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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

Hardcover

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez - Animals , Fiction, Friendship, Literary, Loss

Riverhead Books | 9780735219441 | Published February 6, 2018

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.

The Gate Keeper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd - Crime, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

William Morrow | 9780062678713 | Published February 6, 2018

A restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, when he narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet. She swears she didn’t kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man’s face. Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades Scotland Yard to give him the inquiry. But is he seeking justice --- or fleeing painful memories in London? When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson - Family, Fiction, Literary, Love & Marriage, Suspense, Thriller

Touchstone | 9781501172090 | Published February 6, 2018

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At 21, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side. Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic 17-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch - Crime, Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

G. P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399167508 | Published February 6, 2018

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. She is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family and to locate his missing teenage daughter. Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the U.S.S. Libra, a spaceship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence. Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future seeking evidence. To her horror, she witnesses the Terminus --- the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself --- rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - Fiction, Women's Fiction

St. Martin's Press | 9780312577230 | Published February 6, 2018

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit. From the author who brought you the phenomenon of THE NIGHTINGALE.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai by Elizabeth Flock - Culture, Current Affairs, Family, Lifestyles , Love & Marriage, Marriage, Nonfiction, Popular Culture, Relationships, Religion, Social Issues, Technology

Harper | 9780062456489 | Published February 6, 2018

In 21st-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class and religion are influencing the nation’s development, so too are pop culture and technology --- an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage. THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA introduces three middle-class couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways. Though these couples are at different stages in their lives and come from diverse religious backgrounds, their stories build on one another to present a layered, nuanced and fascinating mosaic of the universal challenges, possibilities and promise of matrimony in its present state, as well as an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition.

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara - Family, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Lifestyles , Literary, Relationships, Sex, Sexuality, Social Issues

Ecco | 9780062676979 | Published February 6, 2018

Burned by a traumatic past, 17-year-old Angel is new to New York City drag, to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. She and her love Hector thus form the House of Xtravaganza, the first all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must bear the responsibility of tending to their house alone. As mother of the house, she recruits Venus, a whip-fast trans girl who dreams of finding a rich man to take care of her; Juanito, a quiet boy who loves fabrics and design; and Daniel, a butch queen who accidentally saves Venus’s life. The Xtravaganzas must learn to navigate sex work, addiction and persistent abuse, leaning on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them. All are ambitious, resilient and determined to control their own fates, even as they hurtle toward devastating consequences.

The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration: The City that Transformed a Nation by Don Jordan - Culture, English, History, Leadership, Nonfiction

Pegasus Books | 9781681776385 | Published February 6, 2018

During the reign of Charles II, London was a city in flux. After years of civil war and political turmoil, it became the center for major advances in all fields, paving the way for the British Empire. At the heart of it all was the King, whose return to power from exile lit the fuse for an explosion in activity in all spheres of city life. London flourished, its wealth, vibrancy and success due to many figures famous today --- and others whom history has overlooked until now. Throughout the quarter-century Charles was on the throne, London suffered several serious reverses: the plague in 1665, the Great Fire in 1666, and severe defeat in the Second Anglo-Dutch War. But thanks to the genius and resilience of the people of London, and the occasionally wavering stewardship of the King, the city rose from the ashes to become the economic capital of Europe.

The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer - Family, Lifestyles , Memoir, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Spiritual Warfare

Flatiron Books | 9781250058911 | Published February 6, 2018

Texas, 1892: Bryan Mealer’s great-grandfather’s luck runs out when the family loses their farm in the face of one of the biggest oil booms in American history. They settle in Big Spring, where fast fortunes are being made from oil reserves. For the next two generations, the Mealers live on the margins of poverty, and tragedies scatter them like tumbleweed. After embracing Pentecostalism during the Great Depression, they rely on their faith to steel them against hardship and despair. But for young Bobby Mealer, the author’s father, religion is only an agent for rebellion. In 1981, when the author is seven years old, Bobby receives a call from an old friend with promises of wealth should he return to Big Spring, which he left years ago. As Bobby soon discovers, his return to Big Spring is a backslider’s journey into a spiritual wilderness, and one that could cost him his life.

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú - Autobiography, Culture, Current Affairs, International Relations, Politics, Social Issues

Riverhead Books | 9780735217713 | Published February 6, 2018

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story.

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers - Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. | 9781496407900 | Published February 6, 2018

Successful LA artist Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together...until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship --- and both their lives --- forever.

