Publishers may say that their being more selective about what they bring to this year’s regional conferences, but it sure doesn’t feel collectively like they have cut back. There’s something for every bookseller, from galleys for bestselling authors like M.J. Rose, The Book of Lost Fragrances (Mar. ’12) and the movie tie-in of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, to The Recipe Project, which sings every ingredient of famous chefs’ recipes. In addition to books, galleys, and the occasional tote bag, which have become standard fare, Penguin, is holding a raffle at all nine shows. The grand prize is a Penguin Classics Skateboard Deck with seven books, a mixture of children’s and adult titles.
* Books and galleys will be at all nine shows unless otherwise indicated.
Akashic Books (dist. by Consortium)
Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith by Michael Stipe. $23.95, ISBN 978-1617750236; Aug.
This photo-diary of Patti Smith’s return to touring in 1995 by R.E.M. frontman Stipe intersperses images with words by William Burroughs and others.
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. $24.95, ISBN 978-1616200428; Jan. ‘12
In Rwanda, a Tutsi runner trains to be an Olympic contender before finding himself on the run from the attempted genocide of his people. MBA, MPIBA and PNBA. Appearing at: MBA, MPIBA, and PNBA.
Until the Next Time by Kevin Fox. $24.95, ISBN 978-1565129931; Feb. ‘12
Ancient secrets passed down for a thousand years lead a young man on a search for a lost love and the truth behind his uncle’s murder in this novel set in Ireland. NAIBA, MBA, PNBA, and NCIBA. Appearing at: NAIBA, MBA, PNBA, and NCIBA.
Arsenal Pulp Press (dist. by Consortium)
Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain and Jeff Christenson. $29.95 paper, ISBN 978-1551524061; Sept.
This how-to by the co-author of Yarn Bombing elevates embroidery to an art form.
Behler Publications (dist. by Consortium)
Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis from Pee Wee Football to the NFL by Gay Culverhouse. $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-1933016702; Aug.
Offers an insider’s look at arthritis, dementia, and suicide in the National Football League.
Biblioasis (dist. by Consortium)
Lucky Bruce by Bruce Jay Friedman. $26.96, ISBN 978-1926845319; Sept.
A memoir of the Golden Age of Hollywood and publishing by one of the leading American humorists.
Black Balloon Publishing (dist. by Consortium)
The Recipe Project by One Ring Zero, Michael Hearst, and Leigh Newman. $24.95 book-and-CD set, ISBN 978-1936787005; Oct.
“Need fun stuff for the super-music-nerd-foodie who has everything? Here ya go: Famous chefs’ recipes sung—literally sung, just as written,” says Chopped host Ted Allen.
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. $24, ISBN 978-1608196258; Feb. ‘12
Hale returns to Austenland, where bonnets are in vogue and gentlemen can dance—and where one might still find real love and murder. MPIBA.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. $24, ISBN 978-1608195220; Sept.
A new voice from the Gulf Coast delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. SIBA.
The Accidental Feminist by M.G. Lord. $22, ISBN 978-0802716699; Feb. ‘12
Cultural historian Lord examines the unexpected feminist content in Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic roles. SIBA.
The Evening Hour by Carter Sickes. $15 paper, ISBN 978-1608195978; Jan. ‘12
A vivid debut set against the backdrop of an Appalachian town devastated by mountaintop removal coal-mining. SIBA and PNBA.
Bywater Books (dist. by Consortium)
Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid. $24.95, ISBN 978-1932859959; Aug.
In this standalone by the 2011 Boucheron Guest of Honor, disgraced psychiatrist Charlie Flint receives a summons to Oxford from a professor who wants her to look into the death of her daughter's husband.
Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition by Katherine Malmo. $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-0934971126; Oct.
Malmo describes her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from inflammatory breast cancer. PNBA and GLiBA.
Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan by Edward Girardet. $27.95, ISBN 978-1603583428; Aug.
A journalist’s offers insights into Afghanistan after covering failed military campaigns for 30 years. MPIBA, NCIBA, and NEIBA.
Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era by Amery Lovins. $34.95, ISBN 978-1603583718; Nov.
How U.S. businesses can lead the nation from oil and coal to renewables by 2050, and profit in the process. MPIBA, NCIBA, and NEIBA.
Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm by Didi Emmons. $34.95, ISBN 978-1603582858; Oct.
The story of a chef and a famer, and the foods that made them friends; with 46 plants and 150 recipes. MPIBA, NCIBA, and NEIBA.
Chin Music (dist. by Consortium)
Shiro by Shiro Kashiba and Ann Norton. $20 paper, ISBN 978-0984457625; Nov.
A cookbook/memoir by a sushi pioneer and founder of Shiro Restaurant in Seattle. PNBA.
Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog by J.H. Lee. $12.95, ISBN 978-1452103068; Sept.
Everyone loves Boo: his fluffy head, shaved body, and teddy bear-like persona.
Fed Up with Lunch by Mrs. Q. $22.95, ISBN 978-1452102283; Oct.
A teacher describes a year of eating school lunches, and offers tips on what foodies and concerned parents can do.
The Life of Fly by Magus Muhr. $12.95, ISBN 978-0811879064; Sept.
The Swedish photographer creates a series of vignettes—playing golf, sunbathing, partying—using household flies.
