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FICTION:

Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead

The unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost.

“This new work from the award-winning Shipstead (Seating Arrangements) justifies its length, by its intricately designed plot and by giving its compelling cast of characters room to breathe. As Hadley learns some of Marian’s secrets—the ones that weren’t in the script—readers will wonder how much we can truly know anyone. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, starred review

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The Invisible Husband of Frick Island: A Novel by Colleen Oakley

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Oakley delivers an unforgettable love story about an eccentric community, a grieving widow, and an outsider who slowly learns that sometimes faith is more important than the facts.

“Fans of the delightfully bizarre and quaintly humorous will love Oakley’s (You Were There Too) hopeful tale about the powerful bond of community and how far people will go to protect someone they love.”—Library Journal, starred review

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The Hunting Wives: A Novel by May Cobb

The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.

“Cobb (Big Woods) writes a clever twisty plot in this alcohol-infused, sexually charged thriller. Gossipy, scandalous housewives behaving badly might make this the juiciest read of the season. For fans of Liane Moriarty.”—Library Journal, starred review

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The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba: A Novel by Chanel Cleeton

“An exciting and inspiring read that shows us how womanhood, courage and revolution are three words that often mean the same thing.”―NPR

“Historical fiction fans will love this novel and its perfectly detailed descriptions of a long-gone era. This is another slam-dunk from Cleeton (Next Year in Havana).”—Library Journal, starred review

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The Eagle’s Claw: A Novel of the Battle of Midway by Jeff Shaara

In a riveting tale that picks up where To Wake the Giant left off, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara transports us to the Battle of Midway in another masterpiece of military historical fiction.

“Riveting historical fiction.”—Booklist, starred review

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June 1, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


The Disappearing Act: A Novel by Catherine Steadman

“This glittering narrative with a totally beguiling protagonist makes for an absolutely perfect beach read.”—Booklist, starred review

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June 8, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions


Daughters of Sparta: A Novel by Claire Heywood 

Daughters of Sparta is a vivid and illuminating reimagining of the Siege of Troy, told through the perspectives of two women whose voices have been ignored for far too long.

“Readers intimately familiar with the mythology and those new to this classic story alike will find themselves breathlessly turning the pages as Heywood unspools the tragic consequences of Helen’s actions and the horrific sacrifice Klytemnestra is forced to make. An utterly spellbinding historical yarn.”—Booklist, starred review

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June 22, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Songs in Ursa Major: A Novel by Emma Brodie

A transporting love story of music, stardom, heartbreak, and a gifted young singer-songwriter who must find her own voice—“pure sun-soaked summer fun” (Kate Quinn, bestselling author of The Alice Network).

“Inspired by the folk rock scene of the late ’60s and early ’70s—and reputedly by the relationship between James Taylor and Joni Mitchell—this superbly crafted debut novel immerses readers in a story of family, love, and music from the first page.” —Library Journal, starred review

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June 22, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, and Large Print Editions


The Personal Librarian: A Novel by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

The remarkable story of J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.

“This fictional account of Greene’s life feels authentic; the authors bring to life not only Belle but all those around her. An excellent piece of historical fiction that many readers will find hard to put down.”—Library Journal, starred review

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June 29, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


Someone to Cherish by Mary Balogh

Is love worth the loss of one’s freedom and independence? This is what Mrs. Tavernor must decide in the new novel in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.

“Balogh continues to delight readers with her adroitly etched characters, devilishly rapier wit, and the deft way in which she conjures up a veritable ocean of emotions in one deceptively simple story line.”—Booklist, starred review

“A must-read for fans of the series, this installment is a continuation of the high-quality characters and plot that readers have come to expect from Mary Balogh.”—Library Journal, starred review

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June 29, 2021 | Hardcover and eBook Editions


Build Your House Around My Body: A Novel by Violet Kupersmith

A century of Vietnam’s history and folklore comes to life in this “brilliant, sweeping epic that swaps spirits and sheds time like snakeskin” (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Survivor Song).

“[An] exceptional debut. . . .Surprising and satisfying. Magic can be both benevolent and monstrous in Kupersmith’s work, and here she indelibly illustrates the ways in which Vietnam’s legacies of colonialism, war, and violence against women continue to haunt.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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July 6, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Lost Girls: A Novel by Jessica Chiarella

When her true-crime podcast becomes an overnight sensation, a young woman is pulled into the web of a case that may offer a surprising connection to her own sister’s disappearance years earlier.

“Readers who enjoy true crime, especially podcasts, as well as thrillers featuring unreliable narrators, will appreciate Chiarella’s (And Again) haunting story of lost girls, lost women, and revenge.”—Library Journal, starred review

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July 7, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Ghost Forest: A Novel by Pik-Shuen Fung

A graceful and indelible debut novel of love, grief, and memory, about a young woman from one of Hong Kong’s “astronaut” families, separated from her father after China regained control of Hong Kong from the British.

