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Booklist’s “Summer Book Club Bash” Webinar Titles

We hope you were able to tune in to Booklist’s “Summer Book Club Bash” webinar today, but if not, here are all the titles Anne presented, plus a link to Reading Group Gold, Macmillan’s book club website:

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah* | 9780312577230 | Available now
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah* | 9781250080400 | Available Now (trade paperback)
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty* | 9781250069825 | Out 11/6/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty* | 9781250069801 | Available Now (trade paperback)
THE REMOVES** by Tatjana Soli | 9780374249311 | Available Now
DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert | 9781250137661 | Out 2/19/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert | 9780312304355 | Available Now (trade paperback)
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN* by Sarah Bird | 9781250193162 | Out 9/4/18
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN* by Therese Anne Fowler | 9781250095473 | Out 10/16/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster* by Stephen L. Carter | 9781250121974 | Out 10/9/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
THE BEST BAD THINGS** by Katrina Carrasco | 9780374123697 | Out 11/6/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row* by Anthony Ray Hinton | 9781250205797 (Oprah Book Club Edition) | Available Now
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir* by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele | 9781250171085 | Available Now
IF YOU LOVE ME: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction** by Maureen Cavanagh | 9781250297341 | Out 9/4/18
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND* by Louise Penny | 9781250066206 | Out 11/27/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
THE LOST MAN* by Jane Harper | 9781250105684 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
THE DRY* by Jane Harper | 9781250105622 | Available Now (trade paperback)
FORCE OF NATURE* by Jane Harper | 9781250105653 | Out 1/8/19 (trade paperback)
THE SILENT PATIENT* by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
CAPE MAY* by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19 (LR: 2/20/19)
TREEBORNE** by Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Available Now
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** by Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Available Now
THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET* by Yara Zgheib | 9781250202444 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18) readmoreremove

Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2018

Drumroll, please…. Here are the most anticipated books of Summer 2018, according to major media:

New York Times — “Refreshing Books to Read This Summer
TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW by Jaron Lanier
SOMETHING WONDERFUL: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson

New York Times Book Review — “Summer Reading
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall
FRESH INDIA by Meera Sodha
THE TRAUMA CLEANER by Sarah Krasnostein
A LINE IN THE RIVER: Khartoum, City of Memory by Jamal Mahjoub
EPIC CITY: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury
SIREN SONG by Seymour Stein with Gareth Murphy
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
JUST A SHOT AWAY by Saul Austerlitz

USA Today
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
What it’s about: In this sequel to I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, working mom Kate Reddy returns, almost 50 and juggling difficult teenagers, a husband having a midlife crisis, and an old flame who shows up.
Why it’s hot: Big Little Lies executive producer Bruna Papandrea has optioned Pearson’s new comic novel for TV.

Washington Post — “The Books We’re Talking About This Summer
FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
THE LIST: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year by Amy Siskind
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Good Morning America
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

Parade — “The Top Hottest Books of Summer 2018”
THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
BEFORE AND AGAIN by Barbara Delinsky
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts

Newsweek — “The Coolest Books to Read This Summer: 2018’s Best Fiction and Non-Fiction (So Far)
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family by Helen Rappaport
WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
CHASING NEW HORIZONS: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
DARWIN COMES TO TOWN by Menno Schilthuizen

Bloomberg
FACTFULNESS: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Time Magazine — “New Books to Read This Summer
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Elle — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
LOVE THAT BUNCH by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
TONIGHT I’M SOMEONE ELSE by Chelsea Hodson
THE THIRD HOTEL by Laura van den Berg
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Glamour — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

Vanity Fair
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel

Esquire
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg

Buzzfeed — “Summer Books To Get Excited About
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS by Heid E. Erdrich
EARLY WORK by Andrew Martin
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL by Dorthe Nors

PopSugar
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY by Beth Harbison

Bustle
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

June 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Here’s our updated Edelweiss collection of this month’s bestsellers and recently released titles, perfect for collection development!  Here are some of the top titles for June 2018:

