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The Best Audiobooks of 2023

In each of these 12 outstanding audiobooks, impeccable narration makes a great story even more absorbing.

Patrick Bringley’s soft-spoken narration reflects his years of humbly observing and interacting with the Met, the works it houses, the people who serve it and the visitors who explore it.

Anne Lamott knows that storytelling is an essential mark of our humanity, and her urgency and passion resonate throughout this inspiring recording.

Harrison Scott Key’s deadpan delivery reading How to Stay Married makes the wisecracks all the more hilarious and bitter, and the heartbreak all the more aching.

Jessica George’s words and Heather Agyepong’s voice encourage listeners to approach Maame with openness, and as they melt into this complicated world, they will discover a riveting story.

Even when discussing unsavory hot dog-related topics, there’s something irresistible about Jamie Loftus’ narration, which is often incredibly funny.

Tracy Kidder’s narration of Rough Sleepers (with a Boston accent that he dials up and down as needed) adds further intimacy to the book’s very personal stories. It feels almost like we’re riding along in the van with Jim O’Connell as he checks on his patients.

Tara Flynn’s nuanced narration and terrific comic timing results in an audiobook that is as wise as it is hilarious.

Daniel Wallace’s tale of loss, anger and absolution is painful yet redemptive, and Audie Award winner Michael Crouch’s sensitive and convincing narration gently leads the reader toward Wallace’s reconciliation with a beloved friend.

Eunice Wong’s repertoire of delicious voices celebrates the patchwork of cultures and personalities in this thoroughly moving, heartwarming story about finding friendship and creating family.

Voice actor Isabella Star LaBlanc returns for an encore after her powerful performance of Angeline Boulley’s bestselling, award-winning debut novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter.

By Kelly Link, Narrated by a full cast

In the audiobook of Kelly Link’s story collection, the fact that a bear might be telling a story matters far less than the story being told, and therein lies the wonder of a fairy tale.

By R.F. Kuang, Narrated by Helen Laser

Helen Laser’s performance of R.F. Kuang’s frantic, defensive first-person narrator will make it difficult for readers to turn away from this scandalous story.

In each of these 12 outstanding audiobooks, impeccable narration makes a great story even more absorbing.

Most anticipated mystery & suspense of 2024

This year’s most tantalizing whodunits, thrillers, espionage novels and more include new reads from A.J. Finn, Tana French and Lisa Gardner.
Available 1/09/2024

In The Heiressa novel of suspense set in the very-hot-right-now world of old money luxury—the twists, turns and betrayals just keep coming, all guided by Rachel Hawkins’ skilled hand.

Available 1/16/2024

Alex Michaelides blends Greek mythology and Agatha Christie to tantalizing effect in The Fury, which centers a reclusive, extremely famous actor and her circle of friends—one of whom is murdered during a trip to the actor’s private Greek island.

Available 1/23/2024

Speaking of formally impressive, Janice Hallett is back with another uniquely structured mystery. This time around, she’s combining the email format of her debut (The Appeal) with the audio transcriptions of her sophomore novel (The Twyford Code) to track the process of true crime author Amanda Bailey. Amanda is attempting to write the definite book on the Alperton Angels doomsday cult, and through the emails she sends and the interviews she conducts, it becomes clear that the case is not nearly as cut and dried as she first assumed.

Available 2/20/2024

It’s been five years since Flynn’s debut thriller, The Woman in the Window, was seemingly everywhere. In the time since, a sadly abysmal film adaptation was released and a scandalous New Yorker article investigated his past, but now a sophomore novel is finally in sight. Billed as “part Knives Out, part Agatha Christie,” End of Story centers on mystery novelist Sebastian Trapp, who invites Nicky Hunter, an expert on detective fiction, to his luxurious home to help draft his memoirs. But while there, Nicky becomes obsessed with solving the mysterious disappearance of Sebastian’s first wife and son.

Available 3/05/2024

Tana French’s immersive, thought-provoking The Hunter revels in the quiet moments, but knows true peace is elusive.

Available 3/05/2024

Dervla McTiernan is the connoisseur’s pick for smart, suspenseful thrillers, and her next novel sounds like another surefire winner. When a young couple’s vacation goes horribly wrong and only one of them comes home, both sets of parents go to war against each other in the public sphere. Add in the internet’s toxic, conspiratorial twist on true crime, and things quickly get combustible.

Available 3/05/2024

Ah, the allure of the prewar New York City apartment, an allure that has only grown stronger thanks to rage-inducing real estate prices. In Lisa Unger’s thriller, Rosie and Chad Lowen fall prey to a beautiful Big Apple building with murderous secrets beneath its floorboards, the latest of which is one of their neighbors mysteriously dying right after they move in.

Available 3/12/2024

There is a very specific type of historical mystery that goes like this: A female sleuth (often convention-defying in some way) teams up with a man (often more respectable, whether by birth or profession) to solve crimes and as the series progresses, they fall in love. The absolute queen of this subgenre—rivaled only by Sherry Thomas—is Deanna Raybourn, whose Veronica Speedwell mysteries are eagerly anticipated by her legion of fans. This time around, Veronica and her beau, Stoker, discover that a wax figure of a woman is actually an extremely well-preserved corpse, and they are soon on the trail of their most dangerous enemy yet.

Available 3/12/2024

Gillian Flynn’s new mystery & suspense imprint got off to a great start last year with Scorched Grace, poet Margot Douaihy’s debut mystery starring a queer and very punk New Orleans nun named Sister Holiday. Delightfully, this sequel sees Sister Holiday teaming up with Magnolia Riveaux, the fire inspector assigned to Scorched Grace’s arson spree, to form a new detective agency. Their first case? Figuring out who murdered a priest, all while extreme rains threaten to flood the city.

Available 3/12/2024

Frankie Elkin is author Lisa Gardner’s most recent creation, but she’s already well on her way to joining the ranks of Gardner’s other beloved sleuths like D.D. Warren, Pierce Quincy and Kimberly Quincy. An empathetic loner who searches for long-missing people, Frankie embarks on her most challenging case yet when she tries to crack a 12-year-old cold case presented to her by serial killer Kaylee Pierson. Pierson is going to be executed for her crimes in three weeks, but before she dies, she wants Frankie to try and find out what happened to her sister, Leilani.

Available 3/19/2024

Chris Bohjalian’s latest thriller, The Princess of Las Vegas is a thrilling symphony of run-down casinos, teenage hackers and royal impersonators with multiple mysteries at its core.

Available 3/19/2024

Sulari Gentill’s marvelous The Woman in the Library was praised by critics and fans alike, and her next mystery is another twisty novel set in the literary world: Aspiring author Theo Benton’s lover and mentor has been murdered, and her brother is the prime suspect.

Available 4/09/2024

Ever since “Mare of Easttown” aired and utterly riveted mystery fans everywhere, there’s been a wave of similar somewhat gloomy small town whodunits. Megan Miranda’s next thriller is a clever spin on the trend in that it centers on the daughter of a local detective, who returns to her childhood home after inheriting it and begins uncovering secrets that could explain her mother’s disappearance years earlier.

Available 4/16/2024

Speaking of bookish mysteries, Anthony Horowitz is back with another tale starring brilliant, curmudgeonly sleuth Daniel Hawthorne—and a fictionalized version of Horowitz himself. This most-meta of pairs head to an exclusive gated community for their latest case: the slaying of the patriarch of the obnoxious Kentworthy family with a crossbow.

