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Contemporary Affairs

Avoiding Armageddon: The Companion Book to the PBS Series (Apr., $26) by Martin Schram focuses on the threats of mass destruction and terrorism. 60,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions (May, $26) by Clyde Prestowitz criticizes the Bush administration's foreign policy. 60,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

Walker's Calling: The Strange Odyssey of John Walker Lindh (June, $24.95) by Mark Kukis probes the motives of the "American Taliban" in relation to the beliefs of radical Islamists.

Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal (Aug., $25) by David France claims to expose clerical secrets and lies.

Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith (Apr., $19.95) by Vartan Gregorian. The president of the Carnegie Corp. surveys the world's fastest-growing religion.

A Voice for Nonprofits (May, $24.95) by Jeffrey M. Berry and David Arons recommends ways to allow nonprofits to influence public policy.

Global Disorder: America and the New Architecture of International Security (Mar., $26) by Robert Harvey analyzes the dangers of the post—September 11 world and how to overcome them.

As They Saw It: A Conversational History of Modern America (June, $27) by Richard D. Heffner transcribes conversations between world figures and the host of The Open Mind. 30,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

War Against the West: Terrorism in the 21st Century (Apr., $24.95) by Walter Laquer explicates past, present and future terrorism in the world. Advertising.

Nuclear Terrorism: A Guide for Concerned Citizens (Apr., $24.95) by the Nuclear Control Institute examines such issues as dirty bombs and the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing (Apr., $25) by Dana Beth Weinberg contends that hospital restructuring has led to a decline in patient care. An ILR Press book.

Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed Is Undermining America (Apr., $22) by Arianna Huffington maintains that the Enron/Arthur Andersen scandal is merely the tip of the iceberg. 5-city author tour.

Power Failure: The Inside Story of How Enron's Culture of Arrogance and Greed Led to the Biggest Bankruptcy in American History (Mar., $26) by Mimi Swartz with Sherron Watkins. This behind-the-scenes exposé is based on the revelations of Watkins, the Enron v-p whistle-blower. Advertising. Author tour.

Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate Radical Islamic Groups Living in America (May, $25.95) by Anonymous tells how an Iraqi-Jewish woman whose father was hanged by Saddam Hussein penetrated anti-American front groups.

Living Next Door to the Death House (Mar., $28) by Virginia Stem Owens and David Clinton Owens depicts life in Huntsville, Tex., the "death penalty capital of the world."

The Clinton Wars (May, $30) by Sidney Blumenthal draws upon the experiences of the Washington Post and New Yorker writer who became a senior adviser to Bill Clinton in 1997. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

Tragic Indifference: One Lawyer's Crusade Against the SUV and American Auto Industry (Aug., $26.95) by Adam Penenberg reveals how Tab Turner fought on behalf of Donna Bailey, made quadriplegic in a Ford Explorer rollover.

The Killer Strain: Anthrax and a Government Caught Sleeping (Mar., $25.95) by Marilyn W. Thompson is by the journalist who heads the investigative team for the Washington Post .

The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People (May, $27) by Jonathan Schell points the way out of war and into an enduring peace. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age (Apr., $25) by Bill McKibben pleads for a limit on the technologies that could change humanity irrevocably. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Portraits: 9/11/01: The Collected "Portraits of Grief" from TheNew York Times (Aug.; $35, paper $18) by the New York Times staff is a revised edition containing all the profiles of those lost. Advertising.

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point (May, $25) by David Lipsky captures daily life at the U.S. military academy from 1998 through 2002. 75,000 first printing. Author publicity.

Reefer Madness: Tales from the American Underground (May, $23) by Eric Schlosser. The author of Fast Food Nation turns an unblinking eye to the black market, and looks at pot, porn and illegal immigrants. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour.

Russia in Collapse (July, $25) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is the Nobel laureate's reflection on contemporary Russia. Advertising.

Kid Stuff: Marketing Sex and Violence to America's Children (May, $29.95), edited by Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti, assesses the dangers wrought by our pop culture.

A Measure of Endurance: The Unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp (Aug., $25) by William Mishler is the story of Sharp, who at 16 lost both arms while inspecting a baler on an eastern Oregon ranch. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. 10-city author tour.

Homeland Security & The Hidden Threat of Cyberterrorism (Aug., $24.99) by Dan Verton contains interviews with those involved in planning and executing a national cyberspace defense. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis (Apr., $24.95), edited by Jonathan D. Moreno. Experts from diverse fields address bioethical issues raised by the bioterrorist threat.

Terrorism, Afghanistan and America's New Way of War (Apr., $29.95) by Norman Friedman delves into the tactics and strategies employed by the U.S. in the Afghan battles. $25,000 ad/promo.

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Hostage in the Philippines: My 13 Days of Terror with the Abu Sayyaf Guerrillas—A True Story (June, $25.95) by Greg Williams comes from a missionary kidnapped by Islamic extremists. Advertising.

Enemy Aliens (July, $24.95) by David Cole is concerned with civil liberties violations since September 11, 2001.

The New Americans (July, $29.95) by Rubén Martínez, photos by Joseph Rodríguez, documents the new immigrant experience.

Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts (Apr., $34.95) by Michael J. Bazyler records how Holocaust victims have obtained victories in the U.S. court system.

Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (Mar., $26.95) by Carl Elliott, M.D., diagnoses our obsessive pursuit of happiness and self-improvement through drugs and surgery.

Harvard and the Unabomber: The Making of an American Terrorist (Mar., $26.95) by Alston Chase studies Harvard graduate Ted Kaczynski. Author tour.

The End of Capital Punishment in America (May, $28) by Franklin Zimring predicts the cessation of U.S. capital punishment.

Martyrs (May, $24.95) by Joyce M. Davis looks for explanations behind the fanaticism that drives suicidal attacks in both the Middle East and U.S.

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Seeds of Hate: How America's Flawed Lebanon Policy Ignited the Jihad (June; $65, paper $22.50) by Lawrence Pintak finds a link between our foreign policy and the transformation of Muslim perceptions of the West.

War Crimes in Palestine: Eye Witnesses to the Israeli Occupation (July; $65, paper $19.95), edited by Muna Hamzeh and Todd May, calls on personal accounts to denounce Israeli strategy toward the West Bank.

The Innocents (May, $45) by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck, photos by Taryn Simon, collects oral histories of 50 men and women across America who were wrongfully imprisoned. An Umbrage Editions book. $45, 000 ad/promo.

The Death of Right and Wrong (Apr., $25.95) by Tammy Bruce finds the left guilty of degrading America's moral values.

More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America's War in Colombia (Mar., $26) by Robin Kirk chronicles how the drug war is turning the troubled nation into a vast and violent slum. Advertising. Author tour.

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Death of John O'Neill, the FBI's Embattled Counterterror Warrior (May, $25.95) by Murray Weiss tells the story of the former FBI agent who prophesied terrorism on U.S. soil and repeatedly warned the government—only to lose his life on one of his first days as chief of security for the Twin Towers.

Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World (May, $49.95) by Mohammed M. Hafez addresses the causes of protracted violence in today's Muslim world.

The Importance of Being Lazy: A Brief History of Leisure and Vacation (May, $22.95) by Al Gini plumbs why people work so hard to have fun.

Women of Afghanistan (June, $25) by Isabelle Delloye collects reminiscences of Afghan women from the pre-Soviet era to the demise of the Taliban.

Clubland: The Nocturnal Carnival of Ecstasy and Evil (May, $24.95) by Frank Owen spotlights the decadent nightclubs of the 1990s.

The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays (Aug., $19.95) by Cindy Chupack. The executive producer of Sex and the City compiles observations on being single.

Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (July, $24.95) by Joe Conason shoots down falsehoods promoted by the political right. 100,000 first printing. Author tour.

Security: Your Homeland, Your City, Yourself (July, $25.95) by Howard Safir with Ellis Whitman. The former NYPD commissioner tackles timely issues. 25,000 first printing. Author tour.

After: America in the September 12 Era (May, $30) by Steven Brill. The Newsweek columnist and NBC consultant defines how America changed—and didn't—in the first year after September 11. 150,000 first printing.

Anyone Can Grow Up: Presidents, Parents and Parables (May, $25) by Margaret Carlson. The first woman columnist at Time reflects upon matters political and personal. 40,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.

Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology and Bioterrorism (Mar., $27.50) by Marion Nestle charges powerful food industries with distorting science for political reasons.

The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders: With Profiles of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton (Apr., $29.95), edited by Jerrold M. Post, M.D., is an at-a-distance psycho-political analysis of world leaders in general, with specific focus on Hussein and Clinton.

Concept and Controversy: Sixty Years of Taking Ideas to Market (June, $60) by W.W. Rostow. The adviser to three U.S. presidents comments on 11 policy problems.

Freud and the Non-European (Apr., $19) by Edward Said muses on how Freud's notions about Moses and Monotheism shed light on today's Middle East politics.

Politicide (July, $22) by Baruch Kimmerling lists war crimes committed by Israeli leader Ariel Sharon.

Talk of the Devil: Encounters with Seven Dictators (Apr., $24) by Riccardo Orizio reports on the journalist's meetings with Idi Amin and "Baby Doc" Duvalier.

A Heart, a Cross and a Flag (June, $25) by Peggy Noonan is a collection of the author's WSJ articles written after September 11. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Fixing Intelligence: For a More Secure America (Mar., $24) by William E. Odom suggests how to repair faulty components in the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy.

Cookbooks, Wine & Entertaining

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Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2003 (Mar., $29.95) by Food & Wine Books editors gathers every recipe, more than 500, published in the 2002 Food & Wine issues.

Kitchen of Light (May, $35) by Andreas Viestad is the companion book to the PBS-TV series New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad, Norway's premier food columnist. 25,000 first printing. Author tour.

Cowboys and Cookouts—Recipes from the Range (Apr., $12.95) by Lewis Esson captures the romance of the American West in recipes, old campfire sayings and songs.

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Four entries in the Wine Made Easy series, Chardonnay and Cabernet by Dave Broom and Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc by Susy Atkins (all May, $10.95 each) take readers through the choices available in each wine, plus tips on buying, serving and matching with food.

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Jenny Bristow Cooks Gloriously Good Food (Apr., $21.95) by Jenny Bristow, Northern Ireland's leading TV cook, was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The Best Recipe: The Quick Recipe (Mar., $29.95) by Cook's Illustrated editors shows how to prepare meals from scratch in under an hour. 90,000 first printing.

High Heat: Grilling and Roasting Year-Round with Master Chef Waldy Malouf (Apr., $30) by Waldy Malouf and Melissa Clark delivers high-heat, high-flavor recipes.

The Minimalist Entertains (Apr., $26) by Mark Bittman. The master of simple sophistication reduces entertaining effort and stress while guaranteeing great results.

First and Forever Cookbook (June, $35) by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford. Created for newlyweds, this guide includes recipes, photographs and menu ideas for special occasions—plus tips for cooking together.

Slow Food: The Case for Taste (Aug., $24.95) by Carlo Petrini, trans. by William McCuaig, advocates a return to traditional cuisine, local products and eating as a social event.

Far East/Down East: Maine's Freshest Foods Spiced with Asia's Finest Flavors (Mar., $28) by Bruce deMustchine, photos by Glenn Scott. Recipes fuse Maine's fresh foods with cooking techniques and seasonings from the Far East.

The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food (May, $29.95) by Garrett Oliver explains how beer complements any dining experience and lists more than 50 types from around the world.

Flavors of the Mediterranean (June, $29.95) by Olivier Baussan brings the tastes and essence of the Mediterranean home.

A Montana Table: Recipes from Chico Hot Springs Lodge (May, $30) by Seabring Becht Davis includes photos of the historic lodge and its food plus historical tidbits.

Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine: Over 100 Dishes with To-Die-For Taste Made with To-Live-For Recipes (Apr., $26) by Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster. The Grammy Award—winning singer shares her favorite recipes after she was diagnosed with diabetes and had to change her eating habits. 6-city author tour. TV/radio satellite tours.

The Essential Mediterranean: How Regional Cooks Transform Key Ingredients into the World's Favorite Cuisines (Apr., $29.95) by Nancy Harmon Jenkins reveals the ingredients and techniques for 140 recipes that make the Mediterranean diet so healthy.

Ripe for Dessert: 101 Outstanding Desserts with Fruit—Inside, Outside and Alongside (June, $34.95) by David Lebovitz. The author of Room for Dessert offers more than 125 recipes for desserts featuring fruit from all seasons.

Cooking the Real Age Way: Turn Back Your Biological Clock with More Than 80 Delicious and Easy Recipes (June, $24.95) by Michael F. Roizen with John LaPuma, M.D., gathers healthy recipes that can make us look and feel younger.

Biker Billy's HOG Wild on a Harley Cookbook: 200 Fiercely Flavorful Recipes to Kick-Start Your Home Cooking from Harley Riders Across the USA (Apr., $17.95) by Bill Hufnagle is a Harley Davidson—owner's community cookbook compiled by biker icon Biker Billy. 40,000 first printing. A Harley-Davidson 100th anniversary tie-in event.

Fit Food: Your Way to Good Health—with Taste! (June, $25), edited by Lori Baird, identifies 25 foods with special health benefits and provides recipes for using them.

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The Good Housekeeping Grilling Cookbook: The Best Recipes You'll Ever Taste (May, $19.95) by Good Housekeeping magazine editors offers the lowdown on grilling equipment, cooking techniques, seasoning secrets and more.

Martha's at the Plantation: Seasonal Recipes from Belle Meade (Mar., $24.95) by Martha Stamps collects recipes from the Belle Meade Plantation restaurant in Nashville, Tenn. $20,000 ad/promo.

Sicilian Feasts (Mar., $24.95) by Giovanna Bellia La Marca applies simple methods to the preparation of 160 Sicilian recipes; includes holiday menus.

Tastes of Peru (June, $24.95) by Marina Polvay introduces dishes from Peru that have their roots in the cuisine of the Incas.

The Apprentice: A Cook's Memoir (Apr., $26) by Jacques Pépin. The celebrated chef offers memories of the people, places, meals and adventures that have shaped his life. 75,000 first printing. Advertising. 14-city author tour.

The Way We Cook: Recipes from the New American Kitchen (May, $27) by Sheryl Julian and Julie Riven features more the 250 stylish but quintessentially American recipes. 25,000 first printing.Advertising. 11-city author tour.

Cuisine Naturelle: New French Classics (May, $TBA) by Jean Francois Meteigner with Brigit Legere Binns is a guide for contemporary French cooking from the chef of L.A.'s La Cachette restaurant.

Forever Summer (Apr., $35) by Nigella Lawson. Lawson concocts warm weather recipes that prolong a lazy summer feeling throughout the year.

The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great Southern Cooks (May, $29.95) by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock. The traditions of Lewis's Virginia country cooking and Peacock's Alabama cuisine combine in this collection of 225 recipes. 50,000 first printing. 10-city authors' tour.

Latin American Kitchen: All the Essential Ingredients and Over 200 Authentic Recipes (Apr., $27.95) by Elisabeth Luard. These recipes are organized around 100 essential ingredients, selected on the basis of their authenticity.

