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October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of October 19th and October 26th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.

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On Sale the Week of October 19th in Hardcover

October 19th

KILLING A KING: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron (History/Politics)
The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin remains the single most consequential event in Israel’s recent history, and one that fundamentally altered the trajectory for both Israel and the Palestinians. KILLING A KING relates the parallel stories of Rabin and his stalker, Yigal Amir, over the two years leading up to the assassination, as one of them planned political deals he hoped would lead to peace, and the other plotted murder.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393242096


October 20th

BERLUSCONI: The Epic Story of the Billionaire Who Took Over Italy by Alan Friedman (Biography)
Inspired by the Frost/Nixon interviews, and Walter Isaacson's author-subject relationship to Steve Jobs, Alan Friedman tells the story of Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul turned prime minster who has dominated Italian life for the past 20 years. Berlusconi has cooperated with the bestselling author and award-winning journalist in the telling of his life story, warts and all --- from the bunga-bunga parties to his most secret moments with world leaders.
Hachette Books * 9780316301992

CAREER OF EVIL: A Cormoran Strike Novel by Robert Galbraith (Mystery)
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed; there are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them.
Mulholland Books * 9780316349932

THE EXPLORERS GUILD: Volume One: A PASSAGE TO SHAMBHALA by Kevin Costner and Jon Baird, illustrated by Rick Ross (Historical Fantasy)
The Explorers Guild is a clandestine group of adventurers who bravely journey to those places in which light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth. The secrets they seek are hidden in mountain ranges and lost in deserts, buried in the ocean floor and lodged deep in polar ice. Their aim is to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world. Set against the backdrop of World War I, with Western Civilization on the edge of calamity, this first installment in The Explorers Guild series concerns the Guild's quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth.
Atria Books * 9781476727394

FEAR THE DARK: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel by Kay Hooper (Supernatural Thriller)
Something strange is happening in the small mountain town of Serenity, Tennessee. People going on routine errands never reach their destination. It’s as if they simply disappear. The local police chief calls the FBI, and a team from the Special Crimes Unit is immediately sent in. The town is already on the edge of panic, but the mysterious events take a sinister turn when a body unrelated to the missing persons case surfaces and one of the SCU agents vanishes. Now, the team’s hunt for the lost has turned into something very personal…and very dangerous.
Berkley * 9780425280720

FIND A WAY by Diana Nyad (Sports/Memoir)
On September 2, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in 53 hours. Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage. In FIND A WAY, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.
Knopf * 9780385353618

GATEFATHER by Orson Scott Card (Fantasy)
Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2,000 years, or at least the first to survive to claim his power. Families of Westil in exile on Earth have had a treaty that required the death of any suspected Gate Mage. But Danny survived; he battled the Gate Thief and won. What he didn't know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates --- and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.
Tor Books * 9780765326591

GOLDEN AGE by Jane Smiley (Fiction)
A lot can happen in 100 years, as Jane Smiley shows in her Last Hundred Years trilogy. But as its final installment opens in 1987, the next generation of Langdons face economic, social, political and personal challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered before. GOLDEN AGE brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family --- and the dynamic times in which they’ve loved, lived and died.
Knopf * 9780307700346

HEMINGWAY IN LOVE: His Own Story by A.E. Hotchner (Memoir)
In June 1961, A.E. Hotchner visited an old friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke: a few weeks later, Ernest Hemingway was released home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a story whose telling Hemingway had spread over nearly a decade. To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife, Mary --- also a close friend --- Hotch kept the conversations to himself for decades. Now he tells the story as Hemingway told it to him.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250077486

HOME IS BURNING: A Memoir by Dan Marshall (Memoir)
Meet Dan Marshall: 25, good job, great girlfriend, and living the dream life in sunny Los Angeles without a care in the world. Until his mother calls. It turns out her cancer, which she had battled throughout his childhood with tenacity and a mouth foul enough to make a sailor blush, is back. And add insult to injury, his loving father has been diagnosed with ALS. As Dan steps into his role as caregiver, wheelchair wrangler and sibling referee, he watches pieces of his previous life slip away, and comes to realize that the further you stretch the ties that bind, the tighter they hold you together.
Flatiron Books * 9781250068828

HOST by Robin Cook (Medical Thriller)
When her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, Lynn’s neatly ordered life is thrown into total chaos. Carl fails to return to consciousness after the procedure, and an MRI confirms brain death. Devastated by Carl’s condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there’s more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice. What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399172144

THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor (Historical Fiction)
On June 19, 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage. The day Ethel was first arrested in 1950, she left her two young sons with a neighbor and never came home to them again. In THE HOURS COUNT, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of that neighbor, and the life of Ethel and Julius, an ordinary-seeming Jewish couple who became the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War.
Riverhead Books * 9781594633188

LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES by Sarah Vowell (History)
Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Sarah Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette, and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.
Riverhead Books * 9781594631740

THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton (Fiction)
One midsummer’s eve, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, 11-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. Decades later, Alice Edevane is living in London, having enjoyed a successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, stumbles upon the Edevanes’ old estate. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.
Atria Books * 9781451649321

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICKEY ROONEY by Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes (Biography)
In THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICKEY ROONEY, authors Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes present Mickey’s nearly century-long career within the context of America's changing entertainment and social landscape. In addition to material from Mickey’s own diary, they chronicle his life story using little-known interviews with the star himself, his children, his former co-author Roger Kahn, collaborator Arthur Marx, and co-star Margaret O’Brien. This Old Hollywood biography presents Mickey Rooney from every angle, revealing the man Laurence Olivier once dubbed “the best there has ever been.”
Gallery Books * 9781501100963

NEVER SURRENDER: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940 by John Kelly
(History)
London in April 1940, was a place of great fear and conflict. The Germans were marching. They had taken Poland, France, Holland, Belgium and Czechoslovakia, and were now menacing Britain. Churchill, leading the faction to fight, and Lord Halifax, cautioning that prudence was the way to survive, attempted to usurp one another by any means possible. Drawing on the War Cabinet papers, other government documents, private diaries, newspaper accounts and memoirs, historian John Kelly tells the story of the summer of 1940 --- the months of the “Supreme Question” of whether or not the British were to surrender.
Scribner * 9781476727974

PUDGE: The Biography of Carlton Fisk by Doug Wilson (Sports/Biography)
Carlton Fisk retired having played in more games and hit more home runs than any other catcher before him. A baseball superstar in the 1970s and ’80s, Fisk was known not just for his dedication to the sport and tremendous plays but for the respect with which he treated the game. Doug Wilson uses his own extensive research and interviews with childhood friends and major league teammates to examine the life and career of a leader who followed a strict code and played with fierce determination.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250065438

ROGUE LAWYER by John Grisham
(Legal Thriller)
Sebastian Rudd defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house. Sebastian believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn’t like insurance companies, banks or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system’s notions of ethical behavior.
Doubleday * 9780385539432

THE SILENT BOY by Andrew Taylor (Historical Thriller)
Edward Savill, working in London as an agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife, Augusta, has been killed in France. She leaves behind 10-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of émigré refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?
HarperCollins * 9780008131357

THE SPY HOUSE: A Spycatcher Novel by Matthew Dunn (Thriller)
When the Israeli ambassador to France is shot dead in Paris by an unknown sniper, the Israeli government blames Hamas and begins planning a massive invasion to obliterate the terrorist organization once and for all. To avoid an all-out war, three members of the UN Security Council assemble a team of intelligence agents to uncover the truth behind the assassination. But when the team stops responding and all four agents are found dead in a bunker locked from the inside, they turn to freelance intelligence operative Will Cochrane for answers.
William Morrow * 9780062309495

A STRANGENESS IN MY MIND written by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Ekin Oklap (Fiction)
Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut KarataƟ has fantasized about what his life would become. But luck never seems to be on his side. Every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) and wondering at the “strangeness” in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else --- until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for.
Knopf * 9780307700292

WAR OF TWO: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation by John Sedgwick (History)
In WAR OF TWO, John Sedgwick explores the long-standing conflict between Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr. A study in contrasts from birth, they had been compatriots, colleagues and even friends. But above all they were rivals. Matching each other’s ambition and skill as lawyers in New York, they later battled for power along political fault lines that would not only decide the future of the United States, but define it.
Berkley * 9781592408528

WE WERE BROTHERS: A Memoir by Barry Moser (Memoir)
Brothers Barry and Tommy Moser were born of the same parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee, slept in the same bedroom, went to the same school, and were both poisoned by their family’s deep racism and anti-Semitism. But as they grew older, their perspectives and their paths grew further and further apart. After one particularly fractious conversation, their fragile relationship fell apart. With the raw emotions that so often surface when we talk of our siblings, Barry recalls how they were finally able to traverse that great divide and reconcile their troubled brotherhood before it was too late.
Algonquin Books * 9781616204136

