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Beyond the Wall: A History of East Germany
by Katja Hoyer
Basic Books, 09/05/2023
 
In 1990, a country disappeared. When the Iron Curtain fell, East Germany ceased to be. For over forty years, from the ruin of the Second World War to ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Budapest: Portrait of a City Between East and West
by Victor Sebestyen
Pantheon Books, 09/05/2023
 
Victor Sebestyen has written a sweeping, colorful and immersive history of the capital of Hungary, from the fifth century to the present day: a ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?: An Oral History of the '60s Girl Groups
by Laura Flam, Emily Sieu Liebowitz
Hachette Books, 09/05/2023
 
The girl group sound, made famous and unforgettable by acts like The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Supremes, and The Vandellas, took over the airwaves ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Creep: Accusations and Confessions
by Myriam Gurba
Avid Reader Press, 09/05/2023
 
A creep can be a singular figure, a villain who makes things go bump in the night. Yet creep is also what the fog does—it lurks into place to do...more
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Essays
Dayswork: A Novel
by Chris Bachelder, Jennifer Habel
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/05/2023
 
In the endless days of the pandemic, a woman spends her time sorting fact from fiction in the life and work of Herman Melville. As she delves into ...more
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Literary Fiction
Dearborn
by Ghassan Zeineddine
Tin House Books, 09/05/2023
 
Spanning several decades, Ghassan Zeineddine's debut collection examines the diverse range and complexities of the Arab American community in Dearborn...more
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Short Stories
 Debut Author
Evil Eye: A Novel
by Etaf Rum
Harper, 09/05/2023
 
"After Yara is placed on probation at work for fighting with a racist coworker, her Palestinian mother claims the provocation and all that's come ...more
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Literary Fiction
Landlines: The Remarkable Story of a Thousand-Mile Journey Across Britain
by Raynor Winn
Pegasus Books, 09/05/2023
 
Raynor Winn knows that her husband Moth's health is declining, getting worse by the day. She knows of only one cure. It worked once before. But will ...more
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Travel & Adventure
Phoebe's Diary
by Phoebe Wahl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 09/05/2023
 
Meet Phoebe. She's cool and insecure, talented and vulnerable, sexy and awkward, driven and confused, ecstatic and tragic.

Like you.

And here is...more
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Biography/Memoir
Proud Sorrows: Billy Boyle WWII Mysteries #18
by James R. Benn
Soho Crime, 09/05/2023
 
Norfolk, England, November 1944: After a series of dangerous missions in the South of France, US Army Captain Billy Boyle is finally on leave, and is ...more
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Mysteries
Quartet: How Four Women Changed the Musical World
by Leah Broad
Faber and Faber, 09/05/2023
 
Ethel Smyth (b.1858): Famed for her operas, this trailblazing queer Victorian composer was a larger-than-life socialite, intrepid traveller and ...more
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Biography/Memoir
 Debut Author
Recovery: The Lost Art of Convalescence
by Gavin Francis
Penguin Life, 09/05/2023
 
For many of us, time spent in recovery—from a broken leg, a virus, chronic illness, or the crisis of depression or anxiety—can feel like ...more
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Science, Health and the Environment
Reykjavík: A Crime Story
by Ragnar Jónasson, Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Minotaur Books, 09/05/2023
 
What happened to Lára?

Iceland, 1956. Fourteen-year-old Lára decides to spend the summer working for a couple on the small island of ...more
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Thrillers
Rusted Souls: Tom Harper Mysteries #11
by Chris Nickson
Severn House, 09/05/2023
 
Leeds, 1920. Chief Constable Tom Harper of Leeds City Police has just six weeks left in the role before his well-earned retirement. But even though ...more
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Mysteries
Sure, I'll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere
by Maria Bamford
Gallery Books, 09/05/2023
 
Maria Bamford is a comedian's comedian (an outsider among outsiders) and has forever fought to find a place to belong. From struggling with an eating ...more
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Biography/Memoir
The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century's Greatest Dilemma
by Mustafa Suleyman
Crown, 09/05/2023
 
We are approaching a critical threshold in the history of our species. Everything is about to change.

