July 2022 Prepub Alert: The Complete List

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


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


Literary Fiction

Albert, Elisa. Human Blues. Avid Reader: S. & S. Jul. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9781982167868. $28. LITERARY

On her fourth album, singer-songwriter Aviva Rosner shares her struggles to have a child (and resistance to assisted reproductive technology), and fans and critics respond explosively. Albert’s novels include 2015’s multi-best-booked After Birth and 2008’s Sami Rohr finalist The Book of Dahlia, both variously described as acerbic, blistering, and compelling, so be prepared. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Beauman, Ned. Venomous Lumpsucker. Soho. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781641294126. $27.95. LITERARY

In the 2030s, the DNA sequences of vanishing species are being digitized and uploaded to a global biobank network, the better to revive them. Then a cyberattack wipes out the banks, and two men hunt for a surviving venomous lumpsucker—not a pretty fish but the world’s smartest—across a landscape dotted with floating cities and toxic-waste repositories. From the author of the Somerset Maugham Award–winning and Man Booker long-listed The Teleportation Accident.

Bello, Jumi. The Leaving. Riverhead. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780593538876. $27. LITERARY

Unexpectedly pregnant after years of wanting family and connection but holding back, a young Black woman named Sumatra returns to the United States from her adopted city of Beijing and drops the medication she’s used to manage a dissociative disorder. In and out of therapy sessions, she faces a traumatic incident that battered her childhood and records messages for her unborn daughter. From debuter Bello, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Ph.D. candidate at the Black Mountain Institute.

Khalid, Zain. Brother Alive. Grove. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780802159762. $26. LITERARY

Dayo’s heritage is Nigerian, Iseul’s is Korean, and Youssef’s undefinedly Middle Eastern. But they are adopted brothers, living above a Staten Island mosque with their imam father, who passionately preaches against Western values while remaining disengaged at home. Youssef is secretly sustained by an imaginary double, and all three boys discover the past and rethink the future when they travel to Saudi Arabia with their father. Debuter Khalid was inspired to write after reading Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, also published by Grove Atlantic.

Kochai, Jamil Jan. The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories. Viking. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593297193. $25. LITERARY

Kochai follows 99 Nights in Logar, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, with a story collection embracing Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora. Here, a video game compels a young man to explore his father’s memories of war and occupation, a government employee becomes involved with the immigrant family he’s surveilling, and a physician couple face the consequences of remaining in Kabul.

Marra, Anthony. Mercury Pictures Presents. Hogarth: Crown. Jul. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780451495204. $28.99. LITERARY

Leaving 1920s Italy for Los Angeles after inadvertently causing her father’s arrest, movie-besotted Maria eventually becomes an associate producer at Mercury Pictures. As World War II dawns, Maria is struggling with her personal life even as the studio struggles fi nancially, but soon it’s flooded with refugee European artists—modernist poets writing racy movie scripts. Then a stranger who knew her father arrives to remind her of his fate. From the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

Murata, Sayaka. Life Ceremony. Grove. Jul. 2022. 256p. tr. from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori. ISBN 9780802159588. $25. LITERARY

Japanese phenomenon Murata’s U.S. debut, Convenience Store Woman, was a multi-best-booked sleeper hit in 2018, and the follow-up Earthlings was a New York Times Notable Book. The stories in her first collection translated into English often seem to take place in an alternate reality, familiar but weird. For instance, engaged couple Nana and Naoki are suddenly quarreling because Naoki hates the convention of using deceased people’s bodies for clothes and furniture. Some of the stories here have appeared in Freeman’s and Granta.

Wenzel, Olivia. 1,000 Coils of Fear. Catapult. Jul. 2022. 288p. tr. from German by Priscilla Layne. ISBN 9781646220502. $16.95. LITERARY

The daughter of a Black Angolan father and white East German mother, Wenzel’s Berlin-based protagonist confronts neo-Nazis, finds herself the only Black person at a play about the Wall’s fall, and ends up in New York on the night of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. All of which compels her to examine her story and her identity, which she does in Q&A format—fittingly, as Wenzel is a playwright. This debut novel was an award winner and multi-award nominee in Germany.

Zevin, Gabrielle. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow. Knopf. Jul. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780593321201. $28. LITERARY

When Harvard junior Sam Masur encounters estranged childhood friend Sadie Green on a subway platform, she initially ignores him but then relents. And a good thing, too, for they end up collaborating on video games that soon bring them fame and fortune. But however perfect those digital worlds, the sorrows and duplicity of the imperfect real world await. From the New York Times best-selling author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.


