Welcome to the monthly installment of the New Books Calendar! As always, we’ve got a slew of new releases hitting shelves in May. This month is packed with must-read titles, from edge-of-your-seat thrillers to emotionally charged novels. So whatever genre you’re into, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to see what new books are coming your way this month!
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
Summer Island by Shelley Noble
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble pens a heartwarming story of a mother-daughter road trip to the beach and to self-discovery.
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
For fans of A Man Called Ove, a luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a curmudgeonly giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium—and, when a mysterious grifter comes to town, the truths all three unlock about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago.
The Other Mother by Rachel M. Harper
A page-turning generational saga about a young man’s search for a parent he never knew, and a moving portrait of motherhood, race, and the truths we hide in the name of family.
Summer Love by Nancy Thayer
Old secrets come to light when four friends gather on Nantucket for a life-changing reunion in this heartwarming novel of love and self-discovery by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.
Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman
A provocative debut of sex and sexuality—“depicting the liquid frequencies of need and power with a thoughtful, savage eye” (Raven Leilani)—as a twentysomething New Yorker pursues a sexual freedom that follows no other lines than her own desire.
The Change by Kirsten Miller
Big Little Lies meets The Witches of Eastwick—a gloriously entertaining and knife-sharp feminist revenge fantasy about three women whose midlife crisis brings unexpected new powers—putting them on a collision course with the evil that lurks in their wealthy beach town.
Darling Girl by Liz Michalski
In this beautiful, grounded, and darkly magical modern-day reimagining ofJ.M. Barrie’s classic, one woman must take on the infamous Peter Pan—who is not the innocent adventurer the fairy tales make him out to be—to save her daughter’s life.
Patience Is a Subtle Thief by Abi Ishola-Ayodeji
Hope and circumstance define a young woman’s life in this heartbreaking tale of lost innocence, set in politically volatile 1990s Nigeria, from an exciting and fresh voice in global literature.
Circa by Devi S. Laskar
For fans of The Burning Girl by Claire Messud and Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi, a stunning, gut-punch of a novel that follows a young Indian American woman who, in the wake of tragedy, must navigate her family’s expectations as she grapples with a complicated love and loss.
We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart
A novel about a young woman’s life-altering affair with a much older, married woman.
Trust by Hernan Diaz
From an award-winning chronicler of our nation’s history and its legends comes his much-anticipated novel about wealth and talent, trust and intimacy, truth and perception.
Vigil Harbor by Julia Glass
From the National Book Award winner, a symphonic novel about a coastal community confronting climate instability, political violence, lost love, and the mysteries of the sea
Companion Piece by Ali Smith
From the Man Booker Prize shortlisted-author of the brilliant Seasonal Quartet series—a major new novel that promises to capture the present moment with Ali Smith’s genius and bold spirit.
Love Marriage by Monica Ali
Set in London now, Love Marriage marks the magnificent return of Monica Ali, the Booker Prize shortlisted, “splendid, daring, brilliant, refreshing” novelist (The New Republic) “with an inborn generosity that cannot be learned” (The New York Times Book Review).
Mother Country by Jacinda Townsend
A transnational feminist novel about human trafficking and motherhood from an award-winning author.
Elektra by Jennifer Saint
A spellbinding reimagining of the story of Elektra, one of Greek mythology’s most infamous heroines, from the author of the beloved international bestseller, Ariadne
Little Rabbit by Alyssa Songsiridej
Cleanness meets Conversations with Friends in this sly, sensual, daring debut novel about art, autonomy, and the thin line between power and submission.
SHORT STORIES & ANTHOLOGIES
Valleyesque by Fernando A. Flores
Psychedelic, dazzling stories set in the cracks of the Texas-Mexico borderland, from an iconoclastic storyteller and the author of Tears of the Trufflepig.
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
The first adult novel by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are.
Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire
The New York Times bestselling Seanan McGuire takes us back to the world of Middlegame in this action-packed standalone adventure.
Daughters of the Occupation by Shelly Sanders
Inspired by true events in World War II Latvia, an emotionally charged novel of sacrifice, trauma, resilience, and survival, as witnessed by three generations of women.
Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra
When a crime on a beautiful Italian island stumps the police, locals turn to the trusted, elderly widow Nonna Maria in this transporting mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra, “one of the all-time greats” (Jeffery Deaver).
