Jenny Lyons

(Ecco Press) In a nation split by irreconcilable differences, one woman, rigid and unyielding in her determination, imprinted with a legacy of familial misconduct, takes on the task of single-handedly rescuing her new family from the violent outlaw who seeks to destroy them. Brooke, who has carefully kept her infamous last name secret from her partner and the father of her two children, has largely put her fractious past and her family, the Hollands, behind her. Brooke’s recollection of a widely-circulated photograph, with her as a toddler, posing in the back of a pickup truck filled with...
(Algonquin Books) It was just too good to be true. Charlie Boykin, a boy whose life had been marked by misfortune — his father gone before he was born, his young mother estranged from her family working nights to support the family, a social life in high school that consists of just one friend — is now suddenly enrolled in the prestigious and moneyed private school on the right side of Nashville, Yeatman. He is, tucked under the wing of the headmaster, welcomed into the revered and moneyed friend set that includes golden boy, Arch Creigh, with whom he quickly forms a close bond. Seduced by...
(Algonquin Young Readers) Badger, a rock scientist without steady rock work, but most assuredly on the precipice of an Important Rock Discovery, lives in his Aunt Lulu’s brownstone, offered as a place for him to live, “until-you-get-back-on-your-feet” Aunt Lulu said, three years ago. And while Badger is aware of the many letters from Aunt Lulu that are piling up in the mail pail, he is most decidedly unaware that they contain advance notice of a new roommate, one who will undoubtedly wreak havoc on his most-settled routine. Skunk. Skunk, who also refers to the most gracious and generous owner...
(Random House) Be prepared to be amazed as you enter the world of fungi, from yeast to psychedelics, mycelial networks to metabolic masters. You’ll learn about fungal worm-hunting and zombie fungi (a group of fungi that hijack the bodies of insects to spread their spores). You’ll accompany your most-qualified guide, writer and biologist Merlin Sheldrake, as he roots for valuable esculents (like the Piedmont white truffle), and participates in clinical drug-testing with LSD, which, like psilocybin, is a fungal molecule, or is derived from one. Sheldrake’s pure and unadulterated excitement for...
(Mariner Books) Robert Macfarlane, author of “Underland,” “The Lost Words” and “The Lost Spells,” as guest editor this year, ushers readers into this most peculiar time, a time when dreaming about travel, and thus reading and writing about travel, is surging, even as travelers have been forced to cancel and delay plans. “Lockdown,” he writes, “has triggered a greed for what cannot now be done…” His is not the only recognizable name in the collection: Heidi Julavits, author of “The Folded Clock,” one of our favorite and most unusual memoirs, immerses herself in an avalanche course; Yiyun Li,...
(Sounds True) You’ve probably heard of the Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof, also known as the Iceman, who has set numerous world records with his ability to withstand freezing temperatures. In his newest book, following his nonfiction works “The Way of the Iceman” and “Becoming the Iceman,” Hof instructs the average person on how to activate their full human potential in a straightforward and uniquely Iceman fashion. He starts by describing his youth, the adversities he faced, and how his innate curiosity once compelled him to “undress myself and just go naked into the cold water” and begin “...
(Harper) On the surface, this small serious novel, droll in moments, concerns the individual experiences of three young people who, having been witness to and actors in a tragic occurrence, find themselves no longer comfortable in their ordinary lives as they existed up until this point. The three teenage siblings, Duncan, Zoe and Matthew, are each moved to venture further afield in their respective quests for self-discovery, as they examine and grapple with the larger questions of infidelity, violence and crime. Duncan resolves to look for his birth mother, Zoe embarks on a sexual awakening...
(Pamela Dorman Books) Richard Osman, the hugely popular star of numerous British quiz shows, has delivered an intricately plotted and delightfully devilish mystery in her debut novel, and it appears perfectly poised to make the leap directly to television. No surprise there, as Osman’s other career is as an executive producer. The book features a delightful ensemble of characters: the enthusiastic members of the Thursday Murder Club, septuagenarians and residents of Coopers Chase; the exceedingly crass and greedy Ian Ventham, developer of said posh retirement village; mob-connected Tony...
(Princeton University Press) It is always edifying to expand your mind in the contemplation of big ideas, and author Sean Carroll is very adept at creating such an opportunity, presenting his big ideas in a tiny tome (his new book is approximately 5- by 8-inches), and in such a warm, convivial manner that feels akin to a rousing discussion. His overarching premise: That we humans, and in fact all life on earth, exist as we do because of chance occurrences. The book excels at being both comprehensive and intellectually stimulating while also being current, relatable and down-to-earth, pun...
(Liveright Publishing Corporation) Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, conducted hundreds of hours of interviews, and pored over books, newspaper accounts and court documents, to construct this epic biography of Malcolm X, and it is miraculous that he prevailed — many close contacts passed away shortly after Payne interviewed them — and Payne himself passed away before he completed the book. Fortunately, for readers and scholars, his daughter, Tamara Payne, who was also his primary research assistant in this decades-long undertaking, was willing and able to finish the...

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