New Books Calendar

New Books Calendar: November 2021

October 29, 2021

Takes this opportunity to get those pre-orders and library holds in.

Welcome to our new books calendar for November 2021!!!

The theme for fall seems to be “delays.”  Book on-sale dates for some anticipated reads have been changing at the very last minute due to supply chain issues, and some have been only pushed a week while others are months.  But even with all these changes, readers have so much much to look forward to.  So check out this list of new books that will be gracing shelves in November and pick up a book or five from the list!

THE WEEKS OF:

NOVEMBER 2nd

Burntcoat by Sarah Hall

An electrifying novel of mortality, passion, and human connection, set against the backdrop of a deadly global virus—from the “astonishing, miraculous” (Daisy Johnson) Man Booker–nominated writer.

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

What would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? In Mitch Albom’s profound new novel of hope and faith, a group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea. He claims to be “the Lord.” And he says he can only save them if they all believe in him.

The Surrogate by Toni Halleen

A probing novel about a newly married couple, the surrogate they hire to carry their baby, and the unexpected consequences of their decisions.

The Month of Borrowed Dreams by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Return to USA Today bestselling author Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s Finfarran Peninsula with this enchanting novel humming with the rhythms of modern rural Irish life—in which librarian Hanna Casey and her family and friends face new challenges and possibilities.

The Seventh Queen by Greta Kelly

After the gasp-inducing cliffhanger ending of The Frozen Crown, the exciting conclusion to the epic story of Askia—a warrior, witch, and queen-to-be—as she confronts the monster that stole her throne…and is holding her prisoner to steal her magic.

Speaking of Race : Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism—and How to Do It by Celeste Headlee

In this urgently needed guide, the PBS host, award-winning journalist, and author of We Need to Talk teaches us how to have productive conversations about race, offering insights, advice, and support.

Lean Your Loneliness Slowly Against Mine by Klara Hveberg, translated by Alison McCullough 

A remarkable and heartbreaking debut novel with the lyrical beauty and emotional resonance of By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept and the thematic complexity of Asymmetry, that combines fractal mathematics and classical music to explore the infinitely complex patterns of love and the thin border between great passion and great loneliness.

The Collective by Alison Gaylin

The USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of Never Look Back and If I Die Tonight plumbs the dark side of justice and the depths of diabolical revenge in this propulsive novel of psychological suspense that melds the driving narrative of Then She Was Gone with the breathtaking twists of The Chain and the violent fury of Kill Bill.

The French Gift : A Novel of World War II Paris by Kirsty Manning

From Kirsty Manning, author of The Song of the Jade Lily, comes a gripping World War II set historical novel about murder, secrets, and survival. 

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris 

In this fast-paced thriller, Wanda M. Morris crafts a twisty mystery about a black lawyer who gets in over her head after the sudden death of her boss—a debut perfect for fans of Attica Locke, Alyssa Cole, Harlan Coben, and Celeste Ng, with shades of How to Get Away with Murder and John Grisham’s The Firm.

The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams

Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s not her husband.

Blame It on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod 

A funny holiday rom-com about two girls who swap places for Christmas and get more than they could have ever bargained for.

I Hate You More by Lucy Gilmore

The Hating Game meets Best in Show in this delightfully quirky romcom by beloved author Lucy Gilmore.

God of Mercy by Okezie Nwoka

Reimagining the nature of tradition and cultural heritage and establishing a folklore of the uncolonized, God of Mercy is a novel about wrestling with gods, confronting demons, and understanding one’s true purpose.

The Perishing by Natashia Deón

A Black immortal in 1930’s Los Angeles must recover the memory of her past in order to save the world in this extraordinarily affecting novel for readers of N. K. Jemisin and Octavia E. Butler.

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell: debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light unfolds in an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies.

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.

How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days by K.M. Jackson

USA Today bestselling author K.M. Jackson delivers a hilarious road-trip rom-com perfect for fans of Meet Cute and When Harry Met Sally.

