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Super Sad True Love Story

Watch the hilarious trailer for Gary Shteyngart’s new novel, SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY with guest star James Franco, and others!

The author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America’s dysfunctional coming years—and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

In a very near future—oh, let’s say next Tuesday—a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don’t that tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well be the world’s last diary, and less-proud owner of a bald spot shaped like the great state of Ohio. Despite his job at an outfit called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn’t it? Lenny’s from a different century—he totally loves books (or “printed, bound media artifacts,” as they’re now known),
even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness.

After meeting Lenny on an extended Roman holiday, blistering Eunice puts that Assertiveness minor to work, teaching our “ancient dork” effective new ways to brush his teeth and making him buy a cottony nonflammable wardrobe. But America proves less flame-resistant than Lenny’s new threads. The country is crushed by a credit crisis, riots break out in New York’s Central Park, the city’s streets are lined with National Guard tanks on every corner, the dollar is so over, and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Undeterred, Lenny vows to love both Eunice and his homeland. He’s going to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, in a world where single people can determine a dating prospect’s “hotness” and “sustainability” with the click of a button, in a society where the privileged may live forever but the unfortunate will die all too soon, there is still value in being a real human being.

Wildly funny, rich, and humane, Super Sad True Love Story is a knockout novel by a young master, a book in which falling in love just may redeem a planet falling apart.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

The Whipping Club

The Whipping Club explores the sacrificial secrets we keep to protect our loved ones and the impact that uncovered secrets have on marriage, family and society. Both a wrenching family drama and a harrowing suspense story, it chronicles an interfaith couple’s attempt in 1960’s Ireland to save their son from corrupt institutions. “A powerful saga of love and survival.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • : Deborah Henry
  • : T.S. Poetry Press
  • : 2/2/2012
  • : 0984553185
  • : 978-0984553181
  • : B007CMFEIM

Zombies vs Unicorns

An anthology of short stories edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, begs the question: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn. Contributors include bestselling teen authors, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. Team Zombie or Team Unicorn. You decide!

  • : Various Authors
  • : Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • : 21-Sep-10
  • : 1416989536
  • : 978-1416989530
  • : B003UYUOL8
2014-12-10T19:31:44+00:00 Young Adult|1 Comment

Young Sherlock Holmes

The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent …The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.

  • : Andrew Lane
  • : Macmillan Children's Books
  • : 30-Nov-11
  • : B006GD461E
2014-12-10T19:31:47+00:00 Crime, Young Adult|0 Comments

You Belong To Me

Years ago, a girl was assaulted while onlookers did nothing. Now those witnesses are the victims. Homicide detective JD Fitzpatrick has never seen anything like the bodies turning up throughout the city and Dr. Lucy Trask, ME, is keeping secrets that might put her on the killer’s hit list.

  • : Karen Rose
  • : Signet
  • : 7-Jun-11
  • : 0451233573
  • : 978-0451233578
  • : B004IYK2BG
2014-12-10T19:31:51+00:00 Suspense|0 Comments


Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.

Jane struggles with adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move. She wants one thing in life—to be like everyone else at school, but that’s hard to do when you’re the new kid. But she does manage to make one friend, Evan—he’s sixteen, charming, and protective. Everything a girl could want in a best friend…with one minor caveat.

He’s dead.

Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one can see or hear him.

That is until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in Juvie. Connor can see Evan and he’s not convinced the ghost is being completely honest. From his own experience ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments isn’t any different.

Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but realizes soon enough he’s right. Evan has secrets about his past and not only did his life end tragically but members of his family are still in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.

  • : Angel Lawson
  • : CreateSpace
  • : 23-Aug-11
  • : 1463762232
  • : 978-1463762230
  • : B005FR7NL2


Feral, vicious, fierce and lost… the she-wolf is a strange creature of the night. Attractive to some; repulsive to others, she stalks the fringes of our world as though it were her prey. She is the baddest of girls, the fatalest of femmes – but she is also the excluded, the abject, the monster.

