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December/January release dates -- LibraryReads nominations due December 1, 2018 [NOTE: DUE DATE CHANGED FROM NOV. 20]
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorPublisherFormatISBNList PricePubDate
Sources, notes
Print Run
DRC -- as of 11/11/18
Edelweiss catalog link
Fiction / Family Life
Adam, ClaireGolden Child
PRH/Random House
SJP for Hogarth Hardcover978052557299226.001/29/19
DEBUT, LJ Prepub Alert -- "In a debut novel set in the author’s native Trinidad, 13-year-old Paul—diffident and troublesome, unlike his golden-child twin, Peter—wanders off into the bush and cannot be found by desperate father Clyde. The family has always been on the edge, with Clyde working long hours at the petroleum plant in the south and the boys traveling all the way to the capital for school—and now the world implodes. Next in the new imprint from Sarah Jessica Parker."
History / Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba
Ariosto, DavidThis Is CubaMacmillanSt. Martin's PressHardcover978125017697428.9912/11/18
LJ prepub Alert: "Offered a two-year assignment in Cuba by CNN in summer 2009, Ariosto (currently managing editor of the digital news publisher Brut) headed south and discovered a scattering of tourists and the hard realities of police-state politics, embargo-induced scarcity, throwback Cold War sensibility, and the uncertainty that continues today. Good for understanding where we are."
Biography & Autobiography | Personal Memoirs
Brown, Robert J.
You Can't Go Wrong Doing Right
PRH/Random House
Convergent BooksHardcover978152476278026.001/15/19
LJ Prepub Alert: "CEO and founder of B&C International, a global management consulting firm, Brown has been in the thick of crucial social change for decades, e.g., helping the white corporate leadership at Woolworth integrate their lunch counters and serving as counselor to every American president since John F. Kennedy. His book is less memoir than an overview of American politics showing how he grounded his life in sound spiritual advice from his grandmother. "
N/ANot listedhttps://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1524762784
Political Science / American Government / State
Buttigieg, PeteShortest Way HomeNortonLiverightHardcover978163149436927.951/8/19
Gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana --Rolling Stone -- "Could This 36-Year-Old Indiana Mayor Topple Trumpism? He’s a veteran, he’s openly gay, he’s reviving a Rust Belt city"https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/pete_buttigieg-36-year-old-mayor-south-bend-indiana-2020-713662/
N/ANot listedhttps://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1631494368
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Chakraborty, S. A.
The Kingdom of Copper
HarperCollinsHarper VoyagerHardcover978006267813326.991/22/19
HarperCollins ALA Buzz,http://bit.ly/2KYY9fo -- previous title, CITY OF BRASS was a LibraryReads pick.
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Davis, Bridgett M.
The World According to Fannie Davis
Little, Brown and Company
GalleyChat, Aug, Jennifer Dayton. " the really wonderful WORLD ACCORDING TO FANNIE DAVIS: MY MOTHER'S LIFE RUNNING THE DETROIT NUMBERS. A whole world I knew nothing about."-- LJ Prepub Alert, "Davis here recalls her bighearted mother, who in 1960s and 1970s Detroit supported her five children through the underground lottery called The Numbers. It's a glowing portrait of both the woman and the city. From a journalism/writing professor at Baruch College, CUNY, also a novelist and film director?; with a 50,000-copy first printing."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Dube, Siddharth
An Indefinite Sentence
S&SAtria BooksHardcover978150115847627.001/8/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Clarifying his efforts to decriminalize same-sex relations and sex work in India and in developing countries worldwide, which he argues suffer from Western-style moralizing, Dube discloses his upbringing in a conservative Indian culture that vilified his sexuality and his coming of age at the time of AIDS. Backed by his work at Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and as senior adviser to the Executive Director of UNAIDS, among other work."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Escobar, MelbaHouse of BeautyHarperCollinsFourth EstateHardcover978000830860525.991/16/19
"Narcos meets Claws in this thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a beauty salon in Bogotá …Publishers Weekly called it 'the book that took the London Book Fair by storm.' Rights have sold in thirteen languages to date. A bestseller in Colombia and chosen as one of the best books of 2016 by the Colombian National Novel Prize." Audio excerpt, http://bit.ly/2pj2BIt
Not listed -- audio excerpt, http://bit.ly/2pj2BIt
Fiction / Literary
Farah, Nuruddin
North of DawnPRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978073521423127.0012/4/18
Vanity Fair, "Fall’s Best Books from Around the World" -- "Somali author Nuruddin Farah’s entire body of work has been a testament to his country’s divisions and ultimate collapse in the wake of civil war in 1991. His PAST IMPERFECT and BLOOD IN THE SUN trilogies charted Somalia’s descent into chaos and clan violence. His latest novel, NORTH OF DAWN (Riverhead), follows the Somali diaspora to Norway, where émigrés Mugdi and Gacalo found refuge decades ago. Lately, though, violence is once again unsettling their lives. When their son, Dhaqaneh, an Islamic militant, dies in a suicide attack in Somalia, his widow and two stepchildren join Mugdi and Gacalo in Oslo. Then, in 2011, the Norwegian fascist Anders Behring Breivik opens fire on a youth camp, killing 69 children, including the daughter of the couple’s close friend. In typical Farah fashion, everyone’s fate is bound together and no one is left unscathed by the ravages of extremism."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Historical
Gamble, TerryThe EulogistHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover978006283989326.991/22/19
Irish family confronts slavery on the banks of the Ohio.
