I Thought You Were Dead (Apr., $24.95) by Pete Nelson. A man deals with life's disasters by talking them over with his dog... who talks back.
The Unreal Story of Sergey Vladimirovich Nabokov (Apr., $24.95) by Paul Russell. This roman à clef is based on the life of writer Nabokov's gay brother.
AMERICAN UNIV. IN CAIRO PRESS
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The Coffeehouse (Apr., $22.95) by Naguib Mahfouz tackles themes of loss and memory.
32 Candles (July, $24.99) by Ernessa T. Carter. A smalltown “ugly duckling” with a voice like Tina Turner escapes to L.A. to try to make it big. 40,000 first printing.
SHAYE AREHEART BOOKS
Fragile Beasts (Mar., $25) by Tawni O'Dell. In Pennsylvania coal country, four disparate characters come together under the roof of reclusive Candace Jack. 35,000 first printing.
Walking to Gatlinburg (Mar., $25) by Howard Frank Mosher. In 1864, a 17-year-old from Vermont is determined to track down his brother, who's gone missing from the Union Army.
Fragile (May, $28) by Lisa Unger. Smalltown secrets are exposed when a teenage girl's disappearance resembles another disappearance 20 years earlier. 60,000 first printing.
ATLANTIC MONTHLY PRESS
Father of the Rain (July, $24) by Lily King traces a complex father-daughter relationship from the '70s to the present.
House Rules (Mar., $28) by Jodi Picoult. A teenager with Asperger's syndrome is accused of murdering his tutor. 1 million first printing.
The Distant Hours (Apr., $26.99) by Kate Morton. In England 1940, the lives of a 12-year-old and her family are changed after sheltering a downed enemy pilot. 250,000 first printing.
Fly Away Home (July, $26.99) by Jennifer Weiner. Three women become friends when their lives are torn apart by crisis. 750,000 first printing.
Scarlet Nights (Aug., $25.99) by Jude Deveraux. In the third entry in the Edilean series, Sara Shaw finds out her fiancé is not who she thinks he is. 400,000 first printing.
Deception (Mar., $28) by Jonathan Kellerman. Alex Delaware and Det. Milo Sturgis hunt for a killer whose victim leaves behind an incriminating DVD.
The Sheen on the Silk (Mar., $27) by Anne Perry. In 13th-century Constantinople, a woman disguises herself as a eunuch to prove her brother's innocence. 8-city author tour.
The Passage (June, $26) by Justin Cronin. Some 100 years after Amy, six, flees a government experiment, a mute girl must cross a wasteland to save a colony of survivors. 15-city author tour.
The God of the Hive (Apr., $25) by Laurie R. King. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes separate to catch a villain in the conclusion of TheLanguage of Bees.5-city author tour.
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (June, $27) by Dean Koontz continues the author's story cycle based on Shelley's classic.
Bullet (Mar., $26.95) by Laurell K. Hamilton. Anita Blake returns to her home base of St. Louis, Mo., where she, Jean-Claude, and Richard are targeted for assassination.
Pearl of China (Apr., $24) by Anchee Min. This tale of friendship is based on the life of writer Pearl S. Buck.
Fade to Midnight (June, $19.95) by Shannon McKenna. After waking from an 18-year coma, Kev Larsen must stop a deadly legacy.
The Mountain Between Us (June, $19.99) by Charles Martin. Two strangers rely on each other to survive after they crash into a mountain wilderness. 100,000 first printing.
SARAH CRICHTON BOOKS
Beach Week (June, $25) by Susan Coll. Teenage Jordan McMillan gears up for an all-girls' vacation while her parents' marriage collapses.
Claude & Camille (Apr., $25) by Stephanie Cowell fictionalizes the lives of Impressionist painter Claude Monet and his wife, Camille. 40,000 first printing.
God Ain't Through Yet (June, $24) by Mary Monroe. A couple realize that their infidelities have hurt their marriage and jeopardized their daughter's welfare.
Big Girl (Mar., $28) by Danielle Steel explores self-image through the story of “big girl” Victoria Dawson, who feels out of place in a slender family.
61 Hours (May, $28) by Lee Child. In the latest Jack Reacher suspense yarn, the ex-army loner nears the zero hour for protecting a witness. 10—15-city author tour.
