Fiction Stars 2010: July - December

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

July

  • News from Home: Stories
    Author: Atta, Sefi
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781566568036 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Winner of the 2009 NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa
    Updated 6.8.10
  • I Love this Bar
    Author: Brown, Carolyn
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402239267 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Find out what happens when one sassy barmaid, a damn fine cowboy, and the hottest beer joint in two counties are mixed together.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • A Dog's Purpose
    Author: Cameron, W. Bruce
    $ 22.99 ISBN: 9780765326263 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Surprised to find himself reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey wonders if he will ever find his purpose, in this beautifully crafted work that teaches that love never dies and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • 32 Candles
    Author: Brown, Ernessa
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061957840 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Kings of the Earth
    Author: Clinch, Jon
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400069019 Date: 2010
    star LJ star PW
    Told in a chorus of voices that spans a generation, Kings of the Earth examines the bonds of family and blood, faith and suspicion, that link not just three brothers but their entire community.
    Updated 6.10.10
  • Bliss, Remembered
    Author: Deford, Frank
    $ 25.95 ISBN:9781590203590 Date: 2010
    starPW
    At the 1936 Berlin Olympics the beautiful Sydney Stringfellow begins an intense love affair with a German but the affair abruptly ends when political forces tear them apart.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Memory Wall: Stories
    Author: Doerr, Anthony
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439182802 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    From an award-winning author comes a new collection of stories that is even more compelling and accomplished than his previous work.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Work Song
    Author: Doig, Ivan
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594487620 Date: 2010
    starPW star LJ
    An award-winning and beloved novelist of the American West spins the further adventures of a favorite character, in one of his richest historical settings yet.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Surf Guru
    Author: Dorst, Doug
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594487613 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    A book of brilliant, adventurous stories from the award-winning author of Alive in Necropolis.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Barely a Lady (Rakes book 1)
    Author: Dreyer, Eileen
    $6.99 ISBN: 9780446542081 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    After discovering her former husband on the battlefield of Waterloo--and in enemy uniform--Olivia Grace must pretend to still be married to Jack to keep him from being hanged as a traitor
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Clouds Beneath the Sun
    Author: Ford, MacKenzie
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780385529112 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    An exotic setting and a passionate, forbidden affair make The Clouds Beneath the Sun an irresistible page-turner that is sure to satisfy readers looking for an intelligent blend of history, romance, and intrigue. Set in Kenya in 1961, the novel follows archaeologist Natalie Nelson as she navigates a controversial dig and an affair with a young man that turns dangerous.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • The Cookbook Collector
    Author: Goodman, Allegra
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385340854 Date: 2010
    starLJ star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare-book collecting in a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment. Bi-coastal, surprising, rich in ideas and characters, this work is about getting and spending, and about the substitutions one must make.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Lucy
    Author: Gonzales, Laurence
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307272607 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    An explosive, daring novel that suggests what might happen when a young girl is discovered to be the result of the experimental breeding of human and ape.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Island
    Author: Hilderbrand, Elin
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780316043878 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    A woman, her two daughters, and her sister spend the month of July on rustic, charming Tuckernuck Island off the coast of Nantucket. Secrets and intrigue soon make their way to the surface, as Hilderbrand (Nantucket Nights) once again weaves a masterful story of summer suspense.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Elegies for the Brokenhearted
    Author: Hodgen, Christie
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393061406 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist
    In this savvy, spirited, moving, and surprisingly humorous novel, Mary Murphy tells her own story as she paints lively portraits of the people with whom she's crossed paths.
    Updated 6.15.10
  • The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay
    Author: Jensen, Beverly
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021666 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    A tale of two sisters spanning over 70 years that recovers the vibrant and unforgettable voice of Beverly Jensen.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Father of the Rain
    Author: King, Lily
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119490 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    From the award-winning author of The English Teacher comes her most ambitious novel yet. King sets her sharply insightful family drama in an upper-middle-class suburb, where she traces a complex and explosive father-daughter relationship from the 1970s to the present day.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Love in the Afternoon
    Author: Kleypas, Lisa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780312605391 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    New York Times-bestselling author Kleypas delivers her latest Hathaway story--the follow-up to Married by Morning. Free-spirited Beatrix Hathaway has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love--until she begins a correspondence with the daring yet world-weary soldier who plans to marry Beatrix's friend.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • On the Many Deaths of Amanda Palmer (And the Many Crimes of Tobias James
    Author: Kriwaczek. Rohan
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 978159203811 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Thieves of Manhattan
    Author: Langer, Adam
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781400068913 Date: 2010
    star PW
    An aspiring writer with a low-paying day job at a coffee shop becomes embroiled in an elaborate scheme to create a fake memoir of his own. Ian quickly realizes that fact and fiction can be dangerously intertwined.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • I Kiss an Earl
    Author: Long, Julie Anne
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061885662 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    From rising star Long, author of The Perils of Pleasure, comes the next installment in her sensual and emotionally charged Pennyroyal Green series.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Debba
    Author: Mandelman, Avner
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781590513705 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist
    In 1977, David Starkman is living in Canada, having renounced his Israeli citizenship and haunted by persistent nightmares about his catastrophic turn as a military assassin for Israel. Upon learning of his father's murder, he returns to his homeland for what he hopes will be the final time.
    Updated 7.13.10
  • Corduroy Mansions
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307379085 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico neighborhood, and the home turf of a new cast of captivating, quirky, and altogether McCall-Smithian characters.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Keeping Time
    Author: McGlynn, Stacey
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307464408 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Inspired by her 80-year-old great-aunt's first visit to America, McGlynn delivers a deeply moving and entertaining story about the way love persists and entwines through our lives as she chronicles 77-year-old Daisy Phillips' adventure from England to America to find her long-lost love.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Lady of the Butterflies
    Author: Mountain, Fiona
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156366 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    In the 17th-century, butterflies are believed to be the souls of the dead, and Eleanor Glanville's scientific study of them makes her little better than a witch. But her life--set against a backdrop of war, betrayal, and sexual obsession--is that of a woman far ahead of her time.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • What Is Left the Daughter
    Author: Norman, Howard
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780618735433 Date: 2010
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Norman, widely regarded as one of this country's finest novelists, returns to the mesmerizing fictional terrain of his major books--The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard, and The Haunting of L--in this erotically charged and morally complex story.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.15.10
  • A Thousand Peaceful Cities
    Author: Pilch, Jerzy
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781934824276 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    A comic gem, Jerzy Pilchs A Thousand Peaceful Cities takes place in 1963, in the latter days of the Polish post-Stalinist thaw. The narrator, Jerzyk (little Jerzy), is a teenager who is keenly interested in his father, a retired postal administrator, and his fathers closest friend, Mr. Tr?ba, a failed Lutheran clergyman, alcoholic, would-be Polish insurrectionist, and one of the wildest literary characters since Sternes Uncle Toby. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Blood of Lorraine
    Author: Pope, Barbara Corrado
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781605980980 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In the wake of the Dreyfus Affair, the murder of two Jews in the French town of Nancy reveals the darker side of human nature.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Wicked Wycherly
    Author: Rice, Patricia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451230713 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Abigail Merriweather's farm is quiet since she lost custody of her four young half-siblings--until a roguish gentleman named Fitz stops for a rest, his rebellious daughter in tow. His etiquette is questionable, his parenting deplorable--so why does Abby delight in his flirtations?
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Buddha's Orphans
    Author: Upadhyay, Samrat
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780618517503 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Called "a Buddhist Chekhov" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Samrat Upadhyay's writing has been praised by Amitav Ghosh and Suketu Mehta, and compared with the work of Akhil Sharma and Jhumpa Lahiri. Upadhyay's new novel, Buddha's Orphans, uses Nepal's political upheavals of the past century as a backdrop to the story of an orphan boy, Raja, and the girl he is fated to love, Nilu, a daughter of privilege.Their love story scandalizes both families and takes readers through time and across the globe, through the loss of and search for children, and through several generations, hinting that perhaps old bends can, in fact, be righted in future branches of a family tree. Buddha's Orphans is a novel permeated with the sense of how we are irreparably connected to the mothers who birthed us and of the way events of the past, even those we are ignorant of, inevitably haunt the present. But most of all it is an engrossing, unconventional love story and a seductive and transporting read. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.3.10