Available 4/16/2024

Beloved, critically acclaimed romance author Alyssa Cole made her thriller debut with 2020’s When No One Is Watching, and now she returns with another creative and suspenseful premise: Kenetria Nash has dissociative identity disorder and is a caretaker for a historic home on an isolated island. When a surprise visit from the members of the home’s trust ends in murder, Ken and her alternate personalities have to find the killer to clear their name.

Available 4/16/2024

Chicago PI V.I. Warshawski heads to Kansas in Sara Paretsky’s Pay Dirt, where she gets wrapped up in the case of a missing college student and runs afoul of both the FBI and the local opioid dealers.

Available 4/23/2024

Think Jurassic Park, but with woolly mammoths. Megabestselling author Douglas Preston (he of Preston & Child fame) is setting his latest thriller in an exclusive resort in Colorado where prehistoric beasts roam free. Come for the mammoth, stay for the giant ground sloth.

Available 4/23/2024

Anne Hillerman’s continuation of her late father Tony Hillerman’s beloved series set in the Navajo Nation is back with a case centered on a painful, thorny issue: the adoption of indigenous children by parents who don’t share their heritage.

Available 4/23/2024

Australia’s finest thriller writer since Liane Moriarty, Sally Hepworth has found the perfect combination of character-based drama and completely unpredictable plots. Her latest rollercoaster of a novel follows three women who escaped a strict and mercurial foster mother when they were children, only to be reunited with her when bones are found on her property and the women are called in for questioning by the police.

Available 4/30/2024

Kellye Garrett’s Like a Sister was among the most poised and gripping thrillers of recent memory, so expectations are high for her next novel. Breanna, a Black woman on vacation, wakes up one morning to find her boyfriend gone and the internet’s latest obsession, a missing white woman named Janelle Beckett, dead in their rental home.

Available 5/01/2024

Having written some of the most idiosyncratic and haunting classics of modern sci-fi (Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion), Dan Simmons has in recent years turned his attention to historical thrillers that may be more down to earth, but are no less chilling. Now, the author of The Terror and The Abominable will turn his attention to the high-pressure environment of America’s nuclear weapons program at the height of World War II. Paul Haber is a German physicist who was banished by the Nazis and lost his wife and child to the horrors of a concentration camp. But then a Nazi spy approaches Paul and asks him to turn traitor, as his family is actually alive.

Available 5/21/2024

Stuart Turton has only written two books, but since those two books are the stone-cold masterpieces that are The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water, he is entitled to take as much time as he wants in between releases. He will be gracing us a widely creative new whodunit this spring, set on an island that is the last safe place in the world after an unspecified apocalypse. The inhabitants of the island are kept safe by three scientists, but when one of the scientists dies, the villagers have to solve the crime before their home is overrun by the same mysterious fog that’s choked out all other life.

Available 6/04/2024

After three marvelous and critically acclaimed Alice Vega mysteries, Louisa Luna will return with a very Hitchcockian-sounding thriller. New York City psychiatrist Dr. Carolyn Strange’s life is upended when a new patient tells her two terrifying things: I am going to kill someone, and I know who you really are. Carolyn soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman’s disappearance, and goes on the run to evade the police and catch her possibly murderous patient herself.

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Nightwatching

Nightwatching is best suited for the thriller reader with nerves of steel—while rarely violent, it is a truly scary book.

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Cahokia Jazz

Visit an alternate America where European colonization never took place in this intricately plotted police procedural from Francis Spufford.

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This year’s most tantalizing whodunits, thrillers, espionage novels and more include new reads from A.J. Finn, Tana French and Lisa Gardner.

Most anticipated YA books of 2024

Young adult authors are shaping up to deliver plenty of magic—real or metaphorical—in 2024. While authors like Kacen Callender and Hafsah Faizal whisk us away to fantastical worlds, others such as Marissa Meyer and Alexene Farol Follmuth will keep us spellbound by tales set closer to home.
Available 1/02/2024

After the passionate, bestselling A Far Wilder Magic, Allison Saft is back with another entrancing fantasy—this time featuring an intriguing setting based on Regency England. Fans of “Bridgerton” will want to keep an eye out for A Fragile Enchantment, which follows Niamh Ó Conchobhair, a magical dressmaker who is hired by the kingdom of Avaland to serve as the tailor for a royal wedding. However, the job of dressing the beautiful but thorny prince Kit for his impending political union comes with far more complications than she could have ever expected. 

Available 2/06/2024
Full of smart dialogue, Infinity Alchemist moves with the kind of pace that will keep readers drawn in, but it is the overriding feeling of empathy that elevates this resonant fantasy.
Available 2/13/2024

Beloved for her enthralling science fiction, which includes The Lunar Chronicles series and the Renegades trilogy, Marissa Meyer also proved herself a cross-genre champion with Instant Karma, her bestselling (as usual) first rom-com. In With a Little Luck, she’s taking fans back to the coastal town of Fortuna Beach to meet Jude, whose ordinary life—working at his parents’ vinyl store, drawing comics and playing Dungeons & Dragons—is transformed when he finds a special 20-sided die that gives him incredible luck. But what happens when this luck runs out? 

Available 2/20/2024

With A Tempest of Tea, Hafsah Faizal plugs fully into the young adult fantasy zeitgeist, weaving serious themes into a fast-paced and thrilling heist story.

Available 3/05/2024

Holly Black captivated legions of fans with the Folk of the Air series, then she whisked them away once more to Elfhame with the Stolen Heir duology. The Prisoner’s Throne picks up where The Stolen Heir left off, switching to Prince Oak’s perspective as he struggles through the explosive consequences of his journey north with Wren.

Available 3/19/2024

Faridah Abiké-Iyimidé won a 2022 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for her debut novel, Ace of Spades, a heart-pounding thriller about two Black senior class prefects at a prestigious private academy. So it’s with bated breath that we anticipate Where Sleeping Girls Lie, another mystery set at an elite school that promises just as many twists and turns, on top of Abiké-Iyimidé’s thoughtful, multilayered social commentary.

Available 4/02/2024

Zakiya Dalila Harris, Brittney Morris, Monica Brashears and more unite in this star-studded horror anthology of 15 stories about Black girls who face all sorts of terrors—and survive. Modern horror audiences are lucky to witness all the fresh, exciting ways in which the genre continues to evolve, and The Black Girl Survives in This One promises to push the “Final Girl” trope toward new horizons that will thrill and terrify readers. Bonus: Tananarive Due writes the forward.

Available 4/09/2024

Jonny Garza Villa brought a sweetly poignant voice to contemporary YA romance with their tender, nuanced novels Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun and Ander & Santi Were Here. In Canto Contigo, the ​​Pura Belpré Honor recipient tackles rivals-to-lovers romance as talented singer Rafael Alvarez moves to San Antonio for his senior year only to discover that his new school’s mariachi band already has someone occupying the coveted lead vocalist role: a very cute boy that Rafie happens to have met before.

Available 4/16/2024
By Darcie Little Badger, Illustrated by Rovina Cai

Darcie Little Badger’s incredible debut, Elatsoe, wowed us—and countless other review outlets—with its “unique and powerful” voice and protagonist Ellie’s “wonderful self-confidence,” as we wrote in our starred review. The upcoming prequel, Sheine Lende, focuses on Ellie’s grandmother, Shane, who must use her experience finding missing persons with ghost dogs to track down her own mother.  

