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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.

December 2019

Paperback

House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler - Fiction

Atria Books | 9781501198694 | Published December 3, 2019

Divorce lawyer Leigh Huyett knows all too well that most second marriages are doomed to fail. Yet five years in, she and Pete Conley couldn’t be happier with their blended family. But one rainy Friday night, Peter and Leigh receive horrific news. Peter’s son Kip, a high school senior, has crashed his truck and been arrested for drunk driving. And Leigh’s 14-year-old daughter, Chrissy, was with him. Twelve hours later, Chrissy is dead and Kip is charged with manslaughter. Leigh does her best to rally behind Peter and Kip. That is, until Kip changes his story and claims that he wasn’t driving after all --- Chrissy was, and he swears there is a witness. As they hurtle toward Kip’s trial date, husband and wife are torn between loyalty to their children and to each other, while the mystery of what really happened that night looms large.

Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood - Cooking, Essays, Nonfiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393357530 | Published December 3, 2019

From her Italian-American childhood, through raising and feeding a growing family and cooking with her new husband, food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of good food. In KITCHEN YARNS, pairing her signature humor and tenderness with simple, comforting recipes, Hood spins tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.

Life Is a 4-Letter Word: Laughing and Learning Through 40 Life Lessons by Dr. David A. Levy - Essays, Humor, Nonfiction, Self-Help

Mango | 9781642501544 | Published December 3, 2019

Remember the childhood dread of getting a shot? Or more grownup fears, like being exposed as an impostor? Or the pain of saying goodbye to a beloved pet, having your trust betrayed, or falling in love with the wrong person? Over his 60-plus years, and varied careers as a therapist, professor, author, actor and media consultant, Dr. David A. Levy has lived through everyday experiences --- embarrassing moments, distressing episodes, moving encounters --- that nearly everybody can relate to. In LIFE IS A 4-LETTER WORD, Dr. Levy shares the stories from his lifetime journey that have stayed with him and carried him through life’s challenges.

Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Berkley | 9780593100349 | Published December 3, 2019

The March sisters --- reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth --- have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger. Meg appears to have the life she always planned --- the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.

North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah - Fiction

Riverhead Books | 9780735214255 | Published December 3, 2019

For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. However, their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of their new homeland, a rift that will have life-altering consequences for the entire family.

Reputation by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Women's Fiction

Dutton | 9781524742904 | Published December 3, 2019

Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people's emails --- the entire faculty, staff, students and alums --- onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning's handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit's sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled 15 years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn't right about the night Greg was killed, and she's determined to find the truth. What she doesn't expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered.

The Alarming Palsy of James Orr by Tom Lee - Fiction

Soho Press | 9781641290968 | Published December 3, 2019

James Orr --- husband, father, reliable employee and all-around model citizen --- awakes one morning to find half his face paralyzed. Waiting for the affliction to pass, he stops going to work and wanders his idyllic estate, with its woodland, uniform streets and perfectly manicured lawns. But there are cracks in the veneer. And as his orderly existence begins to unravel, it appears that James himself may not be the man he thought he was.

The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride & Prejudice Novel by Molly Greeley - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780062942913 | Published December 3, 2019

Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford’s vicar and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their adorable daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and his condescending patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Intelligent, pragmatic and anxious to escape the shame of spinsterhood, Charlotte chose this life. Then she makes the acquaintance of Mr. Travis, a local farmer and tenant of Lady Catherine. In Mr. Travis’ company, Charlotte feels appreciated, heard and seen. For the first time in her life, Charlotte begins to understand emotional intimacy and its effect on the heart --- and how breakable that heart can be.

The Cornwalls Vanish by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538731574 | Published December 3, 2019

In her career as an Army intelligence officer, Amy Cornwall has seen haunting sights half a world away. None compare to the chilling scene at her Virginia home. It is empty. A phone rings with a terrifying ultimatum: locate and liberate an unnamed captive in 48 hours, or her kidnapped husband and 10-year-old daughter are dead. Now, and in open defiance of Army Command, Amy must employ every lethal tactic she has to save them. To succeed, she must discover not only who dispatched her on this mission, but why. Without her family, she's dead anyway.