Fiction / Literary
Ghaffari, Rabeah
To Keep the Sun Alive
Ingram Publisher Services
Publishers summary, "about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard, caught up in the Revolution of 1979."
Biography & Autobiography / Literary
Jin, Ha
The Banished Immortal
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert "biography of the important eighth-century poet, written by National Book Award winner Ha Jin and ranging from the poet’s Daoist beliefs to his early itinerant life to his mystery-shrouded death during a time of rebellion."
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Jones, Feminista
Reclaiming Our Space
PRH/Random House
Beacon Press
Trade Paperback
"It's impossible to overstate the cultural impact of Feminista Jones . . . . A bold and candid voice."--Eve L. Ewing, author of Electric Arches and Ghosts in the Schoolyard
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Jones, Stephen Mack
Lives Laid Away (aka THE FIFTH SUN
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover978161695959326.951/8/19
GalleyChat, Janet Lockhart, "August Snow is back in LIVES LAID DOWN by @verigatenun991. Non-stop action with serious underlying message about how we treat people.​ Such a great combination of action and social commentary."
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Kamal, SoniahUnmarriageable
PRH/Random House
Ballantine BooksHardcover978152479971727.001/15/19
LJ Prepub Alert; "With the marital prospects of her five daughters not so bright, Mrs. Binat eagerly anticipates a big wedding celebration in town where eligible bachelors might surface. Oldest daughter Jena gets lucky, but independent-minded Alys, who teaches English literature to schoolgirls, does not get on with aloof Valentine Darsee. Yes, it’s Pride and Prejudice set in contemporary Pakistan, with Kamal following up her multi-prize-finalist debut, An Isolated Incident."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Kochai, Jamil Jan
99 Nights in LogarPRH/PenguinVikingHardcover978052555919125.001/8/19
Print galleys availble. --- LJ Prepub Alert, "​It’s always persuasive to hear that a writer attended Iowa Writers’ Workshop, but Pakistan-born, California-raised Kochai is publishing his first novel even before graduating. When 12-year-old Marwand returns after six years to Afghanistan, he tries to befriend Budabash, the fearsome dog who, Cerberus-like, guards the family compound in Logar. Instead, Marwand loses a finger, Budabash escapes, and the 99-day hunt for him illuminates truths about Afghan society within a mythic framework."
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Lalli, Sonya
The Matchmaker's List
Trade Paperback
LJ author interview, http://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=ljx181002RomanceFeatureMain -- Romance about an arranged marriage in a "tight-knit Indian-immigrant community," Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage.
Fiction / LiteraryLianke, Yan
The Day the Sun Died
Ingram Publisher Services
Grove PressHardcover978080212853926.0012/11/18
LJ, Prepub Alert, "Twice short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize and recent winner of the Franz Kafka Prize for his entire oeuvre, Yan claimed China’s prestigious Dream of the Red Chamber Award for this novel, set in a mountaintop village. There, 14-year-old Li Niannian is alarmed to see villagers walking the streets at night as if the sun hasn’t set and acting out desires they would normally smother. Can he and his parents keep these dreamwalkers from reaching a point of no return?​" -- Publisher summary; "'China’s most feted and most banned author' (Financial Times), an unforgettable tale of a village that descends into a sleepwalking spell as the sun threatens to never rise again "
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / African American / Historical
Mayo, SimonMad Blood StirringNortonPegasus BooksHardcover978164313003325.951/1/19
Publisher summary, "Inspired by true events, this novel recounts the remarkable story of the first ever all-black Shakespeare production, staged by segregated American prisoners of war. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through."​
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Obioma, Chigozie
An Orchestra of Minorities
HachetteLittle, Brown Hardcover978031641239128.001/8/19
BookExpo Galley Giveaway; His debut novel, “The Fishermen,” was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize; University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor from Nigeria
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Porter, Catherine
A Girl Named LovelyS&SSimon & SchusterHardcover978150116809327.001/8/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Canada bureau chief for the New York Times, Porter covered the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as a fresh-on-the-beat international reporter, learning about a two-year-old who survived six days under the rubble. She followed the little girl’s story and eventually tossed journalistic objectivity to the winds and enrolled Lovely in school, visiting with her family over the next five years as she documented Haiti’s efforts to recover and finally counting herself as a friend."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Potenza, Carol
Hearts of the Missing
MacmillanMinotaur BooksHardcover 978125017828227.9912/4/18
Won Hilerman Prize. Like Hillerman, Potenza is not Native American, but she set her book on a Native American reservation. -- GC, June -- Andrienne, "Started reading HEARTS OF THE MISSING by Potenza and an award-winning mystery has a great setting (New Mexico) and a great lead character exploring Native American traditions"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Literary
Ruffin, Maurice Carlos
We Cast a Shadow
PRH/Random House
One WorldHardcover978052550906627.001/29/19
Publisher, "A bold, provocative debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, about a father’s obsessive quest to protect his son—even if it means turning him white"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Sagara, Michelle
Cast in OblivionHarperCollinsMIRA
Trade Paperback
Author is Japanese/Canadian. LJ Prepub Alert, "In this next in "The Chronicles of Elantra" series, detective/mage Kaylin Neya is sent without her prior knowledge to the West March, the ancient lands of the Barrani, to rescue nine Barrani who are family to her other housemates. Unfortunately, her Dragon friend is sent with her, and Dragons and Barrani mix like oil and fire. Meanwhile, the Consort has other ideas; she needs Kaylin and her Barrani friends from a special Barrani Hell. With a 50,000-copy first printing."​
Political Science / Civil Rights
Sepulveda, J.J. Mulligan
No Human Is Illegal
PRH/Random House
Melville HouseHardcover978161219769226.991/22/19
Next in a prize-winning historical crime series set in 1920s Calcutta.
