This May 14th Dan Brown's Inferno, the 4th book in the DaVinci Code series is released and on May 21st the author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, releases his newest novel, And the Mountains Echoed.
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MOTHER'S DAY SUGGESTIONS
Gold by Chris Cleave. Simon and Schuster
The latest novel from Chris Cleave-the award-winning and international #1 bestselling author of Little Bee.
If your dreams pull you in one direction and your heart in another, which should you follow? This is the question that haunts Kate Meadows, a world champion athlete whose eight-year-old daughter Sophie is battling a recurrence of childhood leukemia just as Kate is about to compete for her last chance at an Olympic gold medal. For years, Kate has sacrificed everything for her family and watched her best friend and closest rival, Zoe Castle, conquer the world stage. Kate has never won gold. With her child facing a life-threatening illness, the stakes are higher than ever. How can she do what is right for her daughter without abandoning all of her dreams?
True Confessions: The Secret Thoughts of Dogs, Cats and Everything by Christopher Rozzi. Penguin
For readers who have ever wondered what their dachshund, bulldog, great dane, or tabby cat are really thinking, artist and comedian Christopher Rozzi has channeled the secret thoughts of canines and felines (along with the occasional rabbit or robot), and painted their portraits with great affection and humor.
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah. MacMillan
Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane became a touchstone novel in women's lives. Across the world, women embraced the story of Tully and Kate's enduring friendship. They laughed with Tully and cried with Kate and anguished over Tully's fractured relationship with her mother. Now, five years later, in Fly Away, Kristin Hannah returns to the world of these unforgettable characters and asks the question... How do you hold yourself together when your world has fallen apart?
Call Me Zelda by Erika Norbuck. Penguin
From the author of Hemingway's Girl comes a richly imagined tale of Zelda Fitzgerald's love, longing, and struggle against ever-threatening insanity. From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, but those who really knew them saw their inner turmoil. Committed to a Baltimore psychiatric hospital in 1932, Zelda vacillates between lucidity and madness as she fights to forge an identity independent of her famous husband. She discovers a sympathetic ear in her nurse Anna Howard, who finds herself drawn into the Fitzgeralds' tumultuous lives and wonders which of them is the true genius. But in taking greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she ever intended.
In this thoroughly researched, deeply moving novel, Erika Robuck explores the boundaries of female friendship, the complexity of marital devotion, and the sources of both art and madness.
The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart. Random House
When Indian Princess Alexandrina is left penniless by the sudden death of her father, Queen Victoria grants her a grace-and-favor home in Hampton Court Palace. Though it's rumored to be haunted, Alexandrina and her lady's maid, Pooki, have no choice but to take the Queen up on her offer, and the princess is soon befriended by three eccentric widows who invite her to a picnic with all the palace's inhabitants. But when General-Major Bagshot dies after eating a pie Pooki made-and the coroner finds traces of arsenic in his body-Pooki becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation. Not about to let her faithful servant hang, Princess Alexandrina begins an investigation of her own, only to discover that Hampton Court isn't such a safe place to live after all...
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot. HarperCollins
Born in secret to his father's favorite mistress, William Franklin grows up under the guidance of his father, Benjamin, a brilliant and ambitious printer in prosperous colonial Philadelphia. Unlike many bastards, William's childhood is filled with love and wonder, thanks to a pair of special women: Anne, the mother who gave him life, and Deborah, the mother who raises him as her own. His father's rising fame and connections as a scientist, writer, philosopher, and political genius open doors for the astute William as well, and eventually Benjamin's bastard son is named the new Royal Governor of New Jersey.
But all that William has achieved is threatened when the colonies-led by influential figures, including his own father-begin the fight for independence. A steadfast loyal subject, William cannot accept his father's passionate defense of the patriot cause, and the enduring bond they share fractures-a heart-wrenching break that will forever haunt them and those they love.
The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman. Penguin
A love story wrapped around a murder mystery set in 17th century Manhattan. For historical fiction buffs, it doesn't get any better than this. Compulsively readable and filled with New York history, The Orphanmaster will delight fans of Caleb Carr, Hilary Mantel, and Geraldine Brooks.