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Mystery)
From the creators of the wildly popular "Welcome to Night Vale" podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live. Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.
Harper Perennial * 9780062351425

WHAT YOU SEE: A Jane Ryland Novel by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Mystery/Thriller)
A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland's family, but there's a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan has a doozy of a case. At Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, a man is stabbed to death in front of a crowd of tourists snapping photos of the murder on their cell phones. Solving the case should be easy, but the pictures and surveillance video lead him to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives.
Forge Books * 9780765374950
On Sale the Week of October 19th in Paperback

October 20th

AFTER THE WIND: Tragedy on Everest --- One Survivor's Story by Lou Kasischke (Memoir)
Near the top of Mount Everest, on May 10, 1996, eight climbers died. It was the worst tragedy in the mountain's history. Lou Kasischke was there. AFTER THE WIND tells the harrowing story of what went wrong, as it has never been told before --- including why the climbers were so desperately out of time as the rogue storm struck. His personal story, captured in the title, tells about the intense moments near the top. These moments also revealed the love story that saved his life.
Good Hart Publishing * 9781940877037

THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANCES GODWIN by Robert Hellenga (Fiction)
THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANCES GODWIN is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst transgressions --- starting with her affair with Paul, whom she later marries. Now that Paul is dead and she’s retired, Frances Godwin thinks her story is over --- but, of course, the rest of her life is full of surprises, including the truly shocking turn of events that occurs when she takes matters into her own hands after her daughter Stella’s husband grows increasingly abusive.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620405505

IF I FALL, IF I DIE by Michael Christie (Fiction)
Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside and is thrust headfirst into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers.
Hogarth * 9780804140829

NAPOLEON: A Life by Andrew Roberts (Biography)
Andrew Roberts’ NAPOLEON is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s 33,000 letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife, Josephine. Roberts traveled to 53 of Napoleon’s 60 battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena.
Penguin Books * 9780143127857

NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham (Memoir/Essays)
In NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, Lena Dunham --- the acclaimed creator, producer and star of HBO’s "Girls" --- illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being 10 pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812985177

PARCELLS: A Football Life by Bill Parcells and Nunyo Demasio (Sports/Memoir)
The modern history of the NFL can’t be told without Bill Parcells as a central character. During his decades-long tenure in the NFL, he coached some of the game’s greatest players, turned failing franchises into contenders, and mentored a new generation of its brightest coaches all on the way to his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Now, with remarkable candor, Coach Parcells opens up about his life and extraordinary career.
Three Rivers Press * 9780385346375

RED NOTICE: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder (Memoir/True Crime)
Bill Browder made his fortune heading the largest investment fund in Russia after the Soviet Union’s collapse. But when he exposed the corrupt oligarchs who were robbing the companies in which he was investing, Vladimir Putin turned on him and had him expelled from Russia. Following the murder of his principled young tax attorney, Browder embarked on an unrelenting quest for justice, exposing the towering cover-up that leads right up to Putin.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476755748

THE SACRIFICE by Joyce Carol Oates (Fiction)
When a 14-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In THE SACRIFICE, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice --- of innocence, truth, trust and, ultimately, lives.
Ecco * 9780062332981

WANT YOU DEAD by Peter James (Thriller)
When Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, it’s instant attraction at first sight. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning.
Minotaur Books * 9781250070319
On Sale the Week of October 26th in Hardcover

October 27th

AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire (Fantasy)
Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late --- and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life.
William Morrow * 9780060548957

AND STILL I RISE: Black America Since MLK - An Illustrated Chronology by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke (History)
Beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, AND I STILL RISE explores the last half-century of the African American experience. More than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the birth of Black Power, the United States has both a black president and black CEOs running Fortune 500 companies --- and a large black underclass beset by persistent poverty, inadequate education and an epidemic of incarceration. Harvard professor and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. raises disturbing and vital questions about this dichotomy.
Ecco * 9780062427007

A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George (Mystery)
As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind who will have to deal with its unintended consequences. Could there be a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?
Viking * 9780525954330

BRAVE ENOUGH by Cheryl Strayed (Self-Help/Motivational)
Around the world, thousands of people have found inspiration in the words of Cheryl Strayed, who in her three prior books and in her "Dear Sugar" columns has shared the twists and trials of her remarkable life. BRAVE ENOUGH gathers, each on a single page, more than 100 of Strayed's indelible quotes and thoughts --- "mini instruction manuals for the soul" that urge us toward the incredible capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness and endurance that is within us all.
Knopf * 9781101946909

