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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.

August 2018

Hardcover

Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction, Literature, Women's Fiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781501124488 | Published August 14, 2018

The Connor family is one of the few that is still left in their idyllic fishing village, Big Running. After the fish mysteriously disappeared, most families had no choice but to relocate and find work elsewhere. Aidan and Martha Connor now spend alternate months of the year working at an energy site up north to support their children, Cora and Finn. But soon the family fears they’ll have to leave Big Running for good. And as the months go on, plagued by romantic temptations new and old, the emotional distance between the once blissful Aidan and Martha only widens. Between his accordion lessons and reading up on Big Running’s local flora and fauna, 11-year-old Finn Connor develops an obsession with solving the mystery of the missing fish.

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz - History, Nonfiction, True Crime

William Morrow | 9780062441942 | Published August 14, 2018

A Mystery Writers of America “Grand Master” --- author of the gangster classic ROAD TO PERDITION, long-time "Dick Tracy" writer and multiple Shamus Award winner --- teams up with an acclaimed rising young historian in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America’s most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose extraordinary investigative work crippled his organization.

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear - Fiction, Mystery

Harper | 9780062823199 | Published August 14, 2018

Cat Kinsella, a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, is called to the scene of a murder, where young housewife Alice Lapaine has been found strangled. Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland 18 years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat --- her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did he do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now?

The Breakers: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller - Fiction, Mystery

Grand Central Publishing | 9781455538935 | Published August 14, 2018

On a foggy summer morning, private investigator Sharon McCone receives a call from her former neighbors, the Curleys. Their usually dependable daughter, Chelle, hasn't been answering their calls for weeks. Would Sharon check on her? Sharon arranges to visit the building Chelle had been living in and rehabbing in southwest San Francisco. Lurking behind a divider screen is a ghastly art gallery: portraits and caricatures of mass murderers, long ago and recent. What, an alarmed Sharon wonders, was Chelle doing in this chamber of horrors? And where is she now?

The Line That Held Us by David Joy - Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399574221 | Published August 14, 2018

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer: his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world.

The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Harper | 9780062563736 | Published August 14, 2018


Six years after THE HALF-DROWNED KING, Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fighting battles for King Harald keeps him away from home. Ragnvald’s sister, Svanhild, has found the freedom and adventure she craves at the side of the rebel explorer Solvi Hunthiofsson, though not without a cost. As a growing rebellion unites King Harald’s enemies, Ragnvald suspects that some Norse nobles are not loyal to Harald’s dream of a unified Norway. He sets a plan in motion to defeat all of his enemies and bring his sister back to his side. Svanhild finds herself with no easy decisions, and no choices that will leave her truly free. Their actions will hold irrevocable repercussions for the fates of those they love and for Norway itself.

The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher - Coming of Age, Fiction, Humor, Literary, Literary Fiction, Literature, Satire

Doubleday | 9780385542340 | Published August 14, 2018

Now is the fall of his discontent, as Jason Fitger, newly appointed chair of the English Department of Payne University, takes arms against a sea of troubles, personal and institutional. His ex-wife is sleeping with the dean who must approve whatever modest initiatives he undertakes. The fearsome department secretary Fran clearly runs the show (when not taking in rescue parrots and dogs) and holds plenty of secrets she's not sharing. The lavishly funded Econ Department keeps siphoning off English's meager resources and has taken aim at its remaining office space. And Fitger's attempt to get a mossbacked and antediluvian Shakespeare scholar to retire backfires spectacularly when the press concludes that the Bard is being kicked to the curricular curb.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735219090 | Published August 14, 2018

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life --- until the unthinkable happens.

Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault - Biography, Nonfiction, Sports

Simon & Schuster | 9781439189047 | Published August 21, 2018

The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe --- the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis --- a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual. Based on prodigious research, including more than 100 interviews, Raymond Arsenault’s insightful and compelling biography puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect.

 

 

 

Bone on Bone by Julia Keller - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Minotaur Books | 9781250190925 | Published August 21, 2018

Crime and desperation permeate the small Appalachian community of Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. No one knows this more than Brent and Linda Topping, whose world has been upended by the drug addiction of their 19-year-old son, Jeff. First Brent is murdered by his son's suppliers. And then, wracked with guilt over his father’s death, Jeff calls his mother on the brink of suicide. She rushes to his aid only to be shot in the head in what Jeff describes as a mixup. But Bell and the local authorities aren’t so sure he’s innocent.

Dead Man Running: An Alex McKnight Novel by Steve Hamilton - Crime, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780399574443 | Published August 21, 2018

On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs on to the security-camera feed from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, only to see a dead body in his bedroom.  Martin T. Livermore is the key suspect in the abduction and murder of at least five women. When the FBI finally catches him in Scottsdale, he declares he’ll only talk to one person: a retired police officer from Detroit: Alex McKnight. It soon becomes clear that Livermore’s capture was only the beginning of a twisted plot with McKnight at the center. In a hunt that will take him across the country and to the edge of his limits, McKnight fights to stop a vicious killer before he can exact his ultimate revenge.

Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Atria Books | 9781501147463 | Published August 21, 2018

New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger delivers yet another “punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction” (Booklist, starred review) as Cork O’Connor and his son Stephen work together to uncover the truth behind the tragic plane crash of a senator on Desolation Mountain and the mysterious disappearances of several first responders. This is a heart-pounding and devastating mystery the scope and consequences of which go far beyond what father or son could ever have imagined.