Bestsellers:
WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE by Michael Eric Dyson
THE SUN DOES SHINE by Anthony Ray Hinton – Oprah Book Club Edition

Recent Releases:
BLACK KLANSMAN by Ron Stallworth
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
RENDEZVOUS WITH OBLIVION by Thomas Frank
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Happy #BookBday (6/19/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these new beauties hitting library shelves today:

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
A June 2018 LibraryReads pick and July 2018 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! The new thriller from the bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS about a woman who vanished and may have reappeared to haunt her old lover. “[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SHEPHERD’S HUT by Tim Winton
THREE starred reviews! “The latest from Winton is a mournful and fast-paced journey into the life of a young man on his own. Gorgeously written and taut with eloquent, edgy suspense, Jaxie’s journey is a portrait of young manhood amidst extreme conditions, both inward and outward.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
A July 2018 Indie Next pick! An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. “Li vividly depicts the lives of her characters and gives the narrative a few satisfying turns, resulting in a memorable debut. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: July 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the July 2018 Indie Next List!

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
A June 2018 LibraryReads pick with two starred reviews! The new thriller from the bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS about a woman who vanished and may have reappeared to haunt her old lover. “[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. “Li vividly depicts the lives of her characters and gives the narrative a few satisfying turns, resulting in a memorable debut. ” — Publishers Weekly

IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel
A bravura debut story collection in the vein of Aziz Ansari and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today. “A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

TxLA 2018 Adult Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Anne’s TxLA 2018 Adult Book Buzz:

HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18
THE HUSH* | John Hart | 9781250012302 | Available Now
THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING** | Bryan Mealer | 9781250058911 | Available Now
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB* | Mary Kay Andrews | 9781250126061 | Out 5/8/18
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
MY EX-LIFE* | Stephen McCauley | 9781250122438 | Out 5/8/18
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP** | Stephanie Butland | 9781250124531 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
BEFORE AND AGAIN* | Barbara Delinsky | 9781250119490 | Out 6/26/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE MERE WIFE** | Maria Dahvana Headley | 9780374208431 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
SONG OF BLOOD & STONE** | L. Penelope | 9781250148070 | Out 5/1/18
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** | Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI** | Neel Patel | 9781250183194 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
SEVERANCE** | Ling Ma | 9780374261597 | Out 8/14/18 (LR: 6/20)
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 4/17/18 readmoreremove

PLA 2018 Adult Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Anne’s Adult Book Buzz at PLA 2018 last week:

THE HIGH TIDE CLUB* | Mary Kay Andrews | 9781250126061 | Out 5/8/18
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18
MY EX-LIFE* | Stephen McCauley | 9781250122438 | Out 5/8/18
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP** | Stephanie Butland | 9781250124531 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE MERE WIFE** | Maria Dahvana Headley | 9780374208431 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
TREEBORNE** | Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** | Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
SEVERANCE* | Ling Ma | 9780374261597 | Out 8/14/18 (LR: 6/20)
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 4/17/18
I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions* | Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella | 9781250163059 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai** | Paul French | 9781250170583 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
CAGED* | Ellison Cooper | 9781250173836 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
STAY HIDDEN* | Paul Doiron | 9781250102386 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY* | Araminta Hall | 9780374228194 | Out 5/8/18
JAR OF HEARTS* | Jennifer Hillier | 9781250154194 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
BABY TEETH* | Zoje Stage | 9781250170750 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
THE OTHER WOMAN* | Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18 (LR: 6/20)
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PLA 2018 Booklist Book Buzz Titles

Did you see Talia CRUSH IT at this morning’s standing-room-only Booklist Book Buzz at PLA 2018?! If you were #PLALeftBehind because of Noreaster4, here are all the books she presented:

HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18
MY EX-LIFE* | Stephen McCauley | 9781250122438 | Out 5/8/18
RUST & STARDUST** | T. Greenwood | 9781250164193 | Out 8/7/18 (LR: 6/20)
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP** | Stephanie Butland | 9781250124531 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts** | Tessa Fontaine | 9780374158378 | Out 5/1/18
AFTER ANNA* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099655 | Out 4/10/18
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB* | Mary Kay Andrews | 9781250126061 | Out 5/8/18
THE MIDDLEMAN* | Olen Steinhauer | 9781250036179 | Out 8/7/18 (LR: 6/20)
THE DEVIL’S HALF MILE* | Paddy Hirsch | 9780765399137 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** | Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
TREEBORNE** | Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays* | Sloane Crosley | 9780374279844 | Out 4/3/18
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18
I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions* | Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella | 9781250163059 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 4/17/18
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai** | Paul French | 9781250170583 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
CAGED* | Ellison Cooper | 9781250173836 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
A GATHERING OF SECRETS* | Linda Castillo | 9781250121318 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
STAY HIDDEN* | Paul Doiron | 9781250102386 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
THE OTHER WOMAN* | Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18 (LR: 6/20)
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY* | Araminta Hall | 9780374228194 | Out 5/8/18
BABY TEETH* | Zoje Stage | 9781250170750 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
JAR OF HEARTS* | Jennifer Hillier | 9781250154194 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
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For Your Consideration: June 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the June 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due April 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
The new thriller from the LibraryReads author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. “Paris once again proves her suspense chops with this can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
Also available in audio
THREE starred reviews! Hilarious and poignant, the new adventures of Kate Reddy, the beleaguered heroine of Allison Pearson’s groundbreaking New York Times bestseller I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT. “Tackling sexism, growing older, and understanding one’s needs when catering to those of so many others, Pearson writes realism with all the fun of escapism.” — Booklist, starred review

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WITCHMARK by C.L. Polk
Two starred reviews! A “stellar” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) fantasy debut that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance in an original world with a historical WWI tone. “Many disparate elements are expertly woven together to make this debut a crackler, with layers like a nesting doll and just as delightful to discover.” — Booklist, starred review

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JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier
Also available in audio
What if you went to jail for something terrible your boyfriend did to your best friend? Then 5 years later, you’re free but your life is in ruins, and your boyfriend is back at it (killing, that is), and maybe he’s coming for you? “…this psychological thriller is unlike any other. Enthralled readers will be rooting for Geo in the end.” — Library Journal, starred review

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KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
One of Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks with three starred reviews! The critically acclaimed author of OUTLINE and TRANSIT, completes her “stunning” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) trilogy with a finale that examines the relationship between pain and honor, and investigates the moral nature of success as a precept of both art and living. “Brilliantly accomplished and uncompromisingly dark.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
Also available in audio
The extraordinary true story of the African American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK, the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture written and directed by Spike Lee, and produced by Oscar winner Jordan Peele.

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Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Best of 2017 has come and gone, now here are the most anticipated books of 2018, according to major media:
Entertainment Weekly50 books we can’t wait to read in 2018

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
One of the most anticipated debuts of the year — having set off an auction frenzy — THE HAZEL WOOD is a contemporary fantasy of an aggressively literary bent, centered on a 17-year-old whose mother is stolen away.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
Crosley may have put essays aside for her 2015 novel THE CLASP, but she returns with her particular brand of sardonic wit in this new collection. The tone, she told EW, is “somewhere between jaded misanthrope and easily amused child.”

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What will James Comey reveal in this anticipated memoir? Publisher Flatiron Books isn’t giving much away, just saying that the former FBI director promises to give a vital lesson on sound leadership, drawing on his own experiences to provide a manual that certain world leaders desperately need.

USA Today10 big books to kick off 2018

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
What it’s about: In this twisty psychological thriller, a woman dumped by her rich husband is determined to prevent his remarriage to her “replacement.”
Why it’s hot: Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, which brought THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to the big screen, has picked up film rights for THE WIFE BETWEEN US.

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What it’s about:
The former FBI director, famously fired by President Trump in May, writes a book about leadership based on his own experiences and observations in government.
Why it’s hot: According to the publisher, Comey’s book will examine what “good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” The burning question: What will he say about Trump?