August

  • The Homecoming Party
    Author: Abate, Carmine
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781933372839 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    One of Italy's greatest storytellers delivers a tale that is simultaneously a coming-of-age novel, a love story, and a heartfelt cry against the atrocious standards of living that force so many southern Italians to seek a better life elsewhere.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Mothers and Other Liars
    Author: Boureet, Amy
    $13.99 ISBN: 9780312586584 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    It's been 10 years since Ruby Leander found a baby in an Oklahoma rest stop trash can and kept the girl. Now settled in Santa Fe with her daughter Lark, Ruby reads an article about an infant kidnapped by car-jackers. Suddenly, the lie she created about Lark's origins is shattered.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • A Stranger Like You
    Author: Brundage, Elizabeth
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670022007 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Brundage delivers a taut thriller about the lengths to which people will go to make their dreams come true. After film exec Hedda Chase pulls the the plug on a film project initiated by one of her predecessors, the screenwriter decides to stage his script's ending and casts Hedda as the victim.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Percival's Planet
    Author: Byers, Michael
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780805092189 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist
    Byers delivers a novel of ambition and obsession centered on the race to discover Pluto in 1930, pitting an untrained Kansas farm boy against the greatest minds of Harvard at the run-down Lowell Observatory in Arizona.
    Updated 7.13.10
  • Last Night's Scandal
    Author: Chase, Loretta
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061632679 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Another deliciously passionate and emotionally rich romance from New York Times-bestselling author Chase, about an unlikely pair who just can't escape each other--no matter how hard they try.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Barnacle Love
    Author: De Sala, Anthony
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9781565129269 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Shortlisted for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. At the heart of this collection of intimately linked stories is the relationship between a father and his son--and both the promise and the disappointment inherent in the choices made by the father and the expectations placed on the son.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Water Bound: Sea Haven
    Author: Feehan, Christine
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780515148244 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    From a #1 New York Times-bestselling author comes the first in a soul-stirring new series. Off the shores of Sea Haven, a beautiful diver rescues a man from drowning, a man with no memory of who he is--or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. But soon, he and his savior will be engulfed in a storm of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Turbulence
    Author: Foden, Giles
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307592774 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist
    From the highly acclaimed and prize-winning author of The Last King of Scotland comes a heart-stopping novel about British and American scientists who attempt the impossible--to get millions of Allied troops secretly across the English Channel for D-day.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Three Sisters
    Author: Feiyu, Bi
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780151013647 Date: 2010
    star PW
    In a small village in China, the Wang family has produced seven sisters in its quest to have a boy; three of the sisters emerge as the lead characters in this remarkable novel. From the small-town treachery of the village to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution to the harried pace of city life, Bi Feiyu follows the women as they strive to change the course of their destinies and battle against an "infinite ocean of people" in a China that does not truly belong to them. Yumi will use her dignity, Yuxiu her powers of seduction, and Yuyang her ambition--all in an effort to take control of their world, their bodies, and their lives. In one review Lisa See said: I hope this is the first of many of Bi's works to come to us. Three Sisters fulfills that wish, with its irreplaceable portrait of contemporary Chinese life and indelible story of three tragic and sometimes triumphant heroines. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Blasphemer
    Author: Farndale, Nigel
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780307717030 Date: 2010
    starPW
    On its way to the Galapagos Islands, a light aircraft crashes into the sea. Zoologist Daniel Kennedy is confronted with a stark Darwinian choice. Should he save himself, or Nancy, the woman he loves? Can one moment of betrayal ever be forgiven?
    Updated 7.12.10
  • City of Veils
    Author: Ferraris, Zoe
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316074278 Date: 2010
    starPW
    A riveting literary mystery,City of Veils reveals the shrouded world of women in modern-day Saudi Arabia.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Jewel of St. Petersburg
    Author: Furnival, Kate
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425234235 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    The national bestselling author of The Russian Concubine takes readers backto Tsarist Russia for a sweeping novel of love and intrigue.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • A Kiss at Midnight
    Author: James, Eloisa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061626845 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he's anything but charming. She has no interest in marriage or princes or fairy tales . . . but she never dreamed there would be magic in one kiss.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Death of the Adversary
    Author: Keilson, Hans
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780374139629 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed "adversary"whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany. It is a tale of horror, not only in its evocation of Hitler's gathering menace but also in its hero's desperate attempt to discover logic where none exists. A psychological fable as wry and haunting as Badenheim 1939, The Death of the Adversary is a lost classic of modern fiction.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • The Four Fingers of Death
    Author: Moody, Rick
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316118910 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Ideal for fans of such comic masterpieces as Slaughterhouse-Five, The Crying of Lot 49, and Catch-22, The Four Fingers of Death is a stunningly inventive, sometimes hilarious, monumental novel by the author of The Diviners.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • I Curse the River of Time
    Author: Petterson, Per
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781555975562 Date: 2010
    star LJ starPW
    An enthralling novel of a mother and son's turbulent relationship from the author of Out Stealing Horses.
    Updated 6.15.10
  • Rich Boy
    Author: Pomerantz, Sharon
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446563185 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Hailing from a working-class Jewish neighborhood in Philadelphia, Robert Vishniak has worked his way up in the world. But a chance encounter with a beautiful girl from the old neighborhood--and the forgotten life she reawakens--threatens to unravel his carefully constructed new identity.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Poison
    Author: Poole, Sara
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780312609832 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Determined to avenge the killing of her father, Francesca Giordano defies all convention to claim for herself the position of poisoner serving Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, head of the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Murder at Mansfield Park
    Author: Shepherd, Lynn
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780312638344 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star PW
    Complete with romance, intrigue, and crimes of the heart, Murder at Mansfield Park is an irreverent new twist on an old classic, featuring genuine Jane Austen characters that have been entertainingly transformed.
    Updated 6.15.10
  • Super Sad True Love Story
    Author: Shteyngart, Gary
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400066407 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star Booklist
    The author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan, Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America's dysfunctional coming years--and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.
    Updated 6.15.10
  • My Hollywood
    Author: Simpson, Mona
    $25.95 ISBN: 9780307273529 Date: 2010
    starPW
    From the much-loved author of Anywhere but Here and The Lost Father, comes a long-awaited novel--her first in 10 years--about two women behind the glitter of Hollywood.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • His at Night
    Author: Thomas, Sherry
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780553592443 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    From the most powerfully original historical romance author writing today (Lisa Kleypas) comes a lush, seductive new romance about a lord and lady who seem a perfect match--until they discover each other's secrets.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Legacy
    Author: Trantor, Kirsten
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781439177181 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star PW
    In the tradition of Danna Tartt's The Secret History comes a thrilling and addictive novel about three unlikely friends and the web of lies that becomes unraveled after one of them goes missing.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Strangers at the Feast
    Author: Vanderbes, Jennifer
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781439166956 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    On Thanksgiving Day 2007, as the country teeters on the brink of a recession, three generations of the Olson family gather. Eleanor and Gavin worry about their daughter, a single academic, and her newly adopted Indian child, and about their son, who has been caught in the imploding real-estate bubble. While the Olsons navigate the tensions and secrets that mark their relationships, seventeen-year-old Kijo Jackson and his best friend Spider set out from the nearby housing projects on a mysterious job. A series of tragic events bring these two worlds ever closer, exposing the dangerously thin line between suburban privilege and urban poverty, and culminating in a crime that will change everyone's life. In her gripping new book, Jennifer Vanderbes masterfully lays bare the fraught lives of this complex cast of characters and the lengths to which they will go to protect their families. Strangers at the Feast is at once a heartbreaking portrait of a family struggling to find happiness and an exploration of the hidden costs of the American dream. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.14.10
  • The Personal History of Rachel Dupree
    Author: Weisgarber, Ann
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670022014 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Reminiscent of The Color Purple, this novel tells the little-known story of African-American pioneers and gives voice to an extraordinary heroine who embodies the strength and spirit that built America.
    Updated 7.12.10

