Fiction 2011

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

  • From the Land of the Moon
    Author: Aqus, Milena
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781609450014 Date: 2011
    starPW starKirkus
    With warmth, great humor, and deep insight, one of Italy's most important new literary talents writes about the customs and the beauty of her native Sardinia, in a novel about love, family, immigration, war, and peace.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Swallow
    Author: Atta, Sefi
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781566568333 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In the 1980s in Lagos, the governments War Against Indiscipline and austerity measures are in full swing. A succession of unfortunate events leads Tolani, a bank secretary, to be persuaded by her roommate Rose to consider drug trafficking as a way to make a living. Tolanis subsequent struggle with temptation forces her to reconsider her moralityand that of her mother Arikesas she embarks on a turbulent journey of self-discovery.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Gryphon: New and Selected Stories
    Author: Baxter, Charles
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780307379214 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Updated 12.14.10
  • You Know When the Men Are Gone
    Author: Fallon, Siobhan
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780399157202 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    An army of women waits for its men to return in Fort Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories, Fallon takes readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the marriages and families.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Memory of Love
    Author: Forna, Aminatta
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802119650 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist escaping his life in England. Arriving in Freetown in the wake of civil war, he struggles with the intensity of the heat, dirt and secrets this country hides. A story unfolds about ordinary people in extrordinary circumstances and the indelible effects of the past.
    Updated 10.13.10
  • The History of History
    Author: Hattemer-Higgins, Ida
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307272775 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Harrowing and provocative, beguiling in its lyricism and sensuality, The History of History is a ferociously smart and electrifying debut novel that tells a tale of obsessive love, family ruptures, and a nation's grief.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • In Too Deep: Looking Glass Book 1
    Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780399157028 Date: 2011
    starPW
    In her latest Arcane Society novel, New York Times-bestselling author Krentz delivers the first book in her new Looking Glass Trilogy--the story of a paranormal investigator and his assistant who are dragged into the secret history of a secluded coastal town in northern California, and forced to fight for their lives.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Lover's Dictionary
    Author: Levithan, David
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780374193683 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    From the co-author of Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson comes a sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entries.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Dream of Ding Village
    Author: Lianke, Yan
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119322 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Ding village is ground zero for an AIDS epidemic that mushrooms after villagers are coerced into selling their blood and are subsequently infected by contaminated plasma injections.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.4.11
  • Stone Upon Stone
    Author: Mysliwski, Wieslaw
    $ 20 ISBN: 9780982624623 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star PW
    A Mark Twainish blend of humor, wisdom, history, and celebration of humanity. Brilliant in both language and spirit.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Under the Mercy Trees
    Author: Newton, Heather
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780062001344 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Newton presents a beautifully rendered, heartbreaking first novel about a manforced to face his troubled past when he returns to his small hometown in themountains of North Carolina after his brother disappears.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories
    Author: Pearlman, Edith
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780982338292 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist
    In this sumptuous offering, one of our premier storytellers provides a feast for fiction aficionados. Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these 21 vintage selected stories and 13 scintillating new ones take us around the world, from Jerusalem to Central America, from tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz, from central Europe to Manhattan, and from the Maine coast to Godolphin, Massachusetts, a fictional suburb of Boston. These charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with a tenderness and incisiveness found in only our most observant seers.
    Updated 1.4.11
  • Women of the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown
    Author: Pennebaker, Ruth
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425238561 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Joanie's ex-husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend. Joanie won't be having more babies, since she's decided never to have sex again. But she still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for. And thanks to the recession, her elderly mother Ivy as well.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Call Me Irrestible
    Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780061351525 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The funniest love story of the year, the new novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips that fans have been waiting for is filled with friends, family, and charm. Call Me Irresistible features characters from three previous books.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • The Fates Will Find Their Way
    Author: Pittard, Hannah
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061996054 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Pittard presents a masterfully crafted, haunting literary debut about a missing girl and the boys she grew up with who find themselves caught in the mysterious wake of her absence for the rest of their lives.
    Updated 12.28.10
  • Katy Carter Wants a Hero
    Author: Saberton, Ruth
    $ 11.95 ISBN: 9781409103189 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    A fun, feel-good, modern rom-com about Katy Carter--a sucker for romance Katy Carter knows she's no domestic goddess--she's scatterbrained, needs a fire extinguisher at the ready when she's cooking, and falls off the diet wagon on a daily basis. But that doesn't stop her fantasizing about a hero to call her own. And Katy thinks she's found him in fiance James, a charming, high-flying city banker. So why, then, does Katy find herself scribbling steamy historical romances every spare moment she gets, and daydreaming about becoming a published author when she ought to be paying attention in staff meetings? As her wedding day looms, Katy determines to become a wife James can be proud of, and employs the help of her best friend Oliver to impress his colleagues and his family. But despite best laid plans, the pair set off a hilarious train of events that leads Katy on a crazy journey through celebrity, chaos, makeovers, and, finally, into the arms of her hero. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Juno's Daughters
    Author: Saffran, Lise
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780452296732 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Love takes center stage when a single mother and her teenage daughters play Juno, Iris, and Ceres in a summer production of The Tempest.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • The Calligrapher's Secret
    Author: Shami, Rafik
    $ 20 ISBN: 9781566568302 Date: 2010
    starPW
    A new international bestseller from the award-winning author of The Dark Side of Love. Even as a young man, Hamid Farsi is acclaimed as a master of the art of calligraphy. But as time goes by, he sees that weaknesses in the Arabic language and its script limit its uses in the modern world. In a secret society, he works out schemes for radical reform, never guessing what risks he is running. His beautiful wife, Nura, is ignorant of her husbands ambitions, knowing only his cold, avaricious side. So its no wonder she feels flattered by the attentions of his young apprentice. And so begins a passionate love story the love of a Muslim woman and a Christian man.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Anatomy of Ghosts
    Author: Taylor, Andrew
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781401302870 Date: 2011
    starPW
    This historical thriller has wonderful period detail about Cambridge in the 1700s--the secret societies, the Cambridge dons, the brothels, and the bookshops.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Empty Family: Stories
    Author: Toibin, Colm
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439138328 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus star LJ
    Updated 11.22.10
  • Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Caribou Island
    Author: Vann, David
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780061875724 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    The prize-winning author of Legend of a Suicide delivers his highly anticipated debut novel. On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unraveling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary's old dream, they're hauling logs to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health, to build the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place. But this island is not right for Irene. They are building without plans or advice, and when winter comes early, the overwhelming isolation of the prehistoric wilderness threatens their bond to the core. Caught in the emotional maelstrom is their adult daughter, Rhoda, who is wrestling with the hopes and disap-pointments of her own life. Devoted to her parents, she watches helplessly as they drift further apart. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest, Caribou Island captures the drama and pathos of a husband and wife whose bitter love, failed dreams, and tragic past push them to the edge of destruction. A portrait of desolation, violence, and the darkness of the soul, it is an explosive and unforgettable novel from a writer of limitless possibility. - Publisher Markting
    Updated 10.18.10
  • Clara and Mr Tiffany
    Author: Vreeland, Susan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400068166 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl in Hyacinth Blue creates a dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll: lead designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for Tiffany lamps) and a woman conflicted between her desires for artistic recognition and romantic love.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Improper Seduction
    Author: Wine, Mary
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758242051 Date: 2011
    starPW
    The author of the stunning, sexy historical romances In the Warrior's Bed and In Bed with a Stranger captures passion and intrigue in the first novel of a new series set against the backdrop of 16th-century Scotland.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Orchid Affair
    Author: Willig, Lauren
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525951995 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    A governess trades the quiet life for adventure and danger--and romance--in this latest installment of Willig's beloved and bestselling Pink Carnation series.
    Updated 12.28.10
  • Annabel
    Author: Winter, Kathleen
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780802170828 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    A literary gem, Winter's luminous debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment.
    Updated 10.18.10

