Prepub Alert December 2022: The Complete List

All the December 2022 Prepub Alerts in one place, plus a downloadable spreadsheet of all titles from every post.


The December 2022 Prepub Alert posts are also available as a downloadable spreadsheet of titles.  



Fowler, Christopher. Bryant & May: Peculiar London. Bantam. (Peculiar Crimes Unit). Dec. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593356241. $28.99. MYSTERY

Head of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit and their country’s oldest working detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May return in a mystery cum history/travel guide that escorts readers around London with the help of various Peculiar characters. From CWA Dagger in the Library winner Fowler, whose series boasts over a half million copies in print.

Higashino, Keigo. A Death in Tokyo: A Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Kyoichiro Kaga, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 352p. tr. from Japanese by Giles Murray. ISBN 9781250767509. $27.99. MYSTERY/INTERNATIONAL

The body of a murdered man is deposited on Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Bridge beneath the statue of a kirin—a benevolent winged creature originating in Chinese mythology and seen throughout East and Southeast Asia—even as a young man dashing from the police is discovered with the victim’s wallet. But they’ve never met. Edgar/CWA finalist Higashino (Silent Parade) gives Det. Kyoichiro Kaga another case. With a 35,000-copy first printing.

Jones, Darynda. A Hard Day for a Hangover. St. Martin’s. (Sunshine Vicram, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250233141. $28.99. CD. MYSTERY

In this wrap-up to the trilogy, small-town New Mexico chief of police Sunshine Vicram must investigate the disappearance of several woman even as she deals with personal drama: her devil-may-care daughter wants to be an investigator, too, and the guy she loves belongs to an evil family that would like to eliminate him and Sunshine. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Lovesey, Peter. Showstopper. Soho Crime. (Detective Peter Diamond Mystery, Bk. 21). Dec. 2022. NAp. ISBN 9781641294706. $27.95. MYSTERY

An absconding star, repeated injuries, and now two missing personnel: no wonder the hit British TV show Swift is considered cursed. Even as he hunts for the missing men, Peter Diamond, Chief Superintendent of the Avon and Somerset Murder Squad, learns that the show’s producer has also vanished. From that rare author to have been graced with both MWA Grand Master status and a CWA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shelton, Paige. Winter’s End: A Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Alaska Wild, Bk. 4). Dec. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781250846594. $26.99. MYSTERY

Spring has arrived in remote Benedict, AK, as have two strangers. So Orin tells friend (and series star) Beth Rivers as they check on a far-flung neighbor to see how he has fared during the winter. Not well, as it transpires, and Orin must quickly return to town for help. Then he vanishes, and Beth and police chief Gril learn that he’s been involved in some top-secret research. Next in Shelton’s LJ-starred “Alaska Wild” series.

Spotswood, Stephen. Secrets Typed in Blood. Doubleday. (Pentecost and Parker Mystery, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780385549264. $27. Downloadable. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL

Someone is imitating Holly Quick’s pulp-magazine tales of revenge to the letter, strewing 1947 New York’s streets with dead bodies, and Holly quickly turns to Willowjean “Will” Parker and her boss, legendary detective Lillian Pentecost, for help. They’ve got to investigate the murders and find the culprit without alerting the police. Next in the Nero Award–winning “Pentecost and Parker Mystery” series.

Literary Fiction

Brooks-Dalton, Lily. The Light Pirate. Grand Central. Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781538708279. $28. Downloadable. LITERARY

As another hurricane begins drenching Florida, electrical line worker Kirby Lowe heads into the storm to find his two missing sons while his wife gives birth at home, with their daughter named after the storm. Brooks-Dalton then unfolds a story in four sections—power, water, light, and time—that covers escalating ecological crisis over a generation. Following the author’s multi-best-booked Good Morning, Midnight, basis of the Netflix Original; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Everett, Percival. Dr. No. Graywolf. Nov. 2022. 232p. ISBN 9781644452080. pap. $16. LITERARY

Brainy mathematics professor Wala Kitu is an expert on nothing, the meaning of his first and last names in Tagalog and Swahili, respectively. Hence his being drafted by criminal mastermind John Sill to break into Fort Knox and steal a shoebox holding nothing that Sill plans to use to reduce parts of the United States to…nothing. Speaking for Black Americans, Sill explains, “This country has never given anything to us and it never will….I think it’s time we gave nothing back.” Just the sort of pointedly original work one would expect from Pulitzer finalist Everett, winner of the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award; with a 35,000-copy first printing.

