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08/06/2020
(William Morrow) When young Brenda Dubie, having to mind her father’s music store in the Hyde Park corner of 1940s Chicago while he is serving overseas, first meets young Charlie Fish, she's decidedly underwhelmed. But in wartime pickings are slim, and Brenda certainly wasn’t above raising a boy’s spirits. Her mother, however, took a different view, sensing that beneath the shy, very well-mannered if unsophisticated surface, there were depths to Charlie’s character. She impresses upon her daughter to spend time with him; she takes him under her wing, treating him like a member of the family....
07/30/2020
(William Morrow & Company) To the Métis people of Canada and the far north reaches of the midwestern United States, a Rogarou is a shapeshifting werewolf-like creature that roamed the roads at night, “the threat from a hundred stories told by those old enough to remember the tales...He was a dog, a man, a wolf.” Tales of his presence kept young girls off the roads at night and ensured young boys never talked back to their parents. Out of this world, a husband has disappeared, gone now for over a year, and his wife, his love, Joan of Arcand, looks for him in every ditch — never stops...
07/23/2020
(Knopf Publishing Group)   In the late 16th century, a glover from Stratford, England, foul-tempered and prone to fits of rage, in debt to a now-deceased land owner, compels his oldest to tutor the farmer’s sons in Latin as a form of repayment. While there, the young tutor spies Agnes, offspring from the farmer’s first marriage, striding out of the woods, kestrel on her arm, and mistakes her for a serving girl; she awakens a desire in him. He pursues her, never once thinking she is the infamously wild and fierce eldest daughter of the house. Agnes, earthy, abundant, crafty, figures large in...
07/16/2020
(William Morrow)   A remote island with austere rocky cliffs and an impeccably restored inn is the perfect setting for the perfect wedding. And the bride and groom? They are perfection in the flesh. Jules and Will, two balanced halves of a dazzling whole. She’s the smart and gorgeous publisher of a trendy online magazine and he’s the handsome rugged star of a survival television show. But, dear reader, a whiff of rot at the core is quickly exposed in the very first chapter, which ends with a “scream of terror.” But just who will expose it? The fragile, quite possibly mentally unstable young...
07/09/2020
(Grove Press) A 2019 National Book Award winner and a New York Times Top 10 Book, Sarah Broome’s “The Yellow House” is the history of a home, the story of a family, a treatise on urban planning, and a deeply personal memoir — all in one extraordinary package. Broome constructs an inviting narrative around the little shotgun house in East New Orleans that her mother purchased in 1963 at the age of nineteen, and where she raised twelve children before it was demolished by the city after Hurricane Katrina. The attributes of the house itself — its structure, site, décor — are a kaleidoscopic lens...
07/02/2020
(Tor Teen) To amplify Black voices, it is important to read beyond the (still very important) contextual Black history and anti-racism books; it is important to read great stories that are written by Black authors with captivating Black characters, like this one. The secretly magical teens at the heart of this story engage with and comment on some of the same social issues we are grappling with today: racism, prejudice and oppression. In Tavia and Effie’s world, not all teens are treated equally. Sirens are forced to hide themselves, or wear silencing collars, to avoid persecution. Tavia, a...
06/25/2020
(Knopf Publishing Group)   When an inflammatory social media post gets a young woman arrested, the story begins. Set in contemporary India, Jivan is a young Muslim woman accused of committing a terrorist attack on the train station near her home in the slums. Lovely, who is marginalized even beyond living almost as an exile, and PT Sir, Jivan’s former gym teacher who was most impressed with Jivan when he was her instructor, could both be instrumental in her salvation, but are they willing to risk their own comforts to do so? Three characters’ stories, told from three points of view, each...
06/18/2020
(Vintage)   Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of “BoJack Horseman,” delivers quirky, dark, surreal stories of love in a stunningly original and creative collection. Take the story, “A Most BLESSED and AUSPICIOUS OCCASION,” which features common quandaries for couples in the depths of planning a wedding, agonizing over details, being bombarded by well-meaning family members’ opinions, trying to balance obligations and expectations while retaining control of this celebration of love. This is a raucous and hilarious story. The couple is compelled to ask themselves: do we really need to have the...
06/11/2020
(Pantheon Books) There came a time in Helen Jukes' life when the natural world felt slightly “out of kilter,” and she was struck with a pervasive restlessness, so she embarked on a new pastime, an outlet to occupy her, to keep her grounded. Having spent a short but profound period of time assisting an experienced beekeeper, and now living in a small house at the outskirts of town, complete with an overgrown, brambly back garden, she blithely chose to get a beehive. She begins her quest with research, uncovering historical references to bees and honey as far back as Aristotle and Virgil, (as a...
06/04/2020
(Riverhead Books) From the very first page, Brit Bennett will pull you in; she is such an impressive storyteller. The story begins in the town of Mallard, a small southern black community, where everyone knows the Vignes girls, twin sisters Desiree, the restless one and Stella, the studious one. When their mother makes them quit school at sixteen to clean houses with her, Stella starts to find Desiree's ideas of running away from Mallard much more compelling. We first meet Desiree when folks in town spot her returning home, on the run from an abusive husband, and now a mother herself, to...

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