The Wolf-Girls within these pages are mad, bad and dangerous to know. But they are also rejected and tortured, loving and loyal, avenging and triumphant. Some of them are even human…

Seventeen new tales of dark, snarling lycogyny by Nu Yang, Mary Borsellino, Lyn Lockwood, Mihaela Nicolescu, L. Lark, Jeanette Greaves, Kim Bannerman, Lynsey May, Hannah Kate, J. K. Coi, Rosie Garland, R. A. Martens, Beth Daley, Marie Cruz, Helen Cross, Andrew Quinton and Sarah Peacock.

  • : Hannah Kate
  • : Hic Dragones
  • : 22-Oct-12
  • : B009VJ3634
2014-12-10T19:32:02+00:00 Horror, Paranormal|0 Comments

Wolf of the Plains

The opening book in the Conqeror series, Wolf of the Plains is an epic story of heroism and adventure, of a boy who had to become a man too soon, but whose name would live on through history. The young boy abandoned with his siblings on the harsh Mongolian plains faced almost certain death. But his remarkable survival skills helped him ruthlessly fight off death from starvation and hostile attacks. Hunted and alone, he dreamed of uniting the great tribes into one nation. He would become a great warrior. He would become father to his people. He would be Genghis Khan.

  • : Conn Iggulden
  • : Delacorte Press
  • : 1-May-07
  • : 0385339518
  • : 978-0385339513
  • : B002RI9DAG
2014-12-10T19:32:05+00:00 Fiction|0 Comments

Without Mercy

Trapped with a bloodthirsty killer behind locked gates, one woman comes face to face with her worst nightmare: a killer without limitswithout remorsewithout mercy. Without Mercy: the pulse pounding new novel from number one bestselling author, Lisa Jackson.

  • : Lisa Jackson
  • : Kensington
  • : 1-Apr-10
  • : 0758247435
  • : 978-0758247438
  • : B003F237UA
2014-12-10T19:32:10+00:00 Suspense|0 Comments

Withering Tights

Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010! The misadventures of Tallulah Casey! Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen — laugh your tights off at the (VERY) amateur dramatic antics of Talullah and her bonkers mates. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed! Picture the scene: Dother Hall performing arts college somewhere Up North, surrounded by rolling dales, bearded cheesemaking villagers (male and female) and wildlife of the squirrely-type. On the whole, it’s not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting! but once her mates turn up and they start their ‘FAME! I’m gonna liiiiive foreeeeeever, I’m gonna fill my tiiiiights’ summer course things are bound to perk up. Especially when the boys arrive. (When DO the boys arrive?) Six weeks of parent-free freedom. BOY freedom. Freedom of expression! cos it’s the THEATRE dahling, theatre!!

  • : Louise Rennison
  • : HarperTeen
  • : 28-Jun-11
  • : 0061799319
  • : 978-0061799310
  • : B004HW72SK
2014-12-10T19:32:22+00:00 Humor, Young Adult|0 Comments


A stunning debut YA novel, destined to blow the dystopian genre wide open — The Handmaid’s Tale for a new generation. This edition will contain a sneak preview of Fever, and a brand new short story by Lauren DeStefano: “The First Bride”. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has only four years left to live when she is kidnapped by the Gatherers and forced into a polygamous marriage. Now she has one purpose: to escape, find her twin brother, and go home — before her time runs out forever. What if you knew you exactly when you would die? In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw. Women die at the age of 20, men at 25. Young girls are being abducted and forced to breed in a desperate attempt to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it. 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife. Even though he is kind to her, Rhine is desperate to escape her gilded cage — and Linden’s cruel father. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in what little time she has left.

  • : Lauren DeStefano
  • : 22-Mar-11
  • : 1442409053
  • : 978-1442409057
  • : B003UYUOOK
2014-12-10T19:32:26+00:00 Young Adult|0 Comments


Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss – her life – and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and feeling guilty for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, awardwinning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all – hope.

