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New in Paperback

Whether it's a hardcover reprinted in paperback, or a new book that just released in paperback, we're rounding up fiction and nonfiction titles worthy of your attention in our New in Paperback feature. Feel free to dog-ear the pages and fold back the covers!

Week of October 2, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of October 2nd include John Irving's long-awaited 15th novel, THE LAST CHAIRLIFT, which is part ghost story and part love story, and spans eight decades of sexual politics; THE LAST KINGDOM, Steve Berry's 17th Cotton Malone adventure, in which the discovery of a lost historical document challenges the global might of the United States; THE HERO OF THIS BOOK, a taut, groundbreaking novel from Elizabeth McCracken about a writer’s relationship with her larger-than-life mother --- and about the very nature of writing, memory and art; UNMASKED, a fascinating memoir by Paul Holes, a retired cold case investigator who is perhaps best known for tracking down the Golden State Killer; DOWN AND OUT IN PARADISE by Charles Leerhsen, the unauthorized biography of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, which is based on extensive interviews with those who knew the real story; and the paperback original ONE LAST KILL, a nerve-shattering thriller from Robert Dugoni that finds homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite drawing a long-dormant serial killer out of hiding.

Week of September 25, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of September 25th include the two books in Cormac McCarthy's masterful The Passenger series --- THE PASSENGER, the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God, and STELLA MARIS, an intimate portrait of grief and longing, as a young woman in a psychiatric facility seeks to understand her own existence; LEARNING TO TALK, a dazzling collection of loosely autobiographical stories from Hilary Mantel that locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood; DON’T FEAR THE REAPER, the riveting sequel to Stephen Graham Jones' MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW, in which Jade Daniels returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings; and THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, a delightful novel from the queen of holiday stories, Debbie Macomber, about two lifelong friends who decide to trade places the week before Christmas and end up finding love along the way. 

Week of September 18, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of September 18th include A TRUTH TO LIE FOR, an action-packed mystery by Anne Perry about a lethal new weapon that threatens to endanger all of Europe --- unless Elena Standish can rescue an ingenious scientist from Hitler’s clutches; THE LAST CAMPAIGN, in which H. W. Brands follows the lives of General William Tecumseh Sherman and Apache war leader Geronimo to tell the story of the Indian Wars and the final fight for control of the American continent; THE BEST FRIEND, a dark, suspenseful novel and first stand-alone from Jessica Fellowes that revolves around the intense, toxic friendship of two kindred spirits across their lifetimes; Namwali Serpell's THE FURROWS, a bold exploration of memory and mourning that twists unexpectedly into a story of mistaken identity, double consciousness, and the wishful --- and sometimes willful --- longing for reunion with those we’ve lost; and the paperback original CALL THE DARK by J. Todd Scott, a haunting thriller about a young plane crash survivor and a mysterious hiker who venture into the wilderness to escape a dark and vengeful force.

Week of September 11, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of September 11th include Elizabeth Strout's LUCY BY THE SEA, a poignant, pitch-perfect novel about a divorced couple stuck together during lockdown --- and the love, loss, despair and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart; THE WINNERS, the breathtaking conclusion to Fredrik Backman's Beartown trilogy, a story about first loves, second chances and last goodbyes; ELIZABETH TAYLOR by Kate Andersen Brower, the first-ever authorized biography of one of the most famous movie stars of the 20th century; ACT OF OBLIVION, a spellbinding novel from Robert Harris that brilliantly imagines one of the greatest manhunts in history --- the search for two Englishmen involved in the killing of King Charles I and the implacable foe on their trail; and ONE HUNDRED SATURDAYS, the remarkable story of 99-year-old Stella Levi, whose conversations with writer Michael Frank over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished 90 percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale.

Week of September 4, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of September 4th include MAD HONEY by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan, a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves; Marie Benedict's THE MITFORD AFFAIR, an explosive novel of history's most notorious sisters, one of whom will have to choose: her country or her sisters?; THE MATCHMAKER'S GIFT, Lynda Cohen Loigman's heartwarming story of two extraordinary women from two different eras who defy expectations to realize their unique talent of seeing soulmates in the most unexpected places; BURNING QUESTIONS, a brilliant selection of essays --- including three new pieces --- from Margaret Atwood, who offers her funny, erudite, endlessly curious and uncannily prescient take on everything from whether or not THE HANDMAID'S TALE is a dystopia to the importance of how to define granola; and THE QUEEN by Andrew Morton, the definitive, most comprehensive account of Queen Elizabeth II's legendary reign.