The Best of Virginia Farms Cookbook and Tour Book: Recipes, People, Places (Apr., $24.95) by CiCi Williamson uses recipes, interviews, tours and essays to convey the Old Dominion's agricultural story.

Better Homes and Gardens Hometown Potluck Favorites (Mar., $19.95) by Better Homes and Gardens editors provides 122 recipes plus make-ahead tips and toting suggestions. 35,000 first printing.

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From My Grandmother's Kitchen (Apr., $24.95) by Charlotte de Saint Alban offers recipes from the author's grandmother's journal.

The Cornbread Book: A Love Story with Recipes (Apr., $14.95) by Jeremy Jackson includes 50 recipes for this comfort food.

The BLT Cookbook: America's Favorite Sandwich (June, $14.95) by Michele A. Jordan. Offers 60 variations on the bacon/lettuce/tomato sandwich.

Meze: Small Plates to Savor and Share from the Mediterranean Table (June, $24.95) by Diane Kochilas introduces an array of meze—the "little plates" from the eastern Mediterranean that include creamy dips, phyllo pastries, salads, meatballs and more.

A Return to Sunday Dinner (Aug., $29.99) by Russell Cronkhite. The former executive chef at Blair House in Washington, D.C., revives the tradition of the Sunday dinner.

Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Good Lover's Courtship, with Recipes (May, $23.95) by Amanda Hesser. The New York Times food reporter and columnist tells the tale of her romance with Mr. Latte and the meals they shared. Advertising. 7-city author tour.

Williams-Sonoma Savoring China (Mar., $39.95) by Jacki Passmore is the 10th title in the Savoring series, part travelogue, part cookbook. 30,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Grilling (Apr., $34.95) by Oxmoor House Books editors is the first title in the new series, Essentials of Grilling. 40,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Cooking Light Superfast Suppers (June, $34.95) by Cooking Light magazine editors gathers recipes with no more than 10 ingredients that take 20 minutes to prepare. 35,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

And Still I Cook (Mar., $22.95) by Leah Chase. The Creole cuisine specialist offers a second collection. Advertising. Author publicity.

J.R.'s Cookbook—True Ringside Tales, BBQ, and Down Home Recipes (May, $26) by Jim "J.R." Ross. WWE announcer Ross covers the gamut of BBQ delights. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

At Blanchard's Table: More Than 200 Simple, Sensational Recipes from the Authors of A Trip to the Beach (Mar., $32.50) by Melinda Blanchard and Robert Blanchard shares recipes, tips and stories from the Blanchards' restaurant on the island of Anguilla. 11-city author tour.

Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen (Mar., $32.50) by Tyler Florence. The host of Food Network's Food 911 shows how easy it is to create simple yet elegant meals at home. 9-city author tour.

Pillsbury Doughboy Slow Cooker Recipes: 170 Family-Pleasing Recipes from America's Most Trusted Kitchens (Apr., $19.95) by the Pillsbury Company was created for cooks seeking more creative, contemporary recipes using a slow cooker. Advertising.

Cooking by Hand (Aug., $40) by Paul Bertolli. The chef of California's Oliveto restaurant explores his favorite foods through literary essays, images and more than 100 recipes. Author publicity.

The Encyclopedia of Cakes: 1001 Authentic Recipes (Apr., $35) by Reader's Digest editors gathers the work of the world's best bakers.

Tony Casillo's Family Cookbook: A Treasure Trove of Recipes and Cooking Advice from a Dad to his Daughters—and To All Those Who Want to Cook and Eat Well (May, $30) by Tony Casillo. The food writer shares his family's culinary secrets, anecdotes and more.

Grilling America (May, $25.95) by Rick Browne. The PBS-TV cooking show host offers up barbecue treats and side dishes.

Michel Roux: Creative Techniques for Healthy Cooking (May, $39.95) by Michel Roux. French-born, London-based Chef Roux applies his talent and expertise to creating more than 130 original recipes.

A Man, a Can, a Grill (June, $15.95) by David Joachim and Men's Health magazine editors fires up 50 no-sweat meals fast in this follow-up to A Man, a Can, a Plan. 50,000 first printing.

Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook (May, $15.99). Recipes with seven or fewer ingredients require less than 10 minutes prep time.

Fast & Fresh (Mar., $24.95) by Louise Pickford, photos by Peter Cassidy, demonstrates how fresh ingredients can be put together for a meal in less time than it takes for take out.

Tarts: Sweet and Savory (Apr., $24.95) by Maxine Clark, photos by Martin Brigdale, suggests tart recipes to begin or end a meal.

Tomatoes (Apr., $12.95) by Manisha Gambhir Harkins, photos by Jean Cazals, presents inspiring recipes for using the versatile tomato.

Williams-Sonoma Ice Cream, ...Pie and Tart, ...Breakfast (all May, $16.95 each), the series edited by Chuck Williams, are new additions to the Williams-Sonoma Collection with illustrated recipes.

Golden Door Cooks Light & Easy (Apr., $29.95) by Michel Stroot, the Golden Door spa's chef, shares his special recipes.

Russel Wright's Menu Cookbook: A Guide for Easier Entertaining (May, $29.95) by Ann Wright and Mindy Heiferling. The lifestyle guru Russel Wright gathers his timesaving recipes.

The All American Cheese and Wine Book (Apr., $37.50) by Laura Werlin, photos by Andy Ryan, is the follow-up to Werlin's IACP award-winning book, The New American Cheese. 25,000 first printing.

Grilling and Barbecuing: Food and Fire in American Regional Cooking (Apr., $29.95) by Denis Kelly, photos by Maren Caruso, showcases regional American fare created for outdoor cooking.

Shag's Around the World in 80 Drinks (May, $12.95) by Adam Rocke, illus. by Shag, collects concoctions from Paris, Aspen, Shanghai and other locales populated by Shag's 1950s era characters. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Caprial and John's Kitchen (Apr., $35) by Caprial and John Pence is a companion volume to the Pences' upcoming PBS-TV cooking show.

The Art of Aureole (May, $50) by Charlie Palmer and Judith Choate provides recipes from Manhattan's famed Aureole restaurant.

A Passion for Vegetables (Mar., $35) by Lorenza de 'Medici, photos by Mike Newton, features 100 Tuscan recipes in this follow-up to A Passion for Fruit. A Pavilion book.

Masterclass in Japanese Cooking (Mar., $40) by Emi Kazuko features 20 of the world's foremost Japanese cooks and chefs, and 120 recipes. A Pavilion book.

Indian Home Cooking (June, $19.95) by Jan Purser and Ajoy Joshi. More than 60 recipes have been gathered from all regions of India. Advertising.

Smoothies (June, $16.95) by Tracy Rutherford offers tips and techniques for making power-packed smoothies, shakes and blends. Advertising.

How to Cook Everything the Basics: Simple Recipes for New Cooks (Mar., $20) by Mark Bittman provides new cooks with everything they need. 75,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.

America's Best Chefs Cook with Jeremiah Tower (June, $27.50). Tower accompanies 12 chefs in their respective home kitchens in this companion volume to the PBS-TV series. 60,000 first printing.

Fiction/First & Collections

Prisoners (Apr., $22.50) by Burt Zollo focuses on a young Jewish-American soldier guarding captured Nazis.

A Kiss from Maddalena (Apr., $23.95) by Christopher Castellani. A poor Italian villager sets his eye on the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant during WWII.

Final Confession of Mabel Stark (Apr., $25) by Robert Hough fictionalizes the life of much-married Mabel Stark—"the Mae West of tiger taming." 30,000 first printing.

