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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 - Fairy Tale, Fiction, Magical Realism, Mythology

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, in a lonely townhouse she shares with her old-world, strict, often querulous grandparents. The quiet, awkward teenager has been getting into trouble at home and has been expelled from her high school for throwing a record album at a popular girl who bullied her. 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. Hiding him from her ever-bickering grandparents, Laura tries to build the swan boy a wing so he can fly home. But the task is too difficult to accomplish herself. Little does Laura 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 by Joyce Carol Oates - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Mysterious Press | 9780802157997 | Published October 6, 2020

In the titular novella, an academic in Pennsylvania discovers a terrifying trauma from her past after inheriting a house in Cardiff, Maine from someone she has never heard of. Mia, the protagonist of “Miao Dao,” is a pubescent girl overcome with loneliness, who befriends a feral cat that becomes her protector from the increasingly aggressive males that surround her. A brilliant but shy college sophomore realizes that she is pregnant in “Phan-tomwise: 1972.” Distraught, she allows a distinguished visiting professor to take her under his wing, though it quickly becomes evident that he is interested in more than an academic mentorship. Lastly, “The Surviving Child” is Stefan, who was spared when his mother, a famous poet, killed his sister and herself. Stefan’s father remarries, but his young wife is haunted by dead poet’s voice dancing in the wind.

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’ll discover.

Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty - Family, Family Life, Fiction

Scribner | 9781982155551 | Published October 6, 2020

Big Son is a spirit of the times --- the times being 1837. Behind his broad shoulders, 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. 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. The resulting misadventures involve elderly terrorists, infrastructure collapse, steamboat races, wild pigs and multiple ruined weddings.

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

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. Here, life is simple. Sow. Reap. Honor Mother Earth, who will provide at harvest time. 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, with their foreign ways and military might, 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 - Coming of Age, Fiction

Grove Press | 9780802157003 | Published October 6, 2020

As a child, Natsuki doesn’t fit into her family. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of Nagano to visit her grandparents in their wooden house in the forest, a place that couldn’t be more different from her grey commuter town. 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.

Eleanor: A Life by David Michaelis - Autobiography, Biography, History, Women's History

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. Drawing on new research, Michaelis’s riveting portrait is not just a comprehensive biography of a major American figure, but the story of an American ideal: how our freedom is always a choice. ELEANOR rediscovers a model of what is noble and evergreen in the American character, a model we need today more than ever.

Elsewhere by Dean Koontz - Fiction, Technology, 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. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep. Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But 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, could Michelle be just a click away? Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.
Golem Girl: A Memoir by Riva Lehrer - Memoir

One World | 978-1984820303 | 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.

Inside Story by Martin Amis - Fiction, Literary

Knopf | 9780593318294 | Published October 6, 2020

This novel had its birth in the death of Martin Amis's closest friend, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens. From their early days as young magazine staffers in London, reviewing romantic entanglements and the latest literary gossip, Hitch was Amis's wingman and adviser, especially in the matter of the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps --- an obsession Amis must somehow put behind him if he is ever to find love, marriage, a plausible run at happiness. Other significant figures competing as Amis's main influencers are his father, Kingsley; his hero Saul Bellow; the weirdly self-finessing poet Philip Larkin; and significant literary women from Iris Murdoch to Elizabeth Jane Howard. Moving among these greats to set his own path, Amis's quest is a tender, witty exploration of the hardest questions: how to live, how to grieve, and how to die.

Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld - Autobiography, 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 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.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam - Fiction, Literary, Literary 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, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years by Michael Posner - Autobiography, Biography, Music

Simon & Schuster | 781982152628 | Published October 6, 2020

Poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, artist, prophet, icon --- there has never been a figure like Leonard Cohen. He was a true giant in contemporary western culture, entertaining and inspiring people everywhere with his work. From his groundbreaking and bestselling novels, THE FAVOURITE GAME and BEAUTIFUL LOSERS, to timeless songs such as “Suzanne,” “Dance Me to the End of Love" and “Hallelujah,” Cohen is a cherished artist. His death in 2016 was felt around the world by the many fans and followers who would miss his warmth, humour, intellect and piercing insights. LEONARD COHEN, UNTOLD STORIES chronicles the full breadth of his extraordinary life.

Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman - Fiction, Literary Fiction

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. 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. 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 by Hilary Mantel - Essays, Fiction, Literary

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.’ 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, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain’s last witch. Constantly illuminating, always penetrating and often very funny, interleaved with letters and other ephemera gathered from the archive, MANTEL PIECES is an irresistible selection from one of our greatest living writers.

Missionaries by Phil Klay - Fiction, Literary, Literary 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 US 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

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 woman rings their doorbell, desperate to hide from two men pursuing her, when one of the two barges in after her. The struggle leaves both of Ethan's parents dead. Years later, Ethan has a successful teaching career and a budding relationship with a coworker. But he hasn't quite followed through on his promise to his dying father --- to take care of his sister. Susannah is not an easy person to keep tabs on, and quite frankly, Ethan wants her to suffer for preventing him from getting to his dad before he died all those years ago. It was a long time ago and Ethan tries to put all of it behind him. But when news of a brutal murder breaks with evidence pointing to Ethan as the prime suspect, the painful memories of his past come rushing to meet him.
Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker - 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 --- without complaint, without fuss, without prompt. 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. They live on the same street. They live in different worlds. 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. And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.
Saving Stalin by John Kelly - History, Military, 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 US 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. Kelly paints a vivid picture of how the war impacted the relationship between the leaders and war managers among the Allies. In SAVING STALIN, for the first time, the war becomes a major character, co-equal with the book's three other major characters: Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.

Shadow Ridge by M. E. Browning - Fiction, Mystery, Women's Fiction

Crooked Lane Books | 9781643855356 | Published October 6, 2020

Echo Valley, Colorado, is a place where the natural beauty of a stunning river valley meets a budding hipster urbanity. But when an internet stalker is revealed to be a cold-blooded killer in real life the peaceful community is rocked to its core. It should have been an open-and-shut case: the suicide of Tye Horton. But Detective Jo Wyatt is immediately suspicious of Quinn Kirkwood, who reported the death. When Quinn reveals an internet stalker is terrorizing her, Jo is skeptical. She delves into the claim and uncovers a link that ties Quinn to a small group who had worked with Horton. When a second member of the group dies in a car accident, Jo's investigation leads her to the father of a young man who had supposedly killed himself a year earlier. But as Jo unearths the layers, a more sinister pattern begins to emerge --- one driven by desperation, shame, and a single-minded drive for revenge.
Snow by John Banville - Fiction, 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 --- flinty, visibly Protestant and determined to identify the murderer --- 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 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, like the snowfall itself, threaten to obliterate everything.

Still Life by Val McDermid - Crime, Fiction, Thriller

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802157447 | Published October 6, 2020

When a lobster fisherman discovers a dead body in Scotland’s Firth of Forth, Karen is called into 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.