The Glamorous [Double] Life of Isabel Bookbinder – Holly McQueen
“Isabel Bookbinder is a twenty-seven-year-old assistant at the Saturday Mercury newspaper in London. She has a disinterested boyfriend, a mother who loves clothes that match, and a father who always expects her to do better.
Although Isabel may spend most of her time measuring newspapers column inches, she’s well on her way to becoming a bestselling author. She’s already perfected Her Look (cashmere track suit, lots of mascara), is working on her toned size eight figure, and gets up at dawn to work on her novel (well, sort of). She even has a fabulous mentor – a bestselling but increasingly eccentric author who takes her to glamorous book parties and introduces her to the dreamy literary agent Joe Madison. But when she inadvertently exposes a political sex scandal and her name becomes known for all the wrong reason, her glamorous double life starts to spin out of control.
With her distinctive voice, penchant for getting in sticky situations and blind confidence in her dream of becoming a famous novelist, Isabel Bookbinder is a heroine that you can’t help but root for.”
April 28th, 2009 (Paperback, $15.00)
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death – Laurie Notaro
“Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity and leave readers doubled over with laughter. In The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death she experiences the popular phenomenon of laser hair removal (because at least one of her chins should be stubble-free); bemoans the scourge of the Open Mouth Coughers on America’s airplanes; welcomes the newest ex-con (yay, a sex offender!) to her neighborhood; and watches, against her better judgement, every Discovery Health Channel special on parasites and tapeworms that has ever aired – resulting in an overwhelming fear that a worm the size of a python will soon come a-knocking on her back door.”
April 28th, 2009 (Paperback, $14.00)
That Summer in Sicily – Marlena de Blasi
“‘At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,’ writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she stumbles upon one summer while traveling with her husband. There de Blasi is befriended by Tosca, the patroness of the villa, who shares her own unforgettable love story. In a luminous and tantalizing voice, de Blasi re-creates Tosca’s life and romance with the last prince of Sicily descended from the French nobles of Anjou. But when Prince Leo attempts to better the lives of his peasants, his defiance of the local Mafia costs him dearly. The present-day narrative finds Tosca sharing her considerable inherited wealth with a harmonious society composed of many of the women – now widowed – who once worked the prince’s land alongside their husbands. This marvelous epic drama reminds us that in order to live a rich life, one must embrace both life’s sorrow and its beauty.”
May 19th, 2009 (Paperback, $14.00)
Secrets She Left Behind – Diane Chamberlain
May 26, 2009 (Paperback, $13.95)
Crazy For The Storm – Norman Ollestad
Olestad, we can do it all…
Because it’s beautiful when it all comes together.
I don’t think it’s ever beautiful.
We’ll see, my father said. Vamanos.
From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented. While his friends were riding bikes, playing ball, and going to birthday parties, young Norman was whisked away in pursuit of wild and demanding adventures. yet it ere these exhilarating tests of skill that prepared ‘Boy Wonder’, as his father called him, to become a fearless champion – and ultimately saved his life.
Flying to a ski championship ceremony in February 1979, the chartered Cessna carrying Norman, his father, his father’s girlfriend, and the pilot crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains and was suspended at 8,200 feet, engulfed in a blizzard. ‘Dad and I were a team, and he was Superman,’ Ollestad writes. But now Norman’s father was dead, and the devastated eleven-year-old had to descend the treacherous, icy mountain alone.
Set amid the spontaneous, uninhibited surf culture of Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970’s, this riveting memoir, written in crisp Hemingwayesque prose, recalls Ollestad’s childhood and the magnetic man whose determination and love infuriated and inspired him – and also taught him to overcome the indomitable. As it illuminates the complicated bond between an extraordinary father and his son, Ollestad’s powerful and unforgettable true story offers remarkable insight for us all.”
June 2nd, 2009 (Hardcover, $25.99)
The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“From master storyteller Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes The Angel’s Game – a dazzling new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love.
‘The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen…’
In an abandoned mansion a the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.
Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed – a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.
Once again, Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in The Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. Through a dizzingly constructed labouringth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.”
June 16th, 2009 (Hardcover, $26.95)
Sworn to Silence – Linda Castillo
“Some secrets are too terrible to reveal…
Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve…
In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and ‘English’ residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.
Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background maker her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past – until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past – and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.”
June 23rd, 2009 (Hardcover, $24.95)
This Little Mommy Stayed Home – Samantha Wilde
“The Mother of all Motherhood Novels.
In this riotously funny, ruefully honest, and irresistibly warmhearted debut, Samantha Wilde writes about one new mother who discovers the wonders and terrors of motherhood – one hilarious crisis at a time. For new moms, potential moms-to-be, and anyone who just wants to [wisely] live the experience vicariously…
New mom Joy McGuire hasn’t changed her sweatpants since her baby was born. Of course she’s crazy about her newborn son; it’s her distracted, work-obsessed husband and his impossible mother she can’t stand. Joy turns to her own mom for support, but she’s too busy planning her fourth wedding to a suspicious self-help guru. Sure, Joy’s a woman on the brink, but it’s nothing a little sleep, sanity, and chocolate can’t fix.
Until her old college boyfriend shows up at their ten-year reunion. The one she was still in love with when she married her husband. It must be the lack of sleep, because Joy is starting to think she might have ended up with the wrong man. Not to mention she’s obsessed with her sexy yoga instructor, who might just be interested in her. Joy used to be single, skinny, and able to speak in complete sentences, but who is she now? As she’s trying to figure that out, her husband goes missing…
Frank, bawdy, and full of keenly self-aware observations, this novel tells the story of one new mother, three men, one marriage, and the baby love that keeps us up at night.”
