New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | January 21

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Jeanine Cummins, Tiffany Tsao, Isabel Allende, Luke Geddes, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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Books To Read If You Like Ann Patchett

Books To Read If You Like Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is a New York Times Bestselling Author of Literary Fiction novels. Some of her popular recent releases include The Dutch House, Commonwealth, and State of Wonder. If you’ve been on the lookout for some amazing new literary fiction novels, you won’t want to miss these books to read if you like Ann Patchett!


The After Wife

by Melanie Summers

Release Date: January 10, 2020

Writer Abigail Carson has all but given up on life after losing her husband. After being cocooned in her Manhattan apartment for the last year, she is forced to find a new home where can she can stretch her savings. She is intent on staying isolated, so she moves to a small village in Nova Scotia where no one will interrupt her solitude. But what she didn’t realize was that a small town offers far less privacy than a big city.

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Moral Compass

by Danielle Steel

Release Date: January 7, 2020

Saint Ambrose Prep is the type of school the wealthy send their children so they can have the best possible education. With teachers and administrators from the Ivy League, it’s students become future politicians, lawyers, filmmakers, and CEOs. It was traditionally only for boys but Saint Ambrose has just enrolled 140 female students. While most of the kids on campus are privileged, some are struggling. In this heightened environment, even the smallest spark can become a raging fire.

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The End of the Ocean

by Maja Lunde

Release Date: January 14, 2020

The new release from the author of the bestselling The History of Bees… In 2019, seventy-year-old Signe set sail on a voyage across the ocean in a sailboat. She is haunted by the memories of the love of her life… Now in 2041, David and his young daughter, Lou, flee from drought-stricken Southern Europe. They soon discover an ancient sailboat in a dried-out garden. As they discover Signe’s personal effects, her journey becomes inexorably linked to their own.

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Lady Clementine

by Marie Benedict

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The new book from the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Only Woman in the Room… In 1909, Clementine along with her husband, Winston, step off a train and an angry woman emerges from the crowd. She attacks Winston, pushing him into the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he falls, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time she will save her husband’s life.

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Little Gods

by Meng Jin

Release Date: January 14, 2020

On the fourth of June, a woman gives birth alone in a Beijing hospital. This was the beginning of the unraveling of Su Lan. She is a brilliant physicist who has until this moment, erased her past. She is fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of time. After she unexpectantly dies seventeen years later, her daughter Liya inherits the silences and contradictions of her life. Liya grew up in America and heads to China with her mother’s ashes. It is an unknown country to her.

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Westering Women

by Sandra Dallas

Release Date: January 7, 2020

February 1852. All around Chicago, Maggie finds postings that solicit for eligible women to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. She has nothing to lose and joins 43 other women and two pious reverends on the dangerous journey west. No one was prepared for the hardships they face on the 2,000-mile trek or the strengths the didn’t know the possessed.

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Interview with Melanie Summers, Author of The After Wife

What can you tell us about your new release, The After Wife?

The After Wife is a novel that took nearly four years to finish. It’s truly one of those ‘books of the heart’ that I’ve heard other writers talk about in the past. While I was writing the first draft back in 2016, I cried for six weeks straight. I wasn’t ready as a writer to tell this story yet, so it had to sit for a long time while I wrote several romantic comedies. Every year or so, I’d come back to it and rewrite the entire thing. This past fall, however, when I rewrote it, I knew I was ready because I finally understood what the book was about.

It’s a story of a young widow who’s been isolating herself in the year since her husband died. She thinks she’s grieving him—and she is—but underneath that, she’s grieving who she was when she met him. It’s a story about the importance of human connection, but it’s also about knowing yourself and believing you are worthy of love exactly the way you are.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m someone who loves a challenge. I’m also a little bit crazy. One evening, almost seven years ago, a seemingly random thought popped into my mind: ‘I wonder if I could write an entire novel. Like start to finish. Is that something I’m capable of?’ Once I’d asked myself the question, I had to know the answer. And so, I started to write. Weird, right?

