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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.

September 2021

Hardcover

These Toxic Things: A Thriller by Rachel Howzell Hall - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542027472 | Published September 1, 2021

Mickie Lambert creates “digital scrapbooks” for clients, ensuring that precious souvenirs aren’t forgotten or lost. When her latest client, Nadia Denham dies from an apparent suicide, Mickie honors the old woman’s last wish and begins curating her peculiar objets d’art. But these tokens mean a lot to someone else, too. Mickie has been receiving threatening messages to leave Nadia’s past alone. It’s becoming a mystery Mickie is driven to solve. Who once owned these odd treasures? How did Nadia really come to possess them? Discovering the truth means crossing paths with a long-dormant serial killer and navigating the secrets of a sinister past. 

The Nature of Middle-earth by J. R. R. Tolkien - Fantasy, Fiction

Mariner Books | 9780358454601 | Published September 2, 2021

J.R.R. Tolkien published THE HOBBIT in 1937 and THE LORD OF THE RINGS in 1954-1955. He continued to write about Middle-earth in the decades that followed. The writings in THE NATURE OF MIDDLE-EARTH reveal the journeys that he took as he sought to better understand his unique creation. From sweeping themes as profound as Elvish immortality and reincarnation, and the Powers of the Valar, to the subjects of the lands and beasts of Númenor and the geography of the Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor. This new collection, edited by Carl F. Hostetter, one of the world’s leading Tolkien experts, is a treasure-trove offering readers a chance to peer over Professor Tolkien’s shoulder at the very moment of discovery: and on every page, Middle-earth is once again brought to extraordinary life.

A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti - Fiction

Knopf | 9780525658924 | Published September 7, 2021

New York City, 1972. Jaryk Smith and Lucy Gardner are in the first bloom of love when they receive word that Jaryk's oldest friend has died under mysterious circumstances in a rural village in eastern India. Travelling there alone to collect his friend's ashes, Jaryk soon finds himself enmeshed in the chaos of local politics and efforts to stage a play in protest against the government. Torn between the survivor's guilt he has carried for decades and his feelings for Lucy (who, unbeknownst to him, is pregnant with his child), Jaryk must decide how to honor both the past and the present, and how to accept a happiness he is not sure he deserves.

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang - Autobiography, Biography, Culture, Nonfiction

Doubleday | 9780385547215 | Published September 7, 2021

In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it. But then Qian’s headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you’ve always lived here.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 9780374602604 | Published September 7, 2021

Alice meets Felix and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young --- but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

Brothers on Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana by Abe Streep - Nonfiction, Social Sciences, Sociology

Celadon Books | 9781250210685 | Published September 7, 2021

March 11, 2017, was a night to remember: in front of the hopeful eyes of thousands of friends, family members and fans, the Arlee Warriors would finally bring the high school basketball state championship title home to the Flathead Indian Reservation. The game would become the stuff of legend, with the boys revered as local heroes. The team’s place in Montana history was now cemented, but for starters Will Mesteth, Jr. and Phillip Malatare, life would keep moving on --- senior year was only just beginning.

Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice by Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss - History, Military

Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster | 9781982176525 | Published September 7, 2021

On August 27, 2010, three CIA officers ask for a private meeting with CIA Director Leon Panetta. Agents have tracked a courier with Al Qaeda ties to a house at the end of a dead-end street in Abbottabad, Pakistan. It’s a heavily protected fortress. Everyone understands that after nearly a decade, maybe, they’ve found the world’s most wanted man. Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace delivers a thrilling new account of the final eight months that leads to the climactic mission when SEAL Team Six closes in on its target. The book delivers new information collected from Wallace’s in-depth interviews with more than a dozen central figures. Wallace also talks to families who lost loved ones on 9/11, sharing what relatives of SEAL Team Six went through and brings us inside the Situation Room during the raid. 

Cranial Fracking by Ian Frazier - Essays, Humor, Nonfiction

Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 9780374603076 | Published September 7, 2021

Ian Frazier has gathered his insights on the most urgent issues of today in CRANIAL FRACKING. From climate change to the state of culture to Texas, he has all the answers. Or, at the very least, a lot of questions.

Defending Britta Stein by Ronald H. Balson - Fiction, Thriller

St. Martin's Press | 9781250274809 | Published September 7, 2021

Ole Henryks, a popular restauranteur, is set to be honored by the Danish/American Association for his many civic and charitable contributions. Frequently appearing on local TV, most consider him a hero. Britta Stein, however, does not. The 90-year-old Chicago woman levels public accusations against Henryks by spray-painting “Coward,” “Traitor,” “Collaborator” and “War Criminal” on the walls of his restaurant. Mrs. Stein is ultimately taken into custody and charged with criminal defacement of property. Attorney Catherine Lockhart agrees to take up Mrs. Stein's defense. With the help of her investigator husband, Lockhart must reach back into wartime Denmark and locate evidence that proves Mrs. Stein's innocence.

