1. THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER
by Kim Edwards
A doctor’s decision to secretly send his newborn daughter, who has Down syndrome, to an institution haunts everyone involved.
2. DANCE OF THE GODS
by Nora Roberts
Six otherworldly fighters prepare to battle the vampire Lilith in this second installment in the Circle Trilogy.
by Patricia Cornwell
On the trail of a possible serial killer, Dr. Kay Scarpetta turns to a jailed psychopath for advice.
4. MARY, MARY
by James Patterson
Agent Alex Cross tracks a Hollywood killer who announces the crimes via e-mail.
5. GLAD TIDINGS
by Debbie Macomber
Two previously published stories about Christmas.
6. MORRIGAN’S CROSS
by Nora Roberts
A sorcerer gathers five warriors to help him battle a vampire who lured his twin brother to the dark side.
7. TOXIC BACHELORS
by Danielle Steel
On a Mediterranean vacation, three resolutely single friends meet three impressive women.
8. SKELETON COAST
by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon rescue a beautiful woman who is searching for lost treasure.
9. DREAM MAKERS
by Nora Roberts
Two previously published stories, Untamed and Less of a Stranger.
10. CAMEL CLUB
by David Baldacci
A group of conspiracy theorists stumbles on a plot reaching to the highest levels of government.
11. ORDINARY HEROES
by Scott Turow
A man reconstructs the story of his father’s service in World War II, including his pursuit of a rogue intelligence agent.
12. AT FIRST SIGHT
by Nicholas Sparks
The young couple from True Believer, who are now expecting the imminent arrival of a child, get a disturbing message.
1. RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
by Augusten Burroughs
In the 1970s, a young boy lives with a crazy psychiatrist in a squalid household.
2. FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
by James Bradley with Ron Powers
The story of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima.
3. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.
4. DREAMS FROM MY FATHER
by Barack Obama
The Democratic senator from Illinois reflects on life as the son of a black African father and white American mother.
5. TEACHER MAN
by Frank McCourt
The author of Angela’s Ashes remembers his years teaching high school English in New York City.
by Elie Wiesel
Hill & Wang
A new translation of an account of the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, first published in English in 1960.
7. THE TIPPING POINT
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little, Brown
A journalist’s study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.
8. THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS
by John Berendt
The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil investigates a fire in Venice.
9. MARIE ANTOINETTE
by Antonia Fraser
The life of the woman who was queen of France from 1774 to 1792.
10. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY
by Erik Larson
The tale of an architect and a serial killer, linked by the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.
11. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
A Baptist minister describes the otherworldly experience he had after a car accident.
12. THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE
by Max Brooks
The comedy writer offers a plan for safeguarding yourself from the living dead.
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