Fiction Stars 2011: 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

  • Millenium People
    Author: Ballard, J.G.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393081770 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ star Booklist
    In this novel, an explosion at Heathrow takes the life of psychologist David Markham's ex-wife. In response, he infiltrates the antigovernment group responsible for the bombing--and begins to fall under its sway.--Library Journal.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.8.11
  • South by Southwest
    Author: Boggs, Johnny D.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594149054 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Heiress in Love
    Author: Brooke, Christina
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780312534127 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Jane, Lady Roxdale, has endured one marriage of convenience decreed by the Ministry of Marriage. While she deeply regrets her late husband's death, she is relieved to be free at last. But when a dissolute rake threatens everything Jane holds dear, she must contemplate marrying a second time... Disgraced libertine Constantine Black inherits his cousin Roxdale's land and title--while Roxdale's prim widow is left all the wealth. Constantine is not a marrying man, but wedding Jane is the only way to save the estate from ruin. Jane resists the smoldering heat between them, desperate not to fall in love with an unrepentant rake. But for the first time ever, Constantine wants more than seduction. He wants all of her--body, heart, and soul... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Lion of Babylon
    Author: Bunn, Davis
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780764209055 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    An American operative sent to rescue two vanished soldiers in Iraq finds himself in the midst of a centuries-old conflict of religion, violence, and hatred.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Once Upon a River
    Author: Campbell, Bonnie Jo
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393079890 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star LJ
    From the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for American Salvage comes an odyssey of a novel about a girl's search for love and identity.
    Updated 4.15.10
  • The Bride Wore Scarlet
    Author: Carlyle, Liz
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061965760 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant facade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the dangerous men of the mysterious St. James Club.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Silk is for Seduction
    Author: Chase, Loretta
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061632686 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    A New York Times-bestselling author delivers the first in a sexy, emotionally rich new series, in which sisters from a scandalous aristocratic family--and the purveyors of London's most fashionable shop--find passion and love as sumptuous as the gowns they create.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • The Inverted Forest
    Author: Dalton, John
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781416596028 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    The author of Heaven's Lake returns with a novel that traces a story of unlikely love and sudden violence in an isolated Midwestern camp.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
    Author: Earle, Steve
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780618820962 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    "The ghost of Hank Williams walks through this abortionist's tale that has much to do with grace and aging and death--and the power of the feminine. Gritty and transcendent, Earle has successfully created his own potion of Texas, twang, and dope-tinged magic-realism."--Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone and Pushkin and the Queen of Spades.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Never Cry Wolf
    Author: Eden, Cynthia
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758242150 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Lucas Simone is big, he's strong, and his eyes hint at a wilder side most women can't handle. Of course, that's because he's a genuine Grade-A top-quality werewolf. There's only one chink in his armor. Unlike most alpha dogs, Lucas has a reputation for protecting the weak and innocent.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Night Train
    Author: Edgerton, Clyde
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316117593 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist
    In 1963, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry, aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk, apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. A mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • The American Heiress
    Author: Goodwin, Daisy
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 978032658656 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Kirkus
    "The story of Cora Cash, an American heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind."--Allison Pearson, New York Times- bestselling author of I Don't Know How She Does It.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion
    Author: Harstad, Johan
    $ 30 ISBN: 9781609801359 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Kirkus
    Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? opens with the line: "The person you love is 72.8% water, and it hasn't rained for weeks." From there, Brage Award-winning author and playwright Johan Harstad's debut--previously published to great success in eleven countries and now making its first English-language appearance--tells the story of Mattias, a thirty-something gardener living in Stavanger, Norway, whose idol is Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon: the man who was willing to stand in Neil Armstrong's shadow in order to work, diligently and humbly, for the success of the Apollo 11 mission. Following a series of personal and professional disasters, Mattias finds himself lying on a rain-soaked road in the desolate, treeless Faroe Islands, population only a few thousand, a wad of bills in his pocket and no memory of how he had come to be there--that's when a truck approaches him, driven by a troubled, fantastic man with an offer that will shortly change Mattias's life. And so, surrounded by a vivid and memorable cast of characters--aspiring pop musicians, Caribbean-obsessed psychologists, death-haunted photographers, girls who dream of anonymous men falling in love with them on bus trips, and even Buzz Aldrin himself--launches Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The Confusion?, the epic story of Mattias's pop-saturated odyssey through the world of unconventional psychiatry, souvenir sheep-making, the Cardigans, and space: the space between himself and other people, a journey maybe as remote and personally dangerous as the trip to the moon itself. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Pompei: City on Fire
    Author: Higley, T.L.
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781433668579 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    An enslaved Jewish girl and a struggling aristocrat separately escape to Pompeii, encountering religious persecution, political corruption, and each other just before the city is destroyed by Mount Vesuvius.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Book of Lies
    Author: Horlock, Mary
    $ 14.99 ISBN:9780062065094 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    A brilliant debut novel, in which a teenage girl's Mean Girls-like experience on the remote English island of Guernsey pushes her to murder her best friend--a scandal that mirrors her uncle's hidden story of the island's Nazi occupation in World War II.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • This Is Not Your City: Stories
    Author: Horrocks, Caitlin
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781932511918 Date: 2011
    starPW
    In 11 darkly comic stories, women isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Next to Love
    Author: Feldman, Ellen
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780812992717 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Booklist
    A story of love, war, loss, and the scars they leave, Next to Love follows the lives of three young women and their men during the years of World War II and its aftermath, beginning with the men going off to war and ending a generation later, when their children are on the cusp of their own adulthood. Set in a small town in Massachusetts, the novel follows three childhood friends, Babe, Millie, and Grace, whose lives are unmoored when their men are called to duty. And yet the changes that are thrust upon them move them in directions they never dreamed possible--while their husbands and boyfriends are enduring their own transformations. In the decades that follow, the three friends lose their innocence, struggle to raise their children, and find meaning and love in unexpected places. And as they change, so does America--from a country in which people know their place in the social hierarchy to a world in which feminism, the Civil Rights movement, and technological innovations present new possibilities--and uncertainties. And yet Babe, Millie, and Grace remain bonded by their past, even as their children grow up and away and a new society rises from the ashes of the war. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.15.11
  • Pigion English
    Author: Kelman, Stephen
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547500607 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Lying in front of Harrison Opuku is the body of one of his classmates, who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from such television shows as CSI, Harri and his best friend plot to bring the perpetrator to justice.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Turn of Mind
    Author: LaPlante, Alice
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119773 Date: 2011
    starLJ star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    A startling portrait of a disintegrating mind clinging to bits of reality through anger, frustration, shame, and unspeakable loss, Turn of Mind is a remarkable debut that examines the deception and frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.1.11
  • The Soldier's Wife
    Author: Leroy, Margaret
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781401341701 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    A gripping tale of passion and courage set in World War II-occupied Guernsey, The Soldier's Wife tells the story of housewife and mother Vivienne de la Mare, as she is torn between loyalty and love.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Beyond All Measure: Hickory Ridge Romance
    Author: Love, Dorothy
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781595549006 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover
    Author: Moyes, Jojo
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670022809 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Moyes delivers a sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning 40 years--an unforgettable Brief Encounter for modern times.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • The Counterfeit Bride
    Author: Parra, Nancy J.
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780803476622 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Updated 8.16.11
  • Just Like Heaven
    Author: Quinn, Julia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061491900 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    From a New York Times-bestselling author comes the first dazzling installment of an all-new, four-book series featuring the Smythe-Smith musicians, beloved by fans of the Bridgerton series.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Tamed by a Highlander
    Author: Quinn, Paula
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780446552363 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Quinn--author of Ravished by a Highlander and Seduced by a Highlander--returns with the third book in her sinfully sexy, Scottish medieval romance series featuring the MacGregor clan.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Devilish Montague
    Author: Rice, Patricia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451234056 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The second in the Rebellious Sons series. All Blake Montague wants is to save Europe from a tyrant. But as the penniless youngest son of a baron, he needs a marriage of convenience to provide the money he requires for a military commission.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Can't Hurry Love
    Author: Ridgway, Christie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425242100 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The final novel in Ridgway's Three Kisses trilogy. The three Baci sisters are on a mission to save Tanti Baci--the winery that's been in their family for generations--by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. But love doesn't come easy for everyone.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Chasing Fire
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399157448 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Number-one New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts--America's favorite writer (The New Yorker)--delves into the world of elite firefighters who thrive on danger and adrenaline--men and women who wouldn't know how to live life if it wasn't on the edge.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Ladies and Gentlemen
    Author: Ross, Adam
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307270719 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Following his celebrated debut novel, Mr. Peanut, Ross presents a stunning collection of stories about brothers, loners, lovers, and young people navigating lives full of good intentions, misunderstandings, and obscured motives.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Conquistadora
    Author: Santiago, Esmeralda
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307268327 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist
    As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente--both in love with Ana--she finds a way to get there. She marries Ramon, and in 1844, just eighteen, she travels across the ocean to a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited on the island. Ana faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation, and the dangers of the untamed countryside even as she relishes the challenge of running Hacienda los Gemelos. But when the Civil War breaks out in the United States, Ana finds her livelihood, and perhaps even her life, threatened by the very people on whose backs her wealth has been built: the hacienda's slaves, whose richly drawn stories unfold alongside her own. And when at last Ana falls for a man who may be her destiny--a once-forbidden love--she will sacrifice nearly everything to keep hold of the land that has become her true home. This is a sensual, riveting tale, set in a place where human passions and cruelties collide: thrilling history that has never before been brought so vividly and unforgettably to life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Stone Arabia
    Author: Spiotta, Dana
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451617962 Date: 2011
    starPW
    From a National Book Award nominee (Eat the Document) comes a startlingly original and compelling novel about an eccentric artist and his sister.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Rules of Civility
    Author: Towles, Amor
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670022694 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Towles delivers a sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come.
    Updated 3.27.11