FATHER'S DAY SUGGESTIONS
Everyday Barbeque by Myron Mixon. Random House
From the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin' with Myron Mixon and star of the hit TV show BBQ Pitmasters, Myron Mixon's next barbecue cookbook featuring 150 all new, simple recipes aimed at your average backyard barbecuer that are perfect for anytime, any day of the week. "Barbecue is a simple food. Don't mess it up." So goes Mixon's mantra, and to that end he's out to prove to home cooks and barbecue enthusiasts of every skill level in every backyard across America that barbecuing isn't just for the Fourth of July or the annual church supper.
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown by Guy Fieri. HarperCollins
In its thirteenth season, Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is more popular than ever. Now, the host and #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with more of America's favorite offbeat places. In this third entry in his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives series, Guy keeps his motto front and center-"If it's funky, I'll find it." This time around he's bringing on the big personalities, the joints with the most down-home character, and the recipes that capture the freewheeling all-American spirit..
Innocence Game by Michael Harvey. Random House
A breakout thriller from Michael Harvey, Chicago's best-known crime writer.
Michael Harvey's wire-taut thriller begins in an ordinary classroom at Northwestern's renowned journalism school but quickly spirals into the grittiest corners of Chicago. Along with only two classmates-beautiful, strong-willed Sarah Gold and enigmatically brilliant Jake Havens-Ian Joyce has been invited to participate in the Innocence Seminar, an exclusive class for top students. The seminar investigates wrongful convictions and cold cases; the idealistic J-school students are tasked with trying to exonerate the falsely accused. But on the first day of class, Jake introduces a case of his own, the long-ago murder of a young boy, ten-year-old Skylar Wingate, last seen walking home from school, his body discovered three days later in a forest preserve a mile away. His alleged killer was murdered decades ago in jail. But two chilling clues delivered to Jake's house, a piece of bloodstained fabric and a blunt handwritten confession, suggest that the killer is still very much alive, and, in fact, in their midst. As the evidence mounts, the three classmates find themselves drawn into web of distrust, deceit, and corruption that will leave each of them fighting for their lives.
Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick. Penguin
It's June 1775. Boston is cut off from supplies by a British blockade. The Patriot militia is poised in siege. Now skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape-geographic and ideological-in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.
A Delicate Truth by John LeCarre. Penguin
A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.
Cornwall, UK, 2011. A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be-or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ("Kit") Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit's beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?
Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Penguin
In Plugged, Colfer, beloved by millions for his Artemis Fowl series, has written a hilarious tour de force thriller of head-spinning plot twists, compulsive in the tradition of Carl Hiaasen's best work--a "pitch-perfect comic noir" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Complete with the best banter this side of Elmore Leonard's Detroit, Plugged will leave you shocked, awed, and wanting more.
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. Penguin
This is the 13th and last of the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels. A much-anticipated publishing event that will reveal much material the fans have been waiting for and will recognize. Charlaine's next series will be entitled Midnight Pawn.
More bestselling authors with new releases this month:
The Hit by David Baldacci. Hachette
I, Michael Bennett and Zoo both by James Patterson. Hachette
Dry by Augusten Burroughs. MacMillan
This is the tenth anniversary of this powerful story of addiction, rehab and the fight for sobriety.
You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls, and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken life-and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.
Top 10 for Men by Brendan Mcginley. Hachette
Men love facts and they love lists - and now here's a fun-filled compendium that will keep them entertained for hours. With 250 fascinating new lists of trivia, this latest edition of Top 10 for Men will give any man a full run-down of the fastest, scariest and stupidest things and events ever to have happened. It is packed with essential must-tell information that he'll be desperate to know, such as the world's 10 fastest production cars, 10 most stupid deaths - and 10 worst NASCAR wrecks.
