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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

Plain Bad Heroines written by Emily M. Danforth with illustrations by Sara Lautman - Fiction, Gothic

William Morrow | 9780062942852 | Published October 20, 2020

Our story begins in 1902, at the Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever. Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern her­oines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled.

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark - Biography, Nonfiction

Knopf | 9780307961167 | Published October 20, 2020

With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials --- including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police and psychiatric records; and new interviews --- Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts, who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s. Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world.

The Devil's Slave by Tracy Borman - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802129451 | Published October 20, 2020

Catholics have gone underground in the new Puritan regime of King James I, and yet whispers of conspiracies continue to echo behind closed doors and down the halls of the royal palaces. Against this perilous backdrop, accompanied by her son George and her husband Sir Thomas Tyringham --- whom she married conveniently to mask the true identity of her son’s father --- Frances Gorges reunites with her former mistress, the Princess Elizabeth, now of marriageable age, as well as other less friendly members of the court. With more lives than merely her own on the line, Frances soon finds herself caught in a spider’s web of secrets, promises and plots.

The Dirty South: A Thriller by John Connolly - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | 9781982127541 | Published October 20, 2020

It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young women in Burdon County, Arkansas. But no one in the Dirty South wants to admit it. In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child, and searching in vain for their killer. Obsessed with avenging his lost family, his life is about to take a shocking turn. Witness the dawning of a conscience.
Witness the birth of a hunter. Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.

The Fall of Shannara: The Last Druid by Terry Brooks - Fantasy, Fiction

Del Rey Books | 9780399178542 | Published October 20, 2020

Since he first began the Shannara saga in 1977, Terry Brooks has had a clear idea of how the series should end, and now that moment is at hand. As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion --- spearheaded by a warlike people determined to make this land their own --- our heroes must decide what they will risk to save the integrity of their home. Even as one group remains to defend the Four Lands, another is undertaking a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world forever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape.

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780063030145 | Published October 20, 2020

Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of her twin sister Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam. Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer. With her sister gone, Iris is one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth? And just what did happen to Summer on the yacht?

The Mirror Man by Jane Gilmartin - Fiction, Science Fiction

Mira | 9780778309642 | Published October 20, 2020

The offer is too tempting: be part of a scientific breakthrough, step out of his life for a year and be paid hugely for it. When ViMed Pharmaceutical asks Jeremiah to be part of an illegal cloning experiment, he sees it as a break from an existence he feels disconnected from. No one will know he’s been replaced --- not the son who ignores him, not his increasingly distant wife. From a luxurious apartment, he watches the clone navigate his day-to-day life. But soon Jeremiah discovers that examining himself from an outsider’s perspective isn’t what he thought it would be, and he watches in horror as “his” life spirals out of control. ViMed needs the experiment to succeed --- they won’t call it off, and are prepared to remove any obstacle. With his family in danger, Jeremiah needs to finally find the courage to face himself head-on.

The Silence by Don DeLillo - Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction

Scribner | 9781982164553 | Published October 20, 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.

To Hold Up the Sky by Cixin Liu - Fiction, Science Fiction

Tor Books | 9781250306081 | Published October 20, 2020

In TO HOLD UP THE SKY, Cixin Liu takes us across time and space, from a rural mountain community where elementary students must use physicas to prevent an alien invasion; to coal mines in northern China where new technology will either save lives of unleash a fire that will burn for centuries; to a time very much like our own, when superstring computers predict our every move; to 10,000 years in the future, when humanity is finally able to begin anew; to the very collapse of the universe itself. Written between 1999 and 2017 and never before published in English, these stories came into being during decades of major change in China and will take you across time and space through the eyes of one of science fiction's most visionary writers.
Three Women Disappear by James Patterson and Shan Serafin - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316541619 | Published October 26, 2020

Accountant Anthony Costello has a talent for manipulating both numbers and people, turning losses into profits, enemies into allies --- and vice versa. When Costello is found murdered in his own home, three suspects had motive. All three had access to his home. And all three women are missing. Are they in the wind --- or in the grave? Eyes are on Detective Sean Walsh, whose personal connection to the case is stronger than leads to solve it. Neither the powerful bankroll behind Costello nor Walsh's vengeful superior officer can budge the investigation, yet as Walsh continues to dig, he uncovers even more reasons the women have to stay hidden --- from the law, and from each other.

