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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.

February 2018

Hardcover

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - Fiction, Women's Fiction

St. Martin's Press | 9780312577230 | Published February 6, 2018

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit. From the author who brought you the phenomenon of THE NIGHTINGALE.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai by Elizabeth Flock - Culture, Current Affairs, Family, Lifestyles , Love & Marriage, Marriage, Nonfiction, Popular Culture, Relationships, Religion, Social Issues, Technology

Harper | 9780062456489 | Published February 6, 2018

In 21st-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class and religion are influencing the nation’s development, so too are pop culture and technology --- an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage. THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA introduces three middle-class couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways. Though these couples are at different stages in their lives and come from diverse religious backgrounds, their stories build on one another to present a layered, nuanced and fascinating mosaic of the universal challenges, possibilities and promise of matrimony in its present state, as well as an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition.

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara - Family, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Lifestyles , Literary, Relationships, Sex, Sexuality, Social Issues

Ecco | 9780062676979 | Published February 6, 2018

Burned by a traumatic past, 17-year-old Angel is new to New York City drag, to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. She and her love Hector thus form the House of Xtravaganza, the first all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must bear the responsibility of tending to their house alone. As mother of the house, she recruits Venus, a whip-fast trans girl who dreams of finding a rich man to take care of her; Juanito, a quiet boy who loves fabrics and design; and Daniel, a butch queen who accidentally saves Venus’s life. The Xtravaganzas must learn to navigate sex work, addiction and persistent abuse, leaning on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them. All are ambitious, resilient and determined to control their own fates, even as they hurtle toward devastating consequences.

The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration: The City that Transformed a Nation by Don Jordan - Culture, English, History, Leadership, Nonfiction

Pegasus Books | 9781681776385 | Published February 6, 2018

During the reign of Charles II, London was a city in flux. After years of civil war and political turmoil, it became the center for major advances in all fields, paving the way for the British Empire. At the heart of it all was the King, whose return to power from exile lit the fuse for an explosion in activity in all spheres of city life. London flourished, its wealth, vibrancy and success due to many figures famous today --- and others whom history has overlooked until now. Throughout the quarter-century Charles was on the throne, London suffered several serious reverses: the plague in 1665, the Great Fire in 1666, and severe defeat in the Second Anglo-Dutch War. But thanks to the genius and resilience of the people of London, and the occasionally wavering stewardship of the King, the city rose from the ashes to become the economic capital of Europe.

The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer - Family, Lifestyles , Memoir, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Spiritual Warfare

Flatiron Books | 9781250058911 | Published February 6, 2018

Texas, 1892: Bryan Mealer’s great-grandfather’s luck runs out when the family loses their farm in the face of one of the biggest oil booms in American history. They settle in Big Spring, where fast fortunes are being made from oil reserves. For the next two generations, the Mealers live on the margins of poverty, and tragedies scatter them like tumbleweed. After embracing Pentecostalism during the Great Depression, they rely on their faith to steel them against hardship and despair. But for young Bobby Mealer, the author’s father, religion is only an agent for rebellion. In 1981, when the author is seven years old, Bobby receives a call from an old friend with promises of wealth should he return to Big Spring, which he left years ago. As Bobby soon discovers, his return to Big Spring is a backslider’s journey into a spiritual wilderness, and one that could cost him his life.

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú - Autobiography, Culture, Current Affairs, International Relations, Politics, Social Issues

Riverhead Books | 9780735217713 | Published February 6, 2018

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story.

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers - Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. | 9781496407900 | Published February 6, 2018

Successful LA artist Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together...until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship --- and both their lives --- forever.

The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers by Martin Doyle - Economics, Environment, History, Natural History, Politics

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393242355 | Published February 6, 2018

In this fresh and powerful work of environmental history, Martin Doyle tells the epic story of America and its rivers, from the U.S. Constitution’s roots in interstate river navigation, the origins of the Army Corps of Engineers, the discovery of gold in 1848, and the construction of the Hoover Dam and the TVA during the New Deal, to the failure of the levees in Hurricane Katrina and the water wars in the west. Along the way, he explores how rivers have often been the source of arguments at the heart of the American experiment --- over federalism, sovereignty and property rights, taxation, regulation, conservation and development.

The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel - Crime, Family, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781455541119 | Published February 6, 2018

40-year-old widow Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads an uneventful life in Copenhagen. But when her father --- who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago --- dies, leaving her his funeral home in Racine, Wisconsin in his will, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to get there. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, she plans to visit the funeral home and go through her father's things before preparing the business for a quick sale. But when she stumbles on an unsolved murder, and a killer who seems to still be very much alive, the undertaker's daughter realizes she might be in over her head...

