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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.

October 2020

Hardcover

The Unspoken: An Ashe Cayne Novel by Ian K. Smith - Fiction, Mystery

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542025270 | Published October 1, 2020

After refusing to participate in a police department cover-up involving the death of a young black man, Ashe Cayne is pushed out of the force. But he's compelled to fight for justice as a private investigator...even if it means putting himself in jeopardy. When a young woman, Tinsley Gerrigan, goes missing, her wealthy parents hire Cayne to find her. As Cayne looks into her life and past, he uncovers secrets Tinsley has been hiding from her family. His worries spike when Tinsley's boyfriend is found dead --- another black man murdered on the tough Chicago streets. Cayne must navigate his complicated relationships within the Chicago PD, leveraging his contacts and police skills to find the missing young woman, see justice done and earn his redemption.

A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism

William Morrow | 9780062980786 | Published October 6, 2020

Following her brother's death and her mother's emotional breakdown, Laura now lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her grandparents. The quiet, awkward teenager has been getting into trouble at home and has been expelled from her high school. When Christmas is over and the new year begins, Laura may find herself at boarding school in Montreal. Nearly unmoored from reality through her panic and submerged grief, Laura is startled when a handsome swan boy with only one wing lands on her roof. She tries to build him a wing so he can fly home. Little does she know that her struggle to find help for her new friend parallels that of her grandparents, who are desperate for a distant relative’s financial aid to save the family store.

Cardiff, by the Sea: Four Novellas of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates - Fiction, Horror, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Mysterious Press | 9780802157997 | Published October 6, 2020

In this collection of four previously unpublished novellas, Joyce Carol Oates writes about women facing threats past and present. In the titular novella, an academic discovers a terrifying trauma from her past after inheriting a house from someone she has never heard of. Mia, the protagonist of “Miao Dao,” is a pubescent girl who befriends a feral cat that becomes her protector. A college sophomore realizes that she is pregnant in “Phantomwise: 1972” and allows a distinguished visiting professor to take her under his wing. Lastly, “The Surviving Child” is Stefan, whose mother, a famous poet, killed his sister and herself. Stefan’s father remarries, but his young wife is haunted by a dead poet’s voice dancing in the wind.

Chicago's Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City by Carl Smith - History, Nonfiction

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802148100 | Published October 6, 2020

Remarkably, no carefully researched popular history of the Great Chicago Fire has been written until now, despite it being one of the most cataclysmic disasters in U.S. history. Building the story around memorable characters, both known to history and unknown, including the likes of General Philip Sheridan and Robert Todd Lincoln, eminent Chicago historian Carl Smith chronicles the city’s rapid growth and place in America’s post-Civil War expansion. The dramatic story of the fire --- revealing human nature in all its guises --- became one of equally remarkable renewal, as Chicago quickly rose back up from the ashes thanks to local determination and the world’s generosity and faith in Chicago’s future.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Park Row | 9780778310150 | Published October 6, 2020

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways. Days later, Selena’s nanny disappears. As Selena is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder who Martha really was. But she is hardly prepared for what she will discover.

Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty - Fiction

Scribner | 9781982155551 | Published October 6, 2020

Big Son is a spirit of the times --- the times being 1837. Behind his broad shoulders, shiny hair and church-organ laugh, Big Son practically made Ohio City all by himself. The feats of this proto-superhero have earned him wonder and whiskey toasts but very little in the way of fortune. And without money, Big cannot become an honest husband to his beloved Cloe (who may or may not want to be his wife, honestly). In pursuit of a steady wage, our hero hits the (dirt) streets of Ohio City and Cleveland, the twin towns racing to become the first great metropolis of the West. Their rivalry reaches a boil over the building of a bridge across the Cuyahoga River --- and Big stumbles right into the kettle.

Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance

Riverhead Books | 9780735216167 | Published October 6, 2020

It's the season of Fallow, in the era of iron. In a northern misty bog surrounded by woodlands and wheat fields, a settlement lies far beyond the reach of the Romans invading hundreds of miles to the southeast. A girl named Devout comes of age, sweetly flirting with the young man she's tilled alongside all her life, and envisions a future of love and abundance. Seventeen years later, though, the settlement is a changed place. Famine has brought struggle, and outsiders have arrived at the doorstep. For Devout's young daughter, life is more troubled than her mother ever anticipated. But this girl has an extraordinary gift. As worlds collide and peril threatens, it will be up to her to save her family and community.

