Fiction Stars 2012

January - June

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

 

January...

  • American Dervish
    Author: Akhtar, Ayad
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316183314 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Hope: A Tragedy
    Author: Auslander, Shalom
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594488382 Date: 2011
    starPWstar Kirkus
    The critically acclaimed writer Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts that haunt our every present.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Last Nude
    Author: Avery, Ellis
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594488139 Date: 2012
    starLJ starBooklist
    Inspired by real events in Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Sense of an Ending
    Author: Barnes, Julian
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307957122 Date: 2011
    starPW
    By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Running the Rift
    Author: Benaron, Naomi
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781616200428 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW starKirkus
    Winner of the Bellwether Prize, Running the Rift follows Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Rwandan boy, from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life, a 10-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Smut
    Author: Bennett, Alan
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781250003164 Date: 2011
    starPW
    One of England's finest and most loved writers explores the uncomfortable and tragicomic gap between people's public appearance and their private desires in two tender and surprising stories.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Firelight
    Author: Callihan, Kristen
    $ 5.99 ISBN: 9781455508594 Date: 2012
    starPW
    London, 1881. Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune ...
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Bond Girl
    Author: Duffy, Erin
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780062065896 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    A fastpaced, hilarious odyssey in fourinch heels, Bond Girl is The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street with a touch of Emily Giffen--a novel set in the financial world leading up to the (infamously) tumultuous year of 2008.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • These Dreams of You
    Author: Erickson, Steve
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781609450632 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Zan Nordhoc, a failed novelist turned pirate radio DJ, sits before the television with his small, adopted black daughter, watching the election of his country's first black president. In the nova of this historic moment, Zan, his wife, and their son set out to solve the enigma of the little girl's life.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Love Lifted Me
    Author: Evans, Sara
    $ 19.99 ISBN: 9781595544919 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Jade Benson embraces unexpected motherhood after her husband Max gains custody of his young son. As she and Max work out their newly formed family, an invitation to coach Texas high school football sends them on a journey. Then a stranger reveals a painful secret, and Jade faces her hardest challenge yet.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Norumbega Park
    Author: Giardina, Anthony
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780374278670 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    The critically acclaimed author of White Guys delivers a novel about class and parental dreams, sex and spirituality, the way visions conflict with stubborn reality, and a family's ability to open up, for others, a world they could never fully grasp for themselves.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Home Front
    Author: Hannah, Kristen
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780312577209 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    The blockbuster bestselling author of Night Road and Firefly Lane delivers a masterful novel that explores the sacrifices of one American family and illuminates the true cost of honor, duty, and love, offering an intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic examination of the price of war.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Taft 2012
    Author: Heller, Jason
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781594745508 Date: 2012
    starPW
    He is the perfect presidential candidate. There's just one problem: He is William Howard Taft . . . and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Map and the Territory
    Author: Houellebecq, Michel
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307701558 Date: 2012
    starKirkus star Booklist
    By the most celebrated and controversial French novelist of our time, this Goncourt-winning masterpiece--about art and money, love and friendship and death, fathers and sons--is sure to bring Houellebecq the broad readership in America that he has long enjoyed internationally.
    Updated 1.15.12
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
    Author: Jackson, Joshilyn
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780446582353 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Jackson (Gods in Alabama) delivers a novel that follows a young woman's search for the truth about who her mother really is.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Writer, M.D.
    Author: Kaminsky, Leah (edt)
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780307946867 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    With contributions from such physician-writers as Oliver Sacks, Abraham Verghese, and Pauline Chen, this is a unique and eye-opening collection of fiction and nonfiction on medicine and mortality and everything in between.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Translation of Bones
    Author: Kay, Francesca
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451636819 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Kay's follow-up to her prize-winning An Equal Stillness is at once a profound meditation on the nature of faith and motherhood and a riveting story of passion gone tragically wrong.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Flea Circus: A Brief Bestairy of Grief
    Author: Keifetz, Mandy
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781936970049 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Kirkus
    Pascals Wager and performing fleas. The Haunted Mansion of Long Branch and an old dockside bar. Raceway Park and a pristine 1971 Plymouth Road Runner. A cat named Altamont. These are all that stand between a young mathematician and madness as she attempts to make sense of her lovers suicide. Narrow margins, you say? Not much to place between a slip of a broken-hearted Jersey Girl and the Abyss? Indeed, it is a treacherous twelve seconds on the quarter mile, hilarious and harrowing by turn. Blink and you'll miss it.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Mr G: A Novel About Creation
    Author: Lightman, Alan
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307379993Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    "As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe." So begins Lightman's playful and profound new novel, Mr G, the story of Creation as narrated by God.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • How It All Began
    Author: Lively, Penelope
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670023448 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star LJ
    A vibrant new novel from Man Booker Prize winner Lively--a wry, wise story about the surprising ways lives intersect. When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy
    Author: Livesey, Margot
    $25.99 ISBN: 9780062064226 Date: 2012
    starPW
    An acclaimed author and first-rate storyteller (USA Today) delivers her breakout novel: the captivating tale of a young Scottish orphan who sets out on a journey to escape her oppressive upbringing, and finds independence--and love--on her own terms.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Flame Alphabet
    Author: Marcus, Ben
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307379375 Date: 2012
    starPW starBooklist
    From one of the most innovative and important writers of his generation comes a brilliant, mesmerizing, dark new novel in which the speech of children is killing their parents. Marcus's nightmarish vision is both completely alien and frighteningly familiar.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Perlmann's Silence
    Author: Mercier, Pascal
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780802119575 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A tremendous international success and a huge favorite with booksellers and critics, Pascal Mercier's "Night Train to Lisbon" has been one of the best-selling literary European novels in recent years. Now, in "Perlmann's Silence," the follow up to his triumphant North American debut, Pascal Mercier delivers a deft psychological portrait of a man striving to get his life back on track in the wake of his beloved wife's death. Philipp Perlmann, prominent linguist and speaker at a gathering of renowned international academics in a picturesque seaside town near Genoa, is struggling to maintain his grip on reality. Derailed by grief and no longer confident of his professional standing, writing his keynote address seems like an insurmountable task, and, as the deadline approaches, Perlmann realizes that he will have nothing to present. Terror-stricken, he decides to plagiarize the work of Leskov, a Russian colleague. But when Leskov's imminent arrival is announced and threatens to expose Perlmann as a fraud, Perlmann's mounting desperation leads him to contemplate drastic measures. An exquisite, captivating portrait of a mind slowly unraveling, "Perlmann's Silence" is a brilliant, textured meditation on the complex interplay between language and memory, and the depths of the human psyche. -Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events
    Author: Moffett, Kevin
    $24.99 ISBN: 9780062069214 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A dazzling new story collection from a brilliant, young, award-winning writer, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events explores the intimate experiences of characters caught between aspiration and achievement, uncertainty and illumination, inertia and discovery, the past and the future.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • Heft
    Author: Moore, Liz
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393081503 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kels mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthurs. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlenes unexpected phone call to Arthur a plea for help that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kels own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken's The Giant's House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Odds
    Author: O'Nan, Stewart
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670023165 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino. While they sightsee like tourists during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances--and save their marriage.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Invisible Onesr
    Author: Penney, Stef
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399157714 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW
    Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he's been chosen more for his blood than his investigative skills.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Street Sweeper
    Author: Perlman, Elliot
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9781594488474 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    The worlds surrounding two men, their families, their pasts, their potential futures, swirl in and out of history as the forces of the Holocaust, the American civil rights movement, Chicago unions, and New York City racial politics combine in a thrilling cross-generational literary symphony.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Come In and Cover Me
    Author: Phillips, Gin
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594488443 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    When Ren was only 12 years old, she lost her older brother, Scott, to a car crash. Since then, Scott has been a presence in her life, appearing as a snatch of song or a reflection in the moonlight. Now, 25 years later, her talent for connecting with the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Breaking and Entering
    Author: Pollack, Eileen
    $ 18.95 ISBN: 9781935536123 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Set against the tragic events of the Oklahoma City bombings, Breaking and Entering follows Christian/Jewish couple Louise and Richard Shapiro as they move from California to rural Michigan with their daughter Molly in an attempt to save their marriage. They find their core beliefs about life and love tested as school counselor Louise's students blame Satan for their homosexuality while Richard's new buddies gather arms to defend themselves against enemies at home and abroad. Pollack's America is divided and splintered, yet she writes with hope and humor...Breaking and Entering challenges the stereotypes we hold about our fellow Americans, reminding us of the unexpected bonds that can form across the divide between so-called Red and Blue states. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.14.12
  • A Secret in Her Kiss
    Author: Randol, Anna
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062025807 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Debut author Randol tells the exotic, sultry, and adventurous romance of a fiercely independent heroine determined to live life on her own terms and the handsome soldier who will break the rules he has lived his life by to realize a love he never believed possible.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Lure of Song and Magic
    Author: Rice, Patricia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781402255748 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Workaholic TV producer Dylan Ives believes former singing sensation Syrene Malcolm holds the clue to finding his kidnapped son. A lost child herself, Syrene cares about the missing boy even though Dylan's personality is nothing short of rude. But Syrene refuses to unleash her dangerous siren's voice, even for a man who is impossible to deny.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Heir of Danger
    Author: Rickloff, Alix
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439170380 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A man too dangerous to live . . . After seven years outrunning enemies, friends, and his own soulcrushing memories, Brendan Douglas is risking everything on a desperate mission. He has vowed to thwart the evil mage Maelodor's plans to unlock the past ...
    Updated 1.16.12
  • The Little Russian
    Author: Sherman, Susan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781582437729 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star LJ
    The novel tells the story of Berta Alshonsky, who revels in childhood memories of her time spent with a wealthy family in Moscow--a life filled with salons, balls, and all the trappings of the Upper Class--very different from her current life as a grocer's daughter in the Jewish townlet of Mosny. So when a mysterious and cultured wheat merchant walks into the grocery, Berta's life is forever altered.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Glaciers
    Author: Smith, Alexis M.
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9781935639206 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others. Glaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska. Glaciers unfolds internally, the action shaped by Isabel's sense of history, memory, and place, recalling the work of writers such as Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Virginia Woolf. For Isabel, the fleeting moments of one day can reveal an entire life. While she contemplates loss and the intricate fissures it creates in our lives, she accumulates the stories--the remnants--of those around her and she begins to tell her own story. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Patrick Melrose Novels
    Author: St Aubyn, Edward
    $ 20 ISBN: 9780312429966 Date: 2012
    starPW
    This single volume brings together the first four Patrick Melrose novels by Booker Prize Finalist Aubyn. The collection includes Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope. and Mother's Milk.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • At Last
    Author: St. Aubyn, Edward
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374298890 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A powerful reflection on pain, acceptance, and the treacheries of family, At Last is the stunning culmination of the Melrose books, a work of glittering dark comedy and profound emotional truth.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Winter Palace
    Author: Stachniak, Eva
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780553808124 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    From an award-winning author comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history's boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power--as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Monstress
    Author: Tenorio, Lysley
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780062059567 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Monstress is a collection of heartbreaking, vivid, original stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines by a breathtaking new talent--a winner of a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writer's Award.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Don't Let Me Go
    Author: Trumble, J.H.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780758269270 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, heart-pounding, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang. But when Adam graduates and takes an off-Broadway job in New York at Nate's insistence- that certainty begins to flicker.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The World We Found
    Author: Umrigar, Thrity
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061938344 Date: 2012
    starLJ starBooklist
    The acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven returns with a breathtaking new novel--a skillfully wrought, emotionally resonant story of four women and the indelible friendship they share.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Quality of Mercy
    Author: Unsworth, Barry
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780385534772 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    In this stirring sequel to the Booker Prize-winning Sacred Hunger, a dramatic clash between haves and have-nots plays out against the vivid backdrop of 18th-century England.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • An Available Man
    Author: Wolitzer, Hilma
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345527547 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Best Erotic Romance
    Author: Wright, Kristina
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781573447515 Date: 2012
    starPW
    This inaugural collection of erotic romance features the very best of the genre. In erotic romance, the sexual component is critical to the development of the romantic relationship. Each of these masterfully written tales contains the essence of true romance: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending. What sets Best Erotic Romance apart is the scorching hot sex and the happily-ever-after (or happy-for-now) ending. Award-winning romance writer and editor Kristina Wright and her cast of terrific romance writers have crafted stories that touch the hearts and minds of readers, and linger in the memory for a long, long time.
    Updated 11.8.11

