Fiction Stars 2007

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.



June
  • What You Have Left
    Author: Allison, Will
    Publisher: Free $23 ISBN: 9781416541394 Date: 2007
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    This powerful first novel, shot through with sly humor and a knowing sympathy for human weakness, examines the weight of history, the nature of loss, and the possibility of forgiveness.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.2.07
  • The Blood of Flowers
    Author: Amirrezvani, Anita
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316065764 Date: 2007
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    A dazzling debut novel about a young woman in 17th-century Persia whose gift as a rug designer transforms her life.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Cat O'Nine Tales
    Author: Archer, Jeffrey
    Publisher: St Martins $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780312362645 Date: 2007
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    The fifth collection of irresistible short stories from a master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and unexpected conclusions, this new collection of 12 short stories has the added bonus of illustrations by acclaimed artist Ronald Searle.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Blaze: A Posthumous Novel
    Author: Bachman, Richard/Stephen King
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 9781416554844 Date: 2007
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    Updated 5.21.07
  • Uncertain Hour
    Author: Browner, Jesse
    Publisher: Bloomsbur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781596913394 Date: 2007
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    a.d. 66: Having been falsely implicated in a plot to assassinate the emperor Nero, Titus Petronius has a choice: await the executioner at dawn, or die a noble Roman death by his own hand. With the fateful dawn approaching, he recalls the great love affair of his life, and his years as Nero’ s “ Arbiter of Elegance.” Not until the very end will he bequeath his magnum opus, The Satyricon,to posterity.   Exquisitely written and profoundly moving, The Uncertain Hour is a vivid portrait of life in ancient Rome and a gripping entrée into the mind of a great man during his final hours. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Sarah's Key
    Author: De Rosnay, Tatiana
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312370831 Date: 2007
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    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
    Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
    Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.
    Suggested Reading: WWII Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.31.07
  • The Maytrees
    Author: Dillard, Annie
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061239533 Date: 2007
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    In this beautiful, powerfully moving novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dillard displays penetrating insight into the human condition. Evocative, engrossing, and profound, this is a remarkable story about the unknowable, unbreakable bonds of love and family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible
    Author: Grossman, Austin
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780375424861 Date: 2007
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    Doctor Impossible— evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator— languishes in a federal detention facility. He's lost his freedom, his girlfriend, and his hidden island fortress.
    Over the years he's tried to take over the world in every way imaginable: doomsday devices of all varieties (nuclear, thermonuclear, nanotechnological) and mass mind control. He's traveled backwards in time to change history, forward in time to escape it. He's commanded robot armies, insect armies, and dinosaur armies. Fungus army. Army of fish. Of rodents. Alien invasions. All failures. But not this time. This time it’ s going to be different...
    Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built to be the next generation of warfare. Filling the void left by a slain former member, we watch as Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil.
    Soon I Will Be Invincible is a thrilling first novel; a fantastical adventure that gives new meaning to the notions of power, glory, responsibility, and (of course) good and evil. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.4.07
  • North River
    Author: Hamill, Pete
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.99ISBN: 9780316340588 Date: 2007
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    In his first book since the bestselling Forever, Hamill returns with a love story set during the Depression against the backdrop of some of New York Citys toughest streets.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Achivist's Story
    Author: Holland, Travis
    Publisher: Dial $ 23 ISBN: 9780385339957 Date: 2007
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    In the recesses of the infamous Lubyanka prison, a young archivist is sent to authenticate an unsigned story confiscated from one of the political prisoners there. Holland has woven a tale of Pavel's private act of courage in a story of suspense, courage, and unexpected avenues of grace.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
    Author: Hosseini, Khaled
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 18 ISBN: 9781594489501 Date: 2007
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    Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a classic, Hosseinis latest novel is at once an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation found in love.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Inglorious
    Author: Kavenna, Joanna
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 24 ISBN: 9780805081893 Date: 2007
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    A darkly comic novel about a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown, set against the backdrop of a London awash with faithless lovers, cutthroat strivers, and so-called friends. In a remarkable fiction debut, Joanna Kavenna displays lacerating wit, a perfect eye for social hypocrisies, and great depths of compassion to create a triumphant modern heroine. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Consequences
    Author: Lively, Penelope
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95ISBN: 9780670038565 Date: 2007
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    The Booker Prize-winning authors first novel since The Photograph is a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous century--its major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • On Chesil Beach
    Author: McEwan, Ian
    Publisher: Talese $ 22 ISBN: 9780385522403 Date: 2007
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    A novel of remarkable depth and poignancy, McEwan has caught with understanding and compassion the innocence of a newly married couple--both virgins--in 1962, when marriage was presumed to be the outward sign of maturity and independence.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Michael Tolliver Lives
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780060761356 Date: 2007
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    The internationally bestselling author of Tales of the City revisits his gay Everyman from the series, allowing the 55-year-old Michael Tolliver to tell his story in his own voice. Brimming with gentle insights about the human condition, this is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully.
    Updated 5.3.07
  • The Collected Stories
    Author: Michaels, Leonard
    Publisher: FSG $ 27.50 ISBN: 9780374126544 Date: 2007
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    Michaels was a master of the short story, and his collections are among the most admired, influential, and exciting of the last half century. This collection brings them back into print, from the astonishing debut "Going Places" to the uncollected last stories.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Last Summer in the World
    Author: Mitchell, Emily
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393064872 Date: 2007
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    An absorbing debut novel about the photograher Edward Steichen's wartime return to France and his reckoning with his painful past. Told with the elegance of Michael Cunningham's The Hours and the historical rendering of Colm Toibin's The Master, The Last Summer of the World captures the life and heart of a great photographer and of a world beset by war. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Photography | Debuts | Historical Fiction | Bio Fiction
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue
    Author: Munoz, Manuel
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 12.95 ISBN: 9781565125322 Date: 2007
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    The interconnected stories that comprise Munoz's collection are the work of an explosive new talent. The recurring characters throughout the stories cross paths in unexpected ways, revealing a neighborhood as an entity that is both embracing and unforgiving.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Gravedigger's Daughter
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    Publisher: Ecco $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780061236822 Date: 2007
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    From one of the greatest literary forces of our time, an intensely realized and masterful epic of a young womans struggle for identity and survival in post-World War II America.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Be Near Me
    Author: O'Hagan, Andrew
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151013036 Date: 2007
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    Father David's presence ignites the suspicions and smoldering hatred of a town that resents strangers, which brings him to a reckoning with the tensions of his past. In this masterfully written novel, O'Hagan explores the emotional and moral contradictions of religious life in a faithless age.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Questions of Faith
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Divisadero
    Author: Ondaatje, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 9780307266354 Date: 2007
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    The eagerly awaited novel by the internationally acclaimed author of The English Patient offers a psychologically intricate, devastating, and beautiful story of how a traumatic event shatters a makeshift family and sets each on a separate course.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • A Day at the Beach
    Author: Schulman, Helen
    Publisher: Hougton $ 24 ISBN: 9780618746545 Date: 2007
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    Taking place over a manic 24 hours, this is a fast-paced, razor-sharp story whose personal tragedy contains sparks of dark humor about American life pre- and post-9/11. It is a story that speaks to memories.