The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005 by Zachary Leader - Biography, Nonfiction

Vintage | 9781101910184 | Published December 3, 2019

Bellow, at 49, is at the pinnacle of American letters --- rich, famous, critically acclaimed. The expected trajectory is one of decline: volume one, rise; volume two, fall. Bellow never fell, producing in the latter half of his life some of his greatest fiction (MR. SAMMLER'S PLANET, HUMBOLDT'S GIFT), winning two more National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize. At 80, he wrote his last story; at 85, he wrote RAVELSTEIN. In this volume, his life away from the desk, including his love life, is if anything more dramatic than in the first. In the public sphere, he is embroiled in controversy over foreign affairs, race, religion, education, social policy, the state of culture, the fate of the novel.

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735210776 | Published December 3, 2019

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James has just arrived in Oregon with a bullet wound, a lifetime's experience battling the New York Mafia, and $50,000 in illicit cash. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of home and who saves Alice by leading her to the Paragon Hotel. But her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be an all-black hotel in a Jim Crow city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers --- burning crosses, electing officials, infiltrating newspapers and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice and her new Paragon "family" are searching for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the woods. To untangle the web of lies and misdeeds around her, Alice will have to answer for her own past, too.

The Peppermint Tea Chronicles: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith - Fiction

Anchor | 9781984897817 | Published December 3, 2019

Summer has come to Scotland Street. The long days have prompted its denizens to engage in flights of fancy. Some, like the Duke of Johannesburg’s plan to create a microlite seaplane, are literal flights, and some, like the vain Bruce Anderson’s idea of settling down with one of his many admirers, are more metaphorical. With the domineering Irene off pursuing academic challenges, Stuart and Bertie are free to indulge in summer fun. Stuart reconnects with an old acquaintance over refreshing peppermint tea, while Bertie takes his friend, Ranald Braveheart Macpherson, to the circus. But their trip to the big top becomes rather more than the pleasant diversion they were hoping for.

The Plotters by Un-su Kim - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Anchor | 9780525564805 | Published December 3, 2019

Reseng is an assassin. Raised by a cantankerous killer named Old Raccoon in the crime headquarters "The Library," Reseng never questioned anything: where to go, who to kill, or why his home was filled with books that no one ever read. But one day, Reseng steps out of line on a job, toppling a set of carefully calibrated plans. And when he uncovers an extraordinary scheme set into motion by an eccentric trio of young women --- a convenience store clerk, her wheelchair-bound sister and a cross-eyed librarian --- Reseng will have to decide if he will remain a pawn or finally take control of the plot.

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh - Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction

Anchor | 9780525562832 | Published December 3, 2019

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia and Sky. Here on his island, women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world. But when King disappears and two men and a boy wash ashore, the sisters’ safe world begins to unravel. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters are forced to confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent.

Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II by John Strausbaugh - History, Nonfiction

Twelve | 9781455567478 | Published December 3, 2019

While World War II launched and leveled nations, spurred economic growth, and saw the rise and fall of global Fascism, New York City would eventually emerge as the new capital of the world. From the Gilded Age to VJ-Day, an array of fascinating New Yorkers rose to fame, from Mayor Fiorello La Guardia to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes to Joe Louis, Robert Moses to Joe DiMaggio. In VICTORY CITY, John Strausbaugh provides readers with a groundbreaking new look into the greatest city on earth during the most transformative --- and costliest --- war in human history.

Bibliomysteries: Volume Two: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores edited by Otto Penzler - Anthology, Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

Pegasus Books | 9781643132655 | Published December 10, 2019

If you like mysteries and you like books, what could be better than combining both worlds, with mysteries set against a background involving books? This collection of crime for bibliophiles includes stories about rare books, bookshops, libraries, manuscripts, magical books, collectors --- in short, the wonderful universe that makes this precious object we all love so important and priceless. Whether your taste is for the traditional mystery, something a little more hard-boiled, or the bizarre and humorous tale, you will find exactly your cup of tea in this collection of 15 stories by the most distinguished mystery writers working today.

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover - Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction

Montlake Romance | 9781542016421 | Published December 10, 2019

Morgan Grant is determined to prevent her 16-year-old daughter, Clara, from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris --- Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see.

