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'Our Missing Hearts' by Celeste Ng Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

Nobody But Us

This dual-narrated psychological thriller is a must-have for public library collections.

Magic To Do: Pippin’s Fantastic, Fraught Journey to Broadway and Beyond

An intimate and insightful addition for die-hard fans of Pippin, musical theater, and pop culture history.

Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life

Fans of Hazzard will greatly appreciate this well-researched biography of her life through the places she lived.

Breakable Things

Khaw’s critical acclaim and popularity are skyrocketing, and this collection showcases exactly why. It allows readers a chance to swim around in their unique brand of intensely unsettling tales, submerging themselves in a larger pool of their beautiful but horrific waters. For fans of the dark speculative stories by Angela Slatter, Nadia Bulkin, and Samanta Schweblin.

Witcha Gonna Do?

Flynn’s fans will enjoy this detour into paranormal romance, but regular readers of the genre won’t be impressed.


The complex plot and interlinked characters won’t disappoint series fans.

The Echoes

A fitting finale to this historical fiction series inspired by the first woman sheriff in the state of Ohio.

The Sanctuary

A tepid mystery that will appeal primarily to aficionados of Scandinavian noir.

The Man I Never Met

Full of highly effective yearning, this heart-wrenching and bittersweet story of love out-of-reach will have special appeal to fans of angst-filled romance and could also draw in fans of relationship fiction focused on bigger issues of illness and self-actualization.


A strong entry in a series best read in order.

The Gentleman’s Book of Vices

Everlee creates an intriguing cast of found family for Charlie and truly thorny obstacles for the lovers to overcome. Fans of Cat Sebastian and Olivia Waite will enjoy this queer Victorian romance.

Tell Me I’m Worthless

This debut is a fantastic and disorienting take on the haunted house trope, but it is also a compelling and emotional story about trauma, fascism, and the hard truth of living an openly trans life in the 21st century.

The Favor

This haunting thriller is recommended for most collections.

The Kew Gardens Girls at War

Recommended for those who enjoy WWII stories and women’s fiction. Series fans will enjoy catching up with old friends, but it is not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy the sequel.

The Romance Recipe

A charming, stand-alone workplace romance with a foodie bent that will appeal to fans of Hot Copy; a must-have for library audiobook collections.

Women’s Work: From Feminine Arts to Feminist Art

This work will appeal to those interested in feminist, modern, and contemporary art, especially in the media noted above.

Murder at the Jubilee Rally

Suggest for fans of mysteries featuring small-town police forces, including novels by Claire Booth, Steven F. Havill, and Tricia Fields.

The Call of the Tribe

Neither book will replace the author’s landmark novels, but they enrich our appreciation for this great writer. Written in approachable style, they should appeal to all serious book lovers, not just academics.

Twice in a Lifetime

Baron’s novel has aspects of speculative fiction but is grounded in reality. A good fit for readers interested in exploring a character’s inner life, dusted with a light amount of sci-fi.

When I First Held You

This profound story of loss delivers an emotional gut-punch but also displays human resilience. Recommended for fans of Jodi Picoult.

Dark Matter Presents: Human Monsters

The theme of this anthology, coupled with the inclusion of some of horror’s hottest authors, will cast a wide net of interest. Library workers can also count on the table of contents for dozens of further reading suggestions, but it is the stunning cover that will be the MVP for library displays.

Believe for It: Passing On Faith to the Next Generation

This is a sunny Christian conversation primer.

Let Me Be Frank: A Book About Women Who Dressed Like Men To Do Shit They Weren’t Supposed To Do

An entertaining and well-narrated collection of historical sketches; suggest to those who enjoy feminist history or tales of women defying the odds.

The Beached Ones

This haunting audio deserves a wide audience. Share with fans of atmospheric literary fiction in the vein of Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library or Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life.

All Roads Lead to You

Ashenden’s second visit to Brightwater in her “Small Town Dreams” series (after Find Your Way Home) is filled with chemistry, steam, and a heart-warming sense of community while delicately tackling the heavy subjects of grief, loss, and learning to love again.

Ghost Town

A highly recommended story of past, identity, and family.

Novelist as a Vocation

Although this is a concrete and practical guide, as Murakami intended, it is also a fascinating personal and professional memoir.

