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July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of July 6th and July 13th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of July 6th in Hardcover

July 7th

AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by Julia Pierpont (Fiction)
Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s.
Random House * 9780812995220

AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson (Science Fiction)
A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
Orbit * 9780316098106

BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney (Historical Fantasy)
When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from a flooded river, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumor animates Root --- an isolated settlement deep in a strange wilderness. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its young visitor, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly's past spills into the present.
Henry Holt * 9781627792677

THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
by David E. Hoffman (History)
While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow one evening in 1978, the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station heard a knock on his car window. A man on the curb handed him an envelope whose contents stunned U.S. intelligence: details of top-secret Soviet research and developments in military technology that were totally unknown to the United States. In the years that followed, the man, Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer in a Soviet military design bureau, used his high-level access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of technical secrets.
Doubleday * 9780385537605

BRADSTREET GATE by Robin Kirman (Fiction)
Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when a classmate is found murdered on campus just before graduation, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship.
Crown * 9780804139311

BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich (Fiction)
Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, the Burroughs clan has made its home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot and meth over six state lines. To distance himself from his family’s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction.
Putnam * 9780399173967

CODE OF CONDUCT by Brad Thor (Thriller)
Hidden deep within one of the world’s most powerful organizations is a secret committee with a devastating agenda. Its members are afforded incredible protections --- considered elites, untouchables. But when four seconds of video is captured halfway around the world and anonymously transmitted to D.C., covert wheels are set in motion, and counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is tapped to undertake the deadliest assignment of his career.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476717159

THE DEVIL’S SHARE: A Crissa Stone Novel by Wallace Stroby (Hard-boiled Mystery)
It's been a year since professional thief Crissa Stone last pulled a job, and she's spent that time under the radar, very carefully not drawing attention to herself. When Crissa starts to get antsy and low on funds, she agrees to act as a thief-for-hire, partnering with a wealthy art collector to steal a truckload of plundered Iraqi artifacts before they're repatriated to their native country. But what's supposed to be a "give-up" robbery with few complications quickly turns deadly. Soon Crissa is on the run again, with both an ex-military hit squad and her own partners-in-crime in pursuit.
Minotaur Books * 9781250065759

DEXTER IS DEAD by Jeff Lindsay (Thriller)
Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything --- including his wife, his kids and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime, ironically, he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove his innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter's path may lead to his demise once and for all.
Doubleday * 9780385536530

DOES THIS BEACH MAKE ME LOOK FAT?: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella (Humor/Essays)
From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to college reunions and eating on the beach, Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, tackle the quirks, absurdities and wonders of everyday life with wit and warmth. As Lisa says, "More and more, especially in the summertime when I'm sitting on the beach, I'm learning not to sweat it. To go back to the child that I used to be. To see myself through the loving eyes of my parents. To eat on the beach. And not to worry about whether every little thing makes me look fat. In fact, not to worry at all."
St. Martin's Press * 9781250059949

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN: A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery
by Peter Lovesey (Mystery)
In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls’ school disappears without explanation. Meanwhile, a Sussex detective has been suspended for failing to link DNA evidence of a relative to a seven-year-old murder case. When detective Peter Diamond realizes that the suspended officer is an old friend who is not known to make such mistakes, he begins to notice unsettling connections between the cold case and the missing art teacher. Could the two mysteries be connected?
Soho Crime * 9781616956264

FAST SHUFFLE by David Black (Mystery)
Harry Dickinson is a used car salesman who believes he is a private detective. So when he stumbles upon the case of a missing woman, he decides to investigate. However, the situation is far more complex and dangerous than he imagines. Harry witnesses a murder, but no one believes him. With Harry and his girlfriend on the run --- hunted by the police, the killer, and even Harry's friends and relatives --- their chances for survival look grim. But the man everyone believes is crazy may be the only one who can crack the case.
Forge Books * 9780765327703

by Susan Crandall (Historical Fiction)
Three very different people find themselves bound together by need and torn apart by blind obsessions and conflicting goals: Henry “Schuler” Jefferson, son of German immigrants from Midwestern farm country; Cora Rose Haviland, a young woman of privilege whose family has lost their fortune; and Charles “Gil” Gilchrist, an emotionally damaged WWI veteran pilot. Each one holds a secret that, if exposed, would destroy their friendship. But their journey of adventure and self-discovery has a price --- and one of them won’t be able to survive it.
Gallery Books * 9781476772141

THE FRAUD: A Carter Ross Mystery
by Brad Parks (Mystery)
A rash of carjackings terrorizing Newark become newsworthy when one such theft ends in the murder of a wealthy banking executive. When a Nigerian immigrant is also killed during a recent carjacking, and it is discovered that the two victims knew each other, investigative reporter Carter Ross is plunged onto the trail of a deadly band of car thieves that includes a sociopathic ex-convict. When his unborn child is put in harm's way, it becomes more than just a story for Carter. He'll stop at nothing to rescue the baby, even if it costs him his own life.
Minotaur Books * 9781250064400

GREEN HELL: A Jack Taylor Novel by Ken Bruen (Mystery/Thriller)
Ex-cop Jack Taylor has hit rock bottom again. One of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him; he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills; and his firing from the Irish national police, the Guards, is ancient history. But Jack isn’t about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore.
Mysterious Press * 9780802123565

THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU by A. J. Rich (Psychological Thriller)
Morgan Prager, who is completing her thesis on victim psychology, is newly engaged to Bennett, a seductive but possessive and secretive man. She returns from class one day to find Bennett mauled to death and her dogs covered in blood. When Morgan tries to locate Bennett’s parents to tell them about their son’s hideous death, she discovers he was not the man he said he was. Suddenly Morgan’s research into Bennett takes on the urgency of survival: to stay alive, she must find out who is killing the women to whom Bennett was closest.
Scribner * 9781476774589

IDEAL by Ayn Rand (Fiction)
Originally conceived as a novel, but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, IDEAL is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal. Each reacts to her plight in his own way, their reactions a glimpse into their secret selves and their true values. In the end, their responses to her pleas give Kay the answers she has been seeking.
NAL * 9780451475558

THE INSECT FARM by Stuart Prebble (Psychological Thriller)
The Maguire brothers each have their own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan, it is his magnificent, talented and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger, it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents' garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. Following a series of strange and disturbing incidents, Jonathan begins to question every story he has ever been told about his brother --- and if he has so completely misjudged Roger's mind, what else might he have overlooked about his family and himself?
Mulholland Books * 9780316337366

THE JEWISH OLYMPICS: The History of the Maccabiah Games by Ron Kaplan
Having grown from 390 athletes from 14 countries to 9,000 athletes from 78 countries, the Maccabiah Games (or the “Jewish Olympics,” as it has come to be known) continue to gain popularity. THE JEWISH OLYMPICS by Ron Kaplan details the history of the Maccabiah Games, including how they began, how they have impacted the Jewish community worldwide, and much more. In addition, it highlights the countless special achievements of the athletes over the course of the 19 games.
Skyhorse Publishing * 9781632204943

THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock (Historical Fiction)
While America becomes swept up in the fervor of the Space Race, Jim Harrison, a test pilot in the United States Air Force, passes up the chance to become an astronaut to welcome his daughter into the world. Together, he and his wife confront the thrills and challenges of raising a child head-on. But when his family is faced with a sudden and inexplicable tragedy, Harrison's instincts as a father and a pilot are put to the test. The aftermath will haunt the Harrisons and strain their marriage as Jim struggles under the weight of his decisions.
Picador * 9781250066640

LOOKING THROUGH DARKNESS by Aimée and David Thurlo (Romantic Suspense)
Josephine Buck runs a trading post just off the Navajo Reservation. Widow Leigh Ann Vance is Jo's right-hand woman, filling the emptiness in her own life. Shortly after her husband, Kurt, was killed, Leigh Ann discovered he had been having a string of affairs. Leigh Ann's trust issues affect her feelings for blind sculptor Melvin Littlewater. Kurt's business partners accuse Leigh Ann of helping Kurt embezzle, and the police wonder if Leigh Ann killed him. When she turns to Melvin for help, she finds him fighting his own demons, haunted by memories of a young girl he saw moments before the car crash that cost him his sight.
Forge Books * 9780765334046

A NECESSARY END by Holly Brown (Psychological Thriller)
Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne is desperate to be a mother. And this time, nothing is going to get in her way. At 19, Leah bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was. Which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But Leah has ideas of her own. All she wants is to live in Adrienne’s house for a year after the baby is born and get a fresh start. It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Adrienne’s husband, Gabe, suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?
William Morrow * 9780062356376