Rude Hand Gestures of the World by Romana Lefevre. $12.95 paper, ISBN 978-0811878074; Oct.
This photographic guide demonstrates how to make 50 offensive hand gestures from around the world.
Ruhlman’s Twenty by Michael Ruhlman. $40, ISBN 978-0811876438; Nov.
A culinary journalist presents the 20 cooking techniques he considers crucial.
Cinco Puntos Press (dist. by Consortium)
Country of the Bad Wolfes by James Carlos Blake. $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1935955030; Jan. ‘12
From a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner comes this epic tale spanning Yankee America to the Diaz regime in Mexico.
City Lights Publishers (dist. by Consortium)
Los Angeles Stories by Ry Cooder. $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-0872865198; Oct.
Musician Ry Cooder’s first collection of stories offers a nod to Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West.
Coffee House Press (dist. by Consortium)
Glass by Sam Savage. $15 paper, ISBN 978-1566892735; Nov.
Tasked with writing a preface to a reissue of her late husband’s out-of-print novel, Edna becomes lost in Proustian introspection.
Animal by DK Publishing with The Smithsonian Institute. $50, ISBN 978-1405362337; Sept. Tenth anniversary edition of the illustrated guide to the animal kingdom.
Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking by Caroline Bretherton. $35, ISBN 978-0756686796; Sept.
Easy-to-follow recipes with more than 1500 photographs. SIBA, MBA, NAIBA, GLiBA, and NEIBA.
Mountaineers by DK Publishing with The Smithsonian Institute. $40, ISBN 978-0756686826; Sept.
A visual survey of more than 80 mountaineers and their expeditions, from the Alps to Everest and the Andes. SIBA, MPIBA, SCIBA, and NCIBA.
Ultimate Food Journeys by DK Publishing. $40, ISBN 978-0756686000; Sept.
Takes travelers on a gastronomic tour of the globe, including street food in Southeast Asia and clam chowder in New England. MBA and SCIBA.
Violent Earth by DK Publishing with The Smithsonian Institute. $40, ISBN 978-0756686857; Oct.
A visual exploration of the forces that shape our planet. MPIBA, NAIBA, GLiBA, NEIBA, SCIBA, and NCIBA.
Damned by Chuck Palahniuk. $24.95, ISBN 978-0385533020; Oct.
A satirical look at the afterlife where the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center. PNBA Appearing at: PNBA.
The Healing by Jonathan Odell. $26, ISBN 978-0385534673; Feb. ‘12
Plantation Mistress Amanda Satterfield’s intense grief over losing her daughter crosses the line into madness when she takes a newborn slave child as her own, in this pre-Civil War novel. Shows: SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
Zone One by Colson Whitehead. $25.96, ISBN 978-0385528078; Oct.
Whitehead turns a satiric eye to zombies in this post apocalyptic horror novel set in Manhattan. Appearing at: NAIBA.
Enchanted Lion Books (dist. by Consortium)
People by Blexbolex. $19.95, ISBN 978-1592701100; Aug.
The latest book from the author/illustrator of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 features retro silk-screened images.
Exterminating Angel Press (dist. by Consortium)
This Is US: The New All-American Family by David Marin. $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1935259343; Sept.
Tells the story of one man’s quest to create a better life for three abandoned children—and himself. A September Indie Next pick.
Feminist Press (dist. by Consortium)
Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond. $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1558617476; Aug.
The Tony-nominated performance artist’s coming-of-age story as a trans kid. NCIBA.
Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins. $24.99, ISBN 978-0765321794; Aug.
This novel unravels the conspiracy to murder screen icon Marilyn Monroe. GLiBA.
Cold Glory by B. Kent Anderson. $24.99, ISBN 978-0765328618; Oct.
This political conspiracy thriller has its roots in an incomplete Civil War-era document, a hidden treaty signed by Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. SIBA.
Emory’s Gift by W. Bruce Cameron. $22.99, ISBN 978-0765327819; Sept.
The author of A Dog’s Purpose returns with a look at one boy’s discovery of what really matters when all seems lost. SCIBA and NCIBA. Appearing at: NCIBA.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar. $27, ISBN 978-0374108991; Oct.
A Mexican maid for a well-to-do Hollywood family finds herself in charge of the household’s two children when their parents disappear. SCIBA. Appearing at: SCIBA.
Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill. $15 paper, ISBN 978-0374532888; Sept.
This debut story collection haunted with a deep sense of place offers a welcome to the heartland where farms give way to meth labs and gunrunners. GLiBA.
FSG/Hill and Wang
Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works by Jonathan Gruber, illus. by Nathan Schreiber. $13.95 paper, ISBN 978-0809053971; Jan. ‘12
An architect of health care reform in Massachusetts explains why the legislation Congress passed is our best bet for solving the problem.
Fulcrum (dist. by Consortium)
Take Back Your Government: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Your Government Work for You by Morgan Carroll. $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1555914455; Nov.
A hands-on guide to working with your government. NAIBA, NEIBA, PNBA, and NCIBA.
My City, My New York: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places by Jeryl Brunner. $12.95 paper, ISBN 978-0762771394; Oct.
Offers chance to experience Manhattan the way most luminaries do. NAIBA. Appearing at: NAIBA.
