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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 2024

Hardcover

The 24th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316403085 | Published May 6, 2024

SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano and crime writer Cindy Thomas gather at one of San Francisco’s finest restaurants to celebrate exciting news: Cindy is getting married. Before they can raise their glasses, there’s a disturbance in the restaurant. A woman has been assaulted. As Yuki leads the prosecution, Lindsay chases down a high-society killer whose target practice may leave the Women’s Murder Club short a bridesmaid...or two.

All the Glimmering Stars by Mark Sullivan - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781542038126 | Published May 7, 2024

Anthony Opoka and Florence Okori are coming of age in Uganda in the 1990s. Outstanding students, they believe in being good humans before they are kidnapped and forced into the fanatical Lord’s Resistance Army. At the lowest points of their lives, certain they’ll never go home, Anthony and Florence meet by chance, fall in love, and begin to dream of surviving their captivity. They devote their lives to helping their fellow child soldiers escape bondage and return to their families and redemption by following the stars. By turns tender, shocking, moving, desperate and ultimately triumphant, Florence and Anthony’s story is an epic drama of humanity, a life-affirming tale and an experience readers will never forget.

Cinema Love by Jiaming Tang - Fiction

Dutton | 9780593474334 | Published May 7, 2024

For over 30 years, Old Second and Bao Mei have cobbled together a meager existence in New York City’s Chinatown. But unlike other couples, these two share an unusual past. In rural Fuzhou, before they emigrated, they frequented the Workers’ Cinema: a theater where gay men cruised for love. While films played, Old Second and his countrymen found intimacy in screening rooms. In the box office, Bao Mei sold tickets to closeted men protecting them while finding happiness with the projectionist. Old Second's secret relationship is revealed and he is propelled to America. Spanning three timelines --- post-socialist China, 1980s Chinatown, and contemporary New York --- CINEMA LOVE contemplates forbidden relationships, secrets and how memory haunts the present.

Clive Cussler The Heist: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Jack Du Brul - Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593713587 | Published May 7, 2024

1914: As America’s century of dominance dawns, the country’s greatest detective, Van Dorn agent Isaac Bell, is pitted against a master thief and his assassin accomplice. They’re plotting to pull off the greatest heist in America’s history: the theft of a billion dollars from the newly created Federal Reserve. An aerial attack is launched against Woodrow Wilson's yacht during a meeting with the Federal Reserve, which Bell thwarts but discovers this is just the beginning. Bell must uncover the link between the attack, the mysterious death of a Newport heiress and growing evidence of an unimaginably audacious heist. Betrayal is Bell's game but the deeper he goes in this puzzle, the less he understands. He's in a race against his most ruthless opponents yet and must prevent a financial crisis that would bring the United States to its knees. 

Disturbing the Dead: A Rip Through Time Novel by Kelley Armstrong - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250321282 | Published May 7, 2024

Victorian Scotland is becoming less strange to modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson. Though inhabiting someone else’s body will always be unsettling, even if her employers know that she’s not actually housemaid Catriona Mitchell, ever since the night both of them were attacked in the same dark alley 150 years apart. So, understanding the Victorian fascination with death, Mallory isn't that surprised when she and her friends are invited to a mummy unwrapping at the home of Sir Alastair Christie. When their host is missing when it comes time to unwrap the mummy, Gray and Mallory are asked to step in. And upon closer inspection, it’s not a mummy they’ve unwrapped, but a much more modern body.

Ella by Diane Richards - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Amistad | 9780063338654 | Published May 7, 2024

When 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald’s mother dies at the height of the Depression in 1932, the teenager goes to work for the mob to support herself and her family. When the law finally catches up, the “ungovernable” adolescent is incarcerated in the New York Training School for Girls in upstate New York --- a wicked prison infamous for its harsh treatment of inmates, especially Black ones. Determined to be free, Ella escapes and makes her way back to Harlem, where she is forced to dance for pennies on the street. Four years later, at barely 21, Ella Fitzgerald has become the bestselling female vocalist in America. Diane Richards’ Ella Fitzgerald is inspiring and intriguing --- an emotionally rich, psychologically complex character, a flawed mother and wife who struggles with deep emotional scars and trauma and battles racism, sexism and colorism as she learns to find her voice on the stage.

