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)
“We Were Rich” is a memoir written by a former priest.
‘Exhalation’ has a sci-fi stories.