Fiction Stars 2006

January - June

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. A indicates an Overbooked Jump for Joy book.
A Book Group Book indicates a Best Bet for Book Club/Reading Groups

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June
  • The Lambs of London
    Author: Ackroyd, Peter
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23 ISBN: 0385514611 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    A lighthearted follow-up to Ackroyd's magnificent biography of Shakespeare, The Lambs of London transforms the real-life literary hoax that swept most of London off its feet into an ingenious, intriguing drama that keeps readers guessing right to the end.
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Sufficient Grace
    Author: Arnoult, Darnell
    Publisher: Free $ 23 ISBN: 074328447x Date: 2006
    starPW
    This spellbinding debut novel explores the power of personal transformation and redemption, and the many extraordinary ways they come to pass.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Room for Improvement
    Author: Ballis, Stacey
    Publisher: Berkley $ 13 ISBN: 0425209822 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Give two singles their own fashion consultants and interior designers and allow them four days to perk up each other's style and homes--and Lily Allen's dream job turns into a nightmare. Episode by episode, through disasters and matchmaking miracles, Lily starts to discover that a little bit of controlled chaos is the spice of life and love.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Flamenco Academy
    Author: Bird, Sarah
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400040841 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The passion and danger attached to flamenco flows through this compelling new novel by the author of The Yokota Officers Club--a story of two young American women caught up in the fevered excitement of the flamenco revival sweeping the Southwest.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Last Evenings on Earth
    Author: Bolano, Roberto
    Publisher: New Directions $ 23.95 ISBN: 0811216349 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The first short-story collection in English by the acclaimed Chilean author Roberto Bolano. Winner of a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Save Your Own
    Author: Brink, Elisabeth
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 0618651144 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In her final year at Harvard Divinity School, Gillian Brandenburg must quickly transform herself from obedient graduate student to hardcore authority figure at a halfway house in order to gain supporting evidence for her thesis about spiritual transformation. Ultimately, the women inspire her to realize her own true impulses and desires.
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Grab On to Me Tightly As If I Knew the Way
    Author: Charles, Bryan
    Publisher: Perennial $ 13.95 ISBN: 0060882980 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    In 1992 Vim Sweeney is dealing with the recent end of his high school career and the uncertainty of his future. This novel traces his stumble toward adulthood as he learns to accept that the things he thought would last forever probably won't.
    Updated 3.16.06
  • By a Slow River
    Author: Claudel, Philippe
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 1400042801 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    In this indelible meditation on morality, the daily life of a small French town is shattered by the deaths of three innocents during the First World War.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars
    Updated 4.17.06
  • It Might Have Been What He Said
    Author: Collinsworth, Eden
    Publisher: Arcade $ 23.95 ISBN: 1559708123 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Updated 3.16.06
  • The Whistling Season
    Author: Doig, Ivan
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151012377 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Touchy Subjects
    Author: Donoghue, Emma
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151013861 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In this sparkling collection of 19 stories, the bestselling author of Slammerkin returns to contemporary affairs, exposing the private dilemmas that result from public controversies.
    Updated 4.18.06
  • Catastrophist
    Author: Douglas, Lawrence
    Publisher: Other $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590512197   Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In the tradition of Michael Frayn and David Lodge, an intellectual comedy satirizing love, marriage, and academic life. . . From an idyllic New England campus to the rarefied art worlds of Berlin and London, The Catastrophist charts the rise and fall and partial rebound of an ambivalent but endearing everyman. Razor sharp and riotously funny, this debut novel heralds the appearance of a major new comedic voice in American fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Get a Life: The Collected Monsieur Jean Short Stories
    Author: Dupuy & Berberian
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597793 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works
    Updated 4.24.06
  • The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765309149 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Johnny Vermillion's theater troupe brings masterpieces to the Wild West. The four actors bustle in and out of costumes while one of them robs the local bank. A Pinkerton man notices the news reports of stage performances one day and bank robberies the next, and he sets a clever trap.
    Suggested Reading: Westerns
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Kensington Gardens
    Author: Fresan, Rodrigo
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374181012 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Children's writer Peter Hook, creator of the time-traveling boy Jim Yang, tells his life story--and that of J. M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan--to the child actor cursed with playing Jim Yang in the movies. Gradually, a fantastical and terrible tale emerges, a tale of shadow identities and suicide, lost boys and foundlings.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Old Filth
    Author: Gardam, Jane
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 1933372133 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Filth is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.
    Updated 5.5.06
  • The Syringa Tree
    Author: Gien, Pamela
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375507558 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This novel vastly expands and deepens the Obie Award-winning play of the same name--the moving story of a tumultuous time and place as seen through the eyes of a child in South Africa.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Whole World OverBook Group Book
    Author: Glass, Julia
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375422749 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJstarKirkus
    In this new work by the bestselling author of Three Junes, Greenie Duquette, the fiery proprietor of her own Greenwich Village pastry business, becomes the personal chef for the governor of New Mexico, setting in motion a period of adventure and upheaval that culminates in the tragedy of 9/11.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars| Reading Group Stars | 911
    Updated 3.20.06
  • Girls' Night Out
    Author: Gore, Kristen, Emily Giffin, Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez, Tilly Bagshaw, Carole Matthews, etc.
    Publisher: Red Dress Ink $ 14.95 ISBN: 0373895798 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Featuring such "New York Times" bestselling authors as Meg Cabot, Tilly Bagshawe, and Marian Keyes, this much-anticipated follow-up to the "USA Today" bestseller Girls' Night In contains tales about reunions and weddings, sisters and friends.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 6.20.06
  • The Gravedigger
    Author: Grandbois, Peter
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 23.95 ISBN: 0811853500 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    In a small, whitewashed village, indistinguishable from any other in Andalusia, Juan Rodrigo is a gravedigger. The job was handed down to him by his father, as was the ability to hear the voices of the dead and to tell their stories to the living. Though the details and revelations of these accounts aren't always well received, Juan is a respected member of the community who encourages people to understand and to forgive. But his own tolerance is tested when his young daughter, just on the brink of adulthood, falls in love with a gypsy boy Juan doesn't approve of. Incorporating aspects of magic realism, Peter Grandbois' distinctive voice and style lures readers to an enchanting place where spirits and people coexist harmoniously. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Six Feet Under
    Updated 4.17.06
  • The Observations
    Author: Harris, Jane
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670037737 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In an attempt to escape her not-so-innocent past in Glasgow, Bessy takes a job as a maid. Her "missus" demands Bessy keep a journal of her thoughts in this powerful story of secrets and suspicions, hidden histories, and mysterious disappearances.
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Grief
    Author: Holleran, Andrew
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 19.95 ISBN: 1401302505 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    Reeling from the death of his invalid mother, a professor comes to the nation's capital to recuperate from his loss. What he finds there--in his lonely landlord, in the city's mood and architecture, and in the journals of Mary Todd Lincoln--shows him poignant truths about America, yearning, and mourning itself.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Uncharted: Expect the Unexpected
    Author: Hunt, Angela Elwell
    Publisher: Westbow $ 19.99 ISBN: 0849944848 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Six college friends meet up at their friend's funeral, and out of loyalty to him, they grant his last request when they embark on a journey at sea -- a journey that takes them farther than they'd ever want to go as they land on an uncharted island where all is not as it first appears. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.17.06
  • The Up And Up
    Author: Irby, Lee
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 19.95 ISBN: 0385515006 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    With suckers aplenty looking for land in the Sunshine State during the Roaring Twenties, Frank Hearn and his partner, the well-connected son of a former mayor, plan to make a killing in the real estate biz. However, when his partner is brutally murdered, Frank is accused of the crime.
    Suggested Reading: Florida | Historical Fiction
    Updated 4.24.06
  • The Maxx 6
    Author: Kieth, Sam
    Publisher: Wildstorm $ 19.99 ISBN: 1401209467 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    The final volume of Sam Kieth's eclectic masterpiece collects a series of innovative stories known as Friends of Maxx. These tales mark a turning point for Kieth's artistic evolution as a storyteller, paving the way for later groundbreaking titles such as ZERO GIRL and FOUR WOMEN. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Anybody Out There?
    Author: Keyes, Marion
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060731303 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Written in her classic style and marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Keyes' best novel to date--a wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 3.8.06
  • Sparkle Life
    Author: Lindstrom, Kara
    Publisher: Other $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590512324 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Wholly contemporary and compulsively readable, this sparkling debut is a finely honed tale of sex, love, and making movies that is sure to appeal to fans of Nick Hornby and Melissa Bank. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.31.06
  • The Hidden
    Author: Mackel, Kathryn
    Publisher: Westbow $ 13.99 ISBN: 1595540377 Date: 2006
    starLJstarBooklist
    Dr. Susan Rose tumbles into a crevasse when her horse balks and discovers a young man chained in the darkness. As she tries to learn the cause of his amnesia, dark possibilities emerge--could he be a fallen demon, "bound with everlasting chains for judgment"?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Song of the Crow
    Author: Maheu, Layne
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 23.95 ISBN: 1932961186 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    A narrating crow wonders why a lanky old man would build such an oddly shaped home--this 'ark'--so far from the waters. At a time when many are searching for meaning, Maheu's extraordinary debut novel asks readers to ponder the unsettled state of the world.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Castle Waiting
    Author: Medley, Linda
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 29.95 ISBN: 1560977477 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPW
    The multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning fantasy is now collected in one volume!
    The 450-page Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil--but about being a hero in your own home.
    For the first time, Fantagraphics' Castle Waiting collects the entire story into one mammoth volume--and includes the concluding chapter written and drawn especially for this volume. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Last Voyage of the Valentina
    Author: Montefiore, Santa
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 15 ISBN: 0743276868 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Determined to learn the truth about her dead mother--a woman she barely knew--Alba returns to the olive groves of the Amalfi coast of Italy to uncover a mysterious tale of decadence, deception, and betrayal involving partisans and Nazis, peasants, and counts, and discovers the gateway to her own happiness.
