Fiction Stars 2005

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.

Titles are listed by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author. Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted. .

 


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June
  • Last Resort: A Hideaway Novel
    Author: Alexander, Hannah
    Publisher: Steeple Hill $ 12.95 ISBN: 0373785402 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    When 12-year-old Clarissa Cooper is abducted near her home, her cousin Noelle rushes to Hideaway to help in the search. Reunited with her childhood friend Nathan Trask, Noelle steps into a web of secrets that has haunted her family for generations.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Yotsuba & !
    Author: Azuma, Kiyohiko
    Publisher: ADV $ 9.99 ISBN: 1413903177 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From the nutty mind of Kyohiko Azuma, creator of the hit manga Azumanga Daioh comes the story of the new kid in town - little Yotsuba, a green-haired and wide-eyed girl who doesn't have a clue... about anything!
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works & Comics Stars
    Updated 5.23.05
  • The Wonder Spot
    Author: Bank, Melissa
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034118 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Through the eyes of a compelling outsider, this title captures the life cycle of a family and watches their lives--and the outsider's--unfold over the ensuing two decades.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.14.05
  • Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson
    Author: Bergelson, Dovid
    Publisher: City Lights $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0872864448 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 5.9.05
  • It's All Right Now
    Author: Chadwick, Charles
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060742860 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    This novel spans three decades in the life of its narrator, beginning with his complicated relationships with his wife and children, his neighbors, his parents, girlfriends, colleagues and friends, and his ongoing search for moral and practical certainties.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Levi's Will
    Author: Cramer, W. Dale
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13.99 ISBN: 0764229958 Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    Nineteen-year-old Will leaves behind his pregnant girlfriend when he flees his Amish community in pursuit of a new life. Years later, Will is unable to regain his father's respect. Can he learn that love, not work, will heal the past and give hope to his family's future?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land
    Author: Crowley, John
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060556587 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Spanning three centuries, Lord Byron's Novel interweaves three separate strands into one magnificent tale: the stories of a lost novel by Lord Byron, the daughter who tried to save it, and the woman who discovered her secret.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Epistolary Stars | Poets
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Specimen Days sun image
    Author: Cunningham, Michael
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374299625 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    The same group of characters, a young boy, an older man, and a young woman, are present in each historical period of this genre-bending, haunting, and transformative ode to life in New York. The novel provides a meditation on the direction and meaning of America's destiny.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.18.05
  • The Summer We Got Saved
    Author: Devoto, Pat Cunningham
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.95 ISBN: 0446576964 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Tab is a budding Archie Bunker until her Aunt whisks her off to a place in the mountains of Tennessee where integration flourishes. Maudie, Tab's childhood friend, couldn't care less about the struggles of her black brother and sisters until she is sent to the backwoods of Alabamato start a voting school for members of the Word of Truth Church. This is a summer with swirling winds of change and no one will be untouched. - Adapted from Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars | Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.22.05
  • The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole
    Author: Doyon, Stephanie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743271335 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Cedar Hole is the armpit of fictional Gilford County, a town full of apathetic underachievers trapped by a defunct railroad, distrust of the outside world, and their own lack of imagination. During the annual Train Festival, the citizens are called to declare the "greatest man" in town, and a fierce rivalry ensues.
    Updated 7.12.05
  • The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana sun image
    Author: Eco, Umberto
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 28 ISBN: 0151011400 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    To recall his memories, Yambo withdraws to the family home where he searches old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and diaries to relive the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, and Fred Astaire.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Love Creeps
    Author: Filipacchi, Amanda
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 031234032x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Something Blue
    Author: Giffin, Emily
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312323859 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of Something Borrowed comes a novel that shows how someone with a "perfect life" can lose it all--and then find everything.
    Suggested Reading: Chick Lit | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.20.05
  • Grace at Low Tide
    Author: Hart, Beth Webb
    Publisher: Westbow $ 13.99 (paper) ISBN: 1595540261 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    When a business venture goes sour, Charleston blue-bloods Billy and Dee DeLoach uproot their family and move into the caretaker's cottage on what was once the family plantation estate on Edisto Island. Their wry, teenage son chronicles the adjustments, tensions, and tragedy.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.11.05
  • House of Thieves
    Author: Hemmings, Kaui Hart
    Publisher: Penguin $ 22.95 ISBN: 1594200483 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    These unique stories of upper-class Hawaiian families reveal with unsentimental insight and straightforward prose the complex forces that bind family members together in love and hate.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 6.29.05
  • A Long Way Down sun image
    Author: Hornby, Nick
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573223026 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own morality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.25.05
  • The Historian sun image
    Author: Kostova, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316011770 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    In this riveting debut novel, a young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could--the quest to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.20.05
  • 44 Scotland Street
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Anchor $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 1400079446 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society.
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Twilight
    Author: Mosby, Katherine
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066212715 Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    This is the unforgettable story of one woman's sexual and political awakening in the years preceding World War II. Lavinia Gibbs avoids a stifling marriage, enraging her socially prominent parents, and sails off to Europe to rebuild and discover her life.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 4.7.05
  • The Almond
    Author: Nedjma
    Publisher: Grove $22 ISBN: 0802118054 Date: 2005
    starPW
    An autobiographical erotic novel written by a contemporary woman who is an observant Muslim, The Almond is an extraordinary and pioneering literary work, a truly unforgettable journey into the sexual undercurrents of a world that is, outwardly and to Western eyes, puritanical.
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Men of Bronze
    Author: Oden, Scott
    Publisher: Platinum Medallion $ 26.95 ISBN: 193281518x Date: 2005
    starPW
    Leading the fight to preserve the soul of Egypt is Hasdrabal Barca, Pharaoh's deadliest killer. When Greek mercenary, Phanes, defects to the Persians, it triggers a savage war that will tax Barca's skills, and his humanity, to the limit.
    Suggested Reading: Ancient Greece | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Appaloosa sun image
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152776 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has taken supplies, horses, and women for his own and left the city marshal and a deputy for dead. In Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary who raises the stakes by playing with emotions.
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars | All Stars
    Updated 3.28.05
  • The People of Paper
    Author: Plascencia, Salvador
    Publisher: McSweeneys $ 22 ISBN: 1932416218 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Part memoir, part lies, this imaginative tale is a story about loving a womanmade of paper, about the wounds made by first love and sharp objects.
    Updated 5.16.05
  • Stolen Magic
    Author: Putney, Mary Jo
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345476891 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Entwining fantasy with historical romance, Stolen Magic introduces Simon Malmain, Earl of Falconer, who continues the story line begun in A Kiss of Fate.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Summer's Child
    Author: Rice, Luanne
    Publisher: Bantam $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0553587625 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From the celebrated "New York Times" bestselling author of Beach Girls comes this powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5.23.05
  • Black Rose sun image
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 ISBN: 0515138657 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author presents the second novel of her In the Garden trilogy, as three women discover secrets from the past contained within their historic home.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Wars End
    Author: Sacco, Joe
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 14.95 ISBN: 1896597920 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkus
    War cartoonist Sacco visits the Bosnian conflict to uncover the stories that are often ignored or uncovered by traditional media and gives the reader an inside peek at the darkly humorous news process.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Writing on the Wall
    Author: Schwartz, Lynne Sharon
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582432996 Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    Thirty-four and decidedly independent, Renata has been known to keep her involvement with people--men in particular--to a minimum. Then Jack, patient, solid, and sexy, enters her life. One bright September morning, as Renata walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to work, the sky bursts open and change comes without warning. The Writing on the Wall is a profoundly engaging novel about how one woman saw--and we all continue to ponder--the defining event of our times. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: 9/11 Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Broken Verses
    Author: Shamsie, Kamila
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0156030535 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan's greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs. In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple's private code-a letter that could only have been written recently.
    Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. Always left behind whenever Samina followed the Poet into exile, she had assumed that her mother's disappearance was simply another abandonment. Then, while working at Pakistan's first independent TV station, Aasmaani runs into an old friend of Samina's who gives her the first letter, then many more. Where could the letters have come from? And will they lead her to her mother?
    Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.23.05
  • Divided Kingdom
    Author: Thomson, Rupert
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400042186 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Following his highly acclaimed The Book of Revelation, Thomson now explores a radical social experiment in a novel compelling for its brilliant improvisation of a political future and its timeless grasp of individual lives.
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Canaan's Tongue
    Author: Wray, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400040868 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    In a crumbling estate on the banks of the Mississippi, eight survivors of the nortorious Island 37 Gang wait for the war, or the Pinkerton Detective Agency, to claim them. Their leader, a bizarre charismatic known only as "The Redeemer," has disappeared without a trace, and they are wanted by both the Union and the Confederacy.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Civil War Stars
    Updated 5.23.05

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May

  • Serenity Rose: Working Through the Negativity
    Author: Aaron, A.
    Publisher: Slave Labor $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 159362011x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    When you can float through the air and conjure up monsters out of ectoplasm, you're bound to attract attention. Come stare at Ms. Serenity Rose, local witch, as she spends the day dodging goblins, goths, and a bad case of social phobia in the spookiest lil town in America. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels & Comics
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Zorro sun image
    Author: Allende, Isabel
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060778970 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBookliststarLJ
    In this swashbuckling adventure, the author of My Invented Country reveals for the first time how Diego de la Vega became the masked man of legendary fame.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Book for Teens
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Lake, the River and the Other Lake
    Author: Amick, Steve
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375423508 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    As the lives and loves of the people of Weneshkeen--a once-quiet village on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan--unfurl, readers are treated to a big-hearted tale that is by turns uproariously funny and dark, and always poignantly real.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Follies: New Stories
    Author: Beattie, Ann
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743269616 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From the author of Park City comes a superb novella and a collection of brilliant stories about adult children, aging parents and the chance encounters that alter lives.
    Updated 2.15.05
  • With this Ring, I'm Confused
    Author: Billerbeck, Kristen
    Publisher: Westbow $ 14.99 ISBN: 1595540334 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In this third book in the popular series by Billerbeck, Ashley Stockingdale has finally found that nice, good-looking Christian guy who actually wants to commit. Will she make it to the altar with her sanity intact?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Three Day Road
    Author: Boyden, Joseph
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670034312 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    In part inspired by the legend of Frances Pegamahgabow, the great Indian sniper of World War I, Three Day Road is an impeccably researched and beautifully written story that offers a searing reminder about the cost of war.
    Suggested Reading: World War Stars | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.18.05
  • My Surrender
    Author: Brockaway, Connie
    Publisher: Pocket $6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0743463242 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From one of the most highly acclaimed historical romance authors comes the third and final novel in the passionate Rose Hunters trilogy, featuring three sexy, adventurous Scotsmen.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Acts of Faith sun image
    Author: Caputo, Philip
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375411666 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJstarPW
    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of the highly praised novels The Voyage and Horn of Africa--a stunning, timely new novel about the physical perils and moral crises faced by a group of men and women who try to relieve the suffering caused by war and famine in contemporary Sudan.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.28.05
  • Mambo Peligroso
    Author: Chao, Patricia
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060734175 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    This dazzling novel of the New York world of mambo--hot-blooded, fast-paced, and Latin--is penned by the gifted author of the acclaimed Monkey King.
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Closed Circle
    Author: Coe, Jonathan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375414150 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The adolescent characters of The Rotter's Club now face the vengeance of middle age in a story very much of the moment, charged with such issues as 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
    Updated 3.28.05
  • DC The New Frontier #2
    Author: Cooke, Darwyn (edt)
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1401204619 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 5.16.05
  • The R. Crumb Handbook
    Author: Crumb, R.
    Publisher: Mq $ 25 ISBN: 1840727160 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    This collection of original cartoons and never-before-published work takes readers on a unique journey through the life and times of one of the 20th century's most notorious and influential counter-culture artists.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Johnny Mad Dog
    Author: Dongala, Emmanuel
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 0374179956 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Set amid the chaos of West Africa's civil wars, Dongala's striking new novel tells the story of two teenagers growing up while rival ethnic groups fight for control of their country.
    Suggested Reading: Child Soldiers | Adult Book for Teens
    Updated 4.7.05
  • One Sunday Morning
    Author: Ephron, Amy
    Publisher: Morrow $ 21.95 ISBN: 0060585528 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    This mesmerizing tale of wealth, society, and scandal set in Jazz Age New York and Paris in the 1920s is from the celebrated author of A Cup of Tea.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Prohibition
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932
    Author: Fergus, Jim
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 1401300545 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    From the award-winning author of One Thousand White Women comes a novel in the tradition of Little Big Man, tracing one man's search for adventures and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world.
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.22.05
  • Great Inland Sea
    Author: Francis, David
    Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 23 ISBN: 1596921161 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Traveling as groom for a horse called Unusual, Day meets Callie, who wants to be the world's first woman jockey. He is stranded by a love that takes him back to the harshness of his childhood in Australia, and to the dark secrets of his family.
    Suggested Reading: Horse Tales
    Updated 3.25.05
  • O My Darling
    Author: Gaige, Amity
    Publisher: Other $ 22 ISBN: 1590511743 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Updated 2.28.05
  • Hungry Tide
    Author: Ghosh, Amitav
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618329978 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    A contemporary story of adventure and romance, identity and history, this novel brings two outsiders deep into one of the most fascinating regions on Earth--tiny islands known as the Sundarbans off the coast of India--where life is ruled by the unforgiving tides and the constant threat of attack by Bengal tigers.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Her Body Knows: Two Novellas
    Author: Grossman, David
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374175578 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Studies in obsession, claustrophobia, and the need to confess, these two novellas mark a new departure from "a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented . . . anywhere" ("The New York Times Book Review").
    Updated 5.4.05
  • Where the River Runs
    Author: Henry, Patti Callahan
    Publisher: NAL $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0451215052 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From the author of Losing the Moon comes an engaging new novel following the emotional path of a woman who goes back home to face the past--only to discover herself.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.9.05
  • The Company Car
    Author: Hribal, C.J.
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 140006287x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Both comically tragic and touching, this novel is a sweeping, generational saga about a family caught in the changing landscape of American life.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • The Moon Witch
    Author: Jones, Linda Winstead
    Publisher: Berkley $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0425201295 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this second novel of the fanciful Sisters of the Sun trilogy, middle Fyne sister Juliet is kidnapped by the Emperor's men--only to be rescued by a man whose animal instincts tell him he's found the only woman to call his own.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • The History of Love sun image
    Author: Krauss, Nicole
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393060349 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    Leo Gursky is barely surviving, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. But life wasn't always like this: 60 years ago, in the Polish village where he was born, Leo fell in love and wrote a book. And though Leo doesn't know it, that book survived, inspiring fabulous circumstances, even love.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Reading Group Stars | Adult Book for Teens
    Updated 3.28.05
  • Heartbreak Hotel
    Author: Landis, Jill Marie
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345453301 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The third book in the beloved Twilight Cove trilogy proves that at Heartbreak Hotel, unexpected love can make even the most disillusioned hearts believe.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Beyond Black
    Author: Mantel, Hilary
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 0805073566 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Troubles spiral out of control when a psychic and her assistant move to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside and take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist in this darkly comic, unorthodox novel.
