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February 10, 2015

February 10, 2015

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of February 9th and February 16th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of February 9th in Hardcover

February 10th

BELLA’S GIFT: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation by Rick and Karen Santorum, with Elizabeth Santorum (Memoir)
Four days after Rick and Karen Santorum welcomed their eighth baby into the world, they were given the devastating news that their little girl, Bella, was going to die. The full story of life with Bella has never been told until now. This inspiring family memoir explores what it means to embrace and celebrate the life of each person, and find hope, even in the midst of painful challenges.
Thomas Nelson * 9780718021955

THE BIRD MARKET OF PARIS: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki (Memoir)
Nikki Moustaki fell hard for birds, just like her grandfather, who showed her how to hypnotize chickens, sneak up on pigeons and handle baby birds. But by the time Nikki graduated from college, she was succumbing to alcohol and increasingly unable to care for her flock. In a last-ditch effort to honor her grandfather when he passed away, she flew to France hoping to visit the bird market of Paris to release a white dove. Instead, something astonishing happened there that saved Nikki’s life.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805096514

BLOOD INFERNAL: The Order of the Sanguines Series by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
With THE BLOOD GOSPEL, James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell combined science, myth and religion to introduce a breathtaking world where miracles hold new meaning and the fight for good over evil is far more complicated than we ever dreamed. And now, in this epic conclusion to the Order of the Sanguines trilogy, they take us to the very pit of Hell itself, making us peer into the abyss and face our greatest fears, to answer the ultimate question: What price will we pay for true salvation?

William Morrow * 9780062343260

THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR by Sandra Newman (Dystopian Thriller)
In the ruins of a future America, 15-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off of the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Before reaching the age of 20, they all die of a mysterious disease. When her brother begins showing signs of the disease, Ice Cream Star sets off on a bold journey to find a cure. Led by a stranger, a captured prisoner named Pasha who becomes her devoted protector and friend, Ice Cream Star plunges into the unknown, risking her freedom and ultimately her life.
Ecco * 9780062227096

CRAZY LOVE YOU by Lisa Unger (Psychological Thriller)
Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him "loser" and "fatboy"...and from his family's deadly secrets. Now that they've both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss...Priss is still trouble.
Touchstone * 9781451691207

THE DAMNED by Andrew Pyper (Supernatural Thriller)
Despite surviving a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, Danny Orchard has never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family --- and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. She has haunted her brother for 20 years, and now, just when he’s met the love of his life, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive. So she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476755113

DREAMLESS by Jørgen Brekke (Mystery)
A promising young singer is found dead in a clearing in a forest. She has been gruesomely murdered --- her larynx was cut out, and an antique music box was placed carefully atop her body, playing a mysterious lullaby that sounds familiar but no one can quite place it. Chief Inspector Odd Singsaker of the Trondheim Police Department, who is still recovering from brain surgery, is called in to investigate.
Minotaur Books * 9781250016997

THE FIRST WIFE by Erica Spindler (Thriller)
Despite the 10-year difference in their ages, her working class upbringing and his of privilege, Logan Abbott and Bailey Browne fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows. But when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. A tragic family history she knew nothing about surfaces, plus whisperings about the disappearance of his first wife and rumors about the women from the area who have gone missing.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250012548

THE GLITTERING WORLD by Robert Levy (Supernatural Thriller)
When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored.
Gallery Books * 9781476774527

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli (Fiction)
On a small, unnamed coral atoll in the South Pacific, a group of troubled dreamers must face the possibility that the hopes they’ve labored after so single-mindedly might not lead them to the happiness they feel they were promised. By turns funny and tragic, THE LAST GOOD PARADISE explores our modern, complex and often self-contradictory discontents, crafting an exhilarating and darkly satirical story about our need to connect in an increasingly networked but isolating world.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250043962

THE MARRIAGE GAME: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir (Historical Romance/Mystery)
The dashing, though married, Lord Robert Dudley lays claim to Elizabeth I’s heart. However, events take a dark turn when Robert’s wife is found dead. Universal shock is followed by accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within.
Ballantine Books * 9780345511911