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell - Fiction, Mystery

Gallery Books | 9781501181221 | Published February 6, 2018

It is the summer of 1956, and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the slightly ramshackle boarding house run by her moody, unpredictable mother. But Betty’s world is upended when a string of brutal murders brings London’s press corps flooding into the village, many of whom find lodging at the Hotel Eden. She is instantly transfixed by one of the reporters, the mysterious and strangely aloof Mr. Gallagher --- and he, fully twice her age, seems equally transfixed by her.
The Unforgotten by Laura Powell - Crime, Fiction, Relationships, Thriller

Gallery Books | 9781501181221 | Published February 6, 2018

1956: 15-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the ramshackle boarding house run by her moody, unpredictable mother. But Betty’s world is upended when a string of brutal murders brings London’s press corps flooding into the village, many of whom find lodging at the hotel. She is instantly transfixed by one of the reporters, the mysterious and strangely aloof Mr. Gallagher --- and he, fully twice her age, seems equally transfixed by her. The unlikely relationship that blooms between them is as overlaid with longing and desire as it is with impropriety and even menace. As the death toll rises, Betty and Mr. Gallagher are forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives --- and the life of an innocent man --- forever.

The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook - Adventure, Animals , Family, Fiction, Loss, Relationships, Western

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316434959 | Published February 6, 2018

Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther mauls a young girl named Samantha and kills her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half-brother Benjamin --- the story’s narrator --- survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred. With unshakeable resolve, Samantha vows to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death. In their quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with troubled family ties to the preacher and a score to settle.

A Dangerous Crossing by Ausma Zehanat Khan - Crime, Current Affairs, Fiction, International Intrigue, Mystery, Thriller

Minotaur Books | 9781250096760 | Published February 13, 2018

Inspector Esa Khattak’s childhood friend calls him in distress: his sister, Audrey, has vanished from a Greek island where the siblings run an NGO for Syrian refugees. She is implicated in the double-murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who had fled the war in Syria. Tracing Audrey’s last movements, Esa and Sergeant Rachel Getty meet volunteers and refugees --- one of whom is involved in a search for a girl whose disappearance may be connected to their investigation. The arrival of Sehr Ghilzai --- a former prosecutor who now handles refugee claims for Audrey’s NGO --- further complicates the matter for Esa, as his feelings towards her remain unresolved. With Interpol at their heels, Esa and Rachel wonder: Had Audrey been on the edge of a dangerous discovery --- one which ultimately put a target on her own back?

A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories by Scott O'Connor - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Stories

Gallery/Scout Press | 9781507204054 | Published February 13, 2018

Welcome to the often overlooked corners of sun-bleached California, away from the Hollywood spotlight and nestled in the sometimes lush, sometimes decaying suburbs: where a teenaged bicycle thief searches for a kidnapped boy, a young musician emerges as the lone survivor of a building collapse, and the weekday routine at a neighborhood coffee shop is shattered by a deadly gang shootout. As these characters search for meaning and redemption, their lives intersect in unexpected ways, through moments of wrenching tragedy, humanity, and grace.

Don't Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin - Culture, Fiction, Lifestyles , Literary, Mind & Body, Personal Growth, Sports

Harper Perennial | 9780062684455 | Published February 13, 2018

Horace Hopper has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch, but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese, the aging ranchers, took him in and treated him like a son, intending to leave the ranch in his hands. But Horace, ashamed not only of his half-Paiute, half-Irish heritage, but also of the fact his parents did not want him, feels as if he doesn’t belong on the ranch, or anywhere. Knowing he needs to make a name for himself, he decides to leave the only loving home he’s known to prove his worth as a championship boxer. Reinventing himself as Hector Hildago, he heads to Tucson and begins training and entering fights. His journey brings him to boxing rings across the Southwest and Mexico and finally, to the streets of Las Vegas, where Horace learns he can’t change who he is or outrun his destiny.

Mrs. by Caitlin Macy - Crime, Culture, Current Affairs, Fiction, Lifestyles , Marriage, Social Issues

Little, Brown and Company | 9780316434157 | Published February 13, 2018

Despite a shadowy past, Philippa Lye has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. Her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, yet she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture. Then, into her precariously balanced life, comes Gwen Hogan, a childhood acquaintance who uncovers an explosive secret about Philippa's single days, and Minnie Curtis, a newcomer whose vast fortune and frank revelations about a poor upbringing in Spanish Harlem put everyone on alert. When Gwen's husband, a prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office, finds the connection between Philippa's past and the criminal investigation he is pursuing, this insulated society is forced to confront the rot at its core and the price it has paid to survive into the new millennium.

Olympus Bound by Jordanna Max Brodsky - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology

Orbit | 9780316385947 | Published February 13, 2018

Summer in New York: a golden hour on the city streets, but a dark time for Selene. She's lost her home and the man she loves. A cult hungry for ancient power has kidnapped her father and targeted her friends. To save them, Selene must face the past she's been running from --- a past that stretches back millennia, to when the faithful called her Huntress. Moon Goddess. Artemis. With the pantheon at her side, Selene must journey back to the seat of her immortal power: from the streets of Rome and the temples of Athens --- to the heights of Mount Olympus itself.