CHRISTMAS BELLS by Jennifer Chiaverini (Historical Fiction)
Jennifer Chiaverini’s resonant and heartfelt novel chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow’s patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. “Christmas Bells,” the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn.
Dutton * 9780525955245

THE CIRCLE by Bernard Minier (Mystery)
In the middle of a World Cup match in June 2010, Martin Servaz receives a call from a long-lost lover. A few miles away in the town of Marsac, Classics professor Claire Diemar has been brutally murdered. As if that weren't disturbing enough, Servaz receives a cryptic email indicating that Julian Hirtmann, the most twisted of all serial killers, is back…and hitting a little too close to home. With the help of detectives Irene Ziegler and Esperandieu, Servaz will have to uncover a world of betrayal and depravity to connect the dots between these gruesome murders that keep reopening wounds from his past.
Minotaur Books * 9781250045546

CLEMENTINE: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell (Biography)
By Winston Churchill’s own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible without her.” Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill’s wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR’s initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain’s close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.
Viking * 9780525429777

CORRUPTED: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline (Legal Thriller)
Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth --- and justice.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250027931

CUSTER'S TRIALS: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles (Biography)
T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Gen. George Armstrong Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person --- capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years).
Knopf * 9780307592644

DARK CORNERS by Ruth Rendell (Psychological Thriller)
When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews: Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father’s bizarre collection of homeopathic “cures” that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills. Mistake number three was selling 50 of those diet pills to a friend, who is then found dead.
Scribner * 9781501119422

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY: A Detective Kubu Mystery by Michael Stanley (Mystery)
Faced with the violent death of his own father, Assistant Superintendent David “Kubu” Bengu, the smartest detective in the Botswana police, is baffled. Who would kill such a frail old man? Kubu's frustration grows as his boss, Director Mabaku, bans him from being involved in the investigation. The picture becomes even murkier with the apparent suicide of a government official. Are Chinese mine-owners involved? And what role does the US Embassy have to play?
Minotaur Books * 9781250070890

DEPRAVED HEART: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell (Thriller)
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost 20 years ago. The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious --- but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that’s the message they send when they raid Lucy’s estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.
William Morrow * 9780062325402

THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS: Essays by Marilynne Robinson (Essays)
The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture, we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS, Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374298470

HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein (Memoir)
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL is an intimate and revealing narrative of Carrie Brownstein’s escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series “Portlandia” years later.
Riverhead Books * 9781594486630

LADY BIRD AND LYNDON: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President by Betty Boyd Caroli (Biography/Politics)
The conventional story goes that Lyndon Johnson married Lady Bird for her money, demeaned her by flaunting his many affairs, and that her legacy was protecting the nation’s wildflowers. But she was actually a full political partner throughout his ascent. And while others were shocked that she put up with his womanizing, she always knew she had the upper hand. In LADY BIRD AND LYNDON, Betty Boyd Caroli paints a vivid portrait of a marriage with complex, but familiar and identifiable overtones.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439191224

MY LIFE ON THE ROAD by Gloria Steinem (Memoir)
Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. When she was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution. MY LIFE ON THE ROAD is the story of Gloria’s growth and also the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality --- and the story of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both.
Random House * 9780679456209

NAUGHTIER THAN NICE by Eric Jerome Dickey (Romance)
The lives of Frankie, Tommie and Olivia (Livvy) haven’t turned out quite as planned. Frankie has a pair of stalkers. The life that Tommie had dreamed of having with Blue has become anything but perfect, and Olivia, despite her efforts, hasn’t been able to get over the psychological barrier caused by her husband’s affair in NAUGHTY OR NICE. Though the sisters are as close as any sisters could be, none wants the other two to know the dark secrets she is hiding.
Dutton * 9780525955207

PACIFIC: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers by Simon Winchester (History)
As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. With China on the rise, so, too, are the American cities of the West coast. Today, the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological history has long transformed us --- tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis --- but its human history, from a Western perspective, is quite young, beginning with Magellan’s 16th-century circumnavigation. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made.
Harper * 9780062315410

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen (Thriller)
In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music --- the Incendio waltz --- and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia’s bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz’s fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score.
Ballantine Books * 9781101884348

