Fiction Stars 2006

July - December

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

 

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

A indicates an Overbooked Jump for Joy book.


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November

  • Ines of My Soul
    Author: Allende, Isabel
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0061161535 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of Portrait in Sepia comes a captivating new novel that chronicles the brave deeds and passionate loves of Ins Surez, a spirited woman who journeys to the New World and helps establish the nation of Chile.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • A Woman's Place
    Author: Austin, Lynn
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13.99 ISBN: 0764228900 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    As America rises to meet the challenge of World War II, the call for defense workers unites four women at Seneca Shipyards in Michigan. As their lives intersect, this unlikely gathering of women will encourage, shape, and influence one another as they learn valuable lessons about themselves and about life, love, and faith.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Lives of Rocks: Stories
    Author: Bass, Rick
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 23 ISBN: 0618596747 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    These stories, distinguished by their maturity, are narrated by men and women with compelling life tales. Filled with Bass's hallmark lean and beautiful prose, they are further proof of his mastery of the short fiction form.
    Updated 8.18.06
  • Too Great a Temptation
    Author: Benedict, Alexandra
    Publisher: Avon $ 5.99 ISBN: 0060847948 Date: 2006
    starPW
    In her second novel, Benedict pens a sensuous and forbidden romance between aduke and a sassy female pirate.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Margherita Dolce Vita
    Author: Benni, Stefano
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 1933372206 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Stefano Benni's enormously popular and distinctive mix of the absurd and the satiri-cal has made him one of Italy's most important and best-loved novelists. This is his twelfth best-selling book of fiction.
    Fifteen-year-old Margherita lives with her eccentric family on the outskirts of town, a semi-urban wilderness peopled by gypsies, illegal immigrants, and no end of bizarre characters: a reassuring and fertile playground for an imaginative little girl like Margherita. But one day, a gigantic, black cube shows up next door. Her new neighbors have arrived, and they're destined to ruin everything. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Last Seen Leaving
    Author: Braffet, Kelly
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 0618441441 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Twenty-something drifter Miranda crashes her car late at night on a lonely highway and is picked up by a passing stranger who soon reveals himself to be more sinister than at first glance--he's rumored to be a serial killer stalking young women. This novel explores the often ambiguous nature of danger and the dark secrets kept to protect loved ones.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Please, Mr Einstein
    Author: Carriere, Jean-Claude
    Publisher: Harcourt $22 ISBN: 0151014221 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Millersburg
    Author: Cauley, Harry
    Publisher: Permanent $ 26 ISBN: 1579621333 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Updated 8.16.06
  • Unconfessed
    Author: Christianse, Yvette
    Publisher: Other $ 23.95 ISBN: 1590512405 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Spider Kiss
    Author: Ellison, Harlan
    Publisher: M $ 12.95 ISBN: 1595820582 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Considered one of the greatest Rock' n'Roll novels.
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Billionaires Prefer Blondes
    Author: Enoch, Suzanne
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 0060875224 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Samantha Jellicoe and Richard Addison are explosive as they battle determined thieves and ghosts from the past in another exciting tale from "USA Today" bestselling author Enoch.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.2.06
  • The Lay of the Land
    Author: Ford, Richard
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0679454683 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    With The Sportswriter, in 1985, Richard Ford began a cycle of novels that ten years later--after Independence Day--won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Now, Frank Bascombe's story resumes, in the fall of 2000, with the presidential election still hanging in the balance and Thanksgiving looming before him with all the perils of a post-nuclear family get-together.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Thirteen Moons
    Author: Frazier, Charles
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375509321 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Brilliantly imagined, written with great power and beauty by the author of Cold Mountain, Thirteen Moons is a stunning novel about a man's passion for a woman, and how loss, longing, and love can shape a man's destiny over the many moons of a life.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • The Long Run
    Author: Furey, Leo
    Publisher: Shambhala $ 22.95 ISBN: 159030411x Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    The Mount Kildare Orphanage for Boys in Newfoundland is always cold, there's never enough to eat, and the Catholic Brothers are harsh. A group of boys are obedient students by day, but when the sun goes down, the Dare Klub trains for the annual St. John's marathon.
    Updated 8.7.06
  • The Light Bearer
    Author: Gillespie, Dona
    Publisher: Berkley $ 15 ISBN: 0425143686 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Twin destinies intertwined by fate and mystery collide in this remarkable debut novel of ancient Roman and Germanic tribal conflict and resolution from a gifted new writer. Epic in scope, The Light Bearer is an unforgettable reading experience in the tradition of I, Claudius.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 10.23.06
  • Blind Submission
    Author: Ginsburg, Debra
    Publisher: Shaye Areheart $ 23.95 ISBN: 0307346048 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Angel Robinson lands a job as the assistant to literary agent Lucy Fiamma, and soon discovers that working for Lucy is no picnic, particularly when she's ordered to whip a mysterious manuscript into shape. But when the chapters take a disturbing turn, Angel finds her sanity in danger.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Publishing
    Updated 10.23.06
  • Amazing Disgrace
    Author: Hamilton-Paterson, James
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 1933372192 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    "Imagine a British John Waters crossed with David Sedaris."-The New York Times Book Review
    Set both in Tuscany and in the trendy haunts of London, this hilarious sequel to the popular Cooking with Fernet Branca is further evidence of Hamilton-Paterson's wit and comic inventiveness. The inimitable Gerald Samper is back, with his musings on the absurdities of modern life and his entertaining asides during which he comments on everything from publishing to penile implants, celebrity sportswomen to Australian media moguls. Plus, there's his marvelously eccentric recipes. A smart literary romp featuring a cavalcade of misadventures and memorable characters. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Measuring the World
    Author: Kehlmann, Daniel
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375424466 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkus
    Already a bestseller in Germany, this brilliant and gently comic novel chronicles the lives to two young geniuses who during the Enlightenment of the 18th century set out to measure the world.
    Updated 11.1.06
  • The Phony Marine
    Author: Lehrer, James
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400064864 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Lehrer dives into a highly controversial topic and delivers his most compelling character portrait to date. Late one night, Hugo Marder stumbles upon an online auction for a Silver Star, the medal awarded for bravery in battle. He bids and wins. But it is only after he places the lapel pin on his jacket that he realizes the enormity of his actions.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Bad Girls Don't
    Author: Linz, Cathie
    Publisher: Berkley $ 7.99 ISBN: 042521284x Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    It took less than two seconds for Sheriff Nathan Thornton to peg sexy Sky Wright as trouble. Whatever the reason, the woman was belly-dancing her way into his thoughts. Now, if only she'd belly-dance into his bedroom.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 11.1.06
  • The Book of Samson
    Author: Maine, David
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN:0312353391 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the highly acclaimed author of The Preservationist and Fallen comes another unique and astonishing biblical retelling.
    Suggested Reading; Biblical
    Updated 8.16.06
  • Pilate's Wife: A Novel of the Roman Empire
    Author: May, Antoinette
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0061128651 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The co-author of the "New York Times" bestselling Adventures of a Psychic, a biography of clairvoyant Sylvia Browne, makes her fiction debut with this awe-inspiring retelling of the last days of Jesus, as seen through the eyes of the wife of Pontius Pilate.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Biblical
    Updated 10.18.06
  • The Good Nearby
    Author: Moser, Nancy
    Publisher: Tyndale $ 12.99 ISBN: 1414301626 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Sometimes good things are nearer than expected. For the patrons of Neighbor's Drugstore, the key to a rich, fulfilled life is closer than they think, if only they can open their hearts to the good nearby.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.06
  • The View from Castle Rock
    Author: Munro, Alice
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN:1400042828 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    In stories that are more personal than any that she's written before, Munro pieces her family's history into gloriously imagined fiction. Evocative, gripping, sexy, unexpected--these stories reflect a depth and richness of experience.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Valley of Silence
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 ISBN: 0515141674 Date: 2006
    starPW
    The vampire trilogy written by Roberts, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author, comes full circle as the author forges together the passions and fates of a sorcerer, a witch, a warrior, a scholar, a shapeshifter, and a vampire who is all too human.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Paranormal
    Updated 10.23.06
  • Season of Betrayal
    Author: Robertson, Margaret Lowrie
    Publisher: Tatra $ 24 ISBN: 0977614204 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Snipers, shelling, car bombs, suicide attacks. This is Beirut 1983, and Lara McCauley is an outsider in a city at war. Against this chaotic canvas, Lara tries to hold her marriage together, but her life is quietly falling apart. Lara and Mac arrive to take up his new posting, not long after the Marines are sent in as peacekeepers to help restore stability in this fractured land, but the Marines quickly become embroiled in Lebanon’s political problems. Her husband, Mac, an American journalist, has his hands full with work and a new circle of comrades in arms at the Commodore Hotel. Lonely and scared, Lara increasingly seeks out the friendship of a Polish journalist, and their brief, desperate affair sets into motion a chain of events with unforeseen, fatal consequences. - From the author's website
    Updated 10.2.06
  • The Book of Dave
    Author: Self, Will
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1596911239 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJstarBooklist
    Five centuries after Dave Rudman wrote a gripping text--part memoir, part deranged philosophical treatise, and part handbook meant for his son when he came of age--it is discovered by the inhabitants on the island of Ham, where it becomes a sacred text of biblical proportion, and its author is revered as a mighty prophet.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.13.06
  • The Rising Tide: A Novel of the Second World War
    Author: Shaara, Jeff
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 27.95 ISBN: 034546141x Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Gods and Generals embarks on his most ambitious undertaking to date with this first novel in a staggering trilogy that portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of World War II.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars | Family Matters
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Home to Big Stone Gap
    Author: Trigiani, Adriana
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400060087 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    The long-awaited next chapter in the beloved and bestselling Big Stone Gap saga is an unforgettable journey of love, hope, and forgiveness.
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Redemption
    Author: Turner, Frederick, W.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151014701 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Francis Muldoon is a special policeman in the notorious Storyville District of New Orleans in 1913. His job is to see that the District's volatile mixture of sex, alcohol, and gambling doesn't boil over but instead rolls along at a continuous simmer. Once a member of the city's regular police force, he now works for the District's vice lord, Tom Anderson, patrolling his patron's honky-tonks and saloons and whorehouses--both the high-priced bordellos and the coffinlike cribs where the girls work with only a cot and a washbasin. When Adele, a beautiful singer at the Tuxedo dance hall, draws Francis into a contentious rivalry for her affection, a fatal shootout is the inevitable conclusion, sending the District into a scalding eruption and revealing the central characters for what they are.
    Filled with the rich atmosphere of America's most colorful city, Redemption is the powerfully told tale of a man's efforts to restore the integrity of his soul. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.06