MIRACLE AT THE HIGHER GROUNDS CAFE by Max Lucado, with Candace Lee and Eric Newman (Fiction)
After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea Chambers takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café. But when this admirable move fails to pay the bills, she finds herself desperate for help. Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door and, with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the Internet connection to the divine.
Thomas Nelson * 9780718000882

MOTIVE: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (Psychological Thriller)
Ursula Corey is a successful, attractive divorcée who has been executed. Two suspects emerge: the dead woman’s business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis think they’re zeroing in on the perp, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of a previously unsolved murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the specter of a serial killer on a mission.
Ballantine Books * 9780345541376

MY SUNSHINE AWAY by M.O. Walsh (Fiction)
MY SUNSHINE AWAY unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when 15-year-old Lindy Simpson --- free spirit, track star and belle of the block --- experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.
Putnam Adult * 9780399169526

OBSESSION IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (Mystery/Thriller)
Eve Dallas has become the object of one person’s obsession --- someone who would kill for her. With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate and dangerous psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall…
Putnam Adult * 9780399170874

SCREENING ROOM: Family Pictures by Alan Lightman (Memoir)
Alan Lightman’s grandfather, M.A. Lightman, was the family’s undisputed patriarch: it was his movie theater empire that catapulted the Lightmans to prominence in the South, his fearless success that both galvanized and paralyzed his children and grandchildren. In SCREENING ROOM, the author chronicles his return to Memphis in an attempt to understand the origins he so eagerly left behind 40 years earlier.
Pantheon * 9780307379399

THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth (Fiction)
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world --- and the secrets they keep. Neva, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy --- including the identity of the baby’s father --- hidden for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother, Neva’s situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s --- a secret that, if revealed, will change everything.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250051899

SHE WEEPS EACH TIME YOU’RE BORN by Quan Barry (Historical Fiction)
At the peak of the war in Vietnam, a baby girl is born along the Song Ma River on the night of the full moon. This is Rabbit, who will journey away from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war. Here is a Vietnam we’ve never encountered before: through Rabbit’s inexplicable but radiant intuition, we are privy to an intimate version of history, from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plantations through the chaos of postwar reunification.
Pantheon * 9780307911773

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler (Fiction)
Abby and Red Whitshank, and their four grown children, have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the 21st century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.
Knopf * 9781101874271

SWEET NOTHING: Stories by Richard Lange (Thriller/Short Stories)
Included in Richard Lange’s latest short story collection, SWEET NOTHING, are edge-of-your-seat tales: A prison guard must protect an inmate being tried for heinous crimes. A father and son set out to rescue a young couple trapped during a wildfire. An ex-con trying to make good as a security guard stumbles onto a burglary plot. A young father must submit to blackmail to protect the fragile life he's built.
Mulholland Books * 9780316327541

THE SWIMMER by Joakim Zander (Thriller)
Klara Walldéen, an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, has accidentally seen something she shouldn’t have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that someone will kill to keep hidden. Suddenly, she is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why. Meanwhile, in Virginia, an old spy hides from his past. He is the only man who can save Klara…and she is the only woman who can allow him to lay old ghosts to rest.
Harper * 9780062337245

TWELVE DAYS: A John Wells Novel
by Alex Berenson (Thriller)
John Wells, with his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto, has uncovered a staggering plot, a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But they have no hard evidence. Now the President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran --- furious and frightened --- have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells, Shafer and Duto know they have only 12 days to find the proof they need.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159749

February 15th

A LOVE LIKE BLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick (Historical/Psychological Thriller)
In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man in a dark tunnel, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterward that worse tragedies happen during war. Seven years later, he returns to the city --- and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating, beautiful young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow.
Pegasus * 9781605986838
On Sale the Week of February 9th in Paperback

February 8th

FEBRUARY FEVER: A Murder-by-Month Mystery by Jess Lourey
Paperback Original
Mira James’ hot and heavy relationship with boyfriend Johnny Leeson is definitely warming up her winter. But when Johnny has to go to Portland, Oregon, for a month-long internship, airplane-averse Mira lets her septuagenarian friend Mrs. Berns talk her into a visit. After a few glasses of champagne and Mrs. Berns’ encouragement, Mira begins to relax and enjoy herself…until a fellow passenger is murdered and a snowstorm traps the train in the Rockies. If Mira can’t track down the killer, she may end up derailed --- permanently.
Midnight Ink * 9780738742144

