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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.

February 2021

Hardcover

The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice - Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542009553 | Published February 1, 2021

After artist Claire Beaudry Chase is attacked and left for dead in her home on the Connecticut coast, she doesn’t know who she can trust. But her well-connected husband, Griffin --- who is running for governor --- is her prime suspect. Just before the attack, Claire was preparing for an exhibit of her shadow boxes, one of which clearly accuses Griffin of a violent crime committed 25 years ago. If the public were to find out who her husband is, his political career would be over. Claire’s certain her husband and his powerful supporters would kill her to stop the truth from getting out.

A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke - Family Life, Fiction, Literary

Knopf | 9780385352383 | Published February 2, 2021

Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of "Henry IV" under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying --- and narcissistic --- Falstaff's of all time. Searing, raw, and utterly transfixing.

A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke - Family Life, Fiction, Literary

Knopf | 9780385352383 | Published February 2, 2021

Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of "Henry IV" under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying --- and narcissistic --- Falstaff's of all time. Searing, raw, and utterly transfixing.

A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke - Family Life, Fiction, Literary

Knopf | 9780385352383 | Published February 2, 2021

Send for Me by Lauren Fox - Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fiction, Literary

Knopf | 9781101947807 | Published February 2, 2021

Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents' popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. There are rumors that anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, but Annelise and her parents can't quite believe that it will affect them. But as Annelise falls in love, marries, and gives birth to her daughter, the dangers grow closer. Luckily Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America. Two generations later, in a small Midwestern city, Annelise's granddaughter, Clare, is a young woman newly in love. But when she stumbles upon a trove of her grandmother's letters from Germany, she sees the history of her family's sacrifices in a new light, and suddenly she's faced with an impossible choice: the past, or her future. 
Send for Me by Lauren Fox - Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fiction, Literary

Knopf | 9781101947807 | Published February 2, 2021

Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents' popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. There are rumors that anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, but Annelise and her parents can't quite believe that it will affect them. But as Annelise falls in love, marries, and gives birth to her daughter, the dangers grow closer. Luckily Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America. Two generations later, in a small Midwestern city, Annelise's granddaughter, Clare, is a young woman newly in love. But when she stumbles upon a trove of her grandmother's letters from Germany, she sees the history of her family's sacrifices in a new light, and suddenly she's faced with an impossible choice: the past, or her future. 
A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction

Tor.com | 9781250262066 | Published February 2, 2021

Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them...
Annie and the Wolves by Andromeda Romano-Lax - Fiction, Science Fiction

Soho Press | 9781641291699 | Published February 2, 2021

Ruth McClintock is obsessed with Annie Oakley. For nearly a decade, she has been studying the legendary sharpshooter, convinced that a scarring childhood event was the impetus for her crusade to arm every woman in America. This search has cost Ruth her doctorate, a book deal, and her fiancé --- but finally it has borne fruit. She has managed to hunt down what may be a journal of Oakley’s midlife struggles, including secret visits to a psychoanalyst and the desire for vengeance against the “Wolves,” or those who have wronged her.

Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen - Fantasy, Fiction

Dutton | 9781524742720 | Published February 2, 2021

The Tearling has reverted to feudalism, a far cry from the utopia it was founded to be. As the gap between rich and poor widens and famine threatens the land, sparking unrest, rumors of a prophecy begin to spread: a great hope, a True Queen who will rise up and save the kingdom. But rumors will not help Lazarus, a man raised to kill in the brutal clandestine underworld of the Creche, nor Aislinn, a farm girl who must reckon with her own role in the growing rebellion. In the Keep, the crown princess, Elyssa, finds herself torn between duty to the throne and the lure of the Blue Horizon, a group of fierce idealists who promise radical change . . . but Elyssa must choose quickly, before a nefarious witch and her shadowy master use dark magic to decide for her. It is only a matter of time before all three will be called into the service of something bigger than they have ever imagined: a fight for a better world.
Blink of an Eye by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538762882 | Published February 2, 2021

Delilah Winter is one of the hottest pop stars on the planet, so how in the world was she kidnapped right in the middle of a show at the famous Hollywood Bowl? If anyone can figure it out, it's Dr. Kendra Michaels, who works with local and federal authorities on only the most impossible cases. She agrees to lead the race to rescue the young singer before time runs out. Joined by Jessie Mercado, the singer's former bodyguard and a military hero, Kendra closes in on the hideout location but not before casualties mount up. Desperate for leads, Kendra must set aside her personal feelings when agent-for-hire Adam Lynch also volunteers his special skills to aid in the search. But as the abductor's true purpose becomes clear, the trio uncover a plot they never could have imagined --- leading to a showdown they won't soon forget.

