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New Books Calendar: August 2022

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New Books: August 2022

Welcome to the New Books Calendar for August 2022.  As always, we have a great selection of new books for you to choose from, and this month is no exception.  Whether you’re looking for a light beach read or an engrossing thriller, we’ve got something for everyone.  So without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s new in bookstores this month!

 

August 2nd

New Books: August 2, 2022

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP 

Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

In this brilliant new novel by from Emiko Jean, the author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel Tokyo Ever After, comes a whip-smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and utterly heartwarming novel  about motherhood, daughterhood, and love—how we find it, keep it, and how it always returns.

Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.

Long Past Summer by Noué Kirwan

With the Southern charm of SWEET HOME ALABAMA and the emotional complexity of IN FIVE YEARS, LONG PAST SUMMER is a sparkling second-chance romance from debut author Noué Kirwan, written from the author’s own perspective in the Black community.

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

An uplifting novel about a heartbroken young pie maker who is granted a magical second chance to live the life she didn’t choose…. from the bestselling author of The Enlightenment of Bees.

How to Fall Out of Love Madly by Jana Casale

A razor-sharp, emotionally resonant novel about three women who struggle to set their own rules, create their own boundaries, and listen to their own hearts as they define who they are and what they hope to be—from an author who “makes a particular female experience vivid, centered, seen” (Elle).

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

The New York Times bestselling author of the “mesmerizing and evocative” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations.

LITERARY FICTION 

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews

From a brilliant new voice comes an electrifying novel of a young immigrant building a life for herself—a warm, dazzling, and profound saga of queer love, friendship, work, and precarity in twenty-first century America.

The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Exit West, a story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change.

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra

The epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moving from Mussolini’s Italy to 1940s Los Angeles—a timeless story of love, deceit, and sacrifice from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

Delphi by Clare Pollard

For readers of Jenny Offill, Deborah Levy, and Olivia Laing, an exquisite debut novel about a classics academic researching prophecy in the ancient world, just as the pandemic descends and all visions of her own family’s future begin to blur.

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

The Rabbit Hutch is a stunning debut novel about four teenagers—recently aged out of the state foster-care system—living together in an apartment building in the post-industrial Midwest, exploring the quest for transcendence and the desire for love.

Mother of Strangers by Suad Amiry

Set in Jaffa in between 1947 and 1951, this “fable-like historical novel of young love … darkly humorous and touching …” (Oprah Daily) is based on a true story during the beginning of the destruction of Palestine and displacement of its people.

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS

Knocking Myself Up : A Memoir of My (In)Fertility by Michelle Tea

From PEN/America Award winner, 2021 Guggenheim fellow, and beloved literary and tarot icon Michelle Tea, the hilarious, powerfully written, taboo-breaking story of her journey to pregnancy and motherhood as a 40-year-old, queer, uninsured woman.

Acceptance : A Memoir by Emi Nietfeld

A brilliant, generation-defining memoir of foster care and homelessness, Harvard University and Big Tech, about the stories we tell about ourselves to succeed and survive.

ROMANCE

Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

For fans of TIES THAT TETHER, HONEY GIRL, and YOU HAD ME AT HOLA, a Latinx, queer retelling of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, set in the early days of the Trump presidency, in which a queer, biracial young woman must untangle her complicated relationship with the scion of a wealthy, white dynasty, in what becomes a complex and nuanced rumination on race, colorism, class, sexuality, and privilege.

The Fixer Upper by Lauren Forsythe

In this funny and sharp romantic comedy, a woman with a knack for turning her boyfriends’ lives around starts a professional service to help wrangle men, only to be unexpectedly matched with an old flame.

Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey

Two high school sweethearts get a second chance at their perfect ending in this charming new romance by Kerry Winfrey, author of Very Sincerely Yours.

The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon

Strong female friendships and a snappy enemies-to-lovers theme take center stage in this highly anticipated romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Dating Playbook.

HISTORICAL FICTION 

When We Were Bright and Beautiful by Jillian Medoff

The acclaimed, bestselling author of This Could Hurt returns with her biggest, boldest novel yet—an electrifying, twisty, and deeply emotional family drama, set on Manhattan’s glittering Upper East Side, that explores the dark side of love, the limits of loyalty, and the high cost of truth.

The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman

Dual-timeline historical fiction for fans of Chanel Cleeton and Beatriz Williams, LAST PLANE TO HONOLULU is a story of codebreaking, secrets, murder, romance and longing.