“Seemingly spare yet undeniably dense with so much unsaid, Fung’s polyphonic first novel is a magnificent literary triumph.”—Booklist, starred review

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


We Were Never Here: A Novel by Andrea Bartz

A backpacking trip has deadly consequences in this “sharp, unsettling thriller about power, obsession, and the inescapable grip of the past” (Megan Miranda) from the bestselling author of The Lost Night and The Herd.

“A terrific novel, blending the Hitchcockian elements with a touch of Patricia Highsmith.”—Booklist, starred review

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


The Turnout: A Novel by Megan Abbott

Bestselling and award-winning author Megan Abbott’s revelatory and mesmerizing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio.

“Abbott (Give Me Your Hand) has a top-notch ability to reveal the dark undercurrents of women’s relationships and sexuality. Her taut, unsettling writing creates tension through the slightest actions and phrases, and keeps the pages turning. This is clever, chilling psychological suspense at its best.”—Library Journal, starred review

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August 3, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


The King of Infinite Space: A Novel by Lyndsay Faye

In this lush, magical, queer, and feminist take on Hamlet in modern-day New York City, a neuro-atypical philosopher, along with his best friend Horatio and artist ex-fiancé Lia, are caught up in the otherworldly events surrounding the death of his father.

“The four seem to have unusual powers. But back to Ben and Horatio, who, after all, share the spotlight. Ben is brilliant (though given to popping too many pills), a master of paradox, physics, and philosophy; Horatio, an Anglo-Indian, is stalwart and faithful. Their evolving relationship is brilliantly realized, as, for that matter, is the entire book, which is, alas, ever faithful to the original, which is, remember, a tragedy. The curtain falls.”—Booklist, starred review

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August 10, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel by Paula Hawkins

With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge.

“Lee Child calls Hawkins an ‘intensely human’ writer, and this book puts her on a par with the supreme Ruth Rendell. Packed with OMG moments, this novel may be slow burning, but it’s a scorcher nonetheless.”—Booklist, starred review

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August 10, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


Cackle: A Novel by Rachel Harrison

A darkly funny, frightening novel about a young woman learning how to take what she wants from a witch who may be too good to be true, from the author of The Return.

“It’s served in a friendship story that showcases Harrison’s strength at writing powerful and empowered women with razor-sharp wit and a touch of darkness. This book wonders why this kind of woman is feared; in Harrison’s hands, we’re totally under their spell.”— Library Journal, starred review

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October 5, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


NONFICTION:

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green

A deeply moving collection of personal essays from John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down.

“The book is a review of humanity: how we grow, how we build, how we destroy, and how we observe ourselves. Many books succeed at making the personal universal, but this one also makes the universal personal. With these essays, Green reveals his internal life in vignettes, with the hope that one of his stories will spark recognition and connection among readers.” — Library Journal, starred review

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Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by Niall Ferguson

Setting the annus horribilis of 2020 in historical perspective, Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters.

“A book reminiscent of William H. McNeill’s Plagues and Peoples, Ferguson’s new title is a much-needed book on an important and pressing subject. Ferguson provides ample support for his arguments, uses an interdisciplinary approach, and offers new insights and revelations. An exemplary and thought-provoking work from a renowned author that will not disappoint.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard

From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery.

“Simard’s science fascinates, and so too does her life. This is an engaging memoir of scientific discovery.”—Library Journal, starred review

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The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth

The definitive, newsbreaking account of the reopened investigation into the Tulsa Race Massacre and its aftermath.

“A thoughtful exploration of the importance of collective memory. It is particularly poignant as 2021 marks the centennial of the massacre. A must-read for all who are interested in how history continues to impact the present.”—Library Journal, starred review

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The Devil’s Playbook: Big Tobacco, Juul, and the Addiction of a New Generation by Lauren Etter

Big Tobacco meets Silicon Valley in this corporate exposé of what happened when two of the most notorious industries collided—and the vaping epidemic was born.

“Armed with an immense body of research and insider interview material, the author digs deep into the controversial industry to reveal the avarice, scandal, corporate egotism, and rampant ‘political knife fights.’…Riveting journalism that probes the triple threat of vaping, nicotine addiction, and corporate greed.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Upand What We Make When We Make Dinner by Liz Hauck

A woman honors her father’s legacy by teaching a cooking class in a home for youth in state care—a powerful memoir about the small acts of showing up that transform our lives and how making food can make community.

“Home Made is an affecting, thoughtful look at the lives of boys in transitional moments and a personal reflection on a father’s legacy.”—Booklist, starred review

“A moving memoir about how ‘systems fail but food is revolutionary.’ Hauck creates indelible portraits… A captivating debut.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020 by Salman Rushdie

Newly collected, revised, and expanded nonfiction—including many texts never previously in print—from the first two decades of the twenty-first century by the Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author.

“Highly recommended for Rushdie fans, as well as readers interested in art, literature, or creative writing.”—Library Journal, starred review

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National Audubon Society: Birds of North America by National Audubon Society

From the most trusted name in birding—beloved by millions of backyard enthusiasts and experts alike—comes a completely new and definitive guide to the birds of North America: the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date work of its kind.

“This guide is a must-have for birders and nature lovers.”—Library Journal, starred review

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 The Ugly Cry: A Memoir by Danielle Henderson

An uproarious, moving memoir about a grandmother’s ferocious love and redefining what it means to be family.

“A story of learning to survive trauma and an inventory of love’s many guises, Henderson’s memoir ends as she starts college, leaving readers hoping there’s much more to come.”—Booklist, starred review

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June 7, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid by Lawrence Wright

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Looming Tower: an unprecedented, momentous account of Covid-19—its origins, its wide-ranging repercussions, and the ongoing global fight to contain it.

“By far the best book yet on COVID-19, Wright’s chronicle offers a brutal lesson on the devastation that results when a pandemic is met with a lack of planning, mixed messages, and inept leadership.”—Booklist, starred review

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June 8, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions


A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars by Hakeem Oluseyi and Joshua Horwitz

In this inspiring coming-of-age memoir, a world-renowned astrophysicist emerges from an impoverished childhood and crime-filled adolescence to ascend through the top ranks of research physics.

“A Black astrophysicist delivers a memoir that demonstrates the unstoppable strength of intelligence and the human spirit . . . A sharp, relatable book about self-reinvention and a loving nod to anyone who has ever believed in the potential of another.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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June 15, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio, Editions


Till the End by CC Sabathia and Chris Smith

The memoir of the life of one of the most beloved baseball players of his generation, a raw, compelling story of baseball, family, fame, addiction, loss, and a champion’s resilience.

“Sabathia tells the entertaining story of his 19 seasons on and off the field… This book represents an excellent launching point for Jay-Z’s new imprint, Roc Lit 101. Everything about Sabathia is larger than life, yet he tells his story with honesty and humility.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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June 15, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, and Large Print Editions


Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder, Ph.D.

A pioneering marine biologist takes us down into the deep ocean to understand bioluminescence—the language of light that helps life communicate in the darkness—and what it tells us about the future of life on Earth. 

“[Widder] calls for an effort to explore the deep seas on par with the space program, passionately and expertly arguing that it is urgently important for us to understand the oceans, which are severely imperiled and essential to our survival.”—Booklist, starred review

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July 27, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The History of Bones: A Memoir by John Lurie

The quintessential depiction of 1980s New York and the downtown scene from the artist, actor, musician, and composer John Lurie.

“By turns comic, pissed off, and desolate, his raffish picaresque captures everything…The result is an energetic, raucous reprise of an adventurously offbeat life.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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August 17, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


AUDIOBOOKS:

The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel by Syed M. Masood; Read by Pej Vahdat and Hend Ayoub

Following two families from Pakistan and Iraq in the 1990s to San Francisco in 2016, The Bad Muslim Discount is an inclusive, comic novel about Muslim immigrants finding their way in modern America.

“Both narrators modulate the novel’s notable shifts in tone by inhabiting their characters engagingly. They reminds listeners to consider the vantage points by which Masood’s book observes America, as both a destination and an actor on the world stage.”—Library Journal, starred review


Hungry Hearts: Essays on Courage, Desire, and Belonging by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh; Read by Various

Sixteen innovators, creatives, and thought leaders—Austin Channing Brown, Sue Monk Kidd, and Luvvie Ajayi Jones, among others—share intimate stories of uncovering beauty and potential through moments of fear, loss, heartbreak, and uncertainty.

“Most of the essays are read by their authors, which fills the audiobook with a wide array of voices, accents, and heartfelt emotions.”—Library Journal, starred review


Women of Chateau Lafayette: A Novel by Stephanie Dray; Read by Tavia Gilbert and others

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.

“Narrators express ranges of emotions: Adrienne’s soft murmurs, quiet grief, and her calm resolve; Beatrice’s confidently clipped, independent and occasionally strident tones become gossipy whispers; and Marthe’s peaceful gratitude for her childhood transforms into fear when a Nazi search reveals contraband, and, months later, her voice shrieks with enraged betrayal at an authority’s deceit. Listeners will applaud.”—Booklist, starred review


Whereabouts: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri; Read by Susan Vinciotti Bonito

A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies—her first in nearly a decade—about a woman questioning her place in the world, wavering between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties.

“Susan Vinciotti Bonito gives this introspective, fragmented fiction–written in Italian and translated into English by the author–a delicate, poignant narration. . . .The choice to read in a distinctly inflected way gives the novel an immersive quality that illuminates the inner workings of the unnamed narrator’s mind.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Starred Reviews: May, 2021

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