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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.

February 2018


A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando - Crime, Fiction, Justice , Law, Politics, Racism, Social Issues, Thriller

Harper | 9780062657800 | Published February 6, 2018

When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of a pre-eminent black fraternity, is discovered hogtied in a Suwanee River Valley swamp, a fellow student, Mark Towson, president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime. Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest and a sensational media, Townson’s defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher. As he navigates twist and turns, Jack becomes increasingly convinced that his client may himself be the victim of a criminal plan more sinister than the case presented by the state attorney. Risking his own reputation, this principled man who has devoted his life to the law plunges headfirst into the darkest recesses of the South’s past, and its murky present, to uncover answers and bring much-needed justice to Suwanee County.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones - Fiction

Algonquin Books | 978-1616201340 | Published February 6, 2018

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner - Family, Fiction, Health, Historical Fiction, Loss, Motherhood, Tragedy

Berkley | 9780399585968 | Published February 6, 2018

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters --- Evelyn, Maggie and Willa --- a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than 12,000 victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without --- and what they are willing to do about it.

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday - Coming of Age, Fiction, Literary, Racism, Romance, Social Issues

Simon & Schuster | 9781501166761 | Published February 6, 2018

ASYMMETRY explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations in three sections. The first section, “Folly,” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with a famous and much older writer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected New York romance that takes place during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. By contrast, “Madness” is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.

Beautiful Days: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates - Fiction, Short Stories, Social Issues

Ecco | 9780062795786 | Published February 6, 2018

The diverse stories of Joyce Carol Oates’s BEAUTIFUL DAYS explore the most secret, intimate and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological and moral boundaries that govern our behavior --- until the hour when they do not.

Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August written by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Jefferson Chase - Culture, History, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Sports, World History

Other Press | 9781590519295 | Published February 6, 2018

Berlin 1936 takes the reader through the 16 days of the Olympiad, describing the events in the German capital through the eyes of a select cast of characters --- Nazi leaders and foreign diplomats, sportsmen and journalists, writers and socialites, nightclub owners and jazz musicians. While the events in the Olympic stadium, such as when an American tourist breaks through the security and manages to kiss Hitler, provide the focus and much of the drama, it also considers the lives of ordinary Berliners. During the games the Nazi dictatorship was in many ways put on hold, and BERLIN 1936 offers a last glimpse of the vibrant and diverse life in the German capital in the 1920s and 30s that the Nazis wanted to destroy.

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi - Adventure, Fiction, Lifestyles , Literary, Love & Romance, Literature

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 9780544944602 | Published February 6, 2018

Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are Zebra’s only companions --- until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death and her obsession with history. He thinks she’s unhinged; she thinks he’s pedantic. Neither are wrong; neither can let the other go. They push and pull their way across the Mediterranean, wondering with each turn if their love, or lust, can free Zebra from her past.

Daphne by Will Boast - Fiction, Literary, Love & Romance, Mind & Body, Mythology, Retelling

Liveright | 9781631493034 | Published February 6, 2018

Born with a rare (and real) condition in which she suffers degrees of paralysis when faced with intense emotion, Daphne has few close friends and even fewer lovers. Like her mythic namesake, even one touch can freeze her. But when Daphne meets shy, charming Ollie, her well-honed defenses falter, and she’s faced with an impossible choice: cling to her pristine, manicured isolation or risk the recklessness of real intimacy. Set against the vivid backdrop of a San Francisco flush with money and pulsing with protest, Daphne is a gripping and tender modern fable --- a reimagining of the myth of Daphne and Apollo --- that explores both self-determination and the perpetual fight between love and safety.

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler - Autobiography, Christian Living, Health, Inspirational, Lifestyles , Memoir, Mind & Body, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Spiritual Growth

Random House | 9780399592065 | Published February 6, 2018

Kate Bowler specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as His disapproval. At 35, everything in her life seems to point toward “blessing.” She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son. Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to realize that she has been tacitly subscribing to the prosperity gospel; even as it celebrates the American can-do spirit, it implies that if you “can’t do” and succumb to illness or misfortune, you are a failure. What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason? Kate is stripped of this certainty only to discover that without it, life is hard but beautiful in a way it never has been before.