Lipsyte, Sam. No One Left To Come Looking for You. S. & S. Dec. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781501146121. $26.99. CD. LITERARY

In 1993 Manhattan, New Jersey musician Jack makes his way through the drug-heavy, dive bar–littered East Village in search of a band member who has absconded with Jack’s precious bass just day before their breakout gig, presumably planning to sell the instrument for a quick fix. Billed as literary, described as suspense, and aiming at readers of both; from the author of Home Land, a New York Times Notable Book.

Manenzhe, Resoketswe Martha. Scatterlings. HarperVia. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780063264113. $26.99. CD. LITERARY

In 1927, when South Africa passed the Immorality Act prohibiting sexual intercourse between “Europeans” (white people) and “natives” (Black people), a white man named Abram and Black, Jamaican-born Alisa, whose ancestors had been enslaved, suddenly find their marriage criminalized. Since its publication in South Africa in late 2020, this wrenching work has become the most awarded debut in the country’s history. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Morimi, Tomihiko. The Tatami Galaxy. HarperVia. Dec. 2022. 352p. tr. from Japanese by Emily Balistrieri. ISBN 9780063158443. $26.99. CD. LITERARY

Having challenged the bossy, glossy president of the film club, an unnamed junior at Kyoto University and his icky, misanthropic sort-of friend find themselves shunned by pretty much everyone on campus and vengefully plan a wrong-headed disruption of a forthcoming club event. Then a self-proclaimed god pops up with a way to turn his life around, and time rewinds. From multi-award-winning Japanese Morimi; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Rehman, Bushra. Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion. Flatiron: Macmillan. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250834782. $27.99. LITERARY

After her best friend walks away, 1980s Queens, NY–based Razia Mirza launches a classic preteen rebellion—cutting school, listening to off-limits music—with a new girl in her Pakistani American community. Then she gets into elite Stuyvesant High School, is attracted to Angela, and recognizes the difference between what her parents want for her and what she wants for herself. A story of friendship and queer love in the Muslim American community from debuter Rehman; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Smiley, Jane. A Dangerous Business. Knopf. Dec. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9780525520337. $28. lrg. prnt. LITERARY

The Pulitzer Prize–winning Smiley goes for history and mystery in an 1850s Monterey, CA–set tale featuring Eliza Ripple, who’s been working as a prostitute since her husband’s death in a bar fight. When young women are found murdered in and around town, Eliza decides to emulate Edgar Allan Poe’s detective Dupin and pulls friend Jean into a hunt for the killer. As their madam says, “Being a woman is a dangerous business.”

Strong, Lynn Steger. Flight. Mariner: HarperCollins. Dec. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780063135147. $27.99. lrg. prnt. CD. LITERARY

It’s not a jolly Christmas for siblings Henry, Kate, and Martin, gathered at Henry’s house after their mother’s death. Bitterly held resentments swarm to the surface as they consider what to do with their mother’s house, their sole inheritance, but a local mother’s financial need refocuses their attention. Following the multi-best-booked Want; with a 100,000-copy first printing.


Cameron, Marc. Tom Clancy Untitled. Putnam. Dec. (Jack Ryan, Bk. 22). 2022. 512p. ISBN 9780593422755. $29.95. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

As president of the United States, Jack Ryan is one powerful man. But even he cannot outrun his past in this latest Tom Clancy continuation from the author of the New York Times best-selling “Jericho Quinn” novels.

