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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.

March 2020

A Good Neighborhood (Audiobook) written by Therese Anne Fowler, read by Adenrele Ojo - Fiction

Macmillan Audio | 9781250260109 | Published March 10, 2020

In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door --- an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter. With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

Hardcover

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Ballantine Books | 9780399181894 | Published March 3, 2020

When 70-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the “Become a Jetsetter” contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children. She yearns for the years when they were young, when she was a single mother who meant everything to them. When Charlotte wins the contest, the family packs their baggage --- both literal and figurative --- and spends 10 days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed and old wounds are reopened, forcing the Perkins family to confront the forces that drove them apart and the defining choices of their lives.

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler - Fiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250237279 | Published March 10, 2020

In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door --- an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter. With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell - Fiction, Women's Fiction

William Morrow | 9780062941503 | Published March 10, 2020

2000. Bright, ambitious and yearning for adulthood, 15-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful 42-year-old English teacher. 2017. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager --- and who professed to worship only her --- may be far different from what she has always believed?

The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne - Fiction, Women's Fiction

HQN | 9781335045164 | Published March 17, 2020

When Olivia Harper hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident, she heads home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast. But then the painful memories start flooding back: Natalie, her vibrant, passionate older sister who downward-spiraled into addiction. The fights with her mother who enabled her sister at every turn. The overdose that took Natalie, leaving her now-teenaged daughter, Caitlin, an orphan. As Liv tries to balance her own needs with those of her injured mother and an obstinate, resentful 15-year-old, it becomes clear that all three Harper women have been keeping heartbreaking secrets from one another.

Paperback

Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks by Ron Rapoport - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

Hachette Books | 9780316318624 | Published March 3, 2020

Ernie Banks, the first-ballot Hall of Famer and All-Century Team shortstop, is remembered best for his signature phrase "Let's play two," which has entered the American lexicon and exemplifies the enthusiasm that endeared him to fans everywhere. But his public display of good cheer was a mask that hid a deeply conflicted, melancholy and often quite lonely man. LET’S PLAY TWO is based on numerous conversations with Banks and on interviews with more than a hundred of his family members, teammates, friends and associates, as well as oral histories, court records, and thousands of other documents and sources. Together, they explain how Banks was so different from the caricature he created for the public.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir by T Kira Madden - Memoir, Nonfiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635574760 | Published March 3, 2020

Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight. As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, but under the surface was a wild instability. The only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing a culture of assault and objectification, she found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls.

Radicalized by Cory Doctorow - Fiction, Science Fiction

Tor Books | 9781250229250 | Published March 3, 2020

RADICALIZED is comprised of four sci-fi novellas connected by social, technological and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. “Unauthorized Bread” is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting to survive and prosper. In “Model Minority,” a Superman-like figure attempts to rectifiy police corruption, only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims. “Radicalized” is a story of a darkweb-enforced violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife's terminal cancer. The fourth story, “Masque of the Red Death,” takes on issues of survivalism versus community.

The Last Act by Brad Parks - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Dutton | 9781524746513 | Published March 3, 2020

Tommy Jump is an out-of-work stage actor approached by the FBI with the role of a lifetime: Go undercover at a federal prison, impersonate a convicted felon, and befriend a fellow inmate --- a disgraced banker named Mitchell Dupree, who knows the location of documents that can be used to bring down a ruthless drug cartel…if only he’d tell the FBI where they are. Using a false name and backstory, Tommy enters the low-security prison and begins the process of befriending Dupree. But he soon realizes he’s underestimated the enormity of his task and the terrifying reach of the cartel. The FBI isn’t the only one looking for the documents, and if Tommy doesn’t play his role to perfection, it just may be his last act.

The River by Peter Heller - Adventure, Fiction

Vintage | 9780525563532 | Published March 3, 2020

Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books and fishing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But the next day, a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? If so, where is the woman?

The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona - Fiction

Penguin Books | 9780525558545 | Published March 3, 2020

A small boy speaking an unknown language is abandoned by his father at an international airport, with only the clothes on his back and a handful of money jammed in the pocket of his coat. So begins THE VOLUNTEER. But in order to understand this heartbreaking and indefensible decision, the story must return to the moment, decades earlier, when a young man named Vollie Frade, almost on a whim, enlists in the United States Marine Corps to fight in Vietnam. Breaking definitively from his rural Iowan parents, Vollie puts in motion an unimaginable chain of events, which sees him go to work for insidious people with intentions he cannot yet grasp.

We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood by Tom Phelan - Memoir, Nonfiction

Gallery Books | 9781501197109 | Published March 3, 2020

Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland. WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN’T KNOW IT recounts Tom’s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife.

