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Bred to Kill

Bred to Kill
by Franck Thilliez
On Sale - January 8, 2015
Viking

"I was worried when I started Bred To Kill by Franck Thilliez, as it is the second book in the series published in the U.S. (and oddly enough the fourth in the series in France!), but I needn't have worried at all. From the horror of the opening pages, to the slam-bang finale in the Amazonian jungle, this is a real treat for fans of Michael Crichton's early work or the Pendergast novels of Preston and Childs. A grad student is killed (allegedly) by a chimpanzee, her face torn to shreds. However, the chimp knows some sign language, and the bite marks don't match up. When a serial killer in a prison (who was just interviewed by said dead grad student) kills himself in a particularly horrific manner, the race is on to discover how these cases are connected. It's a fascinating trip through evolutionary science and genetics, with plenty of real science to back up the thrilling, terrifying plot. I couldn't put it down, and there were many twists that blind-sided me. How is an Amazonian tribe of primitives, Cr-Magnom man, left handed murderers, and lactose intolerance connected? It's a scary and compelling trip. I will now certainly read Syndrome E, the first book of the series. Wow, was this good!"

--Bill Carl, The Booksellers on Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH

First Impressions

First Impressions
by Charlie Lovett
On Sale - October 16, 2014
Viking

"I read a lot of Serious Literature. Sometimes I just need to lighten it up. Goodness, I had fun reading First Impressions! But in what universe could 'a novel of old books, unexpected love, and Jane Austen' not be fun? First Impressions is exactly as advertised on the cover, with alternating chapters taking place in contemporary England and in Jane Austen's time. It's a mystery, a romance, and such a perfect homage to Pride and Prejudice that I had to revisit Austen's masterpiece again the moment I shut the covers of this book. Highly recommended for Janeites looking for a light, escapist read!"

--Susan Tunis, Bookshop West Portal
San Francisco, CA

"I just finished First Impressions by Charlie Lovett. It was a cracking good story, an intriguing literary mystery as well as a lovely story of Jane Austen. You could say it is an imaginary friendship of Jane Austen and an elderly vicar who helped her shape her writing wrapped in a mystery of a lost book wrapped in the story of Sophie, a young woman who gets caught up in finding the lost book and then rescuing Jane Austen's reputation by finding the truth about the circumstances surrounding the lost book.

All in all a compelling story that had me reading it faster and faster to see what happens next!

It is a book to be enjoyed by bookseller and book lover in equal measure. It captures the imagination and doesn't let it go until the happy ending. And who doesn't need a happy ending every once in a while?

I loved the book."

--Micheal Fraser, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Cincinnati, OH

Five Days Left

Five Days Left
by Julie Lawson Timmer
On Sale - September 9, 2014
Amy Einhorn Books

"In her breathtaking debut, Julie Lawson Timmer brilliantly weaves together two stories of heartbreak, sacrifice and perseverance. Five Days Left is a testament of compassion, humility and grace, filled with frank observations on love, loyalty and loss. Each page compels us to embrace those we love fiercely, and contemplate the lengths we will go to protect them from heartache. It is a remarkable, unforgettable novel."

--Anderson McKean, Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

"This is absolutely the best book I've read this season. I just loved it. I would definitely compare it to Jojo Moyes and The Husband's Secret. I can't wait to tell my customers about it."

--Kathleen Caldwell, A Great Good Place for Books
Oakland, CA

"Mara Nichols is an adoptive mother with a degenerative disease from which she will not recover. Scott Coffman is a foster father, who must give up his foster child in five days. They find solace and support from each other in an online forum. As Mara loses control of her body, she too decides she has five days left and she will go with her dignity intact. What a powerful book. It poses questions we all hope we will never have to answer. This is destined to become a book club classic. It will be on my recommended shelf for a long time to come."

--Nancy Salmon, Kepler’s
Menlo Park, CA

The Girl On the Train

The Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins
On Sale - January 13, 2015
Riverhead

"Just wanted you to know that I just 'burned' through The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I was completely captivated! Actually, my husband and I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I LOVED it because I was completely enthralled from the first to the very last page. My husband hated it because I didn't do the dishes, the laundry, the cooking...the entire time I was consumed by this book. An absolutely riveting debut thriller."

--Christine Lindauer, Copperfields Books
Santa Rosa, CA

"Rachel, the girl on the train of the title, commutes into London every day and makes up stories of the people who live along the tracks in their small Victorian houses. One house in particular interests her as she imagines the lives of the husband and wife who live there. However, when the wife goes missing and her husband becomes a suspect - reality crashes in...and not in the way you expect! Rachel is now a part of something bigger than herself, 'I am no longer a girl on the train, going back and forth without a point or purpose. I want Megan to turn up safe and sound. I do. Just not quite yet.' The Girl on the Train is the perfect book for those dark, winter nights!"

