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:

The Free Bastards: A Novel by Jonathan French

“French paints Oats as a ferocious combatant but also as someone who cares deeply for his fellow Bastards and others in his orbit—including children, humans, and even his ugly battle-boar—and his combination of brawn, magic, and wit may win the day. Series fans will relish this thoroughly satisfying finale. ”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Burning: A Novel by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

“Set in the San Francisco Bay Area during one of the state’s terrible wildfires, the story is vintage Kellerman(s): a riveting page-turner of a mystery with pulse-pounding action, and a compelling look at family dynamics and loyalty. The shock ending doesn’t hurt, either.”—Booklist, starred review

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Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth: A Novel by Wole Soyinka

“A lifelong political activist, essayist, playwright, poet, and teacher, Soyinka is the first African recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and this highly anticipated novel, his first in almost half a century, will be much sought after.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin

“With an innate understanding of emergency room medicine, the inner workings of government agencies, and the complexities of decades-long friendships, Martin’s novel is compelling to its core. Particularly poignant in our current predicament, it lays bare the consequences of misinformation and vaccine hesitancy.”—Booklist, starred review

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


Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

“As always, Okorafor’s world building is intricate, vivid, and fascinating, and Noor’s scathing critique of imperialism and capitalism’s ties to climate disaster is a powerful and welcome call-to-action . . . Readers will be rooting for AO and her battle against the brutal, insatiable greed of the megacorporations and governments in charge of this near-future world.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 16, 2021 | Available in Hardcover and eBook Editions


Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins

“Higgins invests the tales with surprising new meanings. The fabulous ancient tales in this collection unfold as images that skilled female artisans weave into the tapestries they are crafting on their looms . . . Ancient myths here acquire compelling modern form.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale December 7, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


London Bridge Is Falling Down: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler

“As always, Fowler does a masterly job of balancing humor with an ingeniously crafted plot. Devoted fans will be more than satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale December 7, 2021 | Available in Hardcover and eBook Editions


The Siren of Sussex: A Novel by Mimi Matthews

“Matthews brings the Victorian era to vivid life with meticulously researched details and an impossible romance made believable and memorable.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale January 11, 2022 | Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Small World: A Novel by Jonathan Evison

“Such masterful strokes seem to qualify Small World as the quintessential Great American Novel as Evison eloquently shows that perhaps the most authentically American ideal is the ongoing, blended palette of stories.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale January 11, 2022 | Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Accomplice: A Novel by Lisa Lutz

“Lutz is the author of the immensely popular Spellman Files series and follows her successful stand-alone The Swallows (2019) with this atmospheric, well-plotted, and brilliantly narrated story, which is at once mysterious, suspenseful, and witty.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale January 25, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories by Gish Jen

“On into the COVID-19 pandemic, the connections Jen finesses among her entrancing characters are surprising and piquing, her painterly descriptions compassionate and amusing, her summoning of ambiguity and hard truths uniquely illuminating.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale January 25, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Getting His Game Back: A Novel by Gia de Cadenet

“Khalil and Vanessa set a high standard for couples with their patience, support, and respect for one another—combined with sizzling chemistry. The result is a thoroughly satisfying love story with a big, beating heart.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale January 25, 2022 | Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Violence: A Novel by Delilah S. Dawson

“Dawson doesn’t hold back in her graphic depictions of domestic abuse, but the violence never feels gratuitous, clarifying the high stakes of this 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


Groundskeeping: A Novel by Lee Cole

“With brilliant descriptions of the rural South, Cole’s slow burn of a debut novel achingly explores the definition of home, fate, and our shared humanity. “—Booklist, starred review

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


COOKBOOKS:

Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy’s Greatest Food, with Recipes: A Cookbook by Missy Robbins and Talia Baiocchi

“Waxing poetic about cooking by using the way dough feels in one’s hands and the sounds sauce makes in a pan instead of setting a timer, chef Robbins (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner… Life), of Brooklyn’s Lilia, presents a soulful guide to the art and craft of making pasta.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale Now, 2022 | Available in Hardcover and eBook Editions