February...

  • The Dressmaker
    Author: Alcott, Kate
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385535588 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young seamstress who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • My Wicked Little Lies
    Author: Alexander, Victoria
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420117066 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A #1New York Times-bestselling author presents a captivating new English Victorian romance in which a daring young woman must choose between her past and future.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Me and You
    Author: Ammaniti, Niccolo
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170903 Date: 2012
    starPW
    From internationally best-selling author Niccolo Ammaniti, comes a funny, tragic, gut-punch of a novel, charting how an unlikely alliance between two outsiders blows open one family's secrets. Lorenzo Cumi is a fourteen-year-old misfit. To quell the anxiety of his concerned, socially conscious parents, he tells them he's been invited on an exclusive ski vacation with the popular kids. On the morning of the trip, Lorenzo demands that his mother drop him off before they arrive at the train station, insisting that his status will be compromised if he shows up accompanied by his mother. Reluctantly, she agrees, and as soon as she is safely out of the vicinity, he turns around and makes his way back to his neighborhood, to put his real plan in motion: for one blessed week, Lorenzo will retreat to a forgotten cellar in his family's apartment building, where he will live in perfect isolation, keeping the adult world at bay. But when his estranged half-sister, Olivia, shows up in the cellar unexpectedly, his idyll is shattered, and the two become locked in a battle of wills--forced to confront the very demons they are each struggling to escape.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • Pure
    Author: Baggott, Julia
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781455503063 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet, she thinks about what is lost--how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Far From Here
    Author: Baart, Nicole
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781439197332 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A story of love and loss, and ultimately starting over, Far From Here explores the dynamics of intimacy and the potentially devastating consequences of the little white lies we tell the ones we love.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • A Scandalous Countess
    Author: Beverley, Jo
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451236043 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Lady May is back. And so is the scandal that sent her tumbling from her position as the toast of London, when her husband, the Earl of Maybury, was killed in a duel. Even a year of mourning hasn't quieted the rumors of her infidelity. Georgia Maybury is determined to regain her position in the beau monde, but a scarred former naval officer threatens her plans.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Accidents of Provence
    Author: Brown, Stacia
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547490809 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    The story of an unmarried tradeswoman in London during the Puritan Revolution(1649-1650) whose passionate love affair leads to a trial for murder.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Night is Mine
    Author: Buchman, M. L.
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402258107 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Buchman delivers the latest novel in the Night Stalkers series.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Before She Dies
    Author: Burton, Mary
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420110210 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Romantic suspense star Burton infuses every sentence with suspense in Before She Dies, her chilling new thriller in which a serial killer obsessed with the occult plays judge, jury, and executioner.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Ragnarok: The End of the Gods
    Author: Byatt, A.S.
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802129925 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    Booker Prize winner Dame Antonia Byatt breathes life into the Ragnorak myth, the st" retells the finale of Norse mythology. A story of the destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves: what more relevant myth could any modern writer choose? Just as Wagner used this dramatic and catastrophic struggle for the climax of his Ring Cycle, so AS Byatt now reinvents it in all its intensity and glory. As the bombs of the Blitz rain down on Britain, one young girl is evacuated to the countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods - a book of ancient Norse myths - and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. War, natural disaster, reckless gods and the recognition of impermanence in the world are just some of the threads that AS Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Firelight
    Author: Callahan, Kristen
    $ 5.99 ISBN: 9781455508594 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    London, 1881. Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Into the Free
    Author: Cantrell, Julie
    $ 12.99 ISBN: 9780781404242 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Young Millie Reynolds must confront the past and overcome her family's long history of destructive choices before finding her own path to freedom.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Stay Awake
    Author: Chaon, Dan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345530370 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW
    Before the critically acclaimed novels Await Your Reply and You Remind Me of Me, Chaon made a name for himself as a renowned writer of dazzling short stories. Now, in Stay Awake, Chaon returns to that form for the first time since his masterly Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman
    Author: Delius, Fredrich Christian
    $ 13 ISBN: 9780374533298 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    In Rome one January afternoon in 1943, a young German woman is on her way to listen to a Bach concert at the Lutheran church. The war is for her little more than a daydream, until she realizes that her husband might never return. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, winner of the prestigious Georg Buchner prize, is a mesmerizing psychological portrait of the human need to safeguard innocence and integrity at any cost--even at the risk of excluding reality. More than just the story of this single woman, it is a compelling and credible description of a typical young German woman during the Nazi era. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Half-Blood Blues
    Author: Edugyan, Esi
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781250012708 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011 Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction Berlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris cafe. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black. Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film's premier, Sid's role in Falk's fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk's incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.16.12
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
    Author: Englander, Nathan
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307958709 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    The author of the sensational national bestseller For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and"The Ministry of Special Cases returns with a commanding new collection of short stories.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Delicacy
    Author: Foenkinos, David
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062004369 Date: 2012
    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 1.14.12
  • Friends LIke Us
    Author: Fox, Lauren
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307268112 Date: 2012
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    From the author of Still Life with Husband comes a heartbreaking, honest, deliriously funny new novel about what happens when the perfect balance of a friendship is upended by love.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Lost Saints of Tennessee
    Author: Franklin-Willis, Amy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802120052 Date: 2012
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    With enormous heart and dazzling agility, Amy Franklin-Willis expertly mines the fault lines in one Southern working-class family. Driven by the soulful voices of forty-two-year-old Ezekiel Cooper and his mother, Lillian, The Lost Saints of Tennessee journeys from the 1940s to 1980s as it follows Zeke's evolution from anointed son, to honorable sibling, to unhinged middle-aged man. After Zeke loses his twin brother in a mysterious drowning and his wife to divorce, only ghosts remain in his hometown of Clayton, Tennessee. Zeke makes the decision to leave town in a final attempt to escape his pain, throwing his two treasured possessions--a copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and his dead brother's ancient dog--into his truck, and heads east. He leaves behind two young daughters and his estranged mother, who reveals her own conflicting view of the Cooper family story in a vulnerable but spirited voice stricken by guilt over old sins and clinging to the hope that her family isn't beyond repair. When Zeke finds refuge with cousins in Virginia horse country, divine acts in the form of severe weather, illness, and a new romance collide, leading Zeke to a crossroads where he must decide the fate of his family. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.8.11
  • Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel
    Author: Grace, Samantha
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402258312 Date: 2012
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    An exciting debut in a series that introduces the first of four debonair Regency bachelors who have it all: wealth, influence, and women swooning at their feet.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • These Days Are Ours
    Author: Haimoff, Michelle
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9781455500291 Date: 2012
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    Six months after September 11th, New Yorkers are instructed to get on with their lives despite the terror advisories, streets filled with 9/11 merchandise, and mail that may contain Anthrax. But for Hailey, still jobless after college and living in her family's Fifth Avenue penthouse, getting on with life means getting closer to Michael Brenner, the Princeton graduate and future human rights lawyer who seems to have it all. The city feels as if it's on the brink of apocalypse, and seeking out any sort of future seems pointless. So Hailey and her friends - Katie, already working at Morgan Stanley; Randy, a trust-fund kid who wears sweaters with holes in them; and Jess, confident of her future success regardless of her present inertia - stay out all night, dream up get rich quick schemes and aspire to greatness while questioning how much that greatness really matters. But when Hailey meets Adrian, a transplanted Pennsylvanian and recent Brown graduate who doesn't belong to Hailey's privileged mileu, she begins to realize that her view of the world might not be the only one there is, and soon she is questioning everything she thought she knew. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Girlchild
    Author: Hassman, Tupelo
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780374162573 Date: 2012
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    In this heart-stopping, original debut, Hassman tells the story of young Rory Hendrix, who is determined to get out of the Reno trailer park where she lives with her bartender mother and prove she's not the feeble-minded imbecile she's been labeled.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Contents May Have Shifted
    Author: Houston, Pam
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393082654 Date: 2012