--Marti Stewart, Tattered Cover, Book Club Outreach
Denver, CO

"I just finished Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train and all I can say is wow...WOW! This is a thriller of a novel with an undercurrent of poignancy throughout. I traveled not just on the train but across timelines and three distinctly different voices into a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat and twists that were cleverly constructed. I was drawn in to the lives of Rachel, Megan and Anna from the very first page! This novel will appeal to lovers of well-written fiction, period; no special 'thriller' or 'mystery' marketing needed! I can't wait to share this novel with our customers in January."

--Carolyn Hutton, A Great Good Place for Books
Oakland, CA

"The Girl on the Train is compulsively readable, bringing the term unreliable narrator to a new level! Loved it."

--Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstore
Denver, CO

"I read The Girl on the Train in one day and absolutely loved it! Such a great read, combining an Agatha Christie (4:50 from Paddington) storyline with the psychological tone of Patricia Highsmith. Definitely a page turner. All in all, very well done!”

--Adrian Newell, Warwick’s
La Jolla, CA

"Great psychological thriller. Who really did it?"

--Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Inc.
Mystic, CT

"A great read for fans of Gone Girl and The Never List, The Girl On the Train is an incredible psychological thriller that will keep you reading late into the night - with the blinds drawn and the doors locked!"

--Samantha Goodman, Warwick's
La Jolla, CA

"One of the most compelling thrillers I have read in years...a twisting, turning mystery of deception and misdirection...Just when you believe you have a grasp on the entire mystery, Hawkins pulls the rug out from under you with yet another breath- taking plot revelation...Like Patricia Highsmith or Ruth Rendell...One of the best thrillers in ages."

--Bill Carl, The Booksellers on Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH

"This twisted story of secrets and deception held my attention from the first page to the last...Rear Window pales in comparison!"

--Jennifer, Blue Willow Bookshop
Houston, TX

"Excellent...Put aside some time, this is a read-in-one-sitting book. For fans of S.J. Watson, Gillian Flynn, and Tana French."

--Sally Woods, Murder by the Book
Houston, TX

"Gorgeous! This book is going to be a huge success, I loved it."

--Melanie, Spring Green
Spring Green, WI

"The Girl on the Train is simply one of the best books I've read in a long time. From the first page I was hooked on the story, and the mystery continues through the entire book. Rachel, Megan, and Anna are all excellent characters, and the way Hawkins weaves their stories together is masterful. I stayed up until one in the morning because I just couldn't put it down."

--Sherri Gallentine, Vroman’s Bookstore
Pasadena, CA

"As the story evolves, so did my feelings about the characters in this novel. Couldn't read it fast enough to figure out what was going on!!! Loved it!"

--Nona Carollo Camuel, CoffeeTree Books
Morehead, KY

"Paula Hawkins is a fiend. In unleashing Rachel, the titular train rider in The Girl on the Train, Hawkins has raised the bar on maddeningly, fantastically frustrating narrators. Riding along while Rachel drives the story is a dread-filled, twisty and at times peek-through-your-fingers-as-you-cover-your-eyes journey. It would be a horror show if it weren't fiction. Thankfully, after you motor through the final 200 pages in one sitting, it's a ride you can get off."

--Matt Nixon, Booksellers at Laurelwood
Memphis, TN

"Wow, what a terrific mystery. I love watching people from trains so Rachel's watching a couple on her daily commuter train ride immediately grabbed my attention. As the plot began to unfold I could not put the book down. Hawkins first thriller is one of the best I've read this year."

--Sarah Knight, Northshire Bookstore
Manchester Center, VT

The Human Body

The Human Body
by Paolo Giordano
On Sale - October 2, 2014
Pamela Dorman Books

"I recently finished The Human Body, and I loved it. I was a bit nervous about it before I started reading it because I cannot stomach war books; however I really enjoyed his first book (Solitude of Prime Numbers) so I thought I would give it a shot… I am so glad I did! He does a great job engaging the reader, drawing the reader into the world he is creating, and exploring the minds of the characters living in this world. I was most impressed with the psychological exploration of the people from the situational realities they faced. I found the tempo of this book to be wonderfully drawn."

