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April 2010 batch: Batch closed May 29th

Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos (Hyperion Books)

Description: The Pulitzer Prize–winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a contemporary American classic, a novel that still captures the imagination twenty years after its first publication. And now, in Beautiful María of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos returns to the story, but tells it from the point of view of its beloved heroine, Maria.

She’s the great Cuban beauty, the woman who stole musician Nestor Castillo’s heart and broke it, inspiring him to write the Mambo Kings’ biggest hit, “Beautiful María of My Soul.” Here, in Hijuelos’s dazzling new stand-alone novel, she finally takes the spotlight.

Now in her early sixties and living in Miami with her pediatrician daughter, Teresa, Beautiful María still turns heads. Having left Cuba decades before, she has gone on with her life, but has never forgotten Nestor, and as she thinks back to her days—and nights—in Havana, an entirely new perspective on the Mambo Kings story unfolds. Beautiful María of My Soul is a stunning feat of reimagination, another contemporary classic from an extraordinarily talented writer.

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“I fell instantly in love with the glorious soul of Beautiful María of My Soul. Hijuelos has created and brought to life two beloved characters, a heart-stealing heroine and Havana during an epoch of changing fate.”
—Amy Tan, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God’s Wife

“Beautiful María is the Queen of the Mambo Kings! Oscar Hijuelos brings this magnificent character to life in this lyrical novel.”
—Gay Talese, author of A Writer’s Life

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Amandine by Marlena de Blasi (Ballantine Books)

Description: Marlena de Blasi, the acclaimed author of such delectable memoirs as A Thousand Days in Venice and That Summer in Sicily, now brings her luminous prose to the world of fiction with this remarkable debut novel. Set against the backdrop of Europe as it moves inexorably toward World War II, Amandine follows a young orphan’s journey in search of her heritage.

The story opens in Krakow in 1931, as a baby girl is conceived out of wedlock, the byproduct of a foolish heart and a tragic inheritance. The child’s grandmother, a countess, believes that she is protecting her daughter when she claims that the baby didn’t survive. In truth, however, she deposits the infant at a remote convent in the French countryside, leaving her with a great sum of money and in the care of a young governess named Solange.

Solange takes it upon herself to give the child a distinctive name, Amandine, and the two form a special bond. But even Solange’s unconditional love cannot protect her charge. Mistrusted by both the abbess and the convent girls, the unusually astute and curious Amandine finds her childhood filled with challenges and questions: Who is she? Where does she come from?

Eventually, Solange is forced to choose between the terrors of the convent and those of a global war looming outside its doors. Thus, with a purseful of worthless francs and a sack of provisions, the two flee north toward Solange’s childhood home. But what should have been a two-day journey by train becomes a perilous, years-long odyssey across Occupied France—and deeper into the treacheries of war.

Tracing the flight of Amandine and Solange while peering into the lives of the countess and her daughter, Amandine’s mother, who still mourns and dreams of the child she thinks she lost forever, Marlena de Blasi’s epic novel winds its way toward a dramatic and compelling conclusion, as mother and daughter draw ever nearer. Amandine is a sumptuous tale of identity and survival, persistent hope and unexpected love.

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Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James (Bantam Dell)

Description: Is it possible to love someone too much? Is it possible to love them so much you wish them dead?

Katherine Patterson wishes she could disappear. Instead, she does the next best thing. After the death of her talented younger sister, Katherine leaves her grieving parents to the media's merciless scrutiny and moves to a new city and enrolls in a new school. Wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.

Alice Parrie is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and she is impossible to resist. She takes it upon herself to involve Katherine in an entirely different life of parties and trips. She introduces Katherine to Robbie, her soulful on-again, off-again boyfriend. She becomes as close to Katherine as a sister can be, maybe even closer.

But Alice has secrets darker than anyone can imagine, and Katherine will soon discover the darkest of them all.

For Katherine Patterson, there is no escaping her past - only a descent into a trap far more sinister...and infinitely more seductive.

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Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books)

Description: In this edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, a mysteriously isolated town stands abandoned as a silent watcher waits.

In Wyoming for a medical conference, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles joins a former college classmate, his daughter, and their friends on spur-of-the-moment ski trip. But when their SVU stalls on a snow-choked mountain road, they're stranded with no help in sight. The group seeks refuge in the village of Kingdom Come, where twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals site untouched on tables, cars are parked in garages, yet the town's residents have vanished into thin air ...

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In The Name Of Honor by Richard North Patterson (Henry Holt and Company)

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Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets

The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran—now one of the army's most distinguished generals—became best friends with Jack Gallagher, a fellow West Pointer who was later killed in Vietnam. Now a new generation of soldiers faces combat, and Lt. Brian McCarran, the general's son, has returned from a harrowing tour in Iraq. Traumatized by wartime experiences he will not reveal, Brian depends on his lifelong friendship with Kate Gallagher, Jack's daughter, who is married to Brian's commanding officer in Iraq, Capt. Joe D'Abruzzo. But since coming home, D'Abruzzo also seems changed by the experiences he and Brian shared—he's become secretive and remote.

Tragedy strikes when Brian shoots and kills D'Abruzzo on their army post in Virginia. Brian pleads self-defense, claiming that D'Abruzzo, a black-belt martial artist, came to his quarters, accused him of interfering with his marriage, and attacked him. Kate supports Brian and says that her husband had become violent and abusive. But Brian and Kate have secrets of their own, and now Capt. Paul Terry, one of the army's most accomplished young lawyers, will defend Brian in a high-profile court-martial. Terry's co-counsel is Meg McCarran, Brian's sister, a brilliant and beautiful attorney who insists on leaving her practice in San Francisco to help save her brother. Before the case is over, Terry will become deeply entwined with Meg and the McCarrans—and learn that families, like war, can break the sturdiest of souls.

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Juliet by Anne Fortier (Ballantine Books)

Description: A hugely ambitious historical novel on a scale with The Thirteenth Tale, The Birth of Venus, and The Historian about a woman who discovers she may be descended from the real-life Romeo and Juliet.

Of all the great love stories ever told, hers is perhaps the most famous. To me, she is the key to my family's fate. To you, she is Juliet.

When Julie Jacobs leaves for Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, she never imagines that she'll be thrust into a centuries-old feud, not to mention one of the most legendary romances of all time. However, as she uncovers the story of her ancestor, Giulietta, whose love for a man named Romeo proved ill-fated, Julie finds herself increasingly under threat, and can't help but feel that
the past and present are very much connected. Juliet is a gripping historical novel of great passion and scope from a remarkable debut author.

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Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness by Tilly Bagshawe (HarperCollins)

Description: What happens when the man who has everything loses everything?

And when the man who has nothing realizes he has nothing to lose?

Grace Brookstein is the very young, naïve wife of financial superstar Lenny Brookstein. Lenny is a billionaire many times over with estates around the world, a fleet of yachts, and a life that is the stuff of fantasy. He and Grace live in New York where Lenny is revered as King of the Wall Street social scene. A noted phhilanthropist, he is both liked and respected in the worlds of high finance and high society. When the stock market goes into a terrifying freefall, the Brooksteins glamorous lifestyle of Palm Beach polo tournaments and G5 jets is barely touched.

That is, until the day Lenny goes sailing from their Nantucket beach estate and never comes home. When his abandoned yacht is found far out at sea, the police investigation reveals Brookstein’s death was no accident. The famous investor was involved in some sort of spectacular fraud and was about to be exposed by someone close to him.

But as Lenny’s malfeasance comes to light, Grace learns there was more to his boating “accident” than she originally thought. And suddenly her life may be in danger too. . . .

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The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler (HarperCollins)

Description: Bestselling author Bruce Feiler was a young father when he was diagnosed with cancer. He instantly worried what his daughters' lives would be like without him. "Would they wonder who I was? Would they wonder what I thought? Would they yearn for my approval, my love, my voice?"

Three days later he came up with a stirring idea of how he might give them that voice. He would reach out to six men from all the passages in his life, and ask them to be present in the passages in his daughters' lives. And he would call this group "The Council of Dads."

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Toby and the Secrets of the Tree by Timothy de Fombelle (Candlewick)

Description: The eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning Toby Alone!

Toby’s world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the center of the Tree, moss and lichen have invaded the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby’s best friend, is holding Toby’s beloved Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, and inflicting a life of poverty and fear on the Tree People. But after several years among the Grass People, Toby has returned to fight back. And this time he’s not alone: a resistance is forming. In a much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning Toby Alone, the compelling eco-adventure reaches its gripping conclusion.

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Poison by Sara Poole (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: Before the Tudors, there were the Borgias. More passionate. More dangerous. More deadly. Meet them through the eyes of a “heroine” unlike any you have ever known...

In the simmering hot summer of 1492, a monstrous evil is stirring within the Eternal City of Rome. The brutal murder of an alchemist sets off a desperate race to uncover the plot that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance and plunge Europe back into medieval darkness.

Determined to avenge the killing of her father, Francesca Giordano defies all convention to claim for herself the position of poisoner serving Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, head of the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy. She becomes the confidante of Lucrezia Borgia and the lover of Cesare Borgia.

Navigating a web of treachery and deceit, Francesca pursues her father’s killer from the depths of Rome’s Jewish ghetto to the heights of the Vatican itself. In so doing, she sets the stage for the ultimate confrontation with ancient forces that will seek to use her darkest desires to achieve their own catastrophic ends.