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    Heart-stopping prose and crackling observations on a spiritual journey toward a life rich in love and freedom.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Snow Child
    Author: Ivey, Eowyn
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316175678 Date: 2012
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    Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead--and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall
    Updated 1.14.12
  • A Lady Never Surrenders
    Author: Jeffries, Sabrina
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781451642452 Date: 2012
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    When the youngest Sharpe sister hatches a plan to gain marriage offers, the straight-laced Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter knows he'll do whatever it takes to ruin her scheme. 
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Five Bells
    Author: Jones, Gail
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781250003737 Date: 2012
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    Told over the course of a single Saturday in Sydney, Five Bells, by the author of Black Mirror, describes four lives that come to share not only a place and time, but also mysterious patterns and ambiguous symbols, including a barely glimpsed fifth figure, a young child.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Sweet Stuff
    Author: Kauffman, Donna
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758266361 Date: 2012
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    In the second novel of her irresistibly delicious Cupcake Club series, USA Today-bestselling author Kauffman combines the delights of baking, cupcakes, and falling in love.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Lord of Illusion
    Author: Kennedy, Kathryne
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781402236549 Date: 2012
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    Rebel Drystan Hawkes dreams of freeing England and discovers the key to opening the door to Elfhame lies with Camille, a young slave woman. Drystan sets off to rescue her and find the key that will send the dreaded elf lords away forever. But who is rescuing whom?
    Updated 1.16.12
  • I've Got Your Number
    Author: Kinsella, Sophie
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385342063 Date: 2012
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    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, but in one afternoon her "happily ever after" begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Rainshadow Road
    Author: Kleypas, Lisa
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780312605889 Date: 2012
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    Lucy Marinn is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fianc Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy's own sister. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend, Sam Nolan to romance Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Drifting House
    Author: Lee, Krys
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670023257 Date: 2012
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    An unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction. Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee's stunning fiction debut, Drifting House, illuminates a people torn between the traumas of their collective past and the indignities and sorrows of their present. In the title story, children escaping famine in North Korea are forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to survive. The tales set in America reveal the immigrants' unmoored existence, playing out in cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls. A makeshift family is fractured when a shaman from the old country moves in next door. An abandoned wife enters into a fake marriage in order to find her kidnapped daughter. In the tradition of Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker and Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, Drifting House is an unforgettable work by a gifted new writer.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Tempted Again
    Author: Linz, Cathie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425244548 Date: 2012
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    Marissa Bennett needs to start over, but the last thing she needs is a new man in her life. Enter sexy lawman Connor Doyle--the high school bad boy who took her innocence. She knows she should turn the page on her past, but Connor is irresistible. Has she come all the way home just to get her heart broken again?
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Watergate
    Author: Mallon, Thomas
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307378729 Date: 2012
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    From one of our most esteemed historical novelists comes a remarkable retelling of the Watergate scandal, as seen through a kaleidoscope of its colorful perpetrators and investigators. Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Rust
    Author: Mars, Julie
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781579622268 Date: 2012
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    Updated 1.16.12
  • History of a Pleasure Seeker
    Author: Mason, RIchard
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307599476 Date: 2012
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    An opulent, romantic novel, set at the height of Europe's belle epoque, about a handsome young man in his mid-20s who secures a position as a tutor in the household of one of the most prominent bourgeois families in Amsterdam and his entry into a world of moneyed glamour and dangerous temptations.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Diary of a Mad Fat Girl
    Author: Mcafee, Stephanie
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780451236494 Date: 2012
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    The New York Times-bestselling e-book is now available in an expanded print edition. With a sharp and distinctive voice, McAfee delivers a hilarious and fast-paced tale about Ace Jones and her two best friends--thick as thieves and tough as nails--navigating Southern small-town politics and prejudices, finding love, and standing up for each other all the way.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • What Happened to Hannah
    Author: McComas, Mary Kay
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062084781 Date: 2012
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    As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, twenty years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece. Returning home to bitter memories and devastating secrets, Hannah must overcome her painful past to pave a future with her niece, the last best chance at a family for both of them. She begins to create a new, happier life with her niece and rekindles a relationship with Grady Steadman, one of the few people she's ever called a friend. But she can't forget what she cannot forgive, or lay to rest those ghosts that will not die. Will love and trust--and the truth--give her the strength to stand her ground and fight for what she deserves?
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Secrets of Last Summer
    Author: Neggers, Carla
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778313113 Date: 2012
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    New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author Neggers returns to her contemporary romance roots with a heartwarming tale of riches lost and found on the storied Quabbin Reservoir.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • The Healing
    Author: Odell, Jonathan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385534673 Date: 2012
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    Troubled by his wife's disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague that is sweeping through the plantation in the pre-Civil War South, Master Satterfield purchases a slavewoman known as a healer. But the master gets more than he bargained for when Polly's sharp tongue and troubling predictions cause unrest throughout the plantation.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Man from Primrose Lane
    Author: Renner, James
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374200954 Date: 2012
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    With a deft and singular blend of suspense, literature, and horror, The Man from Primrose Lane boasts as many twists and turns as a roller coaster. It's a spellbinding journey of redemption and a reflection on the roles of fate, destiny, and obsession when it comes to matters of the heart.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Mirage
    Author: Ruff, Matt
    $25.95 ISBN: 9780061976223 Date: 2012
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    From the beloved cult author of Bad Monkeys comes an unprecedented, mind-bending psychological thriller, in which an alternate history of 9/11 uncovers startling and harrowing truths about America and the Middle East.
    Updated 11.21.11
  • Outlaws of Brasada: A Western Duo
    Author: Savage, Les
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432825584 Date: 2012
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    Updated 1.16.12
  • In-Flight Entertainment: Stories
    Author: Simpson, Helen
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307595584 Date: 2012
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    These thirteen stories brilliantly focus on aspects of contemporary living and unerringly capture a generation, a type, a social class, a pattern of behavior. They give us the small detail that reveals large secrets and summons up the inner stresses of our lives.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • By Blood
    Author: Ullman, Ellen
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780374117559 Date: 2012
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    An award-winning writer returns with a major, absorbing, atmospheric novel that takes on the most dramatic and profoundly personal subject matter--San Francisco in the 1970s. With ferocious intelligence and an enthralling, magnetic prose, Ullman weaves a dark and brilliant, intensely personal novel that feels as big and timeless as it is sharp and timely.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Quiet Twin
    Author: Vyleta, Dan
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781608198085 Date: 2012
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    Vienna, 1939. Professor Speckstein's dog has been brutally killed, the latest victim in a string of unsolved murders. Speckstein wants answers-but these are uncharitable times, and one must be careful where one probes ... When an unexpected house call leads Dr. Beer to Speckstein's apartment, he finds himself in the bedroom of Zuzka, the professor's niece. Wide-eyed, flirtatious, and not detectably ill, Zuzka leads the young doctor to her window and opens up a view of their apartment block that Beer has never known. Across the shared courtyard, there is nine-year-old Anneliese, the lonely daughter of an alcoholic. Five windows to the left lives a secretive mime who comes home late at night and keeps something-or someone-precious hidden from view. From the garret drifts the mournful sound of a trumpet player, and a basement door swings closed behind the building's inscrutable janitor. Does one of these enigmatic neighbors have blood on their hands? Dr. Beer, who has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny, reluctantly becomes embroiled in an inquiry that forces him to face the dark realities of Nazi rule. By turns chilling and tender, The Quiet Twin explores a dystopian world of social paranoia, mistrust, and fear-and the danger of staying silent.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Blue Moon Bay
    Author: Wingate, Lisa
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780764208225 Date: 2012
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    Heather Hampton returns to Moses Lake to help sell the family farm but finds herself on an unexpected journey into the area's history, hope, and heart.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 2.16.12

