Fiction Stars 2010: 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.

January

  • Map of the Invisible World
    Author: Aw, Tash
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385527965 Date: 2010
    star PW
    From the author of the award-winning work The Harmony Silk Factory comes an enthralling new novel that evokes an exotic yet turbulent and often frightening time and place.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Remarkable Creatures
    Author: Chevalier, Tracy
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525951452 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring comes this stunning novel of how one woman's gift transcends class and social prejudice to lead to some of the most important discovers of the 19th century.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Summertime
    Author: Coetzee, J.M..
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021383 Date: 2010
    star PW star LJ
    This brilliant new work of fiction from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year allows Coetzee to imagine his own life, revealing painful moral struggles and attempts to come to grips with what it means to care for another human being.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Screen Play
    Author: Coppernoll, Chris
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781434764829 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Privileges
    Author: Dee, Jonathan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068678 Date: 2010
    star PW
    An odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other, this work is a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than one finds it.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Biographer
    Author: Duigan, Virginia
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781741667158 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Greer Gordon lives in Italy with Mischa Svoboda, a driven Czech-born painter with a booming international reputation. Their explosive love affair caused Greer to abandon her husband and job, to sever all contact with home, and to embark upon a nomadic life with Mischa. Tony, a young American art critic, has been researching a biography of Mischa and has come to the small Italian hilltop community where they now live to interview the artist. Greer is consumed by anxiety, fearing Tony may have unearthed a buried secret she had intended to write out of her life story. It soon becomes clear that Tony is manipulating the couple in order to produce a more exciting conclusion to his book. As her hand is slowly forced, Greer must finally examine her past actions, and in the process she makes a life-changing discovery. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Best African American Fiction 2010
    Author: Early, Gerald
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553806908 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Bursting with energy and innovation, the second volume in the annual anthology collects the year's best short stories by African American authors. Dealing with all aspects of life, from the pain of war to the warmth of family, the superb tales in Best African American Fiction 2010 are a tribute to the stunning imaginations thriving in today's African American literary community. Chosen by this year's guest editor, the legendary Nikki Giovanni, these works delve into international politics and personal histories, the clash of armies and of generations--and come from such publications as The New Yorker, Harper's, The Kenyon Review, and Callaloo. In "Ghosts", Edwidge Danticat portrays an aspiring radio talk show host in Bel Air--which some call the Baghdad of Haiti--who is brutally scapegoated, and in "Three Letters, One Song & a Refrain,"Chris Abani gives a searing account of the violent life of a thirteen-year-old member of a Burmese hill tribe. Jeffery Renard Allen dramatizes the mysterious arrival in Harlem of a child's hated grandmother, and Wesley Brown fictionalizes the life of the great saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, with cameo appearances by Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, and other immortals. John Edgar Wideman contributes dense and textured "Microstories" that interweave everything from taboo sex acts to Richard Wright's last works to murder in a modern family. Desiree Cooper depicts a debutante from Atlanta moving to Detroit, "a city where there's no place to hide," while in "Been Meaning to Say," by Amina Gautier, a widower gets an unforgettable holiday visit from his resentful daughter. From Africa to Philadelphia, from the era of segregation to the age of Obama, the times and places, people and events in Best African American Fiction 2010 reveal inconvenient truths through incomparable fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Eternal Hunter
    Author: Eden, Cynthia
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758234285 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Eden's sexy, riveting Night Watch series, featuring paranormal bounty hunters, offers sensuality balanced with evil ("Romantic Times").
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 11.4.09
  • The Unnamed
    Author: Ferris, Joshua
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316034012 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW star Kirkus
    This dazzling novel tells the story of marriage, family, and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both. It is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.25.09
  • The Kingdom of Ohio
    Author: Flaming, Matthew
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155604 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    The maze-like streets of New York at the dawn of the mechanical age are the setting, as an unlikely duo find themselves wrestling with the nature of history, technology, and the unfolding of time itself. An incredibly original, intelligent love story.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Hunting Julian
    Author: Frank, Jacquelyn
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420104257 Date: 2010
    star PW
    From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Nightwalkers and The Shadowdwellers series comes a brilliant new saga that invites readers into a dazzling world of unstoppable desire and danger.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Unfinished Desires
    Author: Godwin, Gail
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345483201 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    Godwin, three-time National Book Award Finalist and "New York Times"-bestselling author of Evensong, delivers a gorgeous new novel in which thwarted desires are passed on for generations, capturing the rare moment when a soul breaks free.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
    Author: Goldstein, Rebecca
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780307378187 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist
    A winner of the National Jewish Book Award and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, Goldstein presents a novel that transforms the great debate between faith and reason into an exhilarating romance of both heart and mind.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Bloodroot
    Author: Greene, Amy
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307269867 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Named for a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power both to heal and poison, Bloodroot is a stunning fiction debut about the legacies--of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss--that haunt one family across the generations.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Then Came Morning
    Author: Hart, Brian
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781608190140 Date: 2010
    star PW
    A riveting, psychologically rich family drama set in the American West, from a writer who has been compared to Cormac McCarthy. Bandy Dorner, home from Vietnam, awakes with his car mired in a canal, his cabin reduced to ashes, and his pregnant wife preparing to leave town with her lover. Within moments, a cop lies bleeding on the road. Eighteen years later, Bandy is released from prison. His parents are gone, but on the derelict family ranch, Bandy faces a different reunion. Tracy, his now teenaged son, has come to claim the father he's never known. Iona, Bandy's ex-wife, has returned on the heels of her son. All three are damaged, hardened, haunted. But warily, desperately, they move in a slow dance around each other, trying to piece back together a family that never was; trying to discover if they belong together at all. With unflinching honesty and restrained beauty, Brian Hart explores the possibilities and limitations of his characters as they struggle toward a shared future. Like a traditional Greek tragedy, suffused with the mud, ice, and rock of the raw I daho landscape, Then Came the Evening is tautly plotted and emotionally complex--a stunning debut. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Union Atlantic
    Author: Haslett, Adam
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385524476 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The eagerly anticipated debut novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist You Are Not a Stranger Here, Union Atlantic, is a deeply affecting portrait of the modern gilded age, the first decade of the 21st century.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Best European Fiction 2010
    Author: Hemon, Aleksandrar (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781564785435 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur Genius Award-winner Hemon, the Best European Fiction series offers a window into what's happening in literary scenes throughout Europe.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Small Kingdoms
    Author: Hobbet, Anastasia
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781579621919 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
    Author: Hoffman, Beth
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021390 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom. Laugh-out-loud funny, Hoffman's charming work offers the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Golden Calf
    Author: Ilf, Ilya
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781934824078 Date: 2010
    star PW
    First complete translation of cult novel about Soviet con man.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Viking in Love
    Author: Hill, Sandra
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780061673498 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A "New York Times"-bestselling author delivers the most alpha of alpha heroes, as her Viking warriors meet their matches in this spellbinding new romance.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Small Wars
    Author: Jones, Sadie
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061929885 Date: 2010
    star PW star LJ
    The award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Outcast returns with this ambitious, richly imagined novel. Through vivid prose, Jones explores what happens when everything a man believes in--the army, his country, his marriage--begins to crumble.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Brightest Star in the Sky
    Author: Keyes, Marian
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021406 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Following seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse, The Brightest Star in the Sky delivers a story charming in its wit and compelling in its depth.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Becoming Jane Eyre
    Author: Kohler, Sheila
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143115977 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters, Becoming Jane Eyre delicately unravels the connections between one of fiction's most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her.
