With starred reviews from publications including Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, and AudioFile—your patrons will want to read these much-anticipated books that reviewers are raving about.

FICTION:

Trio by William Boyd

From the award-winning, best-selling author comes a rollicking novel with a dark undertow, set around three unforgettable individuals and a doomed movie set.

“With finely delineated characters and a deft comic touch, Costa Prize winner Boyd (Restless) precisely skewers the absurdity of the movie business while sending his trio of characters toward a not uniformly pleasant reckoning with truer versions of themselves.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman

Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis search for answers to a brutal, decades-old crime in this electrifying psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

“Readers will keep turning the pages to fit the pieces of the puzzle together in this twisty, complex “Alex Delaware” title (after The Museum of Desire). Delaware and Sturgis are always smart and entertaining, and, with a bit of assistance from Blanche the French bulldog and Robin, Alex’s significant other, they will follow the serpentine path to a surprising solution.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Alongside the enduring allure of Milo and Alex’s partnership (36 novels strong), Kellerman’s portrayal of older, wealthy men playing on aspiring starlets’ desires is compassionate but unflinching, and the final twist is masterful.”—Booklist, starred review

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February 2, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor

An unconventional vicar moves to a remote corner of the English countryside, only to discover a community haunted by death and disappearances both past and present—and intent on keeping its dark secrets—in this explosive, unsettling thriller from acclaimed author C. J. Tudor.

“Tudor is undeniably talented at producing a slow burn, weaving each piece of the story together to form a creepy yet satisfying conclusion. Jack is a relatable protagonist, stepping away from the stereotypical personality of a vicar by projecting a raw, yet still empathetic, exterior. Gruesome and haunting, The Burning Girls is worth every page turn. Readers will surely be eager for more.” — Booklist, starred review

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February 9, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin

A marriage spirals out of control when the issues of our day—cultural, political, and social—becoming intensely personal in this fresh, whip-smart novel for readers of Meg Wolitzer and Fleishman Is in Trouble

“In her fantastic adult debut, YA and middle grade author Benjamin (The Next Great Paulie Fink) skewers her subjects but still preserves their humanity. New York expats, middle-aged Gen-Xers, disaffected millennials, conniving school moms, exasperating children with improbable names—all get the gimlet eye in this timely, witty novel.”—Library Journal, starred review

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February 23, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions


The Councillor by E. J. Beaton

This Machiavellian fantasy follows a scholar’s quest to choose the next ruler of her nation amidst lies, conspiracy, and assassination.

“A skilled debut of politics, secrets, and magic that will grab readers from the start.”—Library Journal, starred review

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March 2, 2021 | Hardcover and eBook Editions


Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

“Ishiguro’s latest novel is without resolution but will leave the reader with wonder.”—Library Journal, starred review

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March 2, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


2034 by Elliot Ackerman

From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic, geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034—and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

“This compelling thriller should be required reading for our national leaders and translated into Mandarin.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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March 9, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes

The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes’s hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show.

“Kepnes’ series continues to be a sly, subversive exploration of what people choose to reveal and what they hide in their relationships, and just how difficult it is to truly know another person . . . With the Netflix show, You, based on Joe’s exploits and set to return for a third season, there’s never been a better time to get acquainted with Kepnes’ dangerously appealing leading man.” — Booklist, starred review

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April 6, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions


Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny

A wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family.

“Heiny brings back some familiar elements from 2017’s Standard Deviation, as laugh-out-loud scenes seamlessly flow into deep consideration of what it means to be a family and the power of accepting one another, eccentricities and all. This irresistible delight is a much-needed balm during these unnerving times.”—Library Journal, starred review

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April 13, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


When the Stars Go Dark When the Stars Go Darkby Paula McLain

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

“McLain offers readers flashes of insight—watch out for personal blind spots, for example, as what’s too close to see might be what’s most perilous—that will linger after the last, tension packed pages of this thoughtful work. Recommend to patrons seeking a next read after Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and the TV show Criminal Minds, which, like Anna, profiles victims to find killers.”—Booklist, starred review

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April 13, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions


Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies–her first in nearly a decade.