August

  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
    Author: Ashley, Jennifer
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425240496 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.
    Updated 8.16.11
  • The Secret Mistress
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780385343312 Date: 2011
    starPW
    From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Secret Affair comes the long-awaited prequel in her Mistress series, featuring Lady Angeline Dudley, who is expected to find a rich husband but who would prefer a simple, ordinary man.
    Updated 4.15.11
  • How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive
    Author: Boucher, Christopher
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781935554639 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A hilarious radical debut novel that breaks every rule--yet also spins a tender, bittersweet tale about a single dad struggling to raise his son. Modeled on the bestselling 1969 hippie handbook of the same title, this wildly inventive tale is both a stunning tour-de-force and a wise and charming consideration of the stuff of great fiction: death, love, loss, responsibility, and road trips
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Canyons of Night
    Author: Castle, Jayne
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780515149883 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The island of Rainshadow is home to the mysterious, privately owned woods known only as the Preserve. Now, after 15 years away, both Charlotte Enright and her teen crush, Slade Attridge, have returned. But will their psi talents and Slade's dust bunny companion be enough to keep them from getting drawn into the darkness at the heart of the Preserve?
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Girls in White Dresses
    Author: Close, Jennifer
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307596857 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Wickedly hilarious and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love--all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • In the Sea There are Crocdiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari
    Author: Geda, Fabio
    $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780385534734 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari's small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat's remarkable and often punish-ing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen. Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not every-one is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way. Based on Enaiat's close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy's memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history. Told with humor and humanity, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat's moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Busy Monsters
    Author: Giraldi, William
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393079623 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    In a hell-bent effort to prove his mettle as an American male, Charlie crisscrosses the nation seeking counsel, confronting creatures both mythic and real, and then writing about his travails every week for a popular slick magazine.
    Updated 6.15.11
  • Second Grave on the Left
    Author: Jones, Darynda
    $ 22.99 ISBN: 9780312360818 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans. Readers are sure to enjoy the most hilarious story of the summer.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Lady of the Storm
    Author: Kennedy, Kathryne
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781402236532 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Storm lord's daughter Cecily Sutton's powers over sea and sky have put her life at risk. Giles Beaumont is reluctant to protect her, until he falls under her enchanting spell . . . "Deliciously dark and enticing."--Angie Fox, "New York Times"-bestselling author.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Only Mine
    Author: Mallery, Susan
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780373775880 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Beloved bestselling author Mallery is back with the first title in a brand-new trilogy in her popular and emotional Fool's Gold series. Original.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Anatomy of a Disappearance
    Author: Matar, Hisham
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780385340441 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies. It seems that nothing will fill the emptiness that her strange death leaves behind in the Cairo apartment he shares with his father. Until they meet Mona, sitting in her yellow swimsuit by the pool of the Magda Marina hotel. As soon as Nuri sees her, the rest of the world vanishes. But it is Nuri's father with whom Mona falls in love and whom she eventually marries. And their happiness consumes Nuri to the point where he wishes his father would disappear. Nuri will, however, soon regret what he wished for. His father, long a dissident in exile from his homeland, is taken under mysterious circumstances. And, as the world that Nuri and his stepmother share is shattered by events beyond their control, they begin to realize how little they knew about the man they both loved. Anatomy of a Disappearance is written with all the emotional precision and intimacy that have won Hisham Matar tremendous international recognition. In a voice that is delicately wrought and beautifully tender, he asks: When a loved one disappears, how does their absence shape the lives of those who are left? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Call
    Author: Murphy, Yannick
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062023148 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus starBooklist
    Murphy presents a beautifully written novel about a family of five in rural New England, told through the charming, witty, and loving voice of the veterinarian father.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.18.11
  • Velva Jean Learns to Fly
    Author: Niven, Jennifer
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780452297401 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama, Velva Jean pursues her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope--until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food
    Author: O'Reilly, Brian
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781451620566 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Newly-widowed Angelina finds that food is balm for an aching heart and the shortest distance between two people is the length of a kitchen table.
    Updated 8.2.11
  • The Buddha in the Attic
    Author: Otsuka, Julie
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780307700001 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    Finalist for the 2011. National Book Award Julie Otsuka's long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divineis a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as 'picture brides' nearly a century ago. In eight incantatory sections, "The Buddha in the Attic" traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war. In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.16.11
  • Lights Out in Wonderland
    Author: Pierre, D.B.C.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393081237 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Gabriel Brockwell aesthete, philosopher, disaffected twenty-something decadent is thinking terminal. He's decided to kill himself but not immediately. His destination is Wonderland. The style of the journey is all that's to be decided. Traveling between London, Tokyo, and Berlin, Gabriel is in search of the bacchanal to obliterate all previous parties. His adventure takes in a spell in rehab, a near-death experience eating a poisonous Japanese delicacy, and finally an orgiastic feast in the bowels of Berlin's majestic Tempelhof Airport. Along the way, Gabriel falls apart, only to reemerge with a new outlook on the world and a mission to right his past wrongs. Lights Out in Wonderland is an allegorical banquet, a sly commentary on these End Times and the march toward banality, and a joyful expression of the human spirit. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Emperor of Lies
    Author: Sem-Sandberg, Steve
    $ 30 ISBN: 9780374139643 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second-largest Jewish ghetto, in the Polish city of Lodz. The leader they appointed was Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a 63-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director--and the elusive, authoritarian power sustaining the ghetto's very existence.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Luminarium
    Author: Shakar, Alex
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569479759 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist
    Moving between the research hospitals of Manhattan, the streets of a meticulously planned Florida city, the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and the uncanny, immersive worlds of urban disaster simulation, Luminarium is dizzyingly smart and provocative, exploring as it does the state of the present, of technology, and of what is real and what is ephemeral.
    Updated 7.8.11
  • Dark Tangos
    Author: Shiner, Lewis
    $ 35 ISBN: 9781596063969 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    After the breakup of his marriage and his forced relocation to Buenos Aires, Rob Cavenaugh's life was going downhill fast. Until he met Elena. She was smart and beautiful and danced like a dream. But she had a history that she said he could never understand, a history that went back to the Dirty War of the 1970s, when government death squads brought a new word to the world: the Disappeared. Then he learned that the past is never over in Argentina. Beyond the bright lights and the romantic tango music were the open wounds of kidnapping, torture, and betrayal and one last chance for redemption. - Publisher MarketingS
    Updated 7.25.11
  • The Foreigners
    Author: Swann, Maxine
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594488306 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A glittering, energetic novel about three women, each experiencing an awakening in the gloriously conflicted and sexy city of Buenos Aires. From the award-winning, critically celebrated author of Flower Children, The Foreigners is a startlingly bold and original, unforgettable next novel.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • The Submission
    Author: Waldeman, Amy
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780374271565 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the widows who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe. She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Fighting in the Shade
    Author: Watson, Sterling
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781936070985 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus
    A riveting novel of ideas exploring the perils of hazing and feverish masculinity on a high school football team.
    Updated 8.2.11
  • Bed
    Author: Whitehouse, David
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451614220 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus
    A darkly funny and surprisingly tender debut novel about two brothers, one ofwhom refuses to leave his bed on his 25th birthday.
    Updated 8.3.11
  • The Family Fang
    Author: Wilson, Kevin
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780061579035 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus starBooklist
    The Family Fang is a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family. Like everything else Kevin Wilson does, I have never seen anything like it before. The best single word description would be brilliant.--Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.15.11

