotel room all night to prevent rival shows from poaching. But that is just part of the intense reality Brian Stelter reveals in TOP OF THE MORNING --- a gripping look at the most competitive time slot in television, complete with Machiavellian booking wars and manic behavior by the producers, executives and stars.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455512881

WANT NOT by Jonathan Miles (Fiction)
As WANT NOT opens on Thanksgiving Day, readers are telescoped into three different worlds in various states of disrepair --- a young freegan couple living off the grid in New York City; a once-prominent linguist, sacked at midlife by the dissolution of his marriage and his father’s losing battle with Alzheimer’s; and a self-made debt-collecting magnate, whose brute talent for squeezing money out of unlikely places has yielded him a royal existence, trophy wife included.
Mariner Books * 9780544228085

May 15th

THE STRANGER by Camilla Läckberg (Mystery/Thriller)
A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, but she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in the town, and tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Detective Patrik Hedstrom tackles his toughest investigation yet.
Pegasus * 9781605985541
On Sale the Week of May 19th in Hardcover

May 20th

CLOSED DOORS by Lisa O'Donnell (Fiction)
Eleven-year-old Michael Murray has heard a secret, one that might explain the bruises on his mother’s face. When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret waiting to be discovered. Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out, and desperate for life to be normal again, Michael sets out to piece together the truth.
Harper * 9780062271891

COLD SHOT by Mark Henshaw (Thriller)
The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke trace the dead man back to an Iranian ship that appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board. It becomes clear that the Iranians are building a nuclear bomb, and it is up to Stryker and Burke to stop them before word gets out.
Touchstone * 9781476745572

CONVICTIONS: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
On the occasion of his 70th birthday, the renowned Marcus J. Borg shares his "convictions" about Christianity and America, contending that they are both at their best when they focus on hope and transformation and offers his thoughts on how American Christians can return to what matters most. He surveys the most significant conversations and personalities that shaped his life, and presents his convictions about faith and its role in the 21st century.
HarperOne * 9780062269973

THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad by Alex Grecian (Historical Thriller)
London, 1890. Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith and the rest of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. During the escape, the killers have stumbled upon the location of another notorious murderer, one thought gone for good but now prepared to join forces with them.
Putnam Adult * 9780399166433

THE GIRL IN THE ROAD by Monica Byrne (Fiction)
When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her. So she flees India and sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth. Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits traveling across the Sahara. As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.
Crown * 9780804138840

THE GOOD SPY: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird (Biography)
Though a legend in the CIA, Robert Ames is unknown to the general public. But his story, and that of his friend and opposite number Ali Salameh, contains critical lessons for anyone seeking to understand the origins --- and future --- of the War on Terror. Using hundreds of recently released documents and conducting in-depth interviews with those who knew Ames best, Kai Bird tells his story in full for the first time.
Crown * 9780307889751

THE HEIRESSES by Sara Shepard (Thriller)
The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s solitaire is the family behind the diamond empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes and mavens, the Saybrooks are the epitome of high society. Anyone would kill to be one of them. But be careful what you wish for, because if you were a Saybrook, you’d be haunted by secrets and plagued by a dark streak of luck.
Harper * 9780062259530

IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris (True Crime)
When a Utah mother went missing in December 2009, the media was swept up in the story --- with lenses and microphones trained on Susan’s husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm. Over the next three years, the story would reveal shocking secrets, ultimately leading to Josh murdering his sons and killing himself.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250027146

JFK JR, GEORGE, & ME: A Memoir by Matt Berman (Memoir)
John F. Kennedy Jr. handpicked Creative Director Matt Berman to bring his vision for a new political magazine to life, and the two developed a wonderfully collaborative and fun-loving relationship. In JFK JR., GEORGE, & ME, Matt remembers his brilliant friend and colleague --- John’s approach to work, life and fame, and most of all, his ease and grace, which charmed those around him.
Gallery Books * 9781451697018

THE LINCOLN MYTH by Steve Berry (Thriller)
From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Cotton Malone risks life, liberty and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln --- while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.
Ballantine Books * 9780345526571

THE ONE & ONLY by Emily Giffin (Fiction)
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas, too devoted to her hometown football team to leave. But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she has chosen is really enough for her. Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most --- and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears and secrets.
Ballantine Books * 9780345546883