Cook, Robin. Night Shift. Putnam. Dec. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780593540183. $29. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER/MEDICAL

When a good friend and colleague is found dead in the hospital parking lot, newly appointed medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery asks doctor husband Jack Stapleton to investigate. He has to break a few rules, but he uncovers some ugly truths about the hospital where he works.

Cosby, S.A. My Darkest Prayer. Flatiron: Macmillan. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250867636. pap. $16.99. THRILLER/CRIME

Having blasted into the thriller stratosphere with Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, Cosby earns a reissue of his debut novel. Here, former marine and deputy sheriff Nathan Waymaker, now working at his cousin’s funeral home, is tasked with uncovering the truth about a local preacher’s untimely death. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Friedman, Elyse. The Opportunist. Mira: Harlequin. Dec. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780778386957. pap. $16.99. CD. SUSPENSE

Struggling single-mom Alana Shropshire assiduously avoids her family until her grasping brothers offer to pay her to prevent a 29-year-old from marrying their wealthy septuagenarian father. That should take just one little trick, but things spin rapidly out of control. From award-winning Canadian author Friedman; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Kane, Darby. The Last Invitation. Morrow. Dec. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780063271845. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780063225565. $17.66. CD.THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

What has Jessa gotten into when she grabs that invitation to join the Sophie Foundation? Once a month, its members meet over a civilized spread of wine and cheese, consider the outré behavior of a few men, and decide which one will die. Following the film-optioned Pretty Little Wife and The Replacement; with a 100,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Lindsay, Jeff. Three-Edged Sword. Dutton. (Riley Wolfe, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780593186220. $27. Downloadable. THRILLER

Wily if lovable Riley Wolfe returns for a third adventure, eager to emulate Robin Hood by stealing from the 0.1 percent. And this theft is his biggest yet despite rumblings from a growing list of enemies. From the author who gave us the durable Dexter.

Morrissey, Hannah. The Widowmaker. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250795977. $27.99. CD. THRILLER

Back home in crime-ridden, grime-ridden Black Harbor, WI, struggling photographer Morgan Mori is snapping shots at the glittery-rich Reynolds family’s holiday party when she witnesses a murder that could hold clues to the long-ago disappearance of family patriarch Clive Reynolds. And more clues could come from her own shadowy past. Following the LJ -starred Hello, Transcriber.

Morrison, Ewan. How To Survive Everything. Harper Perennial. Nov. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063247321. $17. SUSPENSE

From Morrison, a Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year honoree, this multi-award-nominated thriller features two children kidnapped by their divorced father, who’s determined to hide them away from what he believes will be the next ferocious wave of pandemic.

Woods, Stuart. Untitled. Putnam. (Stone Barrington, Bk. 64). Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593540060. $28. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Another Stone Barrington adventure—and this one right on the heels of Distant Thunder, appearing in October. Woods and his readers never rest.

General Fiction

Cornwell, Bernard. Sharpe’s Command. Dec. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780063219298. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CD. HISTORICAL

Gallen, Michelle. Factory Girls. Nov. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781643752457. pap. $17.99. POLITICAL

Jemisin, N.K. The World We Make. Orbit: Hachette. Nov. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780316509893. $30. Downloadable. FANTASY

Kapelke-Dale, Rachel. The Ingenue. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250834560. $27.99. CONTEMPORY

Malhotra, Aanchal. The Book of Everlasting Things. Flatiron: Macmillan. Dec. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9781250802026. $29.99. HISTORICAL

Quick, Matthew. We Are the Light. Avid Reader: S. & S. Nov. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781668005422. $27.99. CONTEMPORARY

Roanhorse, Rebecca. Tread of Angels. Gallery/Saga. 208p. ISBN 9781982166182. $22.99. FANTASY

Ross, Rebecca. A Fire Endless. Harper Voyager. Dec. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063056039. $27.99. CD. FANTASY

Swanson, Tegan Nia. Things We Found When the Water Went Down. Catapult. Dec. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781646221691. pap. $22.95. CONTEMPORARY/SMALL TOWN

Wurth, Erika T. White Horse. Flatiron: Macmillan. Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250847652. $27.99. CD. HORROR