    Updated 2.23.05
  • Other Electricities: Stories
    Author: Monson, Ander
    Publisher: Sarabande $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1932511156 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The cumulative effect of this stunningly original collection seems to work on the reader in the same way-we follow glimpses of dispossessed lives in the snow-buried reaches of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, where nearly everyone seems to be slipping away under the ice to disappear forever. Through an unsettling, almost crazed gestalt of sketches, short stories, lists, indices and radio schematics, Monson presents a world where weather, landscape, radio waves and electricity are characters in themselves, affecting a community held together by the memories of those they have lost. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.5.05
  • The Magic Keys
    Author: Murray, Albert
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375423532 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Capturing the joyful rhythms of youth, this is the final volume in the adventures of Scooter--the hero of Albert Murray's extraordinary autobiographical novels Train Whistle Guitar, The Spyglass Tree, and The Seven League Boots.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • People I Wanted To Be
    Author: Ochsner, Gina
    Publisher: Houghton $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0618563725 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    In her eagerly anticipated collection, Ochsner deftly examines the harrowing moments after a life or a love slips away, and discovers that the human heart can be large enough for anything.
    Updated 4.5.05
  • Glad News of the Natural World
    Author: Pearson, T.R.
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743264630 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this hilarious and heartbreaking sequel to the beloved bestseller A Short History of a Small Place, readers will find Louis Benfield nearly grown up, feckless as ever, and a long way from his native North Carolina.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • A Perfect Stranger: Stories
    Author: Robinson, Roxana
    Publisher: Random $ I23.95 SBN: 0375509186 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    The first short story collection in nine years by the author of Sweetwater and This Is My Daughter, both "New York Times" Notable Books.
    Updated 3.14.05
  • Light of Day
    Author: Saul, Jamie M.
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060747528 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From an assured new talent comes a moving and compelling novel of love, loss, and the unforeseeable events that lurk around the corners of everyday life.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Pretty Birds sun image
    Author: Simon, Scott
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400063108 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    This mortal chess game of guile and manipulation plays out against the backdrop of beautiful, war-torn Sarajevo as two high school friends--one Muslim, one Christian--struggle to survive the Serbs' ethnic cleansing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Child Soldiers | Former Yugoslavia | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Lunar Follies
    Author: Sorrentino, Gilbert
    Publisher: Coffee House $ 14 ISBN: 1566891698 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Updated 5.4.05
  • Black Ice
    Author: Stuart, Anne
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 ISBN: 0778321711 Date: 2005
    starPW
    American Chloe Underwood is translating for entrepreneurs at their conference outside Paris. But the meeting is in fact a cover-up for a group of terrorists. When she's threatened, Chloe is taken to Paris by undercover operative Bastien Toussaint. During a freak snowstorm, the chase is on.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 3.28.05
  • Sonechka: A Novella and Stories
    Author: Ulitskaia, Liudmila
    Publisher: Schocken $ 23 ISBN: 0805241957 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Borges and the Eternal Oranutans
    Author: Verissimo, Luis Fernando
    Publisher: New Directions $ 13.95 ISBN: 081121592x Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 3.10.05
  • My Name is Legion sun image
    Author: Wilson, A.N.
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 0374217424 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    From the renowned historian and novelist comes a stunningly bold new work of fiction set in the darkly glamorous media world. Wilson's London is a bleak, if occasionally hilarious, place--murderous, lustful, money-obsessed, and haunted by strange gods
    Updated 5.9.05

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April
  • Flight
    Author:
    Publisher: Image Comics $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582404771 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 6.20.05
  • War By Candlelight: Stories
    Author: Alarcon, Daniel
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060594780 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    In this exquisite collection, Alarcon takes the reader from Third World urban centers to the fault lines that divide nations and people, personalizing the shifting realities of our own contemporary world.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories
    Author: Almond, Steve
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 22.95 ISBN: 1565124227 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    The bestselling writer who took readers on a cross-country journey that revealed his long love affair with chocolate in Candyfreak has produced a funny, bracing, sometimes shocking, always imaginative collection of stories and characters for this new compilation.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Buddy Does Seattle
    Author: Bagge, Peter
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ I14.95 (paper) SBN: 1560976233 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Midnight at the Dragon Cafe
    Author: Bates, Judy Fong
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 1582431892 Date: 2005
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    Judy Fong Bates's fresh and engaging first novel is the story of Su-Jen Chou, a Chinese girl growing up the only daughter of an unhappy and isolated immigrant family in a small Ontario town in the 1950s.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.15.05
  • And the Word Was
    Author: Bauman, Bruce
    Publisher: Other $ 24 ISBN: 1590511417 Date: 2005
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    Updated 2.15.05
  • A Long Stay in a Distant Land
    Author: Chieng, Chieh
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 22.95 ISBN: 1582345333 Date: 2005
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    A hilarious and inventive first novel tracing three generations of a death-stalked Chinese-American family in Orange County, California. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars | Debuts
    Updated 3.3.05
  • We're In Trouble: Stories
    Author: Coake, Christopher
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151010943 Date: 2005
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    Each of the seven stories in this extraordinary debut collection dramatizes a deep love staring at the face of death- an encounter that elicits either the best or the worst in these vividly drawn characters. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.11.05
  • My Summer of Love
    Author: Cross, Helen
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 12.50 (paper) ISBN: 0747575886 Date: 2005
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    Updated 4.19.05
  • A Slight Trick of the Mind
    Author: Cullin, Mitch
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385513283 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Cullin goes behind Sherlock Holmes's cool, unflappable surface to reveal for the first time the inner world of an obsessively private man. Cullin weaves together Holmes's hidden past and private struggles to transform him into an ordinary man, confronting and acquiescing to emotions he's resisted his entire life.
    Suggested Reading: Elementary
    Updated 2.14.05
  • Bitter Fruit
    Author: Dangor, Achmat
    Publisher: Grove $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0802170064 Date: 2005
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    With the publication of Kafka's Curse, Achmat Dangor established himself as an utterly singular voice in South African fiction. His new novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award, is a clear-eyed, witty, yet deeply serious look at South Africa's political history and its damaging legacy in the lives of those who live there. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: South Africa
    Updated 2.15.05
  • The Education of Arnold Hitler
    Author: Estrin, Marc
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1932961038 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Marc Estrin's second novel is the story of a young man who stumbles through the second half of the 20th century bearing a most unfortunate name. At once a chess master, a linguist, an athlete and an innocent in love, Arnold passes through the racial tensions of Mansfield, Texas (home of the author of Black Like Me) in the 1950's, the anti-war movement at Harvard, and both the Upper East Side and the Bowery, meeting Noam Chomsky, Al Gore, and Leonard Bernstein in the process, and finally learning the meaning of meaning. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Full Bloom
    Author: Evanovich, Janet & Charlotte Hughes
    Publisher: St Martins $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 0312934300 Date: 2005
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    The temperature is on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, and the peach trees are bursting into full bloom in this fifth book in the mega-bestselling Full series from the bestselling team of Evanovich and Hughes.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Romance Stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close sun image
    Author: Foer, Jonathan Safran
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0618329706 Date: 2005
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    Oskar Schell is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
    Suggested Reading: 9/11 Stars | All Stars | Adult Book for Teens
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Painted Kiss
    Author: Hickey, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743492609 Date: 2005
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    In the tradition of The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Girl in Hyacinth Blue, a beautiful, atmospheric, and sensual debut re-imagines the tempestuous relationship between painter Gustav Klimt and Emilie Floege, the youngest daughter of a bourgeois businessman.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 5.20.05
  • Ice Queen
    Author: Hoffman, Alice
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316058599 Date: 2005
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    From the bestselling author of Practical Magic comes a miraculous, enthralling tale of a woman who is struck by lightning, and finds her frozen heart is suddenly burning. A magical story of passion, loss, and renewal, this work is Hoffman at her best.
