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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.

August 2020

Hardcover

Seven Days in Summer by Marcia Willett - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250177438 | Published August 18, 2020

A busy mom of twins, Liv is looking forward to a week at the Beach Hut --- even if she feels that something is not right between her and Matt. She's sure he's just too busy at work to join them on their summer holiday, not that he wants time alone. Baz, her father-in-law, loves having his family stay by the sea. But when an unexpected guest arrives, he finds himself torn between the past and the future. Still reeling from a breakup, all Sofia wants is a quiet summer --- until she meets Baz, and her plans are turned upside down. And back home, Matt might be missing Liv and the children, but when an old friend appears, he finds himself distracted. What does she know about his family's past that she's not letting on?

Show Them You're Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College by Jeff Hobbs - Nonfiction, Social Issues, Social Sciences

Scribner | 9781982116330 | Published August 18, 2020

Four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nation with nearly 700,000 students. Combining complex social issues with the compelling experience of the individual, Jeff Hobbs takes us deep inside these boys’ worlds. The foursome includes Carlos, the younger son of undocumented delivery workers, who aims to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and attend an Ivy League college; Tio harbors serious ambitions to become an engineer, despite a father who doesn’t believe in him; Jon struggles to put distance between himself and his mother, who is suffocating him with her own expectations; and Owen, raised in a wealthy family, can’t get serious about academics but knows he must.

The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Hogarth | 9781984824301 | Published August 18, 2020

Escaping New York for the anonymity of Bangkok, Sarah Mullins arrives in Thailand on the lam with nothing more than a suitcase of purloined money. Her plan is to lie low and map out her next move in a high-end apartment complex called the Kingdom. It is not long before she meets the alluring Mali, a fellow tenant determined to bring the quiet American out of her shell. But as political chaos erupts on the streets below and attempted uprisings wrack the city, tensions tighten within the gilded compound. When the violence outside begins to invade the Kingdom in a series of strange disappearances, the residents are thrown into suspicion. Under the constant surveillance of the building’s watchful inhabitants, Sarah’s safe haven begins to feel like a snare.

The Less Dead by Denise Mina - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Mulholland Books | 9780316528511 | Published August 18, 2020

Dr. Margo Dunlop’s adoptive mom just passed away, and she can't begin to empty the house --- or, it seems, get her brother on the phone. Not to mention she's newly single, secretly pregnant and worried about her best friend's dangerous relationship. In an effort to cheer herself up, she goes in search of her birth mother. Instead she finds Nikki, her mother's sister. Aunt Nikki isn't what Margo expects, and she brings upsetting news: Margo's mother is dead. Worse, she was murdered years ago, and her killer is still at large --- and sending Nikki threatening letters. Then Margo receives a letter, too. Someone out there has been waiting and watching, and in Margo sees the spitting image of her mother.

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South by Chip Jones - History, Nonfiction

Gallery/Jeter Publishing | 9781982107529 | Published August 18, 2020

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a black man, went into Virginia’s top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now, in THE ORGAN THIEVES, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Tucker’s death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family’s permission or knowledge. The circumstances surrounding his death reflect the long legacy of mistreating African Americans that began more than a century before with cadaver harvesting and worse. It culminated in efforts to win the heart transplant race in the late 1960s.

The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story by Darin Strauss - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Random House | 9780812992762 | Published August 18, 2020

THE QUEEN OF TUESDAY begins with a daring conceit --- that the author’s grandfather may have had an affair with Lucille Ball. The most powerful woman in the history of Hollywood was part of America’s first high-profile interracial marriage. She owned more movie sets than did any movie studio. She more or less single-handedly created the modern TV business. And yet Lucille’s off-camera life was in disarray. While acting out a happy marriage for millions, she suffered in private. Her partner couldn’t stay faithful. She struggled to balance her fame with the demands of being a mother, a creative genius, an entrepreneur and, most of all, a symbol.

The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir by Sara Seager - Memoir, Nonfiction, Science

Crown | 9780525576259 | Published August 18, 2020

Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets --- especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager’s husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at 40, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe. As she struggles to navigate her life after loss, Seager takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of exploration. At the same time, she discovers earthbound connections that feel every bit as wondrous, when strangers and loved ones alike reach out to her across the space of her grief.

