Fiction Stars 2005

July - December

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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December

  • Time In Between
    Author: Bergen, David
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400062403 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Get a Life
    Author: Gordimer, Nadine
    Publisher: FSG $ 20 ISBN: 0374161704 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    After being treated for thyroid cancer, South African ecologist Paul Bannerman finds that he is temporarily radioactive and retreats to his childhood home to protect his wife and child--and to rethink his life--in this tale from the 1991 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    Suggested Reading: South Africa
    Updated 10.12.05
  • Kiss Me, Annabel
    Author: James, Eloisa
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 0060732105 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Much Ado About You continues her Regency series featuring four orphaned sisters. Annabel Essex needs a husband and must resist her attraction for the impoverished--yet sensual--Scottish Earl of Ardmore.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Remedy
    Author: Lovric, Michelle
    Publisher: Regan $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060837039 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Love and murder fuse the lives of an 18th-century Venetian actress and the prince of London's medical underworld in the new novel by the author of the Booksense Top Ten pick The Floating Book.
    Suggested Reading: Venice
    Updated 11.14.05
  • The Western Limit of the World
    Author: Masiel, David
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400061628 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the widely praised author of 2182 Kilohertz, a "New York Times" Notable Book, comes an action-packed, smartly written sea yarn about a rusty chemical tanker searching for cargo and finding trouble in the world's most dangerous ports.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories
    Updated 11.1.05
  • The Whale Caller
    Author: Mda, Zakes
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374287856 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A romantic comedy of sorts--in which the changing face of post-apartheid South Africa is revealed through prodigious, lyrical storytelling--this novel follows two misfits who fall in love in a country where just living from one day to the next can be challenge enough.
    Suggested Reading: South Africa
    Updated 9.26.05
  • The Reasons I Won't Be Coming
    Author: Perlman, Elliot
    Publisher: Riverhead $24.95 ISBN: 1573223212 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The nine smart, thoughtful stories in this collection explore the complex worlds of lovers, poets, lawyers, immigrants, students, and murderers. They tell of corporate betrayals and lost opportunities, and the hopes, fears, and vagaries of desire.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Loredana: A Venetian Tale
    Author: Martines, Lauro
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312347510 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A riveting novel of politics and passion, love and lust in sixteenth-century Venice -- the story of two lovers caught up in a dangerous revolutionary movement -- written by a distinguished historian of the Italian Renaissance.
    Suggested Reading: Venice | Historical Fiction | Epistolary Stars
    Updated 11.22.05
  • More Like Not Running Away
    Author: Shepherd, Paul
    Publisher: Sarabande $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1932511288 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Tender and frightening, this debut novel takes readers across America, through the eyes and ears of a child whose family is haunted by a past they can't outrun. From a boy lost in a world of imaginary voices and chilling destruction to a young man who can rebuild steeples, the story Levi tells is the triumph of persistence over moments of isolation and despair. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Fade the Heat
    Author: Thompson, Colleen
    Publisher: Love Spell $ 6.99 ISBN: 0505526484 Date: 2005
    starPW
    As a female firefighter battles personal demons and a serial arsonist, will a doctor from her past be able to help her heal and find peace?
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Orphan of Asia
    Author: Wu, Zhuoliu
    Publisher: Columbia Univ $ 27.50 ISBN: 0231137273 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Translated into English for the first time, one of Taiwan's most important modern writers offers an autobiographical depiction of East Asia's tortured colonial history.
    Updated 9.26.05

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November

  • The Sea
    Author: Banville, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0307263118 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    Updated 11.14.05
  • Where Three Roads Meet: Novellas
    Author: Barth, John
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 0618610162 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From the acclaimed John Barth, "one of the greatest novelists of our time" (Washington Post Book World) and "a master of language" (Chicago Sun-Times), comes a lively triad of tales that delight in the many possibilities of language and its users. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.22.05
  • This Rake of Mine
    Author: Boyle, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Avon $ 5.99 ISBN: 0060783990 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Lord Jack Tremont, who inadvertently ruined Miss Miranda Mabberly's reputation years earlier with a kiss, now stumbles back into her life to reawaken a most improper desire.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Summer Crossing
    Author: Capote, Truman
    Publisher: Random $ 22.95 ISBN: 1400065224 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
    Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.9.05
  • The Christmas Quilt: Elm Creek Quilts
    Author: Chiaverini, Jennifer
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 18.95 ISBN: 074328657x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A seasonal gift to readers, The Christmas Quilt is a heartwarming rendition of how Christmas traditions at Elm Creek Manor were created--and embellished--over generations.
    Suggested Reading: Christmas
    Updated 10.24.05
  • The Conjurer's Bird
    Author: Davies, Martin
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 1400097339 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Here is a gripping mystery and rich love story set against a stunning naturalist backdrop. Spanning two time periods, it is the story of an 18th century naturalist given a rare bird, and of a present-day conservationist who tries to relocate the species' only known remains.
    Suggested Reading: Darwin, Naturalists & Evolution
    Updated 10.11.05
  • It's Superman!
    Author: De Haven, Tom
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 24.95 ISBN: 0811844358 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The world's most popular and enduring super hero makes a smashing literary debut. This novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his super-powers and his newspaper career, following him from Kansas to New York City. With worldly Lois Lane and political boss Lex Luthor, the Man of Steel battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and supervillains inspired by fascist Germany. A fun and fast-paced novel of thrilling invention, heroic escapades, and supersized coming-of-age angst. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Cartoon & Comics Stars
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Truth of the Matter
    Author: Dew, Robb Forman
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316890049 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From a National Book Award winner comes a masterful novel set in the 1940s about a woman finding a new life for herself and her grown children after her husband's death.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Beasts of No Nation
    Author: Iweala, Uzodinma
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 16.95 ISBN: 006079867x Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    A harrowing, utterly original debut novel about the life of Agu, a child soldier in a war town African country. In a powerful, strikingly original voice, Iweala leads the reader through the random travels, betrayals and violence that mark Agu's new community. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Child Soldiers | Debuts | All Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Memories of My Melancholy Whores
    Author: Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
    Publisher: Knopf $ 20 ISBN: 140004460x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    A cause for celebration, this is the Nobel laureate's first work of fiction in ten years--a masterpiece by the master storyteller of our time.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Colonel's Daughter
    Author: Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
    Publisher: Severn $ 28.95 ISBN: 0727862901 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 11.2.05
  • Night Fisher
    Author: Johnson, R. Kikuo
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1560977191 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels/Nonfiction and Comics Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.2.05
  • The Music of the Night
    Author: Joyce, Lydia
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.9 ISBN: 0451217063 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Sarah Connolly leaves London to help an old friend in Venice. There, she discovers dark secrets and the mysterious Sebastian Grimsthorpe, once carefree, now bent on exacting revenge on the man who nearly destroyed him.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 11.2.05
  • Not Me
    Author: Lavigne, Michael
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400063116 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Dealing with universal questions surrounding identity, forgiveness, and unconditional love, Not Me is the heart wrenching story of a son who learns in his father's final hours that the devoutly Jewish man may have actually been a Nazi.
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Desperate Tigress
    Author: Lee, Jade
    Publisher: Dorchester $ 6.99 (paper0 ISBN: 0842955058 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Shi Po is a great tigress in the ancient sensual practices of Taoism, but still the greatest ecstasy eludes her. Will love finally help her find it?