March...

  • Carry the One
    Author: Anshaw, Carol
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451636888 Date: 2012
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    This stunning, breakout achievement has already been hailed by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, for presenting "passion and addiction, guilt and damage, all the beautiful mess of family life." Carry the One will lift readers off their feet and bear them along on its eloquent tide."
    Updated 2.15.12
  • Kingdom Come
    Author: Ballard, J.G.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780871404039 Date: 2012
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    A violent novel filled with insidious twists, "Kingdom Come" follows the exploits of Richard Pearson, a rebellious, unemployed advertising executive, whose father is gunned down by a deranged mental patient in a vast shopping mall outside Heathrow Airport. When the prime suspect is released without charge, Richard's suspicions are aroused.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • City of Bohane
    Author: Barry, Kevin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781555976088 Date: 2012
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    Thirty or so years in the future, the once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there's trouble in the air.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • Schmidt Steps Back
    Author: Begley, Louis
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307700650 Date: 2012
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    At once darkly funny and deeply poignant, Schmidt Steps Back is the most emotionally nuanced installment of the drama that began with the acclaimed About Schmidt.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • The O'Briens
    Author: Behrens, Peter
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307379931 Date: 2012
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    An unforgettable saga of love, loss, and exhilarating change spanning half a century in the lives of a restless family, The O'Briens is the story of a marriage and a family moving through history--from the first flying machines, through two world wars, to the election of JFK--told with epic precision and wondrous imagination.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Birds of a Lesser Paradise
    Author: Bergman, Megan Mayhew
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451643350 Date: 2012
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    From a prizewinning young writer whose stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South comes a heartwarming and hugely appealing debut collection that explores the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Any Day Now
    Author: Bisson, Terry
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590207093 Date: 2012
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    A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the emerging radicalized culture of the 1960s throughout the eastern United States serves as a commentary on the nation as experienced by members of an isolated hippie commune.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Born to Darkness
    Author: Brockmann, Suzanne
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345521279 Date: 2012
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    As the New York Times-bestselling author of the Troubleshooters series, Brockmann has an acclaimed history of taking readers' breath away with her novels of hot passion and high adventure. Now she takes her talent for sexy, action-packed storytelling in a thrilling new direction: forward--into a future, both fantastic and frightening, that only the brilliant Brockmann could envision.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Forgotten Country
    Author: Chung, Catherine
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594488085 Date: 2012
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    On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As time passes, Janie hears more stories, while facts remain unspoken. Her father tells tales about numbers, and in his stories everything works out. In her mother's stories, deer explode in fields, frogs bury their loved ones in the ocean, and girls jump from cliffs and fall like flowers into the sea. Within all these stories are warnings. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family's silence. To do so, she must confront their history, the reason for her parents' sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and ultimately her conflicted feelings toward her sister and her own role in the betrayal behind their estrangement. Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.16.12
  • A Partial History of Lost Causes:
    Author: Dubois, Jennifer
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400069774 Date: 2012
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    In duBois's mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Gods of Gotham
    Author: Faye, Lyndsay
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158377 Date: 2012
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    1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever. Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum. One night while making his rounds, Wilde literally runs into a little slip of a girl-a girl not more than ten years old-dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood. Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can't bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • True Highland Spirit
    Author: Forester, Amanda
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402253072 Date: 2012
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    The acclaimed author of The Highlander's Heart returns to Scotland with this new historical romance.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Another Piece of My Heart
    Author: Green, Jane
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312591823 Date: 2012
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    From the New York Times-bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House comes her most emotional and powerful novel yet: a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family, and the true meaning of motherhood.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Arcadia
    Author: Groff, Lauren
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781401340872 Date: 2012
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    A mesmerizing second novel from the bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia is the lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream--the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.1.12
  • Enchantments
    Author: Harrison, Kathryn
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400063475 Date: 2012
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    From one of America's most admired literary voices comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia's Romanov Empire. Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Harrison's signature crystalline prose, Enchantments is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Angelmaker
    Author: Harkaway, Nick
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307595959 Date: 2012
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    From the author of the international bestseller The Gone-Away World comes a new riveting action spy thriller, blistering gangster noir, and howling absurdist comedy: a propulsively entertaining tale about a mobster's son and a retired secret agent who team up to save the world.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Good Father
    Author: Hawley, Noah
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385535533 Date: 2012
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    First-time author Hawley delivers an intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his 20-year old son. Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Gods Without Men
    Author: Kunzru, Hari
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307957115 Date: 2012
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    Gods Without Men is a branching and multilayered novel by one of the world's most acclaimed young writers that centers on a couple searching for their young son, lost in the brutal, strangely powerful landscape of the Mojave Desert.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.16.12
  • A Rogue by Any Other Name
    Author: MacLean, Sarah
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062068521 Date: 2012
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    A New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author delivers the first installment in her new Fallen Angels series.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Touch of a Rogue
    Author: Marlowe, Mia
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758263544 Date: 2012
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    When Lady Cambourne, surrounded by long-hidden secrets that threaten to consume her, comes to him for his tangible powers of psychic detection, Jacob Preston is tempted by this daring beauty whom he considers to be off limits.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • The Land of Decoration
    Author: McCleen, Grace
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805094947 Date: 2012
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    McCleen's powerful and psychologically complex debut introduces the unforgettable 10-year-old Judith, a young believer who is persecuted at school for her beliefs, but finds solace in a model of the Promised Land that solidifies her blossoming convictions.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Song of Achilles
    Author: Miller, Madeline
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780062060617 Date: 2012
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    A thrilling and unique retelling of the legend of Achilles: a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart--a dazzling feat of the imagination that is sure to be one of the most unusual debuts of the season.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea
    Author: Nash, Sophia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062022325 Date: 2012
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    Nash presents the first book in her clever new Royal Entourage series. A Regency-era version of the film The Hangover, the series follows a royal entourage after a night of unheralded extravagance--and very foggy memories. 
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Mudwoman
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062095626 Date: 2012
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    From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Widow's Story comes a riveting novel that explores the high price of success in the life of one woman--the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution--and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Other Shoe
    Author: Pavelich, Matt
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781582437958 Date: 2012
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    Henry Brusett is the only one who can explain the mysterious death of Calvin Teague. He's the only one who truly knows how the young man came to be bloodied and lifeless on his land in Montana's vast backcountry. But Henry won't say anything. His silence and its ripple across his small community form the heart of Matt Pavelich's engrossing second novel, "The Other Shoe." 
    Henry never wanted much more than a family and his days spent as a sawyer deep in the wilderness. But by middle-age Henry is divorced, disabled, and isolated on a remote plot of land in Montana. After years of self-imposed loneliness, Henry meets Karen, who's half his age and knows nothing but her own willful solitude. Their union is the unlikeliest of bonds, a mix of comfort and guilt for Henry who believes he's too old for Karen. But it's also the spark of his undoing, a decision that leads him toward one of his greatest regrets. 
    As members of Henry and Karen's small town try to both uncover and cover-up the truth surrounding Calvin Teague's untimely death, "The Other Shoe" moves toward the inescapable and shines in the rarity of Pavelich's assured and haunting style.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Perla
    Author: De Robertis, Carolina
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307599599 Date: 2012
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    Set in Buenos Aires, Perla is a coming-of-age story, based on a recent shocking chapter of Argentine history, about a young woman who makes a devastating discovery about her origins with the help of an enigmatic houseguest.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Truth of All Things
    Author: Sheilds,Kieran
    $ 25 ISBN :9780307720276 Date: 2012
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    Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, in the summer of 1892, a grisly new witch hunt is beginning, as the murder of a prostitute in Portland, Maine, kicks off an eerie investigation.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Flatscreen
    Author: Wilson, Adam
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062090331 Date: 2012
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    From a rising indie-lit star comes the gleefully absurd, heartwarming story of a young man's struggle to become a new person in a world where nothing is new.
    Updated 1.16.12