“Poison presents the most unique heroine I have ever seen in a mystery series, (a complex, angst-filled Renaissance Dexter)...the plot is as much a fast-paced thriller as a compelling mystery. A deliciously deadly series debut.” —Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare

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Insatiable by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins)

Description: Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, ould prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s
future, she’s never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .

If she even has one.

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Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank (HarperCollins)

Description: When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation, she never expected to make peace with long-buried truths about herself and her family. The Queen of Tall Pines, her late mother, was a force of nature, but now she is gone, leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place. In the lush South Carolina countryside, old hurts, betrayals, and dark secrets will surface, and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River.

Wonderfully atmospheric, infused with humor and poignancy, rich with the lyrical cadence of the South, and filled with lively characters, Lowcountry Summer is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank, a deeply compelling and touching novel her fans are sure to savor.

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Nostalgia's Thread: Ten Poems on Norman Rockwell Paintings by Randall R. Freisigner (Hol Art Books)

Description: "A classic American subject, rendered here with passion and immediacy." —Patricia Hampl, author, The Florist's Daughter

Accessible and engaging, the poems in Randall R. Freisinger's Nostalgia's Thread are provocative reconsiderations of the American experience as depicted in ten of Norman Rockwell's best known paintings. Arguably the only serious collection of poems inspired by Norman Rockwell's images, they were conceived just prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and written in their wake. These poems remind us that visual art is never static, the beholder's eye never innocent. They bear witness to the fact that each cultural era must inevitably reinterpret its rich artistic inheritance within the context of its current collective experience.

The publication of Nostalgia's Thread coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Norman Rockwell Museum as well as recent critical reappraisals of Rockwell's as an illustrator and artist. These poems, in keeping with the venerable, centuries-old tradition of ekphrasis, give eloquent voice to Rockwell's art, but they refuse to remain fixed within the paintings' frames. Instead, the poems explore alternative narratives, setting aside simplistic readings of the images and opening them up to a more nuanced response.

With unflinching honesty and deep compassion, these poems present a personal and collective past which is both comforting and disturbing, both "nostalgia's thread" and "the barbed wire / of memory."

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The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini (HarperCollins)

Description: The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has set his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtown Washington. It will be a strike heard round the world.

San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California, Madriani is now faced with a new problem in the steely-eyed and alluring Joselyn Cole, a weapons control expert, who believes he has to go public with what he knows if they have any hope of stopping a similar event in the future.

But Madriani has been linked to the murder of a Washington, D.C., political staffer, and authorities believe a shadowy figure called Liquida—a hired assassin known as "the Mexicutioner"—may be responsible. And this man, as the last survivor of the attack in San Diego, might be driven by a bizarre and horrifying star-crossed vendetta, and might now be looking for Madriani himself. What Madriani and Cole begin to fear is that the Old Weatherman and this madman have joined forces and intend to pull the city—and the country—into a vortex of terror before Madriani and Cole can find answers to the enigma that is "the rule of nine."

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An Eagle Named Freedom by Jeff Guidry (HarperCollins)

Description: In the tradition of A Lion Called Christian and Alex and Me comes An Eagle Named Freedom, Jeff Guidry’s remarkable story of how he rehabilitated a severely damaged bald eagle back to health—and how the majestic bird later inspired the author to triumph over cancer. Animal lovers and readers fascinated by the spiritual ties between animals and humans will not soon forget this beautiful, inspiring true tale of an extraordinary friendship.

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Freefall by Joseph Stiglitz (W.W. Norton)

Description: An incisive look at the global economic crisis, our flawed response, and the implications for the world’s future prosperity.

The Great Recession, as it has come to be called, has impacted more people worldwide than any crisis since the Great Depression. Flawed government policy and unscrupulous personal and corporate behavior in the United States created the current financial meltdown, which was exported across the globe with devastating consequences. The crisis has sparked an essential debate about America’s economic missteps, the soundness of this country’s economy, and even the appropriate shape of a capitalist system.

Few are more qualified to comment during this turbulent time than Joseph E. Stiglitz. Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, Stiglitz is “an insanely great economist, in ways you can’t really appreciate unless you’re deep into the field” (Paul Krugman, New York Times). In Freefall, Stiglitz traces the origins of the Great Recession, eschewing easy answers and demolishing the contention that America needs more billion-dollar bailouts and free passes to those “too big to fail,” while also outlining the alternatives and revealing that even now there are choices ahead that can make a difference. The system is broken, and we can only fix it by examining the underlying theories that have led us into this new “bubble capitalism.”

Ranging across a host of topics that bear on the crisis, Stiglitz argues convincingly for a restoration of the balance between government and markets. America as a nation faces huge challenges—in health care, energy, the environment, education, and manufacturing—and Stiglitz penetratingly addresses each in light of the newly emerging global economic order. An ongoing war of ideas over the most effective type of capitalist system, as well as a rebalancing of global economic power, is shaping that order. The battle may finally give the lie to theories of a “rational” market or to the view that America’s global economic dominance is inevitable and unassailable.

For anyone watching with indignation while a reckless Wall Street destroyed homes, educations, and jobs; while the government took half-steps hoping for a “just-enough” recovery; and while bankers fell all over themselves claiming not to have seen what was coming, then sought government bailouts while resisting regulation that would make future crises less likely, Freefall offers a clear accounting of why so many Americans feel disillusioned today and how we can realize a prosperous economy and a moral society for the future.

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Mothers and Other Liars by Amy Bourret (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a scared, runaway nineteen-year-old who found a baby in an Oklahoma rest stop trash can. Overwhelmed by memories of her own abandonment years earlier, she made a split-second decision to put the baby in her car and keep driving.

Over the years, Ruby and her daughter Lark made a home for themselves in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lark has grown into a precocious, animal-loving imp, and Ruby has built a family for them around supportive friends and her boyfriend of three years.

Then, when Ruby reads a magazine article about an infant kidnapped by car-jackers, the lie that she created about Lark's origins is shattered. Ruby never dreamed that she had done anything wrong by rescuing an abandoned infant, but now she is forced to make a decision that will change her life, and Lark’s, forever.

“Underscores not only the strength of the ties that bind mother and daughter but those that connect friends, as well. Amy Bourett’s voice is one of compassion and humor, and I want to hear it again and again.” —Sandra Dallas

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After the Fall by Kylie Ladd (Doubleday Books)

Description: Be one of the first to read and review Kylie Ladd's debut novel, AFTER THE FALL.

In her page-turning fiction debut, neuropsychologist Kylie Ladd delivers a searing portrait of two marriages united and betrayed by friendship.

“I had been married three years when I fell in love,” begins Kate, a firecracker of a woman who thought she’d found the yin to her yang in Cary, her sensible and adoring husband. For their friend Luke—a charismatic copywriter who loves women and attention in equal measure, and preferably together—life has been more than sweet beside Cressida, the dutiful pediatric oncologist who stole his heart. But when a whimsical flirtation between Kate and Luke turns into something far more dangerous, the foursome will be irrevocably intertwined by more than just their shared history.

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BLOOD OATH by Christoper Farnsworth (Putnam Books)

Description: THE ULTIMATE SECRET. THE ULTIMATE AGENT. THE PRESIDENT’S VAMPIRE.

Forget Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer! In this irresistible thriller, Nathaniel Cade is a 160-year-old vampire sworn to protect and serve the President of the United States.

In 1867, two men went missing on a whaling vessel out of Boston Harbor. According to published reports, the ship’s captain found another sailor standing over their corpses, drinking their blood. Tried for murder, the sailor was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, and died in an asylum for the criminally insane.

At least, that’s the cover story. In fact, 19 year old sailor Nathaniel Cade was transformed into a vampire. His life was only spared to defend the United States against other “unnatural” threats. “There are other nations out there, nations that don't have names, or borders, but they exist all the same,” Johnson told him. “And make no mistake - we are at war with them.” Bound in a blood oath by voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, Cade has spent over 140 years in service to the President. He is the ultimate secret agent – battling nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream.

Zach Barrows is an ambitious 26-year-old White House staffer when his career takes an unexpected turn: he’s assigned to be Cade’s new handler and presidential liaison. Before Zach can get over the shock, he and Cade are sent to investigate a cargo shipment filled with the severed limbs of U.S. soldiers. Zach learns that the world is far stranger – and far more dangerous – than he ever imagined. Their mission reveals the truth about the real Dr. Frankenstein, a shadowy conspiracy within the government, and a plot to attack the U.S. with a gruesome biological weapon: an army of undying, unstoppable killers.

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So Happy Together by Maryann McFadden (Hyperion Books)

Description: Everyone needs a dream . . .

Claire Noble gave up on her dreams a long time ago. A single mother and respected history teacher, she has also been caring for her aging parents. But now it’s finally Claire’s turn. She has fallen in love with Rick Saunders, who is offering her both security and the opportunity to travel. Before their fall wedding, she will be leaving for a summer on Cape Cod, where the fabled light has been luring artists for a century; and the chance of a lifetime to study with one of the most noted photographers in the country.

But just as Claire is about to step into her new life, her estranged daughter suddenly shows up with a backpack full of problems. Claire’s father reveals a fifty-year-old secret that threatens to unravel their family. Her mother confides that at seventy-eight years old, she’s still waiting for the love of her life. And a chance encounter with an environmental writer results in an intriguing new relationship, undermining Claire’s certainty that she’s found the man with whom she hopes to spend the rest of her life. In the midst of all this turbulence, Claire begins to question everything she thought she wanted. And surprisingly, so do her mother and her daughter.