    Suggested Reading: Time
    Updated 3.2.07
  • The Beautiful Miscellaneous
    Author: Smith, Dominic
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 978074327123 Date: 2007
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    Updated 6.4.07
  • Throw Like a Girl: Stories
    Author: Thompson, Jean
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 13 ISBN: 9781416541820 Date: 2007
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    From the celebrated author of Who Do You Love comes this collection of 12 new stories that take dead aim at the secrets of womanhood, describing the change from youth to experience in taut, moving prose.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • If Today Be Sweet
    Author: Umrigar, Thrity
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061240232 Date: 2007
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    In this exquisite novel rich with emotion, beauty, and texture, the bestselling author of The Space Between Us explores the trials a woman faces after her husband dies.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Sheer Abandon
    Author: Vincenzi, Penny
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385519885 Date: 2007
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    Three young women met at the start of their student travels; one of them abandoned a baby girl at Heathrow a year later. Kate, now a beautiful teenager, sets out to find her birth mother--a quest that unexpectedly brings the women together and exposes this long-buried secret.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Forgive Me
    Author: Ward, Amanda Eyre
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN:9780345494467 Date: 2007
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    From the beloved author of How to Be Lost, comes this gripping, ambitious novel about a journalist chasing stories around the world, the photographer she loves and betrays, and the boy whose story begins to eclipse her own.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Shadow Catcher
    Author: Wiggins, Marianne
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 9780743265201 Date: 2007
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    Following her National Book Award finalist Evidence of Things Unseen, Wiggins turns her literary imagination to the American West, where the life of legendary photographer Edward S. Curtis is the basis for a resonant exploration of history and family, landscape and legacy.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Photography | Bio Fiction | Historical Fiction
    Updated 5.3.07

 


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May
  • Cataloochee
    Author: Caldwell, Wayne
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781400063437 Date: 2007
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    A classic novel of place and family, set in the mountains of western North Carolina--as profoundly moving as the landscape itself and as full of revenge and love as folk song.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Five Skies
    Author: Carlson, Ron
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780670038503 Date: 2007
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    Award-winning short story writer Carlsons first novel in 30 years delivers a stirring tale about three men confronting their pasts and their purpose.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Shelter Mountain
    Author: Carr, Robyn
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780778324294 Date: 2007
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    The second book of Carr's Virgin River trilogy. Having found solace from her abusive marriage in Virgin River, Paige meets Preacher, who has taken her and her son under his protective wing. Paige knows a good man when she sees one, and it's not long before she's falling in love with him.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Bobie Faye's Very (Very, Very, Very) Bad Day
    Author: Causey, Toni Mcgee
    Publisher: Griffin $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780312354480 Date: 2007
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    Causey's exceptional debut novel is a fast-paced and hysterically funny caper, starring Bobbie Faye--a gutsy, spirited, and take-charge heroine who is equal parts trouble and spunk.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Yiddish Policeman's Union
    Author: Chabon, Michael
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780007149827 Date: 2007
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    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay pens an homage to the stylish menace of 1940s noir, in a novel that imagines if Alaska, not Israel, had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.2.07
  • The Girl with the Golden Shoes
    Author: Channer, Colin
    Publisher: Akashic $ 13.95 ISBN: 9781933354262 Date: 2007
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    Set in 1942 on the imagined island of San Carlos, a cultural cocktail of Trinidad, Cuba, and Jamaica, this is the story of Estrella Thompson, a headstrong fourteen-year-old girl who's forced to fend for herself when she's banished from the isolated fishing village where she's lived all her life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.11.07
  • Not Quite a Lady
    Author: Chase, Loretta
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780061231230 Date: 2007
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    One of romance's most beloved authors returns with this sultry tale about three slightly scandalous ladies and the rakish men who show them what love truly means.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Nature of Monsters
    Author: Clark, Clare
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 9780151012060 Date: 2007
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    Following her successful debut of The Great Stink--a "New York Times" Editors' Choice selection--Clark has created another transporting novel with exquisite prose, dark humor, and a historian's eye for detail.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Saving Erasmus
    Author: Cleaver, Steven
    Publisher: Paraclete $ 21.95 ISBN: 9781557254986 Date: 2007
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    A modern-day Jonah tries desperately to save the small town of Erasmus only to discover that he, himself, is the one who needs saving.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Pesthouse
    Author: Crace, Jim
    Publisher: Nan A Talese $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385520751 Date: 2007
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    With spectacular originality and the ability to move readers effortlessly into the world of his imagination, Crace imagines an America of the future where a man and a woman trek across a devastated and dangerous landscape, finding strength in each other and an unexpected love.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Varieties of Disturbance: Stories
    Author: Davis, Lydia
    Publisher: FSG $ 13 ISBN: 9780374281731 Date: 2007
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    In her fourth collection, Davis extends her reach as never before in stories that take every form from sociological studies to concise poems. No two of these fictions are alike, yet Davis rearranges readers' view of the world by looking beyond preconceptions to reveal a bizarre truth.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Falling Man
    Author: DeLillo, Don
    Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 9781416546023 Date: 2007
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    In this essential work of fiction, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships and reconfigured Americas perceptions of the world in a novel that is beautiful, heartbreaking, and, ultimately, redemptive.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | 9/11
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Sea Lady
    Author: Drabble, Margaret
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151012633 Date: 2007
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    This is the story of Humphrey Clark and Ailsa Kelman, who spent a summer together as children in Ornemouth. As they journey back to receive honorary degrees, they take stock of their lives over the past 30 years, their careers, and their shared personal entanglements.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • If You Awaken Love
    Author: Elon, Emuna
    Publisher: Toby $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781592641451 Date: 2007
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    Set in Israel between the Six Day War and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, If You Awaken Love is the intensely moving story of a stormy and spiritual young girl and her love-hate relationships with her childhood sweetheart, with her father, and with God. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.12.07
  • The Ministry of Special Cases
    Author: Englander, Nathan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 9780375404931 Date: 2007
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    The long-awaited first novel from the author of the sensational short-story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges is a stunning historical tale set at the start of Argentina's Dirty War, a hallucinatory journey into a forbidden city and a world of terror.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Debuts
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Unknown Terrorist
    Author: Flanagan, Richard
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 9780802118516 Date: 2007
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    From the internationally acclaimed author of Gould's Book of Fish comes an astonishing new novel, a riveting portrayal of a society driven by fear. What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country? Gina Davies is about to find out when, after a night spent with an attractive stranger, she becomes a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. In The Unknown Terrorist, one of the most brilliant writers working in the English language today turns his attention to the most timely of subjects -- what our leaders tell us about the threats against us, and how we cope with living in fear. Chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar, The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes a nation ever closer to the breaking point.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Folded World
    Author: Gaige, Amity
    Publisher: Other $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781590512487 Date: 2007
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    Acclaimed author Gaige returns with this story of an idealistic young social worker drawn into the lives of his mentally ill clients, revealing the joys and devastations of life.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • Joshua's Family
    Author: Girzone, Joseph F.
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780385517140 Date: 2007
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    In this follow-up to The Parables of Joshua, Girzone travels back in time, painting a captivating portrait of the mother and father who nurtured Joshua, and of the friends and neighbors who viewed the unusually precocious child with an uneasy balance of wonder and skepticism.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Beyond Sleep
    Author: Hermans, W.F.
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781585675838 Date: 2007
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    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Descendants
    Author: Hemmings, Kaui Hart
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781400066339 Date: 2007
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    Narrated in a fearless voice full of bold hilarity and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, this is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes: Stories
    Author: Holthe, Tess Uriza
    Publisher: Crown $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307351852 Date: 2007
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    Updated 3.2.07
  • Ghenghis: A Novel of Ghenghis Khan
    Author: Iggulden, Conn
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 9780385339513 Date: 2007
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    Iggulden, the acclaimed author of the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar, now offers an account of the life of Genghis Khan.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.5.07
  • Stormy Weather
    Author: Jiles, Paulette
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060537326 Date: 2007
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    From the author of the critically acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller Enemy Women comes an eagerly anticipated, stirring work of fiction set against the dark days of the Great Depression.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Dark Seduction
    Author: Joyce, Brenda
    Publisher: Hqn $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780373772339 Date: 2007
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    Malcolm of Dunroch is a newly chosen Master, a novice to his extraordinary powers. But he has broken his vows and a young woman's death is on his hands. Malcolm is determined to fight his darkest desires, denying himself all pleasure--until fate sends him another Innocent in this first book of a new paranormal series.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 5.1.07
  • A Tendering in the Storm
    Author: Kirkpatrick, Jane
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 13.99 ISBN: 9781578567355 Date: 2007
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    This lyrical novel gives voice to a mother's fears for her family and a woman's search for her truest self in the second book of the Change and Cherish series set in the 1850s in a remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Fresh Fields
    Author: Kocan, Peter
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781933372297 Date: 2007
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    Homeless and alone, a disturbed youth drifts between town and the Australian Outback, growing increasingly isolated and distrustful in a society lacking the means and seemingly the will to help him. He is coerced by strange voices and haunted by a history of family violence. This compelling coming-of-age novel tells Peter Kocan's own story, offering us an intimate portrait of the dark forces at work in the evolution of a loner. "No more authentic study of this type of loner exists," wrote The Times, naming Fresh Fields book of the year in 2005. "Taxi Driver is a melodrama by comparison." - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Allah Is Not Obliged
    Author: Kourouma, Ahmadou
    Publisher: Anchor $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780307279576 Date: 2007
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    A powerful and affecting novel of Africa's child-soldiers by French Africa's preeminent novelist, this masterpiece is, at once, powerful, terrible, and bitterly funny.
