By: Emily Perper

Hi again, Sneaks! You may’ve discovered Sneak Peek Sunday has hit the big time. That’s right—reprinted in the Frederick News-Post!  Who says print and e-reading can’t coexist? This week, I present a transmission from our Pre-Pub Book Club, a glimpse into the August Indie Next List, and a short story collection of book-centric mysteries.

I encountered Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution by Jonathan B. Losos in Pre-Pub Book Club, where we read advanced reader copies of books before their release dates. Here’s what book club member Jack had to say about Improbable Destinies:

“I found this a challenging but rewarding overview of the current thinking about the nature of evolution. Losos explains today’s scientists believe evolutionary changes are not random; rather, they converge on similar solutions, even in different environments. They have been studying the ways similar species of birds, lizards and insects evolve on different islands and how they often end up being remarkably similar. His writing style is very informal, but his ideas require a great deal of thought—a very worthwhile book.” Thanks, Jack! (Riverhead/Penguin, $28)

At 58 Warren Street in New York City sits the Mysterious Bookshop, owned and operated by publisher, author, and editor Otto Penzler. Penzler’s latest endeavor is Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores, which features stories by Nelson DeMille, Laura Lippman, John Connolly, and other luminaries of the mystery and crime genres. Mexican cartels, magic libraries, secret codes and so much more await you. (Pegasus/W.W. Norton, $26.95)

If you love a novel with an unreliable narrator, this one’s for you—Emma in the Night has two! This new thriller from Wendy Walker made the August 2017 Indie Next List, chosen by independent booksellers as one of the best reads of the month. Emma in the Night is the story of the Tanner sisters, who disappeared three years ago. Cass was 15; Emma, 17. When Cass suddenly reappears, she’s 18 years old and sans Emma. It’s up to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Winter to suss out Cass’ story of a mysterious island where she and her sister were supposedly held captive. (St. Martin’s/Macmillan $26.99)

Other August 8 releases, alphabetized by author’s last name:

  • The New Voices of Fantasy, ed. Peter S. Beagle (fantasy)
  • Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures, ed. Elly Blue (science fiction/short story)
  • You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages by Carina Chocano (feminism)
  • The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton (fiction)
  • The Locals by Jonathan Dee (fiction)
  • Not Quite a Genius by Nate Dern (humor/memoir)
  • Drink Like a Bartender by Thea Engst and Lauren Vigdor (cooking)
  • The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain (U.S. history)
  • Shariah Law: Questions and Answers by Mohammad Kamali (religion)
  • The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller (fiction)
  • Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream by Joe Tone (true crime/immigration)
  • Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright (religion)