    Updated 3.16.06
  • The Second Wives Club
    Author: Moore, Jane
    Publisher: Broadway $ 19.95 ISBN: 0767916921 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Turning the tables on the usual sympathy for first wives, Moore's dishy novel is a brilliant, unputdownable look at "second wives," who must contend with malicious gossip, scheming divorce lawyers, and ex-wives intent on sabotaging their relationships.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 5.15.06
  • The Last Anniversary
    Author: Moriarty, Liane
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 14.95 ISBN: 0060890681 Date: 2006
    star PW
    As she so adroitly did in her smashing debut novel, Three Wishes, the incomparable Liane Moriarty once again combines sharp wit, lovable and eccentric characters, and a page-turning story for an unforgettable Last Anniversary. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.24.06
  • Ladies Coupe
    Author: Nair, Anita
    Publisher: Griffin $ 14.95 ISBN: 0312302876 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    This wonderfully atmospheric, deliciously warm novel takes the reader into contemporary India, revealing how the dilemmas that women face in their relationships are the same world over.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Futurist
    Author: Othmer, James P.
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 038551722x Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the hideously ugly Greenlander nymphomaniacal artist to the gay male model spy to the British corporate magnate with a taste for South Pacific virgin sacrifice rituals, The Futurist manages to be wildly entertaining and deadly serious at the same time.
    Updated 3.8.06
  • Lost and Found
    Author: Parkhurst, Carolyn
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316156388 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel comes the story of seven unlikely couples who scour the globe searching for love, treasure, fame, family--and themselves.
    Updated 3.6.06
  • The Lovin' Kind
    Author: Parra, Nancy J.
    Publisher: Avalon $21.95 ISBN: 0803497768 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Back to Wando Passo
    Author: Payne, David
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060851899 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    Payne offers a passionate and elegantly written story that propels two related love triangles--one marriage unraveling in the present day, and another one shattered by the Civil War--to a simultaneous crescendo of betrayal, revenge, and redemption.
    Updated 4.24.06
  • Birthdays
    Author: Pitlor, Heidi
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393061272 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    On an island off the coast of Maine, the Miller family reunites to celebrate the father's 75th birthday. Each of the adult children is expecting a first child, and at the same time each is at a major crossroads in life. The novel deftly explores the myriad ways of seeking sustenance after disappointment or loss.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Marriage Spell
    Author: Putney, Mary Jo
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345449185 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    "New York Times" bestselling author Putney delivers a spellbinding Regency romance where magic is commonplace but desire is the most mysterious--and powerful--force of all.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Paranormal
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Fire Fire
    Author: Sallis, Eva
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin $ 14.95 ISBN: 1741143527 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Shocking, tender, and grotesque, this darkly humorous novel captures the resilience and confusion of growing up. The Houdinis have grand plans for their family when they move to a dilapidated and isolated farm in the heart of the Australian bush. The mother, famous violist husband, and seven children plan on becoming self-sufficient, allowing creativity to rule and forming the perfect environment to raise a family of musicians, artists, and poets. But as problems arise from both outside and within the house, Ursula Houdini watches her brothers and sisters thrive and then wither under a mixture of love, neglect, and cruelty. In this affectionate and compelling story, Ursula must ultimately decide what she is willing to sacrifice to make her own place in the world. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Humor
    Updated 4.10.06
  • In Persuasion Nation
    Author: Saunders, George
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 23.95 ISBN: 159448922x Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This new collection of stories--his best work yet--comes from the acclaimed and mind-bendingly hilarious George Saunders.
    Suggested Reading: Humor
    Updated 3.16.06
  • Enslave Me Gently
    Author: Showalter, Gena
    Publisher: Downtown $ 13 ISBN: 0743497503 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Two alien assassins ordered to destroy a group of slavers--other-worlders who are abducting humans and selling them on other planets--must learn to work together, and fight the white-hot blaze of desire that threatens to scorch them both.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Cross Genres
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Terrorist
    Author: Updike, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0307264653 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkusstarPW
    Born of an Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father long since disappeared, 18-year-old Ahmad craves spiritual nurture and is drawn into an insidious plot.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Can't Get No
    Author: Veitch, Rick
    Publisher: Vertigo $ 19.99 ISBN: 1401210597 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Suggested Reading; Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Triangle
    Author: Weber, Katharine
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374281424 Date: 2006
    starPW
    The last living survivor of the notorious 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire has told her story countless times. Even so, her death at the age of 106 leaves unanswered many questions. Are the discrepancies in her various accounts over the years just ordinary human fallacy, or is there a hidden story in Esther's recollections of that terrible day?
    Updated 4.3.06
  • The End of California
    Author: Yarbrough, Steve
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400044383 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    A PEN/Faulkner finalist for Prisoners of War, Yarbrough now returns to the Delta--not seen through the historical lens of World War II nor of Jim Crow, as in his previous novels, but in the blinding light of contemporary life.
    Updated 5.15.06

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May
  • Nexus Archives 2
    Author: Baron, Mike
    Publisher: Dark Horse $ 49.95 ISBN: 1593074557 Date: 2006
    star PW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 4.24.06
  • The Fate of the Artist
    Author: Campbell, Eddie
    Publisher: First Second $ 15.95 ISBN: 1596431334 Date: 2006
    starPW
    In wildly comical reenactments of incidents from his curious life, Eddie Campbell conducts an investigation into his own sudden disappearance. In this creative mining of the rich resources of the comic strip language, Campbell offers a complex meditation on the lonely demands of art amid the realities of everyday life.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Comics
    Updated 3.16.06
  • Theft
    Author: Carey, Peter
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0307263711 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkusstarLJ
    A two-time Booker Prize-winner takes on the topic of what people will do for art, for love, and for money. Ranging from the rural wilds of Australia to Manhattan via Tokyo--and exploring themes of art, fraud, responsibility and redemption--this novel will make readers laugh out loud.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.16.06
  • JPod
    Author: Coupland, Douglas
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1596911042 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Six co-workers are bureaucratically marooned in JPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver video-game-design company. Full of word games, visual jokes, and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.
    Suggested Reading: Word Play
    Updated 4.17.06
  • The Stolen Child
    Author: Donohue, Keith
    Publisher: Nan Talese $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385516169 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    When Henry Day is seven years old, he is kidnapped by ageless beings called changelings, who leave another child in Henry's place, a boy who will be his duplicate. Haunted by memories, both boys are driven to search for the keys to who they once were before they switched places.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.14.06
  • Between the Bridge and the River
    Author: Ferguson, Craig
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 24.95 ISBN: 0811853756 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Bawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offend--regardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or profession--Between the Bridge and the River is the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS's "The Late Late Show".
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.8.06
  • The Good Works of Ayela Linde
    Author: Forbes, Charlotte
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24 ISBN: 1559708077 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    From an O. Henry Prize–winner, this dazzling novel in stories marks the arrival of a powerfully original and beguiling new voice in American fiction.
    The linked stories that make up this spare and beautifully written novel follow the life of Ayela, the illegitimate daughter of a Mexican dressmaker, born in 1933 in the Texas border town of Santa Rosalia. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.8.06
  • The Eagle's Throne
    Author: Fuentes, Carlos
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 1400062470 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    In this provocative novel, Fuentes exposes many of the political skeletons lurking in the closet of Mexican history, as he weaves a novel of cunning, naked ambition, and duplicity.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.15.06
  • The O.Henry Prize Stories 2006
    Author: Furman, Laura (edt)
    Publisher: Knopf $ 14 ISBN: 1400095395 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction" ("Atlantic Monthly"), the O. Henry Prize honors 20 of the year's best short stories.
    Updated 3.8.06
  • Secret River
    Author: Greenville, Kate
    Publisher: Canongate $ 24 ISBN: 1841957976 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thomhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales for the terms of his natural life. With his wife Sal and children to tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a death sentence. But his first glimpse of land for the taking awakens in him a desire he never had before: to own that land, no matter the cost to his soul. From the winner of the 2001 Orange Prize. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Australia
    Updated 3.8.06
  • Adverbs
    Author: Handler, Daniel
    Publisher: Ecco $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060724412 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkus
    In a series of intersecting narratives that explore variations of that ineffable feeling of love, Handler--who also writes as Lemony Snicket--crafts a moving and shifting story exploring the frustrating glory of this most troublesome of emotions.
    Updated 2.8.06
  • The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
    Author: Hempel, Amy
    Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 0743289463 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    With her trademark compassion and wit, Hempel takes readers into the marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation in an uneasy America.
    Updated 3.16.06
  • When Light Breaks
    Author: Henry, Patti Callahan
    Publisher: NAL $ 12.95 ISBN: 0451218345 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Updated 4.10.06
  • This Book Will Save Your Life
    Author: Homes, A.M.
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034932 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Richard Novak is functionally dead and doesn't even notice until two incidents conspire to hurl him back into the world in this novel about compassion, transformation, and what can happen if one is open to the world.
    Updated 3.6.06
  • The Family Fortune
    Author: Horowitz, Laurie
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060875267 Date: 2006
    star LJ
    Updated 3.20.06
  • Boot Tracks
    Author: Jones, Matthew F.
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 1933372117 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    A commanding, stylishly written novel that tells the harrowing story of an assassination gone terribly wrong and the man and woman who are taking their last chance to find a safe place in a hostile world. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.8.06
  • Rabbit Factory
    Author: Karp, Marshall
    Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 25 ISBN: 1596921749 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Rambunctious Rabbit--Rambo to his fans--is an American icon and a theme park's biggest draw. When the actor inside the Rambo costume and two other theme park employees are murdered, LAPD detectives must catch the madman before he brings the family entertainment giant to its knees.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4.10.06
  • The Attack
    Author: Khadra,Yasmina
    Publisher: Nan Talese $ 18.95 ISBN: 0385517483 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli citizen, is a respected surgeon in Tel Aviv. When police declare that his dead wife was the suicide bomber who destroyed a restaurant, he is torn between cherished memories of their years together and the inescapable realization that the woman he loved had a life far removed from the comfortable existence they shared.
    Updated 5.4.06
  • The Girls
    Author: Lansens, Lori
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316069035 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJstarKirkus
    In Lori Lansens' astonishing second novel, readers come to know and love two of the most remarkable characters in Canadian fiction: Rose and Ruby, 29-year-old conjoined twins.