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Preacher's Daughter
    Author: Lewis, Beverley
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13.99 ISBN: 0764201050 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A new series from "The New York Times" bestselling author of the"Abram's Daughters" series begins a remarkable journey of heartache and homespun delight. Paradise, Pennsylvania, seems like a dead-end street for Annie Zook, the preacher's eldest daughter who is expected to join the Amish church, but is "still deciding."
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.05
  • Making It Up
    Author: Lively, Penelope
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034479 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarKirkusstarLJ
    New from the award-winning author of Moon Tiger comes a masterly crafted exploration of the myriad answers to the question, "What if . . ."
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.11.05
  • In Case We're Separated: Connected Stories
    Author: Mattison, Alice
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0066213770 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The author of The Book Borrower brings together 13 connected tales that trace a family of women across generations.
    Updated 9.20.05
  • Mandrakes from the Holy Land
    Author: Megged, Aharon
    Publisher: Toby $ 22.95 ISBN: 1592640575 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In 1906 a young Englishwoman, a painter named Beatrice Campbell-Bennett, arrives in Palestine, intending to study and paint the flowers that are mentioned in the Old Testament. She is particularly interested in the mandrake, with which Leah bought a night of love with Jacob. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Golfing with God: A Novel of Heaven and Earth
    Author: Merullo, Roland
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 1565125010 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Hank's afterlife takes an unexpected turn when he is summoned to help a player whose game is in a slump. To his dismay, his new pupil is God Himself. Or Herself. Depending on the day.
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Vow
    Author: Millner, Denene, Burt-Murray, Angela, Miller, Mitzi
    Publisher: Amistad $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060762276 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Bling meets Bergdorf Blondes when three best friends make a pact to land the role of a lifetime--Hollywood wife--within a year. Set against the backdrop of money, power and sex, these women will find the desire to find a husband isn't as important as finding themselves.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 9.20.05
  • Passion: A Novel of the Romantic Poets
    Author: Morgan, Jude
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 031234368x Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Poets
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Bettin' Kind
    Author: Parra, Nancy J.
    Publisher: Avalon $ 21.95 ISBN: 0803497369 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Quitter
    Author: Pekar, Harvey
    Publisher: DC $ 19.99 ISBN: 140120399x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Sex Wars: A Novel of the Turbulent Post-Civil War Period
    Author: Piercy, Marge
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060789832 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Piercy re-creates a turbulent period in American history witnessed through the lives of its most notorious figures and explores the changing attitudes toward women, minorities, religion, and sexuality in 19th century America.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Music Through the Floor: Stories
    Author: Puchner, Eric
    Publisher: Scribner $24 ISBN: 0743270460 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    From an acclaimed young Wallace Stegner Fellow and Pushcart Prize winner comes an exceptional first collection of stories about cultural outcasts attempting to navigate mainstream America.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9.20.05
  • Isle of Passion
    Author: Restrepo, Laura
    Publisher: Ecco $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060088982 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In a novel based on true events, a small band of soldiers and their families set sail for a deserted Pacific island, charged with defending its Mexican sovereignty. The optimistic crew creates a viable community but then is forgotten and isolated as W.W.I approaches.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Christ the Lord
    Author: Rice, Anne
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375412018 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most thoughtful and powerful book, a novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Mother's Milk
    Author: St. Aubyn, Edward
    Publisher: Grove $ 23 ISBN: 1890447404 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Updated 8.22.05
  • Saving Fish From Drowning
    Author: Tan, Amy
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399153012 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    On an ill-fated art expedition into Burma, 11 Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour--and disappear. Through twists of fate, they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of a leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages of the Myanmar military regime.On an ill-fated art expedition into Burma, 11 Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour--and disappear. Through twists of fate, they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of a leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages of the Myanmar military regime.
    Suggested Reading: Burma | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Troublesome Creek
    Author: Watson, Jan
    Publisher: Tyndale $ 12.99 ISBN: 1414304471 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Born and raised in the hills of Kentucky in the late 1800s, Laura "Copper" Grace must come to terms with her family and discover the true meaning of "home." Nothing could drag her off of the mountain until one day when she realizes that God has other plans for her life.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.05
  • Cotton
    Author: Wilson, Christopher P.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151011230 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Lee Cotton is a black boy born white-skinned in segregated Eureka, Mississippi, in 1950. Over the course of Lee's first twenty years, he will fall in love with the daughter of a local Klansman, get kicked senseless and left for dead on a freight train headed north, end up in St. Louis as a white man, and be drafted into the psych-ops corps in Nevada. There, a drunken accident will separate Lee from another part of his identity and change his fate yet again. Before he returns to Mississippi, he will experience up close and personal the women's liberation movement and the dawn of the Lesbian Nation.
    Lee Cotton's voice-equal parts Delta Blues and Motown-takes us on an exhilarating freedom ride through America's preoccupation with identity politics. His funny, forgiving charm ultimately embodies a serious message: The freaks and oddities of this world may well be divine. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 7.18.05
  • Hidden Camera
    Author: Zikovic, Zoran
    Publisher: Dalkey $ 13.95 ISBN: 1564784126 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From one of Serbia's greatest contemporary writers, Hidden Camera opens with the narrator finding a mysterious, blank envelope stuck in his apartment door inviting him to a private showing of a movie. Or so he initially thinks. Upon arrival at the theater, he discovers that there's only one other person in the audience, a very attractive woman whom he's seated next to. Then things get a bit more mysterious. The "movie" he's been invited to see includes a scene showing him sitting in a park. Believing that he's an unwitting participant in a complicated hidden camera show, he goes along with the variety of setups he's faced with, which continue to get more involved and absurd. As the "show" develops, he becomes more and more paranoid and distrustful, but he keeps up the ruse to its thrilling conclusion. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 11.14.05

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October

  • The Secret Life of Mrs. Claus
    Author: Alexander, Carly
    Publisher: Strapless $ 12.95 ISBN: 0758209258 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    For three very different women trying to get what they want, it's a Christmas where miracles happen; love is magical; and changing their lives is as close as changing their outfits--or their Mrs. Claus costume.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Christmas
    Updated 10.24.05
  • All She Ever Wanted
    Author: Austin, Lynn
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13.99 ISBN: 0764228897 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A masterful tale of family secrets, forgiveness, and reconciliation, in the bestselling tradition of Eve's Daughters and Hidden Places.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.05
  • The Grace That Keeps This World
    Author: Bailey, Tom
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 0307238016 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In his first novel, Bailey offers an emotional page-turner, infused with a deep sense of foreboding, that tells the story about a family living in New York's Adirondack wilderness and the tragic events that befall them one hunting season.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Excitable Women, Damaged Men
    Author: Boyars, Robert
    Publisher: Turtle Point $ 15.95 (paper) ISBN: 188558640x Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    These astonishing stories which range in setting from Palm Beach to Paris to poet Robert Lowell's New York City hotel room trace the designs and delusions of people at turning points and souls in turmoil. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 7.25.05
  • Black Hole
    Author: Burns, Charles
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24.95 ISBN: 037542380x Date: 2005
    starPWstarBookliststarSLJ
    From one of the most fiercely admired graphic artists at work today comes a gothic masterpiece of existential fear and loathing, more than a decade in the making and already being hailed as a classic. Set in suburban Seattle in the mid-1970s, it is a horror tale unlike any other.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels/Nonfiction and Comics Stars | All Stars
    Updated 8.8.05
  • One Little Sin
    Author: Carlyle, Liz
    Publisher: Pocket Star $ 6.99 ISBN: 0743496108 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    "USA Today" bestselling author Liz Carlyle returns to Regency London with the story of an incorrigible rake, changed by new responsibilities and an irresistible love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.23.05
  • The Great Stink
    Author: Clark, Clare
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151011613 Date: 2005
    starPW
    With extraordinarily vivid characters and unflinching prose that recall Year of Wonders and The Dress Lodger, The Great Stink marks the debut of an outstandingly talented writer in the tradition of the best historical novelists.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Slow Man
    Author: Coetzee, J.M.