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October

  • One Good Turn
    Author: Atkinson, Kate
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316154849 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    From the author of 2005's breakout favorite Case Histories comes a brilliant new thriller featuring the irresistibly reluctant detective Jackson Brodie. A triumphant novel filled with wit and surprise, One Good Turn will delight the many fans who cheered Kate Atkinson's foray into thrillers.
    Updated 7.10.06
  • Thanksgiving Night
    Author: Bausch, Richard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060094435 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    From Pen/Malamud winner Bausch comes a rich and moving novel about two eccentric families in a small Virginia town, set during the Thanksgiving season.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • The Ghost at the Table
    Author: Berne, Suzanne
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 1565123344 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkus
    The Fiske family is gathered at the exquisitely restored New England home of the second of three sisters. The family table groans with the weight of guilt and blame. The result is the taut story of a 21st-century family's unraveling, played against a famous 19th-century writer's own family dysfunction.
    Suggested Reading: Twain
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Harlem Girl Lost
    Author: Blue, Treasure E.
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 12.95 ISBN: 0345492641 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Silver tries to convince Chance to give up the lethal way of life that ruined both their childhoods, but Chance knows that walking away from the game can come at a deadly price. Silver won't take no for an answer, even it if means delving down into a seedy underworld and out-scheming some of its most vicious drug-dealers and cold-blooded murderers herself.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Farewell Summer
    Author: Bradbury, Ray
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0061131547 Date: 2006
    starPW
    The master of American fiction returns to the territory of his beloved classic, Dandelion Wine--a sequel 50 years in the making.
    Updated 8.16.06
  • Rescue Missions: Stories
    Author: Busch, Frederick
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 039306252x Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJstarBooklist
    Rescue Missions collects stories of mercy and need among lovers, family, and friends by "one of our very best short-story writers" (Anne Beattie).
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Severance: Stories
    Author: Butler, Robert Owen
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 22.95 ISBN: 0811856143 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Pulitzer-winning Butler presents 62 stories, each exactly 240 words long, capturing the flow of thoughts and feelings that go through a person's mind after their head has been severed. The characters are both real and imagined, including Medusa and Anne Boleyn.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Marriage Diaries
    Author: Campbell, Rebecca
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 12.95 ISBN: 0345485882 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Meet Sean and Celeste-living proof that opposites attract.
    Savvy and sophisticated Celeste is a top clothing buyer in London; Sean is a scruffy, eccentric writer turned stay-at-home dad who, courtesy of the couple's toddler, has mastered the art of changing stinky diapers. Needing to be seen (if only by himself) as more than just a drool-spattered Mr. Mom, Sean begins a hilarious journal detailing the ridiculous, wondrous, and sometimes salacious aspects of being a househusband-including such juicy tidbits as his growing attraction to the beautiful Uma Thursday, a single mother from his son's play group.
    But when Celeste stumbles upon Sean's secret entries, she's dismayed to discover she's opened a Pandora's box on her marriage. Hardly the kind of girl to take a straying husband lying down, she devises a scheme of her own, and the twin strands of the will-they-won't-they plot become ever more entangled. Can love trump lust? Can fidelity conquer passion? Or will the destructive forces of untrammeled desire wreck what may just be, for all its faults, the perfect marriage?
    With sparkling wit and characters who leap off the page, Rebecca Campbell has crafted a brilliant and utterly winning novel about vows, straying, and finding a way home. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Love in a Fallen City
    Author: Chang, Eileen
    Publisher: NY Review $14.95 ISBN: 1590171780 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkus
    Eileen Chang was born in China and died in Los Angeles, living most of her life as an obscure, impoverished, and reclusive exile. She ran away from a troubled family to lead the bohemian life of a writer, and in the late Thirties and Forties her stories about Shanghai and Hong Kong transformed Chinese literature. She is now recognized as one of China's great writers not only by a few critics and academics, but by a vast and passionate public. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.16.06
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
    Author: Clarke, Susanna
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1596912510 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Following the enormous success of 2004 bestseller and critics' favorite Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Clarke delivers a delicious collection of ten stories set in the same fairy-crossed world of 19th-century England.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Goodnight Texas
    Author: Cobb, William J.
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 24.95 ISBN: 1932961267 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    In Goodnight, Texas, people struggle to survive job loss, severe over-fishing, and a looming hurricane. This lyrical, romantic, comic, and redemptive story is about wanting what one cannot have, love amid the ruins, survival, connection, and hope
    Updated 8.29.06
  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession
    Author: Cox, Michael
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393062031 Date: 2006
    starLJstarPWstarKirkus
    The atmosphere of Bleak House, the sensuous thrill of Perfume, and the mystery of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell all combine in a story of murder, deceit, love, and revenge in Victorian England. Cox gives readers an enthralling novel that will captivate right up to its final thrilling revelation.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.17.06
  • Eighth Wonder of the World
    Author: Epstein, Leslie
    Publisher: Other $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590512502 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    From the author of King of the Jews and San Remo Drive comes a new novel that strikingly reimagines Fascist Italy.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
    Author: Gaiman, Neil
    Publisher: Morrow $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060515228 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkus
    The author of the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Anansi Boys releases his second collection of short fiction. Fragile Things includes a novella featuring the hero of Gaiman's masterpiece American Gods and charts the terrain between life and death, perception and reality, darkness and light.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Stories of Mary Gordon
    Author: Gordon, Mary
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 26 ISBN: 0375423168 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    From an admired writer comes this comprehensive collection of superb short fiction, spanning her entire career.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Scoop
    Author: Gutteridge, Rene
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 12.99 ISBN: 1400071577 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This hilarious novel pits a former homeschooler with outspoken faith against her quirky colleagues as a local news team desperately strives for higher ratings.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Vince and Joy
    Author: Jewell, Lisa
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 14.95 ISBN: 0061137464 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    From adolescent snogging to apartment shares, relationships, career crises, and children, Vince & Joy is the unforgettable story of two lives lived separately but forever entwined.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • The Uses of Enchantment
    Author: Julavits, Heidi
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 0385513232 Date: 2006
    star Kirkusstar PW
    Julavits weaves a spell in which the reader sees how the extraordinary power of a young woman's sexuality, and the desire to wield it, have a devastating effect. The riveting cat-and-mouse power games between doctor and patient, and between abductor and abductee, are gradually revealed, along with the truth about what actually happened to the 16-year-old in 1985.
    Updated 7.10.06
  • The Willow Field
    Author: Kittredge, William
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400040973 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Following his heralded memoir A Hole in the Sky, Kittredge pens a first novel that ratifies his standing as a leading writer of the American West.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Dangerous Temptation
    Author: Korbel, Kathleen
    Publisher: Silhoutte $ 5.25 ISBN: 0373617496 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    To anthropologist Zeke Kendall, the idea that the heir to the Fairy throne had been watching him, falling in love with him, for years was laughable. Then he met Nuala and lost his heart to her dangerous beauty.
