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Spring Preview 2023

The arrival of spring signals the end of our Spring Preview contests. Many thanks to all who entered --- and a big congratulations to our winners! Below are the books that we believe you will be talking about over the next few months.

» Click here to see the winners of this year's Spring Preview contests.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2021

Congratulations to the winners of our 2021 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 44 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2021, while 11 others won a selection of four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2021's Bets On books.

Week of March 13, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of March 13th include THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah, a powerful American epic about love, heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression --- a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, millions were out of work, and even the land seemed to have turned against them; THE LAST TO VANISH, a gripping and propulsive thriller from Megan Miranda that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass; CITY ON FIRE, the opening installment in Don Winslow's epic new trilogy, a contemporary masterpiece in the tradition of The Godfather, Casino and Goodfellas; Kate Quinn's THE DIAMOND EYE, an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet librarian who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper; and AVALON by Nell Zink, a poignant portrait of a young woman who, against all odds, is determined to find her place in the world and find clarity in its remote corners.

Kristin Hannah, author of The Four Winds

Texas, 1921. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. By 1934, millions are out of work, and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive. In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa --- like so many of her neighbors --- must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves, or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

February 2021

With THE FOUR WINDS, Kristin Hannah once again has mined a story that has both heart and soul. The novel opens in Texas in 1934. The Depression is lingering, and a drought has ravaged the Great Plains. Crops are failing, and the dust is swirling. The writing here is gritty and bleak, but vividly done. Like the characters, you will feel yourself tasting the dust. Abject sadness and desperation pervade the early pages. Kristin’s heroine, Elsa Martinelli, wrestles with these dark days on her husband’s family farm. The days get tougher and tougher until she realizes that, for her family to survive, they must head west.