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The Golden Hour

Lulu and Elfriede’s stories are built piece by piece, and while the plotting is a bit of a slow burn, Williams’s deft hand with characterization and emotionally connective storytelling pays off for readers in big ways. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics

Waite (A Thief in the Nude) delivers a sweet lesbian romance with a hint of spice, fitting into the decorum of the era. Recommended for libraries where LGBT historical romance is popular.

Love at First Like

This frothy read will be a hit for fans of both Orenstein’s first novel and books by Christina Lauren. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]

New Bestsellers, May 23, 2019 | Book Pulse


Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

By turns harrowing, sad, revealing, and infuriating, this isn’t for all readers of graphic novels or memoirs, but those who brave it are in for a challenging, confrontational experience. Optional; frequent profanity, nudity and frank discussions of sex and sexual assault


Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? A Mother’s Suggestions

This brief collection may appeal to hard-core fans of Marx and Chast, so it’s best for libraries where their works are popular. The pair have a “rules for couples” collaboration planned for 2020, which hopefully will offer a more satisfying serving.


Readers who enjoyed Intercepted will definitely want to read more about the love interests of the Mustangs.

Top 20 Best-Selling Books About Latin American History | Academic Best Sellers

Still Thinking About Game of Thrones, May 22, 2019 | Book Pulse

Reading Suggestions, May 21, 2019 | Book Pulse

Jeffrey Coville, Thomas Keneally, Beatriz Williams: Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Dec. 2019, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Winter's Debut of the Month, El-Mohtar/Gladstone, Forest, Hall, Huang, Thompson, Wendig, & More | SF/Fantasy, June 2019

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, May 20, 2019 | Book Pulse

LJ's Book Expo Galley & Signing Guide

Beyond the Ring | Sports & Recreation, May 2019

Baking Master Class | Cooking, May 2019

Netflix's Queer Eye | Performing Arts, May 2019

Countdown to Summer Reads: One, Two, New | Wyatt's World

Page to Screen, May 17, 2019 | Book Pulse

New to the Bestseller List & Michael Wolff Takes on Trump Again, May 16, 2019 | Book Pulse


Cheers: A Cultural History

A must for Cheers fans and students of popular culture, this is a thorough and thoughtful look at a groundbreaking television gem

You Can’t Fall Off the Floor: And Other Lessons from a Life in Hollywood

This work doesn’t have the gravitas of Robert Evans’s The Kid Stays in the Picture or Julia Phillips’s You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, but it is fun, breezy, and instructive; for fans of Hollywood tales

no time like now: Poems

A grim but somehow salutary record of our moment from one of our truly distinctive poetic voices


Ruffhouse: From the Streets of Philly to the Top of the ’90s Hip-Hop Charts

Fans of these artists will love the insider information on the recording process and the trials and tribulations of getting this music out into the world


The novel’s global range is impressive and the interconnected stories and overall tone will appeal to readers who enjoyed Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]


The Plus One

The story brings the notion of suspending disbelief to a new and unrealistic level. An optional purchase

The Organs of Sense

Great fun and notable for its singular style, playful tone, and sense of economy (Sachs covers a huge amount of ground in just over 200 pages), this impressive debut is for fans of George Saunders and Vladimir Nabokov. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]


A Haven and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America

A well-researched chronicle of urban black communities throughout American history, with a focus on the early 20th century. This pairs well with Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law

The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats

Informative and well written, this work is ideal for those who enjoy exploring the intersection of politics, sociocultural history, and war

After the Caliphate: The Islamic State & the Future Terrorist Diaspora

Recommended for academic libraries



Blumlein (All I Ever Dreamed) gives us Waiting for Godot, set in space, in succinct and intelligent storytelling.


Major (You Don’t Belong Here; Blighters) takes a unique concept and creates a compelling plot with engaging, multidimensional characters. Recommended for sf readers and mystery lovers who are willing to expand their horizons.

