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The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries

Penzler’s latest is remarkable in size and scope, but listeners may want to enjoy in print rather than audio.

Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir

A candid account of marriage and motherhood, and an excellent choice for book groups.

Goodbye, Eastern Europe: An Intimate History of a Divided Land

Combined with the author’s gripping style, his sources make this an informative, deeply engaging take on an ever-shifting region. With Eastern Europe’s traditional nations regrouping into Scandinavia, Central Europe, and Eastern Adriatic, this timely book will appeal to readers seeking a fresh take on European history.

Mud, Blood, and Ghosts: Populism, Eugenics, and Spiritualism in the American West

This is an important and moving analysis of the development of a formal Populism movement in the United States, also important for understanding lowercase-p populism in today’s politics.

Staging Emily Dickinson: The History and Enduring Influence of William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst

Bursting with anecdotes, personal stories, and careful research, this is an important contribution to American theater history. Readers who cannot imagine a life without stage performances will thoroughly enjoy this book.

Her Little Flowers

Overall, the novel provides a compelling supernatural mystery that will hold a reader’s attention right up to the last page. Recommend to fans of Kate Morton and Eve Chase.

American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal

A remarkable addition for all libraries.

Reach: Hard Lessons and Learned Truths from a Lifetime in Television

Readers looking for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of television production, as well as those searching for inspiration and motivation to pursue their own dreams, will enjoy this memoir. It’s a great addition to a collection looking to round out its entertainment section.

Ignyte Awards Finalists Announced | Book Pulse

‘Time Shelter’ by Georgi Gospodinov Wins International Booker Prize | Book Pulse

Coping with Aging, Anxiety, ADHD & Money Worries: Self-Help Previews, Dec. 2023, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

From Debuter Armstrong to Edgar Finalist Thompson: Mystery Previews, Dec. 2023, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Famed Biographer Kitty Kelley Gives $1 Million to Biographers International Organization | Book Pulse

Nazca Desert Mysteries, New York Radio History, and Dedicated Hobbyists | Real Reels

Top Indie and Foreign Picks Range from Trench Warfare to Corporate Greed | Fast Scans

10 Forthcoming DVDs Not To Miss | Coming Attractions

Read-Alikes for ‘Identity’ by Nora Roberts | LibraryReads

‘Identity’ by Nora Roberts Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

Cosmic Detective

An outstandingly inventive and thrilling cosmic noir.

More Than I Imagined: What a Black Man Discovered About the White Mother He Never Knew

Blake’s message of empathetic compassion and coming together as a community is a balm for a divided country that leans on sensationalism, hate, and scare tactics. An essential purchase for all libraries, especially those with DEI collections. It will likely appeal to readers who enjoyed How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.

The Second Fake Death of Eddie Campbell & The Fate of the Artist

Campbell merges memoir and hardboiled mystery to create a fascinating and revealing portrait of how world events impact an individual’s sense of self and creative drive.

Save What’s Left

Funny and relatable, this fast-paced debut novel is guaranteed to give pause to anyone thinking about moving to a beach town.

The Duchess Effect

Sexy and insightful, this title should be popular with fans of multicultural, interracial, and royal, and romance novels.

Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style

For fans of romantic comic novels and LGBTQIA+ literature.

The Rachel Experiment

A light romance about embracing one’s distinct quirks, this book spotlights one woman’s journey to self-acceptance as she opens up to strong female friendships and the possibility of love.

The Rebel King

This second installment in Maxwell’s “Deviant Kings” series, after The Dark King, reads well as a stand-alone novel, as the author gently weaves the backstory from the first book through this new narrative. The bond shared by Tiernan and Fiona, fueled by love and lustful BDSM, will leave fans of paranormal erotica melting and ready for more.

Trickster Tales of Southeastern Native Americans: Stories from the Creek, Natchez, Seminole, Catawba, Cherokee and Other Nations

This fine collection of Indigenous stories from Southeastern U.S. tribes adds a cultural depth to folklore collections, fitting for both scholarly anthropology as well as for use in classrooms.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

An engaging read that’s filled with meticulous descriptions about how and why the wreck and mutiny unfolded. Readers who have a strong interest in high crimes on the sea and military history will want to dive in.

