“Mermaid Confidential” by Tim Dorsey (William Morrow)
“Mermaid Confidential” is the 25th slapstick-noir novel in which Tim Dorsey chronicles the antics of obsessive-compulsive serial killer Serge Storms and his drugged-out sidekick, Coleman, as they devise fiendishly inventive ways to murder a rogues' gallery of Florida grifters and thugs who all had it coming.
“Violeta,” by Isabel Allende. (Random House)
Chilean writer Isabel Allende's latest novel is “Violeta,” an epic tale that transports readers across a century of South American history, through economic collapse, dictatorship and natural disasters like an earthquake and a hurricane.
“Last Seen Alive” by Joanna Schaffhausen (Minotaur)
When Joanna Schaffhausen first introduced FBI Special Agent Reed Markham and Boston police officer Ellery Hathaway, the author put serial killer Francis Coben at the center of their origin story.
“The Runaway” by Nick Petrie (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Long haul trucker Roy Wiley is handsome and charming, so when he stops at a gas station in dreary Coldwater, Montana, the lonely 19-year-old girl working behind the counter begs him to take her with him.
“Olga Dies Dreaming,” by Xochitl Gonzalez
"Olga Dies Dreaming" by Xochitl Gonzalez follows Olga and her brother, Prieto, two New York natives with Puerto Rican roots who have spent their lives desperately trying to figure out who they are and what they want.
“Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker,” by Maggy Krell (New York University Press)
The final chapter in the Taking Down Backpage story has yet to be written.
Prosecutor Maggy Krell offers a compelling account of her legal strategy in going after Backpage, a website that offered sexual services; some, Krell said, from girls as young as 12.
“Lost & Found,” by Kathryn Schulz (Random House)
Kathryn Schulz isn’t afraid to stake out a contrarian position. In 2015, she denounced Henry David Thoreau as a narrow-minded narcissist in the pages of the New Yorker, where she is a staff writer.
“The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality” by Mike Sielski (St. Martin’s Press)
“Brown Girls” by Daphne Palacio Andreades (Penguin Random House)
Growing pains and heartache lead Daphne Palasi Andreades’ debut novel on the push and pull of becoming. Cast between stream of consciousness and coming-of-age, free verse and treatise, “Brown Girls” reckons with the periphery of the American dream — a state that may otherwise be known as girlhood.
“Count to Three” by T.R. Ragan (Thomas & Mercer)
T.R. Ragan’s alluring new thriller, “Count to Three,” centers around private investigator Dani Callahan after her daughter, Tinsley, went missing five years ago.
Asserting that “our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation” in “The Hill We Climb,” inaugural poet Amanda Gorman urged the nation to account for its history to heal the future.
“If This Gets Out” by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich (Wednesday Books)
Saturday is the hot, new American boy band getting ready to do their first overseas tour. Its four members might be more excited if they were allowed any personal freedom — their identities are being chipped away to uphold the carefully curated personalities assigned to them.
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sex Cult Nun” by Faith Jones (William Morrow)
Faith Jones’ vivid memoir “Sex Cult Nun” chronicles her 23 years in the infamous Children of God cult and her slow journey to leave.
“Small Things Like These,” by Claire Keegan (Grove Press)
“Small Things Like These” is a gem of a slim novel about a family man faced with a moral decision.
In just 114 pages, the book introduces readers to Bill Furlong, a coal merchant in a small Irish town.
“Titan of Tehran,” by Shahrzad Elghanayan (AP Books)
When most of us get curious about our family history, we pay a visit to Ancestry.com. Shahrzad Elghanayan is not most of us.
She is the granddaughter of Habib Elghanian, arguably one of the most famous Iranian industrialists of all time, whose rise and fall mirrored that of his homeland.
“Left-Handed Twin” by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
Since she married a wealthy surgeon, Jane Whitefield has been trying to leave her old life behind, but when a friend sends a terrified young woman named Sara to her, Jane feels compelled to help.