February

  • The Lost Brother
    Author: Appanah, Nathaca
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781555975753 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Updated 10.18.10
  • The Perfect Mistress
    Author: Alexander, Victoria
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420117059 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A #1 New York Times-bestselling author delivers a dazzling new Victorian romance.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Who Shot the Water Buffalo?
    Author: Babbs, Ken
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781590204443 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Babbs, the best friend and working partner of Ken Kesey, has at last finished his first novel. Who Killed the Water Buffalo?" imbues the world in all its guts and glory through the eyes of a young man discovering what it means to be beholden to another.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • His Other Wife
    Author: Bedford, Deborah
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780446698672 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Hilary has worked hard to raise her son, Seth, on her own. However, following a tragic accident involving Seth at a post-graduation campout, his new stepmother blames Hilary for letting him go in the first place. With Seth's entire future at stake, the two women must come together.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 2.17.11
  • When the Killing's Done
    Author: Boyle, T. Coraghessan
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780670022328 Date: 2011
    starBooklist starPW star Kirkus
    Principally set on the wild and sparsely inhabited Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, Boyle's powerful new novel combines pulse-pounding adventure with a socially conscious, richly humane tale about endangered animals and those who protect them.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.28.10
  • The Illumination
    Author: Brockmeier, Kevin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780375425318 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist
    What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us? From a bestselling and award-winning author comes a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we all bear and the light that radiates from us all.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • The Weird Sisters
    Author: Brown, Eleanor
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780399157226 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Georgia Bottoms
    Author: Childress, Mark
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780316033046 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus
    Georgia Bottoms is known in her small community as a beautiful, well-to-do, and devoutly Baptist Southern belle. Nobody knows that the family fortune has disappeared, and a single woman like Georgia needs an alternative, and discreet, means of income. In Georgia's case it is six well-heeled lovers.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Open City
    Author: Cole, Teju
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068098 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star PW
    A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Cole's Open City seethes with intelligence. Written in a clear, rhythmic voice that lingers, this is a mature, profound work by an important new author who has much to say about the country and the world.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Solo
    Author: Dasgupta, Rana
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547397085 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star PW
    The critically acclaimed author of Tokyo Cancelled returns with a new novel that paints a portrait of a century though the story of a 100-year-old blind Bulgarian man.
    Updated 11.18.10
  • The Old Romantic
    Author: Dean, Louise
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781594487798 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A long-estranged family discovers that blood is thicker than water in this hilarious and moving domestic comedy from the author of the award-winning Becoming Strangers.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Matchmaker of Kenmare
    Author: Delaney, Frank
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400067848 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Set in 1943, this follow-up to Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show finds Ben McCarthy meeting an enigmatic woman--Miss Begley, the sharp-witted matchmaker of Kenmare--and a powerful friendship begins.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • West of Here
    Author: Evison, Jonathan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781565129528 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist starLJ
    Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State's rugged Pacific coast, West of Here is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience. Harkening back to the work of such masters of Americana as Bret Harte, Edna Ferber, and Larry McMurtry, West of Here is a bold novel by a writer destined to become a major force in American literature.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.17.11
  • His, Unexpectedly
    Author: Fox, Susan
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758259295 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Shying away from commitment, Jenna Fallon has only one rule in life: to ignore the rules. So when her car breaks down en route to Vancouver and she's forced to hitch a ride with a sexy stranger, she's thrilled to discover they share the same no-holds-barred views...As a globe-trotting marine biologist, Mark Chambers is used to changing locations - and women. Yet as he and Jenna make their way up the Pacific coast, camping, skinny dipping, and having scorching hot sex, Mark's not so sure he wants to say goodbye. But is Jenna brave enough to meet the challenge of a man who may be perfect for her?"
    Updated 12.28.10
  • Miracles, Inc
    Author: Forrester, T.J.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781439175583 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    The rise and fall of a ne'er-do-well-turned-preacher fuels Forrester's promising debut.--Publishers Weekly.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Scandal of the Year
    Author: Guhrke, Laura Lee
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061963162 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    New York Times-bestselling author Guhrke delivers the second novel in a new series featuring three sexy dukes and the ladies who capture their hearts.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
    Author: Hale, Benjamin
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780446571579 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. He falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • A Discovery of Witches
    Author: Harkness, Deborah
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780670022410 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star LJ
    Debut novelist Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense--a richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
    Updated 12.28.10
  • The Raven's Bride
    Author: Hart, Lenore
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312604332 Date: 2011
    starPW
    When eight-year-old Virginia "Sissy" Clemm meets her handsome cousin, Eddy, she sees the perfect husband she's conjured up in childhood games. Thirteen years her elder, he's soft-spoken, brooding, and handsome. Eddy fails his way through West Point and the army yet each time he returns to Baltimore, their friendship grows. As Sissy trains for a musical career, her childhood crush turns to love. When she's thirteen, Eddy proposes. But as their happy life darkens, Sissy endures Poe's abrupt disappearances, self-destructive moods, and alcoholic binges. When she falls ill, his greatest fear- that he'll lose the woman he loves- drives him both madness, and to his greatest literary achievement. Part ghost story, part love story, this provocative novel explores the mysterious, shocking relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and young Sissy Clemm, his cousin, muse and great love. Lenore Hart, author of "Becky", imagines the beating heart of the woman who inspired American literature's most demonized literary figure- and who ultimately destroyed him. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.28.10
  • Red Garden
    Author: Hoffman, Alice
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307393876 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star LJ
    From the bestselling author of The Third Angel and The Story Sisters comes a shimmering, unforgettable new book. Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse into small-town America, presenting readers with 300 years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Notorious Pleasures
    Author: Hoyt, Elizabeth
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780446558952 Date: 2011
    starPW
    New York Times-bestselling author Hoyt returns to Maiden Lane in the secondbook of her new series.
    Updated 12.28.10
  • Mr Chartwell
    Author: Hunt, Rebecca
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781400069408 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    From a bold, brilliant young writer comes a novel as bighearted as it is intelligent, the story of an unlikely alliance between Winston Churchill and a young widow, both engaged in a fight against the most terrible of foes: depression.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast
    Author: James, Eloisa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062021274 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love--in just two weeks. Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return. If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.17.11
  • How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
    Author: Jeffries, Sabrina
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439167557 Date: 2011
    starLJ star PW
    The grand mistress of storytelling (Romantic Times) and New York Times-bestselling author delivers the third novel in her Hellions of Halstead Hall series, featuring the independent and talented Lady Minerva Sharpe.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • We, the Drowned
    Author: Jensen, Carsten
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780151013777 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist
    Acclaimed in Europe, this debut novel tells the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world's oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. Spanning over 100 years, the novel spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • First Grave on the Right
    Author: Jones, Darynda
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780312662752 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Charley sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The World Beneath
    Author: Kennedy, Cate
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780802170712 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star LJ
    The first novel from acclaimed author Kennedy is a compassionate and unswerving portrait of a broken family whose members go to extraordinary lengths to reclaim their lives and relationships from the mistakes of the past.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Portraits of a Marriage
    Author: Marai, Sandor
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781400045013 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A masterwork from the famed Hungarian novelist Marai, Portraits of a Marriage is in fact a portrait of a triangle--three passionate, single-minded lovers fighting over the marriage at the center, each of them bearing the capacity to love irrationally to an irreparable degree.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The View from Here
    Author: McKinlay, Deborah
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569478714 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    When Frances was twenty-two, she was drifting, scraping by giving English lessons in Mexico, when she met up with a glamorous group of vacationing Americans staying in a mansion on a private beach. Two decades later in rural England, she discovers a love letter from a younger woman addressed to her husband almost at the same time as she learns that she's facing a life-threatening illness. As her contented existence begins to unravel and she tries to decide how and if she will confront her husband about his infidelity, Frances finds herself haunted by the memory of her heady desert encounter with the charmed circle of the Severance family. That summer in 1976 seemed, until now, like another lifetime. As she recalls this long buried episode from her past, she is forced to face for the first time her own role in an illicit romance and the betrayal and tragedy that marked its ending. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.14.10
  • House Arrest
    Author: Meeropol, Ellen
    $ 21 ISBN: 9781597094993 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Home-care nurse Emily Klein can't get out of her new assignment - weekly prenatal visits to Pippa Glenning, a young Isis cult member under house arrest for the death of her daughter during a Solstice ceremony. But she takes her work seriously and plays by the rules, so Emily is determined to take good care of her high-profile and unconventional patient. With two other cult members in prison, Pippa Glenning struggles to keep the household intact. If she follows the rules of her house arrest, she may be allowed to keep her baby; but as the pregnant woman in the family it's her duty to dance for Isis at the upcoming winter Solstice ceremony. To escape the house arrest without being caught, Pippa needs Emily's help. Despite their differences, Emily and Pippa's friendship grows. Returning to Maine for her grandfather's funeral, Emily begins to grapple with her parents' activism a generation earlier and her father's death in prison. Back home, as the Solstice and the trial approach, anti-cult and racist sentiment in the city escalates. Emily and Pippa must each make decisions about their conflicting responsibilities to their families and to each other - decisions that put their lives, and Pippa's unborn baby - in jeopardy. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Snowdrops
    Author: Miller, A.D.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385533447 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In the tradition of Gorky Park and The Talented Mr. Ripley this extraordinary debut set in Moscow in the early 2000s examines the irresistible allure of sin, featuring characters whose hearts are as cold as the Russian winter.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Ghost Light
    Author: O'Connor, Joseph
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780374161873 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Vivid and beautifully written, Ghost Light is a story of great sadness and joy--the tale of a young woman whose fractured narrative moves from Dublin to London via New York in language of luminous beauty and raw feeling that celebrates love and art.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • I Think I Love You
    Author: Pearson, Allison
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400042357 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star PW
    In 1974 Wales, 13-year-old Petra and her friend, Sharon, are obsessed with a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet their teen idol, David Cassidy. In 1998 London, Petra is pushing 40 and on the brink of divorce. While cleaning out her mother's closet, she finds a letter her mother had intercepted declaring her the winner of the contest. The girls reunite for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last.
    Updated 10.18.10
  • Swamplandia
    Author: Russell, Karen
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307263995 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star PW starLJ
    The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, its island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a competitor. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer
    Author: Stace, Wesley
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780312680107 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Set in 1923 England, this ambitiously intricate novel tells the macabre story of a gifted young composer, Charles Jessold, who on the eve of his revolutionary new opera's premiere murders his wife and her lover, then commits suicide in a scenario that echoes the plot of his opera.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
    Author: Stuckey-French, Elizabeth
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385510646 Date: 2011
    starPW
    In 1953, Dr. Wilson Spriggs gave Marylou Ahearn a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences. For 50 years she's been plotting her revenge. At last she's found Spriggs.
    Updated 12.14.10