Set in the lush, rolling hills of northern New Jersey and the romantic, windswept dunes of Cape Cod, So Happy Together is the story of three generations of women who find their lives, and dreams, suddenly transformed in ways they never could have imagined. But ultimately, it is the heartbreaking and joyful journey of one woman who comes to realize that when you’re a mother, or a daughter, you are never truly free.

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“I can think of no writer I’d rather have sing me songs of the sea, even sad ones, than Maryann McFadden. The characters in So Happy Together will speak to you, and the best ones—Claire, Fanny, Amy, John—all have the ocean in their voices.”
—Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Off Season and Colony

“In So Happy Together, Maryann McFadden deftly weaves a story of three generations of women and the men who orbit around them. With a sure touch, she writes about the mother-daughter bond, the simple pleasures to be found in cooking, the pervasive nature of guilt, and the power of forgiveness. Ultimately she explores the ways that growth is possible at every stage in life, if only we remain open—and how unexpected changes can lead us to places we never imagined.”
—Christina Baker Kline, author of The Way Life Should Be and Bird in Hand

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Sumner Island by Michael Cormier (PublishingWorks, Inc.)

Description: Mitch is an avid historian drawn especially to the story of “America’s Princess,” Maria Boudreau. A trip to Sumner Island for a seance is right up his alley, but something is awry, the magnificent hotel at the island’s center seems to keep changing. Is this a case of heat stroke or something darker? Join Mitch as he travels across time and history chasing the ghost of his true love.

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The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning (HarperCollins)

Description: For generations, the Winslow and Clarke families have been feuding over rights to the mill stream, but Jane Clarke has managed to stay removed from the fray. While she doesn't doubt her father's claims, she also does not harbor ill will towards the Winslows. Yet Jane cannot remain untouched after someone hacks the ears off Mr. Winslow's horse. Everyone in Satucket believes Jane's father is the culprit. Is her father the kind of man who could commit such a horrible act? Suddenly, Jane's long-held placidity is shattered and her trust shaken. Adding to her distress is Phinnie Paine, the suitor her father wishes her to marry. When Jane defies her father and refuses Paine's offer she is sent away to Boston to care for a troublesome aunt.

Arriving in the bustling city awash with Redcoats and rebellious fervor, Jane discovers she cannot escape the conflicts defining her life. Father against daughter, Winslow against Clarke, loyalist against rebel-the battles are complicated by her seemingly unbalanced aunt, the unexpectedly kind British soldiers, the townspeople who taunt them, and her beloved brother, a law clerk working for John Adams, who is fervently channeling his own frustrations into acts of sedition. When Jane witnesses British soldiers kill five colonists on a cold March evening in 1770, she understands she has become engulfed in forces greater than herself, knowledge that forces her to question seeming truths . . . and face the most difficult choices of her life.

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Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Description: A bound galley of TONGUES OF SERPENTS, the next installment of Naomi Novik's bestselling Temeraire series set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war.

In Tongues of Serpents, the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence are back. Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon’s invasion of England, Temeraire and Laurence—stripped of rank and standing—have been transported to the prison colony at New South Wales in distant Australia, where, it is hoped, they cannot further corrupt the British Aerial Corps with their dangerous notions of liberty for dragons. Temeraire and Laurence carry with them three dragon eggs intended to help establish a covert in the colony and destined to be handed over to such second-rate, undesirable officers as have been willing to accept so remote an assignment—including one former acquaintance, Captain Rankin, whose cruelty once cost a dragon its life.

Nor is this the greatest difficulty that confronts the exiled dragon and rider: Instead of leaving behind all the political entanglements and corruptions of the war, Laurence and Temeraire have instead sailed into a hornet’s nest of fresh complications. For the colony at New South Wales has been thrown into turmoil after the overthrow of the military governor, one William Bligh—better known as Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty. Bligh wastes no time in attempting to enlist Temeraire and Laurence to restore him to office, while the upstart masters of the colony are equally determined that the new arrivals should not upset a balance of power precariously tipped in their favor.

Eager to escape this political quagmire, Laurence and Temeraire take on a mission to find a way through the forbidding Blue Mountains and into the interior of Australia. But when one of the dragon eggs is stolen from Temeraire, the surveying expedition becomes a desperate race to recover it in time—a race that leads to a shocking discovery and a dangerous new obstacle in the global war between Britain and Napoleon.

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Dog House by Carol Prisant (Gotham Books)

Description: Dog House wasn't supposed to be a book about love. It was supposed to be a hugely funny account of the dogs in Carol Prisant's life. And not just the dogs, but that first bird she found at Woolworth's, the monkey that fell in love with her husband's leg, the thankless tiny turtle, and the goldfish her pet- challenged mother flushed down the toilet. Somehow though, this straightforward telling got a little blindsided by things like making marriage work and home- owning and children and a profession and her dear, supportive husband, Millard. Which is why the goldfish will just have to wait for the sequel.

This book is still about cold noses, warm bellies, four on the floor, and a snuggler or two. Your basic fur family. It's also about the love of a mother for her son, a wife for her husband, a husband for some dogs, and the love it takes to make a haunted house a home. Your basic family furnisgings. Throw in a lot of antiques, a couple triumphs over adversity, and a more-than-seems-fair share of heartbreaking loss and you have Dog House—the warm, absorbing, and humorous tale of dogs and marriage, love and marriage and life.

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Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration, and Insights from the Painter’s Gardens (Revised Edition) by Elizabeth Murray (Pomegranate)

Description: In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of Monet's Passion, this completely revised edition of Elizabeth Murray’s best-selling book offers new text, new images—as well as new garden plans based on Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny.

Alongside historical photographs and reproductions of Monet's paintings, Murray's text discusses the development and history of Monet's renowned Giverny estate, bringing new insight to Monet's approach to gardening and design. Emphasizing his keen understanding of color balance and his genius for maximizing the effects of light, Murray explores the favorite color combinations and techniques with which Monet experimented in both painting and gardening—each pursuit informing the other.

Murray, a professional gardener, photographer, and artist, spent nine months as a gardener at Giverny in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site, where she returns annually to photograph. In Monet's Passion, over seventy-five of Murray’s photographs chronicle the present-day gardens, and a section titled "Bringing Giverny Home" provides detailed do-it-yourself garden designs, including organic kitchen and container gardens for urban gardeners. Full-color illustrations of the gardens, a list of the plants originally used by Monet, and a plant cultivation section round out this helpful guide to creating year-round beauty in one's own backyard.

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Rule's Bride by Kat Martin (MIRA)

Description: Unrepentant rake Rule Dewar is living the good life when a most surprising event occurs—he falls in love with his wife. After their strategic “marriage of commerce” three years ago, Rule quite forgot about Violet Griffin, the teenage heiress to a Boston manufacturing fortune. He simply spoke his vows, took over her father’s business and returned to England to resume his usual pursuits: high-priced wine, high-stakes gambling and high-born women.

Yet when Violet unexpectedly appears at Rule's London townhouse—he can't resist his sophisticated wife. Violet, however, is not so easily led: she has her own ideas and is seeking an annulment to marry again. But as Rule attempts to win her over, someone else is determined to get rid of him for good.

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The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs (MIRA)

Description: After years of following her Navy officer husband on assignment around the world with their three children, Grace Bennett realizes that she’s left something behind – herself.

Steve Bennett can’t understand the unraveling of his wife’s heart. He wants to set things right, but when a secret from his past is revealed just as he’s sent out to sea, their already-strained relationship is pushed to the edge. Now, with plenty of space to ponder the true distance between them, Grace begins to reinvent herself.

Just as her new self is coming to terms with her family life, the unthinkable happens. A disaster aboard Steve's ship shatters Grace's world and all she can do is gather her children around and wait for news to come, good or bad. A Navy wife's worst nightmare collides with the cold truth that life's biggest chances can slip away while you're looking for guarantees.

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Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer (Ballantine Books)

Description: Beautifully written, powerfully felt, full of both abundant joy and heart-wrenching sorrow, Beachcombers is an extraordinary novel that centers on the bittersweet reunion of three captivating, very different sisters on Nantucket over one gorgeous, exhilarating summer.

Abbie Fox hasn’t seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which she’s jetted around the world and experienced life, if not love. But now Lily, the baby of the family, is sending Abbie urgent emails begging her to return home to Nantucket. Their middle sister, Emma, has taken to her bed, emotionally devastated after the loss of her high-powered stockbroker’s job and a shockingly unexpected break-up with her fiancé. Also, Lily is deeply worried that Marina, the beautiful, enigmatic woman renting their guesthouse, has set her sights on the sisters’ widowed father, Jim. The Fox girls closed ranks years ago after the haunting, untimely death of their mother, but seeing their dad move on with his life forces each of them to take stock.

Over the course of the summer, the sisters’ lives grow as turbulent as the unpredictable currents encircling Nantucket. When Abbie encounters an incredibly appealing married man, she breaks her own rules in the name of love, fearing all the while that she’ll regret it. Meanwhile, type-A Emma learns a new definition of success, and strong-minded Lily must reconcile her dreams with reality. Even Marina, who has come to Nantucket to forget heartbreak and betrayal, faces an astonishing turn of events that will find her torn between fate and freedom. At summer’s end, these unforgettable women will face profound choices—and undergo personal transformations that will surprise even themselves.

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Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell (HarperCollins)

Description: Former CIA agent Emma Cross thought she got out of dangerous work when she took a job with St. Kilda's consulting. A little PI work and troubleshooting is certainly less stressful than Tribal Wars. At least they were until Emma found herself caught in the middle of an international incident. Lucky for her she's got a new partner as menacing and distrustful as the worst enemy she's ever faced-and as deadly.