Blood Grove by Walter Mosley - African American Interest, Crime, Fiction, Mystery

Mulholland Books | 9780316491181 | Published February 2, 2021

Unlicensed private investigator-turned-hardboiled detective Easy Rawlins navigates sex clubs, the mafia and dangerous friends when he reluctantly accepts the racially charged case of a traumatized Vietnam War veteran in late-1960s Los Angeles.

City of a Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks - Fiction, Political Thriller

Harper | 9780063011472 | Published February 2, 2021

Hamid, a college student, has entered Israeli territory illegally for work. Rushing past soldiers, he bumps into Vera, a German journalist headed to Jerusalem to cover the story of Salem, a Palestinian boy beaten into a coma by a group of revenge-seeking Israeli teenagers. On her way to the hospital, Vera runs in front of a car that barely avoids hitting her. The driver is Ido, a new father traveling with his American wife and their baby. Ido is distracted by thoughts of a young Jewish girl murdered by a terrorist who infiltrated her settlement. Ori, a 19 year old soldier, is guarding the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem through which Hamid’s professor must pass. These multiple strands open this haunting novel of present-day Israel and Palestine, following each of these diverse characters as they try to protect what they love.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano - Fiction, Mystery, Women's Fiction

Minotaur Books | 9781250241702 | Published February 2, 2021

Finlay Donovan is killing it… except, she’s really not. The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband went behind her back to fire the nanny, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors. When Finlay’s overheard discussing the plot of her new novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet... and she soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart.
Floating in a Most Peculiar Way by Louis Chude-Sokei - Autobiography, Biography, Memoir

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 9781328841582 | Published February 2, 2021

Chude-Sokei’s immersion in the politics of race and belonging across the landscape of the African diaspora takes a turn when his traumatized mother, who has her own extraordinary history as the onetime “Jackie O of Biafra,” finally sends for him to come live with her. In Inglewood, Los Angeles, on the eve of gangsta rap and the LA riots, it’s as if he’s fallen to Earth. In this world, anything alien --- definitely Chude-Sokei’s secret obsession with science fiction and David Bowie --- is a danger, and his yearning to become a Black American gets deeply, sometimes absurdly, complicated. Ultimately, it is a boisterous pan-African family of honorary aunts, uncles, and cousins that becomes his secret society, teaching him the redemptive skill of navigating not just Blackness, but Blacknesses, in his America.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain - Autobiography, Biography, History, Social Sciences

One World | 9780593134047 | Published February 2, 2021

The story begins in 1619 --- a year before the Mayflower --- when the White Lion disgorges “some 20-and-odd Negroes” onto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United States. It takes us to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history.

Girl A by Abigail Dean - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Viking | 9780593295847 | Published February 2, 2021

Lex Gracie doesn't want to think about her family. She doesn't want to think about growing up in her parents' House of Horrors. And she doesn't want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped, the eldest sister who freed her older brother and four younger siblings. It's been easy enough to avoid her parents --- her father never made it out of the House of Horrors he created, and her mother spent the rest of her life behind bars. But when her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can't run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her siblings --- and with the childhood they shared.
Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan - Family Life, Fiction, Friendship

Atria Books | 9781982144364 | Published February 2, 2021

Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world. Next-door neighbor and Maple Street’s Queen Bee, Rhea Schroeder --- a lonely community college professor repressing her own dark past --- welcomes ex-pageant queen Gertie, her has-been rock star husband Arlo Wilde and family into the fold. Then, during one spritzer-fueled summer evening, the new best friends share too much, too soon. As tensions mount, a sinkhole opens in a nearby park, and Rhea’s daughter Shelly falls inside. Suddenly, it is one mom’s word against the other’s in a court of public opinion that can end only in blood.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316536981 | Published February 2, 2021

In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister. It’s a cautionary tale, about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers and go into the Baxter’s Tunnels. When she’s grown, Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences. A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men driven into the Tunnels by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom --- and their lives.