March

  • Lyrics Alley
    Author: Aboulela, Leila
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119513 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Lyrics Alley is the evocative story of an affluent Sudanese family shaken by the shifting powers in their country and the near-tragedy that threatens the legacy they've built for decades.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • Breaking the Rule
    Author: Brockmann, Suzanne
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345521224 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Izzy Zanella wasn't looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate, and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny's beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on--and more. And when she got pregnant with another man's child, he offered her marriage. But Eden's devastating miscarriage shattered their life together--and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse. Now Eden's back, and she's on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive stepfather. Even if she and Izzy can prove that their broken marriage is still in one piece, winning legal custody of Ben is a long shot. But they're not alone: Danny and his girlfriend, Jenn, offer to help, and he and Izzy agree to bury the past and fight for Ben's future. As they plan their strategy, Izzy and Eden grapple with the raw passion that still crackles between them--while Danny and Jenn confront new depths in their own rocky relationship. But events take a terrifying turn after Ben befriends a girl fleeing a child prostitution ring. When the young runaway seeks refuge with Eden and Izzy, her pursuers kidnap Ben--and a deadly standoff begins. Now they must all pull together like never before and strike back, swift and hard, to protect their unconventional little family and everything they hold most precious. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Song of Slaves in the Desert
    Author: Cheuse, Alan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781402242991 Date: 2011
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    Based on historically accurate roots, this novel explores one New Yorker's involvement in his family's rice plantation and the wild tensions involved as he tries to right the wrong he sees at work in his family.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Complete Short Stories
    Author: Drabble, Margaret
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547550404 Date: 2011
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    Drabble's novels have illuminated the past 50 years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. This collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Never Kiss a Stranger
    Author: Grothaus, Heather
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420112429 Date: 2011
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    Set in 13th-century England, this first book in a thrilling new trilogy introduces the heiresses of Fallstowe Castle: Sybilla, the ruthless beauty; Cecily, the pure-hearted innocent; and Alys, the youngest sister, whose wild spirit has yet to be matched
    Updated 1.20.11
  • So Much Pretty
    Author: Hoffman, Cara
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451616750 Date: 2011
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    Hoffman's So Much Pretty is a beautiful and chilling exploration of violence, vengeance, and the loss of innocence that would drive someone to commit an unthinkable crime.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • Pym
    Author: Johnson, Mat
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780812981582 Date: 2010
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    American literature professor Chris Jaynes is obsessed with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe's strange and only novel. He resolves to seek out Tsalal, the remote island of pure and utter blackness that Poe describes with horror.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Paris Wife
    Author: McLain, Paula
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345521309 Date: 2011
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    A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Tiger's Wife
    Author: Obreht, Tea
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385343831 Date: 2011
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    Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Obreht, the youngest of The New Yorker's 20 best American fiction writers under 40, spins a timeless novel about a young doctor who confronts the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Emily, Alone
    Author: O'Nan, Stewart
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780670022359 Date: 2011
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    From the author of Last Night at the Lobster comes a sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here--a moving vision of love and family.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Funeral for a Dog
    Author: Pietzinger, Thomas
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780393337259 Date: 2011
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    This prize-winning debut set in Europe, Brazil, and New York introduces a voice inspired by John Irving and Benjamin Kunkel.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Wingshooters
    Author: Revoyr, Nina
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781936070862 Date: 2011
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    In Nina Revoyr's best novel to date, the events of 1974 forever change Michelle LeBeau, her town, and her family.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Morning Star
    Author: Schwarz-Bart, Andre
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781590203897 Date: 2011
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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 3.27.11
  • You Think That's Bad: Stories
    Author: Shepard, Jim
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307594822 Date: 2011
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    Culling the vastness of experience like an expert curator, Shepard populates this collection with characters at once wildly diverse and wholly fascinating. These stories traverse centuries, continents, and social strata, yet what they depict with devastating sensitivity is utterly universal.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • The Hands of Strangers
    Author: Smith, Michael F.
    $ 9.95 ISBN: 9781599482873 Date: 2011
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    Updated 5.31.11
  • Moondogs
    Author: Yates, Alexander
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385533782 Date: 2011
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    Yates presents a singularly effervescent novel pivoting around the disappearance of an American businessman in the Philippines and the long-suffering son, jilted lover, slick police commissioner, misguided villain, and supernatural saviors who all want a piece of him.
    Updated 10.18.10

