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New Fiction

Take a look at some of the latest additions to our New and Featured Fiction collections!

New Fiction
New Science Fiction and Fantasy
New Mystery
New Horror
New World Fiction
New GLBT Fiction
New African-American Fiction
New Historical Fiction
New Short Stories


New Fiction - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Bennett, Alan
The Uncommon Reader
From the author of The History Boys and The Clothes They Stood Up In A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen' s transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.
Book Cover Hake, Cathy Marie
Fancy Pants
When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell's father dies, the American who planned to wed her suddenly reneges. Stranded in America and penniless, Sydney contacts a relative in Texas who, mistaking her male-sounding name, invites his "nephew" to join him on his ranch. "Big Tim" Creighton, however, is appalled when this mincing fop arrives at Forsaken. He determines he'll turn Fancy Pants Hathwell into a man before the boss returns home. From the get-go, he has "the kid" mucking stalls, clearing and plowing a field, and assisting with a difficult calving. But when Sydney's true identity is uncovered, Tim resents being deceived. Yet in time, he also finds that he doesn't like all the attention Sydney garners now that she's wearing pretty gowns.... Together Sydney and Tim will discover the importance of family and what it means to be a man--and a woman--of God.
Book Cover Kuipers, Alice
Life on the Refrigerator Door: A Novel in Notes
"Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don't know it. Not yet. Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her burgeoning adulthood - boys, school, friends, identity; Claire's mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home. They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door. When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change. Forced to reevaluate the delicate balance between their personal lives and their bond as mother and daughter, Claire and her mother find new love and devotion for one another deeper than anything they had ever imagined."--BOOK JACKET.
Book Cover Litman, Ellen
The Last Chicken in America
"Masha is just out of high school when her family arrives in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. With touching lightheartedness and tremendous humor, the stories in this book trace her struggles and those of other Russians in the community to find their place in the new society - seniors alienated from their children, spouses trying to hold their families together while grappling with unemployment and depression, young adults searching for love. In 'Dancers' the home of a married couple is invaded by a pair of hedonistic and financially unstable performers. The hero of 'The Trajectory of Frying Pans' falls for a coworker who may or may not be trapped in a green-card marriage. In 'About Kamyshinskiy' a man, living under the scrutiny of his daughters and neighbors, tries to start over after the death of his wife."--BOOK JACKET.
Book Cover McCall Smith, Alexander
The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
Isabel Dalhousie is back--and with a new baby--in the fourth installment of this bestselling series from the author of phenomenally popular The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Gould, Steven
Jumper: Griffin's Story
"The first time it happened, Griffin O'Connor was only five years old; he'd jumped from the steps of the Martyr's Memorial in Oxford, in front of a busload of tourists. The next time, his family had to leave the United Kingdom forever. But Griff broke the rules when he was nine. He flinched away from a bully at school and ended up a mile away. And that night, the men from Oxford found them; by the time the night was done, Griff's parents were dead, and he was lying wounded and bleeding in the California desert, miles from anywhere. Griffin has always been hunted for his talent but protected by his parents. Now he's on his own with only his talent for teleportation to give him a fighting chance to survive. But his enemies can track him every time he jumps."--BOOK JACKET.
Book Cover Moers, Walter
The City of Dreaming Books
The author of 13 1/ 2 Lives of Captain Bluebear transports us to a magical world. Optimus Yarnspinner, finds himself marooned in the subterranean world of Bookholm, the City of Dreaming Books, where reading can be dangerous, where ruthless Bookhunters fight to the death.

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New Mysteries - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Bannister, Jo
Flawed
"Brodie Farrell has made many significant discoveries while working as a modern-day treasure hunter, but none of them turned her life upside down the way that finding she's unexpectedly pregnant will. She has already separated from her partner, the prickly and professional Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon: a new baby is a complication both of them could have done without. And Deacon has another woman in his life: Detective Inspector Alix Hyde of the Serious Organised Crime Agency. She's on the trail of Dimmock's most elusive criminal - and one-time friend of Deacon's - Terry Walsh, who has a habit of springing surprises of his own. Not for the first time, keenest to help - with Brodie's business as well as with sorting out her life - is her best friend Daniel Hood. But soon Daniel too is preoccupied, with the well-being of young Noah Selkirk, who seems to be collecting more bruises than is reasonable even for a twelve-year-old boy. He's from a well-respected local family - Noah's mother runs a charity, his father is a solicitor. Terry Walsh's solicitor. As their various entanglements weave together in complex patterns, all those involved have to face the consequences of their own mistakes. But it's the flaws that make all of us human - and perhaps, ultimately, that make us stronger."--BOOK JACKET.

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New Horror - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Clegg, Douglas
The Queen of Wolves: The Vampyricon, Book III
After rescuing Pythia, the creature who turned him into a vampire, Aleric follows her back to the land of the Saracens. There, they must raise an army, for Aleric's lost love, Enora, has become the Queen of the Wastelands. Aided by her minions and her legions of wolves, she has begun the quest to call the Dark Madonna from beyond the Veil into the world of man. To stop the end of all, Aleric must become what he was destined to be-the Messiah of the Damned-and lead the undead in a final battle against the Mother of Darkness.
Book Cover Mignola, Mike
Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
Reminiscent of the illustrated tales of old, here is a lyrical, atmospheric novel of the paranormal--and a chilling allegory for the nature of war. When Lord Henry Baltimore awakens the wrath of a vampire on the hellish battlefields of World War I, the world is forever changed.

