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Random Revelations Fall 2014 Catalog

Random Revelations Fall 2014 Catalog

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The Most Important Titles of the Fall 2014 Season. Hand Selected for Librarians. From Random House LLC.
The Most Important Titles of the Fall 2014 Season. Hand Selected for Librarians. From Random House LLC.

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The Most Important Titles of the Fall 2014 Season. Hand Selected for Librarians.
Emily St. John Mandel
STATION ELEVEN:
 A Novel
When I heard this book pitched as perfect for fans of
The Age of Miracles
 and
The Dog Stars
—two of my recent favorites—I knew this book was for me. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies on stage during a production of
King Lear 
. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspense-ful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people. An enthralling read.
978-0-385-35330-4 | $24.95 | 50,000 | Knopf | HC | September |
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LITERARY FICTION
 
Promo:
 Author Site: EmilyMandel.com
RI:
 Author lives in Brooklyn, NY 
Jodi Picoult
LEAVING TIME:
 A Novel
Jodi Picoult is known for her nuanced characters, riveting plots, and impec-cable research, and
Leaving Time
 delivers on all fronts. Alice Metcalf is a talented scientist study-ing grief among elephants at a New England sanctuary. But after a tragic accident, she suddenly disappears. Ten years later, her now teenage daughter, Jenna, is determined to find out what happened. The mystery surrounding  Alice’s disappearance will draw you in, but the amazing details about elephants will keep you reading. Perfect for book clubs
 and 
 YA readers.
978-0-345-54492-6 | $28.00 | 500,000 | Ballantine Books | HC | October978-0-345-81335-0 | $30.00C | Random House Canada | HC
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FICTION
Promo:
 Book Trailer, Author Site: JodiPicoult.com
RA:
 For Picoult’s fans and readers of Anna Quindlen
RI:
 Set in New Hampshire and Africa
Elizabeth 
 
KEY:
 Promo:
 Book Promotional Material |
RA:
 Readers’ Advisory |
RI:
 
Regional Interest
Jules Witcover 
THE AMERICAN  VICE PRESIDENCY:
From Irrelevance to Power
 At first I thought, who are these people? Then I real-ized how significant it actually was that there are so many vice presidents that are essentially unknowns. Constitutionally as-signed only to preside over the Senate to fill a presidential vacancy, early vice presidents were left to languish in irrelevance and ineffectiveness; and boy, did they! Only in recent decades have vice presidents received or taken on more power, particularly in the last four administrations.“Extremely impressive research informs this valuable book of Amer-ican history.” —
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
978-1-58834-471-7 | $34.95/$41.00C | 20,000 | Smithsonian | HC | October
e
 978-1-58834-472-4
 
POLITICAL SCIENCE
RA:
 A must-have for lovers of behind-the-scenes political history
RI:
 Author is a policitcal syndicated columnist in Washington, DC
Eliza Kennedy 
I TAKE YOU:
 A Novel
Junior attorney Lily Wild-er is smart, sexy, self-assured, and shockingly promiscuous for a wom-an mere days away from her wedding.
I Take You
is a subversive contemporary take on the marriage plot. Readers of hip women’s fiction and old-school chick lit will all flock to Lily and her dark, funny, intimate escapades. Unlike anything you’ve ever read before, this joyous and ribald debut introduces a fabulously confident protagonist whose choices usher in fresh messages about sexual politics. Lily and Will’s romantic destiny may hang in the balance, but one thing’s for sure-readers will find true love with
I Take You.
978-0-553-41782-1 | $24.00/$28.00C | 100,000 | Crown | HC | February
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FICTION
RA:
 For readers of
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, The Engagements, Bridget Jones, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting
 
 and Fishing
, and
Something Borrowed 
; for fans of
Bridesmaids, Baby Mama, Girls
, and
Sex and the City 
Kelly 
 
Erica 
Kathryn Harrison
JOAN OF ARC:
 A Life Transfigured
 The Maid of Orleans has captivated many great minds such as Shake-speare, Mark Twain, and  Voltaire. Like Katherine Harri-son, I have always been drawn to the story of Joan of Arc. Six hundred years after her birth, the world is still inspired by Joan as a martyr, saint, rebel, and military leader, who acting under divine guidance, led the French army to victory over the British during the Hundred Years’ War. Harrison is both a superb novelist and memoirist who gives us a Joan for our time—weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative. She restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines of all time.
978-0-385-53120-7 | $28.95/$34.00C | 75,000 | HC | Doubleday | October
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HISTORY 
Promo:
 Author Site: KathrynHarrison.com
RA:
 For fans of Stacy Schiff’s
Cleopatra
, and Alison Weir RI: Author lives in Brooklyn, NY 
 
Krista 
 
 RANDOM HOUSE LLC
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FIRST FICTION
Carys Bray 
 A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY:
 A Novel
In the wake of a tragedy, the Bradley fam-ily is suddenly coming apart. Claire can’t get out of bed. Her husband believes that everything happens for a reason. Zippy struggles to balance church and the at-tentions of a boy. Al skips school to play soccer. And, Jacob tries to resurrect his goldfish in the hopes of a much larger miracle.
978-0-553-39088-9 | $26.00 | 10,000 | Ballantine Books | HC | August978-0-09-195437-6 | $24.99C | Hutchinson | HC | July
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FICTION
Promo:
 Scribd Excerpt
RA:
 For fans of
Me Before You
,
Little Bee
, and
Tell The Wolves I’m Home
 
RI:
 Set in Lancashire, UK
 Helen Giltrow 
THE DISTANCE:
 A Thriller
 A dark, ultra-contemporary, and relent-lessly paced debut thriller about a London society woman trying to put her secret criminal past behind her, and the hit man who comes to her with an impossible job she can’t refuse.
978-0-385-53699-8 | $26.95 | 50,000 | Doubleday HC | September978-0-345-81276-6 | $29.95C Random House Canada | HC
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THRILLER
Promo:
 Excerpt available on Scribd
RA:
 For readers of
The Expats
 by Chris Pavone
RI:
 Author lives in England
Yannick Grannec
THE GODDESS OF SMALL VICTORIES
 A young librarian is assigned the task of retrieving the records of Kurt Gödel—the most fascinating mathematician of the 20th century. Her mission consists of befriending the great man’s widow,  Adele, a notoriously bitter woman set on refusing to hand over these documents of immeasurable historical value.
978-1-59051-636-2 | $26.95/$32.00C | 50,000 | Other Press | HC | September
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 978-1-59051-637-9
HISTORICAL FICTION
RA:
For fans of
Loving Frank,
 
The Paris Wife
,
 A Beautiful Mind,
 and
 Amadeus
 
RI:
Set in Princeton University, 1980
Dylan Landis
RAINEY ROYAL
Greenwich Village, 1970s: Rainey Royal, fourteen-year old artist; talented, and troubled, lives in a once-decadent, now decaying brownstone with her father, a  jazz musician with a cultish personality. Her mother has abandoned the family, and Rainey fights to put boundaries back in her life.
978-1-61695-452-9 | $25.00/$25.00C | 35,000 Soho Press | HC | September
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LITERARY FICTION
Promo:
 Author Site: DylanLandis.com
RA:
 For fans of
Olive Kitteridge
 and
 A Visit from the Goon Squa
 
RI
: Author lives in New York City
Chrysler Szarlan
THE HAWLEY BOOK OF THE DEAD:
 A Novel
Magic is in Reve Dyer’s blood. Together, she and her husband have three daugh-ters and a world-famous Las Vegas magic act. But when an intruder tam-pers with a weapon in their act, Reve flees with her daughters to Hawley Five Corners in Massachusetts, where an an-cient book may hold the key to her family’s mysterious past.
978-0-345-54502-2 | $26.00/$31.00C | 15,000 | Ballantine Books | HC | September
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 978-0-345-54503-9
FICTION
Promo:
 Scribd Excerpt
RA:
 For fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Deborah Harkness
RI:
 Set in Las Vegas and Massachusetts
Merritt Tierce
LOVE ME BACK:
 A Novel
Marie, a young single mother, lands a  job at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. She is preternaturally attuned to the ap-petites of her patrons, but quickly learns to hide her private struggle behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. In a world of long hours and late nights, where everything runs on a currency of favors, cash and cachet, Marie gives in to brutally self-destructive impulses.
978-0-385-53807-7 | $23.95/$27.95C | 40,000 | Doubleday | HC | September
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 978-0-385-53808-4
LITERARY FICTION
Promo:
 Author Site: MerrittTierce.com
RA:
 For fans of the HBO show
Girls
 
RI:
 Setting and Author Residence: Texas
Rebecca Alexander 
THE SECRETS OF LIFE AND DEATH
 A gripping debut fantasy that seamlessly blends a modern-day tale of magicians who cheat death with a historical story of alchemists and witches grappling with demonic possession. Alexander exten-sively researched an actual historical meeting between the Elizabethan alche-mist John Dee and the infamous serial killer Elisabeth Bathory and seamlessly incorporates real people and events into the narrative.
978-0-804-14068-3 | $15.00/$18.00C | 20,000 | Broadway Books | TR | October
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 978-0-804-14069-0
FANTASY/HISTORICAL
RA:
Deborah Harkness’s
 A Discovery of Witches
 to Magnus Flyte’s
City of Dark Magic
 to Paula Brackston’s
The Witch’s Daughter
 Allen Eskens
THE LIFE WE BURY 
Joe Talbert’s task for his English class, is to interview a stranger. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home and meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran—and a convicted murderer. As Joe writes about Carl’s life, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despica-ble acts of the convict.
978-1-61614-998-7 | $15.95/$17.00C | 45,000 | Seventh Street Books | TR | October
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FICTION/MYSTERY & DETECTIVE
RI:
 Set in Minnesota, author lives in Cleveland, MN
 