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation—a powerful, emotionally rich novel about love, friendship, and betrayal. 

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky

A captivating debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia, and a coming-of-age story of twentieth-century Brooklyn itself.

Still Life by Sarah Winman

From the acclaimed author of Tin Man comes a captivating, lively new novel of people brought together across four decades of love, war, art, flood, and the ghost of E. M. Forster.

A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King

A sparkling contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in the tantalizing world of New York City burlesque, perfect for fans of The Kiss Quotient and The Roommate.

Rebel Homemaker : Food, Family, Life by Drew Barrymore, Pilar Valdes

Drew Barrymore is back with a fun and inspirational combination of essays and recipes connected to her new, daily, hour-long daytime talk show, which premiered in Fall 2020 and will return for a second season in Fall 2021.

The Pilot’s Daughter by Meredith Jaeger

The glitzy days of 1920s New York meet the devastation of those left behind in World War II in a new, delectable historical novel from USA Today bestselling author Meredith Jaeger.

The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.

NOVEMBER 9th

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

In this very brave, unusual, and forceful novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless error.

I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Kind of Woman returns with a collection of erasure poems created from notes she received from followers, supporters and detractors— an artform that reclaims the vitriol from online trolls and inspires readers to transform what is ugly or painful in their own lives into something beautiful.

A Blizzard of Polar Bears by Alice Henderson

Wildlife biologist Alex Carter is back, fighting for endangered species in the Canadian Arctic and battling for her life in this action-packed follow-up to A Solitude of Wolverines, “a true stunner of a thriller debut” (James Rollins) and “a great read” (Nevada Barr).

This Weightless World by Adam Soto 

A literary debut subverting classic sci-fi tropes set in gentrified Chicago, Silicon Valley, and across the vastness of the cosmos. From the streets of gentrified Chicago, to the tech boom corridors of Silicon Valley, This Weightless World follows a revolving cast of characters after alien contact upends their lives.

Never Fall for Your Fiancee by Virginia Heath 

The first in a new historical rom-com series, a handsome earl hires a fake fiancée to keep his matchmaking mother at bay, but hilarity ensues when love threatens to complicate everything.

Tenderness by Alison Macleod

For readers of A Gentleman in Moscow and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, an ambitious, spellbinding historical novel about sensuality, censorship, and the novel that set off the sexual revolution.

Look for Me and I’ll Be Gone by John Edgar Wideman

From John Edgar Wideman, “a master [who] boldly subverts what a short story can be” (Publishers Weekly) comes a stunning story collection that spans a range of topics from Michael Jordan to Emmett Till, from childhood memories to the final day in a prison cell.

Sway with Me by Syed M. Masood

She’s All That goes desi in this hilarious, affecting, and sweetly romantic comedy by the author of More Than Just a Pretty Face.

A Christmas Legacy by Anne Perry

Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s former maid takes a new job as Christmas approaches—but not everyone in the household may survive the holidays in this tension-filled novel from bestselling author Anne Perry.

Will by Will Smith, with Mark Manson

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you picked up the wrong suitcase and fell head over heels for its mystery owner?

Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin 

Written prior to Covid-19 by a former emergency medicine physician, Doctors and Friends incorporates unexpected wit, razor-edged poignancy, and a deeply relatable cast of characters who provoke both laughter and tears. Martin provides a unique insider’s perspective into the world of medical professionals working to save lives during the most difficult situations of their careers.

The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea

A hilarious and heartwarming novel about a woman who wants nothing to do with love or friendship, but finds both in the unlikeliest ways.

The Way We Weren’t by Phoebe Fox

An unlikely friendship between a septuagenarian and a younger woman becomes a story of broken trust, lost love, and the unexpected blooming of hope against the longest odds.

NOVEMBER 16th

Reclamation by Gayle Jessup White 

A Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings’ family explores America’s racial reckoning through the prism of her ancestors—both the enslaver and the enslaved.