Bruiser (Mar., $24) by Ian Chorão depicts the chaos of a shattered home through the eyes of 10-year-old Bruiser, who takes to the open road with kindred spirit Darla, also 10. Author publicity.

Three Days as the Crow Flies (June, $23) by Danny Simmons. Jean Michel-Basquiat and Andy Warhol appear in this 1980s romp when fictional Crow Shade steals three paintings to hustle money for drugs.

High Strung (July, $23) by Quinn Dalton. Merle quits her job editing low-end adult novels in London to return home to Ohio to confront her family's checkered past.

Blind Run (Apr., $23.95) by Patricia Lewin. A former spy whose young son has been killed must find his ex-wife before a renegade assassin does. Advertising. DBC, MG, LG selections. Author publicity.

The First Thing Smoking (Aug., $19.95) by Nelson Eubanks is an interconnected story collection featuring a young black man set in New York and Brazil. Advertising. Author publicity.

Lord of Snow and Shadows: Book One of The Tears of Artamon (July, $21.95) by Sarah Ash. Court painter Gavril Nagarian discovers he is the heir to the throne of a harsh arctic kingdom. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Fairy Tale (Apr., $23.50) by Walt Foreman. A writer is stranded in rural Tennessee with a has-been Elvis impersonator and an alcoholic tow-truck driver.

A Broken Thing (Apr., $24.95) by Marlin Barton. A Southern family endures despite tragedy. Author tour.

My Father Had a Daughter (May, $21.95) by Grace Tiffany tells the story of Judith Shakespeare, whose pop was the playwright.

The Bobby Gold Stories (May, $19.95) by Anthony Bourdain. The author of Kitchen Confidential serves up fiction about food, sex, crime and mayhem. 75,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

The Beginning of Calamities (June, $24.95) by Tom House. An 11-year-old's Catholic-school passion play production goes mortifyingly awry.

Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey (Aug., $23) by Dan Rhodes. Two men and a dog create a love triangle in contemporary Italy.

Monkey in the Middle (Apr., $24) by Josh Pryor. A Gulf War veteran chances upon corrupt geneticists and a cross-dressing Iraqi assassin. 35,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

The Wages of Genius (May, $25) by Gregory Mone. An office worker fancies himself Einstein incarnate. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

1929 (May, $25) by Frederick Turner stars jazz age musician Bix Beiderbecke. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

Ruslan (June, $23.95) by Barbara Scrupski. An beautiful impoverished countess in Czarist Russia chops off her hair and joins the army as a man. Author publicity.

On the Nature of Human Interaction (May, $22.95) by Karl Iagnemma is a story collection by an MIT robotics researcher; protagonists include mathematicians and scientists whose yearnings go beyond logic and reason. 30,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Easter Island (June, $24.95) by Jennifer Vanderbes combines parallel narratives separated by six decades concerning two women, one English and one American, whose lives change when they travel to Easter Island. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity. BOMC selection.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (June, $22.95) by Mark Haddon is told by a 15-year-old autistic savant who, accused of killing his neighbor's dog, uses Sherlock Holmes as his model to solve the crime. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Devil Wears Prada (June, $21.95) by Lauren Weisberger. A small-town girl lands a job as assistant to the legendary editor of a glossy fashion magazine. Ad/promo. Author tour.

I Am Not Jackson Pollock: Stories (Apr., $20) by John Haskell is populated with real and mythic figures.

Stillness and Other Stories (May, $23) by Courtney Angela Brkic. The author, who has worked for the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, sets her stories in war-torn Yugoslavia in 1991. Author tour.

Bunker 13 (June, $24) by Aniruddha Bahal. The hero of this suspense tale, the hedonistic journalist MM, clandestinely investigates corruption in Kashmir's guerrilla war.

The Forever Year (May, $24.95) by Ronald Anthony. A young man cynical about romantic love learns a secret from his elderly father. Advertising.

Shikar (June, $24.95) by Jack Warner. A Georgia sheriff must protect his town from a Bengal tiger. Advertising.

I Love You Like a Tomato (July, $24.95) by Marie Giordano follows the twists and turns in an Italian family living in 1950s Minneapolis. Advertising. Author publicity.

Gentlemen of Space (Apr., $23) by Ira Sher envisions the end of the Space Age. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Approximately Heaven (July, $23) by James Whorton Jr. introduces a down-on-his-luck protagonist with aspirations for a better life. Author tour.

The Bullet Collection (Apr., $25) by Patricia Sarrafian Ward concerns a child in war-torn Beirut. Advertising. Author tour.

Gilgamesh (Apr., $23) by Joan London. A woman journeys the world in search of lost love. 50,000 first printing.

A Girl Could Standup (July, $24) by Leslie Marshall. After the sudden deaths of her parents, young Eltray Mayhew must find her own way.

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies (Mar., $24.95) by John Murray contains eight short stories with global settings and universal issues.

The Latest Bombshell (June, $23) by Michele Mitchell. The CNN political correspondent tells the tale of a Washington, D.C., consultant who finds herself in the midst of a high-profile scandal.

The Book of Salt (Apr., $24) by Monique Truong. Are Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas employing a Vietnamese cook with secrets? 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.

Long for This World (June, $24) by Michael Byers. A Seattle-based medical researcher specializes in a congenital disease that causes children to age rapidly. 25,000 first printing. Advertising. 8-city author tour.

The Center of Everything (July, $22.95) by Laura Moriarty is a multigenerational novel set small-town Kansas with Reaganism and religious fundamentalism as a backdrop. 100,000 first printing.

White Male Heart (Apr., $24.95) by Ruaridh Nicoll takes place in the Scottish Highlands as two young men forge a friendship that takes a wrong turn. Advertising.

Leave Myself Behind (Mar., $23) by Bart Yates concerns 17-year-old Noah's obsession with the boy next door.

Last Summer (Aug., $23) by Michael Thomas Ford follows three men whose summertime destination is the gay haven of Provincetown.

Tietam Brown (July, $23.95) by Mick Foley. Released from reform school after killing his abusive foster father seven years earlier, 17-year-old Andy is drawn into his natural father's crude if zany orbit. 150,000 first printing. Advertising. 13-city author tour.

The Dogs of Babel (July, $21.95) by Carolyn Parkhurst. Convinced his wife's death was no accident, a linguist teaches his dog Lorelei to communicate the truth about the demise. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Tropic of Night (Mar., $24.95) by Michael Gruber. Now hiding in Miami, Jane Doe faked her suicide to evade her ex-husband, a shaman versed in the art of African witchcraft and a serial killer.

Martin Quinn (May, $24.95) by Anthony Lee. A young New York City gangster must decide whether to turn state's evidence in a double homicide or remain silent and face the wrath of one of the victim's powerful Russian mafia father.

Elegance (July, $23.95) by Kathleen Tessaro. A married woman who needs to snag her straying prince finds help in an out-of-print tome titled Elegance .

The King of Odessa (May, $24.95) by Richard A. Rosenstone follows Isaac Babel's final trip to his hometown.

The Cuban Prospect (Mar., $24.95) by Brian Shawver employs baseball to illuminate the human psyche.

The Afterword (Mar., $16) by Mike Bryan. The fictional author of the fictional bestseller The Deity Next Door confesses his preoccupations and inspirations in a novel that probes fiction and faith. Advertising. 9-city author tour.

In Times of Siege (Aug., $22) by Githa Hariharan. His sexually assured ward causes a meek college professor in New Delhi to confront the power of religious fundamentalists. Advertising.

Prisoners of Flight (June, $26) by Sid Gustafson. Two alcoholic, former Vietnam POWs find themselves struggling to survive in the wintry Montana wilderness.

