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August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of August 4th and August 11th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of August 4th in Hardcover

August 5th

by Marie-Helene Bertino
As three lost souls --- a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old; her fifth-grade teacher; and the owner of the legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas --- search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life’s endless possibilities over the course of one magical night.
Crown * 9780804140232

CITY OF GHOSTS by Kelli Stanley (Historical Mystery)
Private investigator Miranda Corbie is asked to track a chemistry professor who is suspected of being a spy for the Nazis. Her journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World…where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda is determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past.
Minotaur Books * 9781250006745

A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming (Thriller)
A top-ranking Iranian military official is killed while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. Then Paul Wallinger, MI6’s most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate. Kell soon discovers what Wallinger had already begun to suspect --- that there’s a mole somewhere in the Western intelligence.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250020611

DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN by Beth Harbison (Fiction)
Dara and Colleen embark on a two-week antiquing/thrift shopping road trip to Florida in the hopes of finding some diamonds in the rough to fix up and sell. However, things take an unexpected turn when they meet Jonnie. They offer her a ride with them to Florida, but soon learn that Jonnie has been hiding a few key facts: she has poisoned her abusive husband and now is on the run. And Dara and Colleen are accessories after the fact…
St. Martin's Press * 9781250043801

David, a college student, takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family, because it was at this resort where his father disappeared 15 years earlier. But something undeniable has called David there. He is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child. When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn even more menacing.
Doubleday * 9780385538633

THE IMPERFECT MARRIAGE: Help for Those Who Think It's Over by Darryl and Tracy Strawberry
(Love & Marriage)
Darryl Strawberry and his wife, Tracy, have suffered through --- and survived --- adultery, addiction, financial destruction, and many other all-too-familiar struggles. A no-holds-barred account of their personal journey, THE IMPERFECT MARRIAGE provides a step-by-step program that will help you and your partner understand the key issues that could be causing damage in your relationship and recognize turning points on the journey toward marriage restoration.
Howard Books * 9781476738741

IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides (History)
On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Thus began their long march across the endless ice --- a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world --- as they desperately strove for survival.
Doubleday * 9780385535373

THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein (History)
The bestselling author of NIXONLAND has written a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s. Against a backdrop of melodramas from the Arab oil embargo to Patty Hearst to the near-bankruptcy of America’s greatest city, THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE asks the question: What does it mean to believe in America? To wave a flag --- or to reject the glibness of the flag wavers?
Simon & Schuster * 9781476782416

THE LIAR’S WIFE: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon (Fiction)
In Mary Gordon’s novellas of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title story, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, opening the heart of a high school kid in the Midwest.
Pantheon * 9780307377432

THE LOST ISLAND: A Gideon Crew Novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Thriller/Adventure)
Gideon Crew is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. His task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells. Gideon accomplishes the impossible --- only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. The treasure to which it leads is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455525775

THE MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman (Fantasy)
Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him. He uncovers a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory --- but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them, he will have to risk sacrificing everything.
Viking Adult * 9780670015672

MONA LISA: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales (Biography)
Dianne Hales became obsessed with finding the real Mona Lisa on repeated trips to Florence. Here, she takes readers with her to meet Lisa’s descendants; uncover her family’s long and colorful history; and explore the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother. In the process, we can participate in Lisa’s daily rituals; understand her personal relationships; and see, hear, smell and taste “her” Florence.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451658965

Ellen Cooney’s latest novel is the story of two women and a whole pack of dogs who, having lost their way in the world, find a place at a training school --- and radical rescue center --- called the Sanctuary. It is a story of strays and rescues, kidnappings and homecomings, moving on, holding on and letting go. And it is, ultimately, a moving and hilarious chronicle of the ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves and new hope.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544236158

NO SAFE HOUSE by Linwood Barclay (Thriller)
Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. When his daughter, Grace, foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they all have been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown.
NAL Hardcover * 9780451414205

PAINTED HORSES by Malcolm Brooks (Historical Fiction)
Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana, with a huge task before her --- a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own appetites.” And then there’s John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past.
Grove Press * 9780802121646

PAW AND ORDER: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn (Mystery)
In the seventh book of Spencer Quinn’s mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird and the menacing Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws.
Atria Books * 9781476703398

