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There must be a mathematical law by which the length of each seasonal book preview has to stretch at least a few books beyond the previous one. Before putting this spring preview together, I thought: "Oh, spring, there won't be so much—I'll be able to restrain myself," but here we are, with 46 books coming out between now and August that I couldn't bear not to tell you about. (Does Mail Chimp have length limits? I guess I'll find out.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to scroll all the way down, as some of the tastiest tidbits won't arrive until the summer, including (according to my judgment) the most anticipated novel (Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys), the highest-profile local novel (Karl Marlantes's Deep River), and the book I'm most looking forward to (Olga Tokarczuk's Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead). And as usual, many well-known names with new books didn't make the cut, including Helen Oyeyemi, Amy Hempel, Ruth Reichl, Roz Chast, Kwame Alexander, Ian McEwan, Oliver Sacks, John Lewis, George Packer, Fredrik Backman, Anthony Horowitz, Neal Stephenson, Lazslo Krasznahorkai, David Szalay, Javier Marias, Lawrence Weschler, Edwidge Danticat, Lisa See, Tea Obreht, T.C. Boyle, Susan Choi, Melinda Gates, Ani DiFranco, John Waters, Jennifer Weiner, Jo Nesbo, and the nearly-100-year-old Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

But I have to admit I've also been taking a few glances even further in the future, where some very high-profile books have started to appear out of the mist, including Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (Testaments), Ta-Nehisi Coates's first novel (The Water Dancer), and perhaps most momentously, the fourth in Andrea Beaty and David Roberts's fabulous picture book series (Sofia Valdez, Future Prez). Also on the fall schedule already: new books from Lindy West, William Gibson, Raina Telgemeier, Elizabeth Strout, Malcolm Gladwell, and Zadie Smith, and—hooray!—the second and final volume of Emil Ferris's jaw-dropping graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. (A few of those books have already been postponed a few times, but I hope these current pub dates will hold.) And the biggest publishing question of all: will Barack Obama's memoir follow a year after Michelle's? I imagine, as the first writer in the family, he's feeling some pressure to match hers.

You'll notice something new, by the way, in the listings below: a pre-order link for each book. We tried this out a little bit with some of last fall's big releases, but now I've finally done it for every book in our preview (and the books with links above as well). If you'd like to have any of these books shipped to you, or held at the store for you to pick up, on publication day, click through to our site and place your order. Easy peasy!

Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, Nancy, and James
The Border
February 26
The Border
by Don Winslow
The arrival of this final volume is making it clear that Winslow's epic trilogy about the drug wars on the US-Mexico border is one of the central fictional dramas of our time, closing in a storm of chaos and corruption straight out of the day's headlines.
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Survival Math
March 5
Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family
by Mitchell Jackson
The author of the award-winning novel The Residue Years recounts growing up black in one of the whitest cities in America, Portland, Oregon, in a wide-ranging portrait of how the black men in his family and community get by, and don't.
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King of Joy
March 5
King of Joy
by Richard Chiem
I've been looking forward to King of Joy ever since Richard Chiem read from his novel at our Process reading series last fall, and ever since, I've seen it collect praise from Melissa Broder, Kristin Arnett, Alissa Nutting, Nylon, the Stranger, and the Millions. Clearly I'm not the only one!
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The Wall
March 5
The Wall
by John Lanchester
Lanchester has gone from the financial realism of his last novel, Capital, to dystopic science fiction with a novel whose title could not be more timely (though his imagined world sounds closer to post-Brexit Britain than our own attempts at isolation).
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Deaf Republic
March 5
Deaf Republic: Poems
by Ilya Kaminsky
In a book-length poetic parable, the murder of a deaf boy causes a whole country to lose its hearing and drives resistance into sign language.
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Madame Fourcade's Secret War
March 5
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler
by Lynne Olson
Olson, a store favorite for her accounts of London during the war, crosses the Channel for a promisingly dramatic story of a French spy who called herself the Hedgehog.
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The Bird King
March 12
The Bird King
by G. WIllow Wilson
The author of Alif the Unseen turns for her second novel to the last outpost of Muslim-controlled Spain, with the story of a concubine in the royal court of Granada during the Inquisition.
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March 19
by Barry Lopez
For old-school Northwest and nature readers the return of Lopez, with his first book of nonfiction in over two decades—a world-spanning recollection of his encounters with the natural world and the people who work to understand it—is a major event.
Pre-order Horizon
March 19
Lot: Stories
by Bryan Washington
When this season's Indies Introduce winners—debut authors chosen by a committee of my fellow booksellers—read from their work at Winter Institute last month, Washington stole the show with an excerpt from this story collection, which maps the less-celebrated neighborhoods of his hometown of Houston.
Pre-order Lot
The White Card
March 19
The White Card: A Play
by Claudia Rankine
The ground-changing success of Rankine's genre-bending poetry collection, Citizen, makes her next book, her first play, about a pair of uncomfortable but necessary converstations, a must-read.
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Doing Justice
March 19
Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
by Preet Bharara
I'm not sure when prosecutors became cool, but Bharara, the Trump-fired-U.S.-attorney-turned-podcaster, is one of the coolest, and his first book steers away from a strictly anti-Trump rant to a broader argument for the rule of law.
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On Cussing
March 26
On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing
by Katherine Dunn
The late Dunn was not only the pride of Portland and the author of the beloved Geek Love, but was, per her publisher, "a true exegete of the expletive." I predict this will be one of our most popular gift books of the year.
Pre-order On Cussing
The Other Americans
March 26
The Other Americans
by Laila Lalami
Lalami's third novel, The Moor's Account, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her fourth moves forward five hundred years to trace the lives brought together by the death of a Moroccan immigrant in a California desert town.
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Good Talk
March 26
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations
by Mira Jacob
Jacob has followed her debut novel, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing—which picked up all kinds of accolades and was a hit in our store too—with something quite different: a graphic memoir (illustrated by her) about her funny and frustrating and necessary conversations explaining what it means to grow up brown in America to her six-year-old son.
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Who Killed My Father
March 26
Who Killed My Father
by Edouard Louis
Louis's first two books, autobiographical novels about growing up gay in the violence of small-town France and big-city Paris, have made him a phenomenon there, and our Liz especially loved The End of Eddy. His new book removes the veil of fiction in an tender and angry accusation—the title is a statement not a question—against the French class system.
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Women Talking
April 2
Women Talking
by Miriam Toews
Toews has become a favorite in both Canada and the States for her searching novels rooted in the Mennonite community she was raised in (and has largely left behind). Her new one, already a bestseller in Canada and based on a harrowing true story of organized rape in a remote Mennonite outpost in South America, is a complex and riveting examination of personal ethics and group action.
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Stony the Road
April 2
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
With all his TV shows and high-profile projects, you might be forgiven for forgetting that the famous Professor Gates has also been a top-notch scholar and a superb writer. His new subject: the fascinating, too-little-known, and, in the post-Obama era, once-again-relevant Reconstruction era.
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Greek to Me
April 2
Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen
by Mary Norris
The charmingly irreverent New Yorker copyeditor behind the bestselling Between You & Me celebrates her lifelong love affair with the language, landscape, and culture of Greece.
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A Gentleman in Moscow
April 2
A Gentleman in Moscow (in paperback!)
by Amor Towles
I rarely mention a new paperback in our previews, but when it takes nearly three years for a book as beloved as this one to finally make into paper, I will gladly make note, and we'll stack the paperbacks high for those few among you who, like me, still haven't read it.
Pre-order A Gentleman in Moscow in paperback
April 9
Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
by Robert A. Caro
There are few things I like reading about more than how Robert Caro—that most diligent, wily, and stolidly stylish of biographers—works, and this collection (delightfully excerpted in the New Yorker) is a tempting appetizer while we root on his octogenarian labors to complete the final volume of his LBJ masterpiece.
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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
April 9
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal
by Jeff Kinney
After thirteen volumes of his massively popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Kinney is throwing us a curve: a diary from Greg Heffley's best friend, Rowley. The start of a new series, or just a one-time new perspective on poor Greg's middle-school travails?
Pre-order Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
April 9
Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14)
by Philip Kerr
For the final installment of Kerr's Bernie Gunther series—left finished before his untimely death last year—he sends us back to the beginnings, to Bernie's first cases as a Berlin homicide detective.
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Normal People
April 16
Normal People
by Sally Rooney
Rooney's debut at age 26, Conversations with Friends, was a Booker-nominated hit, but this novel, her second, became the novel of the year in the UK last year. We eagerly await the arrival here of this story of a young couple who may or may not be destined to be together. (Laura and I have already read it and think it's superb.)
Pre-order Normal People
May 7
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
by Jared Diamond
Diamond completes his massive (and massively bestselling) trilogy of cultural development and disaster (after Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse) with an optimistically timely book about how nations recover and adapt from trauma.
