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Patricia and friends, all genteel Southerners, start a true crime book club. They have to apply what they've learned when a vampire moves into town. Patricia grows from a mildly dissatisfied homemaker to a vampire-fighting dynamo who thinks three steps ahead and takes ownership of her life. With perfect pacing, there's never a moment where readers can let their guard down.
Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and J. Monk does not sensationalize her writing about a fictional marriage for Jesus, but rather goes into great historical detail and imagines what it would be like to be a woman in that time.
If you have been waiting for a book like The Red Tent for the past 20 years, this is it. Give to fans of Anita Diamant and Marilynne Robinson. The story moves back and forth from the post Civil War era where freed slaves are searching for lost family to the modern day South where a struggling new teacher is trying to engage her students.
Now, on the tenth anniversary of that battle, they find out that the Dark One is still alive in a parallel universe. Do the young heroes have what it takes to fight him again? Packed with action, suspense, and breath-taking twists and turns. A good choice for fans of Lev Grossman and N. Katrina can't care less because she's been crushing on her bodyguard, Jas, for years.
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Historical Fiction A Perfect Explanation by Eleanor Anstruther The premise: The aristocratic Campbell family needs an heir, and after her brother is killed in World War I, independent-minded Enid caves to parental pressure and marries a man she doesn't love. The problem: Besides losing her sense of self, each of Enid's pregnancies worsens her mental health and drives her deeper into her religion, and desperation soon drives her to leave her family for a Christian Scientist retreat -- a decision that will have dramatic consequences for the next several decades.
To the Edge of Sorrow by Aharon Appelfeld What it is: the haunting and heartwrenching story of a group of Jewish partisans who, after escaping from a ghetto, create a hideout deep in the Ukrainian forest and try to save other Jews from the increasingly frenetic pace of concentration camp deportations near the end of the war.
About the author: Romanian-born award-winning novelist and Holocaust survivor Aharon Appelfeld became one of the world's foremost Hebrew-language writers, despite not learning the language until adulthood. His most famous works include Badenheim and Blooms of Darkness.
He passed away in Light Changes Everything by Nancy E. Turner What it's about: Mary Pearl Prine is a spirited young woman who, in order to evade a wealthy but boring suitor, trades her life in the rugged Arizona territory for the refined Wheaton College, where she experiences a major culture shock but also her first taste of independence. You might also like: Caroline by Sarah Miller, The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent, and other stories of frontier women trying to make their way in the world.
Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon What it's about: As the war in Vietnam spills over the border into Laos, three orphaned teenagers bond with each other and with the French-educated doctor they help scavenge for supplies. After the doctor finds a way for them to escape the country, a freak accident will radically alter the fate of this makeshift family forever. Read it for: the spare, elegant writing and the haunting settings, such as the beautiful yet decrepit colonial mansion-turned-hospital that brings the characters together.
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During the Vietnam War, the U. But when a balcony collapse at a theater he deed kills a dozen people, he loses his career, his family, and his freedom. Five years later: Released from prison, Douglas takes on a new identity and paints theater sets for booze money, desperate to see his son again.
Through his new connections in the theater world, he begins to suspect that the tragedy that derailed his career wasn't just an accident -- and that someone might still be out to get him. Button Man by Andrew Gross Starring: the three Rabishevsky brothers: Morris, who left school at age 12 to become the breadwinner after their parents' deaths; Sol, who works with Morris in the garment business; and the youngest, Harry, who wouldn't mind at all if the mafia figures he admires finally convinced his brothers to tie their family business with the family business.
Read it for: the richly detailed and authentic portrayal of life for three Jewish orphans in s New York; the emotional turmoil of the fraying relationships between the brothers; cameos by important figures of the day, such as Dutch Schultz and Thomas Dewey. A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent What it is: a moving and lyrical story of secrets and trauma set in the midst of the religious upheaval of the Second Great Awakening and the social upheaval that followed the end of the Civil War. What happens: A community in rural New York is sent reeling when Union Army veteran Malcolm Hopeton commits a disturbing act of violence after he returns home to find that his wife left him for another man.
Reviewers say: "piece by subtle piece, the story deftly casts White shadow nasty stories book nook spell" Publishers Weekly. Heretics by Leonardo Padura; translated by Anna Kushner What it's about: Seventy years ago, Elias Kaminsky's Polish Jewish grandparents arrived on a ship to Havana, hoping the family's heirloom Rembrandt painting would buy their way into Cuba. Only their son, Elias' father, made it off the ship, and now Elias wants to know how and why the pd-lost painting has reappeared in a London auction house. About the author: Considered one of Cuba's most important living writers, award-winning author Leonardo Padura is best known internationally for his Havana Quartet series starring detective Mario Conde, who also appears in Heretics.