RECKLESS: The Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero by Tom Clavin (History)
From the racetracks of Seoul to the battlegrounds of the Korean War, Reckless was a horse whose strength, tenacity and relentless spirit made her a hero amongst a regiment of U.S. Marines fighting for their lives on the front lines. Tom Clavin, the bestselling co-author of THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS, tells the unlikely story of this racehorse who was beloved by the Marine Corps and decorated for bravery.
NAL Hardcover * 9780451466501

THE SCATTER HERE IS TOO GREAT by Bilal Tanweer (Fiction)
A vivid and intricate novel-in-stories, THE SCATTER HERE IS TOO GREAT explores the complicated lives of ordinary people whose fates unexpectedly converge after a deadly bomb blast at the Karachi train station: an old communist poet; his wealthy, middle-aged son; a young man caught in an unpleasant, dead-end job; a girl who spins engaging tales to conceal her heartbreak; and a grief-stricken writer, who struggles to make sense of this devastating tragedy.
Harper * 9780062304414

SECRETS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE by Santa Montefiore (Fiction)
Ellen Trawton leaves London, fleeing to her aunt’s cottage in Connemara and looking for a fresh start in life. Her imagination is soon captured by the compelling ruins of a lighthouse where a young mother died in a fire. The ghost of the young wife, Caitlin, haunts the nearby castle. Unable to move on, she watches her husband and children, hoping they might see her and feel her love once more. But she doesn’t anticipate her husband falling in love again. Can she prevent it? Or can she let go and find a way to freedom and happiness?
Simon & Schuster * 9781476735375

SEVERED SOULS by Terry Goodkind (Science Fiction)
Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and, if not cured, will take their lives.
Tor Books * 9780765327741

TOP SECRET: A Clandestine Operations Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (Historical Thriller/Adventure)
In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter and more vicious: the Soviet Union.
Putnam Adult * 9780399171239

WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG by Elizabeth Gaffney (Historical Fiction)
WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG captures postwar Brooklyn through Wally Baker’s eyes, opening on V-J day, as she grows up with the rest of America. Reeling from her own unexpected wartime tragedy and navigating an increasingly fraught landscape, Wally is forced to confront painful truths about the world --- its sorrows, its prejudices, its conflicts, its limitations. But Wally also finds hope and strength in the unlikeliest places.
Random House * 9781400064687
On Sale the Week of August 4th in Paperback

August 4th

THE RESURRECTIONIST by Matthew Guinn (Fiction)
Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career --- working public relations for the dean at South Carolina Medical College --- takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves are unearthed on campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393348811

August 5th

THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS by Amy Grace Loyd (Fiction)
Celia Cassill, who lost her young husband five years ago, is the owner of a small apartment building. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. But everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, who is on the run from her husband’s recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia’s world are soon tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered.
Picador * 9781250050304

THE ASSASSINATION OF THE ARCHDUKE: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World by Greg King and Sue Woolmans (History)
In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary. Four years later, all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, Greg King and Sue Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked The Great War.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250055460

BAGMEN by William Lashner (Thriller)
Paperback Original
At a low point in his lowly career, Victor Carl finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician. It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone’s line, but with bag in hand, Victor is suddenly hobnobbing with the city’s elite, filling his bank account and having sex with the politician’s gorgeous and deranged sister. But just when Victor begins to think he has a future in the political game, one of his payoffs ends up in the pocket of a dead woman, and Victor goes from bagman to fall guy.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781477822838

COMPOUND FRACTURES by Stephen White (Psychological Thriller)
In this riveting conclusion to Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series, the Boulder psychologist is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead, he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him.
Signet * 9780451468161

DECEIVED: A Hannah Smith Novel by Randy Wayne White
A private museum devoted solely to Florida’s earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah Smith’s friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions. The problem is, the whole thing is a scam. And when Hannah sets out to uncover whoever is behind it, she discovers that things are even worse than she thought.
Berkley * 9780425270158

FINDING FAITH IN THE DARK: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn You Didn't Plan by Laurie Short (Christian Life)
Paperback Original
Can we trust a God who gives us different answers than we pray for? Who only fully reveals himself when we look back? Who lets us walk in darkness for months (and sometimes years) at a time? In FINDING FAITH IN THE DARK, Laurie Short says yes, and through her story and the stories of others, she reveals a God who is able to transform the dark chapters of our lives into opportunities of grace.
Zondervan * 9780310337119

