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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

April 2020

Hardcover

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones - Fiction, Mystery

St. Martin's Press | 9781250149442 | Published April 7, 2020

Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff, and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of this is reminding Sunshine why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that the trouble at her daughter’s new school, and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and, well, the forecast looks anything but sunny. But even clouds have their silver linings. This one has Levi, Sunshine's sexy, almost-old-flame, and a fiery-hot US Marshal. With temperatures rising everywhere she turns, Del Sol's normally cool-minded sheriff is finding herself knee-deep in drama and danger.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen - Nonfiction, Personal Growth, Self-Help

Random House | 9780593230473 | Published April 7, 2020

In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to “get a life” --- to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. Her mother died when Quindlen was 19: “It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason.... I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted.” But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.

A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593084878 | Published April 7, 2020

In love with musical theater from a young age, Eleanor O'Hanlon memorized every show album she could get her hands on. So when she discovers an open call for one of her favorite productions, she runs off to New York City and auditions. Raw and untrained, she catches the eye of famed composer Don Mannheim, who catapults her into the leading role of his new work, "A Tender Thing," a provocative love story between a white woman and black man. As word of the production gets out, an outpouring of protest whips into a fury. When explosive secrets threaten to shatter the delicate balance of the company, and the possibility of the show itself, Eleanor must face a new reality and ultimately decide what it is she truly wants.

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez - Fiction

Algonquin Books | 9781643750255 | Published April 7, 2020

Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of AFTERLIFE, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves --- lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack --- but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

Barker House by David Moloney - Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635574166 | Published April 7, 2020

David Moloney's debut novel follows the story of nine New Hampshire correctional officers over the course of one year on the job. While veteran guards get by on what they consider survival strategies --- including sadistic power-mongering and obsessive voyeurism --- two rookies, including the only female officer on her shift, develop their own tactics for facing “the system.” Tracking their subtly intertwined lives, BARKER HOUSE reveals the precarious world of the jailers, coming to a head when the unexpected death of one in their ranks brings them together.

Broken by Don Winslow - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780062988904 | Published April 7, 2020

In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, BROKEN is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. Here, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth - Fantasy, Fiction

John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 9780358164081 | Published April 7, 2020

Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice --- catastrophic events known as Drains --- leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him. After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal…for everyone but them. On the 10th anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover that the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government or even prophecy could have foretold --- bigger than the world itself.

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Random House | 9780525511489 | Published April 7, 2020

CONJURE WOMEN is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter, Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife; and their master’s daughter, Varina. The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, who sets the townspeople alight with fear and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedom.

Diver's Paradise: A Roscoe Conklin Mystery by Davin Goodwin - Fiction, Mystery

Oceanview Publishing | 9781608093830 | Published April 7, 2020

After 25 years on the job, Detective Roscoe Conklin moves to Bonaire, a small island nestled in the southern Caribbean. But when his long-time police buddy and friend back home is murdered, Conklin calls his old department, trolling for information. It’s slow going. No surprise, there. After all, it’s an active investigation, and his compadres back home aren’t saying a word. When a suspicious mishap lands his significant other, Arabella, in the hospital, the island police conduct, at best, a sluggish investigation, stonewalling progress. Conklin questions the evidence and challenges the department’s methods. Something isn’t right. Arabella wasn’t the intended target. He was.

Fake Truth by Lee Goldberg - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542014694 | Published April 7, 2020

Author Ian Ludlow writes great adventures…but after helping Chinese movie star Wang Mei defect to the United States, he becomes the accidental hero of a real-life espionage thriller. Now he’s stuck with the actress --- and suffering a nasty case of writer’s block --- when he stumbles into a secret Russian plot using “fake news” to outrage Americans into believing a terrifying lie. It’s up to Ian and Margo French, his researcher-turned-spy, to discover the connection between a barbaric drug lord in Mexico, a homicidal maniac in California, a rogue citizen army in Texas, a raging TV pundit in New York, and two dead tourists in Portugal…before the president of the United States makes a catastrophic mistake that could resurrect the Soviet Union.

Hid from Our Eyes: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9780312606855 | Published April 7, 2020

1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death. 1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that's very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the ’50s. The only difference is that they have a suspect this time. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation. Present-day. Millers Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the ’70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he's removed from the case.

Hidden Salem: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel by Kay Hooper - Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Berkley | 9781984802897 | Published April 7, 2020

Nellie Cavendish has very good reasons to seek out her roots, and not only because she has no memory of her mother and hardly knew her father. In the eight years since her 21st birthday, very odd things have begun to happen. Crows gather near her wherever she goes, electronics short out when she touches them, and when she’s upset, really upset, it storms. At first, she chalked up the unusual happenings to coincidence, but that explanation doesn't begin to cover the vivid nightmares that torment her. She has to find out the truth. And the only starting point she has is a mysterious letter from her father delivered 10 years after his death, insisting she go to a town called Salem and risk her life to stop some unnamed evil. Before her 30th birthday.

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker - Biography, Nonfiction, Science

Doubleday | 9780385543767 | Published April 7, 2020

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their 12 children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins --- aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony --- and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the 10 Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Riverhead Books | 9780525537205 | Published April 7, 2020

Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints and the specters of a ravaged landscape, as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry and glimpses of a different kind of future.

Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington by Ted Widmer - History, Nonfiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781476739434 | Published April 7, 2020

On the eve of his 52nd birthday, the President-Elect of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, walked onto a train, the first step of his journey to the White House. But it was far from certain what he would find there. Bankrupt and rudderless, the government was on the verge of collapse. To make matters worse, reliable intelligence confirmed a conspiracy to assassinate him as he passed through Baltimore. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of the Republic hung in the balance. How did Lincoln survive this grueling odyssey, to become the president we know from the history books? LINCOLN ON THE VERGE tells the story of a leader discovering his own strength, improvising brilliantly, and seeing his country up close during these pivotal 13 days.

Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline by Loretta Lynn - Memoir, Nonfiction

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538701669 | Published April 7, 2020

Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends --- country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever, Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy's tragic and untimely death. Full of laughter and tears, this eye-opening, heartwarming memoir paints a picture of two stubborn, spirited country gals who'd be damned if they'd let men or convention tell them how to be. Set in the heady streets of the 1960s South, this nostalgia ride shows how Nashville blossomed into the city of music it is today.

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Flatiron Books | 9781250252203 | Published April 7, 2020

England, 1840. For the two decades following the death of her beloved sister, Jane, Cassandra Austen has lived alone, spending her days visiting friends and relations and quietly, purposefully working to preserve her sister’s reputation. Now in her 60s and increasingly frail, Cassandra goes to stay with the Fowles of Kintbury, family of her long-dead fiancé, in search of a trove of Jane’s letters. Dodging her hostess and a meddlesome housemaid, Cassandra eventually hunts down the letters and confronts the secrets they hold, secrets not only about Jane but about Cassandra herself. Will Cassandra bare the most private details of her life to the world, or commit her sister’s legacy to the flames?

One Fatal Flaw: A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Ballantine Books | 9780593129524 | Published April 7, 2020

When a desperate woman comes to Daniel Pitt seeking a lawyer for her boyfriend, Rob Adwell, Daniel is convinced of the young man’s innocence. Adwell has been accused of murder and of setting a fire to conceal the body, but Daniel is sure that science can absolve him --- and Miriam fford Croft is the best scientist he knows. Miriam connects Daniel with her former teacher, Sir Barnabas Saltram, an expert in arson. Together, they reveal Adwell’s innocence by proving that an accidental fire caused the victim’s death. But it’s not long before Adwell is killed in the same fiery fashion. If these deaths are, in fact, murders, what essential clue could Daniel and Miriam have missed?

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler - Fiction

Knopf | 9780525658412 | Published April 7, 2020

Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late 30s a "girlfriend") tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever.

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Atria Books | 9781982124106 | Published April 7, 2020

For the crime of stealing bread, 14-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater --- a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven. Orphaned and friendless, apprenticed to an older Sin Eater who cannot speak to her, May must make her way in a dangerous and cruel world she barely understands. When a deer heart appears on the coffin of a royal governess who did not confess to the dreadful sin it represents, the older Sin Eater refuses to eat it. She is taken to prison, tortured and killed. To avenge her death, May must find out who placed the deer heart on the coffin and why.

Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | 9781982133238 | Published April 7, 2020

An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with $20 million in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind --- a young trainer named Aaden. Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora Trier’s accounting firm to find both the thief and the money, but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner hints he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way.

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism

Redhook | 9780316419512 | Published April 7, 2020

In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to heal and help women in need; the other, determined to grasp power for themselves by whatever means necessary. This clash will play out in the fate of Annis, a young woman in Gilded Age New York who finds herself a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy. She'll need to claim her own power to save herself --- and resist succumbing to the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni - Fiction, Gothic, Horror, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780062912756 | Published April 7, 2020

It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta ”Bert” Monte receives a letter addressed to “Countess Alberta Montebianco” at her Hudson Valley, New York, home that claims she’s inherited a noble title, money and a castle in Italy. While Bert is more than a little skeptical, the mystery of her aristocratic family’s past, and the chance to escape her stressful life for a luxury holiday in Italy, is too good to pass up. At first, her inheritance seems like a dream come true. But her ancestry has a dark side, and Bert soon learns that her family history is particularly complicated. As Bert begins to unravel the Montebianco secrets, she begins to realize her true inheritance lies not in a legacy of ancestral treasures, but in her very genes.

The Astonishing Life of August March by Aaron Jackson - Fiction

Harper | 9780062939388 | Published April 7, 2020

Abandoned as an infant by his actress mother in her theater dressing room, August March was raised by an ancient laundress. Highly intelligent and a tad feral, August is a true child of the theater. But like all productions, August’s wondrous time inside the theater comes to a close, and he finds himself in the wilds of postwar New York City, where he quickly rises from pickpocket street urchin to star student at the stuffiest boarding school in the nation. To survive, August must rely upon the kindness of strangers, only some of whom have his best interests at heart. As he grows up, his heart begins to yearn for love --- which he may or may not finally find in Penny, a clever and gifted con artist.

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah - Fiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9781324003380 | Published April 7, 2020

Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter --- radicalized by the online alt-right --- attacks the school. As Afaf listens to his terrifying progress, we are swept back through her memories: the bigotry she faced as a child, her mother’s dreams of returning to Palestine, and the devastating disappearance of her older sister that tore her family apart. Still, there is the sweetness of the music from her father’s oud, and the hope and community Afaf finally finds in Islam.