Family Ties (June, $28) by Danielle Steel. A young woman takes in her sister's three small children, who choose very different paths when they grow up.
The Cookbook Collector (July, $25) by Allegra Goodman. This contemporary Sense and Sensibility—like tale portrays two sisters—one a CFO, the other a doctoral student in philosophy. 5-city author tour.
The Nobodies Album (June, $25.95) by Carolyn Parkhurst. Octavia Frost is about to deliver the manuscript for a new novel, when her son is arrested for murder. 125,000 first printing. Author tour.
Tell-All (May, $25.95) by Chuck Palahniuk. This dark reimagining of All About Eve presents a comical assault on celebrity. 200,000 first printing. Author tour.
DOUBLEDAY/NAN A. TALESE
Solar (Apr., $26.95) by Ian McEwan. A Nobel Prize—winning physicist has a chance to reinvigorate his career and his marriage—and save the environment. 300,000 first printing. Author tour.
Pen Friend (Apr., $32.95) by Ciaran Carson. A man receives cryptic postcards from an ex-lover two decades after their affair ended.
The Stormchasers (June, $25.95) by Jenna Blum. Twins are forced to confront a violent secret from their past.
FABER AND FABER
The Spot ((June, $23) by David Means. Stories from the New Yorker, Harper's, and Zoetrope chart the intricacies of crime and betrayal.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
The Ask (Mar., $25) by Sam Lipsyte. Milo Burke is tasked with reeling in a donor—a major “ask”—in order to win back his development officer job.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX/FRANCES COADY
The Long Song (May, $26) by Andrea Levy. The arrival of an English overseer at a sugar plantation in the Civil War South alters the course of several lives. Author tour.
A Dog's Purpose (July, $22.99) by W. Bruce Cameron offers a dog's-eye view of human relationships. 100,000 first printing.
Deliver Us from Evil (Apr., $27.99) by David Baldacci. Mace Perry's fate becomes enmeshed with that of a lawyer who discovers the body of a partner at the firm.
Innocent (May, $27.99) by Scott Turow presents a sequel, 20 years later, to Presumed Innocent.
Fever Dream (May, $26.99) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Agent Pendergast faces his most personal case—his wife's murder.
The Lion (June, $27.99) by Nelson DeMille. John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective and special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, returns in the sequel to The Lion's Game.
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective (June, $27.99) by Eric Van Lustbader. Bourne races to prevent a new world war.
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I Curse the River of Time (Aug., $23) by Per Petterson examines a complex mother-son relationship. 75,000 first printing. Author tour.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (May, $19.95) by Philip Pullman reimagines the life of Jesus.
The Galilean Secret (May, $24.99) by Evan Drake Howard entwines two stories: one set in today's Middle East, the other in ancient Palestine.
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Althea's Grand Tour (May, $24.95) by Emily Hendrickson. In Regency England, a tall woman longs for a man she can look up to.
So Much for That (Mar., $25.99) by Lionel Shriver. A crumbling marriage is resurrected in the face of illness and a family's struggle to confront death. 100,000 first printing.
Island Beneath the Sea (Apr., $26.99) by Isabel Allende tells of a mulatto slave concubine determined to take control of her destiny. 200,000 first printing.
Etre the Cow (Apr., $11.95) by Sean Kenniff offers a tale about pushing the limits of individual will and challenging destiny.
The Good Son (May, $26) by Michael Gruber. A psychologist kidnapped in Pakistan stays alive by interpreting her captor's dreams, as her son tries to save her life. 100,000 first printing.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
The Hand That First Held Mine (Apr., $25) by Maggie O'Farrell centers on two women who are connected across 50 years by love stories, family secrets, and motherhood. 50,000 first printing. Author tour.
What Is Left the Daughter (July, $25) by Howard Norman. A wartime love triangle ensues when a 17-year-old girl's parents commit suicide within hours of each other. 50,000 first printing. 6-city author tour.
Dangerous (June, $24.95) by Diana Palmer. After his wife dies, Kilraven is afraid to risk his heart, until now. 93,000 first printing.
Cum Laude (June, $23.99) by Cecily von Ziegesar. Freshmen at a fictional Maine university cause drama for themselves and the town. 200,000 first printing.
Without Mercy (Apr., $25) by Lisa Jackson. Students at an elite boarding school are going missing, and two have committed suicide.