For Matrimonial Purposes (July, $23.95) by Kavita Daswani. The heroine blends India's strict customs with America's autonomy in pursuit of matrimony. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Finding Caruso (Mar., $23.95) by Kim Barnes. As their family disintegrates, two brothers battle the odds. Advertising. Author publicity.

The Three Miss Margarets (Apr., $24.95) by Louise Shaffer. Thirty years ago, three female Georgians chose to right a horrible wrong, then swore an oath of secrecy. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.

Getting Mother's Body (May, $23.95) by Suzan-Lori Parks, whose Topdog/Underdog received the 2002 Pulitzer for drama, chronicles how Billy Beede, dirt-poor and black, pregnant and unmarried, strives to save her dead mother's remains and to retrieve the pearls possibly buried with her in 1960s Texas. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour.

Loose Lips (June, $23.95) by Claire Berlinski has a heroine who joins the CIA, then promptly falls for a fellow spy. Author publicity.

Action! (Aug., $24.95) by Robert Cort. The producer of 50-plus films has written a family saga spanning five decades in Tinseltown. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Mar., $24.95) by ZZ Packer collects the New Yorker magazine writer's stories. Advertising. Author tour.

Vicious Spring (May, $21.95) by Hollis Hampton-Jones observes the descent of a Nashville teen into the skin trade. Author publicity.

The Kite Runner (June, $24.95) by Khaled Hosseini chronicles the friendship of two Afghani boys. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Dirty Girls Social Club (May, $24.95) by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Six Latina friends lead complicated lives.

The Secret Letters of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy (Apr., $24.95) by Wendy Leigh imagines a relationship between the two iconic women through their correspondence. 35,000 first printing.

The Deed (Mar., $23) by Keith Blanchard. This comic novel by the editor-in-chief of Maxim magazine is about Jason Hansvoort, who believes himself the heir to the isle of Manhattan and everything on it. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Since the Layoffs (Apr., $20) by Iain Levison. Out of work with no good prospects, our luckless hero becomes a hit man for his bookie. 8-city author tour.

Maisie Dobbs (July, $25) by Jacqueline Winspear begins a series about a former WWI battlefield nurse who becomes a sleuth in 1929 London.

Tilt (Mar., $22) by Elizabeth Burns is the story of a family whose world is turned upside down.

Every Good Boy Does Fine (June, $23.95) by Timothy Laskowski. A brain-injured man enters a group home to begin rehab and to learn to live independently again.

Isle of Misfortune (Apr., $26.50) by Geoffrey Leavenworth. Grazed by a gunshot in his Galveston home, a man flees with his family but cannot dodge his stalker.

Adjusting Sights (Apr., $19.95) by Haim Sabato. In this winner of Israel's Sapir Prize, a religious soldier loses his closest friend in the 1973 war.

Tales of Grabowski (June, $19.95) by John Auerbach is about a young Warsaw Jew who assumes the identity of a Polish stoker to survive Nazi occupation.

Eyesores (Mar., $24.95) by Eric Shade. Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, this collection is set in the fictional blue-collar town of Windfall, Pa.

Dissolution (Apr., $24.95) by C.J. Sansom. England in 1537 is divided between Catholic Church faithfuls and Henry VIII, as murder and sexual misconduct plague a remote Benedictine monastery. Author tour.

The Quality of Life Report (May, $24.95) by Meghan Daum. Lucinda Trout, lifestyle correspondent for New York morning television, decamps for "Prairie City, USA," to produce first-hand dispatches on "real life." 12-city author tour.

The Rice Mother (July, $25.95) by Rani Manicka. Traded into marriage at 14, Lakshmi must depart Ceylon for Malaya, where she becomes a formidable matriarch.

The Sixth Lamentation (Aug., $24.95) by William Brodrick, himself a former Augustinian friar, launches a series featuring Father Anselm of Larkwood Priory, Suffolk.

Girl Cook (June, $22.95) by Hannah McCouch limns a tale of love, sex, chefs and the city as Cordon Bleu graduate Layla Mitchner accepts nothing less than true love and success.

Blessed Are the Cheesemakers (July, $22.95) by Sarah-Kate Lynch. Abby and Kit, two lost souls, clean up life's spilled milk on a small Irish dairy farm run by Corrie and Fee, a pair of old cheesemakers in need. Ad/promo.

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Devil's Midnight (May, $22.95) by Yuri Kapralov. The Russian civil war gives rise to suspense, adventure and romance. Advertising.

The English Disease (May, $23.95) by Joseph Skibell. A Jew fears that an overly hasty assimilation means the end of his traditions.

The Polished Hoe (June, $24.95) by Austin Clarke. A woman's confession of murder recalls the troubled history of a Caribbean island.

A Love Noire (July, $19.95) by Erica Simone Turnipseed. Cultural, financial and family backgrounds roil the relationship between two African-Americans.

Big Breasts and Wide Hips (June, $26.95) by Mo Yan. Although men dominate 20th-century China, this epic novel is mostly about women. 25,000 first printing.

Mammoth Cheese (June, $24) by Sheri Holman centers on American excess and what we owe our history. 100,000 first printing.

The Price (Mar., $23) by Joan Johnston. A Houston lawyer defending a pharmaceutical company falls for the opposing counsel, his former high school sweetheart. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour.

Second Glance (Apr., $25) by Jodi Picoult. A ghost hunter hired by a developer to disprove an Indian burial ground's spirituality meets a mysterious woman. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 13-city author tour.

Wild Orchids (Apr., $25.95) by Jude Deveraux. A widowed mystery novelist and his beautiful young assistant investigate a North Carolina ghost story. 350,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

Say When (June, $24) by Elizabeth Berg. When his wife of 10 years takes a lover, a husband ponders if the marriage is worth fighting for. 125,000 first printing.

A Man to Call My Own (July, $24) by Johanna Lindsey. Texan twin sisters of opposite temperaments pursue the same cowboy. 300,000 first printing.

Nervous (July, $24) by Zane. A woman's split personality pits one identity against the other, and murder may decide who triumphs. 125,000 first printing.

Beachcomber (Aug., $25) by Karen Robards. Is Bonnie's new boyfriend in a Carolina beach community a serial killer? 125,000 first printing.

Lost (Aug., $25) by Joy Fielding. After auditioning for a Hollywood director visiting Toronto, an aspiring young actress vanishes. 100,000 first printing.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons (Mar., $23.95) by Lorna Landvik. Five women in a small Minnesota town share a 30-year friendship. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

Evenings at Five (Apr., $19.95) by Gail Godwin. A widow reflects on her husband's unexpected death. Advertising. LG, DBC selections. 5-city author tour.

A Cold Heart (May, $26.95) by Jonathan Kellerman. Alex Delaware examines the murders of emerging artists and musicians, fearing his ex-wife could be next. Advertising.

Between Sisters (June, $23.95) by Kristin Hannah. Together for the first time in 20 years, a mother and her two daughters attempt to form a family. Advertising. 5-city author tour.

The Sinner (Aug., $24.95) by Tess Gerritsen. Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles probe the murders of two cloistered nuns. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

Grace (Mar., $23.95) by Elizabeth Nunez. A woman's search for self challenges her husband's assumptions and their marriage. Advertising. Author publicity.

From the Listening Hills (May, $16.95) by Louis L'Amour is a collection including three previously unpublished stories. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo. LG, DBC, BOMC selections.

Villa Incognito (May, $27.50) by Tom Robbins involves American MIAs who choose to remain missing after the Vietnam War and four generations of alluring women connected to a figure from Japanese folklore. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Late for the Wedding (May, $24.95) by Amanda Quick. Lavinia Lake and Tobias March pursue a killer targeting older men about to wed young beauties. 130,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

The Face (June, $26.95) by Dean Koontz. A handsome Hollywood star faces an evil breaching the walls of his legendary estate. 525,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

A Gathering Place: A Cape Light Novel (May, $23.95) by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer is the third novel in the painter's series.

