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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

Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write by Claire Messud - Autobiography, Essays, Literary, Nonfiction

W.W. Norton & Company | 9781324006756 | Published October 13, 2020

In 26 intimate, brilliant and funny essays, Messud reflects on a childhood move from her Connecticut home to Australia; the complex relationship between her modern Canadian mother and a fiercely single French Catholic aunt; and a trip to Beirut, where her pied-noir father had once lived, while he was dying. She meditates on contemporary classics from Kazuo Ishiguro, Teju Cole, Rachel Cusk and Valeria Luiselli; examines three facets of Albert Camus and The Stranger; and tours her favorite paintings at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. In the luminous title essay, she explores her drive to write, born of the magic of sharing language and the transformative powers of “a single successful sentence.”

Mad at the World by William Souder - Biography, Literary, Nonfiction

W.W. Norton & Company | 9780393292268 | Published October 13, 2020

MAD AT THE WORLD illuminates what has made the work of John Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder explores Steinbeck’s long apprenticeship as a writer struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, and his rise to greatness with masterpieces such as THE RED PONY, OF MICE AND MEN and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Angered by the plight of the Dust Bowl migrants who were starving even as they toiled to harvest California’s limitless bounty, fascinated by the guileless decency of the downtrodden denizens of Cannery Row and appalled by the country’s refusal to recognize the humanity common to all of its citizens, Steinbeck took a stand against social injustice --- setting him apart from the writers of the so-called "lost generation."

No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History by Gail Collins - History, Nonfiction, Social Sciences, Women's Studies

Back Bay Books | 9780316286503 | Published October 13, 2020

"You're not getting older, you're getting better," or so promised the famous 1970s ad --- for women's hair dye. Americans have always had a complicated relationship with aging: embrace it, deny it, defer it --- and women have been on the front lines of the battle, willingly or not. In her lively social history of American women and aging, acclaimed New York Times columnist Gail Collins illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries.

Ottolenghi Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi - Cookbooks, Cooking

Ten Speed Press | 9780399581755 | Published October 13, 2020

Yotam Ottolenghi --- the beloved chef and influencer who has captured the hearts of home cooks looking for inspiration and great-tasting vegetable cooking --- is back. Yotam collaborates with longtime colleague Ixta Belfrage to identify the principles behind his stylish, innovative brand of cooking with a new collection of revolutionary plant-based recipes. Yotam and Ixta build on the vegetarian cooking that made PLENTY and PLENTY MORE phenomenal bestsellers, this time adding Italian and Mexican influences and revealing how to understand, build and amplify flavor through more than 100 vegetarian recipes (half are also vegan). In essence, Yotam and Ixta show how to evolve creatively, be intuitive in the kitchen and become ever-better cooks.

Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Mira | 9780778388340 | Published October 13, 2020

Kaylee Sloan’s home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother’s recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline. Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack’s Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold, she’s surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend --- or a stranger --- in need.

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark - Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction

Tor.com | 9781250767028 | Published October 13, 2020

In 1915, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan's ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die. Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan's demons straight to Hell. But something awful's brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up. Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?
Shakeup by Stuart Woods - Adventure, Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593188323 | Published October 13, 2020

Upon returning from a dangerous coastal adventure, Stone Barrington is looking forward to some normalcy with the leading lady in his life. But when a grisly crime arrives on his doorstep, along with some suspicious new clients eager for his help, Stone realizes peace and quiet are no longer an option. As it turns out, the mastermind behind the malfeasance rocking New York City and the nation's capital wields a heavy hand of influence. And when Stone is unable to recruit those closest to the case to his side, he is left with few leads and a handful of dead-ends. But with the help of important people in high places --- and the expertise of alluring new friends --- Stone is more than ready to rise to the occasion.

Shelter in Place by David Leavitt - Comedy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781620404874 | Published October 13, 2020

It is the Saturday after the 2016 presidential election, and in a plush weekend house in Connecticut, an intimate group of friends has gathered to recover from what they consider the greatest political catastrophe of their lives. They have just sat down to tea when their hostess, Eva Lindquist, proposes a dare. Who among them would be willing to ask Siri how to assassinate Donald Trump? Liberal and like-minded --- editors, writers, a decorator, a theater producer, and one financial guy, Eva's husband, Bruce --- the friends have come to the countryside in the hope of restoring the bubble in which they have grown used to living. Yet, with the exception of one brash and obnoxious book editor, none is willing to accept Eva's challenge.