Soon you will live surrounded by AIs. They ...more
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Science, Health and the Environment
 Debut Author
The Dance of the Dolls
by Lucy Ashe
Union Square Press, 09/05/2023
 
The Dance of the Dolls tells the story of identical twin ballerinas rehearsing for Coppélia at the recently opened Sadler's Wells Theatre. ...more
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Historical Fiction
 Debut Author
The Fraud: A Novel
by Zadie Smith
Penguin Press, 09/05/2023
 
It is 1873. Mrs. Eliza Touchet is the Scottish housekeeper—and cousin by marriage—of a once-famous novelist, now in decline, William ...more
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Historical Fiction
The Future: Biblioasis International Translation Series #44
by Catherine Leroux
Biblioasis, 09/05/2023
 
In an alternate history of Detroit, the Motor City was never surrendered to the US. Its residents deal with pollution, poverty, and the legacy of ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy: and the Path to a Shared American Future
by Robert P. Jones
Simon & Schuster, 09/05/2023
 
Beginning with contemporary efforts to reckon with the legacy of white supremacy in America, Jones returns to the fateful year when a little-known ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
The Longmire Defense: A Longmire Mystery
by Craig Johnson
Viking, 09/05/2023
 
Deep in the heart of the Wyoming countryside, Sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire, is called to a crime scene like few others that he has seen. ...more
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Mysteries
The Raging Storm: Detective Matthew Venn Series #3
by Ann Cleeves
Minotaur Books, 09/05/2023
 
Fierce winds, dark secrets, deadly intentions.

When Jem Rosco—sailor, adventurer, and legend—blows into town in the middle of an autumn...more
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Mysteries
The September House
by Carissa Orlando
Berkley Books, 09/05/2023
 
When Margaret and her husband Hal bought the large Victorian house on Hawthorn Street—for sale at a surprisingly reasonable price—they ...more
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Thrillers
 Debut Author
The Spirit Bares Its Teeth
by Andrew Joseph White
Peachtree Publishers, 09/05/2023
 
Mors vincit omnia. Death conquers all.

London, 1883. The Veil between the living and dead has thinned. Violet-eyed mediums commune with spirits ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
Trouble the Living: A Novel
by Francesca McDonnell Capossela
Lake Union Publishing, 09/05/2023
 
It's the final years of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and Bríd and her sister, Ina, try to maintain a stable life in a divided country. ...more
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Literary Fiction
 Debut Author
Wednesday's Child: Stories
by Yiyun Li
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 09/05/2023
 
A grieving mother makes a spreadsheet of everyone she's lost. Elsewhere, a professor develops a troubled intimacy with her hairdresser. And every year...more
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Short Stories
Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments
by Joe Posnanski
Dutton, 09/05/2023
 
Posnanski writes of major moments that created legends, and of forgotten moments almost lost to time. It's Willie Mays's catch, Babe Ruth's called ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Wound: A Novel
by Oksana Vasyakina
Catapult, 09/05/2023
 
From one of Russia's most exciting new voices, Wound follows a young lesbian poet on a journey from Moscow to her hometown in Siberia, where she has ...more
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Literary Fiction
 Debut Author
Chenneville: A Novel of Murder, Loss, and Vengeance
by Paulette Jiles
William Morrow, 09/12/2023
 
Union soldier John Chenneville suffered a traumatic head wound in battle. His recovery took the better part of a year as he struggled to regain his ...more
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Historical Fiction
Cocktail
by Lisa Alward
Biblioasis, 09/12/2023
 
A girl receives a bedtime visit from a drunken party guest, who will haunt her fantasies for years. A young mother discovers underneath the wallpaper ...more
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Short Stories
 Debut Author
Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet
by Ben Goldfarb
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/12/2023
 
Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ...more
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Science, Health and the Environment
Digging Stars: A Novel
by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/12/2023
 
