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:

Payback’s a Witch: A Novel by Lana Harper

“With a satisfying end to the tournament, and smart, funny characters who support one another, Harper’s series is off to a fantastic start.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


Always, in December: A Novel by Emily Stone

“Romance fans should be prepared for a tearjerker ending to this poignant, well-plotted tale of once-in-a-life-time love. It’s as unforgettable as it is heart-wrenching.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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


Pearl by Josh Malerman

“Malerman delivers with another completely different yet equally crowd-pleasing and awesome horror novel that is not to be missed. Fans of tales as varied as Eden by Tim Lebbon, Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, or The Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones will all find something to savor and enjoy here.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


Better Off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child

“Even those for whom this is their first Reacher novel will be clamoring for more. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale October 26, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


Our Country Friends: A novel by Gary Shteyngart

“Both the definitive COVID-19 novel and not, this work captures an uncertain modernity and speaks to the existential peril of contemporary life.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


The Way We Weren’t: A Novel by Phoebe Fox

“This standout novel from Fox (A Little Bit of Grace, 2020) is a study in contrasts: tragic yet heartwarming, suspenseful yet comforting . . . An ideal pick for book clubs and fans of Gayle Forman’s Leave Me (2016).”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 9, 2021 | Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Doctors and Friends: A Novel by Kimmery Martin

“Some readers will find that it hits too close to reality, but there is beauty in Martin’s gem of a story that confirms that friendship is a powerful force.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale November 9, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Singles Table by Sara Desai

“Opposites attract with hilarious, delicious consequences in Desai’s latest romcom, following The Dating Plan (2021) . . . Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips will enjoy Desai’s memorable romance.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 16, 2021 | Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Love Con by Seressia Glass

“The plot yields well-written surprises and emotional depth, and readers will find it hard to put this book down.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


The Violence: A Novel by Delilah S. Dawson

“[An] un-put-downable near-future thriller from Dawson… [a] smart, fast-paced thrill ride. Fans of dystopian sci-fi stories will devour this.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale February 1, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


NONFICTION:

American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears by Farah Stockman

“A well-crafted nonpartisan study of the American working class that is a desirable addition to any nonfiction collection and will find a wide audience.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told by Farah Stockman

“Wolk’s light and humorous style appeals, and this work would be a marvelous addition to any library’s collection. It will likely become a bible for serious comics fans and a useful introduction and reference guide for all others.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir by Ai Weiwei

“Ai creates a vivid portrait of two generations grappling with their place in the Chinese cultural and political landscape, and gives readers a glimpse of his approach to art and the creative process. Highly recommended for those interested in art, memoir, politics, and history.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


The Correspondents: Six Women Writers on the Front Lines of World War II by Judith Mackrell

“A must-read for those interested in women’s history and the Second World War.”—Library Journal, starred review

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


The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired a Masterpiece by Kevin Birmingham

“Birmingham’s riveting dual narrative provides a multifaceted exploration of nineteenth-century thought and society. His deep reading of Dostoevsky’s journals and drafts provides penetrating insights into the artistic process and how Dostoevsky sought to write from the killer Raskolnikov’s perspective (raskol is Russian for schism).”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 9, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Prayers for the People: Things We Didn’t Know We Could Say to God by Terry J. Stokes

“Wonderfully blending traditional prayer rhetoric with humor and an eye for contemporary concerns, Stokes’s work will be a stimulating, inspiring resource particularly for those working in youth ministry.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale November 9, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine

“Stories and poems by Claudia Rankine, Terry McMillan, Darryl Pinckney, and others bring to vivid life historical moments such as the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to ‘one of the first Black military brigades.’ The result is a bracing and vital reconsideration of American history.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Like the magazine version of The 1619 Project, this invaluable book sets itself apart by reframing readers’ understanding of U.S. history, past and present.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale November 16, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, and Large Print Editions