    Suggested Reading: Stormy Weather | Adult Book for Teens
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Wild Dogs
    Author: Humphreys, Helen
    Publisher: Norton $ 22.95 ISBN: 0393060152 Date: 2005
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    As she falls in love with the wildlife biologist whose wolf leads a pack of feral dogs, Alice feels the tug between love's wild power and her desire to domesticate it. From the author of The Lost Garden, Wild Dogs strips away the conventions of love and passion to reveal deeper, richer truths.
    Suggested Reading: Dog Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • No Man's Land
    Author: Huong, Doung Thu
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 140136643 Date: 2005
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    From Vietnam's most popular writer and famous dissident comes a mesmerizing novel about a tragic love triangle between characters whose destinies have been irrevocably altered by the absurdity of war. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Never Let Me Go sun image
    Author: Ishiguro, Kazuo
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400043395 Date: 2005
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    From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars | Adult Book for Teens
    Updated 2.1.05
  • The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa
    Author: Kawabata, Yasunari
    Publisher: Univ of Cal $ 17.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0520241827 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A new translation of the only work not currently available in English by a Nobel-Prize winning author and the best known Japanese writer outside of Japan.
    Updated 4.19.05
  • The Mermaid Chair sun image
    Author: Kidd, Sue Monk
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670033944 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, spent 77 weeks on "The New York Times" bestseller list. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans and cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today.
    Updated 2.21.05
  • Somebody's Daughter
    Author: Lee, Marie Myung-Ok
    Publisher: Beacon $ 23.95 ISBN: 0807083887 Date: 2005
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    Adopted by a Midwest couple, 19-year-old Sarah Thorson studies one summer in Korea and eventually embarks on a crusade to find her birth mother. Paralleling Sarah's story, Kyung-sook, a Korean woman, reflects on the child she was forced to give away.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Asian American Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Adoption
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Small Island
    Author: Levy, Andrea
    Publisher: Picador $ 14 ISBN: 0312424671 Date: 2005
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    Told in four distinct voices, the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2004 is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, encapsulating the most American of experiences: the immigrant's life.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • I Got Somebody in Staunton: Stories
    Author: Lewis, William Henry
    Publisher: Amistad $ 22.95 ISBN: 0060536659 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 1.5.05
  • Acqua Calda
    Author: McDermott, Keith
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786715081 Date: 2005
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    Updated 12.27.04
  • Saturday sun image
    Author: McEwan, Ian
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 0385511809 Date: 2005
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    From the pen of a master--the #1 bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Atonement--comes an astonishing novel that captures the fine balance of happiness and the unforeseen threats that can destroy it. A brilliant, thrilling page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Lost in the Forest
    Author: Miller, Sue
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400042267 Date: 2005
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    From one of America's best-loved novelists comes an unforgettable tale of a family breaking apart and coming together again, set in the vineyards of Northern California. A hymn to marriage, and to adolescent yearning, this is Sue Miller at her inimitable best.
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Sexy Lexy
    Author: Moore, Kate
    Publisher: Love Spell $ 6.99 ISBN: 0505526239 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    After writing a self-help book encouraging fitness through sex, Lexy Clark escapes to a small California town where she discovers no one can entirely avoid the past. And if everyone could meet a man like Sam Worth, they may not want to.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 1
    Author: Moore, Terry
    Publisher: Abstract Studio $ 17.95 ISBN: 1892597268 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Lord Will and Her Grace
    Author: Nash, Sophia
    Publisher: Signet $ 4.99 ISBN: 0451214730 Date: 2005
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    Fleeing from an imminent marriage, Lord Will finds refuge by the sea, as far away from London scandal as he can get. But he soon crosses paths with a pretty outcast who may just be the solution to his problems.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • The Good Wife
    Author: O'Nan, Stewart
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374281394 Date: 2005
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    At once a love story and a portrait of a woman discovering her own strength, The Good Wife follows a woman through the 28 years of her husband's incarceration, as she raises her son, navigates a system that has no place for her, and braves the scorn of her community.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Portrait
    Author: Pears, Iain
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222984 Date: 2005
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    Set against the dramatic, untamed landscape of Brittany during one of the most explosive periods in art history, The Portrait is rich with atmosphere and suggestion, psychological complexity, and marvelous detail.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Monster
    Author: Peretti, Frank E.
    Publisher: Westbow $ 24.99 ISBN: 084991180x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Miles away from the hectic city, Reed and Rebecca hike into the beautiful Northwestern woods. They're surrounded by gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness. But something--or someone--begins closing in on them, and it's killing everyone in its path without remorse.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Josie Day Is Coming Home
    Author: Plumley, Lisa
    Publisher: Zebra $ 6.50 (paper) ISBN: 0821776967 Date: 2005
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    Vegas showgirl Josie Day saves the life of a wealthy casino owner, who rewards her with a "spare" estate in Arizona--ironically located in Josie's hometown. Josie plans to sell it and open a dance school. But she must first handle the caretaker, local bad boy Luke Donovan.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Romance Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Rules for Old Men Waiting
    Author: Pouncey, Peter R.
    Publisher: Random $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400063701 Date: 2005
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    Robert MacIver, a historian who long ago played rugby for Scotland, creates a list of rules by which to live out his last days. The most important rule--to "tell a story to its end"--spurs the old Scot to invent a strange and gripping tale of men in the trenches of the First World War.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Responsible Men
    Author: Schwarzchild, Edward
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 156512409x Date: 2005
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    Is there really such a thing as a responsible man? Max Wolinsky, a swindling salesman, asks this question when old associates want in on his latest scam. Further complicating the situation are family dysfunctions and Max's attempts to reconnect with his father, uncle, and teen-aged son.
    Updated 1.11.05
  • Last Night
    Author: Salter, James
    Publisher: Knopf $ 20 ISBN: 1400043123 Date: 2005
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    A superbly accomplished new collection explores the acclaimed author's signature themes: love, honor, sacrifice, friendship, and abandon. In these taut, powerful stories, Salter portrays men and women in their most intimate moments.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Misfortune
    Author: Stace, Wesley
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316830348 Date: 2005
    starPW
    This unforgettable debut is a rich, outrageous Dickensian novel in the comic tradition of The Crimson Petal and the White about a boy raised as a girl in the richest home in 19th-century England.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.1.05
  • Divine Circle of Ladies Making Mischief
    Author: Stewart, Dolores Riccio
    Publisher: Kensington $ 14 ISBN: 075820986x Date: 2005
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    Transporting readers once again into the enchanting world of Cass Shipton and her circle of friends in idyllic Plymouth, Massachusetts, this is Dolores Stewart Riccio's richest, most satisfying novel yet.
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Everything Changes
    Author: Tropper, Jonathan
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 20 ISBN: 0385338074 Date: 2005
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    Tropper's novel The Book of Joe dazzled critics and readers alike with its heartfelt blend of humor and pathos. In Everything Changes, the author delivers a touching, wickedly funny new tale about love, loss, and the perils of a well-planned life.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.7.05
  • The Illuminator sun image
    Author: Vantrease, Brenda
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312331916 Date: 2005
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    Fourteenth-century England was a time of plague, political unrest, and the earliest stirrings of the Reformation. Richly detailed and irresistibly compelling, this first novel is a glorious work of love, art, religion, and treachery at this extraordinary turning point in history.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Europe Central
    Author: Vollman, William T.