Until five years ago, Mackenzie Durand led a Special Ops team that was deployed to some of the world's nastiest places. But on the last op, he was the only survivor. After a rumor started circulating that the CIA hung his team out to dry with bad intel, he quit and never looked back.

Thrown together by an organization of bad guys with global ties more dangerous than either realizes, Mac and Emma must put aside their distrust for each other in order to save more than just their own lives.

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Fall Asleep Forgetting by Georgeann Packard (The Permanent Press)

Description: An elegant man, restaurant owner and poet, designs his end-of-life drama to be performed on a beach in early September. He fails to include, however, the intensity of his wife's sexual nature, an unlikely third party, and the forces of human nature that rip through this small
community of misfits living on Long Island's eastern tip.

Whether black or white, gay or straight, young or old, liberal or conservative - all struggle with humor and heart to survive this summer of 2001. Some are plagued by overindulgence in lavish foods or religious zeal or sexual desire. Their lives collide in surprising ways and
each, at some point, is provided an opportunity to act heroically.

These are individuals to be remembered, maybe treasured, or possibly, even forgiven.

In the end, you may want to revisit your own definitions of love, religion,and sexual identity . . . maybe
even consider the way that a death might become a form of group salvation.

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Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann (WaterBrook Press)

Description: Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall knows the dark side of life and has committed himself to eradicating it. When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, knowing the strange event could escalate and destroy the tranquility of his small mountain town. With a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history, Jonah fights for answers—and his fragile sobriety.

But he can’t penetrate every wound or secret—especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness.

From best-selling author Kristen Heitzmann comes a spellbinding tale of severed connections and the consequences of life lived alone.

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Original Sins by Peg Kingman (W.W. Norton)

Description: Why would a runaway Virginia slave—having built a rewarding life in the East Indies as a silk merchant—risk everything by returning to America in 1840, eighteen years after taking her freedom?

Anibaddh Lyngdoh claims that she intends to introduce a new kind of silk to the floundering American silk industry. But her true reason, as her old friend Grace MacDonald Pollocke discovers, is far more personal. Grace, now a Philadelphia portrait painter, undertakes a perilous investigation that leads to the discovery of old sins and crimes, and the commission of new ones. What laws may be broken—what sins and crimes committed—in the service of a higher justice? Deceit, forgery, fraud, perjury . . . even murder?

This novel thrillingly evokes a nineteenth-century America not so different from the present: a time of stunning new technologies and financial collapse, when religious and racial views collided with avowed principles of morality and law.

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On sale Aug 09

Would You by Marthe Jocelyn (Tundra Books)

Description: For ages 9 and up.

A summer night. A Saturday. For Claire, this summer feels fantastic because she’ll be zooming off to college in the fall. For her younger sister, Natalie, it’s an okay time with her friends: summer jobs, then hanging out. Fun mostly, but nothing special.

A summer night. An accident. Life changes in a heartbeat.

In Would You, Marthe Jocelyn tells a haunting story of tragedy and loss, of how one day can shape the next and at the same time emphasize the magnitude of life.

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Cyclist BikeList: The Book for Every Rider by Laura Robinson (Tundra Books)

Description: For ages 9 and up.

Bikes are becoming an ever-more vital part of daily life for people of all ages. Laura Robinson combines fascinating history (the first bike was propelled by the rider’s feet pushing against the ground) with useful and fun information, including tips for the way to dress for safe and efficient biking; what to eat for maximum body efficiency; and how to select and maintain a bike.

The book features riding superstars like Lance Armstrong as well as the kids from Chippewas of Nawash First Nations, whose mountain bike team is coached by Robinson.

Detailed diagrams and charts of different types of bikes, tire treads, and even road signs, along with bios of famous cyclists throughout history make this lively book the perfect resource for both dedicated riders and first-time cyclists.

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Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm (Harper Paperbacks)

Description: Inspired by the author’s family history, HEART OF LIES is an epic tale of intrigue, passion, and adventure, and heralds the debut of a remarkable writer.

Meet Leo Hoffman, a dashing young Hungarian born with a gift for languages. After his dreams for the future are destroyed by WWI, he attempts to use his talent to rebuild his life, only to find himself inadvertently embroiled in an international counterfeiting scheme. When he discovers he’s wanted across the European continent for a host of crimes including murder, he escapes with his lover to Shanghai, taking with him a stolen treasure that will prove to be his salvation or his death warrant. But he soon learns that the gangsters who control the decadent city do not intend to let him outrun his past; and when the Japanese invade, one wrong move costs him everything he holds dear.

“A sweeping saga reminiscent of Jeffrey Archer and Susan Howatch, Heart of Lies is brilliantly researched and beautifully written. I could not put this book down.”
— Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on Legare Street

“Heart of Lies takes the reader on a thrill ride that spans continents and decades, but at heart it’s an enduring love story.”
— Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been

“A deeply compelling and extraordinary debut novel. It has everything you want: suspense, adventure, and romance across several continents.”
— Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of Return to Sullivans Island

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Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures by J. Torres (Tundra Books)

Description: A graphic novel for ages 8 and up.

Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old, she’s the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab, to top it off, she’s also the niece of an international super-spy; it’s no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan’s Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more “normal” life for their daughter.

Follow Alison Dare on three thrilling tales that take you around the world and back to reveal some of the closely guarded secrets of the dynamic Dare family. First, Alison finds a magic lamp with a genie inside of it – but if you think you know the drill, you only know half the thrill! Then, Alison helps stop her mommy’s arch-enemy the evil Baron Von Baron from stealing a mummy and ruining a family reunion of sorts. Finally, discover how Alison’s mom and dad met, witness how her dad got his superpowers, and find out the senses-shattering “Secret of the Blue Scarab!”

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Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden by J. Torres (Tundra Books)

Description: A graphic novel for ages 8 and up.

Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old, she’s the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab, to top it off, she’s also the niece of an international super-spy; it’s no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan’s Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more “normal” life for their daughter.

But despite all the strict rules at the school, Alison and her best pals – Wendy and Dot – somehow manage to find themselves involved in adventures that rival those of Alison's globetrotting, planet-saving relatives. Whether it’s magic genies, super-powered bank robbers, or a dastardly baron bent on world domination, Alison Dare delivers the best thrills since Indiana Jones and more action than Lara Croft!

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Based Upon Availability by Alix Strauss (Harper Paperbacks)

Description: BASED UPON AVAILABILITY is the story of eight women, each exploring the basic need for human connection while seeking to understand themselves better. They are lonely, strong and driven women who, when pushed to the edge, must fight for their lives as they struggle to become the women they wish to be.

Meet Trish, a gallery owner struggling to deal with the wedding and the dramatic weight loss of her best friend, changes that lead her down a self-destruction path; Robin, a realtor, who, after experiencing a lifetime of abuse by her older sister, is forced to take revenge; Anne, a lonely, single woman who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, searches for normalcy and love; Louise, a drug-addicted rock star, is sent away to dry out by her just as famous publicist; Franny, a Southerner turned wanna-be Manhattanite, is envious of her neighbors’ lives and their nesting habits and becomes unhealthily attached to them; Sheila, a single teacher is driven to punish her boyfriend when he informs her he’s returning to his wife; Ellen, a married, childless woman so desperate to have children insists she’s pregnant.

Morgan, a manager at the swanky Four Seasons in Manhattan—and haunted by the memory of her dead sister—is the thread who weaves these women together. The hotel offers sanctuary to each—for an hour, for several days—and while some find solace, others find only despair.

The novel opens with Morgan on her dead sister’s birthday. Desperate to fill the void of loss and in dire need of connection to something or someone, she gets a “quick fix” by retrieving the room keys of random guests - a habit she’s trying to break - and snoops through their belongings, tries on their clothing, sprays their perfume, even pops their prescriptions pills.

With a keen eye for human connection and the universal longings we all experience, Alix Strauss presents nuanced portraits of these seemingly ordinary women. The result is an utterly original read, a character-driven mix of dark themes and light prose with Strauss’ unique touch. BASED UPON AVAILABILITY examines the walls we put up as we attempt intimacy, while inspecting the ruins when they’re knocked down.

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Fatal Loyalty by Sue Duffy (Kregel Publications)

Description: Andie Ryborg is on the run. Her father's campaign for governor and work against the illegal drug trade has put a target on her head. Hiding out in a quiet bungalow in Miami's exotic Coconut Grove, she hopes to find a normal life removed from the treachery of her father's world. But no matter how far she runs, she can't escape the powerful Francini family.

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Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer (WaterBrook Press)

Description: Looming buildings rise into the sky of a near-future America, shadowing the desperate poverty of the soovie parks, death doctors, and fear bombs. In this world of walled cities, where status matters most, Caitlyn Brown is desperate to remain invisible, wrongly believing that she needs to hide the deformity on her back.

She’s forced to take flight again, forced to rely on the help of Razor, a street-smart illusionist she can’t trust, her only hope to reach friends already tracked by government.

With a twisted bounty hunter in full pursuit, she and Razor begin to learn the unthinkable about her past and the unique gifts of her DNA. It leads Caitlyn to a choice between the two men who love her, and whether to keep her freedom or sacrifice herself to change human destiny.

A lightning-fast chase through an all-too-plausible future, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer is at his best in this terrifying ride into the heart of compelling moral questions about science and society.

