My favorite part of selecting books for the library is hearing about new titles months before they are published. Professional journals such as Library Journal and Publishers Weekly include reviews and information about soon-to-be bestsellers coming out in the next few months. Access to this information is crucial to us having books available for you on their publication dates. It’s also a lot of fun looking through the vast and diverse offerings and choosing what will eventually end up on our shelves.
I took a look at the books coming out next month and below are a selection of some of the titles that I am most excited to see at the library. This is, of course, a very idiosyncratic list. If you want to see a wider variety of books and media coming soon you can check our catalog. If any on-order book catches your interest you can place a hold on it and be the first one to read our copy.
Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley
From the author of the hilarious essay collection, “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” this comic romantic thriller set in New York City examines modern love through the eyes of our wry protagonist, Lola. This witty take on rom-com is getting stellar reviews and could be a great alternative beach read.
I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart
This timely debut novel is set during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution which provided a pretense for Russia to annex Crimea. The novel follows the experiences of several characters whose lives intersect as the country’s political situation deteriorates. The episodes are interspersed with folk songs, news reports and historical notes. The overall effect provides an intimate sense of a country in turmoil but somehow surviving.
Jackie & Me by Louis Bayard
From bestselling author Louis Bayard, this historical fiction novel covers the early days of Jackie Bouvier and JFK’s courtship from the perspective of Jack’s friend Lem Billings. Sharply written, steeped in the era and with appearances by members of the Kennedy clan, this is Jackie as never before seen in a story about love, sacrifice, friendship, and betrayal.
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Brooks, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “March,” is back with a historical fiction novel based on the true story of a 19th-century racehorse named Lexington. Moving across three centuries the story is told through Jarret, the horse’s enslaved handler in the late 1850s; Martha, a gallery owner specializing in horse paintings in the 1950s; Jess, an osteologist interested in the horse’s skeleton; and Theo, a budding art historian who comes to possess a painting of the horse in 2019. “Horse” is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and America’s unfinished reckoning with racism.
Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
This dazzling debut novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system has gotten rave reviews in all of the sources we follow. This looks to be the emergence of a powerful and original new voice in fiction.
This is the first official cookbook from TikTok, featuring both viral and brand-new recipes from the community’s most beloved food creators. Featuring more than sixty recipes from more than forty food creators, this cookbook offers something different and delicious on every page. Each recipe has not only been tested and vetted for home kitchens but also includes a QR code to scan so you can go straight to each creator’s page.
And finally, another offbeat cookbook: The Unofficial Disney Parks EPCOT Cookbook by Ashley Craft
Here is an international cookbook based on EPCOT’s beloved global fare, featuring 100 recipes from each of the EPCOT Pavilions including Jumbo Pretzels from Sommerfest in the Germany Pavilion, Avocado Margaritas from La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion and Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches from L’Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion. Perfect for everyone from EPCOT experts to those who have never visited but want a bit of classic international fare at home.
Be sure to check our catalog and shelves for these and many other books coming next month!
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