Caseus Fromagerie Bistro Cookbook by Jason Sobocinski. $24.95, ISBN 978-0762761180; Nov. Overflows with recipes, photos, and personality. NEIBA Appearing at: NEIBA.
Celebrate Vegan: 200 Life-Affirming Recipes for All Occasions Big and Small by Denise Balcavage. $17.95 paper, ISBN 978-0762770670; Oct.
Vegan recipes for holiday celebrations year-round. NAIBA Appearing at: NAIBA.
Man Overboard: Inside the Honeymoon Cruise Murder by Joan Lownds. $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-0762773824; Sept.
The story of George Allen Smith IV’s murder on his Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise. NEIBA. Appearing at: NEIBA.
No Animals Were Harmed: The Controversial Line Between Entertainment and Abuse by Peter Laufer. $22.95, ISBN 978-0762763856; Oct.
Investigative journalist Laufer discusses the fatal attack of a killer whale at Sea World. PNBA. Appearing at: PNBA.
Osa and Martin: For the Love of Adventure by Kelly Enright. $24.95, ISBN 978-0762763603; Sept.
Tells the story of the two adventurers who brought lived in and filmed the jungles of Africa and the South Pacific from the 1910s through the 1940s. MPIBA. Appearing at: MPIBA.
The Lexicon of Real American Food by Jane and Michael Stern. $19.95, ISBN 978-0762760947; Sept. An illustrated guide to American fare. NEIBA. Appearing at: NEIBA.
The People’s War: Original Voices of the American Revolution by Noel Rae. $30, ISBN 978-0762770700; Oct.
Tells the story or the Revolutionary War through the people of the time. NEIBA Appearing at: NEIBA.
How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living by Karen Karbo. $21.95, ISBN 978-0762771318; Nov.
Using the famed artist’s life, Karbo explores universal themes like finding your own style and learning to take risks. SCIBA and PNBA. Appearing at: SCIBA and PNBA.
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson $24.99, ISBN 978-0446582353; Jan. ‘12
Bestselling author Jackson is back with a saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a secret.
Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith. $25, ISBN 978-0446550765; Jan. ‘12
A former secret police agent is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters from Moscow to New York. The tour ends in tragedy, and Leo has to confront what he thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself.
Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible by Regina Brett. $22.99, ISBN 978-1455500338; Jan. ‘12
From the author of God Never Blinks comes stories about the choices we make.
It’s All About the Dress: Savvy Secrets, Priceless Advice, and Inspiring Stories to Help You Find “The One” by Randy Fenoli. $27.99, ISBN 978-0446585071; Nov.
The star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress offers tips for finding a wedding dress.
Lethal by Sandra Brown. $26.99, ISBN 978-1455501472; Sept.
When her four-year-old daughter tells her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette discovers that it’s the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Appearing at: SIBA.
Pure by Julianna Baggott $25.99, ISBN 978-1455503063; Feb. ‘12 The first volume in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Appearing at: SIBA, NAIBA, and PNBA.
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. $26.99, ISBN 978-0446585026; Oct.
The entertainer riffs on topics ranging from hosting a talk show to what makes her happy.
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker. $24.99, ISBN 978-0446194235; Mar. ‘12 The author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County tells a magic-tinged tale of dreams, family secrets, and betrayals on a New England salt farm.
The Limit: Life and Death on the Grand Prix Circuit by Michael Cannell. $25.99, ISBN 978-046554725; Nov. The true story of the first American to win the Grand Prix title in 1961.
The Orchard by Theresa Weir. $24.99, ISBN 978-0446584692; Sept. The memoir of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm. Appearing at: MBA, MPIBA, and GLiBA.
These Days are Ours by Michelle Haimoff. $13.99 paper, ISBN 978-1455500291; Feb. ‘12
A debut novel about a recent college graduate trying to make sense of her future in post-9/11 Manhattan.
Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. $25, ISBN 978-0-8021-2010-6; Mar. ‘12
Novelist Winterson describes her upbringing in a Pentecostal household and her quest to make peace with the past.
Perlmann’s Silence by Pascale Mercier. $25, ISBN 978-0-8021-1957-5; Jan. ‘12
A portrait of a man striving to get his life on track after his wife’s death. Shows: PNBA, MPIBA, NEIBA, NAIBA, MBA, SIBA, NCIBA, and SCIBA.
I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck. $25, ISBN 978-0802119919; Sept.
In her first novel since winning a National Book Award, Tuck offers a portrait of a 43-year-old marriage. Appearing at: NEIBA.
Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Venture by Julia Flynn Siler. $30, ISBN 978-0-8021-2001-4; Jan. ‘12
Traces the history of Hawaii from its beginnings as a Polynesian island kingdom. PNBA, MPIBA, NEIBA, NAIBA, MBA, SIBA, and NCIBA.
Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer. $26, ISBN 978-0-8021-1971-1; Feb. ‘12
An examination Native American reservation life by a novelist who grew up on one. PNBA, MPIBA, NEIBA, NAIBA, MBA, SIBA, and NCIBA.
The Lost Saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis. $25, ISBN 978-0-8021-2005-2; Feb. ‘12
A novel about the fault lines in one Southern working-class family, from the 1940s to the 1980s. NEIBA, NAIBA, MBA, SIBA, and NCIBA.
What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes. $25, ISBN 978-0-8021-1992-6; Sept. The author of Matterhorn explores combat and how inadequately we prepare men and women for the stress of war.
Worm: The First Digital World War by Mark Bowden. $25, ISBN 978-0803229834; Sept.
The author of Black Hawk Down tells the story of the Conficker computer worm and the cyber security elites looking for its creators. Appearing at: NAIBA.
Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot. $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8021-7091-0; Jan. ‘12
In a future, where the end of the world is no more than a memory, a mysterious man works at putting people in the right places at the right times. PNBA and NCIBA.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. $25.99, ISBN 978-0316126694; Sept.
The co-founder of literary journal n+1 follows five characters at fictional Westish College on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Hachette/ Little Brown
Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, M.D. $27.99, ISBN 978-0316129442; Nov.
The bestselling author presents his approach to emotional wellness and finding lasting happiness.
American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar $24.99, ISBN 978-0316183314; Jan. ‘12
A novel about a young Muslim boy and his family struggling with faith and belonging in the American Mid-West of the 1980s.
Eleven Madison Park by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. $50, ISBN 978-0316098519; Nov.
A collection of seasonal recipes from the a four-star New York restaurant.
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. $30.99, ISBN 978-0316189255; Nov.
When the president’s children are kidnapped, Alex Cross races to save them.
Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea. $24.99, ISBN 978-0316154864; Dec.
The heroine of The Hummingbird’s Daughter returns in this novel of love and loss.
The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine by Karen Page with Andrew Dornenburg. $35, ISBN 978-0316045131; Nov.
Uncorks the world of wine for food lovers.
West by West by Jerry West. $27.99, ISBN 978-0316053495; Oct.
The life story of the basketball great.
Arthur The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. $24.99, ISBN 978-0316175678; Feb. ‘12
A couple’s lives are changed by the arrival of a little girl on their snowy doorstep.
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner. $24.99, ISBN 978-0061768118, Feb. ‘12
Describes how her marriage’s unraveling slammed her into a wall of doubt and spiritual crisis. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
Haymarket Books (dist. by Consortium)
Rich People Things: Real-Life Secrets of the Predator Class by Chris Lehmann. $16.96 paper, ISBN 978-1608461523; Oct.
Presents a layman’s guide to how the wealthy maintain their rule.
Cupcakes, Cookies, and Pie, Oh My! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. $17.95 paper, ISBN 978-0547662428; Jan. ‘12
The authors of Hello, Cupcake! offer sweet treats for everybody.
Essential Pepin: More than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food by Jacques Pépin. $40 book-and-DVD set, ISBN 978-0547232799; Oct.
The legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career.
Men in the Making by Bruce Machart. $24, ISBN 978-0156034449; Oct.
These ten stories tackle what it means to be a man. MPIBA.
Revolution 2.0: A Memoir and Call to Action by Wael Ghonim. $26, ISBN 978-0547773988; Jan. ‘12
The Google executive who helped mobilize the revolution in Egypt tells his story.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Ed. by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionary. $60, ISBN 978-0547041018; Nov.
Features 10,000 new words and over 4,000 new full-color images.
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick, ed. and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem. $40, ISBN 978-0547549255; Nov.
The definitive presentation of Philip K. Dick’s unpublished masterwork.
The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R. by Carole DeSanti. $26, ISBN 978-0547553092; Mar. ‘12
Love, war, and commerce converge in this tale of a young woman’s coming-of-age in Paris in the 1860s.
When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood. $24, ISBN 978-0547630144; July ‘12
From the author of Any Bitter Thing comes this memoir of a summer of sisterhood in 1963. Appearing at: NEIBA.
Jewish Threads: A Hands-On Guide to Stitching Spiritual Intention into Jewish Fabric Crafts by Diana Drew and Robert Grayson. $19.99, ISBN 978-1580234429; Oct. This guide features 30 handmade Jewish fabric craft projects.
The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah… and Your Life by Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman. $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1580234580; Aug.
A go-to source for those looking to make the world a better place.
Helpless by Daniel Palmer. $25, ISBN 978-0758246653; Feb. ‘12
A thriller in the tradition of Harlan Coben, Palmer’s second thriller finds a single father accused of shocking crimes. NEIBA. Appearing at: NEIBA.
Late Edition by Fern Michaels. $15 paper, ISBN 978-0758227225; Sept.
The latest in Michaels’s bestselling Godmothers series, set in Charleston. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris. $15 paper, ISBN 978-0758246851; Mar. ‘12
A Caucasian violinist elopes with her Japanese-American boyfriend the night before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. PNBA. Appearing at: PNBA.
The Gilder by Kathryn Kay. $15 paper, ISBN 978-0758263223; Jan. ‘12
Set in Florence, Italy, this first novel is about secrets, friendship, betrayal, and the choices that change us forever. NEIBA. Appearing at: NEIBA.
Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing by Megan Smolenyak. $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-0806534466; Feb. ‘12
A layperson’s guide to genealogy by the woman who traced Obama’s family to Ireland. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
American Boy by Larry Watson. $24, ISBN 978-1571310781; Oct.