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Glimmerglass by Jenna Black (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her mother, an alcoholic, shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with playing the role of her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. Dana is a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds. She has always known that her father is a big-deal Fae, but what she doesn’t realize is that she could be the key to his rise in power. When she arrives in Avalon, Dana finds herself a pawn in the game of magical politics. Avalon is a place where both magic and technology work, and humans and Fae coexist in something resembling peace. How can she change the winds of fate, find a boyfriend, and make new friends when she’s not sure who, if anyone, can be trusted?

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Home, Away by Jeff Gillenkirk (Chin Music Press)

Description: Home, Away is the story of a Major League Baseball player who quits the big leagues in his prime — and gives up a $42 million contract — to care for the son he lost in a custody battle years before. It's a powerful, stirring novel about family, love and the depths of compassion — the flip-side of the absentee or abusive father who disappears on page 3 and is never heard from again.



As actor Mike Farrell describes it, "Inspiring, outrageous, soaring, devastating. Anyone who's ever played baseball or watched it, anyone who's ever been a father or had one, is in for a treat." There are really no books like Home, Away. It's about the conflict between a man's ambition and the love of parenting, against the dramatic backdrop of professional baseball. In this story love wins.

Jeff Gillenkirk is an author and journalist whose articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. His non-fiction book, Bitter Melon: Inside America’s Last Rural All-Chinese Town, won the Commonwealth Club’s Silver Medal award for best California history.

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How to Sell by Clancy Martin (Picador)

Description: Bobby Clark is just sixteen when he drops out of school to follow his big brother, Jim, into the jewelry business. Bobby idolizes Jim and is in awe of Jim’s girlfriend, Lisa, the best saleswoman at the Fort Worth Deluxe Diamond Exchange.

What follows is the story of a young man’s education in two of the oldest human passions, love and money. Skilled at the art of persuasion, Bobby is drawn to Lisa, but also to the myriad scams and frauds of the jewelry trade, where the power to appraise also means the power to bait and switch and cheat like hell. Clancy Martin's gripping debut novel takes us behind the counter, where diamonds and watches aren't the only precious commodity.

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Innocent by Scott Turow (Grand Central Publishing)

Description: The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

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Knit in Comfort by Isabel Sharpe (Avon Books)

Description: Megan Morgan traded the constant mobility of her childhood for a quiet, stable life in Comfort, North Carolina with a handsome husband, lively children and a group of long-time friends who’ve formed a weekly knitting club, Purls Before Wine.

Desperate to escape big-city anonymity and pressure from her marriage-minded boyfriend, a stranger, Elizabeth Detlaff, arrives unexpectedly, certain that Fate has guided her to the Carolina mountains. She seems to think that in sleepy, unremarkable Comfort she’s found paradise.

Soon, Elizabeth has eagerly invaded Megan’s life, living in the apartment over her garage, befriending her mother-in-law and children, fawning over her husband, and joining the Purls. It’s not long before Elizabeth brings to light legends of Megan’s Shetland ancestors, makes inevitable Megan’s return to the Shetland art of lace knitting which Megan had good reason to abandon, and ultimately stumbles over a painful, long-buried secret. Backed into a corner, Megan is forced to examine her choices and ultimately decide what kind of woman she wants to be.

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Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May and Porter Grand Alcott (Del Rey)

Description: A bound galley (advance uncorrected proofs) of LITTLE WOMEN AND WEREWOLVES by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand, a literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel!

LITTLE WOMEN is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott's first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves!

Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. As the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing a werewolf who can disembowel your teacher.

By turns heartwarming and blood-curdling, this rejuvenated classic will be cherished and treasured by those who love a lesson in virtue almost as much as they enjoy a good old-fashioned dismemberment.

Includes the original letter from Alcott's editor, telling her not to even think about it!

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Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden (Picador)

Description: It is the height of summer, and celebrated actor Molly Fox has loaned her house in Dublin to a friend while she is away performing in New York. Alone among all of Molly's possessions, struggling to finish her latest play, she looks back on the many years and many phases of her friendship with Molly and their college friend Andrew, and comes to wonder whether they really knew each other at all. She revisits the intense closeness of their early days, the transformations they each made in the name of success and security, the lies they told each other, and betrayals they never acknowledged. Set over a single midsummer's day, Molly Fox's Birthday is a mischievous, insightful novel about a turning point—a moment when past and future suddenly appear in a new light.

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Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas (Canongate Books)

Description: ‘I was reading about the end of the universe when I got a text message from my friend Libby . . .'

If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg – locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline long-gone for a book that she can't write – this thought fills her with dread. Meg is lost in a labyrinth of her own devising. But could there be an important connection between a wild beast living on Dartmoor, a ship in a bottle, the science of time, a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe and the Cottingley Fairies? Or is her life just one long chain of coincidences? Smart, entrancing and buzzing with big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, and how a story might just save your life.

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Private Life by Jane Smiley (Faber and Faber)

Description: Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He’s the most famous man their Missouri town has ever produced: a naval officer and an astronomer - a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret’s mother calls the match ‘a piece of luck’.

Yet Andrew confounds Margaret’s expectations from the moment their train leaves for his naval base in San Francisco, and soon she realizes that his devotion to science leaves little room for anything, or anyone, else. She stands by him through tragedies both personal and those they share with the nation. But as World War II approaches, Andrew’s obsessions take a darker turn, forcing Margaret to reconsider the life she’d so carefully constructed.

Private Life is a portrait of marriage and the mysteries that endure even in lives lived side by side, a riveting historical panorama, and an unforgettable novel from one of our finest storytellers.

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Rhone by John A Karr (Wild Wolf Publishing)

Description: Mars has a hero that will defy both god and man ...

Rhone is an ex-soldier of mixed blood, more man than demon but with reserves of hellish power. He has led a peaceful life as a fisherman since his soldiering days and is raising his daughter, Enna. Returning home one day, he discovers Enna murdered ... or so he believes.

And so begins Rhone's manipulation by Ducain, a demigod hell-bent on ruling the heavens. After avenging his daughter's death, Rhone grieves and isolates himself in the mountains. Ducain tells him his daughter's soul is locked in purgatory but can be retrieved ... and if Rhone also frees the titan who once defied the king of gods, Enna will live again.

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Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels by Barry Gifford (Seven Stories Press)

Description: On the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Barry Gifford's international bestseller, Wild at Heart, and as well as the anniversary of the Palme d’Or–winning film adaptation by director David Lynch, Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels presents all of the novels and novellas that comprise the saga of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, "the Romeo and Juliet of the South": Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango (also made into a feature film), Sailor’s Holiday, Sultans of Africa, Consuelo’s Kiss, Bad Day for the Leopard Man, and The Imagination of the Heart.

Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular — William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly — to forge the stealth-epic of Sailor & Lula. His accomplishment looks more and more like one of the permanent glories of recent storytelling, a set of crude masterpieces like Philip Guston's late paintings. The compression and verve on view on every page of this compendium is as irresistible and dizzying as a dish of brandy-filled chocolates forged in shapes of pistols, hangmen's ropes, convertible automobiles, and unclad, steamy bodies, daring you to keep gobbling them up. -Jonathan Lethem

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Small Island by Andrea Levy (Picador)

Description: Small Island is an international bestseller. It won the Orange Prize for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, The Whitbread Novel Award, The Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It has now been adapted for the screen as a coproduction of the BBC and Masterpiece/WGBH Boston.

Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer's daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve.

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Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn by Kelly Pulley (Frog Legs Ink)

Description: Miss Lulu McDunn, with her ten unusual features, will not only make you laugh by warm your heart as she teaches a lesson all children should learn, to celebrate the things that make us unique.

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The Doctor & The Diva by Adrienne McDonnell (Penguin)

Description: Lush and stunningly realized, The Doctor & The Diva moves from snowy Boston to the jungles of South America to the gilded balconies of Florence. This magnificent debut is a tale of passionate love affairs, dangerous decisions, and a woman's irreconcilable desires as she is forced to choose between the child she has always longed for and the opera career she cannot live without. Inspired by the author's family history, the novel is sensual, sexy, and heart-stopping in its bittersweet beauty,.

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The Goddess of Fried Okra by Jean Brashear (Bell Bridge Books)

Description: A whimsical, poignant, charming breakout women's fiction novel from well-known, award-winning romance author Jean Brashear. Rave early reviews from multiple sources including authors Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, and Cathy Maxwell. Texas cocktail waitress Pea O'Brien, grieving for her dead sister, sets out on a roadtrip to find her sister's spirit. Using oddball (true-life) historical road markers and a strong sense of fate, Pea travels the backroads of the state and, despite her vow to stay on task, begins picking up stray souls: a pregnant teen girl, a hungry kitten, and a sexy con man on the run from his past. Toss in feuding old ladies who employ Pea at their diner, a mission to learn swordplay and the art of frying okra, and Pea has her hands full. A lovely, funny, sad, unforgettable novel from Texas homegirl Brashear.

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The Good Son by Michael Gruber (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber, a member of "the elite ranks of those who can both chill the blood and challenge the mind" (The Denver Post), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense

Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Sonia, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers' psyches and interpreting their dreams. With her knowledge of their language, her familiarity with their religion, and her Jungian training, Sonia confounds her captors with her insights and beliefs. Meanwhile, when the kidnappers decide to kill their captives, one by one, in retaliation for perceived crimes against their country, Theo races against the clock to try and save their lives.