RESISTANT by Michael Palmer (Thriller)
When Dr. Lou Welcome has to fill in last minute for his boss at the Physical Wellness Office, he takes an exclusive tour of the Center for Disease Control. He can't help but wonder about the development of weapons of mass destruction at a bacterial level. Little does Lou know that a scientist working a top-secret case will be kidnapped, and he will become enmeshed in a case that could have fatal consequences across the country.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250030924

SNIPER'S HONOR: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter (Thriller/Adventure)
Kathy Reilly of The Washington Post becomes interested in the story of Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova, a legendary, beautiful female sniper who seems to have vanished from history. Reilly enlists former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger to parse out the scarce details of Mili’s military service. The more Swagger learns about Mili’s last mission, the more he’s convinced her disappearance was no accident.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451640212

WYNNE'S WAR by Aaron Gwyn (Western/Adventure)
Corporal Elijah Russell is assigned to an elite Special Forces unit preparing to stage a secret mission in eastern Afghanistan. His task is to train the Green Berets --- fiercely loyal to their enigmatic commander, Captain Wynne --- to ride the horses they will use to execute this mission through treacherous mountain terrain. But as the team presses farther into enemy territory, the nature of their operation only becomes more mysterious and Wynne’s charismatic power takes on a darker cast.
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544230279
On Sale the Week of May 19th in Paperback

May 20th

101 TIPS FOR THE SMART STEPMOM: Expert Advice from One Stepmom to Another by Laura Petherbridge (Parenting)
Paperback Original
In this down-to-earth book, Laura Petherbridge offers real answers from someone who's walked in your shoes --- and not only survived, but thrived as a stepmom. Here you'll find compact solutions arranged by topic, such as parenting, coping with the children's biological mom, finances, and dealing with the holidays.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764212215

AND THEN I FOUND YOU by Patti Callahan Henry (Fiction)
Katie Vaughan has a secret, something tucked away in her past. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend, Rowan, whom she wants to love with all her heart. But when she discovers a small velvet box hidden in Rowan's drawer, she panics. For the first time in her life, Katie knows that she won't fully love Rowan until she confronts the demons from her past, and it's time for her to act.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250049773

CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois (Psychological Thriller)
When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters. Five weeks later, though, her roommate Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who's asking. As the case takes shape --- revealing deceptions, secrets and suspicious DNA --- Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812985825

CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan (Fiction)
When Rachel Chu's boyfriend, Nicholas Young, invites her to accompany him to his family home in Singapore to attend the most talked-about wedding of the summer, she makes a number of startling discoveries about him, including the fact that he is among the most eligible bachelors from one of Southeast Asia's richest families.
Anchor * 9780345803788

THE ENGAGEMENTS by J. Courtney Sullivan (Fiction)
As the lives and marriages of four couples unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: “A Diamond Is Forever.” And that line changes everything.
Vintage * 9780307949226

HIDDEN ORDER by Brad Thor (Thriller)
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.
Pocket Books * 9781476717104

ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman (Fiction)
On the day the Herath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street, disturbed only by the cries of the children whose triumphs and tragedies sustain the families that live there. As the neighbors adapt to the newcomers in different ways, the children fill their days with cricket matches, romantic crushes and small rivalries. But the tremors of civil war are mounting, and the conflict threatens to engulf them all.
Graywolf Press * 9781555976767

TOM CLANCY'S OP-CENTER: OUT OF THE ASHES by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi (Thriller)
Paperback Original
When terrorists detonate bombs in sports stadiums, the President executes an emergency order to bring back Op-Center --- an Op-Center capable of dealing with the high-tech crises of the 21st century, and there is a lethal one brewing in the Middle East. Only the men and women of Op-Center, using sophisticated technology, realize what is about to be unleashed. Only they have the courage to issue a warning no one wants to hear. But will anyone believe them?
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250026835

TRANSATLANTIC by Colum McCann (Fiction)
Three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, TRANSATLANTIC follows her daughter and granddaughter, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812981926

WE NEED NEW NAMES by NoViolet Bulawayo (Fiction)
In Zimbabwe, 10-year-old Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.
Back Bay Books * 9780316230841

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