    Publisher: Viking $ 39.95 ISBN: 0670033928 Date: 2005
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    In his newest work, Vollmann presents a mesmerizing series of intertwined paired stories that compare and contrast the moral decisions made by various figures--some famous, some infamous, some unknown--associated with the warring authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR in the 20th century.
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Table for Five
    Author: Wiggs, Susan
    Publisher: Mira $ 19.95 ISBN: 0778321673 Date: 2005
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    Before an estranged couple is killed in an unthinkable tragedy, they designate two guardians for their children--a man and a woman who are essentially strangers and who have nothing in common except their compassion for the couple's three orphaned children.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Romance Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Sudden Rain
    Author: Wolff, Maritta
    Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 0743254821 Date: 2005
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    The long-lost final manuscript from the late novelist is a riveting, resonant story that captures the emotional rhythms of suburban L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Controlled Burn: Stories of Prison, Crime and Men
    Author: Wolven, Scott
    Publisher: Scribner $ 22 ISBN: 0743260112 Date: 2005
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    Signaling the arrival of a stunning new talent, this novel is "the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have read in years," says George Pelecanos of these raw, blistering tales of hard-bitten convicts, dodgy informers, and criminals running from the law.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.21.05
  • The Genizah At the House of Shepher
    Author: Yellin, Tamar
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640850 Date: 2005
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    A scholar, returning to her family home in Jerusalem becomes embroiled in a family dispute over a discovered Codex, brought home originally her great-great grandfather. Set against the backdrop pf a hundred and thirty years of change, this is a novel of exile and belonging, displacement and the quest for both love and a true promised land.
    Updated 3.10.05
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    Author: Zafris, Nancy
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 23.95 ISBN: 1932961046 Date: 2005
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    America has always been the place for seekers to reinvent themselves. The canyon country of Utah in the 1950s is just such a territory, where thousands of self-styled prospectors, encouraged by government pamphlets and naove promises, have caught uranium fever and descended upon the desert landscape, hoping to make their fortunes. Among them, a young widow and her two children embark on just such an adventure--for more complicated and heartrending personal reasons. Along the way they join a throng of colorful, unforgettable characters and form the most unexpected bonds. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Book for Teens
    Updated 3.21.05

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  • The Spy's Kiss
    Author: Abrams, Nita
    Publisher: Zebra $ 5.99 ISBN: 0821778536 Date: 2005
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    A quick-witted woman surrenders to a handsome aristocrat's charms, unaware that he's on a top-secret mission--and he's not the man he claims to be. This is the fourth title in a series by a talented newcomer.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Dear Zoe
    Author: Beard, Philiip
    Publisher: Viking $ 21.95 ISBN: 0670034010 Date: 2005
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    Beard's stunning debut is an epistolary novel written from 15-year-old Tess DeNunzio to her little sister Zoe. After Zoe's accidental death on September 11, 2001--a day so many others died--Tess's family is numbed by their personal tragedy. Not since The Lovely Bones has there been a study of grief, adolescence, and healing that rings as true as Dear Zoe.
    Suggested Reading: 9/11 Stars | Debuts | Adult Books for Teens | Epistolary Stars
    Updated 2.15.05
  • Windows on the World
    Author: Beigbeder, Frederic
    Publisher: Miramax $ 24.95 ISBN: 1401352235 Date: 2005
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    Weaving together philosophy, myth, world politics, and humor, this stunning work of literary daring is a fearless, moving, and unsettling novel set against the events of September 11.
    Suggested Reading: 911 Stars
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Scurvy Dogs: Rags to Riches
    Author: Boyd, Andrew & Ryan Yount
    Publisher: AIT Planet $ 12.95 ISBN: 1932051279 Date: 2005
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    Pirates of the past...today! The Scurvy Dogs search for jobs, love, and adventure - with disastrous results! This volume collects all five issues of the critically-acclaimed, independent humor, comic book sensation. But that's not all! It's chock-full of bonuses - including rare, behind-the-scenes materials, a character sketchbook, creator interviews, pin-up gallery, and an original commentary on all five issues written exlusively for this volume by creators Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount. A must-have for the deranged; or for collectors of oddball comedy. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Pirate Stars | Graphic Novel Stars
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    Updated 4.22.05
  • The Poet of Tolstoy Park
    Author: Brewer, Sonny
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 034547631x Date: 2005
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    Told by his doctor that he would die within a year, Henry Stuart decides not to accept his fate and moves to Alabama. For the next twenty years visitors traveled to visit the wise Stuart, who named his ten-acre property after Leo Tolstoy.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 12.27.04
  • March sun image
    Author: Brooks, Geraldine
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670033359 Date: 2005
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    From the author of the international bestseller Year of Wonders comes a powerful love story set against the catastrophe of the Civil War. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, and adds adult resonance to portray the moral complexity of war and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Civil War Stars | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Abigail's Story
    Author: Burton, Ann
    Publisher: Signet $ 5.99 ISBN: 045121479x Date: 2005
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    A compelling new series that focuses on the courageous women of the Bible begins with the story of Abigail. As Abigail grows to love David, the warrior-son of Jesse, David faces her husband, Nabal, in a senseless war that destroys Abigail's hope for peace.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Serpent Girl
    Author: Carnahan, Matthew
    Publisher: Villard $ 19.95 ISBN: 1400062705 Date: 2005
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    Written with deftness and high energy, Serpent Girl is a voyage into the darkest depths of carny life - and, remarkably, a funny and tender love story as well. Carnahan has received praise from Carl Hiaason, Richard Dooling, Elmore Leonard, John Ridley and Mike Myers. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Scourge of God
    Author: Dietrich, William
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 006073499x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist comes a thrilling novel of the clashing of civilizations, as Attila the Hun struggles to overthrow the Roman Empire.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 2.16.05
  • Flirting With Danger
    Author: Enoch, Suzanne
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 0060593636 Date: 2005
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    While robbing the Palm Beach mansion of millionaire playboy Richard Addison, beautiful thief extraordinaire Samantha Jellicoe is thrown into the arms of her victim by a mysterious explosion.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 1.19.05
  • Lewi's Journey
    Author: Enquist, Per Olov
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585673412 Date: 2005
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    A visionary epic novel of faith, sex, and intrigue is offered by the author "in the front ranks of contemporary literary fiction" (Bruce Bawer, "The New York Times Book Review").
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Snobs sun image
    Author: Fellowes, Julian
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312336926 Date: 2005
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    From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park comes a brilliant and revealing comedy of manners.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Metropolis
    Author: Gaffney, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400061504 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    A brilliant novel of epic proportions, Metropolis tells the story of a young man's struggle to find love and create a life in late 19th-century New York.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.23.05
  • The Bones
    Author: Greenland, Seth
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582345503 Date: 2005
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    Updated 2.1.05
  • The Dog of the Marriage
    Author: Hempel, Amy
    Publisher: Scribner $ 20 ISBN: 0743264517 Date: 2005
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    From one of the most highly acclaimed short story writers of the last two decades comes a glittering collection about relationships gone awry, sexual obsession, and the unsatisfied longings of everyday life.
    Updated 1.18.05
  • The Almond Picker
    Author: Hornby, Simonetta Agnello
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374182345 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Like many memorable works of fiction, this surprising mystery--and love story--set in rural Sicily hinges on a single question, in this case: who is Maria Rosalia Inzerillo, known as Mennulara, the almond picker?
