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July, 2022 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due June 1, 2022
Bisac Category
List Price
Pub Date - as of 5/1/22
Print Run
Sources, notes, GalleyChat tweets
Fiction / LiteraryArmfield, Julia
Our Wives Under the Sea
MacmillanFlatiron Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
DEBUT, Heating up, Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss (majority from Booksellers -- Mara @mrlzbth, "OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA by Julia Armfield has an unforgettably dark, strange, dream-like feel to it, and I loved it. The story of an submarine expedition gone badly wrong and its aftermath as a wife tries to adjust to a partner who's come back...changed." -- APRIL, Jenna Friebel @jenna_friebel, "I loved the recent @MacmillanLib Happy Hour event. All the books sound great but I'm so so excited for OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA by Julia Armfield which I keep hearing such great things about." -- Bustle, "16 LGBTQ+ Fiction Books To Look Forward To In 2022" -- "When Leah returns from a doomed deep-sea mission, her wife Miri is overjoyed. However she soon realises Leah has been disturbed and changed by whatever happened on the fateful journey. A story of love, loss and grief for Armfield's debut novel." -- OCT, Jenna Friebel @jenna_friebel, "Is it too soon to read a book that doesn't come out until July 2022? Because OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA by Julia Armfield sounds like everything I want."
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Babalola, BoluHoney and SpiceHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover
GalleyChat interest -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In HONEY AND SPICE, following Babalola's buzzy debut story collection, LOVE IN COLOR, young Black British woman Kiki Banjo-host of a popular student radio show and known for preaching bad-relationship avoidance-gets tangled in a fake liaison with the very guy she's been citing as big trouble."
Fiction / Historical / Medieval
Chen, Katherine J.
Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc
PRH/Random House
Random HouseHardcover
HOT, Mara @mrlzbth, "My top 'must rave' galley this month is definitely JOAN by Katherine J. Chen. If you love literary historical fiction along the lines of WOLF HALL or HAMNET, this one is truly a must read. I didn't want it to end and was tempted to start again the moment I finished." -- Jill Minor @JillRhudy, "…gives us a Joan of Arc who is big, burly, and fearless-a giant among the French. She loves combat and arms, and yearns for revenge. I was enthralled by both the character and the tale." -- Features blurb from Hillary Mantel on cover, "It is as if Chen has crept inside a statue and breathed a shul into it, creating Joan of arc as a woman for our time." -- MARCH, Jennifer Dayton @jenniferdayton, "…a wonderful reimagining of the life of Joan of Arc. Great writing, terrific story. Truly a feminist hero for now … I devoured it in 2 days…Such a perfect cover! "
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary
Chow, Jennifer J.Death by Bubble TeaPRH/PenguinBerkleyMass Market
FirstClue newsletter, "A delicious exploration into family, culture, and above all, food…Chow gets so much right in this book, from the exploration of Asian cultures in L.A. to the growing relationship between the cousins. A fun start to a wonderful new series." - Brian Kenney
History / Social History
Cose, EllisRace and ReckoningHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "In RACE AND RECKONING, Cose (THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS) argues that throughout U.S. history racial bias has always shaped key decisions and events (25,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / Family Life
Deb, SopanKeya Das's Second ActS&SSimon & SchusterHardcover
DEBUT Heating up -- JenniferSchultz @Jennsreads, "KEYA DAS'S SECOND ACT by Sopan Deb is hilarious at times, painfully emotional at times, but always an engrossing and moving read about a family's struggle to move forward in their grief and regret." -- Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, "A touching story of family, acceptance and saying I am sorry even if it is a bit too late. KEYA DAS'S SECOND ACT is a keeper." -- LJ Prepub Alert, " Fiftyish Bengali American Shantanu Das is divorced from his wife, estranged from elder daughter Mitali, and deeply regretful that he rejected teenage daughter Keya, now deceased, after she came out. Then he discovers an unfinished manuscript that Keya was writing with her girlfriend, and as the anniversary of Keya's death approaches, the entire family becomes involved with a suggestion from Mitali's new boyfriend: to reconnect and make amends, they could stage the manuscript as a play. A fiction debut from New York Times reporter Deb (MISSED TRANSLATIONS); with a 60,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / FantasyEllor, ZabéSilk FireS&SSolarisHardcover
BuzzFeed, 22 Books By Trans And Nonbinary Authors To Get Excited About In 2022 -- "Zabé Ellor's adult fantasy debut follows Koré, who on his quest for vengeance against his aristocratic father in an effort to save the city he has come to love, has a chance encounter with a dying god, giving him magic-breathing powers. -- Zabé Ellor (he/him) is an American literary agent and writer from Washington, DC. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology and English Literature and released his first young adult novel, May the Best Man Win, in 2021, and has a short story in the YA futuristic sci-fi anthology OUT THERE: INTO THE QUEER NEW YONDER, expected in June. SILK FIRE is his first adult novel."
Social Science / Race & Ethnic Relations
Fairbanks, EveInheritorsS&SSimon & SchusterHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, " Ten years in the making, journalist Fairbanks's THE INHERITORS follows three everyday South Africans over five decades to reveal how the end of apartheid unfolded."
