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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.

September 2020

Hardcover

The Dynasty: The Inside Story of the NFL's Most Successful and Controversial Franchise by Jeff Benedict - Autobiography, Biography, Sports

Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster | 9781982134105 | Published September 1, 2020

It’s easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL. Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired the franchise. Since then, the Patriots became a juggernaut, making ten trips to the Super Bowl and winning six of them. Led by Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots’ 20 year reign atop the NFL was the longest in league history, surpassing previous dynasties by the Packers, the Steelers and the 49ers. The sports world has wondered: How was the Patriots dynasty built? And how did it last for two decades? In THE DYNASTY, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Benedict provides richly reported answers to those questions.

A Girl is A Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi - Coming of Age, Fiction

Tin House Books | 9781951142049 | Published September 1, 2020

In her 12th year, Kirabo, a young Ugandan girl, confronts a piercing question that has haunted her childhood: who is my mother? Kirabo has been raised by women in the small village of Nattetta, but the absence of her mother follows her like a shadow. Complicating these feelings of abandonment, as Kirabo comes of age she feels the emergence of a mysterious second self, a headstrong and confusing force inside her at odds with her sweet and obedient nature. Seeking answers, Kirabo begins spending afternoons with Nsuuta, a local witch, trading stories and learning not only about this force inside her, but about the woman who birthed her. Nsuuta also explains that Kirabo has a streak of the “first woman” --- an independent, original state that has been all but lost to women. 
All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Minotaur Books | 9781250145239 | Published September 1, 2020

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. After the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life. When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades. A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized. For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.
Chaos by Iris Johansen - Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538713136 | Published September 1, 2020

When CIA agent Alisa Flynn flaunts the rules by breaking into a mansion in the middle of the night, she skillfully circumvents alarms and outwits guards only to find herself standing in billionaire Gabe Korgan's study... busted by Korgan himself. This could cost her her job unless, in a split second, she can turn the tables and try to convince him to join her on the most important mission of her life.

Daddy by Emma Cline - Fiction, Short Stories

Random House | 9780812998641 | Published September 1, 2020

An absentee father collects his son from boarding school after a shocking act of violence. A nanny to a celebrity family hides out in Laurel Canyon in the aftermath of a tabloid scandal. A young woman sells her underwear to strangers. A notorious guest arrives at a placid, not-quite rehab in the Southwest. In 10 remarkable stories, Emma Cline portrays moments when the ordinary is disturbed, when daily life buckles, revealing the perversity and violence pulsing under the surface. She explores characters navigating the edge, the limits of themselves and those around them: power dynamics in families, in relationships, the distance between their true and false selves. They want connection, but what they provoke is often closer to self-sabotage. What are the costs of one’s choices? Of the moments when we act, or fail to act?

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Dutton | 9781524746360 | Published September 1, 2020

“Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist.” Such is eight-year-old Noriko “Nori” Kamiza’s first lesson. She will not question why her mother abandoned her with only these final words. She will not fight her confinement to the attic of her grandparents’ imperial estate. And she will not resist the scalding chemical baths she receives daily to lighten her skin. The child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Her grandparents take her in, only to conceal her, fearful of a stain on the royal pedigree. Nori accepts her solitary life, but when chance brings her older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him an unlikely ally. And now that Nori has glimpsed a world in which perhaps there is a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it --- a battle that just might cost her everything.
His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Love & Marriage

Algonquin Books | 9781616209155 | Published September 1, 2020

Afi Tekple is a young seamstress in Ghana. She is smart; she is pretty; and she has been convinced by her mother to marry a man she does not know. Afi knows who he is, of course --- Elikem is a wealthy businessman whose mother has chosen Afi in the hopes that she will distract him from his relationship with a woman his family claims is inappropriate. But Afi is not prepared for the shift her life takes when she is moved from her small hometown of Ho to live in Accra, Ghana’s gleaming capital, a place of wealth and sophistication where she has days of nothing to do but cook meals for a man who may or may not show up to eat them. She has agreed to this marriage in order to give her mother the financial security she desperately needs, and so she must see it through. Or maybe not?

Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945 written by Volker Ullrich, translated by Jefferson Chase - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Knopf | 9781101874004 | Published September 1, 2020

In the summer of 1939 Hitler was at the zenith of his power. The Nazis had consolidated political control in Germany and a series of foreign-policy coups had restored Germany to the status of a major world power. Yet despite a series of stunning initial triumphs, Hitler's decision to invade the Soviet Union in 1941 turned the tide for good. Now, Volker Ullrich offers fascinating new insight into Hitler's character and personality, vividly portraying the insecurity, obsession with minutiae and narcissistic penchant for gambling that led Hitler to overrule his subordinates and then blame them for his failures; and, ultimately, when he realized the war was not winnable, to embark on the annihilation of Germany itself in order to punish the people who he believed had failed to hand him victory.