A brilliant female codebreaker. An “unbreakable” Japanese naval code. A pilot on a top-secret mission that could change the course of WWII. The Codebreaker”s Secret is a dazzling story of love and intrigue set during America’s darkest hour.

Mademoiselle Revolution by Zoe Sivak

A powerful, engrossing story of a biracial heiress who flees to Paris when the Haitian Revolution burns across her island home. But as she works her way into the inner circle of Robespierre and his mistress, she learns that not even oceans can stop the flames of revolution.

Properties of Thirst by Marianne Wiggins

Fifteen years after the publication of Evidence of Things Unseen, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins returns with a novel destined to be an American classic: a sweeping masterwork set during World War II about the meaning of family and the limitations of the American Dream.

YOUNG ADULT 

It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano

A sweet and nerdy contemporary YA novel set in the world of marching band perfect for fans of Late to the Party, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega and Kate in Waiting.

MYSTERIES & THRILLERS

The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas

The internationally bestselling author of Do Not Disturb and Just Like the Other Girls delivers a heart-pounding psychological thriller about a couple who inherit what seems to be their dream home, until they make a horrifying discovery—and the danger begins.

Reckoning by Catherine Coulter

Agents Savich and Sherlock are back in the latest installment in Catherine Coulter’s #1 New York Times bestselling FBI Thriller series, and this time both are enlisted to help women with traumatic pasts who are in mortal danger.

The Rule of Three by E. G. Scott

From E. G. Scott, an utterly gripping tale of suspense about three couples and an innocent game night that goes horribly wrong. Full of twists and turns that you’ll never see coming, this is a perfect summer read you won’t be able to put down.

Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose

Discover New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Rose’s brand-new series set in the sultry, crime-ridden city of New Orleans and featuring a tough team of high-end private investigators who are after justice—no matter what they have to do to get it.

Such a Good Mother by Helen Monks Takhar

Some women would do anything for their children. This thrilling novel cuts straight to the dark heart of modern motherhood, privilege, and the lengths we’ll go to get ahead, from the author of the “addictive” (People) thriller Precious You.

On Java Road by Lawrence Osborne

A veteran British journalist living in Hong Kong investigates the disappearance of a student protestor in this atmospheric novel from the New York Times notable author of The Forgiven—soon to be a major motion picture.

Alias Emma by Ava Glass

In this breakneck, race-against-the-clock thriller, a British spy has twelve hours to deliver her asset across London after Russia hacks the city’s security cameras. Can she make it without being spotted…or killed?

The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson

A riveting psychological thriller with a killer twist about a woman forced to confront the darkest moment in her childhood in order to move on from her past and open her heart to love.

A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon

From the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie, a delightfully sinister novel about a married woman living a nice, quiet suburban life—but things aren’t always what they seem…

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias

From Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Locus award-nominated author, Gabino Iglesias, comes a genre-defying thriller about a father desperate to salvage what’s left of his family, even if it means a descent into violence–both supernatural and of our own terrifying world.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR 

Into the Broken Lands by Tanya Huff

From sci-fi and fantasy master Tanya Huff comes a new epic fantasy saga set in a land of dangers and mysteries. 

Small Angels by Lauren Owen

A wedding in a small English village attracts a malicious spirit, forcing secrets from the deep past and troubled present out into the open—a hypnotic tale of sisterhood, first love, and hauntings from the acclaimed author of The Quick.

COOKBOOKS 

The Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse Cookbook : Sweet and Savory Comfort Food from America’s Favorite Rural Bakery by Brian Noyes

85+ recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert from the award-winning Red Truck Bakery near Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, bringing the comfort and charm of the farmhouse where the bakery started into your kitchen.

August 9th

New Books: August 9, 2022

LITERARY FICTION

Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi, Translated by David Boyd, Lucy North

A prizewinning, thrillingly subversive debut novel about a woman in Japan who avoids harassment at work by perpetuating, for nine months and beyond, the lie that she’s pregnant.

A Map for the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang

An epic, mesmerizing debut novel set against a rapidly changing post–Cultural Revolution China, A Map for the Missing reckons with the costs of pursuing one’s dreams and the lives we leave behind.

Mother In the Dark by Kayla Maiuri

A novel about family secrets and a volatile relationship between a mother and her daughters. When Anna’s sister calls with an urgent message, Anna doesn’t return the call. She knows it’s about their mother.