“Unguarded,” by Scottie Pippen with Michael Arkush (Atria Books)
Scottie Pippen would like you to know that Michael Jordan and the rest of his teammates on the Chicago Bulls don’t win six NBA titles in the '90s without him.
“You’ve Reached Sam” by Dustin Thao (Wednesday Books)
Julie is a senior. She wants to go to Reed College and write for a living. She dreams of leaving her small Washington town of Ellensburg and returning to big city life with her boyfriend, Sam.
“The Return of the Pharaoh” by Nicholas Meyer (Minotaur Books)
A missing duke, the tomb of Thutmose IV and Sherlock Holmes all converge in “The Return of the Pharaoh,” the newest installment of Nicholas Meyer’s take on the adventures of the world-renowned detective.
“The Sentence,” by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)
When she isn’t writing bestselling novels that explore Native American life, Louise Erdrich runs a bookstore in Minneapolis that sells Native literature and art.
“Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival” by Tom Clavin (St. Martin’s Press)
American fighter pilot Joe Moser was shot down over France and captured by Germany in August 1944. The P-38 Lightning was the U.S.-made fighter plane Moser was piloting when he went down.
“Blue-Skinned Gods” by SJ Sindu (Soho Press)
Kalki Sami has blue skin. He is an incarnation of Vishnu and a spitting image of Rama. He has the power to heal. But when his cousin Lakshman begins to question Kalki’s godliness, Kalki begins to question his powers as well.
“Renegades: Born in the USA” by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen (Crown)
“Renegades: Born in the USA” is human, vulnerable, smart and passionate. This curated transcript of former President Barack Obama’s and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen’s conversations is accompanied by a thoughtful layout that underscores the dialogue within and brings the authors’ lives into focus.
“Gated Prey” by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer)
A string of home invasions have Los Angeles County’s rich and famous on edge, so the sheriff’s department sets up an undercover investigation to put an end to it.
“Orwell’s Roses,” by Rebecca Solnit (Viking)
Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” shot to the top of bestseller lists. Suddenly, it seemed, readers wanted to reacquaint themselves with a world in which “war is peace” and “two plus two equals five.”
“Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
Elizabeth Strout has written another voice-driven novel, the third in a series of books about the fictional writer Lucy Barton and the people she grew up with in a small town in rural Illinois.
“The Boys,” by Ron Howard and Clint Howard (William Morrow)
“What was it like growing up on TV?” That’s the question, along with the death of their father in 2017, that prompted Ron Howard and his brother, Clint, to co-write a memoir of their childhood.
“Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World,” by Todd Doughty (Penguin Life)
Todd Doughty’s “Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World” is a joyful compilation of lists meant to remind readers of all the little things in life that make us happy.
“The Lincoln Highway,” by Amor Towles (Viking)
Home is different for 18-year-old Emmett Watson when he returns from a juvenile prison sentence for accidentally killing a bully in a fistfight.
“Crossroads,” by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Jonathan Franzen dreams big. His newest novel, “Crossroads,” arrives with an audible thud on readers’ doorsteps and will easily hold those doors open at 580 pages.
“Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth,” by Wole Soyinka (Pantheon)
With “Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth,” Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka has created an exceedingly unique tale, one that feels as if it has a tone and genre all its own.
“Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence” by Anita Hill (Viking)
Anita Hill didn’t care if President Joe Biden apologized or not, but she found his aversion to doing so rather dramatic.
“Cloud Cuckoo Land,” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
How do you follow up a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction? If you’re novelist Anthony Doerr (“All the Light We Cannot See”) you write a story that consists of five separate stories, spans millennia, and all ties together with a fictional manuscript attributed to the ancient Greek novelist Antonius Diogenes called “Cloud Cuckoo Land.”
“Echoes of the Dead,” by Spencer Kope (Minotaur)
When four wealthy men, one of them a congressman, disappear on their annual fishing trip to the Upper Kern River near Bakersfield, California, Magnus “Steps” Craig of the F.B.I.
