Charles Belfoure

House of Thieves (Sourcebooks Landmark, Sept.)

In 1886 New York, architect John Cross gets entangled with a gang of thieves in order to pay back his son’s gambling debts.


Rick Bragg

My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South (Oxmoor, Sept.)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author explores life in the South in this essay collection.


Augusten Burroughs

Lust and Wonder: A Memoir

(St. Martin’s, Mar. 2016)

The author of Running with Scissors chronicles the the development and demise of his relationships.


Ethan Canin

A Doubter’s Almanac (Random, Feb. 2016)

Pat Conroy calls this story of a family that falls to pieces under the pressure of living with a gifted tyrant “his best by far.”


Lori Carlson-Hijuelos (widow of author Oscar Hijuelos)

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise

(Grand Central, Nov.)

Hijuelos was making final revisions to the story of Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley when he died in 2013.


Diane Chamberlain

Pretending to Dance (St. Martin’s, Oct.)

A woman’s past in a dysfunctional family catches up with her when she and her husband try to adopt a baby.


Susan Cheever

Drinking in America: Our Secret History

(Hachette/Twelve, Oct.)

Cheever chronicles how booze has shaped American character and events.


Lynn Cullen

Twain’s End (S&S/Gallery, Oct.)

The author of Mrs. Poe offers a fictionalized reimagining of the personal life of Mark Twain.


Julia Elliott

The New and Improved Romie Futch

(Tin House, Oct.)

To pay off his mortgage, a South Carolina taxidermist becomes the subject of a research experiment in which humanities disciplines are downloaded into his brain.


Boris Fishman

Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo (Harper, Mar. 2016)

Maya and Alex go on a cross-country trip to track down the birth parents of their eight-year-old son, who has turned feral.


Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies (Riverhead, Sept.)

PW gave a starred review to this portrait of a marriage over the course of 24 years.


Heather Gudenkauf

Missing Pieces (Mira, Feb. 2016)

Haunted by the murder of his mother, Jack Quinlan must confront his past when his aunt goes into a coma.


Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life: A Novel (Penguin, out now)

In the series finale, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London and make a dramatic return to the present.


Eloisa James

My American Duchess (Avon, Jan. 2016)

The Duke of Trent falls for an American heiress, who has already jilted two fiancés.


Austin Kleon

The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs (Workman, Oct.)

This interactive journal contains ideas, prompts, quotes, and exercises to spur creativity.


Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby (Mira, out now)

A woman who takes a homeless teen and her baby into her home becomes obsessed with the child.


Janice Y.K. Lee

The Expatriates: A Novel (Viking, Jan. 2016)

Lee explores the emotions and relationships of three American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong.


Diane Les Becquets

Breaking Wild (Berkley, Feb. 2016)

A tracker becomes obsessed with the troubled woman she is searching for in the wilderness.


Lisa Lutz

The Passenger (S&S, Mar. 2016)

The author of the Spellman Files series writes about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country.


C.J. Lyons

Farewell to Dreams (Edgy Reads, Oct.)

In the first book in the Fatal Insomnia series, a dead nun tells Angela Rossi, “Save the girl.”


Jacquelyn Mitchard

Two If by Sea

(S&S, Mar. 2016)

Hours after his family dies in a tsunami, a police officer takes home a boy he rescues.


Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven (Vintage, out now)

The night Arthur Leander had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear, a flu pandemic ended civilization as we know it. A Great Lakes, Great Reads Awards recipient.


Travis Mulhauser

Sweetgirl (Ecco, Feb. 2016)

In this debut, a 16-year-old girl must find her missing mother in the frozen landscape of the Upper Midwest.


Padgett Powell

Cries for Help, Various (Catapult, Sept.)

From the author of Edisto comes this collection of 44 stories.


Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls (Morrow, Sept.)

Two estranged sisters come together to find out the truth about two tragedies that occurred years apart.


Dana Spiotta

Innocents and Others (Scribner, Mar. 2016)

Three women grapple with the consequences of their actions and with the question of how to be a good artist, lover, friend, and mother.


Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton

(Random, Jan. 2016)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author writes about a mother’s hospital visit to her estranged daughter in New York.


David Talbot

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (Harper, Oct.)

This portrait of the longest-serving director of the CIA serves as an expose of the rise of the national security state.


Damon Tweedy

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine

(Picador, Sept.)

A physician explores the challenges facing both African-American doctors and their patients.


Sunil Yapa

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

(Hachette/Boudreaux, Jan. 2016)

Yapa’s debut novel, set during the 1999 Seattle anti-globalization protests, marks the launch of a new imprint.


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