September

  • And Thereby Hangs a Tail
    Author: Archer, Jeffrey
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312539535 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Archer's sixth collection of short stories show his natural aptitude and mastery of characterization and suspense, combined with a gift for the unexpected, jaw-dropping plot twist.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Nashville Chrome
    Author: Bass, Rick
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547317267 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist
    Late in 1959, the Brown siblings--Maxine, Bonnie, and Jim Ed--were enjoying unprecedented international success, rivaled only by their longtime friend Elvis Presley. Lyrical and nuanced, Nashville Chrome vividly evokes an era in American music, while presenting a wrenching meditation on the complexities of fame and of one family.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Dogfight: A Love Story
    Author: Burgess, Matt
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385532983 Date: 2010
    starPW star LJ
    With a story as intricately plotted as a Shakespearean comedy--or revenge tragedy, for that matter--and an electrically colloquial prose style, Dogfight, a Love Story establishes Burgess as an exuberant new voice in contemporary literature.
    Updated 9.28.10
  • One Touch of Scandal
    Author: Carlyle, Liz
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061965753 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Against the glamorous backdrop of Victorian high society, Liz Carlyle paints a dramatic tale of dangerous desire, the first in her sizzling new trilogy. All Grace Gauthier ever wanted was the security of a good marriage, family, and home. Instead, despised by her aristocratic father's family because of her mother's foreign birth, she's taken a safe position as a governess. Now, unprotected and alone in London, accused of the shocking murder of her employer, she has no one to turn to except the mysterious--and possibly dangerous--Lord Ruthveyn. A dark-eyed Lucifer, Ruthveyn guards his secrets carefully. His shadowed past is a source of pain and rumors--only whispered. Grace's plight--which echoes his own--moves him, as does her quiet beauty. Ruthveyn is determined to save Grace by unmasking a killer. But his growing passion places his own heart at risk and threatens to expose his dark gifts to the world. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Quiet as They Come: Stories
    Author: Chau, Angie
    $15.95 ISBN: 9781935439189 Date: 2010
    starPW
    A mesmerizing portrait of first generation Vietnamese immigrants struggling to create a life for themselves and their children in America.
    Updated 8.5.10
  • A Novel Bookstore
    Author: Cossa, Laurence
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781933372822 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Elegantly mixing the mystery and literary fiction genres, French author Coss presents a paean to the love of good books that is sure to keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Maybe This Time
    Author: Crusie, Jennifer
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312303785 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The New York Times-bestselling author of Bet Me and Welcome to Temptation delivers her long-awaited novel, in which a woman is approached by her ex-husband to become caregiver to two orphaned children in a creepy old haunted house. What follows is a hilarious adventure in exorcism, including a self-doubting parapsychologist, an avenging ex-mother-in-law, and a jealous fianc.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Room
    Author: Donoghue, Emma
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316098335 Date: 2010
    starPW starKirkus star LJ
    Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Mr Toppit
    Author: Elton, Charles
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781590513903 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Spanning from the heyday of the postwar British film industry to today's cutthroat world of show business in Los Angeles, Mr. Toppit is a riveting debut novel that captures an extraordinary family and its tragic brush with fame to wonderfully funny and painful effect.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Vida: Stories
    Author: Engle, Patricia
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170781 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Sabina navigates her shifting identity as a daughter of the Colombian diaspora and struggles to find her place within and beyond the net of her strong, protective, but embattled family.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Visitation
    Author: Erpenbeck, Jenny
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780811218351 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    A bestseller in Germany, Visitation has established Jenny Erpenbeck as one of Europe's most significant contemporary authors.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Extraordinary Renditions
    Author: Ervin, Andrew
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781566892469 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Music, war, and imperial ambition touch three lives in this intricately woven story.
    Updated 8.5.10
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
    Author: Evans, Danielle
    $ 2595 ISBN: 9781594487699 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    This electric debut story collection focuses on African-American and mixed-race teens, women, and men struggling to find their place. Striking in their emotional immediacy, the tales are based in a world where insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood, and the tensions within family are the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Fall of Giants: First in the Century Trilogy
    Author: Follett, Ken
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780525951650 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The first novel in The Century Trilogy follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Freedom
    Author: Franzen, Jonathan
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780374158460 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist starLJ
    From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections comes a darkly comedic novel about family. Franzen's intensely realized characters struggle to learn how to live in an ever-confusing world--one with the temptations and burdens of liberty, the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, and the heavy weight of empire.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Lady Matador's Hotel
    Author: Garcia, Cristina
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439181744 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    National Book Award finalist Garcia delivers a powerful and gorgeous novel about the intertwining lives of the denizens of a luxurious hotel in an unnamed Central American capital in the midst of political turmoil.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Widower's Tale
    Author: Glass, Julia
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307377920 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW star Kirkus
    In a quirky farmhouse outside Boston, 70-year-old Percy Darling enjoys a vigorous but mostly solitary life until, in a complex scheme to help his oldest daughter through a crisis, he allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn. The abrupt transformation of Percy's rural refuge into a lively, youthful community compels him to reexamine the choices he's made.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Ape House
    Author: Gruen, Sara
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385523219 Date: 2010
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    Gruen's Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of our time. Now the author has moved from a circus elephant to a family of bonobo apes kidnapped from a language laboratory and their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Snakewoman of Little Egypt
    Author: Hellenga, Robert
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781608192625 Date: 2010
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    From the author of The Sixteen Pleasures comes a winning new novel packed with wit, substance, and emotional depth that takes readers into the world of snakehandling.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.3.10
  • A Hellion in Her Bed
    Author: Jeffries, Sabrina
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439167540 Date: 2010
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    Furious at his grandmother's ultimatum to marry or lose his inheritance, Lord Jarret Sharpe wagers his luck--and his heart--at the card table against a most unlikely opponent. Mired in scandal after his parents' mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can't resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family's foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one--and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Russian Winter
    Author: Kalotay, Daphne
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061962165 Date: 2010
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    Tender, passionate, and moving, Daphne Kalotay's debut novel about ballet, jewels, love and betrayal is also a delicious form of time travel. I loved it.--Jenna Blum, New York Times-bestselling author of Those Who Save Us.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes
    Author: Kehlmann, Daniel
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307378712 Date: 2010
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    A man buys a cell phone and starts receiving calls intended for someone else--so begins this tale about fame and obscurity, truth and deception. After some initial hesitation, the man receiving someone else's phone calls begins to play with his new identity.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • One Fine Cowboy
    Author: Kennedy, Joanne
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402236709 Date: 2010
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    When brilliant, beautiful graduate student Charlie Banks comes to Wyoming for a conference on horse communication, the last thing she expects to get is a lesson in love from sexy horse trainer Nate Shawcross.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • A Call from Jersey
    Author: Kluge, P.F.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781590203613 Date: 2010
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    Set in the 1980s, A Call from Jersey follows the life of Hans Greifinger, a German-American who had immigrated to the United States in 1928 and built a life for himself and his son, George, who has adopted the surname Griffin for his nationally syndicated travel column.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories
    Author: Li, Yiyun
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068135 Date: 2010
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    In this collection of spellbinding stories, the acclaimed author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers delivers exquisite fiction filled with suspense, depth, and beauty.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Skin Map
    Author: Lawhead, Stephen
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781595548047 Date: 2010
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    Kit Livingstone's great-grandfather has reappeared with an unbelievable story--one explorer knew the pathways to other worlds and tattooed his map onto his skin. Rival factions are in desperate competition to recover it and regain Paradise.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • I Dream of Magda
    Author: Laxsczuk, Stefan
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781741755015 Date: 2010