Political Science / Civics & Citizenship
Shukla, NikeshThe Good ImmigrantHachetteLittle, BrownHardcover978031652428527.001/8/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Published in the UK in September 2016,The Good Immigrantstirred lots of conversation on race and immigration there. This follow-up, compiled by original editor Shukla (e.g., Coconut Unlimited, short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award) and Brooklyn-based poet/journalist Suleyman, includes 21 essays on the American situation from writers like Jenny Zhang, Teju Cole, Chigozie Obioma, and Alexander Chee."
Fiction / LiterarySlimani, LeilaAdelePRH/PenguinPenguin Books
Trade Paperback
Author is French, originally from Morocco and Muslim. Book does not seem to deal with themes of cultural diversity, however. Publiser's summary -- ,"Adèle appears to have a perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored by her job and her marriage--and consumed by an insatiable need to have sex. Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, she organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and daring, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive." Print galleys available.
Political Science / Commentary & Opinion
Sullivan, Bobby
Revolutionary Threads
Ingram Publisher Services
Akashic Books
Trade Paperback
Kirkus -- "A post-hardcore rock star, community activist, and social justice intellectual offers an alternative look at countercolonial history through the lens of the Rastafari movement...Sullivan offers a vibrant examination of American and African history with an anti-colonial patina, colored by episodes from the lives of fascinating and often controversial figures in both the past and contemporary history...An engaging and challenging read."
History / Native American
Treuer, David
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
PRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978159463315728.001/22/19
LJ Prepub, "The author of astute, heartfelt fiction, including the multi-best-booked The Translation of Dr Apelles, Ojibwe author Treuer uses his anthropological training to offer a new view of the Native experience. Treuer argues that the adversity Natives have faced since the late 1800s (with Native history not suddenly ending at Wounded Knee) has in fact led to a rebirth of culture and identity, firming up resistance and connecting different peoples across the continent."
Fiction / Literary
Tshuma, Novuyo Rosa
House of StoneNorton
W. W. Norton & Company
LJ Prepub Alert, "​In Robert Mugabe’s tumultuous Zimbabwe, Zamani is so desperate to claim the couple he lodges with as his parents, having never known his own, that he lies to them about the whereabouts of their missing son and plies recovering alcoholic Abednego with whiskey to get him to tell stories of the past. Thus do we learn about the depredations of British colonization, the revolutionary fight that turned Rhodesia into Zimbabwe, and continuing unrest there even as we’re given a finely engraved portrait of obsession. Zimbabwe-born, Houston-based Tshuma won the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize for her short story collection, Shadows.​"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Kim, Un-suThe Plotters
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "In an alternate Seoul, where assassination guilds compete for business, Reseng dutifully goes where he's told to go and kills who he's told to kill. Then he inadvertently disrupts a scheme that's been carefully crafted by three young women-a convenience store clerk, her wheelchair-bound sister, and a cross-eyed librarian-and must decide if he wants to take control. A first English translation from Kim, winner of Korea's Munhakdongne Novel Prize (a top-notch literary honor) and nominated for crime fiction's 2016 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, so he's bound to be good for a range of readers."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / LiteraryVijay, MadhuriThe Far Field
Ingram Publisher Services
Grove PressHardcover978080212840927.001/15/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "​Pushcart Prize winner Vijay’s debut novel features Shalini, who leaves Bangalore for a high-in-the-sky Himalayan village in Kashmir, sensing that her mother’s recent death is linked to the decade-long absence of a charming Kashmiri salesman who used to visit the family frequently. When she gets there, she must instead confront Kashmir’s political turmoil and tensions within the village that force her to make momentous choices.​"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir
Walker, David F.
The Life of Frederick Douglass
PRH/Random House
Ten Speed Press
Trade Paperback
LJ Prepub Alert, "Comic book writer and filmmaker Walker has done major work with Marvel Comics, CD Comics, Dark Horse, and more, but here he’s doing something different. He offers a graphic-format account of the life of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, from his youth as a slave through his stealthy education and escape from bondage to his powerful influence during the Civil War and beyond. With noted illustrators Smyth and Louise."