Isle of Palms (July, $22.95) by Dorthea Benton Frank marks the hardcover debut by the author of Sullivan's Island.

Hunting in Harlem (May, $23.95) by Mat Johnson. As gentrification proceeds in Harlem, the neighborhood's undesirables mysteriously die. Author tour.

Innocence (June, $24.95) by Karen Novak. A town tainted by past rapes of young girls finds itself tormented by new reports of sexual assaults.

Hey Nostradamus! (July, $21.95) by Douglas Coupland. Teen violence affects a wide cast of characters. Author tour.

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Brown Eyes Blue (Apr., $23.95) by Carolyn Meyer. Three generations of independent women discover family secrets and sustaining love.

Babyville (June, $21) by Jane Green addresses the issues of modern maternal love.

Bump (Mar., $24) by Diana Wagman distinguishes the delicate line between obsession and love. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Eat Cake (May, $21) by Jeanne Ray. When a variety of crises afflict her family, Ruth knows what to do: bake a cake. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.

Seven Days and Seven Sins: A Novel in Short Stories (July, $23) by Pamela Ditchoff examines the subtle tragedies and hopes for redemption in a banal suburban neighborhood. Author publicity .

Tunneling (July, $22) by Beth Bosworth. Rachel, an asthmatic seventh-grader, time travels to assist Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and other blocked writers. Author publicity.

Hard Sleeper: A Novel of Old and New China (Mar., $24.95) by Jean Artley Szymanski and Jennifer Scheel Bushman. A woman raised in old Peking returns to post-Mao China to rejoin her long-lost daughter. Advertising. Author tour.

Cry Me a River (Apr., $24) by Ernest Hill. A black man tries to save his son's life and redeem his own.

He's Just a Friend (Aug., $24) by Mary B. Morrison spins the tale of a woman's quest for the true meaning of love.

Dating Game (Mar., $26.95) by Danielle Steel. A woman with two grown children enters the dating game after being dumped by her husband. 1 million first printing. Ad/promo.

Plant Life (Apr., $23.95) by Pamela Duncan. When her marriage ends, Laurel returns to her tiny hometown of Russell, N.C., where she learns lessons about family and friends. 40,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Dreaming the Eagle (June, $23.95) by Manda Scott. A woman warrior attains legendary status in ancient Britain. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. LG, DBC selections. Author publicity.

Remind Me Again Why I Married You (June, $23.95) by Rita Ciresi. An unfulfilled wife's ambition to become a writer is derided by her husband. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Johnny Angel (July, $19.95) by Danielle Steel. Reappearing as a guardian angel after his death in a car crash, a star athlete eases his family's grief. 900,000 first printing. Ad/promo. LG, DBC selections.

The Probable Future (July, $24.95) by Alice Hoffman. Three generations of clairvoyant women discover the rewards of reconciliation. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Office of Innocence (Mar., $25) by Thomas Keneally. In Sydney, a young priest is torn between his conscience and the Catholic Church during WWII. Ad/promo.

Oryx and Crake (May, $26) by Margaret Atwood looks at a future world devastated by ecological and scientific disasters. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Hatwearer's Lesson (Mar., $23.95) by Yolanda Joe details how family history shapes present lives. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Room-Mating Season (Apr., $24.95) by Rona Jaffe. A trio of roommates in 1963 New York City deal with events that change their lives in unforeseen ways. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

No Second Chance (May, $24.95) by Harlan Coben is the latest thriller by the author of Tell No One. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Other Woman (May, $23.95) by Eric Jerome Dickey. In this story of marriage and infidelity, bonds hold two people together against the odds. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Ghost Riders (July, $24.95) by Sharyn McCrumb is a new Ballad novel tracing the effects of the Civil War in Appalachia. Author publicity.

A Ship Made of Paper (Mar., $24.95) by Scott Spencer. A small Hudson River town is roiled by an adulterous interracial love affair.

The Tattooed Girl (May, $25.95) by Joyce Carol Oates. In failing health, a reclusive author hires a strange young woman as her assistant, not knowing she is an anti-Semite.

Deep Purple (June, $22.95) by Mayra Montero. A retired music critic in San Juan finds his seductions are always fired by music.

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce and Selected Stories (Apr., $23) by James M. Cain collects noir classics. Advertising.

Black Mischief, Scoop, The Loved One, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (Aug., $24) by Evelyn Waugh is an omnibus of scathing humor.

Loot and Other Stories (Apr., $24) by Nadine Gordimer assembles 10 short fictions.

Shadow Without a Name (Apr., $22) by Ignacio Padilla. The Mexican author links three disparate men, including Adolf Eichmann.

The Color (May, $25) by Rose Tremain is a saga of love and greed set amid New Zealand's 19th-century gold rush.

1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State (Mar., $25.95) by Morgan Llywelyn continues the multinovel chronicle of the Irish struggle for independence. Advertising.

More than Courage (Apr., $25.95) by Harold Coyle. With men imprisoned behind enemy lines, Americans must confront a ruthless enemy. Advertising.

Second Spring (Apr., $24.95) by Andrew M. Greeley is another installment in the O'Malley family saga. Advertising.

Victory! (May, $27.95) by Stephen Coonts is a WWII sequel to Combat. Advertising.

Dawn over Kitty Hawk (May, $24.95) by Walter J. Boyne commemorates a century of powered flight. Advertising. Author publicity.

Artifact (May, $24.95) by Kevin J. Anderson, Janet Berliner, F. Paul Wilson and Matthew J. Costello. This thriller centers on four stones not from earth. Advertising. Author publicity.

Man About Town (May, $24.95) by Mark Merlis. Left by Sam, his partner of 15 years, congressional adviser Joel seeks a magazine model whose face had attracted him decades earlier.

Willem's Field (May, $24) by Melinda Haynes. The author of Mother of Pearl returns with a tender and funny tale set in the 1970s. Ad/promo. Author tour.

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The Jesus Thief (Mar., $26.95) by J.R. Lankford. A devout Catholic scientist wants to undo the crucifixion by cloning Jesus when he discovers his Jewish parents' suffering in Fascist Italy. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.

Ten Little Indians (May, $24) by Sherman Alexie is a new collection of stories. 100,000 first printing.

Crabwalk (Apr., $25) by Günter Grass. The Nobel Prize—winner revisits the 1945 sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a cruise ship turned refugee escape boat that went down in the Baltic with 9,000 aboard.

Star of the Sea (May, $25) by Joseph O'Connor. Exotic, mysterious and dangerous characters set sail for the New World in this historical novel. Advertising. Author tour.

Personality (Aug., $24) by Andrew O'Hagan tracks the rise, fall and redemption of a modern celebrity.

Ties That Bind (Mar., $25.95) by Phillip Margolin. Lawyer Amanda Jaffe is on the trail of a political conspiracy that reaches all the way to the presidency.

Twelve Times Blessed (Apr., $25.95) by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Widowed for eight years, the mother of a 10-year-old boy is drawn to a man 10 years her junior.

The Sinister Pig (May, $25.95) by Tony Hillerman. Leaphorn and Chee tackle another puzzling case.

Dead Ringer (June, $25.95) by Lisa Scottoline. Lawyer Bennie Rosato duels with evil when her twin sister returns to Philadelphia, plotting Bennie's ruin.

Islands (July, $24.95) by Anne Rivers Siddons. A group of women find a surrogate family with one another in Carolina's low country.