The Dismembered

Fans of the gothic will love how Janz uses well-worn tropes in more modern ways, while at the same time readers of 21st-century horror will gain a new appreciation for the genre’s roots. Suggest far and wide to anyone looking for a fast-paced, fun, and scary read, but especially to those who enjoyed The Hacienda, by Isabel Cañas, or the “Stoker’s Wilde” series, by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi.

Seven Empty Houses

A sure bet for Schweblin fans and connoisseurs of off-kilter worlds, though some readers may feel distanced.

Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

For fans of creepy, cunning locked-room thrillers based on controversial social norms. Readers will revel in the search for genealogical justice amid best-kept secrets, while wondering who will live and who will die.

It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror

An excellent purchase for any film or queer studies collection.

Death in Heels

This character-driven mystery flips convention on its head when the straight amateur sleuth is an outsider to the drag community where her best friend is welcome.

The World Deserves My Children

Leggero fans will enjoy the book, and new parents will likely find her candor humorous.

Georgie, All Along

Told from alternating viewpoints, this tender and sexy contemporary romance from Clayborn (Love at First) also features strong friendships and will appeal to fans of Emily Henry.

A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal

Perfect for fans of slow-burn second-chance romances.

Blood Red

A fascinating study of a life coming undone, as much about the writing as the content; just not for the prim or action-oriented.

The Sweet Spot

Fans of K. Bromberg (The Player) and Heidi McLaughlin (Hawk) will enjoy.


This high demand sequel to one of the best and most terrifying books of 2019 will delight fans. Suggest both books to fans of epic, post-apocalyptic, socially conscious horror such as Joe Hill’s The Fireman, Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain Trilogy,” and Justin Cronin’s “The Passage Trilogy.”

Below Ambition

Hanselmann remains a singular talent with a distinctive, necessary voice.

Kiss Me, Catalina

A feel-good, slow-burn romance that explores new territory with the mariachi setting.

How To Know God Exists: Solid Reasons To Believe in God, Discover Truth, and Find Meaning in Your Life

The audience for this book may prove to be narrow, perhaps mostly appealing to like-minded evangelical Christians.

A Love by Design

Enjoyable characters and an avoidance of many of the most common tropes of historical romance enliven Everett’s novel; a must-read for those looking for STEM romances.

Not Russian

An incisive and suspenseful examination of potent issues; names and events may challenge, but the glossary helps.

My Mother’s Secret

This story of Russian-Jewish history, dysfunctional family relationships, and romance, from the author of The Nesting Dolls, is a good choice for book clubs.

A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder

This charmingly narrated audio will appeal to followers of the series and fans of Victorian cozies and light romantic mysteries. Previous knowledge of the series is helpful but not necessary.

The Night Travelers

Correa’s novel stands out in its attempt to trace the lingering individual and social consequences of wartime trauma in postwar Germany and revolutionary Cuba. It can be hard to keep track of all the characters and their intersecting lives, but this moving, if relentlessly bleak history of one family should appeal to fans of multigenerational stories set against the backdrop of global events.

The Prisoner

Paris (Behind Closed Doors) reduces a woman to a state of near incapacitation and then enables her to face a terrible situation with resolve. For fans of Joy Fielding.

The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights

With themes of betrayal and love, followed ultimately by hope and new beginnings, Zeldis has written the type of historical fiction that book groups love, about strong women overcoming horrible situations.

All Things Aside: Absolutely Correct Opinions

Shlesinger makes interesting points about the current social climate in the U.S., but her style of jumping from subject to subject may not be for everyone. Regardless, the comedian’s fans will likely seek this book out.

Black Paradox

Ito (The Liminal Zone) combines macabre horror and absurd humor in his most successfully disturbing long-form work in recent years.

City Under One Roof

The claustrophobic atmosphere in this unique one-building town, isolated by tunnels, weather, and secrets, builds a memorable debut crime novel.

The Color Line

Fluid and refreshing, if occasionally slowed by detail, this work tells an important story.

The Next Best Day

This charming and emotional stand-alone story from Sala (The Best of Me) is recommended for readers who appreciate contemporary romances with small-town Southern settings.

