Book Excerpts and First Chapters

Here you will find excerpts and first chapters from the latest books. You can use the genres below to navigate to genre-specific titles in fantasy, romance, nonfiction and more. Click on the title to read an excerpt of the book.

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Featured Excerpts

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss

Impossible Odds
by David Duncan

The Lady Chosen
by Stephanie Laurens




Children's


Abarat
by Clive Barker (Joanna Cotler Books)

Avalon High
by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins)

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak (Knopf)

Boy Meets Girl
by Meg Cabot (Avon)

Coraline
by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

Eldest
by Christopher Paolini (Knopf)

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray (Delacorte Press)

Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke (The Chicken House/Scholastic)

Jinx
by Meg Cabot (HarperTeen)

Peter Pan in Scarlet
by Geraldine McCaughrean (McElderry/Simon & Schuster)

A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope
by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins)

What's Happening to Grandpa?
by Maria Shriver (Little, Brown)


Religion/Spirituality


Glorious Appearing (Left Behind, #12
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale House)

The Purpose-Driven Life
by Rick Warren (Zondervan)

Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith)


Mystery/Thriller


4th of July
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

The 5th Horseman
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)

Absolute Friends
by John Le Carre (Little, Brown)

All the Flowers are Dying
by Lawrence Block (Morrow)

Beautiful Ghosts
by Eliot Pattison (Minotaur Books)

The Big Over Easy
by Jasper Fforde (Viking)

Bone Mountain
by Eliot Pattison (St. Martin's Minotaur)

The Broker
by John Grisham (Doubleday Books)

Creation in Death
by J.D. Robb (Putnam)

Every Secret Thing
by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

The Full Cupboard of Life
by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon)

Just Take My Heart
by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster)

Killer Smile
by Lisa Scottoline (HarperCollins)

The Last Juror
by John Grisham (Doubleday)

The Last Spymaster
by Gayle Lynds (St. Martin's Press)

Lost Light
by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

Map of Bones
by James Rollins (William Morrow)

R is for Ricochet
by Sue Grafton (Putnam)

Sandstorm
by James Rollins (William Morrow)

Split Second
by David Baldacci (Warner Books)

The Templar Legacy
by Steve Berry (Ballantine)

The Zero Game
by Brad Meltzer (Warner Books)

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Fantasy/SF/Horror


American Gods
by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

Blood Canticle
by Anne Rice (Knopf)

The Burning Land
by Victoria Strauss (Eos)

The Children of Hurin
by J. R. R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin)

Counterfeit Kings
by Adam Connell (Phobos)

The Devil's Armor
by John Marco (DAW)

For a Few Demons More
by Kim Harrison (HarperCollins)

Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2)
by Angie Sage (Katherine Tegan Books)

Forever Odd
by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

The Harlequin
by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Berkley)

A Hat Full of Sky
by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

Haunted
by Kelley Armstrong (Bantam Spectra)

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown)

Impossible Odds
by Dave Duncan (Eos)

The Lake House
by James Patterson (Warner Books)

Monstrous Regiment
by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

Ringworld's Children
by Larry Niven (Tor Books)

Seduced by Moonlight
by Laurell K. Hamilton (Ballantine)

Sword of Angels
by John Marco (DAW)

The Wee, Free Men
by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

The Wizard Hunters
by Martha Wells (Eos)

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General Fiction


Bangkok 8
by John Burdett (Knopf)

The Choice
by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central)

Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier (Vintage)

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
by Mitch Albom (Hyperion)

A Good Year
by Peter Mayle (Knopf)

The Lady and the Unicorn
by Tracy Chevalier (Dutton)

Lipstick Jungle
by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion)

Nineteen Minutes
by Jodi Picoult (Atria)

Playing for Pizza
by John Grisham (Dutton)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid (Harcourt)

Sarah
by Marek Halter (Crown Books)

Shalimar the Clown
by Salman Rushdie (Random House)

The Tenth Circle
by Jodi Picoult (Atria)

Thirteen Moons
by Charles Frazier (Random House)

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)

Trading Up
by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion)

Wedding in December
by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown)

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Nonfiction


1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story
by Peter Lance (ReganBooks)

AD/HD: Helping Your Child
by Warren Umansky, Ph.D. and Barbara Steinberg Smalley (Warner Books)

Call Me Crazy
by Anne Heche (Washington Square Press)

Confessions of an Heiress
by Paris Hilton (Simon & Schuster)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss (Gotham Books)

French Women Don't Get Fat
by Mireille Guiliano (Knopf)

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
by Mahmood Mamdani (Pantheon)

The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth
by Barbara Seaman (Hyperion)

He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (Simon Spotlight Entertainment)

How to Break Your Addiction to a Person
by Howard Halpern (Bantam)

How to Talk to A Liberal (If You Must)
by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum)

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
by Julie Powell (Little, Brown)

My Life
by Bill Clinton (Knopf)

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
by Alexandra Robbins (Hyperion)

The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
by Richard Zacks (Hyperion)

Trump: How to Get Rich
by Donald J. Trump and Meredith McIver (Random House)

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963
by Robert Dallek (Warner Books)

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
by John W. Dean (Little, Brown)

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Romance and Women's Fiction


Beyond Seduction
by Stephanie Laurens (Avon)

The Book of Trouble
by Ann Marlowe (Harcourt)

Boy Meets Girl
by Meg Cabot (Avon)

Carpe Demon
by Julie Kenner (Berkley)

The Color of Death
by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow)

Dark Demon
by Christine Feehan (Jove)

The Holiday Present
by Johanna Lindsey (Avon)

Into the Storm
by Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine)

A Kiss of Fate
by Mary Jo Putney (Ballantine)

Lady in Red
by Karen Hawkins (Avon)

The Lady Chosen
by Stephanie Laurens (Avon)

Material Girl
by Julia London (Berkley)

One Kiss From You
by Christina Dodd (Avon)

The Reluctant Suitor
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (William Morrow)

Shadow Touch
by Marjorie M. Liu (LoveSpell)

The Summer I Dared
by Barbara Delinsky (Scribner)

Tiger Eye
by Marjorie M. Liu (LoveSpell)

Twelve Times Blessed
by Jacquelyn Mitchard (HarperCollins)

Yours Until Dawn
by Teresa Medeiros (Avon)

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