--Colleen Schultz, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY

I Am Radar

I Am Radar
by Reif Larsen
On Sale - February 24, 2015
Penguin Press

"I Am Radar by Reif Larsen is simply one of the most remarkable books I have ever read, taking its place alongside A Prayer For Owen Meaney and The Kite Runner. The story revolves around questions of art, creation, love, heartbreak, what is a performance, and war and regeneration. Sounds like heady stuff, and it is, but on an immensely readable level that culminates in a puzzling and yet delightful climax. As Radar navigates his way through life as a black child, a white man, and a white/black man, he discovers that art can be perception and science can be art. The language used is delightfully beautiful, even in the war scenes, and I found myself underlining many passages in my advance copy. I Am Radar is the kind of book that will enflame reader groups and will provoke long, passionate discussions. It manages to be both literary and compulsively readable. It may also be the best book about personal definitions of 'art' in our time, as well as how art can change and affect a person. Simply put, I cannot recommend I Am Radar enough. For people who love John Irving or Slaughterhouse Five!"

--Bill Carl, The Booksellers on Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone
by Ann Droyd
On Sale - October 21, 2014
Blue Rider Press

"I received the proof for If You Give A Mouse An iPhone. Funny! Especially since my daughter loves the If You Give A Mouse... books. I did write something up for you on it as well.

If you own an iPhone, then you're probably too busy looking at it to see the books on the shelf.
And if you don't see the books on the shelf, then you probably won't see If You Give A Mouse An iPhone by Ann Droyd.
And if you don't see it on the shelf, then you won't buy it.
And if you don't buy it, then you'll miss out on a pretty darn good parody.
So, you should put down your phone, and get to your local bookstore and buy it today."

--Kate Blumberg, Schuler Books & Music
Grand Rapids, MI

My Sunshine Away

My Sunshine Away
by M.O. Walsh
On Sale - February 10, 2015
Amy Einhorn Books

"Neal Walsh's debut novel, My Sunshine Away is a lyrical story that magically captures the mystery and murkiness of memory and coming of age in Baton Rouge. His keen observations of family, friends, the girl next door and the impact of tragedy were beautifully rendered. It will be a pleasure to share this book with customers in February."

--Carolyn Hutton, A Great Good Place for Books
Oakland, CA

"I picked up this book thinking I'd just browse a few pages, but two hours later I was still enthralled. The story is a page turner...but the star is Walsh's completely unique and refreshing voice. He invites you — lures you —into the world he's created…. What a fantastic read. This is one of those books that we just get SO EXCITED about!"

--Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books
Newton Centre, MA

"[D]ramatic, page-turning ... My Sunshine Away is as lyrical as it is riveting. Simply put, it's a winner!”

--Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault
Oskaloosa, IA

"How do you explain Louisiana humidity? The slow, dull saturation that seeps through layers of one's skin?...My Sunshine Away is the literary equivalent. M.O. Walsh reveals how one crime spills through layers of a Baton Rouge community… Only in the final pages does one feel relief like the stirrings of autumn in the deep South."

--Veronica Brooks-Sigler, Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

"The eyes cannot keep up as the suspense unfolds within the page-turner that is My Sunshine Away."

--Kristy, Mitzi's Books
Rapid City, SD

"A coming-of-age book like none I've read before; it's part mystery, part love story, with some family drama thrown in. I love the narrative voice and the small-town feel…. The author really captures that feeling of unrequited love...and how time affects the way we remember things from our childhood."

--Linda Grana, Diesel Bookstore
Oakland, CA

The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
On Sale - September 16, 2014
Riverhead

"The Paying Guests is a thrilling new novel by Sarah Waters! What starts as a comedy of manners - a widow and her slightly off-center daughter must take in boarders (paying guests, please) to make ends meet. Once the daughter catches sight of the beautiful wife and her rather brutish husband, she falls in love...and that's when things take a turn for the worse. Adultery, abortion, murder...all set in the 1920s in London when social morays are beginning to crumble...and you've got a terrific novel about the way life makes soap operas out of our lives. The characters are finely drawn and the historical detail is prescient without ever being obtrusive. This was a truly fun read, and a page turner unlike anything Waters has written in the past. Yes, there are lesbians and soapie moments; but what sets it apart is the rather wonderful way she delves into Edwardian social mores as they change into the carefree Roaring Twenties and how this affected a whole generation. For people who like Downton Abbey, this will be a real treat."