    Suggested Reading: Child Soldiers
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Fellow Travelers
    Author: Mallon, Thomas
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 9780375423482 Date: 2007
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    From the highly acclaimed author of Bandbox and Dewey Defeats Truman comes a searing historical novel about the competing claims of faith, love, and politics during the McCarthy era.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | McCarthy
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Imposture
    Author: Markovits, Benjamin
    Publisher: Norton $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780393329735 Date: 2007
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    A love affair based on a case of mistaken identity is set in an impeccable re-creation of 19th-century London.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.5.07
  • The Big Girls
    Author: Moore, Susanna
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 9781400041909 Date: 2007
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    From the acclaimed author of In the Cut, an electrifying new novel that has at its heart a crime of unfathomable horror and its effects on three profoundly different women whose lives are inextricably joined.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • After Dark
    Author: Murakami, Haruki
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780307265838 Date: 2007
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    With his trademark humor and psychological insight, Murakami's power of observation plays out in this sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn.
    Suggested Reading: Time
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey
    Author: Palahniuk, Chuck
    Publisher: Doublday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385517874 Date: 2007
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    In this fictional oral history, Buster "Rant" Casey's friends, enemies, admirers, detractors, and relations have their say about him--an evil character who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Devils in the Sugar Shop
    Author: Schaffert, Timothy
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781932961331 Date: 2007
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    The lives of a failed erotic novelist, a hostess of prim sex-toy parties, an artist and a bookshop owner pursued by a demented if harmless stalker all members of the artsy crowd in Omaha, Nebraska collide one snowy winter evening, the week before Valentine's Day. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.1.07
  • When We Get There
    Author: Seliy, Shauna
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781596913509 Date: 2007
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    Over the course of one winter in 1974, in the coal-mining town of Banning, Pennsylvania, the youngest member of a large and boisterous Eastern European family gives himself a tall order: to find his mother, who recently disappeared without explanation.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Body Surfing
    Author: Shreve, Anita
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316059855 Date: 2007
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    A spellbinding novel about a young widow torn between two brothers she meets one New England summer, Body Surfing is from the bestselling author of A Wedding in December and The Pilot's Wife, an Oprah Book Club selection.
    Updated 2.1.07
  • In the Driver's Seat: Stories
    Author: Simpson, Helen
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 9780307265227 Date: 2007
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    A dark, dazzling, surprisingly funny new collection of stories about single women and wives in various phases of midlife engaged in an often-futile search for security and consolation.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • False Witness
    Author: Singer, Randy D.
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 13.99 ISBN: 9781400073344 Date: 2007
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    Hoping to gain some practical insight, three bored law students volunteer at the legal aid clinic. But when they discover that their assigned client is a deceptive computer genius---hunted by the government and the Mafia---can they keep his secret Internet code out of the wrong hands and still live to see graduation?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Nine
    Author: Stasiuk, Andrzej
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 9780151010646 Date: 2007
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    Pawel, a young businessman in debt to loan sharks, wakes up one April morning in a sea of debris, broken glass, ripped upholstery, and clothes spilling out of the wardrobe. He turns to two friends for help: Bolek, a former coal miner, now a drug dealer who lives in tasteless luxury; and Jacek, an addict, who is himself on the run through Warsaw, a washed-out city, a hostile landscape of apartment blocks, railroad stations, wild gardens, factories, and suburban wastelands.
    In this novel Andrzej Stasiuk portrays a generation of Poles, freed from outdated ideologies but left feeling adrift and disconnected from family, neighbors, and friends. At once existential crime fiction and a work of art, Nine establishes Stasiuk as a major voice in European literature. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Ghostwalk
    Author: Stott, Rebecca
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385521062 Date: 2007
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    A stunningly original display of scholarship and imagination, and a gripping story of desire and obsession, Stott's novel is a rare debut that will change the way many readers think about scientific innovation, the force of history, and time itself.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Ghostwalk
    Updated 6.4.07
  • The Chrysalis
    Author: Terrell, H.B.
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780345494665 Date: 2007
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    An international thriller that spans centuries, this stunning debut traces a mysterious Dutch masterpiece through the clutches of the Nazis and into the dark underbelly of today's art world.
    Suggested Reading: Nazi Art | Art
    Updated 10.25.06
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party
    Author: Vreeland, Susan
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670038541 Date: 2007
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    A bestselling author returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved paintings in history: Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party."
    Suggested Reading: Art Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Religion
    Author: Willocks, Tim
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 9780374248659 Date: 2007
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    "Willocks, a novelist (Bad City Blues) and screenwriter (Sin), strikes gold with this epic account of the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565--the first of a planned trilogy featuring Mattias Tannhauser, the son of a Saxon blacksmith".--Publishers Weekly, starred review.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction
    Updated 2.1.07
  • Preliminaries
    Author: Yizhar, S.
    Publisher: Toby $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781592641901 Date: 2007
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    Updated 2.12.07

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  • The Dying Game
    Author: Barton, Beverly
    Publisher: Zebra $ 6.99ISBN: 9780821776896 Date: 2007
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    Gutsy detective Lindsay McAllister is caught up in a game of murder with a twisted killer in this sizzling tale of romantic suspense. Lindsay is determined to stop the fiend with the help of Judd Walker, whose wife was murdered years before by the same killer.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Portrait of an Unknown Woman
    Author: Bennett, Vanora
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061251832 Date: 2007
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    With a striking sense of period detail, Portrait of an Unknown Woman is an unforgettable story of sin and religion, desire and deception. It is the tale of a young woman on the brink of sensual awakening and of a country on the edge of mayhem.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.15.07
  • The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish
    Author: Blackwell, Elise
    Publisher: Unbridled $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781932961317 Date: 2007
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    Louis Proby is an old man now, sitting in his study in New Orleans awaiting what they say is a huge storm, Hurricane Katrina. As he watches the skies darken, he remembers his earlier life, as a watchful, curious young man filled with hunger and desire in Cypress Parish, the life that was washed away when the Mississippi River flooded in 1927.
    He remembers exactly how the Parish was sacrificed to those watersbecause
    the city fathers said it was expendable. They said that flooding Louiss home was necessary to save New Orleans. He has long known that was never the truth. The Parish could have been spared. And he has always known the part his father played in that decision. But what he thinks on now is the dearest cost extracted from him on the day they dynamited the dikes and let the waters flow. He thinks on his first love, Nanette Lanon. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Savage Detectives
    Author: Bolano, Roberto
    Publisher: Faber & Faber $ 27 ISBN: 9780374191481 Date: 2007
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    A polymathic descendant of Borges and Pynchon, Roberto Bolano traces the hidden connection between literature and violence in a world where national boundaries are fluid and death lurks in the shadow of the avant-garde. The Savage Detectives is a dazzling original, the first great Latin American novel of the twenty-first century. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.11.06
  • A Miracle of Catfish
    Author: Brown, Larry
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781565125360 Date: 2007
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    When writer Larry Brown died suddenly in 2004 at the age of fifty-three, he left behind an almost completed sixth novel that embodies all the talent and tenacity of his hard-driven life. Set in the low hills just outside Oxford, Mississippi, very close to Larry Brown's own home, A Miracle of Catfish is the story of one year in the lives of four men and one little boy. In A Miracle of Catfish, Larry Brown's trademark clarity and tenderness, humanity and humor, have been honed to a brilliant edge. As the publisher of his first and all but one of his eight subsequent books, Algonquin is proud to add this classic Brown novel to his extraordinary body of work. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Boomsday
    Author: Buckley, Christopher
    Publisher: Twelve $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446579810 Date: 2007
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    One of America's most hilarious novelists and bestselling author of Thank You for Smoking takes on the plight of aging Baby Boomers in this Swiftian comedy about generational warfare.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Virgin River
    Author: Carr, Robyn
    Publisher: Mira $6.99 ISBN: 9780778324904 Date: 2007
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    When recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees an ad for a midwife-nurse practitioner, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache. Instead, she finds a home in this first novel of a new trilogy.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Speed of Light
    Author: Cercas, Javier
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781596912144 Date: 2007
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    Javier Cercas' third and most ambitious novel has already been heralded in Spain as "daring," "magnificent, complex, and intense," and "a master class in invention and truth."As a young writer, the novel's protagonist--perhaps an apocryphal version of Cercas himself--accepts a post at a Midwestern university and soon he is in the United States, living a simple life, working and writing. It will be years before he understands that his burgeoning friendship with the Vietnam vet Rodney Falk, a strange and solitary man, will reshape his life, or that he will become obsessed with Rodney's mysterious past. Why does Rodney shun the world? Why does he accept and befriend the narrator? And what really happened at the mysterious 'My Khe' incident? Many years pass with these questions unanswered; the two friends drift apart. But as the narrator's literary career takes off, his personal life collapses. Suddenly, impossibly, the novelist finds that Rodney's fate and his own are linked, and the story spirals towards its fascinating, surreal conclusion. Twisting together his own regrets with those of America, Cercas weaves the profound and personal story of a ghostly past.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Bow Grip
    Author: Coyote, Ivan E.
