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Publishing This Week

Among this week's eleven new and notable books are Super Fake Love Song, a young adult novel from David Yoon; and four debuts including The Orchard by David Hopen, a coming-of-age story that our reviewer feels compares well with Donna Tartt's, The Secret History.


Davina Morgan-Witts, Editor

This Week's New and Notable Books
There are too many books published each week for you to read about them all, let alone read them all. So we do the legwork for you, scouring the publishers' catalogs and the pre-publication reviews to pick out what we believe to be among the best and most interesting. For more about our process, click the two right hand links below.
Here Is the Beehive
by Sarah Crossan

Debut Author
On sale Nov 17 from Little Brown & Company
Genre: Novels. 288 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
Ana Kelly can deal with death. As an estate lawyer, an unfortunate part of her day-to-day is phone calls from the next of kin informing her that one of her clients has died.

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Nights When Nothing Happened
by Simon Han

Debut Author
On sale Nov 17 from Riverhead Books
Genre: Novels. 272 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn't this what they sacrificed so much for?

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Super Fake Love Song
by David Yoon

On sale Nov 17 from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Novels (Young Adult). 368 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love.

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The Orchard
by David Hopen

Debut Author
On sale Nov 17 from Ecco
Genre: Novels. 480 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
A commanding debut and a poignant coming-of-age story about a devout Jewish high school student whose plunge into the secularized world threatens everything he knows of himself.

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One of Our Own: Gregor Demarkian #30
by Jane Haddam

On sale Nov 17 from Minotaur Books
Genre: Mysteries. 272 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
In Jane Haddam's One of Our Own, Gregor Demarkian, former FBI agent and police consultant, returns for his final case - a surprising murder and an attempted murder, which threaten the safety of his Philadelphia neighborhood.

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The Night of the Fire: Ann Lindell Mysteries #8
by Kjell Eriksson

On sale Nov 17 from Minotaur Books
Genre: Mysteries. 336 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
Swedish police inspector Ann Lindell finally returns in internationally bestselling and award-winning Kjell Eriksson's newest novel.

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The Lady Upstairs
by Halley Sutton

Debut Author
On sale Nov 17 from G.P. Putnam's Sons
Genre: Thrillers. 304 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
A modern-day noir featuring a twisty cat-and-mouse chase, this dark debut thriller tells the story of a woman who makes a living taking down terrible men...then finds herself in over her head and with blood on her hands. The only way out? Pull off one final con.

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by Megan Bannen

On sale Nov 17 from Balzer + Bray
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History (Young Adult). 480 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
A dark, epic fantasy about a girl who must rethink everything she believes after she is betrayed and hunted by the religion that raised her - from Megan Bannen, author of The Bird and the Blade. Perfect for fans of The Winner's Curse and The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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This Is Not My Memoir
by André Gregory

On sale Nov 17 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: Biography/Memoir. 224 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
The autobiography-of-sorts of André Gregory, an iconic figure in American theater and the star of My Dinner with André.

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The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest
by Ed Caesar

On sale Nov 17 from Avid Reader Press
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 288 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
An extraordinary true story about one man's attempt to salve the wounds of war and save his own soul through an audacious adventure.

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The Story of China: The Epic History of a World Power from the Middle Kingdom to Mao and the China Dream
by Michael Wood

On sale Nov 17 from St. Martin's Press
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 624 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
A single volume history of China, offering a look into the past of the global superpower and its significance today.

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