February 9th

I AM ABRAHAM: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War by Jerome Charyn (Historical Fiction)
This unforgettable portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War effortlessly mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy to create an achingly human portrait of the 16th president. Jerome Charyn conducts an orchestra of historical figures and fictional extras centered on a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and his sons is explored with penetrating psychological insight and the utmost compassion.
Liveright * 9781631490026

February 10th

ASTORIA: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier by Peter Stark (History)
ASTORIA is the true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing.
Ecco * 9780062218308

THE BEAR by Claire Cameron (Suspense)
While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear is attacking the family's campsite and pouncing on her parents as prey. At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger.
Back Bay Books * 9780316230094

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman (Horror/Thriller)
Something terrifying is out there that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying --- one wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them.
Ecco * 9780062259660

DARK INVASION: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America by Howard Blum (History)
When a “neutral” United States becomes a trading partner for the Allies early in World War I, the Germans implement a secret plan to strike back. A team of saboteurs devise a series of “mysterious accidents” using explosives and biological weapons to bring down vital targets. New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department’s Bomb Squad, is assigned the difficult mission of stopping them.
Harper Perennial * 9780062307569

DEFIANT: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned by Alvin Townley (History)
During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators. To quash the powerful underground resistance of the POWs, their captors singled out its 11 leaders and banished them to an isolated jail that would become known as Alcatraz. As they suffered in Hanoi, their wives at home launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the nationwide POW/MIA movement.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250060334

THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW by Matthew Quick (Fiction/Humor)
In a series of extremely personal letters to actor Richard Gere, a mentally challenged man in his late 30s named Bartholomew shares his confusing, complicated search for the meaning of life. No letters are actually mailed. The letter writer also imagines Gere's answers and is encouraged by them.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062285614

A KING’S RANSOM by Sharon Kay Penman (Historical Fiction)
This long-anticipated sequel to LIONHEART is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home, he was to spend 15 months imprisoned, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom. For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars and illness were ever present.
Ballantine Books * 9780345528339

LION PLAYS ROUGH: A Leo Maxwell Mystery by Lachlan Smith (Mystery)
When a mysterious woman nearly runs Leo Maxwell down, then appears at his office and asks him to defend her brother on a murder charge, Leo thinks he’s found the case that will make his name. One problem: he hasn’t actually met the client. And after taking a series of photographs that seem to blow the lid on corruption in the police department, Leo quickly learns that all is not as it seems --- beginning with the alluring woman who hired him.
Mysterious Press * 9780802122995

THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE by Lou Berney (Mystery)
Paperback Original
In the summer of 1986, six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through the survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape. Similarly, Julianna struggles with the past --- with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062292438

THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand (Romance)
Clendenin Hughes is the boy who took Dabney Kimball Beech’s heart with him long ago when he left Nantucket to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on the island, and Dabney has never felt so confused or so alive. But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family.
Back Bay Books * 9780316099691

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 * 9781455581146

MISSING YOU by Harlan Coben (Thriller)
On an online dating site, NYPD Detective Kat Donovan finds the profile of her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years. Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light.
Signet * 9780451414120

THE PILGRIMS by Will Elliott (Fantasy)
Eric Albright is a luckless slacker willing to let his life just drift by…until the day a small red door appears on the graffiti-covered wall of the railway bridge near his flat, and a gang of strange-looking people dash out of the door and rob the nearby newsagent. From that day on, Eric and his sometimes friend, Stuart Casey, wait for the door to reappear. When it does, they choose to go through…to a place where a mountain-sized dragon with the powers of a god lies sleeping beneath a great white castle.
Tor Books * 9780765381064

THE RACE UNDERGROUND: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway by Doug Most (History/Transportation)
In the late 19th century, two brothers from one of the nation's great families --- Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York --- pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own: one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America’s place in the world.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250061355

WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham (Psychological Thriller)
Marnie Logan’s husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. It appears that a cold-blooded killer is eliminating the people in Marnie's life, and now that O'Loughlin is a part of it, he is next in line.
Mulholland Books * 9780316252010
On Sale the Week of February 16th in Hardcover