    Publisher: Arsenal Pulp $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781551522135 Date: 2007
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    Ivan E. Coyote is one of North America's most beguiling storytellers and the author of three story collections, including Loose End, which was shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction in 2006. Bow Grip, Coyote's first novel, is a breathtaking story about love and loneliness; in it, a good-hearted, small-town mechanic struggles to deal with a wife who has left him for another woman until a used cello and an acquaintance's suicide attempt compel him to make some changes in his life. With quiet authority, Bow Grip is about one man's true rite of passage-trying to keep the ghosts of personal history at bay with a heart that's as big as the endless prairie sky. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Black Hats: A Novel of Wyatt Earp and Al Capone
    Author: Culhane, Patrick
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060892531 Date: 2007
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    A brilliant, original thriller that re-creates an exciting and dangerous timein American history and brings together Wyatt Earp and Al Capone--two storied and feared crime legends.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Tallgrass
    Author: Dallas, Sandra
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312360191 Date: 2007
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    During World War II, a family finds life turned upside-down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small town. Part thriller, part historical novel, Dallas has written a riveting exploration of the darkest--as well as the best--parts of the human heart.
    Updated 1.19.07
  • Skin
    Author: Dekker, Ted
    Publisher: Westbow $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781595542779 Date: 2007
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    A twisting, unpredictable story of revenge with a shocking premise and numerous reversals, this radically countercultural story asks the question, "what is beauty?" Far more than a philosophical question, its a matter of life and death when a serial killer blazes into Summerville, Nevada.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Sleeping With Strangers
    Author: Dickey, Eric Jerome
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780525949992 Date: 2007
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    Dickey's fans will be delighted by this fast-paced, deadly, and sensual novel that gives them the chance to catch up with some of their favorite characters while introducing a great new bad-boy narrator: a hit man who goes by the name of Gideon.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 2.5.07
  • A Handbook to Luck
    Author: Garcia, Cristina
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 9780307264367 Date: 2007
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    With its cast of vividly drawn characters, ordinary people whose lives are made extraordinary by circumstance both tragic and joyful, this is the author's most beautiful, elegiac, and deeply emotional novel yet.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 1.31.07
  • Human Resource: Stories
    Author: Goldfaden, Josh
    Publisher: Tin House $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780977698912 Date: 2007
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    A pirate saves up for his own restaurant. A litter specialist unclutters the overstuffed homes of the rich. A former "National Geographic" photographer applies his observational skills  to his suburban neighbors. A surfing painter, paralyzed by the recent deaths of his parents, lives in a town of seven. In his second short story collection, award-winning writer Josh Goldfaden limns a magical, witty, and touching world of characters whose hidden compulsions and idiosyncrasies reveal their ultimate humanity.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Helpless
    Author: Gowdy, Barbara
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 24 ISBN: 9780805082883 Date: 2007
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    In this haunting and suspenseful novel of abduction and obsessive love, Gowdy draws on her trademark empathy to create a portrait of love at its most consuming and ambiguous to uncover the volatile point at which desire gives way to the unthinkable.
    Updated 2.19.06
  • Summer People
    Author: Groh, Brian
    Publisher: Ecco $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061210013 Date: 2007
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    A perfect balance of literary and commercial sensibility, Summer People is a big-hearted, immensely satisfying debut novel about friendship, compassion, and social privilege.
    Updated 1.11.06
  • Love and War in California
    Author: Hall, Oakley M.
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312357627 Date: 2007
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    Updated 2.12.07
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist
    Author: Hamid, Mohsin
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 22 ISBN: 9780151013043 Date: 2007
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    Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, which unearths allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • The Camel Bookmobile
    Author: Hamilton, Masha
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061173486 Date: 2007
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    Reminiscent of Reading Lolita in Tehran, The Camel Bookmobile is a captivating novel about a young American woman who leaves her everyday life behind, to bring the joy of reading to a small African village.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • The Raw Shark Texts
    Author: Hall, Steven
    Publisher: Canongate $ 24 ISBN: 9781841959115 Date: 2007
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    Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, The Raw Shark Texts is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • Bird of Another Heaven
    Author: Houston, James D.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 9781400042029 Date: 2007
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    From the author of the highly acclaimed Snow Mountain Passage, this emotional and compassionate novel, set both in modern times and in the late 19th century, tells the compelling story of a California woman who became a consort and confidante of the last king of Hawaii.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.19.07
  • Kalooki Nights
    Author: Jacobson, Howard
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 9781416543428 Date: 2007
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    Longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and hailed by "The Times" (London) as a work of genius, Jacobson's exquisitely written, audaciously funny novel explores the countless questions of postwar Jewish identity.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell
    Author: James, Samantha
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780060896454 Date: 2007
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    An award-winning writer and "USA Today" bestselling author of A Perfect Hero delivers a powerful and sweeping romance in which a sexy but tortured hero has a second chance at love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Custodian of Paradise
    Author: Johnston, Wayne
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393064919 Date: 2007
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    In his new book, Johnston builds on the story he began in The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and gives readers a riveting narrative with Sheilagh Fielding at its heart.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • Dropped From Heaven: Stories
    Author: Judah, Sophie
    Publisher: Schocken $ 23 ISBN: 9780805242485 Date: 2007
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    This marvelous fiction debut is a collection of richly told stories about everyday life within a community of Indian Jews as its ancient culture confronts the modern world.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.11.06
  • Rabid
    Author: Kenyon, T.K.
    Publisher: Kunati $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781601640024 Date: 2007
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    Updated 12.6.06
  • American Youth
    Author: Lemarche, Phil
    Publisher: Random $ 21.95 ISBN: 9781588366054 Date: 2007
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    American Youth is a controlled, essential, and powerful tale of a teenager in southern New England who is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a fatal firearms accident in his home. This tragedy earns him the unwelcome admiration of a sinister group of boys at his school and a girl associated with them. Set in a town riven by social and ideological tensions - an old rural culture in conflict with newcomers - this is a classic portrait of a young man struggling with the idea of identity and responsibility in an America ill at ease with itself. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.6.06
  • Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories of Primo Levi
    Author: Levi, Primo
    Publisher: Norton $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780393064681 Date: 2007
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    The first English publication of 17 classic Primo Levi stories marks the 20th anniversary of his death.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Depths
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    Publisher: New $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781595580894 Date: 2007
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    In Depths, Mankell confirms his status as a writer deserving acclaim beyond the crime genre. By delving deep into the male psyche, he has produced a novel at once tense and compelling, but also powerful, moving, and ultimately tragic.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • Rebels
    Author: Marai, Sandor
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780375407574 Date: 2007
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    The third of the rediscovered novels of the great Hungarian writer is the jolting story of a troubled group of young men on the cusp of life, and death, in World War I.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars
    Updated 3.15.07
  • The Killing Jar
    Author: Monaghan, Nicola
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 9780743299688 Date: 2007
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    This outstanding first novel chronicles the story of a girl growing up on a drug-fueled Nottingham housing estate. The young girl recreates a world of unrelenting bleakness and violence, while showing that love and hope can exist in the most poisoned places.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Season of the Witch
    Author: Mostert, Natasha
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780525950035 Date: 2007
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    The Matrix meets Interview with the Vampire in this sexy gothic thriller about two beautiful witch sisters and the love triangle that consumes the information thief who is drawn into their intrigues.
    Updated 2.19.07
  • The Back Nine
    Author: Mott, Billy
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 9780307265364 Date: 2007
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    Looking for the anonymity and order that can only come on the quiet grounds of a golf course, Charlie McCleod returns to San Francisco and the game that defined him years ago. In this poignant redemption tale, Mott has created a story that transcends the game of golf.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Sister Teresa the Woman Who Became Spain's Most Beloved Saint: A Novel
    Author: Mujica, Barbara
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781585678341 Date: 2007
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    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Perfect Man
    Author: Murr, Naeem
    Publisher: Random $ 13.95 ISBN: 978012977011 Date: 2007
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    Set in 1950s Missouri, this stunning novel evokes the intimate life of small-town America and beautifully renders the transformation of a cast-off boy from India into a profoundly decent man.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Moments Lost: A Midwest Pilgrim's Progress
    Author: Olds, Bruce
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 9780374118211 Date: 2007
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    Abandoning the Wisconsin dairy farm of his youth, Franklyn Shivs arrives in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Embracing his new bohemian life as a reporter, his personal life becomes ensnared in a tangle of unorthodox human relationships in this original and imaginative novel.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Coal Black Horse
    Author: Olmstead, Robert
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781565125216 Date: 2007
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    When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a soldier fighting in the Civil War, she does the unthinkable. She instructs her only child to retrieve his father from the battlefield and bring him home. Just fourteen and ill-prepared for the journey, Robey sets off wearing the coat his mother sewed to ensure his safety: blue on one side, gray on the other. However, it is the gift of an uncommon horse that changes Robey's destiny— a horse that becomes his only companion, guide, and protector.
    As they plunge into a world of death and destruction, Robey is cloaked in the invincibility of youth. But the horrors of war, the truth of his own nature, and the inextricable connection between the two turn the boy into the best a man can be— and the worst, irrevocably scarred by all that he has seen and done.
    This " powerful, redemptive narrative" in the tradition of The Red Badge of Courage is a brutally honest portrait of what war does to men and how it allows— even compels— them to love what they should hate. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Killing Che
    Author: Pfarrer, Chuck
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781400063932 Date: 2007
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    A former Navy SEAL pens this gripping, spellbinding thriller, set in 1967. CIA officer Paul Hoyle is a "contractor" sent to Bolivia with a team of Green Berets to stamp out a looming communist insurgency, as well as one Ernesto Che Guevara.
    Updated 1.31.07
  • Angelica
    Author: Phillips, Arthur
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781400062515 Date: 2007
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    From bestselling author Phillips comes an accomplished yet entirely surprising new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, childhood, memory, and fear.
    Suggested Reading: Ghosts
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Beloved Warrior
    Author: Potter, Patricia
    Publisher: Berkley $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425215739 Date: 2007
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    From "USA Today" bestselling author Potter comes the highly anticipated conclusion to her Scottish Highland trilogy. It tells the story of Patrick Maclean--a bold warrior who must rethink his strategy for defeating the enemy if he is to rescue the woman he loves from doom.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Year of Fog
    Author: Richmond, Michelle
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 20 ISBN: 9780385340113 Date: 2007
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    Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, this work is a riveting tale of how life can change in an instant and of one woman's faith in the redemptive power of love.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • In a Town Called Mundomuerto
    Author: Silvis, Randall
    Publisher: Omnidawn $ 12.95 ISBN: 9781890650193 Date: 2007
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    A lyrical story of bittersweet memories and the enduring power of love, this is the tale of an old man reciting the same story of Lucia Luna he has told hundreds of times to a young boy. The boy can now correct the old man's errors, omissions, and embellishments in the story of how this once beautiful girl became a bitter old woman, destroyed by the jealousy and superstition of her village.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • The Next Thing on My List
    Author: Smolinski, Jill
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23 ISBN: 9780307351241 Date: 2007
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    Crossing the comic voice of Jennifer Weiner with the poignancy of Elizabeth Berg, Smolinski pens a charming, touching, and highly accessible new work of commercial women's fiction, which features a lovable, relatable heroine and a story with plenty of humor and heart.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • White Walls: The Collected Stories
    Author: Tolstaya, Tatyana
    Publisher: New York Review $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781590171974 Date: 2007
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    Updated 2.5.07
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
    Author: Torday, Paul
    Publisher: Harcourt $24 ISBN: 9780151012763 Date: 2007
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    With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the whimsical story of an unlikely hero who discovers true love, finds himself first a pawn and then a victim of political spin, and learns to believe in the impossible.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • To My Dearest Friends
    Author: Volk, Patricia
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 9780307263605 Date: 2007
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    From the critically acclaimed author of Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family comes a smart, generous novel about two New York City women, the bonds of friendship, and the power--and responsibility--of secrets.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • The Wilde Women
    Author: Wall, P.S.
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 9780743496216 Date: 2007
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    From the author of The Rock Orchard comes a witty, wicked, and enchanting tale of the Wilde family of Five Points, whose members always get caught with their pants down.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Canyon of Bones
    Author: Wheeler, Richard S.
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765313249 Date: 2007
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    With the trapping trade on the decline, mountain man Barnaby Skye takes work as a guide in the river valleys. Mercer, Skye's guest and English tabloid reporter, insists on taking a "trophy" from sacred grounds--a tooth from a dinosaur-like fossil, that nearly costs them their lives.
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars
    Updated 2.12.07
  • The King of Colored Town
    Author: Wimberley, Darryl
    Publisher: Toby $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781592641819 Date: 2007
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    Ten years after "Brown v. Board of Education," racial tensions still run high in Laureate, Florida. The realization of that hard truth comes through the parallel stories of two African-American teens caught up in the integration backlash and the long-term effects this has on their adult lives.
    Updated 1.31.07

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  • Heyday
    Author: Anderson, Kurt
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780375504730 Date: 2007
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    In a sweeping, brilliantly imagined romp through the boisterous coming of age of America, Anderson has written an irresistible old-fashioned epic as well as a thoroughly modern novel of ideas. This is a gritty, authentic, vivid story unlike any other.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Finn
    Author: Cinch, Jon
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781400065912 Date: 2007
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    In this masterful debut novel, Clinch takes readers on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature's most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn's father. The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain's classic novel but takes on a fully realized life of its own.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts | Twain
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Return from Troy
    Author: Clarke, Lindsey
    Publisher: HarperCollins (UK) $12.50 ISBN: 9780007152568 Date: 2007
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    In this sequel to The War at Troy, the trademark lyricism, lucidity, and mythic power is present in this novel that offers a timely interpretation of one of the world's great stories. After ten years of war, Troy has fallen, yet the gods have turned against the victorious Argives--and their ordeals have only just begun. Agamemnon sails back to Mycenae, where Clytaemnestra has nursed a vengeful fury over his sacrifice of their daughter Iphigenaia. Meanwhile, Menelaus must decide the fate of Helen, over whose incomparable beauty the war was fought. Odysseus, traumatized by the slaughter his own ingenuity unleashed, no longer believes himself fit to return to his wife and son. Driven both by tempests and torment, he embarks on a voyage that will take him to the margins of the world and deep into the shadows of his own heart. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Yellowcake
    Author: Cummins, Ann
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 9780618269266 Date: 2007
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    For her acclaimed collection of stories, Red Ant House, Joyce Carol Oates hailed Ann Cummins as "a master storyteller." Now, in her debut novel, Cummins stakes claim to rich new literary territory with a story of straddling cultures and cheating fate in the American Southwest.
    Updated 1.31.07
  • The Art of Losing
    Author: Dixon, Keith
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312358686 Date: 2007
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    Keith Dixon's second novel is a morality tale of stunning resonance and breathtaking symmetry. Hard-boiled yet deeply contemplative, allegorical yet starkly realistic, The Art of Losing divines the corrosive nature of greed, the terrible power of recklessness, and the consequences that erupt when those forces meet. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Medicus
    Author: Downie, Ruth
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781596912311 Date: 2007
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    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. When he rescues an injured slave girl, she drags trouble in her wake.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.1.06
  • The God of Spring
    Author: Edge, Arabella
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 9780743294843 Date: 2007
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    From the award-winning international bestselling author of The Company comes a novel inspired by the life of Romantic painter Thodore Gricault and his masterpiece painting, "Raft of the Medusa."
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Then We Came to the End
    Author: Ferris, Joshua
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316016384 Date: 2007
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    This wickedly funny, big-hearted novel about life in the office signals the arrival of a gloriously talented new writer.
    Updated 12.28.06
  • The Solitude of Thomas Cave
    Author: Harding, Georgina
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781596912724 Date: 2007
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    In 1616, in the north Atlantic, an English whaling ship prepares to head back toward home. Thomas Cave, however, bets the rest of the crew that he can spend a winter on an Arctic island. From his post at the edge of the known world, Cave sees his own past and begins to reflect on man's relationship with God and the wilderness in this stirring debut.