The Story of a Goat written by Perumal Murugan, translated by N. Kalyan Raman - Fiction

Black Cat | 9780802147516 | Published December 10, 2019

A farmer in Tamil Nadu is watching the sun set over his village one quiet evening when a mysterious stranger, a giant man who seems more than human, appears on the horizon. He offers the farmer a black goat kid who is the runt of the litter, surely too frail to survive. The farmer and his wife take care of the young she-goat, whom they name Poonachi, and soon the little goat is bounding with joy and growing at a rate they think miraculous for such a small animal. But dangers can lurk around every corner and may sometimes come from surprising places, including a government that is supposed to protect the weak and needy. Is this little goat too humble a creature to survive such a hostile world?

The Wicked Redhead: A Wicked City Novel by Beatriz Williams - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Women's Fiction

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780062660329 | Published December 10, 2019

It’s 1924, and Ginger Kelly has fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly orphaned young sister, Patsy. But then Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother. It’s 1998, and Ella Dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago. Ella is eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared.

Travelers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism: 1919-1945 by Julia Boyd - History, Nonfiction

Pegasus Books | 9781643132532 | Published December 10, 2019

The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible, but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt --- even of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda, or predict the Holocaust? TRAVELERS IN THE THIRD REICH is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, fascists, artists, tourists, and even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett.

White Hot Grief Parade: A Memoir by Alexandra Silber - Memoir, Nonfiction

Pegasus Books | 9781643132464 | Published December 10, 2019

Alexandra “Al” Silber seems to have everything. But when her beloved father dies after a decade-long battle with cancer when she is just a teenager, it feels like the end of everything. Lost in grief, Al and her mother hardly know where to begin with the rest of their lives. Into this grieving house burst Al’s three friends from theatre camp, determined to help out as only drama students know how --- and they’re moving in for the duration. Over the course of that winter, the now five-strong household will do battle with everything Death can throw at them. They will learn (almost) everything about love and will eventually return to the world, altered in different ways by their time in a home by a river.

Snakes and Ladders by Victoria Selman - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781542008792 | Published December 17, 2019

A serial killer is terrorizing London, removing a body part from each victim and leaving in its place a single pink rose. Dr. Vernon Sange, a multiple murderer awaiting extradition, seems to know the culprit’s identity --- but he’ll only talk to profiler Ziba MacKenzie, the woman responsible for putting him away. Though there’s something he wants in return from her. And time is running out. With one killer whispering in her ear and another running rings around the police, Ziba must play a game in which only her opponent knows the rules, and the forfeit is death.

The Kill Club by Wendy Heard - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Mira | 9780778309031 | Published December 17, 2019

Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother. Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens 13-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time. Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her --- people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles --- dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good. All she has to do is kill a stranger.

The Network by L. C. Shaw - Fiction, Political Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Harper Paperbacks | 9780062950901 | Published December 17, 2019

Late one night, investigative journalist Jack Logan receives a surprise visit from U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips. The senator swears that he’s about to be murdered and pleads with Jack to protect his wife Taylor, who happens to be the only woman Jack has ever truly loved. Days later, Phillips is found dead, the apparent victim of an allergy attack. Jack and Taylor’s desperate hunt for the one man who knows the truth leads them to the Institute, an immense facility shrouded in mystery that has indoctrinated a generation of America’s political and media power players. Led by the enigmatic Damon Crosse, the Institute has its tentacles everywhere --- but Taylor unknowingly holds the secret to the one thing that Crosse needs to carry out his plan.

The Parisian by Isabella Hammad - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Grove Press | 9780802148803 | Published December 17, 2019

Midhat Kamal is the son of a wealthy textile merchant from Nablus, a town in Ottoman Palestine. A dreamer, a romantic, an aesthete, in 1914 he leaves to study medicine in France, and falls in love. When Midhat returns to Nablus to find it under British rule, and the entire region erupting with nationalist fervor, he must find a way to cope with his conflicting loyalties and the expectations of his community. The story of Midhat’s life develops alongside the idea of a nation, as he and those close to him confront what it means to strive for independence in a world that seems on the verge of falling apart.