--Bill Carl, The Booksellers on Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH

"A meticulously and beautifully constructed novel full of plot twists, character depth, and striking language, The Paying Guests is a compelling page-turner. Set in post-WWI England, the story unfolds with Frances Wrey and her widowed mother deciding to take in lodgers, or the more elegant euphemism 'paying guests,' as a source of income. These lodgers, the married couple Leonard and Lilian Barber, are young, modern, and intriguing, especially to the genteel and reserved Frances. The arcane nature of the Barber's marriage is explored, a most curious relationship between Frances and Lilian is cultivated, and a series of shocking secrets kept by all of the characters are unfurled to drive the highly original and imaginative plot of The Paying Guests. An amazingly crafted must-read!"

--Carly Lenz, Boswell Book Company
Milwaukee, WI

"I have always loved Sarah Waters' books and this is one of her best. I was swept away by this mysterious, sexy story of a woman whose life becomes entangled with that of her of her lodgers, a married couple. Filled with the period details that Sarah Waters' readers (and serious Anglophiles) will expect and filled as well with surprises. I love the way in which Sarah Waters can transport readers of all types (gay, straight, flexible, undecided) into her world and leave us all imagining what we would do, given the circumstances she lays out. Wow."

--Karen Madea Allman, Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle, WA

"When the first rains of fall come around, you are going to want to have this spectacular, satisfying novel on hand. But fair warning: this book will devour your free time. It's a love story, a thriller, and a gorgeous and immersive historical novel. Set in London in the years just following WWI, The Paying Guests begins with Frances and her elderly mother. They've lost much: both of Frances' brothers and her father have died, and the family fortune is gone. To make ends meet they take on Lilian and Leonard Barber, a young married couple, as boarders, but a kinship between Frances and Lilian quickly takes on a life of its own, with spectacular and terrifying results. What I loved most about The Paying Guests is how often I thought I knew what was about to happen, only to discover how shockingly wrong I was. The tension just climbs and climbs, and I promise you'll never see the ending coming."

--Melinda Powers, Bookshop Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

"World War I has left behind many casualties. Frances Wray and her mother are trying to get by without the men in the family, and anything to live on. They are forced to take in lodgers, much to the shock of the genteel neighborhood, and so refer to them as 'paying guests'. The renters are a young married couple, Len and Lilian Barber. Frances is lonely, and so forms a friendship with Lilian, who is also alone as her husband works a great deal. This friendship turns into a passionate affair, which the two women are desperate to keep secret. One momentous night, an action occurs that cannot be undone. The events that ensue snowball into a suspenseful story with an ending that the reader cannot predict."

--Sharon K. Nagel, Boswell Book Company
Milwaukee, WI

"In the aftermath of World War I, Frances Wray and her mother must rent out rooms in their house, due to their accumulated losses and mounting debts. Newlyweds Leonard & Lillian Barber are the Wray's first tenants in their home up on Champion Hill. It's a big adjustment for the Wrays, who come to terms with having 'paying guests'. Along the way, Frances & Lillian get to know each other, and what begins as a friendship blossoms into something more. Then one day a catastrophe strikes that upends their existence and that of everyone they know. Sexy, gripping, and suspenseful, Sarah Waters is in top form."

--Jen Steele, Boswell Book Company
Milwaukee, WI

"Sarah Waters is a longtime favorite at our bookstore, and The Paying Guest contains many of the themes we have come to expect from Ms. Waters (British class anxieties, the fall of 'good' families after war, restrained romance) and turns them into a classic, 'don't want to put it down' page turner of crime, punishment, and the horrors of both guilt and love. Finely wrought, unflinchingly observed, and perfect for a fall getaway read, The Paying Guests is likely to bring Sarah Waters an entirely new level of praise much like Emma Donoghue in Room."

--Elizabeth Anderson, Charis Books and More
Atlanta, GA

Stalin

Stalin
by Stephen Kotkin
On Sale - November 6, 2014
Penguin Press

"Stalin was arguably the most influential individual of the 20th century and his actions and policies had effects that still resonate today. Yet, most characterizations of him are more caricature than reality. Stephen Kotkin presents the man in all of his fascinating and terrifying depth, depicting the great intelligence and greater will than enabled him to rule over the world's largest country. This first volume of a projected three is a monumental work of scholarship and promises to stand as the definitive biography of the enigmatic, domineering Russian dictator."

--Bill Cusumano, Square Books
Oxford, MS

Unbecoming

Unbecoming
by Rebecca Scherm
On Sale - January 22, 2015
Viking

"Grace is in France hiding from her past, living under an assumed name when two men from her previous life in Tennessee are paroled from prison. She can't stay hidden forever and knows the men from home will track her down. Grace has made many mistakes and told many lies over the years and finally everything catches up with her as the novel unfolds. Part mystery, part love story, Unbecoming is an original and intriguing debut, and I thoroughly enjoyed it."