    Suggested Reading: Biographical Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Swan Thieves
    Author: Kostova, Elizabeth
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780316065788 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love to create a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Fired Up
    Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399155963 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author presents her latest Arcane Society novel and introduces the first book in the Dreamlight Trilogy--the story of a curse that spans generations, and the love that can heal it.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Ransom
    Author: Malouf, David
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307378774 Date: 2010
    star PW star LJ
    A tale of suffering, sorrow, and redemption, Ransom is a retelling of one of the most famous stories in all of literature--Achilles's slaughter and desecration of Hector, and Priam's attempt to ransom his son's body in Homer's The Iliad.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Scones
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780307454706 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Following the "New York Times" bestseller The World According to Bertie, this delightfully wry series continues with an entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters--all set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Roses
    Author: Meacham, Leila
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446550000 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers 100 years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Beneath the Lion's Gaze
    Author: Mengiste, Maaza
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393071764 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Mengiste's epic tale chronicles the lives of a father and his two sons, their betrayals and loyalties, and a family's unraveling in the wake of Ethiopia's revolution.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Proof of Seduction
    Author: Milan, Courtney
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780373774395 Date: 2010
    star PW
    A debut author delivers a witty and sexy historical tale of a passionate battle of wills between a gifted fortuneteller of humble origins and a marquess sworn to bachelorhood.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Romance
    Updated 11.4.09
  • The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers
    Author: Mullen, Thomas
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400067534 Date: 2010
    star PW
    From the acclaimed author of The Last Town on Earth comes an imaginative and mythical saga about two vigilante bank robber brothers on the run from the law during the Great Depression.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Imperfectionists
    Author: Rachman, Tom
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385343664 Date: 2010
    star PW star LJ
    Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman's wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it--and themselves--afloat. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Patience Stone
    Author: Rahimi, Atiq
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781590513446 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Winner of the Prix Goncourt award, The Patience Stone captures with great courage and spare, poetic, prose the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Day Out of Days: Stories
    Author: Shepard, Sam
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307265401 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    From one of nation's most acclaimed and inimitable writers comes a collection of tales set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Shepard's trademarks.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Fun with Problems
    Author: Stone, Robert
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780618386253 Date: 2010
    star PW star Kirkus
    " One of our greatest living writers" ("Los Angeles Times") returns with this collection of stories and novellas involving violence, longing, black humor, and various vices.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Blue Orchard
    Author: Taylor, Jackson
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781416592945 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The Blue Orchard tells the compelling story of an indomitable woman, determined to build a better life for herself and her son in the face of crushing losses.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Noah's Compass
    Author: Tyler, Anne
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780307272409 Date: 2010
    star LJ star PW
    From the incomparable Tyler comes a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a schoolteacher who has been forced to retire at age 61, who must suddenly come to terms with the final phase of his life.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Wench
    Author: Valdez, Dolen Perkins
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061706547 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    In her debut, Perkins-Valdez eloquently plunges into a dark period of American history . . . Heart-wrenching, intriguing, original, and suspenseful, this novel showcases [the author's] ability to bring the unfortunate past to life.--Publishers Weekly.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • First Annual Grand Prarie Rabbit Festival
    Author: Wheaton, Ken
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780758238528 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Wheaton blends humor, sarcasm, tenderness, and larger-than-life characters ina dazzling debut, set in small-town Louisiana, that heralds a sharp new voice in Southern fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.20.09

February

  • Mornings in Jenin
    Author: Abulhawa, Susan
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781608190461 Date: 2010
    star PW
    A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel, Mornings in Jenin tells of the Abulhega family, who is forced from the ancient village of Ein Hod into a refugee camp by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Room and the Chair
    Author: Adams, Lorraine
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307272416 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    An astonishingly original new novel by the award-winning author of Harbor, The Room and the Chair dazzlingly bends the conventions of literary suspense to create an unforgettable, groundbreaking chronicle of today's dangerous world.
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Forest Gate
    Author: Akinti, Peter
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781439172179 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    A violent and sexy first novel, Forest Gate is set among young Somalian refugees and the miscreants they encounter in the council estates of London.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.20.09
  • The Infinities
    Author: Banville, John
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307272799 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    In his first novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Sea, John Banville gives readers a dazzling new work that chronicles both a human family and a rather unholy gathering of immortals.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Something is Out There: Stories
    Author: Bausch, Richard
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307266279 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    From the prize-winning novelist and world-renowned short-story writer and author of last year's universally acclaimed novel Peace come 11 indelible new tales that showcase the electrifying artistry of a master.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Hot Springs
    Author: Becker, Geoffrey
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780982053942 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Vibrant, sexy, and quite possibly crazy, Bernice is determined to reclaim the child she gave up for adoption five years ago. She convinces her boyfriend, Landis, to help carry out her plan, but once the abduction is accomplished, Bernice--whose own mother was given to manic episodes and strange behavior--is plagued with doubts. Will Landis stay with her, given her volatile personality and his own drifter past? Will she and Landis both end up in jail for this crime? And, perhaps most importantly, will she fail at being a mother? Dovetailed with this is the story of the conservative Christian adoptive parents, Tessa and David, and the effect the kidnapping has on their troubled marriage. As Bernice and Landis journey across America, from Colorado Springs to Tucson to Baltimore, Bernice must confront her past and the secrets she has kept.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Never Breathe a Word: Collected Stories
    Author: Blackwood, Caroline
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781582435695 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The biography of Lady Caroline Blackwood includes tumultuous, highly public marriages to artist Lucian Freud and poet Robert Lowell, a reputation for eccentricity, and frequent flares of panic. At the same time, she left a body of work marked by intelligent, commanding writing that displays a singular wit and keen appreciation for the absurd. Never Breathe a Word calls attention to Blackwood's mastery, presenting a series of acclaimed short stories, both fictional and autobiographical. Selections span the entirety of her career, from her first book, For All That I Found There, to Good Night Sweet Ladies, one of her last before her death at age 64. The pieces of fiction alternate between tragic and artfully mundane, yet always share Blackwood's characteristic frankness and black humor. Three previously unpublished stories are included, featuring some of her most sympathetic heroines. The nonfiction here is comprised by eight evocative vignettes taken directly from her own life and set in narrative form. Beautiful, brazen, and living in "grand squalor" among ashtrays and empty liquor bottles, Blackwood died in 1996 in Manhattan's Mayfair Hotel. She left behind a rare literary legacy--one that testifies to our shared struggles and to the threadbare connection between art and life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Postmistress
    Author: Blake, Sarah
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156199 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Booklist
    Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women--and of two countries torn apart by war.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Secrets of Eden
    Author: Bohjalian, Chris
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307394972 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    From the New York Times-bestselling author of Midwives and The Double Bind comes a novel of shattered family ties, intimate secrets, and the nature of sacrifice. Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power.--New York Times Book Review.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Monsieur Pain
    Author: Bolano, Roberto
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780811217149 Date: 2009
    star PW
    To drag fiction toward the unknown, [Bolano] had to go there himself, and there invent a method with which to represent it. Since the unknown place was reality, the results are multi-dimensional.--The New York Review of Books.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • The Golden Season
    Author: Brockway, Connie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451412836 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    New York Times-bestselling author Brockaway delivers a smart, sexy Regency romance about two aristocrats who find true love when forced to face tough economic times.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Born Under a Million
    Author: Busfield, Andrea
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780805090611 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A big-hearted novel infused with crackling wit, Busfield's brilliant debut captures the hope and humanity of the Afghan people and the foreigners who live among them.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 2.23.10
  • The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson
    Author: Charyn, Jerome
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393068566 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Charyn pens an astonishing novel that removes Emily Dickinson's mysterious mask and reveals the passions and heartbreak of America's greatest poet.