“Daughter of the Morning Star,” by Craig Johnson (Viking)
Cheyenne Tribal Police Chief Lolo Long’s niece, Jayla, star of the Lame Deer Lady Stars High School basketball team, is in danger. The girl has been getting credible death threats, so Long asks her friend, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire, to help her find out who is responsible.
“Bewilderment,” by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton & Company)
Here are two words that are so ingrained in Richard Powers’ astounding new novel as to be almost unnecessary: Autism and Trump.
The book tells the story of Theo Byrne and his son Robin, Robbie for short.
"The Spectacular" by Zoe Whittall (Ballantine)
Zoe Whittall’s “The Spectacular” follows three generations of women as they navigate love, life, and motherhood.
It’s 1997 and Missy is a 22-year-old rock star who struggles with drug addiction.
“Apples Never Fall,” by Liane Moriarty (Henry Holt and Company)
Who knew there were so many tennis metaphors for life? Australian novelist Liane Moriarty shares them all and probably creates a few of her own in “Apples Never Fall.”
“Harlem Shuffle,” by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
Ray Carney is the kind of outlaw you want to root for because he’s kind, generous, loves his wife and family, and is “only slightly bent when it came to being crooked.” He’s the hard-working, upwardly aspirational anti-hero of “Harlem Shuffle,” Colson Whitehead’s loving homage to noir fiction and nostalgic look at the city that never sleeps in the late 1950s and early ’60s.
“In The War for Gloria” by Atticus Lish (Knopf)
“In The War for Gloria” by Atticus Lish, Gloria is the single mother of Corey. While she struggles to make ends meet, it is clear Gloria will do anything for her son.
“Matrix,” by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)
Little is known about Marie de France, a 12th century poet who lived in England but is known for the romances and fables she wrote in French. From a handful of facts, Lauren Groff has written a richly imaginative account of her life that casts her as a mystic, warrior and proto-feminist separatist.
“Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America,” by Eyal Press (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
In “Dirty Work,” flying military drones, patrolling a prison and processing meat emerge as morally suspect occupations that not only carry outsized emotional challenges, but the work disproportionately falls to people of color, immigrants and low-income workers with few other options.
“The Heart Principle,” by Helen Hoang (Berkley)
“The Heart Principle,” by bestselling author Helen Hoang, is a gripping love story.
Ann Sun has been struggling as of late. A professional violinist, she skyrocketed to fame after a video of her playing onstage went viral.
“A Slow Fire Burning,” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books)
“A Slow Fire Burning” is a funny title for a book that neither feels slow nor burns very hot. Simmers is a better word.
The third thriller from British novelist Paula Hawkins — whose debut book “The Girl on the Train” (2015) sold millions and made millions more in theaters with Emily Blunt in the starring role — “A Slow Fire Burning” continues Hawkins’ penchant for telling stories from multiple points of view.
“Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be,” Nichole Perkins (Grand Central Publishing)
“Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be” is about seeking, nay, demanding pleasure for oneself. Nichole Perkins shares essay after brilliant essay on life as a Southern Black woman learning to own her own power.
“Skinship” by Yoon Choi (Alfred A. Knopf)
With fine attention to detail, Yoon Choi’s fictional debut “Skinship” welcomes readers into the lives of immigrant and first-generation Korean Americans.
“Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century,” by Tim Higgins (Doubleday)
Space exploration, solar power, electric cars — the fortune Elon Musk had made for his role in creating PayPal, the online payment system, gave him the money to plunge into those arenas.
“The Island,” by Ben Coes (St. Martin’s Press)
An army of 500 Iranian terrorists launch an attack on Manhattan, isolating the island by blowing up tunnels and blocking bridges.
They massacre civilians and assault the United Nations building, targeting the U.S.
“Everything I Have Is Yours,” Eleanor Henderson (Flatiron Books)
A love story and medical mystery all in one, Eleanor Henderson’s memoir “Everything I Have Is Yours” chronicles her husband’s battle with an unidentifiable illness, as well as the toll it takes on their relationship and family.