The Lake Shore Limited (Apr., $25.95) by Sue Miller. Themes of fate and time reverberate through the protagonist's play about a terrorist train bombing. 200,000 first printing.
Parrot and Olivier in America (Apr., $26.95) by Peter Carey. In early 19th-century America, our heroes' lives become joined by an enigmatic one-armed marquis. 100,000 first printing.
Private Life (May, $26.95) by Jane Smiley traces the disparate fortunes of a married couple from the 1880s to WWII. 100,000 first printing. 6-city author tour.
Imperial Bedrooms (June, $25) by Bret Easton Ellis updates the lives of the hedonistic teenagers from the author's Less than Zero. 100,000 first printing.
Lucy (July, $24.95) by Laurence Gonzales considers issues of ethics and genetic engineering with the discovery of a teenage girl bred from a human and an ape. 100,000 first printing.
LIBRARY OF AMERICA
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Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories (June, $35), edited by Joyce Carol Oates, gathers such classics as The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, et al.
Men and Dogs (Apr., $23.99) by Katie Crouch. Twenty years after her father disappears, Hannah returns home to find out what really happened. Author tour.
LITTLE, BROWN/REAGAN ARTHUR BOOKS
The Island (June, $25.99) by Elin Hilderbrand. Secrets and intrigue surface when Birdie, her sister, and Birdie's two daughters share an island house off Nantucket.
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Crocodile (Apr., $19.95) by Anthony C. Winkler. A simple but devout Catholic housemaid, feeling abandoned by God, kidnaps him.
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The Time of Terror (Apr., $24.95) by Seth Hunter. In 1793, British Naval Cmdr. Nathan Peake takes on a dangerous mission in the war against France.
Hannah's List (May, $24.95) by Debbie Macomber. After his wife's death, Michael Everett receives a letter from her asking him to marry one of three women. 450,000 first printing. 16-city author tour.
Bite Me (Apr., $23.99) by Christopher Moore tells a farcical vampire love story. 300,000 first printing.
The Map of True Places (May, $25.99) by Brunonia Barry. A psychotherapist finds the strands of her own life in the death of a troubled patient.
Antwerp (Apr., $15.95) by Roberto Bolaño, trans. by Natasha Wimmer, contains 54 sections of fractured narration—voices from a dream, a nightmare, and passersby.
NORTHWESTERN UNIV. PRESS
The Divine Comedy (Aug., $35) by Dante. Burton Raffel offers a new translation.
The Lonely Polygamist (Apr., $26.95) by Brady Udall. Golden Richards, married with four wives, becomes entangled in a perilous affair. Author tour.
Point Dume (May, $24.95) by Katie Arnoldi combines the death of surf culture with human trafficking, drugs, environmental devastation, and obsessive love. 5-city author tour.
Corduroy Mansions (July, $24.95) by Alexander McCall Smith chronicles the comings and goings in a crumbling London mansion block. 100,000 first printing.
A Theory of All Things (Mar., $28) by Peggy Leon. Five quirky mid-30s siblings undergo personal crises that will reunite them in a new way.
The Darkest Shade of Honor (Mar., $21.95) by Robert N. Macomber. In this eighth addition to the series, Cmdr. Peter Wake, U.S.N., is assigned to uncover Cuban revolutionary activities.
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Stickfiguratively Speaking: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Mar., $12.95) by Jamison Odone deconstructs Lewis Carroll's classic with pen-and-ink drawings.
The Silent Sea (Mar., $27.95) by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. The new Oregon adventure again features Juan Cabrillo and his tech-savvy group. 600,000 first printing.
Storm Prey (May, $27.95) by John Sandford. More derring-do from Lucas Davenport. 750,000 first printing.
The Spy (June, $27.95) by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Det. Isaac Bell returns in a new historical thriller. 700,000 first printing.
The Search (July, $26.95) by Nora Roberts. A canine search and rescue volunteer finds love in the Pacific Northwest. 800,000 first printing.
The Rembrandt Affair (July, $26.95) by Daniel Silva. Master spy Gabriel Allon delivers further thrills. 500,000 first printing.
The Irresistible Henry House (Mar., $25) by Lisa Grunwald traces three decades in the life of a “practice baby,” an orphan raised by six moms in a college home ec program.