    Suggested Reading: Twins | All Stars
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Slipstream
    Author: Larson, Leslie
    Publisher: Crown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0307337995 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Set against the backdrop of the iconic LAX airport, this deftly choreographed Altmanesque narrative offers a climactic wallop of an ending.
    Updated 3.16.06
  • Once a Thief
    Author: Ledbetter, Suzann
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 ISBN: 0778323005 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Ramey Burke gets a surprise when her elderly uncles, sent to prison years ago for bank robbery, decide to stay with her after their release. But when one of their old jail buddies is found dead in front of Ramey's house, sexy detective Mike Constantine begins sniffing around.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5.4.06
  • The Englisher
    Author: Lewis, Beverly
    Publisher: Bethany $ 19.99 ISBN: 0764202162 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Will Annie's intention to join the Amish church be derailed by the attention from a handsome Englisher?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.20.06
  • The Sand Cafe
    Author: Macfarquhar, Neil
    Publisher: Public Affairs $26 ISBN: 1586483684 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The Cairo bureau chief for the "New York Times" goes inside the private lives and professional mischief of war reporters waiting for the first Gulf War to begin in this bitingly funny first novel.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Gulf War
    Updated 2.28.06
  • The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories
    Author: Martin, Valerie
    Publisher: Vintage $ 13 ISBN: 1400095506 Date: 2006
    starPW
    This gripping collection of six stories explores the inner lives of artists as they struggle to make art while falling in and out of love.
    Updated 3.16.06
  • The Tango Singer
    Author: Martinez, Tomas Eloy
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582346011 Date: 2006
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    Updated 3.16.06
  • Cage of Stars
    Author: Mitchard, Jacquelyn
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446578754 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The author of The Deep End of the Ocean delivers a compelling, emotionally charged tale of tragedy, revenge, and redemption, set in a close-knit Mormon community, whose peace is shattered by two brutal murders.
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Scott Pilgrim 3: Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness
    Author: O'Malley, Bryan Lee
    Publisher: Oni $ 11.95 ISBN: 193266422x Date: 2006
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    Ramona's third evil ex-boyfriend, Todd Ingram, is currently dating the former love of Scott Pilgrim's life! Envy Adams broke Scott's heart a year and a half ago. Now she and her evil art-rock band are back, and they're getting Scott's band to open a show two days from now! That's just enough time for Scott to fight Todd, keep Ramona happy, fend off demented ex-girlfriends, and practice that new setlist. Right?? Don't miss the latest chapter in the graphic novel saga The Globe and Mail calls "Canada's answer to Tank Girl!" - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 5.8.06
  • The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo
    Author: Orner, Peter
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316735809 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    This utterly original debut novel from the prizewinning author of Esther Stories takes a young American to a school in Africa, where he falls for a woman of far deeper experience.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4.18.06
  • Project Daddy
    Author: Perry, Kate
    Publisher: Zebra $ 3.99 ISBN: 082178028x Date: 2006
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    Commissioned to find the perfect man for her demanding boss, a determined woman recruits her handsome best friend and discovers he could be her own Mr. Right.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Ludmila's Broken English
    Author: Pierre, D.B.C.
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393062376 Date: 2006
    starPW
    A wild and brilliant tale by the winner of the Man Booker Prize focuses on Ludmila who trudges out of the Caucasus in search of help for her starving family and runs into Blair and Bunny, conjoined British twins who have just been separated.
    Updated 3.21.06
  • Gatsby's Girl
    Author: Preston, Caroline
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618537252 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Preston deftly evokes the entire arc of Ginevra's story--from her first romantic meeting with F. Scott Fitzgerald to the second act of her sometimes charmed, sometimes troubled life. This is the affecting story of two people--one world famous, one a private person known only through her portrayals in priceless works of fiction.
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Everything After
    Author: Pywell, Sharon L.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399153500 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Updated 2.8.06
  • Let It Be Morning
    Author: Qashu, Sayed
    Publisher: Grove $ 13 ISBN: 0802170218 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    With the enduring moral and literary power of Camus and Orwell, Let It Be Morning offers an intimate, eye-opening portrait of the conflicted allegiances of the Israeli Arabs, proving once again that Sayed Kashua is a fearless, prophetic observer of a political and human quagmire that offers no easy answers. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.06
  • Second Sight
    Author: Quick, Amanda
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399153527 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Lie by Moonlight and The Paid Companion takes readers into the simmering passions and paranormal secrets of the Victorian age.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Paranormal
    Updated 4.18.06
  • Everyman
    Author: Roth, Philip
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 061873516x Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    The bestselling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention to one man's lifelong confrontation with mortality. From his first glimpse of death during his childhood through his vigorous, seemingly invincible prime, Roth's hero is a man bewildered not only by his own decline but by the unimaginable deaths of his contemporaries and those he has loved.
    Suggested Reading:All Stars
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Date Me, Baby, One More Time
    Author: Rowe, Stephanie
    Publisher: Warner Forever $ 6.50 ISBN: 0446617660 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This delightful and witty paranormal romance debut features pretzel-eating dragons, cursed mathematicians, and a guardian of the Fountain of Youth in desperate need of a date.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.10.06
  • There Will Never Be Another You
    Author: See, Carolyn
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679463178 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Updated 2.16.06
  • Absurdistan
    Author: Shteyngart, Gary
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN:1400061962 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    From the bestselling author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook comes the uproarious and poignant story of a literally large-than-life character and his bizarre adventures.
    Suggested Reading: Humor
    Updated 4.3.06
  • MBQ 2
    Author: Smith, Felipe
    Publisher: Tokyopop $9.99 ISBN: 1598164120 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Voodoo Heart
    Author: Snyder, Scott
    Publisher: Dial $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385338414  Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    Readers of "Zoetrope, One Story, Tin House" and "Epoch" will recognize this fiercely original young writer, whose compelling stories are now assembled for the first time.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Now Is the Hour
    Author: Spanbauer, Tom
    Publisher: Houghton $ 26 ISBN: 0618584218 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    A powerful, entertaining story of self-awakening, the complex bonds of family, and of America during the late 1960s, this novel follows the journeys of 17-year-old Rigby John Klusener who leaves his home and family in Idaho and heads for a new life in San Francisco.
    Updated 5.5.06
  • Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living
    Author: Tiffany, Carrie
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23.95 ISBN: 0743286375 Date: 2006
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    Sensual, witty, and startlingly original, Tiffany's debut novel--about a young woman, her passionate relationship with an agricultural expert, and their efforts at scientific living--marks the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | All Stars
    Updated 1.28.06
  • Fort Pillow: A Novel of the Civil War
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312355203 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    "New York Times" bestselling author Turtledove delivers a harrowing novel of the Civil War's most controversial battle.
    Suggested Reading: Civil War
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Digging to America
    Author: Tyler, Anne
    Publisher: Knopf $ I 24.95 SBN: 0307263940 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJ
    This luminous novel brims with tender observations about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdam, who after 35 years in this country must finally come to terms with her "outsiderness."
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Make Him Look Good
    Author: Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312349661 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club--soon to be a Lifetime Television series--and Playing with Boys hits Miami in this exhilarating novel of six women and their distinct relationships with one very charismatic man.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars | Romance Stars
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Playing in the Light
    Author: Wicomb, Zoe
    Publisher: New $ 24.95 ISBN: 1595580476 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In this impeccably wrought new work, the acclaimed author of You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town provides wisdom and insight about the new South Africa and about people everywhere. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.27.06

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  • Which Brings Me to You
    Author: Almond, Steve & Julianna Baggott
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 156512443x Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    A funny and shocking epistolary novel of modern love, told in the alternating voices of a man and a woman who spend the course of a year candidly writing to each other about their past love affairs.
    Suggested Reading: Epistolary Stars | Humor
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Saving the World: With Don Francisco
    Author: Alvarez, Julia
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 156512510x Date: 2006
    starLJ
    A stunning tour de force--"about a contemporary bestselling Latina novelist, obsessed by the life of a 19th-century Spanish spinster--"that probes the depths of politics, medicine, activism, and love.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 1.18.06
  • Visigoth: Stories
    Author: Amdahl, Gary
    Publisher: Milkweed $ 15.95 ISBN: 1571310517 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Visigoth is a portrait of the American male -- gritty, violent, and fascinating. The protagonists in this collection of stories come from all walks of life -- hockey players, middle managers, political hopefuls, and wayward husbands -- but all share a tendency to turn towards violence when life begins spinning out of control. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.28.06
  • The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories
    Author: Anaya, Rudolfa A.
    Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma $ 19.95 ISBN: 080613738x Date: 2006
    starPW
    Thirty years of short stories from the godfather of Chicano literature. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 1.30.06
  • The Young Apollo and Other Stories
    Author: Auchincloss, Louis
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618551158 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Bringing together 12 previously unpublished pieces, this collection sparkles with Auchincloss's singular style and, like East Side Story, reveals in precise, aphoristic prose "not only the textures of this world but also its elemental and evolving truths" ("New York Times").
    Updated 2.8.06
  • Three Little Secrets
    Author: Carlyle, Liz
    Publisher: Pocket $ 6.99 ISBN: 0743496124 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    The sensational conclusion to Carlyle's irresistible Regency-era trilogy--begun in One Little Sin and Two Little Lies--is the sensuous story of two star-crossed souls who share a secret or two.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.10.06
  • English, August: An Indian Story
    Author: Chatterjee, Upamanyu
    Publisher: New York Review of Books $ 14.95 ISBN: 1590171799 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Chatterjee's novel, an Indian Catcher in the Rye with a wild humor and lyricism that are all its own, is at once spiritual quest and a comic revue. It offers a glimpse an Indian reality that proves no less compelling than the magic realism of Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 4.3.06
  • White Spirit
    Author: Constant, Paule
    Publisher: Univ of Nebraska $ 19.95 ISBN: 0803215355 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Updated 2.2.06
  • The Girl from Charnelle
    Author: Cook, K.L.