It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Future of HBO

Media-focused readers may enjoy the executives’, actors’, directors’, and producers’ personal accounts and the abbreviated storylines that review salient aspects of popular culture and iconic shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, The Larry Sanders Show, and Succession.

The Circus Train

For readers who love a good circus, this debut keeps a long story on track, with a few hairpin turns to make it interesting.

22 Seconds

This expertly narrated audio is a fast and entertaining listen. A solid installment in this ever-popular series.

They Were Here Before Us

LaRocca is selling his small press titles in larger press numbers, and this might be his best and most accessible work yet. It is a superior example of extreme horror, in the vein of the thought-provoking depravity of Agustina Bazterrica’s Tender Is the Flesh and Kathe Koja’s The Cipher.

Inciting Joy: Essays

Gay is a treasure, and his latest offering will delight his fans as well as those new to his work.

Wild: The Life of Peter Beard: Photographer, Adventurer, Lover

Beard’s lifetime of excess and negligence toward the maintenance of his body of work complicates his artistic legacy, which is made clear in this biography. Still, many readers will be intrigued.

The Chimpanzee Whisperer: A Life of Love and Loss, Compassion and Conservation

This inspirational and astonishing story is sure to appeal to animal lovers and conservationists alike. An excellent addition to any public library collection.

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

This is not just for dedicated Star Trek fans. Shatner is an inspiring figure with valuable life lessons to share.

Chasing Your Tail

This delightful, romantic comedy is a quick, fun read. Give to fans of the “Bromance Book Club” series, and be prepared to fill requests for the rest of McMurray’s “Whitman Street Cat Café” books (including What the Cat Dragged In).

The Cross in Context: Reconsidering Biblical Metaphors for Atonement

Those interested in biblical and systematic theology, specifically the concept of atonement, will find this book instructive and insightful.

Corpses, Calypso, and Cooking

The first “Caribbean Kitchen Mystery,” Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking, won the 2022 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, but Reyes’s sequel is somewhat convoluted and ends abruptly. Add this title, with its varied cast and a great deal of Spanish dialogue, where the first was popular.

Don Rickles: Merchant of Venom

A fun biography that should appeal to Don Rickles fans and those interested in the history of stand-up comedy.

The Hidden Palace

This second installment in the “Daughters of War” trilogy encompasses the rich sense of place and strong female characters that fans have come to expect from Jefferies. On its own, the novel paints a vibrant picture of family, survival, and courage in war-torn Europe.

Nights of Plague

Big reading with contemporary import; highly recommended.

Emily Post’s Etiquette; The Centennial Edition

This 20th edition of the famous guide celebrates Emily Post’s life and contributions to American etiquette. Most likely to interest those active in American high-society gatherings and organizations, etiquette classes, and classes on how to be more gracious

The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

This richly-plotted romance from Robinson (Must Love Books) is full of charming characters and will appeal to fans of Jenny Colgan, Abbi Waxman, and Katarina Bivald.

Where Black Stars Rise

This is an impressive graphic novel from Shammas (Squire) and Enger (Regression) that features life in the diaspora, an inclusive retelling, and a strong, cosmic horror tale. A great option for fans of T. Kingfisher’s modern updates of horror classics and the recent anthology Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign.

Sex and the City: A Cultural History

An interesting, well-researched summation of a piece of television history that is honest in its criticisms.

The Mad Girls of New York

Share this highly recommended audio with fans of New York’s Gilded Age, or with anyone who appreciates a daring story of women doing it for themselves.

Engineering in Plain Sight

An outstanding resource on a wide range of civil engineering subjects for all readers. Wonderful for browsing, reading, or researching.

The Kabbalistic Tree

Extensive research with primary-source materials makes this a monumental achievement that will be valuable to scholars and general readers interested in Judaism, religion, and art history.

David Bowie Rainbowman: 1967–1980

Will impress music fans in any library and also appeal to those doing academic studies of Bowie and his era.

The Plot and the Pendulum

With a cold case, a sinister mansion, a book collection, a skeleton, and Edgar Allan Poe, this is a treat for fans of McKinlay’s “Library Lover’s” series, Halloween-themed mysteries, and well-written cozies.