September

  • Birds of Paradise
    Author: Abu-Jaber, Diana
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393064612 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Kirkus
    A multilayered, beautifully textured novel about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Last Man in Tower
    Author: Adiga, Aravind
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307594099 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Booklist star Kirkus
    Searing. Explosive. Lyrical. Compassionate. Here is the astonishing new novel by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger, a book that took rage and anger at injustice and turned it into a thrilling murder story. Now, with the same fearlessness and insight, Aravind Adiga broadens his canvas to give us a riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city's most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji. Shah offers Masterji and his neighbors--the residents of Vishram Society's Tower A, a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah's luxury high-rise would be built--a generous buyout. They can't believe their good fortune. Except, that is, for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home. As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday. Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore--and expose--it. Vivid, visceral, told with both humor and poignancy, Last Man in Tower is his most stunning work yet. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.21.11
  • His Mistress by Christmas
    Author: Alexander, Victoria
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780758255679 Date: 2011
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    Alexander--the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Perfect Mistress--delivers an irresistibly festive Christmas novel featuring a beautiful, self-sufficient woman who has only one wish--to be a mistress.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Only Time Will Tell
    Author: Archer, Jeffrey
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780312539559 Date: 2011
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    From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.16.11
  • Rode
    Author: Averill, Thomas Fox
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780826350299 Date: 2011
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    When Thomas Fox Averill first heard Jimmy Driftwoods ballad Tennessee Stud, he found the song hauntingly compelling. As he began to imagine the story behind the lyrics, he set out to research the songs historya tale from along about eighteen and twenty-five of the legendary exploits of the greatest horse that ever lived, the Tennessee Stud, and his owner. His novel captures the spirit of the ballad while telling the story of Robert Johnson, a man who holds love in his heart though adventure rules his time.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • On Canaan's Side
    Author: Barry, Sebastian
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670022922 Date: 2011
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    Told in the first person, On Canaan's Side is at once epic and intimate. Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression through World War II to the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.
    Updated 8.2.11
  • Yellow Emperor's Cure
    Author: Basu, Kanal
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781590207086 Date: 2011
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    When Dr. Antonio Maria unexpectedly learns his physician father is dying of syphilis in Lisbon, he sets sail for China in search of a cure. Unfortunately, the country is in the midst of the Boxer Rebellion, and outsiders are not welcome.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Boxer Beetle
    Author: Beauman, Ned
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781608196807 Date: 2011
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    Kevin "Fishy" Broom finds himself drawn into an investigation of a pair of small-time players in pre-WWII history. First-time novelist Beauman spins a dazzling narrative across decades and continents, weaving his own manic fiction through the back alleys of history.
    Updated 8.15.11
  • Shadow in Serenity
    Author: Blackstock, Terri
    $19.99 ISBN: 9780310332329 Date: 2011
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    Carny Sullivan, suspicious about suave, handsome Logan Brisco and his charming ways, is drawn to him, despite her best intentions and her determination to expose his plans for her quiet Texas town.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Grief of Others
    Author: Cohen Leah Hager
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594488054 Date: 2011
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    Is keeping a secret from a spouse always an act of infidelity? And what cost does such a secret exact on a family? The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. Struggling to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and for their two older children, they find themselves pretending not only that little has changed, but that their marriage, their family, have always been intact. Yet in the aftermath of the baby's death, long-suppressed uncertainties about their relationship come roiling to the surface. A dreadful secret emerges with reverberations that reach far into their past and threaten their future. The couple's children, ten-year-old Biscuit and thirteen-year-old Paul, responding to the unnamed tensions around them, begin to act out in exquisitely- perhaps courageously-idiosyncratic ways. But as the four family members scatter into private, isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives, and they all find themselves growing more alert to the sadness and burdens of others-to the grief that is part of every human life but that also carries within it the power to draw us together. Moving, psychologically acute, and gorgeously written, The Grief of Others asks how we balance personal autonomy with the intimacy of relationships, how we balance private decisions with the obligations of belonging to a family, and how we take measure of our own sorrows in a world rife with suffering. This novel shows how one family, by finally allowing itself to experience the shared quality of grief, is able to rekindle tenderness and hope. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Goddess of Vengeance
    Author: Collins, Jackie
    $26.99ISBN: 9780312567460 Date: 2011
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    Jackie Collins' fierce and wildly beautiful heroine Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance--in a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clan--and, as always, Lucky comes out on top. Lucky runs a high profile casino and hotel complex, The Keys in Vegas. Lennie, her movie star husband, is still writing and directing successful independent movies, while Max, her stubborn and gorgeous teenage daughter is about to celebrate her 18th birthday, and her son, Bobby, owns a string of hot clubs. Lucky has everything. Family. Love. Life. And everything is exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take from her one way or the other. Born a Prince in the small but affluent Middle Eastern country of Akramshar, Armand comes to America with his American mother at an early age, and rises to become a real estate business titan. Armand regards women as nothing more than breeding mares or sexual playthings, so when his people inform him that the one property he covets more than anything, The Keys, is not for sale, he is shocked. That a mere woman would dare to turn down his offer to buy The Keys is unthinkable, and Armand vows to force Lucky's hand whatever it takes. And so the battle for power begins . . . Meanwhile Bobby is dealing with shady Russian investors, while his girlfriend--smart and independent Denver Jones--is becoming a Deputy D.A. in the L.A. drug unit. And Max, Bobby's seventeen year old sister, is busy embarking on a forbidden affair with a sexy young movie star. An affair they have to keep on the down-low lest Lucky finds out.The word is that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" and what happens in Goddess of Vengeance will blow your mind! - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • No Proper Lady
    Author: Cooper, Isabel
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 97811402259524 Date: 2011
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    England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and in 200 years demons will destroy it all. Unless Joan, a rough-around-the-edges assassin from the future, can take out the dark magician responsible.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • A Night to Surrender
    Author: Dare, Tessa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062049834 Date: 2011
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    Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are . . . nowhere to be found. Or are they? Dare delivers the first book in her new Regency Spindle Cove series.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Language of Flowers
    Author: Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345525543 Date: 2011
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    The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.
    Updated 6.15.11
  • Definintely Not Mr Darcy
    Author: Doornebos, Karen
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425243824 Date: 2011
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    There's no place for pride in this Austen misadventure. Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year- old divorced mother, she runs her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter's future. What's a lady to do? Why, audition for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course. What Chloe thinks is a documentary turns out to be a reality dating show set in 1812. Eight women are competing to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwest mom to genteel American heiress and win the money. With no cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant to be found, she must tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and less clumsy than herself. But the witty and dashing Mr. Wrightman proves to be a prize worth winning, even if it means the gloves are off... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.25.11
  • The Betrayal
    Author: Dunmore, Helen
    $14.95 ISBN: 9780802170880 Date: 2011
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    In 1952 Leningrad, Andrei, a young doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, post-siege wreckage. But they know their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws of Stalin's merciless Ministry of State Security. When Andrei is forced to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer, his every move is scrutinized, and it becomes painfully clear that his own fate, and that of his family, is bound to the child's. Trapped in an impossible game of life and death, and pitted against a power-mad father's raging grief, Andrei and Anna must avoid the whispers and watchful eyes of those who will say or do anything to save themselves. With The Betrayal, Dunmore returns with a powerful and stirring novel of ordinary people in the grip of a terrible and sinister regime, and an evocative tale of a love that will not be silenced. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.2.11
  • Crossbones
    Author: Farah, Nuruddin
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9781594488160 Date: 2011
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    Jeebleh and his journalist son-in-law, Malik, return to Somalia which is now gripped by religionist fervor. Accompanying them is Ahl who is searching for his stepson who has been recruited as a pirate.
    Updated 8.30.11
  • River of Smoke
    Author: Ghosh, Amitav
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780374174231 Date: 2011
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    The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. And the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries Frederick "Fitcher" Penrose, a horticulturist determined to track down the priceless treasures of China that are hidden in plain sight: its plants that have the power to heal, or beautify, or intoxicate. All will converge in Canton's Fanqui-town, or Foreign Enclave: a tumultuous world unto itself where civilizations clash and sometimes fuse. It is a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. Spectacular coincidences, startling reversals of fortune, and tender love stories abound. But this is much more than an irresistible page-turner. The blind quest for money, the primacy of the drug trade, the concealment of base impulses behind the rhetoric of freedom: in River of Smoke the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries converge, and the result is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary resonance. Critics praised Sea of Poppies for its vibrant storytelling, antic humor, and rich narrative scope; now Amitav Ghosh continues the epic that has charmed and compelled readers all over the globe. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Kissing Comfort
    Author: Goodman, Jo
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425243909 Date: 2011