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May 7
Exhalation: Stories
by Ted Chiang
Our Eastside neighbor's second book of stories arrives seventeen years after his first. In the meantime, one of the stories in his first book became the Oscar-nominated Arrival, three of the tales in his new book won Hugo Awards, and he has been generally acclaimed as one of science fiction's new masters of the short story. Not bad, Ted!
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The Pioneers
May 7
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
by David McCullough
At a time when the American experiment is looking pretty bruised and battered, the revered historian goes unashamedly to the heart of the "American ideal" with a celebration of the settlement of the Northwest Territory—back when the "Northwest" meant Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
May 7
Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
by Gordon H. Chang
Another great American drama gets a full and long overdue history in Chang's account of the thousands of migrant workers whose back-breaking labor transformed our nation.
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The Buried
May 7
The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution
by Peter Hessler
After nearly a decade, and three brilliantly funny books, as the New Yorker's China correspondent, Hessler and his wife decided to learn Arabic and resettle in Egypt, just in time for the Arab Spring. The Buried promises to bring his wry observation of the human stories hidden in revolution and its messy aftermath.
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Furious Hours
May 7
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
by Casey Cep
Two mysteries converge in Cep's debut: a series of brutal, unpunished murders in Alabama and Harper Lee's struggle to write another book after To Kill a Mockingbird (and her assistance with her friend Truman Capote's In Cold Blood). Lee wanted to write a book about the murders; Cep explains why she didn't.
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The Guarded Gate
May 7
The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America
by Daniel Okrent
Okrent, acclaimed historian of Prohibition in Last Call (and also the bemused inventor, more or less, of fantasy sports), examines yet another suddenly-and-depressingly-relevant era in American history. Read and do not repeat.
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Disappearing Earth
May 14
Disappearing Earth
by Julia Phillips
In one of the most intriguing-looking fiction debuts of the season, two girls go missing in the remote, rugged territory of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula.
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Orange World
May 14
Orange World and Other Stories
by Karen Russell
One of the most exciting new bards of fabulist fiction—author of Swamplandia, among others—returns with her first story collection in six years, set in, to use her publisher's words, "a feral, slippery, purgatorial space, bracketed by the void." Delicious!
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The British Are Coming
May 14
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
by Rick Atkinson
Best-known for his Pulitzer-winning trilogy about American forces in Europe during World War II, Atkinson embarks on a major new three-part history of America's founding war.
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The Scent Keeper
May 21
The Scent Keeper
by Erica Bauermeister
We are delighted that friend-of-the-store Erica Bauermeister (whom we've gotten to know as the organizer of the Seattle7's annual holiday bookfest) has her own new novel on the way (along with a memoir coming in 2020): the story of a girl challenged by the real world after a remote, idyllic childhood.
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This America
May 28
This America: The Case for the Nation
by Jill Lepore
Lepore is one of the most articulate, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic chroniclers of our history that we have—think of this as a manifesto companion to her masterful history from last year, These Truths: an argument for thinking of ourselves as a nation, despite all the pitfalls of nationalism.
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
June 4
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
There's no novel this season that's gathering more excited buzz than this debut by one of our most acclaimed poets, written as a letter from a son to a mother that illuminates family history and struggle in Vietnam and America.
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June 4
Underland: A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane
Macfarlane's renown here in the US (and in our store), as a subtle and beautiful writer on nature and lost human culture, is starting to approach his fame in his home territory of the UK, and that's only likely to increase with his new examination of "what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind" in human history.
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City of Girls
June 4
City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert
A woman in her 80s looks back on her glamorous, adventurous life in New York City in the '40s, a time when she learned, the hard way, that "you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person."
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My Parents
June 11
My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You
by Aleksandar Hemon
Hemon, one of our best observers of the double life of the immigrant, makes that doubleness concrete with this flip book of a memoir: on one side, the story of his parents' forced uprooting from besieged Sarajevo to North America, and on the other, the same events seen from a child's (his own) point of view.
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Deep River
July 2
Deep River
by Karl Marlantes
Washington's own Marlantes matches the scope of Matterhorn, his epic novel of Vietnam, with a long-awaited family saga set closer to home, following a family of immigrant Finns through the upheavals of the early-20th-century Pacific Northwest.
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July 2
Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II
by Svetlana Alexievich
In the third of Alexievich's histories to be published here since she became one of the few nonfiction writers to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, she builds, in her usual oral-history style, a chorus of voices of Russian men and women remembering the childhood traumas of the Second World War.
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July 2
by Chuck Wendig
Wendig has been a tireless (and hilarious) novelist, blogger, and comic-book writer for the last decade, but he's going for something bigger with his upcoming novel, a giant post-apocalypse tale that everyone is comparing to The Stand.
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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
July 2
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
by Mo Willems
Before Gerald and Piggie, before Leonardo and Sam, before Nanette's baguette, there was the Pigeon, Mo Willems's brilliant embodiment of toddler obstinance. Now the Pigeon is back, and headed to school. But what if he learns TOO MUCH?!?
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The Nickel Boys
July 16
The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead
Mid-summer is not the usual time for big new releases, but here, tucked away in the middle of July, is surely the most anticipated novel of the season. It's Whitehead's first since his award-sweeping Underground Railroad, and it tackles a subject nearly as daunting: the horrors of a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
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Trick Mirror
August 6
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino
Writing for the Hairpin and Jezebel before being snapped up by the New Yorker, Tolentino has quickly become one of the most exciting and authoritative new commentators around, joining pop-culture savvy with principled backbone in essays collected for the first time here.
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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
August 13
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk
Last year's Flights, winner of the Booker International prize, put Tokarczuk, already a major (and controversial) figure in Poland, on the radar of English readers of European lit, but from all early reports, this story of a reclusive old woman driven to investigate a series of murders might find even more fans.
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Cover Quiz #132
Cover Crop Quiz #132
This one might depend on which paperback edition you grew up with. This was the first, from 1970.
Last Week's Answer
An easy one, but so timely I couldn't resist: Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day.
New to Our 100 Club

