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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 May 14th:
- The Accused (Theodore Boone Series #3) by John Grisham (5/15/2012) — Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone faces his biggest challenge when a new case opens up in Strattenburg and Theo is the prime suspect when the police discover some stolen computer equipment in his locker.
- Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses Series #9) by Ellen Schreiber (5/15/2012) — Alexander’s sister, Athena “Stormy” Sterling, arrives in Dullsville, causing Raven to consider what it really means to be a vampire; meanwhile, Raven continues to try to get Alexander to turn her.
- Brothers to the Death (Saga of Larten Crepsley Series #4) by Darren Shan (5/15/2012) — In this prequel to the Cirque du Freak series, vampire Larten Crepsley must prevent the Nazis from gaining access to the power of the vampires, even when his blood brother Wester delivers the news that the one person Larten loves most in the world might be in danger of a deadly vampaneze attack.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (5/15/2012) — In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
- Railsea by China Mieville (5/15/2012) — On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. Mieville’s latest novel is a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick that confirms his status as “the most original and talented voice to appear in several years” (Science Fiction Chronicle).
- Gilt by Katherine Longshore (5/15/2012) — In 1539, Kitty Tylney and her best friend Cat Howard–the audacious, self-proclaimed “Queen of Misrule”–both servants to the Duchess of Norfolk, move to the court of King Henry VIII, who fancies Cat, and when Cat becomes queen, Kitty must learn to navigate the complexities and dangers of the royal court. “A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices.” — Kirkus Reviews
- Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #22) by John Sandford (5/15/2012) — In the small upscale Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed–husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There is something about the murder scene that resembles a Mexican drug gang retribution, leading Detective Lucas Davenport into the darkest nightmare of his life.
- The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry (5/15/2012) — Zachariah Simon has kidnapped disgraced journalist Steve Berry’s daughter and forces him to search for a treasure that involves Christopher Columbus.
- Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon (5/15/2012) — Deckard Cain is the last of the Horadrim, the sole surviving member of a mysterious and legendary order. Assembled by the archangel Tyrael, the Horadrim were charged with the sacred duty of seeking out and vanquishing the three Prime Evils: Diablo (the Lord of Terror), Mephisto (the Lord of Hatred), and Baal (the Lord of Destruction).
- As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire Series #8) by Craig Johnson (5/15/2012) — When the site of his daughter’s upcoming wedding burns down, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friend, Henry Standing Bear, witness the falling death of a young Crow woman and are recruited into an investigation that incites the wrath of the bride-to-be.
- The Undertow by Jo Baker (5/15/2012) — A novel about four generations of a British family–their secrets, their loves and losses, dreams and heartbreaks–captured in a series of individual moments that span the years from World War I, to World War II, to the 1960s, and up to the present.
- Diablo III (Limited Edition Guide) by BradyGames (5/15/2012)
- The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein (5/15/2012)
- I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern (5/15/2012)
- How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen (5/15/2012)
- Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss by Jai Pausch (5/15/2012)
- The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo — And the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation by James Donovan (5/15/2012)
- The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin by Bob Harper (5/15/2012)
- I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life Through Events — the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don’t by Jennifer Gilbert (5/15/2012)
- A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington (5/15/2012)
- DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America by Bryan Sykes (5/14/2012)