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    Bode DeLong knows that his playboy brother Bram isn't really in love with Miss Comfort Kennedy, even though it's clear that she's enamored with him. With Bram's motives for the engagement suspect, Bode figures the safest place for Comfort to be is in his arms.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Art of Fielding
    Author: Harbach, Chad
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316126694 Date: 2011
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    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Fall from Pride
    Author: Harper, Karen
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780778312499 Date: 2011
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    An Amish woman and an English arson investigator are hot on the trail of a murderous barn burner, but can they keep their desperate quest professional? This book is the first in a new original romantic suspense trilogy.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Belonging: Where the Heart Lives, V.1
    Author: Hatcher, Robin Lee
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780310258087 Date: 2011
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    In the high desert town of Frenchman's Bluff, Idaho, Felicia Kristoffersen has set out to create a future for herself that is better than her painful past. Alone in the world with only her faith to sustain her, she must prove herself as this tiny community's new school teacher. She cannot, must not, fail. But, there are those who never wanted her there to begin with. Five years after the death of his wife, local merchant Colin Murphy cares about just one thing: raising his daughter, Charity. Colin wants to give her the educational advantages he never had. The new schoolmarm's inexperience doesn't sit well with him, and if this teacher up and marries like the last one did, Charity's heart will be broken once again. A woman who hasn't known love. A man who lost the love he had. In the midst of the wide, sage-covered plains, each is about to discover that life's bitterest circumstances truly can work together for good. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.19.11
  • King of the Badgers
    Author: Hensher, Philip
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780865478633 Date: 2011
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    Hanmouth, situated where the Hand River flows into the Bristol Channel, is usually quiet and undisturbed. But it becomes the center of national attention when an eight-year-old girl vanishes. This tragic event serves to expose the range of segregated existences in the town, as spectrums of class, wealth, and lifestyle are blurred in the investigation. Behind Hanmouth's closed doors and pastoral facade, the extraordinary individual lives of the community are laid bare. The undisclosed passions of a quiet international aid worker are set against his wife, seemingly a paragon of virtue to the outside world, while a recently widowed old woman tells a story that details her late discovery of sexual gratification. And a group of gay men, known as the Bears, have a drug-fueled party. As the search for the missing girl continues, the case is made for increased surveillance, and old notions of privacy begin to crack. "King of the Badgers "is a powerful study of the vital importance of individuality and the increasingly intrusive hand of political powers. It is another devastating--but frequently very funny-- portrait of England from one of its finest novelists. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Train Dreams
    Author: Johnson, Denis
    $ 18 ISBN: 9780374281144 Date: 2011
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    Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions. Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century--an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West--its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders--the new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Hand Me Down World
    Author: Jones, Lloyd
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781608196999 Date: 2011
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    This is the story of a young African mother's journey to reclaim the infant son heartlessly stolen from her. Beginning in Tunisia, where she is employed as a hotel maid, the novel follows her as she makes an illegal, near-death crossing of the Mediterranean, then up the length of Italy, across the Alps, and on to Berlin, where her child has been given a new home. We learn the mother's story through the people she meets along the way, human links in the perilous chain of her journey: a taxi driver, a hunter, a snail collector, a street performer, a blind man. Most are generous, some malevolent, but all write their own deeply personal needs on the nearly blank slate of a mother whose needs are greatest of all. Finally, the woman herself picks up the narration, retelling her story in her own words. And only then do we understand the extent of the sacrifices she has been willing to make for the love of her child. After eight novels, and following on the heels of his award-winning, bestselling Mister Pip, Hand Me Down World confirms Lloyd Jones's stature as one of the most provocative and important writers today. Dazzling in its literary effects, powerful in its emotions, this is a masterwork of contemporary fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.11
  • The Taker
    Author: Katsu, Alma
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439197059 Date: 2011
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    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae--Lanny--walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated. Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town's founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep--an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley. Part historical novel, part supernatural page-turner, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Swansong of Wilbur McCrum
    Author: Kita, Bronia
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780330465090 Date: 2011
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    Wilbur McCrum has always been a drifter. Abandoned by his parents, one after the other, and subsequently passed from pillar to post, he was still a young lad when he first took to the road, and somehow he's never settled anywhere since. When he meets Ida May, however, that looks set to change: finally, Wilbur's dream of making a home, a family, and a future for himself, looks set to become reality. But fate's a funny old thing, and Wilbur never has had much luck . . . With a hugely likeable narrator, and a narrative that gallops along at the breakneck pace of a runaway steer, I loved the energy of the writing, and the way the world of the Wild West is painted so clearly in swift, deft strokes. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Dragon and the Pearl
    Author: Lin, Jeannie
    $ 6.25 ISBN: 9780373296620 Date: 2011
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    Former Emperor's consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone--until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away.... Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell--yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend.... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • A Man of Parts: A Novel of H. G. Wells
    Author: Lodge, David
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670022984 Date: 2011
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    A riveting novel about the remarkable life-and many loves-of author H. G. Wells. H. G. Wells, author of The Time Machine and War of the Worlds, was one of the twentieth century's most prophetic and creative writers, a man who immersed himself in socialist politics and free love, whose meteoric rise to fame brought him into contact with the most important literary, intellectual, and political figures of his time, but who in later years felt increasingly ignored and disillusioned in his own utopian visions. Novelist and critic David Lodge has taken the compelling true story of Wells's life and transformed it into a witty and deeply moving narrative about a fascinating yet flawed man. Wells had sexual relations with innumerable women in his lifetime, but in 1944, as he finds himself dying, he returns to the memories of a select group of wives and mistresses, including the brilliant young student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West. As he reviews his professional, political, and romantic successes and failures, it is through his memories of these women that he comes to understand himself. Eloquent, sexy, and tender, the novel is an artfully composed portrait of Wells's astonishing life, with vivid glimpses of its turbulent historical background, by one of England's most respected and popular writers. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.25.11
  • You Deserve Nothing
    Author: Maksik, Alexander Kolya
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781609450489 Date: 2011
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    Set in Paris at an international high school catering to the sons and daughters of wealthy, influential families, You Deserve Nothing is a gripping story of power, idealism, and morality. In Maksik's stylish prose, Paris is sensual, dazzling, and dangerously seductive.
    Updated 8.2.11
  • Second Nature
    Author: Mitchard, Jacquelyn
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400067756 Date: 2011
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    New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard's novels, with their riveting stories and unforgettable characters, have won the hearts of millions of readers. Now, from the author of The Deep End of the Ocean and No Time to Wave Goodbye, comes the fierce and moving tale of one woman's fight for her identity and her life when fate holds out a second chance. Sicily Coyne was just thirteen when her father was killed in a school fire that left her face disfigured. Twelve years later, a young surgeon, Eliza Cappadora, offers hope in the form of a revolutionary new surgery that may give Sicily back the grace and function she lost. Raised by a dynamic, tenacious aunt who taught her to lead a normal life, and engaged to a wonderful man who knew her long before the accident, Sicily rejects the offer: She knows who she is, and so do the people who love her. But when a secret surfaces that shatters Sicily's carefully constructed world, she calls off the wedding and agrees to the radical procedure in order to begin a new life. Her beauty restored virtually overnight, Sicily rushes toward life with open arms, seeking new experiences, adventures, and, most of all, love. But she soon discovers that her new face carries with it risks that no one could have imagined. Confronting a moral and medical crisis that quickly becomes a matter of life and death, Sicily is surrounded by experts and loving family, but the choice that will transform her future, for better or worse, is one she must make alone. An intense and moving story of courage, consequence, and possibility, Second Nature showcases the acclaimed storyteller at her very best. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.25.11
  • To Seduce an Angel
    Author: Moore, Kate
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425243695 Date: 2011
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    The youngest of the Jones brothers, Kit, has just been made the Marquess of Daventry--heir to his vengeful grandfather, the Duke of Wenlocke. Kit wants to free his family from the old duke, and he hires the beautiful Emma Portland to tutor his young wards while he makes his plans.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Night Circus
    Author: Morgenstern, Erin
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780385534635 Date: 2011
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    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love--a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.15.11
  • Bear Down, Bear North: Alaskan Stories
    Author: Moustakis, Melinda
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 97808020338934 Date: 2011
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    Updated 9.21.11
  • Tempted
    Author: Naughton, Elisabeth
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781402260469 Date: 2011
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    Demetrius is the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. For Isadora's own protection, he had done all he could to avoid the fragile princess--his soul mate. But Isadora has been kidnapped. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Touch and Go
    Author: Nodine, Thad
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781609530617 Date: 2011
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    To escape an addiction, a young blind man in California steps into a station wagon with his friends and their foster kids to deliver a handmade casket to a dying grandfather in Florida. As they battle their way across the southern half of the nation, this rag-tag American family falls prey to love and lies, greed and violence, crime and Katrina. With a voice reminiscent of John Irving, Nodine produces a classic road-picture novel that is part Travels with Charley, part As I Lay Dying, and part On The Road. Touch and Go is a rich and rangy story about the careful and careless ways we treat each other--and ourselves--in a fast-paced, changing world. Kevin, the novel's blind narrator, is one of the most perceptive figures in recent fiction. And his desire to do no harm is contagious. Through Kevin's rich senses and boundless compassion, Nodine gives us a multicultural portrait of a true America. And he does so with deep affection for everyone along the way.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Scenes from Village Life
