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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

I'll Be Seeing You: A Memoir by Elizabeth Berg - Memoir, Nonfiction

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. Berg describes her parents’ marriage as a romance that lasted for nearly 70 years. 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. The mix of emotions on everyone’s part could make every day feel like walking through a minefield. Then came redemption.

Inside Story by Martin Amis - Fiction

Knopf | 9780593318294 | Published October 27, 2020

This autobiographical novel had its birth in the death of Martin Amis' closest friend, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens, and it is within that profound and sprawling friendship that INSIDE STORY unfurls. From their early days as young magazine staffers in London, reviewing romantic entanglements and the latest literary gossip, Hitch was Amis' 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 and a plausible run at happiness. Other significant figures competing as Amis' 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.

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella - Comedy, Fiction, Humor, Romance, Women's Fiction

The Dial Press | 9780593132852 | Published October 27, 2020

Ava thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, 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. They 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 - Fiction

Riverhead Books | 9780593087275 | Published October 27, 2020

Benson and Mike have been together for a few years, but now they're not sure why they're still a couple. When Mike finds out that 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. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. 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.

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

Knopf | 9780307961167 | Published October 27, 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 Sylvia 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.

Shakeup: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods - Adventure, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593188323 | Published October 27, 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.

Stories from Suffragette City edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories

Henry Holt and Co. | 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. Twelve of today's bestselling authors --- Steve Berry, Chris Bohjalian, Megan Chance, Katherine J. Chen, Fiona Davis, Jamie Ford, Christina Baker Kline, Paula McLain, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Alyson Richman, M.J. Rose and Lisa Wingate --- 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 Cold Millions by Jess Walter - Fiction

Harper | 9780062868084 | Published October 27, 2020

The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While 16-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his older brother, Gig, dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula. Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless 19-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all, and Rye will be forced to decide where he stands.

The Noel Letters by Richard Paul Evans - Fiction

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. What she believed would be a brief visit turns into something more as she inherits the bookstore her father fought to keep alive. 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, she starts to unravel the reality of her painful childhood and the truth about her family.

The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child and Andrew Child - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Delacorte Press | 9781984818461 | Published October 27, 2020

In broad daylight, in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee, Jack Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. He 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. Reacher is intrigued; there’s more to the story. 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 - 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, and his Aunt Idgie. Together they ran the town’s popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide for its fun and famous fried green tomatoes. 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 and the town itself. He also sets off a series of events that change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others.

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.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Penguin Books | 9780525558262 | Published October 6, 2020

After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become a "surplus woman," one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother. So she saves enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England's grandest cathedrals. There, Violet is drawn into a society of broderers --- women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren't expected to grow.

All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard — Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy by Phil Keith with Tom Clavin - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Hanover Square Press | 9781335016669 | Published October 6, 2020

Eugene Bullard lived one of the most fascinating lives of the 20th century. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of 11 to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community. When his journey led him to Europe, he garnered worldwide fame as a boxer, and later as the first African American fighter pilot in history. After the war, Bullard returned to Paris a celebrated hero. But little did he know that the dramatic, globe-spanning arc of his life had just begun. ALL BLOOD RUNS RED is the inspiring untold story of an American hero, a thought-provoking chronicle of the 20th century, and a portrait of a man who came from nothing and by his own courage, determination, gumption, intelligence and luck forged a legendary life.

Bright and Dangerous Objects by Anneliese Mackintosh - Fiction, Science Fiction

Tin House Books | 9781951142100 | Published October 6, 2020

Commercial deep-sea diver Solvig has a secret. She wants to be one of the first human beings to colonize Mars, and she’s one of a hundred people shortlisted by the Mars Project to do just that. But to fulfill her ambition, she’ll have to leave behind everything she’s ever known --- for the rest of her life. As the prospect of heading to space becomes more real, 37-year-old Solvig is forced to define who she really is. Will she come clean to James, her partner, about her plans? Or will she turn her back on the project and commit to her life on Earth? Maybe even try for a baby, like James is hoping? Is there any way she can start a family and go to Mars? Does she even want both things?

Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire: A Biography by Susan Ronald - Biography, Nonfiction

St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250180032 | Published October 6, 2020

Condé Nast’s life and career was as high profile and glamorous as his magazines. Moving to New York in the early 20th century with just the shirt on his back, he soon became the highest paid executive in the United States, acquiring Vogue in 1909 and Vanity Fair in 1913. Alongside his editors, he built the first-ever international magazine empire, introducing European modern art, style and fashions to an American audience. Written with the cooperation of his family on both sides of the Atlantic and a dedicated team at Condé Nast Publications, critically acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald reveals the life of an extraordinary American success story.

Every Now and Then by Lesley Kagen - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Alcove Press | 9781643853543 | Published October 6, 2020

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. But for Frankie, Viv and Biz, 11-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town. With a to-do list in hand, the girls set forth from their hideout to make their mark on that summer, but when three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution, their idyllic lives take a sinister turn. Determined to uncover long-held secrets, the girls have no idea that what they discover could cost them their lives and the ones they hold dear. Six decades later, Biz, now a bestselling novelist, remembers that long-ago summer and how it still haunts her and her lifelong friend.

Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith - Fiction, Short Stories, Women's Fiction

Penguin Books | 9780525559016 | Published October 6, 2020

In her first short story collection, Zadie Smith combines her power of observation and her inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. Interweaving 11 completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, GRAND UNION is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves, and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

Gumshoe Rock by Rob Leininger - Fiction, Mystery

Oceanview Publishing | 9781608093922 | Published October 6, 2020

Early in July, northern Nevada’s senior Internal Revenue Service agent, Ronald Soranden --- disliked by every agent in the Reno IRS office --- vanished without a trace. In September, his skull is dropped through the slashed top of a Mustang convertible. The vehicle belongs to Lucy Landry, PI Mortimer Angel’s gorgeous young assistant now working with him on a seemingly unrelated embezzlement case. But Mort is a former IRS field agent in Reno who had done his time during the tyrannical reign of Soranden. When the FBI is brought in to investigate the murder, Mort and Lucy realize shocking details about their own case --- primarily Soranden’s involvement. It becomes evident that events and suspects of the embezzlement case and Soranden’s murder are heavily entangled with those enmeshed in an ugly case of blackmail.

Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War by S. C. Gwynne - History, Nonfiction

Scribner | 9781501116230 | Published October 6, 2020

The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of the most compelling narratives and one of history’s great turning points. Now, Pulitzer Prize finalist S. C. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea; the rise of Clara Barton; the election of 1864 (which Lincoln nearly lost); the wild and violent guerrilla war in Missouri; and the dramatic final events of the war, including Lee’s surrender at Appomattox and the murder of Abraham Lincoln.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky - Fiction, Horror

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538731352 | Published October 6, 2020

Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, single mother Kate Reese flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.