N/ANot listed
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Yip-Williams, Julie
The Unwinding of the Miracle
PRH/Random House
Random HouseHardcover978052551135927.001/8/19
LJ Prepub Alert: "​Born blind in Vietnam as the war was ending and nearly euthanized by her grandmother, Yip-Williams fled over the water with her family during the tumultuous 1970s, landing in Hong Kong and then America, where surgeons partly restored her sight. Harvard Law School, a big career, and a family followed. Then, at age 37, she was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer; writing this book gave her purpose and understanding before her death at age 42. It humbles you."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
History / Asia / China
Zia, Helen
Last Boat Out of Shanghai
PRH/Random House
Ballantine BooksHardcover978034552232028.001/22/19
Lj Prepub Alert, "With the Communist triumph in China, the residents of glittering, sophisticated Shanghai feared repressive rule and fled en masse. Chinese American journalist Zia (Asian American Dreams) details their flight, drawing on interviews with hundreds of exiles—the last alive to recall the ordeal. The story unfolds through the lives of four young immigrants, including a defeated Nationalist officer’s daughter and a young man worried about his family back home as he resists deportation from America so that he can continue his studies."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
February releases -- LibraryReads nominations due January 1, 2018
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorPublisherFormatISBNList PricePubDate
Sources, notes
Print Run
DRC -- as of 11/11/18
Edelweiss catalog link
Fiction / Short Stories
Aboulela, LeilaElsewhere Home
Ingram Publisher Services
Grove Press, Black Cat
Trade Paperback
LJ Prepub Alert, "Sudanese-born, Scottish-based Aboulela won the inaugural Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000 and has since seen works from MINARET to THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES garner acclaim, awards, and nominations. In her first story collection since 2001's COLOURED LIGHTS, short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Aboulela again plumbs the immigrant and particularly West-Middle East experience, as characters painfully recall the old and adapt to the new. One woman, for instance, finds that as her identity shifts, so does her perspective on an author with whom she shares a cultural background."
Debut, Edelweiss, NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Ahmad, Aeham
The Pianist from Syria
S&SAtria BooksHardcover978150117349325.002/12/19
LJ Prepub Alert -- "Syrian pianist Ahmad, born in the Yamouk district of Damascus, an unofficial Palestinian refugee camp to which his grandparents and father fled during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was recognized as musically gifted and trained by his blind violinist father. When war came to Syria, he initially played his piano in the ruins but was eventually forced to escape to Germany and leave his family behind. Brilliant pianism, a distinctive look at the ongoing refugee crisis and the triumph of hope: my perfect book. Ahmad won the 2015 International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, and translator Bergmann is an esteemed novelist in his own right (THE TRICK)."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
Anders, Charlie Jane
The City in the Middle of the Night
MacmillanTor BooksHardcover978076537996226.992/12/19
BookExpo18 panel, "Tor Presents: LGBTQ+ Authors on Gender and Identity in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
Poetry / American
Baca, Jimmy Santiago
When I Walk Through That Door, I Am
PRH/Random House
Beacon Press
Trade Paperback
Publisher Summary, "Poet-activist Jimmy Baca immerses the reader in an epic narrative poem, imagining the experience of motherhood in the context of immigration, family separation, and ICE raids on the Southern border."
N/ANot listedhttps://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=0807059358
Fiction / Literary
Bolano, Roberto
The Spirit of Science Fiction
PRH/PenguinPenguin PressHardcover978073522285424.002/5/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "In an alternate Seoul, where assassination guilds compete for business, Reseng dutifully goes where he's told to go and kills who he's told to kill. Then he inadvertently disrupts a scheme that's been carefully crafted by three young women-a convenience store clerk, her wheelchair-bound sister, and a cross-eyed librarian-and must decide if he wants to take control. A first English translation from Kim, winner of Korea's Munhakdongne Novel Prize (a top-notch literary honor) and nominated for crime fiction's 2016 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, so he's bound to be good for a range of readers."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / African American
Collins, Kathleen
Notes from a Black Woman's Diary
LJ Prepub Alert, "Published posthumously in 2016, the short story collection WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE? was for too many readers their first encounter with the viscerally smart Collins, a groundbreaking African American filmmaker and playwright who died in 1988 at age 46. This new work features more acute and lucidly rendered stories spanning the Civil Rights era, plus the screenplay of Collins's film Losing Ground, in which a professor acting in a student film finds unsettling parallels to her own life, and the script for The Brothers, a play about the impact of sexism and racism on a middle-class black family. Then there are the raw and revelatory diary entries. The portrait of a young black intellectual being rediscovered; with a 30,000-copy first printing."
History / North America
Gibson, CarrieEl Norte
Ingram Publisher Services
Atlantic Monthly PressHardcover978080212702030.002/5/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "The United States sees its heritage as essentially Anglo, but as clarified here by Gibson (EMPIRE'S CROSSROADS), the nation has older Spanish roots and enduring Spanish influence, from Ponce de León's 1513 landing in Florida and Spanish rule in the Louisiana Territory to America's acquisition of Puerto Rico and continuing border tensions with Mexico. As Walt Whitman said, 'To that composite American identity of the future, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts.' Still working on it."
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Gray, Anissa
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
DEBUT - Sept GalleyChat; Publisher Summary, ?The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction | Historical | General
Howe, LeAnne
Savage Conversations
ConsortiumCoffee House PressPbk. Original978156689531615.952/5/19
Louise Erdrich cites in answer to question, "Any new Native American authors in particular you wish would reach a wider audience?" - https://nyti.ms/1SSB6Rc
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Ikpi, Bassey
I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying
HarperCollinsHarper PerennialPaperback978006269834615.992/19/19
Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi’s experiences navigating Bipolar II and anxiety throughout the course of her life.
