Author of AMERICA'S FIRST CRISIS, a 2014 IPPY Gold Medal Winner for the year's best book in history, Robert Watson's THE NAZI TITANIC: The Untold Story of the Final Days of the Holocaust and the Second World War, (DaCapo),about the German luxury liner the Cap Arcona, that was the pride of the Third Reich, repurposed to become a floating barracks for the German navy, used to transport Germans across the Baltic, the "star" of Hitler and Goebbels' epic propaganda film about the sinking of the SS Titanic, and finally, during the last days of the war, a floating concentration camp that was mistakenly bombed by the British Air Force, resulting in the worst-ever instance of friendly-fire, and one of history's most tragic maritime disasters.
Jeffrey Bartsch's TWO ACROSS, (Grand Central) in which two child geniuses marry young and then go their separate ways, yet continue to communicate with one another using hidden clues in crossword puzzles.
Jennifer Brown's MODERN GIRLS, (NAL) a mother-daughter story, set in NY in 1935, about a Russian, Jewish immigrant mother and her unmarried 19-year old daughter who each discover they are expecting -- both with unplanned, and unwanted, pregnancies -- in this story about women's roles, standards and choices, set against the backdrop of the impending war.
Historian and former college professor Lois Leveen's JULIET'S NURSE (Atria/EBB)a novel that begins 14 years before the events in Romeo and Juliet and continues through the last pages of Shakespeare's play -- all told from the perspective of Juliet's nurse.
Also from Lois Leveen: THE SECRETS OF MARY BOWSER,(Morrow)(Target Book Club pick; Books a Million book club pick; Top Ten Books of 2012 by Northwest Authors; BookBrowse Nine Notable Debut novels). This debut novel is based on the true story of a young girl who was born into slavery in Richmond, VA, then freed by her mistress and sent North to be educated, but later returned to the South on the eve of the Civil war and wound up posing as a slave in the Confederate White House -- when, in fact, she was working as part of a spy ring, run by her former mistress.
National Best Selling Author, David Bell's CEMETERY GIRL,(NAL/Penguin) (Mystery Guild and Doubleday book club selection). A novel of suspense in which a couple who seemingly has it all, loses almost everything when their twelve-year-old daughter disappears without a trace, and then, four years later, is found and returned to them, but refuses to talk about where she was, what happened to her -- and why.
ALSO by David Bell: THE HIDING PLACE; NEVER COME BACK; THE FORGOTTEN GIRL; SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW. (NAL/Penguin)
Debut fiction: Priscille Marcille Sibley's THE PROMISE OF STARDUST (Morrow) (Target Book Club pick, February 2013; IndieNext selection; Doubleday/Literary Guild selection). It is a love story in which family members must choose sides and make hard decisions over whether a woman should remain on life-support in order to give her fetus a (slim) chance at life, even though the woman stands no chance to recover.
Naseem Rakha's THE CRYING TREE (Broadway Books) [International bestseller; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller (#4); PNBA award winner; Emerging Voices selection; B & N Discover Great New Writers selection; Target Reads - Breakout; Richard & Judy Book Club selection(UK)]; This debut novel is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness. Perfect for reading groups.
Will Lavender's OBEDIENCE (Shaye Areheart Books)[New York Times and International Bestseller]; psychological thriller; and DOMINANCE (Simon & Schuster) in which a renowned literature professor -- and convicted murderer -- teaches a controversial night class from his prison cell, and years later aids a former student in her desperate attempt to solve the next generation of murders as the students from the infamous night class are picked off one by one.
Alicia Bessette's SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH (Dutton) [International Bestseller; Debutante Ball selection]; bookclub/upmarket women's fiction
Actor, author and playwright Jim Beaver's, LIFE'S THAT WAY (Amy Einhorn Books) [B & N Discover Great New Writers selection]; memoir about dealing with love, loss and learning to live again after the actor's wife dies
Eve Brown-Waite's FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA (Broadway Books) [Debutante Ball selection]; memoir about pampered college grad who joins the Peace Corps and gets much more than she's prepared to handle.
National bestselling author, Michelle Cove's SEEKING HAPPILY EVER AFTER, based on her documentary of the same name; self-help for single women who are redefining the fairy tale.
Michelle Cove's I LOVE MONDAYS and other confessions from devoted working moms, (Seal Press) which not only validates, but celebrates a woman's desire to have a career and family and gives working moms the tools they need to deal with the anxieties and challenges of constantly trying to tend to life in the office and on the home-front, including what to do when you're trying to get out the house to go to work and your two year old has attached herself to your leg and is begging you not to leave her. (Featured on the Katie Courik Show, Nov. 2012)
Ted Leonsis's THE BUSINESS OF HAPPINESS (Regnery Publishing) [Washington Post bestseller (#4)]; entrepreneur who shares the secret to being happy in life -- and how that leads to success in business.
Areva Martin's THE EVERYDAY ADVOCATE: Standing up for your autistic child (Penguin/NAL); how-to/self-help
David E. Hilton's KINGS OF COLORADO (S & S); bookclub fiction set on a boys reformatory ranch in Colorado. (B & N Discover Great New Writers selection)
Paul Jury's memoir STATES OF CONFUSION: My 48 State Detour to Find Direction, (Adams Media) about a young man, unable to get a job after college, who hits the road in an effort to find some direction in his life.
Traci Foust's NOWHERE NEAR NORMAL, (S & S) a memoir about growing up with OCD, hypochondria and panic attacks, during which time the author knows she's not "right" but doesn't know why - or what to do about it - so she spends a lot of time licking locks, measuring throw rugs and making sure there's an even number of Dixie cups in the bathroom.(Marie Claire)
Journalist and former Larry King Live producer Carol Ross Joynt's INNOCENT SPOUSE, (Crown) a story about marital secrets and financial infidelity that recounts the author's attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life when, after her husband's sudden death, she learns that he was under investigation by the IRS for tax fraud and, as his surviving spouse, she is responsible for repaying his debt of over $2.5 million. (First serial to Vogue; Today Show feature)