Zeldis, Kitty. The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights. Harper. Dec. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780063026346. $27.99. CD. HISTORICAL

Richard Sharpe returns to the mayhem of the early 19th-century Peninsular War in Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Command (75,000-copy first printing). Following the LJ-starred Big Girl, Small Town, Gallen’s Factory Girls features a young woman in Northern Ireland working a grinding summer job made harder by a sleazy boss. In The World We Make, three-time Hugo Award–winning Jemisin returns to New York City, whose six protective avatars must work with the world’s other great cities to waylay a populist mayoral candidate threatening the city’s very soul (225,000-copy first printing). Following Kapelke-Dale’s well-received debut, The Ballerinas, The Ingenue features a former piano prodigy Saskia Kreis, shocked to learn that her recently deceased mother left the family estate to a man with whom Saskia shares a painful past (200,000-copy first printing). In The Book of Everlasting Things, a debut from Delhi-based oral historian Malhotra, two lovers—perfumer’s apprentice Samir, who is Hindu, and calligrapher’s apprentice Firdaus, who is Muslim—are violently torn apart during India’s Partition in 1947. From Silver Linings Playbook author Quick, We Are the Light limns the relationship between a sorrowing widower and an ostracized teenager. The multi-award-winning Rebecca Roanhorse returns with Tread of Angels, set in a late 1800s Colorado mining town where cardsharp Celeste defends a sister accused of murdering a Virtue, one of the town’s ruling class. Having successfully entered the adult arena with A River Enchanted, YA author Ross wraps up her duology with A Fire Endless, set on a magical island whose uneasy balance of human and faerie is threatened by the power-hungry spirit of the North Wind (50,000-copy first printing). In debuter Swanson’s Things We Found When the Water Went Down, a 16-year-old struggles to find her mother, a crusading environmentalist blamed for a miner’s death who vanished in a blizzard. Of Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee heritage, Wurth debuts with White Horse, featuring young, Indigenous Kari James, who inadvertently summons both her mother’s ghost and a dangerous, blood-eyed creature when she discovers an old bracelet belonging to her mother (100,000-copy first printing). The pseudonymous Zeldis (Not Our Kind) brings together Beatrice, The Dressmaker of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; her assistant, orphaned teenager Alice; and their newlywed neighbor Catherine, amid shifting relationships and secrets bubbling up from the past (50,000-copy first printing).



Countess of Carnarvon. The Earl and the Pharaoh: From the Real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun. Harper. Dec. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780063264229. $28.99. BIOGRAPHY

You may not know Lady Fiona Carnarvon, but you know her country home, Highclere Castle, where the sensationally popular Downton Abbey is filmed. Here she draws on Highclere’s archives to chronicle the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, financed by her forebear George Herbert, an antiquities collector and the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Just in time for the centennial; with a 30,000-copy first printing.

Gristwood, Sarah. The Tudors in Love: Passion and Politics in the Age of England’s Most Famous Dynasty. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781250271426. $29.99. HISTORY

Gristwood, who writes frequently on 15th- and 16th-century Europe (Game of Queens), takes a new look at the much-visited Tudor dynasty to show how it was influenced by the rules of courtly love, too often brushed aside as existing merely in the imagination of troubadours and poets. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Levy, Buddy. Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781250274441. $29.99. CD. HISTORY

Organized by Canadian anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson, the Canadian Arctic Expedition was launched in summer 1913 with experienced ice navigator Bob Bartlett captaining the brigantine Karluk. The ship quickly became trapped in ice, Stefansson left with a small team to hunt caribou, and Bartlett and the remaining crew struggled to survive as the Karluk was eventually crushed and sank. Levy (Labyrinth of Ice) tells a story of heroics and tragedy; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Rose, Alexander. The Lion and the Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot To Build a Confederate Navy. Mariner: Houghton. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780358393252. $28.99. CD. HISTORY