50000Not listed
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
James, Marlon
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
PRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978073522017130.002/5/19
LJ Prepub Alert -- "Evocative language, intensive architecture, an epic sensibility, and a strong feeling of time and place: the qualities defining the Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings (and his other titles) should make for great fantasy, even if this first in a trilogy book goes its own special way. At its heart is Tracker, asked to find a boy who disappeared three years previously and nonplussed to find himself attached to a search party, not his usual, independent-minded style. Among the party is a shape shifter named the Leopard, and as they move from thick forests to ancient cities, the searchers face attack by strange creatures. Drawing on African mythology; I love Marlon James!"
Not listed -- Print galleys have been spotted in #bookmail
Fiction / Psychological
Kang, HanThe White Book
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "Having shaken us awake with THE VEGETARIAN and the even more startling HUMAN ACTS, Korean phenomenon Han returns with a new work, short-listed for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. As usual, it's distinctive in both form and content, exploring sorrow through the color white. During a writer's residency in Warsaw, a nameless narrator moves between the blank white worlds of the page demanding text and the city's snow-covered streets, imagining the journey that might have been undertaken by a sister who died in their mother's arms when only a few hours old. Swaddling bands, sugar cubes, a baby's rice cake-hued skin-the traditional Korean color of mourning predominates as the narrator considers how this death has shaped her family."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
A Deadly DivideMacmillanMinotaur Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert -- "A British-born Canadian now living in Colorado, trained in international human rights law and formerly editor in chief of MUSLIM GIRL magazine, Khan returns with her timely series starring Muslim detective Esa Khattak and her colleague Rachel Getty. A mass shooting has devastated a Quebec mosque, and the police have arrested a young Muslim man assisting the wounded while overlooking a priest holding a weapon. Khattak and Getty know that there's a lot more to this story."
Fiction / LiteraryKhalifa, KhaledDeath Is Hard WorkMacmillan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert, "An elderly man who passed away peacefully left his younger son with one request: to bury him in the family plot in their ancestral village. Though the man was hardly an ideal father, the son dutifully rounds up his tetchy brother and sister and persuades them to join in the two-hour drive to the village. The only complication: this is Syria, and as they leave Damascus for the countryside, the siblings are imprisoned, interrogated, and bombarded by the various competing factions that stand between them and the cemetery. Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal and finalist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Khalifa himself refuses to leave Damascus and remains a key chronicler of the city's fate."
Fiction / Anthologies
LaValle, Victor
A People's Future of the United States
PRH/Random House
One World
Trade Paperback
Publisher description, 'A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and imagine new futures for America—from N.K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Jamie Ford, G. Willow Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders, Hugh Howey, and more."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / Short Stories
Leung, Carrianne
That Time I Loved You
Publisher, "Leung's collection delves deeper than what you might expect from a book about suburbia, offering voices from various ethnic and social backgrounds; minority and immigrant experiences are handled with nuance, along with narratives that explore sexuality and mental illness."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / LiteraryLi, YiyunWhere Reasons End
PRH/Random House
Random HouseHardcover978198481737225.002/5/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Granted PEN/Hemingway, MacArthur fellow, and New Yorker '20 Under 40' honors, Li (THE VAGRANTS) has the wherewithal to take on a tough writing task: she imagines a mother (who is also a writer) conducting a conversation with the son she has just lost to suicide. Li has been forthright about her own suicide attempts and the pain that caused them, which should make this a many-layered and resonant read."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
Liu, KenBroken StarsMacmillanTor BooksHardcover978125029766227.992/19/19
LJ BookPulse, "anthology highlighting more new (to US readers) voices in SFF" -- Follow his 2016 anthology, INVISIBLE PLANETS -- Liu writes about it on Tor.com, https://www.tor.com/2018/07/10/ken-liu-presents-broken-stars-a-new-anthology-of-chinese-short-speculative-fiction/
N/ANot listed
History / United States / 19Th Century
Luxenberg, Steve
W. W. Norton & Company
LL Prepub Alert, "A Pulitzer Prize-winning senior editor at the Washington Post who won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for this study, Luxenberg (Annie's Ghost) examines Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 Supreme Court case that upheld the constitutionality of segregated public facilities as long as they were (supposedly) equal, thus sanctioning the "separate but equal" doctrine that has tainted American society to the present. Look for library marketing and op-eds at the time of publication."
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism
Manji, IrshadDon't Label MeMacmillanSt. Martin's Press
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert, "A Muslim immigrant from Africa, author of the New York Times best-selling THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM TODAY, founder of the award-winning Moral Courage Project at the University of Southern California, and the first Chutzpah award winner selected by Oprah Winfrey, Manji has the credentials to speak persuasively about how to launch a conversation with the "other" with whom one might disagree. Her imagined "other" in this book is an old dog name named Lily, as she comes from a culture that demonizes the canines among us. Just the book we need in our divided times."
Family & Relationships
Mehra, Nishta J.
