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.


Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

#1 LibraryReads Pick!

From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an uplifting, irresistible novel about two women on a life-changing adventure, where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves—together.

“Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) has written a delightful book filled with characters readers will root for. Margery finds herself again, after being buried by family and work troubles; Enid finds a friend and completes her own dream while in the wilderness of New Caledonia. Sure to be a hit with book clubs.”—Library Journal, starred review

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We Gather Together by Denise Kiernan

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Castle and The Girls of Atomic City comes a new way to look at American history through the story of giving thanks.

“With engaging writing and fresh research, everything comes together in a thoroughly enjoyable package . . . Lots to consider, especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner.”—Booklist, starred review

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The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

“A masterfully told story that will haunt readers from beginning to end.”—Booklist, starred review

On Sale January 5, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.



The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin

In this “delicate slow burn of a novel” (Jan Carson), a woman’s marriage and career are threatened by an old indiscretion just as she receives the opportunity of a lifetime—from the award–winning author of the “extraordinary” (Colum McCann) Dinosaurs on Other Planets.

“This engaging and evocative work will stay with readers.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

On Sale January 5, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions



The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison

Set against the wild beauty of Montana as a woman attempts to heal from a devastating accident, this generational saga from the award-winning author of The Widow Nash is a heartfelt examination of how the deep bonds of family echo throughout our lives.

” A sharply intelligent, warmhearted embrace of human imperfection—the kind of book that invites a second reading.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Brilliant . . . Harrison plumbs complex family relationships and sheds insight on the power of memories and how they shape her characters. Harrison shines with passages of vivid imagery as Polly gains an added dimension of perception from looking at art and photographs. Readers will find themselves wishing this won’t end.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin

Cinderella wants her Prince Charming dead in this sophisticated fairy-tale for the twenty-first century.

“Surprising revelations and some snark provide the finishing touch in this richly imagined, genre-bending retelling of, at its heart, a tale-as-old-as-time.”—Booklist, starred review

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



Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel

A decade after fleeing for his life, a man is pulled back to Argentina by an undying love.

“With touches of magical realism, the debut swings back and forth between the netherworld populated by Tomás’ nemeses and his lived reality. A devastating reminder of the tragic costs of politics made personal.”—Booklist, starred review

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



The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous

The USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair returns with another delicious, twisty novel—about a grand estate with many secrets, an orphan caught in a web of lies, and a young woman playing a sinister game.

“The reader must carefully shuffle the puzzle pieces into a perfect fit until the very end and one more visit to Raven Hall, when the entire board is undone. This is a party suspense fans are advised to crash.”—Booklist, starred review

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


The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife comes a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren.

“In this piercingly detailed drama, riveting in its action and psychology, Benjamin reveals the grim aspects of homesteading, from brutal deprivations to violent racism toward Native Americans and African Americans, while orchestrating, with grace and resonance, transformative moral awakenings and sustaining love.”—Booklist, starred review

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

The Dangers of Smoking In Bed by Mariana Enríquez

Following the “propulsive and mesmerizing” (New York Times Book ReviewThings We Lost in the Fire comes a new collection of singularly unsettling stories, by an Argentine author who has earned comparisons to Shirley Jackson and Jorge Luis Borges.

“An atmospheric assemblage of cunning and cutting Argentine gothic tales.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Adventurous readers will be rewarded in these trips into the macabre—and hopefully they’ll be able to find their way back.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

A House At The Bottom Of The Lake by Josh Malerman

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie comes a haunting tale of love and mystery, as the date of a lifetime becomes a maddening exploration of the depths of the heart.

“The love story itself is believable and sweet, while the addition of the sunken house, the exhilaration of discovery, the young couple’s obsessive curiosity and deep anxiety, and some very real dangers add depth to the story, one that mirrors the complexity of love itself.”—Booklist, starred review

On Sale January 19, 2021 | Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee

From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea, an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure—and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection. 

“Profoundly imaginative and thrillingly virtuosic, Lee (On Such a Full Sea, 2014), has created an audaciously satiric, harrowing, witty, and tender variation on the archetypal hero’s journey and a fathoms-deep exploration of self, family, culture, and power.”—Booklist, starred review

On Sale February 2, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.




Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941 by Alan Allport

A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War.

“This thoroughly researched work will engage anyone interested in military, social, and political history of Britain during World War II.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Together In a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond To The Pandemic edited by Alice Quinn

In this urgent outpouring of American voices, our poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives.

“Diane Seuss rightly proclaims, ‘I don’t want to find meaning in it,’ but Quinn’s collection provides a lifeline—and food for thought.”—Library Journal, starred review

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The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present by Phillip Lopate

A monumental, canon-defining anthology of three centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith.

“Two forthcoming collections is this series focusing on the postwar era (1945–2000) and essays of the 21st century will ensure this is the most comprehensive set of American essay writing to date. For readers fascinated by the sheer scope, variety, and art of the essay.”—Library Journal, starred review

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

Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham

An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony

A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present

An infinite geography of possible futures

“In their introduction, the editors state that one of their intentions with this book ‘is to encourage readers to follow their interests into a deep warren of rabbit holes and discoveries.’ They succeed; every reader will engage with this work differently, and will be able to come back to it again and again for inspiration.”—Booklist, starred review

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

Mini Amigurumi Animals: 26 Tiny Creatures to Crochet by Sarah Abbondio

This charming book is full of wonderfully cute tiny animals, such as a dog, cat, camel, monkey and rabbit that can be crocheted by small amounts of yarn in your stash – all you need is a crochet hook and some yarn. 26 fabulously cute tiny amigurumi animals to crochet and hang on keyrings, bags and phones.