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034592 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident, and his perspective on life changes dramatically. He begins to address the universal concerns such as: What does it mean to do good? Is feeling loved more important than feeling cared for?
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Sluts
    Author: Cooper, Dennis
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 14.95 ISBN: 0786716746 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Set largely on the pages of a website where gay male escorts are reviewed by their clients, and told through the postings, emails, and conversations of several dozen unreliable narrators, The Sluts chronicles the evolution of one young escort's date with a satisfied client into a metafiction of pornography, lies, half-truths, and myth. Explicit, shocking, comical, and displaying the author's signature flair for blending structural complexity with direct, stylish, accessible language, The Sluts is Cooper's most transgressive novel since Frisk, and one of his most innovative works of fiction to date. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Wide Eyed
    Author: Dalton, Trinie
    Publisher: Akashic $ 13.95 ISBN: 1888451866 Date: 2005
    starPW
    This riveting collection of stories is told by a woman in L.A. compelled to divulge her tweaked obsessions with native Californian animals, the mythic imagery of Shakespeare, glam-rock icons like Lou Reed, and horror movies. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • The Darwin Conspiracy
    Author: Darnton, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400041376 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Fact and fiction become intertwined in this novel that explores the mysteries attached to the life and work of Charles Darwin. The narrative unfolds through Darwin's view, that of his youngest daughter, Lizzie, and two scholars.
    Suggested Reading: Darwin | Naturalists | Evolution | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Twins
    Author: Dermansky, Marcy
    Publisher: Morrow $ 21.95 ISBN: 006075978x Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Told in alternating voices, Twins is the heartfelt and unsettlingly honest story of identical twin sisters trying to make it to 18.
    Suggested Reading: Twins | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Zombie World: Winter's Dregs and Other Stories
    Author: Fingerman, Bob, etc.
    Publisher: Dark Horse Comics $ 24.95 ISBN: 1593073844 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Pigtopia
    Author: Fitzgerald, Kitty
    Publisher: Miramax $ 22.95 ISBN: 1401352510 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Holly, a lonely adolescent, and Jack, an older man isolated from society due to physical deformities, develop an unlikely friendship built around Jack's obsession with the pigs he rears in secret. Society and fate threaten their secret world.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Breath of Snow and Ashes
    Author: Gabaldon, Diana
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 28 ISBN: 0385324162 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 10.3.05
  • Veronica
    Author: Gaitskill, Mary
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375421459 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarBookliststarLJ
    The long-awaited novel from the acclaimed author of Bad Behavior is a dark fairy tale set in Paris and Manhattan in the 1980s--a story about beauty, narcissism and appetite, transience, aging and mortality.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | AIDS | Roman - Livre a clef Stars
    Updated 10.24.05
  • The Blood Knot
    Author: Galligan, John
    Publisher: Bleak House $ 23.95 ISBN: 1932557121 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The last thing The Dog wanted was to find another body. But there was Annie Adams-the barn lady-floating dead at his feet, her easel and paints set up on the bridge above his head. And so The Dog wades his way through Kussmaul country encountering a confessing nine year old, a dispute over trespassing, a shunned Amish woman, and a quite possibly rabid beaver. And The Dog knows, this is not a fishing trip. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • Wickett's Remedy
    Author: Goldberg, Myla
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385513240 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    The triumphant follow-up to the bestselling Bee Season, is a novel about the dream of progress--personal, scientific, commercial, and cultural--featuring a charming heroine whose desire for a better life comes up against the sweep of history.
    Suggested Reading: Flu | Historical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.12.05
  • The Prosperous Thief
    Author: Goldsmith, Andrea
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin $ 14.95 ISBN: 1741144698 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Rich in ideas and emotions, this epic story of the entwined lives of two vastly different families spans three continents during the most turbulent years of the 20th century. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Town That Forgot How to Breathe
    Author: Harvey, Kenneth J.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312342225 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Described by some reviewers as a mix between Stephen King and Annie Proulx, Harvey's compulsively readable novel is a profound allegorical tale of the effects of globalization on culture and personal histories.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Successor
    Author: Kadare, Ismail
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24 ISBN: 1559707739 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Mission to America
    Author: Kirn, Walter
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 038550764x Date: 2005
    starPW
    Updated 7.25.05
  • It Can't Happen Here
    Author: Lewis, Sinclair
    Publisher: NAL $ 14 ISBN: 045121658x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Lewis's cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy is an alarming and timeless look at how easily fascism could take hold in America is now reissued in a brand-new package.