A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
(403 weeks to reach 100)

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Tears of Salt by Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta
New in the Store

The White Book by Han Kang
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Weekend in New York by Benjamin Markovits
The Nocilla Trilogy by Augustin Fernandez Mallo
Trump Sky Alpha by Mark Doten

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew McCabe
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
Nobody's Looking at You: Essays by Janet Malcolm
They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler

Kids and Teens:
Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele
The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin
The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story of the Refugee Crisis by Pietro Bartolo
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
Sharp by Michelle Dean
Aetherial Worlds by Tatyana Tolstaya
This Week in Thoreau's Journals

February 15, 1859
(age 41)
"I thought, by the peculiar moaning sound of the wind about the dining-room at noon, that we should have a rain-storm. I heard only one blast through some crack, but no doubt that betrayed a pluvious breath.
     "Against Bittern Cliff I feel the first drop strike the right slope of my nose and run down the ravine there. Such is the origin of rivers. Not till half a mile further my doubting companion feels another on his nose also, and I get one in my eye, and soon after I see the countless dimples in the puddles on the ice. So measured and deliberate is Nature always. Then the gentle, spring-like rain begins, and we turn about.
     "The sound of it pattering on the dry oak leaves, where young oaks thickly cover a hillside, is just like that of wind stirring them, when first heard, but is steady and monotonous and so betrayed. We rejoice to be wetted, and the very smell of wet woollen clothes exhilarates us."
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