Fiction / WomenFranqui, LeahAfter the HurricaneHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover
Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, "About to start AFTER THE HURRICANE. I am loving all these deeply moving stories of families in cultural transition. This one in Puerto Rico and the states." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "After Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, disaffected young Elena Vega revisits the island in search of her father…tracking him down means learning about her family and heritage. From Puerto Rican-Jewish Franqui, author of MOTHER LAND; with a 50,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Gailey, SarahJust Like HomeMacmillanTor Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Heating up, Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss -- Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, "Coming home to a haunted house is never a good idea. Scary? Yep! New creepy fun from Sarah Galley in JUST LIKE HOME." -- BuzzFeed, 22 Books By Trans And Nonbinary Authors To Get Excited About In 2022 -- "Sarah Gailey (they/them) is a Hugo Award-winning and bestselling American author. They have written award-winning novellas and published numerous books, the most recent being THE ECHO WIFE."
Fiction / Psychological
Habib, ConnerHawk MountainNorton
W. W. Norton & Company
DEBUT, LMR, Norton Library @WWNortonLibrary, "July #LibraryReads suggestions - HAWK MOUNTAIN is very dark." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "…From the host of the popular podcast Against Everyone, suggesting that people don't easily change and that the horrors of high school live on. There's TV/film interest." -- Conner Habib's writing has appeared in Best Gay Stories…
Fiction / Historical
Hare, LouiseMiss Aldridge Regrets
PRH/Random House
US DEBUT --Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, "MISS ALDRIDGE REGRETS takes us on a journey aboard the Queen Mary where a woman fleeing the past in London needs a new start in NYC. So good!" -- DEC, Mara @mrlzbth, "…a fun murder mystery set aboard a 1930s ocean liner and starring a nightclub singer. I'd love to see it be the start of a series!" -- From Publishers Summary, "IMPORTANT THEMES: Miss Aldridge is a multiracial woman passing for white, and Louise Hare, who is also a multiracial British woman, explores this with texture and insight"
Fiction / WomenHariri-Kia, ImanA Hundred Other GirlsSourcebooks
Sourcebooks Landmark
Trade Paperback
Pub date moved BACK from Aug -- DEBUT, Kelly Moore @kellywellread, "Another debut that caught my eye: A HUNDRED OTHER GIRLS by Iman Hariri-Kia about a Middle Eastern-American writer finding her place in the shifting landscape of the media industry. " -- LMR, Sourcebooks Library @SBKSLibrary, "She's got a job A HUNDRED OTHER GIRLS would kill for. Except her boss is unhinged, There's a war going on between departments, And there's the hot IT guy who threatens to complicate things further." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Middle Eastern American blogger Noora is doing it all for free, so she's ecstatic when she lands a job as assistant to the editor in chief of the prestigious Vinyl…A debut exploring media, the working world, and the difficulties of pursuing one's dream."
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Hokeah, Oscar
Calling for a Blanket Dance
WorkmanAlgonquin BooksHardcover
DEBUT, LJ Prepub Alert, " Even as young, Indigenous Ever Geimausaddle wrestles with rage over centuries of murderous injustice, his family copes with more immediate pain…".
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Ice-TSplit DecisionS&SGallery BooksHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "Before Ice-T was a rapper, songwriter, and actor best known for Law & Order-he's the longest-running male actor on any prime-time drama ever-he joined with friend Spike in a series of jewelry heists in Los Angeles and elsewhere. In a memoir written with Spike and Edgar finalist Douglas Century, he explains how he decided to turn away from a life of crime while Spike went down a different road and ended up in prison for three years. With a 75,000-copy first printing."--Starred LJ and PW
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Jackson, KwanaKnot Again
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
GalleyChat Interest, Publishers Summary, "Sometimes fireman Lucas Strong feels like he can only find any peace and quiet at the local laundromat, where every day is rinse and repeat - until a fateful run-in with his high school crush."<br>
Fiction / LiteraryKhalid, ZainBrother Alive
Ingram Publisher Services
Grove PressHardcover
DEBUT, LJ Prepub Alert, "Dayo's heritage is Nigerian, Iseul's is Korean, and Youssef's undefinedly Middle Eastern. But they are adopted brothers, living above a Staten Island mosque with their imam father, who passionately preaches against Western values while remaining disengaged at home. Youssef is secretly sustained by an imaginary double, and all three boys discover the past and rethink the future when they travel to Saudi Arabia with their father. Debuter Khalid was inspired to write after reading Viet Thanh Nguyen's THE SYMPATHIZER, also published by Grove Atlantic "
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Kochai, Jamil Jan
Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
LJ Prepub Alert, "Kochai follows 99 NIGHTS IN LOGAR, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, with a story collection embracing Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora. Here, a video game compels a young man to explore his father's memories of war and occupation, a government employee becomes involved with the immigrant family he's surveilling, and a physician couple face the consequences of remaining in Kabul.
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Lee, JayciBooked on a FeelingMacmillanSt. Martin's Griffin
Trade Paperback
Shari Suarez @ShariSuarez, "Another current read is BOOKED ON A FEELING by Jayci Lee. Best friends to lovers, bookstore that needs saving and diverse characters. What else do you need?"