Mount Chicago by Adam Levin

From the award-winning author of Bubblegum and The Instructions, a bold novel about the absurdity, humor, and tragedy of survivorship.

DYSTOPIAN 

The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings

Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times—a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.  

MYSTERIES & THRILLERS

Are You Sara? by S.C. Lalli

After a chance meeting at the campus bar, two girls mistakenly take each other’s rideshare home which leads to one being murdered on the other’s doorstep in this twisty thriller debut.

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

A woman stops at nothing to find her husband’s murderer in this psychological thriller about twisted marriages, fractured families, and deadly obsessions—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “brilliantly chilling” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs.

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Last of the Seven by Steven Hartov

A spellbinding novel of World War II based on the little-known history of the “X Troop”—a team of European Jews who escaped the Continent only to join the British Army and return home to exact their revenge on Hitler’s military.

Moth by Melody Razak

Melody Razak makes her literary debut with this internationally-acclaimed saga of one Indian family’s trials through the tumultuous partition—the 1947 split of Pakistan from India—exploring its impact on women, what it means to be “othered” in one’s own society, and the redemptive power of family.

The War Librarian by Addison Armstrong

The Paris Library meets The Flight Girls in this captivating historical novel about the sacrifice and courage necessary to live a life of honor, inspired by the first female volunteer librarians during World War I and the first women accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy.

Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen

A stunning novel of ancient Vietnam based on the true story of two warrior sisters who raised an army of women to overthrow the Han Chinese and rule as kings over a united people, for readers of Circe and The Night Tiger.

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS

Fruit Punch by Kendra Allen

An arresting and one-of-a-kind memoir about the alternately exultant and harrowing trip growing up as a Black child desperate to create a clear reality for herself in this country.  

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP 

The Making of Her by Bernadette Jiwa

A moving, intergenerational novel set in 1990s Dublin about a woman reconnected with the daughter she gave up for adoption who gets in touch after thirty years, setting off an exploration into past secrets.

Sister Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Serena, Michelle, Kenya, and Lynette have known each other since they were small children. They grew up in different neighborhoods, but they also grew up in the same church (which is how they first met), and while they each attended different colleges, they never lost touch with each other. Now many years later, at age forty, they are still best friends forever and they meet for lunch on the first Saturday of every month, but their lives couldn’t be more different.

ROMANCE

Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane

International bestseller Mhairi McFarlane delivers a sharp, emotional new novel about a woman who calls off her engagement to “the perfect man” and moves in with a charming stranger who makes her question everything about her life, her past, and the secrets she’s kept for far too long…

Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer

From the author of the buzzy THE MATZAH BALL, a pitch-perfect romcom about a matchmaker who finds her own search for love thrust into the spotlight after her bubbe outs her list for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” on live television.

Luck and Last Resorts by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

They have a second chance at love, but there are some rough seas ahead in the new contemporary romance from the acclaimed author of Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships.  

YOUNG ADULT

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out in a bid for an inheritance that will leave Helen Vaughan either rich…or dead.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR 

The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu

An epic fantasy ode to martial arts and magic—the story of a spoiled hero, an exacting grandmaster, and an immortal god-king from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lives of Tao.

The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope

A woman able to communicate with spirits must assemble a ragtag crew to pull off a daring heist to save her community in this timely and dazzling historical fantasy that weaves together African American folk magic, history, and romance.

August 16th

New Books: August 16, 2022

LITERARY FICTION 

Touch by Olaf Olafsson

A mesmerizing, panoramic story of one man’s search to find a lover who suddenly disappeared decades before

Amy & Lan by Sadie Jones

The author of the highly acclaimed, bestselling novel The Uninvited Guests returns with a captivating coming of age story told by Amy and Lan, two children whose journey from innocence to moving experience is shaped by their families’ attempt at the pastoral dream on a farm, deep in the English countryside.

Paul by Daisy Lafarge

A sharp, timely debut about a young woman’s toxic relationship with an older man and her battle to free herself from the suffocating expectation to be “good.”

Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes

From the best-selling, award-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a magnetic tale that centers on the presence of a vivid and particular woman, whose loss becomes the occasion for a man’s deeper examination of love, friendship, and biography.

