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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

August 2017


The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250122353 | Published August 29, 2017

Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart. Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family’s farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable.

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas - Family, Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Flatiron Books | 9781250081438 | Published August 29, 2017

When Joan Ashby, a brilliant and intense literary sensation, first gets married it’s because she believes she has found a husband who values work as much as she does. But when she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she’s stunned by Martin’s delight, his instant betrayal of their pact. She makes a fateful, selfless decision then, to embrace her unintentional family. Challenged by raising two precocious sons, it is decades before she finally completes her masterpiece novel. Poised to reclaim the spotlight, to resume the intended life she gave up for love, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportion forces her to question every choice she has made.

The Right Time by Danielle Steel - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction

Delacorte Press | 9781101883945 | Published August 29, 2017

Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father --- and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination and talent far beyond her years. After her father’s untimely death, at 14 Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds 26 mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.


Brave Deeds by David Abrams - Fiction

Grove Press, Black Cat | 9780802126863 | Published August 1, 2017

Spanning eight hours, BRAVE DEEDS follows a squad of six AWOL soldiers as they attempt to cross war-torn Baghdad on foot to attend the funeral of their leader, Staff Sergeant Rafe Morgan. As the men make their way to the funeral, they recall the most ancient of warriors yet are a microcosm of 21st-century America, and subject to the same human flaws as all of us. Drew is reliable in the field but unfaithful at home; Cheever, overweight and whining, is a friend to no one --- least of all himself; and platoon commander Dmitri “Arrow” Arogapoulos is stalwart, yet troubled with questions about his own identity and sexuality.

Brooklyn Wars: An Erica Donato Mystery by Triss Stein - Fiction, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464207198 | Published August 1, 2017

A public meeting becomes a battleground over plans to redevelop the once-proud Brooklyn Navy Yard. Local residents clamor for their own agenda in redeveloping 300 acres overlooking a sparkling downtown Manhattan, while business and real estate experts argue and city officials cower. Erica Donato witnesses the shocking murder of a power-broker that night on the Yard's condemned Admirals' Row. She uncovers the dead man's complicated history with the Yard, his road to wealth and a high-flyer lifestyle. When her daughter, Chris, visits her father's relatives for a family history project, Erica learns that the Donato clan was involved in the Navy Yard's glory days and its slow, politics-ridden death.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis - Fiction, Humor, Romance, Science Fiction

Del Rey | 9780345540690 | Published August 1, 2017

In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal --- to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely --- in a way far beyond what she signed up for. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love --- and communication --- are far more complicated than she ever imagined.

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250099648 | Published August 1, 2017

Ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help, and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye, and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown - Biography, Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544586178 | Published August 1, 2017

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under 20 feet of water; property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion; and 1,833 people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism and courage --- and also of incompetence, racism and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

Faithful by Alice Hoffman - Fiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781476799223 | Published August 1, 2017

Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls --- including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Bethany House Publishers | 9780764212352 | Published August 1, 2017

Ian Wells is an ambitious Minneapolis attorney struggling to build up a law practice while caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. He is nearing the breaking point when everything changes with a single new case, and the money is too good to give up. Ian warily accepts the job, but is quickly dragged deep into a mystery linking the trust money to an illegal enterprise dating back to Prohibition and the greatest unsolved crime in Minnesota history. He soon finds himself the target of a swiftly tightening criminal investigation --- realizing too late that this so-called simple job has spun out of control and now threatens his career, his future and his life.

How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee - Fiction

Penguin Books | 9780143110507 | Published August 1, 2017

Yongju is an accomplished student from one of North Korea's most prominent families. Jangmi, on the other hand, has had to fend for herself since childhood, most recently by smuggling goods across the border. Then there is Danny, a Chinese-American teenager whose quirks and precocious intelligence have long made him an outcast in his California high school. These three disparate lives converge when they flee their homes, finding themselves in a small Chinese town just across the river from North Korea. But will they find their way to the better lives they risked everything for?

I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir by Nadja Spiegelman - Memoir, Nonfiction

Riverhead Books | 9780399573071 | Published August 1, 2017

For a long time, Nadja Spiegelman believed her mother was a fairy. More than her famous father, Maus creator Art Spiegelman, and even more than most mothers, hers --- French-born New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly --- exerted a force over reality that was both dazzling and daunting. As Nadja’s body changed, their relationship grew tense. Unwittingly, they were replaying a drama from her mother’s past, a drama Nadja sensed but had never been told. Then, after college, her mother suddenly opened up to her. Françoise recounted her turbulent adolescence caught between a volatile mother and a playboy father. The weight of the difficult stories she told her daughter shifted the balance between them.

Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World by Baz Dreisinger - Human Rights, Nonfiction, Social Sciences

Other Press | 9781590518991 | Published August 1, 2017

Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, INCARCERATION NATIONS is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world. Professor, journalist and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline, Baz Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of America’s most far-reaching global exports: the modern prison complex.

Leona: The Die Is Cast by Jenny Rogneby - Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Other Press | 9781590518823 | Published August 1, 2017

Naked and bloody, a seven-year-old girl walks into a bank in central Stockholm in broad daylight and gets away with millions. Leona Lindberg of Stockholm's Violent Crimes Division agrees to work on the case. With a long, distinguished history in the police force, she seems to be the perfect choice. But Leona is grappling with deep issues of her own --- a gambling addiction, a strained marriage --- that could jeopardize the investigation. As she struggles to keep the volatile pieces of her life under control, the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly unclear --- and even irrelevant.

Little Boy Lost by J. D. Trafford - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781503943940 | Published August 1, 2017

When eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers attorney Justin Glass a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn’t have the heart to turn her away. Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body --- and the bodies of 12 other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated. As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city’s forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.

Loner by Teddy Wayne - Fiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781501107900 | Published August 1, 2017

David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells and becomes instantly infatuated. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem.

Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay - Comedy, Fiction, Romance

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9781101982495 | Published August 1, 2017

When Stacey Lane writes a feminist take on FRANKENSTEIN, she never imagines it will catch the eye of unbelievably sexy Hollywood star Tommy DeMarco. Tommy’s passion for her book --- and for her --- threatens to turn her life upside down, or maybe right-side up. From their first poolside meeting the two are set on a collision course as they go about making the book into a movie, making each other crazy and making love, if only in secret. 

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781477819968 | Published August 1, 2017

Markie, who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, who takes it upon herself --- along with her ragtag group of “defectives” --- to identify and fix the flaws in those around her. Soon, the quirky yet endearing woman recruits Markie to join her eccentric community, a world where both hidden truths and hope unite them. But when Mrs. Saint’s own secrets threaten to unravel their fragile web of healing, it’s up to Markie to mend these wounds and usher in a new era for the “defectives” --- one full of second chances and happiness.

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (20th Anniversary Edition) by Jim Fergus - Fiction, Historical Fiction

St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250154705 | Published August 1, 2017

ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end, May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime.

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson - History, Nonfiction

Scribner | 9781451660500 | Published August 1, 2017

The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men --- and forced America’s entry into World War II. PEARL HARBOR follows, moment by moment, the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor and president as they engineer, fight and react to this stunningly dramatic moment in world history.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Penguin Books | 9780142423622 | Published August 1, 2017

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. But just when it seems that freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes, and all 10,000 people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood - Fiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393354096 | Published August 1, 2017

Ava’s 25-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood --- one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor - Fiction

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780062499844 | Published August 1, 2017

1917. Two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades, but Frances longs for the truth to be told. One hundred years later. When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop, she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined.

The Dream Life of Astronauts: Stories by Patrick Ryan - Fiction, Short Stories

Dial Press Trade Paperback | 9780385341394 | Published August 1, 2017

A would-be Miss America auditions for a shady local talent scout over vodka and Sunny D; a NASA engineer begins to wonder if the woman he’s having an affair with is slowly poisoning her husband; a Boy Scout troop leader, recovering from a stroke, tries to protect one of his scouts from being bullied by his own sons; a grandmother, sentenced to driver’s ed after a traffic accident, surprises herself by falling for her instructor. THE DREAM LIFE OF ASTRONAUTS balances heartbreak with wry humor as its characters try to make sense of the paths they find themselves on.

The Dying Game by Asa Avdic - Dystopian, Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Penguin Books | 9780143131793 | Published August 1, 2017

The year is 2037. The Soviet Union never fell, and much of Europe has been consolidated under the totalitarian Union of Friendship. On the tiny island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic bureaucrat with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment: to stage her own death and then to observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the six other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them. Who will take control? Who will crack under pressure? But then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins.