‘The President’s Daughter,’ by James Patterson and Bill Clinton
After the success of their first political thriller, “The President Is Missing,” Patterson and Clinton have teamed up for another. When the daughter of former President Matthew Keating is kidnapped, he draws on all his experience — as a global leader, parent and Navy SEAL — to bring her home.
Knopf/Little, Brown, June 7
‘Dear Senthuran,’ by Akwaeke Emezi
Think of this as an epistolary memoir from the author of “The Death of Vivek Oji” and “Freshwater”: In a series of letters to friends, ex-lovers, family members and others, Emezi charts their creative formation, drawing on Igbo belief systems and more.
Riverhead, June 8
‘The Maidens,’ by Alex Michaelides
After a Cambridge student is found dead, Mariana, a grieving psychotherapist in London, is drawn into the murder investigation. The dead woman was one of the Maidens, a group of female students in thrall to a charismatic professor who is Mariana’s prime suspect. Pick up this novel if you’re after a bookish thriller with stunning backdrops — Cambridge’s rarefied campus, Aegean seascapes — scattered with clues in Ancient Greek.
Celadon, June 15
‘A Slow Fire Burning,’ by Paula Hawkins
In her latest novel, Hawkins, the best-selling author of “The Girl on the Train” and “Into the Water,” focuses on the murder of a young man on his houseboat in London. Could his killer be Laura, the off-kilter woman who went home with him and was later seen covered in blood? Miriam, his odd, uncomfortably nosy neighbor on the river who’s trying to play Miss Marple? And what to make of his aunt Carla, with whom he shared a lifetime of grief? The flaws of each character will surprise and perhaps even enchant you — and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending.
Riverhead, August 31
— JOUMANA KHATIB
I’m happiest with a stack of nonfiction
‘The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage,’ by Sasha Issenberg
It’s been six years since the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Issenberg’s new book chronicles the 25 years leading up to that moment. He starts in Hawaii, in 1990, when Genora Dancel met Ninia Baehr. They would go on to challenge the state’s prohibition against their marrying, but before Issenberg gets us to the courtroom, he writes fully fleshed mini-biographies of the two women. At more than 900 pages (with 100 pages of those being endnotes), this is a comprehensive history. But it conveys social history as the grand drama it really is, full of intimate details, battling personalities, heated court cases, public persuasion.
Pantheon, June 1
The historian Tiya Miles’s wide-ranging new book was inspired by one modest item: a sack passed from mother to daughter. The mother, an enslaved woman named Rose, gave the sack — containing a dress, pecans and a braid of her hair — to her daughter Ashley in 1852. Ashley was 9 and was being sold and separated from Rose. Tracing that artifact through the generations of Ashley’s family, Miles, a professor at Harvard, writes about “the salvaging of vital things that hold the deep meanings of our lives.” The central story leads her to consider the larger arc of African-American women and their crafts throughout history, including in her own family, and the ways they have expressed love, hope and continuance.
Random House, June 8