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith - Collection, Culture, Essays, Literary, Nonfiction, Politics, Social Issues

Penguin Press | 9781594206252 | Published February 6, 2018

Arranged into five sections --- In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf and Feel Free --- FEEL FREE poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network --- and Facebook itself --- really about? Why do we love libraries? What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as "Joy" and "Find Your Beach," FEEL FREE offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith's own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, this is literary journalism at its zenith.

Force of Nature by Jane Harper - Fiction, Mystery, Nature, Police Procedural

Flatiron Books | 9781250105639 | Published February 6, 2018

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry - Family, Fiction, Love & Marriage, Thriller

Henry Holt and Co. | 9780805098747 | Published February 6, 2018

David and Caroline Connolly are swimming successfully through their marriage’s middle years --- raising kids; caring for David’s ailing mother; leaning into their careers, both at David’s university teaching job and at the ad agency where Caroline has recently returned to work after maternity leave. The recent stresses of home renovation and of a brief romantic betrayal (Caroline’s) are behind them. The Connollys know and care for each other deeply. Then one early fall afternoon, a student of sublime, waiflike beauty appears in David’s office and says, “I think you might be my father.” And the fact of a youthful passion that David had tried to forget comes rushing back. In this intriguing young woman, the Connollys may have a chance to expand who they are and how much they can love, or they may be making themselves vulnerable to menace.

Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling - Family, Fiction, Friendship, Literary

Twelve | 9781455541911 | Published February 6, 2018

In an idyllic suburb, four young families quickly form a neighborhood clique, their friendships based on little more than the ages of their children and a shared sense of camaraderie. When one of the couples, Paige and Gene Edwards, adopt a four-year-old girl from Russia, the group's loyalty and morality is soon called into question. Are the Edwards unkind to their new daughter? Or is she a difficult child with hidden destructive tendencies? As the seams of the group friendship slowly unravel, neighbor Nicole Westerhof finds herself drawn further into the life of the adopted girl, forcing Nicole to re-examine the deceptive nature of her own family ties, and her complicity in the events unfolding around her.

Halfway by Tom Macher - Autobiography, Coming of Age, Friendship, Lifestyles , Memoir, Nonfiction, Social Issues

Scribner | 9781501112607 | Published February 6, 2018

In his late teens Tom Macher rebelled against a world that seemed stacked against him. Raised in a broken family and estranged from an absentee father suffering with AIDS, Macher turned to alcohol to escape the painful loneliness of his reality. In quick succession, he is kicked out of school, and then his mother’s house, sent to a boys’ home in Montana, and later, a halfway house in a truck-stop town of Louisiana. It was there that Macher encounters a community of young men struggling to survive --- outcasts and thieves, liars and ex-cons, men seeking redemption, men running from the past. As he moves further away from boyhood and embraces a hard-won sobriety, these men --- the broken, the hardscrabble, the near gone --- become his salvation.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lifestyles , Love & Romance, Personal Growth

Viking | 9780525522874 | Published February 6, 2018

Tom Hazard may look like an ordinary man, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. He has lived history --- from performing with Shakespeare to sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher --- the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell - Autobiography, Inspirational, Lifestyles , Memoir, Nonfiction

Knopf | 9780525520221 | Published February 6, 2018

I AM, I AM, I AM is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter --- for whom this book was written --- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. 17 discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty and mysteries of life itself.

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner - Crime, Fiction, Justice , Suspense, Thriller

Dutton | 9781524742058 | Published February 6, 2018

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner - Crime, Fiction, Justice , Suspense, Thriller

Dutton | 9781524742058 | Published February 6, 2018

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one --- a 16-year-old girl --- missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case --- but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me. Detective D. D. Warren and FIND HER’s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life...or bring her to justice.