Available 4/23/2024

In the sequel to Terry J. Benton-Walker’s much-lauded debut, Blood Debts, Cris and Clem Trudeau find themselves defending their recently won throne in a version of New Orleans that is alive with deadly magic. Tensions run high as mighty forces descend upon the siblings amidst murders, power plays and quests for revenge. Readers will look forward to seeing how Benton-Walker once again pulls off untangling a knot of intricate plotting.

Available 6/18/2024

In a starred review, we praised the “agile and cutting voice” of The Atlas Six, Alexene Farol Follmuth’s debut published under the pen name Olivie Blake. We’re eager to read her upcoming retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which Viola is a high school student who finds solace in an online role-playing game called Twelfth Knight. She’s also the student body Vice President to football player Jack Orsino’s President. When her virtual avatar, Cesario, meets his Duke Orsino online, sparks fly in a rom-com as hilariously tangled as its source material.

Available 6/25/2024

Kalynn Bayron is bringing back her powers to revitalize another fairy tale (after bestselling Cinderella Is Dead) in her upcoming Sleep Like Death. In this reimagining of Snow White, Princess Eve has been trained since birth to fight with her magic in order to one day defeat an evil Knight who wields the power to grant wishes. Everything is not as it seems—starting with Eve’s mother, the Queen.

Available 7/30/2024

It would probably be easier to win the Hawthorne fortune than to ignore the blockbuster success of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Inheritance Games series, which has won over global audiences, having been translated into 31 languages. Barnes invites us back into another lavish competition with The Grandest Game, in which Avery Grambs is now a billionaire giving seven contestants their own chance to win a fortune and change their lives forever.

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Book jacket image for A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

A Tempest of Tea

With A Tempest of Tea, Hafsah Faizal plugs fully into the young adult fantasy zeitgeist, weaving serious themes into a fast-paced and thrilling heist story.

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The Bad Ones

The Bad Ones is a compelling, often delightfully creepy coming-of-age tale that thoughtfully explores the nature of friendship, grief and the perilous power of unwavering belief.

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This Day Changes Everything

Spanning less than 48 hours, the whirlwind plot of This Day Changes Everything takes Abby and Leo on a unique quest that challenges them to both celebrate queer joy and explore the challenges of being queer youth.

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Infinity Alchemist

Full of smart dialogue, Infinity Alchemist moves with the kind of pace that will keep readers drawn in, but it is the overriding feeling of empathy that elevates this resonant fantasy.

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I Hope This Doesn’t Find You

Fans of rivals-to-lovers romances will delight in I Hope This Doesn’t Find You’s heady will-they-won’t-they scenes that deftly capture two overachievers’ struggles with vulnerability.

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Wander in the Dark

In this riveting mystery, Jumata Emil uses his pen like a jagged knife, cutting open painful truths of how racism seeps through class and politics, before sewing up the resulting wounds with the healing power of community.

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Poemhood

Award-winning author Amber McBride teams up with acclaimed poets Taylor Byas and Erica Martin to curate an electric, extraordinary lineup of contemporary and classic Black poetry for young readers.

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In Utero

Chris Gooch hits many familiar beats of sci-fi horror in In Utero, a tightly coiled narrative about fear, family and the things waiting underground.

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Young adult authors are shaping up to deliver plenty of magic—real or metaphorical—in 2024. While authors like Kacen Callender and Hafsah Faizal whisk us away to fantastical worlds, others such as Marissa Meyer and Alexene Farol Follmuth will keep us spellbound by tales set closer to home.

Most anticipated fiction of 2024

We’re gearing up for another year of fiction with so much to offer, from sweeping historical epics to ominous speculative visions that we kind of hope aren’t prophetic. Read on for the highlights.
Available 1/16/2024

The Curse of Pietro Houdini boasts a little bit of everything—a truly fascinating setting; rich, quirky characters; tragedy, suspense, warmth and humor. Derek B. Miller has shown the range of his talents in six previous novels, but this may be his masterpiece.

Available 1/23/2024

It’s a special gift when a favorite poet writes a novel. Martyr! is Kaveh Akbar’s fiction debut, after poetry collections Calling a Wolf a Wolf and Pilgrim Bell. It tells the story of Cyrus Shams, a young Iranian American poet recovering from addiction who, following the deaths of his parents, has become fixated on the idea of martyrdom.

Available 1/30/2024

Come and Get It is a return to the uncomfortable-yet-fascinating social commentary that made Kiley Reid’s debut, Such a Fun Age, so engrossing (and a bestseller, too!). When a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas begins paying a resident assistant to let her listen in on the conversations of a wealthy group of students, using their gossip as writing material, everyone ends up in murky moral territory.

Available 2/13/2024

The stunning, evocative cover of this historical novel is reason enough to add it to your TBR: a lone woman in red walks through winter wilderness, reflected in a frozen pond as a snow-white fox. Of course, readers of The Night Tiger would be eagerly awaiting Yangsze Choo’s next book even if the cover were a paper bag. This epic adventure set in Manchuria at the very end of the Qing Dynasty promises to bring together mystery and legend to vibrant effect.

Available 2/27/2024

This remarkable novel is both a prequel and a sequel to Tommy Orange’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, There There, picking up with his unforgettable characters Orvil Red Feather and Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield. Beginning in 1864 with the Sand Creek Massacre, Orange takes readers back in time to tell the stories of these characters’ ancestors, before sweeping forward to 2018 and the aftermath of the tragic shooting at the heart of There There.

Available 2/27/2024

Kirsten Bakis, author of Lives of the Monster Dogs, creates an atmosphere of gut-churning dread from the very first chapter of King Nyx. This is a scary good book.

Available 3/05/2024

Xochitl Gonzalez is back with a campus novel entwining the stories of two women: an artist, Anita de Monte, who died mysteriously in 1985, and an art history student, Raquel, who is determined to uncover what happened to Anita and bring new attention to her art. Like she did in her bestselling, award-winning debut, Olga Dies Dreaming, Gonzalez turns a sharp, thoughtful eye to the costs of success, this time in the elitist, and often racist and sexist, worlds of art and academia.

Available 3/05/2024

Cristina Henriquez’s polyvocal novel is a moving and powerful epic about the human cost of building the Panama Canal. It’s easy to imagine, in these snippets of lives, just how many more love stories, deaths, migrations, protests and other life-altering moments occurred during the canal’s construction.

Available 3/05/2024

If you’ve read Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s Booker Prize-winning Flights or The Books of Jacob in English, then you’ve also read the work of Jennifer Croft, her accomplished translator. The Extinction of Irena Rey is Croft’s first novel, and it has a delightfully clever metafictional premise: Irena Rey, an enigmatic and brilliant author, has vanished after bringing eight translators to her home in the heart of an ancient Polish forest, ostensibly to begin translating her latest masterwork. The scramble to solve the mystery of Irena’s disappearance is heightened by Croft’s conceit that The Extinction of Irena Rey was written and translated by two of the translator characters. As you follow them through the woods hunting for clues, you’ll wonder how this account could have been skewed or altered by its layers of linguistic permutations.

Available 3/12/2024

Colombian literary icon and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez died in 2014, after a long career of groundbreaking novels and short stories. Published for the first time this spring, his novella Until August follows a married woman who travels to a Caribbean island each August to spend one night with a new lover.

