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November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

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

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On Sale the Week of November 3rd in Hardcover

November 3rd

THE BURNING ROOM by Michael Connelly (Thriller)
In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. But when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet 10 years earlier, detectives Harry Bosch and Lucia Soto are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316225939

MERMAIDS IN PARADISE by Lydia Millet (Fiction)
On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip meet a marine biologist who says she has sighted mermaids in a coral reef. As the resort's "parent company" swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls to save said mermaids from the "Venture of Marvels," which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393245622

November 4th

ALL DAYS ARE NIGHT by Peter Stamm, translated by Michael Hofmann (Fiction)
Gillian is content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible future --- or so it seems.
Other Press * 9781590516966

AN AMERICAN CARDINAL: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan by Christina Boyle (Biography)
The most powerful Roman Catholic leader in the United States had humble beginnings before being formally ordained in 1976. He was made Archbishop of New York in 2009 and several months later was elevated to cardinal. His rise is not, however, without its controversies. AN AMERICAN CARDINAL is a book about power and the Roman Catholic church today framed by the life of a man who might someday become the first American pope.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250032874

AMERICAN TITAN: Searching for John Wayne by Marc Eliot (Biography)
As he did in his bestselling biographies of Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood, acclaimed Hollywood biographer Marc Eliot digs deep beneath the myth in this revealing look at the most legendary Western film hero of all time; the man with the distinctive voice, walk and demeanor who was an inspiration to many and a symbol of American masculinity, power and patriotism.
Dey Street Books * 9780062269003

BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie (Mystery)
Retired from the rodeo circuit, Rodeo Grace Garnet doesn't have much choice but to say yes when offered an unusual case. An elderly Indian woman from his own Reservation has hired him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she seems strangely uninterested in the results. Her attitude appears to be heartless, but as Rodeo pursues interrelated cases, he learns that the old woman's indifference is nothing compared to true hatred.
Minotaur Books * 9781250053541

CHAIN OF EVENTS by Fredrik T. Olsson (Thriller)
William Sandberg, once a well-respected military cryptologist pursuing cutting-edge research, is a ruined man who has succumbed to a dark depression. Then a nameless, top-secret organization abducts him and tasks him with a daunting mission: decode a message that will reveal the disastrous prophecies hidden in our DNA before it is too late. Meanwhile, William's ex-wife, Christina, is haunted by his absence and suspects there is more to his disappearance than just the reclusive impulse of a depressed man.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316335003

CITIZENS CREEK by Lalita Tademy (Historical Fiction)
Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his 10th birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. Cow Tom’s legacy lives on --- especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose, who is inspired by her grandfather’s indelible mark of courage.
Atria Books * 9781476753034

FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE by Robert Bausch (Historical Fiction)
As Union veteran Bobby Hale stumbles around the West, he finds meaning in the people he meets, and the violent history he both participates in and witnesses. FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people --- a white man and a mixed-race woman --- in the midst of such majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620402597

FOR THE DEAD: A Poke Rafferty Thriller by Timothy Hallinan (Thriller)
After seven years in Bangkok, American travel writer Poke Rafferty finally feels settled. All that is endangered when his adopted daughter, Miaow, helps her boyfriend buy a stolen iPhone that contains photographs of two murdered police officers. As Miaow’s carefully constructed personal life falls apart, Rafferty discovers that the murders are part of a conspiracy that reaches the top rungs of Bangkok law enforcement and beyond.
Soho Crime * 9781616951146

FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Military History)
Because so few of us now serve in the military, our men and women in uniform have become strangers to us. We stand up at athletic events to honor them, but we hardly know their true measure. Here, Starbucks CEO and longtime veterans’ advocate Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post offer an enlightening, inspiring corrective.
Knopf * 9781101874455

THE FORGERS by Bradford Morrow (Literary Thriller)
The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his home with his hands severed. Adam’s sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will --- a convicted if unrepentant literary forger --- struggle to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible murder. But when Will begins receiving threatening handwritten letters, he understands that his own life is also on the line --- and attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meg.
Mysterious Press * 9780802123213

Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York. There you have an idea of Brock Clarke’s new novel, THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201111

HOPE: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin (Biography)
Bob Hope is a household name. However, as Richard Zoglin shows in this revelatory biography, there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures --- from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationship with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a dogged worker, gracious with fans and generous with friends.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439140277

I MUST SAY: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (Memoir)
In this engagingly witty, wise and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen. But there is another side to Short’s life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both of his parents, and, more recently, his wife succumbed to cancer. In I MUST SAY, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through.
Harper * 9780062309525

THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson (Literary Thriller)
After 10 years’ absence, Roland Nair returns to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to reunite with his friend, Michael Adriko. Adriko is an African who styles himself a soldier of fortune, newly engaged to a college girl named Davidia from Colorado. Together the three set out to visit Adriko’s clan in the Uganda-Congo borderland --- but each of these travelers is keeping secrets from the others. Their journey through a land abandoned by the future leads Adriko, Nair and Davidia to meet themselves not in a new light, but rather in a new darkness.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374280598

LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU: A Frank Bascombe Book by Richard Ford (Fiction)
Through Frank Bascombe, we’ve witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the 20th century. Now, in LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU, author Richard Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity.
Ecco * 9780061692062

LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Rita Mae Brown (Mystery)
Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds. After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate that’s interrupted by the discovery of grisly remains. Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families.
Ballantine Books * 9780553392623

A MAP OF BETRAYAL by Ha Jin (Fiction)
When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed --- and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China.
Pantheon * 9780307911605

NAPOLEON: A Life by Andrew Roberts (Biography)
Andrew Roberts’ NAPOLEON is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s 33,000 letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Roberts traveled to 53 of Napoleon’s 60 battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena.
Viking Adult * 9780670025329

A NEW YORK CHRISTMAS by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery)
Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt and head of Britain’s Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding. When Harley, the groom’s charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search for Delphinia’s disgraced mother, Maria, and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him.
Ballantine Books * 9780345548467

THE SIEGE by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Historical Thriller)
Cádiz, 1811: Bombs are falling. Paranoia reigns in a city under siege, but it is worsened when the bodies of murdered women begin to turn up in abandoned corners of the city. Something dark is certainly afoot --- and this shadowy evil seems to have a message for merciless police commissioner Rogelio Tizón. His determination to find the killer will take him on a twisting path through the intertwined lives of those trapped together in the city.
Random House * 9781400069682

SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE: Selected Stories by Ron Rash (Fiction/Short Stories)
SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE showcases Ron Rash’s artistry and craftsmanship in 30 stories culled from his previously published collections NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY, BURNING BRIGHT, CHEMISTRY and THE NIGHT NEW JESUS FELL TO EARTH. Each work of short fiction demonstrates Rash’s dazzling ability to evoke the heart and soul of this land and its people --- men and women inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them.
Ecco * 9780062349347

TWILIGHT OF THE EASTERN GODS by Ismail Kadare (Fiction)
During his time at the Gorky Institute, a kind of miniature Soviet Union where writers from deepest Siberia, Kazakhstan and the Caucasus all came to study, Ismail Kadare was caught up in the furor over Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize win when the Soviet Union demanded that Pasternak refuse the foreign, bourgeois award or be sentenced to exile. Kadare’s time at the Institute, the drunken nights, corrupt professors and enforced aesthetics are fictionalized in a novel that entwines Russian and Albanian myth with history.
Grove Press * 9780802123114

UGLY GIRLS by Lindsay Hunter (Fiction)
Jamey, an alleged high school student from a nearby town, has been pining after Perry from behind the computer screen for some time now. When Perry and her friend, Baby Girl, finally agree to meet Jamey face-to-face, they quickly realize he’s far from the shy high school boy they thought he was --- and they’ll do whatever is necessary to protect themselves.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374533861

November 6th

STALIN: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin (Biography)
In STALIN, Stephen Kotkin offers a biography that, at long last, is equal to this shrewd, sociopathic, charismatic dictator in all his dimensions. The character of Stalin emerges as both astute and blinkered, cynical and true believing, people oriented and vicious, canny enough to see through people but prone to nonsensical beliefs. STALIN also gives an intimate view of the Bolshevik regime’s inner geography of power, bringing to the fore fresh materials from Soviet military intelligence and the secret police.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203794
On Sale the Week of November 3rd in Paperback

