New Book Releases – March 15, 2022

Here we go again! Check out the new (and anticipated) book releases for this week. Here is a preview of 18 books that are released today so that you can make plans on which one you want to read first!. Of course, there are more books released this week, this is just a small preview!

Let us know which books you have been waiting for!

  1. The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Genre:   Fiction / Paranormal Thriller
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley
Publish date: March 15, 2022
Pages: 350 
Format:  Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook

Premise of the book:  A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

2. Peach Blossom Spring: A Novel by Melissa Fu

Genre:  Fiction / World War II Historical Fiction
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company
Publish date: March 15, 2022
Pages: 439
Format: Hardcover,  eBook, Audiobook
Premise of this debut novel:  Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?

3. Nine Lives: A Novel by Peter Swanson

Genre:  Fiction / Psychological Mystery
Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow
Publish on: March 15, 2022
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook 

Premise of this book: From the New York Times bestselling author of Eight Perfect Murders comes the heart-pounding story of nine strangers who receive a cryptic list with their names on it—and then begin to die in highly unusual circumstances.

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke—until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list.

4. Mecca: A Novel by Susan Straight 

Genre:  Fiction / American Contemporary 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish on:  March 15, 2022
Pages: 372
Format:  Hardcover, Audiobook, and eBook

The premise of the book is:  In Mecca, the celebrated novelist Susan Straight crafts an unforgettable American epic, examining race, history, family, and destiny through the interlocking stories of a group of native Californians all gasping for air. With sensitivity, furor, and a cinematic scope that captures California in all its injustice, history, and glory, she tells a story of the American West through the eyes of the people who built it—and continue to sustain it. As the stakes get higher and the intertwined characters in Mecca slam against barrier after barrier, they find that when push comes to shove, it’s always better to push back.

5. A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch

Genre:  Fiction / Dark Humor
Publisher ‏ : ‎  Dutton
Publish on: March 15, 2022
Pages: 335
Format:  Paperback, eBook, Audiobook 

The Premise of the book is below:  A wry and bold debut novel, which is at once an irresistible catastrophe waiting to happen and an unflinching exploration of how we narrate the stories of our lives, as an aspiring novelist finds herself stalking—and writing about—her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.

6. Vagabonds!: A Novel by Eloghosa Osunde

Genre:  Fiction / Literary Short Stories
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Riverhead Books
Publish on:  March 15, 2022
Page: 309
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

The Premise of the book is below:  As in Nigeria, vagabonds are those whose existence is literally outlawed: the queer, the poor, the displaced, the footloose and rogue spirits. They are those who inhabit transient spaces, who make their paths and move invisibly, who embrace apparitions, old vengeances and alternative realities. Eloghosa Osunde's brave, fiercely inventive novel traces a wild array of characters for whom life itself is a form of resistance: a driver for a debauched politician with the power to command life and death; a legendary fashion designer who gives birth to a grown daughter; a lesbian couple whose tender relationship sheds unexpected light on their experience with underground sex work; a wife and mother who attends a secret spiritual gathering that shifts her world. As their lives intertwine—in bustling markets and underground clubs, churches and hotel rooms—vagabonds are seized and challenged by spirits who command the city's dark energy. Whether running from danger, meeting with secret lovers, finding their identities, or vanquishing their shadowselves, Osunde's characters confront and support one another, before converging for the once-in-a-lifetime gathering that gives the book its unexpectedly joyous conclusion.

7. Dress Code: Unlocking Fashion from the New Look to Millennial Pink by Véronique Hyland 

Genre:  Non Fiction / Commercial Fashion
Publisher ‏ : Harper Perennial
Publish on: March 15, 2022
Pages: 336
Format:  Paperback, eBook, Hardcover
The Premise of the book: Veronique Hyland examines thought-provoking questions such as: Why has the “French girl” persisted as our most undying archetype? What does “dressing for yourself” really mean for a woman? How should a female politician dress? Will gender-differentiated fashion go forever out of style? How has social media affected and warped our sense of self-presentation, and how are we styling ourselves expressly for it?

8. The Cartographers: A Novel by Peng Shepherd

Genre:  Fiction / Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow
Publish on: March 15, 2022
Pages: 397
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

The Premise of the book is:  From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret—one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark history

9. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

Genre:  Fiction / Science Fiction
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books
Publish on: March 15, 2022
Pages: 268
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of the book is: When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

10.  In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing by Elena Ferrante
Genre:   Biographies and Memoirs / Essays
Books Publisher: Europa Editions
Publish Date: March 15, 2022
Pages: 74
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

The premise of the book is:  In 2020, Claire Luchette in O, The Oprah Magazine described the beloved Italian novelist Elena Ferrante as “an oracle among authors.” Here, in these four crisp essays, Ferrante offers a rare look at the origins of her literary powers. She writes about her influences, her struggles, and her formation as both a reader and a writer; she describes the perils of “bad language” and suggests ways in which it has long excluded women’s truth; she proposes a choral fusion of feminine talent as she brilliantly discourses on the work of Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Ingeborg Bachmann, and many others.

11. When We Were Birds: A Novel by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
Genre:  Fiction /  Magical Realism
Publisher ‏ : ‎Doubleday
Publish on: March 15, 2022 
Format:  Hardcover,  Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook

The Premise of the book is: Yejide and Darwin will meet inside the gates of Fidelis, an ancient and sprawling cemetery, where the dead lie uneasy in their graves and a reckoning with fate beckons them both. A masterwork of lush imagination and exuberant storytelling, When We Were Birds is a spellbinding and hopeful novel about inheritance, loss, and love’s seismic power to heal.