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Nothing Serious
    Author: Levy, Justine
    Publisher: Melville $ 15 (paper) ISBN: 0976140772 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    One of the edgiest and most innovative novels to come out of Europe in years-not to mention one of the most scandalous and successful-this thinly veiled roman a clef is about the daughter of one of Europe's most famous writers as she navigates life after the collapse of her marriage. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Roman a Clef Stars
    Updated 8.8.05
  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories
    Author: Li, Yiyun
    Publisher: Random $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400063124 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    In this collection of stories, the author illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Pregnancy Test
    Author: McCarthy, Erin
    Publisher: Brava $ 14 ISBN: 0758208472 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.23.05
  • This Heavy Silence
    Author: Mazzarella, Nicole
    Publisher: Paraclete $ 21.95 ISBN: 1557254257 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    When Dottie Connell adopts her best friend's daughter out of a combination of spite and loyalty, she must confront her ideas on motherhood, sexuality, and God.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
    Author: Moers, Walter
    Publisher: Overlook $ 26.95 ISBN: 1585677248 Date: 2005
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    Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first 13-1/2 lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease, water flows uphill, and dangers lie in wait for him around every corner.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Douglas Adams
    Updated 8.24.05
  • If the Sky Falls: Stories
    Author: Montemarano, Nicholas
    Publisher: LSU $ 16.95 ISBN: 0807131229 Date: 2005
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    Updated 8.15.05
  • Angel and Apostle
    Author: Noyes, Deborah
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 24.95 ISBN: 1932961100 Date: 2005
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    At the end of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, The Scarlet Letter, we know that Pearl, the elf-child daughter of Hester Prynne, is somewhere in Europe, comfortable, well set, a mother herself now. But it could not have been easy for her to arrive at such a place, when she begins life as the bastard child of a woman publicly humiliated, again and again, in an unrelentingly judgmental Puritan world. With a brilliant and authentic sense of that time and place, Deborah Noyes envisions the path Pearl takes to make herself whole and to carve her place in the New World. Beautifully written with boundless compassion, Angel and Apostle is a heart-rending and imaginative debut in which Noyes masterfully makes Hawthorne's character her own. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Debuts
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Blue Smoke
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399153063 Date: 2005
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    The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life. Now as a fire investigator, she tries desperately to trace the origins of the taunting phone calls she's receiving, the fires, and the hatred aimed in her direction. In doing so, she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | On Fire | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.25.05
  • Mrs. Freud
    Author: Rosen, Nicolle
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24 ISBN: 1559707836 Date: 2005
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    Updated 9.23.05
  • Zanesville
    Author: Saknussemm, Kris
    Publisher: Villard $ 14.95 ISBN: 0812974166 Date: 2005
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    A first novel by an award winner in poetry and short fiction, Zanesville reads like Gulliver's Travels as seen through the eyes of Terry Gilliam.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9.23.05
  • Wimbledon Green
    Author: Seth
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597939 Date: 2005
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    From the critically acclaimed cartoonist of Clyde Fans and It's A Good Life comes a humorous graphic novel on the obsession of comic-book collecting.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Blackbelly
    Author: Sharfeddin, Heather
    Publisher: Bridge Works $ 21.95 ISBN: 1882593979 Date: 2005
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    A contemporary western that suspensefully traces the consequences of a crime of bigotry, this is the story of an unjustly accused sheep rancher's struggle to reclaim his life, and that of a woman close to him in a remote Idaho town.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Wedding in December
    Author: Shreve, Anita
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316738999 Date: 2005
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    The author of the "New York Times" bestseller Light on Snow returns with a powerful new novel about old friends, a wedding, and a gathering that will change their lives.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Exposure
    Author: Stevenson, Talitha
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151011621 Date: 2005
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    A deftly plotted, suspenseful morality tale explores the dangerous pleasure of offering charity, the effects of deceit and shame on a rigidly complacent family, and the nature of love among family and friends.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Maybe a Miracle
    Author: Strause, Brian
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400064643 Date: 2005
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    Comic and heartbreaking, intimate and universal, familiar and extraordinary, Strause's captivating debut novel about a family in crisis takes readers on a miraculous emotional journey into America's heartland.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.24.05
  • PopCo
    Author: Thomas, Scarlett
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 015603137x Date: 2005
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    PopCo tells the story of Alice Butler--a subversively smart girl in the commercial-soaked world who grows from recluse orphan to burgeoning vigilante, buttressed by mystery, codes, math, and the sense her grandparents gave her that she could change the world.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space
    Author: Trevor, Douglas
    Publisher: Univ of Iowa $ 15.95 ISBN: 0877459509 Date: 2005
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    The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space gathers stories about coping with grief, trying to love people who have died, and--more broadly--leaving old versions of the self behind, sometimes by choice and sometimes out of necessity. In each of the nine stories, Douglas Trevor's characters are forced to face uncomfortable realities. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Blood Fugues
    Author: Yunque, Edgardo Vega
    Publisher: Rayo $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060742771 Date: 2005
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    A vivid, gripping tale of action and mystery, Blood Fugues explores the ways in which family ties and secrets spin their way into our present lives, shaping our desires, our fears, and our futures. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 9.23.05
  • The Bear Bryant Funeral Train
    Author: Vice, Brad
    Publisher: Univ of Georgia $ 24.95 ISBN: 082032745x Date: 2005
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    In these nine wistful and mordant, humane and brutal stories, Brad Vice leavens his own sympathetic inclinations with exquisitely timed, self-inflicted jolts of southern gothicism. Ranging widely in place and time--small-town Texas or Disney's Magic Kingdom, the Great Depression or some future, postpetroleum economy--Vice's stories are likewise rich in their variety of characters: a grieving but well-to-do cookbook author, an aged farmer with dirt under his nails and black magic in his soul, a software engineer dabbling in corporate espionage. - Publisher Marketing. Plagiarism charge levied.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The Acme Novelty Library
    Author: Ware, Chris
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 27.50 ISBN: 0375422951 Date: 2005
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    This new edition features the first serial installment of "Rusty Brown," Ware's first major lengthy "narrative indulgence" since his Jimmy Corrigan graphic novel. Full color.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 8.22.05

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September

  • Garner
    Author: Allio, Kristin
    Publisher: Coffee House $ 14.95 ISBN: 1566891752 Date: 2005
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    "Fiercely imagined, alive with incandescent imagery, Kirstin Allio's "Garner is a memorable debut."-John Burnham Schwartz
    Landlocked, sail-shaped Garner, New Hampshire is a town delineated by its Puritan ethics and its "Live Free or Die" mentality. Like the forbidding landscape of Wharton's Ethan Frome, this New England outpost is thick with history and tradition. Frances Giddens, a spirited, elusive girl born at the dawn of the twentieth century and now approaching womanhood, moves through the forests and rivers that mark Garner's borders as easily as she befriends its stoic residents. In the summer of 1925, with Garner's economic prospects in decline, a group of wealthy New Yorkers descend on the Giddens farm for summer leisure. Even as Frances is drawn to the romance the newcomers represent, darker forces are unleashed. When her body is found in rain-swollen Blood Creek, this deeply private community begins to unravel. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.18.05
  • Tooth and Claw: And Other Stories
    Author: Boyle, T.C.
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670034355 Date: 2005
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    These 14 stories, which have appeared in "The New Yorker, GQ, Harper's, McSweeney's" and "Playboy" display Boyle's imaginative muscle and range.
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Fan Tan
    Author: Brando, Marlon
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400044715 Date: 2005
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    Brando and his collaborator Cammell create the story of an eccentric early 20th century pirate, a larger-than-life character who saves the life of a Chinese prisoner. When he is released from jail, the pirate becomes entangled in the biggest act of piracy that part of the world has ever seen.
    Suggested Reading: Pirate Stars
    Updated 7.25.05
  • The Man from Beyond
    Author: Brownstein, Gabriel
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393051528 Date: 2005
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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle arrives in New York on a spiritualist crusade, defending the powers of the mysterious medium Margery. His good friend Harry Houdini is a skeptic, and when Doyle claims Margery's powers are superior to Houdini's, the magician goes on the attack.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Elementary Stars | Magic & Magicians | Spiritualist Stars
    Updated 8.15.05
  • A Lady's Guide to Rakes
    Author: Caskie, Kathryn
    Publisher: Warner $ 6.50 ISBN: 0446616095 Date: 2005
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    Having had her heart broken by a "reformed rake," Meredith Merriweather intends to tempt Alexander Lamont, London's most notorious rake, and document the results for a cautionary guidebook. But Meredith doesn't count on Alexander falling for her.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.23.05
  • The Tattoo Artist
    Author: Ciment, Jill
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375423257 Date: 2005
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    From the author of The Law of Falling Bodies comes a wildly original work about an acclaimed American painter who is brought back to New York after spending 30 years living on a Pacific island.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • The Clouds Above
    Author: Crane, Jordan
    Publisher: Fantographics $ 22.95 ISBN: 1560976276 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 6.3.05
  • Pyongyang
    Author: Delisle, Guy
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597890 Date: 2005
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 6.29.05
  • The March
    Author: Doctorow, E.L.