    Suggested Reading: Biographical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Down River
    Author: Robards, Karen
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780778327479 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    On the verge of abandoning everything to be with the man she should have married, Lisa Vaughn is attacked and thrown into the Wild River. Unable to lose Lisa again, Mitch Braxton embarks on a desperate search that takes him miles down river--and into the line of fire.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Point Omega
    Author: DeLillo, Don
    $ 22 ISBN: 9781439169957 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star LJ
    From one of the country's greatest living writers comes a brief, unnerving, and hard-hitting new novel about a secret war advisor and a young filmmaker.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • One Amazing Thing
    Author: Divakaruni, Chitra
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9781401340995 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    The award-winning author of The Mistress of Spices returns with her latest novel.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Emerald Embrace
    Author: Drake, Shannon
    $ 7.95 ISBN: 9781605420820 Date: 2010
    star PW
    After a friend's untimely death, Martise St. James journeys to the brooding Scottish castle of the late Mrs. Creegan to find her mystifying widower. Lord Bruce Creegan's presence arouses more than just Martise's suspicions.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Three Days Before the Shooting
    Author: Ellison, Ralph
    $ 50 ISBN: 9780375759536 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    Beyond its richly compelling narratives, Three Days Before the Shooting . . . is perhaps most notable for its extraordinary insight into the creative process of one of this country's greatest writers. In various stages of composition and revision, its typescripts and computer files testify to Ellison's achievement and struggle with his material from the mid-1950s until his death forty years later. Three Days Before the Shooting . . . is an essential, fascinating piece of Ralph Ellison's legacy, and its publication is to be welcomed as a major event for American arts and letters. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Shadow Tag
    Author: Erdrich, Louise
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061536090 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    When Irene America discovers that her husband has been reading her diary, she begins a secrets Blue Notebook, as much the truth about her life and her marriage as the Red Diary is a farce. Alternating between these two records, Shadow Tag is an eerily gripping novel.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Hungry Season
    Author: Greenwood, T.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780758228789 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    After her virtuoso rendering of love and redemption in Two Rivers, Greenwood trains her insightful eye on a shattered family trying to rebuild what was lost, in this timeless and timely novel.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Ravishing in Red
    Author: Hunter, Madeline
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780515147544 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From an acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author comes a dazzling new tale of erotic passion, the first in a delicious quartet of Regency romances.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Gin Closet
    Author: Jamison, Leslie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439153215 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Jamison's auspicious debut novel is told through the voices of a young woman and her alcoholic aunt.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.25.09
  • The Truth about Lord Stoneville
    Author: Jeffries, Sabrina
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439167519 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    The first novel in Jeffries's new Hellions of Hallstead Hall series that features five siblings whose outrageous behavior scandalizes London society--until they are forced to marry.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Rockin' the Bronx
    Author: Kirwan, Larry
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780863224188 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    On a rash quest to track down his girlfriend Mary, nave Irishman Sean Kelly becomes embroiled in the hellish wasteland of the 1980s Bronx. He stays on, determined to uncover the reason behind the sudden change in Mary. But the only job available for an undocumented Paddy is hard labor, and the only solace is found in beer and music. They brought it all with them from Ireland: the music, dancing, drinking, and politics all came head-to-head with Latino culture in a battle for Bainbridge Avenue. An unsparing look at the inter-racial tensions that would lead to the flight of the Irish, while at the same time providing a tender snapshot of the glory days of Irish influence in the Bronx. A vibrant, colorful evocation of New York City in the watershed years through the eyes of four young Irish immigrants, Rockin' the Bronx captures the visceral realities of life and death in the Irish slum-scape on Bainbridge Avenue. Faced with the excesses of the early 80s: drugs, aids, the Burning Bronx, and at home, the Troubles, Sean eventually emerges into manhood. "Larry Kirwan writes with all the charm of his music. This is Angela's Ashes for a new generation."--Thomas Keneally. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Wife's Tale
    Author: Lansens, Lori
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316069311 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Over the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary Gooch's life to a standstill. But when her husband disappears, Mary is startled out of her inertia. What she finds out in the world fills her with an inner strength she's never felt before.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • The Man from Saigon
    Author: Leimbach, Marti
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385529860 Date: 2010
    star PW
    An enthralling and beautiful new novel about love and allegiance during the Vietnam War, from the author of Daniel Isn't and Dying Young.
    Suggested Reading: Vietnam War
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Apparition & Late Fictions: A Novella and Stories
    Author: Lynch, Thomas
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393042078 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star LJ
    From the award-winning author of The Undertaking comes this debut fiction collection of heart-rending stories of life and death.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Steamed
    Author: MacAlister, Katie
    $7.99 ISBN: 9780451229311 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A New York Times-bestselling author takes on steampunk and presents an exciting new paranormal romance series set in a Victorian-era world of steampower, aether guns, corsets, and goggles.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 2.23.10
  • The Lost Books of the Odyssey
    Author: Mason, Zachary
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780374192150 Date: 2010
    star PW star SLJ
    Mason's beguiling debut novel reimagines Homer's classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy.
    Suggested Reading: Troy
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Crimson Rooms
    Author: McMahon, Katherine
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399156229 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Still haunted by the death of her only brother, James, in the Great War, Evelyn Gifford is completely unprepared when a young nurse and her six-year-old son appear on the Giffords' doorstep one night.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Information Officer
    Author: Mills, Mark
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068180 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Filled with remarkably poignant and atmospheric details of life under siege, and indelible characters who live and breathe, The Information Officer is a taut, transporting thriller--an enthralling novel told with exceptional skill and style.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 11.4.09
  • The Chester Chronicles
    Author: Moyer, Kermit
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781597621940 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Ruby's Spoon
    Author: Pietroni, Anna
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400068685 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    In its eerie and atmospheric evocation of time and place and its masterful narrative control, this remarkable debut spins a story that is both mythical and mysterious.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Model Home
    Author: Puchner, Eric
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780743270489 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    The debut of an award-winning writer, Model Home is a bitterly funny, deeply moving novel about a family reckoning with failure, guilt, and love.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Her Mother's Hope
    Author: Rivers, Francine
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781414318639 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The first in an epic two-book saga, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters as each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Katy's New World
    Author: Sawyer, Kim Vogel
    $ 9.99 ISBN: 9780310719243 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Forty Rules of Love
    Author: Shafak, Elif
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021451 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives--one contemporary and the other set in the 13th century--that together incarnate the poet Rumi's timeless message of love.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Black Hills
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316006989 Date: 2010
    star PW
    As George Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general's ghost enters Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior--and Custer's voice will speak to him for the rest of his event-filled life.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Western Stars
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Fifth Servant
    Author: Wishnia, Kenneth
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061725371 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    To save his community, a young Talmudic scholar must discover who killed a Christian girl, in this richly atmospheric tale of religion, mystery, and intrigue, set in 16th-century Central Europe during the Inquisition.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10

March

  • Girl Who Chased the Moon
    Author: Allen, Sarah Addison
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807219 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    In the latest enchanting novel from New York Times-bestselling author Allen, two very different women discover how to find their places in the world--no matter how out of place they feel.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Blooms of Darkness
    Author: Appelfeld, Aharon
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780805242805 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star LJ
    A new novel from the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Israeli writer, Blooms of Darkness offers a haunting, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and what it means to be human.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Blood Royal
    Author: Bennett, Vanora
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061689864 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    A sweeping love story, set in 15th-century England and France, The Queen's Lover tells the story of a woman of enormous courage, independence, and passion, who is destined to rule two kingdoms.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Houes of Tomorrow
    Author: Bognanni, Peter
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399156090 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Wholly original, The House of Tomorrow is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Out of Body
    Author: Cameron, Stella
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778327622 Date: 2010
    star PW
    New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author Cameron delivers the first novel in her new A Court of Angels trilogy--a sexy, supernatural tale set in New Orleans.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Long for this World
    Author: Chung, Sonya
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416599623 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    In a brilliant, powerful debut, Chung writes about a Korean family divided between America and their small Korean town.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Creation of Eve
    Author: Cullen, Lynn
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156106 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    A riveting novel based on the true but little-known story of Sofonisba Anguissola, the first renowned female artist of the Renaissance, The Creation of Eve is an expansive, original, and entertaining work of historical fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Storm
    Author: De Moor, Margaret
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307264947 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Interweaving the stories of two sisters, deftly alternating between one's cataclysmic encounter with a deadly storm and the surviving sister's long years in the grief-strewn aftermath, The Storm is a powerfully dramatic and psychologically gripping novel.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • A Week in December
    Author: Faulks, Sebastian
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780385532914 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    From the author of the bestselling Birdsong comes a powerful novel that melds the moral heft of Dickens with the satirical spirit of Tom Wolfe. With daring skill and savage humor, A Week in December explores the complex patterns of modern urban life.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther
    Author: Garrett, Ginger
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781434768018 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of the King Xerxes. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure--and thus seals her place beside him as his queen.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Clouds Roll Away
    Author: Giorello, Sibella
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781595545343 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon unravels mysteries in her hometown of Richmond where things are never quite what they seem. Raleigh has to rely on her sharpest skills--and the faith that is slowly returning to her--to navigate her way through a difficult case.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Sudden Fiction: Latino Short-Short Stories
    Author: Gonzales, Ray (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9780393336450 Date: 2010
    star PW
    For readers who love great short-short stories, this bountiful anthology is the best of Latin American and U.S. Latino writers.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Irresistible Henry House
    Author: Grunwald, Lisa
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400063000 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    In mid-20th-century America, a home economics program at a prominent university uses real babies to teach mothering skills. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Lady and the Poet
    Author: Haran, Maeve
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312554156 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Set against the sumptuousness and intrigues of Queen Elizabeth I's court, this powerful novel reveals the untold love affair between the poet John Donne and Ann More, the passionate woman who, against all odds, becomes his wife.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Heights
    Author: Hedges, Peter
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525951131 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    The Welches are seemingly the last middle-class family in the Heights whose world is turned upside down by a new wealthy neighbor. The author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape once again turns his keen eye to the surprising truths of daily life.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Next
    Author: Hynes, James
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316051927 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Kevin Quinn's life seems increasingly pointless, so he decides to fly to a job interview in Austin, Texas. Next occurs on one Bloomsday-like imaginary day and runs backward and forward in time to a heart-stopping finale.--Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • In the Company of Angels
    Author: Kennedy, Thomas E.