Eight Days in May: The Final Collapse of the Third Reich by Volker Ullrich - History, Holocaust, Military, Nonfiction

Liveright | 9781631498275 | Published September 7, 2021

In a bunker deep below Berlin’s Old Reich Chancellery, Adolf Hitler and his new bride, Eva Braun, took their own lives just after 3:00 p.m. on April 30, 1945. But the Führer’s suicide did not instantly end either Nazism or the Second World War in Europe. Far from it: the eight days that followed were among the most traumatic in modern history, witnessing not only the final paroxysms of bloodshed and the frantic surrender of the Wehrmacht, but the total disintegration of the once-mighty Third Reich.
Fault Lines by Emily Itami - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction

Custom House | 9780063099807 | Published September 7, 2021

Mizuki is a Japanese housewife. She has a hardworking husband, two adorable children, and a beautiful Tokyo apartment. It’s everything a woman could want, yet sometimes she wonders whether she would rather throw herself off the high-rise balcony than spend another evening not talking to her husband and hanging up laundry. Then, one rainy night, she meets Kiyoshi, a successful restaurateur. In him, she rediscovers freedom, friendship, and the neon, electric pulse of the city she has always loved. But the further she falls into their relationship, the clearer it becomes that she is living two lives --- and in the end, we can choose only one.
Forever Young: A Memoir by Hayley Mills - Autobiography, Biography, Entertainment, Nonfiction

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538704196 | Published September 7, 2021

The daughter of acclaimed British actor Sir John Mills was still a preteen when she began her acting career and was quickly thrust into the spotlight. Under the wing of Walt Disney himself, Hayley Mills was transformed into one of the biggest child starlets of the 1960s. Now, in her charming and forthright memoir, she provides a unique window into when Hollywood was still 'Tinseltown' and the great Walt Disney was at his zenith, ruling over what was (at least in his own head) still a family business. This behind-the-scenes look at the drama of having a sky-rocketing career as a young teen in an esteemed acting family will offer both her childhood impressions of the wild and glamorous world she was swept into, and the wisdom and broader knowledge that time has given her. 

Forgotten in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel by J. D. Robb - Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural

St. Martin's Press | 9781250272812 | Published September 7, 2021

The body was left in a dumpster like so much trash, the victim a woman of no fixed address, known for keeping the cops informed of any infractions she witnessed on the street. But the notebook where she scribbled her intel is nowhere to be found. Then Eve is summoned away to a nearby building site to view more remains. She isn’t happy when she realizes that the scene of the crime belongs to her husband, Roarke. Now Eve must enter a complex world of real estate development, family history, shady deals and shocking secrets to find justice for two women whose lives were thrown away...

Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight - Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Harper | 9780063061569 | Published September 7, 2021

Everyone has those friends. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been, or how badly they’ve occasionally behaved, or how late it is when that call finally comes --- you show up. Honestly, that’s how the five of us ended up here in the Catskills. Especially after what happened to Alice all those years ago, we can’t bear to think of losing anyone else. In fact, we’ll do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ll go so much farther than we ever thought we would. In the end, maybe that’s what caught up with us. Secrets, too, that can slip out at the most inopportune moments. Of course, we love each other despite all of those things. There’s something so beautiful about that kind of unconditional love. It can turn ugly, though. After all, we’ve already been through so much together. And we have so very much to hide.     
High Stakes by Iris Johansen - Crime, Fiction

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538713105 | Published September 7, 2021

Logan Tanner lives the exhilarating life of a professional gambler. From casinos in Macau to Monte Carlo to Milan, he’s racked up a fortune and become a living legend.  But all the glitz and glamor hide a dark and violent past as an extractor --- a world that comes rushing back to him when the beautiful and innocent Lara Balkon enters his life. Soon Logan is drawn into the conflict between two Russian mafia bosses over Lara. Once together, Tanner discovers that Lara is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. Tanner’s search for the truth leads them to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Where the person who was hunting Lara now lies in wait for them. The odds are stacked against them, but it’s a game they know they must play...even if it may cost them their lives.

In Every Mirror She's Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström - Fiction

Sourcebooks Landmark | 9781728240381 | Published September 7, 2021

Three Black women are linked in unexpected ways to the same influential white man in Stockholm. Successful marketing executive Kemi Adeyemi is lured from the U.S. to Sweden by Jonny von Lundin, CEO of the nation's largest marketing firm, to help fix a PR fiasco involving a racially tone-deaf campaign. A chance meeting with Jonny in business class en route to the U.S. propels former model-turned-flight-attendant Brittany-Rae Johnson into a life of wealth, luxury and privilege as the object of his unhealthy obsession. And refugee Muna Saheed, who lost her entire family, finds a job cleaning the toilets at Jonny's office as she works to establish her residency in Sweden and, more importantly, seeks connection and a place she can call home.