The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers by Martin Doyle - Economics, Environment, History, Natural History, Politics

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393242355 | Published February 6, 2018

In this fresh and powerful work of environmental history, Martin Doyle tells the epic story of America and its rivers, from the U.S. Constitution’s roots in interstate river navigation, the origins of the Army Corps of Engineers, the discovery of gold in 1848, and the construction of the Hoover Dam and the TVA during the New Deal, to the failure of the levees in Hurricane Katrina and the water wars in the west. Along the way, he explores how rivers have often been the source of arguments at the heart of the American experiment --- over federalism, sovereignty and property rights, taxation, regulation, conservation and development.

The Storm King by Brendan Duffy - Crime, Fiction, Literary, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Ballantine Books | 9780804178143 | Published February 6, 2018

After a devastating tragedy, Nate McHale left his Adirondack hometown of Greystone Lake and never looked back. 14 years later, he’s become a respected New York City surgeon, devoted husband, and loving father. Then a body is discovered deep in the forests that surround the lake. This disturbing news finally draws Nate home. He reconnects with estranged friends and old enemies, and encounters strangers who seem to know impossible things about him. Haunting every moment is the Lake’s sinister history and the memory of Lucy Bennett, with whom Nate is forever linked. As a massive hurricane bears down, escalating acts of violence echo events from Nate’s own past. Without a doubt, a reckoning is coming --- one that will lay bare the lies that friends have told themselves and unleash a vengeance that may consume them all.

The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel - Crime, Family, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781455541119 | Published February 6, 2018

40-year-old widow Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads an uneventful life in Copenhagen. But when her father --- who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago --- dies, leaving her his funeral home in Racine, Wisconsin in his will, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to get there. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, she plans to visit the funeral home and go through her father's things before preparing the business for a quick sale. But when she stumbles on an unsolved murder, and a killer who seems to still be very much alive, the undertaker's daughter realizes she might be in over her head...

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell - Fiction, Mystery

Gallery Books | 9781501181221 | Published February 6, 2018

It is the summer of 1956, and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the slightly ramshackle boarding house run by her moody, unpredictable mother. But Betty’s world is upended when a string of brutal murders brings London’s press corps flooding into the village, many of whom find lodging at the Hotel Eden. She is instantly transfixed by one of the reporters, the mysterious and strangely aloof Mr. Gallagher --- and he, fully twice her age, seems equally transfixed by her.
The Unforgotten by Laura Powell - Crime, Fiction, Relationships, Thriller

Gallery Books | 9781501181221 | Published February 6, 2018

1956: 15-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the ramshackle boarding house run by her moody, unpredictable mother. But Betty’s world is upended when a string of brutal murders brings London’s press corps flooding into the village, many of whom find lodging at the hotel. She is instantly transfixed by one of the reporters, the mysterious and strangely aloof Mr. Gallagher --- and he, fully twice her age, seems equally transfixed by her. The unlikely relationship that blooms between them is as overlaid with longing and desire as it is with impropriety and even menace. As the death toll rises, Betty and Mr. Gallagher are forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives --- and the life of an innocent man --- forever.

The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook - Adventure, Animals , Family, Fiction, Loss, Relationships, Western

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316434959 | Published February 6, 2018

Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther mauls a young girl named Samantha and kills her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half-brother Benjamin --- the story’s narrator --- survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred. With unshakeable resolve, Samantha vows to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death. In their quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with troubled family ties to the preacher and a score to settle.

A Dangerous Crossing by Ausma Zehanat Khan - Crime, Current Affairs, Fiction, International Intrigue, Mystery, Thriller

Minotaur Books | 9781250096760 | Published February 13, 2018

Inspector Esa Khattak’s childhood friend calls him in distress: his sister, Audrey, has vanished from a Greek island where the siblings run an NGO for Syrian refugees. She is implicated in the double-murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who had fled the war in Syria. Tracing Audrey’s last movements, Esa and Sergeant Rachel Getty meet volunteers and refugees --- one of whom is involved in a search for a girl whose disappearance may be connected to their investigation. The arrival of Sehr Ghilzai --- a former prosecutor who now handles refugee claims for Audrey’s NGO --- further complicates the matter for Esa, as his feelings towards her remain unresolved. With Interpol at their heels, Esa and Rachel wonder: Had Audrey been on the edge of a dangerous discovery --- one which ultimately put a target on her own back?

