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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.

December 2019


If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood by Gregg Olsen - Nonfiction, True Crime

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542005227 | Published December 1, 2019

After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle’s talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now. For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother’s dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders.

Nine Elms: A Kate Marshall Thriller by Robert Bryndza - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542005685 | Published December 1, 2019

Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly turned into a nightmare. Traumatized, betrayed and publicly vilified for the shocking circumstances surrounding the cannibal murder case, Kate could only watch as her career ended in scandal. Fifteen years after those catastrophic events, Kate is still haunted by the unquiet ghosts of her troubled past. Now a lecturer at a small coastal English university, she finally has a chance to face them, as a copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle. Success promises redemption, but there’s much more on the line: Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim…and his successor means to finish the job.

Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer by Carol Sklenicka - Biography, Nonfiction

Scribner | 9781451621310 | Published December 3, 2019

One of only four winners of the O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement, Alice Adams wove her life into her fiction and used her writing to understand the changing tides of the 20th century. Her work portrays vibrant characters both young and old who live on the edge of their emotions, absorbed by love affairs yet always determined to be independent and to fulfill their personal destinies. Carol Sklenicka integrates the drama of Adams’ deeply felt, elegantly fierce life with a cascade of events --- the civil rights and women’s movements, the ’60s counterculture and sexual freedom. This biography’s revealing analyses of Adams’ stories and novels, and extensive interviews with her family and friends, give us the definitive story of a writer often dubbed “America’s Colette.”

Anyone by Charles Soule - Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Harper Perennial | 9780062890634 | Published December 3, 2019

Inside a barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a scientist searching for an Alzheimer’s cure throws a switch --- and finds herself mysteriously transported into her husband’s body. What begins as a botched experiment will change her life --- and the world --- forever. Over two decades later, all across the planet, “flash” technology allows individuals the ability to transfer their consciousness into other bodies for specified periods, paid, registered and legal. Society has been utterly transformed by the process, from travel to warfare to entertainment. But beyond the reach of the law and government regulators is a sordid black market called the darkshare, where desperate “vessels” anonymously rent out their bodies, no questions asked, for any purpose --- sex, drugs, crime...or worse.

Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler - Fiction, Mystery

Bantam | 9780525485827 | Published December 3, 2019

When a man is found hanging upside down inside a willow tree on Hampstead Heath, surrounded by a baffling assortment of occult objects, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. Was this a botched satanic ritual pulled off by bored teenagers, a gang initiation, or the work of a mastermind with grander intentions? Bryant and May set off in search of answers. When another body is pulled from the river at dawn, it becomes clear that a killer lurks in the night. To catch him, the PCU switches to graveyard shifts, but the team still comes up short. As they explore a night city where the normal rules do not apply, they’re drawn deeper into a case that involves murder, arson, kidnapping, blackmail, loneliness and bats.

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer - Fiction, Science Fiction

MCD | 9780374276805 | Published December 3, 2019

A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose purpose remains hidden. DEAD ASTRONAUTS presents a City where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth --- all the Earths.

Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World by Richard Snow - Entertainment, History, Nonfiction

Scribner | 9781501190803 | Published December 3, 2019

One day in the early 1950s, Walt Disney stood looking over 240 acres of farmland in Anaheim, California, and imagined building a park where people “could live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever.” On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates…and the first day was a disaster. But the curious masses kept coming, and the rest is entertainment history. In DISNEY’S LAND, Richard Snow presents the entire spectacular story, an epic of innovation and error that reflects the uniqueness of the man determined to build “the happiest place on earth” with a watchmaker’s precision, an artist’s conviction, and the desperate, high-hearted recklessness of a riverboat gambler.

From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Paintings by Great American Artists and the Stories They Inspired edited by Lawrence Block - Anthology, Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

Pegasus Books | 9781643130828 | Published December 3, 2019

Seventeen stories by 17 brilliant writers, inspired by 17 paintings. That was the formula for Lawrence Block’s two groundbreaking anthologies, IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW and ALIVE IN SHAPE AND COLOR, and it’s on glorious display here once again in FROM SEA TO STORMY SEA. This time the paintings are exclusively the work of American artists, and the roster includes Harvey Dunn, John Steuart Curry, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Grant Wood and Andy Warhol. Among the star-studded lineup of writers, you’ll find Warren Moore, Jerome Charyn, Jane Hamilton, Christa Faust, John Sandford, Sara Paretsky, Charles Ardai, Barry Malzberg and Janice Eidus.

Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947 by Norman Lebrecht - History, Nonfiction

Scribner | 9781982134228 | Published December 3, 2019

In a hundred-year period, a handful of men and women changed the way we see the world. Many of them are well known, such as Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein and Kafka. Others have vanished from collective memory despite their enduring importance in our daily lives. Without Karl Landsteiner, for instance, there would be no blood transfusions or major surgery. Without Rosalind Franklin, genetic science would look very different. Without Fritz Haber, there would not be enough food to sustain life on earth. What do these visionaries have in common? They all had Jewish origins. Norman Lebrecht has devoted half of his life to pondering and researching the mindset of the Jewish intellectuals, writers, scientists and thinkers who turned the tides of history and shaped the world today as we know it.