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060829656 Date: 2006
    star LJ
    It's 1960 in the Panhandle town of Charnelle, Texas -- a year and a half since sixteen-year-old Laura Tate's mother boarded a bus and mysteriously disappeared. Assuming responsibility for the Tate household, Laura cares for her father and three brothers and outwardly maintains a sense of calm. But her balance is upset and the repercussions of her family's struggles are revealed when a chance encounter with a married man leads Laura into a complicated relationship for which she is unprepared. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 12.27.05
  • Sleepwalking Land
    Author: Couto, Mia
    Publisher: Serpents Tail $ 14.95 ISBN: 185242897x Date: 2006
    starPW

    As the civil war rages in 1980s Mozambique, an old man and a young boy, refugees from the war, seek shelter in a burnt-out bus. Among the effects of a dead passenger, they come across a set of notebooks that tell of his life. As the boy reads the story to his elderly companion, this story and their own develop in tandem. Written in 1992, Mia Couto's first novel is a powerful indictment of the suffering war brings. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.28.06

  • Passion of Mary Magdalen: A Novel
    Author: Cunningham, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Monkfish $ 29.95 ISBN: 0976684306 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    By turns feisty and funny, outrageous and tender, this Celtic Mary Magdalen challenges all stereotypes, both old and New Age, and brings us to transforming encounter with the divine feminine made flesh. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 2.2.06
  • The Dead Fish Museum: Stories
    Author: D'Ambrosio, Charles
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 1400042860 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkus
    From the celebrated author of The Point comes eight burnished, unforgettable stories that examine the implacable failures and intractable desires of men and women orphaned in their most essential relations and clinging to increasingly fragile lives.
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Dancing in a Distant Place
    Author: Dewar, Isla
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312349467 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Updated 2.16.06
  • Whiteman
    Author: D'Souza, Tony
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 22 ISBN: 0151011451 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Brimming with dangerous passions, ubiquitous genies, spirited proverbs, and the pressures of life in a time of war, this extraordinary debut novel about a maverick American relief worker deep in the West African bush is a tale of desire, isolation, humor, action, and fear.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 12.27.05
  • Book About Blanche and Marie
    Author: Enquist, Per Olov
    Publisher: Overlook $ 23.95 ISBN: 1585676683 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    From one of the world's most acclaimed authors comes a tale that explores the complex relationship between Blanche Whitman, the famous hysteria patient of Professor J.M. Charcot, and Marie Curie, Polish physicist and Nobel Prize winner.
    Updated 11.22.05
  • Sointula
    Author: Gaston, Bill
    Publisher: Raincoast $ 15.95 ISBN: 1551928434 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Summoned to the deathbed of a long-ago lover, Evelyn is overcome by emotion. Off her medications, she impulsively steals a kayak and embarks on a quest that takes her deep into the Canadian wilderness in order to find her lost son, Tom. On the way to Sointula, a remote fishing village off Vancouver Island, she gains a traveling companion, Peter Gore, a writer working on the quintessential book on the region. Stymied by illness, writer's block, and whiskey, Peter makes an unlikely and unreliable shipmate and paramour. Tom, the survivor of a gunshot wound that slowed his speech and his drug-dealing, finds solace in his isolated life, collecting data for a whale researcher. As Evelyn and Peter approach, Tom waits for the whales' irregular visits to the water's edge. Like the novels of David Malouf and Jonathan Raban, "Sointula is a celebration of place, a novel where the landscape comes as fully alive as its memorable characters. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 11.22.05
  • Tales from the Crib
    Author: Green, Risa
    Publisher: NAL $ 12.95 ISBN: 0451217691 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The "bright, edgy narrator" ("Kirkus Reviews") of the hilarious Notes from the Underbelly returns to show that nine months of pregnancy were just kids' stuff.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Madman
    Author: Groot, Tracy
    Publisher: Moody $ 12.99 ISBN: 0802463622 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    From the author of The Brother's Keeper comes a tale of mystery, horror, and hope in the midst of unimaginable darkness, the story behind the Geresene demoniac of the gospels of Mark and Luke.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.3.06
  • He Done Her Wrong
    Author: Gross, Milt
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 16.95 ISBN: 1560976942 Date: 2006
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    First published in 1930, the famously wordless He Done Her Wrong is Milt Gross' graphic masterpiece, the result of his prior collaboration with Charlie Chaplin on the 1928 silent-era film classic The Circus. Sharing the same goofy, over-the-top comic mayhem that was Chaplin's trademark, and preceding the expressive, cartoony art style of "MAD" magazine legend Harvey Kurtzman, all of He Done Her Wrong''s hilarious slapstick, tragic heartbreak, heroism and villainy, character development, high emotions and raucous thrills somehow manages to take place, astonishingly, without a single word of text, or conversation, or even a footnote. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works
    Updated 3.16.06
  • The Priest's Madonna
    Author: Hassinger, Amy
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399153179 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Interweaving the history of France at the turn of the 20th century, scenes of ancient Judea, and the romantic and religious journey of a spirited heroine, The Priest's Madonna is a lyrical work about the forbidden love between a woman and a holy man and the moral and spiritual struggles of faith.
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Challenger Park
    Author: Harrigan, Stephen
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375412050 Date: 2006
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    The author of the bestselling The Gates of the Alamo pens a novel of extraordinary power and excitement that takes readers to the heart of what it's like to be one of today's astronauts, and to experience the unimaginable joy and terror of going into space.
    Suggested Reading: Space Age
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Augusta Locke
    Author: Henderson, William Haywood
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034916 Date: 2006
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    From the author of The Rest of the Earth comes the story of one woman's tough, spirited life in the deserts and lonely ranges of the 20th-century West.
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Come Together, Fall Apart
    Author: Henriquez, Cristina
    Publisher: Riverhead 24.95 $ ISBN: 1594489157 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    An exciting "New Yorker" debut fiction writer and new voice in Latina fiction delivers stories as beautiful as they are gritty, as haunting as they are immediate.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Latino & Latina Stars
    Updated 3.16.06
  • Grace in Thine Eyes
    Author: Higgs, Liz Curtis
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 13.99 ISBN: 1578562597 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Readers can rediscover the Genesis story of Dinah through a 19th-century Scottish lens in Grace in Thine Eyes, a tale of passion, revenge, lost innocence, and cruel retribution.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Taming of the Duke
    Author: James, Eloisa
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 0060781580 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJ
    Imogen, Lady Maitland, has decided to dance on the wild side, but she's still under the watchful eye of her former guardian, the Duke of Mayne. Is it annoyance Imogen feels toward the duke, or something far more perplexing and uncomfortable?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.20.06
  • The Nimrod Flipout: Stories
    Author: Keret, Etgar
    Publisher: FSG $ 12 ISBN: 0374222436 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    A bestseller in Israel, this volume of short stories--from a case of impotence cured by a pet terrier to a pessimistic Middle Eastern talking fish--is an extraordinary collection from the preeminent Israeli writer of his generation.
    Updated 12.27.05
  • The Lightning Keeper
    Author: Lawrence, Starling
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060825243 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Sparks fly in Lawrence's blend of romance and historical fiction, set against the struggle to harness electricity in the early 20th century. Skillfully intertwining fact and fiction, the author generates an electric history of ideas, kindled by the flames of capital and passion.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.18.06
  • My Latest Grievance
    Author: Lipman, Elinor
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618644652 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    From the author of The Inn at Lake Devine comes a pitch-perfect novel about a young woman, too smart for her own good, and the chaos that ensues when her path crosses that of her glamorous new next-door neighbor.
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Chronicler of the Winds
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    Publisher: New $ 24.95 ISBN: 1595580581 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    On the rooftop of a theater in an African port, Nelio, a ten-year-old boy--a leader of street kids, rumored to be a healer and a prophet and possessed of a strangely ancient wisdom--tells his unforgettable story over the course of nine nights.
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Alternatives to Sex
    Author: McCauley, Stephen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743224736 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    From the bestselling author of The Object of My Affection and True Enough comes a comedy and drama in equal measure--a spot-on portrait of one man's quest for the holy trinity of modern life: true love, good sex, and great real estate.
    Updated 2.16.06
  • The Duchess of Nothing
    Author: McGowan, Heather
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 22.95 ISBN: 1596910666 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    The author of the critically acclaimed Schooling returns with a darkly comic novel about a mentally unpredictable woman intent on giving a young boy a proper education.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor
    Updated 2.7.06
  • L'America
    Author: McPhee, Martha
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151011710 Date: 2006
    starLJstarBooklist
    The events of September 11th serve as a catalyst for the unfolding story of Beth, an American, and Cesare, an Italian, who meet on a small Aegean island and begin a transformative love affair that spans two continents, two decades, and two lifetimes.
    Suggested Reading: 911
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Black Swan Green
    Author: Mitchell, David
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400063795 Date: 2006
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    From award-winning writer Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for 13-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.21.06
  • Dirty Job
    Author: Moore, Christopher
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060590270 Date: 2006
    star LJ
    The author of the national bestsellers Fluke and The Stupidest Angel returns with this absurdly outrageous, howlingly funny, scathingly satiric novel about a neurotic, just-widowed father of a newborn whose life takes a really weird detour.
    Suggested Reading: Humor
    Updated 3.20.06
  • The Memory Artists
    Author: Moore, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Griffin $ 13.95 ISBN: 0312349254 Date: 2006
    starLJstarBooklist
    Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Novel Noel Burun has synesthesia and hypermnesia: he sees words in vibrant explosions of colors and shapes, which collide and commingle to form a memory so bitingly perfect that he can remember everything, from the 1001 stories of The Arabian Nights to the color of his bib as a toddler. But for all his mnemonic abilities, he is confronted every day with a reality that is as sad as it is ironic: his beloved mother, Stella, is stricken with Alzheimer's disease, her memory slowly slipping into the quicksands of oblivion. The Memory Artists follows Noel, helped by a motley cast of friends, on his quest to find a cure for his mother's affliction. The results are at the same time darkly funny, quirkily inventive, and very moving. Alternating between third-person narratives and the diaries of Noel and Stella, Jeffrey Moore weaves a story filled with fantastic characters and a touch of suspense that gets at the very heart of what it means to remember and forget, and that is a testament to the uplifting power of family and friendship. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 2.2.06
  • Sylvanus Now
    Author: Morrissey, Donna
    Publisher: Norton $ 14.95 ISBN: 0393328694 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    On Canada's Atlantic coast at the edge of the great Newfoundland fishing banks of the 1950s, Sylvanus Now is a handsome and willful fisherman. His youthful desires are simple: he wants a suit to lure a girl--the fine-boned beauty Adelaide--and he knows exactly how much fish he has to catch to pay for it.