How to Read a Book by Monica Wood - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Mariner Books | 9780063243675 | Published May 7, 2024

Violet Powell, a 22-year-old from rural Abbott Falls, Maine, is being released from prison after serving 22 months for a drunk-driving crash that killed a local kindergarten teacher. Harriet Larson, a retired English teacher who runs the prison book club, is facing the unsettling prospect of an empty nest. Frank Daigle, a retired machinist, hasn’t yet come to grips with the complications of his marriage to the woman Violet killed. When the three encounter each other one morning in a bookstore in Portland, their lives begin to intersect in transformative ways.

I Will Ruin You by Linwood Barclay - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780063276314 | Published May 7, 2024

English teacher Richard Boyle certainly never thought he would find himself talking down a former student intent on harming others. But when Mark LeDrew shows up at Richard’s school with a bomb strapped to his chest, Richard immediately jumps into action. Thanks to some quick thinking, he averts a major tragedy and is hailed as a hero. However, Richard’s brief moment in the spotlight puts him in the sights of a deranged blackmailer with a score to settle. The situation rapidly spirals out of control, drawing Richard into a fraught web of salacious accusations and deadly secrets. As he tries to uncover the truth, he discovers that there’s something deeply wrong in the town --- something that ties together Mark, the blackmailer and a gang of ruthless drug dealers, and Richard has landed smack in the middle of it.

Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World by Eric Jay Dolin - History, Nonfiction

Liveright | 9781324093084 | Published May 7, 2024

During the War of 1812 a fateful encounter between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig, and a British warship in the Falkland archipelago leaves five castaways. Three British sailors and two Americans, including the captain Charles H. Barnard are abandoned in the Falklands for a year and a half. This story recalls the desperate existence of the castaways in their 18 month ordeal. The story takes many twists involving greed, a hostile takeover, leadership, ingenuity, severe privation, endurance, banishment, the value of a dog, the birth of a baby, a perilous 1,000-mile open-ocean journey  an improbable rescue mission and legal battles over a dubious and disgraceful wartime prize. LEFT FOR DEAD shows individuals acting nobly and atrociously, giving a unique perspective on a pivotal era in American maritime history.

Loneliness & Company by Charlee Dyroff - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781639732081 | Published May 7, 2024

Lee knows she's the best. So when, upon graduating, Lee is instead assigned to an unknown company in the dead city of New York, her life goals are completely upended. In this new role, Lee's task is to gather enough research to train an AI how to be a friend. She begins online and by studying the social circle of her clueless, outgoing roommate Veronika. But when the company reveals it's part of a classified government mission to solve loneliness-an emotion erased from society's lexicon decades ago-Lee's determination to prove herself kicks into overdrive, and she begins chasing bolder and more dangerous experiences to provide data for the AI. As the mysterious affliction spreads, Lee must decide what she's willing to give up for success and, along the way, learn what it means to be a true friend.

Long Island by Colm Tóibín - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Scribner | 9781476785110 | Published May 7, 2024

Eilis Lacey is Irish, married to Tony Fiorello, a plumber and one of four Italian American brothers, all of whom live in neighboring houses on a cul-de-sac in Lindenhurst, Long Island, with their wives and children and Tony’s parents. It is the spring of 1976, and Eilis has no one to rely on in this still-new country. Though her ties to Ireland remain stronger than those that hold her to her new land and home, she has not returned in decades. One day, when Tony is at his job and Eilis is in her home office, an Irishman comes to the door asking for her by name. He tells her that his wife is pregnant with Tony’s child and that he will not raise the baby but instead deposit it on Eilis’ doorstep. It is what Eilis does --- and what she refuses to do --- in response to this stunning news that makes LONG ISLAND so riveting.

Love Is a Burning Thing: A Memoir by Nina St. Pierre - Memoir, Nonfiction

Dutton | 9780593473825 | Published May 7, 2024

Ten years before Nina was born, her mother lit herself on fire in a dual suicide attempt. During her recovery in the burn-unit, a nurse initiated her into Transcendental Meditation. From that day on, her mother's pain became intertwined with the pursuit of enlightenment. Growing up Nina and her brother were at the whims of their mother, who chased ascension up and down the state of California, swapping out spiritual practices as often as apartments. When they finally settled at the foot of a mountain --- reputed to be cosmic --- in Northern California, Nina hoped life would stabilize. But after another fire, and a tragic fallout, she was forced to confront the shadow side of her mother's mystical narratives.