    Updated 1.23.05
  • The Limits of Enchantment
    Author: Joyce, Graham
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780743463447 Date: 2005
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    This tale of midwifery, alchemy, magic, truth, and identity offers the story of two women: one with a deep past, and one who finds her history in the other.
    Suggested Reading: Witches
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Paradise
    Author: Kennedy, A.L.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400043646 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: Drink Up Stars
    Updated 2.21.05
  • The Silence of John
    Author: Litteras, D.S.
    Publisher: Hampton Roads $ 19.95 ISBN: 157174410x Date: 2005
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    Updated 2.7.05
  • Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home
    Author: Martin, Charles
    Publisher: Westbow $ 13.99 (paper) ISBN: 0785261826 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    This tough and tender novel is about weathering adversity and recognizing the many faces of love, regardless of who, how, where, or why. Love is a risk--but Martin shows that it is far more dangerous to live without it.
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Goddess Rules
    Author: Naylor, Clare
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 22.95 ISBN: 0345470532 Date: 2005
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    Updated 3.3.05
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    Author: Prose, Francine
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060196742 Date: 2005
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    Masterfully plotted, darkly comic, A Changed Man illuminates the everyday transactions in lives, exposing what remains invisible in plain sight in America's drug-addicted and media-driven culture.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.5.05
  • The Retreat
    Author: Rimbaud, Patrick
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 23 ISBN: 0871138778 Date: 2005
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    A gripping historical novel focused on Napoleon's dramatic invasion of Russia, The Retreat is a stirring follow-up to The Battle, winner of France's Goncourt Prize.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 11.22.04
  • With Or Without You
    Author: Sanders, Lauren
    Publisher: Akashic $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1888451696 Date: 2005
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    An award-winning novelist offers a story about the isolation and loneliness of adolescence and the neglect--benign as it may be--of the familial, cultural, and political institutions that are supposed to provide some sort of "support system." "In Sanders's hands, what is usually clich or gratuitous is hot."--Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.
    Updated 2.21.05
  • Milk
    Author: Steinke, Darcey
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 17.95 ISBN: 1582345295 Date: 2005
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    From a writer of remarkable depth and courage comes a brilliant and haunting novel that explores the intersection of spirituality and sexuality.
    Updated 11.25.04
  • Holy Skirts
    Author: Steinke, Rene
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0688176941 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From the talented author of The Fires comes a fascinating novel of art, passion, modernity, and war set in the early years of the 20th century that provides a portrait of the real-life Baroness Elsa of Greenwich Village.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Angel of Forgetfulness
    Author: Stern, Steve
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670033871 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    This time-defying odyssey from the 1960s to the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the 20th century features a detour through heaven on the wings of a derelict angel.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Goodnight Steve McQueen
    Author: Wener, Louise
    Publisher: Perennial $ 13.95 ISBN: 006072563X Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the author of The Perfect Play comes a charmingly romantic– yet very edgy-novel set in the music industry about friendship, love, growing up, and always following your dreams.
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Looped
    Author: Winston, Andrew
    Publisher: Agate $ 14.95 ISBN: 0972456295 Updated 2.7.05
    This remarkably assured debut novel weaves a glittering narrative web that encompasses the bursting life of contemporary Chicago. Looped tells the separate stories of a diverse group of Chicagoans-black, brown and white; gay, straight and bi-as their lives unfold in diverging and (occasionally) converging ways over the course of the year 2000. - Publisher Marketing

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February
  • The Seventh Beggar
    Author: Abraham, Pearl
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 25.95 ISBN: 1573222852 Date: 2005
    starPW
    At the heart of The Seventh Beggar lies a contemporary young man's obsession with the legendary 19th-century Chasidic master, Nachman of Bratslav--kabbalist, storyteller, and charismatic whose cult following persists to this day.
    Updated 1.3.05
  • Rosie Dunne
    Author: Ahern, Cecelia
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 22.95 ISBN: 140130091x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    The gifted author of the widely acclaimed, bestselling PS, I Love You has written a delightfully enchanting new novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can't seem to get it right.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Romance Stars
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Carnival
    Author: Antoni, Robert
    Publisher: Grove $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0802170056 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The ambitious third novel from one of the most innovative voices to emerge from the Caribbean and the Americas takes readers on an expedition that stretches from contemporary New York City to the glitter of Trinidadian Carnival, going deep into the island's mountainous interior.
    Updated 2.15.05
  • Hedwig and Berti
    Author: Arkin, Frieda
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312333544 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Please Don't Come Back From the Moon
    Author: Bakopoulos, Dean
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151011354 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In this haunting debut novel, Michael Smolij and his friends are unable to leave the blue-collar Detroit neighborhoods abandoned by their fathers. They stumble through their teens into their 20s until the restlessness of the fathers blooms in them, threatening to carry them away.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.25.04
  • On the Way to My Father's Funeral: New and Selected Stories
    Author: Baumbach, Jonathan
    Publisher: Low Fidelity $ 16 ISBN: 0972336338 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 11.25.04
  • God Lives in St. Petersburg: And Other Stories
    Author: Bissell, Tom
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 20 ISBN: 0375422641 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    In this exciting collection, the acclaimed author of Chasing the Sun turns his keenly observant eye to fiction with sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious adventures and misadventures of Americans colliding with the unfamiliar in Central Asia.
    Updated 12.6.04
  • Nice Big American Baby
    Author: Budnitz, Judy
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375412425 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Budnitz's 12 blazingly original new stories--riveting, seductive, and impossible to forget--take readers from suburban backyards and swimming pools to war-torn streets and fallout shelters.
    Updated 12.6.04
  • The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life
    Author: Brandt, William
    Publisher: Warner $ 12.95 ISBN: 0446693812 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Originally published in New Zealand and in the UK, Brandt's hilarious first novel about life, love, and the film business delves into the mind and mystery of the modern adult male.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.25.04
  • The Last Kingdom
    Author: Cornwell, Bernard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060530510 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In this epic novel, bestselling author Cornwell follows King Alfred the Great and his desperate quest to keep England from falling into the hands of the Danish conquerors.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Ireland
    Author: Delaney, Frank
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060563486 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    This unforgettable "tour de force" marries the intimate, passionate texture of the Irish spirit with a sweeping, epic historical scope, to tell the story of how the character of the land and its people were shaped by history, neighboring England, and the Irish themselves.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Eleanor Rigby
    Author: Coupland, Douglas
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 22.95 ISBN: 1582345236 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Liz Dunn's quiet existence is upended by young Jeremy, a charming lost soul who triggers a chain of events that takes Liz to the other side of the world and back, endangering her life just as a real chance at happiness finally seems within reach.
    Updated 11.15.04
  • The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln
    Author: Hambley, Barbara
    Publisher: Bantam $ 25 ISBN: 0553803018 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Ten years after Abraham Lincoln's death, the president's widow is incarcerated in an insane asylum by her only surviving son. It is from this little-known episode that Hambly spins her intimate, insightful tapestry of this difficult, too-intelligent woman's life.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Lincoln
    Updated 1.23.05
  • The Center of Winter
    Author: Hornbacher, Marya
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060192267 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    From the author of the acclaimed memoir Wasted comes a powerful debut novel about family, tragedy, and love.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Sight Hound
    Author: Houston, Pam
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393058174 Date: 2004
    starPWstarLJ
    From the bestselling author of Cowboys Are My Weakness comes a very special love story between a woman and her dog, a wolfhound who teaches "his human" that love is stronger than fear.