Inseparable: A Never-Before-Published Novel by Simone de Beauvoir - Fiction, Literary Fiction

Ecco | 9780063075047 | Published September 7, 2021

From the moment Sylvie and Andrée meet in their Parisian day school, they see in each other an accomplice with whom to confront the mysteries of girlhood. For the next 10 years, the two are the closest of friends and confidantes as they explore life in a post-World War One France. Sylvie, insightful and observant, sees a France of clashing ideals and religious hypocrisy --- and at an early age is determined to form her own opinions. Andrée, a tempestuous dreamer, is inclined to melodrama and romance. Despite their different natures they rely on each other to safeguard their secrets while entering adulthood in a world that did not pay much attention to the wills and desires of young women.
Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love by Rebecca Frankel - History, Holocaust, Nonfiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250267641 | Published September 7, 2021

In the summer of 1942, the Rabinowitz family narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. They miraculously survived two years in the woods until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. After the war they trekked across the Alps into Italy where they settled as refugees before eventually immigrating to the United States. During the first ghetto massacre, Miriam Rabinowitz rescued a young boy named Philip by pretending he was her son. Nearly a decade later, a chance encounter at a wedding in Brooklyn would lead Philip to find the woman who saved him. And to discover her daughter Ruth was the love of his life.

Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City by Samira Shackle - Culture, Nonfiction, Social Sciences

Melville House | 9781612199429 | Published September 7, 2021

Karachi. Pakistan’s largest city is a sprawling metropolis of 20 million people, twice the size of New York City. In this powerful debut, Samira Shackle explores the city of her mother’s birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites. Among them is Safdar the ambulance driver, who knows the city’s streets and shortcuts intimately and will stop at nothing to help his fellow citizens. There is Parveen, the activist whose outspoken views on injustice repeatedly lead her towards danger. And there is Zille, the hardened journalist whose commitment to getting the best scoops puts him at increasing risk. Their individual experiences unfold and converge, as Shackle tells the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade as it endures a terrifying crime wave.

L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón - Fiction

Flatiron Books | 9781250802569 | Published September 7, 2021

L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He’s harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way.

Late City by Robert Olen Butler - Family Life, Fiction

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802158826 | Published September 7, 2021

LATE CITY covers much of the early 20th century, unfurling as a conversation between the dying man and a surprising God. The two review Sam's life, from his childhood in the American South and his time in the French trenches during World War I to his fledgling newspaper career in Chicago in the Roaring Twenties and the decades that follow. As he contemplates his relationships --- with his parents, his brothers in arms, his wife, his editor, and most importantly, his son --- Sam is amazed at what he still has left to learn about himself after all these years in this heart-rending novel from the Pulitzer Prize winner.
Matrix by Lauren Groff - Fiction, Literary

Riverhead Books | 9781594634499 | Published September 7, 2021

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, 17-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, will the sheer force of Marie’s vision be bulwark enough?

Miss Kopp Investigates by Amy Stewart - Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Mariner Books | 9780358093091 | Published September 7, 2021

Winter 1919: Norma is summoned home from France, Constance from Washington and Fleurette puts her plans on hold as the sisters rally around their recently widowed sister-in-law and her children. How are four women going to support themselves? A chance encounter offers Fleurette a solution: clandestine legal work for a former colleague of Constance’s. She becomes a “professional co-respondent,” posing as the “other woman” in divorce cases so that photographs can be entered as evidence to procure a divorce. While her late-night assignments are both exciting and lucrative, they put her on a collision course with her family, who would never approve of such disreputable work. One client’s behavior leads Fleurette to uncover a crime, putting her in the position of amateur detective.  

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian - Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Park Row | 9780778311553 | Published September 7, 2021

It would be easy to underestimate Chloe Sevre … She’s a freshman honor student, a legging-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study of psychopathst. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements. When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan for revenge into action, she’ll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths --- and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.
Nice Girls by Catherine Dang - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780063027558 | Published September 7, 2021

Mary was the resident whiz kid of Liberty Lake, Minnesota --- the quiet, chubby teen with the scholarship to an Ivy League school. But three years later, she's back, kicked out of Cor­nell at the beginning of her senior year. Then beautiful, magnetic Olivia Willand goes missing. Olivia is admired by everyone in Liberty Lake --- except Mary. Once Olivia’s best friend, Mary knows better than anyone that behind the Instagram persona hides a willful, manipulative girl with sharp edges. Mary wonders if her disappearance might be tied to another missing person: 19 year-old DeMaria Jackson, whose case has been widely dismissed as a runaway. As Mary pries at the cracks in the careful facades surrounding the two missing girls, old wounds will bleed fresh and force her to confront a horrible truth.