FURTHER OUT THAN YOU THOUGHT by Michaela Carter (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Twenty-five-year-old poet Gwendolyn Griffin works as a stripper to put herself through graduate school. Her perpetually stoned boyfriend Leo dresses in period costume to hawk his music downtown, and seems to be losing his already tenuous grip on reality. And their flamboyant best friend and neighbor, nightclub crooner Count Valiant, is slowly withering away. When the city of Los Angeles explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062292377

THE GHOST BRIDE by Yangsze Choo (Supernatural/Historical Mystery)
Li Lan lives in 19th-century Malaysia, where she is pressured to marry the recently expired Lim Tian Ching --- her only chance at a good marriage. As a "ghost bride," she would be part of a wealthy, powerful family. But when Lim begins to visit her in her dreams, she knows that the marriage would be her worst nightmare.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062227331

THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride (Fiction)
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town --- with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry --- whom Brown nicknames Little Onion --- conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594632785

IN PERFECT TIME: Wings of the Nightingale, Book 3 by Sarah Sundin (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining all across Europe. So how can C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? As they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?
Revell * 9780800720834

JUST ONE EVIL ACT: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George (Mystery)
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, discover that the case they've taken on is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.
NAL Trade * 9780451467843

THE KILL LIST by Frederick Forsyth
The mission of Technical Operations Support Activity (TOSA) is to track, find and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. Added to the list is a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.
Signet * 9780451467638

MANSON: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn (Biography/True Crime)
After more than 40 years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Now, drawing on new information, bestselling author Jeff Guinn tells the definitive story of how this ordinary delinquent became a murderer.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451645170

MIRACLE IN A DRY SEASON by Sarah Loudin Thomas (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Perla Long's arrival in the town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. Perla is everything Casewell Phillips has sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. When drought comes to Wise, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764212253

THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver (Thriller)
Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again. THE OCTOBER LIST is a mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455576678

AN OLD BETRAYAL: A Charles Lenox Mystery by Charles Finch (Historical Mystery)
On a spring morning in London 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer’s business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting.
Minotaur Books * 9781250049100

SEVEN FOR A SECRET by Lyndsay Faye (Historical Mystery)
Officer Timothy Wilde is horrified when he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders,” who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property. When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy’s office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is “My family.”
Berkley Trade * 9780425270882

Paperback Original
When Amy Dowell loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again. When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealership. But Amy is hesitant to let go and trust.
Howard Books * 9781416556732

SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY by Joshilyn Jackson (Romance)
Young single mom Shandi Pierce stumbles into the middle of a mini-mart robbery. Although her main concern is for her three-year-old son, Natty, the actions of a stranger named William Ashe cause her to plunge irrevocably in love with him. Considering that Shandi has issues with her parents and with circumstances surrounding the birth of Natty, and that William has considerable baggage of his own, the hopeful romantic is in for quite the ride.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062105660

SWEET THUNDER by Ivan Doig (Historical Fiction)
In the winter of 1920, Morrie Morgan is drawn back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride. But the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems --- like the new couple’s fast-diminishing finances --- on the verge of implosion. These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594632761

No one loves Florida more, or can keep it safe from invasive criminal species better, than self-appointed Sunshine Sheriff Serge Storms. When a particular scam leads to the death of a few innocents and a young woman's disappearance, Serge and his perpetually self-bent sidekick Coleman --- aided by his new pal, latter-day noir private eye Mahoney --- load up the car for a riotous road trip to do right.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062092823

UNBEATABLE: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season by Jerry Barca (Sports)
UNBEATABLE is the first book to tell the complete story of the incredible 1988 season that brought the fledgling Fighting Irish back to the top of college sports in what many consider to be the greatest unbeaten season of college football ever played. With a completely unlikely but forever memorable cast of characters, Notre Dame whipped millions of fans into a frenzy.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250048653

W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths: one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as she digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge --- not just between the two victims, but also to Kinsey’s past. And before long, Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.
Berkley * 9780425271575

WITH EVERY BREATH by Elizabeth Camden (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Kate Livingston holds a respectable position as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him to find a cure for tuberculosis. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait, and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected. When the truth of the past comes out, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear, how will Trevor and Kate ever overcome all that stands in their way?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764211744
On Sale the Week of August 11th in Hardcover

