New York Did you resolve to read more books in 2007?
If so, it's one resolution that should be easy to keep, considering the variety of new books by prominent authors scheduled for publication during the first three months of the year.
Here are some titles to look for in the near future:
¢ "The Castle in the Forest" (Random House). In his first novel in 10 years, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman Mailer imagines the lives of three generations of the family of Adolph Hitler.
¢ "You Suck" (Morrow). Christopher Moore's "biting" novel is about a man who spends the night with his girlfriend only to discover that she's a vampire - and now, so is he.
¢ "Skylight Confessions" (Little, Brown). Alice Hoffman's novel charts the ups and downs in the marriage and parenthood of a couple who are "perfectly unsuited for each other."
¢ "Killing Johnny Fry" (Bloomsbury). Novelist Walter Mosley introduces readers to a man who reacts to his longtime girlfriend's infidelity by seeking revenge and immersing himself in pornography.
¢ "The Ravenscar Dynasty" (St. Martin's Press). Barbara Taylor Bradford, author of "A Woman of Substance," offers this first volume in a planned series about a powerful business family in Edwardian England.
¢ "Exile" (Henry Holt). Richard North Patterson's latest legal thriller features a San Francisco attorney who becomes involved in a case in which his former lover, a Palestinian, is accused of conspiring to assassinate the Israeli prime minister.
¢ "Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature" (St. Martin's Press) by Linda Lear. A biography of the author and illustrator of children's books and creator of Peter Rabbit.
¢ "Web of Evil" (Touchstone) by J.A. Jance. In this whodunit, a TV anchor who was recently fired has a more serious problem when she becomes a suspect in her estranged husband's murder.
¢ "The Birthday Party" (Putnam). Stanley N. Alpert, a former federal prosecutor, describes his ordeal of being kidnapped from a New York sidewalk in 1998.
¢ "Sisters" (Delacorte) by Danielle Steel. A family tragedy confronts four diverse sisters during a Fourth of July weekend reunion.
¢ "High Profile" (Putnam) by Robert B. Parker. In this sixth novel in the series, Jesse Stone, chief of police in Paradise, Mass., investigates the hanging death of the notorious host of a TV talk show.
¢ "Past Perfect" (Scribner) by Susan Isaacs. Years after a CIA agent was inexplicably fired, she is contacted by a former colleague who seeks her help in exchange for answers about her dismissal.
¢ "This Mighty Scourge" (Oxford University Press). James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winner and Civil War scholar, offers a collection of essays about various aspects, issues and personalities of the conflict.
¢ "Adopted Son" (Bantam) by David A. Clary. This dual biography of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette focuses on their friendship and its effect on the American Revolution.
¢ "Winterwood" (Bloomsbury) by Patrick McCabe. In Ireland, the charmed life of a newspaper reporter unravels after he meets a local character while on assignment in his boyhood village.
¢ "Innocent in Death" (Putnam) by J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts. In 2060, New York Police Lt. Eve Dallas investigates when a teacher at a prestigious school is poisoned by his brown-bag lunch.
¢ "The Edge of Winter" (Bantam). Luanne Rice's novel visits the lives and loves of a single mother and her teenage daughter on coastal Rhode Island.
¢ "When the Light Goes" (Simon & Schuster) by Larry McMurtry. Duane Moore, introduced 41 years ago in McMurtry's "The Last Picture Show," finds much has changed when he returns to his Texas hometown after a long absence.
¢ "The Last Empress" (Houghton Mifflin). Anchee Min's sequel to her novel "Empress Orchid" continues the story of Tzu Hsi, empress of China during the late 19th century.
¢ "The Friend of Women" (Houghton Mifflin) by Louis Auchincloss contains the title story and five others, all previously unpublished.
¢ "Nineteen Minutes" (Atria) by Jodi Picoult. A student murders 10 people in his high school in small-town New England, but the key witness is unable to remember what she saw.
¢ "Whitehorn Woods" (Knopf) by Maeve Binchy. The inhabitants of an Irish village are divided in their opinions about a planned highway that will cut through their town and require the destruction of a popular shrine.
¢ "Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith" (Riverhead). In 23 essays, Anne Lamott discusses how her religious faith affects her personal relationships and her views on current events.
¢ "Death Comes for the Fat Man" (HarperCollins) by Reginald Hill. A detective searches for the perpetrators of an explosion that severely injured his colleague in this 22nd in the series featuring Dalziel and Pascoe of the Yorkshire police.
¢ "Poor People" (Ecco). William T. Vollmann chronicles his journey to various parts of the world to learn more about poverty from those who are impoverished.
¢ "7: The Mickey Mantle Novel" (Regan) by Peter Golenbock. This "imagined memoir" has already caused an uproar for its portrayal of certain aspects in the life of the New York Yankees baseball star.