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First Impressions: Readers Recommend

  • Crossing the River
    Carol Smith
    Published 5/4/21

    A powerful exploration of grief following the death of the author's son that combines memoir, reportage, and lessons in how to heal.
  • Ariadne
    Jennifer Saint
    Published 5/4/21

    A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe.
  • A Theater for Dreamers
    Polly Samson
    Published 5/11/21

    A spellbinding tour-de-force about the beauty between naïveté and cruelty, chaos and utopia, artist and muse—and about the wars waged between men and women on ...

Publishing This Week

  • A Theater for Dreamers
    Polly Samson
    Published 5/11/21

    A spellbinding tour-de-force about the beauty between naïveté and cruelty, chaos and utopia, artist and muse—and about the wars waged between men and women on ...
  • Swimming Back to Trout River
    Linda Rui Feng
    Published 5/11/21

    A lyrical novel set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution that follows a father's quest to reunite his family before his precocious daughter's momentous birthday...
  • Where the Rhythm Takes You
    Sarah Dass
    Published 5/11/21

    Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, Where the Rhythm Takes You is a romantic, mesmerizing novel of first love and second chances.

Publishing Soon

  • Unsettled Ground
    Claire Fuller
    Published 5/18/21

    From the award-winning author of Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons, and Bitter Orange comes a brilliant novel about an unusual family held together by a string of ...
  • Day Zero
    C. Robert Cargill
    Published 5/18/21

    In this harrowing apocalyptic adventure - from the author of the critically acclaimed Sea of Rust - noted novelist and co-screenwriter of Marvel's Doctor Strange C. Robert ...
  • Light Perpetual
    Francis Spufford
    Published 5/18/21

    From the critically acclaimed and award‑winning author of Golden Hill, a mesmerizing and boldly inventive novel tracing the infinite possibilities of five lives in the ...

Latest "Beyond the Book" Articles

  • The Origins of Trick-or-Treating
    Beyond the book article for How to Pronounce Knife
    In the story 'Chick-A-Chee!' from How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa, an immigrant father takes his children trick-or-treating on Halloween in the hope that they will integrate better into the local culture.

    Around the world today, treat-or-treating is very much seen as an all-...
  • The Segregation of St. Louis
    Beyond the book article for Jack
    In Marilynne Robinson's novel Jack, the title character, a white man, meets and falls in love with a Black woman named Della. However, America's racism, segregation and anti-miscegenation laws in the 1950s present a nearly insurmountable obstacle for the couple. One of their specific concerns is how...
  • Challah
    Beyond the book article for The Souvenir Museum
    In "Birdsong from the Radio," a story in Elizabeth McCracken's collection The Souvenir Museum, the main character fills the void of her missing children by consuming a loaf of challah daily. Challah is a traditional Jewish bread that is usually braided. It can come in many ...

New in Hardcover

  • The Plot
    Jean Korelitz
    Published 5/11/21

    Hailed as "breathtakingly suspenseful," Jean Hanff Korelitz's The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.
  • The Girl in His Shadow
    Audrey Blake
    Published 5/4/21

    The story of one woman who believed in scientific medicine before the world believed in her.
  • Ariadne
    Jennifer Saint
    Published 5/4/21

    A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe.

New in Paperback

  • Livewired
    David Eagleman
    Published 5/11/21

    From the best-selling author of Incognito and Sum comes a revelatory portrait of the human brain, based on the most recent scientific discoveries about how it continually ...
  • Daughters Of Smoke & Fire
    Ava Homa
    Published 5/11/21

    The unforgettable, haunting story of a young woman's perilous fight for freedom and justice for her brother, the first novel published in English by a female Kurdish writer.
  • The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness
    Sarah Ramey
    Published 5/11/21

    The darkly funny memoir of Sarah Ramey's years-long battle with a mysterious illness that doctors thought was all in her head - but wasn't. A revelation and an ...

Top Recommendations for Book Clubs

  • The Lost Apothecary
    Sarah Penner
    Published 3/2/21

    A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary.
  • Hidden Valley Road
    Robert Kolker
    Published 3/2/21

    The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to ...
  • The Yellow Bird Sings
    Jennifer Rosner
    Published 3/2/21

    In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

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