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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees

Required reading for anyone contemplating becoming a beekeeper. Natural history enthusiasts will also find the subject matter compelling.
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Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

Though wide ranging at times, this work should interest fans of Safina and general readers seeking to learn more about animal behavior.
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The Library of Legends

Chang (Dragon Springs Road) has created a lovely novel that is both joyful and lighthearted and deeply tragic as she explores a culture and people who are forced to accept that their country will never be the same following the war and the departure of the spirits that protected their land for centuries.
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The Last Bathing Beauty

Historical fiction readers will enjoy the references to long-ago vacation destinations such as the Catskills and the Poconos, along with Nathan’s clever and accurate descriptions of women’s lives in the 1950s. This novel of first loves and second chances will resonate with fans of historical fiction authors such as Beatriz Williams or Lauren Willig.

Keep Saying Their Names

This gripping narrative is presented in alphabetical “chapters” (“F Is for Firing Squad”) that move quickly and seamlessly between past and present, a device that adds immediacy and depth. Highly recommended to readers interested in accounts of wartime Europe or psychological studies of evil. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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The Lost Orphan

Halls’s (The Familiars) mysterious tale is full of intrigue. The characters are quirky, and their personalities will keep readers invested. The Georgian setting also plays a huge role, as does the formidable hospital. This is a page-turner with a satisfying and harmonious ending.
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Private Means

LeFavour, author of the memoir Lights On, Rats Out, is an award-winning cookbook writer, but don’t expect a foodie novel. Fans of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is in Trouble or Ann Beattie’s short stories will enjoy this wry, sophisticated, and intelligent rendering of modern, privileged city life. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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The Lucky Star

This novel is premised on a powerful notion of a love magic that is severely tested in a laboratory of desperate human desire; highly recommended for those who like the scenic route home.

Red Dress in Black and White

An attention-grabbing, cleverly plotted, character-driven yarn. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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How To Bury Your Brother

Although the title suggests that this is a mystery, it’s actually literary fiction about a particularly dysfunctional Southern family with dark secrets, featuring a woman who confronts hard truths. This is an accomplished, insightful debut ideally suited for book groups, with reading group guide and author interview included.
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Someone Like You

Kingsbury’s “Baxter” series is a perennial favorite and a required purchase for inspirational collections. The plot is predictable, but it raises interesting questions about science, fertility, and the legal status of frozen embryos. With a Baxter TV series in the works, libraries should purchase according to demand.
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Liberation

Readers who enjoy World War II fiction and stories of extraordinary women will savor this first collaboration between screenwriter Darby Kealey and novelist Imogen Robertson, which is slated to be a motion picture. Additionally, this novel is a good accompaniment to Wake’s 1986 memoir, The White Mouse.
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Boys of Alabama

Because Max is unfamiliar with the U.S. South, his experiences are described using clichés meant to represent the town’s views on gays, god, football, and liberals, with results that are both unrevealing and off-putting. Not recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Saving Ruby King

A fresh look into the church community of Chicago’s South Side with a bold female perspective. Does the church offer sanctuary or bury harmful secrets within its stately walls? [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]

Shadowplay

Queasy readers shouldn’t be put off by the darker elements of the story, e.g., Dracula, Jack the Ripper, foggy Victorian London; this work offers readers an authentic and deeply moving literary experience.
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Little Family

In a work less harrowing but no less effective than Radiance of Tomorrow, Beah continues to speak eloquently to the impact of colonialism on generations of African children for whom freedom is merely an illusion. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]
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Exciting Times

Overall, this surprising novel is believable and piercingly written, with many hilarious lines, such as when Ava wonders if a nasty English character is “a real person or three Mitford sisters in a long coat.” For fans of Rachel Khong’s Goodbye, Vitamin. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]

Ghosts of Harvard

Those who like novels by Joe Hill and Pat Conroy will also enjoy this his first novel by Lisa Scottoline’s nonfiction coauthor (and daughter). The book begins as thriller and ends as a story of personal growth and redemption. The writing is vivid and engaging, and it works for adults as well as for mature young adult readers. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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On Ocean Boulevard

This is an excellent addition to a popular series by a best-selling author. Readers of Mary Kay Andrews and Dorothea Benton Frank should feel at home here as well. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

A Week at the Shore

Delinsky (Before and Again) presents a powerful story about the importance of love, family, and the acceptance of life’s changes. Joy is a little too good to be true but adds a lot of motivation to Mallory’s actions. This page-turner will be in demand by Delinsky’s many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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The Summer Villa

Readers looking for a tale about women, with the help of their friends, overcoming obstacles to find the life they’ll love will enjoy Hill’s latest (after Keep You Safe).