Chouette by Claire Oshetsky 

An exhilarating, provocative novel of motherhood in extremis

Arresting, darkly funny, and unsettling, Chouette is a brilliant exploration of ambition, sacrifice, perceptions of ability, and the ferocity of motherly love.

You Feel It Just Below the Ribs by Jeffrey Cranor, Janina Matthewson 

A haunting, provocative novel, You Feel It Just Below the Ribs is a fictional autobiography in an alternate twentieth century that chronicles one woman’s unusual life, including the price she pays to survive and the cost her choices hold for the society she is trying to save.

The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon 

In this stunning debut novel—a tale of self-discovery and feminist awakening—a feisty Nigerian-Ghanaian girl growing up amid the political upheaval of late 1960s postcolonial Ghana begins to question the hypocrisy of her patriarchal society, and the restrictions and unrealistic expectations placed on women.

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson returns with a visionary technothriller about climate change and the man-made forces that shape our present and future. Intricately imagined and richly plotted, Termination Shock is trademark Stephenson—a gripping and propulsive epic of the modern world that shows this remarkable author at his very best.

The God Is Not Willing by Steven Erikson  

New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson continues the beloved Malazan Book of the Fallen in a thrilling new sequel trilogy.  

A New Take on Cake by Anne Byrn 

The bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor updates her beloved approach to creating show-stopping desserts, with 50 modernized classic recipes and 150 brand-new recipes, featuring simple variations for different diets and using today’s most popular flavors.

World Foodby James Oseland 

Introducing World Food, an exceptional new series in the tradition of classic cookbooks that takes you on a journey to the world’s greatest cuisines and the remarkable cultures they come from.

Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch

A transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, through classic and modern literary works that are in conversation with one another and with the world around them

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky 

A junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to study to save a planet from an unbeatable foe.

Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way. 

The Deeper the Roots by Michael Tubbs 

The rise of the visionary young mayor of Stockton, California—with love and injustice, triumph and failure, and a lot of Tupac along the way

The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam 

Perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory, this laugh-out-loud #OwnVoices story proves that sometimes the least perfect arrangement can lead to something perfect for them.

A Little Hope by Ethan Joella 

A deeply moving, life-affirming novel about residents in a small Connecticut town facing everyday fears and desires—a lost love, a stalled career, a diagnosis—that pulls at the heartstrings and provides hope, for readers of Olive Kitteridge.

An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire by Manda Collins

Former lovers become reluctant allies in this delightfully witty historical rom-com from the bestselling author of A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem—for fans of Evie Dunmore, Enola Holmes, and Netflix’s Bridgerton!

Feel Your Way Through by Kelsea Ballerini

The personal and poignant debut poetry collection from the award- winning singer, songwriter, and producer revolves around the emotions, struggles, and experiences of finding your voice and confidence as a woman.

The 1619 Project Edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Magazine 

A dramatic expansion of one of the definitive journalistic events of recent years: The 1619 Project, The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning reframing of the American founding and its contemporary echoes, placing slavery and resistance at the center of the American story.

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

Opposites attract in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a free-spirited lawyer who is determined to find the perfect match for the grumpy bachelor at her cousin’s wedding. 

NOVEMBER 23rd

The Days to Come by Tom Rosenstiel

A masterful political thriller thrusts veteran Washington fixers Peter Rena and Randi Brooks into a dark world of cyberattacks, a new era of foreign espionage, and a risky, classified plan to save the world from environmental disaster.

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett 

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.

The City of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Return to the mythical Barcelona library known as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books in this posthumous collection of stories from the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind and The Labyrinth of the Spirits.

The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart

In this action-packed magical fantasy epic, a heroine at the head of a powerful empire confronts a raging battle as she’s forced to do whatever it takes to restore peace.

A Secret Never Told by Shelley Noble

Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in this critically acclaimed mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.

Philomena Amesbury, expatriate Countess of Dunbridge, is bored. Coney Island in the sweltering summer of 1908 offers no shortage of diversions for a young woman of means, but sea bathing, horse racing, and even amusement parks can’t hold a candle to uncovering dastardly plots and chasing villains. Lady Dunbridge hadn’t had a big challenge in months.