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781608190164 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist
    Taking on the very best and the very worst of human experience, In the Company of Angels offers a moving story and a riveting testament to the resilience and complexity of the human heart.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Surrendered
    Author: Lee, Chang-Rae
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594489761 Date: 2010
    star PW star LJ star Kirkus star Booklist
    Combining the complex themes of identity in Native Speaker and A Gesture Life with the broad range, energy, and pure storytelling of Aloft, Lee has delivered his most ambitious work yet. It is a mesmerizing novel, elegantly suspenseful and deeply affecting.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.23.10
  • A Thousand Cuts
    Author: Lelic, Simon
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670021505 Date: 2010
    star PW starBooklist
    A stunning debut novel that unravels the hidden story behind a school shooting. As detective Lucia May pieces together the eyewitnesses' accounts, she begins to realize that she has more in common with the killer than she could have imagined.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.2.10
  • Lost
    Author: Lichtenstein, Alice
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439159828 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Lost is a hauntingly beautiful novel about the lengths people will go to save someone and the ways responsibility, love, and sorrow bind people together.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Mad, Bad and Blonde
    Author: Linz, Cathie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425233405 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    After being jilted at the altar, librarian Faith West goes on her Italian honeymoon solo, but she doesn't stay that way for long. And though her sexy rebound man has ulterior motives, feelings surface that neither of them is prepared for.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Ask
    Author: Lipsyte, Sam
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374298913 Date: 2010
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, university fundraiser Milo Burke is offered one last chance by his former employer: but he must reel in a potential donor--a major ask--who turns out to be Milo's sinister college classmate. And the give won't come cheap.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Walking to Gatlinburg
    Author: Mosher, Howard
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307450678 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    A stunning and lyrical Civil War novel, Walking to Gatlinburg is a story of brotherhood and survival, action and adventure, in an unforgettable and mythic trek into an American heart of darkness as a boy searches for the brother he's lost.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Civil War Stars
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Secrets of a Scandalous Bride
    Author: Nash, Sphia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061493300 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The fourth book by the wickedly clever, RITA] Award-winning author of A Dangerous Beauty and The Kiss.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Changeling
    Author: Oe, Kenzaburo
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119360 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe takes readers from the forests of southern Japan to the washed-out streets of Berlin as he investigates the impact real and imagined pasts have on present lives.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.14.10
  • No Chance
    Author: Reece, Christy
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345517784 Date: 2010
    star PW
    From the author of Run to Me comes the first installment of a back-to-back romantic suspense trilogy--a must-read for fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Cherry Adair.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
    Author: Simonson, Helen
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068937 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside is filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and contains a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of readers' own families. Their interactions are both hilarious and heartbreaking.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Mrs Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger
    Author: Smith, Lee
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781565129153 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In almost every one of [Smith's short stories] there is a moment of vision, or love, or unclothed wonder that transforms something plain into something transcendent.--New York Times Book Review.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Kokoro
    Author: Soeseki, Natsume
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143106036 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he complete before his death. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro--meaning heart-is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls Sensei. Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, in the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between his moral anguish and his student's struggle to understand it, the profound cultural shift from one generation to the next that characterized Japan in the early twentieth century. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Bone Fire
    Author: Spragg, Mark
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307272751 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    In this gripping story about life in the modern West, harsh truths and difficult consolation exist alongside moments of hilarity, surprise, and beauty.
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories
    Author: Watson, Brad
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393057119 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    In his first collection of stories since the celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Watson offers these dark and brilliant tales that capture the strangeness of human--and almost-human--life.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Hole We're In
    Author: Zevin, Gabrielle
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780802119230 Date: 2010
    star PW
    From an award-winning screenwriter and author comes this bold, timeless, yet all-too-timely novel about a troubled American family trying to navigate an even more troubled America.
    Updated 1.28.10

April

  • American Taliban
    Author: Abraham, Pearl
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068586 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Critically acclaimed novelist Abraham uses her gifts of psychological acuity and uncommon empathy to depict a typical upper-middle-class family snared by the forces of history, politics, and faith.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
    Author: Black, Robin
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781400068579 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star LJ
    With fearless, clear-eyed, and gorgeous prose, Black takes readers into the hearts and choices of people grappling with the need to reinvent reasons for optimism.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Parrot and Olivier in America
    Author: Carey, Peter
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307592620 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW star LJ
    From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early-19th-century America.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction
    Updated 3.19.10
  • A Jew Must Die
    Author: Chessez, Jacques
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9781904738510 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The murder of a Jewish merchant in Switzerland during WWII told in a haunting novel.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Hello Kitty Must Die
    Author: Choi, Angela S.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781935562030 Date: 2010
    starPW
    American Psycho meets The Joy Luck Club, with a pinch of Heathers for the thirty-something set.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Noir
    Author: Coover, Robert
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590202944 Date: 2010
    starPW
    With impeccable skill, Coover, one of America's pioneering postmodernists, has turned the classic detective story inside-out. Noir is a true page-turner--wry, absurd, and desolate.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • A Certain Wolfish Charm
    Author: Dare, Lydia
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402236945 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The rules of Society can be beastly-especially when you're a werewolf and it's that irritating time of the month.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Weres
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Rat
    Author: Eberstadt, Fernanda
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307271839 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star PW
    Set in the South of France, Rat tells is original, powerful, and heartrending story of a child's search for a father she has never known. This is an enthralling novel with a luminous sense of place--both physical and emotional.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Good to a Fault
    Author: Endicott, Marina
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061825897 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Booklist
    A finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize, Good to a Fault, Endicott's fiercely intelligent domestic drama, alternates between sweetness and dark humor, as it delves into questions of morality, class, and social responsibility.
    Updated 3.15.10
  • The Line
    Author: Grushin, Olga
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156168 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    In Grushin's second novel, unlikely friendships are forged, long-buried memories spring to life, and a year-long wait is rewarded with unexpected acts of kindness that ease the bleakness of harshly lived lives.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Wedding in Auschwitz
    Author: Hackl, Erich
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781852429836 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A moving account of a remarkable event; a tragic story with glimmers of hope and happiness.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Blood Ransom
    Author: Harris, Lisa
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780310319054 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Romance and adventure drive Blood Ransom, by Lisa Harris, a powerful thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it. Deep in the heart of Africa, two American lives are about to change forever. Natalie Sinclair and Dr. Chad Talcott want to make a difference in underdeveloped African villages ... but they didn't count on risking their lives in the process.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.14.10
  • What Becomes
    Author: Kennedy, A.L.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307273543 Date: 2010
    star PW star Kirkus
    Twice selected for Granta's list of Best Young British Novelists for her acclaimed novel Day, Kennedy returns with a collection of stories that captures contemporary social and spiritual malaise.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Imperfect Birds
    Author: Lamott, Anne
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594487514 Date: 2010
    star PW starLJ
    The bestselling author of Blue Shoe, Grace (Eventually), and Operating Instructions returns with her most honest and heartrending novel yet, in which she explores the human quest for connection and salvation, love and family.
