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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 2021

Hardcover

The Chaos Kind by Barry Eisler - Espionage, Fiction, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542005616 | Published October 1, 2021

Assistant US Attorney Alondra Diaz hates traffickers. And she’s determined to put one of America’s most powerful financiers, Andrew Schrader, in prison forever for his crimes against children. But Schrader has videos implicating some of the most powerful members of the US national security state. A lot of players are determined to acquire the videos and the blackmail power they represent. They’re not going to play by anyone else’s rules. They’re not going to play by any rules at all. They want a different kind of fight. The chaos kind.

King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King by Daniel de Vise - Biography, Music, Nonfiction

Grove Press | 9780802158055 | Published October 4, 2021

Riley “Blues Boy” King was born into deep poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi. Wrenched away from his sharecropper father, B.B. lost his mother at age 10, leaving him more or less alone. Music became his emancipation from exhausting toil in the fields. Inspired by a local minister’s guitar and by the records of Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker, encouraged by his cousin, the established blues man Bukka White, B.B. taught his guitar to sing in the unique solo style that, along with his relentless work ethic and humanity, became his trademark. In turn, generations of artists claimed him as inspiration, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Carlos Santana and the Edge. KING OF THE BLUES presents the vibrant life and times of a trailblazing giant.

1979 by Val McDermid - Fiction, Thriller

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802159021 | Published October 5, 2021

2 Sisters Detective Agency by James Patterson and Candice Fox - Fiction, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538704585 | Published October 5, 2021

Attorney Rhonda Bird returns home after a long estrangement when she learns her father has died. There she makes two important discoveries: her father stopped being an accountant and had opened up a private detective agency, and she has a teenage half sister named Baby. Baby brings in a client to the detective agency, a young man who claims he was abducted. During the course of the investigation, Rhonda and Baby become entangled in a dangerous case involving a group of overprivileged young adults who break laws for fun, their psychopath ringleader, and an ex-assassin victim who decides to hunt them down for revenge.

A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) by David Sedaris - Diary, Essays, Humor, Nonfiction

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316558792 | Published October 5, 2021

Picking up where his previous volume of diaries, Theft by Finding, left off, David Sedaris chronicles the years 2003–2020.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

Tordotcom | 9781250765352 | Published October 5, 2021

It's Zinnia Gray's 21 birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no-one has lived past 21. Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.
An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten - Fiction, Mystery

Soho Crime | 9781641291675 | Published October 5, 2021

Just when things have finally cooled down for 88-year-old Maud after the disturbing discovery of a dead body in her apartment in Gothenburg, a couple of detectives return to her doorstep. Though Maud dodges their questions, she wonders if suspicion has fallen on her, little old lady that she is. The truth is, ever since Maud was a girl, death has seemed to follow her. Luckily, Maud is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands…even if it means she has to get a little blood on them in the process.

April in Spain by John Banville - Fiction, Mystery

Hanover Square Press | 9781335471406 | Published October 5, 2021

On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax. When he glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at Las Acadas bar, it's hard at first to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Because this young woman can't be April Latimer. She was murdered by her brother, years ago. Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home to Ireland and soon Detective St. John Strafford is dispatched to Spain. But he's not the only one en route. A relentless hit man is on the hunt for his latest prey, and the next victim might be Quirke himself.

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen - Family Life, Fiction, Literary

Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 9780374181178 | Published October 5, 2021

It’s December 23, 1971, and the Hildebrandt family is at a crossroads. The patriarch, Russ, the associate pastor of a suburban Chicago church, is poised to break free of a marriage he finds joyless --- unless his brilliant and unstable wife, Marion, breaks free of it first. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college afire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem’s sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has veered into the era’s counterculture, while their younger brother Perry, fed up with selling pot to support his drug habit, has firmly resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.
Damascus Station by David McCloskey - Espionage, Fiction, Thriller

W.W. Norton & Company | 9780393881042 | Published October 5, 2021

CIA case officer Sam Joseph is dispatched to Paris to recruit Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, which supercharges Haddad’s recruitment and creates unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy.