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New World Fiction - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Audeguy, Stephane
The Theory of Clouds
"Akira Kumo miraculously survived the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, only to reinvent himself as a man twenty years younger. Now an eccentric couturier living in Paris, he has acquired the world's largest collection of literature on clouds and meteorology. Kumo hires Virginie Latour to help him catalog his library. As they work, he tells her the stories of those who have devoted their lives to clouds: the English Quaker Luke Howard, a contemporary of Napoleon and Goethe, who first classified clouds; the painter Carmichael who became obsessed with capturing clouds on canvas; and the wealthy late-nineteenth-century amateur meteorologist Richard Abercrombie, a photographer who aspired to create the definitive catalog of clouds - but only one copy exists, and it has never been seen. Kumo sends Virginie to London to track down the fabled Abercrombie Protocol, a quest both surprising and wondrous, where love, like clouds, forms and transforms lives."--BOOK JACKET.
Book Cover Dieckmann, Dorothea
Guantanamo
At the beginning of the Afghan war, young Rashid, born in Hamburg to an Indian father and a German mother, travels to India to claim an inheritance. There, he befriends a young Afghan and continues his journey to Peshawar, where he ends up in the middle of an anti-American demonstration. He is arrested, handed over to the Americans, and taken to the notorious Guantanamo. What ensues is a remarkable literary experiment, a novel based on meticulous research. In six scenes, it describes Rashid' s life at the camp. Sensitive yet utterly unsentimental, the novel explores the existential consequences of isolation, suppression, and uncertainty — paralyzing fear, psychotic delusions, manic identification with fellow prisoners, and ultimately, resignation. Written with fierce moral clarity and a remarkable economy of expression, Guantanamo functions as both a political statement and a fascinating examination of the prisoner/jailer relationship.
Book Cover Queneau, Raymond
Witch Grass
Seated in a Paris cafe, a man glimpses another man, a shadowy figure hurrying to the train. Who is he? he wonders, and how does he live? Instantly the shadow comes to life, precipitating a series of hilarious encounters involving a range of disreputable and heartwarming characters that prove as incredible as "real life."

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New GLBT Fiction - Week of October 1, 2007

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New African-American Fiction - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Lipsey, Sheila
Into Each Life
Prodigal Runsome and Teary Fullalove were inseparable as children. As an adolescent, Prodigal becomes attracted to beautiful Faith Meadows, but his heart still yearns for his best friend, and when Teary experiences betrayal at the hands of a womanizer, he's there for her. But will he reject the love he and Faith have shared to be with Teary?

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New Historical Fiction - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Frazer, Margaret
The Traitor's Tale: A Dame Frevisse Medieval Mystery
"July 1450: Rebellious factions, determined to unseat King Henry from the throne, have been staging uprisings throughout England. London has been under siege for three days, and the populace is ready to repel the invading rebels and reclaim the city. In the midst of this unrest, Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery has come to her cousin's side. Lady Alice, the widowed duchess of Suffolk, needs Frevisse's support in burying her husband, as the late but not lamented duke was so hated that even being in the presence of his corpse is unsafe. And when men in Suffolk's employ start disappearing, Frevisse fears for her cousin's safety. Wandering player Simon Joliffe has also come to London, filling the role of courier for the exiled duke of York and bringing vital information - a list bearing the names of the English noblemen who purportedly betrayed their King by conspiring with the French. Included in this list are several of Suffolk's men, whom Joliffe has been seeking and finding dead. If charges of treason are brought against Suffolk, Lady Alice fears her son will be disinherited. Joining Joliffe on his search for the men on the list, Frevisse starts to wonder whether or not the list is real or part of an even greater conspiracy against the crown."--BOOK JACKET.

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New Short Stories - Week of October 1, 2007

Book Cover Fulton, John
The Animal Girl: Two Novellas and Three stories
"The five stories in John Fulton's The Animal Girl explore the awkwardness of situations in which grief and erotic love collide. Here are people in extremes, struggling mightily, and often failing, to keep it together. These stories approach the often sentimentalized subject of romance with tenderness and insight into the heart-worn perspective of characters who have failed at love in the past. In his prose, Fulton navigates the complexity of both mid-life courtship and adolescent rage with humor and intelligence."--BOOK JACKET.
Book Cover Johnson, Denis
Jesus' Son
An intense collection of interconnected stories that portray life through the eyes of a young man in a small Iowa town, by the author of Already Dead: A California Gothic, Angels and Resuscitation of a Hanged Man.
Book Cover Montgomery, Lee B.
Whose World Is This?
"Lee Montgomery's stories capture moments in women's lives when, pushed to the edge, they teeter between the complete bewilderment of loss and the lurking possibility of found. The women in Whose World Is This? turn common notions of love, compassion, and tradition upside down as they show us how vulnerability, although dangerous, is what makes life astonishingly beautiful and reality strangely unreal."--BOOK JACKET.

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