    Eldest daughter of the Fairy Queen, Nuala must marry among her own kind to keep the line pure, but her heart has long been possessed by the handsome mortal. Now she will do anything--even align herself with humankind against the terrifying power of her own people--to make him hers.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Best New American Voices 2007
    Author: Kulka, John (edt)
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 ISBN: 0156031558Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    This year's volume, featuring 17 new stories selected by award-winning novelist John Casey, continues the tradition of identifying the best young writers on the cusp of their careers.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Brethern
    Author: Lewis, Beverly
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13. 99 ISBN: 0764201077 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    With the People forbidding her to see Ben, will Annie willfully return to her art or relent and join the church?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Bliss
    Author: Livaneli, O.Z.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312360533 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Already an international bestseller, this lyrical story ripped from the headlines embodies the sweep and contradictions of modern Turkey and shows that lovely things can happen in the space between wounded people.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • The Road
    Author: McCarthy, Cormac
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0307265439 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPWstarBookliststarLJ
    At once brutal and tender, despairing and rashly hopeful, spare of language and profoundly moving, this work is a fierce and haunting meditation on the tenuous divide between civilization and savagery, and the essential, sometimes terrifying power of filial love.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Hysterical Blondeness
    Author: MacPherson, Suzanne
    Publisher: Avon $ 12.95 ISBN: 0060775009 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Do blondes really have more fun? In this delightful new novel by the acclaimed author of In the Mood, one woman soon finds out the truth about life, love, and hair color.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 8.7.06
  • The Last Town on Earth
    Author: Mullen, Thomas
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400065208 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Set against the backdrop of one of the most virulent epidemics that America ever experienced--the 1918 flu epidemic--Mullen's powerful, sweeping first novel is a tale of morality in a time of upheaval.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette
    Author: Naslund, Sena Jeter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060825391 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkusstarLJstarBooklist
    From the author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits comes her most astonishing work yet--a portrait of a young queen called Marie Antoinette.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Marie Antoinette
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Awake in the Dark: Stories
    Author: Nayman, Shira
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743292685 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    "Shira Nayman's stories risk strong emotion and always clear the sentimental. Her sentences have heft and spine and grace, and her vision is clear and generous."--Mary Gordon, author of Pearl and Spending.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • The Light of Evening
    Author: O'Brien, Edna
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618718672 Date: 2006
    starPW
    With its loving evocation of the Irish landscape, its cinematic portrait of New York in the 1920s as seen through the eyes of an immigrant, and its central mother-daughter relationship, The Light of Evening is certain to bring this daring writer her widest audience yet.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Catalina
    Author: Orths, Markus
    Publisher: Toby $ 24.95 ISBN: 1592641652 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Catalina d'Erauso, born in 17th century Spain, cuts her hair, dresses in men's clothing, and becomes Francisco. Her new identity is internalized so much that she convinces not only everyone around her but eventually even herself. Her path leads her to the New World and is a breathtaking and extraordinary story of a despairing quest for the other and for one's self.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Best American Short Stories 2006
    Author: Pattchett, Ann (edt)
    Publisher: Houghton $ 28/14I SBN: 0618543511/52x Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The first and bestselling volume of its kind showcases the country's finest short fiction. This year's stories come handpicked by a beloved master of the form and are sure to feature more unforgettable characters and extraordinary writing.
    Updated 8.16.06
  • Echo Maker
    Author: Powers, Richard
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374146357 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    On a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. When he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman--who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister--is really an identical impostor.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.4.06
  • In Plain Sight
    Author: Quinn, Tara Taylor
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 ISBN: 0778323080 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Chief Prosecutor Janet McNeil's terrifying nightmares keep her in a constant state of anxiety. Yet saving face is imperative now that she's prosecuting a white supremacist who wouldn't think twice about using his twisted followers to silence her.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Into the Wilderness
    Author: Rivas, Manuel
    Publisher: Overlook $ 23.95 ISBN: 1585674672 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    A glorious cast of animals, birds, and humans comes together to relate the magical stories that form the plot of this extraordinary tale--a wondrously multilayered story of brilliant ideas and trenchant imagery that combines tenderness, humor, and a strong sense of cultural identity.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Dance of the Gods
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 ISBN:0515141666 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    In the second volume in Roberts' paranormal Circle Trilogy, the Circle of Six prepare to battle for their lives--and their hearts--against the one vampire determined to rule the earth.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Paranormal
    Updated 8.29.06
  • On Agate Hill
    Author: Smith, Lee
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565124529 Date: 2006
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    A dusty box discovered in the wreckage of a North Carolina plantation house contains the remnants of an extraordinary life: an 1870s diary of a young girl, letters, poems, songs, newspaper clippings, court records, marbles, rocks, dolls, and bones. It's through these treasured mementos that readers meet the unforgettable heroine of Lee Smith's new novel.
    Updated 6.9.06
  • The End of Mr. Y
    Author: Thomas, Scarlett
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 ISBN: 0156031612 Date: 2006
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    Ariel Manto has a fascination with 19th-century scientists--especially Thomas Lumas and The End of Mr. Y, a book no one alive has read. When she mysteriously uncovers a copy at a used bookstore, Ariel is launched into an adventure of science and faith, consciousness and death, space and time, and everything in between.
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Things Kept, Things Left Behind
    Author: Tomlinson, Jim
    Publisher: Univ of Iowa $ 15.95 ISBN: 0877459916 Date: 2006
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    The stories in Things Kept, Things Left Behind explore the ambiguities of kept secrets, the tangles of abandoned pasts, and uneasy accommodations. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Texicans
    Author: Vida, Nina
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 1569474346 Date: 2006
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    "Nina Vida is able to bring to life very intense characters and situations with remarkable clarity."-Elmore Leonard
    It's 1843, San Antonio, the Republic of Texas. Mexican-born Aurelia Ruiz finds that she may have the power to heal-as well as to curse. She definitely has the power to attract men. Willie Barnett, a young Texas ranger, becomes infatuated with her. Her father sells her to him but insists on a wedding. To the other rangers such a marriage is anathema. When Barnett is killed by Native Americans, pregnant Aurelia finds shelter in a Comanche camp.
    Joseph Kimmel, a teacher in Independence, Missouri, and son of a Polish Jew, receives word of the death of his brother in San Antonio and sets off for Texas. On the way, his horse is stolen by a runaway slave. Rescued by Henry Castro, who is importing immigrants to populate his planned city, Joseph agrees to marry an Alsatian girl to save her from the Comanches, and they go forth to start their own ranch.
    Then Joseph meets and is enthralled by Aurelia. When the Texas rangers hear of the Kimmel ranch, where runaway slaves and a Mexican woman live as equals with the owner and his wife, they lynch the black men and kidnap the women and children. To his wife's consternation, Joseph cannot forget Aurelia. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Four Kinds of Rain
    Author: Ward, Robert
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 031235780x Date: 2006
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    From the author of Red Baker comes the story of a disgruntled psychiatrist who proceeds down a dark path from which there is no return. "A darkly comic masterpiece."--Michael Connelly.
    Updated 8.16.06