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Flatiron Books | 9781250768537 | Published October 6, 2020

A windowless shack in the woods. A dash to safety. But when a woman finally escapes her captor, the end of the story is only the beginning of her nightmare. She says her name is Lena. Lena, who disappeared without a trace 14 years prior. She fits the profile. She has the distinctive scar. But her family swears that she isn’t their Lena. The little girl who escaped the woods with her knows things she isn’t sharing, and Lena’s devastated father is trying to piece together details that don’t quite fit. Lena is desperate to begin again, but something tells her that her tormentor still wants to get back what belongs to him…and that she may not be able to truly escape until the whole truth about what happened in the woods finally emerges.

Earthlings written by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori - Fiction

Grove Press | 9780802157003 | Published October 6, 2020

Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of Nagano to visit her grandparents. One summer, her cousin Yuu confides to Natsuki that he is an extraterrestrial and that every night he searches the sky for the spaceship that might take him back to his home planet. Natsuki wonders if she might be an alien too. Back in her city home, Natsuki is scolded or ignored and even preyed upon by a young teacher at her cram school. As she grows up in a hostile, violent world, she consoles herself with memories of her time with Yuu and discovers a surprisingly potent inner power. Even as a married woman, she wonders if there is more to this world than the mundane reality everyone else seems to accept.

Eleanor by David Michaelis - Biography, Nonfiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781439192016 | Published October 6, 2020

In the first single-volume cradle-to-grave portrait in six decades, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis delivers a stunning account of Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life of transformation. An orphaned niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, she converted her Gilded Age childhood of denial and secrecy into an irreconcilable marriage with her ambitious fifth cousin Franklin. Despite their inability to make each other happy, Franklin Roosevelt transformed Eleanor from a settlement house volunteer on New York’s Lower East Side into a matching partner in New York’s most important power couple in a generation.

Elsewhere by Dean Koontz - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542019859 | Published October 6, 2020

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his 11-year-old daughter, Amity. A local eccentric known as Spooky Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder if Michelle could be just a click away. But a man with a dark purpose is in pursuit of the device, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil.

Golem Girl: A Memoir by Riva Lehrer - Memoir, Nonfiction

One World | 9781984820303 | Published October 6, 2020

In 1958, amongst the children born with spina bifida is Riva Lehrer. At the time, most such children are not expected to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to "fix" her, sending the message over and over again that she is broken. Enduring countless medical interventions, Riva tries her best to be a good girl and a good patient in the quest to be cured. Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers and performers who are building Disability Culture. They insist that disability is an opportunity for creativity and resistance. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits --- inventing an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others and the world.

Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld - Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction, Performing Arts

Simon & Schuster | 9781982112691 | Published October 6, 2020

Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a 21-year-old college student in the fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld writes. “So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.” For this book, Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. Readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam - Fiction

Ecco | 9780062667632 | Published October 6, 2020

Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G.H. are an older couple --- it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area --- with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service --- it’s hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple, and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?

Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism

Simon & Schuster | 9781982108847 | Published October 6, 2020

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift, and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back. When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books by Hilary Mantel - Essays, Nonfiction

Fourth Estate | 9780008429973 | Published October 6, 2020

In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, “I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.” This collection of 20 reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades tells the story of what happened next. Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, the Hite report, Saudi Arabia where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne and the Virgin Mary. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole, which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy.

Missionaries by Phil Klay - Fiction

Penguin Press | 9781984880659 | Published October 6, 2020

For Mason, a U.S. Army Special Forces medic, and Lisette, a foreign correspondent, America's long post-9/11 wars in the Middle East exerted a terrible draw that neither is able to shake. Where can such a person go next? All roads lead to Colombia, where the U.S. has partnered with local government to keep predatory narco gangs at bay. Mason, now a liaison to the Colombian military, is ready for the good war, and Lisette is more than ready to cover it. Juan Pablo, a Colombian officer, must juggle managing the Americans' presence and navigating a viper's nest of factions bidding for power. Meanwhile, Abel, a lieutenant in a local militia, has lost almost everything in the seemingly endless carnage of his home province, where the lines between drug cartels, militias and the state are semi-permeable.

