Midwinter Galley Roundup

806  HarperCollins The Big Thrill: Anthony Horowitz’s The Word Is Murder (150 galleys), meta-mystery with a crusty detective being helped by an accomplished novelist named Anthony Horowitz; Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies (150 galleys), featuring a young man whose struggles after his father’s suicide are complicated by his flirtatious stepmother and an enigmatic stranger; […]
806  HarperCollins

The Big Thrill: Anthony Horowitz’s The Word Is Murder (150 galleys), meta-mystery with a crusty detective being helped by an accomplished novelist named Anthony Horowitz; Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies (150 galleys), featuring a young man whose struggles after his father’s suicide are complicated by his flirtatious stepmother and an enigmatic stranger; and Aimee Molloy’s The Perfect Mother (100 galleys), about a pack of moms investigating the abduction of a friend’s child.

Historical Women: Charles Frazier’s Varina (150 galleys), reimagining the life of Jefferson Davis’s wife, Varina; and Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie’s My Dear Hamilton (150 galleys), reimagining the life of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.

Literary Lights: Leah Franqui’s America for Beginners (150 galleys), an award-winning playwright’s debut fiction about a woman from India searching in America to find out what happened to her gay son; and Thrity Umrigar’s The Secrets Between Us (100 galleys), a tale of class division and women’s friendship, following The Space Between Us.

Signings: Dan Hampton, The Flight, loving Lindbergh, Saturday, 2/10, 11:00 a.m.; Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Bloodprint, the mystery writer’s first fantasy, 12:00 p.m.; and Christine Mangan, Tangerine, frenemies in 1950s Tangier, Saturday, 2/10, 1:30 p.m. Dorothea Benton Frank, Same Beach, Next Year, luscious summer reading, Sunday, 2/11, 2:00 p.m., and James McLaughlin’s Bearskin, bear poaching on the Appalachian forest preserve where Rice Moore is hiding out as a worker, Sunday, 2/11, 3:00 p.m. Sheryl Ziegler, Mommy Burnout, advice for the desperate, Monday, 2/12, 9:00 a.m., and Susan Wiggs, Family Tree, going home again to find love, Monday, 2/12, 10:00 a.m.

813  Harlequin

Hot Pick: Emily Belden’s Hot Mess, set amid Chicago’s flashiest restaurants and billed as Sweetbitter meets The Devil Wears Prada; with a starred LJ review.

Hot Pop: Steven Hartov’s The Soul of a Thief, a World War II–set thriller; Christina Dodd’s Dead Girl Running, the start of a romantic suspense trilogy from a New York Times best-selling author; and Aimee Agresti’s Campaign Widows, the YA novelist’s adult take on women and the campaigning men in their lives.

Hot Debuts: Luke Allnut’s We Own the Sky, with life wrenched askew by a child’s illness; Iris Martin’s The Little Clan, coming-of-age in New York’s shiny 2005 literary world; Amy Meyerson’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays, with Miranda Brooks inheriting Prospero Books from her uncle; and Spencer Wise’s The Emperor of Shoes, starring a young Jewish American expat who takes charge of his family’s shoe factory in China.

Lawyerly Lincoln: Dan Abrams & David Fisher’s Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency, with Abraham Lincoln for the defense as he contemplates becoming president.

822 W. W. Norton

Hot Picks: Lydia Millet’s Fight No More: Stories, an upfront collection after two LibraryReads novels; Chuck Palahniuk’s Adjustment Day, taut literary fiction about a dystopian day of reckoning; and Richard Powers’s The Overstory, with a starred LJ review: characters linked by their concern for trees.

Hot Debuts: Harriet Alida Lye’s The Honey Farm (Liveright), dark secrets on a drought-stricken farm turned artist’s colony (in exchange for labor); and Rosalie Knecht’s Who Is Vera Kelly? (Tin House), a buzzing, smoky, gin-soaked charmer about a woman spy in 1960s New York and Argentina.

Out West: Maxim Loskutoff’s Come West and See: Stories, a smart, unexpected debut story touched by the fantastical; and John Branch’s The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West, the award-winning New York Times reporter on a family that sees ranching and rodeo as the West’s bright, new future.