A Grave Issue: A Funeral Parlor Mystery by Lillian Bell - Crime, Fiction, Lifestyles , Loss, Mystery

Crooked Lane Books | 9781683314905 | Published February 13, 2018

After jeopardizing her career, journalist Desiree Turner retreats home to Verbena, California, where she begins presiding over funerals for her great-grandfather’s funeral parlor. But action seems to follow her: a fistfight breaks out between neighbors Rosemarie Brewer and Lola Hansen at one of the first funerals she’s in charge of. Rosemarie’s husband, Alan, is found murdered shortly after; Lola’s husband, Kyle, is immediately arrested. Desiree, whose own father’s death was devastating, has always viewed Kyle as a second father. Determined to clear his name, Desiree jumps head first into the investigation and quickly discovers that Alan had several unsavory habits at his job and in his personal life. People murder for money and love all the time, and there’s no telling who he offended just enough to push them over the edge.

A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories by Scott O'Connor - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Stories

Gallery/Scout Press | 9781507204054 | Published February 13, 2018

Welcome to the often overlooked corners of sun-bleached California, away from the Hollywood spotlight and nestled in the sometimes lush, sometimes decaying suburbs: where a teenaged bicycle thief searches for a kidnapped boy, a young musician emerges as the lone survivor of a building collapse, and the weekday routine at a neighborhood coffee shop is shattered by a deadly gang shootout. As these characters search for meaning and redemption, their lives intersect in unexpected ways, through moments of wrenching tragedy, humanity, and grace.

Don't Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin - Culture, Fiction, Lifestyles , Literary, Mind & Body, Personal Growth, Sports

Harper Perennial | 9780062684455 | Published February 13, 2018

Horace Hopper has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch, but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese, the aging ranchers, took him in and treated him like a son, intending to leave the ranch in his hands. But Horace, ashamed not only of his half-Paiute, half-Irish heritage, but also of the fact his parents did not want him, feels as if he doesn’t belong on the ranch, or anywhere. Knowing he needs to make a name for himself, he decides to leave the only loving home he’s known to prove his worth as a championship boxer. Reinventing himself as Hector Hildago, he heads to Tucson and begins training and entering fights. His journey brings him to boxing rings across the Southwest and Mexico and finally, to the streets of Las Vegas, where Horace learns he can’t change who he is or outrun his destiny.

Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman - Adventure, Fiction, Literary, Thriller

Knopf | 9780385352994 | Published February 13, 2018

In 1938, two rival expeditions descend on an ancient temple recently discovered in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location there, the other to disassemble the temple and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues, and 20 years later a rogue CIA agent sets out to exploit it for his own ends, unaware that the temple is a locus of conspiracies far grander than anyone could ever have guessed. Shot through with insanity, intrigue, ingenuity and adventure, showcasing Beauman's anarchic humor, spectacular imagination and riveting prose, MADNESS IS BETTER THAN DEFEAT teases, absorbs, entertains and dazzles in equal measure.

Mrs. by Caitlin Macy - Crime, Culture, Current Affairs, Fiction, Lifestyles , Marriage, Social Issues

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316434157 | Published February 13, 2018

Despite a shadowy past, Philippa Lye has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. Her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, yet she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture. Then, into her precariously balanced life, comes Gwen Hogan, a childhood acquaintance who uncovers an explosive secret about Philippa's single days, and Minnie Curtis, a newcomer whose vast fortune and frank revelations about a poor upbringing in Spanish Harlem put everyone on alert. When Gwen's husband, a prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office, finds the connection between Philippa's past and the criminal investigation he is pursuing, this insulated society is forced to confront the rot at its core and the price it has paid to survive into the new millennium.

Night Moves: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman - Crime, Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Ballantine Books | 9780345541468 | Published February 13, 2018

Knowing there are crimes experience cannot solve alone, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis calls on psychologist Alex Delaware to assist at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal. There’s no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, no immediate means of identification, and no telling why the corpse has appeared in an upscale L.A. family’s home. The Corvins are certain the John Doe is unknown to them, yet their cooperation seems guarded. And that’s more than Milo and Alex can elicit from the Corvins’ creepy next-door neighbor --- a notorious, antisocial cartoonist. As Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest --- and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets --- a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed and shattered trust is exposed.

Olympus Bound by Jordanna Max Brodsky - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology

Orbit | 9780316385947 | Published February 13, 2018

Summer in New York: a golden hour on the city streets, but a dark time for Selene. She's lost her home and the man she loves. A cult hungry for ancient power has kidnapped her father and targeted her friends. To save them, Selene must face the past she's been running from --- a past that stretches back millennia, to when the faithful called her Huntress. Moon Goddess. Artemis. With the pantheon at her side, Selene must journey back to the seat of her immortal power: from the streets of Rome and the temples of Athens --- to the heights of Mount Olympus itself.