HISTORICAL FICTION 

Benevolence by Julie Janson

Blending the mythical power of Téa Obreht and the epic scope of Min Jin Lee, a searing historical novel that tells a story of colonization, survival, and resistance in a way never done before—a beautiful, brilliant, and brutal reimagining of the first contact between Indigenous people and white British settlers and the far-reaching consequences for one Aboriginal girl coming of age in an unsteady and dangerous world.

The Manhattan Girls by Gill Paul

It’s a 1920s version of Sex and the City, as Dorothy Parker—one of the wittiest women who ever wielded a pen—and her three friends navigate life, love, and careers in New York City. Perfect for fans of Fiona Davis, Beatriz Williams, and Renée Rosen.

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP 

Room and Board by Miriam Parker

A charming and redemptive novel about unexpected second chances, following a publicist who, after the sudden implosion of her career, takes a job as a dorm mom at a Sonoma boarding school that happens to be her alma mater.

Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson

Turns out that reading nothing but true crime isn’t exactly conducive to modern dating—and one woman is going to have to learn how to give love a chance when she’s used to suspecting the worst.

Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim

A new heartfelt novel about the power of loneliness and the strength of love that overcomes it by critically acclaimed author Roselle Lim.

With Love from Wish & Co. by Minnie Darke

A professional gift buyer fights to protect her reputation—and manage her attraction to the handsome son of her biggest client—in this charming novel from the author of Star-Crossed and The Lost Love Song.

MYSTERIES & THRILLERS

The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding

A woman hires a housekeeper to care for her aging parents—only to watch as she takes over their lives in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author called “an ingenious master of domestic suspense” (Samantha M. Bailey).

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

From the host of the #1 true-crime podcast Crime Junkie, a propulsive debut novel featuring a journalist who returns to her hometown to solve a murder that has plagued her since childhood—but someone wants to keep the case cold.

Complicit by Winnie M Li

After a long-buried, harrowing incident, a woman whose promising film career was derailed has an opportunity for revenge in this visceral and timely thriller about power, privilege, and justice.

ANTHOLOGIES, ESSAYS, SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

Stories from The Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana

Set in a Harlem high rise, a stunning debut about a tight-knit cast of characters grappling with their own personal challenges while the forces of gentrification threaten to upend life as they know it.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR

The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri

The Jasmine Throne has been hailed as a series opener that will “undoubtedly reshape the landscape of epic fantasy for years to come” (Booklist, starred). Now, award-winning author Tasha Suri’s provocative and powerful Burning Kingdoms trilogy continues with The Oleander Sword.

August 23rd

New Books: August 23, 2022

LITERARY FICTION

The Ghetto Within by Santiago Amigorena, Translated by Frank Wynne

Santiago Amigorena weaves together memory, history, and imagination to tell the story of his Jewish grandfather, a Polish immigrant in Argentina, and the guilt he experiences when he is unable to help his family leave the Warsaw ghetto in this powerful novel about identity, loss, and the unshakable power of love—a critical sensation in France that marks his American debut.

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

From the winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, a sweeping, multi-generational saga of displacement, loss, and love, set against the brutal colonization of east Africa.

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP 

Rules at the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

It’s summer, but school is in session in the delightful second book of New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan’s utterly charming School by the Sea series, set at a girls’ boarding school in Cornwall.  For the second year at Downey House, it’s getting harder and harder to stick to the rules.

Perish by LaToya Watkins

From a stunning new voice, comes a powerful and moving debut novel and sweeping family saga, PERISH, about a Black Texan family, exploring the effects of inherited trauma and intragenerational violence as the family comes together to say goodbye to their matriarch on her deathbed.

ROMANCE

Would You Rather by Allison Ashley

Contemporary romance for fans of Sally Thorne and Talia Hibbert. When chronically ill Mia gets the opportunity to pursue her dream degree, her best friend, Noah, offers to marry her so she can stay on his medical insurance, but pretending to be in love feels a bit too real.

Would you rather play it safe in the friend zone, or risk it all with a modern marriage of convenience?

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

When forced to work on a project with your nemesis, it’s best to stick to the science. Further research could trigger explosive results.

Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry

The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride.

Aphrodite and the Duke by J.J. McAvoy

Aphrodite Du Bell has always resented her name. While the members of the ton, and even the queen herself, praise her warm brown skin, perfect curls, and exquisite features, Aphrodite can’t help but think that living up to the literal goddess of beauty is asking a bit much. Her renowned loveliness certainly didn’t stop the love of her life from jilting her and marrying another woman four years ago.

