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General Fiction & Short Stories

The Half-Mammals of Dixie
(Sept., $22.95) by George Singleton is a collection of stories set in the fictional town of Forty-Five, S.C. A Shannon Ravenel book. 8-city author tour.

The Last Girls (Sept., $24.95) by Lee Smith. Four women reunite on a luxury cruise to retrace a journey taken 35 years earlier. A Shannon Ravenel book. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. 15-city author tour.

Different People
(Oct., $23.95) by Orland Outland is a romantic tale of two men who survive setbacks. Advertising.

The Adventures of Miles and Isabel
(Sept., $23) by Tom Gilling weaves a story of romance and adventure in late 19th-century Australia. 25,000 first printing.

In Her Shoes
(Sept., $25) by Jennifer Weiner. Two sisters and their grandmother have nothing in common beyond their foot sizes. 125,000 first printing. Advertising.

Douglass' Women (Oct., $25) by Jewell Parker Rhodes features two actual women who loved Frederick Douglass: his wife of 44 years and a German heiress, his secret mistress for nearly three decades. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.

Getting Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles 2 (Nov., $24) by Zane is a story collection that emphasizes hot people and places. 100,000 first printing. Advertising.

Whispers at Midnight (Dec., $25) by Karen Robards. Divorced Carly, a proverbial good girl, moves back home, intent upon seducing former bad boy Matt. 125,000 first printing. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

Late Bloomers (Feb., $24) by Fern Michaels introduces Cody Jordon as she recovers long-buried memories of a childhood tragedy. 300,000 first printing.Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.

Man and Wife (Feb., $23) by Tony Parsons. In this sequel to Man and Boy, Harry Silver attempts to deal with second marriages and blended families. 125,000 first printing.

(Sept., $25.95) by Julie Garwood. A smart, sexy FBI agent is on the case of her life. Advertising.

Street Boys (Sept., $25.95) by Lorenzo Carcaterra takes place over four days in Naples during the autumn of 1943. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

The Murder Book (Oct., $26.95) by Jonathan Kellerman. L.A. psychologist/detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved, brutal murder. Advertising. Author publicity.

The Glorious Cause (Nov., $26.95) by Jeff Shaara. Colonists battle for their freedom in this sequel to Rise to Rebellion. Advertising. 8-city author tour.

Silent Partner (Jan., $24.95) by Stephen Frey. A woman possesses information that can bring down both a ruthless corporation and a wealthy man of mystery.

The Seduction of Water (Jan., $23.95) by Carol Goodman. An English professor seeks the truth about the death of her mother, a legendary writer who published only two volumes of a fantasy trilogy.

I, Richard
(Nov., $25.95) by Elizabeth George is the mystery writer's first story collection. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

The Rana Look (Dec., $19.95) by Sandra Brown. A legendary model seeks anonymity in a rickety Texas boardinghouse, where an injured star quarterback shows up. 200,000 first printing.

By the Light of the Moon (Jan., $TBA) by Dean Koontz explores what it means to be good when faced with malice. 525,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

The Secret Hour (Feb., $TBA) by Luanne Rice introduces defense attorney John O'Rourke, who is caring for his two children after the death of his wife. 100,000 first pringing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers
(Feb., $25), edited by Rosemarie Robotham. African-American writers, including Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid and John Edgar Wideman, celebrate the black family in poetry and prose. 50,000 first printing. Advertising.

Home Song: A Cape Light Novel
(Nov., $22.95) by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. The "Painter of Light" turns his eye to the town of Cape Light.

The Skating Pond (Feb., $TBA) by Deborah Joy Corey. After her mother dies in a skating accident and her father withdraws from the family, Elizabeth is left to grow up alone. A Signature book.

The Covenant
(Sept.; $16.99, paper $12.99) by Beverly Lewis is the first title in the Abram's Daughters series.

The Beloved Land (Oct.; $15.99, paper $11.99) by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn. Set during the American Revolution, this is the fifth title in the Song of Acadia series.

A Santo in the Image of Cristóbal Garcia
(Nov., $24.95) by Rick Collignon is the final installment in the series about a magical village in the mountains of New Mexico.

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(Sept., $25.95) by Jim R. Lane. After a novelist bases a character upon him, a Navy hero faces scandal.

(Oct., $16.99) by M.T. Anderson. In a futuristic society, people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

Aspects of the Novel
(Feb., $20) by David R. Slavitt is a comic look at depression and how novels relate to life.

(Oct., $19.95) by Nick Bantock is the second title in the Griffin and Sabine author's Morning Star trilogy.

(Sept., $23) by Norah Labiner incorporates hidden letters, celebrity scandal and a literary suicide into a tale about an American girl in Ireland. Advertising. Author tour.

Secondhand Smoke
(Sept., $24) by Patty Friedmann focuses on the friendship between a neglected young boy and his bitter, elderly neighbor in working-class New Orleans. Advertising. Author tour.

In Revere, in Those Days
(Sept., $22) by Roland Merullo is a coming-of-age novel set within a large Italian-American family in this Massachusetts working-class community.

The Invisible World (Nov., $22.95) by John Smolens. After years of absence, Sam's mysterious father reappears, only to vanish with the ashes of Sam's cremated mother.

Long Pig: A Fantasy Concerning Cannibals, Courts and Other Consumers
(Sept., $19.95) by William C. Miller. When a socialite goes to trial after accidentally killing a homeless man, lawyers and politicians make hay. $40,000 ad/promo. Author tour.

Gonna Lay Down My Burdens
(Sept., $24) by Mary Monroe. After keeping her frustrations to herself, Carmen is forced to face a truth she has avoided for years.

Baby Mama Drama (Jan., $24) by Carl Weber. Postal worker Valerie may be in love with a drug dealer.

This Is Not It
(Nov., $27.50) by Lynne Tillman collects two decades of short stories and novellas.

Answered Prayers
(Nov., $26.95) by Danielle Steel. The death of Faith Madison's inaccessible stepfather helps her break free from the past. 800,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

(Sept., $24.95) by Chuck Palahniuk is a thriller in which a newspaper reporter is assigned to write a series on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Ad/promo. Author tour.

P.G. County (Sept., $24.95) by Connie Briscoe exposes the secret lives of powerful and beautiful African-Americans inhabiting Maryland's Prince George's county. Ad/promo. Author tour.

All Is Vanity (Oct., $24.95) by Christina Schwarz explores female friendship, envy and misguided ambition. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Jennifer Government (Jan., $23.95) by Max Berry satirizes American multinationals who run amok until relentless heroine Jennifer Government decides to stop them.

Mind Catcher
(Sept., $25.95) by John Darnton. Two very different scientists take charge of hospitalized 13-year-old Tyler, brain-damaged in a tragic accident. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Quentins (Oct., $25.95) by Maeve Binchy is set in a fictional Dublin restaurant about which Ella Brady hopes to film a revealing documentary. Ad/promo.Author publicity.

The Last Promise (Nov., $22.95) by Richard Paul Evans. American Ellen becomes Eliana when she moves to a Tuscan village with her Italian husband. Advertising. Author tour.

