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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.

May 2021

Hardcover

21st Birthday by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316499347 | Published May 3, 2021

When young wife and mother Tara Burke goes missing with her baby girl, all eyes are on her husband, Lucas. He paints her not as a missing person but a wayward wife --- until a gruesome piece of evidence turns the investigation criminal. While Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas pursues the story and M.E. Claire Washburn harbors theories that run counter to the SFPD’s, ADA Yuki Castellano sizes Lucas up as a textbook domestic offender . . . who suddenly puts forward an unexpected suspect. If what Lucas tells law enforcement has even a grain of truth, there isn't a woman in the state of California who's safe from the reach of an unspeakable threat.

A Dog's Courage: A Dog's Way Home Novel by W. Bruce Cameron - Disaster Fiction, Fiction

Forge Books | 9781250257628 | Published May 4, 2021

Bella was once a lost dog, but now she lives happily with her people, Lucas and Olivia, only occasionally recalling the hardships in her past. Then a weekend camping trip turns into a harrowing struggle for survival when the Rocky Mountains are engulfed by the biggest wildfire in American history. The raging inferno separates Bella from her people and she is lost once more. Alone in the wilderness, Bella unexpectedly finds herself responsible for the safety of two defenseless mountain lion cubs. Now she’s torn between two equally urgent goals. More than anything, she wants to find her way home to Lucas and Olivia, but not if it means abandoning her new family to danger. And danger abounds, from predators hunting them to the flames threatening at every turn.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint - Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology

Flatiron Books | 9781250773586 | Published May 4, 2021

Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice. When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives to vanquish the beast, Ariadne sees in his green eyes not a threat but an escape. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. But will Ariadne’s decision ensure her happy ending? And what of Phaedra, the beloved younger sister she leaves behind?

Dead of Winter by Stephen Mack Jones - African American Interest, Mystery, Police Procedural, Thriller

Soho Crime | 9781641291026 | Published May 4, 2021

Detroit ex-cop and Mexicantown native August Snow has been invited for a business meeting at Authentico Foods. Its owner, Ronaldo Ochoa, is dying, and is being blackmailed into selling the company to an anonymous entity. Quickly, his investigation takes a devastating turn and he and his loved ones find themselves ensnared in a dangerous net of ruthless billionaire developers. August Snow must fight not only for his life, but for the soul of Mexicantown itself.

Everybody: A Book About Freedom by Olivia Laing - Mind & Body, Nonfiction, Philosophy

W.W. Norton & Company | 9780393608779 | Published May 4, 2021

In her ambitious, brilliant sixth book, Olivia Laing charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to explore gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism and the civil rights movement. Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century. Arriving at a moment in which basic bodily rights are once again imperiled, EVERYBODY is an investigation into the forces arranged against freedom and a celebration of how ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.

Family Law by Gin Phillips - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Viking | 9781984880628 | Published May 4, 2021

Set in Alabama in the early '80s, FAMILY LAW follows a young lawyer, Lucia, who is making a name for herself at a time when a woman in a courtroom is still a rarity. When her mother's pending divorce brings teenaged Rachel into Lucia's orbit, Rachel finds herself captivated not only with Lucia, but with the change Lucia represents. Rachel is out-spoken and curious, and she chafes at the rules her mother lays down as the bounds of acceptable feminine behavior. In Lucia, Rachel sees the potential for a new path into womanhood. But their unconventional friendship takes them both to a crossroads. When a moment of violence --- a threat made good --- puts Rachel in danger, Lucia has to decide how much her work means to her and what she's willing to sacrifice to keep moving forward.

Family Reunion by Nancy Thayer - Fiction

Ballantine Books | 9781524798789 | Published May 4, 2021

Eleanor Sunderland loves living on Nantucket, but this year she can’t help but feel a bit isolated, even as the island begins to come alive with summer tourists and travelers. Hoping to kick the season off on a good note, Eleanor decides her seventieth birthday may be the perfect occasion for a much-needed reunion. Fresh off the heels of her college graduation, Eleanor’s dear granddaughter, Ari, has just ended an engagement, and she longs for a change of scenery and to venture far from her parents’ snobbish expectations; her wish is granted when she moves in with her grandmother. But just as grandmother and granddaughter fall into a carefree routine, a few shocking discoveries throw them off course, and their ideas of the future seem suddenly uncertain.

