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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

September 2017


A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell - History, Nonfiction

Picador | 9781250147875 | Published September 5, 2017

The story begins in 2007 when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a “fixer” --- providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to get the news out. Ahlam, who fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped, not only supports her husband and two children but is setting up a makeshift school for displaced girls. Campbell is inspired by her determination. But one morning Ahlam is seized from her home in front of Campbell’s eyes. Haunted by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend’s arrest, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find her.

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Viking | 9780735225114 | Published September 5, 2017

Peter Guillam, a staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan - Fantasy, Fiction

Redhook | 9780316508551 | Published September 5, 2017

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mère Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, they fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, but new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But as time races onward and World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more than ever --- to change the entire course of history.

At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York by Adam Gopnik - Memoir, Nonfiction

Knopf | 9781400041800 | Published September 5, 2017

When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. AT THE STRANGERS’ GATE builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple's journey --- from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family.

Black Rock White City by A.S. Patrić - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Melville House | 9781612196831 | Published September 5, 2017

Jovan and Suzana have fled war-torn Sarajevo. They have lost their children, their standing as public intellectuals, and their connection to each other. Now working as cleaners in a suburb of Melbourne, they struggle to rebuild their lives under the painful hardships of immigrant life. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan's janitorial work at a hospital is disrupted by mysterious acts of vandalism. But as the attacks become more violent and racially charged, he feels increasingly targeted, and taunted to interpret their meaning. Under tremendous pressure the couple struggle to keep their marriage together, but fear that they may never find peace from the ravages of war…

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Minotaur Books | 9781250103444 | Published September 5, 2017

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. She’s seen the killer’s face --- but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime. Alone, scared and trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe --- but it could be the most dangerous place of all.

Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander - Fiction, Political Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Knopf | 9781524732738 | Published September 5, 2017

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence. From these vastly different lives, Nathan Englander has woven a powerful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined.

Enemy of the State: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | 9781476783512 | Published September 5, 2017

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis would be buried. In return, King Faisal would keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king’s own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it. Rapp quits the CIA and assembles a group of independent contractors to help him complete the mission. With Rapp getting too close, the brilliant new head of the intelligence directorate threatens to go public with the details of the post-9/11 agreement between the two countries. Rapp finds himself at the center of the most elaborate manhunt in history.

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen - History, Nonfiction, Politics

Random House | 9781400067213 | Published September 5, 2017

Over the course of five centuries --- from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy '60s, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials --- our love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies --- every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Grand Central Publishing | 9781478948513 | Published September 5, 2017

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren't. 2016. Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface. Louise has always known that if the truth came out, she could lose everything. Maria's sudden reappearance threatens it all. But as she tries to piece together what happened that night, Louise discovers there's more to the story than she ever knew.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Delacorte Press | 9780385744775 | Published September 5, 2017

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl - Fiction

Touchstone | 9781501162893 | Published September 5, 2017

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family --- his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom --- while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed --- George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Flatiron Books | 9781250087645 | Published September 5, 2017

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter.

Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman - Biography, Nonfiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393647013 | Published September 5, 2017

When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world’s two superpowers. By 1989, his liberal policies had permanently transformed Soviet Communism, and had made enemies of radicals on the right and left. By 1990 he had ended the Cold War, and in 1991, he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union he had tried to save. In the first comprehensive biography of the final Soviet leader, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy became the Soviet system’s gravedigger, how he clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, how he found common ground with America’s arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and how he permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart.

Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing - Memoir, Nonfiction

Knopf | 9780451493125 | Published September 5, 2017

In the summer of 2012, a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, Hans’ sister, the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened. In MAYHEM, she asks the difficult questions those close to the world of addiction must face. Who can help the addict, consumed by a shaming hunger, a need beyond control? And who can help their families, so implicated in the self-destruction of the addict?

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions: A Kopp Sisters Novel by Amy Stewart - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 9780544409996 | Published September 5, 2017

Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn’t belong behind bars. And 16-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn’t be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it's her sister Fleurette who puts Constance's beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn't behave.

Missing Persons: A Buddy Steel Mystery by Michael Brandman - Fiction, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464208041 | Published September 5, 2017

Buddy Steel has been content working homicide at the LAPD until his father, the legendary Sheriff Burton Steel, falls ill with Lou Gehrig's disease. Sheriff Steel asks Buddy to come home to cover his back and to groom him to be his successor. No sooner does he hit town than Buddy learns that the wife of the high-flying star of a world-renowned television ministry has gone missing. A visit to the woman's home leads to a hostile confrontation with her husband's family and Buddy’s realization that something greater than simply a missing person is at stake.

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill - Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction

Harper Voyager | 9780062405838 | Published September 5, 2017

It’s been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by the very machines humans built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by One World Intelligence. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality. One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward - Fiction

Scribner | 9781501126062 | Published September 5, 2017

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Sisters by Lily Tuck - Fiction

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802127112 | Published September 5, 2017

Tuck’s unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers, and the unbanishable presence of his first wife --- known only as she. Obsessed with her, our narrator moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasizing about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal she intellectually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and she, from which the narrator is excluded? The daring and precise build up to an eerily wonderful denouement is a triumph of subtlety and surprise.
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Graydon House | 9781525811357 | Published September 5, 2017

Deep down, Annie Hebden is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she had once taken for granted --- and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard, who is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. The mission: One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there's still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly is about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan - Fiction

MCD | 9780374203108 | Published September 5, 2017

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. Her human contact is limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. But when visa issues force the brothers to close up shop, they give Lois their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. Soon, she is providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria and is urged to take her product to the farmer’s market. When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. Then an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?

The Best of Us: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard - Memoir, Nonfiction

Bloomsbury USA | 9781635570342 | Published September 5, 2017

In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of. Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Harper | 9780062659057 | Published September 5, 2017

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old now. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator, known as "the Child Finder." Naomi’s search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her.

The Countess of Prague: Book One by Stephen Weeks - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464208423 | Published September 5, 2017

THE COUNTESS OF PRAGUE is the exciting introduction to Beatrice von Falklenburg, known to her intimates as Trixie, who will lead us from Prague through Europe and occasionally beyond on a 10-book set of investigations that begins in 1904 and finishes in 1914. The assassination of the Archduke in Sarajevo that summer effectively ended the Old Europe into which she was born to a noble Czech father and an English mother. Through the lens of Trixie, whose own journey from pampered aristocrat (albeit in a polite and impoverished marriage) to a degree of emancipation has an exciting yet humorous and sympathetic dynamic, we witness stirring events and societal shifts.