Fight Night by Miriam Toews - Family Life, Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635578171 | Published October 5, 2021

“You're a small thing,” Grandma writes, “and you must learn to fight.” Swiv's Grandma, Elvira, has been fighting all her life. From her upbringing in a strict religious community, she has fought those who wanted to take away her joy, her independence, and her spirit. She has fought to make peace with her loved ones when they have chosen to leave her. And now, even as her health fails, Grandma is fighting for her family: for her daughter, partnerless and in the third term of a pregnancy; and for her granddaughter Swiv, a spirited nine-year-old who has been suspended from school. Cramped together in their Toronto home, on the precipice of extraordinary change, Grandma and Swiv undertake a vital new project, setting out to explain their lives in letters they will never send.
Foul Play by Stuart Woods - Fiction, Historical Thriller, Thriller

G. P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593331699 | Published October 5, 2021

Stone Barrington is nearing his New York City abode when he stumbles into trouble. As it turns out, a new client is in danger --- and with both business and the safety of the city at stake, he has no choice but to get involved. When it soon becomes clear that a complicated scheme is being hatched, Stone will need to use his expertise and connections to unravel the clever plot. Though the source remains unknown, it’s just a matter of time before he and Stone must each show their hands. From ritzy Manhattan high-rises to the lush serenity of the Connecticut countryside, the game of cat and mouse can end with only one victor...

God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen - Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Berkley | 9780440000082 | Published October 5, 2021

Georgie is excited for her first Christmas as a married woman. She suggests to her husband, Darcy, that they have a little house party, but when Darcy receives a letter from his aunt Ermintrude, there is an abrupt change in plans. She invites Darcy and his new bride for Christmas. Aunt Ermintrude hints that the queen would like Georgie nearby. The letter is therefore almost a royal request, so Georgie, Darcy and their Christmas guests all head to Sandringham. When Georgie pays a visit to the queen, she learns that two gentlemen of the royal household have died in mysterious circumstances and another has been shot by mistake during a hunt. Georgie begins to suspect that a member of the royal family is the real target but her investigation will put her new husband, Darcy, in the crosshairs of a killer.

Her Honor: My Life on the Bench...What Works, What's Broken, and How to Change It by LaDoris Hazzard Cordell - Autobiography, Biography, Law, Memoir, Nonfiction

Celadon Books | 9781250269607 | Published October 5, 2021

Judge Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible. Cordell’s candid account of her years on the bench shines light on all areas of the legal system, from juvenile delinquency and the shift from rehabilitation to punishment, along with the racial biases therein, to the thousands of plea bargains that allow our overburdened courts to stay afloat --- as long as innocent people are willing to plead guilty. There are tales of marriages and divorces, adoptions, and contested wills --- some humorous, others heartwarming, still others deeply troubling.
Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Park Row | 9780778311041 | Published October 5, 2021

She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him --- hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. Could it be love? But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared --- profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted. Maybe it was her fault. She shared too much, too fast. Soon she learns there were others. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. Chasing a digital trail into his dark past --- and hers --- she finds herself on a dangerous hunt. And she's not sure whether she's the predator --- or the prey.

My Monticello: Fiction by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson - Fiction, Short Stories

Henry Holt and Co. | 9781250807151 | Published October 5, 2021

MY MONTICELLO tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Led by Da’Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, they seek refuge in Jefferson’s historic plantation home in a desperate attempt to outlive the long-foretold racial and environmental unravelling within the nation. Johnson’s characters all seek out home as a place and an internal state, whether in the form of a Nigerian widower who immigrates to a meager existence in the city of Alexandria, finding himself adrift; a young mixed-race woman who adopts a new tongue and name to escape the landscapes of rural Virginia and her family; or a single mother who seeks salvation through “Buying a House Ahead of the Apocalypse.”