Land of Big Numbers by Te Ping Chen - Fiction

Mariner Books | 9780358272557 | Published February 2, 2021

Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen’s stories coalesce into a portrait of a people striving for openings where mobility is limited. Twins take radically different paths: one becomes a professional gamer, the other a political activist. A woman moves to the city to work at a government call center and is followed by her violent ex-boyfriend. A man is swept into the high-risk, high-reward temptations of China’s volatile stock exchange. And a group of people sit, trapped for no reason, on a subway platform for months, waiting for official permission to leave.

Landslide by Susan Conley - Family Life, Fiction, Literary

Knopf | 9780525657132 | Published February 2, 2021

After a fishing accident leaves her husband hospitalized across the border in Canada, Jill is left to look after her teenage boys alone. Nothing comes easy in their remote corner of Maine: money is tight; her son Sam is getting into more trouble by the day; her eldest, Charlie, is preoccupied with a new girlfriend; and Jill begins to suspect her marriage isn't as stable as she once believed. As one disaster gives way to the next, she begins to think that it's not enough to be a caring wife and mother anymore. But how to protect this life she loves, this household, this family?
Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris - Autobiography, Biography, Entertainment, Performing Arts

Penguin Press | 9780399562242 | Published February 2, 2021

Mike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind: while still in his 20s, he was half of a hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country. Next he directed four consecutive hit plays, won back-to-back Tonys, ushered in a new era of Hollywood moviemaking with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and followed it with The Graduate, which won him an Oscar and became the third-highest-grossing movie ever. At 35, he lived in a three-story Central Park West penthouse, drove a Rolls-Royce, and collected Arabian horses. Born Igor Peschkowsky to a Jewish couple in Berlin in 1931, he and his younger brother were sent to America on a ship in 1939. The gulf between these two sets of facts explains a great deal about Nichols's transformation from lonely outsider to the center of more than one cultural universe.
Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz - Fiction, Short Stories

Grove Press | 9780802158154 | Published February 2, 2021

MILK BLOOD HEAT depicts the sultry lives of Floridians in intergenerational tales that contemplate human connection, race, womanhood, inheritance and the elemental darkness in us all. Set among the cities and suburbs of Florida, each story delves into the ordinary worlds of young girls, women and men who find themselves confronted by extraordinary moments of violent personal reckoning. These intimate portraits of people and relationships scour and soothe and blast a light on the nature of family, faith, forgiveness, consumption and what we may, or may not, owe one another.

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder - Coming of Age, Fiction, Humor, Jewish Interest

Scribner | 9781982142490 | Published February 2, 2021

Rachel is 24, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion, while working as an underling at a Los Angeles talent management agency. At night, she pedals nowhere on the elliptical machine. Rachel is content to carry on subsisting --- until her therapist encourages her to take a 90-day communication detox from her mother, who raised her in the tradition of calorie counting. Early in the detox, Rachel meets Miriam, a zaftig young Orthodox Jewish woman who works at her favorite frozen yogurt shop and is intent upon feeding her. Rachel is suddenly and powerfully entranced by Miriam and as the two grow closer, Rachel embarks on a journey marked by mirrors, mysticism, mothers, milk and honey.

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee - Fiction

Riverhead Books | 9781594634574 | Published February 2, 2021

Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself. The narrative alternates between Tiller’s outlandish, mind-boggling year with Pong and the strange, riveting, emotionally complex domestic life that follows it, as Tiller processes what happened to him abroad and what it means for his future.
Run for Cover by Michael Ledwidge - Crime, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Hanover Square Press | 9781335141460 | Published February 2, 2021

Fresh from a lethal entanglement with some of the deepest and darkest players in the global intelligence services, Michael Gannon heads to the safest place he can think of: deep in the wilds of Utah on the ranch of one of his oldest and closest war buddies. But when his friend’s brother is found dead in the rocky foothills of Grand Teton, Gannon realizes there are some things more important than keeping your head down. Is his death just one in a string of grisly murders mysteriously occurring around national parks --- or a part of something even more sinister?