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    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."Tolstoy wasn't thinking specifically of the Harrison family when he wrote those words, but maybe he should have been. George Harrison is 28 and afraid of the dark. His father is dead and his mother lives in la-la land. Reeling from a broken heart, and still coping with the trauma of a childhood home invasion, George works in a dead-end job in a bowling alley and finds rare solace in the giant painting of an alien that sits outside his room. His brother Matthew isn't much better off. After losing the love of his life in a traumatic car accident, he's retreated into a private world of sleep where he dreams about falling in love with comedienne Magda Szubanski. Matthew and George are each stuck in their own little messed-up world, with no idea how to get out, and neither of them is sure whether their unhappy family will ever finally pull together, or simply just fall apart. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Golden Mean
    Author: Lyon, Annabel
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307593993 Date: 2010
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    A startlingly original first novel by "this generation's answer to Alice Munro"(The Vancouver Sun) is the bold re-imagining of one of history's most intriguing relationships: between legendary philosopher Aristotle and his most famous pupil, the young Alexander the Great.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • The Good Daughters
    Author: Maynard, Joyce
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061994319 Date: 2010
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    From the bestselling author of Labor Day comes a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange, unexpected twists of fate that shape our lives.
    Updated 8.5.10
  • The Devil Wears Plaid
    Author: Medieros, Teresa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439157886 Date: 2010
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    Emmaline Marlow is about to wed the laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father when the Hepburns' sworn enemy, Jamie Sinclair, whisks Emmaline away. His plans to use her as a pawn go awry when irresistible passion between the two of them erupts.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Skippy Dies
    Author: Murray, Paul
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780865479432 Date: 2010
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    Why does Skippy, a 14-year-old boy at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Why Skippy dies and what happens next unravels a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Gendarme
    Author: Mustian, M.T.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156342 Date: 2010
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    In this haunting work, an elderly man comes face-to-face with his past and sets out to find the love of his life--and beg her forgiveness.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Sourland: Stories
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061996528 Date: 2010
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    From a New York Times-bestselling author comes a gripping and moving new collection which reimagines the meaning of loss--often through violent means.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Love's First Bloom
    Author: Parr, Delia
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780764206719 Date: 2010
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    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Pirates of the Levant
    Author: Perez-Reverte, Arturo
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780399156649 Date: 2010
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    Accompanied by his faithful foster son, Captain Alatriste accepts a job as a mercenary aboard a Spanish galleon. The ship sets sail from Naples on a journey that will take them to some of the most remote-and wretched-outposts of the empire and bloody battle on the high seas that will challenge even the battle-hardened Alatriste's resolve.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Vestments
    Author: Reimringer, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781571310804 Date: 2010
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    Let me begin today, illumined by Thy light, to destroy this part of the natural man which lives in me in its entirety, the obstacle that constantly keeps me from Thy Love. Taught this prayer as a boy by his grandfather, James Dressler recites it each time he's tempted by earthly desires. Originally drawn to the priesthood by the mystery, purity, and sensual fabric of the Church, as well as by its promise of a safe harbor from his tempestuous home, James finds himself -- just a few years after his ordination -- attracted again to his first love, Betty Garcia. Torn between these opposing desires, and haunted by his familial heritage, James finds himself at a crossroads. Exploring age-old and yet urgently contemporary issues in the Catholic Church, and infused throughout by a rich sense of the history and vibrant texture of St. Paul, and infused throughout by a rich sense of the history and vibrant texture of St. Paul, this is an utterly honest and subtly lyrical novel. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Elephant's Journey
    Author: Saramago, Jose
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547352589 Date: 2010
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    In 1551, King Joao III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. The elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people--and serves as the foundation for this witty tale of friendship and adventure.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Empire: A Novel of the Roman Empire
    Author: Saylor, Steven
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312381011 Date: 2010
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    Continuing the epic story begun in his New York Times-bestselling novel Roma, Saylor charts the destinies of five more generations of the aristocratic Pinarius family, from the reign of Augustus to the height of Rome's empire.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • THe Morning Star
    Author: Schwarze-Bart, Andre
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781590203897 Date: 2010
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    This story begins in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has reduced the world to ashes. Luckily, a few had found their way to the stars. In the year 3000, nostalgic for the past, they return to Earth in an effort to reconstruct the loves of the people who lived there.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Some Sing, Some Cry
    Author: Shange, Ntosake & Ifa Bayeza
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780312198992 Date: 2010
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    Shange, the award-winning author of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and her sister Bayeza, the award-winning playwright of The Ballad of Emmett Till," take readers on an astonishing tour through the watershed events of American history as experienced by one strong and musically gifted family.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • Man in the Woods
    Author: Spencer, Scott
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061466557 Date: 2010
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    The author of Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper delivers a gripping and provocative psychological thriller of morality and manhood, choice and fate.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise
    Author: Stuart, Julia
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385533287 Date: 2010
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    Brimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London is a magical, wholly original novel whose irresistible characters will stay with readers long after they turn the stunning last page. It has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics Chocolat and Amelie.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • A Memory Between Us
    Author: Sundin, Sarah
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780800734220 Date: 2010
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    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Bitter in the Mouth
    Author: Troung, Monique
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400069088 Date: 2010
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    The bestselling and award-winning author of The Book of Salt pens a brilliant, mesmerizing, beautifully written novel about a young woman's search for identity and family, as she uncovers the secrets of her past and of history.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Sacred White Turkey
    Author: Washburn, Frances A.
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9780803228467 Date: 2010
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    There is nothing particularly noteworthy about an Easter turkey. But when the turkey is stark white and appears on Easter Sunday on the doorstep of a Lakota medicine woman and her teenage granddaughter, it is clearly out of the ordinary. Taking turns, Stella and her grandmother, Hazel Latour, tell the story of what follows as the mysterious turkey stirs up discord on the reservation, where some greet it as "wakan," holy and sacred because of its coloring and timing, and others dismiss it as inexplicable but unimportant, while a less reputable local healer views it as a clear challenge to his standing. A tour de force of storytelling, The Sacred White Turkey is at once remarkably entertaining, rich with suspense and humor, and deeply philosophical, exploring questions of spirituality and power, abuse and trickery, all within a framework that embraces both Native and Catholic traditions. As the Latours find themselves the target of escalating violence, embroiled in a BIA leasing scandal, and witnesses to a turkey crucifixion, readers will find themselves thoroughly engaged in the unfolding mystery and meaning of the sacred white turkey. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.12.10
  • To Hell with Cronje
    Author: Winterbach, Ingrid
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781934824306 Date: 2010
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    Two scientists, Reitz Steyn and Ben Maritz, find themselves in a transit camp for those temporarily and permanently unfit for battle during the Boer War. Captured on suspicion of desertion and treasonduring a trek across an unchanging desert of bushes, rocks, and ant hills to help transport a fellow-soldier, who has suffered debilitating shell-shock, to his motherthey are forced to await the judgment of a General Bergh, unsure whether they are to be conscripted into Berghs commando, allowed to continue their mission, or executed for treason. As the weeks pass, and the mens despair at ever returning to their families reaches its peak, they are sent on a bizarre mission . . . A South African Heart of Darkness, Ingrid Winterbachs To Hell with Cronj is a poetic exploration of friendship and camaraderie, an eerie reflection of the futility of war, and a thought-provoking re-examination of the founding moments of the South African nation. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Ficitonal Universe
    Author: Yu, Charles
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307379207 Date: 2010
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    National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award-winner Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father through quantum space-time.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • A Congregation of Jackels
    Author: Zahler, S. Craig
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780800734220 Date: 2010
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    Updated 8.9.10