The Washington PostLeadership Books to Read in 2018

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
The former FBI director — fired by President Trump and now, some say, a Zen-like master of throwing subtle shade on Twitter and Instagram — inked what was reported to be a multi-million dollar book deal in August. The book’s publisher has said the book by Comey, also a former Justice Department official and lawyer, promises to give readers “unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself.” Comey, who frequently uses social media to share quotations about character, justice, leadership and power, tweeted an image of the Statue of Liberty on Dec. 5, saying he was in New York to meet with his publisher, with the note: “Hope leadership book will be useful. Reassuring to see Lady Liberty standing tall even in rough weather.”

InStyleBooks We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A Vietnam POW returns from overseas and opts to relocate his family to a remote area of Alaska, far removed from the threats of war-torn societies, for a fresh start. All seems well until his PTSD kicks in during the harsh winter and turns their tiny cabin dream into a living nightmare.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
If accolades from Steve Martin and David Sedaris are any indication, Sloane Crosley’s new collection of essays delivers, with hilarious takes on fertility, mingling with swingers, and her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo on Gossip Girl.

EsquireThe 27 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
Oliver Loving has been paralyzed and locked in his own mind for nearly a decade, the result of a shooting in his small Texas town. In Stefan Merrill Block’s psychologically astute novel, the damaged people that surround Oliver try to piece together their own versions of what happened that night and since then, even as doctors prepare a new treatment that might help Oliver communicate again.

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Here is one of those rare young adult fantasy novels that holds a self-contained world in only a few hundred pages. So much world-building, so little space. If the novel’s heroine is a teenage girl, then her story will appeal to readers of all ages, with its intrigue and strange fairy tale magic and very grown up writing.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Even in her fiction, Marilynne Robinson has a nonjudgmental, earnest way of writing about religion that could make an atheist long for spirituality. President Obama is a fan. In this essay collection theology and current events and philosophy take center stage, and it’s through the clarity of Robinson’s words that hope in times of political strife feels appropriate and urgent.

SOME HELL by Patrick Nathan
A heartbreaker of a book, Patrick Nathan’s debut novel captures the hell of adolescence under particularly dire circumstances: Colin is reeling from his father’s suicide even as he navigates coming of age as a gay teenager. As they are wont to do, sex and death dominate Colin’s thoughts as he makes his way, in agony but with an eye towards a hopeful future.

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
Look out, Angela Carter. There’s a new feminist fairy tale queen in town, and her imagination is as sharp as her wit. Ortberg, co-founder of the beloved website The Toast, takes her column “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” to new heights in this collection of twisted tales that will shock and delight you.

Elle19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter

THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE by Elif Shafak
From the most widely read female writer in Turkey, here’s a novel that sees violence and nostalgia vie for one woman’s attention on one intense night. In Istanbul, a relatively minor crime—an attempted robbery—sparks a wave of memories as the wealthy Peri ponders an old photograph of her college friends. As terrorist attacks break out, the religious and cultural differences between the three women demand her attention in the fraught present.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded one of the most vital activist groups of recent years. Now, get to the heart of Black Lives Matter with her account of how the movement began, and marvel at the brilliance and persistence of her mission despite a continuing lack of understanding and compassion from many.

PEACH by Emma Glass
In the wake of a horrific sexual assault, titular protagonist Peach attempts to navigate a life that has tilted on its axis. As accounts of sexual assault and misconduct have arisen in recent months, our inability to reckon with such events and their aftermath has only become more clear. This short novel—under 100 pages—confronts the enormity with impressionistic grace.

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
Wow, this crime novel just gave me my newest nightmare: Five colleagues go on a hike (first mistake), and one doesn’t return. Four different stories makes it hard for Agent Aaron Falk (whom we met in Harper’s debut, THE DRY) to discern the truth. Don’t read this one during the workweek.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Equipped with a heart and mind that seem more capacious than ours (though she might have a match in fan Barack Obama), Marilynne Robinson has made a career out of writing life-expanding novels and wonderings, like Pulitzer Prize–winning novel GILEAD. Soon, she’ll give us a new set of essays about faith, life, and culture. readmoreremove

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