SHOPAHOLIC TO THE RESCUE by Sophie Kinsella (Fiction)
Becky’s father has vanished from Los Angeles on a mysterious quest with her best friend’s husband. Becky’s mum is hysterical; her best friend, Suze, is desperate. Worse, Becky must tolerate an enemy along for the ride, who she’s convinced is up to no good. Determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has disappeared, help Suze, contain Alicia, and reunite her fractured family, Becky knows she must marshal all her trademark ingenuity. But just when her family needs her more than ever, can Becky pull it off?
The Dial Press * 9780812998245

SINATRA: The Chairman by James Kaplan (Biography)
In 2010's FRANK: The Voice, James Kaplan told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with SINATRA: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954. In between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise; and juggled his considerable commercial ventures alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments.
Doubleday * 9780385535397

SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell (Paranormal Thriller)
Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents --- an odd brother and sister --- extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late.
Random House * 9780812998689

THE THEORY OF DEATH: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman (Mystery)
Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. But then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods. The death appears to be a suicide, but until the coroner’s ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Decker’s investigation takes him and former Greenbury colleague Tyler McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes to solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.
William Morrow * 9780062270214

THE THREE-YEAR SWIM CLUB: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory by Julie Checkoway (Sports/History)
In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. In spite of everything --- including the virulent anti-Japanese sentiment of the late 1930s --- by their third year, they'd be declared the greatest swimmers in the world, but they'd also face their greatest obstacle: the dawning of a world war and the cancellation of the Games. Still, in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455523443

WILDFLOWER by Drew Barrymore
(Memoir/Essays)
WILDFLOWER is a portrait of actress Drew Barrymore's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy and healthy place she is today. It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14.

Dutton * 9781101983799

THE WITCHES: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (History)
It began in 1692 when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316200608

THE WOMAN WHO WALKED IN SUNSHINE: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (16) by Alexander McCall Smith (Mystery)
Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency --- so slow, in fact, that for the first time in her estimable career, Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is in some trouble himself. Once she learns more about Samuel’s sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.
Pantheon * 9780307911568

YOU'RE THE BEST: A Celebration of Friendship by The Satellite Sisters (Essays)
The Satellite Sisters have turned their focus to one of the most important relationships in our lives --- our friends, our Satellite Sisters, the women (and men) we call when the best thing in your life happens, or the worst. With their trademark empathy, intelligence and humor, YOU'RE THE BEST is a collection of essays and writings about life, love, family, play and change. Its contributors include both the Satellite Sisters and the Next Generation (nieces, daughters, daughters-in-law), covering how friendships influence choices, relationships, careers, adventures and inevitable changes.
Prospect Park Books * 9781938849589
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October 26th

KILL MY MOTHER: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer (Graphic Novel)
Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, Obie Awards, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Cartoonist Society and the Writers Guild of America, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel. KILL MY MOTHER, a loving homage to the pulp-inspired films and comic strips of his youth, centers on five formidable women from two unrelated families, linked fatefully and fatally by a has-been, hard-drinking private detective.
Liveright * 9781631491061


October 27th

2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS by Marie-Helene Bertino (Fiction)
As three lost souls --- a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old; her fifth-grade teacher; and the owner of the legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas --- search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life’s endless possibilities over the course of one magical night.
Broadway Books * 9780804140256

THE BRIDGE by Karen Kingsbury (Romance)
For 30 years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation and shelves of good books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly everything changes.
Howard Books * 9781476748658

CANE AND ABE by James Grippando (Thriller)
A woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and Abe Beckham is called upon to monitor the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call “Cutter” because his brutal methods harken back to Florida’s dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun. But when the Feds discover that Abe had a brief encounter with the victim after his first wife’s death, and when his current wife goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself under fire.
Harper * 9780062295415

CHINA 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice by Richard Bernstein (History)
As 1945 opened, America was on surprisingly congenial terms with China’s Communist rebels --- their soldiers treated their American counterparts as heroes, rescuing airmen shot down over enemy territory. Chinese leaders talked of a future in which American money and technology would help lift China out of poverty. Mao Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emissaries, vowing to them his intention of establishing an American-style democracy in China. By year’s end, however, cordiality had been replaced by chilly hostility and distrust.
Vintage * 9780307743213

THE CHURCHILL FACTOR: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson (History/Politics)
On the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays --- with characteristic wit and passion --- a man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing and deep humanity.
Riverhead Books * 9781594633980