October

  • Scoundrel
    Author: Archer, Zoe
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420106800 Date: 2010
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    Suggested Reading: Paranormal Romance
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Mad ABout the Duke
    Author: Boyle, Elizabeth
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061783500 Date: 2010
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    The husband-hunting beauty believes any duke will do . . . but how can she resist the seductive sensuality of this most uncommon stranger?
    Updated 9.27.10
  • All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost
    Author: Chang, Samantha Lan
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393063066 Date: 2010
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    A haunting story of art, ambition, love, and friendship by a writer of elegant, exacting prose.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Exley
    Author: Clarke, Brock
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781565126084 Date: 2010
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    The bestselling author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England returns with another wry and insightful novel about truth and reality, this time featuring the alternating voices of a confused young boy and his slightly unstable therapist.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • By Nightfall
    Author: Cunningham, Michael
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374299088 Date: 2010
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    Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan's SoHo, are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy until her much-younger look-alike brother shows up for a visit. Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Cunningham's masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Gentleman Captain
    Author: Davies, J.D.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547382616 Date: 2010
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    Having sunk the first man-of-war under his command within weeks, Matthew Quinton is determined to complete his second mission without loss of life or honor. His suspicion grows that the previous captain of the "Jupiter" was murdered and many among his crew have something to hide.
    Updated 9.28.10
  • Immanuel's Veins
    Author: Dekker, Ted
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781595540096 Date: 2010
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    In this dangerous tale of times past, the heart embraces what it should flee. With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Mink River
    Author: Doyle, Brian
    $ 18.95 ISBN: 9780870715853 Date: 2010
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    Like Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle's stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people. In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking. . . It's the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.3.10
  • The Blindness of the Heart
    Author: Franck, Julia
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780802119674 Date: 2010
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    Winner of the German Book Prize, The Blindness of the Heart is a dark marvel of a novel by one of Europe's freshest young voices--a family story spanning two world wars and several generations in a German family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.28.10
  • Palo Alto: Stories
    Author: Franco, James
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439163146 Date: 2010
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    This fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits--violent and harrowing--is by the astonishingly talented actor and artist Franco (Pineapple Express, Milk).
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
    Author: Franklin, Tom
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780060594664 Date: 2010
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    In a small Mississippi town, two men are torn apart by circumstance and reunited by tragedy, in this resonant new novel from the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Hell at the Breech.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • The False Friend
    Author: Goldberg, Myla
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385527217 Date: 2010
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    Two 11-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out. The lie Celia tells to conceal her misdeed becomes the accepted truth, and when Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, her family and friends don't believe her.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Lester Higata's 20th Century
    Author: Hamby, Barbara
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781587299186 Date: 2010
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    " Lester Higata knew his life was about to end when he walked out on the lanai behind his house in Makiki and saw his long-dead father sitting in a lawn chair near the little greenhouse where Lester kept his orchids." Thus begins Barbara Hamby's magical narrative of the life of a Japanese American man in Honolulu. The quietly beautiful linked stories in Lester Higata's 20th Century bring us close to people who could be, and should be, our friends and neighbors and families. Starting in 1999 with his conversation with his father, continuing backward in time throughout his life with his wife, Katherine, and their children in Hawai'i, and ending with his days in the hospital in 1946, as he heals from a wartime wound and meets the woman he will marry, Hamby recreates not just one but any number of the worlds that have shaped Lester. The world of his mother, as stubbornly faithful to Japan and Buddhism as Katherine's mother is to Ohio and conservative Christianity; the world of his children, whose childhoods and adulthoods are vastly different from his own; the world after Pearl Harbor and Vietnam; the world of a professional engineer and family man: the worlds of Lester Higata's 20th Century are filled with ordinary people living extraordinary lives, moving from farms to classrooms and offices, from racism to acceptance and even love, all in a setting so paradisal it should be heaven on earth. Never forgetting the terrors of wartime--We wake one morning with the wind racing toward us like an animal, and nothing is ever the same"--but focusing on the serene joys of peacetime, Lester populates his worlds with work, faith, and family among the palm trees and blue skies of the island he loves. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Up from the Blue
    Author: Henderson, Susan
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061984037 Date: 2010
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    An imaginative young girl struggles to make sense of her mother's mysterious disappearance, in this novel set in 1975, against the backdrop of school busing, desegregation, and early feminism.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • World and Town
    Author: Jen, Gish
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307272195 Date: 2010
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    Sixty-eight-year-old Hattie Kong, descendant of Confucius and daughter of an American missionary, starts over in a small New England town, where she is soon joined by a Cambodian-American family and an ex-lover, all of them looking for their own new lives.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.28.10
  • Great House
    Author: Krause, Nicole
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 978039079982 Date: 2010
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    Krauss pens a powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Take Me Home
    Author: Leung, Brian
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061769078 Date: 2010