“The Pulitzer Prize–winning Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies) brilliantly elevates the quotidian to the sublime in this gorgeous stream-of-consciousness window into the interior life of an accomplished woman. Written in Italian and translated by Lahiri herself; with special appeal to readers of Rachel Cusk’s “Outline” trilogy.”—Library Journal, starred review

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April 27, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions


NONFICTION:

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice by Ellen McGarrahan

In this powerful memoir, a private investigator revisits the case that has haunted her for decades and sets out on a deeply personal quest to sort truth from lies.

“Dark, foreboding, and emotional, this title is as gripping as a thriller and laced with cogent insights—McGarrahan stresses that sometimes there isn’t an objective truth to uncover. Fans of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark will be spellbound.”—Library Journal, starred review

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February 2, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Four Hundred Souls: A Community History Of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain

A chorus of extraordinary voices comes together to tell one of history’s great epics: the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire.

“The poems enhance and elaborate on the historical narratives: for example, Ishmael Reed’s searing “For the Albany 3” mocks Thomas Jefferson’s egalitarian ideals by reminding us how he “worked them 24/7 without a fee / While he studied Plato’s philosophy”. Within a few short stanzas, Reed demonstrates how Caribbean slave uprisings exposed the hypocrisy of the American Revolution as he references the Central Park 5, police torture, and the Native American genocide. Like the poem, this seamless collection crackles with rage, beauty, bitter humor, and the indomitable will to survive.” — Booklist, starred review

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


Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition edited by Michelle D. Coomander & Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

A new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center, that makes the case for focusing on the histories of Black people as agents and architects of their own lives and ultimate liberation, with a foreword by Kevin Young.

“As a whole, this collection showcases the vastness of Black thinking and writing, and nicely complements works by Martha S. Jones and Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers. Complete with a list of suggestions for further reading, this winning anthology is a must for all interested in Black history, but unsure where to start.’” Library Journal, starred review

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February 9, 2021 | Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions


Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it?

“A sobering and realistic look at humankind’s perhaps misplaced faith that technology can work with nature to produce a more livable planet. Similar to her previous book, Kolbert’s latest offers engaging popular science.”—Library Journal, starred review

“A master elucidator, Kolbert is gratifyingly direct as she assesses our predicament between a rock and a hard place, creating a clarion and invaluable “book about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems.” — Booklist, starred review

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February 9, 2021 | Hardcover and eBook Editions


Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.

“The author’s book title is a nod to Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor, in which she asserts that there is a “kingdom of the well” and a ‘kingdom of the sick.’ Jaouad does a beautiful job of writing from this place of “dual citizenship,” where she finds pain but also joy, kinship, and possibility.”—LibraryReads, starred review

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February 9, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father by David O. Stewart

A fascinating and illuminating account of how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States of America, from award-winning author David O. Stewart.

“In this lively and admirable study, Stewart offers a balanced and thoughtfully well-written appreciation of George Washington’s life and leadership. A must for fans of biographies.”—Library Journal, starred review

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February 9, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.

“McGhee’s book is required reading, a true work of courage and intellectual rigor. Readers have likely asked: Why is this so hard for a country that has so much? By unearthing and exposing the faulty why, McGhee illuminates the path to actual change.”—Booklist, starred review

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February 16, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School by Michelle Icard

The fourteen essential conversations to have with your tween and early teenager to prepare them for the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead, including scripts and advice to keep the communication going and stay connected during this critical developmental window. 

Fourteen by Fourteen is a must-read for caregivers of adolescents, providing readers with the necessary tools to talk to their tweens and sustain happy and healthy relationships.”—Booklist, starred review

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February 23, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Lolita in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning with the Most Indelible and Shocking Novel of the Twentieth Century  edited by Jenny Minton Quigley

A vibrant collection of sharp and essential modern pieces on the perennially controversial Lolita, by a wide range of celebrated writers, edited by the daughter of Lolita‘s original publisher.