When All Is Said by Anne Griffin - Fiction

Picador | 9781250251336 | Published March 3, 2020

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual --- though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories --- of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice --- the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.

The Parade by Dave Eggers - Fiction

Penguin | 9780241986271 | Published March 5, 2020

An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice, the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence.

Desert Redemption: A Lena Jones Mystery by Betty Webb - Fiction, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464210976 | Published March 10, 2020

When Chelsea, the ex-wife of Harold Slow Horse, joins a "new thought" organization called Kanati, Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones begins to investigate. She soon learns that two communes have sprung up nearby in the Arizona desert. The participants at EarthWay follow a rigorous dietary regime that could threaten the health of its back-to-the-land inhabitants, while the more pleasure-loving folk at Kanati are dining on sumptuous French cuisine. After finding an emaciated woman's body in the desert, Lena's memory is jolted back to that horrible night when her father and younger brother were among those murdered by a cult leader named Abraham, who then vanished. Lena begins to wonder if either EarthWay or Kanati could be linked to that night, and to her own near-death.

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library by Edward Wilson-Lee - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Scribner | 9781982111403 | Published March 10, 2020

THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS tells the story of the first and greatest visionary of the print age, a man who saw how the explosive expansion of knowledge and information generated by the advent of the printing press would entirely change the landscape of thought and society. He also happened to be Christopher Columbus’ illegitimate son. At the peak of the Age of Exploration, while his father sailed across the ocean to explore the boundaries of the known world, Hernando Colón sought to surpass Columbus’ achievements by building a library that would encompass the world and include “all books, in all languages and on all subjects.”

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Scribner | 9781501154867 | Published March 10, 2020

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. Little do they know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcée Who Became the Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Atria Books | 9781501198458 | Published March 10, 2020

When Prince Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, no one thought the affair would last. But when the prince became king, he announced that he wanted to marry the American divorcee, and Wallis was accused of entrapping the prince in a seductive web in order to achieve her audacious ambition to be queen. After declaring that he could not rule without the woman he loved at his side, the king gave up his throne, and his family banished him and his new wife from England. The couple spent the rest of their days in exile, but happy in their devoted love for each other. Now, Anna Pasternak’s THE REAL WALLIS SIMPSON tells a different story: that Wallis was the victim of the abdication, not the villain.

The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story by Cara Robertson - History, Nonfiction, True Crime

Simon & Schuster | 9781501168390 | Published March 10, 2020

When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple’s younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone --- rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople --- had an opinion about Lizzie Borden’s guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn’t she?

Halibut on the Moon by David Vann - Fiction

Grove Press | 9780802148315 | Published March 17, 2020

Middle-aged and deeply depressed, Jim arrives in California from Alaska and surrenders himself to the care of his brother Gary, who intends to watch over him. Swinging unpredictably from manic highs to extreme lows, Jim wanders ghost-like through the remains of his old life attempting to find meaning in his tattered relationships with family and friends. As sessions with his therapist become increasingly combative and his connections to others seem ever more tenuous, Jim is propelled forward by his thoughts, which have the potential to lead him, despairingly, to his end.

In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder - Fiction

St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250252944 | Published March 17, 2020

The Brennans --- parents Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby --- have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart, Tasmania, to subtropical Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they're still adjusting to work, school and life in a sprawling purple clapboard house, when tragedy strikes one morning. In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who's to blame? Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah --- his innocence lost --- faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami - Fiction, Mystery

Vintage | 9780525436034 | Published March 17, 2020

Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efrain, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, a former classmate of Nora and a veteran of the Iraq war; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

St. Martin's Press | 9781250251312 | Published March 17, 2020

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her 15-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. One morning, though, she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT? Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other --- secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built.

The Wall by John Lanchester - Dystopian, Fiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393357776 | Published March 17, 2020

Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very much like our own has built the Wall --- an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and are a constant threat. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself. Beset by cold, loneliness and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders. A dark part of him wonders if it would be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if he had to fight for his life.

Unto Us a Son is Given: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon - Fiction, Mystery

Grove Press | 9780802148384 | Published March 17, 2020

Count Orazio Falier urges his son-in-law, Guido Brunetti, to investigate --- and preferably intervene in --- the seemingly innocent plan of the Count’s best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodríguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would then be heir to Gonzalo’s entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo’s friends find appalling. Gonzalo unexpectedly drops dead on the street, and one of his friends who just arrived in Venice for the memorial service is strangled in her hotel room. Now with an urgent case to solve, Brunetti reluctantly untangles the long-hidden mystery in Gonzalo’s life that ultimately led to murder --- a resolution that brings him way more pain than satisfaction.