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August 12, 2014

August 12, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of August 11th and August 18th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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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
On Sale the Week of August 11th in Paperback

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
On Sale the Week of August 18th in Hardcover

August 19th

ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho (Fiction)
A woman in her 30s begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who, years earlier, had been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.
Knopf * 9781101874080

BITTERSWEET by Colleen McCullough (Historical Romance)
Because they are two sets of twins, the four Latimer sisters are as close as can be. Together they decide to enroll in a training program for nurses --- a new option for women of their time, who previously have been largely limited to the role of wives, and preferably mothers. As the sisters become immersed in hospital life and the demands of their training, they meet people and encounter challenges that spark new maturity and independence.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476755410

DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS by Julie Schumacher (Fiction)
Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor at a small liberal arts college. His department is facing cuts and squalid quarters, while another department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life. In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce.
Doubleday * 9780385538138

DON’T LOOK BACK by Gregg Hurwitz (Thriller)
While on a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, Eve Hardaway spots a menacing man in his yard throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. Due to a major storm that wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world, Eve’s tour group is trapped in the jungle with a dangerous predator who has a secret to protect.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312626839

THE EQUALIZER by Michael Sloan (Thriller)
Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector and an investigator. In this novel, based on the 1980s television show and timed to come out shortly before the feature film version starring Denzel Washington, McCall goes up against an old enemy, a Chechen nightclub owner, who now runs an elite assassination service to try and save the life of an innocent woman.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250041968

FLINGS: Stories by Justin Taylor (Fiction/Short Stories)
In this piercing collection of short fiction, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures. A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets in his car and just drives. A widowed insomniac is roused from malaise when an alligator appears in her backyard. A group of college friends try to stay close after graduation, but are drawn away from --- and back toward --- each other by the choices they make.
Harper * 9780062310156

GUN METAL HEART by Dana Haynes (Thriller)
Diego, an old colleague of freelance operative Daria Gibron, had been a bodyguard in Florence, protecting an engineer and her invention, when they were attacked by a highly trained paramilitary group. He alone escaped, and the White Scorpions, a Serbian mercenary group known for their indiscriminate violence, are now after him. At the same time, a small group of disgraced CIA agents have been waiting for their chance to exact revenge on the person they blame for their discharge --- Daria Gibron.
Minotaur Books * 9781250009647

HAUNTED: A Hannah Smith Novel by Randy Wayne White (Thriller)
The house is historic, some say haunted. It is also slated to be razed and replaced by condos, unless Hannah Smith can do something about it. She’s been hired by a wealthy Palm Beach widow to prove that the house’s seller didn’t disclose everything he knew about the place when he unloaded it, including its role in a bloody Civil War skirmish, and the suicides --- or were they murders? --- of two previous owners.
Putnam Adult * 9780399169762

I'LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS: My Memoir by Pat O'Brien (Memoir)
In I’LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS, Pat O'Brien reveals the highs and lows of the life of a radio and TV broadcaster, spent sharing the microphone with the world’s rich and famous while battling an infamous public scandal and demons that nearly killed him. With laughter, tears and miracles, he reveals how he learned to accept his mistakes, find redemption and become the father he never had, proving there really are second and even third acts in life.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312564377

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlanksy
Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter's finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night's dinner. Their tradition of International Night has afforded Mark an opportunity to share with Talia the recipes, stories and insights he has collected over more than 30 years of traveling the world writing about food, culture and history, and his charming pen-and-ink drawings, which appear throughout the book.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620400272

MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown (Romantic Suspense)
Dr. Emory Charbonneau disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man with a violent past. As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead --- and from heartbreak.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455581122

ONE KICK: A Kick Lannigan Novel by Chelsea Cain (Thriller)
Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick Lannigan captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. When two children go missing in three weeks, an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches the now-21-year-old with a proposition --- and he won’t take no for an answer.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476749785

ONE OF US by Tawni O'Dell (Psychological Thriller)
As a boy, forensic psychologist Sheridan Doyle (aka Danny Doyle) was plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother. Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, Danny comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past and himself.
Gallery Books * 9781476755878

THE ORGANIZED MIND: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin (Cognitive Psychology)
The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more --- and faster --- decisions about our lives than ever before. But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In THE ORGANIZED MIND, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel --- and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces and time.
Dutton Adult * 9780525954187

OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by Matthew Paul Turner (Christian Life/Social Issues)
Americans love God. We stamp God on our money, our bumper stickers, and our bodies. With a church on nearly every street, it's hard to deny our country's deep connection with the divine. Yet culture critic Matthew Paul Turner says that God didn't just change America --- America changed God. As a result, do we even recognize the "real" God? Here, Turner explores the United States' vast influence on God, told through an amazing true history of faith, politics and evangelical pyrotechnics.
Jericho Books * 9781455547340

PAYOFF by Douglas Corleone (Thriller)
When movie studio mogul Edgar Trenton’s teenage daughter, Olivia, is kidnapped during a violent home invasion, former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk is called upon to ensure a smooth ransom exchange. But once it becomes clear that the kidnappers never intended to return Olivia to her parents, Simon must follow a lethal trail that will lead him from the powdery white sand beaches of the Cayman Islands through the wild jungles of Costa Rica, and into some of the darkest and deadliest cities of South America.
Minotaur Books * 9781250040732

SIMPLIFY: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
If you crave a simpler life anchored by the priorities that matter most, roll up your sleeves: Simplified living requires more than just cleaning out your closets or reorganizing your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul. By eradicating the stuff that leaves your spirit drained, you can stop doing what doesn’t matter --- and start doing what does. In SIMPLIFY, Bill Hybels identifies the core issues that lure us into frenetic living --- and offers searingly practical steps for sweeping the clutter from our souls.
Tyndale Momentum * 9781414391229

THE STORY HOUR by Thrity Umrigar (Fiction)
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.
Harper * 9780062259301

SWEETNESS #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark (Fiction)
It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training. While testing a new artificial sweetener --- "Sweetness #9" --- he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys. David tries to blow the whistle, but swallows it instead. Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener --- and David's family is changing. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316278751

TIMELESS: Love, Morgenthau, and Me by Lucinda Franks (Memoir)
In TIMELESS, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Lucinda Franks tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. Here, she offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together. At the same time, she takes us behind the scenes to reveal the untold stories behind some of Morgenthau’s most famous cases, many of which she helped him brainstorm for.
Sarah Crichton Books * 9780374280802

VISIONS: A Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong (Supernatural Thriller/Fantasy)
OMENS, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s series for adults, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes. Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953050

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas (Fiction)
When Eileen Tumulty meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with in Woolside, Queens, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers that Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream. She encourages him to want more, but as years pass, it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476756660

WINDIGO ISLAND by William Kent Krueger (Mystery)
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case.
Atria Books * 9781476749235
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August 19th

A BOUQUET OF LOVE: Weddings by Design, Book 4 by Janice Thompson (Romance)
Paperback Original
Cassia Pappas wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, but her huge Greek family has other ideas. To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop...
Revell * 9780800721558

HOME TO CHICORY LANE: A Chicory Inn Novel by Deborah Raney (Romance)
Paperback Original
Audrey Whitman's dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey's daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she's pulling makes it clear she's not just here for a few days. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?
Abingdon Press * 9781426769696

IMPOSSIBLE ODDS: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm, with Anthony Flacco (Memoir)
IMPOSSIBLE ODDS chronicles the mutual journey of Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landemalm, during the torturous months when Jessica was kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by a band of Somali pirates. Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessica’s fight to stay alive, and Erik’s efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government.
Atria Books * 9781476725185

SNOW HUNTERS by Paul Yoon (Fiction)
SNOW HUNTERS traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so, he must let go of his traumatic past.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476714820

SYCAMORE ROW by John Grisham (Legal Thriller)
Twenty-five years after the publication of A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham returns to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial --- a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
Dell * 9780345543240

THIEF OF GLORY by Sigmund Brouwer (Historical Mystery)
Paperback Original
For 10-year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows --- his frail, troubled mother.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307446497

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Nearing 30 and trying to avoid the inescapable fact that they have failed to live up to everyone's expectations and their own aspirations, cousins and childhood best friends Lizzie, Elyse and Isobel seek respite in an oddly-shaped, three-story house. As they work to restore the almost-condemned house, each woman faces uncomfortable truths about her own failings.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062130549

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