June 23rd, 2009 (Paperback, $15.00)
The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes and Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients
“A moray eel diagnosed with anorexia… A herd of bison whose only hope is a crusading female doctor from Paris… A vet desperately trying to save an orphaned whale by unraveling the mystery of her mother’s death… This fascinating book offers a rare glimpse into the world of wild animals and the doctors who care for them. Here pioneering zoological veterinarians – men and woman on the cutting edge of a new medical frontier – tell their real-life tales of daring procedures for patients weighing tons or ounces, treating symptoms ranging from broken bones to a broken heart, and life-and-death dramas that will forever change the way you think about wild animals and the bonds we share with them. At once heart-quickening and clinically fascinating, the stories in this remarkable collection represent some of the most moving and unusual cases ever taken by zoological vets. A chronicle of discovery, compassion, and cutting-edge medicine, The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes is a must-read for animal lovers, science buffs, and anyone who loves a well-told tale.”
June 23rd, 2009 (Paperback, $15.00)
Septimus Heap – The Magykal Papers – Angie Sage
“Enter the world of Septimus Heap with this collection of previously unpublished papers.
This rich compendium includes:
– The private journals of Septimus, Jenna, and Marcia Overstrand.
– The best – and worst – places to eat as described in The Egg-on-Toast Restaurant Guide.
– Sirius Weazal’s Speed Guides to the Palace, the Wizard Tower, and Wizard Way.
– Excrepts from the Pigeon Post Biography series and the Heaps of History series.
– Alther Mella’s Guide to Being Dead: Ten Handy Rules for New Ghosts.
– Beautiful maps, quirky flyers, funny letters, and much more!”
June 23, 2009 (Hardcover, $17.99)
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte – Syrie James
“Syrie James takes us into the unquiet soul of Charlotte Bronte. Poor, plain and unconnected, Charlotte, her sisters live in the wilds of Yorkshire. Their eccentric father allows no curtains on the windows and no rugs on the floors. Their brother is a drunkard and a drug addict. But these three sisters write some of the most beloved books ever created. Many don’t know that Charlotte’s life held hidden passions. And while many remember Jane Eyre, few know about her romance with Arthur Bell Nichols. After her death, he destroyed so much of the personal writing of her adulthood, but now, Charlotte’s secrets are about to be told.”
June 30th, 2009 (Paperback, $14.99)
The Sister – Poppy Adams
“From her lookout in the crumbling mansion that was her childhood home, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to arrive. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left nearly fifty years ago; the reclusive Ginny has rarely ventured out, retreating into the precise routines that define her days, carrying on her father’s solitary work studying moths.
As the sisters revisit their shared past, they realize that their recollections differ in essential and unsettling ways. Before long, the deeply buried resentments that have shaped both their lives rise to the surface, and Vivien’s presence threatens to disrupt Ginny’s carefully ordered world.
Told in Ginny’s unforgettable voice, this subtle and chilling debut novel tells an extraordinary story of how families are capable of undoing themselves – especially in the name of love.”
July 14th, 2009 (Paperback, $14.95)
Prophecy of the Sisters – Michelle Zink
“An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthrope have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangles in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don’t know whom they can trust.
They just know they can’t trust each other.”
August 1st, 2009 (Hardcover, $17.99)
The Weight of Silence – Heather Gudenkauf
August 1st, 2009 (Paperback, $13.95)
The Implacable Order of Things – Jose Luis Peixoto
“A mesmerizing tale from Portugal’s most acclaimed young novelist.
Set in an unnamed Portuguese village, against a backdrop of severe poverty, The Implacable Order of Things follows two generations of men and women as they struggle with love, jealousy, violence, loss, and – most of all – the inescapability of fate. With subtle prose and powerful imagery, Jose Luis Peixoto delicately weaves together the stories of his oddball cast – including a pair of twins conjoined at the pinky, a supercentenarian, a shepard turned cuckold by a giant, and even the devil himself.”
August 11, 2009 (Paperback, $15.00)
The Magicians – Lev Grossman
“A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world.
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.
He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, through. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.”
August 11th, 2009 (Hardcover, $26.95)
My Father’s Country – Wibke Bruhns
“In this compelling, intimate memoir, the daughter of one of the members of the July plot to assassinate Hitler tells the story of three generations and offers unparalleled insight into the German experience in the last century.
On August 15, 1944, Major Hans Georg Klamroth was tried for treason for his part in the July plot against Hitler. Eleven days later, he was executed. Wibke Bruhns, his youngest daughter, was six years old. Decades later, watching a documentary about the events of July 20, she saw images of her father in court suddenly appear on-screen. ‘I stare at this man with the empty face. I don’t know him. But I can see myself in him… I know I wouldn’t be here without him… And what do I know about him? Nothing at all.’ How could her patriotic family succumb to Nazi sympathies? And what made her father finally renounce Hitler?”
August 11th, 2009 (Paperback, $16.95)
Going Bovine – Libba Bray
“Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school – and life in general – with a minimum of effort. it’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure – if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.”
September 22, 2009 (Hardcover, $17.99)
Syren (Semptimus Heap Book 5) – Angie Sage
September 29, 2009 (Hardcover, $17.99)