1005  Workman

Don’t-Miss Fiction: Jonathan Evison’s Lawn Boy, the multi-award-winning author’s look at a young Latino trying to grab the American dream; and Kelly Barnhill’s Dreadful Young Ladies, with a leading YA author bringing her touch of fantasy to the adult world.

Nonfiction To Go: Deborah Reber’s Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, a best-selling life coach switching her focus to helping parents whose children have anxiety, ADHD, Asperger’s, or other conditions; Edward Lee’s Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey To Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, about multiple food cultures mixing (great metaphor!), from the celebrated chef/owner who wrote Smoke & Pickles; Sally Kohn’s The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, the progressive political commentator challenging all kinds of hate, including her own; Bonnie Siegler’s Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America, with 240 images ranging from British rule to the Vietnam War to Black Lives Matter; and Laura Jean Baker’s Motherhood Affidavits: A Memoir, whose author portrays herself as addicted to childbearing (those oxytocin highs) as a counterweight to her lifelong depression.

Signings: Silas House, Southernmost, Monday, 2/12, 11 a.m., fiction about a pastor who loses everything when he decides to put aside his prejudice against gays; and Joanna Luloff, Remind Me Again What Happened, fiction about a woman with lost memories trying to make sense of her life, Monday, 2/12, 1:30 p.m.

1022  Simon & Schuster

The following will be given away from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 2/10, for United for Libraries’ Spotlight on Book Clubs.

Hot Pick: Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room, a third novel after two National Book Award finalists, examining the concept of freedom from every angle with a woman starting two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility in California’s Central Valley.

Hot Pop: Lisa Genova’s Every Note Played, about a brilliant concert pianist diagnosed with ALS, from a neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author; Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone, about a woman drawn to a man whose daughter eerily resembles her own long-vanished daughter; and Jessica Knoll’s The Favorite Sister, more thrills after her big-news debut, Luckiest Girl Alive, with five ambitious women clashing on a reality series called—love it—The Goal Diggers.

The Debut Novel I Want To Read: Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar’s The Map of Salt and Stars, from a Syrian American author, the tale of two young women, Syrian refugee Nour and Rawiya, who lives in medieval times and finds a way to help her widowed mother.

1108  Hachette Book Group

Top Pop: Jamie Brenner’s The Husband Hour, whose heroine must recover her life after her husband is killed in action; Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s Shadow Child, featuring twin sisters from Hawaii, ranging from World War II to 1970s New York; YA-to-adult author Tess Sharpe’s Barbed Wire Heart, a buzzing work with young Harley McKenna caught up in battles over her father’s rural drug empire; and Katharine Dion’s The Dependents, a debut novel about a widower’s strained relationship with his daughter even as he relies on a decades-old friendship.

Thrillers: Michael Koryta’s How It Happened, with bad girl Kimberly Crepeaux insisting she’s responsible for a drunken hit-and-run murder, though the bullet-shattered victims are actually found 200 miles away; Brad Meltzer’s The Escape Artist, figuring out what the U.S. Army’s artist-in-residence saw that she shouldn’t have; and first-timer Raymond Villareal’s The People’s History of the Vampire, a paranormal thriller starring vampire-like creatures so beautiful and capable that everyone wants to be them.

SF/Fantasy: Dark fantasist Craig DiLouie’s One of Us, featuring teenagers with a difference at a Georgia orphanage; best-booked Claire North’s 84K, about an auditor’s rebellion in a world where anyone committing a crime simply forks over the cash that’s been calculated as compensation; and first-timer Leo Carew’s The Wolf, epic fantasy about warring races in the far North.

Nonfiction: Masih Alinejad’s The Wind in My Hair, a memoir from the award-winning Iranian journalist who founded the My Stealthy Freedom movement, a Facebook page where Iranian women post their photos without the requisite headscarves; Meredith Goldstein’s Can’t Help Myself: Stories, Lessons, and Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist, by the Boston Globe‘s Love Letters columnist; Thor Hanson’s Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, an award-winning conservation biologist’s encomium for those taken-for granted busy bodies; Jimmy O. Yang’s How To American: A Narcissistic Memoir Disguised as an Immigrant Story, the stand-up comic and actor’s immigrant-to-Hollywood story; Darnell L. Moore’s No Ashes in the Fire: A Memoir, from a Black Lives Matter founder, starting with being set on fire as a teenager; and Abby Norman’s Me About My Uterus: A Quest To Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain, with the author fighting doctors who said her pain was all in her head and finally diagnosing herself.

