Memorial is the highly anticipated debut novel by the National Book Award honoree and author of the short story collection Lot. Washington gives us a love story for our time: Asian American Mike and African American Benson, have their already complicated relationship tested in ways neither could have foretold when Mike leaves for Japan just as his mother arrives from Japan for an indefinite stay with....Mike. It's a profound exploration into how some of how some of a relationship's deepest bonds can be forged even at a great distance. Kris recommends!
One of the season's most anticipated thrillers, Library Journal calls this stand-alone novel by a leading writer in the genre "a slow-burn stunner that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. " Tana French outdoes herself in this propulsive read.
This is a wonderful follow up to Horowitiz's best selling, wildly popular Magpie Murders, again featuring the now retired editor hero Susan Ryeland solving another murder. It's full of what Horowitz does best, the mega-meta book-within-a-book that is guaranteed to provide a highly satisfying distraction to winter's chill, and, well, you know. A distraction.
From the beloved bestselling author Alice Hoffman comes the origin story of her bestselling "Practical Magic" series, taking us to the 1680s and the witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts, and the indomitable Maria Owens, matriarch of the Owens family of witches.
Magic Lessons has been bought by Warner Brothers. In addition, The Rules of Magic is being made into an HBO Max limited series produced by Warner Bros.
From New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse comes a new epic weaving the people, cultures, and history of Pre-Columbian and indigenous society into the astounding fantasy world of Meridian where matriarchal clans vie for power as a dead god rises in secret in book one of the Between Earth and Sky trilogy.
How long have we waited? Oh right, almost a decade. In this highly anticipated sequel to the multi-million-copy bestseller. Ready Player One,
"Oasis" has evolved and now an older and wiser Wade Watts must return to the virtual world to face new riddles (and pop culture references) and a formidable enemy. Put this one on your wishlist, buy one along with a copy of Ready Player One, for the person who still thinks "pointers" are dogs.
It's been 8 years since Well's gave us Beautiful Ruins!
Says Wells of The Cold Millions: "I always wanted to write a big issues book packaged in a 'yarn.'"
This is a rollicking historical novel about two orphaned brothers in 1910 Spokane, a frontier town on the cusp of turning into a city of the new American century. It's a town with mining and logging work during a time of rampant unemployment, terrible income inequality, and the rise of the Wobblies, one of the most radical and progressive labor unions in American history.
The plot is reminiscent of Doctorow's careful, vivid, cinematic melding of real history and fiction--the high spirits, the romance, the marriage of action, cultural commentary, the breakneck plot and humor are all pure Jess Walter.
Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny. If you haven't read her, you should. If you know someone who does, they will want this book.
With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr.s singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation is shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love. Highly recommended. - Kris
From the author of the National Book Award-winning short story collection Redeployment comes an astonishing novel of Conradian suspense, set in Colombia among other fronts of America's wars, as four lives become fatally entangled thanks to our country's gift for projecting its power into situations it half understands.
The English tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmastime continues!
In this eerie addition to the series, horrifying supernatural events overtake a mansion recently occupied by a retired Colonel
It's a new novel from bookseller favorite Antoine Laurain, the bestselling author of The Red Notebook and The President's Hat! A Parisian editor is drawn into a murder investigation when an unknown thriller author is shortlisted for a prize.
An immersive, rich collection from an author whose work reaches across time and continents to explore unexpected and untold stories. Alaya Dawn Johnson has been longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the Norton Award as well as the Nebula.
Fight Club's Chuck Palahniuk is back with his latest, and it's autographed! He says to tell you he's sorry he couldn't visit in person this year and hold you in a headlock while he personalizes his book, but hey, he figures the year has already been horrifying enough. What's about? A father searching for his missing daughter is suddenly given hope when a major clue is discovered, but learning the truth could shatter the seemingly perfect image Hollywood is desperate to uphold.
Finally out in paperback, Imaginary Friend is an all-out, not-for-the-fainthearted horror novel, one of the most effective and ambitious of recent years.
By the Pulitzer Prize winning author of DISGRACED: A PLAY (2013) and AMERICAN DERVISH (2012). A beautifully written novel that reads like a memoir, informed by the author's life, growing up Muslim in Milwaukee after 9/11.
The satisfying conclusion of the "Paradise" trilogy following Winter in Paradise and Trouble in Paradise. Set in St. John, where the author spends part of every winter. These books are the next best thing to being there. Well, no, probably not, but they are terrific reads.
Not everyone can pull off fan fiction, but Ben Schott is crushing it. This is his second homage novel featuring P. G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves. Schott's first, Jeeves and the King of Clubs, is out in paper and pairs well with Leap of Faith.
The latest in the highly popular Lincoln Lawyer series. The tv debut may or may happen this winter, but it's always better in the original.
Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back -- and investigating crimes against society's most downtrodden -- in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist. Who doesn't love a good yarn by Walter Mosely?