NEMESIS: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter (Thriller)
When Special Agent Lacey Sherlock foils a terrorist attack at JFK airport, she thinks her job is done and turns the reins over to the New York FBI. But stopping the grenade-carrying crazy was only the beginning. Another plot unfolds nearly simultaneously with a bomb at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Meanwhile, Savich --- with the help of Agent Griffin Hammersmith --- has his hands full trying to track an elusive murderer who looks like a Hollywood Dracula. When Dracula’s attempts to kill Savich collide with Sherlock’s terrorist case, very strange things happen.
Putnam * 9780399171277

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER by Elizabeth Adler (Mystery/Thriller)
One moment Angie Morse is standing on the deck of a large luxury yacht, and the next she feels a stinging blow to her head. And then a push. She is in the water. She can see people on the yacht, but they don't seem to notice that she is gone. These are her friends and one is her love. Each one had a reason for getting rid of her, though she never would have thought it would come to this. Revenge burns so deeply inside her that she knows she will survive somehow. She will get them all. One way or another.
Minotaur Books * 9781250058188

by Tatiana de Rosnay (Romance/Short Stories)
In her new collection of short stories, Tatiana de Rosnay takes the notion of Paris as the city of love and makes it something so much more passionate. In each story, she manipulates both characters and readers into believing that everything is as it should be, then changes the dynamics completely, leaving them in a tangled mess. It’s a little book full of intensity, love and agony.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250068804

PRETTY IS by Maggie Mitchell (Fiction)
The summer Lois and Carly May were 12 years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly 20 years later, Lois has become a professor, while Carly May is an actress, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9781627791489

THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN by Lidia Yuknavitch (Fiction)
In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image becomes the subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own. As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the US. Yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question.
Harper * 9780062383242

SPEAK by Louisa Hall (Fiction)
Each of the characters in SPEAK is attempting to communicate across gaps --- to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them. Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human --- shrinking rapidly with today’s technological advances --- echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people. Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all five characters share the need to express themselves while simultaneously wondering if they will ever be heard or understood.
Ecco * 9780062391193

SWERVE by Vicki Pettersson (Psychological Thriller)
It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.
Gallery Books * 9781476798578

by Chevy Stevens (Psychological Thriller)
Jess, Courtney and Dani Campbell live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand, and the sisters are forced to go on the run. As events spiral out of control, they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives. Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250034588

VANISHING GAMES by Roger Hobbs (Thriller)
It’s just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn’t on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving the third, a coldblooded psychopath, to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious windfall for himself. If he disappears, not only will he be wealthy, he’ll have the power to change the course of history.
Knopf * 9780385352642

VENDETTA: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa by James Neff (History/Politics)
From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa channeled nearly all of their considerable powers into destroying each other. Kennedy's battle with Hoffa burst into the public consciousness with the 1957 Senate Rackets Committee hearings and intensified when his brother named him attorney general in 1961. RFK put together a "Get Hoffa" squad within the Justice Department, devoted to destroying one man. But Hoffa, with nearly unlimited Teamster funds, was not about to roll over.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316738347

THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth (Historical Romance)
Dortchen Wild, who lives in the small German kingdom of Hesse-Cassel in the early 19th century, finds herself irresistibly drawn to the boy next door. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, Wilhelm Grimm and his brothers preserve old half-forgotten tales. As Dortchen tells Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in what one day will become his and Jacob's famous fairy tale collection, their love blossoms. But Dortchen's father will not give his consent for them to marry, and war, death and poverty also conspire to keep the lovers apart. Yet Dortchen is determined to find a way.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250047540

THE WOMAN WHO STOLE MY LIFE by Marian Keyes (Fiction)
After recovering from a serious illness, Stella Sweeney finds out that her neurologist, Dr. Mannix Taylor, has compiled and self-published a memoir about her illness. Her discovery comes when she spots a photo of the finished copy in an American tabloid --- and it’s in the hands of the vice president’s wife! As her relationship with Dr. Taylor gets more complicated, Stella struggles to figure out who she was before her illness, who she is now, and who she wants to be while relocating to New York City to pursue a career as a newly minted self-help memoirist.
Viking * 9780525429258
On Sale the Week of July 6th in Paperback

July 7th

ABROAD by Katie Crouch (Fiction)
Taz, a British student who has just arrived for her year abroad, thinks that she will spend her time in Italy sipping wine and taking in the rolling Umbrian hills. But she soon falls in with a cabal of posh, reckless girls --- the B4 --- who turn her quaint fantasies into an erotic and dangerous rush through the darkest realms of friendship and love.
Picador * 9781250069658

BREAKING CREED: A Ryder Creed Novel by Alex Kava (Thriller)
Ryder Creed and his dogs have intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders and suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin. Unfortunately, by the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late.
Berkley * 9780425277942

CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki (Post-Apocalyptic Fiction)
It’s the 2050s, and Cal and Frida, married refugees from a California devastated by earthquakes, live in a shack in the northwest US. When their neighbors are poisoned and the couple learns that Frida is pregnant, Cal and Frida venture toward a nearby settlement run by “Spike People,” a collective that has secured its borders with tall metal spikes, in the hope that the group will protect them from pirates that ravage the countryside.
Back Bay Books * 9780316250832

DICK FRANCIS’S DAMAGE by Felix Francis (Thriller)
When undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place --- the administration of illegal drugs to his horses? In order to limit the damage to the sport, it’s critical that Jeff find the perpetrator. But he’ll soon learn he’s up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail.
Berkley * 9780425276242

DOUBLE AGENT: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring by Peter Duffy (History)
Before the United States joined World War II, the FBI uncovered a ring of Nazi spies in New York City, and President Franklin Roosevelt declared J. Edgar Hoover as America’s spymaster. As war began, a naturalized German-American was recruited by Nazis to convey messages to Germany. This man, William G. Sebold, approached the FBI and became the first double agent in the Bureau’s history, and the investigation led to the arrest of 33 enemy agents.
Scribner * 9781451667967

EDEN IN WINTER by Richard North Patterson (Psychological Thriller)
As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine's death casts suspicions on those closest to him, his son Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin. But the sternest test of all is Adam's proximity to Carla Pacelli, his late father's mistress and a woman who, despite being pivotal to his family's plight, Adam finds himself increasingly drawn to.
Quercus * 9781623654535

FAST TRACK by Julie Garwood (Romantic Suspense)
Cordelia Kane can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her. Hotel magnate Aiden Madison, Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother, is oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he’s unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama. After multiple attempts are made on Cordelia’s life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.
Signet * 9780451469472

THE FORSAKEN: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins (Thriller)
Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi. In less than two days, he was accused of rape and murder and lynched. When evidence surfaces of his innocence, county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out to charge those responsible for the lynching. But as he uncovers old lies and secrets, he runs into fierce opposition from people willing to play dirty. He finds himself accused of terrible crimes, and it is anyone’s guess who will prevail --- or even come out of it alive.
Berkley * 9780425274828

FORTY ACRES by Dwayne Alexander Smith (Thriller)
Martin Grey is a smart, talented black lawyer working in Queens. When he becomes friendly with a group of the most powerful and wealthy black men in America, they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. But when they invite him for a weekend away from wives, cell phones and business, he discovers a secret society where slavery is preserved, but black men are called “Master.” Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.
Atria Books * 9781476730547

FRIENDSHIP by Emily Gould (Fiction)
Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at 30, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-20s: temping, living with roommates, drowning in student-loan debt. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant. As Bev and Amy are dragged into real adulthood, they have to face the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart.
Picador * 9781250070487

GLORIOUS MISADVENTURES: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America by Owen Matthews (History)
The Russian Empire once extended deep into America: in 1818, Russia’s furthest outposts were in California and Hawaii. The dreamer behind this great Imperial vision was Nikolai Rezanov, whose quest to plant Russian colonies from Siberia to California led him to San Francisco, where he was captivated by Conchita, the 15-year-old daughter of the Spanish Governor. Owen Matthews conjures a brilliantly original portrait of one of Russia’s most eccentric Empire-builders.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781408833995

GOLDEN SON: Book II of The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown (Science Fiction/Dystopian Thriller)
Darrow, a leader among the elite and a favorite of the masses, is nothing but a fake. Born into the lowest class of society, physically altered to infiltrate the upper echelon and bring about the fall of society, he’s now having doubts about his mission. It’s the memory of his dead wife that keeps him going, the same memory that might also bring about society’s downfall --- if he can stay alive long enough to see it.
Del Rey * 9780345539830

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE: Logan Point Series, Book 3 by Patricia Bradley
(Romantic Suspense)
Paperback Original
It's been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds' cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a missing senator's granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she'll have to find a way to work with Alex, who she dislikes --- before it's too late.
Revell * 9780800722821

HOPE HARBOR by Irene Hannon (Romance)
Paperback Original
Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But she's home again --- with a floundering farm to run, a tragic secret and a wounded heart. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter's. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor.
Revell * 9780800724528

THE ICE CREAM QUEEN OF ORCHARD STREET by Susan Jane Gilman (Historical Fiction)
In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446696944

(Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren't always well-received. Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he's desperate for competent childcare. At wit's end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance --- with each other.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764212765

THE INNOCENT by Ann H. Gabhart
(Historical Romance/Mystery)
Paperback Original
Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. But when mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff help her expose the true culprit?
Revell * 9780800723415

LADY MAYBE by Julie Klassen (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
One final cry (“God almighty, help us!”) and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. As all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers before all faded into darkness. Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie. But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers, she can trust no one but herself to keep it.
Berkley * 9780425282076

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell (Fiction)
Two days before they’re supposed to visit his family in Omaha for Christmas, TV writer Georgie McCool tells her husband, Neal, that she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows Neal will be upset, but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go without her. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. Is this an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…or should it never have happened?
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250049544

LANDSLIDE: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America by Jonathan Darman (History/Politics)
From Lyndon Johnson’s election in 1964, the greatest popular-vote landslide in American history, to the pivotal 1966 midterms, when Ronald Reagan burst forth onto the national stage, LANDSLIDE brings alive a country transformed --- by riots, protests, the rise of television, the shattering of consensus --- and the two towering personalities whose choices in those moments would reverberate through the country for decades to come.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812978797

LUCKY US by Amy Bloom (Historical Fiction)
When Eva's mother abandons her on her half-sister Iris' front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Eva and Iris become family. Iris wants to be a movie star, while Eva is her sidekick. The sisters look out for each other through good and bad, until unexpected events send Iris to London, leaving Eva with a responsibility she never could have imagined.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812978940

MAMBO IN CHINATOWN by Jean Kwok (Fiction)
Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and 11-year-old sister. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down.
Riverhead Books * 9781594633805

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Hannah Martin has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles. She goes out to a bar one night with her best friend, Gabby, and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan. Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan? In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision.
Washington Square Press * 9781476776880

THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay (Fiction)
The hurricane that is the famous author Nicolas Kolt is down to its last battering winds. While he’s hiding on a Tuscan island from publishers, family, friends, and life in general, a whole host of indiscretions and minor misunderstandings come to light. Once more, Nicolas is forced to deal with his past --- a past full of family secrets that he cannot comprehend.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250045140

PRINCE LESTAT: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (Paranormal Mystery/Thriller)
The vampire world is in crisis. Vampires have been proliferating out of control, and old vampires are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto and San Francisco. The worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles come together to ultimately rise up and seek out who or what the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why.
Anchor * 9780345803658

REFINING FIRE: Brides of Seattle, Book Two by Tracie Peterson
(Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Twenty-two-year-old Militine Scott is in training at the Madison Bridal School in Seattle, yet she has no intention of pursuing marriage. But she has found the school provides the perfect opportunity to keep her unsavory past hidden. Thane Patton --- though fun-loving and fiercely loyal to his friends --- hides a dark secret as well. He finds himself drawn to Militine, sensing that she harbors a haunting pain similar to his own. Will they allow God to make something new and beautiful from the debris of their past?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210624

SEASON OF THE DRAGONFLIES by Sarah Creech (Fiction)
For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful. However, Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Her daughter, Mya, is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062307538

THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS by Deb Caletti (Fiction)
Paperback Original
When Callie McBride finds a woman’s phone number written on a scrap of paper her husband has thrown away, she thinks that her marriage is over. Callie flees to Nevada and her Aunt Nash’s Tamarosa Ranch, where she is shocked to see that the place of so many happy childhood memories is in disrepair. Once Callie pulls back the curtain on Tamarosa’s heyday --- the 1940s and ’50s, when high-society and Hollywood women ventured to the ranch for quickie divorces and found a unique sisterhood --- she uncovers a secret promise Nash made to her true love.
Bantam * 9780345548108

SHIRLEY by Susan Scarf Merrell (Psychological Thriller)
When a young graduate student and his pregnant wife --- Fred and Rose Nemser --- move into the home of author Shirley Jackson and her husband, literary critic and professor Stanley Edgar Hyman, they are quickly cast under the magnetic spell of their brilliant and proudly unconventional hosts. Rose, however, senses something amiss --- something to do with nightly unanswered phone calls and inscrutable accounts of a long-missing female student.
Plume * 9780147516190