April

  • The Duke's Perfect Wife
    Author: Ashley, Jennifer
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425247105 Date: 2012
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    Having inherited his father's dukedom, Hart Mackenzie must find himself the perfect wife to advance further among Britain's elite. When fate reunites him with his ex-fiance, Lady Eleanor Ramsay, he plans a seduction to win back her heart--and her hand in marriage. 
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Kaltenburg
    Author: Beyer, Marcel
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780151013975 Date: 2012
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    A book about a great man, a giant in the world of science with all-too-human flaws, Kaltenburg is a beautifully detailed novel from a major German writer that brings to life both an individual and a whole world: Ludwig Kaltenburg and his Dresden Institute for research into animal behavior.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Hhhh
    Author: Binet, Laurent
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374169916 Date: 2012
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    Binet's captivating debut novel follows the lives of Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, the Slovak and the Czech responsible for the death of Reinhard Heydrich, Othe Butcher of Prague, O one of the most feared men in Nazi Germany.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Waiting for Sunrise
    Author: Boyd, William
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061876769 Date: 2012
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    Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police accusing him of rape, Lysander is mystified. But a carefully plotted getaway steadily dismantles Lysander's life.
    Updated 3.19.12
  • Lucky Bastard
    Author: Browne, S.G.
    $ 23 ISBN:s Date: 2012
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    A radically funny, satirical novel about Nick Monday, a private detective who is able to steal people's luck--ideal for fans of bestselling authors Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Story of Us
    Author: Caletti, Deb
    $ 16.99 ISBN:9781442423466 Date: 2012
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    A fresh and bittersweet story of love and family from National Book Award finalist Caletti. Cricket's on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend, but she's picked a bad week to sort out her love life.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • A Week to be Wicked
    Author: Dare, Tessa
    $7.99 ISBN: 9780062049872 Date: 2012
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    Dare delivers the delightful second book in her Spindle Cove series featuring two characters who could not be more different. But, as they say, adversity makes strange bedfellows.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Whatever You Love
    Author: Doughty, Louise
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062094667 Date: 2012
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    Bent on revenge after her nine-year old daughter, Betty, has been killed by a hit-and-run driver, Laura finds herself reliving the pain of her affair with Betty's father and his abandonment of them for another woman.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Lion Is in
    Author: Ephron, Delia
    $ 25.995 ISBN: 9780399158483 Date: 2012
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    Three women on the lam from their lives and relationships hit the road, only to have their spirits rescued by unexpected loveNand a retired circus lion. Famed Hollywood screenwriter and novelist Ephron delivers a funny and memorable Thelma & Louise for our time.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Absolution
    Author: Flannery, Patrick
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594488177 Date: 2012
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    In this literary debut, Flanery delivers a devastating and intimate portrait of post-apartheid South Africa, and the perils of taking sides. Centered on the mysterious character of Clare Wald, a controversial writer of great fame, haunted by family mistakes and memories.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Isaac: A Modern Fable
    Author: Goldman, Ivan
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579622299 Date: 2012
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    Updated 4.4.12
  • Blue Asylum
    Author: Hempinstall, Kathy
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547712079 Date: 2012
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    During the Civil War, a plantation owner's wife is arrested by her husband and declared insane for seeking justice for slaves. She is sent to a mental asylum and finds love with a war-haunted Confederate soldier.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Untouched
    Author: Humphreys, Sara
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402258466 Date: 2012
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     Beautiful plus-size model Kerry Smithson appears to have it all, but inside she harbors a crippling secret and avoids all physical contact--until she encounters gorgeous Dante Coltari, an Amoveo shifter. 
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne
    Author: Hunter, Madeline
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780515150469 Date: 2012
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    As reluctant business partners, Florence Fairbourne's defiance and Darius Stainthorpe's demands make it difficult to manage one of London's most eminent auction houses. But their passionate personalities come to terms in an affair that leaves them both senseless--until the devastating truth behind their partnership comes to light.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Aerogrammes: And Other Stories
    Author: Jones, Tania
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307268914 Date: 2012
    starPW
    From the highly acclaimed author of Atlas of Unknowns, a bravura collection of short stories set in locales as varied as London, Sierra Leone, and the American Midwest that captures the yearning and dislocation of young men and women around the world.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Red Book
    Author: Kogan, Deborah Copaken
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781401340827 Date: 2012
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    Before Facebook, there was the Red Book: a report with astonishingly personal updates from Harvard alumni. Kogan's wry and irresistible novel takes entries of five alumni to explore a relationships-altering, score-settling, life-changing weekend that is their 20th reunion.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • The Last Warner Woman
    Author: Miller, Kei
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781566892957 Date: 2012
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    The American debut of a Caribbean literary talent often compared to Orange Prize winner Andrea Levy and Alexander McCall Smith.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy of Art
    Author: Moore, Christopher
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061779749 Date: 2012
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    A new masterpiece from a repeat New York Times bestselling author--a study in contrasts that is at once a thriller, a mystery, and a comedy, set in fin de sicle France and featuring a colorful cast of characters.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Art of Duke Hunting
    Author: Nash, Sophia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062022332 Date: 2012
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    Wickedly clever RITA Award-winning author Nash delivers the second book in the new Royal Entourage series.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Enraptured
    Author: Naughton, Elizabeth
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781402262128 Date: 2012
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    Orpheus may have joined the elite protectors known as Eternal Guardians, but they've never trusted whose side he's really on. And the half-daemon couldn't care less. Orpheus has only one goal: rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way, especially not one sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and then ultimately destroy him. A woman who will dredge up a past he doesn't remember, a love that once condemned him, and a dark and deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Coldest Night
    Author: Olmstead, Robert
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781616200435 Date: 2012
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    Henry Childs is just 17 when he falls into an intense love affair with Mercy, but when her father threatens his life, Henry runs as far as he can and enters combat at the height of the Korean War.
    Updated 3.1.12
  • Strange Flesh
    Author: Olson, Michael
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451627572 Date: 2012
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    Elite hacker and Harvard dropout James Pryce enters a world of sex and games to unravel a young woman's death.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • More Like Her
    Author: Palmer, Liza
    $14.99 ISBN: 9780062007469 Date: 2012
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    When a golden, enviable suburban postcard life is brutally cut short by a perfect husband turned killer, three devastated friends must come to terms with their own secrets and learn to move forward after their dream is exposed as a lie.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Cain at Gettysburg
    Author: Peters, Ralph
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765330475 Date: 2012
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    Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They'll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight. In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Crystal Gardens
    Author: Quick, Amanda
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399159084 Date: 2012
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    Evangeline Ames has rented a country cottage far from the London streets where she was recently attacked and becomes fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens. When her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Empress of the Seven Hills
    Author: Quinn, Kate
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425242025 Date: 2012
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    From the national bestselling author of Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome comes a tale of love, power, and intrigue spanning the wilds of the Empire to the seven hills of Rome.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Cove
    Author: Rash, Ron
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061804199 Date: 2012
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    The award-winning author of Serena captures the wonders of nature, love, and darkness. This atmospheric and exquisitely rendered novel about the fears of a small community is set in Appalachia during World War I.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.19.12
  • The Witness
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780399159121 Date: 2012
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    The daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that follow change her life forever.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Lifeboat
    Author: Rogan, Charlotte
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316185905 Date: 2012
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    The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes. Grace is both a newlywed and a widow, and on trial for her life after a mysterious explosion aboard an ocean liner.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The New Republic
    Author: Shriver, Lionel
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062103321 sDate: 2012
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    The acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That probes the mystery of charisma--what makes certain people so magnetic, and how frustrating it is to feel overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who isn't even there.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Wish You Were Here
    Author: Swift, Graham
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307700124 Date: 2012