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Lewis, DamienAgent JosephineHachettePublicAffairsHardcover
Continued Interest -- Publishers Summary, "Singer. Actress. Beauty. Spy. During WW2, Josephine Baker, the world's richest and most glamorous entertainer, was an Allied spy in Occupied France. This is the story of her heroic personal resistance to Nazi Germany."
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Liaguno, Vince A.Other TerrorsHarperCollins
William Morrow Paperbacks
Joe_Jones @Joe_Jones, "Slowly working my way through OTHER TERRORS: AN INCLUSIVE ANTHOLOGY so I can savor each story! And what a lineup of horror authors it has!" -- From the publisher, "An anthology of original new horror stories edited by Bram Stoker Award winners Vince Liaguno and Rena Mason that showcases authors from underrepresented backgrounds telling terrifying tales of what it means to be, or merely to seem, 'other'"
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Lopez, Angelina M.
After Hours on Milagro Street
HarperCollinsCarina Trade
Trade Paperback
Continued GalleyChat interest -- Publishers Summary, "Sultry, smart, and wholly authentic: Angelina M. Lopez introduces a new contemporary romance series centering three Mexican-American sisters who return to their lore-rich midwestern hometown to confront the past and embark on new beginnings." -- Starred PW
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Crime & Mystery
March, NevPeril at the ExpositionMacmillanMinotaur Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Vicki Nesting @VNesting, "Nev March's 2020 mystery, MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY was excellent and I look forward to reading her next one, PERIL AT THE EXPOSITION, set at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "…a follow-up to March's Edgar finalist debut, MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY, newlyweds Capt. Jim Agnihotri and Diana Framji have left British-ruled Bombay (now Mumbai) for 1890s Boston when Jim is sent to investigate a murder in Chicago (50,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / African American & Black / Women
McKinney-Whetstone, Diane
Our GenHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover
Publishers Summary, "Residents of an active-living retirement community revert to lives of youthful indulgence, even as time-bomb secrets of their pasts tick toward explosion."
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Meadows, Foz
Strange and Stubborn Endurance
MacmillanTor Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
GalleyChat interest, Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss (majority from Booksellers) -- LJ Prepub Alert, " When his preference for men emerges, Velasin vin Aaro fears that he has wrecked his diplomatic mission to the Tithena. But while his own country prohibits relationships between men, the Tithena have an enlightened perspective and propose a political marriage between Velasin and one of their own, a man named Caethari Aeduria. When violence threatens the new alliance, Vel and Cae have no one to trust but each other. From Hugo Award-winning AUSTRALIAN MEADOWS; with a 125,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Méndez, Yamile Saied
Twice a Quinceañera
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
ADULT DEBUT, LMR, Matt Johnson @MattJMcLoughlin, "TWICE A QUINCEAÑERA by Yamile Saied Méndez. Join in the celebration when a jilted bride turns her wedding into a celebration of herself in this sweet #OwnVoices rom-com from YA author Méndez making her adult debut!"<br>~<br>~<br>
Political Science / Political Process / Political Advocacy
Michelle, Lecia
The White Allies Handbook
PRH/Random House
LMR, Michelle Lauren Addo @MichelleAddo. "THE WHITE ALLIES HANDBOOK: 4 Weeks to Join the Racial Justice Fight for Black Women by Lecia Michelle - A clear, actionable guide offering tools white people need to become true allies, combat racism while supporting Black women, & more."
Fiction / Historical
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
PRH/Random House
Del ReyHardcover
Heating Up, Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss, starred Booklist - Mara @mrlzbth, "Currently reading and enjoying THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, who has definitely become one of my 'must read' authors over the last few years." -- FEB, Joe_Jones @Joe_Jones, "I'm loving THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! She has such a gift in her writing to bring you into her world and give us a glimpse of life in Mexico we never see otherwise." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "The masterly author of MEXICAN GOTHIC retells the story of Doctor Moreau from the perspective of his daughter, Carlota, who grows up on a grand estate on the Yucatán peninsula as her father conducts experiments funded by the wealthy Lizaldes. The estate also serves as home to Montgomery Laughton, Doctor Moreau's hard-drinking assistant, and the many part-human, part-animal hybrids that result from the doctor's creepy experiments. The arrival of a Lizalde son disrupts everything."
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Noone, AshtonVicious CreaturesNortonScarletHardcover
Mara @mrlzbth, "I liked the consistently creepy atmosphere of VICIOUS CREATURES by Ashton Noone, where there's something dark and hungry lurking out in the woods."-- From publishers summary, "#OwnVoices thriller with a queer woman at its center."
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Okparanta, Chinelo
Harry Sylvester BirdHMHMariner BooksHardcover
Open Country Mag, The 50+ Most Anticipated Books of 2022. "Chinelo Okparanta's third novel, which follows the life of a young white man in contemporary America, explores the subtle and overt natures of racism. When Sylvester falls in love with Maryam, a young Nigerian woman who eventually pulls away from him, he must confront his identity like never before."