SOMEDAY HOME by Lauraine Snelling (Fiction)
Paperback Original
When Lynn Lunderg, a widow for two years, decides to try out a new way of living --- where single women share responsibilities as housemates --- she thinks she has found the answer to her prayers. Soon she meets two ladies with whom she could begin this journey: Angela Bishop and Judith Rutherford, both of whom come from different walks of life. These three women seek a place to grieve, to laugh, and to be renewed. But coming from such differing circumstances, will the new challenges they face undo their plans?
FaithWords * 9781455586202

VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN: The New Blue Bloods Coven by Melissa de la Cruz (Fantasy/Horror)
Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods immortals have matured and are now exposed to new challenges, new loves, new threats, and a haute, hot hipster lifestyle. It is 10 years after the great War with Lucifer, and the Coven has rebuilt. Leader of the Fallen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, plans to celebrate this prosperity by throwing a 400 Year Ball --- and all Blue Blood society will be there.
Hachette Books * 9780316257183

THE VISITORS by Sally Beauman (Historical Fiction)
In 1922, when 11-year-old Lucy is sent to Egypt to recuperate from typhoid, she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist. The friendship draws the impressionable young girl into the thrilling world of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, who are searching for the tomb of boy pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. Lucy discovers the lengths to which people will go to fulfill their deepest desires --- and the lies that become the foundation of their lives.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062302700

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 * 9781476760360

WEAVERS by Aric Davis (Mystery)
Paperback Original
Nine-year-old Cynthia Robinson’s life was perfectly normal until the day she knew, without being told, of her parents’ impending divorce. Things got stranger from there, and now not only does she have premonitions, she can also read and influence the minds of those around her. Cynthia is not the only one with the ability to “weave” --- all over the country, people with similar abilities struggle to balance their lives with their powers. Some with this gift are weavers with dark motives and grisly appetites who want to use people like Cynthia for their own purposes.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781477849347

YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN: No Matter What, It's Never Too Late by Joyce Meyer (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Throughout the Bible, God delights in turning tragic endings into new beginnings. Every biblical fresh start reveals the amazing, awe-inspiring hope we have for our own new beginnings in God's plan for our lives. In YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN, Joyce Meyer explores the beauty and infinite supply of God's love and grace. Through inspiring stories, Scriptural principles, and her classic practical, life-application approach, Joyce powerfully demonstrates that God isn't done with you yet.
FaithWords * 9781455517404

On Sale the Week of July 13th in Hardcover

July 14th

AFTER THE STORM: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo (Thriller)
When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident, and Kate finds herself plunged into a 30-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Under siege from an unknown assailant, Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.
Minotaur Books * 9781250061560

by Ernest Cline (Science Fiction/Adventure)
Zack Lightman dreams that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Then he sees the flying saucer. Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada --- in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. His skills --- as well as those of millions of gamers across the world --- are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.
Crown * 9780804137256

THE ART OF THE CON: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World by Anthony M. Amore (True Crime/History)
Art scams are so numerous today that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate. Anthony M. Amore's THE ART OF THE CON tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons.

St. Martin's Press * 9781137279873

BENNINGTON GIRLS ARE EASY by Charlotte Silver (Fiction)
Bennington College, founded in 1932 as a suitable refuge for the wayward daughters of good families, maintains its saucy reputation for attracting free spirits. Cassandra Puffin and Sylvie Furst met in high school but cement what they ardently believe will be everlasting friendship on Bennington's idyllic Vermont campus. Graduation sees Sylvie moving to New York City, where, later on in their 20s, Cassandra joins her. These early, delirious years are spent decorating their Fort Greene apartment with flea market gems, dating "artists" and trying to figure out what they're doing with their lives.
Doubleday * 9780385538961

THE BEST TEAM MONEY CAN BUY: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse by Molly Knight (Sports)
In 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers were bought out of bankruptcy in the most expensive sale in sports history. Los Angeles icon Magic Johnson and his partners hoped to put together a team worthy of Hollywood: consistently entertaining. By most accounts they have succeeded, if not always in the way they might have imagined. Now Molly Knight tells the story of the Dodgers’ 2013 and 2014 seasons with detailed, previously unreported revelations.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476776293

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Memoir)
Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men --- bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812993547

CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS written by Mia Couto, translated by David Brookshaw (Fiction)
In Kulumani, a village in present-day Mozambique, lions are killing local women, including three of the four daughters of the Mpepe family. Only 32-year-old Mariamar is left. Village elders recruit Archangel Bullseye, a hunter from Maputo who saved Mariamar from danger 16 years earlier, to end the attacks. Now, as she wonders whether or not she wants to see the hunter she once loved, Mariamar suspects that spiritual forces may be the cause of the village’s troubles.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374129231