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FIRST FICTION
Michael Christie
IF I FALL, IF I DIE
Will has never been to the outside, or gotten to know anyone other than his agoraphobic mother. When Will ventures outside, he meets and befriends Jonah, a quiet boy who introduces Will to skate-boarding. “An astonishing piece of work. Christie combines lyrical prose and true-to-life characters—and skateboarding—to craft a remarkable tale of mothers and sons, and what it means to grow up.” —Philipp Meyer, bestselling author of
The Son
 
978-0-804-14080-5 | $25.00 | 25,000 | Hogarth | HC | January978-0-771-02365-1 | $29.95C | McClelland & Stewart | HC
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LITERARY FICTION
RA:
 For fans of
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, The Family Fang
, and
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jan Ellison
 A SMALL INDISCRETION:
 A Novel
 As a young woman, Annie Black spends a winter in London looking for love in all the wrong places. Two decades later, she is married with a son and two daughters, and a successful career, until an act of infidelity from the past threatens to de-stroy everything. Moving back and forth across time, this is a taut exploration of a modern marriage, and of love.
978-0-8129-9544-2 | $27.00/$32.00C | 50,000 | Random House | HC | January
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]
AD: 978-0-553-39979-0
LITERARY FICTION
Promo:
 Author Site: JanEllison.com
RA:
 For fans of Amy Bloom and Meg Wolitzer
RI:
Set in San Francisco, London, and Paris
Ben Metcalf 
 AGAINST THE COUNTRY:
 A Novel
From the former literary editor of
Harper’s Magazine
 comes an atmospheric debut that challenges the myth of the country as a pure, Edenic force. Metcalf’s narra-tor leads the reader through rural Virginia and a gallery of characters driven mad by the stubborn soil.
978-1-4000-6269-0 | $26.00/$31.00C | 25,000 Random House | HC | January
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 978-0-8129-9653-1
LITERARY FICTION
RA:
For fans of literary Southern Gothic and readers of Cormac McCarthy and James McBride
RI:
 Set in Illinois and Virginia
Cynthia Weil 
I’M GLAD I DID
JJ Greene, a gifted 16-year-old songwrit-er, defies her lawyer parents by secretly applying for a job in the famed Brill Building—the epicenter of songwriting for a new genre called rock-n-roll. But their warnings about the evils of the music industry prove far darker than she imag-ined when she finds herself at the heart of identity, theft, and possibly murder.
978-1-61695-356-0 | $17.99/$17.99C | 30,000 Soho Teen | HC | January
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HISTORICAL FICTION
RA:
 Part
Mad Men,
 part
Grace of My Heart 
Quan Barry 
SHE WEEPS EACH TIME  YOU’RE BORN:
 A Novel
 An extraordinary, luminous fiction debut: the tumultuous history of modern Viet-nam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before reunification—and with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead.
978-0-307-91177-3 | $24.95/$28.95C | 25,000 Pantheon | HC | February |
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 978-0-307-91178-0
LITERARY FICTION
Promo:
 Reading Group Guide available
RA:
 For fans of
The God of Small Things,
and
 The Book of Salt
RI:
 Author lives in Madison, WI
Tom Cooper 
THE MARAUDERS:
 A Novel
 A masterfully written, darkly hilarious crime novel, set in a small bayou town that has recently been devastated by the BP oil spill. “It’s rollicking, angry, eye-popping, and fall-on-the-floor funny, sometimes in the course of a single scene … It’s a little Elmore Leonard, a little Charles Portis. Basically, Tom Cooper has written one hell of a novel.” —Stephen King
978-0-804-14056-0 | $26.00/$31.00C | 30,000 | Crown | HC | February
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 AD: 978-0-553-54634-7
CRIME
RA:
For fans of Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, and AMC’s
Breaking Bad 
Katherine Heiny 
SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW:
Stories
 A tender and ruefully funny look at varieties of love, secrets, and betrayal in ten exquisite stories that form a guided tour of the human heart. Populated with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, and flirtatious older men, the stories are emotionally astute, sexy, and disarming—and they introduce us to a tart, and marvelous, new voice.
978-0-385-35363-2 | $22.95 | 50,000 | Knopf | HC | February
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 AD: 978-0-553-41002-0
SHORT STORIES
Promo:
 Reading Group Guide available
RA:
 For fans of
Where’d You Go Bernadette
RI:
 Author lives in Washington, DC
Jonas Karlsson
THE ROOM:
 A Novel
 
Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-pro-voking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.
978-0-804-13998-4 | $14.00/$17.00C | 30,000 Hogarth | TR | February
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 AD: 978-0-553-41000-6
LITERARY FICTION
RA:
 For fans of George Saunders, Joshua Ferris, Tom Rachman, and Benjamin Kunkel; Viewers of
The Office, Parks & Recreation
RI:
 Set in Stockholm, Sweden  Visit us at our website:
www.RandomHouse.com
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