    Updated 2.23.10
  • The Swimming Pool
    Author: Lecraw, Holly
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385531931 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Seven summers ago, Marcella Atkinson fell in love with Cecil McClatchey, a married father of two. But on the same night their romance abruptly ended, Cecil's wife was found murdered--and their lives changed forever, in this powerful debut.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Long Song
    Author: Levy, Andrea
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374192174 Date: 2010
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    Updated 6.8.10
  • Matterhorn
    Author: Marlantes, Karl
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780802119285 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Thirty years in the making, Marlantes's epic debut is a dense, vivid narrative spanning many months in the lives of American troops in Vietnam as they trudge across enemy lines, encountering danger from opposing forces as well as on their home turf.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Vietnam War
    Updated 1.11.10
  • Descent into Dust
    Author: Lepore, Jacqueline
    $13.99 ISBN: 9780061878121 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A young widow with an uncertain inheritance; a mysterious guest with unclear motives; a child in peril; and the dark, rain-lashed moors--all set the mood for this first novel in a historical gothic series in which a Victorian woman discovers that she is a vampire hunter.
    Suggested Reading: Vampires
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Beatrice and Virgil
    Author: Martel, Yann
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781400069262 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From the award-winning, bestselling author of Life of Pi comes a mesmerizing and brilliant exploration of the limitations of language in understanding and describing the horrors of the Holocaust.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Pearl of China
    Author: Min, Anchee
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781596916975 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From the bestselling author of Red Azalea and Empress Orchid comes the powerful story of the friendship of a lifetime, based on the life of Pearl S. Buck.
    Suggested Reading: Biographical Fiction
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Dimanche and Other Stories
    Author: Nemirovsky, Irene
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780307476364 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Written between 1934 and 1942, these 10 stories by the author of Suite Francaise mine the same terrain as her bestselling novels. Nemirovsky achieves her penetrating insights with Flaubertian objectivity.--The Washington Post Book World.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Homesick
    Author: Nevo, Eshkol
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781564785824 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Moving from character to character, perspective to perspective, Homesick is a complex and moving portrait of parallel lives and failing love in a time of permanent war.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Taste of Penny
    Author: Parker, Jeff
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9780982520444 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Tight, wry, dark, and deeply funny, Parker's collection agitates the senses in stories modern and mischievous.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Dear Money
    Author: McPhee, Martha
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151011650 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    In this Pygmalion tale of a novelist turned bond trader, Martha McPhee brings to life the greed and riotous wealth of New York during the heady days of the second gilded age. India Palmer, living the cash-strapped existence of the writer, is visiting wealthy friends in Maine when a yellow biplane swoops down from the clear blue sky to bring a stranger into her life, one who will change everything.The stranger isWin Johns, a swaggering and intellectually bored trader of mortgage- backed securities. Charmed by India's intelligence, humor, and inquisitive nature--and aware of her near-desperate financial situation--Win poses a proposition: "Give me eighteen months and I'll make you a world-class bond trader." Shedding her artist's life with surprising ease, India embarks on a raucous ride to the top of the income chain, leveraging herself with crumbling real estate, never once looking back . . .Or does she? With a light-handed irony that is by turns as measured as Claire Messud's and as biting as Tom Wolfe's, Martha McPhee tells the classic American story of people reinventing themselves, unaware of the price they must pay for their transformation. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Burning Lamp
    Author: Quick, Amanda
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156465 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In this second novel of the Dreamlight Trilogy from New York Times-bestselling author Quick, psychic power and passion collide as a legendary curse comes to fruition. Quick deftly distills sexy romance and deadly intrigue.--Chicago Tribune.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill
    Author: Sharratt, Mary
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547069678 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Daughters of the Witching Hill brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching account of a family sustained by love as they try to survive the hysteria of a 17th-century witch-hunt.
    Suggested Reading: Witches
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Alone with You: Stories
    Author: Silver, Marisa
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781416590293 Date: 2010
    starPW
    From the author of The God of War comes this starkly elegant and superbly rendered collection of short stories.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Lotus Eaters
    Author: Soli, Tatjana
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312611576 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star LJ
    A unique and sweeping debut novel that follows an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Vietnam War
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Name of the Nearest
    Author: Taylor, Alex
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781932511802 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Stories confronting the unfailing constant of blood in the rough woods of western Kentucky.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Kapitoil
    Author: Wayne, Teddy
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061873218 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In a singular and captivating voice, Wayne marks his literary debut with the chronicle of one young Middle Eastern man's attempt to live the American Dream in New York city without sacrificing his ideals.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Sixteen Brides
    Author: Whitson, Stephanie Grace
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780764205132 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Sixteen Civil War widows are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive their unwanted circumstances--especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Lean on Pete
    Author: Wiatuin, Willy
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061456534 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table, and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, Charley's been pretty much on his own. When tragic events leave him homeless weeks after their move to Portland, Oregon, Charley seeks refuge in the tack room of a run-down horse track. Charley's only comforts are his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete and a photograph of his only known relative. In an increasingly desperate circumstance, Charley will head east, hoping to find his aunt who had once lived a thousand miles away in Wyoming--but the journey to find her will be a perilous one. In Vlautin's third novel, Lean on Pete, he reveals the lives and choices of American youth like Charley Thompson who were failed by those meant to protect them and who were never allowed the chance to just be a kid. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Anthill
    Author: Wilson, Edward O.
    $ 24.95 ISBN:9780393071191 Date: 2010
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    Astonishing, inspirational, even magical: a naturalist's novel about an Alabama boy who heroically tries to save a sacred forest.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Joe Speedboat
    Author: Wieringa, Tommy
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780802170729 Date: 2010
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    A bestseller in Holland, Joe Speedboat is a sparkling coming-of-age novel in which the inhabitants of a sleepy rural town are awakened by the arrival of a kinetic young visionary, Joe Speedboat.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • My Wife's Affair
    Author: Woodruff, Nancy
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399156298 Date: 2010
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    A smart, sexy novel about a woman's search for her former self on the London stage, My Wife's Affair is about infidelity, passion, duty, and about finally getting what one wants and then wanting more.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Handbook for Lighning Strike Survivors
    Author: Young-Stone, Michele
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307464477 Date: 2010
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    An evocative story of two lost souls united by the extraordinary power of lightning, this wonderfully inventive debut may appeal to fans of Alice Hoffman and Wally Lamb.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Sandbox
    Author: Zimmerman, David
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569476284 Date: 2010
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    In Iraq, a roadside ambush puts a young American soldier onto a high-reaching conspiracy.
    Suggested Reading: Iraq
    Updated 2.25.10

May

  • Island Beneath the Sea
    Author: Allende, Isabel
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061988240 Date: 2010
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    From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, Allende's latest novel introduces yet another unforgettable woman--a slave and concubine determined to claim her own destiny against impossible odds.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Pregnant Widow
    Author: Amis, Martin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400044528 Date: 2010
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    In a castle on a mountainside in Italy, half a dozen young lives are afloat on a sea of change, trapped inside the history of the 1970's sexual revolution. Amis offers a comedy of manners and a nightmare, with all the confused vigor of youth and the bittersweet, and sometimes simply bitter, wisdom of age and experience.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • A Secret Affair
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780385343305 Date: 2010
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    The fifth and final novel in Balough's New York Times-bestselling Regency romance series spotlights the darkly mysterious cousin Constantine as he finds an unexpected love.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Map of True Places
    Author: Barry, Brunonia
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061624780 Date: 2010
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    The author of the beloved New York Times and international bestseller The Lace Reader is back with an emotionally resonant novel of tragedy, secrets, identity, and love, in which a psychotherapist finds the strands of her own life in the death of a troubled patient.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Amandine
    Author: De Blasi, Marlena
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780345507341 Date: 2010
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    The acclaimed author of such memoirs as A Thousand Days in Venice brings her luminous prose to the world of fiction with this debut novel. Set against the backdrop of Europe as it moves toward World War II, Amandine follows a young orphan's journey in search of her heritage.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Give Me Fever
    Author: Bryant, Niobia
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780758231420 Date: 2010
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    National bestselling author Bryant returns with another hot contemporary romance novel that introduces readers to the third Strong brother: Kaeden.
