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Nicholas Sparks is the author of bestsellers "The Rescue" and "Nights in Rodanthe," as well as "The Notebook," "Message in a Bottle," "A Walk to Remember," "A Bend in the Road," "The Guardian," "The Wedding," and his memoir, "Three Weeks with My Brother," written with his brother, Micah.
His newest book, "The Choice," the story of an unlikely romance that asks the question, "How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?"
To read an excerpt of "The Choice," click here.
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"On the Pulse of Morning"
For many years, Maya Angelou's voice and poetry have enriched minds and souls - as in 1993, when she read "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's first inauguration.
"On the Pulse of Morning" is included in her latest collection of poetry, "Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer."
For an excerpt of "Celebrations," click here.
"The Big Question"
Chuck Barris is the television pioneer behind "The Dating Game," "The Newlywed Game" and "The Gong Show."
As a producer, he created the path that led to today's reality television. But now, Barris, who got his start as a page at NBC, questions the boundaries of reality TV in his new novel, "The Big Question."
The book is set in 2012 and on the very first page, a poor, crippled old man attacks a retired television producer, trying to pitch him this outrageous idea for a game show, which we find out is called "The Death Game." The final winner of the show gets asked "The Big Question" and if she answers correctly, she wins $100 million. If she is wrong, she is executed on live television.
To read an excerpt of "The Big Question," click here.
Clark, Mary Higgins
At the same time she is releasing the 26th in her line of mystery novels, Mary Higgins Clark is diving into new waters with the release of her first children's book, "Ghost Ship."
"Ghost Ship" was collaboration with acclaimed illustrator and longtime friend of Clark's, Wendell Minor.
Set in Cape Cod, the suspenseful book tells the story of a friendship between two boys, one visiting his grandmother on summer vacation, the other a cabin boy for a sea captain who is full of stories of his adventures on the high seas.
To read an excerpt of "Ghost Ship," click here.
Clark, Mary Higgins
"I Heard That Song Before"
When you hear the name Mary Higgins Clark, you think "suspense." Her 26th mystery novel, "I Heard That Song Before," was released April 3, 2007.
The new book follows newly-married Kay Carrington, whose wealthy husband, Peter, is accused of two murders. Sleepwalking is pivotal to the plot.
To read an excerpt of "I Heard That Song Before," click here.
Mystery lovers can't get enough of Harlan Coben's books.
His stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances have jumped to the top of the best-seller lists.
Coben's latest book is called "The Woods." The novel is about a man struggling to balance family life and a busy career, when his complicated past suddenly comes back to haunt him.
To read an excerpt of "The Woods," click here.
Curtis, Jamie Lee
"Is There Really A Human Race?"
Jamie Lee Curtis is known for staring in movies like "Halloween" and "True Lies." She was born into a famous Hollywood family and is the daughter of film legends, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Most recently, however, she has been concentrating on writing children's books. Her seventh book, "Is There Really a Human Race?" encourages children to help others.
To see one of the book's illustrations, click here.
"The Cold Moon"
Deaver's popular, quadriplegic crime fighter Lincoln Rhyme is back in a seventh book in the new novel, "The Cold Moon." In it, Rhyme and partner Amelia Sacks are in a race against time to catch a serial killer who's known as "The Watch Maker," because he always leaves a clock with the body of the victim.
To read an excerpt of "The Cold Moon", click here.
"The Sleeping Doll: A Novel"
Master thriller writer Jeffery Deaver is taking a break from his most popular character, quadriplegic forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme.
Deaver's new psychological thriller, "The Sleeping Doll," features a new lead character, body language and interrogation expert Kathryn Dance, tracking down a brilliant, Charles Manson-like escaped convict.
To read an excerpt of "The Sleeping Doll," click here.
"The Sleeping Doll" is published by Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CBS, as is CBSNews.com.
"Redneck Dictionary II: More Words You Thought You Knew the Meaning Of"
Jeff Foxworthy's "Redneck Dictionary II: More Words You Thought You Knew the Meaning Of" tackles such words as:
Foxworthy stars in and produces the television series, "Blue Collar TV," based on his Blue Collar Comedy Tour, the movie and its sequel.
For an excerpt from his new book, click here.
Author Kristin Gore is no stranger to politics.
The middle daughter of former Vice President Al Gore grew up in Washington.
So, it's no surprise her new novel, "Sammy's House," takes readers behind the scenes in the West Wing of the White House, with a humorous slant.
Gore, 30, writes of Sammy Joyce, the health care adviser to the vice president. Readers first met her in Gore's first book, "Sammy's Hill."
Sammy is riddled with idiosyncrasies. For starters, this health care expert is - a hypochondriac! She also loves talking to telemarketers, and celebrates odd anniversaries, such as "the 29th anniversary of the finale of 'The Partridge Family."
To read an excerpt of "Sammy's House," click here.