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Onda Riku
Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight
Ingram Publisher Services
Bitter Lemon Press
Trade Paperback
FirstClue newsletter -- "this literary who-dunnit is one that readers will tear through in one sitting." -Brian Kenney
Fiction / Thrillers / Historical
Pulley, Natasha
The Half Life of Valery K
Bloomsbury Publishing
Hardcover with dust jacket
GalleyChat interest -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In Pulley's Cold War-set THE HALF-LIFE OF VALERY K, when former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov is removed from the Gulag and asked to study the effects of radiation in a mysterious town housing nuclear reactors, he's truly worried about how much radiation there is (60,000-copy first printing). "
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Ridley, EricaNobody's PrincessHachetteForeverMass Market
Jenna Friebel @jenna_friebel, "I want to be adopted into the Wynchester family. I love them all, and Graham's story was delightful: NOBODY'S PRINCESS by Erica Ridley." -- Nanette Donohue @surferrosa, "I love this series so much!" -- Publishers Summary, "A fun and feminist Regency romp from a master of the genre hailed as 'a delight' by BRIDGERTON author Julia Quinn." -- starred PW review
Fiction / African American & Black / Women
Riley, VanessaSister Mother WarriorHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover
Jane Jorgenson @madpoptart, "SISTER MOTHER WARRIOR by Vanessa Riley - historical fiction about the 18th century revolution in what is now Haiti - centered on two Black women - engrossing, epic read." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In SISTER MOTHER WARRIOR, celebrated ISLAND QUEEN author Riley conveys the Haitian Revolution through the stories of two women: Marie-Claire Bonheur, the first empress of Haiti, and West African-born warrior Gran Toya (100,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Roffey, Monique
The Mermaid of Black Conch
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "Literary author Roffey's Costa Book of the Year Award winner is a feminist retelling of an old Taino myth …amplified by a condemnation of colonization in the Caribbean."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Rojas Contreras, Ingrid
Man Who Could Move Clouds
PRH/Random House
Entertainment Weekly first Look -- -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Born in Bogotá, Colombia, and now based in California, Contreras made a name for herself with the LJ-starred debut novel FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE. Here she turns to nonfiction as she recalls suffering amnesia after a head injury in her twenties and seeking to uncover her family history. Her mother had suffered a similar injury as a child and emerged able to see ghosts-part of a family legacy of otherworldly connection exemplified by her own father, a famed curandero, or healer, said to talk to the dead, see the future, and move clouds. Here, the author weaves together her family history, rediscovered with her mother, and that of Colombia."
Fiction / World Literature / India
Roy, AnuradhaEarthspinnerHarperCollinsHarperViaHardcover
Publishers Summary, "From the critically acclaimed, Booker Prize-nominated author of SLEEPING ON JUPITER and ALL THE LIVES WE NEVER LIVED, an incisive and moving novel about the struggle for creative achievement in a world consumed by growing fanaticism and political upheaval."
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Slaughter, JodieBet on ItMacmillanSt. Martin's Griffin
Trade Paperback
GalleyChat interest -- DEBUT, BISAC, Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial -- Fiction / Own Voices -- Publishers Summary "After striking up a bingo-based sex pact, two lonely souls find winning has never been more fun - and falling in love has never felt more complicated"
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Soomro, Taymour
Other Names for LoveMacmillan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
LJ Prepub Alert, "In this debut from a British Pakistani lawyer-turned-writer, 16-year-old Fahad reluctantly travels with his father from London to rural Pakistan for what promises to be a challenging summer; his father isn't just reconnecting with family but hoping to toughen up the son he sees as too sensitive, hiring local teenager Ali to do the job. Instead, Fahad and Ali are mutually attracted, even as secrets about Fahad's father emerge that will return to haunt him decades later. Exploring issues of family and masculinity within the context of Pakistan's history; with a 75,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / LGBTQ+ / Lesbian
Stevens, NellBriefly, A Delicious LifeS&SScribnerHardcover
DEBUT, LJ Prepub Alert, "A Somerset Maugham Award winner and BBC National Short Story Award short-listee, Stevens has published two memoirs in the United States, including the writer's meditation bleaker house. Now she offers an intriguing first novel about 14-year-old Blanca, who dies giving birth in 1473 Mallorca but hangs around in ghostly form for four centuries until the arrival of George Sand and her entourage. Blanca falls in love with the writer, who knows nothing of the passionate spirit she cannot see"
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Sullivan, Mecca Jamilah
Big GirlNortonLiverightHardcover
DEBUT, LMR, Norton Library Mktg @WWNortonLibrary, "Lovely Kirkus for BIG GIRL:'young girl learns-and redefines-what it means to take up space...Sullivan writes with tenderness & uses the language of poetry to communicate her protagonist's inner life...A lyrical and important coming-of-age novel.' " -- Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, "Excited to start BIG GIRL. Body shaming at a NYC prep school and popularity in the 90's." -- MARCH, LMR, Norton Library Mktg @WWNortonLibrary, "July #LibraryReads suggestions - BIG GIRL is very moving" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "A Lambda Literary Award winner for her collection BLUE TALK AND LOVE, Sullivan offers full-length fiction featuring eight-year-old Harlemite Malaya, who's resistant to her prim mother's efforts to send her to Weight Watchers; she'd rather be painting in her room or indulging in street food with her dad. She must also cope with fierce pressures at her mostly white Upper East Side prep school. Eventually, family tragedy makes her rethink the source of her hunger and face down stigmas about women's bodies. "
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Talty, MorganNight of the Living RezNortonTin House BooksPaperback
DEBUT story collection -- LMR, Norton Library Mktg @WWNortonLibrary, "July #LibraryReads suggestions." - JAN, Shari Suarez @ShariSuarez, "Looking forward to NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ by Morgan Talty. Short stories about what it means to be a Penobscot."