Barracuda 945 (Aug., $25.95) by Patrick Robinson is a naval thriller spinning around an threatening foes and the Middle East.

Signs and Wonders (Apr., $27.95) by Philip Gulley returns to the lives of the Quaker community in this third book in the Harmony series.

What I Loved (Mar., $25) by Siri Hustvedt chronicles the relationship between two families. Advertising. Author tour.

What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal (Aug., $23) by Zoë Heller. A lonely schoolteacher reveals more than she intends about a friend's affair with a pupil. Advertising. Author tour.

The Romantic (May, $24) by Barbara Gowdy touches on love's variations: a motherless daughter who longs to be adopted, a husband's emotional link to the woman who left him and a young woman's refusal to let go of an elusive man. Advertising. Author tour.

Bay of Souls (Apr., $25) by Robert Stone. Obsessed with a new instructor claiming to be ruled by a voodoo spirit, a rural college professor pursues her to a Caribbean island beset by upheaval. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour.

Testament (May, $25) by Nino Ricci employs a Rashomon-like narrative to reimagine the life of Jesus. 35,000 first printing. Author tour.

Fabulous Small Jews (July, $23) by Joseph Epstein. Identity, family love and the rights of talent are among the subjects of these 18 stories. Advertising. Author tour.

Trading Up (June, $24.95) by Candace Bushnell. The first novel by the author of Sex and the City features a saucy, Bridget Jones—like character. 250,000 first printing.

Reflection (Apr., $23) by Mary Sheldon. The life of a girl, the object of her parents' bitter custody battle, is played out in parallel paths showing the two different people she could become.

Where the Boys Are (May, $24) by William J. Mann. Jeff O'Brien is still in search of love and sex from Provincetown to San Francisco.

Shifting Calder Wind (July, $24) by Janet Dailey. Chase Calder asks his daughter-in-law for help in regaining his lost memories in order to find out who wants him dead.

Family History (Apr., $23) by Dani Shapiro. What happens when the person threatening to destroy your family is your own daughter? 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Good Faith (Apr., $26) by Jane Smiley portrays ordinary people caught up in the 1980s version of the American Dream—complete with greed, sex and real estate. 200,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 12-city author tour.

The Light of Day (Apr., $24) by Graham Swift. A divorced ex-policeman-turned-PI is caught in an all-consuming relationship with a former client. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.

Good Morning, Killer (May, $24) by April Smith. Maverick FBI agent Ana Grey takes on a kidnapping in Santa Monica. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 11-city author tour.

Monkey Hunting (May, $23) by Cristina Garcia. Life surprises Chen Pan when he leaves his home in China for Cuba. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 12-city author tour.

Bangkok 8 (June, $24.95) by John Burdett. Murder, drugs and corruption make life tough for a blond Buddhist cop in the Thai capital. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.

Mortals (June, $26.95) by Norman Rush is a political adventure, social comedy and love triangle set in 1990s Botswana. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

All He Ever Wanted (Apr., $25.95) by Anita Shreve. This novel of marriage and betrayal stretches from 1899 to 1933. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Postcards from Berlin (Aug., $22.95) by Margaret Leroy. Postcards from a man she knew in the past threaten a housewife's marriage and sanity.

Hunted (June, $22.95) by John Holt. Natural and supernatural consequences result from corporate greed in the American West.

After the Fire (July, $19.95) by Daniel Robinson. Smoke jumpers lose their lives fighting a forest blaze.

Reunion (May, $25) by Michael Oren. WWII vets return to the scene of a lost battle to resolve an old mystery.

The Average Human (May, $24) by Ellen Potter. Incest and murder upset a small town.

Ociee on Her Own (May, $23) by Milam McGraw Propst. A girl returns to her widowed father's house after having lived with her aunt.

Home Before Dark (Apr., $24.99) by Susan Wiggs. Returning to Texas from New Zealand after 15 years, Jesse wants to meet the daughter she never knew.

Changing Habits (May, $24.95) by Debbie Macomber. One by one, three nuns leave their order to make a new life on the outside.

Lawless (July, $23.95) by Diana Palmer. A Texas ranger and a 16-year-old have a platonic marriage, yet over the years it becomes less so.

The Red and the Black (June, $17.50) by Stendhal is a new translation by Burton Raffel. Ad/promo.

The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage (Aug., $24.95), edited by Alan Furst, contains stories by Eric Ambler, Rebecca West and others. Ad/promo.

The Reluctant Suitor (Mar., $24.95) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Fleeing an arranged marriage with Adrianna, Coulton runs off to fight in the Napoleonic wars.

Shutter Island (May, $25.95) by Dennis Lehane. Set in 1954, two U.S. marshals uncover nightmarish CIA drug trials and Nazi eugenics.

Air Battle Force (June, $25.95) by Dale Brown. The U.S. wages war against Taliban guerrillas attempting to take over Turkmenistan and American oil interests.

Sushi for Beginners (June, $24.95) by Marian Keyes. Three young women chase love, success and happiness in Dublin.

Die in Plain Sight (July, $24.95) by Elizabeth Lowell. The paintings of an art buyer's late grandfather tell of murder, dangerous information for her to discover.

The Kill Clause (Aug., $24.95) by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz. His daughter murdered and her killer set free on a technicality, a U.S. deputy marshal chances upon a vigilante group correcting such injustices.

Afterlove (Mar., $22.95) by Robert Rosenblum. Faith can be renewed even after great loss.

The Crime of Father Amaro (May, $26.95) by Eça de Queiros, trans. by Margaret Jull Costa and Lorett Jull Treese, is the Portuguese source for the controversial Mexican movie about a Catholic priest's love affair.

The Man of Feeling (May, $22.95) by Javier Marias. Love blooms between a married woman and a young opera star.

Crescent (Apr., $24.95) by Diana Abu-Jaber. This love story takes place in L.A.'s Arab-American community. 6-city author tour.

Sappho's Leap (May, $24.95) by Erica Jong features the love poet who lived 2,600 years ago. Advertising. 7-city author tour.

Actress in the House (Apr., $26.95) by Joseph McElroy. Memory, abuse, love and violence mingle in McElroy's first novel in 12 years.

Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea (Apr., $21.95) by Diane Glancy recaptures the drama of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Tempest (June, $26.95) by Juan Manuel De Prada is a thriller set in Venice's art world.

Gordon (Mar., $22) by Edith Templeton. A young woman is seduced and virtually enslaved by a psychiatrist in post-WWII London. Advertising.

A Palestine Affair (June, $23) by Jonathan Wilson. Passion and politics thrive in 1920s British-ruled Palestine. Advertising. 5-city author tour.

Reunion (July, $23) by Alan Lightman. Attending his 30th reunion, a professor magically witnesses a replay of his last year in college. Advertising. 11-city author tour.

Signal and Noise (May, $26) by John Griesemer sets its story against the laying of the transatlantic cable. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Point of Honor (Mar., $19.95) by Robert Macomber continues the adventures of the U.S. Navy's Peter Wake, who searches for Civil War deserters.

Back Story (Mar., $24.95) by Robert B. Parker. As a favor to a friend, Spenser tries to solve a 30-year-old murder. Advertising. Author publicity.

Birthright (Apr., $25.95) by Nora Roberts. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide the setting for loss and discovery. Ad/promo. Author publicity. LG, DBC selections.

Dirty Work (Apr., $25.95) by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington returns to hit the Manhattan streets in search of a dangerous woman. Advertising. Author publicity.

Naked Prey (May, $26.95) by John Sandford. Lucas Davenport encounters a disturbing case in the northern woods. Ad/promo. BOMC, LG selections.Author publicity.