Climate change has always been a theme in Stanley's novels, but it is front and center in this one. He shows us what it looks like in the next 30 years, through use of the the eye-witness account from ordinary citizens that reads unsettlingly like nonfiction. Once again, Stanley's future is now.
It's an alternate history of the late 19th century in which witches join forces with suffragists; it's Pat Robertson's worst nightmare, so obviously a fun read.
In the latest of his Shakespearean mashups, Moore takes on Midsummer's Night's Dream and turns it into an uproarious hard boiled murder mystery.
The next installment in Dev's Jane Austen inspired rom-com series. This time it's a foodie twist on Persuasion.
"Stephenson isn't just playing with words, he's playing with ideas, and he isn't joking either. He is sci-fi's great contrarian, and Fall deserves to be rated as one of the great novels of our time, prophetically and philosophically."
--Wall Street Journal
If you haven't ready his Tiptree Award winner, you should.
Science fiction meets folktale and philosophy meets mortality in her new collection of stories Inventive, ambitious literary stories for readers of writers like Lauren Groff and Kelly Link.
Set in the Hamptons where a white middle class family is renting a vacation home, the book turns quickly, if quietly ominous when the TV, phones and the internet go out. But the power--and the vacation--continue. Then, in the middle of the night, the wealthy Black owners of the house show up, asking if they can stay. Something is happening out in the world and no one knows what it is.
In all his books, Rumaan Alam writes gorgeously about the way political issues manifest in everyday domestic life. This book probes those same questions, but with a more gripping and bold premise.
The huge hit of 2019 is now in paperback. With its quirky and improbable premise, Kevin takes a sideways look at family that is humorous, big-hearted, entertaining, and just sort of wonderful. HIghly recommended - Kris
The author of Great House and Forest Dark give us a volume of short stories. Intricately structured and with carefully braided recurring themes, this collection of five published and five new stories adds up to more than the sum of its parts.
Anna is a "Hench"--a data science temp who helps super villains operate at the cutting edge of evil. Anna rationalizes that being a cog in the villain machine isn't that different than being a cog in the corporate machine.
When she becomes collateral damage and is badly injured during a superhero rescue, she (of course) gets laid off. Broke, angry and bedbound, she starts a website that calculates the human cost of the mayhem superheroes wreak upon the world. Once she gets into the weeds of the data, it's clear that the line between good and evil is mostly marketing.
An all-new collection of winter-themed mysteries from the Agatha Christie--and a perfect stocking stuffer for mystery fans.
This collection of 13 stories was not only a NYT bestseller; it was chosen as a NYT Notable Book and as Kirkus Reviews' Best Short Fiction of 2019.
It includes the story "In the Tall Grass," one of two stories co-written with Stephen King and the basis for the Netflix feature film that released last fall.
And now for something completely different! A buzzy literary mashup of Gothic mystery, lesbian love, Hollywood, pop culture, feminist history and horror that Sarah Waters calls, "Brimming from start to finish with sly humor and gothic mischief. Brilliant."
The author of the bestselling novels Orphan Train and A Piece of the World is back with her most ambitious work yet--a sweeping historical novel about three young women--two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl--in 1840 during the brutal beginning of modern Australia.
Great book club read!
The author of the legendary Wicked, Gregory Maguire works his magic yet again, transforming Hans Christian Andersen's classic story "The Wild Swans" into an Italian-American girl's coming-of-age, set in atmospheric 1960s New York.
A bestseller for Left Bank Books in hardcover, The German House is harrowing and empowering coming-of-age story set against the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963. A young female translator finds herself caught between societal and familial expectations as she fights to bring to light dark truths of her nation;s recent past.
We love Jean Kwok, and she has returned to read in St. Louis a number of times, so we know you do, too. Searching for Sylvie Lee is the story of two Chinese-American sisters who separate in childhood. As an adult, American Amy sets out to find the sister who disappeared in the Netherlands. She solves not only that mystery but the story of her complicated family.
It's a great read for book clubs.
A sweeping and devastating novel following two American families, one white and one black, from the 1950s through Barack Obama's first year as president, and grappling with America's painful history of racism and sexism. Left Bank Books' co-owner Kris recommends
Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, corporeal debut about one family's queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.
Bravura follow-up to the bestselling Homegoing, an intimate, emotional story of one immigrant family (Ghanian in Alabama) that tackles depression, addiction, science and religion. This is about race in America, the opioid epidemic and one family wrecked by grief.
Kunzru returns with a literary thriller that probes our current political climate: the alt-right movement and the increasingly polarized world. RED PILL (calling all Matrix fans) is about mind-control; it's intellectual, dystopic, timely and entertaining. For readers of David Foster Wallace, David Mitchell, Ben Lerner, Maggie Nelson, David Shields, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Van Den Berg
Cathleen Schine's delightful novel about a pair of twins who are obsessed with words is out in paperback and ready to give!