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee (Fiction)
Originally written in the mid-1950s, GO SET A WATCHMAN was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. GO SET A WATCHMAN features many of the characters from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD some 20 years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch --- Scout --- struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.
Harper * 9780062409850

HOSTILE TAKEOVER: A John Lago Thriller
by Shane Kuhn
Professional assassin John Lago and his former nemesis, Alice, execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the “placement agency” that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high-profile targets. As HR’s former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom. But when Alice takes on a new HR target, John is forced to return to the office battlefield in a role he swore he would never play again: the intern.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476796185

LET ME EXPLAIN YOU by Annie Liontas (Fiction)
Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner, believes he has just 10 days to live. As he prepares for his final hours, he sends a scathing email to his ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better live their lives. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends dismiss his behavior as nothing more than a plea for attention. But when Stavros disappears, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death.
Scribner * 9781476789088

by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen (Thriller)
Kendra Michaels was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice. And yet, despite his apparent execution, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can't prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation --- developed to an amazing capacity during the 20 years she spent blind and now in constant demand by law enforcement agencies --- have gotten her nowhere. But then a reporter who very publicly humiliated Kendra is murdered. Visiting the crime scene in search of anything that might link the brutal homicide to Colby, Kendra instead finds evidence that points to her.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250020543

NAKED GREED: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods (Thriller)
Stone Barrington isn’t one to turn away in the face of danger, so when he witnesses a tricky situation underway, he jumps in to lend a hand. He never expected, though, that this favor would lead to a mutually beneficial business deal with a prominent gentleman who requires the ever-discreet services of Woodman & Weld. But in the ruthless corporate world, no good deed goes unpunished, and Stone soon finds himself the target of a ragtag group of criminal toughs who don’t appreciate his interference in their dealings.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399174667

OPEN GRAVE by Kjell Eriksson (Mystery)
Professor Bertram von Ohler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. This news causes problems in his otherwise quiet upper-class neighborhood in Uppsala, Sweden, as not everybody is happy with the choice of winner. Mysterious incidents start to occur. “Boyish pranks” say the police, but what follows is certainly not innocent amusement. Detective Inspector Ann Lindell becomes involved in the case and immediately is transported back into her own past.
Minotaur Books * 9781250025494

SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn (Mystery)
Private investigator Bernie Little and his canine companion, Chet, return home to encounter some alarming developments. First off, Bernie’s wall is gone, and with it Bernie’s grandfather’s watch, their most valuable possession. And next door, old Mr. Parsons is under investigation for being in possession of a saguaro cactus illegally transplanted from the desert. Bernie and Chet go deep into the desert to investigate. Is it possible that such a lovely old couple have a terrible secret in their past?
Atria Books * 9781476703428

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley (Historical Mystery/Fantasy)
1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620408339

On Sale the Week of July 13th in Paperback

July 14th

AMONG THE FAIR MAGNOLIAS: Four Southern Love Stories by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women --- destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war --- face near impossible choices on their journeys in life…and in love. Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser are the contributors to AMONG THE FAIR MAGNOLIAS, and each novella includes a scrumptious Southern recipe that's inherent to each author's story.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401690731

BEFORE I GO by Colleen Oakley (Fiction)
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband, Jack, to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. Terrified of what will happen to Jack when she’s no longer there to take care of him, Daisy resolves to find him another wife. But as the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy is forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness, or her own.
Gallery Books * 9781476761671

BLUE-EYED BOY: A Memoir by Robert Timberg (Memoir)
In January 1967, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended. He had 13 days to go when his vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns of his face and much of his body. He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter.
Penguin Books * 9780143127598

Paperback Original
When Ava Carson's picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. However, her husband Mitchell’s behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than she can stomach. Ava decides to take matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?
Thomas Nelson * 9780718030902

THE GIRLS OF AUGUST by Anne Rivers Siddons (Fiction)
Every August, four women gather to spend a week together at the beach. When one of them dies tragically, the group drifts apart and the vacations come to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they come together once again on a remote island off the coast of South Carolina. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446698313

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 * 9781451668353

HOUNDED: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt (Legal Thriller/Mystery)
After getting a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, Andy Carpenter appears at the scene of a crime, where the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour has been discovered. It isn’t long before Pete himself comes under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.
Minotaur Books * 9781250055156

