With starred reviews from publications like Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly—your patrons are going to want to read these much-anticipated books that reviewers are raving about.


Fiction:

The Sun Collective by Charles Baxter

From the National Book Award finalist and “one of our most gifted writers” (Chicago Tribune)—a timely and unsettling novel about the people drawn to and unmoored by a local activist group more dangerous than it appears.

“Fans may be surprised at the dark tenor of his latest novel, but Baxter—poet, essayist, and National Book Award finalist for The Feast of Love—masterfully captures the zeitgeist of our country as we navigate multiple crises, some he could never have predicted. This is truly a compelling book for our times.”—Library Journal, starred review

“The prose throughout is graceful, the writing perceptive, resonant, and deeply sympathetic . . . An exceptional work.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review  

On Sale November 17, 2020 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Lazarus by Lars Kepler

A mysterious killer is brutally murdering Europe’s most loathsome criminals. When police discover that two of the victims have disturbing connections to Detective Joona Linna, it’s clear that somebody’s trying to send him a message. As the body count rises, the evidence seems to point to a ghost from Joona’s past . . . the most terrifying villain he’s ever had to face.

“Kepler maintains an almost unbearable level of tension throughout and does an outstanding job of making readers fear that anyone could die a horrible death at any time. Fans of serial killer fiction won’t want to miss this one.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Kepler combines explosive action with masterfully developed tension. Readers already on board with this standout series will find a bar-raising entry here, and reassurance that the door is open for Joona’s return. Strongly recommended for fans of Nicci French, Stieg Larsson, and Jussi Adler-Olsen.”
Booklist, starred review

On Sale December 1, 2020 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.

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Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

“An unforgettable portrait of three women, trans and cis, who wrestle with questions of motherhood and family making.”—Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

“Smart, funny, and bighearted . . . A wonderfully original exploration of desire and the evolving shape of family [and] . . .  a dishy contemporary drama.  There’s no question that there will be much that’s new here for a lot of readers, but the insider view Peters offers never feels voyeuristic, and the author does a terrific job of communicating cultural specificity while creating universal sympathy.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 On Sale January 12, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck

A shocking murder in an affluent Helsinki suburb has ties to witchcraft and the occult in this thrilling U.S. debut from Finnish author Max Seeck.

“Seeck’s debut is dark and intricate—the moments of revelation are as vividly cinematic and impactful every time. Seeck has an uncanny ability to unspool reveals at just the right pace to get the reader’s heart pounding as they make the connection at the same moment as the detective on page. His expertise with pacing, his careful plotting, and his choice to use short, quick chapters all combine to create a vivid, robust thriller.”—Booklist, starred review

On Sale October 27, 2020 | Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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Nonfiction:

 Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship by Harvey Araton

The moving story of a bond between sportswriter and fan that was forged in a shared love of basketball and grew over several decades into an extraordinary friendship.

“A wonderful and engaging book, not only for basketball and Knicks fans, but also a meaningful look about the importance of friendship.”Library Journal, starred review

On Sale October 27, 2020 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.

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This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear

The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of her family’s resilience in the face of war and privation. 

“[Winspear’s] words are hopeful and bright, and imbued with a resilience that will resonate with readers

. . . The book will appeal well beyond Winspear’s fan base as a literary memoir deeply linked to history and as a meditation on place and family.”
Library Journal, starred review

“[Winspear] draws distinctive portraits of postwar England, altogether different from the U.S., where she has since settled, and her unsettling struggles within the rigid British class system. An engaging childhood memoir and a deeply affectionate tribute to the author’s parents.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

On Sale November 10, 2020 | Hardcover and eBook Editions.

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Cooking:

Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz

In her first cookbook, Bon Appétit and YouTube star of the show Gourmet Makes offers wisdom, problem-solving strategies, and more than 100 meticulously tested, creative, and inspiring recipes.

“With high-quality, foundational instructions and a splendid array of recipes, from a salty-rosemary nut tart to French pastries to St. Louis (Saffitz’s hometown) gooey butter cake, Saffitz proclaims, ‘I am a dessert person, and we are all dessert people.’”—Booklist, starred review

On Sale October 20, 2020 | Hardcover, eBook Editions.

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Audiobook:

The Searcher by Tana French; Read by Roger Clark

“This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet . . . its own kind of masterpiece.” –Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

“Fans who’ve been anticipating French’s next audiobook will not be disappointed. She’s at the top of her form here and in Clark has one of her most adept and effective narrators.”—Audiofile Earphones Award, starred review

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Starred Reviews: October 2020

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