    Suggested Reading: Arctic Stars | Debuts
    Updated 10.16.06
  • The New Moon's Arms
    Author: Hopkinson, Nalo
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780446576918 Date: 2007
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    The acclaimed author of The Salt Roads and Skin Folk pens a breakthrough, mainstream novel about the wrath of love and family relationships.
    Updated 11.13.06
  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
    Author: Mengestu, Dinaw
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781594489402 Date: 2007
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    Sepha Stephanos fled his native Ethiopia and the revolution that killed his father for life in the U.S. but finds himself increasingly isolated and alone. This is a deeply affecting debut novel about what it means to lose a family and a country--and create a new home.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Hourglass
    Author: Metzger, Barbara
    Publisher:Signet $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780451220790 Date: 2007
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    Coryn, Earl of Ardeth, has spent an eternity in hell. Fed up, he gambles with the Devil and wins a second chance: if he can find his heart, his soul, and his hourglass in six months, he can return to life. Then he meets Genie, a disgraced water-girl at the Battle of Waterloo. Now, her only hope is this crazy stranger.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 2.19.07
  • Jamestown
    Author: Sharpe, Matthew
    Publisher: Soft Skull $ 25 ISBN: 9781933368603 Date: 2007
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    Jamestown chronicles a group of “ settlers” (more like survivors) from the ravaged island of Manhattan, departing just as the Chrysler Building has mysteriously plummeted to the earth. This ragged band is heading down what’ s left of I-95 in a half-school bus, half-Millennium Falcon. Their goal is  to establish an outpost in southern Virginia, find oil, and exploit the Indians controlling the area. Based on actual accounts of the Jamestown settlement from 1607 to 1617, Jamestown features historical characters including John Smith, Pocahontas, and others enacting an imaginative re-version of life in the pioneer colony. In this retelling, Pocahontas’ s father Powhatan is half-Falstaff, half-Henry V, while his consigliere is a psychiatrist named Sidney Feingold. John Martin gradually loses body parts in a series of violent encounters, and John Smith is a  ruthless and pragmatic  redhead continually undermining the aristocratic leadership. Communication is by text-messaging, IMing, and, ultimately, telepathy. Punctuated by jokes, rhymes, “ rim shot” dialogue, and bloody black-comic tableaux, Jamestown is a trenchant commentary on America's past and present that confirms Matthew Sharpe’ s status as a major talent in contemporary fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Jamestown
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Sister Mine
    Author: O' Dell, Tawni
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 9780307351265 Date: 2007
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    The bestselling author of Back Roads returns to the Pennsylvania mine communities she knows so well, this time with the raucous voice of a woman who's used to holding her own among the miners.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Nineteen Minutes
    Author: Picoult, Jodi
    Publisher: Atria $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780743496728 Date: 2007
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    The bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Vanishing Acts returns with her most absorbing novel yet, the poignant story of the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting. This is a riveting, thought-provoking tale with a jaw-dropping ending.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • THe Post-Birthday World
    Author: Shriver, Lionel
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780061187841 Date: 2007
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    The long-awaited new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin is an entertaining and deeply human look at love and the choices people make.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
    Author: Weir, Alison
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780345494856
    Date: 2007
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    The exciting fiction debut of acclaimed historian Weir breathes life into themany dynamic personalities involved in this fascinating novel. Losing none of its historical authenticity, the author takes the reader inside the minds and hearts of the key characters in Lady Jane Grey's story.
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show
    Author: Wiley, Richard
    Publisher: Univ of Texas $ 24 ISBN: 9780292714700 Date: 2007
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    Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show is the long-awaited prequel--more than a decade in the making--to Richard Wiley's PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, Soldiers in Hiding. A sword-swingingpage-turner infused with a heady mix of Japanese etiquette, American ideals, and Machiavellian philosophy, Wiley's latest novel sparkles as it shapes history into an enlightened drama of the earliest moments of globalization. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.27.07

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February
  • Call Me By Your Name
    Author: Aciman, Andre
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 9780374299217Date: 2007
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    This heartrending elegy to human passion is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' house, a cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Lost City Radio
    Author: Alacron, Daniel
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060594794 Date: 2007
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    Alarcon's highly anticipated new novel is the story of three people searching for answers in a country ravaged by war. War by Candlelight, the author's debut story collection, was a finalist for the 2006 PEN Hemingway Award.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.28.06
  • All Whom I Have Loved
    Author: Appelfeld, Aron
    Publisher: Schocken $ 23 ISBN: 9780805241778 Date: 2007
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    From the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer comes the haunting story of a Jewish family in 1930s Ukraine that prefigures the fate of the Jews of Europe during World War II.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Skylark Farm
    Author: Arslan, Antonia
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781400044351 Date: 2007
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    A beautiful, wrenching debut novel chronicling the life of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey, in 1915. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.16.07
  • The Teahouse Fire
    Author: Avery, Ellis
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781594489303 Date: 2007
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    This sweeping debut novel drawn from a history shrouded in secrets follows two women--one American, one Japanese--whose fates become entwined in the rapidly changing world of late-19th-century Japan.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.31.06
  • Matters of Honor
    Author: Begley, Louis
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780515142624 Date: 2007
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    When sudden chest pains leave Kate lying in a parking lot, it's a man in a Grateful Dead t-shirt who saves her life. When the handsome good Samaritan shows up on her doorstep and reveals a surprising truth about himself, they discover that even the strongest heart is no match for love.
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Fieldwork
    Author: Berlinksi, Mischa
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 9780374299163 Date: 2007
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    Vivid, passionate, funny, deeply researched, and page-turningly plotted, this novel--set in northern Thailand--is a daring, spellbinding tale of anthropologists, missionaries, demon possession, sexual taboos, murder, and an obsessed young reporter named Mischa Berlinski.
    Updated 10.25.06
  • Just Like Heaven
    Author: Bretton, Barbara
    Publisher: Berkley $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780515142624 Date: 2007
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    When sudden chest pains leave Kate lying in a parking lot, it's a man in a Grateful Dead t-shirt who saves her life. When the handsome good Samaritan shows up on her doorstep and reveals a surprising truth about himself, they discover that even the strongest heart is no match for love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Communist's Daughter
    Author: Bock, Dennis
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 9781400044627 Date: 2007
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    From the acclaimed author of The Ash Garden comes an illuminating searchlight on the terra incognita where the personal and the political intersect" ("Newsday")"--an even more ambitious novel that follows a doctor from the trenches of the Great War into subsequent conflicts whose horrors would soon envelop the world.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • The Double Bind
    Author: Bohjalian, Christopher A.
    Publisher: Crown $ 25 ISBN: 9781400047468 Date: 2007
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    From the bestselling author of Midwives and Before You Know Kindness comes a psychological novel of obsession and consequences. When college sophomore Laural Estabook is attacked while riding her bike through Vermont's back roads, her life is forever changed.
    Suggested Reading: Photography
    Updated 1.27.07
  • Summer of Light
    Author: Cramer, W. Dale
    Publisher: Bethany $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780764229961 Date: 2007
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    Summer of Light introduces Mick Brannigan, a thirty-something construction worker. After a bizarre accident, circumstances beyond his control force him out of his role as a respected tradesman and into the ignominious position of a stay-at-home dad. Wife Layne returns to a law firm, and she chafes at their role reversal--partly because she'd rather be the one staying home, but mainly because she's not at all confident that he is up to the task of training and shaping the character of their three young children. Mick dives in to manage the house and children, five acres of land, and a menageric of animals including a goat and a diabolically intelligent dog, and he and Layne discover new depth and truths about what's important in life. - Publisher Marketiing
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Got (Seven Weapon Arsenal)
    Author: D
    Publisher: Akashic $ 13.95 ISBN: 9781933354163 Date: 2007
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    The debut title from The Armory, a new high-quality street-lit imprint edited by Bed-Stuy's Kenji Jasper.

    There a young man living in the infamous Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He is an orphaned college student trying to get through his sophomore year at age twenty-three, years behind the traditional undergraduates. His two best friends, Will and Chief, are an ex-drug dealer and a computer hacker. And his boss, Tony Star, is the most dangerous man in Brooklyn, an arch-criminal with enterprises legal and illegal across New York City and beyond. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | African American Stars
    Updated 12.27.06

  • The Welsh Girl
    Author: Davies, Peter Ho
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 9780618007004 Date: 2007
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    During World War II, the British held German POWs in camps in remote Wales. This beautifully written novel imagines the unexpected and perilous romance that blossoms between a secretive local girl and a German prisoner, and explores the indelible bonds of love and duty that hold us to family, country, and ultimately our fellow man.