Hornet Flight (Dec., $26.95) by Ken Follett is set during the early days of WWII, when a decrepit Hornet Moth biplane proves key. Ad/promo.

The First Law (Feb., $25.95) by John Lescroart. Attorney Dismas Hardy and Lt. Abe Glitsky fight for their lives outside the law. Ad/promo. Author tour.

I'll Take You There
(Oct., $25.95) by Joyce Carol Oates. Inclined to obsession, a gifted young student falls for a brilliant but elusive black philosophy classmate. Advertising. Author tour.

Your Mouth Is Lovely (Nov., $25.95) by Nancy Richler. At the turn of the 20th century, a young Jewish woman, exiled to Siberia for murder, writes to a daughter whom she was forced to give up at birth. Advertising. Author publicity.

(Sept., $27) by Jeffrey Eugenides spans eight decades with Calliope Stephanides, who is a hermaphrodite. Advertising. 10-city author tour.

Reversible Errors (Nov., $28) by Scott Turow. New evidence may exonerate a man convicted of a triple murder, but certain figures want this execution to proceed. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.

Child of My Heart (Dec., $22) by Alice McDermott. Born beautiful and groomed to marry wealth, the narrator is turning 15 when her favorite cousin comes to spend the summer. Advertising. Author tour.

The Time of Our Singing (Jan., $28) by Richard Powers. A German émigré scientist and a young, aspiring black singer from Philadelphia marry after meeting at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall in 1939. Advertising.

Sin City
(Sept., $25.95) by Harold Robbins takes readers to Las Vegas. Advertising.Ranger's Trail (Sept., $23.95) by Elmer Kelton continues the fictional but historically accurate chronicles of the Texas Rangers. Advertising.

The Book of Love (Nov., $25.95) by Andrew M. Greeley and Mary G. Durkin collects romantic tales. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

Conquerors of the Sky (Jan., $26.99) by Thomas Fleming is a 20th-century family saga revolving around the history of aviation. Advertising.

I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down
(Oct., $24) by William Gay. Stories reveal people who make bad choices. 8-city author tour.

Acting Out (Jan., $24) by Benilde Little. A woman wavers between the way she once thought she was supposed to live and a life abandoned long ago. 10-city author tour.

The Good Remains
(Sept., $24) by Nani Power pays tribute to A Christmas Carol in a tightly knit Southern town. 30,000 first printing.

Twelve Bar Blues (Oct., $24) by Patrick Neate. This winner of the Whitbread Award concerns fate, family, jazz and juju over two centuries on three continents.

The Crimson Petal and the White
(Sept., $26) by Michel Faber is a saga of Victorian England. 75,000 first printing. Advertising. BOMC, DBC, LG and QPB selections. Author tour.

Baudolino (Oct., $27) by Umberto Eco spins a tale of myth and invention in the Middle Ages. 400,000 first printing. Advertising. BOMC and QPB selections. Author tour.

The Cave (Nov., $25) by José Saramago is an allegory about the depredations of industrial society. 75,000 first printing. Advertising .

One Man's Bible
(Sept., $26.95) by Gao Xingjian is a fictionalized account of the author's life under the shadow of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution. Advertising.

Ignorance (Oct., $23.95) by Milan Kundera is set in contemporary Prague, where a man and woman meet after two decades. Advertising.

Paradise Alley (Oct., $26.95) by Kevin Baker. The author of Dreamland turns to the story of three Irish-immigrant women caught up in the Draft Riots of the Civil War. Advertising. 8-city author tour.

Vagabond (Dec., $25.95) by Bernard Cornwell. In the sequel to The Archer's Tale, young Thomas of Hookton finds himself seeking the Holy Grail. Advertising.

Christmas in Harmony
(Jan., $12.95) by Philip Gulley is stocking-stuffer—sized fiction from the Quaker novelist. Advertising.

Saint Julian (Feb., $18.95) by Walter Wangerin Jr. is a novella of spiritual redemption. Advertising.

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Weeping Susannah
(Sept., $24) by Alona Kimhi tells of human frailty in modern Israel.

Talking Mules & Other Folks: A Fable
(Nov., $15.95) by Lorraine Johnson-Coleman. The NPR commentator looks at everyday life, including Christmas. $20,000 ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

The Book of Illusions
(Sept., $24) by Paul Auster. A widower becomes obsessed with a silent-screen star who vanished from sight in 1929. Ad/promo. BOMC and QPB selections. Author tour.

(Jan., $26) by Colum McCann reinvents the life of Rudolf Nureyev, but includes such figures as Margot Fonteyn, Mick Jagger, Lauren Bacall and Andy Warhol.

July, July
(Oct., $26) by Tim O'Brien. Returnees for the 30th reunion of Darton Hall College class of 1969 are haunted by memories and ghosts. 100,000 first printing. Advertising. 10-city author tour.

The Winter Queen (Nov., $25) by Jane Stevenson is the first in a historical trilogy set in 17th-century Holland with two royal exiles: Elizabeth of Bohemia and her clandestine lover, an African prince with shamanic gifts. Advertising.

The Sunday Wife
(Sept., $23.95) by Cassandra King portrays a woman's journey toward independence under the guidance of a true friend. 150,000 first printing. BOMC, DBC and LG selections.

Star Quality (Nov., $23.95) by Joan Collins spans a century of show business. 150,000 first printing.

The Night We Met
(Sept., $23) by Rob Byrnes. Aspiring writer Rob finds love with the son of a top Mafia boss in this romantic comedy.

Kentucky Sunrise (Oct., $24) by Fern Michaels is the grand finale about the Coleman and Thornton families.

The Gilded Cage (Nov., $23) by Troy Soos. A dime-novelist and a reformer take on crime in New York City at the turn of the century.

(Sept., $24) by Sandra Cisneros is the multigenerational story of a Mexican-American family. 125,000 first printing. Advertising. 20-city author tour.

The Drift (Sept., $24) by John Ridley. A train tramp now known as Brain Nigger Charlie was once Charles Harmon, a black man "living white." Advertising. Author tour.

Blackwood Farm: The Vampire Chronicles (Oct., $26.95) by Anne Rice fuses her vampire legend with her lore of the Mayfair witches. 500,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.

Family Matters (Oct., $26) by Rohinton Mistry. In mid-1990s Bombay, an elderly patriarch suffers Parkinson's disease, requiring round-the-clock care by his small, discordant family. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.

The Little Friend (Nov., $26) by Donna Tartt. A 12-year-old sets out to solve the murder of her brother and to exact revenge in a small Mississippi town. 300,000 first printing. Advertising. 7-city author tour.

Seek My Face (Nov., $23) by John Updike transpires over a spring day in Vermont as a New York City woman interviews a 79-year-old painter. 75,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.

Samaritan (Jan., $26) by Richard Price. After a successful TV career in L.A., Ray Mitchell returns to the New Jersey projects of his youth to rethink his life and reconnect with his teenage daughter. 150,000 first printing.

The Heirloom
(Sept., $14.99) by Colleen Reece and Julie Reece-DeMarco. A family sacrifice sparks hope.

Paul Bowles: Collected Stories and Later Writings
(Sept., $40), edited by Daniel Halpern, gathers tales, travel writings and the novel Up Above the World.

Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Oct., $40), edited by David L. Ulin, collects fiction, poetry, essays, journalism and diaries by more than 70 writers, including Bertolt Brecht and James M. Cain.

In the Hand of Dante
(Sept., $24.95) by Nick Tosches is a thriller based on the life of Dante, featuring a stolen manuscript and a thief named Nick Tosches. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.

The Fall (Jan., $24.95) by Simon Mawer. When his childhood friend dies in a climbing accident, Rob Ross comforts the deceased's widow.

Forever (Jan., $25.95) by Pete Hamill. Arriving in New York City from Ireland in 1741, Cormac O'Connor is given the gift of immortality—provided he never leaves Manhattan. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Sweet Hush (Feb., $23.95) by Deborah Smith. Chaos ensues when a young widow's son elopes with the president's daughter.

Welcome to Higby
(Oct., $25) by Mark Dunn takes place in a small Southern town over a Labor Day weekend.

Liam's Going
(Sept., $22) by Michael Joyce. Liam leaves for college and an uncertain future.

(Sept., $20) by Susan Power draws upon the legends and stories of the Dakota Sioux. Author tour.

The Christmas Basket
(Oct., $14.95) by Debbie Macomber. The adult children of long feuding ex-friends fall in love.

The Other Twin (Jan., $24.95) by Katherine Stone. An automobile accident causes a woman to go into early labor, and while her husband dies, the baby girl survives.

Intern (Feb., $23.95) by Bonnie Hearn Hill. When a lovely young aide to a charismatic California state senator disappears, he falls under suspicion. Advertising. Author tour.

Kiss River (Feb., $23.95) by Diane Chamberlain. After a historic 19th-century lighthouse falls into the sea, Gina is desperate to recover the huge lens that served as its beacon.

Always True to You in My Own Fashion
(Nov., $23.95) by Valerie Wilson Wesley. Rich and charming Randall Hollis is the real-life dream lover of three independent women. Advertising. 7-city author tour.

Prisoner of My Desire (Dec., $19.95) by Johanna Lindsey. Will voluptuous Rowena Belleme and the knight Warrick deChaville discover true love in medieval England? Advertising.

A Taste of Reality (Jan., $23.95) by Kimberla Lawson Roby. An African-American woman confronts workplace discrimination while dealing with marital problems.

This Time Love (Jan., $19.95) by Elizabeth Lowell. After exploring Lost River Cave, journalist Gabe leaves his guide, 19-year-old Joy, behind and pregnant.

(Nov., $15.95) by Will Eisner adapts an African legend into graphic novel form.

Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared
(Oct., $23.95) by Franz Kafka newly translates the 1927 novel about a young man banished to America.

Morenga (Feb., $25.95) by Uwe Timm. Set in the early 20th century, a bloody civil war rages in German-occupied Southwest Africa.

The Lost Garden
(Oct., $23.95) by Helen Humphreys. On a Devonshire estate during WWII, Land Army volunteer Gwen falls for a Canadian soldier and reclaims a neglected garden. Author tour.

Porno (Oct., $24.95) by Irvine Welsh. The author of Trainspotting revivifies the same lads a decade later, as Simon Williamson decides to make a porn film for fun and profit. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

A Memory of War (Jan., $25.95) by Frederick Busch. A psychologist's new patient claims to be his half-brother, the offspring of a union between his Jewish mother and a German prisoner of war. Author publicity.

A Garden of Demons
(Jan., $22.95) by Edward Hower is a coming-of-age novel set against the beauty and turbulence of contemporary Sri Lanka.

The Defection of A.J. Lewinter
(Oct., $24.95) by Robert Littell, originally published in 1973, concerns an American scientist who contacts the KGB saying he wants to defect. Advertising.

Casa Rossa
(Sept., $25) by Francesca Marciano. In this 20th-century family saga focusing on three generations of Italian women, Casa Rossa is a magnificent farmhouse for sale in Puglia. Advertising. 9-city author tour.

The Crazed (Oct., $24) by Ha Jin. This story unfolds in a hospital room in China, where a respected university professor begins to rave after suffering a stroke. 100,000 first printing. Advertising. 9-city author tour.

In the River Sweet (Oct., $24) by Patricia Henley. Just when Ruth Anne Bond is learning to embrace her daughter's lesbianism, she is contacted by her illegitimate son. Advertising. 8-city author tour.

Attempted Chemistry
(Oct., $28) by Jeff Gomez. Manhattanites court love in many guises and happy endings are elusive.

Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing (Nov., $26) by Robert Wintner. In modern Mexico, one brother is a gregarious gigolo, the other a dysfunctional mute.

Shrink Rap
(Sept., $24.95) by Robert B. Parker. Boston PI Sunny Randall faces a stalker while protecting a bestselling author. Advertising. Author tour.

Blood Orchid (Oct., $25.95) by Stuart Woods. Chief of police Holly Barker is back, investigating murders in the lethal milieu of Miami real estate. Advertising.

Tricky Business (Oct., $24.95) by Dave Barry gets rolling aboard a gambling ship lost in a fierce storm. Advertising. Author tour.

Chesapeake Blue (Nov., $25.95) by Nora Roberts opens with the homecoming of Seth Quinn, a painter tormented by a dark secret. Ad/promo. Author publicity. DBC and LG selections.

Seizure (Nov., $25.95) by Robin Cook. Plot points include the Shroud of Turin, a conservative Southern senator and an entrepreneurial researcher. Ad/promo. Author publicity. DBC, LG and Mystery Guild selections.

The Arraignment (Jan., $25.95) by Steve Martini. Attorney Paul Madriani wrestles with personal conflict when representing a client accused of killing a close friend. Advertising.

Light in the Shadow: A Whispering Springs Novel (Jan., $24.95) by Jayne Ann Krentz. An interior designer suspects a new client of hiding a secret. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Final Justice: A Badge of Honor Novel (Jan., $26.95) by W.E.B. Griffin. Newly promoted Sergeant Matt Payne is immersed in three messy homicides. Ad/promo.

In a Darker Place (Feb., $25.95) by Jack Higgins. Scandal threatens the president. Advertising.

The Autograph Man
(Sept., $24.95) by Zadie Smith. The titular character is Alex-Li Tandem, a man seeking enlightenment, the rare autograph of a silent-movie actress, the return of his father, the end of religion and three different girls. Advertising. 8-city author tour.

Blessing's (Sept., $24.95) by Anna Quindlen. When the caretaker of an estate finds an abandoned baby asleep in a box, he chooses to keep her. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

No Certain Rest (Sept., $23.95) by Jim Lehrer. An archeologist is called in to examine the remains of a body discovered in an unmarked grave on the Civil War battlefield at Antietam. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

Standing in the Rainbow (Sept., $24.95) by Fannie Flagg. In Elmwood Springs, Mo., radio hostess Neighbor Dorothy broadcasts every day from her living room. The time: 1946—2000. Ad/promo.

No Way to Treat a First Lady (Oct., $24.95) by Christopher Buckley. An ambitious first lady nicknamed Lady Beth Mac is on trial for the death of her husband. Advertising.