    Suggested Reading: Romance | African American Stars
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Rehearsal
    Author: Catton, Eleanor
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316074339 Date: 2010
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    In the aftermath of a high-school sex scandal caused by a teacher's affair with an underaged student, a group of teenage girls becomes the focus of public scrutiny. After a local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a play, the boundaries between private and public, and fact and fiction, begin to dissolve.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • In Bed with the Duke
    Author: Dodd, Christina
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451229335 Date: 2010
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    Lady's companion Emma Chegwidden avoids defying society's rules--until she runs right into the arms of the seductive Reaper, a mystery man whose goal is justice. Or is it vengeance?
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Dead Republic
    Author: Doyle, Roddy
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670021772 Date: 2010
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    Saved from death in California's Monument Valley by none other than Henry Fonda, Irish rebel Henry Smart ends up in Hollywood collaborating with legendary director John Ford on a script based on his life.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • On the Steamy Side
    Author: Edwards, Louisa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780312356460 Date: 2010
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    Celebrity chef Devon Sparks has it all--until the critics turn on him. Deciding to take a month-long stint at a new restaurant, Devon hopes to find his edge . . . as well as love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Imperial Bedrooms
    Author: Ellis, Brett Easton
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307266101 Date: 2010
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    Twenty-five years have passed since the events of Less Than Zero. Clay Easton, now a successful screenwriter, returns to L.A. where he's helping to cast his latest movie. But the more things have changed, the more they stay the same, and Clay is soon drifting around in his familiar old circle.
    Updated 4.13.10
  • Cecilia
    Author: Ferri. Linda
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781933372877 Date: 2010
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    Translated from the Italian, Cecilia tells the story of a young girl's search to define herself in a world rife with social, upheaval, religious conflict, and deep foreboding.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Heart of the Matter
    Author: Giffin, Emily
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780312554163 Date: 2010
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    In alternating points of view, a New York Times-bestselling author tells a story of three good people caught in an untenable triangle, each questioning everything they once believed about love and loyalty. And each, ultimately, discovering what is truly at the heart of the matter. Show Less
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Anthropology of an American Girl
    Author: Hamann, Hilary Thayer
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385527149 Date: 2010
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    A stunning debut about a young girl's coming of age and finding love, set in East Hampton and Manhattan in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Quickening
    Author: Hoover, Michelle
    $23 ISBN: 9781590513460 Date: 2010
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    In this luminous and unforgettable debut, Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Tomorrow River
    Author: Kagen, Lesley
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525951544 Date: 2010
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    The bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark delivers a literary thriller about a girl who goes in search of her missing mother and becomes swept up in a series of heartbreaking events that force her to come to terms with the painful truth about herself and her family.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Molly Fox's Birthday
    Author: Madden, Diedre
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780312429546 Date: 2010
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    Finalist for the Orange Prize, Molly Fox's Birthday evokes the experience of a turning point in one woman's life--a moment when everything before and after is transformed, and life changes directions in a single day.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • American Music
    Author: Mendelsohn, Jane
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307272669 Date: 2010
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    From the author of I Was Amelia Earhart comes a luminous love story that winds through several generations: a beautiful mystery and a meditation on love--its power and limitations.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Agaat
    Author: van Niekerk, Marlene
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780982503096 Date: 2010
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    Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique relationship between Milla, a 67-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat. Through flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns about Milla's past. Life for white farmers in 1950s South Africa was full of promise -- young and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her own farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside. Forty years later her family has fallen apart, the country she knew is on the brink of huge change, and all she has left are memories and her proud, contrary, yet affectionate guardian. With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene Van Niekerk creates a story of love and family loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, who received the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • My Name is Mary Sutter
    Author: Oliveira, Robin
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670021673 Date: 2010
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    Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon in 19th-century America. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine, Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C., to pursue her medical career.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Invisible Bridge
    Author: Orringer, Julie
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781400041169 Date: 2010
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    Orringer's astonishing first novel is a grand love story and an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are torn apart by war. An unforgettable story of history and love, of marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family's struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Blue-Eyed Devil
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156489 Date: 2010
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    After the new chief of police in Appaloosa begins shaking down local merchants for protection money, those who don't want to play along seek the help of Cole and Hitch. But the guns-for-hire are thorns in the side of the power-hungry chief. There will be a showdown, but who'll be left standing?
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning
    Author: Pickard, Nancy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345471017 Date: 2010
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    Written with the wisdom and grace readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains this brilliantly moving tale is one of family, murder, and redemptive love.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Bradbury Report
    Author: Polansky, Steven
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781602861220 Date: 2010
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    In the year 2071, the United States has implemented a wide-scale, government-run cloning program tied directly to health insurance. Each U.S. citizen has a clone to fulfill his or her medical needs. Twenty years since the program's inception, no one outside government has seen their copy, and no clone has successfully escaped--until now.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Ravished by a Highlander
    Author: Quinn, Paula
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780446552387 Date: 2010
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    The author of A Highlander Never Surrenders delivers the first novel in a brand-new and sinfully sexy new Scottish romance series.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Day for Night
    Author: Reiken, Frederick
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316077569 Date: 2010
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    The prize-winning author of The Odd Sea and The Lost Legends of New Jersey offers this dazzling and moving novel about a family's mysterious past.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Beauty
    Author: Selbourne, Raphael
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780955647673 Date: 2010
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    Beauty--in both name and appearance--is a 20-year-old Bangladeshi, returned to England after having disgraced her family by fleeing an abusive arranged marriage. Forced onto the job-hunter's treadmill and under extreme domestic pressure, she cracks and runs away. Her encounters with officialdom, fellow claimants, and strangers in the city streets, complicated by the restrictions and comfort of her language and culture, place her at the mercy of such unlikely helpers as Mark, a friendly, Staffordshire bull terrier-breeding ex-offender, and Peter, a middle-class underachiever on the rebound from a bitter relationship. With determination and good humor, Beauty moves ever closer to making her choice between family duty and personal freedom. All the while, however, her brothers are searching for her across town. Can she make the choice herself, before she's forced to? A sharply rendered, compassionate, and challenging portrait of a fragmented, multicultural urban England. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Black Minutes
    Author: Solares, Martin
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170682 Date: 2010
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    When a young journalist named Bernardo Blanco is killed in the fictional Mexican port city of Paracun, investigation into his murder reveals missing links in a disturbing multiple homicide case from 20 years earlier.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • The Frozen Rabbi
    Author: Stern, Steve
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781565126190 Date: 2010
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    Bernie Karp, the impressionable 15-year-old son of the couple in whose home a rabbi lies frozen, inadvertently thaws out the ancient man. When the rabbi comes fully and mischievously to life, Bernie finds himself on an unexpected odyssey to understand his heritage and his destiny.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Husband and Wife
    Author: Stewart, Leah
    $26.95 ISBN: 9780061774508 Date: 2010
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    The author of the celebrated The Myth of You and Me delivers an honest and emotionally searing tale of infidelity, betrayal, identity, and second chances.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Necessary Heartbreak
    Author: Sullivan, Michael J.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781439184233 Date: 2010
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    A single dad and his feisty 14-year-old daughter stumble upon a portal leading back to first-century Jerusalem during the last week of Christ's life.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Ilustrado
    Author: Syjuco, Miguel
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374174781 Date: 2010
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    Garnering international prizes and acclaim, Ilustrado has been called brilliantly conceived and stylishly executed (2008 Man Asian Literary Prize judges). Exuberant and wise, wildly funny and deeply moving, this debut explores the hidden truths that haunt every family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Marrowbone Marble
    Author: Taylor, M. Glenn
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061923937 Date: 2010
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    Moving from the hills of West Virginia to the islands of the Pacific and back, The Marrowbone Marble Company is a sweeping novel of love and war, power and oppression, faith and deception, from the author of The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Awful Possibilities: Stories
    Author: TeBordo, Christian
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780977199297 Date: 2010
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    After three novels, dynamic and masterful young writer Christian TeBordo, has finally collected his best short stories in The Awful Possibilities. A girl among kidney thieves masters the art of forgetting. A motivational speaker skins his best friend to impress his wife. A man outlines the rules and regulations for sadistic child-rearing. A teen in Brooklyn, Iowa, deals with the fallout of his brother's rise to hip hop fame. Populated with the people we've all heard whispering in hallways, mumbling in diners, shouting in the apartment next door, these brilliantly strange set pieces explode the boundaries of short fiction and locate the awe in the awful possibilities we could never have imagined.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Lonely Polygamist
    Author: Udall, Brady
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780393062625 Date: 2010
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    Beautifully written, keenly observed, and ultimately redemptive, The Lonely Polygamist is an unforgettable story of an American family--with its inevitable dysfunctionality, heartbreak, and comedy--pushed to its outer limits.