    Updated 2.8.06
  • Fortunate Son
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316114715 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    In this riveting story of modern-day resilience and redemption, the "New York Times" bestselling author crafts a work about two boys, one ensconced in a life of privilege and the other in a life of hardship.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 4.17.06
  • Suite Francaise
    Author: Nemirovsky, Irene
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400044731 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    An extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation--discovered and published 62 years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, Suite Franaise is both a piercing record of its time and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | World Wars | WWII Fiction
    Updated 4.10.06
  • High Lonesome: Stories
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    Publisher: Ecco $ 34.95 ISBN: 0060501197 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    This unprecedented collection features the best of Oates's short fiction, plus nine new stories.
    Updated 3.16.06
  • Touba and the Meaning of Night
    Author: Parsipur, Shahrnush
    Publisher: Feminist $ 25.95 ISBN: 1558615199 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    This complex epic captures the changing fortunes of Iranian women in the twentieth century from the eras of colonialism to the rule of two shahs to the Islamic revolution of 1980. Touba's long life intersects with many memorable characters and refutes Western stereotypes of Iranian women. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.27.06
  • The Firefly Cloak
    Author: Reynolds, Sheri
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 0609610082 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    From the author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller The Rapture of Canaan comes the haunting story of a young girl's journey to find the mother who abandoned her, set against the backdrop of the Deep South, with all its quirkiness and charm.
    Updated 2.2106
  • A Broken Mirror
    Author: Rodereda, Merce
    Publisher: Univ of Nebraska/Bison $ 49.95/24.95 ISBN: 0803239637/0803290071 Date: 2006
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    In its moment of great splendor the novel was held as a mirror of society: Merce Rodoreda shatters that mirror in this her most ambitious novel, which tells its story in brilliant fragments, a vision reflected and refracted and finally coming together in a richly articulated mosaic of life. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 1.25.06
  • Seeing
    Author: Saramago, Jose
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151012385 Date: 2006
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    From the Nobel Prize-winning author of Blindness comes this follow-up, set in the same capital city four years after being hit by an epidemic of blindness. What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister.
    Updated 1.25.06
  • Night of Sorrows
    Author: Sherwood, Frances
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393058255 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Night of Sorrows plunges readers into the conflicting New Worlds of the mysterious Malintz'n, born as an Aztec princess and sold as a slave, and her dashing and ruthless lover-master, conquistador Hernn Cortz.
    Suggested Reading: Aztecs | Cortes
    Updated 3.8.06
  • The Booster
    Author: Solow, Jennifer
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743281837 Date: 2006
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    This smart and gripping tale follows a chic Upper East Side kleptomaniac who gets seduced into the dark, erotic underworld of a South American high fashion shoplifting ring.
    Updated 1.30.06
  • My Most Secret Desire
    Author: Soucet, Julie
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1895697955 Date: 2006
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Edge of Pleasure
    Author: Stockley, Phillipa
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 ISBN: 0156032104 Date: 2006
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    Gilver Memmer is an enormously gifted painter, but profoundly self-involved. His creative gifts cannot save him from sliding inexorably toward oblivion. Into his life come two women: one who wants to push him into the grave he has been digging for himself and another who just might save him from it.
    Updated 1.18.06
  • A Million Nightingales
    Author: Straight, Susan
    Publisher: Pantheon $ I24.95 SBN: 0375423648 Date: 2006
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    Haunting and beautifully written, this novel of 19th-century Louisiana is the tale of a slave girl's journey--emotional and physical--from captivity to freedom.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.2.06
  • Once Upon a Day Book Group Book
    Author: Tucker, Lisa
    Publisher: Pocket $ 24 ISBN: 0743492773 Date: 2006
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    From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of Shout Down the Moon and The Song Readers comes a wise, humorous, and deeply compassionate story about the risks and rewards of loving when a single day can change one's life.
    Suggested Reading: Best Bets for Reading Groups
    Updated 12.2.05
  • Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred
    Author: Vallgren, Carl-Johan
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060841990 Date: 2006
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    Vallgren paints a cast of grotesques in a magical and atmospheric tour of nineteenth-century Europe in this story of social oppression and religious persecution with a marvellous love story.
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Memoirs of a Muse
    Author: Vapnyar, Lara
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22.95 ISBN: 037542296x Date: 2006
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    Humorous, charming, and written with the same beguiling grace and vividness as her story collection There Are Jews in My House, Vapnyar's first novel is a poignant and comic story about a delightfully sincere modern-day muse.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.28.06
  • Night Watch
    Author: Waters, Sarah
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 25.95 ISBN: 159448905x Date: 2006
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    Written by the author of the Booker Prize finalist Fingersmith, this novel of relationships set in 1940s London brims with vivid historical detail, thrilling coincidences, and psychological complexity.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | WWII Fiction
    Updated 1.18.06
  • Apex Hides the Hurt
    Author: Whitehead, Colson
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 038550795x Date: 2006
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    From the MacArthur and Whiting Award-winning author of John Henry Days comes a new, brisk, comic tour de force about identity, history, and the adhesive bandage industry.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 1.21.06

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  • La Perdida
    Author: Abel, Jessica
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375423656 Date: 2006
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    In this richly emotional, high velocity tale, a young woman journeys to Mexico City in search of her true identity, only to discover a self she can hardly recognize.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Rekindled
    Author: Alexander, Tamera
    Publisher: Bethany $ 12.99 ISBN: 0764201085 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    When her husband disappears, Kathryn Jennings is flung into the world of ranching, banking, and business. Most disconcerting of all is the uncanny familiarity she feels toward the badly scarred ranch hand who works in the dark shadows of the horse stables.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.31.06
  • Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle
    Author: Bartlett, Beverly
    Publisher: Warner $ 12.95 ISBN: 0446695599 Date: 2006
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    Styled as a royal biography, this clever and witty debut follows a fictitious princess whose svengali is a mechanic who takes his advice from Bruce Springsteen.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Chicklit
    Updated 1.10.06
  • Brookland
    Author: Barton, Emily
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN:0374116903 Date: 2006
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    Set in eighteenth-century Brooklyn, this is the story of a determined and intelligent woman who is consumed by a vision of a bridge she devises to cross the East River in a single, magnificent span.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 1.18.06
  • The Penultimate Chance Saloon
    Author: Brett, Simon
    Publisher: Toby $ 14.95 ISBN: 1592641628 Date: 2006
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    Soul searching was an unfamiliar exercise to Bill Stratton, and he found it intriguing as well as painful. He hadn't had much occasion for it in his life, given that he was fairly shallow, but then, on the verge of his 60th birthday, his wife told him she was leaving him for another man. He'd been under the impression they had a happy marriage. She assured him that for nearly forty years, in fact since the second week of their honeymoon, she'd known she was married to the wrong person. Bill had not had much experience of dating (or sex, for that matter) before he met and married Andrea. Post-menopausal dating might be very different to dating in your twenties or thirties, but then he didn't know much about either scene. Still, as a mildly famous television newsreader who'd managed to hold on to (most of) his looks, it seemed he was about to have plenty of opportunities to find out... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.16.06
  • A Brief History of the Dead
    Author: Brockmeier, Kevin
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22.95 ISBN: 0375423699Date: 2006
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    From the author of the widely praised The Truth About Celia comes a mesmerizing new work that imagines the world of the afterlife and its stark relation to the world of the living.
    Suggested Reading: After Life
    Updated 2.14.06
  • Lord Perfect
    Author: Chase, Loretta
    Publisher: Berkley $ 7.99 ISBN: 0425208885 Date: 2006
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    From "one of the finest romance writers of all time" (Julia Quinn) comes an all-new romance. Benedict, the Earl of Hargate, has always been in control--until Bathsheba Wingate enters his life and pulls him into a dangerous rescue mission.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Touch of Evil
    Author: Clamb, Cathy & C.T. Adams
    Publisher: Tor $ 6.99 ISBN: 0765354004 Date: 2006
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    The authors of Hunter's Moon begin a new paranormal series. It's been six years since Kate Reilly's lover turned her over to the vampire parasites who call themselves the Thrall. Now Katie is next in line to be the Thrall Queen--and each day might be her last as a human.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Paranormal
    Updated 2.16.06
  • The Madonnas of Leningrad
    Author: Dean, Debra
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060825308 Date: 2006
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    In this sublime debut novel, set amid the horrors of the siege of Leningrad in World War II, a gifted writer explores the power of memory to save . . . and betray.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | World Wars
    Updated 2.14.06
  • Children of the New World: A Novel of the Algerian War
    Author: Djebar, Assia
    Publisher: Feminist $ 14.95 ISBN: 1558615105 Date: 2006
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    Updated 11.9.05
  • In the Company of the Courtesan
    Author: Dunant, Sarah
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400063817 Date: 2006
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    Set in Renaissance Italy, this follow-up to Dunant's The Birth of Venus recounts the fantastic escapades of Bucino Teodoldo, a wily dwarf, and his mistress, celebrated courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini, who escape to Venice where intrigue awaits.
    Street Date: 2.14.06
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction | Venice
    Updated 1.18.06
  • Sweetness in the Belly
    Author: Gibb, Camilla
    Publisher: Penguin $ 23.95 ISBN: 159420084x Date: 2006
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    Updated 12.7.05
  • Intuition
    Author: Goodman, Allegra
    Publisher: Dial $ 25 ISBN: 0385336128 Date: 2006
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    The National Book Award finalist returns with a revelatory new novel, a mesmerizing human drama set in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a cancer research lab.
    Sugggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.5.05
  • The Widow's War
    Author: Gunning, Sally
    Publisher: Morrow $ I24.95 SBN: 0060791578 Date: 2006
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    When her husband is lost in a whaling disaster, Lyddie Berry finds her status as a widow is vastly changed. Her son-in-law sets out to strip her of everything she and her husband worked for, but she refuses to bow to societal and legal pressures.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.18.06
  • Philosophy Made Simple
    Author: Hellenga, Robert
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316058262 Date: 2006
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    Rudy Harrington has spent half his life in a rambling Chicago house, raising three daughters with his independent-minded wife. But his wife has died, his daughters have moved away, and Rudy is restless. In what he interprets as a moment of transcendent vision, he puts the family home up for sale and buys an avocado grove in Texas. While adapting to his new vocation, new home, and new friends, Rudy takes up a book-Philosophy Made Simple-and begins to struggle with Plato and Aristotle, Hume and Schopenhauer.
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Carry Me Down
    Author: Hyland, M.J.
    Publisher: Cannongate $ 23 ISBN: 1841957402 Date: 2006
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    Hyland pens a restrained, emotionally taut, and sometimes oddly funny portrait of a misfit--John Egan, a 12-year-old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant, and an obsession for the Guinness Book of World Records.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Gray Horses
    Author: Larson, Hope
    Publisher: Oni $ 14.95 ISBN: 193266436X    Date: 2006
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    Noemie has left her home in France to study abroad. In Onion City there are new friends, new environments, and new loves. There are also new dreams. And not ordinary dreams. Vivid visions of life in a different time and in a different place, but more than that, of a different existence. In Noemie's sleep she's not a woman, but a horse. A noble creature aiding a sick little girl. But how does this effect Noemie's own journey? - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 3.27.06
  • What Price Love?
    Author: Laurens, Stephanie
    Publisher: Morrow $ 22.95 ISBN: 0060840846 Date: 2006
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    The internationally bestselling author continues her extraordinary success with this lushly romantic new tale featuring the wildly poplar Cynsters.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.18.06
  • Woman Who Waited
    Author: Makine, Andrei
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24 ISBN: 1559707747 Date: 2006
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    Updated 1.10.06
  • How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life
    Author: Medwed, Mameve
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060831197 Date: 2006
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    This astonishing novel is for any woman who has ever thought about changing her life, making peace with her past, and finding out the worth of the treasures in her attic.
    Updated 2.28.06
  • The Last Witchfinder
    Author: Morrow, James
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060821795 Date: 2006
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    Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a living, but when the young girl witnesses the horrifying death of her beloved Aunt Isobel, she makes it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Witches
    Updated 2.21.06
  • Here They Come
    Author: Murphy , Yannick
    Publisher: McSweeneys $ 22 ISBN: 1932416501 Date: 2006
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    The author of the "New York Times" Notable Book Sea of Trees gives lyrical voice to an unforgettable 13-year-old girl, who with a quiet sense of the surreal recounts a year of vivid, mundane moments in 1970s New York City with dark humor and deadpan resilience.
    Updated 1.30.06
  • Some Fun
    Author: Nelson, Antonya
    Publisher: Scribner $ 14 ISBN: 0743218736 Date: 2006
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    In seven taut, striking stories and a brilliant novella, an award-winning author applies her exceptional talent to the familial themes of teenagers and their middle-aged parents.
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Halfway House
    Author: Noel, Katherine
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 23 ISBN: 0871139340 Date: 2006
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    Set in a small town in New Hampshire, this novel is the story of a girl's psychotic break and her family's subsequent turmoil. With grace and precision rarely seen in a first novel, Noel guides readers through a world where love is imperfect, and where longing for an imagined ideal can both destroy one family's happiness and offer redemption.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.27.05
  • Prospero's Daughter
    Author: Nunez, Elizabeth
    Publisher: One World $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345455355 Date: 2006
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    Loosely based on Shakespeare's play The Tempest, this new novel by American Book Award- winning author Nunez tackles the issues of race, class, science, and passion- and interweaves the English, African, and Caribbean influences Nunez is known for.
    Sugggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars | All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.28.06
  • The Tenth Circle
    Author: Picoult, Jodi
    Publisher: Atria $ 26 ISBN: 0743496701 Date: 2006
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    Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone has been a ghost for 14 days, seven hours and 36 minutes, not that she is officially counting. With a story that transports readers from smalltown New England to the wilds of the Alaskan bush, Picoult probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the dangerous repercussions of trying to play God.
    Suggested Reading: Ghosts
    Updated 12.5.05
  • The Unsettling
    Author: Rock, Peter
    Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 21 ISBN: 1596921714 Date: 2006
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    These 13 stories range across the cities and wildernesses of America. Realistic in setting and characterization, they attend to those startling moments when what people have understood as familiar is revealed as quite mysterious and foreign.
    Updated 2.16.06
  • An Imperfect Lens
    Author: Roiphe, Anne
    Publisher: Crown $ 25 ISBN: 1400082110 Date: 2006
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    A celebrated author returns with a captivating historical novel set during the cholera epidemic in 1880s Alexandria, Egypt. A French scientist who hopes to find the source of the epidemic falls in love with the daughter of a Jewish doctor, but political intrigue threatens to separate them permanently.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Egypt
    Updated 12.7.05
  • Two Women of Galilee
    Author: Rourke, Mary
    Publisher: Mira $ 21.95 ISBN: 0778323749 Date: 2006
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    A courtier's wife encounters the mother of God in this debut novel--the beautifully imagined story of Joanna, mentioned in the Bible as "the wife of Herod's steward Chuza," who accompanied Jesus and the disciples.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Biblical
    Updated 4.17.06
  • The Mercy Room
    Author: Rozier, Gilles
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0316159735 Date: 2006
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    Set in a small town in occupied France during World War II, The Mercy Room is a brilliant exploration of sexual obsession and human frailty in a country gripped by war.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Second Honeymoon
    Author: Trollope, Joanna
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1596910380 Date: 2006
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    Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel in years explores whathappens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.
    Updated 12.7.05
  • Map of Glass
    Author: Urquhart, Jane
    Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 21 SBN: 1596921706 Date: 2006
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    Award-winning, bestselling author Urquhart's eagerly anticipated new novel is a magnificent accomplishment and her strongest to date. A Map of Glass weaves two parallel stories, one set in contemporary Toronto and Prince Edward County, the other in the 19th century on the northern shores of Lake Ontario.
    Updated 1.17.06

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  • Strivers Row
    Author: Baker, Kevin
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060195835 Date: 2006
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    The riveting conclusion to the City of Fire trilogy tells the extraordinary story of two young men trying to find their way through the temptations and pitfalls of life in World War II-era Harlem.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Luck
    Author: Barfoot, Joan
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0786716460 Date: 2006
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    3 days, 3 women. The big question is 'What's next?' - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Spin Doctor
    Author: Carroll, Leslie
    Publisher: Avon $ 12.95 ISBN: 0060596139 Date: 2006
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    Susan knows that all of life's problems eventually come out in the wash, but while the washers keep breaking down, she helps her female friends take control. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 1.18.06
  • Plum Wine
    Author: Davis-Gardner, Angela
    Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin $ 26.95 ISBN: 0299211606 Date: 2006
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    Plum Wine examines human relationships, cultural differences, and the irreparable consequences of war in a story that is both original and timeless. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.2.06
  • And She Was
    Author: Dyson, Cindy
    Publisher: Morrow$ 24.95 ISBN: 0060597704 Date: 2006
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    In a tense interplay between past and present, And She Was explores Aleut history, taboos, mummies, conquest, survival, and the seamy side of the 1980s in a fishing boomtown at the edge of the world. It leaps across time and culture to a lost woman, who more than anything needs to understand the gray shades between heroism and evil, between freedom and bondage, between this place and the rest of her life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.28.06
  • The Twilight of the Superheroes
    Author: Eisenberg, Deborah
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374299412 Date: 2006
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    In her newest collection of short stories, Eisenberg demonstrates once again her virtuosic abilities in precisely distilled, perfectly shaped studies of human connection and disconnection.
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Leonardo's Swans
    Author: Essex, Karen
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385517068 Date: 2006
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    Leonardo's Swans is the story of the powerful Este sisters, Beatrice, Duchess of Milan, and Isabella, Marchesa of Mantua, as they compete for the affections of Italy's most influential prince, the Duke of Milan, and for the larger prize, to be immortalized in oil by his court painter and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.31.06
  • Jude's Law
    Author: Foster, Lori
    Publisher: Zebra $ 6.99 ISBN: 0821778021 Date: 2006
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    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Perfect for the Beach, Bad Boys to Go, and Say No to Joe? returns with her latest exciting novel featuring Jude Jamison, a former Hollywood bad boy who's now looking for love. "A Lori Foster book is like a glass of good champagne--sexy and sparkling!"--Jayne Ann Krentz
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 2.16.06
  • Atomik Aztec
    Author: Foster, Sesshu
    Publisher: City Lights $ 15.95 ISBN: 0872864405 Date: 2006
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    In the alternate universe of this glitteringly surreal first novel, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders. Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is visited by visions of a parallel world run by the Europeans, where consumerism reigns supreme. Aztecs armed with automatic weapons, totemic powers and blood sacrifice conquer and colonize 1940s Europe, as ghosts of the world wars emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Aztecs | Alternate History
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Rattled
    Author: Galant, Debra
    Publisher: St Martins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312349319 Date: 2006
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    Carl Hiassen meets Desperate Housewives in this hilarious debut about a face-off between the new suburban chic, some old-time residents, a real estate mogul--and a rattlesnake.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.22.05
  • Dope
    Author: Gran, Sara
    Publisher: Putnam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0399153454 Date: 2006
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    Josephine Flannigan should be dead by now from an overdose, or a cop's bullet, or run down in some back alley. But, after a childhood in Hell's Kitchen and a lifetime on drugs, by 1950 she's finally cleaned up her act and gotten out of trouble, or so she thinks.