Week of August 28, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of August 28th include A SONG OF COMFORTABLE CHAIRS, the 23rd installment in Alexander McCall Smith's beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which finds Grace Makutsi encountering a pair of quandaries that will require all of her and Mma Ramotswe’s cleverness and generosity to resolve; BABEL by R. F. Kuang, a thematic response to THE SECRET HISTORY and a tonal retort to JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire; Kieran Scott's REGRETS ONLY, a fast-paced domestic thriller about a single mom who goes undercover to investigate a host of disturbing secrets held by the leaders of a local suburban parent-school association; and the paperback original END CREDITS, screenwriter Patty Lin's funny, fresh, eye-opening and inside-Hollywood story that will resonate with anyone trying to please their parents, maintain a love life, and find their way in the world.

Week of August 21, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of August 21st include OUR MISSING HEARTS by Celeste Ng, an inspiring novel about a mother’s unshakeable love; LONG SHADOWS, the seventh thriller in David Baldacci's series starring “Memory Man” Amos Decker --- an FBI consultant with perfect recall --- who delves into a bewildering double homicide; WAGING A GOOD WAR, an indispensable addition to the literature of racial justice and social change from Thomas E. Ricks, who offers a new take on the Civil Rights Movement, stressing its unexpected use of military strategy and its lessons for nonviolent resistance around the world; A PLACE IN THE WORLD, a lyrical and evocative collection of personal stories from Frances Mayes, in which the queen of wanderlust reflects on the comforts of home; and the paperback original THE ENEMY AT HOME by Kevin O'Brien, a provocative blend of vivid, richly detailed historical fiction and taut suspense that revolves around a serial killer who preys on women working in Seattle’s factories as World War II rages overseas.

Week of August 14, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of August 14th include SHATTERED by James Patterson and James O. Born, a Michael Bennett thriller that finds the NYPD detective investigating the murder of Emily Parker, a top FBI abduction specialist who was his partner and best friend; SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX, a chilling locked-room thriller from Lisa Unger featuring three couples who rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for; Holly Black's stunning adult debut, BOOK OF NIGHT, a modern dark fantasy of betrayals, cabals and a dissolute thief of shadows, in the vein of Neil Gaiman and Erin Morgenstern; SAVING FREUD by Andrew Nagorski, the dramatic true story of Sigmund Freud’s last-minute escape to London following the German annexation of Austria and the group of friends who made it possible; and the paperback original SPIN A BLACK YARN, a spine-tingling collection of five harrowing novellas of horror and speculative fiction from a master weaver of stories, Josh Malerman.

Week of August 7, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of August 7th include DREAMLAND by Nicholas Sparks, a powerful novel about risking everything for a dream --- and whether or not it’s possible to leave the past behind; BURNER, the 12th installment in Mark Greaney's electrifying Gray Man series, which finds Court Gentry caught between the Russian mafia and the CIA; B. A. Paris' THE PRISONER, a stunning thriller about a woman wed into a family with deadly intentions; THE NIGHT SHIP by Jess Kidd, an epic historical novel that illuminates the lives of two characters --- a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, 300 years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island; KOSHERSOUL, a remarkable book by Michael W. Twitty, who explores the cultural crossroads of Jewish and African diaspora cuisine and issues of memory, identity and food; and the paperback original A DAY OF FIRE, a vividly imagined novel from six bestselling authors that follows the lives of those in ancient Pompeii on the fateful day that Mount Vesuvius erupts.

Week of July 31, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of July 31st include NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC by Kevin Wilson, an exuberant, big-hearted novel about two teenage misfits who spectacularly collide one fateful summer, and the art they make that changes their lives forever; THE HOUSE GUEST, a diabolical cat-and-mouse thriller from Hank Phillippi Ryan that will have readers asking which character is the cat and which is the mouse; WHEN WE WERE BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Jillian Medoff, an electrifying, twisty and deeply emotional family drama, set on Manhattan’s glittering Upper East Side, that explores the dark side of love, the limits of loyalty and the high cost of truth; Melissa Bond's BLOOD ORANGE NIGHT, a visceral, propulsive memoir detailing a woman’s accidental descent into prescription benzodiazepine dependence and the life-threatening impacts of the drugs’ long-term use; and the paperback original WINE PEOPLE by Michelle Wildgen, an intoxicating escape into the cutthroat world of wine and the complicated terrain of women’s friendship.