DE NIRO: A Life by Shawn Levy (Biography)
Robert De Niro is an intensely private man, whose rare public appearances are often marked by inarticulateness and palpable awkwardness. It can be almost painful to watch at times, in powerful contrast to his confident movie personae. In DE NIRO: A Life, Shawn Levy writes of these many De Niros, seeking to understand the evolution of an actor who once dove deeply into his roles as if to hide his inner nature, and who now takes roles that make few apparent demands on his overwhelming talent.
Three Rivers Press * 9780307716798

DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin (Memoir)
Louis Zamperini’s struggle to survive the unimaginable --- brought to life in his autobiography, DEVIL AT MY HEELS, and in Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller and its film adaptation, UNBROKEN --- elevated him to his rightful place among our country’s greatest heroes. Now Zamperini, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 97, reveals the wisdom he learned along his incredible journey. In DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN, he offers never-before-told tales that embody his simple yet essential secrets of success.
Dey Street Books * 9780062368805

EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE by Norman Lear (Memoir)
The legendary creator of iconic television programs such as “All in the Family” and "The Jeffersons," Norman Lear remade our television culture --- while leading a life of unparalleled political, civic and social involvement. EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE is a memoir as touching and remarkable as the life he has led. Married three times and the father of six children ranging from 19 to 68, Lear’s penetrating look at family life, parenthood and marriage is a volume in itself.
Penguin Books * 9780143127963

I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO by Mary Burton (Romantic Suspense)
Paperback Original
He promised to kill her. One night four years ago, Leah Carson’s husband almost succeeded. Philip stabbed her 23 times before fleeing. The police are sure he’s dead, but fear won’t let Leah believe it. It starts with little things: missing keys, a flat tire, mysterious flowers --- all easily explained away if the pattern wasn’t so terrifyingly familiar. Leah has a new veterinary practice and a new life with no ties to her nightmare. But Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Alex Morgan suspects something. And when another woman’s body is found, stabbed 23 times, Leah knows her past has found her.
Zebra * 9781420132151

LOST OCEAN: An Inky Adventure & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
(Art/Crafts & Hobbies)
Paperback Original
With LOST OCEAN, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure.
Penguin Books * 9780143108993

MY FATHER’S GUITAR AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS by Joseph Skibell (Humor/Essays)
Paperback Original
Often improbable, these stories are 100 percent true. Joseph Skibell misremembers the guitar his father promised him; together, he and a telemarketer dream of a better world; a major work of Holocaust art turns out to have been painted by his cousin. Woven together, the stories paint a complex portrait of a man and his family: a businessman father and an artistic son, and the difficult love between them; complicated uncles, cousins and sisters; a haunted house; and --- of course --- an imaginary guitar.
Algonquin Books * 9781565129306

THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine (History)
THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION is a monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human.
Vintage * 9781101970355

THE SILENCE THAT SPEAKS: A Forensic Instincts Novel by Andrea Kane (Psychological Thriller)
The first order of business for Forensic Instincts is to find out who's targeting their client, Madeline Westfield. Under the leadership of Casey Woods, the investigative team has the resources to do just that, working inside the law --- and outside it. FI's strength is its members, among them Casey's associate Marc Devereaux, former navy SEAL and a man who's equal to any situation. Except maybe this one…
Mira * 9780778317692

THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields (Memoir)
Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. As Brooke became an adult, the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. In this memoir, Brooke reveals stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.
Plume * 9780147516565

TOM CLANCY FULL FORCE AND EFFECT: A Jack Ryan Novel by Mark Greaney (Thriller/Adventure)
The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage. There’s just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan: the elimination of President Jack Ryan.
Berkley * 9780425279779

WAIT FOR SIGNS: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson (Fiction/Short Stories)
Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, “Old Indian Trick.” This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s novels and the television series “Longmire.” Each Christmas Eve thereafter, Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels. Over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form. WAIT FOR SIGNS finally gives Longmire fans a chance to own these beloved stories in a single volume.
Penguin Books * 9780143127826

WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning (Literature/History)
When America entered World War II, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. The War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war. Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today.
Mariner Books * 9780544570405

WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys by Thomas Maier (History)
By the mid-1930s, from London to America, the Churchills and the Kennedys shared an ever-widening circle of friends, lovers and political associates --- soon shattered by World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFK's sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr. By the 1960s and JFK's presidency, these two powerful families had overcome their bitter differences and helped to define the “greatness” in each other.
Broadway Books * 9780307956804

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