Prepub Alert June 2022: The Complete List

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


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



Barton, Fiona. Local Gone Missing. Berkley. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781984803047. $27. CD. MYSTERY

On medical leave in her coastal English village, Det. Mace” Reid She’s back in action when two teenagers overdose at a big, splashy music festival sponsored by a newcomer and a townsman subsequently disappears. Following the LJ-starred The Widow.

Burton, Jeffrey B. The Lost. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mace Reid K-9 Mystery, Bk. 3). Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250808622. $26.99. MYSTERY

In this follow-up to The Finders and The Keepers, both LJ starred, Mason “Mace” Reid and his cadaver dog, Vira, investigate a particularly violent home invasion. Billionaire financier Kenneth J. Druckman was assaulted and his wife and daughter kidnapped, but after Vira locates the wife’s body, her unerring nose leads her back to Druckman. With a 30,00-copy first printing.

Byron, Ellen. Bayou Book Thief. Berkley. (Vintage Cookbook Mystery, Bk. 1). Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 978059343761. pap. $8.99. Downloadable. MYSTERY

After waving good-bye to her Agatha- and Lefty-winning “Cajun Country Mysteries,” Byron starts afresh by sending young widow Ricki James to New Orleans, where she opens a gift shop at the Garden District home–turned–museum of a legendary New Orleans restauranteur. It’s a great job for vintage cookbook lover Ricki, except that a big box of recently donated cookbooks also contains the body of a former, much-unloved museum employee.

Colt, Peter. Death at Fort Devens. Severn House. (Andy Roark Mystery, Bk, 3). Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781448307661. $28.99. MYSTERY

In this third in a well-received series, 1980s Boston private eye Andy Roark follows wayward teenager Judy into the city’s infamous Combat Zone at the behest of her distraught father, an old army buddy. Andy quickly learns that Judy’s new boyfriend is a drug dealer, but Judy’s disappearance is a game changer.

Crombie, Deborah. A Killing of Innocents. Morrow. (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James Mystery, Bk. 19). Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780062993397. $27.99. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY

A young Black medical student is stabbed to death as she walks through London’s Russell Square, and Scotland Yard detective Duncan Kincaid is on the scene. Finding no motive, he calls in his detective wife, Gemma James, who’s currently on a task force concerning knife crime, and together they find an uncomfortable connection to some Notting Hill friends. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Doherty, Paul. The Hanging Tree. Severn House. (Brother Athelstan, Bk. 21). Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781780291390. $28.99. MYSTERY

In the next 11th century–set mystery featuring Brother Athelstan, the Crown’s treasury has been robbed and its five guards bloodily dispatched. Brother Athelstan is asked to investigate, but he’s tripped up by a corpse in his parish church—it’s the craftsman who forged the treasury’s challenging locks. From the OBE-winning historical mystery author.

Doiron, Paul. Hatchet Island. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mike Bowditch Mysteries, Bk. 13). Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250235138. $27.99. CD. MYSTERY

When a sea-kayaking venture takes Maine game warden Mike Bowditch and girlfriend Stacey Stevens to an archipelago serving as a research center and sanctuary for endangered seabirds, they encounter two murdered researchers, and a third is missing. The multiplying suspects include the sanctuary’s conveniently absent owner and an arrogant artist who rules over his own island kingdom. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Gentill, Sulari. The Woman in the Library. Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781728261942. $26.99; pap. 9781464215872. $16.99. MYSTERY

A woman’s scream pierces the quiet of the Boston Public Library’s elegant reading room, and patrons are asked to remain in place as security guards investigate. At one table, pleasant conversation prevails among four strangers, one of whom happens to be a murderer. From Ned Kelly Award–winning Gentill, following 2021’s Shanghai Secrets and January 2022’s Where There’s a Will.

Griffiths, Elly. The Locked Room. Mariner: HarperCollins. (Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Bk. 14). Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780358671398. $27.99. MYSTERY

Puzzling over a photograph found among her late mother’s belongings, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway travels to Norfolk with daughter Kate and winds up in COVID-19 lockdown. She forges a socially distanced friendship with neighborly Zoe, but when DCI Nelson (also Kate’s father) breaks quarantine to pursue a crime spree extending to Norfolk, he learns that Ruth, Kate, and Zoe are missing. From Edgar Award winner Griffiths; with a 40,000-copy first printing.

Hallinan, Timothy. Rock of Ages. Soho Crime. (Junior Bender Mystery, Bk. 8). Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781641292184. $ 27.95. MYSTERY

Los Angeles burglar and private eye to the criminal fringe, Junior Bender is asked by aging mobster Irwin Dressler to discover who is using the Rock of Ages tour of once great bands to steal his money. Now Junior is facing a weekend of so-so music while shepherding teenage daughter Rina, whom he’s trying not to introduce to a life of crime. From a nominee for Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity, and Silver Dagger honors.

Mina, Denise. Confidence. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780316242721. $28. Downloadable. MYSTERY

In this follow-up to the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick Conviction, YouTube star Lisa Lee goes missing after inadvertently revealing a secret about a deserted chateau she’s visiting, which she busily hyped to her fans. True-crime podcaster Anna McDonald leaps to track events with fellow podcaster Fin Cohen, which allows her to escape a damp, miserable vacation that oddly includes her ex-husband and his obnoxious new partner. With a 35,000-copy first printing.

Montclair, Allison. The Unkept Woman: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery, Bk. 4). Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250750341. $26.99. MYSTERY

Founded in 1946 by war widow Gwendolyn Bainbridge and Iris Sparks, who once worked in intelligence, the flourishing Right Sort Marriage Bureau hits a road bump. Even as a young woman rather suspiciously claims a connection to an old flame of Iris, Gwendolyn struggles to get back her life—and her son. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Moss, Tara. The Ghosts of Paris. Dutton. (Billie Walker Novel, Bk. 2). Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593182680. $27. MYSTERY

Following up the LJ-starred series starter The War Widow, an international best seller, this new work again features war correspondent–turned–private investigator Billie Walker. It’s 1947, and Billie is hired to track down a missing husband, following a trail through London and Paris that reminds her painfully of her own husband, gone missing in the fighting.

Nicieza, Fabian. The Self-Made Widow. Putnam. Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593191293. $27. MYSTERY

Marvel comic books creator and editor Nicieza, whom fans must thank especially for Deadpool, returns after making his mystery debut with the acclaimed Suburban Dicks. Despite the objections of her husband and the West Windsor, NJ, police, FBI profiler–turned–suburban mom Andie Stern again wrestles with a murder case. This time, the victim is the husband of a best friend from a mom’s group Andie affectionally dubs the Cellulitists.

Schellman, Katharine. Last Call at the Nightingale. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250831828. $27.99. MYSTERY

This latest from the author of the LJ-starred Silence in the Library features Vivian Kelly, who trudges and drudges through a seamstress’s job in 1924 New York, escaping nightly to a club called the Nightingale where the Charleston spills forth and the liquor flows illegally. Discovering a dead body behind the club reminds her how disposable the lives of unflashy people like her can be. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Taylor, Sarah Stewart. The Drowning Sea: A Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Maggie D'arcy Mysteries, Bk. 3). Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250826657. $27.99. MYSTERY

In this latest in the absorbing new Maggie D'arcy mystery series from Agatha finalist Taylor, the former Long Island homicide detective is enjoying life on Ireland's West Cork peninsula with new boyfriend Conor, plus Conor’s son and her own teenage daughter, Lilly. Then the remains of Polish construction worker Lukas Adamik wash ashore, and the peninsula’s shady history persuades Maggie that this was no accident. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

White, Kate. The Second Husband. Harper. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063246195. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062945457. pap. $16.99. MYSTERY

Finally getting over her first husband Derrick’s unsolved murder, thirtyish Emma Hawke marries handsome, devoted widower Tom, and all’s well until the police show up questioning when she met him. It turns out that they attended the same business meeting two months before Derrick’s death, and Emma starts to wonder whether Tom had something to do with Derrick’s murder. With a 60,000-copy paperback and 20,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Top-Dollar Thriller Authors

Bentley, Don. Tom Clancy Zero Hour. (Jack Ryan Jr. Novel Book 9). Putnam. Jun. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780593422724. $29.95. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Berry, Steve. The Omega Factor. Grand Central. Jun. 2022. ISBN 9781538720943. $29. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

DeMille, Nelson. The Maze. S. & S. Jun. 2022.448p. ISBN 9781501101786. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Dodd, Christina. Point Last Seen. HQN. Jun. 2022. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781335679918. 28.99; pap. ISBN 9781335623973. THRILLER

Feehan, Christine. Red on the River. Berkley. Jun. 2022 432p. ISBN 9780593439135. $28. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Johansen, Iris. A Face to Die For. Grand Central. (Eve Duncan, Bk. 28). Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781538713211. $28. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Knott, Robert. Robert B. Parker’s Opium Rose. Putnam. (Cole & Hitch, Bk. 11). Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593085554. $28. ACTION & ADVENTURE/WESTERN

Patterson, James & David Ellis. Escape. Little, Brown. (Bill Harney, Bk. 3). Jun. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780316499446. $29. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Quirk, Matthew. Red Warning. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780063051638. $28.99. lrg. prnt.

In Bentley’s Tom Clancy Zero Hour, Jack Ryan Jr. is interviewing a Campus prospect in Seoul when North Korea’s leader is devastatingly injured, prompting a power struggle among sleeper agents in South Korea. In Berry’s The Omega Factor, UNESCO investigator Nicholas Lee is following a lead to the long-missing 12th panel of the relentlessly plundered Ghent Altarpiece when he stumbles upon a centuries-old conflict between some no-nonsense nuns called the Maidens of Saint-Michael and the Vatican, desperate to grab a secret the maidens guard (200,000-copy first printing). Having appeared in six best-selling DeMille novels, retired NYPD Homicide Detective John Corey is hanging out at his uncle’s waterfront estate on Long Island when he heeds a call to help find a serial killer who is dispatching prostitutes and burying them along the beach in The Maze (originally scheduled for June 2021; 500,000-copy first printing). Pulled from the icy Pacific and presumed dead, a revived Elle can remember little except her name in Dodd’s stand-alone, Point Last Seen, but it surely looks to rescuer Adam like someone tried to kill her (75,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). What could be Red on the River in the next exemplar of Romantic suspense from Feehan, which is set in the Sierra Nevada mountains? When tomb raiders kill archaeologist Riley Smith’s father after he discovers the burial site of Helen of Troy, Riley seeks revenge while asking forensic sculptor Eve Duncan to reconstruct A Face To Die For (100,000-copy first printing). Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have their hands full in Knott’s Robert B. Parker's Opium Rose when the daughter of Virgil’s half-brother arrives in Appaloosa, having fled San Francisco following the death of her lawyer husband; apparently, he was involved in a big opium operation. In Escape, a follow-up to Patterson’s Black Book, a rich-as-Croesus crime lord breaks out of jail and leaves a taunting note for crack Chicago detective Billy Harney, who he knew would be called to the scene (300,000-copy first printing). In Quirk’s Red Warning, CIA officer Sam Hudson is nearly blown up in Geneva as he obsessively tracks Russian mole Konstanin, then dodges bombs back in Washington, DC, when Konstanin follows him home (125,000-copy first printing).

More Big Thrills

Barber, Lizzy. Out of Her Depth. Mira: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780778333302. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780778386445. $16.99. THRILLER

College student Rachel is thrilled with her summer job at a gorgeous villa in Tuscany, where she meets a crowd of young sophisticates. Solicitous Diana offers to help Rachel cozy up to Sebastian, gorgeous as the villa itself, but it’s soon evident that Diana has her own twisted intentions. Following the Daily Mail crime-writing winner A Girl Named Anna; with a 50,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Bradby, Tom. Yesterday’s Spy. Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780802159045. $27. THRILLER/ESPIONAGE

Retired from British intelligence, the recently widowed Harry Towers rushes to 1953 brink-of-a-coup Tehran to find estranged journalist son Sean when he disappears after exposing governmental involvement in the opium trade. Harry teams up with Sean’s Iranian girlfriend, Shahnaz, but begins wondering whether he himself is the target here. From the CWA Steel Dagger and twice Historical Crime Novel short-listed Bradby.

Byrne, James. The Gatekeeper: A Thriller. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250805768. $27.99. CD. THRILLER

When mercenaries attack the hotel where Desmond (“Dez”) Aloysius Limerick is staying, intent on kidnapping the chief legal counsel of the military contractor Triton Expeditors, he handily blocks their efforts; he’s a retired mercenary himself. Now counsel Petra Alexandris, also the daughter of Triton’s CEO, needs Dez’s help in discovering who’s been embezzling millions from the company. A pseudonymous debut; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Koepp, David. Aurora. Harper. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780062916471. $27.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER

Sure, Aubrey Wheeler has split from her bad-news husband and is trying desperately to corral a rebellious teenage son, but now she’s got a bigger problem. A solar storm has knocked out power worldwide, and she’s hustling to protect her neighborhood even as her estranged brother, a wealth-ridden Silicon Valley CEO, hunkers down in his fancy desert bunker. With a 200,000-copy first printing; from prolific screenwriter Koepp, also author of Cold Storage.

Lovering, Carola. Can’t Look Away. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250271396. $27.99. CD. SUSPENSE

Jake Danner made a name for his band with the song he wrote about his passionate affair with barista Molly Diamond, but ten years later Molly is living sensibly in the suburbs with her husband and daughter. A friendship with newcomer Sabrina highlights how at odds Molly has been feeling, but Sabrina has her own devious reasons for suddenly appearing in town. And Jack’s song is back on the radio. From the author of Too Good To Be True; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Offut, Chris. Shifty’s Boys. Grove. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780802159984. $27. LITERARY THRILLER

On-leave army officer Mick Hardin is battling pain from an IED attack, the lure of prescription painkillers, and the trauma of an impending divorce when local heroin dealer Barney Kissick is found dead in the heart of town. When he investigates for Barney’s distraught mother, he gets shot at himself. From a Granta Best of Young American Novelists honoree; following the LJ-starred The Killing Hills.

Ray, Cate. Good Husbands. Park Row: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780778387015. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780778333203. $16.99. THRILLER/DOMESTIC

Was it rape? Or a night of drunken but mutual revelry, as three men desperately wish to believe while they bury the past? More than 20 years later, their wives Jessica, Stephanie, and Priyanka—ignorant of the event and strangers to one another—receive a shocking letter compelling them to seek the truth. From British suspense author Cath Weeks, writing pseudonymously with this U.S. debut; with a 100,000-copy paperback first printing.

Reynolds, Allie. The Swell. Putnam. Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593187876. $27. THRILLER

Kenna Ward gave up surfing when her boyfriend drowned, but she returns to an isolated beach in Australia when her best friend announces that she is engaged to a true surfing fanatic. Soon, members of the beach’s tightly bonded surfer chums start disappearing, and Kenna decides she’s got to get in the water and ride the waves to discover what’s happening. Reynolds debuted with the high-profile, LJ-starred Shiver.

Spotlight: Geraldine Brooks's Horse

Brooks, Geraldine. Horse. Viking. Jun. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780399562969. $28. LITERARY/HISTORICAL

In this powerful story from the Pulitzer Prize–winning Brooks, an enslaved groom named Jarrett leads the bay foal he’s bonded with to record-shattering racing victories across the 1850s South. During the Civil War, the two meet up dangerously with an itinerant artist who’s won fame with his many paintings of the stunning racehorse. A gallery owner in 1950s New York becomes fascinated with the paintings, but it’s not until 2019 that a Nigerian American art historian uncovers the true story of the horse and groom and links up with a Smithsonian scientist who’s studying the horse’s bones to learn the secret of its extraordinary endurance. Based on the true story of a racehorse named Lexington and sure to attract a wide range of readers.

Literary Debuts

Batsha, Nishant. Mother Ocean Father Nation. Ecco. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780063211780. $26.99. lrg. prnt. LITERARY

On a fictional island in the Pacific blending aspects of Fiji, Uganda, and Trinidad, two siblings take different paths when violence against the Indian community explodes in 1985. University student Bhumi flees for California when her friendship with a politician’s daughter endangers her, while Jaipal works for their grocer father and must seek a way to express his queer identity. From history scholar Batsha; with 125,000-copy first printing.

Bazawule, Blitz. The Scent of Burnt Flowers. Ballantine. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593496237. $27. LITERARY

Ghana-born, U.S.-based Bazawule made his directorial debut with Netflix’sThe Burial of Kojo, codirected Beyoncé’s Grammy-nominated Black Is King, will direct the musical version of The Color Purple for Warner Bros., and has had artwork featured at the Whitney Biennial. Oh, and he’s written a debut novel, too. In December 1965, violence explodes when newly engaged Black couple Melvin and Bernadette make a stop in the wrong part of town, and they flee to Ghana—the country’s president is an old college chum of Melvin. There, secrets and jealousy come to the fore.

Donaldson, David Santos. Greenland. Amistad. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780063159556. $26.99. LITERARY

A practicing psychotherapist and Julliard-trained playwright who has had plays commissioned by the Public Theater, Donaldson displays further talents with this novel-within-a-novel about a young author named Kip struggling to capture the love affair between E.M. Forster and Mohammed el Adl, the inspiration for much of Forster’s work. Like Mohammed, Kip is Black, queer, highly educated, and emotionally entangled with a white partner. With a 30,000-copy first printing.

Fairbrother, Alison. The Catch. Random. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593134290. $27. lrg. prnt. LITERARY

Fresh out of college and happy with her job, her friends, and her lover, Ellie Adler is undone by the unexpected death of her father—not least because he leaves her an embarrassingly insignificant bequest while willing a baseball they both loved and valued to a stranger. Now Ellie is on a hunt to find out why. Fairbrother has interesting credentials: she’s an associate editor at Riverhead Books and the granddaughter of E.L. Doctorow.

Fajardo-Anstine, Kali. Woman of Light. One World: Ballantine. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780525511328. $28. lrg. prnt. LITERARY

A National Book Award, PEN/Bingham, and Story Prize finalist for her story collection Sabrina & Corina, Fajardo-Anstine traverses five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the U.S. West through the story of laundress and tea leaf reader Luz “Little Light” Lopez. Luz is left to fend for herself when her snake-charming, factory-worker brother is run out of 1930s Denver by a white mob, and she begins having visions of her nearby Indigenous homeland that leave her determined to save her ancestors’ stories of flourishing despite oppression.

Gutierrez, Katie. More Than You’ll Ever Know. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780063118454. $27.99. lrg. prnt. LITERARY

In 1985, Dolores “Lore” Rivera marries Andres Russo in Mexico City, Mexico, despite her already being married to Fabian Rivera in Laredo, Texas, and launches a double life facilitated by her career in international banking. The truth finally comes out when one husband is arrested for murdering the other, but it’s not until 2017 that an intrepid true-crime writer asks the obvious question: Why did Lore marry two men? With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Han, Joseph. Nuclear Family. Counterpoint. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781640094864. $26. LITERARY

In 2018, the year of the accidental ballistic missile alert in Hawaii, the Cho family’s dream of franchising their Korean plate lunch restaurants across the state is disrupted when son Jacob wanders across the Korean demilitarized zone, possessed by the ghost of a grandfather desperate to find those he left behind in the north. Big in-house enthusiasm.

Herzog, Werner. The Twilight World. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2022. 144p. tr. from German by Michael Hoffmann. ISBN 9780593490266. $25. LITERARY

A highly influential film and opera director for decades, Herzog offers a first novel reimagining the life of Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier ordered during World War II to hold a small Philippines island until the return of the imperial Japanese army. He remained for 29 years after war’s end, learning the ways of the jungle as he fought an imagined war with guerrilla tactics. On a trip to Japan, Herzog asked to meet Onoda, and they developed a special rapport that inspired Herzog to tell this story. 

Obaro, Tomi. Dele Weds Destiny. Knopf. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780593320297. $27. lrg. prnt. LITERARY

Three Nigerian women bond at university despite different backgrounds and ultimately take different paths. Boldly beautiful Funmi steals reserved Zainab’s boyfriend, then loses him to police violence, while Zainab creates a family rift by marrying a teacher friend of her father, and plain, overeager Enitan marries a Peace Corps volunteer and moves to WASPy Connecticut. After three decades, the women meet again at the wedding of Funmi’s in Lago. From an editor at BuzzFeed News.

Rukeyser, Rebecca. The Seaplane on Final Approach. Doubleday. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780385547604. $27. lrg. prnt. LITERARY

In the Kodiak Archipelago, Stu and Maureen Jenkins’s Lavender Island Wilderness Lodge promises adventure, but in the current summer season is delivering nothing but trouble. The lodge is failing, Stu is pursuing a young employee, baker/housekeeper Mira is pursuing a bad-news fisherman, and the guests are getting anxious. With praise from the likes of Carmen Maria Machado and Nell Zink.

Stevens, Nell . Briefly, a Delicious Life. Scribner. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982190941. $26.99. CD. LITERARY

A Somerset Maugham Award winner and BBC National Short Story Award short-listee, Stevens has published two memoirs in the United States, including the writer’s meditation Bleaker House. Now she offers an intriguing first novel about 14-year-old Blanca, who dies giving birth in 1473 Mallorca but hangs around in ghostly form for four centuries until the arrival of George Sand and her entourage. Blanca falls in love with the writer, who knows nothing of the passionate spirit she cannot see.

Straton, Wesley. The Bartender’s Cure. Flatiron: Macmillan. Jun. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781250809070. $27.99. LITERARY

After personal crisis in San Francisco, Samantha Fisher moves cross-country and takes what she sees as a stop-gap job as a bartender in Brooklyn. Soon, though, she begins enjoying the job, the customers, and the staff and even finds a new love interest. Should she stay, or should she return to her old dreams? From Brooklyn bartender Straton; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Torres, Christine Kandic. The Girls in Queens. HarperVia. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780063216778. $26.99. LITERARY

Two Latinx girls growing up close in Queens, NY, Brisma and Kelly are entering high school when shy Brisma becomes involved with local baseball legend Brian, creating a disruptive triangle that is eventually upended. Years later, the three reunite, but while Kelly sticks up for Brian when he is accused of sexual assault, Brisma looks back uncomfortably at problems in their relationship. From the Pushcart Prize–nominated Torres; with a 40,000-copy first printing.

Literary Fiction

Cercas, Javier. Even the Darkest Night: A Terra Alta Novel. Knopf. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780593318805. $30. LITERARY SUSPENSE

Crosley, Sloane. Cult Classic. MCD: Farrar. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780374603397. $27. LITERARY

Dermansky, Marcy. Hurricane Girl. Knopf. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593320884. $26. LITERARY

Hannaham, James. Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta. Little, Brown. Jun. 2022. ISBN 9780316285278. $28. LITERARY

Holleran, Andrew. The Kingdom of Sand. Farrar. Jun. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780374600969. $27. LITERARY

Laskey, Celia. So Happy for You. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. ISBN 9781335426901. $26.99. CD. LITERARY

Moshfegh, Ottesa. Lapvona. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593300268. $27. LITERARY

Newman, Sandra. The Men. Grove. Jun. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780802159663. $27. LITERARY

Nganang, Patrice. A Trail of Crab Tracks. Farrar. Jun. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780374602987. $30. LITERARY

Perrotta, Tom. Tracy Flick Can’t Win. Scribner. Jun. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781501144066. $27. CD. LITERARY

Yuknavitch, Lidia. Thrust. Riverhead. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780525534907. $28. LITERARY

International award winner Cercas expands to literary suspense in Even the Darkest Night, featuring a young ex-con who read Les Misérables in jail and after the murder of his sex-worker mother joins the Barcelona police and is sent to investigate a particularly brutal double murder outside the city. In another genre blender, the New York Times best-selling Crosley purveys humor, psychological twistiness, and strong writing to create what could be a Cult Classic featuring a woman who leaves a work dinner to buy cigarettes and encounters a string of ghostly ex-boyfriends (100,000-copy first printing). From Dermansky (e.g., the multi-best-booked The Red Car), Hurricane Girl sends 32-year-old Allison Brody from the West Coast to the East Coast, where she buys a small house on the beach and is promptly hit by a Category 3 hurricane that leaves her with a bleeding head and some very confused thoughts. Following Delicious Foods, which boast PEN/Faulkner and Hurston/Wright Legacy honors, Hannaham’s Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta features a woman who transitioned in prison and is finally released after more than two decades, returning apprehensively to a New York she barely knows and a family that doesn’t understand her (40,000-copy first printing). Winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, Holleran returns after 13 years with The Kingdom of Sand, whose nameless narrator has survived the death of friends from AIDS and his parents from old age and tragedy and is surviving his own end time by enjoying classic films and near-anonymous sexual encounters (50,000-copy first printing). In Laskey’s So Happy for You, following Center for Fiction First Novel finalist Under the Rainbow, Robin and Ellie have always been best friends, but queer academic Robin has her doubts about being maid of honor in Ellie’s forthcoming wedding. In the medieval-set Lapnova, from ever-edgy, New York Times best-selling Moshfegh, hapless shepherd’s son Marek—close only to a midwife feared for her ungodly way with nature—is caught up in the violence surrounding a cruel and corrupt lord. In this follow-up to Newman’s multi-starred The Heavens, all The Men in the world mysteriously vanish at once, leaving women both to grieve and to rebuild. Prix Marguerite Yourcenar winner Nganang follows up hisLJ best-booked When the Plums Are Ripe with A Trail of Crab Tracks, whose protagonist slowly reveals his story—and the story of Cameroon’s independence—on a prolonged stay with his son in the United States. The dedicated assistant principal at a New Jersey public high school thinks she has a lock on the principal’s job when the current principal retires, but alas for the durable protagonist of Perrotta’s Election, Tracy Flick [still] Can’t Win (300,000-copy first printing). In Thrust, a motherless child from the late 21st century learns that she can connect with people over the last two centuries, from a French sculptor to a dictator’s daughter; from Yuknavitch, a Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize finalist.

Short Stories

Conklin, Lydia. Rainbow Rainbow. Catapult. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781646221011. $26. SHORT STORIES

Mantel, Hilary. Learning To Talk: Stories. Holt. Jun. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9781250865366. $19.99. CD. SHORT STORIES

Taddeo, Lisa. Ghost Lover: Stories. Avid: S. & S. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781982122188. $27. CD. SHORT STORIES

Walter, Jess. The Angel of Rome: And Other Stories. Harper. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780062868114. $27.99. lrg. prnt. SHORT STORIES

A collector of honors, with Stegner, Rona Jaffe, and three Pushcart Prizes among them, Conklin offers a Rainbow Rainbow of short stories about queer, gender-nonconforming, and trans characters like the fifth grader who explores gender identity by dressing as an ox—instead of a matriarch—for a school reenactment of the Oregon Trail. After closing out her twice Booker-honored “Wolf Hall” trilogy, Mantel limns the transformative aspects of childhood in the loosely autobiographical stories of Learning To Talk. Author of the New York Times best-selling Three Women and the deliciously contentious debut novel Animal, a personal favorite, Taddeo offers stories (two Pushcart Prize–winning) grounded in the dating service Ghost Lover, a forwarding system for text messages (75,000-copy first printing). In The Angel of Rome, Beautiful Ruins author Walter highlights crucial moments in the lives of his characters, from a teenage girl aspiring to be like her missing mother to a son who must come out repeatedly to a father facing dementia.


Basu, Samit. The City Inside. Tordotcom. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781250827487. $25.99. SF/CYPERPUNK

In a near-future Delhi, reclusive video-gamer Rudra accepts a job from Joey, who supervises the multimedia multi-reality livestreams of a booming South Asian online celebrity who happens to be a former lover. Soon, Rudra and Joey find themselves swamped by ugly surveillance capitalism, branching conspiracies, and a shadowy world where nothing is as it seems. From leading Indian author Basu; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Coates, Darcy. From Below. Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks. Jun. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9781728220239. pap. $15.99. HORROR

Vanishing seemingly off the face of the earth after sending an incomprehensible message, the SS Arcadia is discovered 60 years later in the depths of the ocean, far from its intended course. Not surprisingly, as this is USA Today best-selling horror master Coates, the divers tasked with exploring the wreck to discover what happened soon find themselves trapped in a nightmare.

Harrow, Alix E. A Mirror Mended. Tordotcom. Jun. 2022. 144p. ISBN 9781250766649. $18.99. FANTASY

Having awakened sleeping beauties, burned injurious spindles, and consorted with raucous good fairies and importuning royals, professional fairy-tale fixer Zinnia Gray wishes these characters would mend their own problems, already. Then she sees an unfamiliar face, gorgeous and cruel, in her mirror: Snow White's Evil Queen wants her own improved ending. From the Hugo Award–winning author of the “Fractured Fables” series; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Johnson, Mat. The Invisible Things. One World: Ballantine. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593229255. $27. SF/SPACE EXPLORATION

Claiming Hurston/Wright and John Dos Passos honors, plus a United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, Johnson crafts the imaginatively allegorical tale of a spaceship captained by vainglorious capitalist Bob, who’s circumnavigating the Jovian moon Europa with a mostly fawning crew. The exceptions are Dwayne and Nelani, but they’re the ones to make the big discovery: a domed city mirroring U.S. habitations and peopled by generations of UFO abductees. Who’s in control here?

Liu, Ken. Speaking Bones. Gallery: Saga: S. & S. Jun. 2022. 1072p. ISBN 9781982148973. $29.99. CD. FANTASY/EPIC

Claimant to a stack of Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and World Fantasy trophies and finalist ribbons, Liu wraps up the “Dandelion Dynasty” with Princess Théra and Pékyu Takval fearing they cannot follow their ancestors’ dream and the people of Dara struggling to survive in the face of the bloodthirsty Lyucu. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

McClellan, Brian. In the Shadow of Lightning. Tor. Jun. 2022. 576p. ISBN 9781250755698. $28.99. FANTASY/EPIC

“Powder Mage” author McClellan launches a new series with Demir Grappo returning from an outlier life to head his family after the murder of his mother. And none too soon, as godglass, the magical power that keeps the empire humming, is fast running out, and Demir must build up allies to save it. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Miro, J.M. Ordinary Monsters. Flatiron: Macmillan. Jun. 2022. 672p. ISBN 9781250833662. $28.99. CD. FANTASY

In 1882 London, two children with unexplained powers—the self-healing Charlie and foundling Marlowe, who can mend damaged flesh or melt it—join a crew of Talents at a school in Scotland, escorted by a female detective soon to be shocked out of her indifference. At the school, the worlds of the living and the dead abide uneasily, and the children have monsters to face. A series launch with a jaw-dropping 500,000-copy first printing.

Reid, Ava. Juniper & Thorn. Harper Voyager. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780062973160. $27.99. FANTASY

Reid sets her retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “The Juniper Tree” in the world of her internationally best-selling The Wolf and the Woodsman, crafting the story of Marlinchen and her two sisters, the only true witches left in Oblya and unfortunately burdened with an overbearing wizard father. Marlinchen is just beginning to rebel when her magic is needed to save Oblya from a looming monster. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Robson, Eddie. Drunk on All Your Strange New Words. Tordotcom. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250807342. $26.99. SF/MYSTERY

Lydia, who works diligently if not brilliantly as a translator for the Logi cultural attaché to Earth, suddenly finds herself amid an intergalactic dustup with nowhere to turn. British sf/comedy writer Robson has honed his skills on the sitcomWelcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully and various Doctor Who spinoffs; with a 40,000-copy first printing.

Rowland, Alexandra. A Taste of Gold and Iron. Tordotcom. Jun. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9781250800381. $27.99. FANTASY/EPIC

Cohost of the Hugo Award–nominated podcast Be the Serpent and author of the LJ-starred A Choir of Lies, Rowland dreams up the tale of a prince who gets on the wrong side of a powerful ambassador to the court and must call on his sister Kadou to help him prove his loyalty to the queen. Kadou investigates a break-in at one of their guilds and discovers a conspiracy that could ruin the kingdom, where myth and history entwine. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Whitten, Hannah. For the Throne. Orbit: Hachette. Jun. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780316592819. pap. $17.99. FANTASY/EPIC

In her New York Times best-selling debut, For the Wolf, Red is to be sacrificed to the Wolf to save her kingdom but meets a different fate. Here, Red and the Wolf have dispelled the danger posed to their world by the Old Kings, who are nevertheless gaining control in the Shadowlands, where Red's beloved sister Neve is now lost. With a 55,000-copy first printing.

Popular Reading: Fiction 

Babalola, Bolu. Honey and Spice. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780063141483. $25.99. CONTEMPORARY

Bays, Carter. The Mutual Friend. Dutton. Jun. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9780593186763. $27. CONTEMPORARY

Brenner, Jamie. Gilt. Putnam. Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593087824. $27. lrg. prnt. CONTEMPORARY

Coleman, Ashley M. Good Morning, Love. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781982168629. pap. $16.99. CD. CONTEMPORARY

El-Wardany, Salma. These Impossible Things. Grand Central. Jun. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9781538709306. $28. Downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

Fowler, Therese Anne. It All Comes Down to This. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250278074. $27.99. CD. CONTEMPORARY

Ho, Lauren. Lucie Yi Is Not a Romantic. Putnam. Jun. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780593422267. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY

Moore, Meg Mitchell. Vacationland. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780063026117. $27.99. lrg. prnt. CONTEMPORARY

Patrick, Phaedra. The Messy Lives of Book People. Park Row: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780778333173. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780778312000; $16.99. lrg. prnt. CD. CONTEMPORARY

Schaitkin, Alexis. Elsewhere. Celadon: Macmillan. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781250219633. $26.99. CD. CONTEMPORARY

Vercher, John. After the Lights Go Out. Soho. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781641293310. $26. CONTEMPORARY

Wolfe, Toya. Last Summer on State Street. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780063209749. $27.99. CONTEMPORARY

In Honey and Spice, following Babalola’s buzzy debut story collection, Love in Color, young Black British woman Kiki Banjo—host of a popular student radio show and known for preaching bad-relationship avoidance—gets tangled in a fake liaison with the very guy she’s been citing as big trouble. From Bays, co-creator of the Emmy Award–winning series How I Met Your Mother, 2015 New York–set The Mutual Friend features Alice Quick, mourning her mother, barely managing as a nanny, and trying to make herself sign up for the MCATs even as her tech millionaire brother experiences a religious awakening. In Blush author Brenner’s latest, three sisters from a Gilt-edged family in the jewelry business are torn apart following a publicity stunt gone wrong, with one sister dying in a subsequent accident and her daughter struggling to regain traction within the family. In Coleman’s Good Morning, Love, aspiring songwriter/musician Carlisa “Carli” Henton’s efforts to keep her business and personal lives separate crumble when she meets rising hip-hop star Tau Anderson (50,000-copy first printing). From Egyptian-Irish BBC broadcaster El-Wardany, These Impossible Things features friends Malak, Kees, and Jenna, on the verge of adulthood as they struggle to be good Muslim women yet wanting to follow their dreams (50,000-copy first printing). In Fowler’s It All Comes Down To This, three sisters—freelance journalist Beck, struggling with her marriage and a desire to write fiction; Claire, an accomplished pediatric cardiologist, recently divorced; and Sophie, leading a glamorous life she can’t afford—face their mother’s impending death and the fate of their beloved summer cottage on Mount Desert Island, ME. In Ho’s Lucie Yi Is Not a Romantic, a follow-up to the LJ-starred Last Tang Standing, a hardworking career woman gives up on finding the right guy after her fiancé calls off their marriage and signs up for an elective co-parenting website so that she can have a baby—with unexpected consequences. In USA Today best-selling Moore’s latest, Maine is not exactly Vacationland for Louisa when she visits her parents one summer with her three children, as she’s dealing with an unfinished book, an absentee husband, and a father suffering from Alzheimer’s, plus a young stranger in town trying to get her own life in order (100,000-copy first printing). In popular Patrick’s The Messy Life of Book People, Liv Green forms a tentative friendship with the mega-best-selling author for whom she works as a housecleaner but is surprised when the author dies suddenly and in her will asks that Liv complete her final book (75,000 paperback and 10,000-copy paperback first printing). In Saint X author Schaitkin’s Elsewhere, an interesting departure, Vera grows up in a small town where for generations women keep vanishing mysteriously (200,000-copy first printing). Vercher follows the Edgar-nominated, best-booked Three-Fifths with After the Lights Go Out, about a biracial MMA fighter aging out of his career and facing his father’s end-stage Alzheimer’s when he scores a last-minute comeback fight. Already a multi-award winner, Wolfe debuts with Last Summer on State Street, about Felicia “Fe Fe” Stevens and two close-as-hugging friends—a happy threesome that expands to an uneasy foursome even as the Chicago Housing Authority prepares to tear down the high-rise in the projects where Fe Fe’s family lives (50,000-copy first printing).

Historical Fiction

Bayard, Louis. Jackie & Me. Algonquin. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781643750354. $27.95. HISTORICAL

Belfer, Lauren. Ashton Hall. Ballantine. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780593359495. $28. HISTORICAL

Deane, Maya. Wrath Goddess Sing. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 454p. ISBN 9780063161184. $27.99. HISTORICAL

Ford, Jamie. The Many Daughters of Afong Moy. Atria. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781982158217. $28. lrg. prnt. CD. HISTORICAL

Pook, Lizzie. Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982180492. $27.99. lrg. prnt. CD. HISTORICAL

Pulley, Natasha. The Half Life of Valery K. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781635573275. $27. HISTORICAL

Rimmer, Kelly. The German Wife. Graydon House: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781525899904. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781525811432. $16.99. CD. HISTORICAL

The Edgar-nominated Bayard follows up Courting Mr. Lincoln with Jackie & Me, which reimagines Jacqueline Bouvier meeting Jack Kennedy and, as they approach marriage, slowly realizing that she’s being polished as the perfect political wife. The New York Times best-selling, multi-award-winning Belfer introduces us to disappointed academic Hannah Larson, who travels to historic Ashton Hall to tend a relative and begins reconstructing events there during the Elizabethan era after her neurodivegent young son, Nicky, discovers a skeleton in the walls. Drawing on ancient texts and modern archaeology to unearth a trans woman’s story beneath The Iliad, Deane's Wrath Goddess Sing reveals an Achilles living as a woman with the transgender priestesses of Great Mother Aphrodite and refusing Odysseus’s call to fight until given the body of a woman by Athena and heading into battle to confront an immortal, viciously implacable Helen. From Ford, the author of the mega-best-selling Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Many Daughters of Afong May tells the story of Dorothy Moy, who turns her often painful dissociative mental-health crises into art; when her daughter begins revealing similar tendencies, Dorothy seeks to waylay the consequences of inherited trauma by engaging in a radical therapy that connects her with brave women ancestors (125,000-copy first printing). In debuter Pook’s Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, set in late 1800s Australia, young Englishwoman Eliza Brightwell sets off to find her eccentric father when the pearl-fishing boat he captains returns to port without him (60,000-copy first printing). In Pulley’s Cold War–set The Half-Life of Valery K, when former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov is removed from the Gulag and asked to study the effects of radiation in a mysterious town housing nuclear reactors, he’s truly worried about how much radiation there is (60,000-copy first printing). In New York Times best-selling author Rimmer’s latest, The German Wife of a Nazi scientist pardoned and put to work in the start-up U.S. space program doesn’t feel at home among the other NASA wives and confides her husband’s SS past to exactly the wrong person (200,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing).


Spotlight: Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock's A Way Out of No Way

Warnock, Raphael G. A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593491546. $28. MEMOIR

Senator Reverend Warnock made history in 2020 when he won a run-off election that flipped control of the Senate, becoming the first Black senator from Georgia, only the 11th Black senator in U.S. history, and only the second from the South since Reconstruction. His entire life, as told here, is a triumph. He grew up in Savannah’s Kayton Homes housing projects, graduated from Morehouse College, studied at the Union Theological Seminary while serving at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, and at age 35 became the youngest ever senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served. His political activism (from Medicaid expansion to opposing the death penalty) has gone hand and hand with his religious convictions, and in his maiden speech to the Senate, he summed up his life as embodying the pain and the promise of his country.


Ayers, Nabil. My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family. Viking. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593295960. $26. MEMOIR

Ayers is the son of a white, Jewish former ballerina who chose to have a child with celebrated Black jazz musician Roy Ayers despite knowing that he would never be involved in parenting. The author met his father only a few times but sees his influence in everything he has done, from opening a record store in Seattle to touring with alternative rock bands. A meditation on the meaning of family—it’s not just DNA—with Ayers meeting several half-siblings and befriending a descendant of the man who enslaved an ancestor.

Blakinger, Keri. Corrections in Ink: A Memoir. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250272850. $28.99. MEMOIR

A competitive figure skater who turned to heroin when her skating partner left her, Blakinger ended up on the street selling drugs and sex even as she attempted to finish a degree at Cornell. Arrested for possession, she spent two years behind bars, emerging sober, aware of her advantages as a white woman, and determined to expose the inequities of the prison system. Now she’s an award-winning journalist.

Bond, Melissa. Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness. Gallery: S. & S. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982188276. $27.99. MEMOIR

Sleep deprived as she cares for a special-needs baby, increasingly distant from her husband, and suddenly out of her journalist job, a stressed Bond was prescribed benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Valium) in increasing dosages and finally collapsed while holding her daughter. That’s when she learned that many doctor overprescribe these drugs and that withdrawing cold turkey could led to psychosis or death. Both cautionary tale and a nightmarish journey of recovery; with a 125,000-copy first printing.

Brorby, Taylor. Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land. Liveright: Norton. Jun. 2022 336p. ISBN 9781324090861. $27.95. MEMOIR

A poet, essayist, and environmentalist, Brorby grew up gay in rural North Dakota, and here he parallels the region’s mining-wrecked landscape with his own painful coming-of-age—feeling different from other boys, resorting to snuck romance, and being assaulted outside an oil boomtown bar. Both personal memoir and a warning about environmental devastation west of the Mississippi.

Gessen, Keith. Raising Raffi: Essays on Yelling, Pleading, Love, and Anger. Viking. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9780593300442. $27. MEMOIR

Cofounder of the literary magazine n + 1 and an author, editor, and translator, Gessen would seem to have a lot under control, but here he admits that he was woefully unprepared to become a father. Baby Raffi proved to be both awesome and terrifying, and Gessen was compelled to look at life in a whole new way.

Morgan, Abi. This Is Not a Pity Memoir. Mariner: HarperCollins. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9780358682950. $27.99. MEMOIR

During treatment for multiple sclerosis, the longtime partner of BAFTA– and Emmy Award–winning playwright/screenwriter Morgan experienced seizures and had to be put in a medically induced coma. When he awoke, he recognized his children, family, and friends but not Morgan, whom he considered an impostor. How do you care for someone long-term who won’t even acknowledge who you are? With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Okporo, Edafe. Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781982183745. $26.99. MEMOIR

When a mob gathered outside his home in Abuja, Nigeria, threatening to kill him for being gay, Okporo bought a one-way ticket to New York and landed shortly before the 2016 election, claiming asylum. Now a global gay rights activist, he details the challenges of navigating the U.S. immigration system and making a life for himself in a country not as welcoming as he expected. Both memoir and manifesto for improving the process, as the subtitle suggests; with a 35,000-copy first printing.

Segura, Tom. I’d Like To Play Alone, Please: Essays. Grand Central. Jun. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9781538704639. $29. CD/downloadable. MEMOIR

From youthful missteps to the travails of parenting to the fun (maybe?) of celebrity encounters, popular standup comedian and podcaster Segura ( 2 Bears 1 Cave, Your Mom’s House) weaves together stories from his life that explain why he’s frazzled enough to agree occasionally with his young son’s plea: “I’d like to play alone, please.” With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Tea, Michelle. Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility. Dey Street: Morrow. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780063210622. $27.99. MEMOIR

The multi-award-winning author of cult classics like Valencia and most recently host of the Your Magic podcast in partnership with Spotify, Tea tells her story as a queer 40-year-old who was lacking in health insurance but not in the determination to give birth. When black-market fertility meds failed and she learned that her eggs weren’t viable, she ended up carrying a baby for her decade-younger lover. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Tur, Katy. Rough Draft: A Memoir. One Signal: Atria. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781982118181. $28. MEMOIR

MSNBC anchor Tur tracks a life shaped by the news, from flying high with her parents, maverick helicopter journalists in Los Angeles, to becoming a storm chaser and then the campaign reporter who famously stood up to Donald Trump’s mockery about “Little Katy.” Now she’s a winner of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and author of the New York Times best-selling Unbelievable. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

Woods, Baynard. Inheritance: A Memoir of My Whiteness. Legacy Lit: Hachette. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780306924194. $29. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Woods grew up in South Carolina loving all things Southern but began questioning his culture and eventually left the state. He was shocked to discover that in 1860 his ancestors enslaved 1300 Black people, and he espoused progressive values as a reporter who won awards for his coverage of the Baltimore Rising and Charlottesville. But Woods truly began acknowledging the advantages conferred by whiteness after the 2015 Charleston Church massacre, perpetrated by someone from his hometown, which compelled him to plunge deep into investigating the story of his great-grandfather’s lynching of Black county commissioner Peter J. Lemon in 1871. With a 40,000-copy first printing.


Brusatte, Steve. The Rise and Fall of the Mammals: A New History. Custom House: Morrow. Jun. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780062951519. $29.99. lrg. prnt. LIFE SCIENCES

Elkins-Tanton, Linda. A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063086906. $28.99. MEMOIR/SCIENCE

Montgomery, David R. & Anne Biklé. What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health. Norton. Jun. 2022. 496p. ISBN 9781324004530. $32.50. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

Montgomery, Sy. The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty. Atria. May. 2022. 96p. ISBN 9781668001967. $20. CD. BIRDS

Padilla, Antonio. Fantastic Numbers and Where To Find Them: A Cosmic Quest from Zero to Infinity. Farrar. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780374600563. $30. PHYSICS

Randall, David K. The Monster’s Bones: The Discovery of T. Rex and How It Shook Our World. Norton. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781324006534. $27.95. PALEONTOLOGY

Robinson, Kim Stanley. The High Sierra: A Love Story. Little, Brown. Jun. 2022. 560p. ISBN 9780316593014. $40. NATURE

Rovelli, Sy. There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness: And Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy and the World. Riverhead. May 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780593192153. $26. Downloadable. PHYSICS

Leading paleontologist Brusatte follows up the New York Times best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs with The Rise and Fall of the Mammals, summing up a next act that includes humans, whose world dominance has caused an extinction event costing an estimated 80 percent of wild mammals in the last century alone (75,000-copy first printing). In A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman, Elkins-Tanton—principal investigator of NASA’s $800 million Psyche mission—tells her story and that of the nearly all-metal protoplanet 16 Psyche, located in an asteroid belt 589 million kilometers from Earth and optimum not just for mining but more crucially for imparting the story of how planets like ours were formed (50,000-copy first printing). In What Your Food Ate, MacArthur-honored geologist Montgomery joins with biologist Biklé to argue that good health starts with good soil and good farming practices. A National Book Award finalist for The Soul of an Octopus and New York Times best-selling author of The Good Good Pig, Montgomery returns with The Hawk’s Way to describe her work with Jazz, a bright-eyed female Harris’s hawk with a four-foot-plus wingspan and decidedly a predator rather than a pet (60,000-copy printing). Award-winning theoretical physicist and cosmologist Padilla explains Fantastic Numbers and Where To Find Them, plumbing nine numbers explaining how the universe works, from the impossibly large Graham’s number to 10^{-120}, which measures the unlikely balance of energy needed to allow the universe to exist for more than a blink of the eye (100,000-copy first printing). By detailing the discovery of Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Montana wilderness, the New York Times best-selling Randall explains the triumphant emergence of New York’s American Museum of Natural History while also showing how The Monster’s Bones inspired an ongoing fascination with dinosaurs and their role in shaping Earth. Multi-award-winning sf author Robinson recounts everything he’s learned in the more than 100 trips he has taken to The High Sierra since his first, life-changing sojourn in 1973 (50,000-copy first printing). From a theoretical physicist whose international best sellers have gracefully explained to lay readers how the universe works, Rovelli’s There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness offers essays embracing not just science but literature, philosophy, and politics.

Climate Change

Brady, Amy  & Tajja Isen, eds. The World As We Knew It: Dispatches From a Changing Climate. Catapult. Jun. 2022. 288p. pap. ISBN 9781646220304. $16.95. ESSAYS

Brady, executive director of Orion, and Catapult magazine editor Isen (Some of My Best Friends) have compiled an anthology of essays from leading authors discussing the tragic impact of climate change. Contributors range from Lydia Millet anguishing over the drought-destroyed Saguaro cacti in her Arizona backyard to Omar El Akkad explaining how rising temperatures in the Middle East have destroyed his homeland (a source of inspiration to him) to Terese Svoboda surprised by the cougars pouncing across Nebraska’s highways and showing up in kindergarten.

Harvey, Hal & Justin Gillis. The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save our Planet. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982123987. $28.99. CD.

Energy Innovation CEO Harvey and award-winning New York Times reporter Gillis join forces to show how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero and save the earth, focusing on seven key areas where we-can-do-it change will have the biggest effect. Those areas include electricity production, transportation, buildings, industry, urbanization, use of land, and investment in promising new green technologies. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Proulx, Annie. Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis. Scribner. Jun. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9781982173357. $26.99. CD. NATURE/CONSERVATION

When she’s not busy writing award-winning fiction, Proulx is an active environmentalist who here reports on the key role wetlands play in preserving the environment by storing the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. As she marches us through the fens of 16th-century England, Canada’s Hudson Bay lowlands, Russia’s Great Vasyugan Mire, America’s Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Amazon rain forest, she also considers the diseases originating in the wetlands (e.g., malaria) and the crucial role now-threatened peat played in industrialization. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Stodola, Sarah. The Last Resort: A Chronicle of Paradise, Profit, and Peril at the Beach. Ecco. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780062951625. $27.99. BUSINESS/TOURISM

Founder and editor of the online travel magazine Flung, Stodola offers a history of beach resort culture, which has led to fun and sun but also irresponsible construction, imbalanced local economies, beach erosion, and a too-heavy carbon footprint. With travel and especially beach culture now an integral part of the globalized world, what happens when rising seas come flooding in? With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Current Issues

Almojera, Anthony. Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic. Mariner: HarperCollins. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780358652908. $26.99. MEMOIR/MEDICAL

An EMS lieutenant and vice president of the New York Fire Department's EMS officers' union, Almojera entered 2020 as a seasoned first responder convinced that he could conquer the challenges of a new virus that was popping up. Here he explains what it was like to see the entire EMS system pushed to the brink by that virus—and come back swinging. With a 35,000-copy first printing; Almojera has been profiled in many media outlets and on the front page of the Washington Post.

Browder, Bill. Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982153281. $28.99. MEMOIR/POLITICAL

In his New York Times best-selling Red Notice, Browder chronicled his founding of Hermitage Capital Management in post-communist Russia and the 2009 murder of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in prison in 2009 after uncovering a $230 million fraud traceable to the Russian government. His new book explains how that fraud benefited Putin directly and how Putin has retaliated when Browder tried to make him accountable. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Christian, David. Future Stories: What’s Next? Little Brown Spark. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780316497459. $30. SOCIAL SCIENCE/FUTURE STUDIES

Cofounder with Bill Gates of the Big History Project and author of the New York Times best-selling Origin Story, Christian typically takes the long look at where we’ve been. Here he switches gears as he consults theologians, philosophers, scientists, statisticians, and scholars to get a better sense of where we're going. With a 35,000-copy first printing.

Gordon, Michael. Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State—from Barack Obama to Donald Trump. Farrar. Jun. 2022. 496p. ISBN 9780374279899. $30. POLITICAL SCIENCE

National security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and coauthor with Ret. Gen. Bernard Trainor of the best-sellers Cobra II and The Generals’ War, Gordon recounts a war begun in 2014 when President Barack Obama committed to major action against ISIS, coordinating with regional and European allies, returning advisers to Iraq, and initiating a large-scale bombing. With a 30,000-copy first printing.

Kendi, Ibram X. How To Raise an Antiracist. One World: Ballantine. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9780593242537. $27. lrg. prnt. PARENTING

After winning the National Book Award forStamped from the Beginning, among five straight No. 1 New York Times best sellers that also include How To Be an Antiracist, Kendi was repeatedly asked “How do I raise an antiracist child?” The question became crucial when he learned that his partner, Sadiqa, was pregnant. While initially he wanted to offer his child not instruction but protection from racism, he soon realized that antiracism must be taught early and proactively. Here he combines scholarship and personal experience to show how this can be done.

McAdam, Jennifer. Devil’s Coin. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780063219182. $28.99. CYBERCRIME

Scottish marketer/IT consultant McAdam was one of the many victims of the OneCoin global crypto-currency fraud, which in 2014–16 stole billions from investors worldwide—mostly the “unbanked,” that is, struggling individuals who had trouble securing mainstream banking support. Since 2016, she’s been fighting to secure justice for herself and others through her online Victims’ Support Group. Look for a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet.

Miller, Tim. The Game: Confessions from the Bad Hours, Bad Faith, and Bad Guys Side of American Politics. Harper. Jun. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780063161474. $26.99. POLITICAL SCIENCE

Former Republican political operative Miller, now an MSNBC contributor and Bulwark writer, offers an insider’s account of the extremism that has come to define the Republican Party. He places the blame squarely on former friends and colleagues (many interviewed here), whom, he argues, knew exactly what they were doing—inciting a mob for their own gain.

Pfeiffer, Dan. Disinformation Nation: How the Right Wing and Silicon Valley Are Waging War on Truth. Twelve. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781538707975. $30. Downloadable. POLITICAL SCIENCE

Pod Save America cohost and the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Yes We (Still) Can, Pfeiffer shows how the Republican Party has built a powerful disinformation machine, helmed by Fox News and facilitated by Facebook. He also offers guidance on recognizing fake news, becoming a good fact checker, and discussing issues with disinformed friends and relatives. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Roisin, Fariha. Who Is Wellness For?: An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who It Leaves Behind. Harper Wave. Jun. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780063077089. $26.99. HEALING

Canadian-born, Australian-raised, Brooklyn-based, and self-identified as a Muslim queer Bangladeshi, accomplished poet/novelist Roisin (Like a Bird) considers how the wellness industry commodifies things associated with her South Asian heritage, from food to customs to prayer, primarily for the benefit of white people. In the end, the Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples on whose culture wellness is built are essentially excluded. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Seabrook, Nick. One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America. Pantheon. Jun. 2022. ISBN 9780593315866. $30. POLITICAL SCIENCE

Following the more academic Drawing the Lines (Cornell Univ., 2017), University of North Florida associate professor Seabrook speaks to a wide audience as he contextualizes gerrymandering. He opens by revealing Revolutionary-era bend-the-vote efforts by Patrick Henry, James Madison, and Elbridge Gerry, the Massachusetts governor who gave the practice its name, then looks at the Supreme Court’s challenge to gerrymandering in the 20th-century and the Republicans' current REDMAP efforts to suppress the vote.

Smith, Michael & Jonathan Franklin. Cabin Fever: The Harrowing Journey of a Cruise Ship at the Dawn of a Pandemic. Doubleday. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780385547406. $30. TRAVEL/COVID

On March 7, 2020, the cruise ship Zaandam set sail from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with 1,200 passengers and a crew of 600. COVID-19 was already making news, and even as passengers began falling ill, the world’s ports shut down, leaving the ship with diminishing food, water, and medical supplies and no place to go. Recalling COVID-19’s opening salvoes, award-winning investigative journalists Smith and Franklin reconstruct the ship’s journey to hell and final reprieve.

Venkatesh, Sudhir. The Tomorrow Game: Rival Teenagers, Their Race for a Gun, and a Community United To Save Them. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781501194399. $27.99. CD. SOCIAL SCIENCE/CRIMINOLOGY

Author of the New York Times best-selling, Economist best-booked Gang Leader for a Day, Venkatesh has studied Chicago’s Southside for three decades. Here he tells the story of two Southside teenagers: shy game player Marshal Mariot and Frankie Paul, who left foster care to manage a jailed cousin’s drug business. Frankie decided to prove himself to his crew by targeting Marshal and his friends, and soon both sides were hunting for guns, as their community—families, pastors, a bodega owner, a veteran beat cop, even black-market gun dealers—sought to defuse the violence. With a 60,000-copy first printing; a community story with larger implications.

Villarosa, Linda. Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation. Doubleday. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780385544887. $30. SOCIAL SCIENCE/DISCRIMINATION

A National Magazine Award finalist for her reporting on maternal and infant mortality among black mothers and babies in the United States, Villarosa expands her purview to detail what numerous studies have affirmed: for Black Americans, discrimination and poor health are linked, with Black patients experiencing worse treatment and worse outcomes than their white counterparts. Government neglect, environmentally compromised neighborhoods, the stress of coping with ongoing racism—all contribute to this situation, with Villarosa interviewing experts and drawing on a wealth of scientific data.


Abrams, Dan & Fred D. Gray with David Fisher. Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Criminal Trial That Launched the Civil Rights Movement. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781335475190. $27.99. CD. HISTORY

Bissinger, Buzz. The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II. Harper. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780062879929. $29.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORY

Blum, Howard. The Spy Who Knew Too Much: Pete Bagley’s Quest Through a Legacy of Betrayal. Harper. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063054219. $28.99. HISTORY

Clague, Mark. O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Norton. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780393651386. $28.95. HISTORY

Dolin, Eric Jay. Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution. Liveright: Norton. May 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781631498251. $32.50. HISTORY

Gardner, Mark Lee. The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation. Custom House: Morrow. Jun. 2022. 560p. ISBN 9780062669896. $28.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORY

Gayle, Caleb. We Refuse To Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power. Riverhead. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593329580. $28. HISTORY

Hoffman, David E. Give Me Liberty: The True Story of Oswaldo Payá and His Daring Quest for a Free Cuba. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 544p. ISBN 9781982191191. $32.50. CD. HISTORY

Kimmerle, Erin. We Carry Their Bones. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780063030244. $27.99. HISTORY

Kissinger, Henry. Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy. Penguin Pr. May 2022. 400p. 9780593489444. $36. CD. HISTORY

Li, Zhuqing. Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War. Norton. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780393541779. $27.95. HISTORY

Mazzeo, Tilar J. Sisters in Resistance: How a German Spy, a Banker’s Wife, and Mussolini’s Daughter Outwitted the Nazis. Grand Central. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781538735268. $30. HISTORY

Parlett, Jack. Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781335475183. $27.99. CD. HISTORY

Reynolds, Nicholas. Need To Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence. Custom House: Morrow. Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780062967473. $29.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORY

White, Ralph. Getting Out of Saigon: How a 27-Year-Old Banker Saved 113 Vietnamese Civilians. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982195175. $28.99. CD. HISTORY

New York Times best-selling authors Abrams and Fisher join forces with Gray, the young Black lawyer who served as Martin Luther King’s defense attorney when King was tried for his part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, to tell the story of the trial in Alabama v. King (150,000-copy first printing). Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bissinger chronicles The Mosquito Bowl, a football game played in the Pacific theater on Christmas Eve 1944 between the 4th and 29th Marine regiments to prove which had the better players (400,000-copy first printing). In The Spy Who Knew Too Much, New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award–winning Blum recounts efforts by Tennent “Pete” Bagley—a rising CIA star accused of being a mole—to redeem his reputation by solving the disappearance of former CIA officer John Paisley and to reconcile with his daughter, who married his accuser’s son (50,000-copy first printing). Associate professor of musicology at the University of Michigan, Clague reveals how The Star-Spangled Banner became the national anthem in O Say Can You Hear? Multiply honored for his many history books, Dolin returns with Rebels at Sea to chronicle the contributions of the freelance sailors—too often called profiteers or pirates—who scurried about on private vessels to help win the Revolutionary War. With The Earth Is All That Lasts, Gardner, the award-winning author of Rough Riders and To Hell on a Fast Horse, offers a dual biography of the significant Indigenous leaders Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull (50,000-copy first printing). With We Refuse To Forget, New America and PEN America fellow Gayle investigates the Creek Nation, which both enslaved Black people and accepted them as full citizens, electing the Black Creek citizen Cow Tom as chief in the mid 1800s but stripping Black Creeks of their citizenship in the 1970s. Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Hoffman’s Give Me Liberty profiles Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, who founded the Christian Liberation Movement in 1987 to challenge Fidel Castro’s Communist regime (50,000-copy first printing). Forensic anthropologist Kimmerle’s We Carry Their Bones the true story of the Dozier Boys School, first brought to light in Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Nickel Boys (75,000-copy first printing). Kissinger’s Leadership plumbs modern statecraft, putting forth Charles de Gaulle, Konrad Adenauer, Margaret Thatcher, Richard Nixon, Lee Kuan Yew, and Anwar Sadat as game-changing leaders who helped create a new world order. From a prominent family that included the tutor to China’s last emperor, Li profiles her aunts Jun and Hong—separated after the Chinese Civil War, with one becoming a committed Communist and the other a committed capitalist—in Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden. New York Times best-selling author Mazzeo (Irena’s Children) reveals that three Sisters in Resistance—a German spy, an American socialite, and Mussolini’s daughter—risked their lives to hand over the secret diaries of Italy's jailed former foreign minister, Galeazzo Ciano, to the Allies; the diaries later figured importantly in the Nuremberg Trials (45,000-copy first printing). A Junior Research Fellowship in English at University College, Oxford, whose PhD dissertation examined how gay cruising manifests in New York poetry, Parlett explains that New York's Fire Island has figured importantly in art, literature, culture, and queer liberation over the past century (75,000-copy first printing). Author of the New York Times best-selling Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy and a former CIA officer, Reynolds argues in Need To Know for the importance of U.S. intelligence during World War II in securing victory. As he reveals in Getting Out of Saigon, White was directed by Chase Manhattan Bank to close its Saigon branch in 1975 and went beyond orders by evacuating not just senior Vietnamese employees but the entire staff and their families (75,000-copy first printing).

Calhoun, Ada. Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me. Grove. Jun. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780802159786. $27. MEMOIR

Grande, Reyna & Sonia Guiñansaca, eds. Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings. HarperVia. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9780063095779. $26. CD. ANTHOLOGY

Hemingway, Ernest & Patrick Hemingway. Dear Papa: The Letters of Patrick and Ernest Hemingway. Scribner. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781982196868. $25.99. CD. LITERATURE

Horn, Lars. Voice of the Fish: A Lyric Essay. Graywolf. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781644450895. pap. $16. ESSAYS

McGrath, Charles. The Summer Friend: A Memoir. Knopf. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593321157. $25. MEMOIR

Patterson, James. James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life. Little, Brown. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780316397537. $29. CD/downloadable. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR

Seymour, Miranda. I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys. Norton. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9781324006121. $32.50. BIOGRAPHY

In Also a Poet, New York Times best-selling author Calhoun blends literary history and memoir, examining her relationship with her father, art critic and poet Peter Schjeldahl, and their shared passion for Frank O’Hara’s work as she draws on taped interviews he conducted for a never-completed biography of O’Hara. In Somewhere We Are Human, distinguished writers/activists Grande and Guiñansaca compile 44 essays, poems, and artworks by migrants, refugees, and Dreamers that help clarify the lives of those who are undocumented. Featuring a selection of letters exchanged by Ernest Hemingway and his son Patrick over two decades, Dear Papa was edited by Patrick Hemingway’s nephew Brendan Hemingway and his grandson Stephen Adams (40,000-copy first printing). Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Horn’s Voice of the Fish uses fish, water, and mythic imagery to illuminate the trans experience, with travels through Russia and a devastating injury the author suffered as backdrop. Former deputy editor of The New Yorker and former editor of the New York Times Book Review, McGrath looks back on childhood summers as both joyous memory and obvious idealization in The Summer Friend, also considering a close friendship with someone from a very different background. Starting out with his nearly dying on the day he was born, the world’s best-selling novelist has some amazing stories to tell in James Patterson by James Patterson (250,000-copy first printing). Having probed the lives of Mary Shelley and Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s wife and daughter, acclaimed biographer Seymour takes on Jean Rhys, the celebrated author of Wide Sargasso Sea in I Used to Live Here Once.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle.

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