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September

  • The Translator
    Author: Aboulela, Leila
    Publisher: Grove $ 13 ISBN: 0802170269 Date: 2006
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    In this subtle investigation into the meaning of exile and home, doubt and faith, loss and love, a young Muslim exile falls in love with a worldly non-Muslim.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • The Scar of David
    Author: Abulhawa, Susan
    Publisher: John Blair $ 27.95 ISBN: 1588381986 Date: 2006
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    A novel about Palestinian villagers forced to leave their homes by the creation of Israel.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
    Author: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400044162 Date: 2006
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    Adichie recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s. She weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade.
    Updated 8.4.06
  • Moral Disorder
    Author: Atwood, Margaret
    Publisher: Talese $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385503849 Date: 2006
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    This collection of ten stories is almost a novel by turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal--displaying Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Dawn of Empire
    Author: Barone, Sam
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060892447 Date: 2006
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    "A wonderful book! Big, passionate, powerful, epic in scope, and brimming with casual erudition... a mesmerizing marvel of sheer storytelling prowess. I couldn't put it down."--John Lescroart, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Hunt Club.
    Updated 6.9.06
  • The Scroll of Seduction
    Author: Belli, Gioconda
    Publisher: Rayo $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060833122 Date: 2006
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    Art historian Manuel meets 16-year-old Lucia and is immediately drawn to her exotic beauty. The two slowly begin to study the story of Juana the Mad, the daughter of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabelle of Castile. Thus begins a story of true passion and almost blind obsession as Manuel and Lucia's tangled relationship mirrors the tragic path of Juana and her beloved prince.
    Updated 8.4.06
  • Beautiful Dreamer
    Author: Bigsby, C.W.E.
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312355831 Date: 2006
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    "Christopher Bigsby's Beautiful Dreamer is a tautly written and almost unbearably suspenseful parable of the tragedy of race relations in a backcountry Tennessee setting of some decades ago. It's a powerful Faulknerian vision made stark and compelling by its spare and pitiless language." - --Joyce Carol Oates
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.27.06
  • The Other Side of Air
    Author: Braselton, Jeanne
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 12.95 ISBN: 0345443101 Date: 2006
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    Set in Randolph Gap, Georgia, the hometown of Jessie Maddox, the narrator of A False Sense of Well Being, Jeanne Braselton's second novel chronicles the trials and tribulations, comedy and pathos, of four of the town's residents.
    Updated 5.24.06
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
    Author: Brooks, Max
    Publisher: Crown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0307346609 Date: 2006
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    The Studs Terkel of the Zombie War, Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide, puts a human face on the suffering that occurred during the horrible hostilities, interviewing civilians, soldiers, politicians, and others, in this stunning book compiled shortly after the conclusion of the epic ten-year conflict.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Brothers
    Author: Chen, Da
    Publisher: Shambala $ 25 ISBN: 1400097282 Date: 2006
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    A sweeping family saga, Brothers follows the parallel paths of two brothers born to different mothers. Da Chen paints a mesmerizing portrait of their lives, of their desperate love for the same woman, and of China during the cultural revolution.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.4.06
  • Only Revolutions
    Author: Danielewski, Mark Z.
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 26 ISBN: 0375421769 Date: 2006
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    From the author of House of Leaves, comes a stunning shoot-from-the-hip American road novel about two wild and wayward kids who magically drive from the Civil War to the Iraq War and beyond.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Goodbye Lemon
    Author: Davies, Adam
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 14 ISBN: 1594480710 Date: 2006
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    Against his better judgment, Jack succumbs to his mother's guilt-laden pleas that he see his estranged father. Should he walk away and leave his crazy family to solve their problems without him? Or should he try to mend fences that have been broken for as long as he can remember?
    Updated 5.8.06
  • Angel's Rest
    Author: Davis, Charles
    Publisher: Mira $ 21.95 ISBN: 0778323048 Date: 2006
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    In 1967, a shotgun blast kills Charlie's father and puts his mother on trial for murder. When Hollis Thrasher, a reclusive Korean War veteran, is linked to his father's death, Charlie embarks on a dangerous midnight journey pitting him against his darkest fears.
    Updated 7.10.06
  • The Cabinet of Wonders
    Author: Dodd, Renee
    Publisher: Toby $ 24.95 ISBN: 1592641644 Date: 2006
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    Set in 1927, this marvelous tale confronts the spectacle of the Freak Show, steps through the curtains and out the other side, taking the reader to a candid, complex, and human space where they can know outsiders as intimates.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Paint It Black
    Author: Fitch, Janet
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316182745 Date: 2006
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    From the bestselling author of White Oleander comes a powerful story of passion, first love, and a young woman's search for a true world in the aftermath of loss.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • How to Cope With Suburban Stress
    Author: Galef, David
    Publisher: Permanent $ 28 ISBN: 1579621317 Date: 2006
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    Updated 7.27.06
  • Another Green World
    Author: Grant, Richard
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 0307263592 Date: 2006
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    With a masterful command of history, Richard Grant re-creates the darkest heart of the 20th century, telling the story of four Americans who meet at youth summit in Germany, and journey from the confusions of youth to the chaos of war, as revelations about the Final Solution come to light
    Updated 8.7.06
  • New Stories from the South: Year's Best 2006
    Author: Gurganus, Alan (edt)
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 1565125312 Date: 2006
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    Updated 6.9.06
  • A Spot of Bother
    Author: Haddon, Mark
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385520514 Date: 2006
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    A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon's unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Here the madness - literally - of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon's crackling prose andbittersweet insights into misdirected love. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.29.06
  • The Bird Woman
    Author: Hardie, Kerry
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316076236 Date: 2006
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    Ellen McKinnon's clairvoyant experiences damage her mental and physical health. She must face and assimilate an unwanted but unavoidable family secret, experiencing a revelation that turns her life around in this insightful look at the rift between mysticism and rationalism.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Knights of the Cross: The Epic Novel of the Crusades
    Author: Harper, Tom
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312338708 Date: 2006
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    The extraordinary story of the crisis of the First Crusade---a powerful novel of intrigue, sacrifice, savagery, and holy war. An amazing sequel to the acclaimed debut, The Mosaic of Shadows. "Gripping for its portrayal of the crusader leaders . . . this is a great example from a trustworthy historian." - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Before I Wake
    Author: Henderson, Dee
    Publisher: Tyndale $ 13.99 ISBN: 1414308159 Date: 2006
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    In this page-turning thriller, the sheriff of Justice, Illinois, is hunting a killer who preys on female tourists, and he fears that the new detective in town--Rae Gabriella--may become the next victim.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Make Me A Match
    Author: Holquist, Diana
    Publisher: Warner $ 6.50 ISBN: 0446617970 Date: 2006
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    In this charming debut romance, cardiologist Cecelia Burns's psychic sister Amy has the ability to see the name of a person's true love. Even though Amy swore never to tell Cecelia the name destined for her, she breaks her vow when she realizes the man is dying and only Cecelia can save him.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Debuts
    Updated 9.18.06
  • All For Love
    Author: Jacobson, Dan
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 24 ISBN: 0805081038 Date: 2006
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    With sparkling, satirical prose, All for Love moves from one end of pre-World War I Europe to the other. Shuttling between historical fact and fiction, between their time and ours, it evokes a world in which propriety conceals what is predatory, greedy, and corrupt. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.28.06
  • All Aunt Hagar's Children: Stories
    Author: Jones, Edward P.
    Publisher: Amistad $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060557567 Date: 2006
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    The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction returns with a collection of 14 short stories.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Forgetfullness
    Author: Just, Ward
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618634630 Date: 2006
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    Just's most gripping, insightful, and nuanced novel yet will haunt its readers and show the corrosive effects of today's war and its unexpected consequences for the individual conscience.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Born Again