Fiction / African American & Black / Women
Wenzel, Olivia1,000 Coils of Fear
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
Publishers Summary, "A multilayered and rhythmic debut novel about her life as a Black German woman living in Berlin and New York during the chaos of the 2016 U.S. presidential election from playwright Olivia Wenzel."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Wong, Carmen Rita
Why Didn't You Tell Me?
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "On the boards of The Moth and Planned Parenthood, media entrepreneur Wong was initially raised in Harlem, the child of a passionate Latina mother and an immigrant hustler father, who frequently took her to Chinatown. Later, when her mother married a white man, Wong ended up in New Hampshire, and her relationship with her mother deteriorated as four half-siblings came along. Not until after her mother died did a startling secret emerge that shook Wong's sense of identity to its foundation."
Aug 2022 releases -- LibraryReads nominations due July 1, 2022
Bisac Category
List Price
Pub Date - as of 5/1/22
Print Run
Sources, notes, GalleyChat tweets
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Abreu, AndreaDogs of Summer
PRH/Random House
Astra HouseHardcover
LMR, Astra House@astrahousebooks, "DOGS OF SUMMER, written by Andrea Abreu (tr Julia Sanches), is a story about two girls coming of age in the early aughts and a friendship that simmers into erotic desire over the course of one hot summer."
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Shifters
Adhara, CharliePack of LiesHarperCollinsCarina Adores
Trade Paperback
Publishers Summary, "PACK OF LIES is the first book in a new LGBTQ+ romantic paranormal mystery series in which a human monster hunter and a sarcastic werewolf must work together to save the day--and themselves."
Fiction / World Literature / Middle East
Amiry, SuadMother of Strangers
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "… Amiry turns to fiction to chronicle the destruction of Palestine in 1947-51 and displacement of its people. The story is set in brightly cosmopolitan Jaffa and focuses on 15-year-old mechanic Subhi and Shams, the 13-year-old peasant girl he hopes one day to marry."
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black
Andrews-Dyer, Helena
The Mamas
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "In THE MAMAS, Andrews-Dyer-a senior culture writer at the Washington Post and author of BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK -relates her experiences as a Black mother in a predominantly white mommy group and asks whether Black and white mothers can truly be not just mom mates but real friends."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Burns, Valerie
Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
FirstClue newsletter -- "A great start to a series that is part poignant, part humorous, and part suspenseful while introducing a wonderful, new, African American heroine."-Brian Kenney
Fiction / Family Life / Siblings
Candela, MargoThe Neapolitan Sisters
PRH/Random House
Alcove Press
Trade Paperback
DRC on NetGalley, LMR AlcovePress @AlcovePress, "Set in East LA, THE NEAPOLITAN SISTERS by @MargoCandela is a humorous yet moving look at what it means to be a sister, daughter, and ultimately, your own self." --, "18 books by Latino authors you'll want to read in 2022" --
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / American / Asian American Studies
Choy, Catherine Ceniza
Asian American Histories of the United States
PRH/Random House
Beacon PressHardcover
Publishers Summary, "An inclusive and landmark history, emphasizing how essential Asian American experiences are to any understanding of US history."
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Chu, WesleyThe Art of Prophecy
PRH/Random House
Del ReyHardcover
GalleyChat Interest. -- Publishers Summary, "An epic fantasy ode to martial arts and magic-the story of a spoiled hero, an exacting grandmaster, and an immortal god-king from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE LIVES OF TAO."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Corbin, KeithCalifornia Soul
PRH/Random House
Random HouseHardcover
Pub date moved BACK from 9/6/22 --LJ Prepub Alert, "Raised in L.A. projects where the Grape Street Watts Crips held sway, Corbin was cooking crack by age 13, then learned cooking for real during ten years in prison (he was inspired by inmates making tamales out of ground-up Fritos). Upon his release, he was hired as a kitchen manager at Locol, a string of restaurants meant to bring chef-quality meals and jobs to underserved neighborhoods. Battling ongoing personal tragedy and the burdens of sudden celebrity, Corbin rose to become chef of the highly regarded Alta West Adams. His vision: California soul food using local produce and West African cooking techniques. Told with the James Beard Award-winning food journalist Alexander."
Fiction / Indigenous
Emerson, Ramona
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover
DEBUT, Continued interest, MARCH, Jessica T. @JessLibrarian, "Another one near the top of my TBR that I caught my is SHUTTER by Ramona Emerson (8/9/22) sounds like a blend of crime thriller and supernatural horror, featuring a forensic photographer in New Mexico." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Diné writer/filmmaker Emerson's debut is at once a thriller, a horror story, and a portrait of growing up on the reservation; a big push at PLA and ALA."