When These Mountains Burn by David Joy - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780525536888 | Published August 18, 2020

When his addict son gets in deep with his dealer, it takes everything Raymond Mathis has to bail him out of trouble one last time. Frustrated by the slow pace and limitations of the law, Raymond decides to take matters into his own hands. After a workplace accident left him out of a job and in pain, Denny Rattler has spent years chasing his next high. He supports his habit through careful theft, following strict rules that keep him under the radar and out of jail. But when faced with opportunities too easy to resist, Denny makes two choices that change everything. For months, the DEA has been chasing the drug supply in the mountains to no avail, when a lead sets one agent on a path to crack the case wide open. But he'll need help from the most unexpected quarter.

Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa - Fiction

Atria Books | 9781982137038 | Published August 25, 2020

As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the ’70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation.

Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie: Live Life the Billie Eilish Way by Scarlett Russell - Nonfiction, Personal Growth, Self-Help

Harper Design | 9780063055278 | Published August 25, 2020

With her trademark neon hair, imaginative, fashion-forward outfits, and thought-provoking lyrics, Billie Eilish refuses to conform to others’ expectations of what a young, female pop star should look and sound like. Only 18 years old, she’s already won four Grammy awards, is the youngest artist to record a James Bond theme song, and has graced the cover of Vogue magazine. BE BAD, BE BOLD, BE BILLIE captures the essence of this extraordinary artist and influencer and the values she embodies: learning to be yourself, standing up for what you believe, and dealing with haters. Scarlett Russell explores Billie’s incredible journey to stardom and offers insights and tips on how to adopt her poise and laid-back attitude to get where you want to be.

Final Cut by S. J. Watson - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Harper | 9780062382153 | Published August 25, 2020

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people. It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town --- and the perfect place for filmmaker Alex to shoot her new documentary. But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay. Or does it?

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham - Biography, History, Nonfiction, Politics

Random House | 9781984855022 | Published August 25, 2020

John Lewis, who at age 25 marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” A believer in the injunction that one should love one's neighbor as oneself, Lewis was arguably a saint in our time, risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful.

Payback by Lorenzo Carcaterra - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Ballantine Books | 9780399177590 | Published August 25, 2020

Detective Eddie Kenwood is a dirty cop. He has the highest signed-confession rate in the NYPD and a distinguished career built on putting men behind bars --- whether they’re guilty or not doesn’t matter much to him. When Tank Rizzo’s partner, Pearl, tells him about an old family friend Kenwood put in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, Tank and Pearl vow to take Kenwood down. Also in need of a takedown: the money-laundering accounting firm where Tank’s brother used to work --- before he mysteriously died, leaving Tank the sole guardian of his nephew, Chris. Chris smells a rat and enlists Tank’s help to bring the men who had his father killed to justice.

Sisters by Daisy Johnson - Fiction

Riverhead Books | 9780593188958 | Published August 25, 2020

Born just 10 months apart, July and September are thick as thieves, never needing anyone but each other. Now, following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long-abandoned family home near the shore. In their new, isolated life, July finds that the deep bond she has always shared with September is shifting in ways she cannot entirely understand. A creeping sense of dread and unease descends inside the house. Meanwhile, outside, the sisters push boundaries of behavior --- until a series of shocking encounters tests the limits of their shared experience, and forces shocking revelations about the girls’ past and future.

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen - Fiction, Humor, Mystery

Knopf | 9781524733452 | Published August 25, 2020

It's the height of the Palm Beach charity ball season. But when a prominent high-society dowager suddenly vanishes during a swank gala, and is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. Kiki Pew was notable not just for her wealth and her jewels, she was an ardent fan of the Winter White House resident just down the road, and a founding member of the POTUSSIES, a group of women dedicated to supporting their President. Never one to miss an opportunity to play to his base, the President immediately declares that Kiki was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, it turns out, is far from the truth. The truth might just lie in the middle of the highway, where a bizarre discovery brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt.