Available 3/19/2024

In an era of retellings, Percival Everett’s James stands out for staying true to Mark Twain’s voice, tale-spinning talent and humor, while also while also accurately depicting what Twain failed to acknowledge: the reality of life for enslaved people.

Available 3/19/2024

Téa Obreht’s latest novel, The Morningside, soars in its depiction of an alternative world frighteningly similar to our own.

Available 3/19/2024

If you love Louise Kennedy (Trespasses, The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac), Anna Burns (Milkman) and Claire Keegan (Small Things Like These, So Late in the Day) as much as we do, you’ll want to check out Wild Houses. Debut novelist Colin Barrett is the author of two much lauded short story collections. He writes hilarious, piercing and inventive tales often set in fictional Irish towns like Ballina, where Wild Houses’ protagonist, quiet, exceedingly tall Dev Hendrick, is dragged into the kidnapping of a drug dealer’s teenage brother.

Available 4/02/2024

It’s in moments of earnest wonder that Leif Enger’s I Cheerfully Refuse is most compelling, like the brief but glorious clearing of a tempestuous sky.

Available 4/02/2024

As in her debut novel, West, Carys Davies writes exquisitely of the wilderness in Clear, telling the tale of two men who connect on a nearly uninhabited Scottish island during the Highland Clearances of the 1800s, when many rural Scots were forcibly evicted from their land.

Available 4/02/2024

Magical and multifaceted, Julia Alvarez’s meditation on creativity, culture and aging, The Cemetery of Untold Stories, is a triumph.

Available 4/23/2024

A Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel A Thousand Acres, author Jane Smiley crafts literary delights, from her moving historical Last Hundred Years trilogy to her wonderful, animal-led adventure, Perestroika in Paris. Lucky features Jodie Rattler, a folk musician from St. Louis who, through some blend of fate, chance and hard work, becomes a national star.

Available 4/30/2024

Real Americans is the story of a 15-year-old boy, Nick Chen, who is searching for the truth about his biological father, and his mother, Lily Chen, who has secrets she isn’t telling him. Rachel Khong’s debut, Goodbye, Vitamin (winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction), was both moving and funny, written as a series of diary entries. We’re excited to see her tackle multiple perspectives in this family saga.

Available 5/07/2024

Known for her bestselling 2010 debut, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand—which is still a favorite with book clubs—Helen Simonson is back with a third novel. Set in rural England in 1919, The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club follows the women who kept things together while men were fighting in World War I, and who are now being encouraged to return to more traditional roles with very mixed results. Simonson brings a dry wit and bright intelligence to her novels, which often take on deeper topics with a deceptively light touch—think Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

Available 5/07/2024

Acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel Brooklyn enchanted readers with the story of a young Irish woman immigrating to New York alone, finding love and friendship but deeply missing her family. If you haven’t yet seen the film adaptation starring Saorise Ronan, now’s the time, because in May, Tóibín is continuing the story of Eilis Lacey. Now middle-aged, raising two teenage children with her husband Tony and his family, she hasn’t returned to Ireland in many years, but when a man approaches her claiming that his wife is pregnant with Tony’s baby, she may find a reason to make the journey home once more.

Available 5/14/2024

This Strange Eventful History relates the story of the Cassars, a family of French Algerian origin who were displaced after World War II and Algerian independence. Author of The Emperor’s Children, The Woman Upstairs and The Burning Girl, Claire Messud crafts complex characters and builds tension by exploring the intensity of their emotions. This family saga has the added intrigue of being inspired in part by a family memoir written by Messud’s grandfather.

Available 5/21/2024

Kevin Kwan pens delightful, bestselling tales of romance and intrigue among Asia’s ultrawealthy (Crazy Rich Asians, Sex and Vanity). His next, Lies and Weddings, sounds extra fun: To get his illustrious family out of debt, Rufus needs to find an astronomically rich woman to marry from among the guests at his sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Twists ensue, including secrets, murder, volcanic eruption and, most outrageous of all, love.

Available 6/04/2024

National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree and award-winning author of short story collection Night of the Living Rez, Morgan Talty has already made a big impact, and we’re very much looking forward to the release of his debut novel, Fire Exit. In it, a man named Charles Lamosway lives just outside Penobscot Reservation, and watches from across a river as his daughter grows up with another family, longing to tell her the truth about her parentage.

Available 6/04/2024

The author of instant classic The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, a Hamlet retelling featuring a family of dog breeders in northern Wisconsin, returns with a follow-up, also about the Sawtelle family. In Familiaris, it’s 1919 and John and Mary Sawtelle set off into the Wisconsin woods with their dogs, beginning a remarkable adventure.

Available 6/18/2024

John Vercher’s first novel, Three Fifths, a crime thriller about a young white-passing biracial man who gets implicated in a hate crime when his best friend returns from prison as a white supremacist, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. His new effort, Devil Is Fine, sounds similarly riveting and thorny: In the wake of his son’s death, a biracial Black father inherits land that was once a plantation.

Available 6/18/2024

It’s hard to think of another current author with Akwaeke Emezi’s genre-disrupting range. After following up their bestselling literary novel The Death of Vivek Oji with the gorgeous romance You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty, Emezi is pivoting again, this time in a darker direction. Following five friends over the course of one chaotic, devastating weekend, the thrilling Little Rot is sure to be a page turner, and we can’t wait.

Available 6/25/2024

Julia Phillips’ second novel follows two sisters on one of the San Juan islands who are struggling to support themselves by catering to wealthy vacation homeowners. Sam and Elena both believe the only way out is to leave the island, until one day, a bear shows up at their door and throws their plans into uncertainty. Based on the Grimm fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red,” Bear takes us to a wild, captivating place, just as Phillips did in her debut, Disappearing Earth, which was a National Book Award finalist.

Available 7/09/2024

Following his acerbic satire of modern office life, Black Buck, the widely acclaimed National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree is back with This Great Hemisphere, a speculative novel. In a far-off future world where some people are literally more visible than others, an invisible woman named Candace searches for her older brother, who is wanted for murder.

Available 7/16/2024

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Silver Nitrate was one of our Best Books of 2023, so we’re excited to see what she has in store with The Seventh Veil of Salome. Set in Hollywood during the 1950s, it focuses on the rivalry between two actresses over the role of princess Salome.

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My Beloved Life

Telling the life story of a man named Jadunath Kunwar, My Beloved Life is a moving collection of memories and experiences entangled with world history.

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King Nyx

Kirsten Bakis, author of Lives of the Monster Dogs, creates an atmosphere of gut-churning dread from the very first chapter of King Nyx. This is a scary good book.

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The Extinction of Irena Rey

In her satirical debut novel, The Extinction of Irena Rey, Jennifer Croft serves up all the controversial, inherently political questions posed by translation and warps them into a ghoulishly funny tale.

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After Annie

In Anna Quindlen’s latest novel, After Annie, the novelist turns her masterful eye on a family’s life after loss.

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Wandering Stars

Tommy Orange’s Wandering Stars sensitively depicts Orvil Red Feather’s path to recovery after the tragedy in There, There, as well as chronicling important, overlooked moments in the history of America’s brutal treatment of its Indigenous people.

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The Fox Wife

Set in Manchuria in 1908, The Fox Wife combines Chinese myths about fox gods who live among people and the story of a detective determined to uncover the truth behind a woman’s mysterious death.

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Acts of Forgiveness

Maura Cheeks’ debut novel follows the impact of a reparations bill on Black Philly native Willie Revel, as she struggles to keep her family’s construction business afloat.