Fogland Point by Doug Burgess - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464210228 | Published August 21, 2018

David Hazard wanted nothing more than to forget his renegade family and the foggy New England village "on the wrong side" of Narragansett Bay where he grew up. When sudden tragedy brings him back to Little Compton to care for his grandmother during her struggle with dementia, he discovers her fragile memories may hold the key to a bizarre mystery half a century old --- and perhaps to the sudden and brutal murder right next door.

How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes - African American Interest, Anthology, Fiction, Short Stories

Little Brown and Company | 9780316514880 | Published August 21, 2018

Bound together by shared experience but pulled apart by their changing fortunes, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. JM Holmes’ debut follows a decade in the lives of Dub, Rolls, Rye and Gio as they each grapple with the complexity of their family histories, the newfound power of sex and drugs, and the ferocity of their desires.

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux - Literary Criticism, Memoir, Nonfiction, Women's History

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393254730 | Published August 21, 2018

Soon after its publication, LITTLE WOMEN became an enormous bestseller and one of America’s favorite novels. Its popularity quickly spread throughout the world, and the book has become an international classic. When Anne Boyd Rioux read the novel in her 20s, she had a powerful reaction to the story. Through teaching the book, she has seen the same effect on many others. In MEG, JO, BETH, AMY, Rioux recounts how Louisa May Alcott came to write LITTLE WOMEN, drawing inspiration for it from her own life. Rioux also examines why this tale of family and community ties, set while the Civil War tore America apart, has resonated through later wars, the Depression, and times of changing opportunities for women.

Ohio by Stephen Markley - Fiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781501174476 | Published August 21, 2018

On one fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rust belt town where they grew up, each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets and lost loves. There’s Bill Ashcraft, an alcoholic, drug-abusing activist, whose fruitless ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to New Orleans, and now back to “The Cane” with a mysterious package strapped to the underside of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting the mother of her former lover; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried to forget; and the beautiful, fragile Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter - Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Suspense

William Morrow | 9780062430274 | Published August 21, 2018

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly 30 years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Rush by Lisa Patton - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Women's Fiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250020666 | Published August 21, 2018

When Lilith Whitmore, the House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta --- the premiere sorority at Ole Miss --- appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda is ecstatic. But it's all part of Lilith’s plan to ensure her daughter receives an Alpha Delt bid. Then there is smart, sweet Cali Watkins --- the perfect potential new sorority member. But without family money Cali's chances of membership are razor thin, and she’ll be dropped if her family secrets are discovered. For 25 years, Miss Pearl has been housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delt girls. But when an opportunity for promotion arises, Lilith crushes Miss Pearl’s hopes of a better future. When Wilda and the girls find out, they devise a plan destined to change Alpha Delta Beta --- and maybe the entire Greek system --- forever.

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks - Memoir, Nonfiction, Sociology

Flatiron Books | 9781250089557 | Published August 21, 2018

One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In SMALL ANIMALS, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves?

Summer by Karl Ove Knausgaard - Memoir, Nonfiction

Penguin Press | 9780399563393 | Published August 21, 2018

The conclusion to one of the most extraordinary and original literary projects in recent years, SUMMER once again intersperses short vividly descriptive essays with emotionally-raw diary entries addressed directly to Knausgaard’s newborn daughter. Writing more expansively, intimately and unguardedly than in the previous three volumes, he mines with new depth his difficult memories of his childhood and fraught relationship with his own father. Documenting his family’s life in rural Sweden and reflecting on a characteristically eclectic array of subjects, he braids the various threads of the previous volumes into a moving conclusion.

Swift Vengeance by T. Jefferson Parker - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780735212695 | Published August 21, 2018

Returning hero and private investigator Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene. His troubled friend Lindsay Rakes is afraid for her own life and the life of her son after a fellow flight crew member is brutally killed. Ford strikes an uneasy alliance with San Diego-based FBI agent Joan Taucher, who is tough as nails but haunted by what sees as the Bureau’s failure to catch the 9/11 terrorists. As the killer strikes again, Ford and Taucher dash into the fray, each ready to risk it all to stop the killer from doing far more damage.

The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Riverhead Books | 9780735210998 | Published August 21, 2018

Nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star.

The Boy on the Beach: My Family's Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home by Tima Kurdi - Memoir, Nonfiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781982108519 | Published August 21, 2018

Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea on September 2, 2015, and overnight, the political became personal, as the world awoke to the reality of the Syrian refugee crisis. Tima Kurdi first saw the shocking photo of her nephew in her home in Vancouver, Canada. But Tima did not need a photo to understand the truth --- she and her family had already been living it. In THE BOY ON THE BEACH, Tima recounts her idyllic childhood in Syria. A strong-willed, independent woman, Tima studied to be a hairdresser and had dreams of seeing the world. At 22, she emigrated to Canada, but much of her family remained in Damascus. As Tima struggled to adapt to life in a new land, war overtook her homeland. And when tragedy struck, Tima suddenly found herself thrust onto the world stage as an advocate for refugees everywhere.

The Devoted by Blair Hurley - Fiction, Psychological Thriller

W.W. Norton & Company | 9780393651591 | Published August 21, 2018

Nicole Hennessy’s life revolves around her Zen practice at the Boston Zendo, seeking solace in the tenets of Buddhism to the chagrin of her Irish Catholic family. After a decade of grueling spiritual practice under her Master’s tutelage, living on a shoestring budget as a shop clerk, Nicole has become dangerously entangled with her mentor. As Nicole confronts her past --- a drug-fueled year spent fleeing her family’s loaded silences and guilt-laden "Our Fathers" --- and reinvents herself in New York City, her Master’s intoxicating voice pursues her, an electrifying whisper on the other end of the phone. Somehow, he knows everything.

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Minotaur Books | 9781250191984 | Published August 21, 2018

Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet. Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.