April

  • The Monkey's Wedding: And Other Stories
    Author: Aiken, Joan
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781931520744 Date: 2011
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    Joan Aiken's stories captivated readers for fifty years. They're funny, smart, gentle, and occasionally very, very scary. The stories in The Monkey's Wedding are collected here for the very first time and include six never before published, as well as two previously published under the pseudonym Nicholas Dee. Here you'll find the story of a village for sale . . . or is the village itself the story? There's an English vicar who declares on his deathbed that he might have lived an entirely different life. After his death, a large, black, argumentative cat makes an appearance. . . . This hugely imaginative collection includes introductions by Aiken as well as by her daughter, Lizza Aiken. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.11
  • Leeches
    Author: Albahari, David
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780151015023 Date: 2011
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    The place is Serbia, the time is the late 1990s. Our protagonist, a single man, writes a regular op-ed column for a Belgrade newspaper and spends the rest of his time with his best friend, smoking pot and talking about sex, politics, and life in general. One day on the shore of the Danube he spots a man slapping a beautiful woman. Intrigued, he follows the woman into the tangled streets of the city until he loses sight of her. A few days later he receives a mysterious manuscript whose contents seem to mutate each time he opens it. To decipher the manuscript--a collection of fragments on the Kabbalah and the history of the Jews of Zemun and Belgrade--he contacts an old schoolmate, now an eccentric mathematician, and a group of men from the Jewish community. As the narrator delves deeper into arcane topics, he begins to see signs of anti-Semitism, past and present, throughout the city and he feels impelled to denounce it. But his increasingly passionate columns erupt in a scandal culminating in murder. Following in the footsteps ofFoucault's Pendulum, Leeches is a cerebral adventure into the underground worlds of secret societies and conspiracy theories. _ Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.7.11
  • The Good Muslim
    Author: Anam, Tahmiima
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061478765 Date: 2011
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    From prizewinning Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam comes her deeply moving second novel about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh, seen through the intimate lens of a family. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The School of Night
    Author: Bayard, Louis
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805090697 Date: 2011
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    An ancient mystery, a lost letter, and a timeless love unleash a long-buried web of intrigue that spans four centuries, from 16th-century England to modern-day Washington, D.C.
    Updated 12.28.10
  • In Zanesville
    Author: Beard, Jo Ann
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316084475 Date: 2011
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    With dry wit and piercing observation, Beard writes about the relationship between two teenage girls in the 1970s--misfits whose friendship is tested by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls, and by the first startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Once Upon a Time, There Was You
    Author: Berg, Elizabeth
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068654 Date: 2011
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    A beautiful story about the power of love and family, this new novel by the beloved, bestselling author of The Last Time I Saw You follows the journey of a couple who meet again after their divorce.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • The Free World
    Author: Bezmozgis, David
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374281403 Date: 2011
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    Set during the summer, of 1978, The Free World follows the members of the Kransnansky family--three generations of Russian Jews who have just landed in Italy to secure visas for their new lives in the West.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Minding Ben
    Author: Brown, Victoria
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781401341510 Date: 2011
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    The Nanny Diaries meets The Help in a riveting debut novel that follows an idealistic young woman as she leaves Trinidad for a new life in New York City--as a nanny.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • An Affair Without End
    Author: Camp, Candace
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439117996 Date: 2011
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    If a sophisticated beauty proposes a clandestine affair, could even the most proper gentleman resist? New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp concludes her scintillating Willowmere series with a seductive tale of an alluring lady who dares to break the rules. . . . When Oliver, Earl of Stewkesbury, asks the dashing Lady Vivian Carlyle to ensure that his American cousins meet the cream of London society, he doesn't anticipate the danger she will pose to his own self-control. Thrown into intimate contact with the lovely lady, Oliver finds he cannot stop thinking of Vivian--of her wit, of her smile . . . of her lips. And when Vivian, who has sworn never to subject herself to the bonds of matrimony, boldly suggests that she and Oliver become lovers instead, her scandalous proposal is temptation indeed! But with an alarming series of jewel thefts rocking London, the ever-outrageous Vivian insists on trying to discover the perpetrator despite Oliver's admonitions. And when a bold lady steps into danger, it is a gentleman's duty to protect her at all costs. What neither Oliver nor Vivian can anticipate, however, is that the ultimate cost may be both their hearts. . . . - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.17.11
  • Galore
    Author: Crummey, Michael
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781590514344 Date: 2011
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    After a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Priest's Graveyard
    Author: Dekker, Ted
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781599953342 Date: 2011
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    Danny Hansen is a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Big Girl Small
    Author: DeWoskin, Rachel
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374112578 Date: 2011
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    The acclaimed author of Repeat After Me presents a scathingly funny and moving novel about a 16-year-old girl who becomes caught in a controversy that might bring down her whole school--a scandal that has something to do with the fact Judy is three feet nine inches tall.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead
    Author: Elwork, Paul
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780399157172 Date: 2011
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    The innocence of childhood, the unknown of adulthood, and the search for forgiveness . . . Emily Stewart is the girl who claims to stand between the living and the dead. During the quiet summer of 1925, she and her brother, Michael, are thirteen-year-old twins-privileged, precocious, wandering aimlessly around their family's estate. One day, Emily discovers that she can secretly crack her ankle in such a way that a sound appears to burst through the stillness of midair. Emily and Michael gather the neighborhood children to fool them with these spirit knockings. Soon, however, this game of contacting the dead creeps into a world of adults still reeling from World War I. When the twins find themselves dabbling in the uncertain territory of human grief and family secrets- knock, knock-everything spins wildly out of control. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.17.11
  • Elizabeth I
    Author: George, Margaret
    $ 30 ISBN: 9780670022533 Date: 2011
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    One of today's premier historical novelists, New York Times bestseller George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma. But what was she really like? In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Say Her Name
    Author: Goldman, Francisco
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119810 Date: 2011
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    In 2005, celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a beautiful young writer named Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda. The month before their second anniversary, during a long-awaited holiday, Aura broke her neck while body surfing. Francisco, blamed for Aura's death by her family and blaming himself, wanted to die, too. Instead, he wrote Say Her Name, a novel chronicling his great love and unspeakable loss, tracking the stages of grief when pure love gives way to bottomless pain. Suddenly a widower, Goldman collects everything he can about his wife, hungry to keep Aura alive with every memory. From her childhood and university days in Mexico City with her fiercely devoted mother to her studies at Columbia University, through their newlywed years in New York City and travels to Mexico and Europe--and always through the prism of her gifted writings--Goldman seeks her essence and grieves her loss. Humor leavens the pain as he lives through the madness of grief and creates a living portrait of a love as joyous as it is deep and profound. Say Her Name is a love story, a bold inquiry into destiny and accountability, and a tribute to Aura, who she was and who she would've been. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Toxicology