American Taliban (Apr., $25) by Pearl Abraham explores how a seemingly well-adjusted American could become a Taliban fighter. Author tour.
The Last Time I Saw You (Apr., $25) by Elizabeth Berg. A 45th high school reunion becomes a catalyst for Dorothy and her former classmates. 8-city author tour.
Every Last One (May, $26) by Anna Quindlen focuses on a suburban family and the consequences of small, casual actions. 9-city author tour.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet (June, $25) by David Mitchell. In 1799, a clerk must spend five years in the Japanese port of Dejima to marry his fiancée. 7-city author tour.
Super Sad True Love Story (Aug., $25) by Gary Shteyngart takes place in a near future where people stream their lives instead of living them.
The Surrendered (Mar., $26.95) by Chang-Rae Lee entwines the stories of a Korean War orphan, a GI who fought there, and a missionary wife 30 years after the war ended. 100,000 first printing.
Imperfect Birds (Apr., $25.95) by Anne Lamott. Rosie's parents must confront the fact that the high school senior has been lying to them about drugs and alcohol. 150,000 first printing.
My Name Is Memory (June, $25.95) by Ann Brashares recounts a love story that lasts more than a lifetime. 300,000 first printing.
Walks with Men (June, $12) by Ann Beattie. This novella captures the essence of New York City in the 1980s.
As Husbands Go (July, $26) by Susan Isaacs. A suburban mom searches for answers to her own life, rather than to her husband's death. 100,000 first printing.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
The Walk (Apr., $22) by Richard Paul Evans launches a series that follows a former ad executive who sets out to walk across America. 350,000 first printing.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont (May, $25.99) by Lauren Weisberger. A woman is summarily dumped by her long-term boyfriend when he becomes famous. 500,000 first printing.
SPIEGEL & GRAU
This Is Where We Live (June, $25) by Janelle Brown. When an artsy married couple purchase their first home, they're confronted with many trials and tribulations.
Think Twice (Mar., $26.99) by Lisa Scottoline. On the run, Alice decides the only way out is to impersonate her twin sister.
Heart of the Matter (May, $24.99) by Emily Giffin focuses on three people caught in a triangle that makes them question their beliefs concerning love and loyalty.
Sizzling Sixteen (June, $27.99) by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum, back on the case.
No Mercy (Aug., $24.99) by Sherrilyn Kenyon presents the newest Dark-Hunter saga.
ST. MARTIN'S/THOMAS DUNNE
The Long Way Home (Apr., $24.99) by Robin Pilcher. Claire uncovers unforeseen complications when she flies from New York to Scotland to nurse her stepfather.
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers (June, $24.99) by Sharon McCrumb marks the return of Nora Bonesteel and the Appalachian Ballad series. 100,000 first printing. Author tour.
SWEET EARTH FLYING PRESS
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Burning Horses: A Hungarian Life Turned Upside Down (Apr., $24.95) by Agatha Hoff fictionalizes the story of Hoff's mother during the Hungarian Holocaust. Author tour.
TEXAS TECH UNIV. PRESS
Changó, the Biggest Badass (Mar., $34.95) by Manuel Zapata Olivella, trans. by Jonathan Tittler, chronicles the African Diaspora in the Americas, from the slave trade to Marcus Garvey.
Untitled (May, $26) by Glenn Beck. This thriller considers the consequences America will face if we take our freedoms for granted. 750,000 first printing.
The Red Queen (Aug., $25.99) by Philippa Gregory. The second book in the Cousins' War series tracks Margaret Beaufort's plot to win the throne.
Her Mother's Hope (Mar., $24.99) by Francine Rivers is the first of two novels that explore the intergenerational relationships between mothers and daughters.
The Singer's Gun (May, $24.95) by Emily St. John Mandel. A young professional with a secret history is blackmailed by his cousin, his former partner in crime. Author tour.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN/TERRACE BOOKS
The Big Bang Symphony (Mar., $24.95) by Lucy Jane Bledsoe chronicles the lives of three women—composer, scientist, galley cook—who move to a research station in Antarctica.
The Last Christian (May, $19.99) by David Gregory tells of an America that has lost its faith and the woman destined to save it.
Edge of Apocalypse (May, $24.99) by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall. Joshua Jordan's new weapons defense system will secure America against new enemies—but at what cost?