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    From the prizewinning author of the acclaimed Last Orders and The Light of Day, a powerfully moving new novel set in present-day England amid the global war on terror that turns the stuff of headlines into heartwrenching personal truth.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.2.12
  • Derby Day
    Author: Taylor, D.J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605983325 Date: 2012
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    Nominated for the Man Booker Prize, an exquisite tale of romance and rivalry, gambling and greed, from one of England s finest writers.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Narcopolis
    Author: Thayil, Jeet
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594203305 Date: 2012
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    A tale of vice and passion set against a backdrop of late 1970s Bombay finds a New Yorker becoming entranced with the underworld culture of an opium den and brothel where he encounters a pipe-making eunuch, a violent businessman, and a Chinese refugee.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Hand Me Down
    Author: Thorne, Melanie
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525952688 Date: 2012
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    A tough, tender, debut novel, in the tradition of Dorothy Allison and Janet Fitch, Hand Me Down is the unforgettable story of a girl who travels between California and Utah in search of her true family, having never been loved best of all. - publisher marketing
    Updated 4.4.12
  • After Annie
    Author: Tucker, Michael
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781590207352 Date: 2012
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    Celebrity Herbie Aaron is bereft by the cancer death of his wife until his natural cantankerous charisma reasserts itself, leading to relationships with a beautiful bartender and a tough-talking golf pro.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Beginner's Goodbye
    Author: Tyler, Anne
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307957276 Date: 2012
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    A wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel about how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances. A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Tyler's humor.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Princess and the Peer
    Author: Warren, Tracy Ann
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451236340 Date: 2012
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    When her betrothal to a king she's never met goes awry, Princess Emma runs to the protection of a former naval captain who believes she's an unemployed governess. It isn't long before she falls hopelessly in love with Dominic Gregory, with whom there can be no future.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Westlake Soul
    Author: Youers, Rio
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781926851556 Date: 2012
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    All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag..." Meet Westlake Soul, a twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he's just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can't move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietus - a nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life - of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger. Can Westlake use his superbrain to recover... to slip his enemy's cold embrace before it's too late? - publisher marketing
    Updated 4.4.12

May

  • In the Kingdom or Men
    Author: Barnes, Kim
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307273390 Date: 2012
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    From the award-winning author of A Country Called Home, a richly imagined new novel about a young woman who leaves the dusty farmland of 1960s Oklahoma to follow her husband to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and finds wealth, glamour, American privilege, and corruption.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Vandal Love
    Author: Bechard, Deni Y.
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781571310910 Date: 2012
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    An astonishing novel of epic ambition follows generations of a unique French-Canadian family across North America and through the 20th century. A family curse--a genetic trick resulting from centuries of hardship--causes the Herve children to be born either giants or runts.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Drowned
    Author: Boham, Therese
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781590515242 Date: 2012
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    Set in the idyllic countryside during a short-lived Swedish summer, this novel creates an atmosphere of foreboding when a single young woman visits her older sister, who is married to a writer as charismatic as he is violent.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • A Dog's Journey
    Author: Cameron, W. Bruce
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765330536 Date: 2012
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    Sequel to the New York Times and USA Today-bestselling A Dog's Purpose this charming story of hope, love, and devotion is about a love that crosses all barriers.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Chemistry of Tears
    Author: Carey, Peter
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780307592712 Date: 2012
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    An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, a secret love story, and the fate of the warming world are all brought to incandescent life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the most admired writers of our time.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Emerald Storm: Ethan Gage
    Author: Dietrich, William
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061989209 Date: 2012
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    In this adventure series, the action races from the slopes of the Alps to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean, with a mysterious and magical Spanish treasure, the fate of England, and the first successful slave revolt in history hanging in the balance.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Canada
    Author: Ford, RIchard
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780061692048 Date: 2012
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    The distinguished modern American master and Pulitzer Prize-winning author returns with this haunting and elemental novel about a young man forced by catastrophic circumstance to reconcile himself to a world that has been rendered unrecognizable.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Wife 22
    Author: Gideon, Melanie
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345527950 Date: 2012
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    For fans of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary and Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself and finding herself again in the middle of her life.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Shelter
    Author: Greenslade, Frances
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781451661101 Date: 2012
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    From an impressive new literary talent, a heartbreaking, lushly imagined novel that explores the deep bond between two very different sisters whose world is shattered when their mother mysteriously abandons them.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Boleto
    Author: Hagy, Alyson
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781555976125 Date: 2012
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    Hagy delivers a masterfully told, exquisitely observed novel about our intimate relationships with animals and money, against the backdrop of a new West that is changing forever.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • MacBeth
    Author: Hartley, A.J. and David Hewson
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781612183015 Date: 2012
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    This is not your parents? Macbeth or the one you read in high-school English class. A dark and bloody tale of a Scottish lord and his beloved wife trying to save their eleventh-century kingdom from its corrupt king, Macbeth: A Novel hurtles toward listeners in gripping contemporary prose, thanks to novelists David Hewson and A. J. Hartley. With the verve of today's fast-paced thrillers, Hewson and Hartley create an electrifying tapestry out of Shakespeare's tale, relaunching two of literature's most powerful characters. Macbeth, a loyal servant to the Scottish crown, has shed blood time and again for his homeland. And yet the country is crumbling around him, torn apart by warring clans and foreign marauders and ruled by a corrupt, self-serving king. Desperate to preserve the kingdom, Macbeth and his wife, Skena, craft an ambitious plan to keep Scotland whole, never intending the tragic spiral of murder, treachery, and personal collapse that ensues.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • In One Person
    Author: Irving, John
    $ 28 ISBN: 978141664126 Date: 2012
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    His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany Irving's new novel is an unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.7.12
  • A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
    Author: Joinson, Suzanne
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781608198115 Date: 2012
    starLJ Like "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a wondrous, richly conceived, irresistible debut novel that sweeps the reader away to a different world.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Uninvited Guests
    Author: Jones, Sadie
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780062116505 Date: 2012
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    Set in an old manor house deep in the English countryside in the early years of the 20th century, this breakout novel tells the story of an unexpectedly dramatic day in the life of an eccentric, rather dysfunctional, and unforgettable family.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Legend of Pradeep Matthew
    Author: Karunatilaka, Shehan
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781555976118 Date: 2012
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    A prizewinner in Sri Lanka and a sensation in India and Britain, this is a nimble and original debut about an aging sportswriter that blends cricket and the history of modern Sri Lanka into a vivid and comedic swirl.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Second Person Singular
    Author: Kashua, Sayed
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802120199 Date: 2012
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    Acclaimed novelist Kashua, the creator of a groundbreaking Israeli sitcom, has been widely praised for his literary eye and deadpan wit. His new novel centers on an ambitious lawyer who tracks down one of his wife's old lovers.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Lola Quartet
    Author: Mandel, Emily St. John
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781609530792 Date: 2012
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    The last thing unemployed Gavin wants to do is return to his hometown in Florida, but he's in no position to refuse when he's offered a job by his sister to foreclose homes. When Gavin returns, he discovers the secret life of his ex-girlfriend and begins to track her down.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Bringing Up the Bodies
    Author: Mantel, Hilary
    $ 30 ISBN: 9780805090031 Date: 2012
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    The sequel to Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times-bestseller Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • I am Forbidden
    Author: Markovits, Anouk
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307984739 Date: 2012
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    Sweeping from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a novel of four Satmar family generations focuses on two independent sisters brought back together by a dangerous secret.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • I Couldn't Love You More
    Author: Medoff, Jillian
    $13.99 ISBN: 9780446584623 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Which child would you save?" A decision no parent can even fathom.


    Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot's stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household . . .


    Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot's long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. How Eliot survives-and what she loses in the process-is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we'll go to save each other, even as we can't save ourselves. - publisher marketing

    Updated 5.10.12
  • So Far Away
    Author: Moore, Meg Mitchell
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780316097697 Date: 2012
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    Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents' ugly divorce, and from vicious cyber-bullying. She discovers a dusty old diary and is inspired to unlock its secrets in an affecting story of mothers and daughters.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Home
    Author: Morrison, Toni
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307594167 Date: 2012
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    An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood--and his home.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Traveler of the Century
    Author: Neuman, Andres
    $ 30 ISBN: 9780374119393 Date: 2012
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    Traveler of the Century is a deeply philosophical novel, chock-full of discussions about philosophy, history, and literature with pillow talk about love and translation. It is a book that looks to the past in order to have us reconsider our present.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Abdication
    Author: Nicholson, Juliet
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451658835 Date: 2012
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     From critically acclaimed historian Juliet Nicolson comes a glorious debut novel set in 1936 London about secrecy, tumultuous love, and a king and his subjects torn between public duty and private desire.
    Updated 5.10.12
  • Rooted in Danger
    Author: Odell, Terry
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432825850 Date: 2012
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    Updated 2.16.12
  • Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain
    Author: Perillo, Lucia
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393083538 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A stunning debut from an award-winning poet.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • My First Suicide
    Author: Pilch, Jerzy
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781934824405 Date: 2012
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    Neither strictly a collection of stories nor a novel, the ten pieces that comprise My First Suicide straddle the line between intimate revelation and drunken confession. These stories reveal a nostalgic and poetic Pilch, one who can pen a characters lyrical ode to the fate of his fathers perfect chess table in one story, examine a teachers desperate and dangerous infatuation with a student in the next, and then, always true to his obsessions, tell a remarkably touching story that begins by describing his narrators excitement at the possibility of a three-way with the seductive soccer-fan, Anka Chow Chow. The stories of My First Suicide combine irony and humor, anecdote and gossip, love and desire with an irresistibly readable style that is vintage Pilch.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Melt Into You
    Author: Plumley, Lisa
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420122114 Date: 2012
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    A sexy chocolatier and his under-appreciated assistant discover they can't have too much of a good thing in USA Today-bestselling author Plumley's delectable new contemporary romance. 
    Updated 4.4.12
  • No Longer a Gentleman
    Author: Putney, Mary Jo
    $ 7.99 ISBN:9781420117233 Date: 2012
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    An award-winning New York Times-bestselling author continues the exploits of the emotional heroes who fill this fourth book of her highly acclaimed, Regency historical series, The Lost Lords.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Calling Invisible Women
    Author: Ray, Jeanne
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307395054 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    A delightful, funny, commercial novel that packs a clever punch, from the author of the New York Times-bestselling Julie and Romeo about a mother who suddenly turns invisible.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Manual of Painting and Calligraphy
    Author: Saramago, Jose
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780547640228 Date: 2012
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    n early example of Saramago's mastery, this novel takes us into the last days of Salazar's dictatorship when a second-rate artist is commissioned by a wealthy client to paint a portrait and the political and intellectual struggles that ensue.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World
    Author: Saylor, Steven
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312359843 Date: 2012
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    The year is 92 B.C. Traveling the world for the first time, Gordianus discovers that amorous exploration goes hand-in-hand with crime-solving. The mysteries of love are the true wonders of the world, and at the end of the journey, an Eighth Wonder awaits him in Alexandria.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • You Are Not Like Other Mothers
    Author: Schrobsdorff, Angelika
    $ 18 ISBN: 9781609450755 Date: 2012
    starPW
     Else Krischner, a vigorous and effervescent woman, refuses to be imprisoned by society's rules and mors. A sweeping epic that spans the first half of the 20th century and praised as a German Gone with the Wind will delight and surprise readers.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Tangle of Need
    Author: Singh, Nalini
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780425247563 Date: 2012
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    Adria, wolf changeling soldier, has made a break with an unpredictable past. But now, he's faced with a devastating, primal love that consumes him as the cataclysmic Psy war looms.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Lower River
    Author: Theroux, Paul
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547746500 Date: 2012
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    A taut, tense, darkly suspenseful novel about a man who flees to Africa after his marriage falls apart, only to be caught up in a precarious situation in a seemingly benign village.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.15.12