Brown, White, BlackMacmillanPicador
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert. "Middle-school English teacher Mehra, who writes the popular food blog Blue Jean Gourmet, is the daughter of Indian immigrants, wife of a white Christian woman, and mother of an adopted black son named Shiv. Hence, she can tell us about crossing the jagged boundaries of race, gender, sexuality, and religion in this country and how she still keeps herself and her family whole. She's especially concerned about preparing her son for being a black man in America. Actually, there are lessons for us all."
Fiction | Mystery & Detective | International Mystery & Crime
Ng, Jason Y.Hong Kong NoirConsortiumAkashic BooksPbk. Original978161775672615.952/5/19
From Akashic's Noir series, which features writing by local authors focused on each city. Ediot Jason Ng wrote the Hong Kong trilogy ttracking the city's post-colonial development.
History / Military / United States
Serrano, Richard A.
Summoned at Midnight
PRH/Random House
Beacon PressHardcover978080706096427.952/5/19
Publisher Summary, "A lost history of racial discrimination in America's capital punishment system revealed by seventeen lives lived in the Fort Leavenworth military prison"
Social Science / Penology
Swenson, KyleGood Kids, Bad CityMacmillanPicador
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert, "In the early 1970s, based on the shaky testimony of preteen Ed Vernon, three African American men-Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman and Rickey Jackson-were convicted of a particularly vicious robbery in Cleveland. Four decades later, Vernon recanted his testimony, and the men were released. Award-winning Washington Post reporter Swenson investigates an egregious miscarriage of justice in terms of both Cleveland's and America's discriminatory history."
Fiction / Historical
Verble, Margaret
Cherokee AmericaHMH
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
GalleyChat, Sept -- Abby Johnson."Downloaded and can't wait to read CHEROKEE AMERICA by Cherokee author Margaret Verble. 'An epic novel that follows a web of family alliances and culture clashes in the Cherokee Nation during the aftermath of the Civil War, & the unforgettable woman at its center.' " ​
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Fiction / Literary
Wilkinson, Lauren
American Spy
PRH/Random House
Random HouseHardcover978081299895527.002/12/19
GalleyChat, Oct -- Publisher description, "enthralling espionage drama that deftly hops between New York and West Africa" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In Cold War–blasted 1986, African American intelligence office Marie Mitchell battles the FBI’s white, male establishment, then her own misgivings when asked to join a task force aimed at toppling Thomas Sankara, the left-leaning, shining-star president of Burkina Faso. She secretly appreciates Thomas’s work and wonders if she’s being picked solely for her ethnicity, not her smarts. Political issues, family burdens (Marie mourns a dead sister), romance, and authenticity: the real-life Sankara is called Africa’s Che Guevara; Wilkinson’s debut sounds like a thriller and reads like literary fiction/"
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Zgheib, Yara
The Girls at 17 Swann Street
MacmillanSt. Martin'sHardcover978125020244427.992/5/19
Author born in Beirut. -- PW story on titles being offered at London Book Fair, 2018, “'Aristotle at Afternoon Tea' blogger Zgheib writes about a young girl with anorexia, which was inspired by her own experience. The agency describes it as 'Girl, Interrupted meets 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.”"
Edelweiss & NetGalley
March releases -- LibraryReads nominations due February 1, 2019
Bisac CategoryAuthorTitle:SubtitleVendorPublisherFormatISBNList PricePubDate
Sources, notes
Print Run
DRC -- as of 11/11/18
Edelweiss catalog link
Social Science / LGBT Studies
Allen, Samantha
Real Queer AmericaHachette
Little, Brown and Company
LJ Prepub Alert, "In the last decade, Allen has morphed from a neatly dressed Mormon missionary to a senior reporter at the Daily Beast married to another woman. Here she travels Red State America, which she continues to love, showing us LGBT hangouts everywhere (e.g., a queer night club in Bloomington, IN) and LGBTers making a difference."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Literary
Balasubramanyam, Rajeev
Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss
PRH/Random House
The Dial PressHardcover978052551138027.003/26/19
GalleyChat, Oct -- Many requested galleys because of rec. from PRH Library Marketing: Jennifer Childs, "Fans of ELEANOR OLIPHANT and ROSIE PROJECT take note! I'm loving PROFESSOR CHANDRA right now." -- kelly coyle-crivelli "Agreed! PROFESSOR CHANDRA one of my favorite characters in a while! Fun to read about a great, stressed out dad!"
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Bhagwati, Anuradha
UnbecomingS&SAtria BooksHardcover978150116254126.003/26/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Raised by no-nonsense Indian parents, Bhagwati bucked everyone's expectations when she dropped out of Harvard graduate school and joined the Marines, intent on proving herself in the most rigorous branch of the military. Instead, as a bisexual woman of color in the military, she faced misogyny, racism, and abuse, and when her tour of duty was up, she decided to fight the injustice she had encountered by founding the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), which has since brought about numerous policy reforms within the Department of Defense and Department of Veteran Affairs. With a 40,000-copy first printing."
