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Hi everyone,

We hope you are all well. Here's how we at Fiction Addiction our coping with these crazy times:

  • Jill and Lee are running the store, which is currently open our normal times. But if you prefer not to come in, you can order in-stock books from our website, any in-print books from our Bookshop affiliate, or call us for curbside pickup. We also love our customers who have been supporting us by buying e-gift cards to give as gifts or to spend once the world returns to normal.

  • Melissa is working from home and monitoring her two kids' schooling. She has been been busy canceling or postponing all our March/April events and helping Jill launch Fiction Addiction's first virtual event.

  • Grace Anne is also working from home while adjusting to online college classes, but still was able to get this newsletter together for you.

  • Devin will not be working at the shop for the duration of this crisis as he finishes up his senior year of high school via e-learning and wrestles with the big decision of where to go to college in the fall.


We believe that books are more important than ever right now (for homeschooling, distraction, and inspiration!) so we've included our favorite new releases below.

Note: Some of these titles may not get shipped to us promptly (Houghton Mifflin has had to close their warehouse and Ingram has some volume delays), and Jill is not as fast at receiving, but go ahead and place your orders for any not yet in stock books and we'll do our best to get them to you as soon as possible.

And if you're still waiting on older special orders to come in, please let us know so we can track those for you.

-The Team at Fiction Addiction

p.s... We know that these times can be stressful, so be sure to scroll and find the latest Tigger video for a reminder that there's always a bright spot in the world. :-)

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April is National Poetry Month
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
 
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
 
Poetic and powerful,  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
 

Bantam 2009 - Format: Paperback - Price: $7.99


April 9th is National Unicorn Day
Uni the Unicorn: Uni's First Sleepover by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Join Uni the Unicorn on this all-new Step into Reading adventure in the Land of Unicorns! In this Step 2 book, it's Uni's very first sleepover! The other unicorns have been to sleepovers before, and have learned LOTS of magical games. Uni struggles with game after game, and by bedtime, Uni isn't having a very good time. Will Uni find a way to contribute to the fun?

Uni the Unicorn makes a Step into Reading debut in this charming and relatable story! Fans of the picture book will be excited to find their beloved friend in our early reader format, ready to accompany them on their learning-to-read journey.

Random House Books for Young Readers 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $4.99


The 2020 Masters Tournament has been postponed
Seven Days in Augusta: Behind the Scenes at the Masters by Mark Cannizzaro

The Masters is unquestionably the crown jewel of golf's major tournaments, not only for the transcendent performances it has inspired over the years, but for the incomparable sights and sounds of Augusta National and its environs, each distinct element contributing to the storied, rarefied atmosphere which draws tens of thousands to Georgia each spring.

Seven Days in Augusta  spans everything from the par-3 contest, to Amen Corner, to Butler Cabin. Mark Cannizzaro goes behind the scenes of the exclusive competition, covering wide-ranging topics including green jacket rituals, tales from The Crow's Nest atop the clubhouse, the extreme lengths some fans have gone to acquire tickets, and what goes on outside the gates during Masters week. Also featuring some of the most memorable and dramatic moments from the tournament's history, this is an essential, expansive look at golf's favorite event.

Triumph Books 2020 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.95

Easter is April 12th
E is for Easter by Disney Book Group

Get ready for some Easter-themed alphabet fun in this board book with lift-the-flap and die-cut trace elements! On each page, a new letter of the alphabet is introduced with a sturdy die-cut letter to trace and colorful flaps to explore! Beneath each flap is a new word that connects to the featured letter. With 100 flaps, this beautiful board book is sure to delight beginner readers!

Worthy Kids - Format: Board Book - Price: $6.99


Earth Day is April 22nd (2020 is the 50th Anniversary!)
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Before "going green" was mainstream, Dr. Seuss warned against the dangers of not treating the environment with care and respect in his story, "The Lorax." With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers about the importance of not only seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it. 