True Crime / Organized Crime
English, T. J.Dangerous RhythmsHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "Author of the New York Times best-selling HAVANA NOCTURNE, journalist/screenwriter English examines the connection between jazz and organized crime in the first half of the 20th century. …these clubs replicated the plantation system, with white men holding power over Black musicians. With a 75,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Fofana, Sidik
Stories from The Tenants Downstairs
DEBUT -- LJ Prepub Alert, "From public school teacher and NYU MFA graduate Fofana, the eight linked portraits in Stories from THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS plumb the lives of tenants in the Banneker Homes, a low-income high rise in Harlem threatened by gentrification (150,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / Historical
Ford, Jamie
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
S&SAtria BooksHardcover
HOT -- S&S EducationLibrary @SSEdLib ".@JamieFord, the New York Times bestselling author of the HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET returns with THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY, a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations." -- JenniferSchultz @Jennsreads, "This is an extraordinary read-nothing like anything I've read in a while." -- Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, "Need to brag about one of my faves - Jamie Ford creates a multilayered story of Chinese immigrants with lyrical storytelling in THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY." -- MARCH, Carol Ann Tack @Carolanntack, "…it's knocking my socks off - it's a love story wrapped around motherhood and to say anything more would be a spoiler." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "From Ford, the author of the mega-best-selling HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MAY tells the story of Dorothy Moy, who turns her often painful dissociative mental-health crises into art; when her daughter begins revealing similar tendencies, Dorothy seeks to waylay the consequences of inherited trauma by engaging in a radical therapy that connects her with brave women ancestors (125,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Gamarra, Katalina
Ben and BeatrizHarperCollinsGraydon House
Trade Paperback
Buzzfeed, "26 Highly Anticipated LGBTQ+ Romance Novels Releasing In 2022" -- "What it's about: Shakesqueer lovers rejoice! This debut reimagines MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the present day with a pansexual Latina heroine named Beatriz Herrera, who finds herself spending what should be an absolutely insufferable week at wealthy Ben Montgomery's Cape Cod mansion. But somehow it isn't, because buried underneath all that white privilege is a value set Beatriz never expected, and the more time they spend together, the more she understands why she hooked up with him once upon a time. And why maybe, just maybe, she'd like to do it again."
Fiction / African American & Black / Women
Giddings, MeganThe Women Could FlyHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "In THE WOMEN COULD FLY, a dystopian work from Rumpus features editor Giddings, the mother of a young Black woman named Josephine is long vanished-was she a witch? … (75,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / World Literature / Africa / East Africa
Gurnah, Abdulrazak
AfterlivesPRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "In Gurnah's first book since winning the Nobel Prize, Ilyas is taken from his East African home by German colonial troops in the late 1800s and compelled to fight against his own people.…"
Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ+ / Gay
Hall, AlexisHusband MaterialSourcebooks
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Trade Paperback
Heating up, Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss (majority from Booksellers), Jenna Friebel @jenna_friebel, "Luc and Oliver!!! I loved spending more time with them in HUSBAND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall" -- Buzzfeed, "26 Highly Anticipated LGBTQ+ Romance Novels Releasing In 2022" -- "What it's about: The sequel to Hall's hit BOYFRIEND MATERIAL sees Luc and Oliver at a crossroads. After all the mess it took to get them where they are, they're finally feeling settled, only to see everyone around them taking the next step. With Luc feeling the pressure to tie the knot, he's going to figure out how to propose one way or another, because losing Oliver is not an option."
Fiction / PoliticalHamid, MohsinLast White ManPRH/PenguinRiverhead BooksHardcover
Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss -- Janet Lockhart @HartGami, "Can love overcome fear? Mohsin Hamid considers this question in the beautifully written THE LAST WHITE MAN." -- BuzzFeed, 26 Books To Get Excited About This Year, "…a Kafkaesque mindbender. One day, a man named Anders discovers that his skin has turned dark and he no longer recognizes himself. How he handles the fallout becomes the central concern of this book."
Fiction / African American & Black / Urban & Street Lit
Hannaham, James
Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta
Little, Brown and Company
LJ Prepub Alert, "Following DELICIOUS FOODS, which boast PEN/Faulkner and Hurston/Wright Legacy honors, Hannaham's DIDN'T NOBODY GIVE A SHIT WHAT HAPPENED TO CARLOTTA features a woman who transitioned in prison and is finally released after more than two decades, returning apprehensively to a New York she barely knows and a family that doesn't understand her (40,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Iglesias, Gabino
The Devil Takes You Home
HachetteMulholland BooksHardcover
Lila @vantine, "Just finished THE DEVIL TAKES YOU HOME by Gabino Iglesias. It's a dark crime novel with supernatural elements and a noir feeling. It's gripping and filled with insights into the desperate choices people make. It will have broad appeal." -- LMR Hachette Library @HachetteLib, "Sharing a treasure of fantastic fiction for LibraryReads consideration as well as summer reading delights [Including this] genre-defying thriller…" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Desperately in debt …Mario tries to save the situation by taking on a job as hitman. When tragedy descends, he agrees to one more job, but it's risky …from a Bram Stoker-nominated author. (He's got Anthony and Locus nominations, too.) With a 60,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / African American & Black / Historical
J. Edwards, Shaunna
The Thread CollectorsHarperCollinsGraydon House
Trade Paperback
GalleyChat interest -- LJ Prepub Alert, "With THE THREAD COLLECTORS, debuter Edwards joins the USA TODAY best-selling Richman in a story paralleling New Orleans-based Black woman Stella, who embroiders intricate maps for enslaved men intending to flee and join the Union army, with New York-based white, Jewish, abolitionist Lily, who rolls bandages for Union soldiers and wants to join her husband fighting in Louisiana (125,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover)."
