New Releases for October 18th

In an effort to publish posts more consistently here, I’m going to try and remember to do a weekly post on Monday or Tuesday of the New Releases coming out that week. Most books, movies, CDs, etc. are released on Tuesdays, particularly those part of major publishing/production houses. There are exceptions, of course, but the majority of New Releases come out on Tuesdays.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of the new releases, simply a smattering of offerings in various genres that perk my interest.

Also, all of the items link to Amazon simply for the ease of you being able to look at the description more in-depth. I am not affiliated with Amazon and do not receive any money for purchases you make there.

This week’s new releases include:


The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith – A suspenseful tale of romance and intrigue in Venice, Italy at the end of World War II.


Mysteries (Both Cozy & Non-Cozy)

Escape Clause (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford – Between trying to solve the mystery of what happened to two Amur tigers from the Minnesota Zoo and staying away from his girlfriend’s sister, who has suddenly taken a shining to him, Virgil Flowers has more than he can manage in this new installment in the series. (Non-cozy)

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt – The newest release in the Andy Carpenter series. (Cozy)


Science Fiction & Fantasy

A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition by George R.R. Martin- A new, illustrated edition of the epic book that started the series. This is being released to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the book. It appears that George R.R. Martin has produced most of the illustrations in this book along with the text.



The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines – A look inside the lives of the couple made famous by the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”.

99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky & Kirstie McLellan Day – An autobiography of one of the greatest hockey players (considered by some to be THE greatest hockey player) in history.

History & Travel

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy – The incredible true story about two African-American brothers who were kidnapped in 1899 and forced to participate in a travelling circus. Their mother never gave up finding them, even after 28 years.

The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights by Shaun Assael – Mr. Assael takes us deep into the 1960s and early 1970s in Las Vegas. He starts by investigating the death of Sonny Liston, a former boxer, as a cold case. The result is a tale about murder, crime, and segregation in Las Vegas. 

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis – A history of the state of Israel from its beginnings through the present.


Dogs and their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love by BarkPost – Photography and captions of people with their dogs. Just a fun book overall if you like dogs.

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker – “A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.” (Quoted from the Amazon summary of the book.)

General Non-Fiction/The Arts/Crafts & Hobbies

Maps of Disney Parks: Charting 60 years from California to Shanghai by Vanessa Hunt; Kevin Neary; and Susan Neary – I love maps and for the most part, I love Disney. So the combination of the two makes me really excited!

The Making of Outlander: The Official Guide to Seasons One and Two by Tara Bennett with an introduction by Diana Gabaldon. A behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making the Starz hit series Outlander, which is based off of the books Ms. Gabaldon wrote.

Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman – The Offerman Woodshop is right in the heart of Hollywood. Come along with its owner, Nick Offerman, and some of his employees to learn about woodworking and why they’re passionate about it.

Teen Books

What Light by Jay Asher – Sierra feels as though she lives two lives – one during the regular year in Oregon on her family’s Christmas Tree farm and the other in California at Christmas time where they sell their Christmas trees. Then she meets Caleb and they find together the one thing that transcends all other – true love.

The Rains: A Novel by Gregg Hurwitz – A story of two brothers trying to save each other from a horrible parasite that affects the adults in their town.


Children’s Picture Books

If You Give A Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond – The ninth in the “If you Give a… ” series. I love most of the books in this series so I’m looking forward to this new installment.

Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett – I absolutely adore the Gingerbread Baby books that Jan Brett has written and I’m excited to see another one in the series!

Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco – Thursdays have always been lucky for Annie, but after losing her husband, it takes a kitten (whom she names Thursday) to bring joy back into Annie’s life.


Children’s Fiction & Non-Fiction

Build It! Volume 1: Make Supercool Models with Your Lego Classic Set (Brick Books) by Jennifer Kemmeter – Ideas for what to make with your Lego Classic Set beyond just square/rectangle buildings. Includes ideas for landscapes, street scenes, animals and more.

My Weirdest School #6: Mr. Nick is a Lunatic! by Dan Gutman – A.J. and the gang are getting a new principal, Mr. Nick. The thing is, Mr. Nick doesn’t believe in rules! Students are free to do what they want, choose whether they want to learn or not, etc. What could possibly go wrong?

Who Were the Three Stooges by Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso – The newest book in the “Who Was/Were” series, a set of biographies about various people throughout world history.

The Ultimate Book of Space by Anne-Sophie Baumann & Olivia Latyck – A fact-filled book full of pop-ups, pullable tabs, lift-the-flaps and movable parts all about space.

Like Magic by Elaine Vickers & Sara Not – a middle-grade book of friendship between three girls.


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