Baldacci, David. The 6:20 Man: A Thriller. Grand Central. Jul. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781538719848. $29. THRILLER

There’s no word on plot, but this summer thriller is a stand-alone—Baldacci’s first in over a decade—and boasts a million-copy first printing.

Child, Lincoln. Chrysalis: A Thriller. Doubleday. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780385543675. $29. THRILLER

Slipping away from regular coauthor Douglas Preston for another solo outing four years after Full Wolf Moon, Child brings back enigmalogist Jeremy Logan to probe the inexplicable, in this case something going haywire with the extraordinary new virtual reality technology being rolled out by the leading tech company Chrysalis. Jeremy quickly realizes that the new technology is a threat to the world.

Goodman, Carol. The Disinvited Guest. Morrow. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780063248991. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9780063020702. $16.99. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

Still combatting health issues from the 2020 pandemic when the next pandemic rolls around, Lucy Harper hastens to seek shelter with husband Reed on his family’s private island off the Maine coast. Alas, there’s something spooky in the air. Is the island haunted—typhus patients once quarantined here—or is a current resident wreaking havoc? From two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning Goodman; with a 75,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Greaney, Mark. Armored. Berkley. Jul. 2022. 528p. ISBN 9780593436875. $28. THRILLER/ESPIONAGE

Having lost his lower left leg while protecting a client, former bodyguard Joshua Duffy now works dispiritedly as a mall cop in New Jersey. Then he’s offered one last glory job: protecting a UN mission attempting to broker peace between violent drug cartels in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains. Based on Greaney’s Audible Original drama, Armored.

Hillier, Jennifer. Things We Do in the Dark. Minotaur: St. Martin's. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250763167. $27.99. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

When Joey was 13, her mother, Pearl, was convicted of murdering a married lover. When Joey was 20, she perished in an apartment fire. But years later, as Pearl is being released from prison, she insists that Joey is still alive and well in Seattle, using an assumed name, and Joey’s old journalist friend Drew decides to investigate. From the author of the award-winning Jar of Hearts; with a 150,000-copy first printing.

Reichs, Kathy. Cold, Cold Bones. Scribner. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781982190026. $27. THRILLER

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is enjoying the company of her daughter, fresh out of the army, when they discover a box on the back porch containing a human eyeball. GPS coordinates traced on the eyeball take them to a Benedictine monastery and another bloody find, after which they stumble upon a mummified corpse in a park. All these unpleasantries imitate cases in Temperance’s past. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Silva, Daniel. Portrait of an Unknown Woman. Harper. Jul. 2022. 496p. ISBN 9780062834850. $28.99. THRILLER/ESPIONAGE

Here’s more international intrigue from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Silva; with a 500,000-copy first printing.

Thor, Brad. Rising Tiger: A Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982182151. $28.99. THRILLER/POLITICAL

A new enemy is challenging the United States, and as the threat grows more ominous, there’s only one thing to do: send in Thor stalwart Scot Harvath. Scot finds himself in a wholly unfamiliar culture, surrounded by threats; clearly, someone knew he was coming. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Tremblay, Paul. The Pallbearers Club. Morrow. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780063069916. $27.99. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

In high school, decidedly not-with-it Art Barbara is befriended by a girl who’s the epitome of chic when she joins the volunteer pallbearers club he has formed to assist at funerals. That she takes pictures of the corpses is one of many unsettling things about her that boil over decades later when Art writes a memoir about the club. From Bram Stoker/British Fantasy winner Tremblay; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Vaughan, Sarah. Reputation. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781668000069. $27. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

Emma has made enormous sacrifices for her political career, hurting her relationship with school-age daughter Flora, which is further complicated by bullied Flora’s advocacy of a law protecting women and girls from online abuse. But things get really bad when one of Emma’s political enemies is found dead in her house. From former political journalist Vaughan, whose Anatomy of a Scandal is being readied for a Netflix series; with a 150,000-copy first printing.

Ware, Ruth. The It Girl. Scout: Gallery. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781982155261. $28.99. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

When she arrived at Oxford, Hannah was quickly pulled into the circle surrounding glittery April Clarke-Cliveden, who was shockingly murdered at the end of second term. A decade later, with the Oxford porter convicted of the crime dead in prison, Hannah is beginning to rethink April’s murder—and believes that one of their friends has been hiding something. From No. 1 New York Times best-selling Ware; with a 300,000-copy first printing.