MYSTERIES & THRILLERS

Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter

A pulse-pounding and twisting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her.

Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie

A “propulsive thriller about secret organizations, hidden agendas, and the lengths one woman will go to reclaim her life” (Laura Dave, author of Reese’s Book Club Pick The Last Thing He Told Me) from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine McKenzie.

The Darkness of Others by Cate Holahan

USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan delivers her latest nail-biting thriller, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.

Dark Music by David Lagercrantz, Translated by Ian Giles

Inspired by Sherlock Holmes, an exhilarating new thriller from the best-selling author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web—a murder investigation in which two unlikely allies race to uncover a shadowy international conspiracy.

Babysitter by Joyce Carol Oates

From one of America’s most renowned storytellers—the best-selling author of Blonde—comes a novel about love and deceit, and lust and redemption, against a backdrop of shocking murders in the affluent suburbs of Detroit.

HISTORICAL FICTION

Haven by Emma Donoghue

Three men vow to leave the world behind them. They set out in a small boat for an island their leader has seen in a dream, with only faith to guide them. What they find is the extraordinary island now known as Skellig Michael. Haven has Emma Donoghue’s trademark world-building and psychological intensity—but this story is like nothing she has ever written before.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family—and a new love—changes the course of her life.

Reluctant Immortals by Gwendolyn Kiste

For fans of Mexican Gothic, from three-time Bram Stoker Award–winning author Gwendolyn Kiste comes a novel inspired by the untold stories of forgotten women in classic literature—from Lucy Westnera, a victim of Stoker’s Dracula, and Bertha Mason, Mr. Rochester’s attic-bound wife in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre—as they band together to combat the toxic men bent on destroying their lives, set against the backdrop of the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, 1967.

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen

Hart Ralston is a marshal, tasked with patrolling the wasteland of Tanria, hunting for drudges. It’s an unforgiving job, and Hart’s got nothing but time to ponder his loneliness.

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS

The Mamas : A Story About Parenting in the Age of Everything by Helena Andrews-Dyer

A Washington Post culture writer chronicles the challenges she faces as a Black mother in a mostly white mommy group in a time of gentrification, racial reckoning, and a global pandemic.

Scenes from My Life : A Memoir by Michael K. Williams, Jon Sternfeld

A moving, unflinching memoir of hard-won success, struggles with addiction, and a lifelong mission to give back—from the late, iconic actor beloved for his roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Lovecraft Country

A Place in the World : Finding the Meaning of Home by Frances Mayes

A lyrical and evocative collection of personal stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, in which the queen of wanderlust reflects on the comforts of home.

POEMS

Song of the Closing Doors by Patrick Phillips

A love letter to the past, and all the relationships and memories our homeplaces hold, from the National Book Award finalist.

HOME, GARDEN & LIFESTYLE

150 Best All New House Ideas by Francesc Zamora

From the highly successful 150 Best series, the ultimate resource for single home buyers and owners, architects, developers, and designers, filled with contemporary, fresh ideas for sustainable construction and gorgeous interiors, vividly captured in hundreds of stunning four-color photographs.

COOKBOOKS

Mission Vegan : Wildly Delicious Food for Everyone by Danny Bowien, JJ Goode, EdD.

From the author of The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook, a fresh take on vegan cooking that emphasizes freewheeling exploration and big flavor.

Boards and Spreads : Shareable, Simple Arrangements for Every Meal by Yasmin Fahr

Feast upon more than 65 recipes for platters and boards, including dinner-worthy spreads, appetizers, breakfast, snacks, and more inspiration for anytime-eating.

August 30th

New Books: August 30, 2022

ROMANCE

A Cosmic Kind of Love by Samantha Young

Space is the last thing an event planner and an astronaut need in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

In the Event of Love by Courtney Kae

Offering a steamy, queer spin on the feel-good tropes of a Hallmark movie, this sweet, funny #OwnVoices rom-com is perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexandria Bellefleur!

Morgan Ross can plan world-class events, but she didn’t plan on returning to the hometown that broke her heart seven years ago—and re-discovering the girl of her dreams…

FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP 

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

Strangers aboard a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Last Chance Library.