“The superb essays found in this book demonstrate the enduring impact of this novel. Highly recommended for readers interested in Lolita and Nabokov.”—Library Journal, starred review

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March 2, 2021 | Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions


Feelings: A Story in Seasons by Manjit Thapp; Illustrated by the author

A stunning illustrated journey through one young woman’s year of emotions—from the saturated highs of early summer to the gray isolation of late winter.

“Thapp’s project is a visual-emotional banquet in which to get both lost and found.”—Booklist, starred review

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March 2, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Parent Like It Matters: How to Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls by Janice Johnson Dias, PhD

An accessible blueprint to embolden our daughters to be critical thinkers, fearless doers, and joyful change agents for our future—from the proud mother of teen activist Marley Dias, founder of 1000BLACKGIRLBOOKS.

“This recommended title has insights and practical tips for raising change-making girls.”—Library Journal, starred review

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March 16, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig

A magisterial portrait of Lady Bird Johnson, and a major reevaluation of the profound yet underappreciated impact the First Lady’s political instincts had on LBJ’s presidency.

“Sweig (Friendly Fire, 2006) utilizes these prodigious entries to produce a genuine biography that fully covers Lady Bird’s lasting impact on the Johnson administration and the nation. A refreshingly readable and elucidating portrait of a remarkable woman.”—Booklist, starred review

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March 16, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—and How We Can Fix It by Dorothy A. Brown

A groundbreaking exposé of racism in the American taxation system from a law professor and expert on tax policy.

“This is an eye-opening, well-sourced and -argued account of tax law and economic policy at the intersection of racism and social history. Weaving personal experiences into her compelling study, Brown highlights the enduring problem of the increasing wealth gap between Black and white Americans, and the urgent need for tax reform.”—Booklist, starred review

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March 23, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib

A stirring meditation on Black performance in America from the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain.

“Told with humor and grace, Abdurraqib’s stories will inspire and provoke thoughtful meditations on how Black lives matter in all areas of life and art.”—Library Journal, starred review

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March 30, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


COOKING:

Food Between Friends by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Tanous

Best friends Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of Modern Family, and recipe developer Julie Tanous pay homage to their hometowns as they whip up modern California food with Southern and Southwestern spins in their debut cookbook.

“An effervescent, accessible cookbook bolstered by a joyful friendship. Fans of comedy-infused cookbooks and festive, lighthearted cooking will enjoy these creative meals.”—Library Journal, starred review

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March 9, 2021 | Hardcover and eBook Editions


AUDIOBOOKS:

Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality by Frank Wilczek; Read by Sean Patrick Hopkins and Frank Wilczek

One of our great contemporary scientists reveals the ten profound insights that illuminate what everyone should know about the physical world.

“To achieve the same in solo narration is truly impressive. Hopkins manages to deliver the concepts and simultaneously express the amazement, intrigue, and amusement his audience will experience. In the arena of great science communicators (Hawkins, Kaku, DeGrasse Tyson) this is a standout work, a standout narration, and a must listen.”—Booklist, starred audio review

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The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler; Read by Scott Brick

The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the “quintessential urban private eye” (Los Angeles Times).

“The prolific Scott Brick has one of the most recognizable voices in the audiobook world, and Raymond Chandler’s quintessential hardboiled sleuth, Philip Marlowe, has been portrayed on screen by multiple actors . . . Hearing Chandler’s words spoken, rather than those of the screenwriters who adapted his novels, will be a treat for all hard-boiled-detective fans.”— Booklist, starred audio review

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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

“This will make a valued addition to audiobook collections of most sizes and target audiences.”— Library Journal, starred audio review

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Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi; Read by Bahni Turpin

Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

“Bahni Turpin weaves Ghanaian words and accents and scientific terminology effortlessly into the narration of the story. Though the story is told from Gifty’s perspective, Turpin creates unique voices for the host of supporting characters and makes it feel like there is a cast of voice actors instead of just one.”— Library Journal, starred audio review

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The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams; Read by Kristen Atherton & Jon Glover

An exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent which chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.

“Fans of literary comedies will revel in this cunning tour de force. And audiobook fans of every kind will take note that this year’s fiction begins with an inspired debut.”— AudioFile Earphones Award-Winning review

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