    Updated 3.19.10
  • Diamond Ruby
    Author: Wallace, Joseph
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781439160053 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn meets Ragtime, in this novel set in the Roaring 20's about a 17-year-old girl who can out-pitch any major league baseball player.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.14.10

June

  • A Fierce Radience
    Author: Belfer, Lauren
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061252518 Date: 2010
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    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.10.10
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
    Author: Bender, Aimee
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385501125 Date: 2010
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    The wondrous Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a luminous tale--heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Rock Paper Tiger
    Author: Brackmann, Lisa
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569476406 Date: 2010
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    This novel takes readers on a wild ride through the world of online gaming, artists, and international espionage in contemporary China.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • Peep Show
    Author: Braff, Joshua
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781565125087 Date: 2010
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    Peep Show is the bittersweet story of a young man torn between a mother trying to erase her past and a father struggling to maintain his dignity in a less-than-savory business.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • This Is Where We Live
    Author: Brown, Janelle
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385524032 Date: 2010
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    A novel about subprime mortgages, ruthless Hollywood economics, and the unraveling of a young marriage. This Is Where We Live tells the story of Claudia and Jeremy, a young married couple (she's an aspiring filmmaker, he's an indie musician) who are on the verge of making it. Her first film was a sensation at Sundance and is about to have its theatrical release, he's assembled a new band and is a few songs shy of an album. They've recently purchased their first home--an adorable mid-century bungalow with a breathtaking view of the city of Los Angeles--with the magical assistance of an adjustable-rate mortgage. But a series of seismic events--the tanking of Claudia's film, the return of Jeremy's ex-girlfriend (a manipulative, self-destructive, fabulously successful artist), and the staggering adjustment of their monthly mortgage payments--deal a crushing blow to their dreams of the bohemian life and their professional aspirations and make them question their values and their shared vision of the future. As she did so insightfully in her first novel, "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything," Janelle Brown once again proves herself a trenchant social commentator and a keen and compassionate chronicler of the emotional turmoil, moral conflicts, and knowing compromises of her characters. This Is Where We Live is a novel about the crucible of this economic moment--the way these times play with our hopes, compel us to reckon with our ambition, test our capacity for reinvention, and ask us to question the very things we love. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Passage
    Author: Cronin, Justin
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345504968 Date: 2010
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    Every so often a novel-reader's novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin's The Passage. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.--Stephen King.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Outside Boy
    Author: Cummins, Jeanine
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780451229489 Date: 2010
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    A poignant debut novel of an Irish gypsy boy's childhood in the 1950's by theauthor of the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • One Dance with the Duke
    Author: Dare, Tessa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345518859 Date: 2010
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    In this first novel of a delightful new Regency trilogy by Dare, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Outer Banks House
    Author: DuCharme, Diann
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307462237 Date: 2010
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    As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girl's life. In 1868, on the barren shores of post-war Outer Banks North Carolina, the once wealthy Sinclair family moves for the summer to one of the first cottages on the ocean side of the resort village of Nags Head. Seventeen-year-old Abigail is beautiful, book-smart, but sheltered by her plantation life and hemmed-in by her emotionally distant family. To make good use of time, she is encouraged by her family to teach her father's fishing guide, the good-natured but penniless Benjamin Whimble, how to read and write. And in a twist of fate unforeseen by anyone around them, there on the porch of the cottage, the two come to love each other deeply, and to understand each other in a way that no one else does. But when, against everything he claims to represent, Ben becomes entangled in Abby's father's Ku Klux Klan work, the terrible tragedy and surprising revelations that one hot Outer Banks night brings forth threaten to tear them apart forever. With vivid historical detail and stunning emotional resonance, Diann Ducharme recounts a dramatic story of love, loss, and coming of age at a singular and rapidly changing time in one of America's most beautiful and storied communities. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.14.10
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad
    Author: Egan, Jennifer
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307592835 Date: 2010
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    From one of today's boldest writers comes a sly, surprising, and exhilarating novel about time, survival, and the electrifying sparks ignited at the seams of our lives by colliding destinies.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff: And Other Stories
    Author: Epstein, Joseph
    $ 24 ISBN:9780618721955 Date: 2010
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    In his first collection of stories since Fabulous Small Jews, Epstein delivers 14 stories of ordinary men confronting the moments that define a life, told with the bittersweet humor and loving irony encompassed in the title of the book.
    Updated 6.10.10
  • Lowcountry Summer: A Plantation Novel
    Author: Frank, Dorothea Benton
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061961175 Date: 2010
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    Wonderfully atmospheric, infused with humor and poignancy, rich with the lyrical cadence of the South, and filled with lively characters, Lowcountry Summer--the long-awaited sequel to Plantation--is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank, a deeply compelling and touching novel her fans are sure to savor.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • Masked by Moonlight
    Author: Gideon, Nancy
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439149638 Date: 2010
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    The first book in a new series about a female detective in New Orleans who's irresistibly attracted to a crime boss's shape-shifting right-hand man.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Rebellion of Jane Clarke
    Author: Gunning, Sally
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061782145 Date: 2010
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    On the eve of the Revolutionary War, a young woman is caught between tradition and independence, family and conscience, loyalty and love, in this compelling novel from the author of The Widow's War and Bound.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • Beautiful Maria of My Soul
    Author: Hijuelos, Oscar
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781401323349 Date: 2010
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    The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary American classic. Now, in his new novel, Hijuelos returns to this indelible story, to tell it from the point of view of its beloved heroine, Maria.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Double Happiness: Stories
    Author: Hughes, Mary-Beth
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780802170743 Date: 2010
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    Hughes delivers a seductive, deeply human, and sophisticated story collection about the universal need to be loved and the complicated imperfections that jeopardize the ties that bind us.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • Backseat Saints
    Author: Jackson, Joshilyn
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446582346 Date: 2010
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    With the seed of a minor character from her popular bestseller Gods in Alabama, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plot twists.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Married by Morning
    Author: Kleypas, Lisa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780312605384 Date: 2010
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    In her latest novel of the Hathaways, "New York Times"-bestselling author Kleypas presents the story of Leo Hathaway, who must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine Marks is intriguing, but hides a secret that could utterly destroy her.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • These Children Who Come at You With Knives and Other Fairy Tales: Stories
    Author: Knipfel, Jim
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781439154120 Date: 2010
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    From the irresistibly droll mind of Jim Knipfel comes These Children Who Come at You with Knives, and Other Fairy Tales, a series of twisted fables that echo with pinpoint acuity. A masterful storyteller whose memoirs and novels have earned him widespread acclaim, this is Knipfel's first foray into the short story, and he delivers in spades: this wickedly dark satire on the notion of happily ever after turns the traditional fairy tale on its head. Among the array of lonely losers wallowing in discontent, the enterprising reader of this volume may meet a talking chicken who learns the world has little patience for intelligence, a foul-mouthed gnome set on world domination, and a magical snowman wrestling with the horror of being alive. In These Children Who Come at You with Knives, Knipfel's singular and brilliantly funny mind reinvents the bedtime story and offers up a wildly entertaining meditation on the perils of human nature. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Ice Princess
    Author: Lackbert, Camilla
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605980928 Date: 2010
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    The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Lackberg's haunting first novel. A more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian fiction . . . Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as popular here as they are in her native Sweden.--Peter Robinson, author of All the Colors of Darkness.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Spot: Stories
    Author: Means, David
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780865479128 Date: 2010
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    The Spot is an old blacksmith shed in which three men tweeze apart the intricacies of a botched bank robbery. The Spot is a park on the Hudson River, where two lovers sense their affair is about to come to an end. The Spot is at the bottom of Niagara Falls, where the body of a young girl floats as if caught in the currents of her own tragic story. The Spot is in the ear of a Manhattan madman plagued by a noisy upstairs neighbor . The Spot is a suburban hospital room in which a young father confronts his son's potentially devastating diagnosis. The Spot is a dusty encampment in Nebraska where a gang of inept radicals plot a revolution. The Spot draws thirteen new stories together into a masterful collection that shows David Means at his finest: at once comically detached and wrenchingly affecting, expansive and concise, wildly inventive and firmly rooted in tradition. Means's work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O'Connor (London Review of Books), Alice Munro, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac (Newsday), Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson (Chicago Tribune/NPR), Denis Johnson (Entertainment Weekly), Poe, Chekhov, and Carver (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), but the spot he has staked out in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.10.10