Silent Bite: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250257147 | Published October 13, 2020

Lawyer Andy Carpenter can finally take a breath; he’s back on dry land after a family Caribbean cruise forced on him by his wife, Laurie, to get into the Christmas spirit. Of course the family’s first stop is to the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization that has always been Andy’s true passion. But when Andy arrives, his partner, Willie Miller, needs his help. Willie’s old cellmate, Glenn Anson, has been arrested for murder. Andy doesn’t necessarily believe in Glenn, but Willie does. And Andy believes in Willie, which is why Andy decides to take the case. Once again David Rosenfelt puts readers in the Christmas spirit in a tale that is equal parts mystery and holiday cheer.
The Blind Light by Stuart Evers - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

W.W. Norton & Company | 9781324006251 | Published October 13, 2020

England, 1959: two young soldiers --- Drummond and Carter --- form an intense and unlikely friendship at "Doom Town," a training center that recreates the aftermath of atomic warfare. The experience will haunt them the rest of their lives. Years later, Carter, now a high-ranking government official, offers working-class Drummond a way to protect himself and his wife, Gwen, should a nuclear strike occur. Their pact, kept secret, will have devastating consequences for the families they so wish to shield. Told from the perspectives of Drum and Gwen, and later their children, Nate and Anneka, the story brilliantly captures the tenderness and envy of long relationships. As the families attempt to reform themselves, the pressures of the past are visited devastatingly on the present, affecting spouses, siblings and friends.

The Captain by David Wright and Anthony DiComo - Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Dutton | 9781524746056 | Published October 13, 2020

David Wright played his entire 14-year Major League Baseball career for the New York Mets. And when he came back time and again from injury, he demonstrated the power of hard work, commitment, and love of the game. Wright was nicknamed "Captain America" after his performance in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He is a seven-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a member of the 30-30 club. He holds Mets franchise records for most career RBIs, doubles, total bases, runs scored, walks, sacrifice flies, times on base, extra base hits, strikeouts, double plays and hits. He was named captain of the Mets in 2013, becoming the fourth captain in the team's history.

The Golfer's Carol by Robert Bailey - Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593190500 | Published October 13, 2020

Four rounds. Four heroes. Four life-changing lessons. On the morning of his fortieth birthday, Randy Clark believes the only way he can help his family is to end it all. Standing on the Tennessee River Bridge in Decatur, Alabama, with his dreams of a pro golf career long gone, his marriage struggling and facing financial ruin, Randy sees no other alternative to help his wife and daughter but to jump, which he plans to do in the next 24 hours. But his plans are put on hold when the ghost of his best friend --- who did live out the fantasy of playing the PGA tour --- reveals to Randy that he will be given a wonderful gift: four rounds of golf with his four heroes, the champions he's looked up to his whole life, each with a life-changing lesson to impart.

The Land by Thomas Maltman - Fiction

Soho Press | 9781641292207 | Published October 13, 2020

Recovering from a terrible auto accident just before the turn of the millennium, college dropout and hobbyist computer-game programmer Lucien Swenson becomes the caretaker of a house in northern Minnesota. Shortly after moving in, Lucien sets out to find a woman with whom he had an affair, who vanished along with money stolen from the bank where they had worked together. His search will take him to Rose of Sharon, a white supremacist church deep in the wilderness, where a cabal of outcasts await the end of the world at a place they call The Land. Lucien is visited at the house by a mysterious guest, who may not be who she claims, as well as a vast flock of violent ravens out of an apocalyptic vision.
The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

HarperVia | 9780062991126 | Published October 13, 2020

For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in happy isolation, virtually untouched and unchanged. But when a marriage dispute spins out of control, the whole town comes crashing into the 21st century. Pesha Lindauer suddenly disappears. A day later, her husband goes after her, setting off a panic among the town elders. They send a woefully unprepared outcast named Yankel Lewinkopf out into the wider world to alert the Polish authorities. Venturing beyond the remote safety of Kreskol, Yankel is confronted by the beauty and the ravages of the modern-day outside world. When the truth eventually surfaces, his story and the existence of Kreskol make headlines nationwide. Returning Yankel to Kreskol, the Polish government plans to reintegrate the town that time forgot. Yet in doing so, the devious origins of its disappearance come to the light.

