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November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of November 10th and November 17th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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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

YOU HAVE TO F***ING EAT written by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Owen Brozman
From the author of the international bestseller GO THE F*** TO SLEEP comes a long-awaited sequel about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving and deeply cathartic, YOU HAVE TO F***ING EAT breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving moms and dads new, old, grand- and expectant a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem.
Akashic Books * 9781617753787

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
On Sale the Week of November 17th in Hardcover

November 18th

THE CINDERELLA MURDER by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke (Mystery/Thriller)
Television producer Laurie Moran believes she has the ideal case to feature on an episode of her reality drama, “Under Suspicion”: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. With the help of lawyer and host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen. But is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?
Simon & Schuster * 9781476763125

DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin (Memoir)
Louis Zamperini’s struggle to survive the unimaginable --- brought to life in his autobiography, DEVIL AT MY HEELS, and in Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller and its film adaptation, UNBROKEN --- elevated him to his rightful place among our country’s greatest heroes. Now Zamperini, who passed away in July at the age of 97, reveals the wisdom he learned along his incredible journey. In DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN, he offers never-before-told tales that embody his simple yet essential secrets of success.
Dey Street Books * 9780062368331

THE ESCAPE by David Baldacci (Thriller)
In ZERO DAY and THE FORGOTTEN, readers met John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, experience and skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455521197

THE JOB: A Fox and O’Hare Novel
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Mystery/Thriller)
The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox --- bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.
Bantam * 9780345543127

LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All by Nick Vujicic (Memoir/Inspirational)
Even though he was born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic created a “ridiculously good life.” But after dating disappointments and a failed relationship, he reached his mid-20s worried that he would never find a woman to love him and share his life. Then he met Kanae and everything changed. In LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS, Nick and Kanae tell how they improbably found each other, fell in love, and then fought to overcome skepticism from others about their relationship.
WaterBrook Press * 9781601426178

MANDELA: My Prisoner, My Friend by Christo Brand with Barbara Jones (Memoir)
While serving as a prison guard at a maximum security facility, Afrikaner Christo Brand was given charge of the country's most infamous inmate: Nelson Mandela. Won over by his charm and authentic concern for the well-being of others, Brand became Mandela's confidant and at times accomplice. Celebrating triumphs and suffering through many setbacks, the two men formed an unlikely bond, one that would endure until Mandela's death.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250055262

THE MISTLETOE PROMISE by Richard Paul Evans (Romance)
Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another lonely holiday season. So when a man from her building offers her a proposition --- for the next eight weeks, until the evening of December 24th, he suggests that they pretend to be a couple --- Elise agrees to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. However, she might not be the only one with secrets.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476728209

THE MURDER OF HARRIET KROHN by Karin Fossum (Mystery)
On a wet night in November, Charlo Torp, a former gambler, makes his way through the slush to Harriet Krohn’s apartment. Certain that paying off his debt is the only path to winning his daughter’s forgiveness, Charlo plans to rob the wealthy old woman’s antique silver collection. The following morning Harriet is found dead, her silver missing, and the only clue Inspector Sejer finds is an abandoned bouquet.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544273399

THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen Robertson (Historical Fiction)
Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all of her courage to escape, but Paris is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud is hired by Christian Morel as a companion to his beautiful, young sister, Sylvie. As Maud is drawn further into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250051837

THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields (Memoir)
Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. As Brooke became an adult, the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. In this memoir, Brooke reveals stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.
Dutton Adult * 9780525954842

WANT YOU DEAD by Peter James (Thriller)
When Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, it’s instant attraction at first sight. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning.
Minotaur Books * 9781250030207

WINK OF AN EYE by Lynn Chandler Willis (Mystery)
On the run from a double-cross, Las Vegas private investigator Gypsy Moran shows up unexpectedly at his sister Rhonda's house in Wink, Texas. She introduces Gypsy to one of her former students, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, who is in need of Gypsy's services. Tatum wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father Ryce's alleged suicide. Between dealing with his now-married high school sweetheart, a sexy reporter and hostile police officers, Gypsy has his work cut out for him.
Minotaur Books * 9781250053190

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim (Sports/Memoir)
No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. He is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final. He has also witnessed firsthand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life.
William Morrow * 9780062314963
On Sale the Week of November 17th in Paperback

November 18th

THE APARTMENT by Greg Baxter (Fiction)
Greg Baxter’s debut novel is the story of an Iraq War veteran who moves from his American hometown to an unnamed European city. On a snowy December day, a young woman the narrator met weeks earlier helps him look for an apartment. The book, which takes place over the course of that day, is a chronicle of regret and a meditation on violence and those who would exploit it for personal gain.
Twelve * 9781455548361

LIVING THE QUAKER WAY: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today by Philip Gulley (Religion & Spirituality)
In LIVING THE QUAKER WAY, Philip Gulley shows how Quaker values provide real solutions to many of our most pressing contemporary challenges. We not only come to a deeper appreciation of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality, we see how embracing these virtues will radically transform us and our world.
Convergent Books * 9780307955791

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