This first week of July we not only celebrate our country's independence, but also the independent businesses around the country who work hard to employ your friends and neighbors and keep your hard-earned dollars in your community to pay for roads, schools, and more.
Here's the indie declaration of independence:
"When in the course of human events, it becomes appropriate for communities to assert their independence, to denounce uniformity and celebrate their uniqueness, a respect for freedom and human creativity requires independent businesses and peoples to declare those elements which make them interesting."
The easiest way to celebrate Independents Week
(July 1st-7th) is to simply shop independent and we've appreciated your patronage this week and throughout the year!
Book Your Lunch / Book Your Tea
We are pleased to announce the launch of our children's author event series: Book Your Tea. These events will be held at Coffee Underground from 2-3:30pm. They will feature children's authors, and both children and adults are encouraged to attend. Here is our upcoming schedule, for both series, from July through October:
Book Your Tea Events
- Thurs., 7/14, 2-3:30pm: Karin Lefranc, A Quest for Good Manners, @ Coffee Underground, $10, ages 5 and up
Book Your Lunch Events
- Mon., 8/1, 2-3:30pm: Kathryn Erskine, The Absolute Value of Mike, @ Coffee Undergound, $10, ages 9 and up
- Sat., 7/23, 12-2pm: Rick McDaniel, An Irresistible History of Southern Food, @ Soby's, $25
- Wed., 8/3, 12-2pm: Mary Whyte, Working South, @ The Lazy Goat, $25
- Fri., 8/19, 12-2pm: Kim Wright, Love in Mid Air, @ The Lazy Goat, $25
- Thurs., 9/8, 12-2pm: Celia Rivenbark, You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl, @ The Lazy Goat, $45 (includes a copy of the book)
- Thurs., 9/15, 12-2pm: Elin Hilderbrand, Silver Girl, @ Thornblade Club, $55 (includes a copy of the book)
- Tues., 9/27, 12-2pm: Carl T. Smith, Louisiana Burn, @ The Lazy Goat, $25
- Tues., 10/11, 12-2pm: Sharyn McCrumb, The Ballad of Tom Dooley @ The Lazy Goat, $55 (includes a copy of the book)
Ticket prices are per person and must be purchased in advance by calling us at 864-675-0540 or online at www.bookyourlunch.com.
We appreciate your support for the Book Your Lunch event program and our new children's Book Your Tea event series!
If you can't make an event, we'd be happy to get books signed for you! Just call us in advance at 864-675-0540.
Saturday, July 9th: Denise & Jeff Johnson In-Store Signing, 1-3pm
Upstate South Carolina authors Denise & Jeff Johnson
will be signing copies of their new book, There Is No Perfect Husband or Wife
(Marriage Solutions Publications, paperback, $12.99), at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, July 9th, from 1-3pm. If you can't make the signing, just give us a call at 864-675-0540 to reserve a copy.
Thursday, July 14th: Book Your Tea with Karin Lefranc @ Coffee Underground, 2-3:30pm, $10 per person
Bring your children or grandchildren to get a lesson in manners from etiquette teacher Karin Lefranc
and her first children's book, A Quest for Good Manners
(Beluga Press, hardcover, $16.99) at our first-ever children's Book Your Tea event on Thursday, July 14th, from 2-3:30pm at Coffee Underground in downtown Greenville. Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance at http://www.bookyourlunch.com
or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Children are encouraged to come dressed as princes and princesses.
The Fiction Addiction Book Club is open to the public and meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. In July, come discuss Robert Goolrick's bestseller, A Reliable Wife
(Algonquin Books, paperback, $14.95).
Get a taste of Southern author and chef Rick McDaniel's new cookbook, An Irresistible History of Southern Food (The History Press, hardcover, $24.99) at our first-ever weekend Book Your Lunch event on Saturday, July 23rd, from 12-2pm at Soby's in downtown Greenville. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance at http://www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540.Monday, August 1st: Book Your Tea with Kathryn Erskine @ Coffee Underground, 2-3:30pm, $10per person
Join us for a rare chance to meet Kathryn Erskine
, author of Mockingbird
(Puffin, paperback, $6.99),
which won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and was just named the 2011 SIBA Children's Book Award Winner. Ms. Erskine will be discussing both Mockingbird
and her new children's book, The Absolute Value of Mike
(Philomel, hardcover, $16.99). This event is recommended for children ages 9 and up, parents, teachers, and media specialists.
by Ethan Long (Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $16.99)
by Michelle Knudsen (Candlewick Press, hardcover, $15.99)
July Store Picks
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (Spectra, hardcover, $35.00, on sale 7/12)
Song of Ice and Fire fans, rejoice! The fifth installment is FINALLY here! Whether you've been a fan of the series from the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996 or just recently became hooked by the first season of the HBO series, you won't want to miss A Dance with Dragons. Catch up with all your favorite characters and find out what they've been up to. And if you want to re-read (or read for the first time) the first four books, we have those, too.
- Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin's Griffin, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 7/12)
John Hart has done it again. His writing continues to amaze me. Iron House was not anything like I thought it would be. I didn't think I could identify with or like a character who was a mobster. But by the time Hart is through you truly understand who Michael really is. Abigail, Michael, Elena and Julian are all survivors. Their story is haunting and dark and takes some very unexpected and surprising turns, but Hart manages to make us understand and feel their pain and desperation. Everyone can identify with trying to protect the ones they love and this is a story of family, love, and survival.- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson (Other Press, paperback, $15.95, *SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS AVAILABLE*)
John Thompson weaves a beautifully written tale around the true facts of a death and a trial that took place in Richmond, Virginia in 1885. The description of daily life, the morals and mores of the time and the way the justice system worked was fascinating. Every time I thought I knew what really happened he gave us another piece of information that contradicted my previous notion. We are left with enough information to guess what might have really happened but the truth will probably forever remain a mystery.
- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield (Random House, hardcover, $25.00, on sale 7/12)
Jennifer Winfield tells the story of the honest Moses family so well that I am sure I grew up with some of these people. Honesty born from a deep faith doesn't preclude the complexities of life however and I found myself shuddering at the evil lurking outside the family circle but there is a shadow of evil within as well. Tears, laughter and quiet cheering accompanied each page turning and in the end there is the most beautiful portrait of sacrificial love. Inspiring!
- Recommended by Cyndi Clack, store employee
Long Gone by Alafair Burke (HarperCollins, hardcover, $24.99)
What do you do when you are being framed for murder and the evidence against you is so compelling that you know you will be arrested? This is the predicament facing Alice Humphrey in Alafair Burke's new standalone. This is her best work yet, and I have been a fan of her other two series. Great characters, great writing and a riveting story. It is obvious that she is very familiar with the criminal justice system and the way a criminal mind works.
- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Penguin, hardcover, $24.95)
Alice falls in the gym and hits her head. When she wakes up she's lost 10 years of her life and thinks she's madly in love with her husband and pregnant with her first child, when in reality she's the mom of 3 and in the midst of a bitter divorce. We all wish we could have a do-over in life sometimes and Alice's injury gives her the perfect opportunity. This unputdownable read is recommended to fans of Sophie Kinsella, but don't write it off as just a light chick-lit read; it's got wonderful substance as well as great style. I'm the one reviewing this title, but it's really a family pick. Mom read it first and handed it to me; I devoured it, then gave it to my sister Emily who also fell in love.
- Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
The Subtle Body by Stefanie Syman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, paperback, $17.00)
Yoga's history in America is longer and richer than even its most devoted practitioners realize. It was present in Emerson's New England, and by the turn of the twentieth century it was fashionable among the leisure class. And yet when Americans first learned about yoga, what they learned was that it was a dangerous, alien practice that would corrupt body and soul. A century later, you can find yoga in gyms, malls, and even hospitals, and the arrival of a yoga studio in a neighborhood is a signal of cosmopolitanism. How did it happen? It did so, Stefanie Syman explains, through a succession of charismatic yoga teachers, who risked charges of charlatanism as they promoted yoga in America, and through generations of yoga students, who were deemed unbalanced or even insane for their efforts. The Subtle Body tells the stories of these people, including Henry David Thoreau, Pierre A. Bernard, Margaret Woodrow Wilson, Christopher Isherwood, Sally Kempton, and Indra Devi. From New England, the book moves to New York City and its new suburbs between the wars, to colonial India, to postwar Los Angeles, to Haight-Ashbury in its heyday, and back to New York City post-9/11. In vivid chapters, it takes in celebrities from Gloria Swanson and George Harrison to Christy Turlington and Madonna. And it offers a fresh view of American society, showing how a seemingly arcane and foreign practice is as deeply rooted here as baseball or ballet.
Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted. In Stealing Rembrandts, art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world--from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio--the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves--even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces.
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Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (Dutton, hardcover, $26.95)
July 24, 1911, was a day for the history books. For on that rainy morning, the young Yale professor Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and encountered an ancient city in the clouds: the now famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Nearly a century later, news reports have recast the hero explorer as a villain who smuggled out priceless artifacts and stole credit for finding one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. Mark Adams has spent his career editing adventure and travel magazines, so his plan to investigate the allegations against Bingham by retracing the explorer's perilous path to Machu Picchu isn't completely far-fetched, even if it does require him to sleep in a tent for the first time. With a crusty, antisocial Australian survivalist and several Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides, Adams takes readers through some of the most gorgeous and historic landscapes in Peru, from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to the enigmatic ruins of Vitcos and Vilcabamba. Along the way he finds a still-undiscovered country populated with brilliant and eccentric characters, as well as an answer to the question that has nagged scientists since Hiram Bingham's time: Just what was Machu Picchu?
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Pocket Posh Brain Games 3 by The Puzzle Society (Andrews & McMeel, paperback, $7.99)
Pocket Posh Brain Games 3 combines 100 word and number games such as Mini Fit, Pathfinder, Futoshiki, and Smart Sums to exercise your thinking skills. The Puzzle Society is the Web's premier source for challenging, professionally constructed puzzles and games. Updated daily and boasting a gaming archive of more than 8,000 puzzles, the Puzzle Society offers more than 70 nationally syndicated puzzles, including the Washington Post Crossword, L.A. Times Crossword, Universal Crossword, Universal Jigsaw, and Daily Jumble.
Here is the real inside story--not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person in the world knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Her name is Eva Gabrielsson. Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death thirty-two years later at the age of fifty. In "There Are Things I Want You to Know" about Stieg Larsson and Me, Eva Gabrielsson accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their shared life steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights. She chooses to tell it in short, spare, lyrical chapters, like snapshots, regaling Larsson's readers with the inside account of how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters--graciously answering Stieg Larsson's readers' most pressing questions--and at the same time telling us the things we didn't know we wanted to know--about love and loss, death, betrayal, and the mistreatment of women.
Kosher Chinese by Michael Levy (Henry Holt and Company, paperback, $15.00)
In September of 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to teach English in the heart of China's heartland. His hosts in the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him: resident expert on Judaism, romantic adviser, and provincial basketball star, to name a few. His account of overcoming vast cultural differences to befriend his students and fellow teachers is by turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. While reveling in the peculiarities of life in China's interior, the author also discovered that the "other billion" (people living far from the coastal cities covered by the American media) have a complex relationship with both their own traditions and the rapid changes of modernization. Lagging behind in China's economic boom, they experience the darker side of "capitalism with Chinese characteristics," daily facing the schizophrenia of conflicting ideologies. Kosher Chinese is an illuminating account of the lives of the residents of Guiyang, particularly the young people who will soon control the fate of the world.
Pao by Kerry Young (Bloomsbury, paperback, $15.00)
As a young boy, Pao comes to Jamaica in the wake of the Chinese Civil War and rises to become the Godfather of Kingston's bustling Chinatown. Pao needs to take care of some dirty business, but he is no Don Corleone. The rackets he runs are small-time, and the protection he provides necessary, given the minority status of the Chinese in Jamaica. Pao, in fact, is a sensitive guy in a wise guy role that doesn't quite fit. Often mystified by all that he must take care of, Pao invariably turns to Sun Tzu's Art of War. The juxtaposition of the weighty, aphoristic words of the ancient Chinese sage, with the tricky criminal and romantic predicaments Pao must negotiate builds the basis of the novel's great charm. A tale of post-colonial Jamaica from a unique and politically potent perspective, Pao moves from the last days of British rule through periods of unrest at social and economic inequality, through tides of change that will bring about Rastafarianism and the Back to Africa Movement.