Author of the New York Times best-selling Washington’s Spies and more recently Empires of the Sky, Rose tells the story of two secret agents sent to neutral England during the Civil War. The Confederacy’s James Bulloch aimed to acquire a swift fleet to challenge the Union, the North’s Thomas Dudley aimed to stop him, and the battleground was Liverpool’s teeming dockyards, with the outcome of the war hanging in the balance. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Weir, Alison. Queens of the Age of Chivalry. Ballantine. (England's Medieval Queens, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9781101966723. $30. HISTORY

In this third in a four-volume series on England’s medieval queens, New York Times best-selling historian and historical novelist Weir escorts readers on a visit to the Plantagenet queens who ruled England between 1299 and 1399: Marguerite of France; Isabella of France (aka “the She Wolf”); the popular Philippa of Hainault; Anne of Bohemia, the doomed first wife of Richard II; and Isabella of Valois, Richard’s second wife.

Arts & Literature

Brower, Kate Andersen. Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon. Harper. Dec. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780063067653. $32.50. lrg. prnt. CD. BIOGRAPHY/FILM

Author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling The Residence, Brower interviewed more than 250 of Elizabeth Taylor's closest friends and family for this authorized biography and had access to the family and estate’s archives. Some secret spilling here, including the contents of a sealed letter marked “ET PERSONAL—DO NOT OPEN”; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Le Carré, John. A Private Spy: The Letters of John le Carré. Viking. Dec. 2022. 352p. ed. by David Cornwell & Tim Cornwell. ISBN 9780593490679. $30. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. LITERATURE/LETTERS

During his life, Le Carré corresponded with various spies, politicians, artists, actors, and public figures, not to mention other writers, and the evidence is displayed in this volume, edited by one of his sons. The author expressly asked his children to find ways to extend his literary legacy, and here’s one good way.

Levy, Aidan. Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins. Hachette. Dec. 2022. 752p. ISBN 9780306902796. $35. BIOGRAPHY/MUSIC

When it comes to writing a biography of jazz great Sonny Rollins, truly a “saxophone colossus,” Levy looks like a good man for the job. A former fellow at CUNY’s Leon Levy Center for Biography, he works with the Center for Jazz Studies and played baritone sax in the Stan Rubin Orchestra for ten years. Based on 200 interviews with friends, family, collaborators, and Rollins himself, plus his personal archive; with a 20,000-copy first printing.

Myers, Marc. Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of 55 Hits That Changed Rock, R&B, and Soul. Grove. Dec. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780802160201. $27. MUSIC

A three-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s award for Jazz Blog of the Year, Wall Street Journal columnist Myers returns with 55 more oral histories after the success of 2016’s Anatomy of a Song. Coverage ranges from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” to Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By,” with accounts from Joan Jett, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Alice Cooper, and more. All post-1964.

Pinsky, Robert. Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet. Norton. Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780393882049. $26.95. LITERATURE

Former U.S. poet laureate Pinksy reflects on key social and cultural issues as he moves from a Jewish boy’s Jersey Shore childhood and close family ties to his days as a mouthy, dissenting student to his wide-ranging work as a teacher and writer, all told in a rich, pick-up-sticks stacking of ideas that’s as genial, generous, and wildly playful as his poems.

Strachey. Nino. Young Bloomsbury: The Generation That Redefined Love, Freedom, and Self-Expression in 1920s England. Atria. Dec. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781982164768. $29. CD. LITERATURE/HISTORY

In a twist on the ever-popular Bloomsbury story, Strachey highlights not Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, et al., but the following generation, among them novelist/critic Eddy Sackville-West and photographer/designer Cecil Beaton, who revitalized their forebears. Clearly, this is an all-in-the-family affair for the author, the last Strachey to grow up at the family’s Sutton Court in Somerset; she has also worked as head of Research for the National Trust.


Brookshire, Bethany. Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains. Ecco. Dec. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780063097254. $28.99. CD. NATURE

From bats in the belfry to rats in the garden to rabbits, deer, pigeons, coyotes, and more, there are many animals that humans have come to regard as pests. As award-winning science journalist Brookshire argues, this has nothing to do with the animals themselves and everything to do with the line we draw between what we see as ours and the wild other. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Cox, Brian & Jeff Forshaw. Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe. Mariner: HarperCollins. Dec. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780062936691. $29.99. CD. ASTRONOMY

Known for his BBC Wonders series, BBC podcast “The Infinite Monkey Cage,” and numerous Sunday Times best sellers, University of Manchester professor Cox joins with colleague Forshaw to explain those enticing black holes in outer space. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Greger, Michael, M.D. How Not To Age: The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older. Flatiron: Macmillan. Dec. 2022. 576p. ISBN 9781250796332. $34.99. CD. NUTRITION

Founder of and author of the New York Times best-selling “How Not To Die” series, Greger argues that all the negatives of growing older can be countered by proper eating, e.g., quercetin-rich foods like onions, apples, and kale can wipe out the senescent (aka zombie) cells linked to infection and many age-related diseases. Lots of strategies here; with a 500,000-copy first printing.

Imbler, Sabrina. How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures. Little, Brown. Dec. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780316540537. $27. Downloadable. SCIENCE

Revealing the glories of marine life through 10 distinctive creatures, like the mother octopus who starves herself while tending her eggs, science writer Imbler then reveals their own experiences as a queer, biracial author to connect these often endangered sea creatures to marginalized human communities.

Mainwaring, Richard. What the Ear Hears (and Doesn’t): Inside the Extraordinary Everyday World of Frequency. Sourcebooks Landmark. Dec. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781728259369. pap. $16.99. SCIENCE/ACOUSTICS

Musician/composer Mainwaring discusses the science of frequency, which involves a whole lot more than your favorite song. From buildings that shake when, say, a dance class tunes into its natural frequency, to the use of frequency in medicine and a source of religion’s inspiration, to the famous “world’s loneliest whale” with its unique call, frequency is of vital importance in everything.

General Nonfiction

Cecchi-Azzolina, Michael. Your Table Is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D’. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250281982. $29.99. CD. MEMOIR

Dionne, Evette. Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul. Ecco. Dec. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780063076365. $26.99. CD. MEMOIR

Dunlap, Tori. Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t To Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love. Dey Street: Morrow. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780063260269. $22. CD. FINANCE

Glenconner, Anne. Whatever Next: Lessons from an Unexpected Life. Hachette. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780306828706. $29. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Goleman, Daniel & Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Why We Meditate: The Science and Practice of Clarity and Compassion. Atria. Dec. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781982178451. $27.99. SELF-HELP

Grose, Jessica. Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood. Mariner: HarperCollins. Dec. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780063078352. $28.99. CD. PARENTING

Perelman, Deb. Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files; a Cookbook. Nov. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593318782. $35. COOKING

Quilter, Jenni. Hatching: Experiments in Motherhood and Technology. Riverhead. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780735213203. $28. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Sorvino, Chloe. Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat. Atria. Dec. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781982172046. $28.99. FOOD INDUSTRY

From the 1970s to 2020, when Cecchi-Azzolina proclaimed Your Table Is Ready, he meant it; he was maître d’ for sparkly New York restaurants like River Café, Minetta Tavern, and Le Coucou (50,000-copy first printing). Critic, journalist, and author of the National Book Award finalist Lifting as We Climb, Dionne uses personal experience—from harassment to health issues—to plumb issues of size, race, and gender in Weightless (100,000-copy first printing). A vending-machine entrepreneur by age nine now famed for TikTok’s Her First $100K, Dunlap was surprised to learn in college how many female friends lacked money-management skills and now seeks to bring out the Financial Feminist in every woman (100,000-copy first printing). Following nine sometimes glamorous, sometimes painful decades and publication of the New York Times best-selling memoir Lady in Waiting, Glenconner asks Whatever Next, then delivers lessons learned while living in proximity to the Crown (50,000-copy first printing). In Why We Meditate, internationally best-selling author Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Rinpoche join forces to explain why and how meditation can help practitioners push back destructive emotions. In Screaming on the Inside, New York Times opinion writer Grose examines 200 years of unrealistic, even morally questionable parenting expectations to reveal the damage done to generations of mothers in particular (100,000-copy first printing). In Smitten Kitchen Keepers, her much anticipated third book, star food blogger Perelman tests and retests classics to offer failproof recipes for cheddar broccoli quiche, lemon poppy seed cake, and more. Quilter’s Hatching draws on both reportage and personal experience to explore the impact of assisted reproductive technology today. From Forbes staffer Sorvino, Raw Deal details the current crisis facing the U.S. meat industry, flailing after consolidation, price fixing, and supply-chain issues even as alternative meat producers emerge.

Fall 2022 Poetry Preview

Baer, Kate. And Yet: Poems. Harper Perennial. Nov. 2022. 112p. ISBN 9780063115552. pap. $17. CD. POETRY

The No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of What Kind of Woman and claimant of 150,000 Instagram followers—one big way poetry is taking wings these days—Baer returns with a third volume dealing with love, loss, and parenting. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Bennett, Joshua. The Study of Human Life. Penguin. Sept. 2022. 144p. ISBN 9780143136828. pap. $20. Downloadable. POETRY

Whiting Award–winning Bennett, who excited poetry lovers everywhere when he emerged with Owed and The Sobbing School, meditates on family and constructs alternate histories, with Malcolm X and a young Black man shot by the police resurrected.

Burt, Stephanie. We Are Mermaids: Poems. Graywolf. Oct. 2022. 120p. ISBN 9781644452059. pap. $17. POETRY

Notable literary critic and Harvard English professor Burt, who transitioned to female in 2017, offers a fifth collection in which mermaids, werewolves, and superheroes revel in their wholeness and punctuation marks argue their position. With a 15,000-copy first printing.

Choi, Franny. The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On. Ecco. Nov. 2022. 144p. ISBN 9780063240087. $25.99. CD. POETRY

A Kundiman and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, plus creator/host of the poetry podcast VS (with Danez Smith), Choi looks deeps into the apocalypse that is already here for marginalized people and considers what comes next. With a 25,000-copy first printing.

Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Without Shame: Poems. Knopf. Sept. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9780593534823. $27. Downloadable. POETRY

In her first collection in nearly three decades, MacArthur fellow Cisneros undergoes a journey of rebirth, considering her role as a woman artist and finding her place both within herself and in her ancestral Mexico.

Collins, Billy. Musical Tables: Poems. Random. Nov. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9780399589782. $27. Downloadable. POETRY

Amiable and gregarious, much-loved former U.S. Poet Laureate Collins takes a new tact in his latest collection, writing 125 short poems of a few lines each as he explores nature, poetry, mortality, absurdity, and love.

Fulton, Alice. Coloratura on a Silence Found in Many Expressive Systems: Poems. Norton. Sept. 2022. 128p. ISBN 9781324021087. $26.95. POETRY

A MacArthur Fellow and Bobbitt Prize winner, Fulton brings forth the “high-maintenance loneliness” she experienced after a terrible accident, highlighting evanescent delights of the senses from the smell of snow to a mother’s whisper while reminding us that there are colors we can’t see.

Goodly, Nicholas. Black Swim. Copper Canyon. Sept. 2022. 80p. ISBN 9781556596513. pap. $17. POETRY

A library associate at Fulton County Public Library, Jonesboro, GA, Nicholas Goodly explores being Black, queer, and Southern in his expansively embracing first collection.

Harjo, Joy. Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years. Norton. Nov. 2022. 144p. ISBN 9781324036487. $25. POETRY

Three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Harjo, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, offers the best of her deep-rooted, farseeing, musically astute poetry written over five decades, each accompanied by notes.

Jones, Saeed. Alive at the End of the World. Coffee House. Sept. 2022. 104p. ISBN 9781566896511. pap. $16.95. POETRY

Following up the gorgeously corrosive National Book Critics Circle finalist Prelude to a Bruise, Jones—also a Kirkus Prize winner for his memoir How We Fight for Our Lives —explores grief and commemoration, particularly in the Black community.