    Author: Kerney, Kelly A.
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 ISBN: 0156031450 Date: 2006
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    What happens when a Bible Quiz champion takes on Darwin? Mel, a faith-filled Pentecostal, has the chance to escape Slow Rapids, Indiana, by attending academic summer camp. The only catch? She has to read forbidden tomes like The Origin of Species.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Summer Camp
    Updated 5.24.06
  • Dark Angels
    Author: Koen, Karleen
    Publisher: Crown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0307339912 Date: 2006
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    The prequel to Through a Glass Darkly tells the story of the formidable Alice Verney, a.k.a. the dowager Duchess of Tamworth, in her much younger days at the treacherous court of Charles II.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • The Book of True Desires
    Author: Khran, Betina
    Publisher:Jove $ 7.99 ISBN: 0515141704 Date: 2006
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    The "New York Times" bestselling author of The Book of the Seven Delights presents the much-anticipated second novel in her Victorian-set romantic adventure trilogy.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • The Devil in the Junior League
    Author: Lee, Linda Francis
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312354959 Date: 2006
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    The award-winning author of Suddenly Sexy pens a hysterical novel about the lengths to which one woman goes to bring her cheating husband to justice.
    Updated 8.7.06
  • The Christmas Candle
    Author: Lucado, Max
    Publisher: Westbow $ 16.99 ISBN: 1595541470 Date: 2006
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    Journey back to a simpler time, to a small English village where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens, except at Christmas when a mysterious angel suddenly appears in a lowly candle maker's shop.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Matters of Life and Death: Stories
    Author: MacLaverty, Bernard
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 039305716x Date: 2006
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    A new book from Bernard MacLaverty is a cause for celebration, but Matters of Life and Death is more than that. It is the finest collection yet from a contemporary master of the form. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Magic Time
    Author: Marlett, Doug
    Publisher: FSG $ 24.95 ISBN: 0374200017 Date: 2006
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    Carter Ransom, a son of Mississippi, had the great fortune and terrible luck of falling in love in '64 with a New York-born civil rights worker who was killed. Carter's father presided over the first trial of the murders, but now the question, among many others, is whether the good judge was knowingly involved in a cover-up.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.10.06
  • A Tale of Two Sisters
    Author: Maxted, Anna
    Publisher: Dutton $24.95 ISBN: 0525949739 Date: 2006
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    In her fabulous new novel, the bestselling author of Being Committed pens a study on the bonds between sisters. They were the best of friends, they were the worst of friends . . . Cassie and Lizbet are sisters. They are very different and believe they want different things in life. But just how different are they?
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 7.11.06
  • After This
    Author: McDermott, Alice
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374168091 Date: 2006
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    Witty, compassionate, and wry, this novel captures the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of the middle decades of the 20th century through the experiences of a middle-class couple, their four children, and the changing worlds in which they live.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • The Emperor's Children
    Author: Messud, Claire
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 030726419x Date: 2006
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    A magnificent novel of fate and fortune--of love and friendship, family and secrets, of striving and glamour, disaster and promise--this is a tour de force that brings to life a city, a generation, and living in the moment.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.20.06
  • House of Childhood
    Author: Mitgutsch, Anna
    Publisher: Other $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590511883 Date: 2006
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    Acclaimed Austrian writer Anna Mitgutsch's novel is a powerful examination of the meaning of home--in a place, a community, a relationship--and the difficulty of finding one in our tumultuous world. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Breakable You
    Author: Morton, Brian
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151011923 Date: 2006
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    With perfect pitch and a rare empathy, Morton is equally adept at portraying the life of the mind and how it plays out in the world, brilliantly tracing the border between honor and violation. Here Morton tells his strongest story yet--a story about love, friendship, literary treachery, and what everyone owes to the past.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 25 Stories
    Author: Murakami, Haruki
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400044618 Date: 2006
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    Following the bestselling triumph of Kafka on the Shore, Murakami returns with a collection of stories that generously expresses his masterful fiction-writing skills. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of the human experience.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Morrigan's Cross
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 ISBN: 0515141658 Date: 2006
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    As a storm rages, the tale of a powerful vampire's lust for destruction--and of the circle of six charged by the goddess Morrigan to stop her--begins. One of the chosen is a medieval sorcerer whose quest will take him through time--and into the arms of a woman courageous enough to link her destiny to his own.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Paranormal
    Updated 7.17.06
  • St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
    Author: Russell, Karen
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 0307263983 Date: 2006
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    These ten extraordinary stories introduce a new talent who opens a world to readers--the surreal marshes of the Florida Everglades where outlandish predicaments magically reveal the truth about one's life.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9.18.06
  • The Thirteenth Tale
    Author: Setterfield, Diane
    Publisher: Atria $ 26 ISBN: 0743298020 Date: 2006
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    Amateur biographer Margaret Lea receives a letter from reclusive author Vida Winter, summoning her to write Vida's life story. As Margaret pieces together Vida's story on her own, what she discovers is a chilling and transforming experience.
    Suggested Reading: Literary Gothics
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Playing With Fire
    Author: Showalter, Gena
    Publisher: HQN $ 6.99 ISBN: 0373771290 Date: 2006
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    Average, ordinary Belle Jamison becomes the guinea pig for an experimental formula that allows her to control the elements, which should be cool but really isn't. Because sexy, cool government agent Rome Matthews has been ordered to hunt Belle down and neutralize her.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Saint Patrick's Battalion
    Author: Thom, James Alexander
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345445562 Date: 2006
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    Thom offers a stirring fictional account of the amazing real-life story of John Riley, an Irishman who led his men to desert the American military during the Mexican-American war.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Winter Birds
    Author: Turner, Jamie L.
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13.99 ISBN: 0764200151 Date: 2006
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    Through their simple gifts and kindness, Patrick and his wife Rachel present a beautiful portrait of the transforming power of love.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 7.24.06
  • Mover of Bones
    Author: Vivian, Robert
    Publisher: Univ of Nebraska $ 23.95 ISBN: 080324679x Date: 2006
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    An alcoholic janitor digs up the bones of a murdered girl in a church basement in South Omaha and leaves with them on a desperate journey through the heart of the U. S.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Zero
    Author: Walter, Jess
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060898658 Date: 2006
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    In the tradition of Franz Kafka, Joseph Heller, and Don DeLillo, comes this extraordinary story of searing humor and sublime horror, of blindness, bewilderment, and that achingly familiar feeling that the world has suddenly stopped making sense.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Lover Awakened: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
    Author: Ward, J.R.
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 ISBN: 0451219368 Date: 2006
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    Still bearing the scars of his past, the vampire Zsadist rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society. Bella is entranced by Zsadist's power, but even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist's thirst for vengeance against Bella's tormentors drive him to the brink of madness.
    Suggested Reading: Paranormal
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Third Class Superhero
    Author: Yu, Charles
    Publisher: Harvest $ 12 ISBN: 0156030810 Date: 2006
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    Charles Yu experiments with form and genre to explore the stories we tell ourselves while navigating contemporary life. In Third Class Superhero, a would-be good guy must come to terms with the darkness in his heart. A couple living in the Luxury Car Commercial subdivision in "401(k)" are disappointed when their exotic vacation turns into a Life Insurance/Asset Management pitch. The author struggles to write the definitive biography of his mother in "Autobiographical Raw Material Unsuitable for the Mining of Fiction." In these and other stories, Yu's characters run up against the conventions and parameters of their artificial story lines while tackling the terrifying aspects of existence: mothers, jobs, spouses, the need to express feelings. Heartbreaking, hilarious, smart, and surprising, Third Class Superhero marks the arrival of an impressive new talent. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.9.06