    Author: Oz, Amos
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780547483368 Date: 2011
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    A novel in stories by acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Leftovers
    Author: Perrota, Tom
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312358341 Date: 2011
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    What if the Rapture happens, leaving behind a few? Or what if it wasn't the Rapture at all, but something murkier, a burst of mysterious, apparently random disappearances that shattered the world in a single moment, dividing history into Before and After, leaving no one unscathed? The Leftovers is a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection, and loss from the New York Times-bestselling author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Uncertain Journey
    Author: Rouman, James
    $ 20 ISBN: 9781931807890 Date: 2011
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    An international love story with issues of religion and love, looks at Muslim, Greek Orthodox and Christian practices abroad as well as in the USA. The main characters are Eudoxia, a young Greek-American woman and Rejep Etaj, an illegal alien, Albanian, living in Greece and moving to the USA. The book is dedicated to illegal aliens who strive for something better. Condominium ownership issues are woven into the story in interesting ways.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Glass
    Author: Savage, Sam
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781566892735 Date: 2011
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    From the bestselling, awarding-winning author of Firmin--a widow tells her side of the story.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Body of Sin
    Author: Silver, Eve
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780373775927 Date: 2011
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    The national bestselling author of Sins of the Heart is back with another installment in her darkly sexy Otherkin series about forbidden alliances--and inescapable desires.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Cream of Kohlrabi: Stories
    Author: Skloot, Floyd
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781936797103 Date: 2011
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    Floyd Skloot's new book gathers sixteen stories that combine unsentimental comedy and forceful emotion. As in his award-winning poetry and memoirs, Skloot's fiction shows how individual people, families, and communities face the starkest of challenges, including bodily maladies, the most harrowing of which often come with aging. Yet alienating experience can lead to moments of powerful intimacy, as dark times are lit by sudden incursions of love and hope, and a yearning for community summons poignant expression. "This is a brave, luminous, searingly unswerving vision of the life that exists so powerfully in those persistent dreams we have for ourselves, good and bad--those secret passions that seem strong enough to survive us, and that endure all the way out to the end of our lives.... These stories are not only brilliant, they are necessary"--Richard Bausch. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.23.11
  • Bright and Distant Shores
    Author: Smith, Dominic
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781439198865 Date: 2011
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    From the award-winning author of The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and The Beautiful Miscellaneous comes a sweeping historical novel set amid the skyscrapers of 1890s Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific. In the waning years of the nineteenth century there was a hunger for tribal artifacts, spawning collecting voyages from museums and collectors around the globe. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago insurance magnate, sponsors an expedition into the South Seas to commemorate the completion of his company's new skyscraper--the world's tallest building. The ship is to bring back an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but also several natives related by blood. Caught up in this scheme are two orphans--Owen Graves, an itinerant trader from Chicago's South Side who has recently proposed to the girl he must leave behind, and Argus Niu, a mission houseboy in the New Hebrides who longs to be reunited with his sister. At the cusp of the twentieth century, the expedition forces a collision course between the tribal and the civilized, between two young men plagued by their respective and haunting pasts. An epic and ambitious story that brings to mind E. L. Doctorow, with echoes of Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, Bright and Distant Shores is a wondrous achievement by a writer known for creating compelling fiction from the fabric of history. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.3.11
  • Readme
    Author: Stephenson, Neal
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780061977961 Date: 2011
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    The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Neal Stephenson is continually rocking the literary world with his brazen and brilliant fictional creations--whether he's reimagining the past (The Baroque Cycle), inventing the future (Snow Crash), or both (Cryptonomicon). With Reamde, this visionary author whose mind-stretching fiction has been enthusiastically compared to the work of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace--not to mention William Gibson and Michael Crichton--once again blazes new ground with a high-stakes thriller that will enthrall his loyal audience, science and science fiction, and espionage fiction fans equally. The breathtaking tale of a wealthy tech entrepreneur caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game, Reamde is a new high--and a new world--for the remarkable Neal Stephenson. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Bohemian Girl
    Author: Svoboda, Terese
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780803226821 Date: 2011
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    Young Harriet's father sells her as a slave to settle his gambling debt with an eccentric Indian--and her story is just beginning. Part Huck Finn, part True Grit, Harriet's story of her encounter with the dark and brutal history of the American West is a true original. When she escapes the strange mound-building obsession of her Pawnee captor, Harriet sets off on a trek to find her father, only to meet with ever-stranger characters and situations along the way. She befriends a Jewish prairie peddler, escapes with a chanteuse, is imprisoned in a stockade and rescued by a Civil War balloonist, and becomes an accidental shopkeeper and the surrogate mother to an abandoned child, while abetting the escape of runaway slaves. A picaresque in the American vein, Terese Svoboda's new novel is the Bohemian answer to Willa Cather's iconic My Antonia. Lifting the shadows off an entire era of American history in one brave girl's quest to discover who she is, Bohemian Girl gives full play to Svoboda's prodigious talents for finding the dark and the strange in the sunny American story--and the beauty and the hope in its darkest moments. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • We the Animals
    Author: Torres, Justin
    $ 21 ISBN: 9780547576725 Date: 2011
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    An exquisite, blistering debut novel. Three brothers tear their way through childhood-- smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn--he's Puerto Rican, she's white--and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.2.11
  • I Married You for Happiness
    Author: Tuck, Lily
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119919 Date: 2011
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    Throughout Lily Tuck's career, she's been praised by critics for her crisp, lean language and sensuous explorations of exotic locales and complex psychologies. From Siam to Paraguay and beyond, Tuck inspires readers to travel into unfamiliar realms, and her newest novel is no exception. Slender, potent, and utterly engaging, I Married You For Happiness combines marriage, mathematics, and the probability of an afterlife to create Tuck's most affecting and riveting book yet. "His hand is growing cold, still she holds it" is how this novel that tells the story of a marriage begins. The tale unfolds over a single night as Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Still too shocked to grieve, she lets herself remember the defining moments of their long union, beginning with their meeting in Paris. She is an artist, he a highly accomplished mathematician--a collision of two different worlds that merged to form an intricate and passionate love. As we move through select memories--real and imagined--Tuck reveals the most private intimacies, dark secrets, and overwhelming joys that defined Nina and Philip's life together. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Touch
    Author: Wallace, Randall
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781414343662 Date: 2011
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    Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God-given ability called The Touch. But after failing to save his young fiancee, Faith, at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room. Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company developing a surgical tool that will duplicate precisely the movement of a surgeon's hands, reducing or eliminating failed surgical procedures. Lara has pursued the best surgeons in the world to test this surgical tool, and all of them have failed. As Lara pursues Jones's skill for her project, Jones's stubborn resistance cracks, and he begins to open up to her about the wounds that still haunt him. But when Jones discovers the urgency behind Lara's work, he must choose to move beyond his past. As each is forced to surrender secret fears, they are bonded together through the lives of the people Jones serves and by the healing secret that Faith left behind.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Salvage the Bones
    Author: Ward, Jesmyn
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781608195220 Date: 2011
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    A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is revelatory, real, and muscled with poetry.
    Updated 8.30.11
  • American Boy
    Author: Watson, Larry
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781571310781 Date: 2011
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    "We were exposed to these phenomena in order that we might learn something, but of course the lessons we learn are not always those we are taught . . ." So begins Matthew Garth's story of the fall of 1962, when the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling events in Willow Falls, Minnesota. Matthew first sees Louisa Lindahl in Dr. Dunbar's home office, and at the time her bullet wound makes nearly as strong an impression as her unclothed body. Fueled over the following weeks by his feverish longing for this mysterious woman--as well as by a deep desire for the comfort and affluence that appears to surround the Dunbars--Matthew finds himself drawn into a series of confrontations he never expected, the results of which will change his life irrevocably and give lie to his version of the American dream. Immersive, heartbreaking, and richly evocative of time and place, this long-awaited new novel marks the return of a great American storyteller. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.11
  • The Legacy
    Author: Webb, Katherine
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062077301 Date: 2011
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    When they were children, Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, spent their summer holidays at Storton Manor. Now, following the death of their grandmother, they have returned to the grand, imposing house in Wiltshire, England. Unable to stem the tide of childhood memories that arise as she sorts through her grandmother's belongings, Erica thinks back to the summer her cousin Henry vanished mysteriously from the estate, an event that tore their family to pieces. It is time, she believes, to lay the past to rest, bring her sister some peace, and finally solve the mystery of her cousin's disappearance. But sifting through remnants of a bygone time is bringing a secret family history to light--one that stretches back over a century, to a beautiful society heiress in Oklahoma, a haunting, savage land across the ocean. And as past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two shocking acts of betrayal . . . and the heartbreaking legacy they left behind. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.16.11