How the Dead Speak: A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel by Val McDermid - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802147615 | Published December 3, 2019

Construction is suddenly halted on the redevelopment of an orphanage after dozens of skeletons are found buried in the grounds. Forensic examination reveals they date from between 20 and 40 years ago, when the nuns were running their repressive regime. But then a different set of skeletons are discovered in a far corner, young men from as recent as 10 years ago. When newly promoted DI Paula McIntyre discovers that one of the male skeletons is that of a killer who is supposedly alive and behind bars --- and the subject of one of Carol Jordan’s miscarriage investigations --- it brings Tony Hill and Carol irresistibly into each other’s orbit once again.

Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Dutton | 9781524743949 | Published December 3, 2019

Riley Wolfe is a master thief who targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent and is willing to kill them when they’re in his way. In JUST WATCH ME, Riley aims for an extraordinary target in a heist that will make history. He will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Yes, these jewels are worth billions, but the true attraction for grabbing them comes down to one simple fact: it can’t be done. No one could even think of getting past the airtight security and hope to get away alive, let alone with even a single diamond from the Imperial Collection. No one but Riley Wolfe. He’s always liked a challenge. But this challenge may be more than even he can handle. Aside from the impenetrable security, Riley is also pursued by a brilliant and relentless cop who is barely a step behind him.

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition by Buddy Levy - History, Nonfiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250182197 | Published December 3, 2019

In July 1881, Lt. A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made. Greely and his men confronted every possible challenge --- vicious wolves, sub-zero temperatures and months of total darkness --- as they set about exploring one of the most remote, unrelenting environments on the planet. LABYRINTH OF ICE tells the true story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune --- at any cost --- and how their journey changed the world.

Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford: The Biography by Laura Thompson - Biography, Nonfiction

Pegasus Books | 9781643133034 | Published December 3, 2019

Nancy Mitford was, in the words of her sister Lady Diana Mosley, “very complex.” Her highly autobiographical early work, the biographies and novels of her more mature French period, her journalism, and the vast body of letters to her family, to friends such as Evelyn Waugh, and to the great love of her life, Gaston Palewski, all tell an intriguing story. Drawing from these, as well as conversations with Mitford’s two surviving sisters, acquaintances and colleagues, prize-winning author Laura Thompson has fashioned a portrait of a contradictory and courageous woman.

Lost Tomorrows: A Rick Cahill Novel by Matt Coyle - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Oceanview Publishing | 9781608092451 | Published December 3, 2019

Krista Landingham, Rick Cahill's former partner on the Santa Barbara Police Department, is dead. When Rick goes to the funeral in the city where his wife was murdered and where he is seen as guilty for her death in the eyes of the police, he discovers that Krista’s death may not have been a tragic accident, but murder. Hired by Krista’s sister, Leah, to investigate, Rick follows clues that lead him to the truth --- not only about Krista’s death, but about the tragedy that ruined his life. Along the way, Leah shows him that his life can be salvaged and he can feel love again if he can just move beyond his past. The past is Rick’s present and will always be until he rights his one great wrong. In the end, Rick is left with a decision that forces him to confront the horrific actions he’ll need to take to exact revenge and achieve redemption.

Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington's Mother by Craig Shirley - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Harper | 9780062456519 | Published December 3, 2019

Stubborn, aristocratic Mary Ball Washington was entrenched in the Old World ways of her ancestors, dismissing the American experiment even as her son led the successful rebellion against the crown. During his youth, ambitious George dove into the hard-scrabble work of a surveyor and rose through the ranks of the fledgling colonial army, even as his overprotective mother tried to discourage these efforts. While she passed down her strength and individuality to George, Mary also sought to protect him from the risks he needed to take to become a daring general and president. But it was this resistance itself that fanned the spark of George’s independence into a flame. The constant tug of war between the two throughout the early years helped define George’s character.

Oppo by Tom Rosenstiel - Fiction, Political Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Ecco | 9780062892607 | Published December 3, 2019

It’s presidential primary season in Washington, DC, and both parties are on edge. At campaign rallies for all the candidates around the country, there are disturbing incidents of violence and protest and shocking acts of civil disobedience. When Wendy Upton, the highly respected centrist senator, receives an anonymous threat that could destroy her promising career, she hires Peter Rena to investigate her past and figure out which side is threatening her and what they are threatening her with. As Rena digs through the senator’s seemingly squeaky-clean past, he must walk the tightrope between two parties at war with each other and with themselves, an electorate that is as restive as it has ever been, and a political culture that is as much driven by money as it is by ideology.

Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781542042406 | Published December 3, 2019

In the summer of 1969, 14-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues. To find relief from the chaos, Lucas takes long, meandering walks, and one day he veers into the woods. There he discovers an isolated cabin and two huge dogs. Frightened, he runs. And the dogs run with him. Lucas finds unusual peace in running with the dogs, and eventually he meets their owner, Zoe Dinsmore. Closed off and haunted by a tragic past, Zoe has given up and wants out. But Lucas doesn’t want her to go, and he sees an opportunity to bring more than one friend back into the light.