One: Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You and Your Family: A Cookbook by Anna Jones

“Jones’ approach emphasizes ecologically sound practices without sacrificing flavor, variety, or efficiency . . . Put this at the top of the list for greening-up with flavor and ease.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale January 4, 2022 | Available in Hardcover and eBook Editions


NONFICTION:

Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience by Eli Saslow

“Each story is memorable in its own right and will introduce readers to just a few of the countless people whose lives were upended and will never be the same . . . This book is an essential part of any library collection and will be for many years to come.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World  by Wil Haygood

“Haygood reflects on ‘Mammy’ and ‘Uncle Tom’ stereotypes, Blaxploitation, and the power of independent video in achieving social justice, yet he wistfully concludes with the cautionary tale of Spike Lee, who has yet to win a best director or best picture Oscar. Haygood’s defining history is as moving as it is enlightening.”—Booklist, starred review

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


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

“Ai Weiwei’s historically precise, generously candid, and deeply delving chronicle is clarion testimony to how intrinsic art is to human nature and to defining and protecting human rights.”—Booklist, starred review

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


The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History edited by Tina Jordan with Noor Qasim. 

“Each chapter is full of entertaining reviews and book covers (“Californians are not going to like this angry novel,” one reviewer wrote of The Grapes of Wrath), plus delightful photos. Literature lovers are in for a treat.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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


The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III by Andrew Roberts

“Roberts details the king’s frequently difficult relations with his prime ministers and the disastrous effects of his bipolar disorder on both the nation and the king’s family. Roberts here renders George III a figure more tragic than malicious.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 11, 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

“The sheer breadth of this book is refreshing and illuminating, challenging each and every reader to confront America’s past, present and future.”—BookPage, starred review

“Based on the landmark 1619 Project, this collection… expands on the groundbreaking work with added nuance and new contributions by poets like Tracy K. Smith, writers including Kiese Laymon, and historians such as Anthea Butler…powerful… this work asks readers to deeply consider who is allowed to shape the collective memory. 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


Profusely Illustrated: A Memoir by Edward Sorel

“Sorel is refreshingly candid about his amazement over and gratitude for his happy, productive life combating greed, corruption, lies, hubris, and crimes against humanity with wit and artistic vigor, righteous outrage and ebullient creativity.”—Booklist, starred review

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On Sale November 23, 2021 | Available in Hardcover and eBook 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


Lost & Found: A Memoir by Kathryn Schulz

“By the end of these exquisite existential wanderings, Schulz comes to a quiet truce with her finding that ‘life, too, goes by contraries… by turns crushing and restorative… comic and uplifting.’ Schulz’s canny observations are a treasure.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale January 11, 2021 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk

“Oftentimes hilarious…gleeful and irreverent… Comedy fans will find plenty of laughs and some heartening lessons, too.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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


AUDIO:

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang; Read by the Author

“The final chapters are especially moving as Wang candidly reflects on the traumatic events of her life. This standout memoir is even more haunting and memorable in audio.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

 


Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence by Anita Hill; Read by January LaVoy

“Hill’s deeply affecting work to promote a progressive women’s agenda is made even better by LaVoy’s intelligent presentation. This is a must-listen.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

 


Pony by R.J. Palacio; Read by Ian M. Hawkins and the Author

“Hawkins voices the gruff, gravelly voiced Marshall Farmer, calm Sheriff Chalfont, skeptical Deputy Beautyman, and smug Ollerenshaw with equal ease. Palacio shares her author’s note in a friendly voice, providing fascinating historical context on the American frontier.” —AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

 


Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters by Steven Pinker; Read by Arthur Morey

“Narrator Arthur Morey employs an authoritative tone and a pleasing rhythm as he performs this essential study of the evolution of rational thought.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

 


When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez; Read by the Author

“Elisabet Velasquez narrates her debut novel-in-verse with vividness, honesty, and poignancy born of her life experience and performance expertise.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Starred Reviews: October, 2021

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