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    • This form is updated with new title offerings every 1-2 months.

    • You can request as many titles as you would like, but by completing the form, you are not guaranteed a review copy.¬†

    • We recommend you regularly check the form for updates as new books become available to request.¬†

    • At this time, we are only offering finished books of new releases.

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  • We prioritize BIPOC reviewers and give special consideration to Own Voices reviewers


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BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR REQUEST:

The below books are available for review copy requests. Please submit your inquiry via the Influencer Review Copy Request Form.

Please complete this form by 12/31/2021

The next offering of new titles will launch on 1/3/2022

Something to Hide by Elizabeth George

Something to Hide by Elizabeth George

On sale 1/11/22

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George.

When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows it. In his pursuit of a killer determined to remain hidden, he's assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. They must sort through the lies and the secret lives of people whose superficial cooperation masks the damage they do to one another.

Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen E. Kirby

Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen E. Kirby

On sale 1/11/22

Margaret Atwood meets Buffy in these funny, warm, and furious stories of women at their breaking points, from Hellenic times to today.

Cassandra may have seen the future, but it doesn't mean she's resigned to telling the Trojans everything she knows. In this ebullient collection, virgins escape from being sacrificed, witches refuse to be burned, whores aren't ashamed, and every woman gets a chance to be a radioactive cockroach warrior who snaps back at catcallers. Gwen E. Kirby experiments with found structures--a Yelp review, a WikiHow article--which her fierce, irreverent narrators push against, showing how creativity within an enclosed space undermines and deconstructs the constraints themselves. When these women tell the stories of their triumphs as well as their pain, they emerge as funny, angry, loud, horny, lonely, strong protagonists who refuse to be secondary characters a moment longer. From "The Best and Only Whore of Cym Hyfryd, 1886" to the "Midwestern Girl Is Tired of Appearing in Your Short Stories," Kirby is playing and laughing with the women who have come before her and they are telling her, we have always been this way. You just had to know where to look.

The Divorce Party by Laura Dave

The Divorce Party by Laura Dave

On sale 1/18/22

"Sizzle Factor: SPF 50. A secret marriage, lies about affairs . . . even sex on the day of the divorce party" (USA Today) a novel by the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller and Reese's Book Club Pick, The Last Thing He Told Me

Set in Hamptons high society, The Divorce Party features two women-one newly engaged and one at the end of her marriage-trying to answer the same question: when should you fight to save a relationship, and when should you let go? An insightful and funny multi-generational story, this deeply moving novel is sure to touch anyone whose heart has weathered an unexpected storm.

Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn

Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn

On sale 2/01/22

An investigation of love in all its forms, featuring conversations with Lisa Taddeo, Esther Perel, Emily Nagoski, Kate Bowler, Alain de Botton, Stephen Grosz, Roxane Gay and others

Journalist Natasha Lunn was almost 30 when she realized that there was no map for understanding love. While she was used to watching friends fall in and out of love, the older she got the more she had to acknowledge: her friends' relationship struggles could no longer be chalked up to youth, and the more she learned about her parents, grandparents, work colleagues, and mentors the clearer it became that age had not brought any of them any closer to understanding this elusive, transformative, consuming emotion. One night during the months she found this realization settling over her, she sat up in bed and jotted three words in a notebook: conversations on love. In that moment, Lunn understood that she didn't want advice about love, she wasn't looking for the answers, or evergreen wisdom but she craved candid, wide-ranging, sometimes uncomfortable conversations about the parts of love that often don't make it into our everyday discussions of marriage, sibling relationships, friendships, or mother/daughter bonds. Conversations on Love started as an experiment aimed at interviewing experts about what love meant to them, in all of it's messiness, and quickly blossomed into a newsletter that attracted thousands of subscribers and a prestigious range of interviewees. It turns out that Lunn wasn't the only person ready to talk more openly and expansively about love. 
 
Interweaving personal essays and revealing interviews with some of the most sough-after experts on love, journalist Natasha Lunn guides us through the paradoxical heart of three key questions about love--How do we find love? How do we sustain it? And how do we survive when we lose it?--to deliver a book that is a solace, a beacon, a call to arms, a tool-kit. The real-life love stories in these pages will leave you hopeful and validated, while the insights from experts will transform the way you think about your relationships. Above all, Conversations on Love will remind you what love is: fragile, sturdy, mundane, beautiful, always worth fighting for.

Black American Refugee by Tiffanie Drayton

Black American Refugee by Tiffanie Drayton

On sale 2/08/22

After following her mother to the US at a young age to pursue economic opportunities, one woman must come to terms with the ways in which systematic racism and resultant trauma keep the American Dream inaccessible to Black people.

In the early '90s, young Tiffanie Drayton and her siblings left Trinidad and Tobago to join their mother in New Jersey, where she'd been making her way as a domestic worker, eager to give her children a shot at the American Dream. At first, life in the US was idyllic. But chasing good school districts with affordable housing left Tiffanie and her family constantly uprooted--moving from Texas to Florida then back to New Jersey. As Tiffanie came of age in the suburbs, she began to ask questions about the binary Black and white American world. Why were the Black neighborhoods she lived in crime-ridden, and the multicultural ones safe? Why were there so few Black students in advanced classes at school, if there were any advanced classes at all? Why was it so hard for Black families to achieve stability? Why were Black girls treated as something other than worthy?