August 11th

THREE BARGAINS by Tania Malik (Fiction)
Twelve-year-old Madan's father works for Avtaar Singh, who owns the largest factory in town and much of the land around it. When Madan’s father's misdeeds jeopardize his sister's life, Madan strikes his first bargain with Avtaar Singh to save her. Drawn into Avtaar Singh's violent world, Madan becomes his son in every way but by blood. Suddenly it looks as if everything will change for Madan and his family until a forbidden love affair has brutal consequences, and he is forced to leave behind all that is dear to him.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393063400

August 12th

THE 6th EXTINCTION: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins (Thriller/Adventure)
A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead. The land is entirely sterile --- and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife.
William Morrow * 9780061784811

BEFORE, DURING, AFTER by Richard Bausch (Fiction)
When Natasha, a talented young artist working as a congressional aide, meets Michael Faulk, an Episcopalian priest struggling with his faith, the stars seem to align. However, shortly before their wedding, the terrorist attacks of September 11th shatter the tranquility of the nation’s summer. Alone in a state of abject terror, cut off from America and convinced that Faulk is dead, Natasha makes an error in judgment that inexorably divides their relationship into “before” and “after.”
Knopf * 9780307266262

COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE is the long-awaited new novel from the award-winning, internationally bestselling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present.
Knopf * 9780385352109

DIRTY WORK by Gabriel Weston (Fiction)
Nancy Mullion, an obstetrician-gynecologist whose botched surgery has put a patient in a life-threatening coma, must face a medical tribunal to determine if she can continue to practice medicine. Throughout four weeks of intense questioning and accusations, this physician directly confronts for the first time her work as an abortion provider --- how it helps the lives of others but takes a heavy toll on her own.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316235624

FATAL CONCEIT by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Thriller)
When the CIA director is murdered, Butch Karp finds himself battling a heavyweight opponent: the US government. The national presidential election campaign’s foreign policy mantra has been that the terrorists are on the run and Bin Laden is dead. There are rumors that the CIA chief was going to deviate from the administration version of events, and that the government may have had something to do with his death. Can Karp expose the cover-up and find the Chechnyan separatists who aided the Americans at the mission?
Gallery Books * 9781451635577

FOOL’S ASSASSIN: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy by Robin Hobb (Fantasy)
FitzChivalry --- royal bastard and former king's assassin --- has left his life of intrigue at Buckkeep far behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married and leading the quiet life of a country squire with his beloved Molly. The only problem is the disappearance of his beloved childhood friend, the Fool. But for a former royal assassin, a quiet life is hard to maintain when old allegiances keep trying to pull him back, and new enemies come calling.
Del Rey * 9780553392425

THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier (Mystery)
One winter morning, a group of workers discover the headless, flayed body of a horse, hanging suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. There’s something disturbing about this crime that Commandant Martin Servaz can’t ignore. Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of an asylum, a highly intelligent former prosecutor accused of killing and raping several women, is found on the horse carcass. And a few days later, the first human murder takes place. A dark story of madness and revenge seems to be unfolding.
Minotaur Books * 9781250045539

I CAN SEE IN THE DARK by Karin Fossum (Psychological Thriller)
Riktor doesn’t like the way the policeman storms into his home without even knocking. He knows he’s guilty of a terrible crime and is sure the policeman has found him out. But when the policeman finally does confront him, Riktor freezes. The man is arresting him for something totally unexpected. Riktor doesn’t have a clear conscience, but the crime he’s being accused of is one he certainly didn’t commit. Can he clear his name without further incriminating himself?
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544114425

LOVE LETTERS: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber (Romance)
Summer is a busy season at the Rose Harbor Inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own --- and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.
Ballantine Books * 9780553391138

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan (Historical Fiction)
August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever.
Knopf * 9780385352857

THE RUSH: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853 by Edward Dolnick (History)
In the spring of 1848, rumors began to spread that gold had been discovered in a remote spot in the Sacramento Valley. A year later, newspaper headlines declared "Gold Fever!" as hundreds of thousands of men and women borrowed money, quit their jobs, and allowed themselves to imagine a future of ease and splendor. In THE RUSH, Edward Dolnick recounts their treacherous westward journeys by wagon and on foot, and takes us to the frenzied gold fields and the rowdy cities that sprang from nothing to jam-packed chaos.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316175685

SEASON OF THE DRAGONFLIES by Sarah Creech (Fiction)
For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful. However, Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Her daughter, Mya, is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.
William Morrow * 9780062307521

SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof (Fiction)
Tom Putnam has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than 10 years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory’s condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom’s brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. When a letter from the poetess arrives telling Tom that he’d fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry will arrive by train in a few days, it’s clear change is coming whether Tom is ready or not.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250040527

A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY by Carys Bray (Fiction)
The six members of the Bradley family have always been close. But in the wake of a tragedy that leaves a hole in the very center of their lives, they suddenly find themselves coming apart. Claire, a convert to the Mormon faith, is so shattered by what's happened that she can't even bring herself to get out of bed. Meanwhile, her husband, Ian, is utterly consumed with ministering to his congregation, even as his family falls to pieces all around him.
Ballantine Books * 9780553390889

THE SUPERNATURAL ENHANCEMENTS by Edgar Cantero (Supernatural Thriller/Adventure)
When twentysomething A. inherits a beautiful yet eerie estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone --- including A. himself. Together with A.’s companion, Niamh, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted, but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover.
Doubleday * 9780385538152

TEACHABLE MOMENTS: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith by Marybeth Hicks
Nationally syndicated columnist and media advisor on all things parenting, Marybeth Hicks outlines the overarching issues and objectives in using daily encounters with the culture to impart the values and virtues of Christianity. Through entertaining and instructive questions and answers, she provides concrete examples of teachable moments that will ring true for every family.
Howard Books * 9781476757438

UNMANNED by Dan Fesperman (Thriller)
As an F-16 fighter pilot, Darwin Cole was a family man on top of his world. Now he's a washout-drunk and alone in a trailer in the Nevada desert, haunted by what he saw on the display of the Predator drone he "piloted," especially by the memory of an Afghan child running for her life. He reluctantly teams up with three journalists seeking to discover the identity of the anonymous --- and possibly rogue --- intelligence operative who called the shots in Cole's ill-fated drone mission.
Knopf * 9780385351256

AN UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd (Historical Mystery)
Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he is to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already-difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he’s killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth.
William Morrow * 9780062237194

August 14th

BLOOD ACES: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker by Doug J. Swanson (True Crime)
Benny Binion was an American cowboy, a casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the World Series of Poker. He had a crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas as we now know it. He ran a good business, killed his enemies and owned the cops. Through the use of once-secret government documents, Doug J. Swanson shows how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries, even J. Edgar Hoover.
Viking Adult * 9780670026036

THE INVENTION OF EXILE by Vanessa Manko (Historical Fiction)
When Austin Voronko is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings, his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee, retreating with his new bride to his home in Russia, where he and his young family become embroiled in the Civil War and must flee once again, to Mexico. While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the U.S., Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record.
The Penguin Press * 9781594205880

YOUR FACE IN MINE by Jess Row (Fantasy/Thriller)
One afternoon, not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn’t recognize calls out to him. To Kelly’s shock, the man identifies himself as Martin, who was one of Kelly’s closest friends in high school --- and, before his disappearance nearly 20 years before, skinny, white and Jewish. He wants Kelly to help him ignite a controversy that will help sell racial reassignment surgery to the world. Kelly agrees, and things quickly begin to spiral out of control.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488344

August 15th

THE BLACK ROAD by Tania Carver (Thriller)
The honeymoon is over for newlywed criminologist Marina Esposito. Her house is in flames. Her detective husband is in a coma. Her baby daughter is missing. And then her phone rings: "I have something you've lost," the voice said. "Your daughter." The voice at the other end wants to play a game. If Marina completes a series of bizarre tasks within three days, she wins her daughter's life. If she fails, her little girl dies.
Pegasus * 9781605985848
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August 12th

AFTER I'M GONE by Laura Lippman (Mystery)
The acclaimed 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 Paperbacks * 9780062083418

BRAINQUAKE by Samuel Fuller (Noir Crime Fiction)
Paperback Original
The bagmen who transport money for organized crime live by a set of rules: no personal relationships, no ties, no women…and never, ever look inside the bag you’re carrying. Paul Page was the perfect bagman, despite suffering from a rare brain disorder. But that ended the day he saw a beautiful Mob wife become a Mob widow. Now Paul is going to break every rule he’s lived by --- even if it means he might be left holding the bag.
Hard Case Crime * 9781781168196