White Death: A Novel from the NUMA Files (June, $26.95) by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos is the latest Kurt Austin yarn. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Bad Company (June, $25.95) by Jack Higgins. Skeletons in the president's closet set up this thriller. Ad/promo.

Blind Side (July, $24.95) by Catherine Coulter. Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock search for a boy's kidnapper in the Tennessee mountains. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

Seizure (July, $25.95) by Robin Cook concerns the Shroud of Turin, a conservative Southern senator and an entrepreneurial researcher. Ad/promo. LG, DBC selections.

Honey Don't (May, $24.95) by Tim Sandlin. The inanities of our age are skewered in the nation's capital. Advertising. Author publicity.

The Delicate Storm (June, $24.95) by Giles Blunt challenges the notion that in fiction there is no such thing as the perfect crime. Author publicity.

The Coffee Trader (Mar., $24.95) by David Liss. In 1659 Amsterdam, a ruined sugar trader among the Portuguese Jews is offered a new commodity called coffee. Ad/promo. 9-city author tour.

The Winter Queen (May, $19.95) by Boris Akunin. The suicide of a talented young student in Moscow turns out not to be an isolated case. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (June, $23.95) by Elinor Lipman. A social-climbing purveyor of carnival fudge courts Alice, a socially clueless surgical intern in Boston. Author tour.

Lucia, Lucia (July, $24.95) by Adriana Trigiani. The daughter of an Italian immigrant family living in Greenwich Village meets a handsome stranger at the Fifth Avenue department store where she works. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.

Luck of the Draw (June, $23.95) by Carolina Aguilera Garcia. A family dreams of building a U.S. casino rivaling the grandeur of the one they left behind in Havana.

The Thin Pink Line (July, $21.95) by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Jane is loath to give up all the attention of her pregnancy when she discovers she's not.

Land of the Blind (Mar., $24.95) by Jess Walter. A seemingly unstable derelict wants to confess a murder to Caroline Mabry of the Spokane Police Department.

Behaving like Adults (June, $24.95) by Anna Maxted. The owner of a dating service takes a chance with one of her clients and discovers that he's a real cad.

To the Nines (June, $25.95) by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum heads for the high-rolling town of Las Vegas.

Runaway Heart (July, $24.95) by Stephen J. Cannell blends medical science and action suspense.

The Blue Horizon (May, $27.95) by Wilbur Smith. The next generation of Courtneys from Monsoon set out to stake their claim in southern Africa. 200,000 first printing. Advertising.

Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War (June, $24.95) by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen explores the outcome of the Civil War had Lee won at the Battle of Gettysburg. 75,000 first printing. Advertising. 6-city authors tour.

The Marine (June, $24.95) by James Brady returns to the Marine Corps adventure genre. 75,000 first printing. Advertising.The Essential Charlotte (July, $23.95) by Libby Schmais is a humorous look at single life. 25,000 first printing. Advertising.

Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime (May; $21.95, paper $13.95) by Marjorie Sandor. Ten linked stories depict a Jewish family over three generations. Advertising. Author tour.

Fleur de Leigh in Exile (Apr., $23) by Diane Leslie. Fleur packs up for boarding school where she meets very odd personalities and an anti-Semite. 35,000 first printing. Advertising. 6-city author tour.

The Quilter's Legacy: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (Apr., $22) by Jennifer Chiaverini. When her mother's heirloom quilts turn up missing, Sylvia travels to Manhattan and rural Pennsylvania. 60,000 first printing. Advertising. Crafter's Choice, DBC, LG selections. 11-city author tour.

The Second Time Around (Apr., $26) by Mary Higgins Clark focuses on the young wife of a businessman who has disappeared and is now a fugitive from justice. 1 million first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity. LG, DBC, MG, BOMC selections.

The Wandering Hill (May, $25.95) by Larry McMurtry is volume two of the Berrybender Narratives. 250,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

Diary of a Groupie (June, $21) by Omar Tyree. A woman who dates celebrity men keeps a diary that may unmask one of her escorts as a child molester.

Maneater (July, $24) by Gigi Levangie Grazer. A popular and beautiful woman in Hollywood plans to marry a powerful producer, although he doesn't know it yet. 75,000 first printing.

We Can Still Be Friends (May, $24) by Kelly Cherry. When her boyfriend runs off with the wife of a big L.A. producer, Ava decides what she really needs is a baby.

Come Closer (Aug., $20) by Sara Gran. A mysterious tapping in Amanda's bedroom leads to a terrifying bout with possession and mysticism.

The Blue Moon Circus (Apr., $22) by Michael Raleigh is a coming-of-age story set in the 1920s uniting an orphan, a magical traveling circus and an aging renegade. 30,000 first printing.

Secret Lives (July, $22.50) by Catherine Browder. Stories introduce a disparate group of characters, including a Japanese businessman's American wife who apprentices herself to an archer.

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Puppy Dogs' Tails (Apr., $9.95) by Cecil Aldin collects tales from Britain's noted dog illustrator.

Such Sweet Thunder (Apr., $29.95) by Vincent O. Carter pictures life in pre-WWII black America.

The Last Confession (Mar., $12.95) by Morris West is the novelist's final work about philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burned alive during the Inquisition.

In Clara's Hands (Mar., $26) by Joseph Olshan features the return of Clara Mayfield, the Jamaican heroine of Clara's Heart. A Bloomsbury UK book.

And the Shofar Blew (May, $26.99) by Francine Rivers. A young minister struggles with his misguided ambition and zeal. $100,000 ad/promo.

First Light (July, $TBA) by Brock and Bodie Thoene is the initial entry in their A.D. Chronicles historical series.

All Over Creation (Mar., $24.95) by Ruth Ozeki. A Japanese-American prodigal daughter returns to the Idaho potato farm she fled to face her dying father, her mother suffering from Alzheimer's and a former lover. 10-city author tour.

Drop City (Mar., $25.95) by T.C. Boyle. In 1970, a California commune moves to Alaska, where it clashes with other wilderness homesteaders. Advertising. 12-city author tour.

Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel (Apr., $24.95) by Jasper Fforde. Thursday apprentices to Miss Havisham (from Great Expectations) to learn how to step inside Poe's "The Raven." Advertising. 12-city author tour.

Miss Julia Hits the Road (Apr., $24.95) by Ann B. Ross. In the fourth installment of the series, Miss Julia rights wrongs while riding in her Harley-Davidson sidecar. Advertising. 10-city author tour.

Wish Come True: A Carson Springs Novel (June, $24.95) by Eileen Goudge. When Anna is arrested for the murder of her movie star sister, the California community rushes to her aid.

The Night Before Thirty (May, $21.95) by Tajuana "TJ" Butler. Unknown to one another, five women share the same birthday, are all about to turn 30 and listen to the same African-American radio show. A Strivers Row book. Author tour.

The Lost Way Back: A Maceo Redfield Novel (Aug., $22.95) by Nichelle D. Tramble. Returning after two years, Maceo seeks the truth about a basketball player accused of rape. A Strivers Row book. Author tour.

Second Sunday (June, $22.95) by Michele Andrea Bowen takes a humorous look at the inner sanctum of African-American church life. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.

The Guardian (Apr., $24.95) by Nicholas Sparks. A 29-year-old widow is torn between two men, one of whom becomes murderously jealous. Ad/promo. 25-city author tour.

Mother Road (June, $22.95) by Dorothy Garlock. This historical romance launches a series set on Route 66 in 1932. Ad/promo.

The Heartbreaker (Aug., $16.95) by Carly Phillips. A man who traded his dreams of happiness for a newspaper career has a second chance to catch the woman he loved. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.

Cover Girls (Aug., $22.95) by T.D. Jakes. Four African-American women rely on their belief in God to cope with life's demands. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.