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The Holly-Tree Inn by Charles Dickens (Hesperus Press)

Description: A journeying gentleman finds himself snowed in at the Holly-Tree Inn and resolves to entertain himself by recording the stories he hears from his fellow tenants. Trapped for a week, he is regaled with tales from those all around him, including the barmaid and the landlord. The fictional delights he feasts upon include an intriguing mystery by a master innovator of the genre, Wilkie Collins, as well as classically Dickensian sparks of humour and romance. This volume presents the complete 1855 Christmas number of Dickens’ periodical Household Words, so popular after its original publication that it was immediately adapted for the stage.

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The Killing Moon by Rod Glenn (Wild Wolf Publishing)

Description: A series of cataclysmic events bring about the global collapse of civilisation. The few remaining survivors must fight for their survival in a world plunged back into the dark ages.

Twenty years on, a new generation grow up out of the ashes and, after their idyllic life is destroyed, five friends must leave their childhood home in rural Northumberland and embark on a perilous journey to Middlesbrough, a city gripped with gang violence and sectarian killings.

Tragedy, lies and deceit mar their every step as they are cast into a dark and twisted world that is itself on the brink of destruction.

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The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand (Harper Paperbacks)

Description: A hilarious, poignant and darkly comic novel in the tradition of the Adrian Mole novels, full of dysfunctional family life, celebrity obsession, and coming of age in the 80s.

Alice’s family, tucked in a cottage in deepest Herefordshire, England, is a bit weird. Her mother, Gina, is obsessed with the weatherman on the local news and when Gina climbs naked onto the roof with Alice’s pet guinea pig in her arms, she is whisked off to the local psychiatric hospital. Keith, Alice’s father, tries to keep calm, but his patience is severely tested by his in-laws whose disturbed behaviour terrifies the community. Can mother and daughter ever be reconciled? Or is the stage set for more heartbreak than Alice can imagine?

“It does actually take some talent to distinguish between a teenage crush on a pop star and an obsession borne out of mental illness, but Jo Brand pulls it off. The book is littered with minor endearing characters: Gina’s weary husband Keith; Marie, the family doctor who is secretly in love with him and Mark, Alice’s only close friend. Their three stories become interlinked with a more than satisfactory conclusion. The last line moved me to tears.”
— Daily Express (UK)

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The Obelisk by E.M. Forster (Hesperus Press)

Description: Hilda and Ernest are a typical married couple, squabbling their way through a day-trip. When they meet a pair of sailors they are both disturbed and unsettled, but their initial wariness gives way in an unlikely, and jolly, joint trip to a local landmark, which ends in surprise for both husband and wife… Elsewhere, a missionary struggles to convert a native chieftain in the dark and powerful ‘The Life to Come’, and an army captain is seduced on a journey to India with disastrous consequences. Never published during Forster’s lifetime, these eight stories explore his favoured themes of hypocrisy and class difference, and together form a revealing and varied collection from one of the twentieth century’s best-known literary figures.

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Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane (Del Rey)

Description: An ARE (Advance Reader's Edition) of Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane, the first volume in a new fantasy trilogy from a fantastic new voice in paranormal fiction.

The departed have arrived...

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it.

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Wedding Cake by Lynne Hinton (Avon Books)

Description: After a difficult year, in which they said goodbye to one of their closest friends, the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina, are ready for their next project: finding the perfect husband for their single pastor friend, Charlotte Stewart. Unfortunately, Charlotte seems to have a mind of her own on this matter, and since she lives miles away in New Mexico, their matchmaking does not go as smoothly as planned.

Even more unexpected are the ways in which the subject of marriage seems to be affecting every one of their lives, from Jessie Jenkins deciding to renew her vows with her husband, to Louise Fisher receiving a proposal from a decidedly odd source. But in the end, this sequel to CHRISTMAS CAKE and FRIENDSHIP CAKE celebrates one of the greatest loves of all—that among friends.

“Hinton’s down-home charm carries the light, feel-good story with ease.” — Publishers Weekly

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A Dog Named Slugger by Leigh Brill (Bell Bridge Books)

Description: The loving true story of the remarkable service dog who helped author Leigh Brill cope with her cerebral palsy. While struggling to manage the physical demands of college Brill learned of a program to pair trained companion dogs with people challenged by her type os disabilities. Brill was matched with a young golden Lab named Slugger, whose friendship, loyalty and assistance transformed her life. Brill, now a counselor and motivational speaker,works with service dog associations including efforts to pair service dogs with handicapped Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans. Publishing in trade paperback and ebook; visit the author at leighbrill.com and the publisher at bellbridgebooks.com. Ebook review copies are available to all countries; contact editor Deb Smith at editor@bellebooks.com

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Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them by Leora Tanenbaum (Seven Stories Press)

Description: Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them is a lighthearted wake-up call to women to make informed decisions when buying and wearing fashionable shoes. Arming the reader with essential facts, citing medical literature as well as leading podiatric surgeons and orthopedists, Tanenbaum covers the history of high heels, Chinese foot binding, the controversy over cosmetic surgery of the foot, and what Freud had to say about women's shoes and sex.
Illustrated by artist Vanessa Davis throughout, Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them also includes hilarious anecdotes from women who love shoes. And yes—it is possible to make smart footwear decisions without sacrificing style! Tanenbaum shows you how.

In Leora Tanenbaum's Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them, the woman who exposed slut-bashing, cat-fighting, and God-reclaiming takes on women's masochistic relationship with their feet. Run (while you still can) to your nearest bookstore and save your sole. -Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Look Both Ways, Manifesta, and Abortion & Life

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Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes by Cheryl Alkon (Demos Medical Publishing)

Description: Diabetes affects women of all life stages. According to the CDC, about 1.85 million women, in the US, of reproductive age have diabetes. If not managed properly, expectant mothers with diabetes are more likely to encounter complications such as preeclampsia, cesarean section, and infections. Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby, is a down to earth guide for diabetic mothers-to-be. The book explains everything from what is diabetes to labor, delivery, and infertility. Unlike existing books written in dry scientific language, this is the first patient-written guidebook that includes medical facts, first person reports, and interviews from women living with diabetes who share their pregnancy related experiences. Topics covered include
• What is Diabetes?
• Finding the right doctor
• Strategies to successfully conceive
• The first, second, and third trimesters
• Labor and delivery
• Balancing your health needs with those of your child
• Infertility and pregnancy loss
• Resources

Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes is a complete guide for diabetic women who want to successfully plan their pregnancies.

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Brief Lives: E.M. Forster by Richard Canning (Hesperus Press)

Description: Richard Canning, author of Brief Lives: Oscar Wilde, considers the literary development of E.M. Forster, that most English of writers, through the prism of his own biography. A century after his first novels were published, E.M. Forster remains one of the most widely read and best-loved authors of the twentieth century. He made his name with novels such as A Room with a View and Howard’s End, which, with their detailed analyses of English snobbery and xenophobia, established him as an uncompromising critic of hypocrisy. Forced to conceal his sexuality from his readership, Forster also wrote, but never published, a novel of gay love, Maurice. With characteristic flair, Richard Canning juxtaposes Forster’s public persona as a member of the English literary establishment with the joys and torments of his private life.

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From Twilight to Breaking Dawn: Religious Themes in the Twilight Saga by Sandra L. Gravett (Chalice Press)

Description: "For all the hysteria surrounding the Twilight series, you'd think Edward Cullen was the second coming of Christ. According to Sandra Gravett's excellent new book, you're right on target. Just as the story of Edward, Bella, and Jacob revitalized vampire fiction, Gravett's work injects fresh blood into the classic vampire-as-Christ-figure archetype."

—Jason Boyett, author of Pocket Guide to the Afterlife (Jossey-Bass) and O Me of Little Faith (Zondervan)


Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling Twilight saga took the young adult fiction world by storm. Although by no means dominant or even particularly overt, Meyer’s use of religion nonetheless provides for some intriguing interpretive possibilities.

Could Eve and Mary be a pattern for Bella? What about Edward- could he be seen as a Christ-figure?

Topics from young love, to abstinence, to the value of family and friends are infused in the stories. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this a great book for individual or group study.

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Gluten-Free, Hassle Free by Marlisa Brown (Demos Medical Publishing)

Description: Learning how to live Gluten-free can seem so difficult and overwhelming-especially with so much complicated mixed information out there. Gluten-Free, Hassle Free will show you how easy and delicious it can be to go gluten-free.
This down to each, clear, friendly guide offers you a wealth of simple, practical solutions, strategies, and shortcuts. It will show you an easy-to-follow, three-step process for living a gluten-free life and eating your way back to health. In this book you will find:
• Over 100 delicious Gluten-free recipes
• Three terrific meal plans
• Dining out cards in 14 languages...and much more

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How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion by Jerry Thomas (Hesperus Press)

Description: A perfect addition to the library of any Man-, or Girl-, About-Town, The Bon Vivant’s Companion was the first official published cocktail guide in America. Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide is THE original cocktail book; the first time today’s Classics were set down in print, full of jiggers and ponys, this unique volume gives an intriguing insight into a world gone by but, fortunately for the connoisseur, or just those who might like a tipple now and then, not entirely forgotten.

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Living Well with Dystonia by Daniel, Pathak, Mayank, and Frei, Karen Truong (Demos Medical Publishing)

Description: Living Well with Dystonia: A Patient Guide provides comprehensive information on cervical dystonia, spasmodic dysphonia,and focal dystonia. The book allows individuals with all types of dystonia to adjust their lifestyles
activities to accommodate this chronic condition.

