With starred reviews from publications including Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journalyour patrons will want to read these much-anticipated books that reviewers are raving about.


FICTION

 

The Maid by Nita Prose

 “Captivating, charming, and heart-warming, with deft writing and a clever, original plot, this

unusual crime novel will leave readers with a warm glow.”— Booklist, starred review

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Violeta by Isabel Allende

“Allende has long been renowned as an enchanting storyteller, and this emotionally perceptive epic ranks among her best.” —Booklist, starred review

“Majestic . . . both timeless and perfectly timed for today.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale January 25, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, Large Print and Spanish Editions


Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

“In her beautifully poignant debut novel, Wilkerson explores how secrets kept and stories left

untold can “matter even more than the things we do say…She is a masterful storyteller. ” — Booklist, starred review

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


The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

“This flawless debut will do for classical music what The Queen’s Gambit did for chess.”— Booklist, starred review

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


With Love from London by Sarah Jio

“Jio (All the Flowers in Paris) unfurls an extraordinary and heartfelt tale that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned. When divorced librarian Valentina “Val” Baker inherits a London bookstore from her late estranged mother, Eloise, she leaves Seattle for a fresh start in England…Jio’s expert characterization makes Eloise’s heartbreak, sacrifice, and love for her daughter palpable, and her masterful plotting will keep readers guessing until the end. This is sure to tug on readers’ heartstrings.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On sale February 8, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

“In this second installment of the Dark Star Trilogy, James returns to Iron Age Africa with the story of Sogolon, introduced in Black Leopard, Red Wolf (2019) as a sometime antagonist, sometime ally of Tracker… the geography, myth, magic, and people of this epic setting are revisited to add shading and detail in a recursive procedure that results in a vibrant

tapestry begging for infinite return trips.” — Booklist, starred review

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On Sale February 15, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


A Perfect Equation by Elizabeth Everett

“Everett’s second splendidly entertaining entry in her Secret Scientists of London series, following A Lady’s Formula for Love (2021), detonates with an ingeniously orchestrated display of wit and whimsy that dazzlingly celebrates the importance of both STEM research and love in a lady’s life.” — Booklist, starred review

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On Sale February 15, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

“Award-winning, best-selling Otsuka is averaging one book per decade, making each exquisite title exponentially more precious. Here she creates a stupendous collage of small moments that results in an extraordinary examination of the fragility of quotidian human relationships.” —Booklist, starred review; Review of the Day for January 3rd, 2022

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On Sale February 22, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, and Large Print Editions


By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate

 “Kate (The Orphan’s Song) delivers a delightful rom-com that begs to be devoured in one sitting… smart and adorable.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On sale March 1, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Checkout 19 by Claire Louise-Bennett

“Incandescent, surreal, mordantly funny, wrenching, and exhilarating, Bennett’s enrapturing paean to literature echoes Jorge Luis Borges, Clarice Lispector, Lynne Tillman, and Lucy Ellmann, pays direct homage to myriad writers, traces the nexus of literature and life, and maps a book-besotted woman’s search for meaning.”— Booklist, starred review

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


Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

“The historical context [Fowler] offers is of a pre–Civil War America of deep moral divides, political differences tearing close families apart, populism and fanaticism run amok. The similarities to today are riveting and chilling.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Razor-sharp…Fowler sets the stage in remarkable prose….The nuanced plot is both historically rigorous and richly imagined. This is a winner.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On Sale March 8, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, Large Print Editions


Scarlet in Blue by Jennifer Murphy

“Blue Lake and her mother, Scarlet, have been running from a mysterious villain as long as Blue has been alive. They change their identities when they move, choosing colors from a box of crayons to name themselves…This novel will leave readers questioning what is real and how mental health can affect generations in kaleidoscopic ways.” — Booklist, starred review

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On sale March 8, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Orchard by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

“Gorcheva-Newberry’s stunning debut novel (after the collection What Isn’t Remembered) follows two girls as they navigate the hardships of growing up in communist Russia…Gorcheva-Newberry pulls off a tragic and nostalgic love letter to a much-tried generation. This is a winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On sale March 15, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch

“Readers may cringe as Naomi crosses boundaries, but they won’t be able to look away. Barasch’s suspenseful puzzle-box tale should appeal to readers of the You series by Caroline Kepnes.”— Booklist, starred review

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On sale March 15, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot

“Luke and Sadie are likable characters with magnetic, slow-building chemistry and sympathetic, realistic backstories. The fast-paced, delicious plot is as much about food as romance…Readers, especially those who enjoy shows like Top Chef, won’t be able to put down this fast-paced romantic comedy.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Elliot’s first adult novel has the perfect amount of reality show hijinks and food innuendos that help dial up the heat… A satisfying debut for foodies and romance lovers alike.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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On sale March 15, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde

 “Nigerian artist and writer Osunde’s debut novel, set in the hustle and bustle of Lagos, is partly narrated by an omnipresent monitor—is it the city’s essence, a god, the devil? …Osunde’s inventive and unique story releases its message like a confetti of percipience, teasing out meaning and veering onto thought-provoking tangents and snippets of intrigue that initially feel familiar but which morph into something unsettling yet wondrous.”— Booklist, starred review

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On sale March 15, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