The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray
A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Mr. Wickham, one of literature’s most notorious villains, meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Jane Austen’s leading literary characters—from the New York Times bestselling author.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
The Patient by Jane Shemilt
A shocking and twisty novel of psychological suspense about a boundary-breaking love affair between a doctor and her patient, by Jane Shemilt, Edgar-nominated, #1 international bestselling author of The Daughter.
Magpie by Elizabeth Day
She has almost everything. The rest she’ll take.
For fans of Gone Girl and The Perfect Nanny, a taut, psychological suspense novel about a perfect couple and their seemingly perfect roommate—that is until she threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to create.
Book of Night by Holly Black
#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies in the vein of Ninth House and The Night Circus.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
A by-the-book literary agent must decide if happily ever after is worth changing her whole life for in this insightful, delightful new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.
Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond
A people-pleasing bridesmaid-for-hire falls for the crushable new lesbian in town. Will she finally find her happily ever after—and her own voice?
Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander
A high-strung pastry chef’s professional goals are interrupted by an unexpected career transition and the introduction of her wildly attractive nonbinary kitchen manager in this deliciously fresh and witty queer rom-com.
The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews
Summer begins with MKA, in this delightful summer read about flipping houses, and finding true love.
The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall
Four Weddings and a Funeral meets The Wedding Party in this winning romantic comedy from a charming new British voice.
MEMOIRS & BIOGRAPHIES
Fierce Love : A Memoir of Family, Faith, and Purpose by Sonya Curry
In this riveting, wise, and inspiring memoir, NBA royalty Sonya Curry tells the story of her life, including raising her famous children and her lifelong devotion to education, family, and faith.
Zabar’s : A Family Story, with Recipes by Lori Zabar
The fascinating, mouthwatering story (with recipes!) of the immigrant family that created a New York gastronomic legend: “The most rambunctious and chaotic of all delicatessens, with one foot in the Old World and the other in the vanguard of every fast-breaking food move in the city.” —Nora Ephron
Anna by Amy Odell
This definitive biography of Anna Wintour chronicles the steep climb of an ambitious young woman who would, with singular and legendary focus, become the most powerful woman in media.
COOKBOOKS & LIFESTYLE
Snacks for Dinner by Lukas Volger
The author of Start Simple redefines “dinner” in this creative cookbook that elevates snacks and grazing foods to main-course status, filled with 100 recipes and 75 color photos.
Mi Cocina by Rick Martinez
An enticing, regional, and stunning exploration of Mexican cuisine from beloved food writer and host of the Babish Culinary Universe show “Pruébalo” on YouTube and Food52’s “Sweet Heat” series, Rick Martinez.
Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi, Translated by Marilyn Booth
An extraordinary novel from a Man Booker International Prize-winning author that follows one young Omani woman as she builds a life for herself in Britain and reflects on the relationships that have made her from a “remarkable” writer who has “constructed her own novelistic form” (James Wood, The New Yorker).
Teenager by Bud Smith
Two teenagers, in love and insane, journey across the United States in this Bonnie and Clyde–like adventure, pursuing a warped American dream, where Elvis is still king and the corn dog is the “backbone of this great country.”
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS
We Were Dreamers : An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu
The star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tells his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role of a lifetime.
Miss Chloe : A Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison by A. J. Verdelle
The award-winning author of The Good Negress shares invaluable insights on the precarious journey toward creativity that is the writer’s life, and tells the compelling story of her relationship with Toni Morrison, painting an illuminating portrait of this towering yet enigmatic cultural icon.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy
From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcée and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world’s most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.
A magazine writer has to make a choice when she returns to the lake she grew up on, and to the man she thought she’d never have to live without, in this achingly nostalgic debut.
First Time for Everything by Henry Fry
An unflinchingly honest, wickedly funny, and heartfelt debut about a down-on-his-luck gay man working out how he fits into the world, making up for lost time, and opening himself up to life’s possibilities.
The Garden of Broken Things by Francesca Momplaisir
Written before the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2021 comes a gripping novel about generations of women—mothers and daughters—and the 2010 quake that endangers one family on the brink and wakes the ghosts of their shared past.