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375506713 Date: 2005
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    In the last years of the Civil War, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman marched 60,000 Union troops through Georgia and the Carolinas, cutting a 60-mile wide swath of pillage and destruction. That event comes back to life in this magisterial novel.
    Suggested Reading: Civil War Stars | Sherman Stars | All Stars | Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.15.05
  • The Mercy of Thin Air
    Author: Dominque, Ronlyn
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743278801 Date: 2005
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    This first-time author offers a stunning, imaginative love story that tests the boundaries of time, grief, and death.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Ghosts
    Updated 7.12.05
  • Joplin's Ghost
    Author: Due, Tananarive
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743449037 Date: 2005
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    An acclaimed suspense writer's latest chilling tale examines how the daughter of a musician and jazz club owner finds her life changed when she becomes haunted by the ghost of Scott Joplin.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Ghosts | Music
    Updated 7.25.05
  • The Painted Drum
    Author: Erdrich, Louise
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060515104 Date: 2005
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    Faye Travers discovers a rare Native American drum while appraising an estate in New Hampshire. The drum's passage is traced both forward and backward in time, revealing how it changed the lives of those whose paths it crossed.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.29.05
  • The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette
    Author: Erickson, Carolly
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312337086 Date: 2005
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    Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life--from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

    Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life--from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Marie Antoinette
    Updated 8.24.05
  • 26A
    Author: Evans, Diana
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060820918 Date: 2005
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    A hauntingly beautiful, wickedly funny and devastatingly moving novel of innocence and dreams that announces the arrival of a major new talent to the literary scene. The attic room at 26a Waifer Avenue in the lower-middle-class London neighborhood of Neasden is a sanctuary for identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Twins | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Wounded
    Author: Everett, Percival
    Publisher: Graywolf $ 23 ISBN: 1555974279 Date: 2005
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    Updated 7.12.05
  • A Sudden Country
    Author: Fisher, Karen
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400063221 Date: 2005
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    A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, A Sudden Country follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemption. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars | Debuts | All Stars | Oregon Trail | Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.12.05
  • Wake
    Author: Glantz, Margo
    Publisher: Curbstone $ 14 ISBN: 1931896232 Date: 2005
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    Updated 7.12.05
  • Accidents
    Author: Hydaya, Yael
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 28 ISBN: 0805073485 Date: 2005
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    Updated 7.11.05
  • Widow of the South
    Author: Hicks, Robert
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446500127 Date: 2005
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    This debut novel is based on the true story of Carrie McGavock. During the Civil War's Battle of Franklin, a five-hour bloodbath with 9,200 casualties, McGavock's home was turned into a field hospital where four generals died. For 40 years she tended the private cemetery on her property where more than 1,000 were laid to rest.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Civil War Stars | Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.29.05
  • John Crow's Devil
    Author: James, Marlon
    Publisher: Akashic $ 19.95 ISBN: 1888451823 Date: 2005
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    This debut novel tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957. In the village of Gibbeah, magic coexists with religion, and good and evil are never as they seem in this tale of religious mania, redemption, and sexual obsession.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.11.05
  • All the Stars Came Out That Night
    Author: King, Kevin
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525949054 Date: 2005
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    In the tradition of iconic literary baseball novels, this narrative paints a vivid and moving portrait of Depression-era baseball: its raw joy and elegance, its boozing, womanizing, racism, and its odd relationships with racketeers, kidnappers, and dictators.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.8.05
  • The English Teacher
    Author: King, Lily
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138972 Date: 2005
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    When Vida Belou suddenly marries a kindly widower and moves in to stepmother his three children, the prescribed life she had constructed for herself and son collapses. As her known world vanishes, her son takes control and moves them both to a place where they can begin again.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 6.29.05
  • The Washington Story: A Novel in Five Spheres
    Author: Langer, Adam
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573223247 Date: 2005
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    The irresistible follow-up to Langer's debut hit, Crossing California is described as "the most vivid novel about Chicago since Saul Bellow's Herzog and the most ambitious debut set in Chicago since Philip Roth's Letting Go" ("Chicago Tribune").
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 6.9.05
  • The Highest Tide
    Author: Lynch, Jim
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582346054 Date: 2005
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    While the sea continues to offer him discoveries from its mysterious depths, such as a giant squid, a teenaged boy struggles to deal with the difficulties that come with the equally mysterious process of growing up.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.18.05
  • Fallen
    Author: Maine, David
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312328494 Date: 2005
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    The author of The Preservationist pens a provocative epic of temptation and murder, of exile and loss, in this convincing portrait of a family driven by passions and jealousies.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Vita
    Author: Mazzucco, Melania G.
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374284954 Date: 2005
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    In Vita, an award-winning Italian author weaves her own family history into a great American novel of the immigrant experience. A sweeping tale of discovery, love, and loss, Vita is a passionate blend of biography and autobiography, of fantasy and fiction.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • The Goat Bridge
    Author: McNally, T.M.
    Publisher: Univ of Michigan $ 24 ISBN: 0472115111 Date: 2005
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    Updated 8.15.05
  • Captain of the Sleepers
    Author: Montero, Mayra
    Publisher: FSG $ 22 ISBN: 0374118825 Date: 2005
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    In this taut, erotic novel that slips effortlessly between past and present, remembrance and reality, Mayra Montero describes a feverish Caribbean childhood of secrets, disillusionment, and sexual awakening. Beautifully translated by Edith Grossman, The Captain of the Sleepers confirms Montero's stature as one of our finest prose stylists and as an international writer of the first rank. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • The Understudy
    Author: Nicholls, David
    Publisher: Villard $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400061822 Date: 2005
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    This knockout romantic comedy by the author of A Question of Attraction focuses on a frustrated actor who falls for the wife of the randy movie star whose stage role he's understudying.
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Three Incestuous Sisters
    Author: Niffengger, Audrey
    Publisher: Abrams $ 27.95 ISBN: 0810959275 Date: 2005
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    Haunting illustrations and lyrical prose depict a timeless saga of love, revenge, and ultimately, transcendence in a tale of three very different sisters: one who is beautiful, one who is smart, and one who is talented.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Dancing in the Dark
    Author: Phillips, Caryl
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400043964 Date: 2005
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    This novel reimagines the remarkable, tragic, little-known life of Bert Williams, the first black entertainer in the U.S. to reach the highest levels of fame and fortune. W.C. Fields called him "the funniest man I ever saw, and the saddest man I ever knew."
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Biographical Fiction | Historical Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Shalimar the Clown
    Author: Rushdie, Salman
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0679463356 Date: 2005
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    In this gripping international tale of love and revenge, and the ancient and modern conflicts from which they spring, a murder looks at first like a political assassination, but turns out to be passionately personal.
    Updated 5.25.05
  • The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
    Author: Saunders, George
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 13 ISBN: 1594481520 Date: 2005
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    An utterly different kind of novel from the beloved author of Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.
    Updated 7.7.05
  • Startling Joy: Seven Magical Stories of Christmas
    Author: Schaap, James Calvin
    Publisher: Revell $ 14.99 ISBN: 0800718771 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    This heartwarming read is both moving and magical and will help readers usher in a joyful Christmas season, even amidst the howling winds of winter.