A classic tale of desire, betrayal, and coming-of-age by the author of Montana 1948. MBA and GLiBA. Appearing at: MBA and GLiBA.
The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin. $24, ISBN 978-1571310835; May.
Set in Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse, the three stories collected feature characters separated by centuries and circumstance, yet connected by a shared geography. MBA and GLiBA. Appearing at: MBA.
Cloudland by Joseph Olshan. $24.99, ISBN 978-1250000170; Apr. ‘12
A literary thriller set in rural Vermont from the author of Clara’s Heart.
101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White. $14.95, ISBN 978-0262016216; Oct.
Lessons, demonstrations, and tips on what to expect in art school. NEIBA, PNBA, NCIBA, and MPIBA.
A Landscape History of New England, ed. by Blake Harrison and Richard W. Judd. $34.95, ISBN 978-0-262-01640-7; Oct.
Examines our varying perceptions of New England’s landscapes across two centuries of settlement, work, and recreation. NEIBA.
I’ll Have What She’s Having: Mapping Social Behavior by R. Alexander Bentley et al. $22.95, ISBN 978-0-262-01615-5; Oct.
Discusses how we learn from those around us. NEIBA, PNBA, NCIBA, and MPIBA.
Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen by James H. Austin. $24.95, ISBN 978-262-01587-5; Oct.
A guide to Zen meditative practice informed by the latest findings in brain research. NEIBA, PNBA, NCIBA, and MPIBA.
Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the City by Anne Mikoleit and Moritz Purckhauer. $18.95, ISBN 978-0-262-01641-4; Oct.
A primer in urban literacy told in words and pictures. NEIBA, PNBA, NCIBA, and MPIBA. Appearing at: NEIBA, PNBA, NCIBA, and MPIBA.
Cemetery Girl by David Bell. $14 paper, ISBN 978-0451234674; Oct.
Four years after her disappearance, Tom and Abby’s teenage daughter returns. GLiBA.
The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White. $15 paper, ISBN 978-0451235268; Nov.
The third book to feature psychic realtor Melanie Middleton. SIBA.
Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman. $24.95, ISBN 978-0441020676; Sept. In this debut thriller, a failed academic and his wife arrive in a sleepy Georgia town. At first, their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But an unspoken presence demands sacrifice. SIBA.
New World Library (dist. by PGW)
The Bugaboo Review: A Lighthearted Guide to Exterminating Confusion about Words, Spelling, and Grammar by Sue Sommer. $14, ISBN 978-1608680269; Aug.
A quick-reference from a high school English teacher and professional proofreader. NCIBA.
Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston. $25.95, ISBN 978-0393082654; Feb. ‘12
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, the narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air. Appearing at: NCIBA and MPIBA.
Heft by Liz Moore. $24.95, ISBN 978-0393081503; Jan. ‘12
When two improbable heroes—a 550-pound shut-in and a poor 17-year-old baseball player—suddenly meet, their connection transforms both their lives.
Leela’s Book by Alice Albinia. $25.95, ISBN 978-0393082708; Jan. ‘12
Leela is moving from New York back to Delhi, where her return will unsettle precariously balanced lives.
Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein. $19.95, ISBN 978-1590514733; Oct.
A tour of French food, culture, and literature with Honore de Balzac. GLiBA, MBA, MPIBA, NAIBA, NCIBA, NEIBA, PNBA, and SIBA.
Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam. $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-1590514375; Sept.
This debut novel explores the dynamics of love and dependency that challenge the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood. MPIBA. Appearing at: MPIBA.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker. $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-1590514634; Jan. ‘12
After a lawyer disappears without a trace, his wife and adult daughter find a love letter he wrote to a Burmese woman many years before. GLiBA, MBA, MPIBA, NAIBA, NCIBA, NEIBA, PNBA, and SIBA.
Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg. $15 paper, ISBN 978-0143120662; Dec.
For Lizzie, setting sail in 1830 to the islands of St. Kilda is an adventure into the unknown. Her only certainty is her loyalty and love for her husband, which will be tested in the years to come.
The Widow’s Daughter by Nicholas Edlin. $15 paper, ISBN 978-0143120827; Apr. ‘12 A military surgeon finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of the woman he love’s brother.
The Good American by Alex George. $25.95, ISBN 978-0399157592; Feb. ‘12
A multigenerational novel about James Meisenheimer and his family’s journey from Germany to America. Appearing at: MBA.
Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. $25.95, ISBN 978-0399157493; July
A new book in Dolan’s series about Ann Arbor mystery magazine editor David Loogan. GLiBA.
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau. $24.95, ISBN 978-0399-158452; Mar. ‘12
A young Muslim war orphan and an American soldier are bound together by fate.
Good Graces by Lesley Kagen. $25.95, ISBN 978-0525952381; Sept.
In this sequel sequel to Whistling in the Dark, child narrator Sally O’Malley brings us back to Milwaukee in the summer of 1960, when she and her sister are once more at risk. MBA and GLiBA.
Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne. $25.95, ISBN 978-0525952688; Apr. ‘12
The story of a girl who has never been loved. NCIBA.
The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson. $25.95, ISBN 978-0525952596; Jan. ‘12
A young widow’s devotion to raising her late husband’s two small children is challenged when their biological mother arrives. Appearing at: SCIBA.
