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In One Person | JOHN IRVING: In novels such as The World According to Garp (1978) and The Cider House Rules (1985), John Irving crafted miniepics filled with deadly accidents, orphans, and quirky, lovable, and often sexually promiscuous or damaged characters--people and animals alike. In his 18th novel, a bisexual narrator chronicles his life as a "sexual suspect" as he tries to make his time on earth count for something.


Canada | RICHARD FORD: Richard Ford departs from the subject of his Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter (1986), the Pulitzer Prize--winning Independence Day (1995), and The Lay of the Land (*** Jan/Feb 2007), to explore the terrible aftermath of a murder. When his parents rob a bank and are imprisoned, 15-year-old Dell Parsons leaves Montana, crosses the Canadian border, and is taken in by the mysterious Arthur Remlinger. But as he strives for a normal life, Dell must also deal with the dark, violent Remlinger.


The Newlyweds | NELL FREUDENBERGER: Named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists and one of the New Yorker's "20 Under 40," Nell Freudenberger earned acclaim with her novel The Dissident (2006) and her short story collection Lucky Girls (2003). In her second novel, a modern arranged marriage--the wooing takes place online--takes Amina Mazid, 24, from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York. But Amina and her betrothed soon discover that they are each hiding something. When Amina returns to Bangladesh, their future together remains uncertain.


The Undertow | JO BAKER: British author Jo Baker makes her American debut with The Undertow, her fourth novel. The Undertow follows four generations of the Hastings family between World War I and the present as they follow their dreams, encounter almost unsurmountable obstacles, and learn to love and lose as they slowly leave the past behind.

Home | TONI MORRISON: In epic novels from The Bluest Eye (1979) to Song of Solomon (1977) and the Pulitzer Prize--winning Beloved (1987), Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison has charted the experiences of African Americans. Her 10th novel features Korean War vet Frank Money. Upon returning home from the war mentally and physically damaged, he struggles in a racist America to save his abused younger sister, bring her home to their small Georgia town, and find a renewed sense of purpose in life.


The Chemistry of Tears | PETER CAREY: Peter Carey, an Australian novelist and two-time winner of the Booker Prize (for Oscar and Lucinda [1988] and True History of the Kelly Gang [2000]), is perhaps best known for his historical fiction. Although his 12th novel starts out in 2011, when Catherine Gehrig, a museum conservator in London, learns of the death of her longtime lover, it goes back in time to explore the creation of an eerie automaton in the 19th century. Although Catherine and the automaton can never meet, she soon finds, through the adventurous creator's diaries, a strong connection that attests to the healing power of love.

The Red House | MARK HADDON: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (**** Sept/Oct 2003) offered an insightful, bittersweet account of an autistic teen who investigates the mystery of a murdere dog and goes in search of his mother. Despite the seemingly mundane subject of Mark Haddon's third adult novel--a newly married man tries to make amends with his sister by inviting her and her family to vacation with them in the English country-side--the critics say it is another tragicomic, empathetic look at the modern family, grudges and all.


The Dream of the Celt | MARIO VARGAS LLOSA: For the past four decades, the Nobel Prize--winning Mario Vargas Llosa has mined Latin America's violent history for larger truths about the interplay of history, culture, and geography--especially in his native Latin America. In this historical novel, Vargas Llosa reexamines the extraordinary work and life of early 20th-century Irish nationalist Roger Casement, whom the British government hanged for treason.


As the Crow Flies A Walk Longmire Mystery | CRAIG JOHNSON: Craig Johnson, former New York beat cop, reprises Walt Longmire, the popular sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, in this eighth installment in the series. Walt's daughter is getting married to the brother of his undersheriff. But things don't go exactly as planned when a Crow woman plummets to her death from the cliffs of the Cheyenne Reservation. Recently reviewed: The Dark Horse (**** Sept/Oct 2009).


XO A Kathryn Dance Novel | JEFFERY DEAVER: In the third installment of the Kathryn Dance series, the eponymous special agent must stop an obsessive stalker--a purported fan--from killing beautiful country pop star Kayleigh Towne and all of those close to her. Jeffrey Deaver is also the author of the popular Lincoln Rhyme series, a James Bond novel, and stand-alone thrillers.



Railsea | CHINA MIEVILLE: We don't always know what to expect from China Mieville's novels: Kraken (**** Sept/Oct 2010), The City & The City (**** Sept/Oct 2009), Un Lun Dun (**** May/June 2007), and Iron Council (**** SELECTION Jan/Feb 2005). Thus it may come as no surprise that we can't adequately describe this one, either, except to note that it's a take on Melville's Moby-Dick, but with giant, ivorycolored moles, a treasure map that points to a magical place, and lots of danger.


Blue Remembered Earth | ALASTAIR REYNOLDS: Critics loved Pushing Ice (**** SELECTION Nov/Dec 2006). In his newest futuristic, near-utopian scenario, Africa rules the world, and one man, who wants nothing more than to study the region's elephants, is co-opted by his powerful family to embark on a mission to the moon. But the family holds secrets that could destroy the world's utopia.

Amped | DANIEL H. WIL-SON: Former robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson penned three works of nonfiction before writing Robopocalypse (**** Sept/Oct 2011), his fiction debut. As he did in that work, Wilson imagines a near-future in which superhuman people ("amplified" by a device) become a persecuted underclass that may save--or destroy--the world.


Wicked Business A Lizzy and Diesel Novel | JANET EVANOVICH: Although Janet Evanovich is best known for her mysteries featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, she has also penned other series. Wicked Business follows on the heels of Wicked Appetite (2010), books featuring a preternatural Salem, Massachusetts, baker (Lizzie) and the handsome, supernaturally inclined Diesel (from four of the Stephanie Plum novellas).






The Passage of Power The Years of Lyndon Johnson | ROBERT A. CARO: The fourth volume of Robert Caro's massive biography, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, chronicles Johnson's fight for the 1960 Democratic nomination for president, his vice presidency, and his unexpected presidency, which took place during one of America's most tumultuous eras: Civil Rights and Vietnam. In the series: The Path to Power (1982; National Book Critics Circle Award), Means of Ascent (1990; National Book Critics Circle Award), and Master of the Senate (2002; Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award).


Barack Obama The Story | DAVID MARANISS: The Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist and historian has tackled subjects as diverse as Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Roberto Clemente (Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero **** July/Aug 2006), the Olympics (Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World **** Sept/Oct 2008), and the Vietnam War (They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 [2004]). For Barack Obama, Maraniss interviewed Obama himself.

Young Adult

Between the Lines | JODI PICOULT AND SAMANTHA VAN LEER: Jodi Picoult, whose provocative novels target everything from faith to adultery, teenage violence, mercy killing, and gay rights, presents her first novel for teens, coauthored by her teenage daughter. So we expect it to have some of the tropes of the young adult genre: a lonely teenage girl loves a certain fairy tale; its storybook prince comes alive; they work to get him out of his trapped life and into her own. Oh, and their love blossoms. It sounds a bit breezy, right? This being a Picoult team effort, it probably touches on deeper themes, sans courtroom drama.





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Title Annotation:In One Person; Canada; The Newlyweds
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Date:May 1, 2012
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