Fishing Stories by Henry Hughes. Random House
Perfect for Father's Day-this beautiful hardcover Pocket Classics anthology nets a fine catch of wonderful writing about fishing from a wide variety of genres and styles. The moods range from rollicking humor (Rudyard Kipling's "On Dry-Cow Fishing as a Fine Art") to haunting elegy (Norman Maclean's "A River Runs through It") to rural gothic (Annie Proulx's "The Wer-Trout"). Casting through the vast waters of experience, these writers find fishing abundant in all the joys, absurdities, insights, and tragedies of life.
Penance by Dan O'Shea. Random House
The first in a series of thrillers to star Detective John Lynch, a Chicago cop hunting down a sniper and dealing with political corruption. The author is a native of Chicago. This will appeal to fans of Michael Harvey and Dennis Lehane.
A pious old woman steps out of the Sacred Heart confessional and is shot dead by a sniper with what at first appears to be a miraculous and impossible shot. Colonel Tech Weaver dispatches a team from Langley to put the shooter-and anyone else who gets in the way-in a body bag before a half-century of national secrets are revealed. Detective John Lynch, the son of a murdered Chicago cop, finds himself cast into an underworld of political corruption and guilty secrets, as he tries to uncover the truth about what's really going on - before another innocent citizen gets killed.
Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben. Hachette
On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival.
You Are Not Forgotten: The Story of a Lost WWII Pilot and a Twenty-First Century Soldier's Mission to Bring Him Home by Bryan Bender. Random House
Army service was Major George Eyster's family legacy, but his tour of duty in Iraq left him disillusioned and questioning. He was making plans to end his army career but was offered a posting to J-PAC whose sole mission is to fulfill a solemn promise at the heart of the military code: bring all fallen soldiers home to the country for which they gave their lives.
In 1944 Captain Ryan McCown, a dashing young Marine aviator assigned to the USS Nassau, was shot down over the jungles of Papua, New Guinea. McCown's diaries and letters home to his family and fiancée provide a moving, powerful portrait of the fears and costs of a very different war and underscore the pathos of the ultimate cost of duty.
Eyster's mission with J-PAC eventually took him and his team deep into the sweltering interior of New Guinea in search of McCown's remains. It would be a fraught mission, complete with tropical diseases and black magic, at the end of which Eyster would not only repatriate a fallen veteran and fulfill a promise to deliver him to his loved ones but would also uncover something lost in himself-a sense of purpose in a promise between soldiers that is still worth fighting for.
Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler. Penguin Group
Kind, gentle Miss Maple celebrates the miracle in each seed. Every summer, Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven't yet found a home in which to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places they might grow. All winter long, she keeps them safe and warm in her cozy maple tree house. Then, come spring, she sends them off into the wide world to ride the winds and tides and find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants they're destined to become.
Loki's Wolves by M.A. Marr and K.L. Armstrong. Hachette
A new middle grade trilogy for fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians that combines Norse myth, magic, and adventure, written by New York Times bestselling YA authors, Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr.
In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world. The gods died a long time ago.
Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids-led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.
TEEN NEW NOTABLES
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan. Penguin Group (We have double-autographed copies!)
Stephen has never been visibile to anyone in all of his sixteen years-not even his mother-so no one is more surprised than he is when a girl who has just moved into his apartment building says hello. The two fall hard for one another, and Elizabeth is determined to do everything she can to break Stephen's curse. The couple finds themselves diving headlong into a secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers. But things don't go as planned. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they're willing to make for Stephen to become visible-because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnik. Scholastic
A book that will make you see yourself clearly for the first time.
When Becky Randle's mother dies, she's whisked from her trailer park home to New York. There she meets Tom Kelly, the world's top designer, who presents Becky with an impossible offer: He'll design three dresses to transform the very average Becky into the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Soon Becky is remade as Rebecca--pure five-alarm hotness to the outside world and an awkward mess of cankles and split ends when she's alone. With Rebecca's remarkable beauty as her passport, soon Becky's life resembles a fairy tale.
Defiant, naughty, and impossibly fun, GORGEOUS answers a question that bewilders us all: Just who the hell IS that in the mirror?