Interference by Brad Parks - Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Suspense, Technology, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542023399 | Published September 1, 2020

Quantum physicist Matt Bronik is suffering from violent seizures that medical science seems powerless to explain, much to the consternation of his wife, Brigid. Matt doesn’t think these fits could be related to his research. That, it turns out, is not quite true: Matt has been prodding the mysteries of the quantum universe, with terrible repercussions for his health. And perhaps even for humanity as a whole. Then, in the midst of another seizure, Matt disappears. With Matt’s life in clear danger, Brigid sets out to find him. Will Matt be killed before she reaches him, or could the physics that endangered him actually be used to save his life?

Payback by Mary Gordon - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Pantheon | 9781524749224 | Published September 1, 2020

Unbeknownst to her many fans, Quin Archer, the revenge-loving queen of the reality-TV show "Payback", was once an angry teen named Heidi. Her true story may be known only to Agnes, who was her art teacher at a private New England girls' school in the 1970s. Then a young woman herself, Agnes saw a spark of originality in the brooding Heidi. But when she suggests Heidi visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the girl returns with a disastrous account of having been picked up at the museum by an older man. Agnes's stunned response will haunt both women for decades.

Ruthie Fear by Maxim Loskutoff - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635560 | Published September 1, 2020

As a child in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, Ruthie Fear sees an apparition: a strange, headless creature near a canyon creek. Its presence haunts her throughout her youth. Raised in a trailer by her stubborn, bowhunting father, Ruthie develops a powerful connection with the natural world but struggles to find her place in a society shaped by men. Development, gun violence, and her father’s vendettas threaten her mountain home. As she comes of age, her small community begins to fracture in the face of class tension and encroaching natural disaster, and the creature she saw long ago reappears as a portent of the valley’s final reckoning.
Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson - Fiction, Literary Fiction

Hanover Square Press | 9781335551207 | Published September 1, 2020

Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person. One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can’t feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he’s crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what’s happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him. He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared’s new life could come to an end before it truly begins.

The Appointment by Katharina Volckmer - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster | 9781982150174 | Published September 1, 2020

In a well-appointed examination in London, a young woman unburdens herself to a certain Dr. Seligman. Though she can barely see above his head, she holds forth about her life and desires, her struggles with her sexuality and identity. Born and raised in Germany, she has been living in London for several years, determined to break free from her family origins and her haunted homeland. But the recent death of her grandfather, and an unexpected inheritance, make it clear that you cannot easily outrun your own shame, whether it be physical, familial, historical, national or all of the above.
Or can you? With Dr. Seligman’s help, our narrator will find out.

The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby - Coming of Age, Fiction

Park Row | 9780778310006 | Published September 1, 2020

Romilly Kemp and her eccentric painter father have happy but sheltered lives in a ramshackle mansion in the English countryside. When her father finds fame with a series of children’s books starring Romilly as the main character, everything changes: exotic foods appear on the table, her father appears on TV and strangers appear at their door, convinced the books will lead them to a precious prize. But as time passes, Romilly’s father becomes increasingly suspicious of the outside world until, before her eyes, he begins to disappear within himself. She returns to his illustrations, looking for a way to connect with her ailing father, and finds a series of clues he’s left just for her. This treasure hunt doesn’t lead her to gold or jewels, but something worth far more --- a shocking secret that is crucial to understanding her family.

The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit by Ian Buruma - International Relations, Nonfiction, Political Science

Penguin Press | 9780525522201 | Published September 1, 2020

It's impossible to understand the last 75 years of American history, through to Trump and Brexit, without understanding the Anglo-American relationship, and specifically the bonds between presidents and prime ministers. FDR of course had Churchill; JFK famously had Macmillan, his consigliere during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reagan found his ideological soul mate in Thatcher, and George W. Bush found his fellow believer, in religion and in war, in Tony Blair. And now, of course, it is impossible to understand the populist uprising in either country, from 2016 to the present, without reference to Trump and Boris Johnson, though ironically, they are also the key to understanding the special relationship's demise.
The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim - Fiction

Park Row | 9780778310174 | Published September 1, 2020

Margot Lee's mother, Mina, isn't returning her calls. It's a mystery to 26-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the tenuous invisible strings that held together her single mother's life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother. Interwoven with Margot's present-day search is Mina's story of her first year in Los Angeles as she navigates the promises and perils of the American myth of reinvention. While she's barely earning a living by stocking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing Mina ever expects is to fall in love. But that love story sets in motion a series of events that have consequences for years to come, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

The Lying Life of Adults written by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Europa Editions | 9781609455910 | Published September 1, 2020

Giovanna’s pretty face has changed: it’s turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Into which mirror must she look to find herself and save herself? She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between these two cities, disoriented by the fact that, whether high or low, the city seems to offer no answer and no escape.