Ultimately, exhausted by the pursuit of a "better life" in America, twenty-year old Tiffanie returns to Tobago. She is suddenly able to enjoy the simple freedom of being Black without fear, and imagines a different future for her own children. But then COVID-19 and widely publicized instances of police brutality bring America front and center again. This time, as an outsider supported by a new community, Tiffanie grieves and rages for Black Americans in a way she couldn't when she was one.

An expansion of her New York Times piece of the same name, Black American Refugee examines in depth the intersection of her personal experiences and the broader culture and historical ramifications of American racism and global white supremacy. Through thoughtful introspection and candidness, Tiffanie unravels the complex workings of the people in her life, including herself, centering Black womanhood, and illuminating the toll a lifetime of racism can take. Must Black people search beyond the shores of the "land of the free" to realize emancipation? Or will the voices that propel America's new reckoning welcome all dreamers and dreams to this land?

All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran

All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran

On sale 2/8/22

‚ÄúPaul Tran‚Äôs debut collection of poems is indelible, this remarkable voice transforming itself as you read, eventually transforming you.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒAlexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

‚ÄúA stunning debut.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒNatasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of Memorial Drive
 
A profound meditation on physical, emotional, and psychological transformation in the aftermath of imperial violence and interpersonal abuse,¬†from a poet both ‚Äútender and unflinching‚ÄĚ (Khadijah Queen)

Visceral and astonishing, Paul Tran's debut poetry collection All the Flowers Kneeling investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control. In poems of desire, gender, bodies, legacies, and imagined futures, Tran’s poems elucidate the complex and harrowing processes of reckoning and recovery, enhanced by innovative poetic forms that mirror the nonlinear emotional and psychological experiences of trauma survivors. At once grand and intimate, commanding and deeply vulnerable, All the Flowers Kneeling revels in rediscovering and reconfiguring the self, and ultimately becomes an essential testament to the human capacity for resilience, endurance, and love.

Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell

Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell

On sale 2/15/22

‚ÄúA¬†very funny, warm, and beautiful novel.‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒSheila Heti, author of Motherhood

‚ÄúZambra's books have long shown him to be a writer who, at the sentence level, is in a world all his own.‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒJuan Vidal, NPR.org

A writer of¬†‚Äústartling talent‚ÄĚ (The New York Times Book Review), Alejandro Zambra returns with his most substantial work yet: a story of fathers and sons, ambition and failure, and what it means to make a family

After a chance encounter at a Santiago nightclub, aspiring poet Gonzalo reunites with his first love, Carla. Though their desire for each other is still intact, much has changed: among other things, Carla now has a six-year-old son, Vicente. Soon the three form a happy sort-of family‚ÄĒa stepfamily, though no such word exists in their language.
 
Eventually, their ambitions pull the lovers in different directions‚ÄĒin Gonzalo‚Äôs case, all the way to New York. Though Gonzalo takes his books when he goes, still, Vicente inherits his ex-stepfather‚Äôs love of poetry. When, at eighteen, Vicente meets Pru, an American journalist literally and figuratively lost in Santiago, he encourages her to write about Chilean poets‚ÄĒnot the famous, dead kind, your Nerudas or Mistrals or Bola√Īos, but rather the living, striving, everyday ones. Pru‚Äôs research leads her into this eccentric community‚ÄĒanother kind of family, dysfunctional but ultimately loving. Will it also lead Vicente and Gonzalo back to each other?
 
In Chilean Poet, Alejandro Zambra chronicles with enormous tenderness and insight the small moments‚ÄĒsexy, absurd, painful, sweet, profound‚ÄĒthat make up our personal histories. Exploring how we choose our families and how we betray them, and what it means to be a man in relationships‚ÄĒa partner, father, stepfather, teacher, lover, writer, and friend‚ÄĒit is a bold and brilliant new work by one of the most important writers of our time.

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

On sale now

Instant New York Times bestseller!

"I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to end." --Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

‚ÄúThis is an ‚Äėaccidentally stayed up until 4 a.m. because it's impossible to put down‚Äô kind of novel.‚ÄĚ --USA Today

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.

Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened--there must be an explanation.

Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she's right. There is a reason for Eddie's disappearance, and it's the one thing they didn't share with each other: the truth.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Amor Towles

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Amor Towles

On sale 1/18/22

A collectible hardcover edition of Hemingway‚Äôs classic novel of post-war disillusionment‚ÄĒthe emblematic novel of the Lost Generation‚ÄĒfeaturing an introduction by Amor Towles, the multimillion-copy bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Rules of Civility

A Penguin Vitae Edition

It's the early 1920s in Paris, and Jake, a wounded World War I veteran working as a journalist, is hopelessly in love with charismatic British socialite Lady Brett Ashley. Brett, however, settles for no one: an independent, liberated divorcée, all she wants out of life is a good time. When Jake, Brett, and a crew of their fellow expatriate friends travel to Spain to watch the bullfights, both passions and tensions rise. Amid the flash and revelry of the fiesta, each of the men vies to make Brett his own, until Brett’s flirtation with a confident young bullfighter ignites jealousies that set their group alight.

An indelible portrait of what Gertrude Stein called the Lost Generation‚ÄĒthe jaded, decadent youth who gave up trying to make sense of a senseless world in the disaffected postwar era‚ÄĒThe Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway‚Äôs beloved first novel, is a masterpiece of modernist literature and one of the finest examples of the distinctly spare prose that would become his legacy to American letters.

Penguin Vitae‚ÄĒloosely translated as ‚ÄúPenguin of one‚Äôs life‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒis a deluxe hardcover series from Penguin Classics celebrating a dynamic and diverse landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction from seventy-five years of classics publishing. Penguin Vitae provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.