    Author: Hagedorn, Jessica
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780670022571 Date: 2011
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    From the author of Dogeaters comes a bold new novel about the intersection of art, love, fame, and money--a dark yet playful exploration of desire, mortality, and the connection between creativity and self-destruction.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Unexpected Interruptions
    Author: Hickman, Trice
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780758269065 Date: 2011
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    What happens when a young woman falls for two men--one black, one white, both determined in their pursuit for her affections?
    Updated 3.7.11
  • The Mighty Walzer
    Author: Jacobson, Howard
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781608196852 Date: 2011
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    From the beginning, Oliver Walzer is a natural--at ping-pong. While the boys on Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team teach him everything he needs to know about ping-pong, his father, Joel Walzer, teaches him everything there is to know about swag.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Expiration Date
    Author: Jaffe, Sherril
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579622152 Date: 2011
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    Updated 3.27.11
  • Already Home
    Author: Mallory, Susan
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780778329510 Date: 2011
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    After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store. Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents--aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn. Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love.... Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Hummingbird Lake
    Author: March, Emily
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345518361 Date: 2011
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    Experience the magic of Eternity Springs, where broken hearts find healing, in this uplifting novel in Emily March's unforgettable new series. Haunted by painful memories, pediatric surgeon Sage Anderson gives up medicine and moves to Eternity Springs. There she finds a place to call home, but even her newfound success as a gifted artist isn't enough to keep her nightmares at bay. Colt Rafferty is about to change all that. Eternity Springs is a refuge for Colt, a place to ground himself when the stress of investigating tragedies takes its toll. He has come here for a little R & R, but instead of relaxing, he finds himself fascinated by the mysterious redhead whose secrets beg to be discovered--a beauty running from her past, a heartsick woman in desperate need of the sweet sanctuary of a devoted man's embrace. And he is just the man to show her the true path to peace--by offering her the healing power of love. Show Less - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.17.11
  • Swim Back to Me
    Author: Packer, Ann
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400044047 Date: 2011
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    From the bestselling author of Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen's Pier comes her strongest work yet--a collection of burnished, impossible-to-put down narratives framed by two stunning, linked novellas.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • The Tragedy of Arthur by William Shakespeare: The First Modern Edition of His Lost Play, With an Introduction and Notes by Arthur Phillips
    Author: Phillips, Arthur
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400066476 Date: 2011
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    From the acclaimed author of The Song Is You comes an emotional and cerebral tour de force that features a lost play by William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Arthur.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • My New American Life
    Author: Prose, Francine
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061713767 Date: 2011
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    From the New York Times-bestselling author of Reading Like a Writer comes brilliant new novel that captures America at its most hilarious and dreadful through a cast of characters remarkable for their flawed humanity.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • An Atlas of Impossible Things
    Author: Roy, Anuradha
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781451608625 Date: 2011
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    On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden. As Mukunda and Bakul grow, their intense closeness matures into something else, and Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost--and he knows that he must return. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.17.11
  • The Bird Sisters
    Author: Rasmussen, Rebecca
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307717962 Date: 2011
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    Rasmussen's heartbreaking yet hopeful debut novel chronicles the terrible toll of sacrifice and the incredible, redemptive power of life through the experiences of sisters Milly and Twiss.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Some Time in the Sun
    Author: Sayles, John
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780425240519 Date: 2011
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    Denver journalist Natalie Benoit and Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride find themselves captives of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Working together, they escape through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Lydia
    Author: Sandlin, Tim
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781402241819 Date: 2011
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    Fifteen years ago, Tim Sandlin concluded his acclaimed GroVont trilogy. But some characters call a writer back. Managing the Virgin Birth Home for Unwed Mothers means the women in Sam Callahan's life keep his world interesting. But it's his family members that really take the cake. His daughter may be having a nervous breakdown, and his mother's just out of prison for attempting to poison the President's dog. And when they hit the road with a geriatric, an adoptive son trying to discover his parentage, and an enraged psychopath on their tails, all hell may break loose. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.7.11
  • The Druggist of Auschwitz: A Documentary Novel
    Author: Schlesak, Dieter
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374144067 Date: 2011
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    In this unique and haunting novel about the Holocaust and the nature of evil, Adam--known as the Last Jew of Schssburg--recounts with disturbing clarity his imprisonment at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Please Look After Mom
    Author: Shin, Kyung-Sook
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307593917 Date: 2011
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    A million-plus-copy bestseller in South Korea and poised to become an international sensation, Please Look After Mom is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family's search for their mother, and of the desires, heartaches, and secrets they discover she harbored within.
    Updated 12.28.10
  • On Black Sisters Street
    Author: Unigwe, Chika
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068333 Date: 2011
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    On Black Sisters Street tells the haunting story of four very different women who have left their African homeland for the riches of Europe--and who are thrown together by bad luck and big dreams into a sisterhood that will change their lives.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Pale King
    Author: Wallace, David Foster
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316074230 Date: 2011
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    The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of Wallace's death, but it is a deeply intriguing and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with questions of life's meaning and of the ultimate value of work and family.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, The Ones You Do
    Author: Woodrell, Daniel
    $ 16.99 ISBN: 9780316133654 Date: 2011
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    Now available in one volume--The Bayou Trilogy, from the author of Winter's Bone, featuring Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do.
    Updated 3.7.11

May

  • The Great Night
    Author: Adrian, Chris
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374166410 Date: 2011
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    Acclaimed as a gifted, courageous writer (The New York Times,), the author of The Children's Hospital brings all his extraordinary talents to bear in The Great Night--a brilliant and mesmerizing retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Pulse: Stories
    Author: Barnes, Julian
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307595263 Date: 2011
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    After the bestselling Arthur & George and Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Barnes returns with 14 stories about longing and loss, friendship and love, whose mysterious natures he examines with his trademark wit and observant eye.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • Jesse's Ghost
    Author: Bergen, Frank
    $ 20 ISBN: 9781597141536 Date: 2011
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    Everybody loved Jesse. Boys wanted to be him--or beat him--and girls wanted to be with him. In California's Central Valley, where fist fighting was a noble sport and drinking and sex were rites of passage for teenagers, Jesse was the toughest kid in the valley. Until he was murdered by his best friend. Told without nostalgia or sentimentality, Jesse's Ghost is a powerful novel about a man haunted by the crime he committed decades ago and the realization that the ghosts of his past will always haunt him. These are the sons and daughters of the people portrayed in Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath--Dust Bowl descendants who came of age when toughness, hard work, and loyalty defined what it meant to be a man in America. Through the chaos that surrounded him, the risks he took, and the mistakes he made, Jesse pursued the American Dream. His friend Sonny, through the moving, funny, and tragic story he narrates in Jesse's Ghost, seeks a new life and redemption. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Sly Company of People Who Care
    Author: Bhattacharya, Rahul
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374265854 Date: 2011
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    In this dazzling debut novel, propelled by a singularly forceful voice, Bhattacharya captures the heady adventures of travel, the overheated restlessness of youth, and the paradoxes of searching for life's meaning in the escape from home.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • Caleb's Crossing
    Author: Brooks, Geraldine
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670021048 Date: 2011
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    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, the author of the New York Times bestseller People of the Book has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Breaking Point
    Author: Clare, Pamela
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425240519 Date: 2011
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    Denver journalist Natalie Benoit and Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride find themselves captives of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Working together, they escape through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Summer at Seaside Cove
    Author: D'Alessandro, Jacqui
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425241493 Date: 2011
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    After Janie Newman's half sister Laurel steals her boyfriend, Jamie leaves New York for the island of Seaside Cove, North Carolina. But her drama-prone mother, angst-ridden niece, and newly dumped Laurel all follow her down. With a cottage this crowded, will she ever have a chance at finding love again?
    Updated 4.15.11
  • The Sisters Brothers
    Author: Dewitt, Patrick
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780062041265 Date: 2011
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    From a young writer whose stop-you-in-your-tracks writing has snuck up on the world (Los Angeles Times), comes a darkly comic novel about the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers, set against the backdrop of the great California Gold Rush.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Great Frustration
    Author: Fried, Seth
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781593764166 Date: 2011
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    Channeling Steven Millhauser by way of George Saunders, The Great Frustration is a sparkling debut, equal parts fable and wry satire. Seth Fried balances the dark--a town besieged, a yearly massacre, the harem of a pathological king--with moments of sweet optimism--researchers unexpectedly inspired by discovery, the triumph of a doomed monkey, the big implications found in a series of tiny creatures. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Wickedly Charming
    Author: Grayson, Kristine
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402248481 Date: 2011
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    Cinderella's Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead-end in his career. Mellie is sick and tired of being called the Evil Stepmother. Neither of them believes in happily ever after anymore, but both of them believe in happily for the moment.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Trophy
    Author: Griffith, Michael
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780810152182 Date: 2011
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    Vada Prickett is a 29-year-old Hose Associate at a car wash in South Carolina, and Darla, the woman he loves, is about to marry his friend, rival, and life-long neighbor, Wyatt Yancey. Vada has "spent his life waiting for the thing to get a proper start." But it will never get that start, for Vada, as this wildly original novel opens, is being crushed to death by Wyatt's latest animal trophy, a stuffed grizzly bear Vada has been helping him to smuggle--against Darla's wishes--into Wyatt's house. It turns out that the cliche is true--at the moment of death, your life does flash before your eyes.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Oil on Water
    Author: Habila, Helon
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780393339642 Date: 2011
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    The new generation of 21st-century African writers have now come of age. Without a doubt Habila is one of the best.--Emmanuel Dongala.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Faith
    Author: Haigh, Jennifer
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780060755805 Date: 2011
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    One woman's search for the truth after scandal rocks her family, and the explosive family secrets she uncovers, in this complex, moving fourth novel from a bestselling and award-winning author.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.27.17.11
  • Tabloid City
    Author: Hamill, Pete
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780316020756 Date: 2011
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    In a stately West Village townhouse, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity circles around their shocking deaths: The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Remember Ben Clayton
    Author: Harrigan, Stephen
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307265814 Date: 2011
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    When Lamar Clayton, an enigmatic, taciturn rancher, offers Gil Gilheaney a commission to create a memorial statue of his son, Ben, who was killed in World War I, Gil seizes an opportunity to create what he thinks will be his greatest achievement. As work proceeds on the statue, it becomes clear that Lamar is guarding a secret that haunts his relationship with Ben even in death.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Dragon Bound
    Author: Harrison, Thea
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425241509 Date: 2011
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    The first novel of the Elder Races, Dragon Bound begins a groundbreaking paranormal romance series from a talented new voice in the realm of dragons, danger, and desire.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Summer Without Men
    Author: Hustvedt, Suri
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780312570606 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    From the internationally bestselling author of What I Loved comes a provocative, witty, and revelatory novel about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old question of sameness and difference between the sexes. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Fair Play
    Author: Jansson, Tove
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781590173787 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Two women, both artists, live and work on opposite sides of a large apartment building. They have loved and argued for decades. Yet no matter how many times they've played the game, it is always capable of surprising them. Winner of the 2009 Bernard Shaw Prize for Translation.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Silver Sparrow
    Author: Jones, Tayari
    $ 20 ISBN: 9781565129900 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle, set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • The Moment
    Author: Kennedy, Douglas
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781439180792 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Kennedy, the author of 10 novels, including the international bestseller Leaving the World and The Moment, now presents a tragic love story set in Cold War Berlin.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Defiant
    Author: Kennedy, Kris
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439195901 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Beautiful Eva is also seeking Father Peter, but she intends to protect him from a secret that could cost him his life. She senses that she, too, should fear Jamie--not just for his wickedly sharp sword and dangerously muscular body, but for the powerful longing he ignites within her.When a band of mercenaries abducts the priest, Jamie and Eva must form a volatile alliance. As civil war unfolds around them, they embark on an epic journey that betrays the truth about their hidden identities, their unexpected loyalties, and the simmering attraction that could seal their fates forever. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.11
  • The Sojourn
    Author: Krivak, Andrew
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781934137345 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    Krivak pens a stunning debut novel of brutality and survival on the Southern Front of World War I
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart
    Author: MacLean, Sarah
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061852077   Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Juliana Fiori refuses to play by society's rules. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London's most practiced gossips--and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far, "far" away from him. Until he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • To Touch a Thief
    Author: Marlow, Mia
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758263520 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Lady Viola Preston is careful to wear gloves when she steals jewels. When she touches a gemstone with her bare skin, it speaks to her, sending disturbing visions. Still more disturbing is the handsome rogue who catches her red-handed.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Snitch
    Author: Mattison, Booker T.
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780800733964 Date: 2011
    starPW
    In this gritty urban novel set on the streets of Jersey City, a young man's future hangs in the balance when he witnesses a violent crime that puts his whole world in danger.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction | African American Fiction
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Butterfly's Daughter
    Author: Monroe, Mary Alice
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439170618 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Four very different women embark on a transformational journey that follows the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico. While taking her grandmother's ashes home to Mexico, Luz attracts a collection of lost women, each seeking change in their lives.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • An Unlikely Suitor
    Author: Moser, Nancy
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780764207525 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Miss New India
    Author: Mukherjee, Bharati
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780618646531 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star LJ
    Anjali Bose sets off to Bangalore and quickly falls in with an ambitious crowd of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs as call-center service agents. In this high-tech city, Anjali is able to confront her past and reinvent herself.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Saints and Sinners
    Author: O'Brien, Edna
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780316122726 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    With her inimitable gift for describing the workings of the heart and mind, O'Brien introduces a vivid new cast of restless, searching people who--whether in the Irish countryside or London or New York--remind readers of their own humanity.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Nowhere Near Respectable
    Author: Putney, Mary Jo
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420117226 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Award-winning author Putney proves unstoppable as she unleashes a high stakes, royal plot in the riveting third book of her highly acclaimed Lost Lords series. Entrancing characters and a superb plotline.--Publishers Weekly, starred review.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The White Woman on a Green Bicycle
    Author: Roffey, Margaret
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143119517 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Roffey delivers a beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Doc
    Author: Russell, Mary Doria
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400068043 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Violence is random and routine in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1878, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp and is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • The Coffins of Little Hope
    Author: Schaffert, Timothy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781609530402 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Timothy Schaffert has created his most memorable character yet in Essie, an octogenarian obituary writer for her familys small town newspaper. When a young country girl is reported to be missing, perhaps whisked away by an itinerant aerial photographer, Essie stumbles onto the story of her life. Or, it all could be simply a hoax, or a delusion, the child and child-thief invented from the desperate imagination of a lonely, lovelorn woman. Either way, the story of the girl reaches far and wide, igniting controversy, attracting curiosity-seekers and cult worshippers from all over the country to this dying rural town. And then it is revealed that the long awaited final book of an infamous series of ya gothic novels is being secretly printed on the newspapers presses. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.7.11
  • The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl
    Author: Schuster, Marc
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579622176 Date: 2011
    starLJ