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

In this powerful novel about the cost of greatness, a legendary athlete attempts a comeback when the world considers her past her prime—from the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

HISTORICAL FICTION 

The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards, Alyson Richman

For fans of Martha Hall Kelly’s Sunflower Sisters and Sadeqa Johnson’s Yellow Wife, and loosely inspired by the authors’ own family histories, a rich historical novel set during the Civil War about two women—one Black and yearning for freedom in New Orleans, the other a Jewish abolitionist in New York—whose resourceful sewing to support their communities leads them on unexpected, dangerous journeys as they fight to bring their beloveds home from the front.

The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman

In her most powerful novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Ellen Marie Wiseman masterfully viscerally evokes the real-life Willowbrook State School, the infamous Staten Island, New York, mental institution that shocked a nation when exposed in the 1970s as a dumping ground for unwanted children.  Girl, Interrupted meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in this gripping narrative of social injustice, survival, and a young woman determined to find her sister.

BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS

Diana, William & Harry by James Patterson, Chris Mooney

James Patterson tells the most heartbreaking story of our time, as only he can—Diana’s life as a princess and a mother—timed to the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death.

YOUNG ADULT 

How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine

Scream meets Happy Death Day in this terrifying stand-alone horror novel from YA scream queen Danielle Rollins.

Alice Lawrence is the sole witness in her sister’s murder trial. On the first day of the murder trial, as Alice prepares to give her testimony, she is knocked out by a Sidney Prescott look-alike in the courthouse bathroom. When she wakes up, it is Halloween night a year earlier, the same day Claire was murdered. Alice has until midnight to save her sister and find the real killer before he claims another victim.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR

The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez

A reluctant warrior on the run with an ancient goddess through a lush world full of wild magic, wondrous creatures, and hidden enemies has only five days to end an oppressive Emperor’s reign in this beautiful epic fantasy from the author of The Vanished Birds.

Suburban Hell by Maureen Kilmer

A Chicago cul-de-sac is about to get a new neighbor…of the demonic kind. 

COZY MYSTERIES

Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley

The first in a vibrant, inclusive new historical mystery series by acclaimed author Vanessa Riley portrays the true diversity of the Regency-era, as a widow whose skin color and notorious family history have left her with few friends she can rely on – just as the local vicar names her the prime suspect in a murder case…

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder by Valerie Burns

In a brand-new culinary cozy series with a fresh edge and a charming small-town setting, acclaimed author Valerie Burns introduces Maddy Montgomery, social media expert who’s #StartingOver in small town Michigan after inheriting her great-aunt’s bakery…and a 200-pound English Mastiff named Baby.

MYSTERIES & THRILLERS

Number One Fan by Meg Elison

A headlong rush of a thriller/horror that is Misery for Millennials, about a bestselling author who is abducted by her biggest fan and must figure out who he is, where she is, and how to survive and escape, set against the backdrop of fan and convention culture, the literati and the #metoo movement.

My Dirty California by Jason Mosberg

In this literary thriller, a young man descends into the Los Angeles underworld to find his family’s killer—aided by a group of strangers with their own shadowy past.

WAKE by Shelley Burr

For fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry or Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, a searing debut crime novel set in the Australian outback, where the grief and guilt surrounding an unsolved disappearance still haunt a small farming community…and will ultimately lead to a reckoning.

POEMS

Golden Ax by Rio Cortez

A groundbreaking collection about Afropioneerism past and present from Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and New York Times bestselling author Rio Cortez

ANTHOLOGIES, ESSAYS & SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

Walking in My Joy : Stories from on My Way to Happy by Jenifer Lewis

In this exciting collection infused with her sharp humor and buoyant spirit, Jenifer Lewis, the author of the hugely successful The Mother of Black Hollywood and costar of ABC’s hit sitcom Black-ish, shares the way she found the strength and courage to walk in her joy despite personal and universal hardships.

She’s Nice Though : On Being Bad at Being Good by Mia Mercado

In this thought-provoking, humorous collection of essays, the author of Weird But Normal and morning blogger at The Cut explores kindness, agreeability, goodness, and the assumptions and expectations that come with being female, Asian, and Midwestern.

COOKBOOKS

Flour Power : The Practice and Pursuit of Baking Sourdough Bread by Tara Jensen

A fun and empowering bread master class with 80 recipes and insights from sourdough whisperer Tara Jensen.

Simple Pasta : Pasta Made Easy, Life Made Better by Odette Williams

A gorgeous collection of simple, tasty pasta recipes you’ll return to again and again, any night of the week, from the author of the beloved Simple Cake.

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