Love Everlasting, Vol. 1

King (Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow) and Charretier’s (Department of Truth, Vol. 3) gripping mystery subverts the romance-comic genre but still delivers genuine romantic melodrama. An uncommonly compelling first volume.

Organisms from an Ancient Cosmos

Working in black and white, Zahler (Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr. Divinus) creates a peculiar but engrossing blend of hard sci-fi and prison drama that transforms into a tense, high-stakes space opera tinged with a dose of cosmic horror in the last act.


A Gatsby for the 21st century, this book offers a satiric look at corporate-think, the desire for easy fixes, and the dissolution of the American Dream. Written with a dry, tongue-in-cheek wit, the novel also explores how the desire for love and connection can cause a kind of obliviousness. Perfect for fans of social satire and literary fiction.

How To Win a Wallflower

In her third “Rebels with a Cause” Regency romance (following How To Deceive a Duke), Parish wields a deft hand with dialogue, characterization, and plotting. Readers will quickly fall into the love story of this extrovert/introvert pair and become emotionally caught up in their personal struggles. The novel assumes familiarity with the series, so start readers with the first installment, How To Survive a Scandal.

The Rom-Com Agenda

Denker’s (Lucky for You) sweet and slow-burn love story, showcasing in-depth knowledge of romantic comedies and featuring a supporting cast worthy of their own novels, will be a perfect addition to every library.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

Mandanna’s enchanting fantasy will have wide appeal and is a must-buy for all public library collections.

The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music

An entertaining and informative survey of some milestones of popular music. This book should delight anyone who has felt the magic only pop music can provide.

In Love’s Time

Breslin (As Dawn Breaks) weaves a tale of intrigue, secrets, romance, and redemption in wartime England that will satisfy demand for light-hearted historical reads. Fans of Tracie Peterson, Deanne Gist, and Mary Connealy will enjoy this.

The Medici Murders

History buffs may appreciate this intricate character study more than most casual mystery readers.


A delightfully disquieting and thoroughly enjoyable nightmare.

Cain’s Act: The Origins of Hate

Though brief, this book is a rich interpretation with a depth of ethical implications, expressed clearly in Will Schutt’s translation.

Smile and Look Pretty

This sometimes infuriating, sometimes ridiculously funny workplace dramedy will be an instant hit; recommend to fans of The Devil Wears Prada and 9 to 5.

Lunar Love

Debut author Kung Jessen does an impeccable job helping two adversarial lovers find common ground in their Chinese American heritage and creating a slow-burn romance with lots of humor, family, and food. An excellent match for fans of Jackie Lau, Jayci Lee, and Helena Hunting.

Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century

This book will fly off the shelves. It’s that good and the subject that absorbing.

Roots of Film Noir: Precursors from the Silent Era to the 1940s

Between his introductory essay and his reviews, Grant provides an extremely helpful commentary on a major film genre. Film buffs will adore this book.

Well Traveled

Amid the unique setting and a stock of colorful side characters, both old and new, DeLuca’s latest gives fans more of what they love about her popular series, which has particularly well-developed protagonists.

Pride & Puppies

It’s a very slow burn, but this ticks a lot of small-town romance boxes that readers love: puppies, local festivals, nice boys-next-door, and plenty of friends and family.

In It To Win It

With plenty of physical humor, hijinks, and heart, this is a fun, steamy second-chance romance that builds on the world Cooper began with Business Not As Usual. Recommended for readers who also enjoyed Farrah Rochon’s The Boyfriend Project.

Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs

An informative, if impressionistic, reflection on one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, by one of his biggest advocates.

All the Lost Places

Using a lyrical style heavy with metaphor, Dykes connects a myriad of details to form an epic tale of beauty and redemption with echoes of all the great love stories. With a bit of a National Treasure vibe and a unique setting, this will appeal to historical fiction fans who appreciate art, archaeology, and history.

Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man

Edwards’s strength is in the creation of the setting and atmosphere of New York in 1950. For fans of hardboiled PIs with hearts of gold.

The Book of Everlasting Things

A long and luxurious tale of love, loss, memory, and place, told against a backdrop of tumultuous historical events.

High Spirits

The charming sequel to Be My Ghost will delight readers of paranormal cozy mysteries who enjoy quirky characters and a Christmas setting.

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