Is it for you? Though the book's advice will resonate most with LGBTQIA audiences, readers who like family memoirs will also appreciate this "heartfelt, wise, and compassionate book" Booklist. What's inside: family documents including letters and poetry that reveal how Randy's volatility affected him and his loved ones; Keaton's frank reckoning with how she used her fame as an excuse for her estrangement from a sibling to whom she'd been close in childhood.
Want a taste? Marwell Who it's about: Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi physician who conducted brutal experiments on Auschwitz prisoners and evaded capture after the end of the war. What sets it apart: Historian David G. Marwell has been researching his subject for decades: as a Department of Justice employee in the s, he worked to locate Mengele.
Further reading: Debbie Cenziper's fast-paced history Citizen tracks the efforts of Nazi hunters including Marwell whose efforts with the Office of Special Investigations helped bring White shadow nasty stories book nook criminals to justice. Why you might like it: Though she's careful to avoid naming her former workplaces, Wiener's dishy context clues will have readers eager to figure it out for themselves. Read it for: a glimpse of tech industry life that's equal parts humorous "perks" included an office theme park and speakeasy and horrifying Wiener and other female employees were told to "trust karma" when they were passed up for promotions.
Addiction and Recovery I'm Just Happy To Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering by Janelle Hanchett What it's about: Renegade Mothering blog creator Janelle Hanchett's self-destructive early years of parenthood, during which she grappled with postpartum depression, an unhappy marriage, alcoholism, and cocaine addiction.
Hanchett's unflinching though ultimately inspiring portrait of redemption and recovery will resonate with readers weary of the "sanctity of motherhood" and those who like rousing stories of second chances. The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison What it is: a galvanizing memoir of Leslie Jamison's recovery from the alcohol addiction that dominated her 20s. What's inside: perceptive profiles of famous alcoholics throughout history -- including writer Raymond Carver and singer Billie Holiday -- that explore the link between addiction and creativity.
Kennedy and Stephen Fried What it's about: former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy's battles with bipolar disorder and painkiller addiction. Why you might like it: Kennedy's candid call to action will resonate with readers hoping for an empathetic approach to mental health policy and advocacy. Don't miss: the resource guide that concludes the book. How she coped: Madden sought communion with the titular tribe of fiercely supportive teens in her Boca Raton community and later moved to New York City to study fashion de.
Faced with limited employment options, he descended into alcoholism, a path Gregory and his brother would later follow.
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Read it for: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Pardlo's lyrical reflections on the trappings of family legacy and black masculinity. Most of the time, we didn't even notice it.
What sets it apart: The author's vocation gives him a unique perspective on this complicated issue and makes him "a convincing and effective advocate for opioid use reform" Kirkus Reviews. Rieder doesn't shy away from the details of his injuries or the withdrawals he experienced while in recovery. What happens: After her best friend and secret lover Beatriz is executed for possession of Unapproved Materials, Esther Augustus seeks to hide in plain sight by ing the Librarians, who pose as "Morally Upright Women" while distributing seditious literature.
Reviewers say: "a feat of writerly sorcery that packs a sweeping political epic into fewer than s" Booklist.
The Unspoken Name by A. Larkwood What it's about: Csorwe, the sacrificial Chosen Bride of chthonic deity The Unspoken One, becomes the apprentice of her just-in-time rescuer, wizard Belthandros Sethennai, and accompanies him on a quest for an ancient relic.
Why you might like it: This debut crafts a compelling coming-of-age story while paying homage to Ursula K. Le Guin's The Tombs of Atuan. The forest covers these hills like a shroud. This is a quiet country, but the Shrine of the Unspoken One is quieter still. What about Miles and Tristan? After upending their society in Witchmark, the couple plays more of a background role here.
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley Starring: clairvoyant watchmaker Keito Mori, and his lover, Thaniel Steepleton, whose work with the Foreign Office takes the couple and their adopted daughter to Mori's native Tokyo, where Thaniel investigates supernatural activity and makes some surprising discoveries about his partner. Why you might like it: This sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street offers well-drawn characters, a Steampunk-infused Victorian setting, and an intricate plot whose seemingly unrelated parts fit together like clockwork.
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. Villoso Introducing: Queen Talyien of Jin-Sayeng, who survives an assassination attempt en route to a meeting with her estranged husband, who abandoned her the night before her coronation.