  • : Laurie Halse Anderson
  • : Viking Juvenile
  • : 19-Mar-09
  • : 067001110X
  • : 978-0670011100
  • : B001TLZEJG
2014-12-10T19:32:29+00:00 Young Adult|0 Comments

Wingless (The Last of the Fallen)

Charlie thought his summer was going to end like every other summer before it: with a growing sense of forboding and a waning sense of freedom. Until Tane landed on his front lawn in a crumpled heap claiming to be from heaven–a place much darker and much greater than he’d ever imagined. Tane is on a mission to find a Septar, a citizen of Fismuth that was left behind long ago. And when Tane enlists the help of Charlie and his friends, she pulls them into a world of danger, love, and ultimately, heavenly rewards.

  • : Cydney Lawson
  • : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • : 6-Mar-11
  • : 1456471805
  • : B004WWQ4D4

Wild and Unruly

Single, misjudged, and socially sequestered, library curator Lillian White lives vicariously through her beloved books of the bawdy Old West, dreaming of the cowboy that will take her away from her lonely life until the day she discovers a mysterious, antique necklace with the power to tap into her deepest desires and possibly change her life forever.
Sheriff Jake Sloan is Deadwater Gulch’s “good son.” A man married to the law, his heart secretly yearns for the Magnolia’s headmistress, a soiled dove forbidden to him and his perfect reputation, until he saves her life from a ruthless gunman and injured, winds up convalescing in her bed.
Can a librarian with secret fantasies, make it as a bordello madam? And can a sheriff with his career in the balance fall in love with her? Be careful what you wish for…you just might get it.

  • : Amanda McIntyre
  • : Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
  • : 8-Sep-11
  • : 1613330065
  • : 978-1613330067
  • : B005KD7J6K

Wicked Lies

New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush join forces in a stunning and terrifying romantic suspense thriller novel, as a crazed killer escapes a mental institution to continue his terrifying mission begun decades ago, and this time, there will be no place safe to hide.

  • : Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
  • : Zebra Books
  • : 1-Jun-11
  • : 1420103393
  • : 978-1420103397
  • : B004NEW50M
2014-12-10T19:33:00+00:00 Suspense|0 Comments

Whisper of the Serpent

The symptomatic treatment of chronic disease is perpetuating epidemics of chronic diseases and is responsible for the major expense of health care. Whisper of the Serpent explores 2500 years of medicine and science from Hippocrates to the present to show: * How a false concept of science has led to false medicine with devastating consequences * How drugs don’t treat illness but only suppress symptoms * Why nutritional and lifestyle changes could prevent and reverse chronic diseases * How and why modern medicine is really big business * Why modern medicine has become the third leading cause of death in the US Part 2 of the Whisper of the Serpent documents in gripping detail our gradual loss of medical freedom before an ever growing government-sponsored medical monopoly blinded by a false concept of science. Both a call to action and a thought-provoking treatise on the state of modern medicine, Whisper of the Serpent will make you realize that it is time to reintroduce the principles of rational, truly scientific medicine into health care. It is time to take back control of our health.

  • : James Henderson
  • : BookSurge Publishing
  • : 1-Mar-10
  • : 1439276390
  • : 978-1439276396
  • : B002A9IVS2
2014-12-10T19:33:03+00:00 Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Where Things Come Back

Just when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. . . . In the summer before Cullen’s senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. Soon all the kids are getting woodpecker haircuts and everyone’s eating “Lazarus burgers.” But as absurd as the town’s carnival atmosphere has become, nothing is more startling than the realization that Cullen’s sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared. While Cullen navigates his way through a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young missionary in Africa, who has lost his faith, is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it. As distant as the two stories seem at the start, they are thoughtfully woven ever closer together and through masterful plotting, brought face to face in a surprising and harrowing climax. Complex but truly extraordinary, tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, this novel finds wonder in the ordinary and emerges as ultimately hopeful. It’s about a lot more than what Cullen calls, “that damn bird.” It’s about the dream of second chances.

  • : John Corey Whaley
  • : Atheneum
  • : 3-May-11
  • : 1442413336
  • : 978-1442413337
  • : B003UYURTC
2014-12-10T19:33:07+00:00 Romance|0 Comments