February 17th

THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Pataki (Historical Fiction)
The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom.
Howard Books * 9781476790220

AFTER BIRTH by Elisa Albert (Fiction)
A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it “birth” and still can't locate herself in her altered universe. When Mina, a one-time cult musician --- older, self-contained, alone and nine-months pregnant --- moves to town, Ari sees the possibility of a new friend, despite her unfortunate habit of generally mistrusting women. Soon they become comrades-in-arms, and the previously hostile terrain seems almost navigable.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544273733

BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe (Fiction)
Ellen is a Midwestern literature professor who is drawn into the war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine. Lacey is a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today. When Michael and Eddie are injured in Iraq, Ellen and Lacey’s lives become intertwined in Walter Reed Army Hospital, where each woman must live while caring for her wounded soldier.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250052483

DOCTOR DEATH: A Madeleine Karno Mystery by Lene Kaaberbol (Historical Mystery)
When 17-year-old Cecile Montaine is found dead, her family will not permit a full post-mortem autopsy. Madeleine Karno and her pathologist father are left with a single mysterious clue: in the dead girl’s nostrils is a type of parasite normally seen only in dogs. Soon after, the priest who held vigil by the dead girl’s corpse is brutally murdered. The thread that connects these two events is a tangled one, and as the death toll mounts, Madeleine must seek knowledge in odd places.
Atria Books * 9781476731384

DREAMING SPIES: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King (Historical Mystery)
In the spring of 1924, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes agreed to perform a dangerous job for the emperor of Japan. At the time, Russell encountered a young Japanese woman on board their ship who tutored the two foreigners about her country and guided them into a secret meeting with the Prince Regent himself. Now, when Russell heads for Oxford to resume her long-delayed studies, she comes face-to-face with that very same young Japanese woman --- and quickly realizes that Miss Sato Haruki is not all that she seems.
Bantam * 9780345531797

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell (Fiction)
Our hero Alby flails wildly against the world around him --- he punches his sister (she deserved it), "unprotectos" broads (they deserved it and liked it), gets drunk and picks fights (all deserved), defends defenseless creatures both large and small, and spews insults at children, slow drivers, old ladies, and every single surviving member of his family. In each of these stories, Alby distills the anguish, terror, humor and strange grace --- or lack of --- he experiences in the aftermath of his mother’s death.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9781627790932

SATIN ISLAND by Tom McCarthy (Fiction)
U., a “corporate anthropologist,” is tasked with writing the Great Report, an all-encompassing ethnographic document that would sum up our era. Yet at every turn, he feels himself overwhelmed by the ubiquity of data, lost in buffer zones, wandering through crowds of apparitions, willing them to coalesce into symbols that can be translated into some kind of account that makes sense. As he begins to wonder if the Great Report might remain a shapeless, oozing plasma, his senses are startled awake by a dream of an apocalyptic cityscape.
Knopf * 9780307593955

A TOUCH OF STARDUST by Kate Alcott (Historical Fiction)
When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she never imagines she’ll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie’s provincial Midwestern hometown. The young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, but the only job she is able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick, who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he films Gone with the Wind.
Doubleday * 9780385539043

WELCOME TO BRAGGSVILLE by T. Geronimo Johnson (Fiction)
UC Berkley freshman D’aron Davenport is uncertain about his place until one disastrous party brings him three idiosyncratic best friends. But everything changes in the group’s alternative history class when D’aron lets slip that his hometown hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, recently rebranded “Patriot Days.” His announcement is met with righteous indignation and inspires one of his friends to suggest a “performative intervention” to protest the reenactment.
William Morrow * 9780062302120

THE WHITES by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt (Crime Fiction/Mystery)
When Sergeant Billy Graves is called to a 4:00 a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, his investigation of the crime moves beyond the usual handoff. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old boy, the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805093995
On Sale the Week of February 16th in Paperback

