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First Impressions: Readers Recommend

  • Morningside Heights
    Joshua Henkin
    Published 6/15/21

    A tender, powerful, and big-hearted novel about love in the face of loss, from the award-winning author of The World Without You and Matrimony.
  • All the Water I've Seen Is Running
    Elias Rodriques
    Published 6/22/21

    Former high school classmates reckon with the death of a friend in this stunning debut novel.
  • Lady Sunshine
    Amy Mason Doan
    Published 6/29/21

    One iconic family. One summer of secrets. The dazzling spirit of 1970s California.

Publishing This Week

  • Morningside Heights
    Joshua Henkin
    Published 6/15/21

    A tender, powerful, and big-hearted novel about love in the face of loss, from the award-winning author of The World Without You and Matrimony.
  • At the Chinese Table
    Carolyn Phillips
    Published 6/15/21

    Part memoir of life in Taiwan, part love story―a beautifully told account of China's brilliant cuisines…with recipes.
  • Hard Like Water
    Yan Lianke
    Published 6/15/21

    Gao Aijun is a son of the soil of Henan's Balou Mountains, and after a service in the Army, he is on his way back to his ancestral village, feeling like a hero. Close to his ...

Publishing Soon

  • All the Water I've Seen Is Running
    Elias Rodriques
    Published 6/22/21

    Former high school classmates reckon with the death of a friend in this stunning debut novel.
  • Geniuses at War
    David A. Price
    Published 6/22/21

    The dramatic, untold story of a brilliant team, the world's first digital electronic computer, and the race to decrypt the Nazis' toughest code.
  • The Blue Line Down
    Maris Lawyer
    Published 6/22/21

    From debut novelist Maris Lawyer, The Blue Line Down is a breakneck tale of betrayal, loyalty, and unexpected homecoming.

Latest "Beyond the Book" Articles

  • Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)
    Beyond the book article for The Paris Hours
    A number of real historical figures play tangential roles in The Paris Hours, which is set in Paris in 1927. One of these is Gertrude Stein, a writer known for her poetry and the quasi-fictional memoir she penned about her life in Paris with her longtime partner, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas...
  • Anne Hathaway and Hamnet Shakespeare
    Beyond the book article for Hamnet
    Little is known about Shakespeare's family, names and birth dates aside — and even names are tricky. Though commonly referred to as Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife may have actually been named Agnes, according to a will left by her father. O'Farrell makes the decision to use the name Agnes ...
  • Ariadne in Greek Mythology
    Beyond the book article for Ariadne
    In her novel Ariadne, Jennifer Saint retells events from the life of the mythological title figure. In Greek mythology, Ariadne is known for helping the hero Theseus slay the Minotaur — a beast who was the offspring of Ariadne's mother and a bull — and find his way out of the Labyrinth, ...

New in Hardcover

  • Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch
    Rivka Galchen
    Published 6/8/21

    The startling, witty, highly anticipated second novel from the critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances.
  • The Other Black Girl
    Zakiya Dalila Harris
    Published 6/1/21

    Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white ...
  • Somebody's Daughter
    Ashley C. Ford
    Published 6/1/21

    One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the looming absence of her incarcerated ...

New in Paperback

  • A Girl is A Body of Water
    Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
    Published 6/15/21

    International-award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's novel is a sweeping and powerful portrait of a young girl and her family: who they are, what history has taken ...
  • The Buddhist on Death Row
    David Sheff
    Published 6/15/21

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy explores the transformation of Jarvis Jay Masters who has become one of America's most inspiring Buddhist ...
  • Almond
    Sohn Won-pyung
    Published 6/15/21

    The Emissary meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in this poignant and triumphant story about how love, friendship, and persistence can change a life forever...

Top Recommendations for Book Clubs

  • Miss Austen
    Gill Hornby
    Published 3/16/21

    For fans of Jo Baker's Longbourn, a witty, poignant novel about Cassandra Austen and her famous sister, Jane.
  • The Mountains Sing
    Nguyen Phan Que Mai
    Published 3/16/21

    Winner of the 2020 BookBrowse Debut Award

    The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multi-generational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việ...
  • Master Class
    Christina Dalcher
    Published 3/9/21

    From the critically-acclaimed author of the international bestseller VOX comes a suspenseful new novel that examines a disturbing near future where harsh realities follow from...

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