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This week’s releases are listed by category: Young Adult Fiction, General Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.
Notable New Releases for the week of February 6th:
- Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series #1) by Jessica Spotswood (2/7/2012) — In an alternate New England of 1900, where the Brotherhood dominates and controls society, sixteen-year-old Cate Cahill has struggled since her mother’s death to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches, but when a governess arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes.
- Dead to You by Lisa McMann (2/7/2012) — Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. But the reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together. “A realistic but shocking ending makes this an excellent choice for book discussion.” — Booklist
- Island of Shadows (Seekers Return to the Wild Series #1) by Erin Hunter (2/7/2012) — As the three bears Toklo, Lusa, and Kallik begin their journey home, they encounter new friends and dangerous enemies and must decide which they can trust to help them on their quest. “Reflecting the realities of the natural world, this new adventure will be greeted with delight by fans of the series.” — Booklist
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (2/7/2012) — In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center. “Rich with detail and emotion, a sophisticated read for teens and adults alike.” — Kirkus Review (starred review)
- Two Truths and a Lie (The Lying Game Series #3) by Sara Shepard (2/7/2012) — Sutton Mercer watches as her long-lost twin, Emma Paxton, takes over her identity to solve the mystery of her murder, but when the potential killer — handsome Thayer Vega — returns to town, Emma must act quickly before it is too late.
- Catch Me (Detective D. D. Warren Series #6) by Lisa Gardner (2/7/2012) — Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.’s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle the death investigation.
- City of Dragons (Rain Wilds Series #3) by Robin Hobb (2/7/2012) — Once, dragons ruled the Rain Wilds, tended by privileged human servants known as Elderlings. But a series of cataclysmic eruptions nearly drove these magnificent creatures to extinction. Born weak and deformed, the last of their kind had one hope for survival: to return to their ancient city of Kelsingra.
- Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp Series #12) by Vince Flynn (2/7/2012) — Vince Flynn delivers the young, hungry, and lethal Mitch Rapp at the onset of his career as a CIA superagent. In the year since the CIA trained and then unleashed him, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each swift and untraceable kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians in the Pan Am Lockerbie attack become increasingly aware that someone is hunting them.
- Left for Dead by J. A. Jance (2/7/2012) — Ali Reynolds investigates two shocking cases of victims brutally left for dead in New York Times bestselling J.A. Jance’s latest mystery-thriller. When Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that.
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (2/7/2012) — From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.
- Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are by Sebastian Seung (2/7/2012) — The bold and thrilling quest to finally understand the brain — and along with it our mental afflictions, from depression to autism. MIT professor Sebastian Seung is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells—our own particular wiring.
- The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan (2/7/2012) — Go behind the scenes of the making of The Hunger Games film with exclusive images and interviews. From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the elaborate sets and costumes to the actors’ performances and directors’ vision, this is the definitive companion to the much-anticipated film.