THE INVENTION OF EXILE by Vanessa Manko (Historical Fiction)
When Austin Voronko is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings, his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee, retreating with his new bride to his home in Russia, where he and his young family become embroiled in the Civil War and must flee once again, to Mexico. While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the U.S., Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record.
Penguin Books * 9780143127680

JACK OF SPIES by David Downing (Historical Thriller)
Jack McColl has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city, he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy. With a geopolitical catastrophe brewing, he soon realizes what his aspirations may cost him. Meanwhile, an American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it’s not long before he realizes that her family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement his bosses are fighting against.
Soho Crime * 9781616955366

LIBERTY’S TORCH: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty by Elizabeth Mitchell (History)
The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most recognizable monuments in the world: a symbol of freedom and the American Dream. But the story of the creation of the statue has been obscured by myth. In reality, she was the inspiration of one quixotic French sculptor hungry for fame and adoration. LIBERTY'S TORCH tells the story of an artist, entrepreneur and inventor who fought against all odds to create this wonder of the modern world.
Grove Press * 9780802123794

MADEMOISELLE: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick (Biography)
Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the 20th century --- throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationalism and earth-shaking change --- here treated, for the first time, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812981858

MISS EMILY by Nuala O’Connor (Historical Fiction)
Paperback Original
Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon has just been hired by the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster’s life at home. But Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend --- with shocking consequences.
Penguin Books * 9780143126751

MY TWO ITALIES by Joseph Luzzi (Memoir)
The child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, in MY TWO ITALIES Joseph Luzzi straddles these two perspectives to link his family’s dramatic story to Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food and family. With topics ranging from the pervasive force of Dante’s poetry to the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi, Luzzi presents the Italians in all their glory and squalor, relating the problems that plague Italy today to the country’s ancient roots.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374535391

NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold
(Historical Fiction)
Paperback Original
We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. As the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, but NAKED contains a twist that may be closer to the truth: By the end of his life, Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250066152

THE REMOVERS: A Memoir by Andrew Meredith (Memoir)
When Andrew Meredith’s father was fired from a university for unspecified sexual misconduct, it throws his family into long-lasting despair. Broke, Andrew moves home and takes a job with his father as a “remover,” the unseen workers who take away bodies of those who die at home. He describes intimate, poignant and morbidly comic aspects of the job, and begins to see his father as an imperfect man who loves his family despite his flaws.
Scribner * 9781476761220

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by Terrence McCauley (Thriller)
Paperback Original
The clandestine organization known as The University has used its vast intelligence resources to help defeat the Nazis, end the Cold War and strike back at terrorists all over the globe. Entrusted with running The University, James Hicks is one of the most powerful and secretive men alive. But when Hicks’ brilliant protégé is turned by a terrorist group that has alarmingly already begun operating on U.S. soil, Hicks finds himself in a race against time to find out just how the agent has been turned and why.
Polis Books * 9781940610344

THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta (Thriller)
When 14-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he is plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.
Back Bay Books * 9780316122573

THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg (Biography/Religion)
In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated to "dressed up like a boy" in Dari) is a third kind of child --- a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America's longest war.
Broadway Books * 9780307952509

THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Kate Mayfield (Memoir)
After Kate Mayfield was born, she was taken directly to a funeral home. Her father was an undertaker, and for 13 years the family resided in a place nearly synonymous with death. A place where the living and the dead entered their house like a vapor. The place where Kate would spend the entirety of her childhood. In a memoir that reads like a Harper Lee novel, the author draws the reader into a world of Southern mystique and ghosts.
Gallery Books * 9781476757292

July 15th

THE LAST WHITE ROSE: The Secret Wars of the Tudors by Desmond Seward (History)
One of the most dramatic periods of British history, the Wars of the Roses didn't end at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Despite the death of Richard III and Henry VII's victory, it continued underground into the following century with plots, pretenders and subterfuge by the ousted white rose faction. In a brand new interpretation of this turning point in history, historian Desmond Seward reviews the story of the Tudors' seizure of the throne and shows that for many years they were far from secure.
Pegasus * 9781605988382

RICHARD III: England's Black Legend by Desmond Seward (Biography)
Some historians claim that Richard III's "black legend" is nothing more than political propaganda. Yet such an interpretation, according to Desmond Seward, suggests a refusal to face the facts of history. Even in the king's lifetime, there were rumors about his involvement in the murders of Henry VI and of his nephews, while his reign was considered by many to be a nightmare, not least for the king himself. The real Richard III was both a chilling and compelling monarch, a peculiarly grim young English precursor of Machiavelli's Prince.
Pegasus * 9781605988399

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