--Sherri Gallentine, Vroman’s Bookstore
Pasadena, CA

"Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm is a very well-written heist novel that's much more character driven than your typical 'thriller.' When a mystery woman begins replacing real gems in jewelry with phonies in Paris, she realizes that two men she has wronged in the past have been released from prison. Instead of your typical chase scenario, we get flashbacks revealing how a specific heist was pulled off, how two men entered her life, and how love and lust changed everything. It makes for a fast, compelling read. The only thing it lacked was a likable character. Wow, everyone was shifty and narcissistic! It is still quite a good book, and all the parts about how the jewelry stone robbery is done is fascinating, but there just isn't that drive to see someone 'get what they deserve.' Then again, perhaps that's the point!"

--Bill Carl, The Booksellers on Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH

"Apt comparisons to Gone Girl and Goldfinch will draw them in, but readers will find that Unbecoming occupies irresistible page-turning territory all its own. Rebecca Scherm's debut novel slowly and delicately unpacks the story of how Grace, an NYU drop-out from Tennessee, becomes Julie from California, an expat restoring antiques in Paris, France. Grace is a complex character and a not entirely trustworthy narrator; after spending most of her young life seeking the approval of a family she loves more than her own, her sense of well-being is suddenly shattered by the impulse to escape the stifling familiarity of her tiny hometown and long-time boyfriend. This discomfiting epiphany sparks a chain of events that culminate in a botched art heist, and the reader is kept guessing right until the end about where the aftermath will ultimately leave the cunning but vulnerable Grace. Unbecoming is sly and sexy, psychological suspense at its best."

--Kat Leache, Booksellers at Laurelwood
Memphis, TN

The Valley

The Valley
by John Renehan
On Sale - March 10, 2015
Dutton

"Well deserved place on the debut indie list. Amazing. The ending gets a little cluttered but it doesn't matter at all."

--Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Inc.
Mystic, CT

The Way of Sorrows

The Way of Sorrows
by Jon Steele
On Sale - August 4, 2015
Blue Rider Press

"Our store book group just read The Watchers as their October pick for paranormal mystery and they loved it. Even the members who don't typically read books with a paranormal element completely fell under the spell of Marc Rochat. Every year in December I reread a favorite book, and their enthusiasm for The Watchers convinced me to make it my December reread (for the third time).

The Way of Sorrows is definitely my most anticipated book of 2015, and I've got a group of customers that come in a periodically ask if there's news about it."

--John Kwiatkowski, Murder by the Book
Houston, TX

West of Sunset

West of Sunset
by Stewart O'Nan
On Sale - January 13, 2015
Viking

"West of Sunset is the book I wished for all these many years after I turning my final pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final work. Stewart O'Nan has outdone himself, resurrecting Fitzgerald with an endearing and addictive fallibility. The Lost Generation has always been historically bound to Paris but O'Nan reminds us of Hollywood's enslavement of the wayward authors. Talented, yet left financially bereft from Europe, Dorothy Parker, Aldous Huxley, Ogden Nash all shared a building, doctoring movie scripts to pay the bills, eating boxed lunches with Joan Crawford. Fitzgerald shares an apartment building with Humphrey Bogart, lives just around the corner from Lucille Ball and O'Nan deftly cracks the steeping, sparkling veneer of American celebrity in the 1930's; allowing Fitzgerald's measured eye lay bare his self deprecation of both his successes and failures, bestowed upon him in ungodly amounts of money lost and won. West of Sunset never allows itself to sink into melodrama. The characters are rich. Hemingway is fantastically written. This is the kind of book you read for the people not the story. We know the story. The story is tragic of epic proportions. O'Nan is the talented author who delivered it to us."

--Jordana Flavin, Weller Book Works
Salt Lake City, UT

Where All Light Tends to Go

Where All Light Tends to Go
by David Joy
On Sale - March 3, 2015
Putnam

"David Joy's debut novel, Where All Light Tends to Go shows tremendous promise. His depictions of the southern Appalachians and the still relatively isolated mountain culture are dark but lovely. We get a heavy sense of grim fate engulfing Jacob McNeely, the teenaged anti-hero whose gritty narration is harsh and profane, but rings true. Joy proves to be an up-and-coming voice in southern noir lit."

--Chris Wilcox, City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Young Reader

Renegade

Renegade
by Antony John
On Sale - November 13, 2014
Dial

"Elemental by Antony John is an absolutely fantastic start to a new series. It's completely gripping and full of intrigue, revelation, mystery and suspense. And Thomas is one of the best developed characters I've seen--he felt real to me. I highly recommend this book for all ages."

--James Dashner,