The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters by Jeffrey Zaslow. $27, ISBN 978-1592406616; Dec.
Zaslow takes readers to a small-town bridal shop in Michigan to examine women, and their families, on the brink of commitment. MBA, GLiBA, and PNBA.
The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell. $25.95, ISBN 978-0399157745; Jan. ‘12
Newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit, Mallory senses a kindred spirit when she meets the little girl in Central Park: perfect-except for the blood on her shoulder.
The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell. $25.95, ISBN 978-0399157288; Oct.
A re-imagining of the day Robert F. Kennedy’s body was transported by funeral train from New York’s Penn Station to Washington’s Union Station. NAIBA.
Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst. $25.95, ISBN 978-1594488146; Sept.
A bittersweet memoir of growing up in an eccentric family of faded wealth. SCIBA.
Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself by Julie Klam. $21.95, ISBN 978-1594488283; Oct.
The bestselling memoirist focuses on the healing power of rescue dogs. SIBA and NCIBA.
The Last Nude by Ellie Avery. $25.95, ISBN 978-1594488139; Jan. ‘12
Inspired by real events, this novel about an artist and her muse is a story of love, sexual obsessions, and tragedy, set in Paris between the world wars. Appearing at: NEIBA.
James Madison by Richard Brookhiser. $26.99, ISBN 978-0465019830; Sept.
Presents a portrait of the Father of the Constitution. NEIBA and PNBA. Appearing at: PNBA.
Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally by Alice Feiring. $24, ISBN 978-0306819537; Aug.
A personal journey into the new—and old—world of natural wine. NCIBA.
Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog by Emma Pearse. $25, ISBN 978-0738214672; Feb. ‘12
A three-year-old Australian Blue Heeler goes overboard into the Great Barrier Reef, swims six miles to shore, and spends five months living off the land before being rescued.
Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden by Bradley Ogden. $30, ISBN 9780-762439157; Sept.
Ogden’s first cookbook in over a decade includes 150 recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. NCIBA.
Hot Water by Erin Brockovich. $25.99, ISBN 9781593156848; Nov.
Brockovich brings back take-no-prisoners environmental activist A.J. Palladino for the second in her new series.
Recipes for Life by Linda Evans. $25.99, ISBN 978-1593156480; Oct.
The TV legend shares Hollywood moments, life-shaping revelations, and recipes in this photo-packed memoir.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. $19.99, ISBN 978-1593157135; Nov.
The publisher of Success magazine shares the principles that drive success.
Smut by Alan Bennett. $14 paper, ISBN 978-1250003164; Jan. ‘12
Two stories explore the tragicomic gap between people’s public appearance and private desires.
Process (dist. by Consortium)
Demons in the Age of Light: A Memoir of Psychosis and Recovery by Whitney Robinson. $16 paper, ISBN 978-1934170274; Sept.
A young woman recounts her descent into madness and how she healed herself.
Simon & Schuster
Immortal Bird by Doron Weber. $25, ISBN 978-1451618068; Feb. ‘12
A memoir of a father’s struggle to protect his son from a rare, life-threatening heart condition. Appearing at: NAIBA.
The Rebel Wife by Taylor Polites. $25, ISBN 978-1451629514; Feb. ‘12
This literary novel set in Reconstruction Alabama center on a young widow whose quest for freedom turns into a race for her life. NEIBA and SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose. $24, ISBN 978-1451621303; Mar. ‘12
Lovers, separated by time, are reunited through the powers of a lost perfume created in the days of Cleopatra.
Da Vinci’s Ghost by Toby Lester. $26.99, ISBN 978-1439189238; Feb. ‘12
Lester examines Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man to shed light on the moment when art, science, and philosophy held out the possibility that people could fathom the universe.
Season of the Witch by David Talbot. $26.99, ISBN 978-1439108215; May ‘12
Describes the 15-year period in San Francisco (1967-1982) filled with tragedy—the Zodiac Killer, the Jonestown horror, the assassination of Harvey Milk, and the AIDS epidemic. NCIBA.
The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg. $25.95, ISBN 978-1605981734; Apr. ‘12
Läckberg returns to the Swedish coastal town of Fjällbacka, where a detective and a bestselling writer race against the clock to solve a series of murders.
The Possibility of You by Pamela Redmon. $15 paper, ISBN 978-1451616422; Feb. ‘12 The story of three generations of women in New York City, dealing with issues of pregnancy, motherhood, and the search for belonging.
Simon & Schuster/Scribner
By the Iowa Sea by Joe Blair. $24, ISBN 978-1451636055; Mar. ‘12
An memoir about marriage and fatherhood. Appearing at: MBA.
The Last Good Man by A.J. Kazinski. $25, ISBN 978-1451640755; Mar. ‘12
A Danish detective tries to solve the riddle of a series of mysterious linked murders of “good” men and women around the world.
Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith by Don Mackenzie, Ted Falcon, and Jamal Rahman. $18.99 paper, ISBN 978-1594733178: Oct.
A pastor, a rabbi, and an imam examine interfaith dialogue.
Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude, and Attitude for a Polite Planet by Sara Hacala. $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1594733147; Aug.