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    Take Me Home is a powerful story about friendship and love set against the stunning backdrop of 1880's Wyoming and based in the pages of history. Like many classic stories, Brian Leung's new novel begins with a journey home. Adele "Addie" Maine is returning to Dire, a Wyoming coal-mining town, forty years after the deadly events that nearly took her life and drove her away without a word to her husband. Years earlier: Headed West to stay with her brother Tommy, a young and feisty Addie arrives in Wyoming having been convinced along the way that the Chinese who work alongside the white men in the small Wyoming town are half-man, half-beast--devious creatures to be wary of. When Tommy falters at homesteading, the siblings look to the coal mines and Addie comes into close contact with one Chinese man in particular, Wing Lee. The bond between the two is a mere spark at first, hampered by the reality for both that a friendship would be impossible, forbidden, even in a territory where almost everyone is an immigrant. Together, Addie and Wing harbor a secret. Ultimately Addie must protect Wing's life and fight for what she knows is right, but she still can't find the answers to life's most important questions. It's only as a much older woman, returning to Dire to bid farewell to a friend from decades ago, that Addie comes face-to-face with the man she's certain tried to kill her, and at last confronts the surprises and losses that await at the end of a difficult journey. Take Me Home is a searing, redemptive novel that explores justice in a time of violence, and the sweeping landscape between friendship and love. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Driving on the Rim
    Author: McGuane, Thomas
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781400041558 Date: 2010
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    There must be meaning to existence beyond professional accreditation, and though scantly equipped, Berl Pickett has been on a mission to find it, despite being charged with negligent homicide in the death of his former lover. Annotation: There must be meaning to existence beyond professional accreditation, and though scantly equipped, Berl Pickett has been on a mission to find it, despite being charged with negligent homicide in the death of his former lover. Show Less This item is Returnable
    Updated 8.6.10
  • How to Read the Air
    Author: Mengestu, Dinaw
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594487705 Date: 2010
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    The adult son of Ethiopian immigrants sets out to retrace his mother and father's trip and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents' youth to his life in the America of today.
    Updated 8.6.10
  • Bound
    Author: Nelson, Antonya
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781596915756 Date: 2010
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    The critically acclaimed author of Nothing Right delivers her much-anticipated first novel in a decade--a story of tangled lives, set in a Wichita riveted by the reemergence of the infamous serial killer known as BTK.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Adam & Eve
    Author: Nusland, Sena Jeter
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061579271 Date: 2010
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    The bestselling author of Ahab's Wife explores both the dark nature of fundamentalism and the brightness of true faith in this provocative, eloquent, and deeply compelling story of a woman caught between two warring worlds--science and religion.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Wilding
    Author: Percy, Benjamin
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781555975692 Date: 2010
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    When Paul suggests one last hunting trip to Echo Canyon, his son Justin accepts, hoping to get things right with his father, and he agrees to bring his own son, Graham, along. As the weekend unfolds, Justin is pushed to the limit by the reckless taunting of his father, the physical demands of the terrain, and the menacing evidence of the hovering presence of bear.
    Updated 8.5.10
  • Nemisis
    Author: Roth, Philip
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780547318356 Date: 2010
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    In the stifling heat of equatorial Newark, a terrifying epidemic is raging, threatening the children of the New Jersey city with maiming, paralysis, life-long disability, and even death. This is the startling and surprising theme of Roth's wrenching new book: a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a community and its children.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Weekend
    Author: Schlink, Bernhard
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307378156 Date: 2010
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    After 24 years, Jorg, a convicted murderer and terrorist, has been released from prison. The announcement of his pardon sends shock waves throughout the country, but before the announcement, his friends gather for his first weekend of freedom.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • A Curable Romantic
    Author: Skibell, Joseph
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781565129290 Date: 2010
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    Set mostly in early 20th-century Vienna, this novel chronicles the life, times, and loves of Dr. Jakov Sammelsohn--from his early expulsion from his Hasidic family (for his crime of reading secular books) when he was 12, into a friendship with Sigmund Freud (circa 1894), into the early Esperanto movement (1895-1907), and finally through World War I and into the Warsaw ghetto.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Take but One Candle Light a Room
    Author: Straight, Susan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780307379146 Date: 2010
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    After travel writer Fantine Antoine returns to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of her close friend Glorette, she finds herself pulled into the tumultuous life of Glorette's 21-year-old son, Victor. Together with her father, Fantine follows Victor, determined to help him avoid the criminal future that he suddenly seems destined for.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Trespass
    Author: Tremain, Rose
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393079562 Date: 2010
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    The celebrated author of The Road Home and Restoration shares an electrifying novel about disputed territory, sibling love, and devastating revenge.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Marriage Artist
    Author: Winer, Andrew
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805091786 Date: 2010
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    In pre-World War II Vienna, a child artist prodigy creates beautiful ketubot--traditional Jewish marriage contracts. As he navigates between the survival of his body and of his soul, his choices will shape not only his life, but the lives of those born many miles--and many years--away.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.28.10
  • Years of Red Dust
    Author: Xiaolong, Qiu
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312628093 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Published originally in the pages of Le Monde, this collection of linked short stories by Qiu Xiaolong has already been a major bestseller in France "(Cite de la Poussiere Rouge) "and Germany "(Das Tor zur Roten Gasse), "where it and the author was the subject of a major television documentary. The stories in "Years of Red Dust "trace the changes in modern China over fifty years--from the early days of the Communist revolution in 1949 to the modernization movement of the late nineties--all from the perspective of one small street in Shanghai, Red Dust Lane. From the early optimism at the end of the Chinese Civil War, through the brutality and upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, to the death of Mao, the pro-democracy movement and the riots in Tiananmen Square--history, on both an epic and personal scale, unfolds through the bulletins posted and the lives lived in this one lane, this one corner of Shanghai.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai
    Author: Xu, Ruiyan
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312586546 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Li Jing is dining at a grand hotel in Shanghai when a gas explosion shatters the building. A shard of glass neatly pierces Li Jing's forehead, obliterating his ability to speak Chinese. The family turns to an American neurologist, Rosalyn Neal, who is as lost as Li Jing in this bewitching, bewildering city.
    Updated 7.12.10

