On offer are galleys for a trio of 2020 debuts: Pale: A Novel by Edward A. Farmer, a tale of secrets and lies at a 1966 Mississippi cotton plantation; Block Seventeen by Kimiko Guthrie, which examines the inheritance of trauma; and All Things Left Wild by James Wade, about the aftereffects of a botched robbery at the turn of the 20th century.
Featured are Blue Marlin by Lee Smith, a standalone novella set in Key West, Fla., and a sampler of three backlist favorites by Silas House: Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo.
Available are two novels: Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin, which centers on a friendship between two women, and A Saint from Texas by Edmund White, which explores class, sexuality, and the intersection of wealth, culture, and power.
Giveaways from this distributor include A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire by Yuri Herrera, trans. by Lisa Dillman (And Other Stories), about the deaths of 87 men at the mine a century ago, and the graphic novel Art Life by Catherine Ocelot, trans. by Aleshia Jensen (Conundrum), about an artist’s place in the modern world.
Available are Trees in Trouble: Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change Hit the West by Daniel Matthews (Counterpoint), about climate change’s effects on western pine forests; This Town Sleeps by Dennis Staples (Counterpoint), a novel set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota; Godshot by Chelsea Bieker (Catapult), a debut novel about mother loss and motherhood; Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham (Catapult), which follows one family over the course of two decades in Nigeria; and Romance or the End by Elaine Kahn (Soft Skull), poems about the instability of truth, love, and language.
Look for a mystery sampler featuring a plethora of titles: Carve the Heart: The Jack Palace Series by A.G. Pasquella; Never Forget: A Victor Lessard Thriller by Martin Michaud; Lion’s Head Revisited: A Dan Sharp Mystery by Jeffrey Round; True Patriots by Russell Fralich; Roanoke Ridge: A Creature X Mystery by J.J. Dupuis; Closing Time: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery by Brenda Chapman; River of Lies: A B.C. Blues Crime by R.M. Greenaway; The Starr Sting Scale: The Candace Starr Series by C.S. O’Cinneide; Tell Me My Name by Erin Ruddy; and Night Call: The Walking Shadows by Brenden Carlson.
Featured is Hilary Leichter’s debut novel, Temporary, which, PW noted in a starred review, “cleverly explores a capitalist society taken to a dreamlike extreme.”
On offer is The Fortress, a work of social speculative fiction by S.A. Jones.
Featured galleys are How to Argue with a Racist: And Why Science Is on Your Side by Adam Rutherford, which uncovers racist pseudoscience; Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny, which combines a memoir with investigative research on treating and talking about depression and suicide; and Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear by Eva Holland, which discusses why we feel fear and how to treat it.
Look for Postcolonial Love Poem, Natalie Diaz’s sophomore poetry collection; Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, a memoir by Paul Lisicky; and Telephone, a novel on loss and grief by Percival Everett.
Featured is The Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley Eisenberg about the aftereffects of a 1980 double murder in West Virginia.
Galleys on offer from Park Row include Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West, a novel set on the South Side of Chicago, and The Other Mrs., a twisty psychological thriller by Mary Kubica; from Mira, The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls, a novel set in Georgian London, and The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi, about a woman who escapes an abusive marriage and goes to Jaipur, where she takes a job; and from Hanover Square, Grand: A Grandparent’s Wisdom for the Next Generation by Charles Johnson, a National Book Award winner and MacArthur genius fellow.
Giveaways include Chosen Ones, the first adult novel by Veronica Roth, with a 250,000 first printing; The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey, a novel inspired by museum collections being taken out of London for safekeeping during WWII; The Patient by Jasper DeWitt, which the publisher describes as “an homage to H.P. Lovecraft”; and Homebaked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco by Alia Volz, a memoir by a woman whose mother ran an underground bakery. Also on offer are two cookbooks: Serial Griller: Grillmaster Secrets for Flame-Cooked Perfection by Matt Moore and How to Dress an Egg: Surprising and Simple Ways to Cook Dinner by Ned Baldwin.
Look for galleys for Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein’s latest, Joy at Work, with a one million–copy first printing, about decluttering your workspace; Souvankham Thammavongsa’s debut story collection, How to Pronounce Knife; Lacy Crawford’s Notes on a Silencing, a memoir about surviving a sexual assault; and Michael Farris Smith’s Blackwood, a novel about a family of drifters in a small town in rural Mississippi.