Fiction / LiteraryJanson, JulieBenevolenceHarperCollinsHarperViaHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "A Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal Nation, award-winning playwright/poet/novelist Janson draws on family history to tell the story of Muraging, who is still a child when white settlers violently seize what is now Australia for the British Empire, …With a 40,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / WomenJean, EmikoMika in Real LifeHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover
ADULT DEBUT, Jenna Friebel @jenna_friebel, "I recently adored Emiko Jean's YA book TOKYO EVER AFTER, so I'm really excited for her upcoming adult title MIKA IN REAL LIFE." -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Currently jobless and unable to sustain a relationship, 35-year-old Mika Suzuki is a real trial for her traditional Japanese American parents,…A first adult novel from the author of TOKYO EVER AFTER, a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Summer YA Book Club pick; with a 100,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Romance / Historical
Jenkins, BeverlyTo Catch a RavenHarperCollinsAvonMass Market
GalleyChat interest. Publishers Summary, "The newest novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins's compelling Women Who Dare series features a fearless grifter who goes undercover to reclaim the stolen Declaration of Independence." A Mass Market Original-Also Available in a Hardcover Library Edition, 9780063243224
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Johnson, TyrellThe Lost Kings
PRH/Random House
LJ Prepub Alert, "…From the author of THE WOLVES OF WINTER, a Canadian best seller that got Indie Next, PopSugar, and attention."
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Kae, CourtneyIn the Event of Love
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
LMR, Matt Johnson @MattJMcLoughlin, "IN THE EVENT OF LOVE by Courtney Kae. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston, this steamy #OwnVoices rom-com debut offers a queer spin on the feel-good tropes of a Hallmark movie with a second chance at love at X-Mas!" -- Buzzfeed, "26 Highly Anticipated LGBTQ+ Romance Novels Releasing In 2022" , "…This debut may be releasing in the summer, but it'll be living rent-free in your brain all through the snow, especially as you pray for it to get picked up as a Hallmark movie."
Literary Collections / Essays
Kenan, RandallBlack Folk Could FlyNorton
W. W. Norton & Company
LJ Prepub Alert, "Standing as both memoir and memorial, BLACK FOLK COULD FLY is a first selection of personal nonfiction from the late author/mentor Kenan, whose award-winning works powerfully communicate his experience of being Black, gay, and Southern."
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
King, EllaBad Fruit
PRH/Random House
Astra HouseHardcover
LMR, Astra House @astrahousebooks, "BAD FRUIT, written by Ella King, is an unforgettable portrayal of a toxic mother-daughter relationship and a young woman's search for truth and liberation." -- BISAC, Family & Relationships / Multiracial Families
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Kuang, R. F.BabelHarperCollinsHarper VoyagerHardcover
Heating up, Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss (majority Booksellers and Reviewers) -- APRIL, LMR, librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "SUPER exited about BABEL by R.F Kuang! New characters, new setting, same deep dive into the themes and lore that make her stories so compelling! Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence?" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In this latest from the multi-award-nominated Kuang, a Chinese boy orphaned in 1828 Canton (now Guangzhou) is brought to London and eventually enters Oxford's Royal Institute of Translation-called Babel-which doubles as a center for magic and compels him to work in support of Britain's imperial ambitions in China (125,000-copy first printing)."
Fiction / Literary
Kumarasamy, Akil
Meet Us by the Roaring Sea
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
DEBUT, LJ Prepub Alert, "In this follow-up to Kumarasamy's Bard Fiction Prize-winning story collection, HALF GODS, a young woman responds to her mother's violent death in a near-future Queens, NY, by working her way through language studies, artificial intelligence, and television, eventually translating an old manuscript about female medical students in a catastrophic world figuring out how best to help others. With the arrival of both a stranger and a childhood friend and the advent of a special AI project, the protagonist asks herself the same question. With 40,000-copy first printing."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Leon, JesseI'm Not Broken
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
GalleyChat interest -- Publishers Summary, "In this unflinching and inspiring memoir, Jesus Leon tells an extraordinary story of resilience and survival, shining a light on a childhood spent devastated by sex trafficking, gang life, and substance abuse."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Lewis, JeniferWalking in My JoyHarperCollinsAmistadHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "A leading light in film and television, also featured in four Broadway shows, Lewis (THE MOTHER OF BLACK HOLLYWOOD) recounts personal experiences encapsulating the vagaries of modern life while highlighting what she's learned about WALKING IN MY JOY (125,00-copy first printing)."
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Li, Winnie MComplicitS&S
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
LJ Prepub Alert, "Her Hollywood dreams in ruins, Sarah Lai now works as a lecturer at a lackluster college, but a journalist's questions …elicit a desire to set the record straight about the abuse of power that quashed her career. … Li authored the Edgar finalist DARK CHAPTER; with a 75,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Asian American
Lim, Roselle
Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
Jenna Friebel @jenna_friebel, "I'm going to keep raving about it at every chat until it comes out: SOPHIE GO'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Roselle Lim is such a beautiful book!! Tissues necessary -- Lim is a favorite author of mine and this is her best yet."