Mythopoeic Awards Finalists Announced | Book Pulse


A Madman’s Will: John Randolph, Four Hundred Slaves, and the Mirage of Freedom

Exhaustively researched but written for a general audience, this book urges readers to consider the consequences of enslavement, racism, and the reality that manumission was less about people and more about money and power.

PEN America and Penguin Random House Sue a Florida School District over Book Bans | Book Pulse

Salman Rushdie Warns Free Speech Is Under Threat | Book Pulse

President-Adjacent | Historical Fiction About the First Ladies and Their Circles

The British Book Awards | Book Pulse

Read-Alikes for ‘The True Love Experiment’ by Christina Lauren | LibraryReads

Plant Power | New Plant-Based Cookbooks

New Romances Featuring the Grumpy/Sunshine Trope

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Big Biographies: Nov. 2023, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

From Cory Doctorow to Martha Wells: SF/Fantasy/Magic Realism, Nov. 2023, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Literature, Fine Arts & Performing Arts: Nov. 2023, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Final Nonfiction: Nov. 2023, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Final Fiction: Nov. 2023, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

‘The True Love Experiment’ by Christina Lauren Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

Arinze Ifeakandu Wins the Dylan Thomas Prize | Book Pulse


Cinderella’s Secret Fling

A solid purchase for libraries where the first “One Summer in Italy” book, Unbuttoning the Tuscan Tycoon, was popular.

Targeted in Silver Creek

Fans will be delighted with this first book in a new series as Fossen (Spurred to Justice) slowly unfolds Hanna and Jesse’s story while setting the series up for future books.

Conard County: Code Adam

Lee (Conard County: K-9 Detectives) continues this long-running series with well-developed characters and thought-provoking story lines.

Disappearance in Dread Hollow

Readers will want to scoop up this book (and Jacob) to take home with them.

The Evidence Next Door

Miller writes another deliciously tantalizing “Kansas City Crime Lab” novel (following Decoding the Truth) that will keep readers up long into the night. Technically the third book in the series, this title can be read and enjoyed on its own and is an excellent choice for fans of Nora Roberts, Colleen Hoover, and Nicholas Sparks.

Ozarks Witness Protection

Wells continues the “Arkansas Special Agents” series (following Ozarks Double Homicide) with well-developed characters and skillfully written plotlines in this suspenseful romance.

Pretend Honeymoon with the Best Man

Laney and Ian come from different worlds, and it’s fun to watch them come together, especially when it leads to awkward miscommunications and fun banter in this stand-alone from Bolter (The Heir’s Cinderella Bride).

Not That Duke

Readers need not have read previous books in the series to enjoy this light and humorous historical romance.

It’s Only Fake ’Til Midnight & Trapped with Temptation

Readers of Garbera’s first “Gilbert Curse” book, One Night Wager, likely won’t want to miss this one. The second of St. Aubin’s “The Renaud Brothers” books, after Blue Blood Meets Blue Collar, satisfyingly combines three favorite tropes: opposites-attract, snowed-in, and only-one-bed.

Hunting a Hometown Killer

Readers drawn to fast-paced adventure and slow-burn love stories will find themselves reaching for this book, the first in a new series.

Second Time’s the Charm & Her Secret Billionaire

Since both books are series continuations, regular readers will undoubtedly want to get their hands on them.

The Baby Swap That Bound Them

An absolutely heartwarming story from Sheik (Forbidden Kisses with Her Millionaire Boss) that will keep readers yearning for more of this sweet, beautiful family.

More Than Rivals… & Seven Years of Secrets

Readers will enjoy being able to devour a complete series from start to finish in one volume. Many beloved tropes add to this duo’s appeal.

Billionaire’s Second Chance in Paris

Readers will be eager to see how the last entry in the “Son of a Parisian Dynasty” series (after Falling for Her Secret Billionaire) plays out.

The Other Mistress

Williams has a winner on her hands. Recommended for fans of Alyssa Cole, Liv Constantine, and Megan Goldin.

The Puzzle Master

This page-turner incorporates motifs of religion, security, meaningfulness, and loss into a mystical narrative that traverses different centuries focused on the same puzzle quest. This is a literary Da Vinci Code–like title that readers of quest-based thrillers and mysteries alike will enjoy.

The Judas Blossom

Aryan’s latest (after The Warrior) is perfect for those who enjoy dynamic historical fiction with a touch of magic, like the work of Guy Gavriel Kay.