The Shore by Katie Runde
Set over the course of one summer, this perfect beach read follows a mother and her two daughters as they grapple with heartbreak, young love, and the weight of family secrets.
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of That Summer comes another heartfelt and unputdownable novel of family, secrets, and the ties that bind.
Smile Beach Murder by Alicia Bessette
From international bestselling author Alicia Bessette comes an all-new mystery series featuring Callie Padget a former reporter turned bookshop clerk in the Outer Banks who is pulled into a deadly web of secrets when a mysterious fall at a lighthouse echoes a tragedy from her past.
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp
Daisy Ellery’s pies have a secret ingredient: The magical ability to avenge women done wrong by men. But Daisy finds herself on the receiving end in Misha Popp’s cozy series debut, a sweet-as-buttercream treat for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
Overboard by Sara Paretsky
Legendary detective V.I. Warshawski uncovers a nefarious conspiracy during the Covid pandemic, in this thrilling novel from New York Times bestseller Sara Paretsky.
Dark Circles by Caite Dolan-Leach
An embattled actress becomes entangled in a dark conspiracy at a spiritual retreat—and starts a true crime podcast to try to break the case—in this chilling novel about fame, violence, and our morbid fascination with murder, from the acclaimed author of Dead Letters.
The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian
A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in this riveting historical thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.
Geiger by Gustaf Skördeman
For a seemingly perfect family, a single word will change everything in this edge‑of‑your‑seat thriller for fans of The Silent Patient and The Whisper Man.
Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
From Jason Rekulak, Edgar-nominated author of The Impossible Fortress, comes a wildly inventive spin on the classic horror story: a creepy and warm-hearted mystery about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange and disturbing secrets
My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer
When a woman disappears with her two children, one husband will do anything to find them–even confront the secrets of his own past–in this twisty thriller from the author of The New Husband.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo meets Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus in this dazzling, fantastical coming of age story from award-winning author Nghi Vo
Child Zero by Chris Holm
From molecular biologist turned Anthony Award-winning author of THE KILLING KIND comes a fact-based thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton about our species’ next great existential threat.
The Last Queen by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
She rose from commoner to become the last reigning queen of India’s Sikh Empire. In this dazzling novel, based on true-life events, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni presents the unforgettable story of Jindan, who transformed herself from daughter of the royal kennel keeper to powerful monarch.
Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua
A teenage girl living in 1960s China becomes Mao Zedong’s protégée and lover—and a heroine of the Cultural Revolution—in this provocative, poignant novel from the bestselling author of A River of Stars.
Beauty and the Besharam by Lillie Vale
Heated competition leads to even hotter romance in this YA summer rom-com for fans of Sandhya Menon, Emma Lord, and Wibbroka.
Set on You by Amy Lea
A gym nemesis pushes a fitness influencer to the max in Amy Lea’s steamy debut romantic comedy.
Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting
Charming, hilarious, and emotional…Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!
The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker
The highly anticipated second novel from Sarai Walker, following her “slyly subversive” (EW) cult-hit Dietland—a feminist gothic about the lone survivor of a cursed family of sisters, whose time may finally be up.
Holding Her Breath by Eimear Ryan
A keenly observant and “whip smart” (Sunday Telegraph) debut novel, following a former competitive swimmer and granddaughter of a famous Irish poet as she comes of age in the shadow of her family’s tragic past, perfect for fans of Sally Rooney, Lily King’s Writers & Lovers, and Elif Batuman’s The Idiot.
An Island by Karen Jennings
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • A “powerful” (The Guardian) novel about a lighthouse keeper with a mysterious past, and the stranger who washes up on his shores—the American debut of a major new voice in world literature.
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance by Alison Espach
A dazzlingly unconventional love story for readers of Ask Again, Yes and Tell the Wolves I’m Home
The Colony by Audrey Magee
In 1979, as violence erupts all over Ireland, two outsiders travel to a small island off the west coast in search of their own answers, despite what it may cost the islanders.
We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama
For readers of Pachinko and We Need New Names, the compelling and profound story of a Tibetan family’s journey through exile.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
The New York Times–bestselling author of The Vacationers and All Adults Here combines her trademark charm and wit with a moving father-daughter story and a playful twist on the idea of time travel.
Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIR
Mean Baby : A Memoir of Growing Up by Selma Blair
Selma Blair has played many archetypal roles: Gullible ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Fire-starter in Hellboy. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Face of Chanel. Cover model. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best for being one thing: a mean baby. In a memoir that is as wildly funny as it is emotionally shattering, Selma Blair tells the captivating story of growing up and finding her truth.
Mother Noise by Cindy House
A poignant and beautiful memoir told in essays and graphic shorts about what life looks like twenty years after recovery from addiction—and how to live with the past as a parent, writer, and sober person—from a regular opener for David Sedaris, Cindy House.
ANTHOLOGIES, ESSAYS & SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
Patriarchy Blues by Frederick Joseph
In this personal and poignant collection, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Black Friend examines the culture of masculinity through the lens of a Black man.
Sex and the Single Woman by Eliza M. Smith, Haley Swanson
This fresh, voice-driven feminist anthology reimagines Helen Gurley Brown’s seminal work Sex and the Single Girl in time for its 60th anniversary, featuring twenty-four essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors, including Kristen Arnett, Morgan Parker, Evette Dionne, and Melissa Febos.
You Have a Friend in 10A by Maggie Shipstead
From New York Times best-selling author Maggie Shipstead, an irresistible collection of short stories—her first—that showcases her sparkling humor, irrepressible intelligence, and glorious affinity for the short form.
Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore
Repeat New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns to the mean streets of San Francisco in this outrageous follow-up to his madcap novel Noir.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Just Like Mother by Anne Heltzel
Rosemary’s Baby meets The Return in this suspenseful modern gothic debut.
A girl would be such a blessing…
Spine-chilling and sharp, Just Like Mother is a modern gothic from a fresh new voice in horror.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay
From the New York Times bestselling author of Find You First and Elevator Pitch comes a gripping psychological thriller about a formerly missing woman who has suddenly returned under mysterious circumstances.
My Summer Darlings by May Cobb
Three lifelong friends plus a dangerous, sexy new stranger in town add up to a scorching summer of manipulation, obsession, and murder, from the acclaimed author of The Hunting Wives.
With Prejudice by Robin Peguero
For fans of John Grisham and Richard Price, a debut high‑stakes legal thriller about a murder in Miami with no body, no weapon, no eyewitnesses—and the prejudice that hangs over every trial in America.
The Lost Summers of Newport by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
From the New York Times bestselling team of Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White—a novel of money and secrets set among the famous summer mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, spanning over a century from the Gilded Age to the present day.
Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
The international bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world.
The Emma Project by Sonali Dev
Emma gets a fresh Indian-American twist from award-winning author Sonali Dev in her heartwarmingly irresistible Jane Austen inspired rom com series.
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
The “reigning romance queens” (PopSugar) and New York Times bestselling authors of The Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners present a charming and laugh-out-loud funny novel filled with adventure, treasure, and, of course, love.
Practice Girl by Estelle Laure
Jo never heard of the label “practice girl”…until she was called one. And those two devastating words would irreversibly change the way she saw everyone—including herself. An emotional and empowering novel about reputation and double standards, perfect for fans of Katie Cotugno and Sarah Dessen.
Melt With You by Jennifer Dugan
From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a sweet and salty queer YA rom-com about two girls on a summer road trip in an ice cream truck.
COOKBOOKS & LIFESTYLE
My America : Recipes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein
What is American food? In his first cookbook, Kwame Onwuachi (“the most important chef in America” —San Francisco Chronicle), the acclaimed author of Notes from a Young Black Chef, shares the dishes of his America; dishes that show the true diversity of American food.
Dr. B. by Daniel Birnbaum, Translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner
The former director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm makes his literary debut with this dramatic and riveting novel of book publishing, émigrés, spies, and diplomats in World War II Sweden based on his grandfather’s life.
Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera
An exhilarating debut novel following members of a Dominican family in New York City who take radically different paths when faced with encroaching gentrification.
City of Orange by David Yoon
This imaginative and affecting new novel is beloved, bestselling, and award-winning author David Yoon at his finest: thought-provoking and heart-piercing, by turns funny and challenging, and at all times deeply human.