November 3rd

THE DISCOVERY OF MIDDLE EARTH: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts by Graham Robb (History)
Graham Robb reveals the ancient secrets of the Celts, demonstrates the lasting influence of Druid science, and recharts the exploration of the world and the spread of Christianity. A pioneering history grounded in a real-life historical treasure hunt, THE DISCOVERY OF MIDDLE EARTH offers nothing less than an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393349924

November 4th

1963: THE YEAR OF THE REVOLUTION: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion by Robin Morgan and Ariel Leve (History)
While the Cold War began to thaw, the race into space heated up, feminism and civil rights percolated in politics, JFK’s assassination shocked the world, and the Beatles and Bob Dylan would emerge as poster boys and prophets of a revolution that changed the world. 1963: THE YEAR OF THE REVOLUTION records, documentary-style, the incredible roller-coaster ride of those 12 months, told through the recollections of some of the period’s most influential figures.
Dey Street Books * 9780062120458

AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Morrissey (Autobiography)
Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22, 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982–1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for 26 years, during which time he has had three #1 albums in England in three different decades. AUTOBIOGRAPHY covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.
Penguin Classics * 9780143107507

THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt (Fiction)
After years of watching her work ignored or dismissed by critics, artist Harriet Burden conducts an experiment she calls Maskings: she presents her own art behind three male masks, concealing her female identity. When Burden finally steps forward triumphantly to reveal herself as the artist behind the exhibitions, there are critics who doubt her. The public scandal turns on the final exhibition, initially shown as the work of acclaimed artist Rune, who denies Burden’s role in its creation.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476747248

BY BLOOD WE LIVE by Glen Duncan (Paranormal Fantasy/Horror)
With her twins safely at her side, and the devotion of her lover, Walker, Talulla has what appears to be a normal family life --- except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this hard-won, tenuous peace is undermined for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. As the novel unfolds, Talulla and Remshi are inexorably drawn to each other --- and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass.
Vintage * 9780307742193

CARTHAGE by Joyce Carol Oates (Mystery)
Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects --- a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever.
Ecco * 9780062208132

THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Thriller/Adventure)
FBI Agent Kate O'Hare has lived to put the slippery conman known as Nicolas Fox behind bars. Nick is a fed's worst nightmare: exceptionally talented in his line of work, known the world over for being able to pull off some of the most dangerous, high-profile cons. In a cruel twist of fate, Kate's bosses at the FBI force her to covertly partner up with Nick to take down big league crime.
Bantam * 9780345543097

DEAD MAN'S TIME by Peter James (Mystery)
During the investigation of a savage burglary in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace realizes he has kicked over a hornet’s nest of new and ancient hatreds. At its heart is one man, Gavin Daly, who has a score to settle and a promise to keep --- both of which lead to a murderous trail linking the antiques world of Brighton, the crime fraternity of Spain’s Marbella, and New York.
Minotaur Books * 9781250055293

DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren (Romance)
Paperback Original
Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman --- or just what he needs.
Gallery Books * 9781476777962

DUKE: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout (Biography)
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century --- and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. A semifinalist for the National Book Award, DUKE peels away countless layers of Ellington’s evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about this creative genius.
Gotham * 9781592408801

HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES by Monica McInerney (Fiction)
Paperback Original
For the past 33 years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself --- she tells the truth. The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. But when she is taken away from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together --- and pull themselves together --- in wonderfully surprising ways.
NAL Trade * 9780451466723

HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE by Emma Chapman (Psychological Suspense)
Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife. But now, something is changing. Small things seem off: a flash of movement in the corner of Marta’s eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall, visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only she can see. As these visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself.
Picador * 9781250054456

IF KENNEDY LIVED: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield (Alternate History)
What if Kennedy was not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? How would JFK, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place? The answers Jeff Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic.
NAL Trade * 9780451471321

INSIDE THE DREAM PALACE: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherill Tippins (History)
The Chelsea Hotel, since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, has been an icon of American invention: a cultural dynamo and haven for the counterculture, all in one astonishing building. Sherill Tippins, author of the acclaimed FEBRUARY HOUSE, delivers a masterful and endlessly entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the successive generations of artists who have cohabited and created there.
Mariner Books * 9780544334472