    Suggested Reading: Christmas
    Updated 9.17.05
  • The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God
    Author: Schaffert, Timothy
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 14.95 ISBN: 1932961127 Date: 2005
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    A redemptive seriocomic love story filled with country music, the ghosts of Halloween, and an ironic brand of down-home religion. Newly divorced and feeling the pain of separation from his family, Hud Smith channels his regret into writing country-western songs, contemplating life on the lam with his 8-year-old daughter, and searching cryptic postcards for news of his teenage son who has run off with The Daughters of God, an alternative Gospel-punk band of growing fame. Then he finds himself inching toward reconciliation with his ex, tossing his whole talent for misery into question as they head off in a borrowed school bus, hoping so very tentatively to bring the entire family together again. In this endearing misadventure that threatens to turn out right in spite of it all, Schaffert writes a thin line between tragedy and hilarity, turning wry humor and a keen sense of the paradoxical onto characters who deserve all the tender care he gives them. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Someone to Believe in
    Author: Shay, Kathryn
    Publisher: Berkley $ 7.99 ISBN: 0425205304 Date: 2005
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    Award-winning author Kathryn Shay delighted readers with her firefighter trilogy. Now she continues to light up the pages with the story of a man and a woman on opposite sides of the political fence, but the same side of desire.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.17.05
  • On Beauty
    Author: Smith, Zadie
    Publisher: Penguin $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594200637 Date: 2005
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    Smith's third novel is an analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, and an honest look at people's deceptions. An infidelity, a death, and a legacy set in motion a chain of events that forces everyone to examine the assumptions which underpin their lives.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Third Girl From the Left
    Author: Southgate, Martha
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618470239 Date: 2005
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    Three African-American women's lives in the 1970s are portrayed in stunning detail in Southgate's second novel. It's up to the granddaughter to heal the rift between her mother and grandmother as the trio struggles against all odds to express what lies deepest in their hearts.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 7.12.05
  • The Myth of You and Me: A Novel of Friendship
    Author: Stewart, Leah
    Publisher: Crown $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400098068 Date: 2005
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    After a ten-year absence from each other's lives, childhood friends reconnect with their once inseparable other halves. The tale will appeal to anyone who has ever loved and lost a best friend.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.11.05
  • The Year the Music Changed
    Author: Thomas, Diane
    Publisher: Toby $ 22.95 ISBN: 1592641229 Date: 2005
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    A lonely 14-year-old fires off a fan letter to an unknown 20-year-old country singer named Elvis Presley, launching an intimate, touching correspondence that chronicles Achsa and Elvis' coming of age as artists and individuals.
    Suggested Reading: Elvis | Historical Fiction | Epistolary Stars
    Updated 5.4.05
  • The Turning: Stories of Western Australia
    Author: Winton, Tim
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743276930 Date: 2005
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    The Turning is a masterfully crafted collection of interlinked stories from the two-time Man Booker Prize nominee and author of Dirt Music and The Riders.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • I'll Go to Bed at Noon
    Author: Woodward, Gerard
    Publisher: Norton $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0393328007 Date: 2005
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    Colette Jones has had problems of her own with alcohol, but now it seems as though her whole family is in danger of turning to booze. This is a darkly funny novel about a quirky, troubled family as it lurches from farce to tragedy to pub and back again.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up
    Updated 7.25.05

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August

  • The Prophet of Zongo Street: Stories
    Author: Ali, Mohammed Nassehu
    Publisher: Amistad $ 22.95 ISBN: 0060523549 Date: 2005
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    In the tradition of rich African storytelling that mixes myth with modernity, The Prophet of Zongo Street is a dazzling collection of stories that calls to mind Ben Okri and Chinua Achebe. Mohammed Naseehu Ali, the tradition's acclaimed new practitioner, offers up ten powerful and beautifully rendered tales. Set primarily on the fictitious Zongo Street -- a close-knit community of wonderfully quirky characters who hold tight to superstition, religion, and family -- these stories are anchored by the uproarious, the embarrassing, the poignant, and the rawest moments of life. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Hunger's Brides
    Author: Anderson, Paul
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 35 ISBN: 0786715413 Date: 2005
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    Based on the life of one of literature's most compelling figures, Anderson's astonishing debut unveils the withdrawal of 17th-century poet Sor Juana Inis de la Cruz from the world at the height of her creative powers when she signs a vow of contrition in her own blood.
    Suggested Reading: Poets| Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Voodoo Lounge
    Author: Bauman, Christian
    Publisher: Fireside $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0743270983 Date: 2005
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    Tory Harris and Junior Davis were in love -- a fierce, drunk barracks love that finally exploded in deception and betrayal. When their paths cross again it is the opening days of the U.S. invasion of Haiti -- the strangest of America's "little wars" of the 1990s. Rooted in the inner struggles of its characters and the weight of their secrets, Voodoo Lounge is the story of addiction in a triangle: Harris, a young, driven sergeant, the only female in her detachment; Davis, the disgraced former soldier whose tragedy burns all it touches; and Marc Hall, a Haitian-American intelligence officer sent to occupy his mother's homeland. In living, detailed portraits, the novel segues through an army boat, an old missionary ship, the depths of a Haitian prison, and a squatters' camp in the shadow of an HIV hospital. Voodoo Lounge emerges as a novel of longing and love, of excess and bareness, of betrayal flowing in the blood, and the cold, blind passion for redemption. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Willful Creatures: Stories
    Author: Bender, Aimee
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385501137 Date: 2005
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    The author of the critically acclaimed story collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt returns with more sublime, beguiling, and breathtakingly original stories of love, sex, heartbreak, and potato babies.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.11.05
  • The Courtesan
    Author: Carroll, Susan
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 0345437977 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Alive with vivid period detail and characters as vibrant as they are memorable, this second novel in Susan Carroll's sweeping historical trilogy presents a captivating tale of dangerous intrigue and deep treachery that's sure to appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.24.05
  • The Last Days of Dogtown
    Author: Diamant, Anita
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743225732 Date: 2005
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    Based loosely on a true story of a historic community, this novel is set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s. Peopled with widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, free Africans, and "witches," it resurrects a forgotten sector of society.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Lunar Park
    Author: Ellis, Bret Easton
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375412913 Date: 2005
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    From the author of Less Than Zero comes a work that confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting psychological and supernatural horror toward an astonishing resolution. Lunar Park is a novel about love and loss, fathers and sons, in what is surely the most original and moving novel of an extraordinary career.
    Updated 5.25.05
  • Nora Jane: A Life in Stories
    Author: Gilchrist, Ellen
    Publisher: Back Bay $ 14.95 ISBN: 0316058386 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    At last--Gilchrist's beloved Nora Jane stories are gathered together for the first time in a vibrant, hilarious, and deeply moving collection featuring a new novella.
    Updated 6.20.05
  • A Season to be Sinful
    Author: Goodman, Jo
    Publisher: Kensington $ 6.50 ISBN: 0821777750 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the "USA Today" bestselling author of Beyond a Wicked Kiss comes a sweeping new tale of courage, desire, and dangerous secrets, featuring an intrepid beauty who discovers that love and trust are two sides of the same coin.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Passing Under Heaven
    Author: Hill, Justin
    Publisher: Abacus $ 13.95 ISBN: 0349117403 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 2.8.06
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Blues
    Author: Marshall, Bev
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 13.95 ISBN: 0345468430 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the acclaimed author of Right as Rains comes a heart-touching coming-of-age tale set in Mississippi n the 1960s.