February 17th

BERTIE’S GUIDE TO LIFE AND MOTHERS: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (9) by Alexander McCall Smith (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Newlywed painter and sometime somnambulist Angus Lordie might be sleepwalking his way into trouble with Animal Welfare when he lets his dog, Cyril, drink a bit too much lager at the local bar. Meanwhile, the long-suffering Bertie --- on the cusp of his seventh birthday party --- has taken to dreaming about his 18th, a time when he will be able to avoid the indignity of unwanted girl attendees and the looming threat of a gender-neutral doll from his domineering mother, Irene.
Anchor * 9780804170000

BONES NEVER LIE by Kathy Reichs (Thriller)
Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for Dr. Temperance Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue --- unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
Bantam * 9780345544032

THE CRIMSON CORD: Rahab's Story: Daughters of the Promised Land, Book 1 by Jill Eileen Smith (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband's debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities.
Revell * 9780800720346

THE FRANGIPANI HOTEL: Fiction by Violet Kupersmith (Supernatural Fiction/Short Stories)
A beautiful young woman appears fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub at the Frangipani Hotel in Hanoi. A jaded teenage girl in Houston befriends an older Vietnamese gentleman she discovers naked behind a dumpster. A trucker in Saigon is asked to drive a dying young man home to his village. In these evocative and always surprising stories, the supernatural coexists with the mundane lives of characters who struggle against the burdens of the past.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812983470

THE GIRL IN THE ROAD by Monica Byrne (Fiction)
When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her. So she flees India and sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth. Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits traveling across the Sahara. As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.
Broadway Books * 9780804138864

GLITTER AND GLUE: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan (Memoir)
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” After college, Kelly took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting. But soon her savings dwindled, and she realized she needed a job. That’s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, she suddenly heard her mother’s voice everywhere.
Ballantine Books * 9780345532855

I FORGOT TO REMEMBER: A Memoir of Amnesia by Su Meck, with Daniel de Vise (Memoir)
In 1988, Su Meck suffered a traumatic brain injury that erased all her memories of her life up to that point. Although her body healed rapidly, her memories never returned. Yet after just three weeks in the hospital, Su was released and once again charged with the care of two toddlers and a busy household. Nearly 20 years would pass before a series of personally devastating events shattered the “normal” life she had worked so hard to build, and she realized that she would have to grow up all over again.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451685824

MISS BRENDA AND THE LOVELADIES: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell (Memoir)
For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wealth was a lifestyle --- until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. In those dark moments, she made a promise to God. Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda glimpsed into the lives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America --- the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. What she saw prompted a God-inspired vision.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307732194

MY NAME IS RESOLUTE by Nancy E. Turner (Historical Fiction)
The year is 1729, and Resolute Talbot and her siblings are captured by pirates, taken from their family in Jamaica, and brought to the New World. Resolute and her sister are sold into slavery in New England and taught the trade of spinning and weaving. She struggles to find her way in a society that is quick to judge a young woman without a family. As the seeds of rebellion against England grow, Resolute is torn between following the rules and breaking free.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250060976

NIGHT IS THE HUNTER: A Harlan Donnally Novel by Steven Gore (Thriller)
Paperback Original
Twenty years ago, Judge Ray McMullin sentenced Israel Dominguez to death for a gangland murder. But it meant suppressing his own doubts about whether the punishment really did fit the crime. As the execution date nears, the conscience-wracked judge confesses his unease to former homicide detective Harlan Donnally, who is forced to question not only whether the penalty was undeserved, but the conviction itself.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062025098

THE SERPENT OF VENICE by Christopher Moore (Mystery/Humor)
Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: the rascal Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery. But this Fool is no fool…and he has more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061779770

THE TROUBLE WITH PATIENCE: Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1 by Maggie Brendan (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
The man Patience Cavanaugh yearned to marry is dead, and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself. Despite Patience's desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. But as she gets to know Jebediah, Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye --- and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.
Revell * 9780800722647

UGANDA BE KIDDING ME by Chelsea Handler (Humor/Travel)
Wherever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: she always ends up in the land of the ridiculous. Now, in this uproarious collection, she sneaks her sharp wit through airport security and delivers her most absurd and hilarious stories ever. Complete with answers to the most frequently asked traveler's questions, hot travel trips and travel etiquette, none of which should be believed, UGANDA BE KIDDING ME has Chelsea taking on the world, one laugh-out-loud incident at a time.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455599714

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