Presents civility as a mindset encompassing values and attitudes that help us embrace our shared humanity.
Breaking the Code by Karen Fisher-Alaniz. $14.99; ISBN 978-1402261121; Nov.
On his 81st birthday, Alaniz’s father placed two notebooks on her lap. Inside were more than 400 pages of letters he'd written to his parents during WWII. PNBA. Appearing at: PNBA.
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont. $24.99, 978-0312-2642-80-8; Feb. ‘12
This debut novel about class privilege and competitive sailing is set at a New England boarding school amidst the stock market collapse of 1987.
A Teeny Bit of Trouble by Michael Lee West. $24.99, ISBN 978-0312571238; Apr. ‘12 Charleston pastry chef Teeny Templeton witnesses a murder, and her sleuthing stirs up revelations and scoops of trouble. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry. $24.99, ISBN 978-0312610395; Aug. Ellie’s world is turned upside down when she sees her ex-boyfriend at her mother’s funeral and learns about the documentary he’s making that involved her mom. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
Paradise Dogs by Man Martin. $25.99, ISBN 978-0312662561; June
A Florida real estate agent wants what he can’t get. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb. $24.99, ISBN 978-0312558178; Sept. Recounts a real-life murder in the North Carolina mountains after the Civil War. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick. $27.99, ISBN 978-0312571429; Sept.
The memoir of a newspaper columnist who, with his wife, bought a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Virginia. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. $25.99, ISBN 978-0312358341; Sept.
Drawing on the Rapture, Perrotta imagines how normal people would deal with being left behind. NEIBA. Appearing at: NEIBA.
Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton. $24.99, ISBN 978-0312556938; Sept.
Thirty-four-year-old single mom Leelee is back home in the south, but still thinking about the Vermonter who stole her heart. SIBA. Appearing at: SIBA.
Steerforth (dist. by Random House)
Miss Fuller by April Bernard. $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-158642193; April
Feminist Margaret Fuller is returning from Europe when the ship founders in a hurricane and her husband and child drown. Thoreau goes to the wreck to find her last manuscript, but instead returns with a packet of her letters. NEIBA.
Gypsy Boy: One Boy’s Struggle to Escape from a Secret World by Mikey Walsh. $24.99, ISBN 978-0312-6220-84; Feb. ‘12
In this memoir, Walsh chronicles early years as a gypsy.
Turtle Point Press (dist. by Consortium)
Broken Irish by Edward J. Delaney. $18.50 paper, ISBN 978-1933527505; Sept.
A passionate, heartbreaking story of authority and revenge, alcoholism, and futile redemption set in south Boston in the late 1990s. Ties into recent Whitey Bulger news and author has been picked up by Dennis Lehane’s agent.
Two Dollar Radio (dist. by Consortium)
Damascus by Joshua Mohr. $16 paper, ISBN 978-0982684894; Oct.
It’s 2003 and the country is divided over the Iraq War. Damascus, a dive bar in San Francisco's Mission District, becomes the setting for a showdown between the opposing sides. Indie Next Pick for Oct. Appearing at: NCIBA and PNBA.
Univ. of Arizona
Calexico: True Lives of the Borderlands by Peter Laufer. $19.95 paper, ISBN 978-0816529513, Oct.
Conversations with people who live and work on the border in California’s Imperial Valley. PNBA. Appearing at: PNBA.
Univ. of Nebraska
A Sandhills Ballad by Ladette Randolph. $18.95 paper, ISBN 978-0803236301; Apr.
A story of loss, sacrifice, and love in the Nebraska Sandhills. MBA.
Bohemian Girl by Terese Svoboda $14.95, ISBN 978-0803226821; Sept.
Illuminates an era of American history through one girl’s quest for identity. MBA.
Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860 by Anne F. Hyde. $45, ISBN 978-0803224056; July
A study of the role of family and trade networks in shaping the American West. MPIBA.
Eyewitness at Wounded Knee by Richard E. Jensen et al. $29.95, ISBN 978-0803236097; Mar.
This volume brings together 1500 photographs made before and immediately after the massacre. MPIBA.
Let’s Be Reasonable by Joel Sartore. $21.95, ISBN 978-0803235069; Sept.
Nebraska-based photographer Sartore presents the stories behind his award-winning images. MBA and MPIBA.
My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas by Tracy Seeley $15.95, ISBN 978-0803230101; Mar.
The tale of a woman whose mission is to find the meaning of home. MPIBA.
Portraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather by Richard Schilling. $44.95, ISBN 978-0803222601; May
With watercolor paintings and ink sketches, Schilling looks at the land that nurtured the novelist. MBA.
Swallowing the Soap: New and Selected Poems by William Kloefkorn, ed. by Ted Genoways. $26.95 paper, ISBN 978-0803234055; Oct.
The first volume to span the 40-year career of Nebraska state poet. MBA.
The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ‘68 Racial Divide by Steve Marantz. $17.95, ISBN 978-0803234345; Mar.
The story of Omaha Central’s first all-black school basketball team, set in a time of racial unrest. MBA.
Wright Morris Territory: A Treasury of Work by Wright Morris, ed. by David Madden. $19.95, ISBN 978-0803236585; Sept.
While embracing the prose for which Morris is famous, this collection also highlights his photography and other literary genres. MBA.