Crippled by lupus at twenty-five, celebrated author Flannery O'Connor was forced to leave New York City and return home to Andalusia, her family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. Years later, as Flannery is finishing a novel and tending to her menagerie of peacocks, her mother drags her to the wedding of a family friend. Cookie Himmel embodies every facet of Southern womanhood that Flannery lacks: she is revered for her beauty and grace; she is at the helm of every ladies' organization in town; and she has returned from her time in Manhattan with a rich fiancÚ, Melvin Whiteson. Melvin has come to Milledgeville to begin a new chapter in his life, but it is not until he meets Flannery that he starts to take a good hard look at the choices he has made. Despite the limitations of her disease, Flannery seems to be more alive than other people, and Melvin is drawn to her like a moth to a candle flame. Melvin is not the only person in Milledgeville who starts to feel that life is passing him by. Lona Waters, the dutiful wife of a local policeman, is hired by Cookie to help create a perfect home. As Lona spends her days sewing curtains, she is given an opportunity to remember what it feels like to be truly alive, and she seizes it with both hands. Heartbreakingly beautiful and inescapably human, these ordinary and extraordinary people chart their own courses through life. In the aftermath of one tragic afternoon, they are all forced to look at themselves and face up to Flannery's observation that "the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
The Soldier's Wife Margaret Leroy (Voice, paperback, $14.99)
A novel full of grand passion and intensity,
The Soldier's Wife asks "What would you do for your family?" "What should you do for a stranger?" and "What would you do for love?" As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship and her family safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand (Reagan Arthur Books, hardcover, $26.99)
Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars. Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby--Meredith's high school boyfriend--arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (Washington Square Press, paperback, $15.00, on sale 7/12)
September 1940, and in the skies above the Weald of Kent the Battle of Britain rages. On a moonlit night on the grounds of Millderhurst Castle, twelve-year-old Queenie sits high in the branches of an oak tree waiting impatiently for the dog-fighting to begin. The unimaginable happens--an enemy plane crashes in the wood where she's perched. The family takes in the injured pilot, expecting him to die that very night. But he recovers and his life will forever alter the family's destiny. September 1959, Queenie is now a successful playwright in London. She receives word that her father is dying and she heads home for the first time in nearly twenty years. Memories wait around every corner, including an unspeakable death and a heartbreaking disappearance.
A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor, learning about language, love, and loss as their lives intersect in surprising ways. Josie, Riley, and Jeremy have come to the City of Light for different reasons: Josie, a young high school teacher, arrives in hopes of healing a broken heart. Riley, a spirited but lonely expat housewife, struggles to feel connected to her husband and her new country. And Jeremy, the reserved husband of a renowned actress, is accompanying his wife on a film shoot, yet he feels distant from her world. As they meet with their tutors--Josie with Nico, a sensitive poet; Riley with Phillippe, a shameless flirt; and Jeremy with the consummately beautiful Chantal--each succumbs to unexpected passion and unpredictable adventures. Yet as they traverse Paris's grand boulevards and intimate, winding streets, they uncover surprising secrets about one another--and come to understand long-buried truths about themselves.
The beloved Fannie Flagg is at her irresistible and hilarious best in I Still Dream About You, a comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present, and future. Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie's life seems practically perfect-she's lovely, charming, and a successful agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can't help but wonder how she wound up living a life so different from the one she dreamed of as a child. But just when things seem completely hopeless, and the secrets of Maggie's past drive her to a radical plan to solve it all, Maggie discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems, has at least one little secret.
The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff (Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $22.99)
Grace Lyndon is a rising ingenue in the world of perfumes and flavors; a stiletto-wearing, work-a-holic in Atlanta, she develops aromas and tastes to enthrall the senses. Dylan Jackson is a widowed single father whose heart and hands have been calloused in the fields of his North Georgia apple farm. When Grace happens to taste an apple picked from Dylan's trees, it changes both their lives forever. Determined to track down the apple's origin, Grace sets off in the middle of the night where she finds not only a beautiful mountain orchard in the clouds, but the mysterious man who owns it. In Stepakoff's heartbreaking eloquence, their sudden yet undeniable attraction is threatened--leaving readers with a momentous finale that proves Jeffrey Stepakoff is a master craftsman of the heart.
Work Song by Ivan Doig (Riverhead Books, paperback, $15.00)
A decade after he left Montana at the end of Ivan Doig's bestselling The Whistling Season, Morrie Morgan is back--this time in post-WWI Butte, the copper-mining capital of the world. When Morrie gets caught up in the mounting clash between the mining company, outside agitators, and the beleaguered miners, he finds a unique way to give a voice to those who truly need one.
The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace (Penguin, paperback, $14.00)
Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind. Neither her parents nor her fiancÚ believe her. Only her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor, understands. As darkness erases Carolina's world, she discovers one place where she can still see--in her dreams--yet she remains isolated from the outside world. Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri creates a peculiar contraption for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will mark both their lives forever.