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This book wrecked me, like it did millions of other people. For me, it wasn’t the ending, although that certainly packed a wallop. It was the chapter written from the perspective of Will Traynor’s mother that has stayed with me for years.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – There’s a reason this book sells over 200 000 copies even two-hundred years after it was first published. Ms. Austen’s tongue-in-cheek commentary of the times, families, and love cannot be outdone.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — This is one of those ‘stay up all night no matter what you have to do tomorrow’ books. When you finish it, you cry for the characters, but also for the brilliance of how Mr. Irving weaved this tale. I didn’t see it coming, but when I got to the end, I sat up in bed for hours in absolute awe.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – Ms. Moriarty does an incredible job of starting the readers off on a journey that must be read at top speed. The set up, the dialogue, the humour of it–wow. Just wow.

Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler – Mr. Richler creates a rich world with so much history you believe it all happened. He manages to make you love this unlikable character who keeps screwing up, and you feel Barney’s regret in your bones. Not to mention a hell of a twist!

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Oh, you’re making me use my brain today. I’d love to sit down with John Irving and ask him to walk me through his entire process of writing Owen Meany.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Writing provides a unique opportunity to live another life and to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Each character I create teaches me about myself and about humans on a deeper level. We all have a story to tell, we all act in ways that make perfect sense in our own minds, and we all succumb to our personal flaws. Writing allows an exploration of the imperfections that make us human. (It’s also a job I can do in my flannel pajamas which is a pretty sweet perk.)

What is a typical day like for you?

I get our three kiddos off to school, then go down to my office (in our basement) with our two dogs in tow. Mornings are spent plotting like a villain, writing, revising, and/or editing while the puppies nap. My husband (who has the office next to mine) and I eat lunch together, then it’s back to work. In the afternoons, I often continue with the creative side of the job, or I switch gear to all the emails and marketing stuff that I’ve been ignoring while I play with my imaginary friends. I often dictate chapters while I walk the dogs (which really makes me look insane, but I couldn’t care less). When the kids get home, I hang out with them, cook, help with homework, and do all the other parenting-related things until they’re off to bed. Then my husband and I hang out and watch some shows/a movie together.

What scene in The After Wife was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene in the book when a key character, Olive, an eight-year-old girl, is sent home from school for punching another child. It’s completely out-of-character for her to be violent, and she’s absolutely devastated by her own behaviour. She’s so dramatic about the whole thing, you can’t help but pity her while you’re laughing. It’s a short scene, but it’s layered and so much is going on that I couldn’t help but find the entire thing deliciously fun to write.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Yes, I have a motto I got from my dad, who passed away recently. “Work hard. Dream Big.” I do both as fiercely as possible.

Melanie Summers is the author of the new book The After Wife.

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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | January 14

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Melanie Summers, Zora Neale Hurston, Maja Lunde, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | January 7

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Danielle Steel, Tim Dorsey, Marie Benedict, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | December 31

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Kiley Reid, Karma Brown, Kate Clayborn, Carolyn Thorman, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | December 31

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Kiley Reid, Karma Brown, Kate Clayborn, Carolyn Thorman, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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Buzziest Books of the Year | 2019

Buzziest Books of the Year | 2019

2019 has been an incredibly exciting year for new novels and we wanted to celebrate by sharing our top ten list for buzziest books of the year! Whether your a fan of mystery, romance, literary fiction, science fiction, or memoir, we think we’ve got a little something for everyone. Sit back and enjoy our picks for the best books of 2019!


The Silent Patient

by Alex Michaelides

Release Date: February 5, 2019

This thriller was an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller from debut author Alex Michaelides…Everything was seemingly perfect for Alicia Berenson. She is a famous painter and married to an in-demand fashion photographer. She lives in a grand house in one of Londons most desirable areas. Then one evening she shoots her husband five times in the face and never speaks another word. Her refusal to talk turns this domestic tragedy into a mystery that captures public attention and casts Alicia into notoriety.

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City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Release Date: June 4, 2019

The year is 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out Vassar College for her poor performance in her freshman year. He parents send her to live with her aunt in Manhattan. Her aunt owns the flamboyant but crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. Here Vivian is introduced to an interesting array of characters. When she makes a mistake that turns into a professional scandal, her world turns upside down.

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The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

Release Date: September 10, 2019

The sequel to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale… Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale the Republic of Gilead regime maintains its grip on power. But it may be starting to rot from within. Follow three very different women as their lives converge.

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The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Olive Torres is always the unlucky twin and her life is almost comically jinxed. To contrast this, her sister Ami is a champion. She even managed to finance her wedding by winning a slew of contests. The only thing worse for Olive than her constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man… her nemesis, Ethan Thomas.

