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jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School. This time, how­ever, he fo­cuses on the sur­vivors and the gun con­trol move­ment they launched, along with young black ac­tivists from Chicago, Bal­ti­more and else­where. (Harper, Feb. 12)

‘The Lady From The Black La­goon’ by Mal­lory O’Meara

None but the most diehard of Hol­ly­wood fa­nat­ics is fa­mil­iar with the name of Mil­i­cent Pa­trick. But if you’ve seen “The Crea­ture from the Black La­goon,” you know Pa­trick’s most iconic cre­ation – for which a jeal­ous male col­league took credit. Film­maker and pod­caster O’Meara res­ur­rects the story of this path-break­ing an­i­ma­tor, who de­signed mon­sters in the spe­cial ef­fects makeup de­part­ment of Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios in its 1950s hey­day. (Hanover Square Press, March 5)

‘We Were Rich And We Didn’t Know It’ by Tom Phe­lan

Born in Ire­land’s County Laois in 1940, Phe­lan is a for­mer priest, long­time cus­to­dian in the Gar­den City pub­lic schools and a nov­el­ist. In this evoca­tive mem­oir, with echoes of Frank McCourt, he re­calls his up­bring­ing on an Ir­ish farm with­out elec­tric­ity, tele­phone or in­door plumb­ing. A glos­sary of Ir­ish ver­nac­u­lar is help­fully pro­vided. (Gallery, March 5)

‘Quee­nie’ by Candice Carty-Wil­liams

The pro­tag­o­nist of this de­but novel has been billed as the “black Brid­get Jones” and comes from Eng­land buoyed by praise from Jojo Moyes. Quee­nie Jenk­ins is a 25-year-old Ja­maicanBri­tish woman, a news­pa­per re­porter in Lon­don, forced to re-eval­u­ate her life choices af­ter a bad breakup with her white boyfriend. A trio of girl­friends of­fers sup­port via text mes­sages; we can’t wait to meet them all. (Scout Press, March 19)

‘Lost And Wanted’ by Nell Freuden­berger

Pro­fes­sor He­len Clapp re­ceives a text mes­sage from an old friend – noth­ing out of the or­di­nary, ex­cept that Char­lotte

Boyce, her Har­vard room­mate, has just died, trag­i­cally young, of lu­pus. Is it re­ally Char­lotte? The tex­ter seems to know things only Char­lotte could, and the re­al­iza­tion rocks He­len’s world.

From the author of “The New­ly­weds.” (Al­fred A. Knopf, April 2)

‘Maybe You Should Talk To Some­one’ by Lori Got­tlieb

What hap­pens when a ther­a­pist goes into ther­apy? That’s the story told in this book by the psy­chother­a­pist who writes the “Dear Ther­a­pist” col­umn for The At­lantic mag­a­zine. With to­tal can­dor, Got­tlieb share her own story and those of her pa­tients – a woman di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer af­ter re­turn­ing from her hon­ey­moon, a self-ab­sorbed TV pro­ducer who pays Got­tlieb in cash so his wife won’t know, a di­vorced 69-year-old who be­lieves her life has been one long mis­take. (Houghton Mif­flin Har­court, April 2)

‘Ex­ha­la­tion’ by Ted Chi­ang

The Port Jef­fer­son-born science fic­tion author – win­ner of sev­eral Hugo and Neb­ula awards – is out with a se­cond col­lec­tion of mind-bend­ing sto­ries. (A story from his first book, “Sto­ries of Your Life and Oth­ers,” was the ba­sis for the film “Ar­rival” with Amy Adams.) Chi­ang pub­lishes so rarely – “Sto­ries of Your Life” came out in 2002 – and is so good that this book qual­i­fies as an event. (Al­fred A. Knopf, May 8)

‘Floyd Har­bor’ by Joel Mowdy

Raised with 12 sib­lings in Mas­tic Beach, Mowdy tells 12 sto­ries of work­ing-class life on the East End in the 1990s. Among the touch­stones you’ll find in this col­lec­tion: Kool cig­a­rettes, bowl­ing al­leys, Suf­folk County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Greek din­ers, 7-Eleven hot dogs, LIRR sta­tions. This is an un­var­nished Long Is­land book that many lo­cal read­ers will pas­sion­ately re­late to. (Cat­a­pult, May 14)

Gallery Books

“We Were Rich” is a mem­oir writ­ten by a for­mer priest.

Knopf

‘Ex­ha­la­tion’ has a sci-fi sto­ries.

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