  • The Thousand Autums of Jacob d Zoet
    Author: Mitchell, David
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400065455 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star LJ star Kirkus
    In 2007, Time"magazine named him one of the most influential novelists in the world. He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.The New York Times Book Review called him simply "a genius." Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence to The Guardian''s claim that "each of his books seems entirely different from that which preceded it." The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a stunning departure for this brilliant, restless, and wildly ambitious author, a giant leap forward by even his own high standards. A bold and epic novel of a rarely visited point in history, it is a work as exquisitely rendered as it is irresistibly readable. The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the "high-walled, fan-shaped artificial island" that is the Japanese Empire's single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay; the farthest outpost of the war-ravaged Dutch East Indies Company; and a de facto prison for the dozen foreigners permitted to live and work there. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, costly courtesans, earthquakes, and typhoons comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancee back in Holland. But Jacob's original intentions are eclipsed after a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor and midwife to the city's powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken. The consequences will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings. As one cynical colleague asks, "Who ain't a gambler in the glorious Orient, with his very life? " A magnificent mix of luminous writing, prodigious research, and heedless imagination, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the most impressive achievement of its eminent author. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.10.10
  • Broken Glass
    Author: Mabanckou, Alain
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9781593762735 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Alain Mabanckou's riotous new novel centers on the patrons of a run-down bar in the Congo. In a country that appears to have forgotten the importance of remembering, a former schoolteacher and bar regular nicknamed Broken Glass has been elected to record their stories for posterity. But Broken Glass fails spectacularly at staying out of trouble as one denizen after another wants to rewrite history in an attempt at making sure his portrayal will properly reflect their exciting and dynamic lives. Despondent over this apparent triumph of self-delusion over self-awareness, Broken Glass drowns his sorrows in red wine and riffs on the great books of Africa and the West. Brimming with life, death, and literary allusions, Broken Glass is Mabanckou's finest novel -- a mocking satire of the dangers of artistic integrity.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Carbine: Stories
    Author: Mulcahy, Greg
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781558498181 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction short stories. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.29.10
  • One Day
    Author: Nicholls, David
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780307474711 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable . . . brilliant--Nick Hornby. This international bestseller that follows an unlikely couple for one decade--on the same day each year--is soon to be a major motion picture from Focus Features/ Random House Films.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Nobodies Album
    Author: Parkhurst, Carlyn
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385527699 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From the bestselling author of "The Dogs of Babel" comes an emotionally gripping and resonant mystery about a mother and her son, and about the possibility that one can never truly know another person.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Galveston
    Author: Pizzolatto, Nic
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439166642 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Pizzolatto's dark and violent first novel is set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston, Texas. His story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea was named by Poets & Writer's Magazine as one of the top-five fiction debuts of the year.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • Perfect Reader
    Author: Pouncey, Maggie
    24.95 $ ISBN: 9780307378743 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    In this delightful debut novel, a daughter of a quaint New England college town returns to confront her father's legacy and the surprising pieces of life he has left behind.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • This Must Be the Place
    Author: Racculia, Kate
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805092301 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    A sudden death, a never-mailed postcard, and a long-buried secret set the stage for a luminous and heartbreakingly real novel about lost souls finding one another.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Mr. Peanut
    Author: Ross, Adam
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307270702 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    David Pepin has loved his wife since the moment they met and, after 13 years of marriage, he still can't imagine living without her--yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and he's both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • An American Type
    Author: Roth, Henry
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393077759 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A posthumous work by the author of the American-immigrant novel Call It Sleep.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Madonnas of Echo Park
    Author: Skyhorse, Brando
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781439170809 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Heralding a new young ethnic literary talent: Skyhorse's first novel gives voice to the Mexican-American community in Echo Park, California.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Three Delays
    Author: Smith, Charlie
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780061859458 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From Charlie Smith, author of five New York Times Notable Books, comes his first novel in 14 years, which follows the troubled lives of two lovers as they combat their passions and each other.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Chasing Lilacs
    Author: Stewart, Carla
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780446556552 Date: 2010
    star PW
    It is the summer of 1958, and life in the small Texas community of Graham Camp should be simple and carefree. But not for twelve-year-old Sammie Tucker. Sammie has plenty of questions about her mother's nerve problems. About shock treatments. About whether her mother loves her. When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from California whose own troubles plague him, or her round-faced neighbor with gentle advice and strong shoulders to cry on. Then there's the elderly widower who seems nice but has his own dark past. Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 4.29.10
  • Based on Availablity
    Author: Strauss, Alix
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061845260 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From the very first page of this stunning novel, readers are drawn into the lives of eight seemingly ordinary women who pass through Manhattan's swanky Four Seasons Hotel. While offering sanctuary to some, solace to others, the hotel captures their darkest moments as they grapple with family, sex, power, love, and death. Trish obsesses over her best friend's wedding and dramatic weight loss. Robin wants revenge after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her older sister. Anne is single, lonely, and suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Drug-addicted rock star Louise needs to dry out. Southerner turned wannabe Manhattanite Franny is envious of her neighbors' lives. Sheila wants to punish her boyfriend for returning to his wife. Ellen so desperately wants children that she insists she's pregnant to her disbelieving husband. And Morgan, the hotel manager--haunted by the memory of her dead sister--is the thread that weaves these women's lives together. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Welcome to Harmony
    Author: Thomas, Jodi
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425235102 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Under an assumed name and identity, 16-year-old runaway Reagan moves to Harmony, Texas, but keeps her distance from the welcoming townsfolk. Until prairie fires threaten Harmony--and Reagan learns the true meaning of family, friends, and home.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • The Lovers
    Author: Vida, Vendela
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780060828394 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    From the author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name comes a stunning novel about the love between husbands and wives, mothers and children.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • A Vintage Affair
    Author: Wolff, Isabel
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807837 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Every dress has a history. And so does every woman. In Isabel Wolff's captivating A Vintage Affair, a treasured child's coat becomes a thread of hope connecting two very different women. " " Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby's auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London--but to Phoebe, it's the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop, even as she deals with two ardent suitors, her increasingly difficult mother, and a secret from her past that casts a shadow over her new venture. For Phoebe, each vintage garment carries its own precious history. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe is rewarded whenever she finds something truly unique, for she knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you're not just buying fabric and thread--you're buying a piece of someone's past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life. Therese Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of smart suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child's sky-blue coat--an item with which Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishing connection between herself and Therese Bell--one that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • I Hotel
    Author: Yamishita, Karen Tei
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9781566892391 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Dazzling and ambitious, this hip, multi-voiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America's struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco's Chinatown. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, "I Hotel" begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, students took to the streets, the Vietnam War raged, and cities burned. As Karen Yamashita's motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their way through the history of the day, they become caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies and personal turmoil. And by the time the survivors unite to save the International Hotel--epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement--their stories have come to define the very heart of the American experience. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10

 

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