My Last Movie Star: A Novel of Hollywood (Feb., $23.95) by Martha Sherrill involves the disappearance of ethereal "It Girl" Allegra Coleman. Author publicity.

The Conquest
(Oct., $24.95) by Yxta Maya Murray. A restorer of rare books at L.A.'s Getty Museum is determined to uncover the authorship of a 16th-century manuscript. Author publicity.

Behaving Like Adults
(Feb., $24.95) by Anna Maxted. Holly, who owns a dating service, rises to a dare and picks a man from her list of eligibles.

Speaks the Nightbird
(Sept., $29.95) by Robert McCammon returns to a witch trial in 1699 Carolina. Advertising. Author tour.

Nobody's Hero (Sept., $25.95) by Paul Hemphill. Raised in the segregated 1960s, a football hero mentors an African-American boy from the ghetto. Advertising . Author tour.

Across the Nightingale Floor
(Sept., $24.95) by Lian Hearn is the first book of the Otori trilogy, set in medieval Japan. Ad/promo. BOMC selection.

Blue Shoe (Oct., $24.95) by Anne Lamott addresses the mystery of family. Advertising. Author tour.

The Silent Men
(Oct., $19.95) by Richard H. Dickinson is the first in a series featuring Jackson Monroe, "the finest American sniper in Vietnam's Mekong Delta." 50,000 first printing. Advertising.

The Watchers
(Oct., $23) by Tahar Djaout examines fundamentalism through the story of an inventor. Advertising.

The Malcontents
(Oct., $29.95), edited by Joe Queenan, is a selection of satirical short stories, novels, essays and plays by such writers as Aristophanes, Machiavelli and Mark Twain. 60,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Author tour.

Voices of Ireland (Oct., $29.95), edited by Malachy McCourt, offers fiction, poetry and essays by writers such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats. 60,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo. Author tour.

The Janson Directive
(Oct., $27.95) by Robert Ludlum features a retired agent lured back to the business to rescue a kidnapped friend. Advertising.

Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Novella (Nov., $19.95) by Janet Evanovich. Fast talk, stun guns and pepper sprays won't get rid of Stephanie's unwelcome intruder. Advertising. Author publicity.

The Blessing Stone (Jan., $25.95) by Barbara Wood follows the owners of a remarkable blue stone from prehistory to the present. Advertising.

Hollywood Tough (Jan., $25.95) by Stephen J. Cannell. Hailed as a hero, Shane Scully is back on the LAPD, but a criminal conspiracy is brewing. Advertising.

Liberty (Feb., $25.95) by Stephen Coonts is a thriller concerning a rogue general who has sold nuclear warheads to an al Qaeda—affiliated faction. Advertising.

The Usual Rules (Feb., $25.95) by Joyce Maynard is by the author of At Home in the World. Author publicity.

Gods and Legions
(Nov., $24.95) by Michael Curtis Ford re-creates the life and times of the emperor Julian, who saved Rome from disaster in A.D. 354. 50,000 first printing. Author publicity.

Contest (Jan., $24.95) by Matthew Riley. Seven players are about to enter a lethal contest being held in the New York Public Library; only one will leave alive. 50,000 first printing. Author publicity.

(Nov.; $21.95, paper $13.95) by Sallie Bingham is a sexy collection from the feminist writer.

From a Buick 8
(Sept., $28) by Stephen King delves into the world's fascination with deadly things. 1,750,000 first printing.

The Resurrectionists (Oct., $24) by Michael Collins is a suspenseful novel about a wayward family's search for salvation in America. 35,000 first printing. 6-city author tour.

The Ferret Chronicles: Writer Ferrets Chasing the Muse (Oct., $15) by Richard Bach is the story of husband-and-wife writer ferrets who follow different career paths. 150,000 first printing.

That Old Ace in the Hole (Jan., $26) by Annie Proulx. Set in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, this story recalls the vast waves of change that shaped American culture. 150,000 first printing. Advertising.

December 6
(Oct., $26) by Martin Cruz Smith is seen through the eyes of Harry Niles, an American con man living in Tokyo days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 250,000 first printing. Advertising. 10-city author tour.

The October Horse (Dec., $28) by Colleen McCullough. This historical fiction opens with the reign of Julius Caesar and weaves a tale about battles, politics, conspiracy, love affairs and murder. 200,000 first printing.

Cuba Strait (Jan., $25) by Carston Stroud. A retired cop working for a mogul-producer in the Florida Keys rescues a downed pilot, and troubles really begin. 100,000 first printing.

Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct (Jan., $25) by Ed McBain. Foul-mouthed, short-tempered Fat Ollie Weeks tries his hand at writing his own crime novel after arresting a corrupt book publisher. 100,000 first printing. Advertising. 8-city author tour.

White Doves of Morning (Jan., $25) by James Lee Burke draws upon the author's own family history for a story of conflicting loyalties in New Iberia, La., during the Civil War. 125,000 first printing.

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Border Dogs
(Oct., $24) by Karen Palmer explores issues of racism and the line between poverty and plenty. Author tour.

The Angel of Eleventh Avenue
(Sept., $9.95) by Roy Bates. A mother finds peace and faith by the bedside of her dying daughter when an angel visits her. 50,000 first printing.

An American Summer
(Sept., $24) by Frank Deford. A young woman paralyzed by polio and a teenaged boy forge a bond during the 1950s. 50,000 first printing. LG alternate.

The Last Noel (Nov., $18) by Michael Malone depicts the friendship between a white girl and a black boy who meet every Christmas over four decades. 50,000 first printing.

Fugitive Light
(Nov., $24.95) by Mohammed Berrada is set in Tangiers before and after Morocco's independence, as an Arab artist deals with political and erotic issues.

White Apples
(Oct., $24.95) by Jonathan Carroll is a tale about life, death and the realm in between. Advertising. Author tour.

A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw
(Dec., $24.95) by Christie Hodgen is a story collection.

La Promesa and Other Stories
(Oct., $24.95) by Leroy V. Quintana gathers 16 stories set in rural New Mexico from the 1950s though the '70s.

American Standard
(Oct., $24) by John Blair offers interconnected stories mostly set in central Florida.

Agapé Agape
(Oct., $23.95) by William Gaddis. In the author's final novel, an elderly man muses over his terminal illness.

The Story of Lucy Gault (Oct., $24.95) by William Trevor takes place in Ireland in the early 1920s, when a girl's parents leave for England after being threatened with arson.

Esther's Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story (Nov., $10.95) by Jan Karon. When Gene calculates the cost for Esther to bake her famous orange marmalade Christmas cakes, she decides to cut back her list of recipients.

The Kitchen Boy (Jan., $23.95) by Robert Alexander witnesses the 1918 slaying of Nicholas II and the Romanov family through the eyes of a young servant.

Once Two Heroes (Jan., $22.95) by Calvin Baker. Two Americans—one black, one white—fight in WWII and meet again under trying circumstances upon returning home.

Drop City (Feb., $24.95) by T.C. Boyle. After a 1970 drug bust, a group of idealistic hippies establish themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. Author tour.