    Updated 12.27.05
  • White Ghost Girls
    Author: Greenaway, Alice
    Publisher: Grove $ 13 ISBN: 0802170188 Date: 2006
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    In her astonishing literary debut, Greenway tells a tale of sacrifice and solidarity between two American sisters who tumble into their teenage years in 1967 Hong Kong, against an extraordinary backdrop that is both sensuous and dangerous.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.14.05
  • Floating Clouds
    Author: Hayashi, Fumiko
    Publisher: Columbia Univ $ 27.50 ISBN: 0231136285  Date: 2006
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    In this groundbreaking novel, Fumiko Hayashi tells the powerful story of tormented love and one woman's struggle to navigate the cruel realities of postwar Japan. The novel's characters, particularly its resilient heroine Koda Yukiko, find themselves trapped in their own drifting, unable to break out of the morass of indecisiveness. Set in the years during and after World War II, their lives and damaged psyches reflect the confusion of the times in which they live. First published in 1951, Floating Clouds is a classic of modern Japanese literature and was later madeinto a film by legendary Japanese director Mikio Naruse. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.6.06
  • In the Thrill of the Night
    Author: Hern, Candice
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 ISBN: 0451217845 Date: 2006
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    An award-winning author kicks off a new series featuring the Merry Widows, a secret society of respectable ladies with some scandalous ideas. "A delicious and irresistible concoction, one part simple friendships, one part wicked delights, and all parts wonderful!'--Connie Brockway.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 2.14.06
  • Last Jew
    Author: Kaniuk, Yoram
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802118119 Date: 2006
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    Appearing in English for the first time, The Last Jew is an alternately tragic, absurd, heartbreaking, and bitter novel--not unlike the Bible itself--that is a profound exploration of Jewish identity and the multitude of disparate, often contradictory shapes it has taken in the last century.
    Updated 11.22.05
  • My Lucky Star
    Author: Keenan, Joe
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316060194 Date: 2006
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    In this hilarious, laser-sharp comedy, the Emmy-winning writer and producer of Frasier sends up Hollywood pretense higher than it's ever been sent before.
    Suggested Reading: Film Stars
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Timothy: Notes of an Abject Reptile
    Author: Klinkenborg, Verlyn
    Publisher: Knopf $ 16.95 ISBN: 0679407286 Date: 2006
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    Exploring the natural history of a tortoise by adopting its own sensibility, Timothy is the story of a creature whose real life was observed by the 18th-century curate Gilbert White, author of The Natural history of Senborne.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.27.05
  • Shadow Touch
    Author: Liu, Marjorie M.
    Publisher: Love Spell $ 6.99 ISBN: 0505526301 Date: 2006
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    The second release in Marjorie Liu's Paranormal Romance series featuring the Dirk & Steele Detective Agency. When Artur Loginov awakens imprisoned by a rival group of psychics and supermen, he must use his powers to escape and find true love." A striking paranormal romance.--"Publishers Weekly".
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres | Romance | Paranormal
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Delicious
    Author: Mallery, Susan
    Publisher: Harlequin $ 6.99 ISBN: 0373770561 Date: 2006
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    "USA Today" bestselling author Mallery serves up a steamy romance between a Seattle chef and her former husband, who offers her the chance to make a name for herself if she helps him get his flagship restaurant back on track. Times have changed, but the passion between them still sizzles.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 2.16.06
  • The Good Life
    Author: McInerney, Jay
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375411402 Date: 2006
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    Rich with characters and events both comic and harrowing, this novel reveals a time and place, and the lives impacted by the events that occurred on 9/11 in New York--people battered by memory, regret, and unimaginable shock and yet determined to discover what the good life truly is.
    Suggested Reading: 9/11
    Updated 12.5.05
  • A Family Daughter
    Author: Meloy, Maile
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 074327766x Date: 2006
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    From the award-winning author of Liars and Saints comes a riveting sequel of love, sex, secrets, guilt, and forgiveness, which follows the fascinating Santerre clan to Argentina.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Roman - Livre a clef Stars
    Updated 12.28.05
  • Witness of St. Ansgar's
    Author: Nielsen, Francis
    Publisher: Steerforth $ 23.95 ISBN: 158642100x Date: 2006
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    The Witness of St. Ansgar's is as honest and deft, insightful and revealing, inspiring and cautionary as any ever written, a book that has the potential to become regarded as an enduring fixture of Catholic American literature. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.11.05
  • NNNNN
    Author: Reiner, Carl
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 21 ISBN: 0743286693 Date: 2006
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    In his first novel in more than ten years, Reiner delivers a quirky, comedic piece of fiction about an author on a quest to unearth his past.
    Suggested Reading: Humor
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Lapham Rising
    Author: Rosenblatt, Roger
    Publisher: Ecco $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060833610 Date: 2006
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    A recluse living on his own island in a creek across from the relentlessly noisy construction of a house belonging to a millionaire, reveals his life: his elaborate plot against the millionaire, the various odd visitors to his island, and his talking dog.
    Suggested Reading: Dog Stars
    Updated 10.31.05
  • Aftermath
    Author: Shawver, Brian
    Publisher: Nan A. Talese $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385514816 Date: 2006
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    Set in a blue-collar Pennsylvania town simmering with barely concealed prejudices and unspoken rules that divide the rich from the poor, this novel portrays the lasting effects of a fight between some local kids and privileged boys from a private school.
    Updated 11.1.05
  • The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre
    Author: Smith, Dominic
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743271149 Date: 2006
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    This unforgettable debut novel re-imagines the life of Louis Daguerre, one of the early inventors of photography, whose mind unravels from mercury poisoning as he strives to find the love of his youth before the world comes to an end.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Biograpical Fiction
    Updated 12.7.05
  • Rose of No Man's Land
    Author: Tea, Michelle
    Publisher: Macadam $ 22 ISBN: 1596921609   Date: 2006
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    A whirlwind exploration of poverty and dropouts, Rose of No Man's Land is the world according to Trisha--a furious love story between two weirdo girls, brimming with snarky observations and soulful wonderings on the dazzle-flash emptiness of contemporary culture.
    Updated 12.27.05
  • Light Brigade
    Author: Tomasi, Peter J. & Peter Snejbjerg (ilt)
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.99 ISBN: 1401207952 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 11.21.05
  • The Best People in the World
    Author: Tussing, Justin
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060815337 Date: 2006
    starPW
    "What might have been the stuff of boyish fantasies--an affair with a teacher, running away from home, living off the land--goes frighteningly awry in this unsettling but bleakly beautiful debut novel."--"Publishers Weekly."
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Frangipani
    Author: Vaite, Celestine Hitiura
    Publisher: Back Bay $ 12.95 ISBN: 0316114669 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In Tahiti, it's a well-known fact that women are wisest, mothers know best, and Materena Mahi knows best of all--or so everyone except for her own daughter thinks. Soon enough, mother and daughter are engaged in a tug-of-war that tests the bonds of their love.
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
    Author: Waldman, Ayelet
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385515308 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Since childhood, Emilia has believed that she was intended for only one man. That Jack could have married someone else before Emilia found him had never entered her mind, and she certainly didn't bank on William, his precocious five-year-old preschooler.
    Updated 1.21.06
  • The Big Why
    Author: Winter, Michael
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1596910259 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Michael Winter's powerful new novel, The Big Why, brilliantly fictionalizes a pivotal year in the life of celebrated American artist Rockwell Kent. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.27.05
  • The Amalgamation Polka
    Author: Wright, Stephen
    Publisher: Knopf 24.95 $ ISBN: 067945117x Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJstarBooklist
    Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate New York, Liberty Fish is the child of fervent abolitionists as well as the grandson of Carolina slaveholders even more dedicated to their cause-a conflict that ultimately costs his mother her life and comples Liberty, in hopes of reconciling the familial disunion, to escape from the cauldron of war into a bedlam more distubing yet. Rich in characters heartbreaking and bloodcurdling, comic and horrific this books is shot through with politics and dreams, and it captures great swaths of the American experience.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction
    Updated 12.28.05
  • Dwelling Places
    Author: Wright, Vinita Hampton
    Publisher: Harper San Francisco $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060790806 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    Set in the unforgiving Iowa plains, Dwelling Places is a poignant and stunning novel about the fragile threads of healing, faith, and family life.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences
    Author: Weschler, Lawrence
    Publisher: McSweeneys $ 29 ISBN: 193241634x Date: 2006
    starPW
    Weschler combines his keen insights into art (both contemporary and Renaissance), his years of experience as a chronicler of the fall of Communism, and his triumphs and failures as the father of a teenage girl into a series of essays that are sure to illuminate, educate, and astound.
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Behold the Many
    Author: Yamanaka, Lois-Ann
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374110158 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Two of three sisters die of tuberculosis in an orphanage and spend a lifetime haunting the eldest--and only survivor. As Anah struggles to appease the dead and to quiet her own guilt for living, it becomes apparent that only through one of her own daughters can redemption be attained.
    Updated 1.18.06

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January
  • Gotz and Meyer
    Author: Albahari, David
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151011419 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    A masterfully written story of the mass murder of Serbia's Jews in 1942, full of compassion, irony, and lyricism. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Brooklyn Follies
    Author: Auster, Paul
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805077146 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    From the bestselling author of Oracle Night and The Book of Illusions comes an exhilarating, whirlwind tale of one man's accidental redemption.
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Arthur and George
    Author: Barnes, Julian
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 030726310x Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJstarPWstarBooklist
    A masterful novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race, this tale is a profound and witty meditation on the fateful differences between what is believed, what is known, and what can be proven. Two men's lives become interwoven and each becomes the other's salvation.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Sherlockian Stars
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Nexus Archives 1
    Author: Baron, Mike/Rude, Steve (ilt)
    Publisher: Dark Horse $ 49.95 ISBN: 1593073984 Date: 2006
    starPW
    On the distant moon of Ylum, an enigmatic man is plagued by nightmares. He is forced to dream of the past. He dreams of real-life butchers and tyrants, and what they have done. And then he finds them, and kills them. The year is 2841, and this man is Nexus, a godlike figure who acts as judge, jury, and executioner for the vile criminals who appear in his dreams. He claims to kill in self-defense, but why? Where do the visions come from, and where did he get his powers? Though a hero to many, does he have any real moral code? These are but some of the questions that reporter Sundra Peale hopes to have answered. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels/Nonfiction and Comics Stars
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Company
    Author: Barry, Max
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385514395 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    With broad strokes, Barry satirizes corporate America in his third caustic novel, taking aim at corporations that turn people into cogs in a machine.