The Residence: A Novel by Andrew Pyper - Fiction, Horror

Gallery Books | 9781982149055 | Published September 1, 2020

The year is 1853. President-elect Franklin Pierce is traveling with his family to Washington, DC, when tragedy strikes. Their train runs off the rails and the only casualty is the President-elect’s beloved son.
As Franklin moves into the White House, he begins to notice that something bizarre is happening. Strange sounds coming from the walls and ceiling, creepy voices that seem to echo out of time itself.
But when First Lady Jane Pierce brings in the most noted Spiritualists of the day, the barrier between this world and the next is torn asunder. Something horrible comes through and takes up residence alongside Franklin and Jane in the walls of the very mansion itself.

Three Single Wives by Gina LaManna - Crime, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Women's Fiction

Sourcebooks Landmark | 9781728215655 | Published September 1, 2020

A trio of women break bad after too much wine, too many secrets and too perfect inspiration from the bestseller they discussed at book club. No one is exactly sure what happened, but in the morning there's a dead body. During their book club meeting the previous evening, these women began discussing the ways they might bury the body of an unfaithful husband. Of course, it was nothing more than a joke. However, at brunch the next morning, the women are alarmed by a visit from the police announcing that a man is dead in a way eerily similar to the previous night's best laid plans. Did one woman take everything a step too far?

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Knopf | 9780525658184 | Published September 1, 2020

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

Young Rembrandt by Onno Blom - Architecture, Art, Autobiography, Biography, Nonfiction, Photography

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393531794 | Published September 8, 2020

Seeking the roots of Rembrandt’s genius, the celebrated Dutch writer Onno Blom immersed himself in Leiden, the city in which Rembrandt was born in 1606 and where he spent his first 25 years. It was a turbulent time, the city having only recently rebelled against the Spanish. There are almost no written records by or about Rembrandt, so Blom tracked down old maps, sought out the Rembrandt family house and mill, and walked the route that Rembrandt would have taken to school. Leiden was a bustling center of intellectual life, and Blom, a native of Leiden himself, brings to life all the places Rembrandt would have known. He investigated the concerns and tensions of the era. And he examined the origins and influences that led to the famous and beloved paintings that marked the beginning of Rembrandt’s celebrated career as the paramount painter of the Dutch Golden Age.

A Question of Betrayal by Anne Perry - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Ballantine Books | 9780593129555 | Published September 8, 2020

Britain’s secret intelligence service, MI6, has lost contact with its informant in northern Italy, just as important information about the future plans of Austria and Nazi Germany is coming to light. And young Elena Standish is the only person who can recognize MI6’s man --- because he is her former lover. Aiden Strother betrayed her six years before. Now, with so much to prove, Elena heads to Trieste to track down Aiden. As Elena gets word of a secret group working to put Austria in the hands of Germany, her older sister, Margot, is in Berlin to watch a childhood friend get married --- to a member of the Gestapo. Margot and Elena’s grandfather, the former head of MI6, is none too happy about the sisters’ travels at this tumultuous time, especially when a violent event at home reminds him that even Britain is growing dangerous.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Atria Books | 9781501160837 | Published September 8, 2020

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that. Within the open house is Zara, a wealthy bank director, obsessed with visiting open houses to see how ordinary people live. Then there’s Roger and Anna, an Ikea-addicted retired couple who are on a never-ending hunt for fixer-uppers to hide the fact that they don’t know how to fix their own marriage. Julia and Ro are a young lesbian couple and soon-to-be parents who are nervous about their chances for a successful life together. And there’s Estelle, an eighty-year-old woman who has lived long enough to be unimpressed by a masked bank robber waving a gun in her face. As police surround the premises, tension mounts and deep secrets are revealed. 

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781728205120 | Published September 8, 2020

When Clemmie goes next door to check on her difficult and unlikable neighbor, Dom, he isn't there. But something else is. Something stunning, beautiful and inexplicable. Clemmie photographs the wondrous object on her cell phone and makes the irrevocable error of forwarding it. As the picture swirls over the internet, Clemmie tries desperately to keep a grip on her own personal network of secrets. Can 50 years of careful hiding under names not her own be ruined by one careless picture? And although what Clemmie finds is a work of art, what the police find is a body...and she was the last person at the crime scene, where she left her fingerprints. Suddenly thrown into the heart of a twisted investigation, Clemmie finds herself the uncomfortable subject of intense scrutiny.

Carry by Toni Jensen - Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Ballantine Books | 9781984821188 | Published September 8, 2020

Toni Jensen grew up around guns: As a girl, she learned to shoot birds in rural Iowa with her father, a card-carrying member of the NRA. As an adult, she’s had guns waved in her face near Standing Rock, and felt their silent threat on the concealed-carry campus where she teaches. And she has always known that in this she is not alone. As a Métis woman, she is no stranger to the violence enacted on the bodies of indigenous women, on indigenous land, and the ways it is hidden, ignored, forgotten. In CARRY, Jensen maps her personal experience onto the historical, exploring how history is lived in the body and redefining the language we use to speak about violence in America.