Reproduction

There is a breathless quality to the novel, and at times Williams appears to take on too much. Nevertheless, this work successfully examines major themes of empathy, responsibility, secrecy, race, multiculturalism, misogyny, and honesty.
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The Sweeney Sisters

It’s been a while since Dolan’s last novel, Elizabeth the First Wife, but this humorous, heartfelt family story is worth the wait. Will appeal to fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Elizabeth Berg. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]

River

Eloquent and polished, with characters who breathe and speak as if they are in the same room as the reader, this fourth novel by Nayman (A Mind of Winter) would be a valuable choice for teen Jewish studies as well as for YA and adult book discussion groups. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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East Coast Girls

Kletter’s (The First Time She Drowned) storytelling skill is evidenced in her superb pacing as she reveals what happened that fateful night. Told by alternating narrators and weaving between past and present, this is tailor-made for book clubs, and for those looking for character-driven plots with a female ensemble. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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The Prettiest Star

A touching, sad, and important book, but sturdier editing would have helped to take it to another level. Libraries with large LGBTQ collections will want, but novels such as Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers and Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty delve into the subject with more success.

Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies

A can’t-miss title for fans of chick lit and modern women’s fiction.
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One Perfect Summer

Filled with intense life conflicts that avoid being over-the-top, this heartwarming story of sisters who bond as adults is sure to please the many fans of Novak (“Evelyn Talbot” series; Before We Were Strangers) as well as those who enjoy books by Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]

The Death of Vivek Oji

The plaudits for Emezi’s first novel, Freshwater (NYPL Young Lions, Lambda Literary, and Center for Fiction’s First Novel honors), did not overstate the case. Following Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, this achingly beautiful probe into the challenges of living fully as a nonbinary human being, is an illuminating read. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/20.]
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Mother Daughter Widow Wife

For readers of stylish psychological thrillers who can be forgiven for skimming. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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The Big Finish

Fans of Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will appreciate this delightful romp. Fossey’s debut is destined to become a book club favorite..

Latitudes of Longing

Extraordinarily affecting, this work should be a priority acquisition for all libraries with astute, globally hungry patrons.
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This Lovely City

A compelling read that, though set 70 years ago, has timely and identifiable themes. Romance, intrigue, and history all come together in this novel that tells a story of hope amidst struggle.
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Sea Wife

This book’s unusual structure is effective once you figure out what Gaige is up to. There are multiple layers to explore for contemporary literary scholars or a committed book club, as Gaige (Schroder) has much to say about the struggles and complexities of marriage, particularly in our current political and cultural climate. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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I’d Give Anything

Alternating viewpoints, from the journal entries to Ginny and Avery in the present, give the story more perspective and slowly build the tension as the truth of what really happened 20 years ago is revealed. Smart prose and sharply drawn characters set this domestic drama apart in best-selling de los Santos’s latest (after I’ll Be Your Blue Sky). [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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We Ride upon Sticks

Barry (She Weeps Each Time You’re Born) successfully captures the high jinks of a group of high school teens discovering themselves, learning about life, and finding out what it means to work together. Fans of coming-of-age stories will enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/19.]

A Thousand Moons

A poetic sensibility runs through this luminous novel of sorrow and uplift by the Booker-nominated, multi-award-winning Barry. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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How Beautiful We Were

In this persuasive novel, Thula is a powerful if ultimately doomed heroine, and Mbue makes it clear that Goliath will always defeat David in a postcolonial society ruled by greed, corruption, and untrammeled capitalism.
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The Lightness

Temple weaves Buddhist practice, rumor, philosophy, and teenage sexual longing into a story that is both deep and compelling. Her characters are complicated and conflicted, immersed in the throes of teenage angst and hormones. Any reader of general fiction would enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]

The Motion of the Body Through Space

As she has done before in novels such as We Need To Talk About Kevin, Shriver takes on hot-button topics—in this case the fitness craze, toxic workplaces, the tyranny of political correctness, and the indignities of aging
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Happy and You Know It

With deeply drawn and relatable characters, this is an excellent read for those wanting to escape into a world of how the other half lives.