JOHNNY CASH: The Life by Robert Hilburn (Biography)
Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. Drawing upon his personal experience with Johnny Cash and a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture.
Back Bay Books * 9780316194747

LOVE, NINA: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe (Memoir)
Twenty-year-old Nina Stibbe moves to a posh section of London to become a nanny to two young boys, the sons of well-known editor Mary-Kay Wilmers. Nina has no experience as a nanny but jumps right in and soon becomes a valued member of the quirky household. LOVE, NINA is comprised of Nina's letters home to her sister, Victoria. Though the correspondence is one-sided, the reader becomes well acquainted with this family through Nina's frank and often amusing letters.
Back Bay Books * 9780316243384

MY MISTAKE: A Memoir by Daniel Menaker (Memoir)
Daniel Menaker started as a fact checker at The New Yorker in 1969. With luck, hard work, and the support of William Maxwell, he was eventually promoted to editor. Never beloved by William Shawn, he was advised early on to find a position elsewhere; he stayed for another 24 years. Now Menaker brings us a new view of life in that wonderfully strange place and beyond, throughout his more than 40 years working to celebrate language and good writing.
Mariner Books * 9780544334533

PROOF OF ANGELS by Mary Curran Hackett (Fiction)
Paperback Original
While fighting a horrific blaze, Sean Magee becomes trapped by flames and is nearly overcome by smoke. Just when it seems that all is lost, he’s led to a window --- by what he swears is divine intervention. And then he jumps…into a new life. Coming through that fire, he knows that he can no longer be that man whose heart is closed to the world. But before he can face his future, he must confront his past and everyone in it: the family, the friends, the woman --- and the love --- he carelessly left behind.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062279958

SANE NEW WORLD: A User's Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind by Ruby Wax (Self-Help/Humor)
Paperback Original
Ruby Wax --- comedian, writer and mental health advocate --- has been on a tough but ultimately enlightening journey that has taken her from battling depression to achieving a Masters Degree from Oxford University in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. In SANE NEW WORLD, Ruby helps us all understand why we sabotage our sanity, how our brains work, and how we can rewire our thinking --- often through simple mindfulness techniques --- to find calm in a frenetic world.
Perigee Trade * 9780399170607

SENSE & SENSIBILITY by Joanna Trollope (Fiction)
Jane Austen’s classic tale of two sisters --- one eminently reasonable, the other deeply romantic --- has already yielded one fine movie, three miniseries, and a parody novel awash in sea monsters. Now it’s been catapulted into the 21st century by a veteran British writer, with results that confirm its enduring fascination.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062200471

SILENT NIGHT: A Spenser Holiday Novel by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann (Mystery)
Spenser is busy planning for his holiday dinner when an 11-year-old homeless boy shows up in need of help. The man who runs the unlicensed shelter that gives the boy refuge is being intimidated in an attempt to force them out of their neighborhood. Spenser is on the case in SILENT NIGHT, the book Robert B. Parker was working on at the time of his death.
Berkley Trade * 9780425271612

THE SPOOK LIGHTS AFFAIR: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini (Historical Mystery)
While John Quincannon follows a danger-laden trail to unmask the murderous perpetrators of a Wells, Fargo robbery, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, works her wiles on friends and relatives of a vanished debutante until the pieces of her puzzle start falling into place. But it’s an oddly disguised gent appearing out of nowhere who provides the final clue to both cases --- the shrewd “crackbrain” who believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes.
Forge Books * 9780765331786

STRINGER: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram (Memoir)
In August 2005, Anjan Sundaram abandoned his path to a Yale Ph.D. in mathematics to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and refashion himself as a journalist. He found a country that was diseased, corrupt, and poised on the cusp of war. When Sundaram is engaged as a “stringer” for the Associated Press, he becomes a chronicler for a country he’s just beginning to experience. STRINGER is his searing portrait of life in this broken, lawless place, an account of the rocky education of a reporter.
Anchor * 9780345806321

TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green (Fiction)
Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for 18 years. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her --- until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling and fascinating, alive --- something she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers that her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312604189

THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Mystery)
On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they never could have imagined that will change their lives forever.
Minotaur Books * 9781250052353

WHILE BEAUTY SLEPT by Elizabeth Blackwell (Historical Fantasy)
I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered --- and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago.
Berkley Trade * 9780425273845
On Sale the Week of November 10th in Hardcover

November 10th

SMALL VICTORIES: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott (Essays)
Anne Lamott writes about faith, family and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. In SMALL VICTORIES, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, but they change us. She writes of forgiveness, restoration and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594486296

November 11th

41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush (Biography)
41 covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President and President. The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm, decent man known best by his family.
Crown * 9780553447781

BLUE LABYRINTH by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Thriller)
A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast's most feared enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse with a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455525898

FAMILY FURNISHINGS: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 by Alice Munro (Fiction/Short Stories)
FAMILY FURNISHINGS brings us 24 of Alice Munro’s most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, many of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario. These stories illuminate the quotidian yet extraordinary particularity in the lives of men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, suffer defeat, set off into the unknown, or find a way to be in the world.
Knopf * 9781101874103

FLESH AND BLOOD: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell (Mystery)
Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. When Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze, she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, her own flesh and blood.
William Morrow * 9780062325341

THE HEART HAS ITS REASONS by Maria Duenas (Fiction)
A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea seems to have it all. Sadly her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of 20 years leaves her for another woman. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. But in delving into the past, Blanca finds herself simultaneously awakened to the present by Daniel Carter, a charismatic professor with crucial knowledge about the dead writer that he has never before revealed.
Atria Books * 9781451668339

IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (Mystery Anthology)
The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were recently voted as the top mystery series of all time. Now, Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger have assembled a stellar group of contemporary authors from a variety of genres and asked them to create new stories inspired by that canon. Readers will find Holmes in times and places previously unimagined, as well as characters who themselves have been affected by the tales of Sherlock Holmes.
Pegasus * 9781605986586

THE LAWS OF MURDER: A Charles Lenox Mystery by Charles Finch (Historical Mystery)
It’s 1876, and Charles Lenox, once London’s leading private investigator, has just given up his seat in Parliament, primed to return to his first love: detection. With high hopes, he and three colleagues start a new detective agency. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did. Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent’s Park.
Minotaur Books * 9781250051301

LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS: Life and Leadership Lessons from the Bible by John C. Maxwell (Christian Life/Inspirational)
If you could spend a few minutes with the giants of faith in the Old Testament in person, what lessons would they share with you? In LEARNING FROM THE GIANTS, John C. Maxwell draws on 50 years of studying the Bible to share the stories of Elijah, Elisha, Job, Jacob, Deborah, Isaiah, Jonah, Joshua and Daniel. Through them, Maxwell explores timeless lessons we can learn about leadership, ourselves and our relationship with God.
FaithWords * 9781455557073

LIVES IN RUINS: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson (Social Science/Archaeology)
Pompeii, Machu Picchu, the Valley of the Kings, the Parthenon --- the names of these legendary archaeological sites conjure up romance and mystery. The news is full of archaeology: treasures found and treasures lost. Where are the archaeologists behind these stories? What kind of work do they actually do, and why does it matter? Marilyn Johnson’s LIVES IN RUINS is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past.
Harper * 9780062127181

REVIVAL by Stephen King (Thriller)
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a new minister named Charles Jacobs will transform the local church. However, when tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief and is banished from the shocked town. Years later, a grownup Jamie Morton meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
Scribner * 9781476770383

THE STRANGER: Barack Obama in the White House by Chuck Todd (Politics)
Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But if he'd come to the White House thinking he could change the political culture, he soon discovered just how difficult it was to swim against an upstream of insiders, partisans and old guard networks allied to undermine his agenda --- including members of his own party. In THE STRANGER, Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's White House tenure.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316079570

THIRTEEN SOLDIERS: A Personal History of Americans at War by John McCain and Mark Salter (Military History)
THIRTEEN SOLDIERS tells the stories of real soldiers who personify valor, obedience, enterprise and love. Each account illustrates a particular aspect of war, such as Mary Rhoads, an Army reservist forever changed by an Iraqi scud missile attack during the Persian Gulf War, and Monica Lin Brown, a frontline medic in rural Afghanistan who saved several lives in an ambushed convoy. From their acts of self-sacrifice to their astonishing bravery, these 13 soldiers embody the best America has to offer.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476759654