Carlisle, Kate. The Paper Caper. Berkley. (Bibliophile Mystery, Bk. 16). Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593201466. $27. MYSTERY/COZY

Castillo, Linda. The Hidden One: A Novel of Suspense. (Kate Burkholder, Bk. 14). Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250781055. $27.99. CD. MYSTERY/POLICE PROCEDURAL

Davis, Lindsey. Desperate Undertaking. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Flavia Albia, Bk. 10). Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250799883. $27.99. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL

Hand, Elizabeth. Hokuloa Road. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780316542043. $28. Downloadable. MYSTERY

McCall Smith, Alexander.The Sweet Remnants of Summer. Pantheon. (Isabel Dalhousie, Bk. 14). Jul. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593316948. $27. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY

March, Nev. Peril at the Exposition. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781250855039. $27.99. MYSTERY/HISTORICAL

Munier, Paula. The Wedding Plot. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mercy Carr, Bk. 4). Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250822369. $27.99. MYSTERY

Murphy, Dwyer. An Honest Living. Viking. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593489246. $26. Downloadable. MYSTERY/PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

Rosenfelt, David. Holy Chow. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250828873. $27.99. CD. MYSTERY

In The Paper Caper, Carlisle’s latest “Bibliophile Mystery,” murder transpires at the first annual Mark Twain Festival, held by Brooklyn Wainwright at her bookstore and underwritten by media magnate Joseph Cabot. In Castillo’s The Hidden One, Amish elders turn to Painters Mill chief of police Kate Burkholder when the remains of a long-vanished bishop are discovered, bearing evidence of foul play (150,000-copy first printing). Private informer Flavia Albia’s next Desperate Undertaking is finding a serial killer (or killers) committing brutal murder and staging the corpses around Davis’s first-century CE Rome (30,000-copy first printing). In Hokuloa Road, cross genre–writing, Shirley Jackson Award–winning Hand makes Grady Kendall caretaker of a luxury property in Hawaii (as far as possible from his native Maine), then has him hunting for a young woman from his flight who has since vanished (30,000-copy first printing). In McCall Smith’s The Sweet Remnants of Summer, Isabel Dalhousie is serving on an advisory committee for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery when she is caught up in the squabbles of a prominent family where Nationalist vs. Socialist ideologies prevail. In Peril at the Exposition, a follow-up to March’s Edgar finalist debut, Murder in Old Bombay, newlyweds Capt. Jim Agnihotri and Diana Framji have left British-ruled Bombay (now Mumbai) for 1890s Boston when Jim is sent to investigate a murder in Chicago (50,000-copy first printing). In Munier’s The Wedding Plot, Mercy’s grandmother Patience is set to marry her longtime beloved at the five-star Lady’s Slipper Inn when family enmities bubble to the surface, the inn’s spa director vanishes, and a stranger turns up dead (30,000-copy first printing). In An Honest Living—a debut from Murphy, editor in chief of CrimeReads, Literary Hub’s crime fiction vertical—an attorney picking up odd jobs after walking out on his stranglehold law firm agrees to help reclusive literati Anna Reddick find her possibly thieving bookseller husband, and all’s well until the real Anna Reddick walks in. In Rosenfelt’s Holy Chow, an older woman who adopts sweet senior chow mix Tessie from Andy Carpenter’s Tara Foundation makes Andy promise that if she dies he will take care of Tessie provided that her son cannot—which he certainly can’t when he is arrested days later on suspicion of his mother’s murder (60,000-copy first printing).

Contemporary Pop Fiction 

Brown, Eleanor. Any Other Family. Putnam. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593328545. $27. lrg. prnt. downloadable. FAMILY LIFE

In this latest from New York Times best-selling author Brown (The Weird Sisters), three sets of parents adopt four biological siblings to keep them together after their grandmother’s death. Hard-charging Tabitha took the twins and plans the group’s many interactions, single-mother Ginger isn’t sure she wants to be that close, and Elizabeth is unhappy after her own failed efforts to conceive and fears she’s not cut out for mothering. Then the siblings’ biological mom announces that she’s pregnant again.

Chase, Eve. The Birdcage. Putnam. Jul. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780525542414. $27. Downloadable. CONTEMPOARY

In this latest from Chase, author of the glue-you-to-your-seat LibraryReads picks The Wilding Sisters and Black Rabbit Hall, half-sisters Kat, Flora, and Lauren are summoned to Rock Point, their family’s isolated Cornish summer home. They’re reluctant to return—20 years ago, something terrible happened at Rock Point they want to forget—and it’s soon apparent that someone sneaking about the house wants to spill their involvement in those events.