A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780062982063 | Published October 27, 2020

While studying wolverines on a wildlife sanctuary in Montana, biologist Alex Carter is run off the road and threatened by locals determined to force her off the land. Undeterred in her mission to help save this threatened species, Alex tracks wolverines on foot and by cameras positioned in remote regions of the preserve. But when she reviews the photos, she discovers disturbing images of an animal of a different kind: a severely injured man seemingly lost and wandering in the wilds. After searches for the unknown man come up empty, local law enforcement is strangely set on dismissing the case altogether. Then another invasive predator trespasses onto the preserve. The hunter turns out to be another human --- and the prey is the wildlife biologist herself. Alex realizes too late that she has seen too much --- she's stumbled onto a far-reaching illegal operation and now has become the biggest threat.

Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour by Neal Gabler - Autobiography, Biography, Politics

Crown | 9780307405449 | Published October 27, 2020

Though he is often portrayed as a reckless hedonist who rode his father’s fortune and his brothers’ coattails to a Senate seat at the age of 30, the Ted Kennedy is one the public seldom saw --- a man both racked by and driven by insecurity. He lived an agonizing childhood, being shuffled from school to school at his mother’s whim, suffering numerous humiliations and being pressed to rise to his brothers’ level. He entered the Senate with his colleagues’ lowest expectations, but he used his “ninth-child’s talent” of deference to and comity with his Senate elders to become a promising legislator. And with the deaths of his brothers John and Robert, he was compelled to become something more: the custodian of their political mission.
Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Doubleday | 9780385546553 | Published October 27, 2020

It's 1942 and Willowjean "Will" Parker is a scrappy circus runaway whose knife-throwing skills have just saved the life of New York's best, and most unorthodox, private investigator, Lillian Pentecost. When the dapper detective summons Will a few days later, she doesn't expect to be offered a life-changing proposition: Lillian's multiple sclerosis means she can't keep up with her old case load alone, so she wants to hire Will to be her right-hand woman. Three years later, Will and Lillian are on the Collins case: Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball following a Halloween party at her home. But finding the truth may be easier said than done in a case that involves messages from the dead, a seductive spiritualist, and Becca Collins --- the beautiful daughter of the deceased, who Will quickly starts falling for.
I'll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg - Autobiography, Biography, Nonfiction, Parenting

Random House | 9780593134672 | Published October 27, 2020

Elizabeth Berg’s father was an Army veteran who was a tough man in every way but one: he showed a great deal of love and tenderness to his wife. But then her father developed Alzheimer’s disease, and her parents were forced to leave the home they loved and move into a facility that could offer them help. It was time for their children to offer practical advice, emotional support and direction, to the best of their abilities --- to, in effect, parent the people who had for so long parented them. It was a hard transition, mitigated at least by flashes of humor and joy. The mix of emotions on everyone’s part could make every day feel like walking through a minefield. Then came redemption.

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella - Fiction, Humor

The Dial Press | 9780593132852 | Published October 27, 2020

Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair. But then their real identities --- Ava and Matt --- must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?
Memorial by Bryan Washington - Comedy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Literary Fiction

Riverhead Books | 9780593087275 | Published October 27, 2020

Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. They've been together for a few years --- good years --- but now they're not sure why they're still a couple. When Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Without Mike's immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it.

Stories from Suffragette City: Stories of a Fine and Proper Nuisance by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories

Henry Holt & Company | 9781250241320 | Published October 27, 2020

STORIES FROM SUFFRAGETTE CITY is a collection of short stories that all take place on a single day: October 23, 1915. It’s the day when tens of thousands of women marched up Fifth Avenue, demanding the right to vote in New York City. Thirteen of today's bestselling authors have taken this moment as inspiration to raise the voices of history and breathe fresh life into their struggles and triumphs. The characters depicted here --- some well-known, others unfamiliar --- each inspire and reinvigorate the power of democracy.