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On Deception by Harry Houdini (Hesperus Press)

Description: On Deception presents the highlights of Houdini’s writings on illusions, revealing him to have been a remarkably prescient champion of rationalism and an ardent opponent of the duping of susceptible individuals. Throughout his life, the world’s most famous escapologist strove to expose the methods and tricks of illusionists and sham spiritualists. Studying entertainers and criminals alike, Houdini investigates the tricks of the mind and sleights of hand that have deceived people throughout history. The magician’s writings caused a public sensation; legend has it that The Right Way to do Wrong was bought in bulk by burglars in an attempt to guard the tricks of their trade. This collection also includes Houdini’s revelations about the methods behind some of his own most famous tricks, and articles he wrote to expose his imitators, demonstrating him to be unarguably the master of his craft.

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On Love by Stendhal (Hesperus Press)

Description: On Love is Stendhal’s profound attempt to rationalise that most complex of emotions – romantic love. Inspired by his unrequited passion for the Countess Dembowska, he brings together logical, clear-sighted analysis with all-consuming emotion, to most remarkable effect. Observing that love exists in many forms, Stendhal begins his ‘study’ by classifying the different types – romantic, passionate, courtly… – whilst musing on love’s birth. He identifies the seven stages of falling in love, proffering wise advice for the ardent lover, not least how to ‘crystallise’ the object of one’s desire. Yet beneath these clever philosophical musings can be seen a desperate attempt to reconcile and dispel his own tortured emotions. The result is an astonishing work that bears all the hallmarks of Stendhal’s later realist masterpieces.

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On the Art of Making Up One's Mind by Jerome K. Jerome (Hesperus Press)

Description: Touching on subjects as vital to successful living as ‘The Inadvisability of Following Advice’ and ‘The Disadvantage of Not Getting What One Wants’, Jerome K. Jerome here sets forth an infectiously buoyant and timeless philosophy. With his characteristically charming anecdotal style, the eminent wit and perennially popular author of Three Men in a Boat and The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow enlivens topics common to everyday life and expounds ebulliently on more profound considerations. Written twelve years after The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, when the author had established himself as one of the great figures of the contemporary literary scene, the meditations in this collection bear the mark of the mature man, by turns droll and insightful.

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On Travel by Charles Dickens (Hesperus Press)

Description: As a popular author, Dickens sought to acquaint his readers with extraordinary and alien topics, be they of human interaction or foreign climes. His travels took him to Italy, France, Switzerland and America. This volume presents a variety of key excerpts and essays written by Dickens on the virtues and follies of travelling. Recalling an age when travel meant greater investment, both of time and emotion, and spanning widely varied modes of transport, Dickens’ writings place emphasis on the experience of the journey, the people encountered and the sights absorbed. As a writer who strongly believed in tangible locations, and whose writings are so marked by descriptions reliant upon thorough knowledge of the surroundings, Dickens’ thoughts on travel provide an insight into the landscape of his novels.

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On Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton (Hesperus Press)

Description: Taking as his inspiration subjects as diverse as the importance of fairy tales, the great art of lying in bed and the advantages of having one leg, Chesterton embarks on a tour of seemingly slight topics, demonstrating that they afford as much pleasure as the grander things in life – if not more. Both an uplifting celebration of the making of mountains out of molehills, and a valuable insight into the preoccupations of one of the pre-eminent writers of his time, On Tremendous Trifles sees Chesterton setting out a philosophy valuable to all those in danger of taking life too seriously.

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On War by Bernard Shaw (Hesperus Press)

Description: Nobel laureate, Oscar winner and author of over fifty plays, Bernard Shaw is perhaps as renowned for his political views as for his awe-inspiring artistic output. This new selection of his writings on war brings once more to the forefront the polemical writings of one of the most outspoken commentators of the twentieth century. As a co-founder of the Fabian society, an equal rights campaigner and an ardent socialist, Shaw was never known to shy away from controversy: he was accused of treason on the strength of his 1914 publication Common Sense About the War, which affronted patriots and the government alike. His vehemently anti-war stance was almost prophetic in its progressive nature, and many of his impassioned assertions now have a ring of remarkable prescience.

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On Wine and Hashish by Charles Baudelaire (Hesperus Press)

Description: Initially composed for newspaper publication and inspired by Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an Opium Eater, Baudelaire’s musings on wine and hashish provide acute – and fascinating – psychological insight into the mind of the addict. On Wine and Hashish asserts the ambivalence of memory, urging a union of willpower and sensual pleasure as Baudelaire claims that wine and hashish bring about an escape of narrative time. This characteristic theme anticipates his famous prose poems, ‘Le Spleen de Paris’, in which drunkenness – as provided by wine, poetry, or virtue – is celebrated in remarkable style.

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Overcoming Speechlessness by Alice Walker (Seven Stories Press)

Description: In 2006, Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali. Invited by Code Pink, an antiwar group working to end the Iraq War, Walker traveled to Palestine/Israel three years later to view the devastation on the Gaza Strip. Here is her testimony.

Bearing witness to the depravity and cruelty, she presents the stories of the individuals who crossed her path and shared their tales of suffering and courage. Part of what has happened to human beings over the last century, she believes, is that we have been rendered speechless by unusually barbaric behavior that devalues human life. We have no words to describe what we witness. Self-imposed silence has slowed our response to the plight of those who most need us, often women and children, but also men of conscience who resist evil but are outnumbered by those around them who have fallen victim to a belief in weapons, male or ethnic dominance, and greed.

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Poetic Lives: Keats by Robert Mighall (Hesperus Press)

Description: One of the leading figures of the English Romantic movement, and an inspiration to generations, John Keats is chiefly remembered for his immortal odes, with works such as ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, ‘To Autumn’ and ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ counting among the best-loved poems of all time. In this new biography, Robert Mighall charts the tragic but inspirational life of this brilliant poet, from being orphaned young, and bravely abandoning his medical
career for poetry, his unkind treatment by the critics, to his tortured love for Fanny Brawne, and his untimely death at the age of twenty-five. Interspersed in his life story are extracts from Keats’s poems to offer a unique insight into both the man and his work.

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Reclaiming the F Word - The New Feminist Movement by Catherine Redfern, Kristin Aune (Zed Books)

Description: Discover the demands of the new feminist movement

In today's 'post-feminist' society, women and men are considered equal. For younger women and men, feminism is often portrayed as unfashionable and irrelevant. But since the beginning of the new millennium a revitalised feminist movement has emerged to challenge these assumptions and assert a vibrant new agenda. This groundbreaking book reveals the what, why and how of the new feminist movement and what it has to say about women's lives in today's society. From cosmetic surgery to celebrity culture and girl power to globalization, from rape to religion and sex to singleness, this book reveals the seven vital issues at stake for today's feminists, unveils the beginnings of a fresh and diverse wave of feminism, and calls a new generation back to action.

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Reduce Your Cancer Risk by Barbara, Stefanek, Michael Boughton (Demos Medical Publishing)

Description: Co-published with the American Cancer Association, Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Twelve Steps to a Healthier Life combines comprehensive information about how to reduce cancer risk organized around a 12-step action plan. Written by a patient-expert with the help of a cancer research doctor, the book takes the reader from how to assess one’s cancer risk on to the latest cutting edge research on lifestyle changes that can cut an individual’s risk factors. Reduce Your Cancer Risk separates fact from fiction about cancer.
The book also presents advice for the average reader and those who have above-average or family risk for cancer. As well as discussing important lifestyle changes, Reduce Your Cancer Risk informs readers about important preventive health strategies for those who have above-average risk for cancer, such as genetic counseling and preventive anti-cancer medications.

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Talk Softly by Cynthia O'Neal (Seven Stories Press)

Description: Actress and model Cynthia O'Neal was living her dream life—married to the famous stage and screen actor Patrick O’Neal, the mother of two young sons, resident of the Dakota downstairs from John Lennon, owner of the successful Ginger Man restaurant, and frequent guest at dinner parties with Leonard Bernstein and Rudolf Nureyev.

And then she changed course suddenly, surprisingly, and completely. The AIDS epidemic hit the arts community hard, and after seeing the multitude of people facing an unfamiliar and stigmatized disease completely alone, Cynthia walked into the fray. With the support of longtime friend Mike Nichols, she founded Friends in Deed and soon found herself spending her days in hospitals, cramped rooms, and dirty apartments, anywhere a patient needed a hug, a hand held, or confidence boosted. And when Patrick became ill and passed away in 1994, Cynthia had to work through her own grief instead of someone else’s and found her life transformed again.

Talk Softly is the story of a life well-lived—with passion and compassion, in celebration of the joy of each moment, and with the ability to surprise yourself when you least expect to.

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The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville (Henry Holt and Company)

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An insider's revealing look at the hidden world of major league baseball

Doug Glanville, a former major league outfielder and Ivy League graduate, draws on his nine seasons in the big leagues to reveal the human side of the game and of the men who play it.

In Game from Where I Stand, Glanville shows us how players prepare for games, deal with race and family issues, cope with streaks and slumps, respond to trades and injuries, and learn the joyful and painful lessons the game imparts. We see the flashpoints that cause misunderstandings and friction between players, and the imaginative ways they work to find common ground. And Glanville tells us with insight and humor what he learned from Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, and other legendary and controversial stars.

In his professional career, Glanville experienced every aspect of being a player—the first-round pick, the prospect, the disappointment, the can't-miss, the cornerstone, the veteran, the traded, the injured, the comeback kid. His eye-opening book gives fans a new level of understanding of day-to-day life in the big leagues.

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The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy by Rachel Cusk (Picador)

Description: Casting off a northern winter and an orderly life, a family decides to sell everything and go to Italy—to search for art and its meanings, for freedom from routine, for a different path into the future. Their three-month journey around the Italy of Raphael and rented villas, the Piero della Francesca trail and the tourist furnaces of Amalfi, the simple glories of pasta and gelato. Through the lens of Italian culture, landscape, and cuisine, Rachel Cusk reconsiders our impulses toward indulgence and escape, inspiration and succor, creativity and domestic life.

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The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto by Julie Stachowiak (Demos Medical Publishing)

Description: Dr. Julie Stachowiak, PhD is the About.com Guide to Multiple Sclerosis. As an epidemiologist who is also a person living with MS, Julie has an in-depth understanding about the scientific developments around MS and the personal side of living with a chronic illness. She has been called "the best MS writer on the web". In the Multiple Sclerosis Julie has given us a call to self-help, self-reliance, and political action. The book covers such diverse topics as:
• How to create your personal mission statement
• How to protect yourself by learning more about medications you are currently taking or considering to take
• How to determine what you want in a doctor and how to evaluate the doctor you have
• The importance of celebrating your successes
• Tips to make disclosing your MS status to friends, family, and others easier
• Finding a support group
• Learning to stand up for yourself
• Joining the fight-Adding your voice to the movement

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The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want by Garrett Keizer (PublicAffairs)

Description: Noise is usually defined as unwanted sound: loud music from a neighbor, the honk of a taxicab, the roar of a supersonic jet. But as Garret Keizer illustrates in this probing investigation, noise is as much about what we want as about what we seek to avoid—as much about our conflicting desires as about our clamorous machines. A byproduct of human striving since ancient times and a hallmark of industrial development, noise has emerged as a significant cause of stress, disease, and violent contention in our own times. Decried as the sound of a society gone to the dogs and touted as a sign of democratic exuberance, noise has been opposed by scientists armed with decibel meters and by eccentrics dressed in tin hats; it has been used as an interrogation tool against suspected terrorists and as a curb to the passions of rutting bears. As Keizer hears it, noise gives us a key for understanding some of our most vital issues, including social inequality, climate change, and the ways we treat our children and our own embodied selves.

In a journey that leads us from the primeval Tanzanian veldt to the modern streets of Mumbai, from the world’s biggest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, to wind farms in Maine, Keizer invites us to listen to noise in history, in popular culture, and not least of all in our own backyards. He examines noise and its political ramifications, the connection between one’s income and noise exposure, and the sometimes ironic relationship between economic growth and quality of life. He questions the United States’ influential role in an ever louder world and whether it’s intrinsically American to be loud. Finally, he considers what noise has to tell us about a sustainable future—especially noise pollution’s correlation with carbon emissions and its destruction of natural sounds and festive ways of life. Deeply satisfying and often humorous, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want is guaranteed to change how we hear the world and how we measure our own volume within it.

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True North: A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness by Elliott Merrick (North Atlantic Books)

Description: While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was twenty-four-year-old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada’s most remote regions. First published by Scribner’s in 1933, True North tells the captivating story of one of the high points of Merrick’s years there: a hunting trip he and his wife, Kay, made with trapper John Michelin in 1930. Covering 300 miles over a harsh winter, they experienced an unexplored realm of nature at its most intense and faced numerous challenges. Merrick accidentally shot himself in the thigh and almost cut off his toe. Freezing cold and hunger were constant. Nonetheless, the group found beauty and even magic in the stark landscape. The couple and the trappers bonded with each other and their environment through such surprisingly daunting tasks as fabricating sunglasses to avoid snow blindness and learning to wash underwear without it freezing. Merrick’s intimate style, rich with narrative detail, brings readers into a dramatic story of survival and shares the lesson the Merricks learned: that the greatest satisfaction in life can come from the simplest things.

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Were You Raised by Wolves? by Toben Heim (Kregel Publications)

Description: How do you know if he's "the one"? Is marriage in your future? Are you and your boyfriend truly compatible? Relationships are hard enough. Trying to figure out the next step shouldn't be so difficult.

For those couples who need more than the quick, pat answers that most dating/relationship books provide, Were You Raised by Wolves? provides the means for honest discussion. Find out what your boyfriend believes about family, friends, faith, communication, money, and more... and you'll find out if the relationship can stand the test of time.

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On sale May 30

What Nurses Know...PCOS by Karen Roush (Demos Medical Publishing)

Description: Polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is a common endocrine
disorder, affecting as many as 1 in 15 women. While the causes are unknown, insulin resistance, diabetes,
hirsutism and obesity are all strongly correlated with PCOS.
What Nurses Know…PCOS sheds new light on this common
condition and its symptoms from a trusted source: nurses. Simply organized and clearly written What
Nurses Know…PCOS
provides individuals, their families, friends, and healthcare practitioners the answers they need and want.
Special Features Include:
• Numerous call-out boxes with
“What Nurses Know…”
• Definitions of common terms
• Resources, online tools and specific websites to help those with living with PCOS
• Lists of support groups

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On sale Mar 12

When a Man You Love Was Abused by Cecil Murphey (Kregel Publications)

Description: The numbers of males abused in childhood are sometimes listed as low as 5 percent or as high as 33 percent. Though statistics are controversial, no one disputes the fact that c
hildhood abuse is a continuing problem—or that such abuse can have devastating effects on future relationships.

For all women who know and love a survivor of sexual assault, New York Times best-selling author Cecil Murphey has penned an honest and forthright book about surviving—and thriving—despite past abuses. Both informative and highly practical, Murphey helps women understand the continuing problems that abuse survivors may encounter, including hurtful memories, issues of self worth, and the need to feel in control. With sensitivity and encouragement, Murphey then explains what women can do to help bring about healing and forgiveness.

Written with the empathy that only a true survivor can convey, When a Man You Love Was Abused is a timely piece of advice and encouragement.

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On sale May 30

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose (MIRA)

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Description: Format: DRM-locked epub file or pdf file (60 day expiration, renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindles or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley, which requires you to sign up with them.

Hypnosis opens the door to the past… but what happens if the truth on the other side is something you can't live with?

In Vienna, a clandestine robbery inside a locked library leads to a brutal murder.

A 1500-year-old sculpture holds the Metropolitan Museum of Art hostage.

A young woman's fatal accident gives two lovers a chance to meet again, against all odds.

A centuries old massacre in Persia has modern day repercussions in Iran.

In New York City, a Matisse masterpiece surfaces after 20 years, mutilated and vandalized.

A modern day reincarnationist is hell bent on finding tools to aid in past life regressions no matter what the cost — in dollars or lives.

Everything rests on the shoulders of Lucian Glass, special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, who himself is suffering from a brutal attack, impossible nightmares and his own crisis of faith.

If reincarnation is real how can he live with who he was in his past life? If it's not then how can he live with who he has become in the present?

The Hypnotist: an adventure, a love story, a clash of cultures and an hypnotic quest for proof that our souls can live on.

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On sale May 01
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The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepen (Harlequin Teen)

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Description: Format: DRM-locked epub file or pdf file (60 day expiration, renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindles or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley, which requires you to sign up with them.

For five bucks, the Oracle of Dating will tell you:

* How to flirt
* If that cute guy you’re crushing on likes you, too
* Whether your new romance will last through lunch period
* And much more

What she won’t tell you? Who she is.

No one at Kayla’s school knows she’s the famous Oracle of Dating—the anonymous queen of dating advice. She doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Two relationship disasters were enough to make Kayla focus on everyone else’s love life.

But then her advice backfires on her own best friend. And Kayla starts to seriously obsess about Jared Stewart—the very cute, very mysterious new guy in school. Suddenly, the teen queen of advice needs her own oracle of dating—and she knows just where to find one.…

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A Cutthroat Business: A Savannah Martin Mystery by Bente Gallagher (PublishingWorks, Inc.)

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Savannah Martin had heard that real estate was a cutthroat business, but who knew that was a literal definition? When she stumbles upon a murdered co-worker while showing a house to a dashingly handsome rogue her southern belle nature takes a back seat to Nancy-Drew-like detective skills, but will she solve the case or become the next victim?

Bente Gallagher also writes under the pen name Jennie Bentley for Berkley Press and currently has three books in her DIY mystery series.

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The Running Waves by T.M. and Seton Murphy Murphy (PublishingWorks, Inc.)

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It’s the summer of 1994. O.J. Simpson is chased in his white Bronco, the Beastie Boys have just released Ill Communication, and the Major League Baseball strike is looming.

For 19-year-old Colin Brennan living in Silver Shores Cape Cod, summertime should be one of the best times of his young life. But the beautiful scenery is instead a constant reminder of what happened the previous year.

Colin is haunted by the memory of a tragic accident that took the lives of his two best friends.

Life is spiraling out of control for Colin, a former lifeguard once headed to college on a swimming scholarship, but now works as a shoe salesman. He started drinking so he could remember his friends - now he drinks to forget them.

Colin’s 23-year-old brother Dermot wants to help his little brother, but he can’t even help himself. He’s dealing with his own loss – a breakup with the girl he thought was “the one.”

After spending the winter in Ireland writing for a newspaper and trying to forget Francesca, Dermot returns to “The Shores” to work at the Island Ferry parking lot. He talks a lot about becoming a writer, but will he ever write?

The Brennan brothers were raised by loving parents who stressed the motto “Love one another and stick together”. But they are quickly drifting apart.

Where are these brothers going?

With mixed tapes representing the soundtrack of the Brennan brothers’ lives, and humor used to mask their problems, The Running Waves is a novel about unresolved grief, substance abuse, break-ups, young love, baseball, movies, brotherly relationships, and the thorny road to redemption.

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On sale May 31
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