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Knopf | 9781524733353 | Published February 6, 2018

Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking 19 lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach's mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter's parents, holding them responsible for their son's actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness.

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth - Adventure, Family, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Loss, Racism

Harper | 9780062690968 | Published February 6, 2018

In 1885 colonial Australia, a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family. When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival. But returning home from an afternoon at a waterhole, young Tommy and Billy meet with tragedy. Thirsting for vengeance against the man they believe has wronged them --- their former Aboriginal stockman --- the distraught brothers turn to the ruthless and cunning John Sullivan, who gathers a posse led by Inspector Edmund Noone and his Queensland Native Police, charged with the "dispersal" of indigenous Australians to "protect" white settler rights. As they ride across the barren outback in pursuit, their harsh and horrifying journey will have a devastating impact on Tommy --- and will hold enduring consequences for a young country struggling to come into its own.

Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon - Art, Fiction, Literary, Loss, Love & Romance, Photography, Tragedy, Women’s Issues

Scribner | 9781501169588 | Published February 6, 2018

Lu Rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet --- working three jobs, caring for her aging father, and worrying that the crumbling warehouse she lives in is being sold to developers. One day, in the background of a self-portrait, Lu accidentally captures on film a boy falling past her window to his death. The photograph turns out to be startlingly gorgeous. It’s an image that could change her life, but the decision to show the photograph is not easy. The boy is her neighbors’ son, and the tragedy brings all the building’s residents together. It especially unites Lu with his beautiful grieving mother, Kate. As the two forge an intense bond, Lu feels increasingly unsettled and guilty, torn between using the photograph to advance her career, and protecting a woman she has come to love.

Semiosis by Sue Burke - Environment, Fiction, Science Fiction

Tor Books | 9780765391353 | Published February 6, 2018

Human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance in SEMIOSIS, a character driven science fiction novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke. Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches...and waits... Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.

The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust by Laura Smith - Adventure, Autobiography, Biography, History, Marriage, Memoir

Viking | 9780399563584 | Published February 6, 2018

At 25, as her wedding date approached, Laura Smith began to feel trapped by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free. Laura wanted her life and marriage to be different. And she found in the strangely captivating story of another restless young woman determined to live without constraints both an enticement and a challenge. Barbara Newhall Follett was a free-spirited trailblazer who published her first novel at 11, enlisted as a deck hand on a boat bound for the south China seas at 15 and was one of the first women to hike the Appalachian Trail. Then in December 1939, not much older than Laura, she walked out of her apartment on a quiet tree-lined street in Brookline, leaving behind a fraying marriage, and vanished without a trace. Obsessed by her story, Laura set off to find out what had happened.

The Bookworm by Mitch Silver - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, International Intrigue, Love & Marriage, Thriller

Pegasus Books | 9781681776415 | Published February 6, 2018

Europe, 1940: Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into a monastery at just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. That night, the ersatz man of the cloth adds an old leather Bible to the monastery’s library and then escapes. London, 2017: A construction worker discovers a skeletal arm-bone with a rusty handcuff attached to the wrist. Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelovg Klimt (“Lara the Bookworm” to her friends) knows it’s all that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack. She will make sense of it all --- and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent. She’s also experiencing some woeful marital troubles...

The Deceivers by Alex Berenson - Fiction, International Intrigue, Suspense, Thriller

G. P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399176166 | Published February 6, 2018

The target was the American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks. The FBI had told Ahmed Shakir that his drug bust would go away if he helped them, and they'd supply all the weaponry, carefully removing the firing pins before the main event. It never occurred to Ahmed to doubt them, until it was too late. When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. He’s sent to Colombia, where an old asset has information to share --- and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life, an extraordinary confluence of sleeper cells, sniper teams, false flag operations, double agents high in the U.S. government --- and a Russian plot to take over the government itself. If it succeeds, what happened in Texas will be only a prelude.