November

  • Sunset Park
    Author: Auster, Paul
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805092868 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star Booklist star LJ
    Luminous, passionate, expansive, and an emotional tour de force, Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.28.10
  • Fated
    Author: Browne, S.G.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780451231284 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    From the acclaimed author of Breathers comes an irreverent novel about fate, destiny, and the karmic consequences of loving humans.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Corrag
    Author: Fletcher, Susan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780393080001 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Fletcher delivers a breathtaking novel of passion and betrayal in 17th-century Scotland as well as the portrait of an unforgettable heroine accused of witchcraft.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Extra Indians
    Author: Gansworth, Eric
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781571310798 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Every winter, Tommy Jack McMorsey watches the meteor showers in northern Minnesota. On the long haul from Texas to Minnesota, Tommy encounters a deluded Japanese tourist determined to find the buried ransom money from the movie Fargo. When the Japanese tourist dies of exposure in Tommy Jack's care, a media storm erupts and sets off a series of journeys into Tommy Jack's past as he remembers the horrors of Vietnam, a love affair, and the suicide of his closest friend, Fred Howkowski. Exploring with great insight and wit the ways images, stereotypes, and depictions intersect with, Extra Indiansoffers a powerful glimpse into contemporary Native American life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.5.10
  • God on the Rocks
    Author: Gardam, Jane
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781933372761 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Originally published in Great Britain in 1978, Gardam's Booker Prize short-listed novel describes Margaret Marsh's coming of age one summer between two world wars. Drama, tragedy, and a touch of farce lend themselves to Gardam's typically eloquent prose.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • LIfe Times: Stories 1952-2007
    Author: Gordimer, Nadine
    $ 30 ISBN: 9780374270537 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    This collection demonstrates Gordimer's rich use of language and her unsparing vision of politics, sexuality, and race. This volume, which includes four new stories from the Nobel laureate, is a testament to the power, force, and ongoing relevance of Gordimer's vision.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Eden
    Author: Hedaya, Yael
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780805092653 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    From the head writer of the original In Treatment, an exquisite novel of the maturation of a girl, a family, and an entire community Eden is no paradise: it is the stifling, rural community in which upscale urban escapees, Alona and Mark, drift apart and divorce under the resentful scrutiny of Roni, Mark's needy adolescent daughter. Against a rich panorama of Eden's oldtimers and newcomers, Mark, an emotionally detached architect, begins an involvement with his ex-wife's best friend, Dafna, who is desperately trying to conceive through the torments of technology, while sixteen-year-old Roni pursues the attention of older men by readily dispensing sexual favors. Over the course of one month, Roni's self-dramatizing turns to tragedy, her parents are jolted out of their absorbing concerns, and a new family structure begins to form out of an unlikely set of characters. Through a portrait of family entanglements, disappearing countryside, and disappointed expectations, Yael Hedaya, a determinedly plainspoken novelist, has brilliantly mapped the social and emotional ecology of midlife and achieved miracles of insight and understanding. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • The Convent
    Author: Karnezis, Panos
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780393056990 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    In this beautifully told novel, we witness justice and injustice, theological controversy, the politics of a tiny enclosed society, despair, cruelty, generosity, scandal, suspicion and suicide, all told with immense verve and skill (London Sunday Times).
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Wolves of Andover
    Author: Kent, Kathleen
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316068628 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    From the author of the bestselling The Heretic's Daughter comes a story of love and intrigue, set in the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Edible Stories
    Author: Kurlansky, Mark
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781594484889 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    In these linked stories, Kurlansky (Cod and Salt) reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart, or make them become vegan: food.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Trial by Desire
    Author: Milan, Courtney
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780373774852 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kate Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted--and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned's charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart. Ned is determined to regain his wife's trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned's passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she's ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her.... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Faith, Hope, Love
    Author: Owen, Llwd
    $ 18 ISBN: 9780955527272 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Alun Brady is a 30-year-old man, still living with his parents in Cardiff, Wales when his grandfather moves home to die. He brings fresh air into Al's cushy life and makes Al face a difficult decision. But after his death Al's world seems almost empty. Haunted by his brother's perfect new family, Al seeks in dangerous new friends what he needs from his lost kin. Drawn into Cardiff's underbelly, events take a turn towards the tragic as he discovers he cannot break free of his own blood ties. This is an authentic urban thriller with a strong colloquial voice, stepping between social classes to say important things about memory and identity.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Foreign Bodies
    Author: Ozick, Cynthia
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780547435572 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    For her sixth novel, Ozick set herself a brilliant challenge: to retell the story of Henry James's The Ambassadors--the work he considered his best--but as a photographic negative, that is the plot is the same, the meaning is reversed.
    Updated 7.12.10
  • The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti
    Author: Phipps_Kettelwell, Marilene
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781587299216 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell's award-winning stories transport you to Haiti--to a lush, lyrical, flamboyant, and spirit-filled Haiti where palm trees shine wet with moonlight and the sky paints a yellow screen over your head and the ocean sparkles with thousands of golden eyes--and keep you there forever. Her singular characters mysteriously address the deeper meanings of human existence. They also dream of escape, whether from themselves, from family, from Vodou, from financial and cultural difficulties and the politicians that create them, or from the country itself, but Haiti will forever remain part of their souls and part of the thoughts of her readers. Some characters do achieve escape through the mind or through sea voyage--escape found by surrendering to spectacular fantasies and madness and love, bargaining with God, joining the boat people. Marie-Ange Saint-Jacques's mother sacrifices everything to ensure her daughter's survival on a perilous boat trip, Angelina waits to fly away to Nou Yok, Vivi creates her own circus with dozens of rescued dogs, Gustave dies a martyr to his faith. Throughout, the "I" who moves in and out of these dream-filled stories embraces the heavenly mysteries found in "the room where all things lost are stored with grace." We begin our journey to Haiti with images of a little girl in a pink bedroom reading by candlelight a book about the life of Saint Bernadette, surrounded by the bewitching scents, sounds, and textures of a Caribbean night. Each story stands by itself, but some characters can be followed from one story to another through the transformations they undergo as a result of their life experiences. In this way, the collection can be read as one story, the story of a family trapped in a personal and cultural drama and the story of the people with whom the family interacts, themselves burdened by the need to survive within Haiti's rigorously class-determined society and blessed by their relationship to the company of heaven in which they live and for which they are destined. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Luka and the Fire of Life
    Author: Rushdie, Salman
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780679463368 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Luka's father, Rashid, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, falls suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one can rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey through the world of magic.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • The Undivided Self: Selected Stories
    Author: Self, Will
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781596912977 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Since the release of his first story collection in 1991, Will Self has been hailed as a master of the short story. Now, for the first time, selected stories from his five highly praised collections will be available in one volume, introduced by Rick ... Show More Publisher Marketing: Since the release of his first story collection in 1991, Will Self has been hailed as a master of the short story. Now, for the first time, selected stories from his five highly praised collections will be available in one volume, introduced by Rick Moody. Compared favorably to Nabokov, Pynchon, Gaddis, Ballard, and DeLillo, Will Self is a bold satirist whose selected stories represent some of the best and most outrageous fiction of the last decade. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Bummer: And Other Stories
    Author: Shapiro, Janice
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781593762964 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    The women featured in these stories have one thing in common: They're having a terrible day. There's the housewife so entranced by the pristine order of her neighbors' belongings that she can't stop herself from breaking into their home. There's the mother easing her young son through the trauma of a murder, suddenly confronted with the reappearance of his father. There's the vulnerable middle-aged woman stuck in a coffee-chain job alongside snotty college kids, the talent manager supervising a corral of misguided young stars, and the spiky-haired artist who literally dumps her slacker fiance--from a moving car--and moves angrily through Vegas, hitting the bars and casinos before engaging in an ill-advised fling with a sleazy player named Ramon. Janice Shapiro has created a cast of utterly distinct outsiders, yet her earthy warmth and asymmetrical humor so suffuse the stories that they surge with a collective voice, and the reader's experience is that of getting to know a group of close-knit but independent friends. Shapiro's gift for pitch-perfect dialogue--along with her instinctual ease in writing about such fraught topics as commercial sex, death, and the everyday tragedies of growing older--makes her voice one to be relished: tough-minded, sardonic, intimate, and free. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Collected Stories
    Author: Trevor, William
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780670022069 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star Booklist
    A marvelous collection from "the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language" (The New Yorker), Collected Stories brings together 48 exquisitely rendered tales that brilliantly illuminate the human condition.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • Marry or Burn
    Author: Trueblood, Valerie
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781582435985 Date: 2010
    starPW
    From the author of Seven Loves comes this austere, passionately shaped collection of stories that courageously explores the dynamic nature of modern marriage, the life-shattering heartbreak that often accompanies its collapse, and the fickle way in which the boundaries between us can be broken, erased, and newly defined. At her daughter's wedding, an alcoholic widow finds a new beginning when she is swept off her feet by the bride's former secret lover. A man finds himself in a position of terrible power when he discovers his ex-wife's boyfriend with another woman. A woman who killed her policeman husband in a rage struggles to reconcile feelings of emotional worthlessness and a longing for human affection after two decades in prison. A widower of twenty-three years introduces his wary daughters to his new love, a woman whom he has decided to marry one week after meeting, and who once took an axe to a bear to save her husband. Trueblood unites past and present through her characters' complex personalities as she skillfully unravels their tumultuous relationships, giving readers a glimpse into marital circumstances that, though often tragic, will surely ring familiar. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10