40,000Not listed
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Carty-Williams, Candice
QueenieS&SGallery/Scout PressHardcover978150119601026.003/19/19
One of "the best novels on modern black British lives," The Guardian, http://bit.ly/2JyskJo. "Sexy, kick-ass and very of the moment, it’s a wry look at dating and independence for black women."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / Literary
Demirtas, Selahattin
PRH/Random House
SJP for HogarthHardcover978052557693822.004/23/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "A Turkish human rights lawyer, cochair of the People's Democratic Party, and pro-Kurdish member of parliament, Demirtas has been imprisoned since November 2016. His first work of fiction is a collection of 12 stories dedicated to "all murdered women and victims of violence," whose voices are embodied here. The title story, for instance, explores an honor killing; elsewhere, we see a teenager and her mother trying desperately to escape Hamas in Syria. Chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker for her SJP imprint at Hogarth, this book sold 200,000 copies in Turkey upon its release, and rights have been preempted in 11 territories."
Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
Eberhardt, Jennifer L.
LJ Prepub Alert, "An expert in the issue of unconscious racial bias, Stanford psychology professor and MacArthur fellow Eberhardt argues that even those who don't believe they are biased and who strive to treat others equally can be affected by bred-in-the-bone stereotypes. To make her case, she draws on both research-in the lab as well as police departments, courtrooms, prisons, and boardrooms and on the street-and personal experience, showing that bias isn't restricted to a few screechy outliers but can affect us all. And it can be fixed by all of us together."
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Forche, Carolyn
What You Have Heard Is True
PRH/PenguinPenguin PressHardcover978052556037128.003/19/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Forché is a distinguished poet (she received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship) who's also radically engaged; she's the editor, for instance, of the anthology AGAINST FORGETTING: TWENTIETH-CENTURY POETRY OF WITNESS. Here she recounts how it really started; decades ago, the relative of a friend, charismatic and imbued, drove from El Salvador to ask her to visit his country. Once there, Forché learned about extreme poverty and oppression as protesters were attacked and priests and farm workers murdered; meanwhile, she and her friend stay just ahead of the death squads. With a national tour."
Fiction / Romance / African American
Jackson, Brenda
Forget Me NotHarlequinHQNPbk. Original97813359061207.993/26/19
NYT on diversity in Romance novels, https://nyti.ms/2lZP32L
150,000Not listed
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Jacob, MiraGood Talk
PRH/Random House
One WorldHardcover978039958904130.003/26/19
Publisher, "A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial family, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Jacob, author of the multi-best-booked novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, returns with a graphic-format memoir exploring life as a first-generation American in an interracial marriage. Inspired by her viral Buzzfeed piece “37 Difficult Questions from My Mixed-Raced Son,” written in response to her six-year-old’s asking whether the new president hated brown boys like him, Jacob presents difficult conversations she has had with her husband, in-laws, and parents, who arrived here from India a month after their arranged marriage. :
N/ANot listedhttps://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=039958904X
Fiction / Literary
Kawamura, Genki
If Cats Disappeared from the World
MacmillanFlatiron Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Guardian review, "The narrator of this book has a grade four brain tumour, we are told, and only has days to live. That is, until the devil appears, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, and offers him a trade-off: he will be given an extra day of life if he chooses one thing to eliminate from the world. He accepts the bargain, sacrificing phones, films, clocks - but he draws the line at his beloved cat, Cabbage. A warm, quirky novel that has sold more than a million copies in Japan, it reflects on life, love, family estrangement and what remains when we are gone with levity and a surprising emotional charge. Kawamura's message is clear without being didactic: look around you, embrace those you love and enjoy life while you can.?" -- https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/23/in-brief-if-cats-disappeared-from-world-always-another-country-enigma-variations-review
Fiction / LiteraryLalami, Laila
The Other Americans
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "After Moroccan immigrant Driss Guerraoui is killed in a hit-and-run in California, a host of characters converge to reveal his family's secrets and the town's failings with perhaps redemptive results. Among them are his widow, Maryam, still longing for the old country; his jazz composer daughter Nora, returning home; undocumented witness Efraín, fearing deportation if he testifies; a detective, dealing with her own troubled son; and more. From Pulitzer Prize finalist and Man Booker Prize long-listed Lalami (THE MOOR'S ACCOUNT)."
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Mehrotra, RatiMahimataHarperCollinsHarper VoyagerPaperback978006256455916.993/5/19
Author Born and raised in India​, lives in Canada.
Religion / Christian Life / Family
McDonald, Greg
Embracing the Journey
S&SHoward BooksHardcover978150119568625.003/5/19
Conservative Christians learn to accept their son after he comes out.
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Social Science / Emigration & Immigration
Morales, Agus
We Are Not Refugees
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
Sept GalleyChat, "heartbreaking yet necessary. "
History / United States / 19Th Century
Morgan-Owens, Jessie
Girl in Black and White
W. W. Norton & Company
LJ Prepub Alert, "In 1855, seven-year-old Mary Mildred Williams's family won its freedom after decades of fighting, and Mary's photograph was used by abolitionists to promote their movement; she was a slave girl who looked 'white,' which brought out particular sympathies in many observers. Morgan-Owens, dean of studies at Bard Early College in New Orleans, resurrects Mary's story and reveals the racial politics that underlay abolitionism."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Mukherjee, AbirSmoke and AshesNortonPegasus BooksHardcover978164313014925.953/5/19N/ANot listedhttps://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1643130145
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
Okorafor, Nnedi
Antar: The Black Knight
PRH/Random House
IDW PublishingHardcover978168405373524.993/26/19
ALA 18 panel, "Gender and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
N/ANot listed
Fiction / Literary
Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo
The Dragonfly Sea
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "Raised by her mother on the island of Pate off Kenya's coast, Ayaana is pleased when a sailor named Muhidin enters their lives and becomes a father figure to her. Religious extremists and dragonflies, a tsunami, and a journey to the Far East are among the many variables that make for a tumultuous coming-of-age. From Caine Prize winner Owuor, whose Dust was short-listed for the Folio Prize."