The Luckiest Man: Life With John McCain by Mark Salter - Autobiography, Biography, Politics

Simon & Schuster | 9781982120931 | Published October 13, 2020

Salter covers all the major events of McCain’s life --- his peripatetic childhood, his naval service --- but introduces, too, aspects of the man that the public rarely saw and hardly knew. Woven throughout this narrative is also the story of Salter and McCain’s close relationship, including how they met and why their friendship stood the test of time in a political world known for its fickle personalities and frail bonds.
Through Salter’s revealing portrayal of one of our country’s finest public servants, McCain emerges as both the man we knew him to be and also someone entirely new. THE LUCKIEST MAN is the authoritative last word on the stories McCain was too modest to tell himself and an influential life not soon to be forgotten.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow - Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Redhook | 9780316422048 | Published October 13, 2020

In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.But when the Eastwood sisters --- James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth and Beatrice Belladonna --- join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote --- and perhaps not even to live --- the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There's no such thing as witches. But there will be.

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Gallery/Scout Press | 9781982132026 | Published October 13, 2020

Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself --- but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus. Determined to keep her enemies close, Scarlett insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything is going according to her master plan…until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure.

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Christie Tate by Christie Tate - Autobiography, Biography, Memoir

Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster | 9781982154615 | Published October 20, 2020

Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death?
Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything --- her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Christie is skeptical, insisting that that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: “You don’t need a cure, you need a witness.”

A Dog's Perfect Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron - Fiction, Holiday

Forge Books | 9781250163585 | Published October 20, 2020

The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. But then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to not only ruin Christmas, but everything holding the family together. Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need? A DOG’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS is a beautiful, poignant, delightful tale of what can happen when family members open their hearts to new possibilities. You’ll find love and tears and laughter --- the ideal holiday read.

A Dog's Perfect Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron - Fiction, Holiday

Forge Books | 9781250163585 | Published October 20, 2020

The problems fracturing the Goss family as Christmas approaches are hardly unique, though perhaps they are handling them a little differently than most people might. But then a true emergency arises, one with the potential to not only ruin Christmas, but everything holding the family together. Is the arrival of a lost puppy yet another in the string of calamities facing them, or could the little canine be just what they all need? A DOG’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS is a beautiful, poignant, delightful tale of what can happen when family members open their hearts to new possibilities. You’ll find love and tears and laughter --- the ideal holiday read.
Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by Scott Eyman - Biography, Nonfiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781501192111 | Published October 20, 2020

Born Archibald Leach in 1904, Cary Grant came to America as a teenaged acrobat to find fame and fortune, but he was always haunted by his past. His father was a feckless alcoholic, and his mother was committed to an asylum when Archie was 11. He believed her to be dead until he was informed she was alive when he was 31. Because of this experience, Grant would have difficulty forming close attachments throughout his life. He married five times and had numerous affairs. Despite a remarkable degree of success, Grant remained deeply conflicted about his past, his present, his basic identity, and even the public that worshipped him.

Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Women’s Issues

Atria Books | 9781982147037 | Published October 20, 2020

A novel chronicling a year in the life of four families in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood as they seek purpose, community and meaningful relationships --- until one unforgettable night at a raucous neighborhood party knocks them to their senses. Welcome to Cobble Hill. In this eclectic Brooklyn neighborhood, private storms brew amongst four married couples and their children. You’ve got a combustible mix of egos, desires and secrets bubbling in brownstone Brooklyn.

Death and the Maiden by Samantha Norman and Ariana Franklin - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780062562388 | Published October 20, 2020

England. 1191. Adelia Aguilar, England’s vaunted Mistress of the Art of Death, is living comfortably in retirement and training her daughter, Allie, to carry on her craft. Allie is already a skilled healer, with a particular gift for treating animals. But the young woman is nearly 20, and her father, Rowley, Bishop of Saint Albans, and his patron, the formidable Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, have plans to marry Allie to an influential husband. When a friend in Cambridgeshire falls ill, Allie is sent to Ely, where her path will cross with Lord Peverill, a young aristocrat who would be a most suitable match for the young healer. But when Allie arrives, all is chaos. A village girl has disappeared --- and she’s not the first. Will her training and her stubborn pursuit of the truth help her find the killer...or make her the next victim?

Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani - Literary, Literary Criticism, Nonfiction

Clarkson Potter | 9780525574972 | Published October 20, 2020

“Books can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures, national boundaries, and historical eras,” Kakutani writes in her introduction to EX LIBRIS. Here readers will discover novels and memoirs by some of the most gifted writers working today; favorite classics worth reading or rereading; and nonfiction works, both old and new, that illuminate our social and political landscape and some of today’s most pressing issues, from climate change to medicine to the consequences of digital innovation. There are essential works in American history; books that address timely cultural dynamics; classics of children's literature; and novels by acclaimed contemporary writers like Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ian McEwan.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey - Autobiography, Biography, Nonfiction

Crown | 9780593139134 | Published October 20, 2020

I’ve been in this life for 50 years, been trying to work out its riddle for 42, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last 35. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me. Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction.