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:

Portrait of a Scotsman: A League of Extraordinary Women (Book 3) by Evie Dunmore

“Dunmore delivers a novel that is delectably sexy and profoundly romantic at its core. It’s sure to delight fans of the series as well as new readers, thanks to Dunmore’s trademark mix of historical fiction, British feminist history, and steamy Victorian romance.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Nightbitch: A Novel by Rachel Yoder

“Sharp as a dog’s teeth and twice as ferocious, Yoder’s novel is a searing indictment of the way mothers are undervalued and ignored and expected to conform to one way of being. Not for the faint of heart (but then again, neither is motherhood), this debut’s prose pulses with energy and wit. Highly recommended for all literary fiction collections.”—Library Journal, starred review

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The War for Gloria: A Novel by Atticus Lish

“The descriptions of Gloria’s struggle with ALS and Corey’s role as caregiver are nothing short of brilliant. Above all, the portrait of toxic masculinity is stark, nearly to the point of caricature. Although this is a relentlessly depressing story, it is powered by remarkable empathy and humanity.”—Booklist, starred review

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Deadly Summer Nights: A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery by Vicki Delany

“Highly recommended for cozy readers looking for a new setting to explore and a heroine with a lot of moxie.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale September 14, 2021 | Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness: A Novel by Claire Vaye Watkins

“In the spirit of Edward Abbey, Hunter Thompson, and Joy Williams, Watkins has forged a desert tale of howling pain and a chaotic quest for healing mythic in its summoning of female power in a realm of double-wides, loaded dice, broken glass, and hot springs.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale October 5, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Oh William!: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

“It’s not for nothing that Strout has been compared to Hemingway. In some ways, she betters him.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A masterful, wise, moving portrait and ultimately uplifting meditation on human existence.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale October 19, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, CD, and Audio Download Editions


The God of Lost Words: A Novel from Hell’s Library (Book 3) by A.J. Hackwith

“Hackwith’s poignant, imaginative series sends readers on an amazing journey, with profound prose that will capture hearts and minds.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale November 2, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

“Williams’s sophomore effort (after How To Fail at Flirting) is a body-positive, feel-good romance with highly relatable protagonists.”—Library Journal, starred

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On Sale November 2, 2021 | Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Family: A Novel by Naomi Krupitsky

“Fans of Adriana Trigiani and Lynda Cohen Loigman will inhale this tense, engrossing novel about family ties, women’s friendships, and the treacherous complications of loyalty.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 2, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Still Life: A Novel by Sarah Winman

“In this thoroughly warm, witty, entertaining, and character-driven novel spanning decades, Winman (Tin Man, 2018) shares bighearted ideas about friendship, love, art, and community.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 2, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, Large Print, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


NONFICTION:

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Ladau

“A well-designed, user-friendly educational resource, this straightforward guide belongs on public and school library shelves.”—Booklist, starred review

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The Sleeping Beauties: and Other Stories of Mystery Illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan

“This is a startling and empathetic investigation into the power of the mind, the contagiousness of fear, and the consequences of hopelessness.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale September 21, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People by  Rick Bragg

“Highly recommended for readers who would enjoy an Appalachian Marley and Me where the dog doesn’t die. Bookstores and libraries should anticipate enormous demand.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale September 21, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Robert E. Lee: A Life by Allen C. Guelzo

“Based on family letters and other primary documents, this fine biography is a must-read for Civil War enthusiasts and those interested in Lee’s legacy.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale September 28, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott

“Though the narrative centers on the inevitability of these cycles, Elliott manages to incorporate moments of profound hope and togetherness throughout. This is a remarkable achievement that speaks to the heart and conscience of a nation.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale October 05, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, Large Print, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh

“A thoroughly enjoyable and perceptive book that champions the art of popular music.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale October 05, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines by Cassandra Leah Quave

“Quave’s inviting memoir demonstrates grit and determination and explains some of the fascinating and critical uses of plants for healing (including possible uses against antimicrobial resistance and even COVID-19).”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale October 12, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download


Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy by Martin Indyk

“Indyk’s reflective review of Kissinger’s Realpolitik negotiations can be a model for understanding how to subdue rather than settle international negotiations. Essential reading.” —Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale October 19, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit

“Orwell will always be relied on for his astute understanding of the threat of totalitarianism and its malignant lies; Solnit also ensures that we’ll value Orwell’s profound understanding of how love, pleasure, and awe for nature can be powerful forms of resistance.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale October 19, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download


The Education of Corporal John Musgrave: Vietnam and Its Aftermath by John Musgrave

“This often-engrossing memoir might offer comfort to families of people serving in the armed forces and will also appeal to Vietnam War–era readers. See Gerald Nicosia’s classic Home to War for an in-depth narrative of the VVAW.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale November 02, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


AUDIO:

The Art of Patience: Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet by Sylvain Tesson; Translated by Frank Wynne; Read by David Pittu

Narrator David Pittu unpacks his full valise of vocalizations in this exceptional story of encountering one of the planet’s least seen animals—the snow leopard. He narrates this all-too-brief audiobook, modulating its quiet drama, poetic riffs, and personal asides at a careful pace in a style that reveals the workings of the famous French travel writer’s philosophical mind. . . The author and the listener are rewarded with expressive descriptions of the snow leopard “among slippery white landscapes.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America written and Read by Julie DiCaro

“As a radio personality, DiCaro certainly knows how to use her voice—slightly raspy and always honest in tone—to emphasize her compelling arguments. She is angry, fiery, and full of grit but funny and wry, too, as she encourages women in the industry and female sports fans alike to support women’s sports and women sports reporters.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


Wayward by Dana Spiotta; Read by Susan Bennett

“Listeners seeking a feast for the ears, and for their hearts and minds as well, can do no better than to dive into this intoxicating audiobook, wonderfully performed by Susan Bennett. Spiotta is acclaimed for her well-considered settings, replete with period details, and her portrait of contemporary Syracuse may be her best yet.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


The Turnout by Megan Abbott; Read by Cassandra Campbell

“Rarely will listeners find a dark contemporary fiction so exquisitely narrated that it becomes an instant classic. Cassandra Campbell portrays the story of two sisters, Dara and Marie, who continue the legacy of the Durant School of Dance, started by their mother. . Campbell vividly captures the paranoia, the world of ballet, and family secrets. . . All this paired with gut-wrenching twists and reveals spirals into a perfect storm that listeners will relish.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno–Garcia; Read by Gisela Chipe

“Narrator Gisela Chipe successfully juggles the many characters and subplots in this exciting, odd (in a good way) mystery set in 1970s Mexico. . .An artful narration by Chipe and an ingeniously plotted thriller by Moreno–Garcia (MEXICAN GOTHIC) make this prime listening.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


How to Make Good Things Happen: Know Your Brain, Enhance Your Life by Marian Rojas Estapé; Read by Marisol Ramirez

“With her youthful voice and earnest optimism, narrator Marisol Ramirez helps this mental health guide become a transformative journey toward healing and wisdom about living. . . Helped immensely by Ramirez’s lithe vocal personality, this is a guide that will speak to listeners in a way that sounds practical and inviting.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King, Johnette Howard, and Maryanne Vollers; Read by Billie Jean King

“King reads her chronologically arranged memoir in a voice that is familiar . . . an appealing choice for tennis fans and others interested in King’s personal life and professional accomplishments.”—Booklist, starred review of the day


Hell of a Book by Jason Mott; Read by JD Jackson and Ronald Peet

“Thanks to veteran narrator JD Jackson and newbie Ronald Peet, Mott’s fourth novel is also a ‘hell of an audiobook.’ . . Between heartache and heartfelt laughter, Jackson and Peet perform a meta-masterpiece.”—Booklist, starred review


In the Heights: Finding Home by Lin Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter; Read by America Ferrara, Lin Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter

“This will be a joy not only to Miranda fans but also to everyone obsessed with the musical-theater world. Ferrera is the main narrator, with short appearances from Hudes, McCarter, and Miranda throughout, which creates a comfortable, roundtable-discussion ambiance. Hudes’ sparkle comes through as she expresses her journey as the main playwright, and her discussions with Miranda display a joyful collaboration filled to the brim with artistic brilliance. . .Come take a listen for the musical-theater deep dives, but stay for Lin’s raps and songs that never made it into the movie! .”—Booklist, starred review

Starred Reviews: August 2021

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