With admission to The Program, an elite interdisciplinary graduate cohort at the forefront of astronomy and technology, Rosa's dreams are finally ...more
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Literary Fiction
Elon Musk
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster, 09/12/2023
 
When Elon Musk was a kid in South Africa, he was regularly beaten by bullies. One day a group pushed him down some concrete steps and kicked him until...more
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Biography/Memoir
Fair Rosaline: A Novel
by Natasha Solomons
Sourcebooks, 09/12/2023
 
The first time Romeo Montague sees young Rosaline Capulet he falls instantly in love. Rosaline, headstrong and independent, is unsure of Romeo's ...more
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Historical Fiction
Glitter and Concrete: A Cultural History of Drag in New York City
by Elyssa Maxx Goodman
Hanover Square Press, 09/12/2023
 
From the lush feather boas that adorned early female impersonators to the sequined lip syncs of barroom queens to the drag kings that have us laughing...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
 Debut Author
Godkiller
by Hannah Kaner
Harper Voyager, 09/12/2023
 
Gods are forbidden in the kingdom of Middren. Formed by human desires and fed by their worship, there are countless gods in the world—but after ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
Larry McMurtry: A Life
by Tracy Daugherty
St. Martin's Press, 09/12/2023
 
In over forty books, in a career that spanned over sixty years, Larry McMurtry staked his claim as a superior chronicler of the American West, and as ...more
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Biography/Memoir
Lucy by the Sea: A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout
Random House, 09/12/2023
 
With her trademark spare, crystalline prose—a voice infused with "intimate, fragile, desperate humanness" (Washington Post)—Elizabeth ...more
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Literary Fiction
Monstrous
by Jessica Lewis
Delacorte Press, 09/12/2023
 
Don't go outside past dark. Come straight home after church. And above all—never, ever, go into Red Wood.

These are the rules Latavia's aunt ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
Omega Farm: A Memoir
by Martha McPhee
Scribner, 09/12/2023
 
In March 2020, Martha McPhee, her husband, and their two almost-grown children set out for her childhood home in New Jersey, where she finds herself ...more
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Biography/Memoir
Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal
by Bettina L. Love
St. Martin's Press, 09/12/2023
 
In Punished for Dreaming Dr. Bettina Love argues forcefully that Reagan's presidency ushered in a War on Black Children, pathologizing and penalizing ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Rez Ball
by Byron Graves
Heartdrum, 09/12/2023
 
These days, Tre Brun is happiest when he is playing basketball on the Red Lake Reservation high school team—even though he can't help but be ...more
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Literary Fiction
 Debut Author
Roaming
by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki
Drawn & Quarterly, 09/12/2023
 
Over the course of a much-anticipated trip to New York, an unexpected fling blossoms between casual acquaintances and throws a long-term friendship ...more
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Graphic Novels
Rouge: A Novel
by Mona Awad
Marysue Rucci Books, 09/12/2023
 
For as long as she can remember, Belle has been insidiously obsessed with her skin and skincare videos. When her estranged mother Noelle mysteriously ...more
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Literary Fiction
Sing a Black Girl's Song: The Unpublished Work of Ntozake Shange
by Ntozake Shange
Legacy Lit, 09/12/2023
 
In the late '60s, Ntozake Shange was a student at Barnard College discovering her budding talent as a writer, publishing in her school's literary ...more
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Essays
The Death I Gave Him
by Em X. Liu
Solaris, 09/12/2023
 
Hayden Lichfield's life is ripped apart when he finds his father murdered in their lab, and the camera logs erased. The killer can only have been ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
The Devil of the Provinces
by Juan Cárdenas
Coffee House Press, 09/12/2023
 
When a biologist returns to Colombia after fifteen years abroad, he quickly becomes entangled in the trappings of his past and his increasingly ...more
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Thrillers
The Heart of It All
by Christian Kiefer
Melville House, 09/12/2023
 
Set in failing small town in central Ohio, The Heart of It All asks how one manages, in an America of increasing unsurety, to find a sense of family ...more
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Literary Fiction
The Meadows
by Stephanie Oakes
Dial Books, 09/12/2023
 
Everyone hopes for a letter—to attend the Estuary, the Glades, the Meadows. These are the special places where only the best and brightest go to...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
The Missing Morningstar: And Other Stories
by Stacie Shannon Denetsosie
Torrey House Press, 09/12/2023
 
A young Navajo man catches a ride home alongside a casket he's sure contains his dead grandfather. A gas station clerk witnesses the kidnapping of the...more
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Short Stories
The Secret Hours
by Mick Herron
Soho Crime, 09/12/2023
 
Two years ago, a hostile Prime Minister launched the Monochrome inquiry, investigating "historical over-reaching" by the British Secret Service. ...more
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Thrillers
The Vaster Wilds: A Novel
by Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books, 09/12/2023
 
A servant girl escapes from a colonial settlement in the wilderness. She carries nothing with her but her wits, a few possessions, and the spark of ...more
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Historical Fiction
The Young Man
by Annie Ernaux
Seven Stories Press, 09/12/2023
 
The Young Man is Annie Ernaux's account of her passionate love affair with A., a man some 30 years younger, when she was in her fifties. The ...more
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Biography/Memoir
This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America
by Navied Mahdavian
Princeton Architectural Press, 09/12/2023
 
Before Navied Mahdavian moved with his wife and dog in November of 2016 from San Francisco to an off-the-grid cabin in rural Idaho, he had never ...more
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Biography/Memoir
 Debut Author
Those Pink Mountain Nights
by Jen Ferguson
Heartdrum, 09/12/2023
 
Overachievement isn't a bad word—for Berlin, it's the goal. She's securing excellent grades, planning her future, and working a part-time job at...more
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Literary Fiction
Witch of Wild Things
by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Berkley Books, 09/12/2023
 
Sage Flores has been running from her family—and their "gifts"—ever since her younger sister Sky died. Eight years later, Sage reluctantly...more
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Romance
 Debut Author
A Myriad of Tongues: How Languages Reveal Differences in How We Think
by Caleb Everett
Harvard University Press, 09/19/2023
 
We tend to assume that all languages categorize ideas and objects similarly, reflecting our common human experience. But this isn't the case. When we ...more
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Science, Health and the Environment
Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement
by Ashley Shew
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/19/2023
 
When bioethicist and professor Ashley Shew became a self-described "hard-of-hearing chemobrained amputee with Crohn's disease and tinnitus," there was...more
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Science, Health and the Environment
All the Fighting Parts
by Hannah V. Sawyerr
Amulet Books, 09/19/2023
 
Sixteen-year-old Amina Conteh has always believed in using her voice as her weapon—even when it gets her into trouble. After cursing at a ...more
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Poetry & Novels in Verse
 Debut Author
All You Have to Do Is Call
by Kerri Maher
Berkley Books, 09/19/2023
 
Chicago, early 1970s: Who does a woman call when she needs help? Jane.

The best-known secret in the city, Jane is an underground women's health ...more
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Historical Fiction
Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune
by Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe
Harper, 09/19/2023
 
The story of the Astors is a quintessentially American story—of ambition, invention, destruction, and reinvention.

From 1783, when German ...more
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Biography/Memoir
Beyond the Door of No Return: A Novel
by David Diop
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 09/19/2023
 
Paris, 1806. The renowned botanist Michel Adanson lies on his deathbed, the masterwork to which he dedicated his life still incomplete. As he expires,...more
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Literary Fiction
Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America
by Michael Harriot
Dey Street Books, 09/19/2023
 
America's backstory is a whitewashed mythology implanted in our collective memory. It is the story of the pilgrims on the Mayflower building a new ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Black Sheep
by Rachel Harrison
Berkley Books, 09/19/2023
 