Koethe, John. Beyond Belief: Poems. Farrar. Sept. 2022. 96p. ISBN 9780374604332. $26. POETRY

Winner of Lenore Marshall, Kingsley Tufts, and Frank O’Hara honors, Koethe explores the big questions of time, language, and “the space between attention and belief” with sharp, meditative language and intellectual depth.

Lewis, Robin Coste. To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness. Knopf. Dec. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781524732585. $35. Downloadable. POETRY

Author of the National Book Award–winning, multi-best-booked Voyage of the Sable Venus, Lewis blends word and image as she rethinks our understanding of race, U.S. history, and the Great Migration by way of photographs she recently discovered belonging to her later maternal grandmother.

Olds, Sharon. Balladz. Knopf. Oct. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9780525656951. $28; pap. ISBN 9781524711610. $18. Downloadable. POETRY

Ranging from quarantine to issues of whiteness, the Pulitzer and T.S. Eliot Prize–winning Olds continues her laserlike attentiveness to the life around her life as she crisscrosses childhood, young adulthood, and contemporary times, sometimes in the style of Emily Dickinson.

Pastan, Linda. Almost an Elegy: New and Later Selected Poems. Norton. Oct. 2022. 144p. ISBN 9781324021490. $30. POETRY

Two-time National Book Award finalist Pastan combines 30 new poems with favorites drawn from five of her most recent volumes to limn loss, aging, and the world’s ongoing beauty. POETRY

Tuama, Pádraig Ó. Poetry Unbound : 50 Poems To Open Your World. Norton. Dec. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781324035473. $27.95. POETRY

Expanding on his popular Poetry Unbound podcast (which boasted over three million downloads its first year, mostly from a U.S. audience), Irish poet/theologian Tuama offers 50 poems from stars like Ada Limón, Ilya Kaminsky, Margaret Atwood, Ocean Vuong, Layli Long Soldier, and Reginald Dwayne Betts, along with his own reflections.

Xie, Jenny. The Rupture Tense: Poems. Graywolf. Sept. 2022. 120p. ISBN 9781644452011. pap. $17. POETRY

Xie follows up her National Book Award/PEN Open Book Award finalist Eye Level with a study of ruptured borders—between past and present, silence and speaking—as she explores diaspora, repression, intergenerational trauma, and the long-term consequences of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

National Poetry Series

Cho, Su. The Symmetry of Fish. Penguin. Oct. 2022. 80p. ISBN 9780143137252. pap. $18. Downloadable. POETRY

Lam, Kien. Extinction Theory: Poems. Univ. of Georgia. Oct. 2022. 88p. ISBN 9780820362731 pap. $17.95. POETRY

Puhak, Shelley. Harbinger. Ecco. Oct. 2022. 80p. ISBN 9780063233966. pap. $16. CD. POETRY

Regalado, Alexandra Lytton. Relinquenda: Poems. Beacon. Oct. 2022. 96p. ISBN 9780807007105. pap. $16. POETRY

Revilla, No’u. Ask the Brindled: Poems. Milkweed. Aug. 2022. 104p. ISBN 9781639550005. pap. 16. POETRY

In The Symmetry of Fish (Penguin Poets, Oct.), South Korean–born, Indiana-raised Cho wrestles with coming-of-age and cultural identity as she makes family stories her own. In Extinction Theory (Univ. of Georgia, Oct.), Kundiman fellow Lam uses sharp, bristly language as he examines family, language, and cultural repression to conclude that “Life is a series/ of extinctions.” In Harbinger (Ecco, Oct.), Puhak vividly addresses artistic creation and the weight of memory. In Relinquenda (Beacon, Oct.), CantoMundo fellow Regalado writes of pain and uncertainty while stranded in the United States by pandemic and separated from her family in El Salvador. In Ask the Brindled (Milkweek, Oct.), queer, Indigenous Hawaiian Revilla addresses self, family, community, and love in rich new ways.

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