Poison: A Dismas Hardy Novel by John Lescroart - Crime, Fiction, Law, Suspense, Thriller

Atria Books | 9781501115707 | Published February 13, 2018

Finally recovered from two glancing gunshot wounds, Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family. But he is pulled back into the courtroom when Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business, is murdered. The prime suspect is Wagner’s bookkeeper Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy’s, who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company --- but she insists that she’s innocent. Preparing for trial, Dismas investigates the Wagner clan, discovering dark, twisted secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, betrayals and blackmail. The closer he gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that Dismas has a target painted on his back.

Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher - Coming of Age, Culture, Family, Fiction, Jewish Interest, Literary, Relationships

Atria Books | 9781501176265 | Published February 13, 2018

Moving back to Israel after several years in Pennsylvania, Jonathan is ready to fight to preserve and defend the Jewish state. But he is conflicted about the possibility of having to monitor the occupied Palestinian territories, a concern that grows deeper and more urgent when he meets Nimreen and Laith --- the twin daughter and son of his mother’s friend --- and the three become inseparable. With his draft date rapidly approaching, Jonathan wrestles with the question of what it means to be proud of your heritage and loyal to your people, while also feeling love for those outside of your own tribal family. And then that fateful day arrives, the one that lands Jonathan in an Israeli military prison and changes his relationship with the twins forever.

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella - Fiction, Women's Fiction

The Dial Press | 9780399592881 | Published February 13, 2018

After 10 years together, Sylvie and Dan have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another 68 years...and panic sets in. With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage --- its intricacies, comforts and complications. SURPRISE ME reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

The Château by Paul Goldberg - Careers, Crime, Family, Fiction, Jewish Interest, Social Issues

Picador | 9781250116093 | Published February 13, 2018

It is January 2017 and Bill has hit rock bottom. Yesterday, he was a successful science reporter. Now, jobless, aimless, penniless, he learns that his college roommate, a plastic surgeon known as the “Butt God of Miami Beach,” has fallen to his death under salacious circumstances. With nothing to lose, Bill boards a flight for Florida’s Gold Coast, ready to begin his own investigation --- a last ditch attempt to revive his career. There’s just one catch: Bill’s father, Melsor, is angling for control of the condo board at the Château Sedan Neuve, a crumbling high-rise in Hollywood, Florida, populated mostly by Russian Jewish immigrants. The current board is filled with fraudsters levying “special assessments” on residents, and Melsor will use any means necessary to win the board election. And who better to help him than his estranged son?

The Driest Season by Meghan Kenny - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Literary, Loss

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393634594 | Published February 13, 2018

As her Wisconsin community endures a long season of drought and feels the shockwaves of World War II, 15-year-old Cielle endures a more personal calamity: the unexpected death of her father. On a balmy summer afternoon, she finds him hanging in the barn --- the start of a dark secret that threatens her family’s livelihood. A war rages elsewhere, while in the deceptive calm of the American heartland, Cielle’s family contends with a new reality and fights not to be undone. A grieving, heartbroken Cielle will struggle to make sense of her father’s time on earth --- and her own --- as she searches for hope where there seems to be none left.

The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers edited by Brian Turner - Essays, Fiction, Nonfiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393635263 | Published February 13, 2018

From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Reykjavik; from the panchayat forests of India to the Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Northern Ireland; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports around the globe --- people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The devastating kiss. The kiss we can’t take back. The kiss we can never give. The kiss that changes a life. In this anthology, writers and thinkers share their thoughts on a specific kiss --- the unexpected and unforgettable --- in an attempt to bridge the gulf, to connect us to one another on a deeply human level, and to explore the messy and complicated intimacies that exist in our actual lives, as well as in the complicated landscape of the imagination.

The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews - Espionage, Fiction, International Intrigue, Thriller

Scribner | 9781501140082 | Published February 13, 2018

When Russian president Vladimir Putin plans the covert assassination of a high-ranking US official --- with the intention of replacing him with a mole whom Russian intelligence has cultivated for more than 15 years --- Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova, CIA agent Nate Nash and their CIA colleagues must unmask the traitor before he or she is able to reveal that Dominika has been spying for years on behalf of the CIA. Any leak, any misstep, will expose her as a CIA asset and result in a one-way trip to a Moscow execution cellar. Ultimately, the lines of danger converge on the spectacular billion-dollar presidential palace on the Black Sea during a power weekend with Putin’s inner circle. Does Nate sacrifice himself to save Dominika? Does she forfeit herself to protect Nate? Do they go down together?

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Crime, Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250136268 | Published February 13, 2018