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Olive, Again

by Elizabeth Strout

Release Date: October 15, 2019

The new novel from New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout… Olive, Again follows the life of beloved Olive Kitteridge. Olive is struggling to understand not only herself but the lives of everyone around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. “Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith.

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The Institute

by Stephen King

Release Date: September 10, 2019

On a quiet suburban street in Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Elis’s parents and he is loaded into a black SUV. In the morning he wakes up at The Institute. He is in a room that looks just like his own but with no windows. Outside his door are other doors, all that have other kids… kids with special talents.

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The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Release Date: September 4, 2019

The new book from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates… Hiram Walker’s mother was sold away when he was very young, he was robbed of all memory of her. But he was gifted a mysterious power. This power saved his life when he almost drowned in a river years later. Hiram’s brush with death spurs a daring scheme… to escape the only home he has ever known.

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Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Release Date: May 14, 2019

The new memoir from Jayson Greene explores the power of love in the face of loss… Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench in Manhattan. Overhead a brick windowsill crumbles and strikes Greta unconscious. Once More We Saw starts with this traumatic moment and the hours leading up to her death. It explores the anguish that Jayson and his wife went through but also dives into a narrative that is more about hope and healing.

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Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Bethie and Jo Kaufmann were born into a world full of promise. They grew up in a perfect 1950’s Detroit house and their roles in the family were clearly defined. Bethe is the pretty and feminine good girl who dreams of a traditional life. While Jo is a tomboy, a bookish rebel that wants to make the world fairer. But things end up looking very different from what they imagined.

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The Guardians

by John Grisham

Release Date: October 15, 2019

A young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead in his office. There were no clues, no witnesses, and no one with a motive. But somehow the police came to suspect one of his clients, a young black man, Quincy Miller. He was sent to prison for life. He has spent twenty-two years maintaining his innocence while in prison but no one listens. In a desperate move, he reaches out to Guardian Ministries, a nonprofit run by Cullen Post, an Episcopal minister and lawyer.

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Our Audiobook Playlist For December | 2019

Our Audiobook Playlist For December | 2019

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in December. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, literary fiction, science fiction, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak

by Molly O’Keefe

Release Date: December 13, 2019

If you were given one day to relive at the end of your life, what day would you choose? Walter Zawislak doesn’t want any of it. He doesn’t want a trip down memory lane to revisit a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and he hasn’t done much living since. If it’s lights out, he just wants some peace and quiet. But Peter, the mysterious man in charge of Walter’s afterlife isn’t listening.

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Trace of Evil

by Alice Blanchard

Release Date: December 3, 2019

The first book in A Natalie Lockhart series by Alice Blanchard… Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York. It is an isolated town known for its dark past. Natalie has been tasked with finding nine missing transients that have gone missing over the years. As she dives into the case, she wrestles with the town’s troubled history… and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder.

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Trying to Score

by Kendall Ryan

Release Date: November 12, 2019

The third book in the Hot Jocks series by New York Times Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan… I knew Teddy King way before he was the hockey player that everyone wants a piece of. He was just a rebellious college co-ed and one of my more energetic study partners. But now the secret is out. One steamy encounter from our college days has surfaced and could cause a major scandal. That’s unless we can work together to stop it.

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Starsight

by Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: November 26, 2019

The sequel to Skyward by New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson… Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot her entire life. She wants to prove she is a hero like her father. When she made it to the sky, she learned some crushing truths about her father. The rumors about his cowardice are true and he deserted his flight during a battle against Krell.

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If You Tell

by Gregg Olsen

Release Date: December 1, 2019

The new true crime story from the New York Times Bestselling Author, Gregg Olsen… The word mom triggers horrific memories for sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek. For years, behind the closed doors of a farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their mother, Shelly, subjected the girls to abuse, torture, and psychic terrors. Throughout everything, the three girls developed a defiant bond that helped them escape the escalating nightmare.

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A Christmas Gathering

by Anne Perry

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Although her friends’ country house is beautiful, it is not the place Lady Vespasia wants to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She would have much preferred a relaxing holiday at home. Especially since Victor, the former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding undercover dealings with the other guests of the estate.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | December 2019

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! December had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Greg Iles, James Patterson, Jane Harper, Steve BErry, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, David Weber, Ally Carter, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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