12. Dating Dr. Dil: A Novel by Nisha Sharma

Genre:  Fiction / Multicultural Romance
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avon
Publish on: March 15, 2022 
Pages: 373
Format:  Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook

The Premise of the book is:  Kareena dreams of having a perfect love story like her parents did. That’s why on the morning of her thirtieth birthday, she’s decided to suit up and enter the dating arena. When her widowed father announces he’s retiring and selling their home after her sister’s engagement party, Kareena makes a deal with him. If she can find her soulmate by the date of the party, he’ll gift her the house, and she’ll be able to keep her mother’s legacy alive.

13. Things Past Telling: A Novel by Sheila Williams

Genre:  Fiction / Historical African Fiction
Publisher:  Amistad
Publish on: March 15, 2022
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of the Book: Born in West Africa in the mid-eighteenth century, Maryam Prescilla Grace—a.k.a “Momma Grace” will live a long, wondrous life marked by hardship, oppression, opportunity, and love. Though she will be “gifted” various names, her birth name is known to her alone. Over the course of 100-plus years, she survives capture, enslavement by several property owners, the Atlantic crossing when she is only eleven years of age, and a brief stint as a pirate’s ward, acting as both a spy and a translator. 

14. Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery by Gigi Pandian

Genre: Fiction / Traditional Detective Mystery
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minotaur Books
Publish on: March 15, 2022 
Pages: 341
Format: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook

The Premise of this book is: After a disastrous accident derails Tempest Raj’s career, and life, she heads back to her childhood home in California to comfort herself with her grandfather’s Indian home-cooked meals. Though she resists, every day brings her closer to the inevitable: working for her father’s company. Secret Staircase Construction specializes in bringing the magic of childhood to all by transforming clients’ homes with sliding bookcases, intricate locks, backyard treehouses, and hidden reading nooks.

When Tempest visits her dad’s latest renovation project, her former stage double is discovered dead inside a wall that’s supposedly been sealed for more than a century. Fearing she was the intended victim, it’s up to Tempest to solve this seemingly impossible crime. But as she delves further into the mystery, Tempest can’t help but wonder if the Raj family curse that’s plagued her family for generations—something she used to swear didn’t exist—has finally come for her.

15. The League of Gentlewomen Witches (Dangerous Damsels Book 2) by India Holton

Genre: Fiction / Victorian Historical Romance
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley
Publish on: March 15, 2022 
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of this book: When the long lost amulet of Black Beryl is discovered, it is up to Charlotte, as the future leader of the League, to make sure the powerful talisman does not fall into the wrong hands. Therefore, it is most unfortunate when she crosses paths with Alex O’Riley, a pirate who is no Mr. Darcy. With all the world scrambling after the amulet, Alex and Charlotte join forces to steal it together. If only they could keep their pickpocketing hands to themselves! If Alex’s not careful, he might just steal something else—such as Charlotte’s heart.

16. Being Mary Bennet by J. C. Peterson 

Genre:  Fiction / Teen and YA Romance
Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperTeens
Publish on: March 15, 2022 
Pages: 381
Format: Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of this book: With a hilariously sharp voice, a sweet and fulfilling romance that features a meet-cute in an animal shelter, and a big family that revels in causing big problems, this charming comedy of errors about a girl who resolves to become the main character of her own story (at any and all costs), is perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Becky Albertalli…and Jane Austen, of course.

17. Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World at War  by Deborah Cohen

Genre: Non Fiction / Biographies of Journalists
Publisher ‏ : ‎  Random House
Publish on: March 15, 2022 
Pages: 580
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook,  and eBook

The Premise of this book: Last Call at the Hotel Imperial is the extraordinary story of John Gunther, H. R. Knickerbocker, Vincent Sheean, and Dorothy Thompson. In those tumultuous years, they landed exclusive interviews with Hitler and Mussolini, Nehru and Gandhi, and helped shape what Americans knew about the world. Alongside these backstage glimpses into the halls of power, they left another equally incredible set of records. Living in the heady afterglow of Freud, they subjected themselves to frank, critical scrutiny and argued about love, war, sex, death, and everything in between.

18. The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens–and Ourselves  by Arik Kershenbaum

Genre: Non Fiction / Astrophysics and Space Science
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Press
Publish on: March 16, 2022 
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook

The Premise of this book: But short of aliens landing in New York City, how do we know what they are like? Using his own expert understanding of life on Earth and Darwin's theory of evolution--which applies throughout the universe--Cambridge zoologist Dr. Arik Kershenbaum explains what alien life must be like: how these creatures will move, socialize, and communicate. For example, by observing fish whose electrical pulses indicate social status, we can see that other planets might allow for communication by electricity. As there was evolutionary pressure to wriggle along a sea floor, Earthling animals tend to have left/right symmetry; on planets where creatures evolved in midair or in soupy tar, they might be lacking any symmetry at all.

So there you have it and plenty to choose from.   I have at four! on my radar and will be getting them soon.  Of Course, I will review them for you! What about you? Were you waiting for any of these new releases?  Hope you have a great week and that the time goes slow enough for you to read more than usual!

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