Signing: K.B. Wagers, Behind the Throne, debut sf about a tough young woman who must give up sailing around the galaxy to follow her destiny as ruler of an empire, Sunday, 2/11, 1:00 p.m.

1646  Soho

Soho Crime: Teresa Dovalpage’s Death Comes in Through the Kitchen (200 galleys), a 2003 Havana–set literary mystery by the Rincon de la Victoria Award–winning, Cuban-born, New Mexico–based author; and Fuminori Nakamura’s Cult X (100 galleys), the Akutagawa Prize–winning Nakamura’s thriller about a young man dragged into a dangerous cult.

Soho Press: Andromeda Romano-Lax’s Plum Rains (100 galleys), about a Filipina nurse in Japan who fears that the elderly woman she cares for is about to replace her with a robot caretaker (whoa!); and Roy Scranton’s We’re Doomed, Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change (75 galleys), biting observations from the author of the distinctively different novel War Porn.

1722  Penguin Random House

Top pick: Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion, a timely novel, offering comments about women’s issues, corporatism, new-wave feminism, and more, with shy but ambitious college freshman Greer working at the foundation of the iconic feminist to whom she’s enthralled and starting to question everything.

Top debut: Tommy Orange’s There There, with a disparate group of intriguing characters gathering at the Big Oakland Powwow; from Oakland-raised Native American Orange, a MacDowell Fellow.

In the news: Fatima Farheen Mirza’s A Place for Us, with a California-based Indian Muslim family facing the criss-crossing of love and tradition; the inaugural acquisition in Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint.

More good stuff: Sarah Winman’s Tin Man, a Costa short-listed novel about two boys who are close friends and eventually more, but where does that lead?; D.B. John’s Star of the North, a big-buzzing thriller about a Korean American teenager kidnapped by North Korean operatives and the twin sister who tries to get her back; Elizabeth J. Church’s All the Beautiful Girls, how small-town Kansas girl Lily ends up as Las Vegas dancer Ruby; Judy Blundell’s The High Season, an adult work from the New York Times best-selling children’s author, about a family’s travails during the annual summer rental of its seaside home; Tara Isabella Burton’s Social Creature, a debut thriller about the dangerous relationship between Louise and glittery upper-crust New Yorker Lavinia; and Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris’s My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel, whose plot can’t be summed up because you get to choose it.

Signings: Paula McLain, Love and Ruin, reimagining Hemingway’s marriage to Martha Gellhorn; Liam Callanan, Paris by the Book, whose heroine goes to Paris to find her husband and ends up buying a bookstore; and Leah Stewart, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw, a TV action star kidnapped for real and the former female costar who saves him, Saturday, 2/10, 2:30 p.m

1741  Macmillan

Hot Crime Fiction: Phillip Margolin’s The Third Victim, with the solid case against a hotshot local attorney accused of kidnapping three women suddenly starting to wobble; Lisa Scottoline’s After Anna, about a widower under suspicion when his big-trouble stepdaughter is found dead; John Hart’s The Hush, the two-time Edgar winner’s follow-up to The Last Child, with a grown-up Johnny living at the edge of a spooky woods; and Eva Dolan’s This Is How It Ends, the award-nominated mystery author’s first stand-alone, with sex, drugs, and rocking intrigue in upscaling London.

Hot Pop: Mallory Ortberg’s The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, with the New York Times best-selling author chilling us softly by adapting fairy tales for adults; Allison Pearson’s How Hard Can It Be?, a sequel to the standard-setting I Don’t Know How She Does It, with Kate Reddy dealing with headachy teenagers and the need to return to work; and Corinne Sullivan’s Indecent, about a wide-eyed young teacher’s affair with her student at an elite all-boys prep school.

Literary Glitter: Jon Pineda’s Let’s No One Get Hurt, about a teenage girl living in a derelict boathouse with her father encountering the local rich kids, from a Milkweed National Fiction Prize winner; Stephen McCauley’s My Ex-Life, with once married down-and-outers David and Julie drawn together by the daughter of her second marriage; and A.G. Lombardo’s Graffiti Palace, a gritty, sometimes over-the-top sparkler that retells the Odyssey as a man’s desperate voyage to return home during the Watts riots.