Matchstick Men
(Dec., $22.95) by Eric Garcia exposes the world of grifters. Advertising.

Neva Hafta
(Oct., $22.95) by Edwardo Jackson. Hoping to please his dying mother, Nick decides to wed, and to find a mate, he writes a weekly column called "Marriage-Minded."

Nights in Rodanthe
(Sept., $22.95) by Nicholas Sparks. Abandoned by her husband for a younger woman, 45-year-old Adrienne Willis tends a friend's inn on the North Carolina coast. Ad/promo. 25-city author tour.

The Christmas Train (Nov., $19.95) by David Baldacci. Banned from flying after losing his cool during an airport security search, a cash-strapped journalist sells a story about a train ride during the Christmas season. Advertising.

Making Peace with the Muslims
(Sept., $25) by David Gabriel contains seven stories written before September 11, with the intent to augment a better understanding of the Muslim world.

Season of Blessing
(Oct., $16.99) by Beverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock. In this fourth and final novel about the residents of Cedar Circle, neighbors rally when Sylvia Bryan is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Fiction/Mystery & Suspense

Promises Town
(Sept.; $25, paper $15) by L.B. Cobb introduces Bayou City assistant DA Virginia Rodriguez, on the case of a murdered federal prosecutor.

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Disturbing Ground
(Sept., $24.95) by Priscilla Masters revolves around a doctor and a missing child.

Who Killed Tiffany Jones?
(Sept., $22.95) by Mavis Kaye provides an interactive opportunity for a reader to earn a $10,000 reward for solving the murder of a chanteuse slain backstage during a performance in New York City's Apollo Theater.

Fear Itself
(Jan., $25) by Jonathan Nasaw. After Dorie Bell attends a phobia disorders convention, three other attendees die under disturbing circumstances. Advertising. Author publicity.


Death of a Stranger
(Oct., $25.95) by Anne Perry. PI William Monk regains his memory while investigating the death of a railway magnate. Advertising.

The Edge of Doom (Nov., $22.95) by Amanda Cross is the latest installment featuring academic sleuth Kate Fansler.

The Eighth Day (Dec., $25.95) by John Case deals with religious prophecy and international intrigue. Advertising.

Seven Dials (Feb., $25.95) by Anne Perry is a sequel to Southampton Row, in which Supt. Thomas Pitt investigates a 15-year-old murder. BOMC alternate and Mystery Guild main selection.


Dark Horse
(Sept., $26.95) by Tami Hoag. Ex-cop Elena Estes's recklessness may have cost the life of a fellow officer, and when she retreats to Florida's horse country, a girl goes missing during an international riding competition. 350,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity. DBC, LG and Mystery Guild main selection.

No One to Trust (Oct., $25.95) by Iris Johansen. When a ruthless killer wants her dead, Elena Kyler seeks help from the most dangerous man she knows. 300,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Sense of Evil (Feb., $TBA) by Kay Hooper. A police chief enlists the help of a blonde psychic in tracking a murderer of blondes. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

The Shadow Dancer
(Sept., $22.95) by Margaret Coel. This latest from the author of Thunderkeeper is set on Wyoming's Wind River reservation.

Blue Moon (Oct., $22.95) by Peter Duchin and John Morgan Wilson. Philip must discover why he is the single link between two murders.

A Crossworder's Holiday (Oct., $22.95) by Nero Blanc features five crossword mystery stories.

Mission Compromised
(Sept., $24.99) by Oliver North with Joe Musser. An effort to eliminate terrorist leaders is compromised by a top official.

Dangerous Behavior
(Nov., $25) by Walter Marks. Hidden agendas abound in this psychological thriller. An Otto Penzler book.

Spook (Jan., $25) by Bill Pronzini is the 28th title in the Nameless Detective series.

Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton
(Oct., $24) by Philip Kerr. In 1696, the renowned scientist and a young associate enlarge their investigation for the king and parliament from counterfeiters to anarchists. Ad/promo.

The First Billion
(Sept., $26.95) by Christopher Reich. A player in a seemingly legitimate business venture turns out to be one of the Russian mob's most ruthless bosses. 125,000 first printing. Advertising.

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Pick Any Title
(Sept.; $29.95, paper $14.95) by Russell James explores the downside of illegally selling British titles.

Double Take (Sept.; $29.95, paper $14.95) by Mike Ripley deals with a huge heist at Heathrow.

(Dec., $24.95) by Lincoln Child is a techno-thriller set in a futuristic theme park rising out of the canyons of Nevada.

The Last Detective (Feb., $24.95) by Robert Crais brings back Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike.

Suspicion of Madness: A Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana Novel
(Feb., $24.95) by Barbara Parker. The dauntless duo is back. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely
and The High Window (Oct., $27.50) by Raymond Chandler is an omnibus volume introduced by Diane Johnson.

Gray Matter
(Sept., $25.95) by Gary Braver. Will a secret medical procedure transform an affluent mother's learning-disabled child into a genius? Advertising. Author publicity.

Warrior in the Shadows (Sept., $24.95) by Marcus Wynne. A forensic photographer discovers only one clue, a bizarre aboriginal painting found at a gruesome murder scene. Advertising.

The Kill Zone (Oct., $24.95) by David Hagberg. The CIA's interim director is a Russian target for assassination, and the killer is within his inner circle. Advertising.

Not Quite Kosher (Dec., $23.95) by Stuart M. Kaminsky. Hangdog sleuth Abe Lieberman is in trouble again. Advertising.

The Blind Man of Seville
(Jan., $26) by Robert Wilson. A murder forces a police detective to confront his father's seamy secret life. 75,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

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Beyond the Grave
(Oct., $25) by Pierre Magnan, trans. by Patricia Clancy. Seraphin Monge abruptly disappears from his Provence homeland.

(Sept., $24) by Jenny Siler. A recent widow suspects the government of sponsoring a biological warfare program. Author tour.

Hot Dog: A Melanie Travis Mystery
(Sept., $22) by Laurien Berenson. In the ninth entry of the series, poodle owner Travis seeks a missing dachshund.

Death by Chocolate: A Savannah Reid Mystery (Jan., $22) by G.A. McKevett. The plus-size PI trails a killer stalking Lady Eleanor, the queen of chocolate.

The Unholy Ghost: A Gil Yates Private Investigator Novel
(Feb., $23) by Alistair Boyle. An entertainment bigwig hires Yates to locate his missing wife and daughter.

Only Child: A Burke Novel
(Oct., $24) by Andrew Vachss. While investigating the death of a Mafioso's 16-year-old daughter, Burke assumes the role of a casting director. Advertising. 7-city author tour.

Chasing the Dime
(Oct., $25.95) by Michael Connelly. Henry Price has a new life, new apartment, new telephone—but his phone number once belonged to an "escort" named Lilly. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

Four Blind Mice (Nov., $27.95) by James Patterson. Alex Cross embarks upon a case that risks the life of his close friend and partner, John Sampson. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.

Resurrection Men: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Feb., $23.95) by Ian Rankin. Rebus is sent to a "reform school for damaged cops," where the line between good and bad guys is dangerously thin. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

Blue Wolf in Green Fire: A Woods Cop Mystery
(Sept., $22.95) by Joseph Heywood probes the natural world and the extremes of human nature.