EVA'S EYE: An Inspector Sejer Mystery by Karin Fossum (Mystery)
In this first novel of the Inspector Sejer mystery series --- available for the first time in English --- Eva and her young daughter, Emma, are walking by the river when Emma spots something floating in the water. It's the body of a man, and what's more, a man Eva recognizes. Inspectors Sejer and Skarre piece together the stories behind two unsolved murders. Does it all lead back to Eva?
Mariner Books * 9780544227811

AN EVENT IN AUTUMN: A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell (Mystery)
Paperback Original
After nearly 30 years in the same job, Inspector Kurt Wallander is tired, restless and itching to make a change. He is taken with a certain old farmhouse, perfectly situated in a quiet countryside with a charming, overgrown garden. There he finds the skeletal hand of a corpse in a shallow grave. Wallander’s investigation takes him deep into the history of the house and the land, until finally the shocking truth about a long-buried secret is brought to light.
Vintage * 9780804170642

THE HEIR APPARENT: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley (Biography)
THE HEIR APPARENT chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria’s firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into as wise and effective a monarch as Britain has ever seen. Granted unprecedented access to the royal archives, noted scholar Jane Ridley draws on numerous primary sources to paint a vivid portrait of the man and the age to which he gave his name.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812972634

HOTHOUSE: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux by Boris Kachka (History)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux is arguably the most influential publishing house of the modern era. Boris Kachka deftly reveals the era and the city that built FSG through the stories of two men: founder-owner Roger Straus and editor Robert Giroux. Vast but detailed, full of both fresh gossip and keen insight into how the literary world works, HOTHOUSE is the product of five years of research and nearly 200 interviews.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451691917

THE HUMANS by Matt Haig (Fiction/Humor)
An extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth and does not have positive first impressions of the human species. The visitor, who takes the form of Cambridge University’s prominent mathematician Andrew Martin, is eager to complete his task and return home to his own utopian planet. While initially disgusted by the human way of life, he starts to realize that there may be more to this weird species. As he forges bonds with Martin’s family, he sees hope in human imperfection and begins to question his mission.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476730592

THE KENNEDY CONNECTION: A Gil Malloy Novel by R. G. Belsky (Mystery/Thriller)
Paperback Original
Half a century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, someone is killing people on the streets of New York City and leaving behind a bizarre calling card of that tragic day in Dallas. Discredited newspaper reporter Gil Malloy breaks the story of the link between seemingly unconnected murders --- a Kennedy half dollar coin found at each of the crime scenes. At the same time, a man emerges who claims to be the secret son of Lee Harvey Oswald and says he has new evidence that Oswald was innocent of the JFK killing.
Atria Books * 9781476762326

SANDRINE'S CASE by Thomas H. Cook (Mystery/Thriller)
Samuel Madison always wondered what Sandrine saw in him. On the surface, their relationship and marriage seemed perfectly tranquil. But then one night, Sandrine is found dead in their bed and Samuel is accused of her murder. As the truth about their often tumultuous relationship comes to light, Samuel must face a town and media convinced of his guilt, a daughter whose faith in her father has been shaken to its core, and astonishing revelations about his wife that make him fall in love with her for a second time.
Mysterious Press * 9780802155146

SUNSHINE ON SCOTLAND STREET: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith (Fiction)
Paperback Original
When Angus Lordie and Domenica Macdonald head off on their honeymoon, Angus's dog Cyril goes to stay with the Pollocks. The long-suffering Bertie knows firsthand how stringent his mother's rules can be, and he resolves to help Cyril set off on an adventure. Meanwhile, Big Lou becomes a viral Internet sensation, and the incurable narcissist Bruce meets his match in the form of a doppelganger neighbor, who proposes a plan that could change both their lives.
Anchor * 9780345804402

WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb (Fiction)
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 Perennial * 9780061941030

WHAT I HAD BEFORE I HAD YOU by Sarah Cornwell (Fiction)
Olivia was only 15 the summer she left her hometown of Ocean Vista. Two decades later, on a visit with her children, her nine-year-old son Daniel, recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, disappears. Olivia’s search for him sparks tender and painful memories of her past --- of her fiercely loving and secretive mother, an erratic and beautiful psychic, and the discovery of heartbreaking secrets that shattered her world.
Harper Perennial * 9780062237859

August 15th

NOBODY'S CHILD: A Georgia Davis Novel of Suspense by Libby Fischer Hellmann (Thriller)
Paperback Original
A bloodstained note left for Chicago PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia's help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago's illegal sex trafficking business. But she soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up.
The Red Herrings Press * 9781938733468

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