1. THE CHILDREN OF HURIN
by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by Christoher Tolkien)
In Middle-earth, an evil lord wants to destroy his rival's children.
2. THE WOODS
by Harlan Coben
New evidence about a case of murder and disappearance at a summer camp 20 years earlier forces a county prosecutor to confront family secrets.
3. I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE
by Mary Higgins Clark
Simon & Schuster
A woman marries a childhood acquaintance suspected of several murders.
4. THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE
by Alexander McCall Smith
The eighth novel in the number one Ladies Detective Agency series.
5. NINETEEN MINUTES
by Jodi Picoult
The aftermath of a high school shooting reveals the deep fault lines in a small New Hampshire town.
by Jonathan Kellerman
The psychologist-detective Alex Delaware investigates what seems to be a deathbed confession of murder.
7. FRESH DISASTERS
by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington, the New York cop turned lawyer, tangles with a mob boss and pursues a complicated romance.
8. KINGDOM COME
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
The final title in the Left Behind series.
9. SLEEPING WITH STRANGERS
by Eric Jerome Dickey
A hit man who hopes to leave the business travels to London to escape pursuers and becomes involved in its underworld.
10. THE ALIBI MAN
by Tami Hoag
A disgraced former policewoman investigates a murder linked to a group of wealthy Palm Beach men.
11. WHITE NIGHT
by Jim Butcher
Someone is killing Chicago's minor wizards, and the half-brother of Harry Dresden, wizard detective, is a suspect.
12. THE BLUE ZONE
by Andrew Gross
A young woman searches for her father when he disappears from the US Witness Protection Program.
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
A biography based on newly released personal letters.
2. PAULA DEEN: IT AIN'T ALL ABOUT THE COOKIN'
by Paula Deen with Sherry Suib Cohen
Simon & Schuster
A memoir with recipes from the cooking impresario.
3. A LONG WAY GONE
by Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A former child solider from Sierra Leone describes his drug-crazed killing spree and his return to humanity.
4. WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE
by Lee Iacocca
The former CEO of Chrysler protests the lack of political and business leadership on issues like energy policy.
5. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE
by Barack Obama
The Illinois junior senator proposes that Americans move beyond their political divisions.
6. HOW DOCTORS THINK
by Jerome Groopman
A doctor describes how doctors arrive at diagnoses and what patients can do to make sure they don't err.
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic theory to nearly everything.
8. THIS MOMENT ON EARTH
by John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry
Environmental challenges and possible solutions.
9. CRAZIES TO THE LEFT OF ME, WIMPS TO THE RIGHT
by Bernard Goldberg
The author of 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America attacks liberals and accuses Republicans of betraying conservative principles.
10. THE WILD TREES
by Richard Preston
The people who climb the massive California redwoods to study the complex life in their canopies.
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
A memoir by the Somali-born advocate for Muslim immigrant women, once a member of the Dutch Parliament, who has been threatened with death.
12. GRACE (EVENTUALLY)
by Anne Lamott
A collection of essays regarding faith and forgiveness.
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