    Suggested Reading: Satire
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Sisters Mortland
    Author: Beauman, Sally
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446578193 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    This powerful and haunting story about three sisters and a tragedy that becomes the center of their lives is from the acclaimed "New York Times" bestselling author of Destiny.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.9.05
  • Leaving Home
    Author: Brookner, Anita
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400064147 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Updated 11.7.05
  • The Promise of Happiness
    Author: Cartwright, Justin
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312348800 Date: 2006
    starPW
    A powerful elegy to the intimacies and idiocies of family, this is a stunning novel that transcends British and American cultures as it dissects them. Told in five voices, it's the story of an apparently ordinary family reunited by the return of its prodigal daughter.
    Updated 11.14.05
  • House of Many Gods
    Author: Davenport, Kiana
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 034548150x Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    As complex and powerful feelings grow between Ana, an orphan who grows up to become a physician, and Niki, a Russian filmmaker, this tale becomes a story of colliding cultures, of the loss of family and identity, and ultimately of the redemptive power of love.
    Updated 12.5.05
  • Thin Place
    Author: Davis, Kathyrn
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316735043 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    The prize-winning author of Versailles tells the story of a small New England village unsettled by a young girl's unearthly gift.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.17.05
  • Love Walked In
    Author: De Los Santos, Marisa
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525949178 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    A tribute to classic film and true romance, this is the story of a 31-year-old cafe manager and an 11-year-old searching for her father, and the unexpected ways in which their lives are forever changed by chance.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 12.27.05
  • The Inheritance of Loss
    Author: Desai, Kiran
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139294 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    Updated 12.5.05
  • River Rising
    Author: Dickson, Athol
    Publisher: Bethany $ 17.99 ISBN: 076420162X Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    In 1927 Louisiana, Rev. Hale Poser arrives in the bayous of Pilotville, looking for his roots. In the swamp beyond the cypress lies a lingering evil. For years it slept in dreadful isolation. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Don't Look Now
    Author: Enoch, Suzanne
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 0060593644 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    In this follow-up to the "USA Today" bestselling author's phenomenal Flirting with Danger, former thief Samantha Jellicoe and British billionaire Rick Addison are thrown into a murder investigation when the first client of Sam's security business is killed.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.21.06
  • Paradise Travel
    Author: Franco, Jorge
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374229775 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    From one of Colombia's leading novelists comes a tragicomic story of unrequited love and a view of New York through the wide eyes of an illegal immigrant who moves between the worlds of lower-middle-class Colombia and immigrant Jackson Heights.
    Updated 9.17.05
  • Skinner's Drift
    Author: Fugard, Lisa
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743272994 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    In this beautiful and brutal debut, the new South Africa comes to life with its violent history, as Eva van Rensburg must do when she confronts her dying father with a terrible secret from her childhood.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Of Rice and Men
    Author: Galli, Richard
    Publisher: Presidio $ 26.95 ISBN: 0891418857 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In this comic yet soul-stirring debut novel set during the Vietnam War, naive young GIs find themselves faced with an impossible task. From the acclaimed author of the memoir Rescuing Jeffrey.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.9.05
  • Life All Around Me
    Author: Gibbons, Kaye
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151012040 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJ
    A sequel to the now-classic Ellen Foster picks up Ellen's life five years later, at 15, with a new mother, a home, a mind too large for her surroundings, and a brave and compassionate integrity.
    Updated 12.27.05
  • The Stars Above Veracruz
    Author: Gifford, Barry
    Publisher: Thunder's Mouth $ 24 ISBN: 1560258071 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    As author Barry Gifford was writing these pieces, he gradually came to realize that what he was creating was a geographical fiction, or a geography of fictions. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 1.18.06
  • The Dream Life of Sukhanov
    Author: Grushin, Olga
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152989 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJstarBooklist
    Nearly 25 years ago, Anatoly Sukhanov traded his precarious existence as a brilliant underground artist for the perks and comforts of a high-ranking Soviet apparatchik. Once he created art; now he censors it. Buried dreams return to haunt him, new political alignments in the Kremlin threaten to undo him, and he finds himself losing everything he sold his soul to gain.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.14.05
  • World to Come
    Author: Horn, Dara
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393051072 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPW
    A painting by Marc Chagall is stolen from a museum, and the unlikely thief is Benjamin Ziskind, a 30-year-old quiz-show writer. The author interweaves a real art heist, history, biography, theology, and Yiddish literature in a novel that opens the door to "the world to come"--the world created by one's actions right now.
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Buffalo Boy and Geronimo
    Author: Janko, James
    Publisher: Curbstone $ 15 ISBN: 1931896194 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Updated 12.27.05
  • Fashionably Late
    Author: Kendrick, Beth
    Publisher: Downtown $ 13 ISBN: 074349959x Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This sexy, entertaining novel takes readers on a youthful adventure in the big city, as the heroine, Becca Davis searches for herself--and the right man.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.14.05
  • Koula
    Author: Koumantareas, Menes
    Publisher: Dalkey $ 11.95 ISBN: 1594784061 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Utterly Monkey
    Author: Laird, Nick
    Publisher: Perennial $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 0060828366 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    An energetic, fiercely funny, ultimately redemptive debut novel set in London and Northern Ireland chronicles the lives of two reunited friends who discover that one of them has accidentally stolen money from a band of paramilitary terrorists.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Lawman Said I Do
    Author: Leigh, Ana
    Publisher: Pocket Star $ 6.99 ISBN: 0743469968 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    "New York Times" bestselling author Leigh continues her exciting series with this second book about the sexy Fraser brothers in the Old West. When Colt Fraser successfully fights off a gang of outlaws from his stagecoach, he's made deputy in a small town. But things get even more interesting when he meets the sheriff's daughter.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.5.05
  • The Thrall's Tale
    Author: Lindbergh, Judith
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670034649 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 11.22.05
  • Good Girls Do
    Author: Linz, Cathie
    Publisher: Berkley $ 7.99 ISBN: 0425208486 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Julia Wright couldn't be more content with her job at the local library in picturesque Serenity Falls--until her wacky mother, petty-thief sister, and little niece decide to crash. Her troubles really stack up when a new guy roars into town on his Harley.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 11.14.05
  • White Earth
    Author: McGahan, Andrew
    Publisher: Soho $ 25 ISBN: 1569474176 Date: 2006
    starPW
    When young William's ineffectual father is killed, he is cast upon the charity of an unknown great-uncle, John McIvor. Soon he is thrust into his uncle's plan to regain the family estate, and his mother's manipulative plot for him to become McIvor's heir. Neither notice William is ill--and his condition is becoming worse.
    Updated 9.20.05
  • People's Act of Love
    Author: Meek, James
    Publisher: Cannongate $ 24 ISBN: 1841957305 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBookliststarKirkus
    In the outer reaches of a country recently torn apart by civil war lives a small Christian sect and its enigmatic leader, Balashov. Anna Petrovna, a beautiful, restless photographer, is raising her young son by herself amid this brutal landscape. Stationed nearby is a company of Czech soldiers, desperate to get home but on the losing side of the recent conflict. Each soldier lives in a fragile co-existence and a troubling uncertainty prevails. Into this isolated community trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia's northernmost prison camp. Immediately apprehended, he is brought before Captain Matula, the Czech company's megalomaniac commander. But the stranger's appearance has caught the attention of others, including that of Anna Petrovna. And when a local shaman is found murdered, suspicion and terror engulf this village. To be published in twenty countries, The People's Act of Love is quite simply magnificent storytelling and it promises to be an auspicious literary event. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.27.05
  • A Taxonomy of Barnacles
    Author: Niederhoffer, Galt
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312334834 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    "Rich in poignant detail, Niederhoffer paints a fascinating portrait of six sisters engaged in the merciless age-old fist-fight, struggling to love and best each other in turn."--Nicola Kraus, co-author of The Nanny Diaries.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.14.05
  • The Last of Her Kind
    Author: Nunez, Sigrid
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374183813 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Georgette George does not know what to make of her brilliant, idealistic roommate, Ann Drayton, and her obsessive disdain for the ruling class into which she was born. A decade later, Ann is convicted of murder, and Georgette finds more complicated and mysterious forces at work.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Changing Faces
    Author: Roby, Kimberla Lawson
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060780770 Date: 2006
    star LJ
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of The Best-Kept Secret pens an outstanding tale that probes the true meaning of friendship as three women face a wave of unexpected troubles.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 12.27.05
  • The Ruins of California
    Author: Sherrill, Martha
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200807 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    As Inez progresses through high school, readers are witness to the preoccupations of Californians of the 1970s: drugs, sex, art, surfing, love beads, Nixon, motorcycles, and the goal of not making a big deal out of anything.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.14.05
  • The Accidental
    Author: Smith, Ali
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22.95 ISBN: 0375422250 Date: 2006
    starPW
    From the author of Hotel World--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize--comes an inventive and thought-provoking novel about a chance encounter that irrevocably changes a family's understanding of itself.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 10.31.05
  • Torch
    Author: Strayed, Cheryl
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618472177 Date: 2006
    starLJstarKirkus
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Red Hat Society's Acting Their Age
    Author: Sutherland, Regina Hale
    Publisher: Warner $ 5.99 ISBN:0446616745 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    The Red Hat Society has officially sanctioned a trio of novels about love, relationships, and happiness over the age of 50. Cafe owners Mia McAfee and Leanne Chilton try to help a runaway teenager, but when Sheriff Cade Sloane shows an interest in the widowed Mia, will she trust him with the truth?
    Updated 912.29.05
  • Things We Once Held Dear
    Author: Tatlock, Ann
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13.99 ISBN: 0764200046 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The author of All the Way Home returns with the story of a newly widowed man who returns to his hometown to face an old tragedy. Will reconnecting with his past lead to Neil's rediscovering the validity of his childhood faith?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.31.06
  • Admission
    Author: Thrasher, Travis
    Publisher: Moody $ 12.99 ISBN: 0802486711 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Jake Rivers tries to put his college days and memories--including the suicide of a friend--behind him. But a phone call leads him to find answers to questions that were never resolved in a story of haunting secrets and personal redemption.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.17.06
  • The Space Between Us
    Author: Umrigar, Thrity
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060791551 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Devastating in its power, here is a searing novel that vividly captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India, as witnessed through the lives of an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife and her stoic, illiterate domestic worker.
    Updated 1.21.06

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