WATCH ME: A Memoir by Anjelica Huston (Memoir)
In A STORY LATELY TOLD, Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London. That memoir of her early years ended when she stepped into Hollywood. In WATCH ME, Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent, high-profile, spirited 17-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends.
Scribner * 9781476760346

November 12th

MISSING REELS by Farran Smith Nehme (Fiction)
One day, Ceinwen Reilly discovers that her downstairs neighbor may have starred in a forgotten silent film that hasn’t been seen for ages. She is determined to track down the film, impress her neighbor, and become a part of movie history: the archivist as ingénue. Ceinwen and a bumbling but charming math professor she has just met will or will not discover the missing reels, will or will not fall in love, and will or will not encounter the obsessives that make up the New York silent film nut underworld.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468309270

November 13th

THE CHURCHILL FACTOR: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson
On the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays --- with characteristic wit and passion --- a man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing and deep humanity.

Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594633027
On Sale the Week of November 10th in Paperback

November 11th

EASY DEATH by Daniel Boyd (Crime Fiction)
Paperback Original
It takes guts and good luck to pull off an armored car robbery, and Walter and Eddie have both. But getting the money and getting away with it are two different things, especially with a blizzard coming down, the cops in hot pursuit, and a double-crossing gambler and a sadistic park ranger threatening to turn this white Christmas blood red.
Hard Case Crime * 9780857685797

For many years, Donna Leon has written essays for European publications. Collected here are the best of these: over 50 funny, charming, passionate and insightful essays that range from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate. She shares episodes from her life in Venice, explores her love of opera, and recounts tales from in and around her country house in the mountains.
Grove Press * 9780802122803

PRIVATE INDIA: CITY ON FIRE by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi (Thriller)
Paperback Original
When Jack Morgan opens the Mumbai branch of Private, the world's most elite detective agency, he hands the reins to top agent Santosh Wagh. A killer is targeting seemingly unconnected women and placing strange objects at their death scenes in a series of chilling rituals. As the Private team races to find a link that will lead them to the next victim, an unseen menace threatens to destroy the agency from within --- and plunge the city into chaos.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455560820

PURGATORY: A Jack Taylor Novel by Ken Bruen (Mystery/Thriller)
Recovering from the severe mental and physical wounds inflicted from his recent past, former cop Jack Taylor has finally found a modicum of peace. Yet this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante killer begins targeting the scum of Galway, signing mysterious notes with the moniker “C 33.” The killer addresses these cryptic letters to Jack, trying to goad him into joining the murderous spree.
Mysterious Press * 9780802122896

TATIANA: An Arkady Renko Novel by Martin Cruz Smith (Mystery)
Arkady Renko has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In TATIANA, the melancholy hero --- cynical, analytical and quietly subversive --- unravels a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439140222

November 15th

THE COLLECTOR OF LOST THINGS by Jeremy Page (Historical Thriller/Adventure)
The year is 1845, and young researcher Eliot Saxby is paid to go on an expedition to the Arctic in the hope of finding remains of the by-now-extinct Great Auk, a large flightless bird of mythical status. Eliot joins a hunting ship, but the crew and the passengers are not what they seem. As the ship moves further and further into the wilds of the Arctic Sea, Eliot clings to what he believes in, but is irrevocably drawn back into a past that haunts him --- and a present that confronts him with a myriad of dangers.
Pegasus * 9781605986418

RUNNING WITH THE PACK: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality by Mark Rowlands (Memoir)
In RUNNING WITH THE PACK, Mark Rowlands reveals the most significant runs of his life --- from the entire day he spent running as a boy in Wales, to the runs along French beaches and up Irish mountains with his beloved wolf, Brenin, and through Florida swamps with his husky-mix, Nina. Intertwined are the fascinating meditations that those runs triggered --- from mortality, midlife and the meaning of life.
Pegasus * 9781605986432

THE VENETIANS: A New History: From Marco Polo to Casanova by Paul Strathern (History)
The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory. THE VENETIANS illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history.
Pegasus * 9781605986593

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