The Noel Letters by Richard Paul Evans - Fiction, Holiday

Gallery Books | 9781982129606 | Published October 27, 2020

After nearly two decades, Noel Post, an editor for a major New York publishing house, returns to her childhood home in Salt Lake City to see her estranged, dying father. Reeling from loneliness, a recent divorce and unanticipated upheavals in her world, Noel begins receiving letters from an anonymous source, each one containing thoughts and lessons about her life and her future. She begins to reacquaint herself with the bookstore and the people she left behind, and in doing so, starts to unravel the reality of her painful childhood and the truth about her family. As the holidays draw near, she receives a Christmastime revelation that changes not only how she sees the past but also how she views her future.

The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Delacorte Press | 9781984818461 | Published October 27, 2020

As always, Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. One morning he ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee. But there’s nothing pleasant about the place. In broad daylight Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. “It was four against one”...so Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution. The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, records, information...and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent and clear his name. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up and murder --- all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he’s up against.

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Women's Fiction

Random House | 9780593133842 | Published October 27, 2020

Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop with his mother, Ruth, church-going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town’s popular Whistle Stop Cafe. But sadly, as the railroad yards shut down and Whistle Stop became a ghost town, nothing was left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see what has become of his beloved Whistle Stop. In so doing, he discovers new friends, as well as surprises about Idgie’s life, about Ninny Threadgoode and other beloved Fannie Flagg characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, which change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you really go home again?
Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South by Rick Bragg - Essays, Humor, Nonfiction

Knopf | 9780593317785 | Published October 27, 2020

WHERE I COME FROM is a collection of wide-ranging and endearingly personal columns by celebrated author, newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg, culled from his best-loved pieces in Southern Living and Garden & Gun. From his love of Tupperware ("My Affair with Tupperware") to the decline of country music, from the legacy of Harper Lee to the metamorphosis of the pickup truck, the best way to kill fire ants, the unbridled excess of Fat Tuesday, and why any self-respecting southern man worth his salt should carry a good knife, this book is an ode to the stories and the history of the Deep South, written with tenderness, wit and deep affection.

Paperback

Devoted by Dean Koontz - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542019514 | Published October 1, 2020

Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his 11 years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. A uniquely gifted dog, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it’s too late. Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by a malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother.

Millicent Glenn's Last Wish by Tori Whitaker - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781542023313 | Published October 1, 2020

Millicent Glenn is self-sufficient and contentedly alone in the Cincinnati suburbs. As she nears her 91st birthday, her daughter Jane, with whom she’s weathered a shaky relationship, suddenly moves back home. Then Millie’s granddaughter shares the thrilling surprise that she’s pregnant. But for Millie, the news stirs heartbreaking memories of a past she’s kept hidden for too long. Millie’s last wish? For Jane to forgive her. Sixty years ago, Millie had a husband she adored, a job of her own, a precious baby girl and another child on the way. All it took was one irreversible moment to shatter everything, reshaping Millie’s life and the lives of generations to come. As Millie’s old wounds are exposed, so are the secrets she’s kept for so long.

A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780062859846 | Published October 6, 2020

Sister Bess Crawford, who has been working with the severely wounded in England in the wake of the Great War, is asked to carry out a personal mission in Paris for a Matron at the London headquarters of The Queen Alexandra’s. When she locates Lawrence Minton, she finds a bitter and disturbed officer who is well on his way toward an addiction to opiates. He tells her that he doesn’t care if he lives or dies, as long as he can find oblivion. But what has changed him? What is it that haunts him? He can’t confide in Bess, because the truth is so deeply buried in his mind that he can only relive it in nightmares. The officers who had shared a house with him in Paris profess to know nothing. Still, Bess is reluctant to trust them even when they offer her their help.

A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman - Fiction

Back Bay Books | 9780316451567 | Published October 6, 2020

College senior Parveen Shams feels pulled between her charismatic and mercurial anthropology professor and the comfortable but predictable Afghan-American community in her Northern California hometown. When she discovers a bestselling book called Mother Afghanistan, a memoir by humanitarian Gideon Crane that has become a bible for American engagement in the country, she is inspired. Galvanized by Crane's experience, Parveen travels to a remote village in the land of her birth to join the work of his charitable foundation. When she arrives, however, Crane's maternity clinic is mostly unstaffed. The villagers do not exhibit the gratitude she expected to receive. And Crane's memoir appears to be littered with mistakes, or outright fabrications.