Cross-Smith, Leesa. Half-Blown Rose. Grand Central. Jul. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781538755167. $28. Downloadable. CONTEMPORARY

Though she’s still hurting from secrets revealed by estranged husband Cillian in a best-selling memoir, fortyish Vincent loves living in Paris, where she’s an art lecturer with engaging friends and a prospective young lover named Loup. But she’s compelled to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding, and soon she’s caught between the blandishments of Cillian and Loup. With a 30,000-copy first printing; from the multi-award-winning, multi-award-nominated author of This Close to Okay.

Deb, Sopan. Keya Das’s Second Act. S. & S. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982185473. $26. FAMILY LIFE

Fiftyish Bengali American Shantanu Das is divorced from his wife, estranged from elder daughter Mitali, and deeply regretful that he rejected teenage daughter Keya, now deceased, after she came out. Then he discovers an unfinished manuscript that Keya was writing with her girlfriend, and as the anniversary of Keya’s death approaches, the entire family becomes involved with a suggestion from Mitali’s new boyfriend: to reconnect and make amends, they could stage the manuscript as a play. A fiction debut from New York Times reporter Deb (Missed Translations); with a 60,000-copy first printing.

Franqui, Leah. After the Hurricane. Morrow. Jul. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063204591. $27.99. CONTEMPORARY

After Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, disaffected young Elena Vega revisits the island in search of her father. Santiago had come to New York as a child and excelled academically despite a difficult upbringing; his own father had returned home bitterly, leaving him to be raised by a mentally unstable mother and tough grandmother. Eventually, Santiago also returned, struggling with a host of demons, and for Elena, tracking him down means learning about her family and heritage. From Puerto Rican–Jewish Franqui, author of Mother Land; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Medoff, Jillian. When We Were Bright and Beautiful. Harper. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780063142022. $26.99. lrg. prnt. FAMILY LIFE

Casey is convinced that younger brother Billy, a Princeton junior, would never have raped his former girlfriend, Diana, and joins her Upper East Side parents in their efforts to get him exonerated. But that could mean revealing some painful secrets of her own. Author of the best-selling This Could Hurt, Medoff pushes some hot buttons here; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Montimore, Margarita. Acts of Violet. Flatiron: Macmillan. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250815064. $27.99. CD. CONTEMPORARY

A decade ago, magician Violet Volk managed a remarkable stunt onstage: she vanished, never to be seen again. But Violet has never been forgotten, and now the host of a podcast about her is angling to interview her quiet sister, Sasha. With the spotlight’s constant glare and disturbing incidents like sleepwalking disrupting her life, Sasha decides that she herself must discover the truth about Violet, however painful. Following the best-selling debut, Oona Out of Order; with a 150,000-copy first printing.

Morrow, Rebecca. Corinne. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781250279996. $28.99. CONTEMPORARY

Thrown out of the fundamentalist church she had attended since childhood and estranged from her family, Corinne has created a new life for herself but still misses what she has left behind. Particularly Enoch Miller. Will she now risk her settled life for a man who can never be hers? From Morrow, the pseudonym for a best-selling author; with a 125,000-copy first printing.

Priscus, Sarah. Groupies. Morrow. Jul. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063218017. $27.99. CONTEMPORARY

When starry-eyed college dropout Faun lands in 1970s Los Angeles, she reconnects with childhood friend Josie and is introduced to the blazing rock band Holiday Sun, fronted by Josie’s boyfriend. Faun is immediately taken with the groupies, from a rebellious high schooler to a drug-dealing new mother who dreams of stardom for herself, and begins capturing them on film. Just as her overall behavior veers into recklessness, Faun begins to realize how dangerous her new life is. From Canadian debuter Priscus, a Pushcart nominee; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Shipman, Viola. The Edge of Summer. Graydon House: Harlequin. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781525804816. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781525811425. $16.99. CD. FAMILY LIFE

Sutton Douglas’s seamstress mother was deeply loving and insistently secretive about her past, and after her death, Sutton packs up and heads for the Michigan resort town from whence her mother came to find out more about her. At an estate sale held by the recently widowed town matriarch, Bonnie Lyons, Sutton buys buttons resembling the sewing notions her mother used and draws close to Bonnie, tantalized by the possibility of connection. From the ever-popular Shipman, pseudonym for award-winning memoirist Wade Rouse.