Close to Home
(Feb., $24.95) by Peter Robinson. Alan Banks fears he may have caused the disappearance of a boyhood friend 35 years earlier, and when his pal's remains are unearthed, he is drawn into the investigation.

Better to Rest
(Sept., $23.95) by Dana Stabenow. Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell tries, with uneven results, to maintain law and order in the fishing village of Newenham.

The Last Defense (Oct., $24.95) by Christopher Darden and Dick Lochte features a troubled lawyer with one chance to defend his career—and life.

Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith
(Oct., $27.95) gathers 28 short stories written between 1938 and 1982. Advertising.

Scavenger Hunt
(Jan., $24.95) by Robert Ferrigno brings back reporter Jimmy Gage, whose efforts to clear the name of a maligned movie director falter when the guy turns up drowned and half devoured in a koi pond.

The Righteous Cut
(Sept., $24.95) by Robert Skinner is the fourth title in the noir series featuring Wesley Farrell, who returns to help an old flame locate her kidnapped daughter in 1941 New Orleans.

Beware the Solitary Drinker (Sept., $24.95) by Cornelius Lehane. A New York City bartender reluctantly investigates the murder of a tarnished but innocent young woman.

Four for a Boy (Dec., $24.95) by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer is the fourth installment in the John the Eunuch mystery series.

The Cat Who Brought Down the House
(Jan., $23.95) by Lilian Jackson Braun. Five Amazon parrots are abducted, and Koko makes a stage debut. Advertising.

Monkeewrench (Jan., $23.95) by P.J. Tracy. A computer-savvy killer threatens a Minneapolis software company. Advertising.

Q Is for Quarry
(Oct., $26.95) by Sue Grafton is based on an actual unsolved murder of an unidentified 18-year-old woman. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Last Temptation
(Sept., $24.95) by Val McDermid comes from the author of A Place of Execution . Author tour.

The Big Dig (Oct., $23.95) by Linda Barnes is a Carlotta Carlyle mystery set in the environs of Boston's huge excavation project.

The House on the Point (Oct., $22.95) by Benjamin Hoff reworks the Hardy Boys title House on the Cliff.

The Bone Vault
(Jan., $26) by Linda Fairstein. New York City's high culture and murder mix in this new Alex Cooper novel. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

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A Loyal Character Dancer
(Sept., $25) by Qiu Xiaolong. Inspector Chen joins U.S. marshal Catherine Rohn to find the wife of a key witness in a U.S. trial. 10-city author tour.

Some Bitter Taste (Oct., $24) by Magdalen Nabb. Marshall Guarnaccia's new case pulls in Jewish refugees, Albanian gangsters and English expatriates. A Soho Crime book. Author publicity.

Past Tense
(Sept., $24.95) by Bob Levy. In this sequel to Broken Hearts, ex-detective Joe O'Riley suspects a presidential candidate of murder.

The Grave Maurice: A Richard Jury Mystery
(Sept., $25.95) by Martha Grimes. The 18th entry in the series features strange goings-on at the Ryder Stud Farm in Cambridgeshire. Advertising. 10-city author tour.

The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery (Nov., $19.95) by Andrea Camilleri. Two young lovers are discovered in a secret grotto, dead for half a century and watched over by a life-size terra-cotta dog.

The Crush
(Oct., $26.95) by Sandra Brown. Juror Dr. Rennie Newton helps acquit a man accused of murder who then becomes obsessed with her. Ad/promo.

The Kingmaker (Jan., $24.95) by Brian Haig brings back JAG attorney Sean Drummond, who suspects that a case of treason is anything but simple when his client, the husband of an old flame, is the subject of damning intelligence leaks. Ad/promo.

The Fifth Angel (Feb., $24.95) by Tim Green. When a mild-mannered lawyer's daughter is the victim of a sexual predator, his sorrow becomes rage after learning of the attacker's long history of sex crimes. Ad/promo.

The Sniper's Wife
(Oct., $23.95) by Archer Mayor. A detective from Vermont seeks revenge for the death of his ex-wife in the back alleys of New York City. Advertising. Author publicity.

A Fine Dark Line (Jan., $24.95) by Joe R. Lansdale. In 1958, a young man discovers hidden letters and learns about forbidden love, murderous passion, blues music, Sherlock Holmes and racism in East Texas. Advertising. Author publicity.

Derailed (Feb., $23.95) by James Siegel. A former ad exec serving time in Attica State Prison explains why he's in jail with a labyrinthine tale about meeting the wrong woman. Advertising.

Fiction/Science Fiction & Fantasy

Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration
(Nov., $23.95) by Allen Steele concerns Earth's first interstellar colonists.

Guardian (Dec., $22.95) by Joe Haldeman. The future of humanity is tied to the destiny of an ordinary woman in the days after the Civil War.

In the Forrests of Serre (Feb., $TBA) by Patricia A. McKillip. Prince Ronan of Serre commits the grievous error of killing the favorite white hen of a vengeful witch.

Golden Fool: Book Two of the Tawny Man
(Jan., $TBA) by Robin Hobb. Prince Dutiful is safely back, but FitzChivalry must navigate convoluted loyalties. 45,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.

Exile's Honor
(Oct., $24.95) by Mercedes Lackey presents the personal story of the Weaponmaster Alberich.

Explorer (Nov., $23.95) by C.J. Cherryh, the sequel to Defender, is the final book in the second Foreigner series.

The Gathering Storm: Crown of Stars #5 (Feb., $24.95) by Kate Elliott continues the series.

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Morgawr
(Sept., $27.95) by Terry Brooks concludes the fantasy trilogy that began with Ilse Witch. Advertising. Science Fiction Book Club alternate. 10-city author tour.

The Briar King (Jan., $23.95) by Greg Keyes initiates a four-book medieval fantasy. 6-city author tour.

Stars and Stripes Triumphant (Jan., $24.95) by Harry Harrison. Abraham Lincoln and William Tecumseh Sherman prepare to confront vengeful Britain on the Scottish coast.

Evolution (Feb., $25.95) by Stephen Baxter covers 165 million years of history, from our earliest mammalian ancestors far into the future.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way
(Oct., $25.95) by Walter Jon Williams. A weapon to annihilate the Yuuzhan Vong may be terribly misused. Advertising.

(Sept., $24.95) by Kelley Eskridge. In the near future, Jackal, a woman of high principles, is mistakenly implicated in a terrorist act and sentenced to virtual solitary confinement. Author publicity.

Paragon Lost: A Chronicle of the King's Blades (Oct., $24.95) by Dave Duncan. Beaumont is sent to escort a royal princess out of the treacherous court of the insane despot Igor, who is backed by ensorcelled dogs and murderous mercenaries. Author publicity.

Acorna's Rebels (Feb., $25) by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth A. Scarborough continues the series, as Acorna the unicorn girl travels through space to save her beloved lifemate, Aari.

Battlefield Earth, 20th Anniversary Edition
(Oct., $27.95) by L. Ron Hubbard commemorates the epic story of alien conquest and human rebellion in the year 3000. Advertising.

Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers
(Sept., $24.95) by Kage Baker ponders the possibility of interfering with history in the name of morality, even if profit is the primary motivation.

Strange but Not a Stranger (Sept., $25.95) by James Patrick Kelly is the second short fiction collection from the Hugo winner.

Mewingham Manor: Observations on a Curious New Species
(Sept., $19.95) by Laura Von Stetina. Flittens, winged cats, and tiny flying mice inhabit this Victorian sketchbook journal chronicling the secrets of Mewingham Manor.

Spider World: Shadowland
(Oct., $23.95) by Colin Wilson is the fourth volume in the series about young hero Niall in a world with rapidly evolving spiders.

The Annotated Hobbit
(Sept., $28) by J.R.R. Tolkien has been revised and expanded in an edition annotated by Douglas A. Anderson.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
(Sept., $14.95) by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky reimagines the classic in graphic novel form.

Ruled Britannia
(Nov., $24.95) by Harry Turtledove features William Shakespeare in an alternate history set in 1597 London.

Dark Waters: NR-1: America's Secret Submarine (Jan., $24.95) by Lee Vyborny and Don Davis focuses on a secret miniature nuclear submarine lost in 1966.

Heresy: Book Two
(Oct., $25) by Anselm Audley is the second installment in the Aquasilva fantasy series, wherein young Cathan must find a way to break the ruthless grip of the Domain in this mineral-starved world.

Star Trek: The Captain's Peril
(Oct., $25) by William Shatner finds Captain Kirk displaced in time with a group of scientists stalked by a murderer. Advertising..

Star Trek: Nemesis (Dec., $20) by J.M. Dillard novelizes the upcoming movie in which the Enterprise crew is diverted to a new mission after the Romulan Imperial Senate is murdered.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Unity (Jan., $25) by S.D. Perry continues the DS9 saga with the birth of Captain Sisko's child. Ad/promo.

Deathstalker Legacy
(Jan., $23.95) by Simon R. Green. A golden age has settled on the civilized universe.

Conquistador (Feb., $23.95) by S.M. Stirling juxtaposes two timelines. In one, Europeans discover and claim California in the 1500s; in the other, events occur differently.

Fatma: A Novel of Arabia
(Sept., $24.95) by Raja Alem with Tom McDonough. Married to a snake handler, an Arabian peasant girl is transformed when bitten.

Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
(Sept., $27.95) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is a prequel to the Dune series based upon the notes of Frank Herbert, Brian's father. 250,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

Requiem for the Sun (Sept., $27.95) by Elizabeth Haydon. In this sequel to the Rhapsody trilogy, an old nemesis presumed dead resurfaces. Ad/promo.

Legacies (Oct., $27.95) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. launches the Corean Chronicles, in which Alucius is enslaved by a neighboring country. Ad/promo.

Up in a Heaval (Oct., $24.95) by Piers Anthony. Dueling demons endanger the land of Xanth. Advertising.

Crossroads of Twilight (Nov., $29.95) by Robert Jordan. The 10th book of the Wheel of Time series finds the power of the Shadow growing stronger. 900,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Hades' Daughter (Jan., $27.95) by Sara Douglass begins a fantasy series set in ancient Greece, where a warrior king attempts to rebuild Troy on the shores of the island Albion. Ad/promo.

Night Blooming
(Oct., $24.95) by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Set in the court of Charlemagne the Great, this is the 15th title about vampire Le Comte de Saint-Germain, who encounters an albino woman sharing his curse of solitude. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Zulu Heart (Feb., $24.95) by Steven Barnes is a sequel to Lion's Blood that takes place in an alternate universe in which Africa colonized the Americas. Ad/promo.

The Thousand Orcs: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book 1
(Oct., $25.95) by R.A. Salvatore introduces a new series in the Forgotten Realms setting featuring Drizzt Do'Urden. 200,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.

Insurrection: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Book 2 (Dec., $24.95) by Thomas M. Reid continues the six-part series relating the ongoing battle between factions of the Forgotten Realms. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

Folklore, Myths & Legends

Hard Sense in Soft Words: Sayings from the Great Oral Traditions of Ireland
(Sept., $17.05) by George B. Ryan collects sagas, poems and sayings from ancient Irish wisdom.

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
(Nov., $24.95), edited by Nelson Mandela. The first democratically elected president of South Africa and Nobel Laureate for Peace selects 32 African stories. Author publicity.

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(Sept., $29.95), text by John Grant, art by Bob Eggleton, collects tales from oral mythology on dragon civilization, from origins to major battles and conquests.

Spellbound: From Ancient Gods to Modern Merlins, A Time Tour of Myth and Magic
(Sept., $26.95) by Dominic Alexander explores the ancient rituals behind magic, myths, legends and rituals from medieval and modern times.

Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals: The Mystery of the
Carol A. Deering (Oct., $24.95) by Bland Simpson assembles the facts of this maritime mystery, an unmanned shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina.

Monsters, Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors
(Oct., $24.95) by David D. Gilmore culturally and historically investigates monsters from around the world.


Grounds for Pleasure: Four Centuries of the American Garden
(Nov., $75) by Denise Otis looks to be the definitive book about the private gardens of America.

Portfolio Series: Landscape
(Nov., $29.95), edited by Ashley Group, explores groundbreaking approaches to landscaping and the treatment of outdoor space.

The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture
(Sept.; $49, paper $35) by Lon Rombough shows grape growers how to incorporate organic methods.

AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
(Nov., $60), edited by Christopher Brickell, is the latest addition to DK's gardening reference collection. 35,000 first printing. Advertising.

The Botanical Garden I and II: The Definitive References with More Than 4,000 Photographs: Volume I, Trees and Shrubs
; Volume II, Perennials and Annuals (Sept., $75 each) by Rogers Phillips and Martyn Rix. Together these volumes are all-inclusive sources of information about every plant in the temperate world.

Landscapes for Small Spaces: Japanese Courtyard Gardens
(Oct., $39) by Katsuhiko Mizuno explains how to transform small spaces into gorgeous gardens.

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Gardens by the Sea
(Nov., $45) by Barbara Segall, photos by Jerry Harpur, is a guide to creating successful gardens in coastal environments.

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La Mortella: An Italian Garden Paradise
(Nov., $45) by Lady Susana Walton, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, tells of Walton's garden on the Italian island of Ischia where she lived with her husband, composer William Walton.

Flower Power: Fresh, Fabulous Arrangements
(Nov., $30) by Rebecca Cole provides advice on chic flower arranging. Author publicity.

Southwest Kitchen Garden
(Nov., $19.95) by Kim Nelson, with illustrations by Cynthia Miller, moves readers from the garden to the table with practical information.

Italian Gardens
(Sept., $37.50) by Judith Bernandi highlights more than 36 gardens plus romantic villas, statuaries and ancient relics.

New Kitchen Garden
(Feb., $24.95) by Adam Caplin, with vegetarian recipes by Celia Brooks Brown, shows how to create one's own kitchen garden.