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August

  • Edge of Fear
    Author: Adair, Cherry
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 6.99 ISBN: 0345485211 Date: 2006
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    Taking readers to the very edge, the "New York Times" bestselling author of Hot Ice delivers the second book in her thrilling romantic suspense trilogy that began with Edge of Danger.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 7.24.06
  • I'll Steal You Away
    Author: Ammaniti, Niccolo
    Publisher: Canongate $ 23 ISBN: 1841958247 Date: 2006
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    Updated 5.24.06
  • Simply Love
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22 ISBN: 038533883x Date: 2006
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    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Simply Unforgettable returns to the elegance and sensuality of Regency England as she continues the enthralling story of four remarkable women--friends and teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 7.11.06
  • An Illiad
    Author: Baricco, Alessandro
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 030726355x Date: 2006
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    The acclaimed author of the bestseller Silk now offers a bold reimagining of our civilization's greatest tale of war: the siege of Troy, as told through the voices of 21 Homeric characters in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination.
    Suggested Reading: Trojan War
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Magic Man
    Author: Base, Ron
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312328095 Date: 2006
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    A charming novel of old Hollywood, first loves, and man with a touch of magic - A mysterious young man named Brae Orrack arrives in Venice, California, in 1928, claiming to be a magic man who can turn stones to bees. Brae also comes carrying a curse. He says he will die unless he can find true love---and find it soon. Is he a con man or is he telling the truth? With Brae, it’s hard to tell. Like Elwood P. Dowd and Harvey, Brae, with his old-fashioned charm and ease, invites the reader to embrace just a little bit of magic. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars | Magicians
    Updated 7.27.06
  • The Begotten: A Novel of the Gifted
    Author: Bergren, Lisa Tawn
    Publisher: Berkley $ 23.95 ISBN: 0425210162 Date: 2006
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    An ancient prophecy threatens the foundation of the church . . . and those who dare to die for what they believe, in this first book in a continuing series by the bestselling author of Refuge, God Gave Us You, and The Captain's Bride.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 10.16.06
  • The Unyielding Clamor of the Night
    Author: Bissoondath, Neil
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1596911972 Date: 2006
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    A mesmerizing novel about the brutal and lasting effects of poverty and violence. Arun, a young man of privileged background, leaves his home in the prosperous north of his Southeast Asian island nation to teach in the devastated south, where a civil war between the military and rebel insurgents profoundly affects daily life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Ricochet
    Author: Brown, Sandra
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25.95 ISBN: 0743289331 Date: 2006
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    Ricochet's plot twists -- as only Sandra Brown can write them -- and palpable suspense combine to create this gripping thriller, in which a decent cop's worst enemy may be his own conscience, and trusting the wrong person could mean the difference between life and death.
    Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Every Visible Thing
    Author: Carey, Lisa
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066212898 Date: 2006
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    The author of In the Country of the Young and The Mermaids Singing presents a darkly absorbing, deeply realistic portrait of adolescence and a family that must learn to face its past in order to find a future.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Trouble in High Heels
    Author: Dodd, Christina
    Publisher: Signet $ 7.99 ISBN: 0451219120 Date: 2006
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    When she discovers her fianc has left for Vegas to marry someone else, Brandi Michaels spends a sultry night with a gorgeous Italian named Roberto for revenge. Brandi soon becomes the target of a killer, and somehow her new lover is more of a stranger than she thought.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Keep
    Author: Egan, Jennifer
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 1400043921  Date: 2006
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    The author of Look at Me, a National Book Award finalist, returns with a brilliantly constructed work of intellectual suspense that takes on the lure of history, the cacophony of modern life, the power of the imagination, the meaning of escape, and the uncanny similarities between technology and the supernatural.
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Anomaly
    Author: Fleming, Anne
    Publisher: Raincoast $ 24.95 ISBN: 1551929252 Date: 2006
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    Like Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye, Anomaly explores the dynamics of female relationships in a Toronto that many people remember, but that no longer exists. Set in the 1970s as the city evolved into an international hub, the novel centers around four women: two sisters, Glynnis and Carol, just coming of age. As the two girls struggle to navigate their stormy relationship, the events of a turbulent era are reflected in the lives of all four women. Each suffers a loss of innocence -- and so too does the city. Detailed, emotionally complex, and rich with exceptionally well-drawn characters, Anomaly is a debut novel that lives up to its promise. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.4.06
  • Ancestor Stones
    Author: Forna, Aminatta
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139448 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    A dark rock the shape of a man's cigar. A broken pebble, open like a split plum. A stone with a dimple that fitted my thumb. A twinkling crystal. A pale three-cornered stone. I won't say I found them quickly. Not at all. Bobbio helped me. But even then, there were some I never found, whose faces I did not remember as well as I imagined. The Ancestors, my mother called them. Her murmured chant, once engraved upon my brain, now suddenly was gone. The effort of remembering turned into a great rock. Then, when I finally abandoned the effort, the words appeared, like a sculpture carved out of sandstone. And now I recognize them for what they are. Names. The name of my mother's mother. Of my grandmother. Of my great-grandmother and her mother. The women who went before. The women who made me. Each stone chosen and given in memory of a woman to her daughter. So that their spirits would be recalled each time the stone was held, warmed by a human hand, and cast on the ground to ask for help. And as the names emerged from the shadows, I saw how in taking them from her my father had destroyed my mother. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories
    Author: Fountain, Ben
    Publisher: Ecco $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060885580 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Through Fountain's rounded and novelistic prose, these intelligent and keenly observed stories are painted in provocative and vibrant detail across a global canvas. Brief Encounters with Che Guevara marks the arrival of a striking and resonant new voice that speaks adeptly to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Helen of Troy
    Author: George, Margaret