June

  • The Cottage at Glass Beach
    Author: Barbieri, Heather
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780062107961 Date: 2012
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    The author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara returns with the enthralling tale of a woman who, in the wake of scandal, flees to a remote island off the coast of Maine to reconnect with her past--and come to terms with the childhood tragedy that still haunts her.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Forever Marriage
    Author: Bauer, Ann
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781590207215 Date: 2012
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    Bauer brings to life the tale of one faithless widow. Carmen wishes Jobe, the husband she never loved, dead--only to fall in love with him after he is gone. As she helps her three children grieve, she discovers, after a tryst with her most recent lover, that her own life may be in danger.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Along Came a Duke: Rhymes with Love
    Author: Boyle, Elizabeth
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062089069 Date: 2012
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    RITA Award winner and New York Times-bestselling author Boyle delivers the first novel in a clever, highly witty new series based on nursery rhyme themes
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home
    Author: Brunt, Carol RIfka
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780679644194 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    In this striking literary debut, Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don't know you've lost someone until you've found them.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Invitation
    Author: Cherian, Anne
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393081602 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A moving story that redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and success among a group of first-generation Indian immigrants.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • We Only Know So Much
    Author: Crane, Elizabeth
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780062099471 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A funny and moving debut novel that follows four generations of a singularly weird American family, all living under one roof, as each member confronts a moment of crisis in a narrative told through a uniquely quirky, charming, and unforgettable voice.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Heading Out to Wonderful
    Author: Goolrick, Robert
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781565129238 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    An attractive and enigmatic stranger recently home from the war in Europe wanders into a small town in Virginia with two suitcases. This much-anticipated follow-up to A Reliable Wife is an exciting, erotically charged, and altogether unforgettable story of love gone terribly wrong.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Queen's Lover
    Author: Gray, Francine du Plessix
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594203374 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star LJ
    Historical fiction of the highest order, The Queen's Lover reveals the untold love affair between Swedish aristocrat Count Axel von Fersen and Marie Antoinette in a fresh vision of the French Revolution and the French royal family.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Red House
    Author: Haddon, Mark
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385535779 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    The set-up of Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: a wealthy doctor invites his estranged sister and her family to join him for a vacation. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, but because of Haddon's extraordinary narrative technique, the stories of these eight people are anything but simple.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The World Without You
    Author: Henkin, Joshua
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780375424366 Date: 2012
    starPW
    From the author of the widely acclaimed Matrimony, a moving new novel about love, loss, and the aftermath of a family tragedy. Over a July 4th weekend in the Berkshires, the Frankels will contend with sibling rivalries, marital feuds, bitterness, and the true meaning of family.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Elsewhere, California
    Author: Johnson, Dana
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781582437842 Date: 2012
    starPW
    We first met Avery in two of the stories featured in Dana Johnson's award-winning collection Break Any Woman Down. As a young girl, she and her family escape the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified existence in suburban West Covina. This average life, filled with school, trips to 7-Eleven to gawk at Tiger Beat magazine, and family outings to Dodger Stadium, is soon interrupted by a past she cannot escape, personified in the guise of her violent cousin Keith. 
    When Keith moves in with her family, he triggers a series of events that will follow Avery throughout her life: to her studies at USC, to her burgeoning career as a painter and artist, and into her relationship with a wealthy Italian who sequesters her in his glass-walled house in the Hollywood Hills. The past will intrude upon Avery's first gallery show, proving her mother's adage: Every goodbye aint gone. The dual-narrative of Elsewhere, California illustrates the complicated history of African Americans across the rolling basin of Los Angeles.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Far Side of the Sky
    Author: Kalla, Daniel
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780765332332 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    November 9, 1938- KristallnachtNthe Nazis unleash a night of terror for Jews all across Germany. Meanwhile, the Japanese Imperial Army rampages through China and tightens on Shanghai, a city that becomes the last haven for thousands of desperate European Jews.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Little Century
    Author: Keesey, Anna
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374192044 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    In the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, Esther Chamber is met by her distant cousin, a laconic cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. But this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a very real range war in story of dispossession, greed, and ecstatic visions of America.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Infinite Tides
    Author: Kiefer, Christian
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781608198108 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Set in depleted, post-recession suburbia, with its endlessly interlocking cul-de-sacs, mega-parking lots and big box stores, this is the story of a star astronaut's return to earth. He finds his wife and daughter gone, but he forges an unlikely friendship with a neighboring Ukrainian immigrant.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • My Fair Concubine
    Author: Lin, Jeannie
    $ 6.25 ISBN: 9780373296941 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Yan Ling tries hard to be servile--it's what's expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle.

    Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit--until he realizes she's the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a "princess." In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman?

    Yet it's hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Long wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own.... - publisher marketing

    Updated 4.4.12
  • Bedding Lord Ned
    Author: MacKenzie, Sally
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420123210 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    A USA Today-bestselling author launches a brand-new series, infused with her trademark humor and sexy style first introduced in her hugely popular Naked Nobility series. 
    Updated 5.15.12
  • A Conspiracy of Friends
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $25 ISBN: 9780307907233 Date: 2012
    starPW
    It's back to Corduroy Mansions--the slightly dilapidated but well-lived-in mansion block in London's hip Pimlico neighborhood--for the third installment in Smith's newest popular series.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Life of an Unknown Man
    Author: Makine, Andrei
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781555976149 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    A deeply moving meditation on memory, history, love, and art by the author of Dreams of My Russian Summers In The Life of an Unknown Man, Andrei Makine explores what truly matters in life through the prism of Russia's past and present. Shutov, a disenchanted writer, revisits St. Petersburg after twenty years of exile in Paris, hoping to recapture his youth. Instead, he meets Volsky, an old man who tells him his extraordinary story: of surviving the siege of Leningrad, the march on Berlin, and Stalin's purges, and of a transcendent love affair. Volsky's life is an inspiration to Shutov -- because for all that he suffered, he knew great happiness. This depth of feeling stands in sharp contrast to the empty lives Shutov encounters in the new Russia, and to his own life, that of just another unknown man . . . publisher marketing
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Agricultural Hall of Fame: Stories
    Author: Milward, Andrew Malan
    $ 20 ISBN: 9781558499485 Date: 2012
    starPW
    These powerful stories limn the complexities and dilemmas of life in Kansas, a state at the center of the center of America, as a billboard in one story announces. Andrew Malan Milward explores the less visible aspects of the Kansas experiencewhere its agrarian past comes into conflict with the harsh present reality of drugs, fundamentalism, and corporatism, relegating its agrarian identity to museums and amusement parks.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Chaperone
    Author: Moriarty, Laura
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594487019 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story
    Author: Moriarty, Liane
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780399159107 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Ellen O'Farrell is a bit unusual. She's a hypnotherapist. She's never met her father. And she can't seem to keep a relationship going. When her new boy Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen is intrigued.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Conquered by a Highlander
    Author: Quinn, Paula
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780446552356 Date: 2012
    starPW
    New York Times-bestselling author Quinn delivers the fourth and final book in her sexy and irresistible Scottish medieval romance series featuring the MacGregor clan. 
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Taken
    Author: Pettersson, Vicki
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780062064646 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW
    The first book in Pettersson's sexy, supernatural noir mystery series features a former P.I.-turned-fallen angel and a beautiful, tough Las Vegas reporter who confront a terror that threatens to wreak murderous havoc in both the mortal and the immortal worlds.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Little Night
    Author: Rice, Luanne
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780670023561 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW
     A riveting story about women and the primal, tangled family ties that bind them together, Little Night marks a milestone--the 30th novel from the author with a talent for creating stories that are "exciting, emotional, terrific"(The New York Times Book Review).
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Watch
    Author: Roy-Bhattacharya, Joydeep
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307955890 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    At a stark outpost in the Kandahar mountain range, a team of American soldiers watches a young Afghan woman approach. She has come to beg for the return of her brother's body. The camp's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil as the men argue about what to do next. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, this significant, eloquent novel recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of war, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, their families, and by one sister - publisher marketing
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Shout Her Lovely Name
    Author: Serber, Natalie
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547634524 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A collection of stories about the complicated and powerful ties between mothers and daughters.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • This Bright River
    Author: Somerville, Patrick
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316129312 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A compelling family drama and a surprising love story about a woman cut off from her career and a newly released convict, this book confirms Patrick Somerville's status as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Dirt
    Author: Vann, David
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062121035 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    From the prize-winning and internationally bestselling author of Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island comes a new novel which is wickedly funny and thoroughly barbaric about difficult family situations.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Dream of the Celt
    Author: Vargas Llosa, Mario
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780374143466 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    In 1916, the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British government for treason. This masterful work, sharply translated by Grossman, tackles a controversial man whose story has long been neglected and pushes at the boundaries of historical novel.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Age of Miracles
    Author: Walker, Karen Thompson
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780812992977 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A haunting and unforgettable coming-of-age debut for fans of speculative fiction set against the backdrop of a world where the earth has slowed, and the days grow longer. Julia is coping with the fissures in her parents' marriage, the hopeful anguish of first love, and the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who is convinced of a government conspiracy.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Beautiful Ruins
    Author: Walters, Jess
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061928123 Date: 2012
    starLJ star Booklist
    The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest and most romantic novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later.
    Updated 5.18.12
  • Unexpected Pleasures
    Author: Wine, Mary
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780758242099 Date: 2012
    starPW
    E-publishing sensation Wine has proven one of historical romance's most talented newcomers. This Tudor-set novel novel of seduction and treachery will have readers titillated when a beautiful widow is forced to tempt secrets from enemies and seduce allegiances from friends.
    Updated 5.15.12

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