    Suggested Reading: Dog Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Drive Like Hell sun image
    Author: Hudgens, Dallas
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0743251638 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Set in the 1979 outside Atlanta, this "thoroughly enjoyable" ("Publishers Weekly") debut tells the story of 16-year-old Luke Fulmer, who grows up in a difficult family with a stockcar-racing, absentee father, an alcoholic mother, and a delinquent brother.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Driven | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.25.04
  • Nam-a-rama
    Author: Jennings, Phillip
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765311208 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Jennings' unpredictable novel of Vietnam is an American classic in the making, a not-so-longing look at the absurdity of a war in which the damned and the innocent share the same hootch, the same Commander-in-Chief, and sometimes even the same body-bag.
    Suggested Reading: Marines
    Updated 2.21.05
  • The Ninth Life of Louis Drax sun image
    Author: Jensen, Liz
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582345171 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Meet Louis Drax, the Amazing Accident-Prone Boy, in this story of a family falling apart, and told in the vivid voices of its comatose son and of medical specialist, Dr. Pascal Dannachet.
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Empire Rising
    Author: Kelly, Thomas
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374147817 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Making 1930s New York the setting for a rich and unforgettable story, Kelly's extraordinary third book is a novel of love and work, of intrigue and jealousy among the people who built the "eighth wonder of the world"--the Empire State Building.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.23.05
  • As Hot As It Was You Ought To Thank Me
    Author: Kincaid, Nanci
    Publisher: Back Bay $ 12.95 ISBN: 0316009148 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From a place where you don't have to run away to find yourself, this novel's young heroine, Berry, joins the ranks of other memorable and spirited girl narrators such as Bone in Bastard Out of Carolina, Kaye Gibbon's Ellen Foster, Lily Owens in The Secret Life of Bees, Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Sightseeing: Stories
    Author: Lapcharoensap, Rattawut
    Publisher: Grove $ 22 ISBN: 0802117880 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    Set in contemporary Thailand and written with a grace and sophistication that belie the age of its young author, this masterful new collection contains generous, tender tales of family bonds, youthful romance, generational conflicts, and cultural shifts beneath the glossy surface of a warm setting.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Thai Stars
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The Good Man
    Author: Lee, Edward Jae-Suk
    Publisher: Bridge Works $ 23.95 ISBN: 1882593944 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    With this striking novel, Edward Jae-Suk Lee delivers the beautifully and poignantly told story of Gabriel Cuttman, an aging Korean War veteran--a good man who has done bad things and is struggling with a terrible secret.
    Updated 11.9.04
  • St. Dale
    Author: McCrumb, Sharyn
    Publisher: Kensington $ 25 ISBN: 075820776x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    "New York Times" bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb looks deeply into the heart of America in this emotionally charged novel about love, miracles, and grassroots sainthood.
    Suggested Reading: Driven Stars
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme
    Author: Makine, Andre
    Publisher: Arcade $ 25 ISBN: 1559707399 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    With this novel, Makine, whose work has been compared to Chekov and Proust, brings to a stunning conclusion the epic trilogy that began with Dreams of My Russian Summers.
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Tea House on Mulberry Street
    Author: Owens, Sharon
    Publisher: Putnam $ 15 ISBN: 0399152652 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Maeve Binchy meets Joanna Trollope" ("Irish Independent") in the American debut of the international bestseller. Behind the chocolate cappuccinos at Muldoon's Tea Rooms are the stirrings of a revolution that will heal troubled hearts and reveal to the proprietors what truly matters in life and love.
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Sea of Tears
    Author: Power, Nani
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 25 ISBN: 1582433038 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    From the widely acclaimed author comes a new novel of love, lust, discovery, and the strangely interwoven tales of three lonely inhabitants of an old Washington, D.C., hotel.
    Updated 11.25.04
  • The Professor's Daughter
    Author: Raboteau, Emily
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805075062 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A daughter's future and her father's past converge in this explosive first novel exploring identity, assimilation, and the legacy of race, and marking the arrival of an astonishingly original voice that surges with energy and purpose.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.16.05
  • The Devil's Wind
    Author: Rayner, Richard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066212928 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A story of mobsters, murder, and the birth of Las Vegas is set against the backdrop of the McCarthy hearings and the testing of the A-Bomb in the Nevada desert.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Atomic Stars
    Updated 10.25.04
  • A Thread of Grace
    Author: Russell, Mary Doria
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375501843 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | World War Stars
    Updated 11.29.04
  • Beautiful Inez
    Author: Schneider, Bart
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 1400054427 Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    Beautiful Inez is rich with music, children, a beguiling affair, Bohemian romance, and eccentric characters in the streets, coffee houses, mental hospitals, and symphony halls of San Francisco in the early sixties.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Collected Stories
    Author: Shields, Carol
    Publisher: Fourth Estate $ 29.95 ISBN: 0060762039 Date: 2005
    starPW
    With a new Introduction by Margaret Atwood, this essential anthology represents the entire writing career of Carol Shields, from 1985 until her untimely death in 2003.
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Gemma Bovery
    Author: Simmonds, Posy
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375423397 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Gemma is the bored, pretty second wife of Charlie Bovery. Gemma's sudden distaste for London takes them across the channel to Normandy, where the charms of French country living soon wear off. Is Gemma like Flaubert's notorious Madame Bovary? Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel & Comics Stars
    Updated 11.29.04
  • The Chrysanthemum Palace
    Author: Wagner, Bruce
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 21 ISBN: 0743243390 Date: 2005
    starPW
    This quintessential L.A. storyteller spins his most ambitious novel to date: a philosophical, heartbreaking tale of three friends lost in a California dream gone mad.
    Updated 1.3.05
  • The White Mare; The Dalraida Trilogy, Book One
    Author: Watson, Jules
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 1585676209 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    From an exciting new talent, this sweeping historical fantasy epic enchants readers with Celtic magic and a fight for freedom.
    Updated 1.11.05
  • God's Gym: Stories
    Author: Wideman, John Edgar
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 0618515259 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    The first story collection in more than a decade from one of the most celebrated African-American authors of modern-day literature contains stories that move from the intimate to the political, from shock to transcendence.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 1.23.05

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January
  • Epileptic
    Author: B., David
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375423184 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    With stunning black-and-white illustrations, a noted cartoonist chronicles growing up with an epileptic older brother. The author charts his complicated relationship with his brother from childhood to adulthood, and the effects of the illness on the entire family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Graphic Novel/Nonfiction & Cartoon Stars
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The King's Mistress
    Author: Brisbin, Terri
    Publisher: Harlequin $ 5.50 ISBN: 0373293356 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Hot Target
    Author: Brockmann, Suzanne
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 19.95 ISBN: 0345467930 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of Gone Too Far and Flashpoint comes an exciting new high stakes thriller of unrelenting action and intense emotion, featuring a Mission Impossible-style black ops team called "Troubleshooters."
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 1.23.05
  • The Family Tree
    Author: Cadwalldr, Carole
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525948422 Date: 2005
    starPW
    At once nostalgic and refreshingly original, this is a sophisticated story of one woman and the generations of women who came before her whose legacies shaped her life.