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Dixon, Descending

In the rarefied air near the summit, two brothers must make impossible choices about their ambitions, responsibilities and love for one another as they attempt to become the first Black American men to climb Everest.

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We’re gearing up for another year of fiction with so much to offer, from sweeping historical epics to ominous speculative visions that we kind of hope aren’t prophetic. Read on for the highlights.

Most anticipated children's books of 2024

From legends such as Kate DiCamillo and Lois Lowry, as well as cherished writers of adult literature including Isabel Allende and David Sedaris, the picture book and middle grade offerings of 2024 promise to be hilarious and emotionally profound, action-packed and ruminative, wildly imaginative and grounded.
Available 1/09/2024

Gordon Korman has demonstrated a penchant for championing misfits. Slugfest introduces a new group of lovable underdogs in a summer gym class. Yash is his middle school’s most talented jock, which has actually kept him from properly earning his PE credits, so he’s stuck with a bunch of fellow “slugs” in Physical Education Equivalency (PEE) class. Knowing Korman, there’s much more to this mishmash of personalities than what’s apparent on the surface.

Available 1/30/2024

Antwan Eady, author of the lovely Nigel and the Moon, unites with Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey! The acclaimed sibling duo wrote and illustrated This Old Truck, which we described as “an instant classic” and put at the top of our Best Picture Books of 2020 list. Given the combined might of these rising superstars, we expect The Last Stand to offer poignant insights with memorable lyricism throughout its story of a boy and his Papa who sell produce at a struggling community farmers market.

Available 2/06/2024

This picture book by the late Where the Wild Things Are author was previously available only as a pamphlet created for the Rosenbach Museum in 1970. Now, for the first time, it’s seeing a wide release. Sendak invites readers to learn numbers at Mino’s magic show, where the little magician struggles to keep a succession of rascally—yet insanely adorable—rabbits under control.

Available 2/27/2024
By David Sedaris, Illustrated by Ian Falconer

David Sedaris is beloved by adult audiences as a humorist, frequent New Yorker contributor, and guest star on shows including “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Bojack Horseman.” The author of Me Talk Pretty One Day joins forces with Ian Falconer—creator of the bestselling Olivia series—to spread his legendary humor to juvenile audiences with Pretty Ugly. Anna Van Ogre finds herself stuck with the ugliest, grossest face of all: that of a sweetly cute human girl. How will she return to looking like a monster?

Available 3/05/2024
By Megan McDonald, Illustrated by Scott Nash

As creator of the wildly popular Judy Moody series, as well as its spinoffs, Megan McDonald has delighted millions worldwide with her fun, witty writing. Readers can look forward to more of her signature charm as she teams up with prolific illustrator (and the designer responsible for the original Nickelodeon logo) Scott Nash in Bunny and Clyde, which follows a rabbit and chipmunk as they set out to be “bad to the bone.” Their crime spree includes dastardly acts such as throwing socks onto the ground and rearranging books in “un-alphabetical” order.

Available 3/05/2024

Queen of unique tales that stick with readers for years afterwards, Kate DiCamillo has left an outsized impact in children’s literature with books such as Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. But don’t expect the two-time Newbery Medalist to rest on her laurels: She’s back to capture more hearts and minds with Ferris, which follows Ferris Wilkey as she navigates a chaotic summer of raccoons, a wannabe outlaw, a ghost and wildest of all—family.

Available 3/26/2024

Anoosha Syed has illustrated over 40 children’s books, including titles such as Monster and Boy and her authorial debut, That’s Not My Name! We’re looking forward to seeing how she brings her vibrant, winsome illustration style to the story of Louise, her dog, Milo, and Milo’s favorite Stick. Lost Stick follows Milo as he searches for Stick—while unbeknownst to him, Louise searches for him

Available 4/23/2024

Does household name Lois Lowry need any introduction? The two-time Newbery medalist has captivated entire generations with her classic, unforgettable novels, which include The Giver and Number the Stars. Tree. Table. Book. is her latest, and it follows two best friends and neighbors named Sophie: One is 11 years old, while the other is 88 and beginning to struggle with her memory. The younger Sophie’s attempts to help her beloved friend lead to stories about the older Sophie’s experiences in World War II, which most assuredly will be delivered with Lowry’s signature power and grace.

Available 6/04/2024
By Isabel Allende, Illustrated by Sandy Rodriguez

Few authors can touch Isabel Allende’s literary fame. The Presidential Medal of Freedom and Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters recipient brings her immense talents to children’s literature with Perla the Mighty Dog. The titular character is small, but she has big talents: She can make anyone love her, and she can “roar like a lion.” But can she use these talents to protect her human brother, Nico Rico, from being bullied at school?

Available 6/11/2024
By Stephanie Seales, Illustrated by C.G. Esperanza

There’s nothing quite like Coretta Scott King Honor and Pura Belpré Honor recipient C.G. Esperanza’s colorful, stylized illustrations, which capture action and joy in an unforgettable way. There’s also nothing quite like a good cowboy story. That’s why we’re eager for his collaboration with debut author Stephanie Seales, which will portray Black joy and community from the perspective of a daughter and father on horseback in My Daddy Is a Cowboy.

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One Giant Leap

Thao Lam dives into the unknown of a child’s imagination, reminding readers that intrigue lies around every corner and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure.

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A Flicker of Hope

Author Cynthia Harmony and illustrator Devon Holzwarth have crafted a beautifully illustrated story about the life of the monarch butterfly and what it represents to a migrant farmer’s family in A Flicker of Hope.

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Daughters of the Lamp

Daughters of the Lamp takes readers on a thrilling journey through magical family history and mystery, while sensitively exploring the nature of identity and the age-old struggle between good and evil.

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What’s New, Daniel?

In a story that captures an intergenerational bond and celebrates the joy with which children take in the natural world, Micha Archer presents a verdant urban park teeming with life.

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Harriet’s Reflections

Marion Kadi’s boldly colorful, swirling art is the star of this fun romp, lending energy to each scene and adding oodles of personality to the lonely lion as well as to Harriet.

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From legends such as Kate DiCamillo and Lois Lowry, as well as cherished writers of adult literature including Isabel Allende and David Sedaris, the picture book and middle grade offerings of 2024 promise to be hilarious and emotionally profound, action-packed and ruminative, wildly imaginative and grounded.

Most anticipated nonfiction of 2024

From stirring investigations to dazzling memoirs, searing cultural criticism to deeply researched histories, our nonfiction cups overfloweth in 2024.
Available 1/16/2024

The newest title in the Yale University Press Black Lives series, John Lewis: In Search of the Beloved Community is the first comprehensive biography of the titular civil rights icon and congressman. Drawing on archival materials and interviews with Lewis and his friends, family and associates, Raymond Arsenault offers an essential, mesmerizing narrative of a man who never lost sight of his vision for a just society, and whose legacy continues to inspire generations to “get in the way.”

Available 1/23/2024

In 1911, 12 Black men were delivered to the forest in rural Maryland and began building their new residence, the State Hospital for the Negro Insane. During its near century of existence, the hospital (re-named Crownsville) held patients in prisonlike conditions without offering them adequate medical attention, food, space or safety. In Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum, Emmy-winning journalist Antonia Hylton summoned extensive archival research and conducted dozens of interviews with former patients and staff, as well as their descendants, to offer an unsparing reckoning with history.