Nobody has a "normal" family, but Vesper Wright's is truly...something else. Vesper left home at eighteen and never looked back—mostly because ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
Bright Young Women: A Novel
by Jessica Knoll
Marysue Rucci Books, 09/19/2023
 
January 15, 1978, is a night of promise, excitement, and desire. A serial killer's murderous spree in the Pacific Northwest couldn't be further from ...more
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Thrillers
Champion of Fate: Heromaker #1
by Kendare Blake
Quill Tree Books, 09/19/2023
 
Aristene are an order of mythical female warriors. Though heroes might be immortalized in legends, it's the Aristene who guide their paths to victory....more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
Father and Son: A Memoir
by Jonathan Raban
Knopf, 09/19/2023
 
In June 2011, just days before his sixty-ninth birthday, Jonathan Raban was sitting down to dinner with his daughter when he found he couldn't move ...more
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Biography/Memoir
Flee North: A Forgotten Hero and the Fight for Freedom in Slavery's Borderland
by Scott Shane
Celadon, 09/19/2023
 
Born into slavery, by the 1840s Thomas Smallwood was free, self-educated, and working as a shoemaker a short walk from the U.S. Capitol. He recruited ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Loved and Missed
by Susie Boyt
New York Review Books, 09/19/2023
 
Ruth is a woman who believes in and despairs of the curative power of love. Her daughter, Eleanor, who is addicted to drugs, has just had a baby, Lily...more
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Literary Fiction
Mom Rage: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood
by Minna Dubin
Seal Press, 09/19/2023
 
Mothers aren't supposed to be angry. Still, Minna Dubin was an angry mom: exhausted by the grueling, thankless work of full-time parenting and feeling...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
 Debut Author
Move Like Water: My Story of the Sea
by Hannah Stowe
Tin House Books, 09/19/2023
 
As a young girl, Hannah Stowe was raised at the tide's edge on the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales, falling asleep to the sweep of the lighthouse beam. ...more
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Biography/Memoir
 Debut Author
Mr. Texas: A Novel
by Lawrence Wright
Knopf, 09/19/2023
 
Sonny Lamb is an affable, if floundering, rancher with the unfortunate habit of becoming a punchline in his Texas hometown. Most recently, to everyone...more
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Literary Fiction
Night Watch: A Novel
by Jayne Anne Phillips
Knopf, 09/19/2023
 
In 1874, in the wake of the War, erasure, trauma, and namelessness haunt civilians and veterans, renegades and wanderers, freedmen and runaways. ...more
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Historical Fiction
North Woods: A Novel
by Daniel Mason
Random House, 09/19/2023
 
When two young lovers abscond from a Puritan colony, little do they know that their humble cabin in the woods will become the home of an extraordinary...more
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Historical Fiction
Saving Emma: A Novel
by Allen Eskens
Mulholland, 09/19/2023
 
When Boady Sanden first receives the case of Elijah Matthews, he's certain there's not much he can do. Elijah, who believes himself to be a prophet, ...more
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Thrillers
The Book of (More) Delights: Essays
by Ross Gay
Algonquin Books, 09/19/2023
 
Ross Gay's essays have been called "exquisite" (Tracy K. Smith), "imperative" (the New York Times Book Review), and "brilliant" (Ada Limón). Now,...more
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Essays
The Collectors: Stories
by A.S. King
Dutton, 09/19/2023
 
From David Levithan's story about a non-binary kid collecting pieces of other people's collections to Jenny Torres Sanchez's tale of a girl gathering ...more
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Short Stories
The Golden Gate: A Novel
by Amy Chua
Minotaur Books, 09/19/2023
 
In Berkeley, California, in 1944, Homicide Detective Al Sullivan has just left the swanky Claremont Hotel after a drink in the bar when a presidential...more
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Historical Fiction
 Debut Author
The Lost Supper: Searching for the Future of Food in the Flavors of the Past
by Taras Grescoe
Greystone Books, 09/19/2023
 
Many of us are worried (or at least we should be) about the impacts of globalization, pollution, and biotechnology on our diets. Whether it's ...more
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Science, Health and the Environment
The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I
by Douglas Brunt
Atria Books, 09/19/2023
 