Find You First by Linwood Barclay - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780062678317 | Published May 4, 2021

Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there is a 50 percent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation. Two decades ago, a young, struggling Miles was a sperm donor. Somewhere out there, he has nine kids, and they might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him. Aspiring film documentarian Chloe Swanson embarks on a quest to find her biological father, armed with the knowledge that 22 years ago, her mother used a New York sperm bank to become pregnant. When Miles and Chloe eventually connect, their excitement at finding each other is overshadowed by a series of mysterious and terrifying events. One by one, Miles’ other potential heirs are vanishing --- every trace of them wiped, like they never existed at all.

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Knopf | 9780525656975 | Published May 4, 2021

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There --- after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes --- Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight, a development that will haunt her for the rest of her life and fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles. A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates collide.

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Doubleday | 9780385542432 | Published May 4, 2021

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil. Mary --- a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony --- soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary's garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows.

Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard - Crime, History

St. Martin's Press | 9781250273659 | Published May 4, 2021

Bill O’Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard trace the brutal history of 20th Century organized crime in the United States, and expertly plumb the history of this nation’s most notorious serial robbers, conmen, murderers, and especially, mob family bosses. Covering the period from the 1930s to the 1980s, O’Reilly and Dugard trace the prohibition-busting bank robbers of the Depression Era. In addition, the authors highlight the creation of the Mafia Commission, the power struggles within the “Five Families,” the growth of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, the mob battles to control Cuba, Las Vegas and Hollywood, as well as the personal war between the U.S. Attorney General Bobby Kennedy and legendary Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton - History, Nonfiction

Crown | 9781984824332 | Published May 4, 2021

Young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache's plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry. After a series of costly setbacks, the commandant faced two bad options: turn back in defeat and spare his men the devastating Antarctic winter, or recklessly chase fame by sailing deeper into the freezing waters. De Gerlache sailed on, and soon the Belgica was stuck fast in the icy hold of the Bellingshausen Sea. When the sun set on the magnificent polar landscape one last time, the ship’s occupants were condemned to months of endless night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness and besieged by monotony, they descended into madness.

Monkey Boy by Francisco Goldman - Fiction, Literary Fiction

Grove Press | 9780802157676 | Published May 4, 2021

Francisco Goldberg, an American writer, has been living in Mexico when, because of a threat provoked by his journalism, he flees to New York City, hoping to start afresh. His last relationship ended devastatingly five years before, and he may now finally be on the cusp of a new love with a young Mexican woman he meets in Brooklyn. But Francisco is soon beckoned back to his childhood home outside Boston by a high school girlfriend who witnessed his youthful humiliations. Told in an intimate, irresistibly funny, and passionate voice, this extraordinary portrait of family and growing up “halfie,” unearths the hidden cruelties in a predominantly white, working-class Boston suburb where Francisco came of age, and explores the pressures of living between worlds all his life.

Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann - Fiction

Doubleday | 9780385545211 | Published May 4, 2021

The Briscoe family is once again the talk of their small town when March returns to East Texas two years after he was caught having an affair with his brother's wife. His mother, June, hardly welcomes him back with open arms. Her husband's own past affairs have made her tired of being the long-suffering spouse. Is it, perhaps, time for a change? Within days of March's arrival, someone is dead, marriages are upended, and even the strongest of alliances are shattered. In the end, the ties that hold them together might be exactly what drag them all down.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Ballantine Books | 9780593135204 | Published May 4, 2021

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission --- and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. But he can’t remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery --- and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he has to do it all alone. Or does he?

Robert B. Parker's Payback by Mike Lupica - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593087855 | Published May 4, 2021

PI Sunny Randall begins digging into the life of the hedge fund manager who screwed her good friend out of their restaurant --- surely a guy that smarmy has a skeleton or two in his closet --- and soon finds this new enemy may have the backing of even badder criminals. At the same time, Sunny's cop contact Lee Farrell asks her to intervene with his niece, a college student who reported being the victim of a crime but seems to know more than she's telling police. Then, what appear to be two disparate cases are united by a common factor, and one thing becomes clear: Sunny has been poking a hornet's nest from two sides, and all hell is about to break loose.

Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Post Hill Press | 9781642937091 | Published May 4, 2021

On a brilliantly sunny July day, six-year-old Ruby is abandoned by her father in the suffocating dark of a Tennessee cave. Twenty years later, transformed into soap opera star Eleanor Russell, she is fired under dubious circumstances. Fleeing to Europe, she marries a glamorous stranger named Orlando Montague and keeps her past closely hidden. Together, Eleanor and Orlando start afresh in LA. Setting up house in a storybook cottage in the Hollywood Hills, Eleanor is cast in a dream role --- the lead in a remake of REBECCA. As she immerses herself in that eerie gothic tale, Orlando’s personality changes, ghosts of her past re-emerge, and Eleanor fears she is not the only person in her marriage with a secret.

Second Place by Rachel Cusk - Fiction, Women's Fiction, Women’s Issues

Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 9780374279226 | Published May 4, 2021

A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma --- and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.

Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Suspense

Atria Books | 9781982159214 | Published May 4, 2021

Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor --- and only six weeks left to live. When she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good. Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, Jennifer's daughters are each processing the news differently, some doubting her campaign against their father. Jennifer can’t help but wonder if the poisoning is all in her head --- or if there’s someone else who wanted her dead.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon - Fiction, Gothic, Magical Realism, Suspense

MCD | 9780374266776 | Published May 4, 2021

Vern --- seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised --- flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world. But even in the forest, Vern is a hunted woman. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of, her body wracked by inexplicable and uncanny changes. To understand her metamorphosis and to protect her small family, Vern has to face the past, and more troublingly, the future --- outside the woods.

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours by Sarah Sentilles - Memoir, Nonfiction

Random House | 9780593230039 | Published May 4, 2021

After their decision not to have a biological child, Sarah Sentilles and her husband, Eric, decide to adopt via the foster care system. Despite knowing that the system’s goal is the child’s reunification with the birth family, Sarah opens their home to a flurry of social workers who question them, evaluate them, and ultimately prepare them to welcome a child into their lives. After years of starts and stops, and endless navigation of the complexities and injustices of the foster care system, a phone call finally comes: a three-day-old baby girl named Coco, in immediate need of a foster family. A love letter to Coco and to the countless children like her, STRANGER CARE chronicles Sarah’s discovery of what it means to mother --- in this case, not just a vulnerable infant but the birth mother who loves her, too.

Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life by Juliana Marguiles - Memoir, Nonfiction

Ballantine Books | 9780525480259 | Published May 4, 2021

Julianna was bestowed with the family nickname “Sunshine Girl” as a child. Shuttled back and forth between her divorced parents, often on different continents, she quickly learned how to be of value to her eccentric mother and her absent father. Julianna found that her role among the surrounding turmoil and uncertainty was to comfort those around her, seeking organization among the disorder, making her way in the world as a young adult and eventually an award-winning actress. Throughout, there were complicated relationships, difficult choices, and overwhelming rejections. But there were also the moments where fate, faith, and talent aligned, leading to the unforgettable roles of a lifetime, both professionally and personally --- moments when chaos had finally turned to calm.

The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Minotaur Books | 9781250793737 | Published May 4, 2021

Celebrating Christmas and ringing in 1986 in the remote fishing hamlet of Skálar seems like a small price to pay for Una, who yearns for a chance to earn some teaching credentials and get her life back on track. But Skálar isn’t just one of Iceland’s most isolated villages, it is home to just ten people. Una’s only students are two girls aged seven and nine. Teaching them only occupies so many hours in a day and the few adults she interacts with are civil but distant. When a sudden tragedy echoes an event long buried in Skálar’s past, the villagers become even more guarded, leaving a suspicious Una seeking to uncover a shocking truth that’s been kept secret for generations.

The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781503958760 | Published May 4, 2021

In late March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves --- murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans? The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for more than a century. But after already living under Stalin’s horrifying regime, Emil and Adeline decide they must run in retreat from their land with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Simon & Schuster | 9781501171345 | Published May 4, 2021

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen’s 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered; as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss; as a US Marshal and FBI agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity --- and why he really disappeared. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.