Biography & Autobiography / Sports
Maraniss, DavidPath Lit by LightningS&SSimon & SchusterHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Maraniss limns the life of stellar athlete Jim Thorpe, … A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, he also faced assimilationist cant ("Kill the Indian, Save the Man") and racism (his medals were unfairly rescinded because he had played minor league baseball), and he struggled with alcohol, money problems, and broken marriages. With a 150,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
McAvoy, J.J.
Aphrodite and the Duke
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
GalleyChat Interest, Publishers Summary, "CONTEMPORARY STORYTELLING and BIPOC CHARACTERS IN THE BELOVED REGENCY ERA: After the sensation of the Netflix original series Bridgerton, a whole new audience for historical romance has emerged. An audience that craves diversity, predestined romance, alluring accents, and hints of modern-day storytelling all wrapped up in an elegant historical package."
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Indigenous
Morin, BrandiOur Voice of Fire
Ingram Publisher Services
House of Anansi Press
Trade Paperback
Publishers Summary, "A wildfire of a debut memoir by internationally recognized French/Cree/Iroquois journalist Brandi Morin set to transform the narrative around Indigenous Peoples."
Fiction / Literary
Newson, Rasheed
My Government Means to Kill Me
MacmillanFlatiron Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
DEBUT, LJ Prepub Alert, "Leaving behind his wealthy Black family in Indianapolis, young, gay Earl 'Trey' Singleton flees almost penniless to 1980s New York, …Soon, he's active in gay rights and a founding member of ACT UP, still trying to maintain ties with his family as he negotiates an uneasy understanding of life amid death. With a 150,000-copy first printing; from TV writer/producer Newson (Bel-Air)"
Fiction / Historical / Ancient
Nguyen, PhongBronze DrumHachette
Grand Central Publishing
JenniferSchultz @Jennsreads, "My current read is BRONZE DRUM by Phong Nguyen, a beautifully told (fairy tale-like) tale of two very different sisters leading the fight to overthrow the Han Chinese and rule in 40 CE Vietnam. Magically written."
Fiction / GhostOwen, LaurenSmall Angels
PRH/Random House
Random HouseHardcover
Category, Fiction / LGBTQ+ / Lesbian -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Author of the Slate best-booked QUICK, Owens has Kate planning to hold her wedding at a church called Small Angels in the town where she once found shelter with the Gonne sisters, little realizing that they've been tasked with keeping a marauding ghost from invading the village-and they're falling down on the job."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Parks, CaseyDiary of a Misfit
PRH/Random House
Janet Lockhart @HartGami, "In DIARY OF A MISFIT @caseyparks tells the true story of Roy Hudgins, a woman who lived as a man in small town Louisiana. This book blew me away with its honesty, vulnerability, and grace. " -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Raised in the rural South, Park came out as a lesbian in 2002; her mother promptly shut her out, and her pastor asked God to kill her. But her tough, conservative grandmother confided that she had grown up across the street from a woman who lived as a man and asked Park to find out what happened to the person she knew as Roy. A Washington Post reporter, Park used investigative skills to chase down Roy's story, which she blends here with memoir as she examines her own sexuality and her fraught relationship with mother. Winner of a 2021 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award."
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Penelope, LeslyeThe Monsters We DefyHachetteRedhookPaperback
GalleyChat interest -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Winner of a BCALA Self-Publishing EBook Award for SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE, one ofTime's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time, Penelope returns with THE MONSTERS WE DEFY, whose heroine pays off a debt to the Empress ruling the spirit world by agreeing to steal a wealthy woman's ring in 1925 Washington, DC (25,000-copy first printing). "
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
Pierre-Bravo, Daniela
The OtherHachetteLegacy LitHardcover
LJ Prepub Alert, "Well connected in both English- and Spanish-language media, MSNBC reporter for Morning Joe Pierre-Bravo can identify with feeling like THE OTHER in business meetings, and she gives women of color and children of immigrants advice on overcoming that head-down feeling (50,000-copy first printing)."<br>
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Riley, VanessaMurder in Westminster
PRH/Random House
LMR, Michelle Lauren Addo @MichelleAddo, "MURDER IN WESTMINSTER by Vanessa Riley, A new historical mystery series portraying Regency-era's diversity - a widow whose race & family history leave her w. few friends becomes the suspect in a murder."
Fiction / Women
Roby, Kimberla Lawson
Sister Friends ForeverHachette
Grand Central Publishing
LMR Hachette Library @HachetteLib, "Sharing a treasure of fantastic fiction for LibraryReads consideration as well as summer reading delights [Including this novel of] friendship…" -- Sharon Layburn @sharonlayburn, "I just love The Boyfriend Project series!" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "…A study of friendship from the New York Times best-selling Roby; with a 60,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Rochon, FarrahThe Hookup PlanHachetteForeverPaperback
LMR Hachette Library @HachetteLib, "Sharing a treasure of fantastic fiction for LibraryReads consideration as well as summer reading delights [Including this] enemies to lovers romance…"