    Updated 10.3.05
  • Love, Work, Children
    Author: Mendelson, Cheryl
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375508376 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    A serious accident spurs dramatic changes in the lives of a high-achieving New York City family in this new novel by the author of Morningside Heights and Home Comfort.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • The Diviners
    Author: Moody, Rick
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316085391 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    With savvy and structural mastery not unlike Tom Wolfe and Jonathan Franzen, Moody has penned a hilarious and generous novel about ambition, folly, and the tyranny of buzz.
    Updated 7.11.05
  • A Little Love Story With Room for Breathing
    Author: Merullo, Roland
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 1400048672 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    One year after the death of his fiance, Jake sees a beautiful woman hop in her car and back into his beloved truck. Three days later he calls her and an accident becomes dinner--and dinner quickly becomes a romance. However, Janet is not without her own complications.
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Top 10 The Forty-Niners
    Author: Moore, Alan
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 24.99 ISBN: 1563897571 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels & Comics
    Updated 8.22.05
  • Freshwater Road
    Author: Nicholas, Denise
    Publisher: Agate $ 23.95 ISBN: 1932841105 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Celeste Tyree, a young black collegian, leaves Michigan for Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to help found a Freedom School and a voter registration project. As Freedom Summer unfolds, Celeste confronts not only the political realities of race and poverty in this tiny town, but also truths about herself and her own family.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Historical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Match Me If You Can
    Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060734558 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The beloved "New York Times" bestselling author of Ain't She Sweet is back with a delightful new novel. A matchmaking business owner needs a major client. She targets the best--and most ruthless--sports agent in Chicago. She'll do whatever it takes to find a woman for him--no matter who that woman turns out to be.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5.20.05
  • The Book of Spirits
    Author: Reese, James
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 006056105x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this richly textured sequel to his acclaimed, "New York Times" bestseller The Book of Shadows, James Reece continues the epic, erotic tale of the witch Herculine, who has fled France and begins a search in America for her beloved, her true self, and, ultimately, her salvation.
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Tricked
    Author: Robinson, Alex
    Publisher: Top Shelf $ 19.95 ISBN: 1891830732 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel & Comics Stars
    Updated 7.25.05
  • The Rabbi's Cat
    Author: Sfar, Joann
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 21.95 ISBN: 0375422811 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    Vibrant with the colors, textures, and feeling of a lost world (one where Jews and Arabs easily coexisted) this graphic novel about an unforgettable cat with the gift of speech is populated with wholly believable and endearing people.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 7.11.05
  • The King of King's County
    Author: Terrell, Whitney
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034258 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The acclaimed author of The Huntsman again takes readers to his native Kansas City for a heartrending look at a young man's coming-of-age as he confronts his father's--and his city's--dissolution.
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Nil: A Land Beyond Belief
    Author: Turner, James
    Publisher: Slave Labor $ 12.95 ISBN: 1593620209 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Join fellow sufferer Proun Nul on his quest to find meaning in a desolate world saturated with angst and ennui. Foreman on a deconstruction ship that specializes in demolishing belief outbreaks, Nul is prodded out of his complacency by a false murder charge, and sets off on a journey that takes him to the very brink of hope. A 232-page concoction of fiction and intrigue that delves into the bleak and bitter philosophical brew of Nihilist chic. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 6.20.05
  • The Time of the Uprooted
    Author: Wiesel, Elie
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400041724 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In his profoundly moving and thought-provoking new novel, celebrated author Elie Wiesel tells the story of a man--a refugee from both Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and the communist takeover of Hungary in 1956--who comes to understand that a real life in the present is possible only if he reconciles with his past.
    Updated 4.25.05

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  • Skintight
    Author: Anderson, Susan
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0778322009 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Jax Gallagher arrives in Las Vegas to retrieve a valuable autographed baseball in the possession of his estranged father's young widow. Only, showgirl Treena McCall isn't the gold-digger Jax was expecting.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 6.6.05
  • The Secret Purposes
    Author: Baddiel, David
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060765828 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Fleeing the only home they've ever known in East Prussia after the flood of Nazism enters their lives, Isaac and Lulu Fabian assume that in Cambridge, in the apparent haven of Great Britain, they have found the freedom denied to them in Germany. Deeply moving, brilliantly rendered, and historically accurate, The Secret Purposes profoundly questions the way that truth -- both personal and political -- emerges from the tangle of history. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Adoredsun image
    Author: Bagshawe, Tilly
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.95 ISBN: 0446576883 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    In the grand tradition of Sidney Sheldon and other masters of epic women's fiction comes a larger-than-life tale of a Hollywood dynasty, written by Tilly Bagshawe, a 31-year-old Cambridge graduate who has brilliantly revived the genre.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Crossing the Lines
    Author: Bragg, Melvin
    Publisher: Arcade $ 26 ISBN: 1559707380 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    With the same vivid fiction that moved audiences in A Son of War and A Soldier's Return, Bragg intertwines the fates of his characters, bringing them to life once again in this final book in his saga of postwar Britain.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Someone Like You
    Author: Bretton, Barbara
    Publisher: Berkely $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 0425203883 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    "A master at touching readers' hearts" ("USA Today"), Bretton explores the emotional journey of two sisters and the healing truth of an unforgettable family legacy when an unexpected reunion inspires a better understanding of secrets and sacrifices.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.11.05
  • 72 Hour Hold sun image
    Author: Campbell, Bebe Moore
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400040744 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJstarPW
    In this novel of family and redemption, Campbell draws on the powerful emotions of her own experience and African-American roots in this story of a mother who struggles to save her 18-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.23.05
  • Ice Haven
    Author: Clowes, Daniel
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 18.95 ISBN: 037542332x Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    Clowes, who received an Oscar nomination for the screen adaptation of his graphic novel Ghost World, weaves a multi-layered tale that, while it owes a debt to Our Town, is ultimately based on and inspired by the case of Leopold and Loeb. Illustrations.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Drawn and Quarterly Showcase: Book Three
    Author: Crumb, R. (edt)
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 14.95 ISBN: 1896597882 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 5.23.05
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter
    Author: Edwards, Kim
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034169 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A doctor delivers his own twins, and upon seeing that the daughter has Down's syndrome, tells his nurse to take the baby to an institution and never reveal the secret. The nurse disappears into another city to raise the child herself in this tale of redemptive love and long-buried secrets that unfolds over a quarter of a century.
    Suggested Reading: Twins | Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.12.05
  • The Quick and the Dead
    Author: Eickhoff, Randy Lee
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765307766 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Vietnam, 1966. Benjamin Wingfoot is the leader of a Special Operations Group stationed deep upcountry. He's taken on plenty of dangerous missions, but something about his latest assignment doesn't sit well with him. Summoned back to Saigon, "Wingo" is ordered to kill a local bar girl suspected of spying for the North--and make it look like the routine murder of a prostitute.
    Right away, he suspects that there is more to this mission than he is being told. War may be hell, but, as Wingo struggles to uncover the truth amidst the corruption of wartime Saigon, he soon learns that even darker trials await him--and that the price of holding onto his soul may be more than any one man can endure . . . . - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.11.05
  • The Loss of Leon Meed
    Author: Emmons, Josh
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743267184 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Emmons pens a highly imaginative debut novel about a town full of varied characters whose lives converage and change when they encounter a mysterious, disappearing man.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Kingston By Starlight
    Author: Farley, Christopher John
    Publisher: Three Rivers $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 1400082455 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Lyrically written and bursting with the adventure and beauty of the Caribbean, Kingston by Starlight brings to life the legendary exploits - based on historical fact - of Anne Bonny, an Irish woman pirate who sailed the West Indies in the 1700's. - Publisher Marketing.