All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business by Mel Brooks

“In this laugh-a-minute memoir, actor and producer Brooks (Young Frankenstein) looks back at his rise through Hollywood, gleefully doling out punch lines along the way… Studded with snickering asides and rapid-fire jokes, Brooks’s account of making it in show biz is just as sidesplitting as his movies.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale November 30, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, and Large Print Editions


Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk

“Fascinating… illuminating… [a] fun, thoughtful book.”—Kirkus, starred review

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On Sale March 1, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


AUDIO:

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin; Read by Roy Samuelson

“Roy Samuelson, who narrated Sheinkin’s prize-winning BOMB, delivers his newest nonfiction. Listeners who were enthralled by the first audiobook will again be gripped, this time by his compelling dramatization of the Cold War era. Right away, Samuelson renders an impressive blow-by-blow account of a Russian espionage operation.”—Booklist, starred review


Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead; Read by Dion Graham 

“Dion Graham’s performance invites listeners into the world of New York in the early 1960s. As his voice captures the feel of the times, he skillfully brings listeners the coffee shops, storefronts, and conversations of the era . . . Graham embodies the audiobook’s many characters vividly, hitting all of the rhythms and nuances of Whitehead’s outstanding period novel.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

“The gritty plot is flawlessly narrated in Graham’s deep, expressive voice. He pays particular attention to the timing of dialogue, which lends to a performance that immediately draws the reader into Ray’s chaotic world. Character differentiation is expressed through both the tone and pitch of the narrator. Graham is handsdown perfectly paired as the voice of Harlem Shuffle.”—Booklist, starred review


The Women of Troy: A Novel by Pat Barker; Read by Kristin Atherton

“Author Pat Barker and narrator Kristin Atherton combine their considerable powers in this second volume of Barker’s Trojan trilogy, giving us a remarkable listening experience . . . Atherton imbues her clear, firm, warm voice with the intensity of a bard speaking across a campfire. Measured and vivid, she offers subtle vocal portraits of the protagonists and relishes every perfectly chosen word in this tale of honor, pride, and survival.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia; Read by Amir Abdullah and Taj Leahy

“Abdullah’s narration is upbeat, evenpaced, and beautifully melodic; Leahy’s dynamic, slightly gravely, and magnetically meandering. Together, they create a captivating audiobook that is hilarious, sad, and incredibly joyful all at once.”—Booklist, starred review


Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light: Essays by Helen Ellis; Read by the Author

“Rare is the audiobook that remains infectiously delightful through the ending credits, but Ellis won’t disappoint with the 13 essays—her acknowledgements could almost qualify for a 14th, they’re that entertaining—of her second collection.”—Booklist, starred review


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

“Disability rights activist Emily Ladau voices her approachable and meaningful guide to becoming a better ally to the disability community . . . Ladau’s narration highlights her passion for the subject, elevates the listening experience, and will be familiar to listeners of her podcast, The Accessible Stall.”—Booklist, starred review


Red Traitor: A Novel by Owen Matthews; Read by Mark Bramhall

“Bramhall effortlessly pronounces Russian names and locations, speaking with a husky gravitas that matches the seriousness of this historical spy thriller.”—Booklist, starred review


A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel by Paula Hawkins; Read by Rosamund Pike

“Listeners will be shocked by the turns and revelations so perfectly read by Pike, and drawn into the unfolding mystery. Like Hawkins’ previous titles, this thrilling story of guilt, revenge, and redemption builds to a satisfying conclusion.”—Booklist, starred review


The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton; Read by Elizabeth Knowelden 

“Knowelden’s plummy accent, wry tone, and comedic timing perfectly match the language and style of Holton’s delightfully playful romance series debut.”—Booklist, starred review


Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing; Read by Bahni Turpin

“Turpin’s spirited first-person narration perfectly expresses Maya’s creative energy—whether she’s filled with joy or crying tears of sadness and frustration. Overall, Turpin infuses the diverse characters, including Ralph, with distinct and relatable personalities, creating a memorable listening experience.”— AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Starred Reviews: September 2021

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