The Churchill Sisters by Dr. Rachel Trethewey

As complex in their own way as their Mitford cousins, Winston and Clementine Churchill’s daughters each had a unique relationship with their famous father. This biography tells their story.

Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Adrian Nathan West 

The true story of Guatemala’s political turmoil of the 1950s as only a master of fiction can tell it.

The Christmas Promise by Richard Paul Evans

In this novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Noel Collection, love and faith help restore light and warmth long thought dimmed, proving that the true magic of Christmas lies in the people we care for most. 

Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti

In this thought-provoking and entertaining debut novel about of a multicultural family, a dying billionaire matriarch leaks news of her death early so she can examine her legacy—a decision that horrifies her children and inadvertently exposes secrets she has spent a lifetime keeping. 

Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

Sometimes a yacht, a bold bucket list, and a kiss with a handsome stranger are all a person needs to dive into the deep end of life.

NOVEMBER 30th

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.

The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff 

Following on the heels of bestselling author Pam Jenoff’s exciting new historical novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, this reissue edition of her 2014 fan favorite is a stirring tale of love and sacrifice during wartime.

Sex Cult Nun by Faith Jones 

Educated meets The Vow in this story of liberation and self-empowerment—an inspiring and crazier-than-fiction memoir of growing up in and breaking free from the Children of God, an oppressive, extremist religious cult.

Pilot Impostor by James Hannaham 

A startling, shape-shifting book of prose and images that draws on an unexpected pair of inspirations—the poetry of Fernando Pessoa and the history of air disasters—to investigate con men, identity politics, failures of leadership, the privilege of ineptitude, the slave trade, and the nature of consciousness.

People from My Neighborhood by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Ted Goossen 

From the author of the internationally bestselling Strange Weather in Tokyo, a collection of interlinking stories that masterfully blend the mundane and the mythical—“fairy tales in the best Brothers Grimm tradition: naïf, magical, and frequently veering into the macabre” (Financial Times). 

Hello, Transcriber by Hannah Morrissey 

A captivating mystery suspense debut featuring a female police transcriber who goes beyond the limits to solve a harrowing case.

The Pursuit of Porsha by Porsha Williams 

Porsha Williams, entrepreneur and one of today’s most recognizable media personalities, opens up about family, faith, fame, and becoming an agent for change. 

The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss 

A young woman in a vaudeville sister act must learn to forge her own path after her twin runs away to Hollywood in this richly immersive debut about love, family, and friendship. 

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes a deeply moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis.

Magritte by Alex Danchev 

From the celebrated biographer of Cézanne and Braque, here is the first major biography of the pathbreaking, perpetually influential surrealist artist.

White on White by Aysegül Savas

A “marvelous” (Lauren Groff) and riveting novel about a woman who has come undone.  White on White is a sharp exploration of empathy and cruelty, and the stunning discovery of what it means to be truly vulnerable, and laid bare.

A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill 

Chloe Neill’s bold, seafaring heroine Captain Kit Brightling is back for another adventure in this swashbuckling fantasy series. 

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code by Jennifer J. Chow

When murder follows Mimi Lee to her romantic island getaway, she puts on her best sleuthing hat with her sassy cat in tow in this adventurous cozy mystery by Jennifer J. Chow. 

And They Lived Happily Ever After by Therese Beharrie 

From acclaimed South African author Therese Beharrie, this #OwnVoices rom-com about a romance novelist with a touch of magic is loaded with heart, heat, and smart, sexy banter, while also addressing timely, weighty issues around the foster care system, mental health, and the power of creativity. 

Isabel Puddles Investigates by M.V. Byrne

Sure to enchant fans of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegone tales, the second Mitten State Mystery by veteran television writer M.V. Byrne finds senior sleuth and Jill-of-all-trades Isabel Puddles investigating a deadly mystery among Rust Belt royalty in the cozy town of Gull Harbor, Michigan…

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