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Our Most Anticipated Books: August - October 2021

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Before you know it, summer will be over! Here is a selection of books we are most excited about that are being released in the next three months. Order now, and we’ll have a copy ready for you as soon as the book arrives.


Billy Summers by Stephen King (August 4)

This spectacular can't-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It's about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption. You won't put this story down, and you won't forget Billy.

Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger (August 24)

The author of the instant New York Times bestseller This Tender Land returns with a powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O'Connor series--a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering conflicts in a small Minnesota town, and the events that echo through youth and shape our lives forever.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins (August 31)

With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge. "A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human." - Lee Child


Beautiful World, Where Are You by Elin Sally Rooney (September 7) A new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (September 14)

Harlem Shuffle's ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It's a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem. But mostly, it's a joy to read, another dazzling novel from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Colson Whitehead.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (September 28)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, comes a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story. Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.


The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (October 5)

The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America. Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles’s third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny (October 12)

From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise. State of Terror is a unique and utterly compelling international thriller co-written by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 67th secretary of state, and Louise Penny, the multiple award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling novelist.

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout (October 19)

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they've come from--and what they've left behind. Oh William! captures the joy and pain of watching children grow up and start families of their own; of discovering family secrets, late in life, that rearrange everything we think we know about those closest to us; and the way people live and love, despite the variety of obstacles we face in doing so.

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