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With the approach of spring and the promise of warmer weather just around the corner, we’re getting excited for some fresh new releases! Packed with prizewinning authors, a #1 New York Times bestseller, moving fiction, and groundbreaking nonfiction, we’re particularly excited for this spring’s offerings that have a little something for everyone.
To help you navigate the incredible page-turners of the season, we’ve put together a brief summary of our most anticipated releases in order of publication date. Mark the dates on your calendar, or better yet, preorder one or more of these books from your local bookstore to be one of the first to receive them! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these forthcoming titles as you virtually browse or explore in-person at your local bookstore or library. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to get started on this list ASAP in order to get through as many books as possible! Happy reading!
Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
On sale: March 2, 2021
Soon to be published in paperback, this #1 New York Times bestseller tells the heartrending story of an American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. With clarity and compassion, award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.
“Hidden Valley Road is a riveting true story of an American family that reads like a medical detective journey and sheds light on a topic so many of us face: mental illness.” —Oprah Winfrey
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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
On sale: March 2, 2021
This magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize–winning The Remains of the Day, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
“As with Ishiguro’s other works, the rich inner reflections of his protagonists offer big takeaways, and Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity. . . . This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone
On sale: March 30, 2021
She was one of the most renowned actresses in the world—until a massive stroke cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health.
“In this courageous, daring, and tenderhearted memoir, Sharon Stone interrogates her own trauma and a myriad of losses and discovers the gift of clear seeing. The Beauty of Living Twice is so much more than a celebrity tell-all. It is an act of reckoning, contrition, and above all, love.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance
First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami
On sale: April 6, 2021
A mind-bending new collection of short stories all told in the first person from internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami. From memories of youth, meditations on music, and an ardent love of baseball to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world.
“Masterful short fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)
“An essential addition to any Murakami fan’s library.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
On sale: April 13, 2021
A grand and devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin, by the prizewinning, bestselling author of Say Nothing.
Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, exhaustively documented and ferociously compelling. It is a portrait of the excesses of America’s second Gilded Age, a study of impunity among the super elite and a relentless investigation of the naked greed and indifference to human suffering that built one of the world’s great fortunes.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
On sale: April 20, 2021
From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
“A candid, moving tribute to her mother, to her identity, and to our collective desire for connection in this often alienating world. . . . Zauner’s writing is powerful in its straightforwardness, though some turns of phrases are as beautiful as any song lyric . . . but it is her ability to convey how her mother’s simple offering of a rice snack was actually an act of the truest love that leaves the most indelible impression.” —Refinery 29
Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
On sale: April 27, 2021
Soon to be published in paperback, this insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel is about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life. Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City; and Sam, a senior at the local women’s college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit, is struggling to decide between the path she’s always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.
“Once again, Sullivan has shown herself to be one of the wisest and least pretentious chroniclers of modern life. Every hard-won insight here is offered up with such casual grace.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post
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Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
On sale: May 4, 2021
A young Puritan woman—faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul—plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.
“Absolutely riveting historical fiction that reads like the most page-turning of thrillers, driven by its compelling heroine Mary Deerfield, a young wife who finds the physical and moral courage to stand up for herself in a time when women could be hung as witches. . . . Hour of the Witch is a woman’s story, a romance, a history lesson, and a legal thriller, all of a piece. I haven’t read a novel like it in recent memory, and I doubt that I will for years to come.” —Lisa Scottoline