October

  • The Wandering Falcon
    Author: Ahmad, Jamil
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594488276 Date: 2011
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    Traditions that have lasted for centuries, both brutal and beautiful, create a rigid structure for life in the wild, astonishing place where Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan meet--the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Ahmad has written an unforgettable portrait of a world of custom and compassion, of love and cruelty, of hardship and survival.
    Updated 8.30.11
  • God Bless America
    Author: Almond, Steve
    $ 17.95 ISBN: 9780984592234 Date: 2011
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    Almond is a fine literary provocateur. His stories are without equal in their beautiful, terrible honesty. Stylish and finely wrought, these are tales withthe force of life itself.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Lost Memory of Skin
    Author: Banks, Russell
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061857638 Date: 2011
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    The protagonist of the novel, known only as The Kid, finds himself in a strange state of limbo after being released from prison where he was serving time for a liaison with an underaged girl. Now on probation and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of any place where children could gather, he joins a makeshift encampment made up mostly of other convicted sex offenders. There he meets The Professor who chooses The Kid as the perfect subject for his research. They forge a tentative partnership but will it survive the revelation of The Professor's past secrets?
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Mending: New and Selected Stories
    Author: Bingham, Sallie
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781936747009 Date: 2011
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    Mending collects stories from four books and includes six new ones, representing the best of Bingham's 50-year career.
    Updated 8.18.11
  • Power Ballads
    Author: Boast, Will
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781609380427 Date: 2011
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    Real musicians don't sign autographs, date models, or fly in private jets. They spend their lives in practice rooms and basement clubs or toiling in the obscurity of coffee-shop gigs, casino jobs, and the European festival circuit. The ten linked stories in Power Ballads are devoted to this unheard virtuoso: the working musician.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Night Strangers
    Author: Bohjalian, Christopher A.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307394996 Date: 2011
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    Bohjalian has crafted a genre-defying novel, both a compelling story of a family in trauma and a psychological thriller that is truly frightening. Fans of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride will find similar appeal here.--"Library Journal
    Updated 8.16.11
  • Everything Happens Today
    Author: Browner, Jesse
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781609450519 Date: 2011
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    Jesse Browner's dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes, a seventeen-year-old who attends Manhattan's elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house with his terminally ill mother, distant father and beloved younger sister. In the course of one day everything will happen to Wes: he will lose his virginity to the wrong girl and break his own heart, try to meet a Monday morning deadline for a paper on War and Peace, and prepare an elaborate supper he hopes will reunite his family. Wes struggles through the day deep in thoughts of sex, love, Beatles lyrics, friendship, God and French cuisine-a typical teenager with an atypical mind, a memorable young man who comes to the poignant understanding of how fragile but attainable personal happiness can be. Everything Happens Today is funny, moving, generous and exhilarating. With a classic structure that nods, inevitably, to Mrs. Dalloway and characters worthy of comparison to those created by J.D. Salinger, Everything Happens Today will enchant young adults who see themselves in the story as well as adult readers who will be captured by the deeply sympathetic characters and the acute feel for the way we live now. Most readers will want it never to be over. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.29.11
  • A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind
    Author: Cholson, Christian
    $ 19.95 ISBN: Date: 2011
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    Updated 10.18.11
  • The Kingdom of Childhood
    Author: Coleman, Rebecca
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9780778312789 Date: 2011
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    As a child, hers was a dark fairy tale set against a wonderland of sparkling white snow, with the warm glow of candlelit holy-day lanterns keeping the shadows at bay. Back then, there was innocence. And now, she'll do anything to return.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc
    Author: Cutter, Kimberly
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780547427522 Date: 2011
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    The Maid is a gorgeously written, gritty, sensual novel that captures a new Joan of Arc--the achingly young peasant woman long hidden behind the layers of history and legend.
    Updated 8.23.11
  • Broken Irish
    Author: Delaney, Edward J.
    $ 18.50 ISBN: 9781933527505 Date: 2011
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    A passionate, heartbreaking story of authority and revenge, alcoholism and futile redemption set in south Boston in the late 1990s.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Always a Temptress
    Author: Dreyer, Eileen
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780446542050 Date: 2011
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    Captain Harry Lidge has done his duty. After losing too many good men on the battlefield, he's ready to put his responsibilities behind him and live a life free of care. But first he has one last mission: find out what the most outrageous woman in London, the same woman who betrayed him nearly a decade earlier, is concealing, before her secrets take down the crown. Her heart is the only thing she won't risk . . . Surrounded by ardent admirers and a few loyal friends, Lady Kate Seaton glides through the ton on a confection of couture gowns and bon mots. No one suspects that beneath her lighthearted fa ade Kate hides a sorrow so scandalous she'll do anything to keep it hidden. But only when she trusts Harry with the truth and only when he trusts her with his heart can they stop the villains all too willing to kill Kate to attain their ultimate goal: destroy England. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Forgotten Waltz
    Author: Enright, Anne
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393072556 Date: 2011
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    A haunting story of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.25.11
  • The Marriage Plot
    Author: Eugenides, Jeffrey
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780374203054 Date: 2011
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    It's the early 1980s--the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. But real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.29.11
  • The Lady of the Rivers
    Author: Gregory, Philippa
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9781416563709 Date: 2011
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    Gregory weaves witchcraft, passion, and adventure into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses. A sweeping, powerful story based on history and rich in passion and legend, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother to the White Queen.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Ed King
    Author: Guterson, David
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307271068 Date: 2011
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    When a mild-mannered actuary sleeps with the sexy British au pair who's taking care of his children in Seattle in 1962, he sets in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted and adored, grows up to be Edward Aaron King, a billionaire Internet tycoon and international celebrity-- who unknowingly hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Great Leader
    Author: Harrison, Jim
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119704 Date: 2011
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    Harrison delivers an enthralling, witty and expertly crafted novel following one man's hunt for an elusive cult leader. On the verge of retirement, Detective Sunderson investigates a hedonistic cult near his home. At first, the self-declared Great Leader seems merely a harmless oddball, but Sunderson and his 16-year-old sidekick find him more intelligent and sinister than they realized.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • A Bride Unveiled
    Author: Hunter, Jillian
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451413116 Date: 2011
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    Violet Knowlton is betrothed to the sensible, if tedious, Sir Godfrey Maitland. When Godfrey escorts her to a fencing demonstration, she looks forward to the adventurous diversion, but everything changes when she realizes the swordsman displaying his skill-and dashing good looks- is none other than her childhood friend Kit. Soon the flames of their forbidden past ignite into a passion neither can refuse. Although Violet has been promised to another, Kit remains her first and only love. He vows he will possess her, no matter what stands in his way...
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Nanjing Requiem
    Author: Jin, Ha
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307379764 Date: 2011
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    The award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash returns to his homeland in a searing new novel that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century: the Rape of Nanjing. In 1937, with the Japanese poised to invade Nanjing, Minnie Vautrin--an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women's College--decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. She is painfully mistaken. In the aftermath of the invasion, the school becomes a refugee camp for more than ten thousand homeless women and children, and Vautrin must struggle, day after day, to intercede on behalf of the hapless victims. Even when order and civility are eventually restored, Vautrin remains deeply embattled, and she is haunted by the lives she could not save. With extraordinarily evocative precision, Ha Jin re-creates the terror, the harrowing deprivations, and the menace of unexpected violence that defined life in Nanjing during the occupation. In Minnie Vautrin he has given us an indelible portrait of a woman whose convictions and bravery prove, in the end, to be no match for the maelstrom of history. At once epic and intimate, Nanjing Requiem is historical fiction at its most resonant. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.22.11
  • A Lone Star Christmas
    Author: Johnstone, William W.
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780786028498 Date: 2011
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    Smoke Jensen, Matt Jensen, Falcon, and Duff McAllister join forces for the first time in this exciting and inspiring saga of Christmas on the American frontier.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • When She Woke
    Author: Jordan, Hillary
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781565126299 Date: 2011
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    When She Woke is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future. Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.
    Updated 8.29.11
  • Send Me Work
    Author: Karlin, Katherine
    $ 17.95 ISBN: 978081052205 Date: 2011
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    The stories in Katherine Karlin's debut collection encompass an unusually broad range of experience - refinery workers mourn a colleague's death; a struggling young woman in post-Katrina New Orleans persuades a welder to teach her his trade; an idealistic aerobics instructor decamps for Nicaragua to pick coffee. In each of these stories, Karlin offers rare insight into the place of work in the lives of women, her narrators keenly observant and attuned the humor arising from the gap between life as they imagine it and as it's really lived. But even more remarkable is the fullness with which she renders characters who, once we meet them, make us wonder how they've escaped the notice of other writers.
    Updated 8.23.11
  • Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes
    Author: Kennedy, William
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670022977 Date: 2011
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    When journalist Daniel Quinn meets Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, in 1957, he has no idea that his own affinity for simple, declarative sentences will change his life radically overnight. So begins Kennedy's tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Visible Man
    Author: Klosterman, Chuck
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439184462 Date: 2011
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    Klosterman writes an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient--a man who can render himself invisible. Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on uncertainty, curiosity, and fear, The Visible Man is sure to delight his ever-growing legion of fans.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Comfort and Joy
    Author: Knight, India
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780143119814 Date: 2011
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    If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas... It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up a few last- minute bits and bobs. Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when family means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini . . . and some olives." - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Luminous Airplanes
    Author: Lafarge, Paul
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374194314 Date: 2011
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    Luminous Airplanes has a singular form: the novel, complete in itself, is accompanied by an online immersive text, which continues the story and complements it. Nearly 10 years in the making, La Farge's ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • A Sound Among the Trees
    Author: Meissner, Susan
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 97810307458858 Date: 2011
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    As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn't believe that Susannah's ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 8.18.11
  • Ghost LIghts
    Author: Millet, Lydia
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393081718 Date: 2011
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    A funny and haunting new novel from one of the "most acclaimed novelists of her generation" (Los Angeles Times).
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Damascus
    Author: Mohr, Joshua
    $ 16 ISBN: 9780982684894 Date: 2011
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    An ambitious, uplifting, and vital new work that underlines Joshua Mohr's relevance as a major American voice.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • 1Q84
    Author: Murakami, Haruki
    $ 30 ISBN: 9780307593313 Date: 2011
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    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question." Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's--IQ84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.22.11
  • Parallel Stories
    Author: Nadas, Peter
    $ 40 ISBN: 9780374229764 Date: 2011
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    In the year the Berlin Wall came down, a university student on his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities. This classic police-procedural scene opens an extraordinary novel that traces the fate of myriad Europeans--Hungarians, Jews, Germans, Gypsies--across the treacherous years of the mid-20th century.
    Updated 11.15.11
  • The Cat's Table
    Author: Ondaatje, Michael
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780307700117 Date: 2011
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    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table"--as far from the Captain's Table as can be--with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: one man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to the world of literature. The narrator's elusive, beautiful cousin Emily becomes his confidante, allowing him to see himself "with a distant eye" for the first time, and to feel the first stirring of desire. Another Cat's Table denizen, the shadowy Miss Lasqueti, is perhaps more than what she seems. And very late every night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and his fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. As the narrative moves between the decks and holds of the ship and the boy's adult years, it tells a spellbinding story--by turns poignant and electrifying--about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Barbarian Nurseries
    Author: Tobar, Hector
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780374108991 Date: 2011
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    After the husband and wife that she works for disappear, live-in maid Araceli takes their two boys on a journey through sprawling Los Angeles to locate their grandfather.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Ermine of Czernopol
    Author: von Ressori, Gregor
    $ 17.95 ISBN: 9781590173411 Date: 2011
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    "The city lies somewhere in the godforsaken southeastern part of Europe and is named Czernopol", Gregor von Rezzori writes in the prelude to this major early novel, the first part of a trilogy based on the author's childhood that would grow to include some of his finest work: the scintillating memoir The Snows of Yesteryear and the trickily titled novel Memoirs of an Anti-Semite. In The Ermine of Czernopol, Rezzori summons the disorderly and unpredictable energies of a town where everything in the world is seemingly mixed up together, a multicultural society that existed long before the idea of multiculturalism. The novel, ostensibly centered on the curious tragicomic fate of an Austrian officer of supreme ineffectuality, gathers a host of unlikely characters and their unlikelier stories by way of engaging the reader in a kaleidoscopic experience of a city where nothing is as it appears--a city of discordant voices, of wild ugliness and sometimes heartbreaking disappointment, but in which, for all that, "laughter was everywhere, part of the air we breathed, a crackling tension in the atmosphere, always ready to erupt in showers of sparks or discharge itself in thunderous peals." This first complete English translation of The Ermine of Czernopol makes a masterpiece of postwar literature available to American readers. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Books Burn Badly
    Author: Rivas, Manual
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780099520337 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A masterpiece of unusual beauty by one of Europe's greatest living writers--a brilliant evocation of the Spanish Civil War On August 19, 1936 Hercules the boxer stands on the quayside at Coruna and watches Fascist soldiers piling up books and setting them alight. With this moment a young, carefree group of friends are transformed into a broken generation. Out of this incident during the early months of Spain's tragic civil war, Manuel Rivas weaves a colorful tapestry of stories and unforgettable characters to create a panorama of 20th-century Spanish history--for it is not only the lives of Hercules the boxer and his friends that are tainted by the unending conflict, but also those of a young washerwoman who sees souls in the clouded river water and the stammering son of a judge who uncovers his father's hidden library. As the singed pages fly away on the breeze, their stories live on in the minds of their readers. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.23.11
  • The Luminist
    Author: Rocklin, David
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9780979018879 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    In colonial India at a time of growing friction between the ruling British and the restless Indian populace, a Victorian woman and her young Tamil Indian servant defy convention, class, and heartbreak to investigate what is gained--and lost--by holding life still.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Unexpected Dismounts
    Author: Rue, Nancy
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781434764928 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Allison Chamberlain thought she was doing everything God required of her--but as her journey continues in the second book of The Reluctant Prophet series, she might have to let go of everything she loves to follow the call. Allison is already taking care of five former prostitutes, trying to adopt an orphan, and helping a woman who's been raped. Along the way, she experiences unexpected dismounts, as every Harley owner who risks the ride eventually does. A relative challenges the adoption. An influential businessman blocks her ministry. A beloved friend is seriously injured. A piece of her past adds even more turmoil. As she picks herself up again and again, Allison realizes that some are guilty of terrible wrongs--but everyone must be responsible for righting them.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 8.18.11
  • Cain
    Author: Saramago, Jose
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547419893 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Saramago's Cain is a dramatic retelling of the biblical story of Cain and Abel.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Waking Hours: East Salem
    Author: Wiehl, Lis & Pete Nelson
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9781595549402 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    A high school girl is found dead in the town park. And forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris wants answers. All the suspects are teenagers who were at the party with her the night before--but who woke up the next morning with no memory of what transpired. Even though evidence confirms they were all at the scene of the crime.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Zone One
    Author: Whitehead, Colson
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385528078 Date: 2011
    starPW starKirkus star Booklist star LJ
    In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild-ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern-ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street--aka Zone One--but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety--the "malfunctioning" stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work-ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz's desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. And then things start to go wrong. Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One brilliantly subverts the genre's conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.28.11
  • Letters from an Unknown Woman
    Author: Woodward, Gerard
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781611453126 Date: 2011
    starPW
    World War II military wife Tory Pace discovers the language of carnal desire as she tries to fulfill her marital duty in his darkly funny novel.
    Updated 8.29.11

