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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

Paperback

Ordinary People by Diana Evans - Fiction

Liveright | 9781631498138 | Published October 6, 2020

In a crooked house in South London, Melissa feels increasingly that she’s defined solely by motherhood, while Michael mourns the former thrill of their romance. In the suburbs, Stephanie’s aspirations for bliss on the commuter belt, coupled with her white middle-class upbringing, compound Damian’s itch for a bigger life catalyzed by the death of his activist father. Longtime friends from the years when passion seemed permanent, the couples have stayed in touch, gathering for births and anniversaries, bonding over discussions of politics, race and art. But as bonds fray, the lines once clearly marked by wedding bands aren’t so simply defined.

People Die in Sunshine: A Novel of Miami by Gloria Nagy - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Sheer Bliss Communications, LLC | 9781735243917 | Published October 6, 2020

PEOPLE DIE IN SUNSHINE is a carnival ride through the externally glamorous but internally twisted lives of two people, Frederick and Coco Rothenstein, and their world --- one most of us only know about from reading true-crime stories and news accounts of the lives of the super-rich and entitled dwellers in the bastions of wealth and privilege where families such as the Rothensteins reign. The first four words of Gloria Nagy's scorching, ironic tale of greed, glamour, envy, avarice and the Janus-headed coin of love and hate are: "Money. Money. Money. Money." What Nagy accomplishes in a work of humor, heartbreak, murder and redemption reinforces those four words.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade - Comedy, Fiction, Romance

Avon | 9780063005549 | Published October 6, 2020

The world may know Marcus Caster-Rupp as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood. April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life” --- but not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out to spite her internet critics, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction.

The Companions by Katie M. Flynn - Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Gallery/Scout Press | 9781982122164 | Published October 6, 2020

In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high-rise towers, the living can’t go out, but the dead can come in --- and they come in all forms. Wealthy participants in the “companionship” program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people --- a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will. Sixteen-year-old Lilac is one of the less fortunate, leased to a family of strangers. But when she realizes she’s able to defy commands, she throws off the shackles of servitude and runs away, searching for the woman who killed her.

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher - Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Gallery/Saga Press | 9781534451124 | Published October 6, 2020

Pray they are hungry. Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area --- only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more one fears them, the stronger they become.

The Other People by C. J. Tudor - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Ballantine Books | 9781984825018 | Published October 6, 2020

Driving home one night, Gabe is stuck behind a rusty old car. He sees a little girl’s face appear in its rear window. It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights traveling up and down the highway, searching for the car that took his daughter. When that same vehicle is found abandoned with a body inside, Gabe must confront not just the day Izzy disappeared but the painful events from his past now dredged to the surface. Fran and her daughter, Alice, are trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them --- because Fran knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up to her and Alice.

The Return by Rachel Harrison - Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Thriller

Berkley | 9780593098677 | Published October 6, 2020

Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return --- except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her. Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong --- she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who --- or what --- is she?

The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts - Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction

St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250123046 | Published October 6, 2020

After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness --- if, indeed, they can be saved. Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal --- and rediscover the light and faith within themselves.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia - Fiction, Humor, Mystery

Mariner Books | 9780358410768 | Published October 6, 2020

Tuesday Mooney is a loner who keeps to herself and begrudgingly socializes. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies --- leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe --- Tuesday’s adventure finally begins. Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew. The hunt tests their mettle, and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize --- a share of Pryce’s immense wealth --- they must move quickly. Pryce’s clues can't be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.

Walk the Wire by David Baldacci - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538761472 | Published October 6, 2020

When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. They are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open --- which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene's life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day --- a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.

When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan - Memoir, Nonfiction

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538751053 | Published October 6, 2020

In 2017, Jeannie Gaffigan's life came to a crashing halt when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. As the mother of five kids --- six if you include her husband, author/comedian Jim Gaffigan --- sat in the neurosurgery department, all she could think was "Am I going to die?" Thankfully, Jeannie and her family were able to survive their time of crisis, and now she is sharing her deeply personal journey through this miraculous story: the challenging conversations she had with her children; how she came to terms with feeling powerless and ferociously crabby while bedridden and unable to eat for a month; and how she ultimately learned, re-learned and re-re-learned to be more present in life.

When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor - Fiction, Historical Fiction

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780062995261 | Published October 6, 2020

China, December 1941. Having left an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China, Elspeth Kent is now anxious to return home to help the war effort. But as she prepares to leave China, a terrible twist of fate determines a different path for Elspeth and those in her charge. Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School, protected by her British status. But when Japan declares war on Britain and America, Japanese forces take control of the school, and the security and comforts Nancy and her friends are used to are replaced by privation, uncertainty and fear. Now the enemy, and separated from their parents, the children look to their teachers to provide a sense of unity and safety.

A Bend in the River by Libby Fischer Hellmann - Fiction, Historical Fiction

The Red Herrings Press | 9781938733673 | Published October 7, 2020

In 1968, two young Vietnamese sisters flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground. The only survivors of the brutal massacre that killed their family, the sisters struggle to survive but become estranged, separated by sharply different choices and ideologies. Mai ekes out a living as a GI bar girl, but Tam’s anger festers, and she heads into jungle terrain to fight with the Viet Cong. For nearly 10 years, neither sister knows if the other is alive. Do they both survive the war? And if they do, can they mend their fractured relationship? Or are the wounds from their journeys too deep to heal?

Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton by Lydia R. Hamessley - Biography, Music, Nonfiction

University of Illinois Press | 9780252085420 | Published October 12, 2020

Dolly Parton's success as a performer and pop culture phenomenon has overshadowed her achievements as a songwriter. But she sees herself as a songwriter first, and with good reason. Parton's compositions like "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene" have become American standards with an impact far beyond country music. Lydia R. Hamessley's expert analysis and Parton’s characteristically straightforward input inform this comprehensive look at the process, influences and themes that have shaped the superstar's songwriting artistry. Hamessley reveals how Parton’s loving, hardscrabble childhood in the Smoky Mountains provided the musical language, rhythms and memories of old-time music that resonate in so many of her songs.

Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense edited by Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger - Anthology, Fiction, Horror, Short Stories, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Pegasus Books | 9781643135953 | Published October 13, 2020

The ghost story has long been a staple of world literature, but many of the genre's greatest tales have been forgotten, overshadowed in many cases by their authors' bestselling work in other genres. In this spine-tingling anthology, little-known stories from literary titans like Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are collected alongside overlooked works from masters of horror fiction like Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James. Acclaimed anthologists Leslie S. Klinger and Lisa Morton set these stories in historical context and trace the literary significance of ghosts in fiction over almost 200 years --- from a traditional English ballad first printed in 1724 through the Christmas-themed ghost stories of the Victorian era and up to the science fiction-tinged tales of the early 20th century.

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton - Entertainment, Memoir, Nonfiction, Performing Arts

Hachette Books | 9780316349246 | Published October 13, 2020

In HOME, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. With this second memoir, HOME WORK, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films: Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry, from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world.

Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren - Biography, Music, Nonfiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781476793115 | Published October 13, 2020

Janis Joplin has become a legend known as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory portrait of a woman who wasn’t all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down --- but couldn’t, or wouldn’t. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away --- even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco.

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Vintage | 9780525432739 | Published October 13, 2020

Surgeon’s apprentice Zachary Walsh knows that his master, John Howard, prides himself on his rationality. But John cannot explain how or why Mary Toft, the wife of a local journeyman, has managed to give birth to a dead rabbit. When this singular event becomes a regular occurrence, John and Zachary realize that nothing in their experience as rural physicians has prepared them to deal with a situation like this. When King George I learns of Mary’s plight, she and her doctors are summoned to London, where Zachary experiences a world far removed from his small-town existence and is exposed to some of the darkest corners of the human soul.

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.

Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir by Deirdre Bair - Memoir, Nonfiction

Anchor | 9780525432906 | Published October 13, 2020

In 1971, Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. He agreed that she could write his biography despite never having written --- or even read --- a biography herself. The next seven years of intimate conversations, intercontinental research and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in SAMUEL BECKETT: A Biography, which went on to win the National Book Award and propel Deirdre to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir. The catch? De Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other --- and lived essentially on the same street. Her seven-year relationship with the domineering and difficult de Beauvoir required a radical change in approach, yielding another groundbreaking literary profile and influencing Bair’s own feminist beliefs.

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Gallery Books | 9781982127497 | Published October 13, 2020

Summer has come to Atlantic City, but the boardwalk is empty of tourists, the casino lights have dimmed, and two Jane Does are laid out in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel, just west of town. Only one person even knows they are there. Meanwhile, Clara, a young boardwalk psychic, struggles to attract clients for the tarot readings that pay her rent. When she begins to experience very real and disturbing visions, she suspects they could be related to the recent cases of women gone missing in town. When Clara meets Lily, an ex-Soho art gallery girl who is working at a desolate casino spa and reeling from a personal tragedy, she thinks Lily may be able to help her. But Lily has her own demons to face.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory - Comedy, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction

Berkley | 9780593099049 | Published October 13, 2020

Vivian Forest tags along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary. Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour --- until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. Or are they?

The Christmas Boutique: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini - Fiction, Women's Fiction

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780062841162 | Published October 13, 2020

Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique --- an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her ancestral family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp. In the spirit of the season, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters begin setting up market booths in the ballroom and decking the halls with beautiful hand-made holiday quilts. Each of the quilters chooses a favorite quilt to display, a special creation evoking memories of holidays past and dreams of Christmases yet to come.

The Divers' Game by Jesse Ball - Dystopian, Fiction

Ecco | 9780062676122 | Published October 13, 2020

The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavor. The world is divided into two groups: pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with their lives. THE DIVERS’ GAME is a thinly veiled description of our society, an extreme case that demonstrates a truth: we must change or our world will collapse. What is the effect of constant fear on a life, or on a culture? Jesse Ball’s novel explores the consequences of violence through two festivals, and through the dramatic and excruciating examination of a woman’s final moments.

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski - Biography, Nonfiction

Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster | 9781501137242 | Published October 13, 2020

Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini. But the unique phenomenon of Houdini was always more than his death-defying stunts or his ability to escape handcuffs and straitjackets. It is also about the power of imagination and self-invention. Fueled by Joe Posnanski’s personal obsession with the magician --- and magic itself --- THE LIFE AND AFTERLIFE OF HARRY HOUDINI is a poignant odyssey of discovery that traces Houdini’s metamorphosis into an iconic figure who has inspired millions.