September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, ...more
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Biography/Memoir
The Pole: A Novel
by J. M. Coetzee
Liveright/W.W. Norton, 09/19/2023
 
Exacting yet maddeningly unpredictable, J. M. Coetzee's The Pole tells the story of Wittold Walccyzkiecz, a vigorous, "extravagantly white-haired" ...more
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Literary Fiction
The World Wasn't Ready for You: Stories
by Justin C. Key
Harper, 09/19/2023
 
Justin C. Key has long been obsessed with monsters. Reading R. L. Stine's Goosebumps as a kid, he imagined himself battling monsters and mayhem to a ...more
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Short Stories
 Debut Author
The Wren, the Wren: A Novel
by Anne Enright
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/19/2023
 
Nell McDaragh never knew her grandfather, the celebrated Irish poet Phil McDaragh. But his love poems seem to speak directly to her. Restless and ...more
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Literary Fiction
Two Roads Home: Hitler, Stalin, and the Miraculous Survival of My Family
by Daniel Finkelstein
Doubleday, 09/19/2023
 
In Two Roads Home beloved British journalist Daniel Finkelstein tells the extraordinary story of the years before his mother met his father—...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Wellness: A Novel
by Nathan Hill
Knopf, 09/19/2023
 
When Jack and Elizabeth meet as college students in the '90s, the two quickly join forces and hold on tight, each eager to claim a place in Chicago's ...more
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Literary Fiction
Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation (A Norton Short)
by Tiya Miles
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/19/2023
 
Harriet Tubman, forced to labor outdoors on a Maryland plantation, learned from the land a terrain for escape. Louisa May Alcott ran wild, eluding ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15
by Cameron McWhirter, Zusha Elinson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 09/26/2023
 
In the 1950s, an obsessive firearms designer named Eugene Stoner invented the AR-15 rifle in a California garage. High-minded and patriotic, Stoner ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
An Impossible Thing to Say
by Arya Shahi
Other Press, 09/26/2023
 
Omid needs the right words to connect with his newly-met grandfather and distant Iranian heritage, words to tell a special girl what she means to him ...more
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Poetry & Novels in Verse
 Debut Author
And Then She Fell: A Novel
by Alicia Elliott
Dutton, 09/26/2023
 
On the surface, Alice is exactly where she thinks she should be: She's just given birth to a beautiful baby girl, Dawn; her charming husband, Steve&#...more
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Literary Fiction
Blackward
by Lawrence Lindell
Drawn & Quarterly, 09/26/2023
 
Tired of feeling like you don't belong? Join the club. It's called the Section. You'd think a spot to chill, chat, and find community would be much ...more
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Graphic Novels
Blood in the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech
by Brian Merchant
Little Brown & Company, 09/26/2023
 
The most urgent story in modern tech begins not in Silicon Valley but two hundred years ago in rural England, when workers known as the Luddites rose ...more
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Science, Health and the Environment
Devil Makes Three: A Novel
by Ben Fountain
Flatiron Books, 09/26/2023
 
Haiti, 1991. When a violent coup d'état leads to the fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, American expat Matt Amaker is forced to abandon ...more
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Literary Fiction
Fear Is Just a Word: A Missing Daughter, a Violent Cartel, and a Mother's Quest for Vengeance
by Azam Ahmed
Random House, 09/26/2023
 
Fear Is Just a Word begins on an international bridge between Mexico and the United States, as fifty-six-year-old Miriam Rodríguez stalks one of ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel
by C Pam Zhang
Riverhead Books, 09/26/2023
 
A smog has spread. Food crops are rapidly disappearing. A chef escapes her dying career in a dreary city to take a job at a decadent mountaintop ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
Lies and Other Love Languages: A Novel
by Sonali Dev
Lake Union Publishing, 09/26/2023
 
Bestselling advice columnist Vandy Guru built her career teaching others how to live honestly and courageously, but after the loss of her husband, ...more
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Literary Fiction
Our Philosopher
by Gert Hofmann
New York Review Books, 09/26/2023
 
Our narrator is Hans, a clever and inquisitive boy. He relates a mix of things he witnesses himself and things he hears about from his father, the ...more
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Historical Fiction
Shadow Speaker: The Desert Magician's Duology: Book One
by Nnedi Okorafor
DAW Books, 09/26/2023
 
Niger, West Africa, 2074

It is an era of tainted technology and mysterious mysticism. A great change has happened all over the planet, and the laws...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
The Armor of Light: A Novel (Kingsbridge)
by Ken Follett
Viking, 09/26/2023
 
The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1770, and with that, a new era of manufacturing and industry changed lives everywhere within a generation. A world ...more
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Historical Fiction
The Caretaker: A Novel
by Ron Rash
Doubleday, 09/26/2023
 
It's 1951 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Blackburn Gant, his life irrevocably altered by a childhood case of polio, seems condemned to spend his ...more
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Literary Fiction
The Fragile Threads of Power: Threads of Power #1
by V. E. Schwab
Tor Books, 09/26/2023
 
Once, there were four worlds, nestled like pages in a book, each pulsing with fantastical power and connected by a single city: London. Until the ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
The Hexologists: The Hexologists #1
by Josiah Bancroft
Orbit, 09/26/2023
 
The Hexologists, Iz and Warren Wilby, are quite accustomed to helping desperate clients with the bugbears of city life. Aided by hexes and a bag of ...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
The Hungry Season: A Journey of War, Love, and Survival
by Lisa M. Hamilton
Little Brown & Company, 09/26/2023
 
As combat rages across the highlands of Vietnam and Laos, a child is born. Ia Moua enters the world at the bottom of the social order, both because ...more
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Biography/Memoir
The Iliad
by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/26/2023
 
When Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey appeared in 2017―revealing the ancient poem in a contemporary idiom that was "fresh, ...more
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Poetry & Novels in Verse
The Most Secret Memory of Men: A Novel
by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
Other Press, 09/26/2023
 
In 2018, Diégane Latyr Faye, a young Senegalese writer in Paris, discovers a legendary book from the 1930s, The Labyrinth of Inhumanity. No one ...more
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Literary Fiction
The Museum of Failures
by Thrity Umrigar
Algonquin Books, 09/26/2023
 
When Remy Wadia left India for the United States, he carried his resentment of his cold and inscrutable mother with him and has kept his distance from...more
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Literary Fiction
The Navigating Fox
by Christopher Rowe
Tor.com, 09/26/2023
 
Quintus Shu'al, the world's only navigating fox, is in disgrace after guiding an expedition to its doom, leaving no survivors. One year later, Quintus...more
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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
The Times: How the Newspaper of Record Survived Scandal, Scorn, and the Transformation of Journalism
by Adam Nagourney
Crown, 09/26/2023
 
For over a century, The New York Times has been an iconic institution in American journalism, one whose history is intertwined with the events that it...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
 Debut Author
The Unsettled: A Novel
by Ayana Mathis
Knopf, 09/26/2023
 
From the moment Ava Carson and her ten-year-old son, Toussaint, arrive at the Glenn Avenue family shelter in Philadelphia 1985, Ava is already ...more
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Literary Fiction
The War of Words: How America's GI Journalists Battled Censorship and Propaganda to Help Win World War II
by Molly Guptill Manning
Blackstone Publishing, 09/26/2023
 
At a time when civilian periodicals faced strict censorship, US Army Chief of Staff George Marshall won the support of President Franklin Delano ...more
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History, Current Affairs and Religion
This Is Salvaged: Stories
by Vauhini Vara
W.W. Norton & Company, 09/26/2023
 
Pushing intimacy to its limits in prose of unearthly beauty, Vauhini Vara explores the nature of being a child, parent, friend, sibling, neighbor, or ...more
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Short Stories
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