Smaller Cities in a Shrinking World: Learning To Thrive Without Growth

Of interest for libraries that cover city planning, landscape architecture, or urban design. This book would also be at home in libraries where readers are curious about economics, geography, political science, or the environment.

Silent Film’s Last Hurrah: The Remarkable Movies of the Long 1928

Great for libraries with lots of movie buffs, especially fans of silent films and classics, and for institutions with film studies programs.


The world as seen through the title character’s eyes is full of awe-inspiring wonder and fascination and is very relatable. The sincerity of Harold’s thoughts is often coupled with a cynical sense of humor that make for a droll and thought-provoking read that never ceases to prove enjoyable.


By the time Maud slowly starts to lay a groundwork for her new single life, readers who enjoy themes of women’s lives and relationships will be fully invested in her journey.

A Little Ray of Sunshine

Higgins tackles what it means to be part of a family and how family can look very different from person to person. Her signature humor sprinkled into a heavy topic makes this a must-read.

The Christian Book Awards Are Announced | Book Pulse

Anthony Awards Finalists | Book Pulse

Friends, Family, Lovers: Pop Fiction, Nov. 2023, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

From Mitch Albom to Ariel Lawhon to Danielle Steel: Historical Fiction, Nov. 2023, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Medieval Manuscripts, Founding Partisans & Money Kings: History Previews, Nov. 2023, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Defending, Growing, Learning: Memoir Previews, Nov. 2023, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Hernan Diaz & Barbara Kingsolver Win Pulitzer Prize for Fiction | Book Pulse

Read-Alikes for ‘The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece’ by Tom Hanks | LibraryReads

Display Shelf | Senior Sleuths

A Whale of a Story | Speculative Fiction and Nonfiction About Whales

Fractured Fairy Tales | Fantasy Novels That Recast Old Fables

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‘The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece’ by Tom Hanks Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

Coal Country Killing: A Culture, a Union, and the Murders That Changed It All

With research and trial transcripts, the authors masterfully narrate this true account that reads like a novel that cannot be put down. A must for all libraries.

Flesh and Blood

In this title recommended only for fans of the series, the past brutally crashes down on both officers.

The Nigerwife

British poet and playwright Walters, once a Nigerwife herself, paints a vivid picture of the financial and social constraints that European women face assimilating into Nigerian familial structure. Already optioned for HBO, this cultural critique couched in a mystery is a sure winner.

Into the Void: From Birth to Black Sabbath—and Beyond

Metalhead library users will enjoy this addition to rock star memoirs.

Speak Up: Breaking the Glass Ceiling at CBS News

This book ranks as a powerful reminder of the resilience it takes for women to rise professionally in spaces traditionally reserved for men.

Burnt: A Memoir of Fighting Fire

Suitable for career collections and all that support fire science, environmental programs, and women’s studies.

In the Blood: How Two Outsiders Solved a Centuries-Old Medical Mystery and Took on the US Army

This story about determined amateurs will likely be of interest to collections supporting entrepreneurship and personal development.

Wine Club: A Monthly Guide to Swirling, Sipping, and Pairing with Friends

No need to be intimated by wine tasting, Petrosky delivers a fun and easy introduction that will have friends clamoring to start a wine club in this updated edition of her 2005 book.

I’m Ascending, Now What? Awaken Your Authentic Self, Own Your Power, Embody Your Truth

Recommended for those interested in self-help, transformation, introspection, and spirituality.

Fatimah Asghar Wins Inaugural Carol Shields Prize for Fiction | Book Pulse

‘Yellowface’ by R.F. Kuang Tops June Indie Next List | Book Pulse

Literary Fiction: Nov. 2023, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Current Issues: Nov. 2023, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Thrillers: Oct. 2023, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Oprah Picks Abraham Verghese’s ‘The Covenant of Water’ for Book Club | Book Pulse

Best Books of May | Starred Reviews

The RSL Ondaatje Shortlist Announced | Book Pulse

Read-Alikes for ‘The 23rd Midnight’ by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro | LibraryReads

‘We Could Be So Good’ by Cat Sebastian | Romance Pick of the Month

‘Emergent Properties’ by Aimee Ogden | SFF Pick of the Month


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