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra - Fiction, Mystery

Bantam | 9780593499214 | Published May 7, 2024

As Nonna Maria’s longtime pal and sometimes colleague, Captain Murino never wanted to see harm brought to the doorstep of everyone’s favorite espresso-brewing, counsel-giving amateur sleuth. But when you live a long life, you’re bound to make a few enemies. Faced with an assassin seeking revenge for a decades-old grudge, Captain Murino has no choice but to turn to Maria for help. On the other side of the island, a second mystery begins to unfold at the deathbed of another of Maria’s old friends, as he hands his granddaughter a map and tells her of a treasure in one of Ischia’s secret caverns. When the granddaughter needs help cracking the code, she turns to her grandfather’s most trusted friend: Nonna Maria.

Phantom Orbit by David Ignatius - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

W. W. Norton & Company | 9781324050919 | Published May 7, 2024

Ivan Volkov, a Russian student in Beijing, discovers an unsolved puzzle in the writings of the 17th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. He takes the puzzle to a senior scientist in the Chinese space program and declares his intention to solve it. Volkov returns to Moscow and continues his secret work. The puzzle holds untold consequences for space warfare. The years pass, and they are not kind to Volkov. After the loss of his son, a prosecutor who’d been too tough on corruption, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Volkov makes the fraught decision to contact the CIA. He writes: Satellites are your enemies, especially your own. Hidden codes can make time stop and turn north into south. If you are smart, you will find me.

Red Side Story: A Shades of Grey Novel by Jasper Fforde - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Satire

Soho Press | 9781641296281 | Published May 7, 2024

Welcome to Chromatacia, where life is strictly regulated by one’s limited color perception. Society is now color vision-segregated, everything dictated by an individual’s visual ability and governed by the shadowy National Color in far-off Emerald City. Twenty-year-old Eddie Russett, a Red, is about to go on trial for a murder he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, he’s engaged in an illegal relationship with his co-defendant, a Green, the charismatic and unpredictable Jane Grey. Negotiating the narrow boundaries of the Rules within their society, they search for a loophole --- some truth of their world that has been hidden from its hyper-policed citizens.

skin & bones by Renée Watson - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316570886 | Published May 7, 2024

At 40, Lena Baker is at a steady and stable moment in life. Between wine nights with her two best friends and her wedding just weeks away, she’s happy in love and in friendship until a confession on her wedding day shifts her world. Unmoored and grieving a major loss, Lena finds herself trying to teach her daughter self-love while struggling to do so herself. Lena questions everything she’s learned about dating, friendship and motherhood, and through it all, she works tirelessly to bring the oft-forgotten Black history of Oregon to the masses, sidestepping her well-meaning co-workers that don’t understand that their good intentions are often offensive and hurtful.

Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews - Fiction, Women's Fiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250278388 | Published May 7, 2024

Everyone refers to the St. Cecelia as “the Saint.” If you grew up coming here, you were “a Saint.” If you came from the wrong side of the river, you were “an Ain’t.” Traci Eddings was one of those outsiders whose family wasn’t rich enough or connected enough to vacation here. But she could work here. One fateful summer she did, and married the boss’s son. Now, she’s the widowed owner of the hotel, determined to see it return to its glory days, even as staff shortages and financial troubles threaten to ruin it. Plus, her greedy and unscrupulous brother-in-law wants to make sure she fails. But new information about a long-ago drowning at the hotel threatens to come to light, and the tragic death of one of their own brings Traci to the brink of despair.

The Deepest Lake by Andromeda Romano-Lax - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Soho Crime | 9781641295604 | Published May 7, 2024

Rose, the mother of twenty-something aspiring writer Jules, has waited three months for answers about her daughter’s death. Why was she swimming alone when she feared the water? Why did she stop texting days before she was last seen? When the official investigation rules the death an accidental drowning, the body possibly lost forever in Central America’s deepest lake, an unsatisfied Rose travels to the memoir workshop herself. She hopes to draw her own conclusion --- and find closure. When Rose arrives, she is swept into the curious world created by her daughter’s literary hero. Rose begins to suspect that this glamorous retreat package is hiding ugly truths. Is Lake Atitlán a place where traumatized women come to heal or a place where deeper injury is inflicted?

The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

The Dial Press | 9781984801319 | Published May 7, 2024

It is the summer of 1919, and Constance Haverhill is without prospects. Now that all the men have returned, she has been asked to give up her cottage and her job at the estate she helped run during the war. When she is sent as a lady’s companion to an old family friend at a seaside hotel, Constance is swept up in the social whirl of Hazelbourne-on-Sea after she rescues the local baronet’s daughter, Poppy Wirrall, from a social faux pas. Poppy wears trousers, operates a taxi and delivery service to employ local women and runs a ladies’ motorcycle club. She and her friends enthusiastically welcome Constance into their circle. And then there is Harris, Poppy’s brother, who warms in Constance’s presence. As the country prepares to celebrate its hard-won peace, Constance and the women are forced to confront the fact that the freedoms they gained during the war are being revoked.