Fiction / LiteraryOyeyemi, HelenGingerbreadPRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover978159463465927.003/5/19
LJ Prepub Alert, "Granta Best of Young British Novelists Oyeyemi has a splendid way with fairytales, from Bluebeard (Mr. Fox) to Snow White (Boy, Snow, Bird), so it’s not surprising that she takes gingerbread as a theme (remember “Hansel and Gretel,” and the fleet-footed gingerbread man?). Perdita Lee lives with her mother, Harriet, in a gold-painted seventh-floor walk-up apartment in London and make gingerbread famed in Harriet’s homeland, Druhástrana. Finally, Perdita travels there to her mother’s gingerbread-loving friend, Gretel, a power influence on Harriet’s life—for better or for worse."
Drama / American / African American
Rankine, Claudia
The White CardMacmillanGraywolf Press
Trade Paperback
LJ Prepub Alert, "Author of CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC, a New York Times best seller and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner in poetry (it was also nominated in criticism), MacArthur Fellow Rankine explores the issues of whiteness as the default setting in our racially rich yet racially divided society. Her first published play is divided into two scenes. The first features a dinner party thrown by powerhouse Manhattanites Virginia and Charles for rising artist Charlotte that backfires dramatically, while the second features a conversation between Charlotte and Charles in her studio that finally considers what-and who-is on display."
N/ANot listed
Fiction / LiteraryRevoyr, NinaA Student of HistoryConsortiumAkashic Books
Trade Paperback
ALA18 Read 'n' Rave selection -- Publisher description, "A Student of History explores both the beginnings of Los Angeles and present-day dynamics of race and class. It offers a window into the usually hidden world of high society, and the influence of historic families on current events. Like Great Expectations and The Great Gatsby, it features, in Rick Nagano, a young man of modest means who is navigating a world where he doesn't belong."
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Rum, EtafA Woman Is No ManHarperCollinsHarperHardcover978006269976326.993/5/19
HarperCollins ALA Buzz, http://bit.ly/2muIeXz -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In 1990 Palestine, 17-year-old Isra dreamily buries herself in books, then is yanked out by her father to marry a stranger who takes her to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (and a Palestinian American community much like the one where author Rum was raised). There she must act like a traditional wife, enduring the scorn of her mother-in-law, especially after birthing four girls. Years later, her eldest daughter suffers similarly, especially because she wants to go to college. Rum is famous for her Instagram account @booksandbeans."
Fiction / Literary
Scibona, Salvatore
The VolunteerPRH/PenguinPenguin PressHardcover978052555852128.003/5/19
Publisher summary, "A long-awaited new novel from a National Book Award Finalist, the epic story of a restless young man who is captured during the Vietnam War and pressed into service for a clandestine branch of the United States government?" -- "?Salvatore Scibona's first novel, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award. His work has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and a Whiting Award; and the New Yorker named him one of its "20 Under 40" fiction writers to watch. He directs the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library."
Fiction / Historical
See, Lisa
The Island of Sea Women
With this book, See departs from her novels about China and Chinese Americans, based on her own background, to write about Korea's women divers and their matriarchial society. She explains why in this article --http://www.jejuweekly.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=5136.
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Fiction / Literary
Serpell, Namwali
The Old Drift
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "Divided into three parts-"'he Grandmothers,' 'the Mothers,' and 'the Children'-this large-scaled saga follows three curse-ridden families over three generations, beginning with David Livingstone stumbling across the Victoria Falls and ending in southern Africa in the 2050. And those buzzing mosquitoes? They function as a Greek chorus. Zambia-born, California-based Serpell is a Caine Prize and Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award winner."
N/ANot listedhttps://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1101907142
Fiction / Literary
Subramanian, Mathangi
A People's History of Heaven
WorkmanAlgonquin BooksHardcover978161620758826.953/19/19
Publisher summary, "​A politically driven graffiti artist. A transgender Christian convert. A blind girl who loves to dance. A queer daughter of a hijabi union leader. These are some of the young women who live in a Bangalore slum known as Heaven, young women whom readers will come to love in the moving, atmospheric, and deeply inspiring debut, A People's History of Heaven.​"
Edelweiss, NetGalley
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Taseer, AatishThe Twice-BornMacmillan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert, "A multi-award-nominated novelist (e.g., THE WAY THINGS WERE) and author of the memoir STRANGER TO HISTORY, Taseer first saw Benares, one of Hinduism's holiest sites, as the Westward-looking 18-year-old son of an Indian journalist and a Pakistani politician raised in New Delhi. Twenty years later, he left Manhattan to study the Brahmins, Hinduism's highest caste, devoted to sacred learning, but instead found an India torn between rapid modernization and ferocious, anti-Muslim nationalism."
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