“Experienced amigurumi makers will enjoy the cuteness as they quickly whip up these small and delightful creatures. A must-have for all library craft collections.”—Booklist, starred review

On Sale December 8, 2020 | Hardcover Edition.

Drug Use For Grown-Ups by Carl L. Hart

From one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, a powerful argument that the greatest damage from drugs flows from their being illegal, and a hopeful reckoning with the possibility of their use as part of a responsible and happy life.

“A timely, fact-based, coherent, humane counterargument to America’s spectacularly failed War on Drugs.”—Booklist, starred review

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


American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser

The shocking truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their search to find each other.

“This book is a testament to the mothers who never forgot their children, and searched for them with love and longing.”—Booklist, starred review

On Sale January 26, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.



The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government’s Greatest Humanitarian by Robert D. Kaplan

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography comes a sweeping yet intimate story of the most influential humanitarian you’ve never heard of—Bob Gersony, who spent four decades in crisis zones around the world.

“A must read for anyone interested in humanitarian work, foreign policy, and biography.”—Library Journal, starred review

On Sale January 26, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.


A Good Bake: The Art and Science of Making Perfect Pastries, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Breads At Home; A Cookbook by Melissa Weller & Carolynn Carreno

From the James Beard Award nominee, a comprehensive baking bible for the twenty-first century, with 120 scientifically grounded recipes for sweet and savory baked goods anyone can master.

“An essential book on baking, making even the most intimidating parts approachable. A treat for intermediate to advanced bakers.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Bunheads Written and Read by Misty Copeland

The first in a series of books inspired by premier ballerina and author Misty Copeland’s own early experiences in ballet.

“Misty’s mesmerizing narration of this story ratchets up the suspense as the enthralled dancers listen.”— Booklist, starred review

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The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn; read by Jesse Vilinsky

A dream world turns haunting nightmare in this spellbinding debut novel, perfect for fans of Circus Mirandus and The Night Gardener.

“Vilinsky’s portrayal of Penny is perfectly overdone—just enough to cast a creepy atmosphere within the otherwise seemingly joyful circus. Later, she hypnotically reads the spell-weaving words of the Sandman, whose intentions may not be what they seem.” —AudioFile Earphones Award

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I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes; Read by Joshua David Scarlett

An upbeat, empowering, important audiobook from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.

“Scarlett takes advantage of passages with built-in emphasis, adding both levity and warmth. This celebratory title will bring a smile to listeners, leaving them waiting to share it and listen to it all over again.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

“Abdullah brings it all together to recreate another entertaining adventure. I can’t wait for book three.”—Booklist, starred review

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson; Read by Imelda Staunton

Read by Imelda Staunton, this audiobook edition of The Gruffalo–which includes a song and read-along track–brings to life the animals that live in the deep, dark wood.

“Staunton does a fabulous job as she shifts between her precise narrative and her dramatic representations. The production concludes with Staunton’s theatrical singing of “The Gruffalo Song.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

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Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia; Read by Amir Abdullah

Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in the New York Times bestselling Tristan Strong trilogy by Kwame Mbalia.

“Abdullah’s lively characterizations are perfect—from the high-pitched and hilarious Gum Baby to the menacing Shambleman. Truly excellent.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

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This Is My America by Kim Johnson; Read by Bahni Turpin

The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

“Turpin’s portrayal of Tracy shines with authenticity and depth, and other characterizations are equally well crafted, bringing out the tension, despair, and deep love that powers this all-too-timely story.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

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Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani; Read by Tavia Gilbert

Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares her enthusiasm for more than 100 books in a series of succinct, thought-provoking essays.

“Gilbert’s voice is both crisp and clear in its focused, straightforward presentation. This is a perfectly understated narration that does not distract the listener from the book itself, instead magically melding words and voice for a seamless experience. This would be a strong addition to any public library.” —Booklist, starred review

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The Evening And The Morning by Ken Follett; Read by John Lee

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a thrilling and addictive new novel–a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth—set in England at the dawn of a new era: the Middle Ages.

“The many characters are easily distinguishable as Lee pulls their qualities to the fore: the greedy woman, the beleaguered Welsh slave, the careless nobleman, and the power-hungry priest are as recognizable in dialogue as they would be in person. Great motivation to continue the series or begin it anew.”— Booklist, starred review

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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik; Read by Anisha Dadia

From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.

“The elaborate world building and cliffhanger ending leave the listener craving more of this socially conscious fantasy.” —Booklist, starred review

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The Way Back by Gavriel Savit; Read by Allan Corduner

Perfect for readers of Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, a sweeping historical fantasy that follows two teens on a journey through the Far Country, a Jewish land of spirits and demons.

“Bringing to mind the works of Phillip Pullman and Neil Gaiman, though uniquely its own, this audio will appeal to those listeners who appreciate a walk through the dark unknown, above and beyond simple thrills and adventure.”—Booklist, starred review

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She Gets That From Me by Robin Wells; Read by Thérèse Plummer and others

Quinn never expected that her best friend’s courageous decision to be a single mother by choice would end up transforming her own life in this poignant novel from USA Today bestselling author Robin Wells.

“A full cast of narrators is not usually necessary for a novel, but in this particular case, the four narrators makes the story feel genuine and relatable. Readers of Susan Malley, Kristen Higgins, and Elin Hilderbrand will be captivated.”—Booklist, starred review

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His Truth Is Marching On by Jon Meacham; Read by JD Jackson

An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America.

 “This stirring audiobook offers a memorable merging of author, subject, and narrator. JD Jackson voices John Lewis with an authentic and nuanced nod to his rural Alabama roots.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

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The Last Million by David Nasaw; Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

From bestselling author David Nasaw, a sweeping new history of the one million refugees left behind in Germany after WWII.

“A powerhouse treatise is enhanced by a riveting narration.” —AudioFile Earphones Award

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Starred Reviews: November 2020

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