October 16, 2021 Gus Moreno's new novel follows a man who flees the city where his wife's murder became a political and media sensation, but he can't escape either his grief or the thing that haunted their apartment.
October 7, 2021 James Han Mattson's Reprieve — set at a full-contact escape room attraction where actors can attack players — is overstuffed with character arcs and concepts, but somehow he makes it all work.
October 3, 2021 As soon as you open Catriona Ward's new The Last House on Needless Street, you'll know something's very wrong — it's a great read for people who want a book to yank the rug right out from under them.
Poet Warrior: A Memoir, by Joy Harjo
W.W.Norton & Co.
September 8, 2021 More than an autobiography following a strict chronological path and detailing all major events, this book focuses on the role of art in the U.S. poet laureate's life and her development as an artist.
September 1, 2021 Stephen Graham Jones' new novel My Heart Is A Chainsaw follows a girl whose encyclopedic knowledge of slasher films and classic horror proves frighteningly more useful than she ever expected.
August 20, 2021 Moreno-Garcia follows up her smash hit Mexican Gothic with a noir caper set in '70s Mexico City, centering on two small-time sad-sacks who find themselves caught up in some very big trouble.
August 5, 2021 Maryse Condé's new novel follws a lonely man, an obstetrician who adopts an orphaned baby girl and tries to find her family — it's an examination of loss and grief on a personal and national level.
July 25, 2021 Omar El-Akkad's new novel is fully aware of the larger forces that lead people to migrate — but it leaves those aside, focusing instead on the smaller human stories at the core of the migrant crisis.
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, Kristen Radtke
July 13, 2021 Kristen Radtke's Seek You looks at isolation as a problem — and investigates where it comes from, how it shapes us, and why we should battle against it.
June 20, 2021 The Demon Dog of Crime Fiction is back, with more boocoo bad business, pervs, prowlers, and putzo politicians than ever in this story of a real-life cop who knew it all (and had the pictures, too).
Kennedy's Avenger: Assassination, Conspiracy, and the Forgotten Trial of Jack Ruby, by Dan Abrams and David Fisher
Hanover Square Press
June 4, 2021 Dan Abrams and David Fisher tell a gripping tale that takes readers into the heart of Ruby's trial, picking up the moment he killed Oswald and then methodically unpacking what followed.
Negative Space, by Lilly Dancyger
Santa Fe Writer's Project
May 5, 2021 Lilly Dancyger's memories, coupled with her father's art and conversations with his friends, create a map she uses to navigate her past, her childhood and growing up, and her father's life and legacy.
White Magic, by Elissa Washuta
Tin House Books
April 29, 2021 Elissa Washuta's White Magic is full of magic — and pain — as it deals with trauma while exploring cultural inheritance and the way attacks on Native women never stopped.
April 7, 2021 Helen Oyeyemi's new novel is a no-holds-barred mashup of Agatha Christie-style mystery oddities like mongoose genealogy, kidnapped gaming champions and a woman who chokes on emeralds in her sleep.
Night Rooms: Essays, by Gina Nutt
Two Dollar Radio
March 23, 2021 Writer Gina Nutt slashes to the center of issues like motherhood and depression — and ultimately emerges as the quintessential final girl of her own film.