Juliet the Maniac

For sophisticated readers, this novel offers an insightful and haunting portrait into a disintegrating mind, featuring visceral descriptions of a girl’s self-loathing and self-destructive behaviors. Yet the difficult subject matter is tempered by the wisdom of the adult author and, for the reader, the knowledge that she has made it through to the other side

The Fire Opal Mechanism

This engaging stand-alone sequel to The Jewel and Her Lapidary highlights Wilde’s deft prose and fantastical imagination. Readers will enjoy the intersection of knowledge and freedom to learn twisted into something darker.

Pretty Revenge

Aficionados of the TV show Revenge or those who enjoy contemporary psychological suspense set in an affluent society will want to consider.

Pass of Fire

Libraries that do not have the entire series will be at a disadvantage, and new readers will have some catching up to do, but military sf enthusiasts, particularly fans of author Harry Turtledove, will be enthralled.

The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter

Douglas’s latest is harrowing and hard to put down; this will be welcomed by true crime buffs and law enforcement professionals alike

Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria

Dagher’s chilling portrayal of Assad’s transformation from an apolitical doctor to ruthless dictator and skilled manipulator makes this book essential; highly recommended

A Mortuary of Books: The Rescue of Jewish Culture After the Holocaust

A serious work of Jewish studies scholarship that is nevertheless important and accessible for anyone interested in the history of the book or postwar Europe

Green Valley

Readers will appreciate the questions raised, but this is not for the squeamish. Green Valley is not a pretty place.

Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World

An inspiring read for budding activists

The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest To Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide

A solid choice for those who study urban race relations

Adaptations Make News, May 15, 2019 | Book Pulse

Awards and Honors, May 14, 2019 | Book Pulse

Top 20 Best-Selling Books About Medicine | Academic Best Sellers

Karen Armstrong, Elizabeth Berg, Byron L. Dorgan, Richard Louv, Darryl Pinckney, and the New Joy of Cooking: Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Chills, Historicals, Women’s Fiction, Fun: Last of the Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Today’s Top Stories: Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

From Vladimir Nabokov to Jenny Slate: Literature & Essay Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, May 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

Page to Screen, May 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

New Bestsellers, May 9, 2019 | Book Pulse


Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story

Those who savor tales of adventurous real-life women will enjoy Bagge’s tribute, whether they have dived into Little House or not.

Coda. Vol. 1

Bergara (Sons of Anarchy; Cannibal) presents visuals that give a dreamlike quality to the brutality of the worldbuilding by Eisner-nominated Spurrier (The Spire), adding layers of complexity to the words. Recommended for adult graphic novel collections owing to violent depictions.

Magical Realism for Non-Believers

A solid choice for large collections, especially where memoirs are popular.


Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas

This earnest memoir is somewhat overstuffed with discussions of religion and Hollywood; the greatest appreciation will likely come from readers interested in a heartfelt look at self-acceptance as well as the complexities of family or personal stories about mending divides between liberal and conservative

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

Expect high demand from podcast fans, but also recommend to readers of Jenny Lawson, Cheryl Strayed, and Issa Rae. Crossover potential for older teens

No Other Duke but You

With a plot loosely based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this latest installment of the “Playful Brides” (e.g., The Unexpected Duchess) will be enjoyed by many Regency romance readers and fans of the series, especially with the inclusion of characters from the previous novels. Others, however, may grow frustrated with a conflict that feels contrived and the drawn-out miscommunication between our lovers.

The Mister

James, well-known for her best-selling “Fifty Shades” series, brings readers a novel of suspense and sexual awakening. Although the storyline is fairly predictable, fans will not be disappointed with the slow-build crescendo of Maxim and Alessia’s erotically charged romance.


Bielman (Talk British to Me) will hook readers with this fun, flirty read and leave them hoping for a sequel. This charming tale is the perfect blend of springtime, baseball, and budding romance.

Love, Again

This delightful book from Dover (“Gloves Off” series) is about what happens when you return home with a barrelful of remorse and hopes. While some plot points veer into predictable territory, they never stop the warm feelings readers will have for these characters as the story unfolds.

Martha Stewart’s Grilling: 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small

A great choice for readers looking to add variety to their grilling routine, or for those who are interested in learning how to grill for the first time

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal

This gripping example of investigative reporting will find large audiences among those fascinated by the growing genre of cybercrime.


Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

This important, accessible introduction to the promise and limitations of AI as it has thus far developed clearly presents the “state of the field” garnered from extensive research. Readers interested in technology’s role in the transformation of medicine will find this an insightful read

Lost Anatomies: The Evolution of the Human Form

While technique and scientific knowledge are clearly demonstrated, it is Gurche’s artwork that brings an extraordinary vision and emotional resonance that will both inform and move readers.


Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary

A disjointed and often frustrating reading experience, with moments of real insight. For devoted Beethoven fans.


We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

Will engage both serious students of the LGBT movement and those who appreciate simply browsing the photos, which are by turns fierce, joyful, spirited, determined, and celebratory.


A Summer with Montaigne: On the Art of Living Well

Agreeably useful reading in any season; as Compagnon quotes from Montaigne’s concluding essay, “Aesop, that great man, saw his master piss as he walked: ‘What then,’ said he, ‘must we drop as we run?’ Let us manage our time; there yet remains a great deal idle and ill employed.” Recommended for Montaigne scholars and general readers alike.


The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson in the Afterlife

Many will find the author’s approach almost as enigmatic as its subject, though serious fans and those interested in deconstructing Michael Jackson’s life and death may appreciate it.


Little Glass Planet: Poems

Idiosyncratic and memorable, Gibson’s poetry will reward readers even through its moments of anguish: “If we belong to anything in the universe,/ it’s to our own music.”

Notes from the Field

Creative and highly thought-provoking, this work should be read not only by those who wish to perform the monologs but by anyone seeking to understand an increasingly frightening and pervasive social ill.


Soft Targets

Not easy or comforting reading, Landau’s latest works as both memory and warning. For serious readers of poetry.


Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees

This work reads as a fun and candid conversation with friends who have inside access to your favorite team. It will be enjoyed by devoted Yankees fans and general baseball enthusiasts alike.


Fleishman Is in Trouble

Readers of general contemporary fiction who don’t object to explicit language will enjoy.

Summer of ’69

Misunderstandings, secrets, and wrong choices are revealed in this completely satisfying novel that is the beach read of the summer, sure to appeal to Hilderbrand’s fans while earning her new readers. A must buy. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]


The Islanders

With complex characters and vivid landscape descriptions, this fun beach read from Moore (The Captain’s Daughter) has just enough drama to keep readers wondering how the story will unfold. For fans of women’s fiction such as the works of Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]


More News Tomorrow

In a well-told tale that is partly a murder mystery, veteran novelist Shreve (You Are the Love of My Life) knows how to build suspense. But mostly this is a family drama about long-hidden secrets and resilience in the face of one sorrow after another.

Awards Longlists and Shortlists, May 8, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Science of Music | Performing Arts, May 2019

Leonardo Lives! | Fine Arts, May 2019

Since Stonewall | Social Sciences, May 2019


Out of Control | Collection Development: The Opioid Crisis

U.S. History, June 2019 | Academic Best Sellers

Fifteen Key Poetry Collections from Presses Large and Small | Spring Poetry 2019

Galley Guides and New to Note, May 7, 2019 | Book Pulse

Historic Hotels | Social Sciences, May 2019

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, May 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

Register Today for LJ's BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide


André Aciman, John Le Carré, Mimi Lemay, Claire North, Kevin Wilson: Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Story Collections, a Parable, a Graphic Novel, & More: Literary Fiction Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Inspirational Lives, Growing Up with Baboons and Button-Downs, & a Military Dog Named Cairo | Memoir Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Life in Song and Celluloid | Performing Arts Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Page To Screen, May 3, 2019 | Book Pulse

A Conversation with Daniela Petrova, author of Her Daughter's Mother

Computer Science, May 2019 | Academic Best Sellers

New Bestsellers, May 2, 2019 | Book Pulse

A Conversation with Christopher Klein, author of When the Irish Invaded Canada

The Trouble with Secrets, plus RWA 2019 in New York | Romance, April 2019

Monthly Best Books, May 1, 2019 | Book Pulse

Living and Learning at the First Annual Antiracist Book Festival


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