Available 2/20/2024

Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams and The Recovering, is back with a new memoir, Splinters, in which she reflects on early motherhood in tandem with her relationship with her own mother. Sharp and honest, Jamison tries to reconcile the person she is with the stories she has internalized about herself, and in doing so, she shares a perspective on motherhood that teems with insight.

Available 2/27/2024

Novelist, essayist, humorist and critic Sloane Crosley shows a remarkable willingness to face the dark questions that follow a suicide.

Available 3/05/2024

We love a reinvention story almost as much as we love drag. Long before Her Highness RuPaul set the stage for his outrageously popular “Drag Race,” he was a poor, queer kid in San Diego. He found escape, acceptance and family in performance . . . and, much later, fame, fortune and 12 Emmy awards. The House of Hidden Meanings promises to be a vulnerable self-portrait of a queer icon.

Available 3/12/2024

Morgan Parker is the author of three poetry collections, among them Magical Negro, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She turns to prose with You Get What You Pay For, an essay collection that brims with perspective and self-awareness as she braids episodes from her life with searing cultural critique.

Available 3/19/2024

History will remember the four hours that a woman testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee as it considered the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. In her long-awaited memoir, Christine Blasey Ford recounts her decision to publicly accuse the justice of sexual assault, the overwhelming aftermath and how she’s continued to persevere since.

Available 3/19/2024

Saying “no judgment” is a cover for our desire to judge, posits Lauren Oyler. As a cultural critic for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s and other such publications, Oyler is in the business of judging, and she doesn’t hold back in her debut collection of essays. TED Talks, Goodreads reviewers, the “vulnerability” trend, that thing Martin Scorsese said about Marvel—her takes would be dizzying if she were not so skilled in constructing solid arguments that deepen our understanding of cultural criticism. No Judgment is deeply funny and wise.

Available 3/19/2024

Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Harvard introductory course in African American Studies is legendary. Who among us would hesitate to attend a lecture with the award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist and cultural critic? The Black Box distills the lessons of the seminar as Gates tracks the Black authors who have sought self-definition through writing across genres to create places of belonging.

Available 3/19/2024

Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi’s new anthology offers a look at the human toll of Iran’s authoritarian regime, and a people’s heroic, ongoing movement against it.

Available 3/19/2024

The election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the land had many Americans questioning their choices. Sarah McCammon, NPR political correspondent and co-host of “The NPR Politics Podcast,” found herself at a tipping point. In The Exvangelicals, she writes about growing up in an evangelical church and leaving it. Intertwining journalism with memoir, McCammon sheds light on a religious movement that is on the brink.

Available 3/26/2024

Hanif Abdurraqib’s captivating There’s Always This Year is a powerful meditation on place and community.

Available 4/16/2024

More than 30 years after an Iranian leader called for his assassination, master storyteller and literary icon Salman Rushdie was repeatedly stabbed at a public appearance in 2022, suffering life-threatening wounds. He describes the attack and his recovery in Knife. Rushie has called it “a necessary book for me to write: a way to take charge of what happened, and to answer violence with art.”

Available 4/23/2024

At the height of her career, Barbara Walters dominated broadcast journalism. Her legendary interviewing style enlightened viewers with knowledge of public figures as diverse as Fidel Castro, Katharine Hepburn, Monica Lewinsky and Mike Tyson. Susan Page’s biography, The Rulebreaker, explores the icon’s ambition, accomplishments, family life and legacy. Page, the longtime Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, conducted 150 interviews and reviewed extensive archival material to construct an authoritative account of the trailblazer’s life and work.

Available 4/23/2024

Award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan’s The White Bonus asks, “When people of color are denied so much, what are white people given?” McMillan, who is white, investigates her own family’s wealth alongside four other white families, tethering her research to analysis about institutions and systems that privilege whiteness.

Available 4/30/2024

In this cultural and biological history, Aarathi Prasad explores silk through its many metamorphoses. Silk investigates the fabric’s biology as well as its ancient roots, role in communities and trade, modern uses in medicine and pharmaceuticals, and potential to be a sustainable alternative to plastics. Significantly, Prasad sought to uncover the role that women have played in the cultivation of silk. The author’s curiosity is contagious, and as the history unfolds, she shows us that there is much more to silk than its materiality—this “ancient material with a surprisingly technological future” can teach us much about civilization and humanity.

Available 4/30/2024

Erik Larson’s books are comprehensively researched, vividly rendered and narratively spry—sometimes reading more like novels than nonfiction. He’s a master at creating suspense, be it in the cramped quarters of a submarine, a stately garden or a municipal planning meeting. The bestselling author of The Devil in the White City returns with an account of the five tense months before the Civil War, when President Lincoln tried in vain to avert a cataclysm from happening in the first year of his presidency. The Demon of Unrest promises to be a political horror story with teeth.

Available 5/7/2024

Chicago poet and middle grade author Julian Randall blends memoir with the life story of his grandfather, along with reflections on pop culture phenomenons like Jordan Peele and Into the Spiderverse, in The Dead Don’t Need Reminding. MacArthur recipient and Heavy author Kiese Laymon has this to say about Randall’s nonfiction debut: “I don’t need a decade to know Randall has made a forever classic.”

Available 5/7/2024

The Fairbanks Four tells the story of four young Athabaskan men who were convicted of murdering a white teenager in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1997. As was the case with The Central Park Five, the men were railroaded by local police and served decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. Brian Patrick O’Donoghue narrates the details of their harrowing story and that of the community members who rallied around them.

Available 6/11/2024

You know it, we know it: Most dating books belong in the trash. Clouded by old-fashioned, patriarchal norms and expectations, they seem to hold little value to those of us dating in 2024. But proven matchmaker Lily Womble’s Thank You, More Please promises something more: A fresh perspective on dating that advises you to trust your gut and find joy.

Available 6/11/2024

The best music critics balance accessible writing with their own obsessive attention to the history and analysis of sound. Author and NPR music critic Ann Powers has been laying it on the line for decades, and her upcoming biography of Joni Mitchell is sure to earn the author more admiring fans. Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with Mitchell’s peers, Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell examines not just the artist’s life and music, but also the competing nature and, at times, kinship, of biography and fandom.

Available 6/4/2024

Chelsea Devantez is the host of podcast “Glamorous Trash”—in which “we make treasure out of pop culture garbage”—and former head writer on “The Problem with Jon Stewart.” Her memoir, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: (But I’m Going to Anyway), promises plenty of TMI and should be quite a romp.

Available 7/15/2024

James Patterson and Peter de Jonge have collaborated before on Miracle at St. Andrews and other novels about golf, and they join forces again with a biography that documents the rise and fall of Tiger Woods.

Available 8/06/2024

Eliza Griswold won a 2019 Pulitzer for Amity and Prosperity, which chronicled the devastating impact of fracking in a small Pennsylvania town. Now, the journalist and poet turns her attention to Circle of Hope, a progressive Anabaptist church that relies on both scripture and public protest as articles of faith. Circle of Hope: A Reckoning with Love, Power, and Justice in an American Church follows the congregation’s reckoning with the pandemic, our country’s religious landscape and internal rifts as it fights for its survival.

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Carson McCullers

The absorbing Carson McCullers is the first to paint a full portrait of the author, showing acclaimed biographer Mary V. Dearborn at the height of her powers.

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LatinoLand

Reporter Marie Arana paints a thoughtful portrait of how Latinos have shaped—and been shaped by—the United States in this punchy cultural history.

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Language City

Language City reveals the New Yorkers working to save their endangered mother tongues, and offers a new way of viewing language.

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Sito

Sito is a harrowing, impactful account of a teenager caught in a cycle of violence and the juvenile justice system that failed him.

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Splinters

Leslie Jamison is back with a memoir about her first years of parenting and the unraveling of her marriage, rendered in her signature elegant, sensuous prose.

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Slow Noodles

In her memoir, Slow Noodles, Cambodian writer Chantha Nguon survives the terror of the Khmer Rouge and keeps her family recipes intact.

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House Cat

In House Cat, Paul Barbera makes his second fur-ay into sumptuous interiors and the distinctive felines who dominate them.

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Secrets of the Sun

In her kaleidoscopic memoir, Secrets of the Sun, Mako Yoshikawa pursues the mysteries of her brilliant, abusive father’s mind after his death.

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Combee

Edda L. Fields-Black’s revelatory Combee narrates the 1863 Combahee River Raid, in which Harriet Tubman led Black soldiers to liberate more than 700 enslaved people.

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From stirring investigations to dazzling memoirs, searing cultural criticism to deeply researched histories, our nonfiction cups overfloweth in 2024.

Most anticipated SFF & horror of 2024

It’s an increasingly dark world out there, with horror’s continuing ascendance and gloomy spins on seemingly every subgenre: Katherine Arden explores the terror of the trenches, Stephen Graham Jones brings his Indian Lake trilogy to a grand (Guignol) finale and Leigh Bardugo sets up shop in the Spanish Inquisition. But glimmers of hopepunk remain, especially in the return of Catherynne M. Valente.
Available 1/23/2024

The author of the acclaimed Masquerade fantasy series, which follows a woman who infiltrates a powerful empire in order to destroy it from the inside, Seth Dickinson is so devoted to intricate world building that some have labeled his work “hard fantasy” (a la hard science fiction, a subgenre replete with details of futuristic technology). So it’s hardly surprising that Dickinson will be making the leap to sci-fi this year with Exordia, an absolutely wild tale of first contact. 

Available 1/30/2024

After a cliffhanger that left readers in utter shambles at the end of House of Sky and Breath, Sarah J. Maas’ return to Crescent City is eagerly awaited even by her towering standards. Fans of her other fantasy series know that Maas often waits to reveal the full extent of the story she’s telling until the second or third book in a series; whatever’s revealed in House of Flame and Shadow could blow the preceding book’s cliffhanger out of the water.

Available 2/13/2024

The author of the marvelous Winterlight trilogy makes her grand return to historical fantasy with this haunting tale set during World War I. Former nurse Laura Iven’s parents recently died in an accident, and her brother, Freddie, was declared missing in the trenches. But what actually happened to Freddie is far stranger, involving a mysterious man who can make pain and trauma disappear . . .

Available 3/26/2024

The third and final installment in Stephen Graham Jones’ acclaimed horror trilogy, The Angel of Indian Lake will find horror aficionado and final girl extraordinaire Jade Daniels returning home to the very unlucky town of Proofrock, Idaho. Jade’s spent the four years since the conclusion of Don’t Fear the Reaper incarcerated, and after she’s released, it’s time for a showdown with the evils that lurk within her hometown.

Available 4/09/2024

Full of hidden perils and twisting machinations, The Familiar is Leigh Bardugo’s most assured and mature work yet.

Available 4/09/2024

After her first sci-fi horror novel, Dead Silence, scared the absolute bejesus out of readers, S.A. Barnes is back for another round of terror where no one can hear you scream. Ghost Station follows psychologist Dr. Ophelia Bray, who is an expert in ERS, a condition that drives interstellar explorers insane. As you would expect, after Ophelia is assigned to a small crew tasked with exploring an ancient, mysterious planet, it very much seems like she is about to get some real-world experience with her area of study.

Available 4/09/2024

Hannah Whitten won a fan base with her fantasy Wilderwood duology, and last year’s The Foxglove King proved her bona fides with a tale that was darker and more ambitious than her first two novels. Its sequel, The Hemlock Queen, finds Bastian and Lore seemingly on top and on the verge of changing the city of Dellaire for the better, but in the time-honored tradition of second installments everywhere, things are not only about to take a turn for the worse, but they’re also about to get much more complicated.

Available 4/23/2024

Liz Kerin’s Night’s Edge was the best new spin on the vampire novel in ages, and First Light will continue the story of Mia, who’s now on the hunt to find the man that turned her mother into one of the undead.

Available 4/23/2024

The author of several acclaimed and buzzy novellas, P. Djèlí Clark released his first full-length novel for adults in 2021 and his first middle-grade novel in 2022. The Dead Cat Tail Assassins, a fantasy adventure following a resurrected assassin haunted by memories of her past life, sounds like an absolute blast and could be the big swing that turns Clark into a household name.

Available 5/07/2024

One of the books that kick-started the hopepunk ethos in sci-fi, Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera was a glittering, glam-rock tale of humanity fighting for its survival among the stars—via a Eurovision-esque galactic song competition. Earth must defend its title in the long-awaited sequel, Space Oddity, which promises more of Valente’s warm-hearted optimism and irrepressible sense of humor.

Available 6/04/2024

One of the finest purveyors of hard sci-fi writing today, Adrian Tchaikovsky writes on enormous, galaxy-spanning canvases, but with a sense of detail that extends down to the tiniest cog. With his uncanny ability to make heady concepts feel achingly human, there is perhaps no one better suited to write about a robot uprising and make readers root against their own species.

Available 6/11/2024

Gender-based dystopias have proved to be, ahem, very controversial in recent years, not to mention downright disappointing. But then there is Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Manhunt, shining like a blood-covered beacon. The odyssey of two trans women trying to survive in a world where a plague has turned anyone with high levels of testosterone into heinous monsters, Manhunt zeroed in on the people and problems lesser dystopias ignore. Her sophomore novel, Cuckoo, will demand a similarly tricky balance of genre thrills and sensitive character work. Set at a conversion camp, Cuckoo follows a group of former campers who reunite to face down the evil entity that they survived as teenagers.

Available 7/23/2024

Feminist Greek mythology retellings have been in vogue for a while now, and Jennifer Saint’s novels are among the best of the best (with the very top of Mount Olympus reserved for Madeline Miller, of course). Her previous three books have focused on heroines (Ariadne and Atalanta) and avengers (Elektra), but her next work will be the first to star an outright villainous figure: Hera, Zeus’ jealous and vindictive wife. The goddess of marriage, Hera is a figure that practically begs for a more sympathetic reappraisal given our modern perspective on Zeus’ unfaithfulness and cruelty.

Available 8/20/2024

Whether she’s writing horror (The Hollow Places, A House With Good Bones) or fairy tale-inspired fantasy (Nettle & Bone), T. Kingfisher’s work is a pitch-perfect blend of the hopeful and the grim, the macabre and the magical. The worlds she creates are often bleak, but bright spots can always be found in her characters’ irrepressible humor and love for one another. Her next novel will be inspired by the Brothers Grimm’s “The Goose Girl,” and if it’s anything like her marvelous novella Thornhedge, which flipped the tale of Sleeping Beauty on its head, A Sorceress Comes to Call will be full of nasty surprises and bursts of hope alike.

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Fathomfolk

Set in a city that’s half aboveground and half underwater, Eliza Chan’s Fathomfolk pairs fantastical races and real-world politics.