    Updated 6.19.11
  • Walking to Hollywood: Memories of Before the Fall
    Author: Self, Will
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802119728 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    One of the most remarkably inventive voices of his generation, author Will Self delivers a new and stunning work of fiction. In Walking to Hollywood, a British writer named Will Self goes on a quest through L.A. freeways and eroding English cliffs, skewering celebrity as he attempts to solve a crime: who killed the movies.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Kiss of Snow
    Author: Singh, Nalini
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780425242094 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness--Hawke. A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything Sienna and Hawke hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home--and the alpha who is its heartbeat.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Sentimentalists
    Author: Skibsrud, Johanna
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393082517 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Haunted by the vivid horrors of the Vietnam War, exhausted from years spent battling his memories, Napoleon Haskell retreats to a small Ontario town. When Napoleon's daughter arrives, fleeing troubles of her own, she finds her father in the dark twilight of his life, and rapidly slipping into senility. With love and insatiable curiosity, she devotes herself to learning the truth about his life; and through the fog, his past begins to emerge.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Vaclav & Lena
    Author: Tanner, Haley
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400069316 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star Booklist
    Offering a new glimpse at the American immigrant experience, a stunningly gifted young novelist delivers a timeless love story set in New York's Russian community.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Year We Left Home
    Author: Thompson, Jean
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439175880 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    The Year We Left Home chronicles the lives of the Erickson family as the children come of age in 1970s and '80s America.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Someday This Will Be Funny
    Author: Tillman, Lynne
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781935869009 Date: 2011
    starPW
    The stories in "Some Day This Will Be Funny" marry memory to moment in a union of narrative form as immaculate and imperfect as the characters damned to act them out on page. Lynne Tillman, author of "American Genius," presides over the ceremony; Clarence Thomas, Marvin Gaye, and Madame Realism mingle at the reception. Narrators - by turn infamous and nameless - shift within their own skin, struggling to unknot reminiscence from reality while scenes rush into warm focus, then cool, twist, and snap in the breeze of shifting thought. Epistle, quotation, and haiku bounce between lyrical passages of lucid beauty, echoing the scattered, cycling arpeggio of Tillman's preferred subject: the unsettled mind. Collectively, these stories own a conscience shaped by oaths made and broken; by the skeleton silence and secrets of family; by love's shifting chartreuse. They traffic in the quiet images of personal history, each one a flickering sacrament in danger of being swallowed up by the lust and desperation of their possessor: a fistful of parking tickets shoved in the glove compartment, a little black book hidden from a wife in a safe-deposit box, a planter stuffed with flowers to keep out the cooing mourning doves. They are stories fashioned with candor and animated by fits of wordplay and invention - stories that affirm Tillman's unshakable talent for wedding the patterns and rituals of thought with the blushing immediacy of existence, defying genre and defining experimental short fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Lake
    Author: Yoshimoto, Banana
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781933633770 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    A major literary sensation is back with a quietly stunning tour de force about a young woman who falls for a cult escapee. While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous--a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace--it's also one of the most darkly mysterious books she's ever written. It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though ... until she realizes she's gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too. They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. . . . With its echoes of the infamous, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult (the group that released poison gas in the Tokyo subway system), The Lake unfolds as the most powerful novel Banana Yoshimoto has written. And as the two young lovers overcome their troubled past to discover hope in the beautiful solitude of the lake in the country- side, it's also one of her most moving. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.27.11
  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
    Author: Young, Louisa
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061997143 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    The lives of two very different couples--an officer and his aristocratic wifeand a young soldier and his childhood sweetheart--are irrevocably intertwinedand forever changed in this stunning World War II epic.
    Updated 3.27.11

June

  • The Upright Piano Player
    Author: Abbott, David
    $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780385334420 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Henry Cage seems to have it all: a successful career, money, a beautiful home, and a reputation for being a just and principled man. But public virtues can conceal private failings, and as Henry faces retirement, his well-ordered life begins to unravel.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Untold Story
    Author: Ali, Monica
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781415635485 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    From one of the most versatile and bold writers of our time comes a riveting novel inspired by Princess Diana.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Summer Rental
    Author: Andrews, Mary Kay
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312642693 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Fixer Upper comes a novel filled with her trademark warmth and humor--the story of four women, a month at the beach, and the healing power of friendship and second chances.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Joy for Beginners
    Author: Bauermeister, Erica
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399157127 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Kate strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her. But if she does, each of them will also do the one thing they always swore they'd never do.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Jamrach's Menagerie
    Author: Birch, Carol
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780385534406 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star Booklist
    A thrilling and powerful novel about a young 19th-century boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Storm at the Door
    Author: Block, Stefan Merrill
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400069453 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    Inspired by elements of the lives of the author's grandparents, this haunting love story shifts through time and reaches across generations. Along the way, Block stunningly illuminates an age-old truth: even if one's daily life appears ordinary, one can still wage a silent, secret, extraordinary war.
    Updated 6.9.11
  • Lord Langley is Back in Town
    Author: Boyle, Elizabeth
    $ 7.99 ISBN:9780061783517 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Boyle delivers the third and final book in her wickedly fun series featuring the Widows of Standon, who now challenge each other and the good graces of characters from Boyle's beloved Bachelor Chronicles.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Soldier
    Author: Burrows, Grace
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402245671 Date: 2011
    starPW
    This Regency-era battle of wits, wills, and the sexes from the author of The Heir features a wily duke determined to see the succession of his line secured.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • The Astral
    Author: Christensen, Kate
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385530910 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus
    From the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man comes a scintillating novel of love, loss, and literary rivalry set in rapidly changing Brooklyn.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • City of Ash
    Author: Chance, Megan
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780307461032 Date: 2011
    starPW
    In her most riveting story yet, Chance (Prima Donna, An Inconvenient Wife) brings to life the catastrophe that ravaged 19th-century Seattle--and the unforgettable characters whose lives it changed forever.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Mistress's Revenge
    Author: Cohen, Tamar
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781451632828 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Cohen delivers a stunning debut novel, written as one woman's letter to the married man who has just dumped her.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Best Staged Plans
    Author: Cook, Claire
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9781401341176 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    From the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Life's a Beach comes a humorous and heartwarming novel about starting over.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Daughters of the Revolution
    Author: Cooke, Carolyn
    $ 23.95 ISBN: Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    From the O. Henry Award-winning author of the story collection The Bostons--a "New York Times" Notable Book and winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers--comes an exquisite first novel set at a disintegrating New England prep school in 1968.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Lightning
    Author: Echenoz, Jean
    $19.95 ISBN: 9781595586790 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Drawn from the life of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors of his time, Lightning is a captivating tale of one man's curious fascination with the marvels of science. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Echenoz once again demonstrates his astonishing abilities as a prose stylist as he vividly captures the life of an isolated genius. A beautifully crafted portrait of a man who prefers the company of lightning in the Colorado desert to that of other human beings, Lightning is a dazzling new work from one of the world's leading contemporary authors. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11
  • A Cupboard Full of Coats
    Author: Edwards, Yvette
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781851687978 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Redolent of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith, this is a searing story of family, jealousy, and tragic betrayal. Fourteen years ago Jinx's mother was brutally murdered. When Lemon, an old family friend, turns up Jinx is forced to confront her past. But Lemon has his own secrets, and together they unravel an unforgettable family drama. Edwards's narrative is delivered with an uncompromising bite that announces a new talent in British fiction.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The London Train
    Author: Hadley, Tessa
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062011831 Date: 2011
    starKirkus