Summer by Ali Smith - Fiction

Pantheon | 9781101870792 | Published August 25, 2020

In the present, Sacha knows the world is in trouble. Her brother, Robert, just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile, the world is in meltdown --- and the real meltdown hasn’t even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they’re living on borrowed time. This is a story about people on the brink of change. They’re family, but they think they’re strangers. So: Where does family begin? And what do people who think they have nothing in common have in common? Summer.

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Custom House | 9780062356345 | Published August 25, 2020

Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early 19th-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. Months later, she is sentenced to Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, including Mathinna, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen’s Land.

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons - Fantasy, Fiction

Tor Books | 9781250175571 | Published August 25, 2020

Now that Relos Var’s plans have been revealed and demons are free to rampage across the empire, the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies --- and the end of the world --- is closer than ever. To buy time for humanity, Kihrin needs to convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual that will strip the entire race of their immortality, but it’s a ritual that certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the messengers. Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to the king of demons, Vol Karoth, is growing steadily in strength. How can he hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?

The Silence by Kendra Elliot - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Montlake | 9781542006767 | Published August 25, 2020

It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North-central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon to Einstein’s 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity. Then something happens, and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed.

The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers by Eric Weiner - Essays, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Travel

Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster | 9781501129018 | Published August 25, 2020

We turn to philosophy for the same reasons we travel: to see the world from a different perspective, to unearth hidden beauty, and to find new ways of being. We want to learn how to embrace wonder. Face regrets. Sustain hope. Eric Weiner combines his twin passions for philosophy and global travel in a pilgrimage that uncovers surprising life lessons from great thinkers around the world, from Rousseau to Nietzsche, Confucius to Simone Weil. Traveling by train (the most thoughtful mode of transport), he journeys thousands of miles, making stops in Athens, Delhi, Wyoming, Coney Island, Frankfurt and points in between to reconnect with philosophy’s original purpose: teaching us how to lead wiser, more meaningful lives.

Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538751947 | Published August 25, 2020

Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, one of them was in the hospital, one was in jail, one was dead, and one got away with it. Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago, has never reconciled with her father's abandonment of her and her sister. After countless personal setbacks, she decides to return to her family home near mysterious Caddo Lake and finally get answers to the many questions that torment her. Little does she know that two of her father's co-conspirators --- a war hero and a corrupt district attorney --- are watching her every move.

This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: A Memoir by Nick Flynn - Memoir, Nonfiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9781324005544 | Published August 25, 2020

When Nick Flynn was seven years old, his mother set fire to their house. The event loomed large in his imagination for years, but it’s only after having a child of his own that he understands why. He returns with his young daughter to the landscape of his youth, reflecting on how his feral childhood has him still in its reins, and forms his memories into lyrical bedtime stories populated by the both sinister and wounded Mister Mann. THIS IS THE NIGHT OUR HOUSE WILL CATCH FIRE unravels the story of the fire that Flynn had to escape, and the ways in which, as an adult, he has carried that fire with him until it threatens to burn down his own house.

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald - Essays, Nature, Nonfiction

Grove Press | 9780802128812 | Published August 25, 2020

In VESPER FLIGHTS, Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best-loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep. Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing the massive migration of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk’s poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds’ nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife.

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Ecco | 9780062968944 | Published August 25, 2020

Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop. They follow a lead to Denver and find that drug cartels are rapidly expanding and forming new and terrifying alliances. And back on the reservation, a new tribal council initiative raises uncomfortable questions about money and power. As Virgil starts to link the pieces together, he must face his own demons and reclaim his Native identity.

Paperback

Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Women's Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781542021227 | Published August 1, 2020

Cleo McDougal is a born politician. From congresswoman to senator, the magnetic, ambitious single mother now has her eye on the White House --- always looking forward, never back. Until an estranged childhood friend shreds her in an op-ed hit piece gone viral. With seven words --- “Cleo McDougal is not a good person” --- the presidential hopeful has gone from in control to damage control, and not just in Washington but in life. Enter Cleo’s “regrets list” of 233 and counting. Her chief of staff has a brilliant idea: pick the top 10, make amends during a media blitz and repair her reputation. But there are regrets, and there are regrets: like her broken relationship with her sister, her affair with a law school professor...and the regret too big to even say out loud.