    Publisher: Viking $ 27.95 ISBN: 0670037788 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the bestselling author of Autobiography of Henry VIII, Memoirs of Cleopatra, and Mary, Called Magdalene, among others, comes a lush, seductive novel of the legendary beauty whose face "launched a thousand ships," the mythic woman who was Helen of Troy.
    Suggested Reading: Trojan War
    Updated 6.5.06
  • Dollar Daze: the Bottom Dollar Girls in Love
    Author: Gillespie, Karen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 19.95 ISBN: 0743264290 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Traveling love's rocky road keeps the Bottom Dollar Girls asking, "How can you still believe in romance?," but in this big-hearted novel, friendship never falters through tears and laughter.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Golden Country
    Author: Gilmore, Jennifer
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743288637 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    Gilmore reinvents the classic Jewish American novel in her ambitious and extraordinary debut that follows the intertwining lives of three immigrant families from the 1920s to 1960s.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Just One of Those Flings
    Author: Hern, Candace
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 ISBN: 0451219201 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Following In the Thrill of the Night, this entry in Hern's Merry Widows series finds Beatrice, Lady Somerfield, too busy overseeing her own daughters and niece to take a lover for herself. Until one night at a ball a masked stranger makes her realize the delights she's been missing.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Sloth
    Author: Hernandez, Gilbert
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.99 ISBN: 1401203663 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Kept: A Novel of Sex, Manners, and My Blue Blood
    Author: Hong, Y. Euny
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743286839 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Snob chic meats social satire in this wickedly funny debut novel about a fallen member of the Korean royal family who becomes a courtesan once her family stops footing her bills.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Squirrel Mother
    Author: Kelso, Megan
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 16.95 ISBN: 1560977469 Date: 2006
    starPW
    The Squirrel Mother is Megan Kelso's second collection of graphic short stories, all of which originally appeared in various magazines and anthologies between 2000 and 2005.
    Kelso's work is characterized by subject matter that fits roughly into two disparate camps: personal and semi-autobiographical stories that draw heavily on the details of her childhood and adolescence, and stories about the idea of America and American history, such as a trilogy of short pieces about Alexander Hamilton. Her work is distinguished from many of her contemporaries as much by her spare, elegant, calligraphic linework, leisurely pacing, and psychological acuity as it is by the absence of nihilism, scatology, pedantry, and formal experimentalism. Her work is charming, witty, nuanced, slightly elusive, and sharply observed. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Giraffe
    Author: Ledgard, J.M.
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200998 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Using prose reminiscent of Italo Calvino or Milan Kundera, J.M. Ledgard bases his astounding novel on the true story of the largest herd of giraffes ever held in captivity, which met its demise at the hands of communist secret police in a small Czechoslovakian town in the early 1970s.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Coronado: Stories
    Author: Lehane, Dennis
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 006113967x Date: 2006
    starLJstarKirkus
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA
    Author: Meister, Ellen
    Publisher: Morrow $ 22.95 ISBN: 0060818638 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Three women come together when Hollywood announces plans to shoot a movie in their children's schoolyard. "Ellen Meister's characters are so funny, smart, and real, I feel like I've made three new friends!"--Lisa Kudrow.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Alligator
    Author: Moore, Lisa
    Publisher: Grove $ 13 ISBN: 0802170250 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Left Bank
    Author: Muir, Kate
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670037710 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    In this sophisticated, fun, and delightfully satirical look at family life along Paris's most exclusive neighborhood, Kate Muir, a columnist for "The Times" of London, offers a devilishly sneaky, chic, and ironic peek at the glittering inhabitants of the Left Bank.
    Updated 4.24.06
  • Wizard of the Crow
    Author: Ngũ gĩ Wa Thiong'o
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 30 ISBN: 037542248x Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    In exile now for more than 20 years, the author has become one of the most widely read contemporary African writers. This volume is an ambitious attempt to sum up the Africa of the 20th century in the context of two thousand years of world history. Multiple themes of globalization, greed, power, love, corruption, and resurrection of the spirit are explored.
    Updated 7.24.06
  • For King and Country
    Author: Sedley, Kate
    Publisher: Severn $ 28.95 ISBN: 0727864068 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    It is 1642, and civil war is beginning to split England in half. The dashing Cavaliers swear loyalty to the Crown; the stern Puritans vow to risk all for liberty and their God. Torn between two men and two loyalties, Lilias Pride hopes to flee love and peril and find safety in the New World of America, yet she cannot escape her heart--or her destiny.
    Updated 8.7.06
  • Like Sheep Gone Astray
    Author: Sherrod, Leslie J.
    Publisher: Walk Worthy $ 12.99 ISBN: 0446697052 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This emotionally infused debut novel follows a young minister trying to right the wrongs he committed when he placed his love of money above all else.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction | Debuts | African American Stars
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Return of the Player
    Author: Tolkien, Michael
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802118011 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Published to great acclaim and adapted into a celebrated movie by Robert Altman, The Player was a brilliant satire of Hollywood. Now, it's 15 years later and film executive Griffin Mill is back. After getting away with murder, Griffin has risen up the ranks of the studio--but not to the top.
    Suggsted Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars
    Updated 6.1.06
  • Pound by Pound
    Author: Toole, F.X.
    Publisher: Ecco $ 25.95 ISBN: 006088133x Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    This posthumously published novel by the critically acclaimed author of Million Dollar Baby follows a legendary boxing trainer and a young man trying to make a name for himself as both are forced to fight on in the face of pain, to overcome obstacles, and confront their demons--in and out of the ring.
    Updated 5.15.06
  • Happiness Sold Separately
    Author: Winston, Lolly
    Publisher: Warner $ 21.95 ISBN: 0446533068 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    The bestselling author of Good Grief delivers her eagerly awaited new novel, a darkly funny and messy love story about what happens when people meet the wrong person at the wrong time and have to make it all right.
    Updated 6.9.06
  • A Woman in Jerusalem
    Author: Yehoshua, Abraham B.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151012261 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    A victim of a suicide bombing lies nameless in a hospital morgue, and a Jerusalem newspaper accuses her employer of "gross negligence and inhumanity." Overwhelmed by guilt, her employer entrusts the task of identifying and burying the victim to another employee. As the facts of the woman's life take shape, the employee yields to feelings of regret and atonement.
    Updated 6.28.06