French Braid by Anne Tyler

“Tyler is a phenomenon, each of her novels fresh and incisive, and this charming family tale will be honey for her fans.” Booklist, starred review

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On Sale March 22, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz

“Fun, heartbreaking, and eminently readable all at once. Bee and Nick’s emails are witty and romantic, while their supporting characters are entertaining in both worlds. Lotz manages to combine romance and science fiction into a book that will produce laughter and tears.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Lotz perfectly balances the heavy with the light, and creates a feeling of genuine connection between her protagonists. The eccentric side characters and strong humor meshes nicely with the earnest, tender romance. The result is simply delightful.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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On sale March 22, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Home or Away by Kathleen West

“This nuanced, heartfelt novel exploring abuses of power in sports will appeal to fans of Hannah Orenstein’s Head over Heels (2020) and Alena Dillon’s The Happiest Girl in the World(2021).”— Booklist, starred review

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On sale March 29, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Out There by Kate Folk

 “Folk debuts with a wonderful absurdist collection that explores the vagaries of human connections.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On sale March 29, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Business Not as Usual by Sharon C. Cooper

“This sexy, feel-good love story will leave readers breathless.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On sale April 5, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

“Mandel continues to reign as a cutting-edge, best-selling novelist, and the themes of this deeply involving tale promise even more attention and acclaim…Sophisticated and imaginative teen readers will find this sf yarn utterly compelling.” — Booklist, starred review

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On Sale April 5, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, CD, and Large Print Editions


NONFICTION


Lost & Found by Kathryn Schulz

“Schulz is a wonderful writer, poetic and profound, and Lost & Found is a poignant, loving, wise, and comforting meditation on grief from both a personal and collective perspective.” —Booklist, starred review; Review of the Day on January 11th, 2022

“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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Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them by Maeve Higgins

“While her previous book was titled Maeve in America (2018), it’s in this newest outing that Higgins really delves into the bones of America as a country of contrasts, the bad along with the good… A must-read for Higgins fans, and a perfect introduction for newcomers. Hand this to readers who like Sarah Vowell’s humorous travelogues or the tart essays of David Sedaris.”— Booklist, starred review

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On sale February 1, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Founders’ Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America by Willard Sterne Randall

“Randall’s account of the Founders’ world is compelling and highly readable, while his description of French aid during the revolution suggests that FDR got the Lend-Lease idea from Louis XVI. Randall’s dry wit drives the true stories of French police searching Ben Franklin’s underwear and Sam Adams’ beer career.”— Booklist, starred review

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On sale February 8, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return by Rebecca Mead

“Literally immersing herself in her surroundings as she swims in the Hampton Heath Ladies’ Pond in all seasons, Mead has created an enveloping, enlightening, and buoyant memoir of pulling up roots and transplantation.” — Booklist, starred review

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On Sale February 8, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran

“Tran’s stunning debut poetry collection centers around trauma, both as the speaker experiences a particular incident and the ways trauma permeates a person’s sense of self… A darkly intelligent and exquisite debut.” — Booklist, starred review

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On Sale February 15, 2022 | Available in Trade paperback, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Level Up: Rise Above the Hidden Forces Holding Your Business Back by Stacey Abrams and Lara Hodgson

“This brilliantly written, deeply insightful look at small-business ownership is a must-have for public and academic libraries.”— Booklist, starred review

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On sale February 22, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke

“In her pensive inquiry into chronic illness, O’Rourke chronicles lots of tests and expense, frustration and anger, continued suffering and grief, uncertainty and lack of control, and skepticism from health care professionals and friends… An affecting portrayal of how we view disease, experience illness, and search for healing.”— Booklist, starred review

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


The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure by Dan Werb

 “Epidemiologist Werb (City of Omens) takes a page-turning and unsettling look at the history of coronaviruses… and the light he sheds on scientists whose work has gone largely under the radar makes for a moving account. This is a unique and valuable addition to the expanding body of work on Covid-19.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

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


Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War by Roger Lowenstein

 “Journalist Lowenstein (The End of Wall Street) argues in this masterful history that the financing of the Civil War was as crucial to the shaping of American history as the Emancipation Proclamation and the defeat of the Confederacy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred

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On sale March 8, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War by Deborah Cohen

“Striking a masterful balance between the personal and the political, this ambitious and eloquent account brings a group of remarkable people—and their tumultuous era—to vivid life.”—Publishers Weekly, starred

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On sale March 15, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions


The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER by Thomas Fisher

“In this riveting debut memoir, Fisher, an emergency room doctor at the University of Chicago Medical Center in the city’s South Side, recounts his experiences during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic…The result is a powerful reckoning with racial injustice and a moving portrait of everyday heroism. ”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On sale March 22, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio Download, and Large Print Editions


Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

“In this second collection of poetry by breakout star Vuong, following his first novel, On Earth

We’re Briefly Gorgeous (2019), he focuses on the complicated relationship with his mother in

quiet, astonishing lyrics…Even the most ostensibly simple moments prove mesmerizing in Vuong’s treatment: “When / you get here, I’ll show you / this incredible thing / we can do to mirrors / just by standing still.”— Booklist, starred review

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On sale April 5, 2022 | Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Download Editions

 

 

 

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