New Titles; Week of Aug 24

Of the titles on B&’s list of books coming this week, it’s no surprise that the one with the most holds at the four large libraries we checked is Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson, with a total of 2,225 holds on 782 copies, averaging nearly three holds per copy.

Alex Cross’s TRIAL
James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
Retail Price: $27.99
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2009-08-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0316070629 / 9780316070621

It’s been 9 months since the last Cross title appeared (Cross Country, 11/08), but it will be a mere 3 months before the next one; I, Alex Cross comes out in November. Libraries have it on order, with holds already building.

In September, Patterson makes a foray into history, with a new co-author, Martin Dugard (who wrote The Last Voyage of Columbus), in the true crime story, The Murder of King Tut,  (Little, Brown, 9/28).


The title with the greatest number of holds per copy is Mercy Thompson Homecoming, by Patricia Briggs. This is the first graphic novel “set in the bestselling Mercy Thompson universe” as the cover describes it. It has a total of 394 reserves on 88 copies, averaging almost 5 per copy.

Mercy Thompson Homecoming
Patricia Briggs
Retail Price: $22.95
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Del Rey/Dabel Brothers – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0345509889 / 9780345509888


One title appears to not be owned by libraries — You Are Here, by Thich Nhat Han — although some libraries own many other titles by the author.

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
Thich Nhat Hanh
Retail Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 1590306759 / 9781590306758


Surprisingly, Dean Koontz’s A Big Little Life, a memoir about how his dog changed his life, is not pulling in holds. Libraries have been cautious in ordering (ranging from 5 to 40 copies in the large libraries we checked, despite strong prepub reviews), with an average of 2.3 reserves per copy.

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
Dean Koontz
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 1401323529 / 9781401323523


Cats are also in the spotlight this week, when Homer’s Odyssey, a book about a blind rescue kitten arrives on shelves.

Homer’s Odyssey
Gwen Cooper
Retail Price: $20.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 038534385X / 9780385343855


For more titles coming this week, check “Coming Soon” at B&

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