November

  • The Third Reich
    Author: Bolano, Roberto
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374275624 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Written in 1989 and found among Bolano's papers after his death, The Third Reich is a stunning exploration of memory and violence. This visceral novel shows a world-class writer coming into his own--and exploring for the first time the themes that would define his masterpieces, The Savage Detectives and 2666.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • The Black Hawk
    Author: Bourne, Joanna
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425244531 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ star Booklist
    Someone is stalking agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of rain, the assassin strikes--and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her. The man she once loved. The man she hated. Adrian Hawkhurst.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.4.11
  • A Different Sky
    Author: Chand, Meira
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780099546245 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A dazzling, sweeping novel telling the history of Singapore through the moving stories of three families whose lives become intertwined Singapore--a trading post where different lives jostle and mix. It is 1927, and three young people are starting to question whether this in-between island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions; 10-year-old Howard seethes at the indignities heaped on his fellow Eurasians by the colonial British; Raj, fresh off the boat from India, wants only to work hard and become a successful businessman. As the years pass, and World War II sweeps through the east, with the Japanese occupying Singapore, the three are thrown together in unexpected ways, and tested to breaking point. Richly evocative, this novel paints a scintillating panorama of 30 tumultuous years in Singapore's history through the passions and struggles of characters the reader will find it hard to forget. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Paper Angels
    Author: Coffey, Billy
    $ 18.99 ISBN: 9780446568234 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Andy Sommerville seems no different than others in his rural Virginia community, but what sets him apart is that his best friend is an angel. The author brings Andy's small town to life and reveals a spiritual secret--the presence of angels--that helps a wounded man discover the defining truth of his life, place new hope in community, and trust in the God who sustains him.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Prince of Ravenscar
    Author: Coulter, Catherine
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780399158070 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Nicholas Monroe, widowed Prince of Ravenscar, is feeling pressure from his family to remarry. But the mysterious death of his first wife, Lily, still hangs over his head. Her brother, Richard, believes Nicholas is responsible for her death. When Richard finally confronts Nicholas, long-held secrets threaten to resurface--despite someone's desperate effort to keep them buried.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • A Novel Seduction
    Author: Cready, Gwyn
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781451612646 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A take on literature and modern-day love. When snobbish book critic Ellery Sharpe screws up at Vanity Place magazine, her boss assigns her the ultimate punishment: write an ode to romance novels, a genre she considers the literary equivalent of word search puzzles. To make matters worse, he hires her sexy former party boy ex, Axel Mackenzie, to shoot the photos. Axel really wants the project to succeed. For one, the magazine will double his fee if he convinces strong-willed Ellery to write a story no woman can resist. Besides, getting Ellery to fall for romance novels might be just the push she needs to believe people can change . . . even him. At his sister's advice, Axel gives Ellery a copy of Kiltlander, a much-adored romance whose warrior hero is utterly irresistible. To her dismay, Ellery finds herself secretly falling in love with the story--and with Axel, who's drawing his own lessons from the book's compelling hero. With her carefully crafted image of herself crumbling and her dream job on the line, will Ellery risk it all to make the leap from tight-lipped literati to happily-ever-after heroine? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
    Author: Delillo, Don
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451655841 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The Angel Esmeralda is the first ever collection of short stories, written between 1979 and 2011, from one of the greatest living writers.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Me, You
    Author: De Lucca, Erri
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9781590514795 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    The unnamed narrator of this slim, alluring novel recalls a summer spent at age sixteen on an idyllic Italian island off the coast of Naples in the 1950s, where he spends his days with Nicola, a local fisherman. The narrator falls in love with Caia, who shares with him that she's Jewish, saved by Italian soldiers from the Nazis, who killed the rest of her Yugoslav family. The boy demands answers about the war from the adults around him, but is rebuffed by everyone but Nicola, who tells him of Italy's complicity with the Nazis. His passion for Caia and his ardent patriotism lead him to a flamboyant, cataclysmic act of destruction that brings his tale to an end. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Echoes
    Author: Dockrill, Laura
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780007301294 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A collection of terrifyingly wicked fairytales and poems from the Times Talent to Watch, Laura Dockrill Between the covers of this book lie worlds where all is not as it seems, stories familiar and yet strange, and characters old, made new. Dip inside to discover today's Princess and the Pea, the modern Hansel and Gretel, twenty-first century ghouls, monsters and more. Darkly humorous and bone-shatteringly terrifying, this collection of tales with sketches throughout will reel the reader in, unable to escape its spell.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Time in Between
    Author: Duenas, Maria
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781451616880 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW

    Updated 11.15.11
  • The Prague Cemetery
    Author: Eco, Umberto
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780547577531 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    The Prague Cemetary is the story of a secret agent who weaves plots, conspiracies, intrigues, and attacks, and helps determine the historical and political fate of the Continent.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Animal Sanctuary
    Author: Falkner, Sarah
    $ 20 ISBN: 9781936873098 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Animal Sanctuary is a challenging, readable, powerful, and mysterious novel. Throughout, Sarah Falkner's prose is smart, versatile, and frequently beautiful.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Baby It's Cold Outside
    Author: Fox, Addison
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451235213 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The acclaimed author of Warrior Betrayed pens her first contemporary romance--the first in a new series set in a small Alaskan town where big dreams can come true.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Adam
    Author: Frank, Jacquelyn
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420109863 Date: 2011
    starPW
    In this long-awaited addition to the Nightwalker Series, Frank explores new and surprising facets of her fans' favorite world--the unthinkable idea of an Enforcer Imprinting on a vampire and Jacob's long-lost brother, who mysteriously appears to change the course of the Nightwalkers' destiny.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Printmaker's Daughter
    Author: Govier, Katherine
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062000361 Date: 2011
    starPW
    The legendary printmaker Hokusai is one of Japan's best-known artists--but the story of his daughter Oei comes to life for the first time in this vivid historical novel, combining scholarly detective work and a daring narrative that shines fresh light on issues of authorship, duty, and the tender and inscrutable bond between a father and daughter.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Nothing Can Make Me Do This
    Author: Huddle, David
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781936797110 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    A novel in a short story type sequence that enters the minds of Horace Houseman and his closest relatives through fifty years.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • 11/22/63
    Author: King, Stephen
    $ 35 ISBN: 9781451627282 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    King's heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high-school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • If You GIve a GIrl a Viscount
    Author: Kramer, Kieran
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780312374044 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    From the USA Today-bestselling author of When Harry Met Molly. Handsome by the handful--and undeniably seductive--the Impossible Bachelors can turn heads, turn on the charm, and turn any Cinderella story upside-down.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Pilgrim
    Author: Nissenson, Hugh
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781402209246 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    The Pilgrim is a gripping account of a love-torn Puritan's spiritual struggle for redemption. Charles Wentworth, a heartbroken Puritan, has abandoned his faith after the death of his betrothed. Now he must travel to Plymouth in hopes of being freed of the temptations that torment him, never expecting to encounter again love amid a world of discovery and danger.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802126023 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Marissa is a beautiful, sweet, but slow 11-year-old. Judah, an older girl from the same school, has led Marissa to a secluded basement. Remaining an unaware hostage for days, Marissa grows weak as Judah prepares to sacrifice her to the Indian legend, the Corn Maiden.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Mrs Midnight and Other Stories
    Author: Oliver, Reggie
    $ 50 ISBN: 9781905784394 Date: 2011
    starPW

    Updated 11.4.11
  • Love and Shame and Love
    Author: Orner, Peter
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316129398 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist starKirkus
    Alexander Popper is four years old when his father throws him into Lake Michigan, telling him to sink or swim. The rest of the family also struggles to stay afloat. Covering four decades of Alexander's life, from childhood to romance to unexpected fatherhood, Orner illuminates the intricacies of love and shame that sometimes follows.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
    Author: Preston, Caroline
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061966903 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    From the author of the New York Times Notable Book, Jackie by Josie, comes a spirited, visually lush, and stunning novel, inspired by the art of scrapbooking and told through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, starring an unforgettable heroine and set in the burgeoning bohemian culture of the 1920s.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Here Comes the Nice
    Author: Reed, Jeremy
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781907681127 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Publishers Weekly (09/19/2011): "Pop culture revivals and obsessive style nostalgia are extrapolated to an almost frightening degree in this speed-rush of music, drugs, and time-travel mysticism."
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Next Always
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781455806843 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett's social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was 15.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabakov
    Author: Russell, Paul
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781573447195 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    In his novel based on the extraordinary life of the gay brother of Vladimir Nabokov, Paul Russell re-creates the rich and changing world in which Sergey, his family and friends lived; from wealth and position in pre-revolutionary Russia, to the halls of Cambridge University, and the Parisian salon of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. But it is the honesty and vulnerability of Sergey, our young gay narrator, that hook the reader: his stuttering childhood in the shadow of his brilliant brother, his opium-fueled evenings with his sometime lover Cocteau, his troubled love life on the margins of the Ballets Russes and its legendary cast, and his isolation in war torn Berlin where he will ultimately be arrested, sent to a camp and die in 1945. A meticulously researched novel, in which you will meet an extraordinary cast of characters including Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Magnus Hirschfield (Tante Magnesia), Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Cocteau, and of course the master himself, Vladimir Nabokov, this is ultimately the story of a beautiful and vulnerable homosexual boy growing into an enlightened and courageous man.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Camp Nine
    Author: Schiffer, Vivienne
    $ 29.95 ISBN: 9781557289728 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    "Camp Nine beautifully captures a sense of time and place that resonates with authenticity. It shows an intimate familiarity with the internment camp at Rohwer-how the camp came to be situated in such a remote part of Arkansas, life within the camp, and the feelings of the Japanese Americans held captive there, as well as what life was like in the 1940s for the locals outside. It is a perspective that has never been presented. I love this book and recommend it as a must-read." -Delphine Hirasuna, author of The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942 - 1946
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Tides of War
    Author: Tillyard, Stella
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805094572 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Harriet and James's interwoven stories of love and betrayal propel this sweeping and dramatic novel as it moves between Regency London on the cusp of modernity--a city in love with science, the machine, money--and the shocking violence of war in Spain.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Rain Falls LIke Mercy
    Author: Todd, Jack
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416598510 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star Kirkus star PW
    Set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II, Rain Falls Like Mercy is a gripping depiction of a family and a country touched by the grand violence of war, the senseless violence of crime, and the intimate violence of the heart.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.8.11

December

  • The Artist of Disappearance
    Author: Desai, Anita
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780547577456 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Award-winning novelist Anita Desai explores time and transformation in these three artful novellas
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Delicacy
    Author: Foenkinos, David
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062004369 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Reminiscent of the work of Nick Hornby and Muriel Barbery, Delicacy is a funny, sweet-as-candy story about a young widow who comes to find love with the unlikeliest of people--her clumsy and unassuming coworker.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Portable Son
    Author: Hathcock, Barrett
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780982673485 Date: 2011
    starPW

    Updated 10.18.11
  • An Unexpected Gentleman
    Author: Johnson, Alissa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425244913 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Adelaide Ward has but one goal--to obtain an offer of marriage from the respectable, if unappealing, Baron Maxwell. But it's the devilishly handsome Connor Brice who captures her imagination--and a kiss in broad daylight--in front of a dozen members of the "ton."
    Updated 11.4.11
  • True Shot
    Author: Lamb, Joyce
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425244920 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Special FBI operative Samantha Trudeau's unique psychic abilities help her catch the most elusive criminals. They also put her in the path of a sadistic adversary when she discovers she's actually working for a rogue cell--and into the confidence of a handsome journalist with his own potentially dangerous secrets.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Uninnocent: Stories
    Author: Morrow, Bradford
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781605982656 Date: 2011
    starPW
    The Uninnocent is a masterpiece of empathy and of storytelling. I love this chapel of unholy stories with their charming, monstrous, wholly sympathetic characters. Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Dr Ragab's Universal Language
    Author: Twigger, Robert
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780330427470 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Clever, funny, and thought-provoking, this quirky tale about the power of the mind is both larger than life and beyond belief, it is, like Dr. R himself, impossible to pin down--or, indeed, to put downCharlatan, guru, master of disguise, a simple opportunist or the great pretender-- however one chooses to see him, one fact is certain: Dr. Ragab is a mysterious man. Talked about by everyone in 1920s Cairo, only a few get the chance to make his acquaintance, and fewer still--one person, in fact--get to study his life lessons. Hertwig is that lucky soul--or not so lucky, perhaps, not when he finds himself, at the very end of the second world war, imprisoned in a bunker by a gang of thugs. And yet there is a possible way out. Not in the conventional sense, it's true, but when you're holed up several feet underground, unsure of how long your captors plan to keep you alive, convention isn't necessarily a good thing, as Dr. Ragab would be the first to proclaim--and it's his Universal Language that may just provide Hertwig with the escape route he needs. As unconventional as the eponymous Ragab, this novel takes the reader on a surreal journey from Ealing to Egypt, via Germany. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Queen of America
    Author: Urrea, Luis Alberto
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316154864 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and Saint of Cabora, flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • The Richest Hill on Earth
    Author: Wheeler, RIchard S.
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765328168 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    In this captivating historical novel, Wheeler--winner of the Owen Wister Award and five Spur Awards--turns his storyteller's eye to a pivotal battle of capitalism in the American West, when the Copper Kings of Butte, Montana, wrestled with each other for control of the richest hill on Earth, as well as Montana's fledgling government.
    Updated 11.4.11

 

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