December

  • Baby: And Other Stories
    Author: Borner, Paula
    $ 16 ISBN: 9780977934379 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Paula Bomer is a dangerous writer. The short stories in her debut collection are subversive portraits of the modern American family. From a husband who traces his internal crisis to witnessing his wife giving birth, to a mother who forces her young son on a rainy walk through a cemetery as she contemplates the detritus of her marriage, Bomers characters are hauntingly familiar. Their fear and rage, their failures and desires are our own.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • The Heir
    Author: Burrowes, Grace
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402244346 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Weighed down by responsibilities and determined to avoid the rounds of country houses and matchmakers, the Earl of Wyndham decides to summer in London. There he discovers a potentially perfect duchess in the person of his lovely, mysterious housekeeper. ...
    Updated 10.18.10
  • Old Border Road
    Author: Froderberg, Susan
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780316098779 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Katherine is 17, living alone in the beautiful, desolate landscape of southern Arizona. Meeting Son, the scion of a local rancher, seems like deliverance. They marry and live in his parents' venerable adobe house, but it soon becomes clear that Katherine must find her own way.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Marry Me
    Author: Goodman, Jo
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420101768 Date: 2010
    starPW
    A USA Today-bestselling author transports readers to the 1880s in this thrilling Western historical romance that takes place in Reidsville, the Colorado mining town first introduced in Never Love a Lawman.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman
    Author: Heath, Lorraine
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061922954 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The second installment in New York Times-bestselling author Heath's new series about London's greatest lovers. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one . . . until love takes them by surprise.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • Under Fishbone Skies
    Author: Meekings, Sam
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312622794 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist
    In a powerful and mesmerizing novel (Amy Tan), Meekings delivers an elegant debut that follows a young Chinese couple as their love grows, and is tested, during Mao's Cultural Revolution.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • Sea Change
    Author: Page, Jeremy
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780670021901 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    A stunning follow-up from the author of Salt--thrilling and memorable (Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times). After experiencing a devastating tragedy, Guy sets out to sea in an old Dutch barge that has now become his home. Every night, he writes the imagined diary of the man he might have been-and the family he should have had. As he embarks upon the stormy waters of the North Sea-writing about a trip through the small towns and nightclubs of the rural American South-Guy's stories begin to unfold in unexpected ways. And when he meets a mother and daughter, he realizes that it might just be possible to begin his life again. Haunting and exquisitely crafted, Sea Change is a deeply affecting novel of love and family by an acclaimed young writer. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.27.10

 

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