Man of My Time

Through the pain of Hamid’s alienation, Sofer (The Septembers of Shiraz), an Iranian-born Jew who grew up in the United States, has created a memorable and difficult character who can be seen as embodying the spiritual distress of Iran since the 1978 revolution. A powerful, complex, and profoundly anguished novel made more relevant by current tensions. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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Garden by the Sea

Rodoreda is possibly the most important modern Catalan novelist, and this availability to English speakers corroborates that well-deserved reputation. Though the book was first published in 1967, its aesthetic and literary qualities still hold up well.
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The Marriage Game

This witty and delightful story about family, forgiveness, and letting go is utterly satisfying. Desai’s first book will be a hit with fans of Sonya Lalli’s The Matchmaker’s List.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Hibbert’s follow up to Get a Life, Chloe Brown, featuring Dani’s sister, is another superb and emotionally rich romance. Grief and turmoil are expertly balanced with hilarious wit, making the story both complex and immensely readable. The characters are vibrant, and their chemistry is scorching. Remarkable. [See Prepub Alert, 12/19.]

Something To Talk About

This debut is an unputdownable slow-burn romance with well-drawn and incredibly real characters. Wilsner does an amazing job exploring a Hollywood love story in the middle of a #metoo movement.
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The Virgin and the Rogue

A light and enjoyable comedy of errors from best-selling Jordan (The Duke’s Stolen Bride); this reads like a sexier version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Heiress for Hire

Readers who enjoy strong elements of crime solving in their romances will love Minerva and Chase’s sleuthing, but be prepared to collect the entire series for closure on the mystery.
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A Taste of Sage

Santos’s debut blends the rare but real condition of synesthesia into a fast-paced if uneven romance. The recipes throughout make this a perfect recommendation to those checking out cookbooks with their romances.
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Real Men Knit

Jackson, writing for the first time under her new pen name, has created a relationship where sparks fly and a compelling family for her to plumb in future installments of the new series. Put this in the hands of K.M. Jackson (As Good as the First Time) readers, yarn lovers, or anyone who enjoys a contemporary romance series involving a dynamic family. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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Felice

Roth (“Those Magnificent Malverns” series) kicks off a new series set in pre-Civil War New Orleans at a galloping pace. The well-drawn setting, Felice’s verve, and a cast of bold secondary characters illuminate every page.
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Loathe at First Sight

Melody’s characterization and voice sparkle throughout, despite extraneous plot points that make the story feel unfocused at times. Smart, punchy, and memorable.
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Wolf Under Fire

This first installment in Tyler’s new series gives a good introduction to members of the newly formed team. The story is action packed, so readers who enjoy a little romance amid intense car chases and explosions will be wholly satisfied.

Poulenc: The Life in the Songs

Highly recommended to readers interested in the life and works of the composer, as well as to those eager to learn about the cultural and political milieu of Poulenc’s life.
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Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond

This meticulously researched book offers music fans a thorough introduction and adds to current material, including Helm’s autobiography This Wheel’s on Fire, Barney Hoskyns’s Across the Great Divide, and the film Ain’t in It for My Health.
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My Life as a Villainess: Essays

Fans of Lippman’s novels (The Lady in the Lake) and her Twitter followers will gobble up this short collection and beg for more nonfiction from this gifted storyteller. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s

Doherty’s overall galvanizing look at a little-explored conjunction of critical feminist voices should incite provocative historical context to current-day discussions around the need for more support of women’s intellectual work.
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America, the Band: An Authorized Biography

Drawing from interviews with Beckley and Bunnell, Warne has started the process of refurbishing the reputation of America. Fans will be delighted, and those who sold them short will be impressed.
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Summer Snow: New Poems

Overall, this collection of elegies has a pleasing, conversational tone (despite the morbidity of its subject), as if Hass is reading nature not to glean a message but to hear and see what nature has to say. For all libraries.
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Calder: The Conquest of Space; The Later Years; 1940–1976

For readers interested in Calder and postwar modernism, the wealth of facts, anecdotes, and analysis here will be welcome. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

This intriguing, behind-the-scenes look at a disjointed creative partnership is sure to be of interest to readers of history and cinema.

Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest

An illuminating, stirring biography of the extraordinary “Queen of American Folk.”
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The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum

Recommended for readers interested in the history of France, the history of architecture, and museology.
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Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage

A fascinating window into the creative process of an iconic songwriter, this should resonate with lovers of Amos’s music and encourage other artists.
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Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars

Literary historians, as well as general readers up on the major events in recent British history, will be well served by this valiant debut about bold women whose struggles continue to resonate today.
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Maison Lesage: Haute Couture Embroidery

This volume will most appeal to readers of fashion and costume history. As a look book, anyone with an interest in embroidery will appreciate the technical finesse of Maison Lesage.

The Beauty of Living: E.E. Cummings in the Great War

Placing Cummings in the context of the “War Poets,” Rosenblitt breathes new life back into poems too often anthologized and too little read. Highly recommended.
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Vinyl Countdown

Sharpe’s enthusiasm is contagious
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