Either/Or by Elif Batuman
From the acclaimed and bestselling author of The Idiot, the continuation of beloved protagonist Selin’s quest for self-knowledge, as she travels abroad and tests the limits of her newfound adulthood
The Evening Hero by Marie Myung-Ok Lee
A sweeping, lyrical novel following a Korean immigrant pursuing the American dream who must confront the secrets of the past or risk watching the world he’s worked so hard to build come crumbling down.
Sleepwalk by Dan Chaon
A high speed and darkly comic road trip through a near future America with a big hearted mercenary, from beloved and acclaimed novelist Dan Chaon
Avalon by Nell Zink
A profound and singular story about a young woman searching for her place in the world, from one of America’s most original voices.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
All the Things We Don’t Talk About by Amy Feltman
A “big-hearted, lively, and expansive portrait of a family” that follows a neurodivergent father, his nonbinary teenager, and the sudden, catastrophic reappearance of the woman who abandoned them (Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author).
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo
In this eerily riveting thriller—the follow-up to the international bestseller Dark August—Gus Monet becomes dangerously entangled with a powerful family whose wealth and success are built on dark and deadly secrets.
A secret can only stay buried for so long…
Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton
When Isabel Perez travels to Barcelona to save her sister Beatriz, she discovers a shocking family secret in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s new novel.
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
Three plucky women lift the spirits of homefront brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.
You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
A New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and “one of our greatest living writers” (Shondaland) reimagines the love story in this fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss.
Planes by Peter C Baker
An urgent, fiercely intelligent debut novel that goes deep inside the daily lives of two women—one in Rome, the other in North Carolina—to tell a story about the powerful interconnections, both personal and political, that exist beneath the surface of our world.
Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
The debut adult novel by the bestselling and award-winning YA author Nina LaCour, following two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other, perfect for fans of Writers and Lovers.
An Olive Grove in Ends by Moses McKenzie
For readers of Zadie Smith and Marlon James, an electrifying literary debut about a young man’s fraught decision: escape a dangerous past alone, or stay with the woman he loves, braving the pull of his old life’s temptations.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery
With her unique brand of witty, emotional storytelling, Susan Mallery’s latest is a heartfelt tale of friendship between three women brought together by chance who open a bookshop together on the boardwalk of the California beaches and ultimately become one another’s family. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Robyn Carr and Susan Wiggs will love The Boardwalk Bookshop!
The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Latecomer is a layered and immersive literary novel about three siblings, desperate to escape one another, and the upending of their family by the late arrival of a fourth.
Meant to Be by Emily Giffin
A restless golden boy and a girl with a troubled past navigate a love story that may be doomed before it even begins, in this irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and The Lies That Bind.
The Foundling by Ann Leary
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good House, the story of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later at a controversial institution—one as an employee; the other, an inmate.
On Gin Lane by Brooke Lea Foster
After her fiancé whisks her off to the glistening shores of Southampton in June of 1957, one young socialite begins to realize that her glamorous summer is giving her everything—except what she really wants—in this new novel from the author of Summer Darlings, “one terrific summer read” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
Renovated to Death by Frank Anthony Polito
It’s Hart to Hart via HGTV in award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito’s fabulous new cozy mystery series featuring a gay couple who solve crimes while renovating houses in suburban Detroit as part of their hit reality show Domestic Partners.
MYSTERIES & THRILLERS
Deep Water by Emma Bamford
The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins.
Kings of B’more by R. Eric Thomas
Two Black, queer best friends face their last day together with an epic journey through Baltimore in this magnetic YA debut by celebrated cultural critic and bestselling author of Here for It R. Eric Thomas.
ANTHOLOGIES, ESSAYS & STORY COLLECTIONS
Rainbow Rainbow by Lydia Conklin
A fearless collection of stories that celebrate the humor, darkness, and depth of emotion of the queer and trans experience that’s not typically represented: liminal or uncertain identities, queer conception, and queer joy.
Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris
David Sedaris returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS
This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan
Why We Can’t Sleep meets Furiously Happy in this hilarious, heartfelt memoir about one woman’s midlife obsession with Benedict Cumberbatch, and the liberating power of reclaiming our passions as we age, whatever they may be.
SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR
Black Tide by KC Jones
A debut character-driven science fiction/horror blend, Black Tide is Cujo meets A Quiet Place.
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