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Death of an Ordinary Man
    Author: Duncan, Glen
    Publisher: Black Cat $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0802170048 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    The author of I, Lucifer continues his penetrating and innovative exploration of the supernatural with this novel. Nathan Clark's gravestone offers a short and hopeful summary: "At rest." But Nathan is not at rest, and knows he won't be until he finds out why he died.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • The Pride of Carthage: A Novel of Hanibal's War
    Author: Durham, David Anthony
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26.95 ISBN: 0385506031 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJstarBooklist
    Featuring a vast cast of characters and nationalities, twists of fate, and tales of inspired leadership, this epic work of literary fiction chronicles the superb military leader of Carthage, Hannibal Barca, and his struggle against the mighty Roman Republic.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | African American Stars | Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.18.05
  • The Moon in Our Hands
    Author: Dyja, Thomas
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786715057 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From the author of Play for a Kingdom comes a masterful story inspired by the early life of Walter White, a blonde, blue-eyed, and very light-skinned African-American, who, in 1918, was recruited by the NAACP to investigate a brutal lynching in a small Tennessee town.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Celebrity
    Author: Elmer, Robert
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 12.99 ISBN: 1578567416 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Caught between a charade and the Truth, singer Jamie D. Lane assumes a new identity, secretly slips away from his celebrity lifestyle, and heads to the Pacific Northwest incognito. But what he finds in small-town Washington could open up Jamie's future and change him forever.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.26.05
  • The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005
    Author: Furman, Laura (ed)
    Publisher: Anchor $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 1400076544 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 10.08.04
  • To Tempt a Texan
    Author: Gentry, Georgina
    Publisher: Zebra $ 5.99 ISBN: 082177705x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this lighthearted romp of a romance set in 1889 Oklahoma, a prim and proper lady and a charming rogue stake a claim for the same piece of property, and lose their hearts in the process.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Trouble with Valentine's Day
    Author: Gibson, Rachel
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 0060009268 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The RITA Award-winning author delivers a delightful Valentine's Day present. Dumped by her boyfriend and stressed by her job, Kate Hamilton escapes to tiny Gospel, Idaho. Soon, town gossips whisper about her run-ins with a hunky former athlete.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Pearl
    Author: Gordon, Mary
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24.95 ISBN: 037542315x Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    From the acclaimed author of Final Payments comes a gripping novel of filial devotion and complication between a mother and daughter who, together and separately, must face the ultimate questions of life and death.
    Updated 10.19.04
  • Baker Towers
    Author: Haigh, Jennifer
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060509414 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    The author of Mrs. Kimble returns with an emotionally rich and evocative exploration of community, love, and family set in a western Pennsylvania coal town in the years following World War II.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Kramer's Ergot 5
    Author: Harkham, Sammy (ed)
    Publisher: Gingko $ 29.95 ISBN: 1584231726 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Comics are a vitally important art form, and Kramer's Ergot series has finally succeeded in placing the movement in proper perspective within the context of modern art, literature, and graphic design. Contributors to this book range from the most revered artists working in the medium to some of the new generation's best cartoonists. The book features works by Chris Ware, Dan Zettwoch, Fabio, Helge Ruemann, Jordan Crane, Harkham S, Marc Bell, and Souther Salazar, to name just a few.
    Siggested Reading List: Graphc Novel Stars
    Updated 11.29.04
  • The Stories of Fannie Hurst
    Author: Hurst, Fannie
    Publisher: Feminist $ 16.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1558614834 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 1.18.05
  • 7,000 Clams
    Author: Irby, Lee
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385511892 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Unlucky bootlegger Frank Hearn is looking for the big score, but he'll have to contend with hustlers, mobsters, Babe Ruth, and a certain dangerous blonde to do so. In his fiction debut, Irby takes readers on a wild ride through the Roaring '20s, complete with colorful characters, sizzling style, and bathtub gin.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Debuts | Prohibiton
    Updated 2.16.05
  • Much Ado About You
    Author: James, Eloisa
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 0060732067 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    This new Regency romance series introduces four orphaned sisters, wards of an earl, who attempt--not very successfully--to avoid scandal. In this first title, elder sister Tess arranges matches for her three sisters, but things go unexpectedly awry.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 12.6.04
  • Seize the Night
    Author: Kenyon, Sherrilyn
    Publisher: St Martins $ 6.99 ISBN: 0312992432 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The sixth novel in the "New York Times" bestselling author's mesmerizing paranormal series features Valerius, the Roman Dark-Hunter. Val teams up with human Tabitha Devereaux--the twin sister of the wife of his mortal enemy--who infuriates him as much as she beguiles him.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • The Ha-Ha
    Author: King, Dave
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316156108 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    The Ha-Ha marks the beginning of what is sure to be a stellar career for Pushcart Prize nominee Dave King--a debut novel of extraordinary emotional power. When a mute war veteran opens his home to a young boy, he gets a glimpse of life outside his shell--with all its exuberant joys and crushing sorrows.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Veterans
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Man Machine Interface
    Author: Masamune, Shirow
    Publisher: Dark Horse $ 24.95 ISBN: 159307240x Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 2.21.05
  • A Window to the World
    Author: Meissner, Susan
    Publisher: Harvest House $ 11.99 ISBN: 0736914145 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Megan and Jen, who meet in first grade and become inseparable friends until one of them is snatched by kidnappers as the other watches helplessly. Sixteen years later, the stunning truth of the disappearance is revealed--and lives are changed forever.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.26.05
  • The Kreutzer Sonata
    Author: Moor, Margriet De
    Publisher: Arcade $ 21 ISBN: 1559707445 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Kafka On the Shore
    Author: Murakami, Haruki
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400043662 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    Murakami gives readers a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.
    Updated 12.6.04
  • The Reading Group
    Author: Noble, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Perennial $ 14.95 ISBN: 0060760443 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    What starts out as a lark of an idea, born from a glass of wine and a need to socialize, turns into a forum for five very different women who walk complicated paths--but soon discover the power and importance of friendship.
    Updated 1.23.05
  • My Jim
    Author: Rawles, Nancy
    Publisher: Crown $ 19.95 ISBN: 1400054001 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A spare and beautiful meditation on love and loss, this novel follows the life of Sadie, the abandoned wife of the escaped slave Jim from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Twain Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Liberation Road: A Novel of World War II and the Red Ball Express
    Author: Robbins, David L.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 25 ISBN: 0553801759 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | World War Stars
    Updated 10.08.04
  • Grace
    Author: Ullman, Linn
    Publisher: Knopf $ 20 ISBN: 1400042852 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 11.9.04
  • Seek the Living
    Author: Warlick, Ashley
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 061834148x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Acclaimed for creating young women of passion and spirit, Warlick lends her lyrical southern voice to Joan Patee, who is desperate to start a new family while trying to hold her own together. This novel is infused with the sensual melancholy, brash sexuality, and compassion that define Warlick's work.
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Frankland
    Author: Whorton, James
    Publisher: Free $ 23 ISBN: 0743244486 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In his second hilarious novel, the author of the highly acclaimed Approximately Heaven tells the wry and ribald story of an academician's ambitious quest for glory in rural Tennessee.
    Updated 9.9.04
  • Bartleby & Co.
    Author: Viola Matas, Enrique
    Publisher: New Directions $ 21.95 ISBN: 0811215911 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 10.08.04
  • Life Studies
    Author: Vreeland, Susan
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670031771 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    In this collection of finely crafted historical and contemporary stories, Vreeland transports readers through time, from Paris in the 1840s, to post-World War II Venice and Rome to present-day California, allowing them to witness the inspiration behind--and in some cases the creation--of great works of art.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Forgiving Solomon Long
    Author: Well, Chris
    Publisher: Harvest House $ 11.99 ISBN: 0736914056 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Fat Cat Catalano doesn't need troublemakers rocking the boat. So he hires a "cleaner" to fly in to make sure the local "churchies" and storeowners get the message. Meanwhile, detective Tom Griggs is determined to bring Fat Cat down, even if it means neglecting--and losing--his own wife.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.26.05

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