    Updated 7.1.11
  • Last Train from Liguaria
    Author: Hickey, Christine Dwyer
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9781483549888 Date: 2011
    starLJ

    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Brothers' Lot
    Author: Holohan, Kevin
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781936070916 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    A hilarious and satirical debut novel exploring religious hypocrisy in an Irish secondary school.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • If He's Dangerous
    Author: Howell, Hannah
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420118780 Date: 2011
    starPW
    New York Times-bestselling author Howell's extraordinary Wherlocke family returns with the story of a passion that will heed no resistance, no matter how deadly.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Ghost Rider
    Author: Kadare, Ismail
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9781847673411 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A classic medieval mystery from the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize, a writer in the class of Atwood, Coetzee, Marquez, and Rushdie An old woman is awoken in the dead of night by knocks at her front door. The woman opens it to find her daughter, Doruntine, standing there alone in the darkness. She has been brought home from a distant land by a mysterious rider she claims is her brother Konstandin. But unbeknownst to her, Konstandin has been dead for years. What follows is chain of events which plunges a medieval village into fear and mistrust. Who is the ghost rider? Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.15.11
  • The Land at the End of the World
    Author: Lobo Antunes, Antonio
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780393077766 Date: 2011
    starPW
    One of the twentieth century's most original literary voices delivers a haunting and heartrending meditation on the absurdities of love and war.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Naked King
    Author: MacKenzie, Sally
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420102550 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    A USA Today-bestselling author continues her popular Naked Nobility series with this seventh and final volume of sexy English Regency romance that fans have been waiting for.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Partitions
    Author: Majmudar, Amit
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805093957 Date: 2011
    starBooklist starKirkus
    A dramatic, luminous first novel of families and nations broken and formed, Partitions is set during the violent 1947 partition of India, and introduces an extraordinary novelist who writes with the force and lyricism of poetry.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • The Borrower
    Author: Makkai, Rebecca
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670022816 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and an upsetting family history thrown in their path.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307379733 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    In the heartwarming and hilarious second installment in the Corduroy Mansions series, surprising canine hero, Pimlico terrier Freddie de la Hay--belonging to failed oenophile William French--has been recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Orientation: And Other Stories
    Author: Orozco, Daniel
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780865478534 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Kirkus
    In this original debut collection, Orozco leads the reader through the secret lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, office temps, and warehouse workers. Each story in the collection has a gut-punch impact, softened only by lyricism and black humor.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • State of Wonder
    Author: Patchett, Ann
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780062049803 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star LJ star PW
    Award-winning New York Times-bestselling author Patchett (Bel Canto, The Magician's Assistant) returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Summer of the Bear
    Author: Pollen, Bella
    $ 24 ISBN: 978082119742 Date: 2011
    starKirkus

    Updated 7.1.11
  • American Masculine: Stories
    Author: Ray, Shannon
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781555975883 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Winner of the 2010 Bakeless Prize for Fiction, a muscular debut that reconfigures the American West The American West has long been a place where myth and legend have flourished. Where men stood tall and lived rough. But that West is no more. In its place Shann Ray finds washedup basketball players, businessmen hiding addictions, and women fighting the inexplicable violence that wells up in these men. A son struggles to accept his father's apologies after surviving a childhood of beatings. Two men seek empty basketball hoops on a snowy night, hoping to relive past glory. A bull rider skips town and rides herd on an unruly mob of passengers as he searches for a thief on a train threading through Montana's Rocky Mountains. In these stories, Ray grapples with the terrible hurt we inflict on those we love, and finds that reconciliation, if far off, is at least possible. The debut of a writer who is out to redefine the contours of the American West, American Masculine is a deeply felt and fiercely written ode to the country we left behind. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Heart Specialist
    Author: Rothman, Claire Holden
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569479452 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Inspired by the career of Maude Abbott, one of Canada's first female physicians, The Heart Specialist is the story of how one celebrated expert on the human heart must learn to understand her own.
    Updated 4.18.11
  • Oregon Experiment
    Author: Scribner, Keith
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307594785 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    A contemporary civil war between desire and betrayal, rich in crisp, luxuriant detail, The Oregon Experiment explores a minefield of convictions and complications at once political, social, and intimately personal.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Dreams of Joy
    Author: See, Lisa
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400067121 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    Devastated after discovering the shocking truth about her mother and father, Joy (from the New York Times bestseller Shanghai Girls) flees to China to find a new life (and her real father)--and Pearl, realizing what has happened, sets out for Mao's China, resolved to find her daughter.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Remembrance of Things I Forgot
    Author: Smith, Bob
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780299283407 Date: 2011
    starPW
    After his brilliant scientist boyfriend invents time travel and becomes a fervent Republican, John Sherkston is transported back to 1986, where he tries to save the life of his sister, save the country, and possibly save his relationship. Remembrance of Things I Forgot is a brilliant, satirical, poignant, and comic adventure.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Wire to Wire
    Author: Sparling, Scott
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781935639053 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Wire to Wire assembles a cast of train-hopping, drug-dealing, glue-huffing lowlifes, tells a harrowing tale of friendship and loss, and creates a stunning portrait of Northern Michigan in the late 1970s. While riding a freight car through Detroit, Michael Slater suffers a near-fatal accident--a power line to the head. After recovering, he tries to lead a quiet life in the desert, but his problems just follow him. Slater returns to his native Michigan to seek out his old train-hopping pal, only to find that the Pleasant Peninsula of his youth is none too pleasant. Before long he finds his way into a love triangle, gets caught in the schemes of the resident drug lord, and manages to end up on the wrong side of everyone and everything in the small town of Wolverine. When the violent sociopath Slater left to die in the desert tracks him down, the chance of getting out of this hell unscathed starts to look slim. Three years later, Slater sits in a dark video-editing suite, popping speed like penny candy, trying to reconcile himself with the unfilmed memories that haunt his screens and his conscience. Scott Sparling's debut novel, with echoes of Robert Stone and Denis Johnson, pays homage to one of our most popular and enduring genres--the American crime novel. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
    Author: Stimpson, Michelle
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758246882 Date: 2011
    starPW
    From the Essence-bestselling author of Divas of Damascus Road comes a novel about a woman whose return to a small Texas town stirs up family rivalries--and an old heartbreak.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Secret History of Costaguana
    Author: Vasquez, Juan Gabriel
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594488030 Date: 2011
    starBooklist starKirkus
    In the early 20th century, Joseph Conrad wrote his great novel Nostromo, about a South American republic he named Costaguana. In The Secret History of Costaguana, readers uncover the hidden source--and one of the great literary thefts.
    Updated 5.3.2011
  • The Arriveste
    Author: Wallenstein, James
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781571310842 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Neil Fox has made a fortune off the "head we win/tails you lose" venture capital deals negotiated by his brother, costing him almost everything but money. His ex-wife and daughter spurn him, and he lost his young son years ago. He now lives a carefully plotted life, working as a lawyer at a small investment-banking firm and spending nights at home with a drink. When the affable Bud Younger moves in next door--on a parcel that Neil had sold off--Neil takes an almost instant dislike to him. Bud is nearly everything Neil is not--a gregarious, energetic striver loved by his intact family. When Bud asks Neil to fund a new business venture, he reluctantly accepts, setting in motion events that hurtle to a startling and haunting conclusion. "The Arriviste" delves into the psyche of avarice and envy, presenting a portrait of a man both ordinary and monstrous. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11

 

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