    Suggested Reading: WWII Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.16.06
  • The Human Season
    Author: Dean, Louise
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 9780151012534 Date: 2007
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    November 1979, the height of Northern Ireland's Troubles. Kathleen Moran's son Sean has just been transferred to the hypersecure H-block in Belfast's notorious Maze prison, where he soon emerges as a young but impor-tant force in the extreme protest, known as the Blanket, that political prisoners are staging there. John Dunn is also newly arrived at the prison, having taken on the job of guard--a brutal but effective way to support a house and a girlfriend, the domestic dream. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, no one's dreams go untroubled. As rumors of a hunger strike begin to circulate, Louise Dean's pitch-perfect novel places two parents, two sons, and two enemies on a collision course that ends in a surprising and deeply resonant climax. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Napoleon's Pyramids
    Author: Dietrich, William
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060848323 Date: 2007
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    An 18th-century explorer travels to Egypt as part of Napoleon's great expedition, where he stumbles into a deadly 6,000-year-old mystery. Dietrich, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is also the author of The Scourge of God and Hadrian's Wall.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Still Water Saints
    Author: Espinoza, Alex
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781400065394 Date: 2007
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    "Fresh, magical, beautiful, evocative" says Lisa See, about this wonderful first novel by Alex Espinoza. Still Water Saints chronicles a momentous year in the life of Agua Mansa, a largely Latino town beyond the fringes of Los Angeles and home to the Botanica Oshun, where people come seeking charms, herbs, and candles. Above all, they seek the guidance of Perla Portillo, the shop's owner. Theirs are stories of faith and betrayal, love and loss, the bonds of family and community, and the constancy of change.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Knots
    Author: Farah, Nuruddin
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594489242 Date: 2007
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    Set in Mogadiscio, Somalia, this novel breaks new ground and brings the author back to his literary roots. He presents the story of a woman raised in North America who returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to find herself and reclaim her family's home from the warlord who has taken it.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Measuring Time
    Author: Habila, Helon
    Publisher: Norton $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780393052510 Date: 2007
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    A thrilling, epic story from a major new international talent. A novel of ardent loyalty, encroaching modernity, political desire, and personal liberation, Measuring Time is a heart-wrenching history of Nigeria, portrayed through the eyes of a single family. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.28.06
  • The Dead Fathers Club
    Author: Haig, Matt
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780670038336 Date: 2007
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    Eleven-year-old Philip Noble has a big problem. It all begins when his dad appears as a ghost at his own funeral and introduces Philip to the Dead Fathers Club. Philip learns the truth about ghosts: the only people who end up ghosts are MURDERED. So begins Philip's quest to avenge his dad. Hilariously funny, it is full of poignant insights into the strange workings of the world seen through the eyes of a child.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Ghosts | Shakespeare
    Updated 12.1.06
  • Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers
    Author: Hambly, Barbara
    Publisher: Bantam $ 25 ISBN: 9780553804287 Date: 2007
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    A lushly written novel that traces the marriages tested by the demands of
    love and loyalty, Patriot Hearts offers readers a dazzling glimpse behind the scenes of a revolution, from adversity and treachery to teatime strategies, as four magnificent women shape anation’ s future. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.27.06
  • Heart-Shaped Box
    Author: Hill, Joe
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061147937 Date: 2007
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    Sooner or later the dead catch up, as Judas Coyne buys a ghost for sale on the Internet. This pulse-pounding supernatural thriller is a remarkable debut novel from a blazing new talent.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts| Horror | Ghosts | Family Matters
    Updated 12.27.06
  • The Ihop Papers
    Author: Liebegott, Ali
    Publisher: Caroll & Graf $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780786717941 Date: 2007
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    Francesca, a disgruntled nineteen-year-old lesbian, tries desperately to pull together the pieces of her scattered life. This hilarioius, heartfelt novel opens with Francesca newly arrived in San Francisco. She has fled her hometown, where she rented her childhood room from the new family who moved in when her parents moved out. The new tenants happened to be her childhood babysitter and her alcoholic husband. But Francesca’ s move to San Francisco is no mere coincidence. A lonely virgin searching for her sexual identity and obsessed with her philosophy teacher, Francesca has followed her professor, Irene, to California, where Irene has relocated to live with her young male lover and former student.
    Once in San Francisco, Francesca is forced to work at the local pancake house. Much to her dismay, she has to wear a ridiculous Heidi of the Alps uniform — which is almost as humiliating as serving the array of speed freaks and other graveyard shift misfits. Suicidal and euphoric, Francesca seeks solace in anything and anyone who might distract her from her unrequited love for Irene. More than a coming of age story, The IHOP Papers is a comic portrait of survival and self-discovery on the IHOP late shift. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.28.06
  • The Castle in the Forest
    Author: Mailer, Norman
    Publisher: Random $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780394536491 Date: 2007
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    The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, gives us young Adolf from birth, as well as Hitler's father and mother, his sisters and brothers, and the intimate details of his childhood and adolescence.
    A tapestry of unforgettable characters, The Castle in the Forest delivers its playful twists and surprises with astonishing insight into the nature of the struggle between good and evil that exists in us all. At its core is a hypothesis that propels this novel and makes it a work of stunning originality. Now, on the eve of his eighty-fourth birthday, Norman Mailer may well be saying more than he ever has before. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.31.06
  • In the Country of Men
    Author: Matar, Hisham
    Publisher: Dial $ 22 ISBN: 9780385340427 Date: 2007
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    In 1979 Libya, nine-year-old Suleiman endures his mother's increasingly disturbing bedside stories full of old family bitterness. His father is away on business (again), and Suleiman is soon caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand in this novel that offers a stunning depiction of a child confronted with the private fallout of a public nightmare.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.25.06
  • B-Mother
    Author: O'Brien, Maureen
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151013982 Date: 2007
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    A touching portrait of a broken family, the effects of an adolescent's life-altering decision, and survival after the ravages of devastating loss, "B-Mother" is an exquisitely realized drama featuring a cast of characters you won't soon forget. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Midnight Cactus
    Author: Pollen, Bella
    Publisher: Grove $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170316 Date: 2007
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    The best-selling author of Hunting Unicorns returns with a stirring and suspenseful tale of love and the quest for freedom, vividly set in the wild lands between Arizona and the Mexican border. On the run from her claustrophobic marriage in London, Alice Coleman moves her two small children to the American desert hoping to find the solitude she craves but hadn't thought possible. But the vast and unruly southwest has room for the dreams of more than one fugitive--from Benjamin, an abandoned mining town's Mexican caretaker, to the immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border, to the laconic cowboy Duval, who Alice finds herself falling for. What seemed idyllic turns deadly as Alice must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice in order to preserve not only her freedom, but Benjamin and Duvall's as well. Building to a blistering climax, Midnight Cactus is both a perilous love story and a compelling exploration of the tension between unrealized dreams and the pull of family.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Ten Days in the Hills
    Author: Smiley, Jane
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 9781400040612 Date: 2007
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    This glorious new novel from the Pulitzer Prize winner is a big, smart, bawdy tale of love and war, sex and politics, friendship and betrayal--and the allure of the movies.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.19.07
  • Travels with Charley and Later Novels
    Author: Steinbeck, John
    Publisher: Library of America $ 40 ISBN: 9781598530049 Date: 2007
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    The Library of American completes its authoritative four-volume John Steinbeck edition with this collection of the later works of an American master. It includes The Wayward Bus, published in 1947 and spans his works through his last published book, 1962's Travels with Charley.