The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt by Burt Solomon - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Forge Books | 9780765392671 | Published December 3, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt had been president for less than a year when on a tour in New England his horse-drawn carriage was broadsided by an electric trolley. TR was thrown clear, but his Secret Service bodyguard was killed instantly. The trolley’s motorman pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and the matter was quietly put to rest. But was it an accident or an assassination attempt…and would there be another “accident” soon? THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT casts this event in a darker light. John Hay, the Secretary of State, finds himself in pursuit of a would-be assassin, investigating the motives of TR’s many enemies, including political rivals and the industrial trusts.

The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter's Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy with Justice H. Mark Kennedy - History, Memoir, Nonfiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635573657 | Published December 3, 2019

Former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate George Wallace was notorious for his hateful rhetoric and political stunts. At the end of his life, he came to renounce his views, although he could never attempt to fully repair the damage he caused. But after her own political awakening, his daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, dedicated her life to spreading the new Wallace message --- one of peace and compassion. In her new memoir, Peggy looks back on the politics of her youth and attempts to reconcile her adored father with the man who coined the phrase “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever.”

The German House written by Annette Hess, translated by Elisabeth Lauffer - Fiction, Historical Fiction

HarperVia | 9780062910257 | Published December 3, 2019

Eager for her wealthy suitor, Jürgen Schoormann, to propose, Eva Bruhns dreams of starting a new life away from her parents and sister. But Eva’s plans are turned upside down when an investigator, David Miller, hires her as a translator for a war crimes trial. As she becomes more deeply involved in the Frankfurt Trials, Eva begins to question her family’s silence on the war and her future. Though it means going against the wishes of her family and her lover, Eva, propelled by her own conscience, joins a team of fiery prosecutors determined to bring the Nazis to justice --- a decision that will help change the present and the past of her nation.

The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom by Toni Morrison - Collection, Inspirational, Literary, Nonfiction, Reference

Knopf | 9780525659297 | Published December 3, 2019

This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work --- both fiction and nonfiction --- to tell a story of self-actualization. Aiming to evoke the totality of Morrison's literary vision, its compelling sequence of flashes of revelation addresses issues of abiding interest in her work: the reach of language for the ineffable; transcendence through imagination; the self and its discontents; the vicissitudes of love; the whirligig of memory; the singular power of women; the original American sin of slavery; the bankruptcy of racial oppression; the complex humanity and art of black people.

The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson - Fiction

Ecco | 9780062899873 | Published December 3, 2019

A young nun is sent by the Vatican to investigate allegations of misconduct at a Catholic school in Iceland. During her time there, a young student at the school watches the school’s headmaster, Father August Franz, fall to his death from the church tower. Two decades later, the child --- now a grown man --- calls the nun back to the scene of the crime. This trip brings her former visit, as well as her years as a young woman in Paris, powerfully and sometimes painfully to life. In Paris, she met an Icelandic girl who she has not seen since, but whose acquaintance changed her life, a relationship she relives all while reckoning with the mystery of August Franz’s death and the abuses of power that may have brought it on.

This Is Happiness by Niall Williams - Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635574203 | Published December 3, 2019

The rain is stopping. Nobody in the small, forgotten village of Faha remembers when it started. Now --- just as Father Coffey proclaims the coming of electricity --- it is stopping. Seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe is standing outside his grandparents' house shortly after the rain has stopped when he encounters Christy for the first time. Though he can't explain it, Noel knows right then: something has changed. This is the story of all that was to follow: Christy's long-lost love and why he had come to Faha, Noel's own experiences falling in and out of love, and the endlessly postponed arrival of electricity --- a development that, once complete, would leave behind a world that had not changed for centuries.

Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250205711 | Published December 3, 2019

Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, an isolated town known for its dark past. Tasked with uncovering the whereabouts of nine missing transients who have disappeared over the years, Natalie wrestles with the town’s troubled history --- and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder years ago. Then Daisy Buckner, a beloved schoolteacher, is found dead on her kitchen floor, and a suspect immediately comes to mind. But it’s not that simple. The suspect is in a coma, collapsed only hours after the teacher’s death, and it turns out Daisy had secrets of her own. Natalie knows there is more to the case, but as the investigation deepens, even she cannot predict the far-reaching consequences --- for the victim, for the missing of Burning Lake and for herself.

Winter Grave: An Embla Nyström Investigation written by Helene Tursten, translated by Marlaine Delargy - Fiction, Mystery

Soho Crime | 9781641290760 | Published December 3, 2019

When a little girl disappears a few weeks before Christmas, suspicion falls on the last person she was seen with: the mentally disabled teenage boy who gave her a ride home after school. Complicating the matter is the fact that detectives can hardly get a word out of him. When a second child disappears and a police officer is found dead, tensions in the small town of Strömstad reach an all-time high. As Detective Inspector Embla Nyström hunts for the missing children, she can’t help but think of the case that has been haunting her for years: the disappearance of her childhood best friend. Could the incidents be linked?