Flower Style: The FTD Guide to Flowers in Your Home
(Oct., $29.95) by Pat Ross presents the fundamentals of choosing, arranging and extending the life of flowers in the home.

Tabletop Gardens: Creating 40 Intimate, Contained Gardens for the Home, No Matter the Season
(Nov., $27.50) by Rosemary McCreary offers ideas for creating miniature indoor gardens in simple containers.

The American Woodland: Garden Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest
(Sept., $49.95) by Rick Darke illustrates a garden aesthetic based on woodlands including play of light, sound and scent. Garden Book Club main.

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs (Jan., $39.95) by Tracy DiSabato-Aust presents a "master class" in garden design.

Introducing Orchids
(Oct., $27.50) by Wilma and Brian Rittershausen combines expert information with detailed photography. Garden Book Club and Country Homes & Gardens Book Club selections.

Gay & Lesbian Studies

Fantabulous: The Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang
(Jan., $16.95) by Paul Baker explains the meaning of such words and phrases as "nellyectomy" and "Mexican nightmare." Advertising.

On Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and the Rule of Law: Constitutional Interpretation at the Crossroads
(Oct., $44.95) by Mark Strasser posits that the rights of all Americans must be significantly diluted to justify the claim that same-sex couples and their children are not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Screened Out: Playing Gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall
(Nov., $29.95) by Richard Barrios looks at sexuality in the movies.

Love in a Dark Time
(Oct., $24) by Colm Toibin is a collection of linked essays about homosexual literature and the solace of finding like-minded companions through reading. Advertising.

Health, Fitness & Beauty

The Obvious Diet
(Sept., $23) by Ed Victor finds the literary agent sharing his weight-loss secrets.

The Hungry Gene
(Oct., $25) by Ellen Ruppel Shell looks at obesity and what can be done to stop this health epidemic. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

The New Sugar Busters!
(Jan., $24.95) by H. Leighton Steward, Morrison C. Bethea, Samuel S. Andrews and Luis A. Balart is updated and revised to include new case histories and answers to frequently asked questions. Advertising. Authors publicity.

Make Over Your Man
(Oct., $29.95) by Lloyd Boston is the Today show contributor's style guide for women interested in bringing out the best in their men.

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The Sex Book
(Sept., $24.95) by Suzi Godson is an encyclopedic compendium on sex and sexual health.

Fed Up!
(Oct., $21.95) by Wendy Oliver-Pyatt examines the counterproductivity of dieting and offers a 10-step plan for achieving a healthy lifestyle and sustainable weight level.

A Morning Cup of Yoga
(Oct., $9.95) by Jane Trechsel outlines 23 morning stretches for improving health in just 14 minutes a day.

Suzanne Somers' Quick & Easy
(Dec., $25.95) by Suzanne Somers is the fourth in the actress's weight-loss series, offering simple, economical meals for the whole family. 300,000 first printing.Advertising.

(Dec., $20) by Tracey Cox is an illustrated manual for the new millennium. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

Sexopedia (Dec., $30) by Anne Hooper is a compendium from a sex therapist. 35,000 first printing.

I'm Not Slowing Down
(Jan., $23.95) by Ann Richards with Sydney Lou Bonnick. The former Texas governor chronicles her struggle with osteoporosis and tells how she is combating the disease.

Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution
(Sept., $24.95) by Robert Atkins is a revised edition of the bestselling classic, offering new explanations for the underlying theories.

The 3-Week Family Fat Cure
(Jan., $24.95) by John Mayer is a three-step program for revolutionizing a family's health and fitness based on the author's own struggle with obesity.

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Thai Bodywork
(Sept., $14.95) by Eleanor McKenzie and Niclaire Mann introduces basic Thai techniques for stimulating energy flow, increasing flexibility and improving relaxation.

Flip the Switch
(Jan., $23) by Jim Karas. A weight-loss consultant and author of The Business Plan for the Body provides proven techniques for beating the battle of the bulge. 60,000 first printing.

The Perricone Prescription
(Sept., $27.50) by Nicholas Perricone presents a 28-day antiaging program for body and face rejuvenation.

Yogilates (Sept., $26.95) by Jonathan Urla combines yoga and Pilates to create a complete mind/body workout.

Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution (Oct., $29.95) by Bobbi Brown with Sally Wadyka gives advice to women for different ages and stages of life. Ad/promo.

Underage and Overweight
(Jan., $24.95) by Frances M. Berg and Andrew Flach is an exposé of the dangers of childhood obesity and a guide for parents to set a healthy lifestyle for their children.

Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life
(Sept., $28.95) by Russell L. Blaylock encourages the prevention of health problems through good nutrition and nutraceuticals.

Living Yoga
(Oct., $29.95) by Christy Turlington reveals the supermodel's passion for yoga and the impact it has had on her life. 50,000 first printing.

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(Oct., $75) by Linda Sparrowe with Yoga Journal chronicles the history and evolution of yoga and presents 400 poses in b&w photos.

Eat to Live
(Jan., $23.95) by Joel Fuhrman outlines a plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly and keeping it off. Ad/promo.

The Cancer Monologue Project
(Oct., $22), edited by Tanya Taylor and Pamela Thompson. Thirty monologues express personal stories of living with cancer; a portion of the royalties will be donated to Gilda's Club.

The Memory Cure
(Sept., $21.95) by Majid Fotuhi is a memory loss protection plan from a leading neurologist. Advertising.

Fighting for Our Future (Oct., $21.95) by Beth Murphy organizes a survival guide for young women battling breast cancer. Advertising.

The Heart/Depression Connection (Jan., $24.95) by Windsor Ting and Gregory Fricchione. A cardiologist and psychiatrist explore the link between heart disease and depression. Advertising.

Reshape Your Mind, Reshape Your Body
(Jan., $24.95) by Charles Stuart Platkin is a 12-week program combining nutrition and behavior modification for long-lasting weight loss.

(Oct., $21.95) by Linda Abrams, former Washington Post fashion editor, looks at fashion innovations and extremes from around the world. Author tour.

Healthy Holidays
(Nov., $25.95) by Marilu Henner recommends celebrating special occasions year-round with healthy meals and treats.

30 Days in the Zone (Jan., $27.50) by Barry Sears delivers a month-long program to establish following the Zone dietary plan as second nature.

's Ultimate Guide to Women's Health and Wellness
(Oct., $31.95) by Elizabeth Crow and Prevention health books editors is a medical reference for female health questions.

The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating
(Jan., $25) by Bob Greene outlines the whys and hows of creating a healthy eating plan for life. 200,000 first printing.

Wear and Tear (Jan., $25) by Dr. Bob Arnot. NBC's chief medical correspondent explains how to stay flexible, limber and pain free at every age. 100,000 first printing.

(Dec., $25.95) by Ben Wieder. The cofounder of the International Federations of Bodybuilders gives an account of the history and business of modern-day bodybuilding. 25,000 first printing .

Conquering Infertility
(Oct., $24.95) by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly is a mind/body guide to combating a condition that affects nine million American couples each year.

The Carb-Careful Diet (Jan., $24.95) by Adele Puhn looks to recognize and correct the metabolic mix-up that causes obesity, diabetes and other health risks.