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten - Cookbooks, Cooking

Clarkson Potter | 9780804187060 | Published October 6, 2020

A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America's favorite home cook! In MODERN COMFORT FOOD, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites --- but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina's Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Crooked Lane Books | 9781643855370 | Published October 6, 2020

Ethan Faulkner is a precocious child with a brilliant but troublesome sister, a war vet for a father, and a weary mother trying to manage their family. One night a young woman rings their doorbell, desperate to hide from two men who are pursuing her, when one of the two barges in after her. The struggle leaves both of Ethan's parents dead. Years later, Ethan hasn't quite followed through on his promise to his dying father --- to take care of his sister. Quite frankly, he wants her to suffer for preventing him from getting to his dad before he died all those years ago. When news of a brutal murder breaks with evidence pointing to Ethan as the prime suspect, all the painful memories of his past come rushing to meet him.

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

Tor.com | 9780765399274 | Published October 6, 2020

Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework. Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable. On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under --- an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures. They must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.

Poppy in the Wild: A Lost Dog, Fifteen Hundred Acres of Wilderness, and the Dogged Determination that Brought Her Home by Teresa J. Rhyne - Memoir, Nonfiction

Pegasus Books | 9781643135427 | Published October 6, 2020

After losing her beloved beagle Daphne to lymphoma, author Teresa Rhyne launches herself into fostering other dogs in need, including Poppy, a small, frightened beagle rescued from the China dog meat trade. The elation of rescue quickly turns to hysteria when Poppy breaks free from a potential adopter during a torrential thunderstorm and disappears into a rugged, mountainous, 1,500-acre wilderness park, bordered by a busy road. Through an unexpected late night encounter, Poppy is eventually caught. After her time in the wild, a surprisingly transformed Poppy reunites with Teresa and is ready to be welcomed into her forever home.

Saving Stalin: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Cost of Allied Victory in Europe by John Kelly - History, Nonfiction

Hachette Books | 9780306902772 | Published October 6, 2020

In the summer of 1941, Harry Hopkins, Franklin Roosevelt's trusted advisor, arrived in Moscow to assess whether the U.S. should send aid to Russia as it had to Britain. And unofficially he was there to determine whether Josef Stalin --- the man who had starved four million Ukrainians to death in the early 1930s, another million in the purges of the late 1930s, and a further million in the labor camps of the Gulag --- was worth saving. Hopkins sensed that saving Stalin was going to be a treacherous business. In SAVING STALIN, John Kelly chronicles the turbulent wartime relationship between Britain, America and the Soviet Union with a unique focus on unknown and unexplored aspects of the story.

Snow by John Banville - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Hanover Square Press | 9781335230003 | Published October 6, 2020

Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. The year is 1957, and the Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist. Strafford faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in the tight-knit community he begins to investigate. As he delves further, he learns that the Osbornes are not at all what they seem. And when his own deputy goes missing, Strafford must work to unravel the ever-expanding mystery before the community’s secrets threaten to obliterate everything.

Still Life: A Karen Pirie Novel by Val McDermid - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802157447 | Published October 6, 2020

When a lobster fisherman discovers a dead body in Scotland’s Firth of Forth, DCI Karen Pirie is called in to investigate. She quickly discovers that the case will require untangling a complicated web --- including a historic disappearance, art forgery and secret identities --- that seems to orbit around a painting copyist who can mimic anyone from Holbein to Hockney. Meanwhile, a traffic crash leads to the discovery of a skeleton in a suburban garage. Needless to say, Karen has her plate full. Meanwhile, the man responsible for the death of the love of her life is being released from prison, reopening old wounds just as she was getting back on her feet.

The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere - Fiction, Women's Fiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250164674 | Published October 6, 2020

In June 1972, John Creighton determines to build his wife, Joan, a kitchen table. His largest project to date had been picture frames, but he promises to have the table ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Inspired to put something delicious on the table, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes she had given to Joan when she and John married. In June 2012, Lauren Mabrey discovers she’s pregnant. On a visit to the local furniture builder, she finds a table that he bought at a garage sale but has recently refinished. Once home, a drawer is discovered under the table that contains a stack of recipe cards. Personal notes have been written on each one from the mother to her daughter. In a strange way, Lauren feels connected to them and wants to make the mother proud.