    Sugggested Reading List: Pirate Stars | Historical Fiction
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Zipporah: Wife of Moses
    Author: Halter, Marek
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 1400052793 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Featuring a bold, spirited woman of color as its protagonist, Zipporah, the story of the wife of Moses, will appeal to a wide range of readers and follows Sarah in Halter's Canaan Trilogy.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Envy
    Author: Harrison, Katherine
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400063469 Date: 2005
    starPW
    William Moreland, a sexually obsessed New York psychoanalyst who is in the throes of a midlife crisis, goes to his college reunion. When he sees a woman he loved twenty-five years earlier, he makes a shocking discovery about their relationship and begins to ask questions about himself, the past, and the people he loves. Plagued by sexual desires, Will begins to have fantasies about his patients, and his madness only deepens when a striking young woman comes to see him. The resolution of family secrets long buried is at the heart of this beautiful and provocative novel. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Twins
    Updated 5.23.05
  • The Traveler: Book 1: The Fourth Realm Trilogy
    Author: Hawks, John Twelve
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 038551428x Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this stunningly suspenseful first novel, reminiscent of George Orwell and Philip Pullman, John Twelve Hawks has created a vividly imagined world that runs parallel to our own. Moving at lightning speed from the back alleys of Prague to the underworld of Los Angeles to a guarded research facility in New York, The Traveler goes beneath the surface to give us new insights on history and our own lives.
    Suggested Reading: Dystopian Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Freddy and Fredericka
    Author: Helprin, Mark
    Publisher: Penguin $ 27.95 ISBN: 1594200548 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In his latest work, the author of A Dove of the East and Other Stories pens an extraordinarily funny allegory of a most peculiar British royal family--a mocking of contemporary monarchy and yet deeply sympathetic to the individuals caught in its lonely absurdities.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Sons of Liberty
    Author: Jakober, Marie
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765310414 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    By the winner of the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Why Are You Doing This?
    Author: Jason
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 12.95 ISBN: 1560976551 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 5.16.05
  • Nadia's Song
    Author: Khashoggi, Soheir
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765312360 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Walt and Skeezix: Book 1
    Author: King, Frank
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 29.95 ISBN: 1896597645 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 6.29.05
  • The Book of the Seven Delights
    Author: Krahn, Bettina
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 0515139726 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Abigail Merchant travels to Casablanca to search for the remnants of the Great Library of Alexandria. There, her quest becomes entangled with the fate of a handsome ex-legionnaire, Apollo Smith.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Sexy Voice and Robo
    Author: Kuroda, Lou (edt)
    Publisher: Viz $ 19.99 ISBN: 159116916x Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 6.13.05
  • Magic for Beginners
    Author: Link, Kelly
    Publisher: Small Beer $ 24 ISBN: 1931520151 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Cult favorite Kelly Link unfurls a second engaging, funny, and magical selection of stories, with riffs on marriage, cannons, convenience stories, superheroes, zombies, and apocalyptic poker parties.
    Updated 6.6.05
  • No Country for Old Men
    Author: McCarthy, Cormac
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375406778 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    Set along a bloody frontier in our own time, this is McCarthy's first novel since Cities of the Plain completed his acclaimed, bestselling Border Trilogy. Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and over $2 million in cash. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything.
    Updated 5.23.05
  • The Interruption of Everything
    Author: McMillan, Terry
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670031445 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Talking to the Enemy: Stories
    Author: Mandelman, Avner
    Publisher: Seven Stories $ 20 ISBN: 1583226699 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
    Author: Millet, Lydia
    Publisher: Soft Skull $ 25 ISBN: 1932360859 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    Millet's latest novel is a black-comic tour de force depicting the "second coming" of atomic bomb creators Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and Leo Szilard. Despite being dead, these scientists are spotted in Santa Fe by a shy librarian, who joins them on a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
    Suggested Reading: Atomic Age Stars | Black Humor
    Updated 5.19.05
  • We3
    Author: Morrison, Grant
    Publisher: Vertigo $ 12.99 ISBN: 1401204953 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Haarlem
    Author: Neff, Heather
    Publisher: Broadway $ 14 ISBN: 0767917502 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Welcome to Abel's search for salvation in another tight page turner from Heather Neff.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 6.13.05
  • That Anvil of Our Souls: A Novel of the Monitor and the Merrimack
    Author: Poyer, David
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0684871351 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    In the third volume of his monumental Civil War at Sea cycle, Poyer takes readers behind the history and into the turrets and casements of the most historic sea engagement of the Civil War--the momentous battle between the "Monitor" and "Merrimack."
    Suggested Reading: Civil War Stars | Seastories
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Endless Chain
    Author: Richards, Emilie
    Publisher: Mira $ 19.95 ISBN: 0778321983 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Sam Kinkade, a minister in Virginia's rural Shenandoah Valley, turns to Elisa Martinez--a Latina stranger capable of building bridges--when his plans to welcome the area's Hispanic community to the church meet with resistance.
    Suggested Reading: Virginia Stars | Romance Stars
    Updated 6.9.05
  • Into the Wilderness
    Author: Rivas, Manuel
    Publisher: Overlook $ 23.95 ISBN: 1585674372 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A glorious cast of animals, birds, and humans comes together to relate the magical stories that form the plot of this extraordinary tale--a wondrously multilayered story of brilliant ideas and trenchant imagery that combines tenderness, humor, and a strong sense of cultural identity.
    Updated 5.9.05
  • First Love
    Author: Sharp, Adrienne
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573223107 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Set in the world of the New York City ballet in the early 1980s, this first novel by a former ballet dancer tells the story of two young dancers, passionately in love but ill-prepared to handle the demands, seductions, and expectations that put them on the dangerous precipice of fame.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Ballet Stars
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Author: See, Lisa
    Publisher: Random $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400060281 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.19.05
  • MBQ
    Author: Smith, Felipe
    Publisher: Tokyopop $ 9.99 ISBN: 1591820677 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 7.25.05
  • Trance
    Author: Sorrrentino, Christopher
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 0374278644 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Sorrentino's second novel traces the Symbionese Liberation Army in the mid-70s, leading the reader on a breathtaking, hilarious, and heartbreaking underground tour across a beleaguered America, in the company of scam artists, visionaries, cultists, and a mismatched gang of middle-class people who typify the guiding conceit of their time, that of self-renovation.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.20.05
  • Almonds to Zhoof: Collected Stories
    Author: Stern, Richard
    Publisher: Triquarterly $ 29.95 ISBN: 0810151499 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 5.9.05
  • The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society
    Author: Trobaugh, Augusta
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525948791 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Southern comedy-of-manners crosses with the classic film Arsenic and Old Lace, in this surprising new novel by the author of Sophie and the Rising Sun. Trobaugh spices up her pitch-perfect Southern style with a witty murder plot--providing a hilarious twist that is sure to draw new readers to her work.
    Updated 7.12.05

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