Univ. of North Carolina
Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness, photos by James Valentine text by Chris Bolgiano. $35, ISBN 978-0-8078-3514-2; Sept.
Showcases the pristine wild places still left in the Southern Appalachians. SIBA.
The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers’ Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes by Sheri Castle. $35, ISBN 978-0807834657; Apr.
Celebrates a seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South. SIBA.
The New Southern Latino Table: Recipes that Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South by Sandra Gutierrez. $30, ISBN 978-0807834947; Sept.
Blends ingredients, traditions, and culinary techniques of more than 20 Latin American countries with the food of the American South. SIBA.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden by Adrian Higgins, photos by Rob Cardillo. $29.99 ISBN 978-0812242744; May
The Washington Post garden columnist two growing cycles in Chanticleer. NAIBA.
The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh’s Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous Crimes by Lisa Rosner. $24.95 paper, ISBN 978-0812221763; Sept.
Portrays the first serial killers to capture media attention in 19th-century England. NAIBA, NEIBA, MBA, NCIBA, and SIBA.
The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon by Robert Darnton. $29.95 paper, ISBN 978-0812221718; Aug.
Explores the literature of libel and the colorful lives of libelers in 18th century France. NAIBA, NEIBA, MBA, NCIBA, and SIBA.
An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell by G. Wayne Miller. $29.95, ISBN 978-1-61168-186-4; Oct.
A biography of the six-term senator from Rhode Island best known as the sponsor of the educational Pell Grants. NEIBA. Appearing at: NEIBA.
Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not) edited by Gina Barreca. $19.95, ISBN 978-1-58465-759-0; Sept.
Chips away at traditional images of gender, one ice-cube at a time. NEIBA. Appearing at NEIBA.
Cabin: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine by Lou Ureneck. $25.95, ISBN 978-0670022946; Sept.
This chronicle of building a small post-and-beam cabin in the Maine woods tells a deeper story about home and family. NEIBA.
Drifting House by Krys Lee. $25.95, ISBN 978-0670023257; Feb. ‘12
This debut novel alternates between Koreans in their war-torn homeland and communities of immigrants grappling with assimilation in the U.S. SCIBA and NCIBA.
Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli. $25.95, ISBN 978-06700233218; Mar. ‘12
The bond between mothers and daughters forms the narrative spine of this debut spanning four generations in Georgia. SIBA.
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Ten Culinary Novices by Kathleen Flinn. $26.95, ISBN 978-0670023004; Oct.
Flinn takes ten women out of the frozen food aisle and into the kitchen to cook basic, affordable meals. PNBA and NCIBA.
The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty. $26.96, ISBN 978-0670023264; Feb. ‘12
A fly fishing murder mystery set in Montana. MPIBA.
The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen by Thomas Caplan. $26.95, ISBN 978-0670023219; Jan. ‘12
An ex-soldier-turned-movie-star-turned-spy attempts to stop a major nuclear weapons deal. Intro. by Bill Clinton.
The Darlings by Cristina Alger. $26.95, ISBN 978-0670023271; Feb. ‘12
A novel about a family with the deep patina of wealth and culture that becomes suddenly embroiled in a big financial scandal. Appearing at: SCIBA.
More Perfect Heaven by Dava Sobel. $25, ISBN 978-0802717931; Oct.
The author of Longitude tells the story of Nicolaus Copernicus and the revolution he inspired. NEIBA.
Auburn Football National Championship Vault by Whitman Publishing $49.95, ISBN 978-0794833886; Mar.
A retrospective of the Auburn Tigers’ rise to the top of college football under head coach Gene Chizik. SIBA.
Gator Greats: Profiles of Champions by Chris Doering and Scott Lynch. $29.95, ISBN 978-0794833015; Nov.
A record of the athletes responsible for the meteoric rise of the University of Florida football program. SIBA.
The Bama Way: Profiles of Champions by Todd Bates, Scott Lynch, and Scott Haugen. $29.95, ISBN 978-0794833922; Oct.
Follows one player from each of the University of Alabama’s 13 national championship football teams, from the 1962 Rose Bowl to the 2010 BCS National Championship. SIBA.
The Boston Celtics Basketball Vault by Roland Lazenby. $49.95, ISBN 978-0794832964; Nov.
Recounts the humble beginnings of the Boston Celtics and its rise to greatness. NEIBA.
The Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Vault by Roland Lazenby. $49.95, ISBN 978-0794832957; Nov.
Explores the history of one of pro basketball’s premier franchises. SCIBA.
Missed Connections by Sophie Blackwell. $13.95 paper, ISBN 978-0761163589; Oct.
In this collection of love stories told in the shorthand of a “missed connection,” each is illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor.
The Best of the Rejection Collection by Matthew Diffee. $13.95, ISBN 978-0761165781; Oct.
Nearly 300 of the funniest cartoons rejected by The New Yorker.
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland. $13.95 paper, ISBN 978-0761159131; July
The National Geographic reporter writes about animals that have nothing in common, but bond in unexpected ways.
When Parents Text by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli. $10.95 paper, ISBN 978-0761166047; Sept.
A collection of texts between parents and kids during the window when parents aren’t ready to let go and kids aren’t ready either.