We live in a celebrity-obsessed society in which reporters go to great lengths to land the "big get" - the first big interview with whomever is hot at the moment. That's the backdrop for Jane Heller's 13th novel, "Some Nerve." But the plot involves the main character volunteering at a local hospital to gain access to a celebrity she wants to interview and, to do research for the book, Heller volunteered at a hospital in real life. After seeing the impact volunteers have, Heller has become an advocate for them and would like to see more people offering their time to their community hospitals.
To read an excerpt, click here.
Kellogg, Marne Davis
"Friends in High Places"
Kick Keswick's life is full of fabulous parties and daring robberies, thanks to her creator, mystery writer Marne Davis Kellogg.
The fourth and latest novel in Kellogg's series featuring the jewel thief-turned-detective is called "Friends in High Places."
It finds Keswick jetting off to the Italian Alps to retrieve valuable, jewel-encrusted figurines.
To read an excerpt of "Friends in High Places," click here.
Kermit The Frog
"Before You Leap: A Frog's Eye View of Life's Greatest Lessons"
Kermit the Frog made his first TV appearance in 1955. Since then, he has enjoyed a career unparalleled by any other amphibian in show business.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has guest-hosted the "Tonight Show" for Johnny Carson, and even holds an honorary doctorate from Long Island University.
Kermit first rose to stardom during the early days of "Sesame Street" and went on to star in big-screen features such as "The Muppet Movie." Now he is releasing his memoirs in a book called "Before You Leap: A Frog's Eye View of Life's Greatest Lessons," a follow-up to his 1993 best-seller.
To read an excerpt of "Before You Leap," click here.
"Queen of the Scene"
She's made hit records and has a movie career that includes an Oscar nomination, so it's not news that Queen Latifah is a versatile entertainer. Now you can add "children's book author" to her growing list of achievements. "Queen of the Scene" is the title of the book.
Queen Latifah has written a story about a pint-sized star who believes in girl power and having fun. Whether the little Queen is beating all the boys at basketball or leading the crowd at the playground, she teaches kids to respect themselves, have fun, and take pride in who they are.
Dennis Lehane has gotten rave reviews for several best-selling suspense novels, including "Mystic River," which was later made into the movie of the same name. But his latest book is different. "Coronado" is a collection of five short stories and a two-act play. Much of the material is original, and all of it features compelling characters and gripping plots. One of Lehane's early books, "Gone, Baby, Gone," part of the Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro series, is being made into a film, directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan. It's slated for release in 2007.
To hear an audio excerpt of "Coronado," click here.
"What The Dead Know"
Imagine it's 1975. Two young sisters go to a mall and disappear without a trace. They're gone for 30 years when a woman suddenly appears, claiming to be one of them.
That's the premise of Laura Lippman's latest mystery, "What the Dead Know."
In discussing the book on The Early Show, Lippman talked about the case that inspired it and gave her views on media coverage of kidnap cases.
To read an excerpt from "What the Dead Know," click here.
To visit Lippman's Web site, click here.
"Mahalia Mouse Goes to College"
Most people know John Lithgow as an award-winning actor who stared as Dick Solomon in the popular sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun."
He's also an accomplished musician and author who has released seven children's books. His most recent, "Mahalia Mouse Goes to College," is a tale of a mouse that lives with her family under Dunster House, an old Harvard dormitory. While foraging for food, she gets trapped in a backpack and then finds herself inside a classroom. Mahalia, intrigued by the lecture, starts attending classes and soon becomes a popular full-time student, all the while wondering about the fate of her family. The book comes with the CD of Lithgow reading the story.
To read an excerpt of "Mahalia Mouse Goes To College," click here.
"Miracle on 49th Street"
For more than 30 years, sports columnist Mike Lupica has been writing mainly for grownups. But he's captured another audience with his recent best-selling novels for teens. In his third and latest, "Miracle on 49th Street," Lupica writes about a 12-year-old girl looking for her father.
To read an excerpt, click here.
Mike Lupica, a veteran sports columnist for the New York Daily News, has written his fourth novel for young adults. "Summer Ball" is a sequel to recent best-seller, "Travel Team."
The first book told the story of 12-year-old Danny Walker, growing up in a small town on Long Island, N.Y. and finding safety and comfort in the world of basketball, where he aspires to be on the seventh grade's travel team so he can relate to his estranged father, a former basketball star.
"Summer Ball" picks up Danny's life after he's made the travel team and needs to raise his game when he's pitted against some of the best young players in the country.
To read an excerpt of "Summer Ball," click here.
Just six months after releasing "Cinnamon Kiss," the latest book in his "Easy Rawlins" detective series, Mosley is out with another novel that tells the story of two "brothers" from very different backgrounds.
To read an excerpt, click here.
"Rise and Shine"
There's something about the sister relationship that's irresistible to writers. It's never been more tantalizing than in Pulitzer Prize-winner Anna Quindlen's latest novel, "Rise and Shine," in which readers meet two sisters with very different lives in New York City - one rich and famous and the other not. It shows everything isn't always as it seems, and change is inevitable.
To read an excerpt of "Rise and Shine," click here.