The Instruments of Darkness by John Connolly - Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | 9781668022313 | Published May 7, 2024

In Maine, Colleen Clark stands accused of the worst crime a mother can commit: the abduction and possible murder of her child. Everyone --- ambitious politicians in an election season, hardened police and ordinary folk --- has an opinion on the case, and most believe she is guilty. But most is not all. Defending Colleen is the lawyer Moxie Castin, and working alongside him is the private investigator Charlie Parker, who senses the tale has another twist, one involving a husband too eager to accept his wife’s guilt, a group of fascists arming for war, a disgraced psychic seeking redemption and an old, twisted house deep in the Maine woods, a house that should never have been built. A house, and what dwells beneath.

The Last of His Kind: Clayton Kershaw and the Burden of Greatness by Andy McCullough - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

Hachette Books | 9780306832598 | Published May 7, 2024

More than any baseball player of his generation, Clayton Kershaw has embodied the burden of athletic greatness. He pitched through pain, endeared himself to teammates and foes alike and returned, year after year, even as his body broke down from the strain of his profession. THE LAST OF HIS KIND traces Kershaw’s path from a boyhood fractured by divorce to his development as one of the most-heralded pitching prospects in Texas history to his emergence in Los Angeles as the spiritual heir to Sandy Koufax. But the book also charts Kershaw’s place in baseball’s changing landscape, as his own stubbornness butted against the game’s evolution. To understand how baseball is played today, and how it got that way, you must understand the journey of Clayton Kershaw.

The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley - Fiction

Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster | 9781668045145 | Published May 7, 2024

A recently established government ministry is gathering “expats” from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible --- for the body, but also for the fabric of space-time. A civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and tasked with working as a “bridge”: living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as “1847” or Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic. But with an appetite for discovery, a seven-a-day cigarette habit and the support of a charming and chaotic cast of fellow expats, he soon adjusts. By the time the true shape of the Ministry’s project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined. Forced to confront the choices that brought them together, the bridge must finally reckon with how --- and whether she believes --- what she does next can change the future.

The Mother of All Things by Alexis Landau - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Pantheon | 9780593700792 | Published May 7, 2024

Kept busy by her obligations as a wife and mother, art history professor Ava Zaretsky has little time to devote to her research and writing. Now tagging along on her husband’s trip to Bulgaria, she has a chance encounter with her fierce feminist mentor from college. Ava is swept up into a circle of women who reenact ancient Greco-Roman mystery rites of initiation, bringing her research to life and illuminating the story of a fifth-century-BC mother-daughter pair whose sense of female loyalty to each other guides Ava in her exploration of the eternal stages of womanhood. THE MOTHER OF ALL THINGS delivers a revelatory tale of a woman's evolving sense of responsibility to herself and her family, as she achieves a new appreciation of the gifts of female wisdom and self-belief.

The Return of Ellie Black by Emiko Jean - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Simon & Schuster | 9781668023938 | Published May 7, 2024

It’s been 20 years since Detective Chelsey Calhoun’s sister vanished when they were teenagers, and ever since she’s been searching: for signs, for closure and for other missing girls. But happy endings are rare in Chelsey’s line of work. Then a glimmer: local teenager Ellie Black, who disappeared without a trace two years earlier, has been found alive in the woods of Washington State. But something is not right with Ellie. She won’t say where she’s been, or who she’s protecting, and it’s up to Chelsey to find the answers. She needs to get to the bottom of what happened to Ellie: for herself, and for the memory of her sister, but mostly for the next girl who could be taken --- and who, unlike Ellie, might never return.

The Stolen Child by Ann Hood - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393609806 | Published May 7, 2024

For decades, Nick Burns has been haunted by a decision he made as a young soldier in World War I, when a French artist he’d befriended thrust both her paintings and her baby into his hands --- and disappeared. In 1974, with only months left to live, Nick enlists Jenny, a college dropout desperate for adventure, to help him unravel the mystery. The journey leads them from Paris galleries and provincial towns to a surprising place: the Museum of Tears, the life’s work of a lonely Italian craftsman. Determined to find the baby and the artist, hopeless romantic Jenny and curmudgeonly Nick must reckon with regret, betrayal and the lives they’ve left behind.