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  • How This Life Is Different: Stories
    Author: Albert, Elisa
    Publisher: Free $ 18 ISBN: 0743291271 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    "Titled to reflect the customary question asked at Passover, these ten stories by debut writer Albert explore traditional Jewish rituals with youthful, irreverent exuberance as her characters transition into marriage and child-rearing."--"Publishers Weekly."
    Updated 6.9.06
  • Cellophane
    Author: Arana, Marie
    Publisher: Dial $ 24 ISBN: 0385336640 Date: 2006
    star PWstar Booklist
    From noted writer and National Book Award finalist Arana comes a debut novel with all the power and grace of her acclaimed memoir, American Chica.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Judas Field: A Novel of the Civil War
    Author: Bahr, Howard
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805067396 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    It's been 20 years since Cass Wakefield returned from the Civil War to his hometown in Mississippi, but he is still haunted by battlefield memories. Now, one afternoon in 1885, he is presented with a chance to literally retrace his steps from the past and face the truth behind the events that led to the loss of so many friends and comrades.
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Ruby
    Author: Block, Francesca Lia & Carmen Staton
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0060840579 Date: 2006
    starPW
    From the author of Necklace of Kisses comes a modern-day fairy tale of a willful and intuitive heroine and a world of shocking realism and transcendent magic.
    Updated 3.21.06
  • Twenty Times a Lady
    Author: Bosnak, Karyn
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 13.95 ISBN: 0060828358 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    In this smart, hilarious novel, a 29-year-old Manhattanite who's obsessed with her "number"--she's vowed not to have sex with more than 20 men--learns how many men it takes to find true love.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Talk Talk
    Author: Boyle, T.C.
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670037702 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In a novel that is at once a thrilling road trip across America and a moving tale about love, language, and who we are, the bestselling author of The Inner Circle and Drop City offers a timely story about a woman in desperate pursuit of a man who has stolen her identity.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • The Natural Disorder of Things
    Author: Canobbia, Andrea
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374219613 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Claudio Fratta is obsessed with wreaking vengeance on the loan shark who bankrupted his father; pursuing an enigmatic, alluring woman; and wracked with guilt at having watched his brother die from an overdose. For Claudio, his history is a burden, a legacy of guilt, silence, and misunderstanding.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Winkie
    Author: Chase, Clifford
    Publisher: Grove $ 17.95 ISBN: 0802118305 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkusstar Booklist
    In Cliff Chase's scathingly funny and surprisingly humane debut novel, the zeitgeist assumes the form of a one-foot-tall ursine Everyman--a mild-mannered teddy bear named Winkie who comes to life and finds himself on the wrong side of America's war on terror. After suffering decades of neglect from the children who once loved him, Winkie realizes that taking charge of his fate is as simple as knowing that he can do it, and so he hurls himself off the shelf, jumps out the window, and takes to the forest. But just as he is discovering the joys and wonders of mobility, self-determination, even true love, this small brown creature of indeterminate gender gets trapped in the jaws of a society gone rabid with fear and paranoia. Having come upon the cabin of the mad professor who stole his beloved, Winkie is suddenly surrounded by the FBI, who instantly conclude that he is the evil mastermind behind dozens of terrorist attacks that have been traced to the forest. Terrified and confused, Winkie is brought to trial, where the prosecution attempts to seal the little bear's fate by calling upon witnesses from the trials of Galileo, Socrates, John Scopes, and Oscar Wilde. Emotionally gripping and intellectually compelling, Winkie introduces the most memorable protagonist since the Velveteen Rabbit, and--with the help of a lesbian Moslem cleaning woman, a stuttering attorney, and a Lacan-spewing bear cub--brilliantly exposes the cruel absurdities of our age and explores what it means to be human in an increasingly barbaric world. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | All Stars
    Updated 5.16.06
  • That Summer in Paris
    Author: Dawesar, Abha
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385517491 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Prem Rustum, a celebrated aging Indian novelist, unexpectedly meets Maya, a vibrant aspiring writer, and surprises himself by following her to Paris. In the slow, sensuous summer that follows, Prem looks back on his muses, his art, and his lost loves.
    Updated 3.8.06
  • The Driftless Area
    Author: Drury, Tom
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 22 ISBN: 087113943x Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In its tender, cool irony, The Driftless Area recalls the best of neonoir, and its cast of bona fide small-town eccentrics adrift in the American Midwest makes for a deeply pleasurable read from a beloved author.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • On a Highland Shore
    Author: Givens, Kathleen
    Publisher: Pocket $ 14 ISBN: 1416509909 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    This lushly detailed and panoramic historical novel set in Scotland during the pivotal year 1263--when the Norsemen were finally banished--is the story of a courageous young woman of Clan MacDonald who, with the help of an Irish warrior, rebuilds her life after a Norse invasion.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Across a Hundred Mountains
    Author: Grande, Reyna
    Publisher: Atria $ 23 ISBN: 0743269578 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Grande puts a human face on the epic story about those who make it across the border into America, those who never make it across, and those who are left behind.
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow
    Author: Guene, Faiza
    Publisher: Harvest $ 13 ISBN: 0156030489 Date: 2006
    starLJstarKirkus
    Disarmingly funny and fresh, Gune's debut novel is a hopeful, wise, and intimate portrait of Arab immigrant life, as it follows Doria, a 15-year-old Muslim French girl living in the infamous Paradise projects of suburban Paris.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Lost Girls and Love Hotels
    Author: Hanrahan, Catherine
    Publisher: Perennial $ 13.95 ISBN: 0060846844 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Margaret is doing everything to forget home, and Tokyo's nightlife teeming with intoxicants, pornography, and three-hour love hotels enables her to keep her demons at bay. An affair with a mysterious gangster could spell tragedy for her in a city where it's all too easy to disappear.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Waking Lazarus
    Author: HInes, T.L.
    Publisher: Bethany $ 18.99 ISBN: 0764202049 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Jude Allman has died and come back to life three times. The modern-day Lazarus escapes into the vastness of Montana until prowling evil circles his adopted hometown. Children are disappearing, and Jude may have the key to solving the crimes. What if he's been brought back just for this moment?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Between Georgia
    Author: Jackson, Joshilyn
    Publisher: Warner $ 22.99 ISBN: 0446524425 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkus
    The author of Gods in Alabama returns with a heartwarming story of a young Southern woman caught between a decades-old family feud and the realization of her dreams.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time: A Novel
    Author: Jensen, Liz
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1596911883 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    From the author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax comes a thrillingly imagined rollercoaster of a novel bursting with sex, time travel, and true love.
    Updated 4.24.06
  • Flight
    Author: Kibuishi, Kazu (edt)
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345490398 Date: 2006
    starPW
    In this highly anticipated third graphic anthology of short stories, some of the best artists in the field show their talents. Includes the full-color work of top animators at Pixar, DreamWorks, and other studios, emerging Web cartoonists, and established comic book and graphic novel creators.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 6.1.06
  • Lost Hearts in Italy
    Author: Lee, Andrea
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 1400061695 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    From National Book Award nominee Andrea Lee comes a lush, sophisticated novel about a young American abroad in Rome caught in the center of a heated love triangle.
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Londonstani
    Author: Malkani, Gautam
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200971 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Malkani's extraordinary debut comic novel portrays the lives of young Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu men in the ethnically challenged enclave of one of the biggest western cities, London.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Espresso Tales
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Anchor $ 13.95 ISBN: 0307275973 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Alexander McCall Smith's many fans will welcome the second installment in the bestselling 44 Scotland Street series. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Gallatin Canyon: Stories
    Author: McGuane, Thomas
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 1400041562 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This superb collection of stories--his first in 20 years--is from one of the country's most acclaimed literary figures, whom "The New York Times Book Review" has called "a writer of the first magnitude."
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Turning's Delirium
    Author: Paz Soldan, Edmundo
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 061854139x Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    The town of Rio Fugitivo is on the verge of a social revolution--a war waged electronically, where computer viruses are the weapons and hackers the revolutionaries. This is an edgy story about personal responsibility and complicity in a world defined by the ever-increasing gulfs between the global and the local, the virtual and the real.
    Updated 5.22.06
  • Mad About Max
    Author: Plumley, Lisa
    Publisher: Zebra $ 6.50 ISBN: 0821776975 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Will appeal to fans of light romantic comedies by such authors as Susan Anderson, Rachel Gibson, Patti Berg, and Kasey Michaels.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Flirting With Forty
    Author: Porter, Jane
    Publisher: 5 Spot $ 12.99 ISBN: 0446697265 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The award-winning author of The Frog Prince, returns with a delightful story of a single mom who finds unexpected romance with a much younger man.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit
    Updated 7.11.06
  • History Lessons for Girls
    Author: Sheehan, Aurelie
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670037672 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Reminiscent of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, this luminous novel, set against the backdrop of the often hilariously tacky and disturbingly reckless 1970s, is at once an emotional inquest into and an elegy for a friendship that meant everything.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Pattycake and Friends
    Author: Roberts, Scott
    Publisher: Slave Labor $ 12.95 ISBN: 1593620349 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Works Stars
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Seven Loves
    Author: Trueblood, Valerie
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316058939 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    This powerful novel about love and memory follows the seven major relationships in one woman's life.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Single In Suburbia
    Author: Wax, Wendy
    Publisher: Bantam $ 6.99 ISBN: 0553588974 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Desperate Housewives meets "Sex in the City" when three suburban women with nothing in common but ties to a losing Little League team decide to spice up their lives.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Banquet Bug
    Author: Yan, Geling
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 1401366651 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Updated 5.10.06

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