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This week’s email includes 16 hot 🔥 new books.

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This Week’s Hottest 🔥 New Fiction


The Guest by B.A. Paris

Logline: New York Times bestselling author B. A. Paris captivated psychological thriller readers everywhere with Behind Closed Doors. Now she invites you into another home full of heart-pounding secrets, in The Guest. Some secrets never leave.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

End of Story by A.J. Finn

Logline: For fans of Knives Out comes a spellbinding thriller from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window.

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

The Still Point by Tammy Greenwood

Logline: Dance Moms meets Little Fires Everywhere in award winning author Tammy Greenwood's addictive new novel set in the hyper cutthroat world of ballet girls and their mothers as they compete for a prestigious prize...

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation


To Cage a God by Elizabeth May

Logline: Perfect for romantasy fans of Fourth Wing and Shadow and Bone, this dark, Imperial Russia-inspired romantic fantasy novel launches the These Monstrous Gods duology of draconic gods, political revolutions, and deadly magical powers from a Sunday Times bestselling author.

Publisher: Daw Books


The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson by Ellen Baker

Logline: Orphan Train meets Before We Were Yours meets Water for Elephants in this compelling multigenerational novel of survival, love, and the families we make.

Publisher: Mariner Books


Ours by Phillip B. Williams

Logline: An epic novel set in mid-nineteenth-century America about the spiritual costs of a freedom that demands fierce protection.

Publisher: Viking

Mrs. Gulliver by Valerie Martin

Logline: From the prize-winning and beloved author Valerie Martin (Mary Reilly, Property, Italian Fever) comes a surprisingly inventive tale of female subversion and agency in a patriarchal world, with two brilliantly crafted protagonists to root for.

Publisher: Doubleday Books

Young Adult

The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert

Logline: NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Melissa Albert returns with THE BAD ONES, a supernatural horror novel about four mysterious disappearances in a town haunted by a sinister magical history.

Publisher: Flatiron Books

This Week’s Hottest 🔥 New Nonfiction


Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story by Leslie Jamison

Logline: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes "a blazing, unputdownable memoir" (Mary Karr, author of Lit), the "piercing, intimate" story (TIME Magazine) of rebuilding a life after the end of a marriage--an exploration of motherhood, art, and new love.

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes by Chantha Nguon

Logline: A haunting and beautiful memoir from a Cambodian refugee who lost her country and her family during Pol Pot's genocide in the 1970s but who finds hope by reclaiming the recipes she tasted in her mother's kitchen.

Publisher: Algonquin Books


Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit: Essays by Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Logline: An electric essay collection about Blackness, art, and dreaming of new possibilities in a time of constriction.

Publisher: Graywolf Press



Vagabonds: Life on the Streets of Nineteenth-Century London by Oskar Jensen

Logline: Compelling, moving and unexpected portraits of London’s poor from a rising star British historian – the Dickensian city brought to real and vivid life.

Publisher: Experiment, LLC


The Great Wave: The Era of Radical Disruption and the Rise of the Outsider by Michiko Kakutani

Logline: An urgent examination of how disruptive politics, technology, and art are capsizing old assumptions in a great wave of change breaking over today's world, creating both opportunity and peril--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Truth.

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Latinoland: A Portrait of America’s Largest and Least Understood Minority by Marie Arana

Logline: A sweeping yet personal overview of the Latino population of America, drawn from hundreds of interviews and prodigious research that emphasizes the diversity and little-known history of our largest and fastest-growing minority.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster


How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi: Collected Quirks of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math from Nerd Nite by Chris Balakrishnan and Matt Wasowski, illustrated by Kristen Orr

Logline: In the vein of acclaimed popular-science bestsellers such as Atlas Obscura, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, The Way Things Work, What If?, and Undeniable, the co-founders of the global science organization Nerd Nite bring readers a collection of wacky, yet fascinating STEM topics.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press


Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection by Charles Duhigg

Logline: From the bestselling author of The Power of Habit, a fascinating exploration of what makes conversations work--and how we can all learn to be supercommunicators at work and in life.

Publisher: Random House

Bookish Trivia 🤔

Today is Irish author Sally Rooney's birthday. What is the title of her first published novel?

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This Week’s Literary Birthdays & Events 🎂🥳

February 20

  • Pierre Boulle

  • William Carleton

  • Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen

  • Mary Durack

  • Ellen Gilchrist

  • Alex La Guma

  • Richard Matheson

  • Kenn Nesbitt

  • Henry James Pye

  • Sally Rooney

  • Naoya Shiga

  • Charles Erskine Scott Wood

February 21

  • The Communist Manifesto is published (1848)

  • The New Yorker publishes its first issue (1925)

  • Hans Andreus

  • W.H. Auden

  • Erma Bombeck

  • Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Owen King

  • Richard A. Lupoff

  • Anaïs Nin

  • Chuck Palahniuk

  • Raymond Queneau

  • Jeff Shaara

  • David Foster Wallace

  • José Zorrilla

February 22

  • James Russell Lowell

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Ishmael Reed

February 23

  • W.E.B. Du Bois

  • Haki Madhubuti

  • William L. Shirer

February 24

  • Gillian Flynn

  • Wilhelm Grimm

  • Weldon Kees

February 25

  • Sabahattin Ali

  • Anthony Burgess

  • Jack Handey

  • Amin Maalouf

  • Karl May

  • Shiva Naipaul

  • Edgar Pangborn

  • George Schuyler

  • Richard G. Stern

  • Raphael Straus

  • Cynthia Voigt

February 26

  • Elizabeth George

  • Victor Hugo

  • Sharyn McCrumb

  • Dorothy Whipple

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