Mysteries & Suspense
Tana French's In the Woods and The Likeness captivated readers by introducing them to her unique, character-driven style. Her singular skill at creating richly drawn, complex worlds makes her novels not mere whodunits but brilliant and satisfying novels about memory, identity, loss, and what defines us as humans. With Faithful Place, the highly praised third novel about the Dublin Murder squad, French takes readers into the mind of Frank Mackey, the hotheaded mastermind of The Likeness, as he wrestles with his own past and the family, the lover, and the neighborhood he thought he'd left behind for good.
Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich (Bantam, hardcover, $28.00, *SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS AVAILABLE*)
Where there's smoke there's fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clearis that Stephanie's name is on the killer's list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer's identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it's time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie's mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who's just returned to town. Stephanie's sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir "bake-off." And Grandma Bella, Morelli's old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts "the eye" on Stephanie. With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie's life looks like it's about to go up in smoke.
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press, paperback, $8.99)
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a "lucky" bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck.... Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula have an advantage in finding Vinnie. Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Not even local stoner Walter "Moon Man" Dunphy is up to the task. Between a bonds office yard sale, Mooner's Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip's lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin. Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep her job as a bounty hunter--and keep hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles. Being a bounty hunter comes with its perks, namely Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip's lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky--the only question is...with whom?
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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Heaven's Shadow by David S. Goyer (Ace, hardcover, $25.95)
The science fiction epic of our time has arrived. Three years ago, an object one hundred miles across was spotted on a trajectory for Earth's sun. Now, its journey is almost over. As it approaches, two competing manned vehicles race through almost half a million kilometers of space to reach it first. But when they both arrive on the entity, they learn that it has been sent toward Earth for a reason. An intelligent race is desperately attempting to communicate with our primitive species. And the message is: Help us.
The Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller (Orbit, paperback, $7.99)
It's been many months since Rafel ventured over Barl's Mountains into the unknown, in a desperate bid to seek help for their ravaged land. With his father's Weather Magic exhausted, there seemed no other hope. Now this too has died. Only Deenie believes Rafel still lives, sensing her brother in tortured dreams. She also knows she must try to find him, as only Rafel's talents could heal their land. The prospect terrifies Deenie, yet she sees no other choice. She soon learns of a dangerous new power. Deenie comes to suspect that not only is her brother involved, but that the evil their father destroyed is somehow reborn. And if she can't save Rafel, then through him, Morg's vast power could once again command their world.
What Distant Deeps by David Drake (Baen, paperback, $7.99)
#8 in the best-selling RCN military science fiction series. Master and Commander to the stars. Captain Daniel Leary and master spy Adele Mundy must once again save the Cinnabar Republic despite itself. The jackals are moving in! The barbarians of the outer reaches intend to play both Cinnabar and Cinnabar's sworn enemy, the totalitarian Alliance, against each other and bring both empires down like an enormous house of cards. The barbarian pirates have commandeered and hot-rodded starships that can outmaneuver even Captain Leary's trusty RCN corvette. But speed and tech don't count for everything. The Princess Cecile has the incomparable Daniel Leary and his trusted aide and friend Adele Mundy in command. Faced with such grit, bravery and intelligent misdirection the pirates might find they've bitten off more than they can chew.
Mission of Honor by David Weber (Baen, paperback, $7.99)
The hottest military science fiction series of all time continues with book #12 in the legendary Honor Harrington saga. This time, it's all or nothing for Honor. She imagined she might rest on her laurels. Settle down. Spend years with her loved ones. But the galaxy had other plans. As the nearly-unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League allies with the Star Kingdom's bitter enemies and closes in, millions die and billions are on the chopping block. Defeat and slavery to a nasty enemy looms. But Honor Harington has tasted defeat before and come back to win ultimate victory. The task is dauting: she must save her family, preserve the life she has built - and once again rescue the constitutional order of her beloved Star Kingdom. The solution? To brave utter annihilation in a desperate move to defeat her gathered enemies and win freedom for freedom for her people and the kingdom she has given her life and blood for time and again.
Saltation by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen, paperback, $7.99)
#12 in the Liaden« space opera series. Theo, star pilot wannabe and troubled misfit has been accepted, against all her expectations, to Anlingdin. It's the Hogwarts of star piloting academies, and Theo has been selected to train there with the best-of-the-best. Even better--she can finally leave behind the gawky, misfit days of teenage angst her previous life so complicated before. Great Liaden star pilots are born with a bang and not a whimper--and Theo has set a course to graduate from misfit to genuine maverick.
1635: The Tangled Web by Virginia DeMarce (Baen, paperback, $7.99)
Long-time Eric Flint collaborator and Stanford-educated historian Virginia DeMarce delivers an intricate web of interrelated adventures in alternate history master Eric Flint's hugely popular "Ring of Fire" series. A cosmic accident sets the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe and a new nation is forged. Now bewildered down-timers and freedom-loving future folk who lived near the "displaced" form the future must learn to weave their lives together. 21st century ideals run head-on into medieval skullduggery--along with a few admirable ancient customs that aren't going to crumble overnight. Or ever. Up-timer and down-timer alike fight it out, strike deals, and forge a new nation. To do so, both sides must break a few mind-forged manacles in the process.
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Romance & Supernatural Romance
Eat, Slay, Love by Jesse Petersen (Orbit, paperback, $7.99)
Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they're headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored "Wall." They're feeling pretty optimistic. That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects. Eat. Slay. Love. Because they haven't got a prayer.
Children's & Young Adult
Spellbound by Jacqueline West (The Dial Press, hardcover, $16.99, on sale 7/12)
With no way into the house's magical paintings, and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door, mentions a grimoire--a spellbook--Olive feels a breathless tug of excitement. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere for good. Unless, that is, the book finds Olive first. The house isn't the only one keeping secrets anymore. Mystery, magic, corruption, and betrayal abound (plus just enough laughs to take the edge off). You'll never guess what happens next in this thrilling, chilling second volume in the critically acclaimed series.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald (Roaring Brook Press, hardcover, $14.99)
Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact. This is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he'll go to get out of reading a book.
Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson (Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $15.99)
Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class--5,000 points! Running in the hallway-10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm--50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding. Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious--and surprisingly poignant--story of a wildly imaginative, one-of-kind kid that you won't soon forget.
Troubletwisters by Garth Nix (Scholastic, hardcover, $16.99)
A spectacular new middle-grade fantasy series from NYT bestselling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams, in which two twins find that they must act as wards against a threatening evil. The Evil has been trying to break into our dimension and dominate the earth for centuries. Unbeknownst to most of us, there are Wardens all over the globe, who protect humanity from the Evil that asserts itself at the Portals, which are the only places through which the Evil may pass into our world. Jaide and Jack Shield don't know that the world is under attack. They don't know that their dad and their Grandma X, who they move in with, are Wardens, or that they themselves are troubletwisters, young Wardens just coming into their powers.
Conspiracies by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill (Tor, paperback, $10.99)
The second book in the Shadow Grail series by the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill. Spirit and her friends Burke, Loch, Muirin, and Addie have managed to defeat the evil force that has been killing students at Oakhurst Academy for the past forty years-or so they think. When a series of magical attacks disrupts the school, Doctor Ambrosius calls upon alumnus Mark Rider to secure the campus--and start training the students for war. The only student without magic, Spirit doesn't trust Mark or his methods. She knows that Oakhurst isn't safe. And if Spirit and her friends want to live long enough to graduate, they have to find out what is really going on--before it's too late.
Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers (Tor, paperback, $9.99)
Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn't feeling as demonic as usual lately-thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can't desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc's allies. Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn't the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn't long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too...tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel. Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears--and they're not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won't give up and Heaven won't give in. Frannie's guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell's grasp. And not everyone will get out of it alive.
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey (Walker and Company, hardcover, $16.99)
Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose. Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?
Moomin Book Six: The Complete Lars Jansson Comic Strip by Lars Jansson (Drawn and Quarterly, hardcover, $19.95)
After the multifaceted Tove Jansson quit the daily grind of the newspaper comic strip, the reins were picked up by her younger brother, Lars, who--not being an artist--taught himself how to draw so that he could continue bringing the Moomin charm to millions of readers around the world. He wrote and drew the strip from 1961 to 1974. Without missing a beat, the transition from Tove to Lars was seamless. The delightful and gentle skewering of life's foibles continued with such antics as Moomin becoming a vegetarian; the genie from a magic lamp bringing stolen diamonds; a railway through Moominvalley turning into a roller coaster, and, of course, hijinks with international spies invading Moominvalley.
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