    Updated 2.1.07
  • Wang in Love and Bondage: Three Novelllas by Wang Xiaobo
    Author: Wang, Xiaobo
    Publisher: Univ of NY $ 25 ISBN: 9780791470657 Date: 2007
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January
  • House of Meetings
    Author: Amis, Martin
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 9780676977875 Date: 2007
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    In the slave labour camps of the Soviet Union, conjugal visits were a common occurrence. Valiant women would travel vast distances, over weeks and months, in the hope of spending just one night with their lovers in the so-called House of Meetings. Unsurprisingly, the results of these visits were almost invariably tragic. A short novel of great depth and richness, The House of Meetings finds Martin Amis at the height of his powers, in new and remarkably fertile fictional territory. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Holy Week: A Novel of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    Author: Andrezejewski, Jerzy
    Publisher: Ohio Univ $ 39.95 ISBN: 978021417157 Date: 2007
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    Updated 9.18.06
  • Lords of the North
    Author: Cornwell, Bernard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780060888626 Date: 2007
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    Lords of the North is Cornwell's third and most dramatic volume in the Saxon Chronicles. A breathtaking adventure, this is the story of the creation of modern England, as the English and the Danes become one people by sharing language and fighting side-by-side.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • The Saffron Kitchen
    Author: Crowther, Yasmin
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780670038114 Date: 2007
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    This passionate and timely debut is about mothers and daughers, roots and exile, from the remote mountains and riotous streets of Iran to the rain-soaked suburbs of London.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.23.06
  • Arlington Park
    Author: Cusk, Rachel
    Publisher: Faber & Faber $ 23 ISBN: 9780374100803 Date: 2007
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    Arlington Park, a modern-day English suburb very much like its American counterparts, is a place devoted to the profitable ordinariness of life. Darkly comic, deeply affecting, and wise, Arlington Park is a page-turning imagining of the extraordinary inner nature of ordinary life, by one of Britain's most exciting young novelists. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Paula Spencer
    Author: Doyle, Roddy
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670038169 Date: 2007
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    One of Ireland's most popular novelists and the author of the Booker Prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha movingly depicts a woman, both strong and fragile, who is fighting back and finally equipped to be a mother to her children. But now that they're mostly grown up, is it too late?
    Updated 11.16.06
  • The Garden of Ruth
    Author: Etzioni-Halevy, Eva
    Publisher: Plume $ 14 ISBN: 9780452286733 Date: 2007
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    The author deftly interweaves history and fiction to create a compelling exploration of a prominent biblical figure. Told through the voices of both Osnath, niece of the prophet Samuel, and Ruth, the work transports readers into an ancient world to offer a dramatic and thought-provoking perspective on a well-known tale.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Overture
    Author: Goldstein, Yael
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385517812 Date: 2007
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    Overture draws readers into the glamorous and competitive world of classical music, capturing its harsh demands and its magical power to move performers and audiences alike. With a mastery rare in a first-time novelist, Yael Goldstein offers a fascinating meditation on the nature of creative brilliance and on the love that binds a mother and daughter even when their personal desires clash. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.16.06
  • The Rhythm of the Road
    Author: Hall, Albyn
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312359447 Date: 2007
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    A mesmerizing debut novel about driving trucks, loving music, and growing up.With shades of Zadie Smith and Mark Haddon, Albyn Leah Hall's powerful debut is a page-turning study of what frightens us about one another and ourselves; of how we run away and what we can't, ultimately, escape from. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Returning to Earth
    Author: Harrison, Jim
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 9780802118387 Date: 2007
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    In his latest novel, the acclaimed author of Saving Daylight delivers a tender, profound, and magnificent novel about origins and endings, how to make sense of loss, and how to live with honor for the dead.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Girl on the Via Flaminia
    Author: Hayes, Alfred
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781933372242 Date: 2007
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    This classic story of a poignant love affair informed by the aftermath of war is as relevant and moving today as when it was first published. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Skylight Confessions
    Author: Hoffman, Alice
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316058780 Date: 2007
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    This stunning new novel about three generations of a family haunted by love is from the bestselling author of Practical Magic and The Ice Queen.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Kockroach
    Author: Knox, Tyler
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780061143335 Date: 2007
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    It's the mid 1950s, and Kockroach lives in a fleabag hotel in New York, perfectly content with his life as an arthropod--until the night he awakens to discover that somehow he's become a human. Will he become an American success story or be squashed from above?
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Charity Girl
    Author: Lowenthal, Michael
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 9780618546299 Date: 2007
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    Through the eyes of one fictional "charity girl," this novel explores an astonishing time when patriotic fervor and fear led to devastating consequences. During World War I, the U.S. government went on a moral and medical campaign, quarantining and incarcerating young women who were thought to have venereal diseases.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Zoli
    Author: McCann, Colum
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781400063727 Date: 2007
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    The acclaimed author of Dancer and This Side of Brightness delivers a sensuous novel about exile, belonging, and survival, based loosely on the true story of the Romani poet Papsuza. It spans the 20th century and travels the breadth of Europe.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • You Suck: A Love Story
    Author: Moore, Christopher
    Publisher: Morrow $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780060590291 Date: 2007
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    Waking up after a fantastic night unlike any he's ever had, C. Thomas Flood discovers the woman of his dreams is a vampire, and surprise, he's one now, too. Making their relationship work is the least of their problems. A dangerous faction of old longteeth is bent on wiping out new vampires.
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Red River
    Author: Tademy, Lalita
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780446578981 Date: 2007
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    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of Cane River comes the dramatic, intertwining story of two families and their struggles during the tumultuous years that followed the Civil War.
    Updated 1.31.07
  • Surveillance
    Author: Raban, Jonathan
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 9780375422447 Date: 2007
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    In the not-too-distant future, national identity cards are mandatory, and America has become thoroughly obsessed with intelligence-gathering. With precision and compassion, Raban captures a rich variety of lives caught up in the fault lines that reach throughout society.
    Updated 11.13.06
  • Silent in the Grave
    Author: Raybourn, Deanna
    Publisher: Mira $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780778324102 Date: 2007
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    When her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, Lady Julia Grey investigates and discovers "disturbing truths about a husband she never truly knew and a world of deception, disease and sexual obsession she could never have imagined" ("Publishers Weekly").
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Bastard of Istanbul
    Author: Shakfa, Elif
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670038343 Date: 2007
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    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.1.06
  • New Sudden Fiction; Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond
    Author: Shepard, Robert (edt)
    Publisher: Norton $ 15.95 ISBN: 9780393328011 Date: 2007
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    Updated 10.25.06
  • Lately
    Author: Pritchard, Sara
    Publisher: Houghton $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780618610044 Date: 2007
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    In these skillfully interconnected stories, Pritchard presents women and men whose lives have been influenced by Bob Dylan and Vietnam, childhood accidents, and family mysteries. Throughout this lively collection, Pritchard illuminates defining moments with a playful but knowing wit.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Behind the Moon
    Author: Teo, Hsu-Ming
    Publisher: Soho $ 13 ISBN: 9781569474402 Date: 2007
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    "Neatly balances betrayal and real drama, with farce and macabre, biting humour.... Highly recommended."-Australian Bookseller & Publisher
    Outsiders and misfits in their Australian school, three friends form a mutual bond: Justin Cheong, an only child and the idol of his Singaporean-Chinese parents; Tien Ho-daughter of a Vietnamese mother who stayed behind and an African American soldier she has never met-who lives with indifferent relatives; and Nigel "Gibbo" Gibson, an oddity: an Australian boy who, to his father's chagrin, dislikes sports. The three draw apart as they grow up, only to be reunited once more on Saturday, September 6, 1997, for the dinner Mrs. Cheong hosts for them and their parents, to watch the funeral of Princess Diana on television. This Dead Diana Dinner turns out to be a more explosive event than any of them would have dreamed possible. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.25.06
  • Man Gone Down
    Author: Thomas, Michael
    Publisher: Grove/Atlantic $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170293 Date: 2007
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    Evoking the work of great American masters such as Ralph Ellison, but distinctly original, Michael Thomas' first novel is a beautifully written, insightful, and devastating account of a young black father of three in a biracial marriage trying to claim a piece of the American Dream. On the eve of the unnamed narrator's thirty-fifth birthday, he finds himself broke, estranged from his white Boston Brahmin wife and three children, and living in the bedroom of a friend's six-year-old child. With only four days before he's due in to pick up his family, he must make some sense out of his life. Alternating between his past--as an inner city child bused to the suburbs in the 1970's--and a present where he is trying mightily to keep his children in private schools, we learn of his mother's abuses, his father's abandonment, and the best and worst intentions of a supposedly integrated America. This is an extraordinary debut about what it feels like to be pre-programmed to fail in life--and the urge to escape that sentence. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | African American Stars
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Mothers and Sons
    Author: Toibin, Colm
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 9781416534655 Date: 2007
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    Following his "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize winner The Master, Toibin has written a resonant, heartbreaking collection of stories.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
    Author: Vida, Vendela
    Publisher: Ecco $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780060828370 Date: 2007
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    When Clarissa Iverton was 14-years-old, her mother disappeared, and Clarissa was raised by her father. Upon his death, she discovers he wasn't her biological father, and the revelation forces her to confront the truth about her mother's past and her own identity.
    Updated 9.13.06

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