Reprieve by James Han Mattson - Fiction, Literary

William Morrow | 9780063079915 | Published October 5, 2021

On April 27, 1997, four contestants make it to the final cell of the Quigley House, a full-contact haunted escape room made famous for its monstrosities, booby-traps and ghoulishly costumed actors. If the group can endure these horrors without shouting the safe word, “reprieve,” they’ll win a substantial cash prize. But before they can complete the challenge, a man breaks into the cell and kills one of the contestants.

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo - African American Interest, Fiction, Women's Fiction

Catapult | 9781646220830 | Published October 5, 2021

Anna's beginning to wonder who she really is. She has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up and her mother is dead. Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. He eventually became the president --- some would say dictator --- of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive...Anna decides to track her father down. Like the metaphorical bird that gives the novel its name, SANKOFA expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to address universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora and the search for a family's hidden roots.

Sleepless by Romy Hausmann - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Flatiron Books | 9781250824790 | Published October 5, 2021

It's been years since Nadja Kulka was convicted of a cruel crime. After being released from prison, she's wanted nothing more than to live a normal life: nice flat, steady job, even a few friends. But when one of those friends, Laura von Hoven--free-spirited beauty and wife of Nadja's boss --- kills her lover and begs Nadja for her help, Nadja can't seem to refuse. The two women make for a remote house in the woods, the perfect place to bury a body. But their plan quickly falls apart and Nadja finds herself outplayed, a pawn in a bizarre game in which she is both the perfect victim and the perfect murderer...

Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers - Fiction, Literary

Custom House | 9780063094727 | Published October 5, 2021

Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of 40, Jean lives a dreary existence. It’s a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape. That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely  intertwined with that of the Tilburys.

Smile: The Story of a Face by Sarah Ruhl - Memoir, Nonfiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781982150945 | Published October 5, 2021

With a play opening on Broadway, and every reason to smile, Sarah Ruhl has just survived a high-risk pregnancy when she discovers the left side of her face is completely paralyzed. She is assured that 90 percent of Bell’s palsy patients see spontaneous improvement and experience a full recovery. Like Ruhl’s own mother. But Sarah is in the unlucky 10 percent. And for a woman, wife, mother and artist working in theater, the paralysis and the disconnect between the interior and exterior brings significant and specific challenges. So Ruhl begins an intense decade-long search for a cure while simultaneously grappling with the reality of her new face --- one that, while recognizably her own, is incapable of accurately communicating feelings or intentions.

Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci - Autobiography, Biography, Cooking, Nonfiction

Gallery Books | 9781982168018 | Published October 5, 2021

Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table. TASTE is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children.

The Ballad of Laurel Springs by Janet Beard - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Gallery Books | 9781982151560 | Published October 5, 2021

Ten-year-old Grace is in search of a subject for her fifth-grade history project when she learns that her four times-great grandfather once stabbed his lover to death. His grisly act was memorialized in a murder ballad, her aunt tells her, so it must be true. Her family’s tangled past is part of a dark legacy in which the lives of generations of women are affected by the violence immortalized in folksongs like “Knoxville Girl” and “Pretty Polly” reminding them always to know their place --- or risk the wages of sin.

The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781982151485 | Published October 5, 2021

The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over 300 years, but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger --- the curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother.

The Butler by Danielle Steel - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Delacorte Press | 9781984821522 | Published October 5, 2021

Joachim von Hartmann was born and raised in Buenos Aires by his loving German mother, inseparable from his identical twin. When Joachim moves to Paris with his mother in his late teens, his twin stays behind. Joachim begins training to be a butler. His brother never reappears. Olivia White has given 10 years of her life to her magazine, which failed, taking all her dreams with it. A bequest from her mother allows her a year in Paris to reinvent herself. She needs help setting up a home in a charming Parisian apartment. Joachim takes a job working for Olivia as a lark and enjoys the whimsy of a different life for a few weeks, which turn to months.