On offer are Hollywood Park (Celadon), a memoir by musician Mikel Jollett with a 250,000-copy first printing; The Paris Hours by Alex George (Flatiron), a novel set in the 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Stein, and Proust by the owner of Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Mo.; Luster by Raven Leilani (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a comic debut novel about a young black woman; The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (St. Martin’s), a debut novel, with a 200,000-copy first printing, that takes place just after WWII in the village that was Jane Austen’s final home; Crossings by Alex Landragin (St. Martin’s), a debut novel in three parts that is designed to be read in two different directions and spans 150 years; Charles Finch’s newest Victorian mystery series featuring Sir Charles Lenox, The Last Passenger (St. Martin’s); and Camilla Bruce’s debut thriller, You Let Me In (Forge).
There will be one featured galley: Makenna Goodman’s The Shame, a novel about motherhood, midlife anxiety, and the paths not taken.
Look for The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another by Ainissa Ramirez, which looks at eight inventions, among them clocks and silicon chips, and When Blood Breaks Down: Life Lessons from Leukemia by Mikkael A. Sekeres, which tells the stories of three people who receive diagnoses of leukemia within hours of each other.
Morrow’s featured galleys include Universe of Two by Stephen P. Kiernan, which chronicles the experiences of a man who helped construct the atomic bomb; The Light of Days by Judy Batalion, a novel, with a first printing of 200,000, about a network of Jewish women in occupied Poland who helped transform Jewish youth groups into resistance cells; and Mother Land by Leah Franqui, a novel set in Mumbai about an impulsive American woman and her headstrong Indian mother-in-law. From Custom House are Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas, a debut novel about an elite, secretive college and the research the school is doing behind closed doors; and Nine Shiny Objects by Brian Castleberry, a debut novel chronicling the intersecting lives of a line of dreamers over the course of half a century.
Featured galleys are Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change by Pramila Jayapal, cochair of the House of Representatives’ Progressive Caucus and a leading immigrant advocate and health care reformer; and Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekera, a novel about coming-of-age in Sri Lanka in the early 1960s.
Look for Glorious Boy by Aimee Liu, a historical novel set in 1942, when Japan is closing in on India, and Claire, Shep, and their four-year-old mute son are to be evacuated from a remote island to Calcutta.
Look for The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, a novel about a family’s journey through grief to hope.
Featured are a true crime book by Chloe Hooper, The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire, and a collection of short stories by Guadalupe Nettel, trans. by Suzanne Jill Levine, Bezoar: And Other Unsettling Stories.
Simon & Schuster
The press is bringing galleys for Ordinary Hazards by Anna Bruno (Atria), about a woman on the verge of deliverance or destruction; Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (Avid Reader), which the publisher describes as “a warmhearted New York novel about choosing between being a young mother and being an artist”; Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang, trans. by Ken Liu (Saga), a novel set in the wake of a war between Earth and its colonies on Mars; Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Simon & Schuster), a family saga about secrets and betrayals; and Kept Animals by Kate Milliken (Scribner), a debut novel about three teenage girls, a horse ranch, and a tragic accident.
Featured are The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey by Jill Koziol, Liz Tenety, and Diana Spalding, illus. by Stepha Lawson, one of the few pregnancy books to include the postpartum experience; Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us by Justin Michael Williams, illus. by Victoria Cassinova, a book on mindfulness from the perspective of a queer, black millennial.
Available are Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney (Poisoned Pen), a mystery that involves decades-old secrets and living a lie, and Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms (Sourcebooks Landmark), a debut novel about a young girl who wants to be the person she was before William cornered her in the barn.
Look for galleys for No Place for a Woman: The Struggle for Suffrage in the Wild West by Chris Enss, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with stories of women in the West.
Univ. of New Mexico
On offer are Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place by Joan Frank, a collection of essays on travel through Europe and the U.S., part of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize series; Reservation Restless by Jim Kristofic, about growing up on the Navajo Reservation; and A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World by John Rember, an examination of climate change, population, resource depletion, and mass extinction.
Univ. of Nevada
Featured are two short story collections: The World Doesn’t Work That Way, but It Could by Yxta Maya Murray, which, the publisher says, “exposes the daily ridiculousness of living under government rhetoric and policies that would seem comical if they weren’t so dangerous,” and Acceleration Hours by Jesse Goolsby, narratives about families, life, and loss during America’s 21st-century “forever wars.”
Available are Total Olympics: Every Obscure, Hilarious, Dramatic, and Inspiring Tale Worth Knowing by Jeremy Fuchs, which the publisher describes as “the ultimate collection of stories from the world’s biggest and most sensational sporting event,” and How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet by Sophie Egan, a guide to making decisions about what foods to buy.
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