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Exordia

Seth Dickinson’s Exordia is an energetic, suspenseful melange of alien invasion and military action.

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It’s an increasingly dark world out there, with horror’s continuing ascendance and gloomy spins on seemingly every subgenre: Katherine Arden explores the terror of the trenches, Stephen Graham Jones brings his Indian Lake trilogy to a grand (Guignol) finale and Leigh Bardugo sets up shop in the Spanish Inquisition. But glimmers of hopepunk remain, especially in the return of Catherynne M. Valente.

Most anticipated romance of 2024

Forget the Y2K craze: A 2010s revival seems to be underway in romance, with sports romances taking the field and dark paranormals looming on the horizon. But never fear, historicals and rom-coms aren’t going anywhere.
Available 1/16/2024

Dangerous and thrilling, Midnight Ruin showcases Katee Robert’s ability to explore kink and polyamorous partnerships deftly and with care. (The partnerships in question? The triad between Orpheus, Eurydice and Charon!)

Available 1/30/2024

We’re all familiar with the old joke of someone pretending to have a significant other up in Canada, when the reality actually is that they’re just single and loath to admit it. In Aurora Evans’ defense, the Canadian boyfriend she pretended to have when she was a teenager was based on a real person, a traveling hockey player she encountered at her job in the mall. She never imagined that years later, Mike Martin would show up at her dance studio to pick up his daughter.

Available 2/06/2024

Tia Williams broke out in a big way in 2021 with her emotional second-chance romance, Seven Days in June, and her follow-up novel sounds like a intriguing change of pace. A romantic and exuberant tale set around a flower shop in Harlem, A Love Song for Ricki Wilde follows the titular character as she attempts to strike out on her own, away from her wealthy and judgmental Atlanta family, only to encounter a mysterious and charming musician.

Available 2/06/2024

After three lighthearted novels and a collection of novellas set in the world of modern science, BookTok-beloved author Ali Hazelwood is swerving in the opposite direction with this intense paranormal romance between a vampyre and her new alpha werewolf husband.

Available 2/13/2024

Firmly in her duology era after the viral success of the Bellinger Sisters and A Vine Mess books, Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com series will take place in the very trendy subgenre of sports romance. Refreshingly, the first installment’s hero is a down-on-his-luck golf player, rather than your typical grumpy hockey he-man. (Don’t worry, rumor has it the second book in the series is indeed a hockey romance.)

Available 2/13/2024

Anita Kelly is one of those authors who gets better with every book, topping their own high standard with each deeply felt new romance. A basketball romance so charming that even benchwarmers will fall head over heels, How You Get the Girl follows high school coach Julie Parker and her new assistant, Elle Cochrane, a former pro player who offers to help Julie practice dating when they’re not on the court.

Available 3/05/2024

Kennedy Ryan began her Skyland series with the marvelous Before I Let Go, and will return with another emotional, complex love story. This Could Be Us follows Soledad Barnes as she builds a new life as a single mother after an unexpected divorce, and faces an even more unexpected chance at new love.

Available 4/02/2024

After her reality TV show-set debut rom-com (The Charm Offensive), Alison Cochrun surprised readers with the 180-degree turn of Kiss Her Once for Me, a sweet and gently melancholic holiday romance. Her third novel is yet another switch-up in tone, a roadtrip rom-com starring two ex-best friends who reunite to drive their former English teacher and mentor across the country after he reveals he only has a few months to live.

Available 4/02/2024

In Abby Jimenez’s superb Just for the Summer, two people cursed a la “Good Luck Chuck” try to break their unlucky streaks by dating each other—only to fall in love.

Available 4/09/2024

Many romance readers can’t resist a good fairy tale retelling, and Felicia Grossman’s Jewish, genderswapped Victorian Cinderella, Marry Me by Midnight, was one of the best in recent memory. Its sequel, Wake Me Most Wickedly, will be inspired by Snow White and will also genderswap the characters: Solomon Weiss is a handsome, confident businessman, and Grossman described his love interest as a bad-girl “huntswoman” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Available 4/23/2024

It’s been several years since rom-com savant Jenny Holiday penned a historical romance, and her grand return to the subgenre sounds like an absolute hoot. Said to be inspired by the sweet, openly affectionate male friendships of “Ted Lasso,” Earls Trip will follow Archibald Fielding-Burton and his two besties as they embark on their annual trip, only to have it completely derailed when they have to stop Archie’s childhood friend, Clementine, from eloping.

Available 4/23/2024

One of the loveliest throughlines of Emily Henry’s small but mighty backlist is her cleareyed but warm appreciation for small towns everywhere. That aspect of her work will be front and center in Funny Story, which takes place in the small lakefront town of Waning Bay, Michigan. Daphne moved to Waning Bay with her fiancé, Peter, only to be dumped days before their wedding after Peter realized he was in love with his best friend, Petra. Now stranded in Waning Bay, Daphne has no choice but to move in with Petra’s ex-boyfriend, Miles, who embarks on a quest to get Daphne to appreciate his hometown—while the pair pretend to be dating on social media to make their exes jealous.

Available 4/23/2024

One of the reigning queens of historical romance, Julie Anne Long will return with the seventh book in her critically acclaimed Palace of Rogues series, which takes place in a off-the-beaten-path but charming boarding house in Regency London. The setting allows for unlikely, scandalous pairings, and the next couple will be an innocent girl from the country and a notorious, cynical rake.

Available 5/14/2024

Once upon a time, a vampire and a selkie went after a magical pirate ship and fell in love along the way. If you’re familiar with the work of Katee Robert, you’re already on board (sorry). And if you’re not, trust us when we say that even if you’re not a fantasy or paranormal romance fan, it’s impossible to not have a grand time on the good ship Robert.

Available 5/14/2024

Powerhouse author duo Christina Lauren’s latest sounds like a particularly pool-ready read, full of tropes straight out of an adorable early-2000s rom-com. When they were both in college, a starving artist married the heir to a huge corporation so she could get that sweet, sweet family housing. But three years later, they haven’t actually gotten divorced, and the heir needs a wife in order to collect a $100 million inheritance.

Available 6/25/2024

The outrageously fun Meant to Be series lets powerhouse romance authors put their own contemporary spins on classic Disney princess tales: Julie Murphy did Cinderella, Jasmine Guillory did Beauty and the Beast, Zoraida Córdova did The Little Mermaid and now Christina Lauren will update one of Disney’s more modern but no-less-beloved films, Tangled.

Available 8/06/2024

Zen Cho writing a contemporary rom-com with a K-drama-esque plot?! Maybe this is the best timeline after all! For non-SFF fans, Cho is the acclaimed author of Regency fantasies Sorcerer to the Crown and The True Queen, as well as the marvelous modern ghost story Black Water Sister. We’re beyond intrigued to see what Cho’s ever-engaging voice brings to a whole new genre.

Available 8/06/2024

Two exes. On the same food and wine tour of Europe. By Casey McQuiston. Is there anything else to say? Fine: McQuiston is one of our finest purveyors of rom-coms working today, capable of delivering pure joy and happy tears alike, and people will be screaming about this book from its release until the end of 2024.

Available 9/10/2024

Elizabeth Hoyt’s third Greycourt novel has been a long time coming (her last book, When a Rogue Meets His Match, was published way back in 2020, and four years is an enormous gap in romance), but her fans’ enthusiasm for this series following two rival families in Regency England hasn’t flagged in the slightest.

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