Soomro, Taymour. Other Names for Love. Farrar. Jul. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780374604646. $26. COMING OF AGE

In this debut from a British Pakistani lawyer-turned-writer, 16-year-old Fahad reluctantly travels with his father from London to rural Pakistan for what promises to be a challenging summer; his father isn’t just reconnecting with family but hoping to toughen up the son he sees as too sensitive, hiring local teenager Ali to do the job. Instead, Fahad and Ali are mutually attracted, even as secrets about Fahad’s father emerge that will return to haunt him decades later. Exploring issues of family and masculinity within the context of Pakistan’s history; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Sullivan, Mecca Jamilah. Big Girl. Liveright: Norton. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781324091417. $27. COMING OF AGE

A Lambda Literary Award winner for her collection Blue Talk and Love, Sullivan offers full-length fiction featuring eight-year-old Harlemite Malaya, who’s resistant to her prim mother’s efforts to send her to Weight Watchers; she’d rather be painting in her room or indulging in street food with her dad. She must also cope with fierce pressures at her mostly white Upper East Side prep school. Eventually, family tragedy makes her rethink the source of her hunger and face down stigmas about women’s bodies.

Historical Fiction 

Chiaverini, Jennifer. Switchboard Soldiers. Morrow. Jul. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780063080690. $28.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL/WORLD WAR I

Druart, Ruth. The Last Hours in Paris. Grand Central. Jul. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9781538735213. $28. Downloadable. HISTORICAL/WORLD WAR II

Kidd, Jess. The Night Ship. Atria. Jul. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781982180812. $28. LITERARY/HISTORICAL

Martin, Madeline. The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781335427489. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781335426918. $16.99. HISTORICAL/WORLD WAR II

Lock, Norman. Voices in the Dead House. Bellevue Literary. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781954276017. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL/CIVIL WAR ERA

Riley, Vanessa. Sister Mother Warrior. Morrow. Jul. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780063073548. $27.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL/HAITI

Chiaverini’s Switchboard Soldiers chronicles the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who weren’t even eligible to enlist in the army but helped facilitate communication on the battlefield as bombs fell around them and pandemic raged during World War I (150,000-copy first printing). French Resistance fighter Elise and German soldier Sebastian fall in love in Occupied Paris and face moral crisis at war’s end in Druart’s The Last Hours in Paris (45,000-copy first printing). In Kidd’s The Night Ship, sad-eyed young Gil is sent to live with his grandfather in a Western Australian fishing community and learns about the 1629 sinking of a ship whose passengers included the newly orphaned Mayken, sailing to what was then the Dutch East Indies (75,000-copy first printing). In Martin’s latest, Ava is The Librarian Spy, working undercover in World War II Lisbon to collect intelligence and finding connection through coded messages with Elaine, apprenticed at a press run by the Resistance in Occupied France (150,000-copy first printing). Lock continues his successful “American Novels” series with Voices in the Dead House, which braids together the experiences of Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott in Civil War–torn Washington, DC. In Sister Mother Warrior, celebrated Island Queen author Riley conveys the Haitian Revolution through the stories of two women: Marie-Claire Bonheur, the first empress of Haiti, and West African–born warrior Gran Toya (100,000-copy first printing).


Chambers, Becky. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy. Tor.com. (Monk & Robot, Bk. 2). Jul. 2022. 160p. ISBN 9781250236234. $21.99. SF/ACTION & ADVENTURE

In this second in a new series from Clarke/Locus nominee Chambers, famed Tea Monk Sibling Dex and the robot Mosscap, whose mission is to discover what humanity really needs, have finished up touring the rural areas of the moon where they live and are heading toward habitation. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Feist, Raymond E. Master of Furies. Harper Voyager. (Firemane Saga, Bk. 3). Jul. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780062315823. $27.99. FANTASY/EPIC

In this wrap-up to the “Firemane Saga,” Declan Smith and Baron Daylon Dumarch seek vengeance after raiders devastate Marquensas, massacring multitudes. Meanwhile, Hava, now known as the Sea Demon, seeks out the source of this violence even as her husband, last of the Firemanes, the ruling family of Ithrace, struggles to master his magic. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Hendrix, Grady. How To Sell a Haunted House. Berkley. Jul. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593201268. $27. Downloadable. HORROR

After the death of her parents, Louise returns to her Southern hometown to ready their house for sale. She dreads having to deal with her younger brother, given their past battles, but what’s worse is the creepy something she encounters in the house itself. Following the author of the New York Times best-selling, LJ-starred The Final Girl Support Group.

Kingfisher, T. What Moves the Dead. Tor Nightfire. Jul. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9781250830753. $19.99. HORROR

When retired soldier Alex Easton learns their childhood friend Madeleine Usher is dying, they rush to the ancestral Usher home in Ruritania. There they encounter weird fungus, possessed wildlife, a sleepwalking Madeleine, and her nerve-wrecked brother. Working out what has happened requires the help of a British mycologist and an American doctor. A reimaging of Poe’s classic; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Meadows, Foz. A Strange and Stubborn Endurance. Tor. Jul. 2022. 544p. ISBN 9781250829139. $27.99. FANTASY/HISTORICAL

When his preference for men emerges, Velasin vin Aaro fears that he has wrecked his diplomatic mission to the Tithena. But while his own country prohibits relationships between men, the Tithena have an enlightened perspective and propose a political marriage between Velasin and one of their own, a man named Caethari Aeduria. When violence threatens the new alliance, Vel and Cae have no one to trust but each other. From Hugo Award–winning Australian Meadows; with a 125,000-copy first printing.

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. Del Rey: Ballantine. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593355336. $28. HORROR

The masterly author of Mexican Gothic retells the story of Doctor Moreau from the perspective of his daughter, Carlota, who grows up on a grand estate on the Yucatán peninsula as her father conducts experiments funded by the wealthy Lizaldes. The estate also serves as home to Montgomery Laughton, Doctor Moreau’s hard-drinking assistant, and the many part-human, part-animal hybrids that result from the doctor’s creepy experiments. The arrival of a Lizalde son disrupts everything.

Query, Matt & Harrison Query. Old Country. Grand Central. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781538721209. $28. Downloadable. HORROR

In this debut, based on a Reddit sensation that was preempted by Netflix for seven figures, former U.S. Marine Harry and his wife, Sasha, buy a ranch in a beautiful Idaho valley. A mile away, their closest neighbors insist that a malevolent spirit haunts the valley, and Harry and Sasha suspect that the isolation has taken its toll on these hapless folks. They should have listened. With a 30,000-copy first printing.

Roy, Lucinda. Flying the Coop. Tor. (Dreambird Chronicles, Bk. 2). Jul. 2022. 496p. ISBN 9781250809827. $27.99. SF/POSTAPOCALYPTIC

With this follow-up to The Freedom Race, the multi-genre author Roy’s first foray into speculative fiction, a search for Freedom brings former Muleseed Jellybean “Ji-ji” Silapu to the Dream City, formerly the U.S. capital. It’s risky business—no person of color is safe in Ji-ji’s world—but with her new-found ability to fly she and friends Tiro and Afarra, struggling to lay aside their own ghosts, could all find their dreams. With a 125,000-copy first printing.

Vale, Maria. Wolf in the Shadows. Sourcebooks Casablanca. Jul. 2022. (Legend of All Wolves, Bk. 4). 336p. ISBN 9781728214733. pap. $8.99. ROMANCE/PARANORMAL SHIFTERS

In this next in the “Legend of All Wolves” series, Julia is a Shifter trapped with the Great North Pack whose task is tending to Arthur, the Omega wolf at the bottom of pack hierarchy who watches out for all the other wolves. Happily, they fall in love. Lots of wolf-human tales out there, but Vale’s series is especially smart and vividly told, so check it out.

Wynne, Phoebe. The Ruins. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250272065. $27.99. GOTHIC

Ruby Ashby has always loved the Chateau des Sètes, her parents’ gorgeous away-from-England home, located on the Cote d’Azur. But this August, strange things are happening—unexpected guests arrive, children are left untended, and Ruby starts feeling trapped. Two decades later, she arrives at the house as a young widow, intent on repurchasing it and reclaiming its glory days despite its subsequent terrible history. But someone else wants it, too. From the author of Madam; with a 75,000-copy first printing.




Agustín, Rafael. Illegally Yours: A Memoir. Grand Central. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781538705940. $29. Downloadable. MEMOIR

It wasn’t until he was a teenager trying to get his driver’s license that TV writer Rafael Agustín (Jane theVirgin) learned he was undocumented; his Ecuadorian immigrant parents had guarded this secret so that he would not grow up fearful. Here, in sometimes reportedly comic passages—he’s an alumnus of the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase—Agustin details his family’s struggles and how they bonded over managing their risk-filled lives. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Allen, Kendra. Fruit Punch: A Memoir. Ecco. Jul. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9780063048539. $26.99. CD. MEMOIR

Recipient of the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction for her essay collection When You Learn the Alphabet and author of the widely reviewed The Collection Plate: Poems, Allen offers a memoir explaining how she overcame the suffocating expectations of a young Black woman growing up in the South in the 1990s and early 2000s. There’s real in-house excitement for this work as special in language and content; witness the 75,000-copy first printing.

Bleszinski, Cliff. Control Freak: My Epic Adventure Making Video Games. S. & S. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982149147. $28.99. MEMOIR

Former director of Epic Games Design and a 25-year veteran of the video game industry, Bleszinski gives us an account not simply of his career—it started when he shipped his first commercial title, Jazz Jackrabbit, before he graduated from high school—but of the video game industry as a whole. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Cunningham, Doreen. Soundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales: A Memoir. Scribner. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982171797. $27.99. CD. MEMOIR

Award-winning science writer Cunningham offers a memoir blending motherhood and climate-change research as she brings along her toddler while tracking the migration of threatened gray whales, struggling to survive as they give birth and adapt to warmer waters. Cunningham expands her account by recalling having lived with an Iñupiaq family in Alaska seven years earlier and observed the changing world of Indigenous whale hunters. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Gay, Heather. Bad Mormon. Gallery: S. & S. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982199531. $28.99. CD. MEMOIR

A star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and cofounder of innovative cosmetic medical practice Beauty Lab + Laser, Gay relates how her picture-perfect life as a committed Mormon was upended when her husband filed for divorce. Then she explains putting her life together after her breakup with both husband and Mormonism while contemplating how to raise strong women and negotiating the difficult balance between duty to self and duty to God. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Hauser, CJ. The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays. Doubleday. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780385547079. $28. Downloadable. MEMOIR

With this wide-ranging and widely anticipated memoir–cum–essay collection, Hauser expands on a viral essay about calling off her wedding that went on to explore an expedition ten days later to study the whooping crane in Texas. There she realized that she had narrowly avoided committing herself to someone else’s vision of life, and the pieces here all reflect her determination to look for the unexpected and avoid accepted narratives of happiness.

Hill, Matt Rowland. Original Sins: A Memoir. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781335469571. $27.99. CD. MEMOIR

South Wales–born Hill grew up the son of a conservative minister, began losing faith as a teenager, and turned to heroin and crack to fill the hole forming in his life. The addiction he developed drove him nearly to suicide, and though he proclaimed he had two great loves—Jesus and heroin—he realized that he had to walk away from both to survive. Originally bought in the UK in an eight-way auction; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Ice-T & others. Split Decision: Life Stories. Gallery: S. & S. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982148775. $28.99. MEMOIR

Before Ice-T was a rapper, songwriter, and actor best known for Law & Order—he’s the longest-running male actor on any prime-time drama ever—he joined with friend Spike in a series of jewelry heists in Los Angeles and elsewhere. In a memoir written with Spike and Edgar finalist Douglas Century, he explains how he decided to turn away from a life of crime while Spike went down a different road and ended up in prison for three years. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Masters, Oksana with Cassidy Randall. The Hard Parts: From Chernobyl to Paralympic Champion—My Story of Achieving the Extraordinary. Scribner. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982185503. $28. MEMOIR

When Masters was born, she had one kidney, a partial stomach, six toes on each foot, webbed fingers, no right bicep, no thumbs, and no tibias—terrible challenges resulting from having been conceived near Chernobyl. Surrendered to an orphanage, she was adopted by U.S. professor Guy Masters after a two-year battle and is now a ten-time Paralympic medalist specializing in rowing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, and road cycling. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Rojas Contreras, Ingrid. The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir. Doubleday. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780385546669. $30. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, and now based in California, Contreras made a name for herself with the LJ-starred debut novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree. Here she turns to nonfiction as she recalls suffering amnesia after a head injury in her twenties and seeking to uncover her family history. Her mother had suffered a similar injury as a child and emerged able to see ghosts—part of a family legacy of otherworldly connection exemplified by her own father, a famed curandero, or healer, said to talk to the dead, see the future, and move clouds. Here, the author weaves together her family history, rediscovered with her mother, and that of Colombia.

Wong, Carmen Rita. Why Didn’t You Tell Me. Crown. Jul. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593240250. $27. MEMOIR

On the boards of The Moth and Planned Parenthood, media entrepreneur Wong was initially raised in Harlem, the child of a passionate Latina mother and an immigrant hustler father, who frequently took her to Chinatown. Later, when her mother married a white man, Wong ended up in New Hampshire, and her relationship with her mother deteriorated as four half-siblings came along. Not until after her mother died did a startling secret emerge that shook Wong’s sense of identity to its foundation.

Current Issues

Auletta, Ken. Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence. Penguin Pr. Jul. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9781984878373. $30. BIOGRPAHY

Ball, Matthew. The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything. Liveright: Norton. Jul. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781324092032. $27.95. TECHNOLOGY

Jones, Reece. Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States. Counterpoint. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781640095205. $26. POLITICAL SCIENCE

Leibovich, Mark. Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission. Penguin Pr. Jul. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593296318. $30. POLITICAL SCIENCE

Nance, Malcolm. They Want To Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250279002. $29.99. POLITICAL SCIENCE

Having revealed Harvey Weinstein’s violent behavior two decades ago in a New Yorker profile, Auletta asks in Hollywood Ending whether Weinstein’s sexual predation can be attributed to himself alone or to the Hollywood power game—and why it took so long to challenge it. Tech theorist and venture capitalist Ball explains The Metaverse as a three-dimensional network of interconnected experiences and devices, tools and infrastructure that transcends virtual reality and has the capacity to reshape society. In Nobody Is Protected, Geopolitics editor in chief Jones (Border Walls) tracks the U.S. Border Patrol from its brutal early days to its current power to conduct warrantless stops and interrogations within 100 miles of the border, arguing that it is trampling on the Fourth Amendment in its bid to become a national police force. From New York Times best-selling, National Magazine Award–winning Leibovich (This Town), Thank You for Your Servitude critiques the cult of submission in the Republican Party that allowed Donald Trump to flourish. A veteran of the U.S. intelligence community's Combating Terrorism program, the Black, Arabic-speaking Nance shifts his focus from al Qaeda and ISIS to the threat posed by the January 6, 2021, insurrectionists and their supporters—privileged, he argues, by their whiteness—in They Want To Kill Americans (200,000-copy first printing).

Final Nonfiction

Cose, Ellis. Race and Reckoning: From Founding Fathers to Today’s Disruptors. Amistad: HarperCollins. Jul. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780063072442. $27.99. SOCIAL HISTORY

Fairbanks, Eve. The Inheritors: An Intimate Portrait of South Africa’s Racial Reckoning. S. & S. Jul. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781476725246. $27.99. CD. SOCIAL SCIENCE/RACE RELATIONS

Hager, Andrew. All-American Dogs: A History of Presidential Pets from Every Era. Dey Street: Morrow. Jul. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780063158276. $19.99. PETS

Livingstone, Natalie. The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Dynasty. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2022. ISBN 9781250280190. $39.99. SOCIAL HSITORY

Nahvi, Farzon A. Code Gray: Death, Life, and Uncertainty in the ER. S. & S. Jul. 2022 288P. ISBN 9781982160296. $27.99. CD. MEMOIR/MEDICAL

Phillips, Maya. Nerd: Adventures in Fandom from This Universe to the Multiverse. Atria. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982165772. $27. CD. MEMOIR

Robb, Graham. France: An Adventure History. Norton. Jul. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9781324002567. $32.50. HISTORY

Steinmetz, Greg. American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street’s Biggest Fortune. S. & S. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982107406. $28.99. CD. BIOGRAPHY/BUSINESS

Yong, Ed. An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us. Random. Jul. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780593133231. $30. Downloadable. NATURE

In Race and Reckoning, Cose (The Rage of a Privileged Class) argues that throughout U.S. history racial bias has always shaped key decisions and events (25,000-copy first printing). Ten years in the making, journalist Fairbanks’s The Inheritors follows three everyday South Africans over five decades to reveal how the end of apartheid unfolded. From Hager, historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, All-American Dogs is organized by historical era to chronicle the 31 U.S. presidents who have kept canines within petting distance at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (100,000-copy first printing; four-color illustrations). Ranging from the early 1800s to the early 2000s, Livingstone reveals the manifold accomplishments of The Women of Rothschild (40,000-copy first printing). In Code Gray, ER physician Nahvi highlights the daily ethical questions faced by doctors in his position (50,000-copy first printing). In Nerd, New York Times critic at large Phillips, who writes about theater and poetry as well as film, shows how pop-culture fan favorites from Star Wars to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Doctor Who have shaped her—and have much to tell us about society at large (50,000-copy first printing). A multi-award-winning British author who specializes in French history and culture—his biographies of Hugo, Rimbaud, and Balzac were all New York Times Best Books—Robb now gives us France from Gaulish times ’til COVID-19. Journalist–turned–money manager Steinmetz (The Richest Man Who Ever Lived) introduces us to an American Rascal—Jay Gould, richer than Rockefeller or even Croesus and the reason Wall Street’s first financial reforms were instituted (50,000-copy first printing). Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times best-selling science writer Yong reveals how animals other than humans perceive their surroundings in An Immense World.










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