Nonfiction Grabs: Ted Scheinman’s Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, how the son of an Austen scholar at first reluctantly joined the Janeites; and Sloane Crosley’s Look Alive Out There: Essays, Crosley’s return to the genre that made her a New York Times best-selling author.

Audio: Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie, about a woman in a coma sensing that her husband is responsible, a debut from a BBC producer and narrated by Stephanie Racine; and Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us, not the expected story of a wronged first wife and smug second wife, narrated by Julia Whelan.

1806  Ingram Content Group

Book Bag giveaway with Katherena Vermette’s The Break (House of Anansi), a debut featuring an indigenous family; Val McDermid’s Insidious Intent (Atlantic Monthly), next in the CWA Gold Dagger winner’s Dr. Tony Hill series; Rich Kim’s A Normal Life: Johnny’s Girl Grows Up (Alaska Northwest), a tale of self-reliance; Jane Harris’s Sugar Money (Arcade), with two slave brothers stealing slaves from the British; Jae Walter’s Flight (ECW), debut YA fantasy set in an alternate universe; and Eve Babitz’s Black Swan: Stories (Counterpoint), a reissue of the celebrated collection featuring stories set in the 1980s–1990s.

1822A  Grove Atlantic

Class-Act Fiction: Windham-Campbell Prize winner Aminatta Forna’s Happiness, with an American psychologist and a Ghanaian psychologist working together in London to find a missing child (galleys); Elizabeth H. Winthrop’s The Mercy Seat, chronicling the events surrounding the execution of a young black man in 1943 Louisiana, with breakout expectations (75 galleys); Chris Offutt’s Country Dark, with a starred LJ review for the story of a young bootlegger in 1950s–1970s Kentucky coming to violence to protect his family (75 galleys); Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word (100 galleys), featuring college student Karen, caught between a date-rapist culture and radical feminists on campus; and Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater (books), the Commonwealth Prize winner’s jaw-dropping debut novel about a Nigerian woman whose madness is seen as her being connected to powers in a world beyond.

Top-Drawer Chills: CWA Macallan Silver Dagger winner Donna Leon’s The Temptation of Forgiveness (100 galleys), next in the sensational Venice-set Commissario Guido Brunetti series; MWA Grand Master Martha Grimes’s The Knowledge, cruising with London cabbies in the next Richard Jury mystery (100 galleys); and Pushcart Prize–winning Michael Kardos’s Bluff (75 galleys), about a has-been magician trying to win her way back by linking up with a remarkable poker cheat.

Signings: Mike Lawson, House Witness (books), next in the Joe Demarco series, Friday, 2/9, 6:00 p.m.; Thomas Perry, The Bomb Maker (books), with the Edgar Award winner throwing the LAPD bomb squad against a scary-smart bomb maker, Saturday, 2/10, 11:30 a.m.

1822b  Counterpoint

Signing: David McGlynn, One Day You’ll Thank Me: Lessons from an Unexpected Fatherhood,  the popular essayist (think New York Times, Parents) on the tumult of raising children in contemporary America, Saturday, 2/10, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

1824a  ECW

Fiction Duo: Christine Higdon’s The Very Marrow of Our Bones, a debut novel whose young heroine copes with the disappearance of her mother from their working-class home; and Jen Neale’s Land Mammals and Sea Creatures, also a debut, with a young woman struggling to save her PTDS-afflicted veteran dad, whose state of mind is mirrored by a blue whale intentionally beaching itself.

1826  Crooked Lane

Signing: Margaret Mizushima, Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, the Colorado Book Award finalist’s next outing with Deputy Mattie Cobb, who’s hunting for missing girls with K-9 partner Robo, Saturday, 2/10, 2:00 p.m.

1828  Unbridled Books

Signing: Steve Yarbrough, The Unmade World, which travels between Poland and California to track the consequences of a terrible accident one snowy night near Kraków, Saturday, 2/10, 2:00 p.m.

2010  Sourcebooks

Signings: Stuart Turton, The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (100 galleys), a creepy, much-anticipated thriller whose eponymous character dies repeatedly as protagonist Aiden Bishop inhabits different bodies, desperately trying to identify the killer, Saturday, 2/10, 2:30 p.m.; and Jenny Milchman’s Wicked River (200 galleys), with honeymooners stalked in the Adirondacks, Sunday, 2/11, 9:00 a.m.


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