Random House 1971 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $16.99


April is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa
82 Days on Okinawa by Art Shaw

75 years ago, Art Shaw (1920-2020) was the first American officer ashore Okinawa. It's taken him a lifetime to speak about the 82 days that followed. Colonel Shaw’s riveting firsthand account of American heroism delivers an unprecedented soldier’s-eye view of the Pacific War’s bloodiest battle.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, 1.5 million men gathered aboard 1,500 Allied ships off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The men were there to launch the largest amphib­ious assault on the Pacific Theater. War planners expected an 80 percent casualty rate.

The first American officer ashore was then-Major Art Shaw, a unit commander in the U.S. Army’s 361st Field Artillery Battalion of the 96th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Deadeyes. For the next three months, Shaw and his men served near the front lines of the Pacific’s costliest battle, their artillery proving decisive against a phantom enemy who had entrenched itself in the rugged, craggy island. 

Over eighty-two days, the Allies fought the Japanese army in a campaign that would claim more than 150,000 human lives. When the final calculations were made, the Deadeyes were estimated to have killed 37,763 of the enemy. The 361st Field Artillery Battalion had played a crucial role in the victory. The campaign would be the last major battle of World War II and a key pivot point leading to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to the Japanese surrender in August, two months after the siege’s end.

Filled with extraordinary details, Shaw’s gripping account gives lasting testimony to the courage and bravery displayed by so many on the hills of Okinawa.

William Morrow - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.99


Bloody Okinawa by Joseph Wheelan

A stirring narrative of World War II's final major battle—the Pacific war's largest, bloodiest, most savagely fought campaign—the last of its kind. 

On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, more than 184,000 US troops began landing on the only Japanese home soil invaded during the Pacific war. Just 350 miles from mainland Japan, Okinawa was to serve as a forward base for Japan's invasion in the fall of 1945.

Nearly 140,000 Japanese and auxiliary soldiers fought with suicidal tenacity from hollowed-out, fortified hills and ridges. Under constant fire and in the rain and mud, the Americans battered the defenders with artillery, aerial bombing, naval gunfire, and every infantry tool. Waves of Japanese kamikaze and conventional warplanes sank 36 warships, damaged 368 others, and killed nearly 5,000 US seamen.

When the slugfest ended after 82 days, more than 125,000 enemy soldiers lay dead—along with 7,500 US ground troops. Tragically, more than 100,000 Okinawa civilians perished while trapped between the armies. The brutal campaign persuaded US leaders to drop the atomic bomb instead of invading Japan.

Utilizing accounts by US combatants and Japanese sources, author Joseph Wheelan endows this riveting story of the war's last great battle with a compelling human dimension.

Da Capo Press - Format: Hardcover - Price: $30.00


Grenade by Alan Gratz

It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.

Hideki lives on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier.

Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. He doesn't know what to expect -- or if he'll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere.

Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But when the two of them collide in the middle of the battle, the choices they make in that instant will change everything.

From the acclaimed author of  Refugee  comes this high-octane story of how fear can tear us apart, and how hope can tie us back together.

Scholastic Inc. - Format: Hardcover - Price: $17.99


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March New Releases
Fiction
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Bestselling author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away.

Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous era of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Hannie, a freed slave; Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now destitute plantation; and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s Creole half sister. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following roads rife with vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of stolen inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and siblings before slavery’s end, the pilgrimage west reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope.

Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt—until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town. Augustine, Louisiana, is suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantation homes lie the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.

Ballantine Books 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.00

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also peak hurricane season.

When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.

During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.

Gallery Books 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $16.99

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (signed copies on order!)

The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of  News of the World  and  Enemy Women  returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart.

In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Till now, twenty-three-year-old Simon Boudlin has evaded military duty thanks to his slight stature, youthful appearance, and utter lack of compunction about bending the truth. But following a barroom brawl in Victoria, Texas, Simon finds himself conscripted, however belatedly, into the Confederate Army. Luckily his talent with a fiddle gets him a comparatively easy position in a regimental band.

Weeks later, on the eve of the Confederate surrender, Simon and his bandmates are called to play for officers and their families from both sides of the conflict. There the quick-thinking, audacious fiddler can’t help but notice the lovely Doris Mary Dillon, an indentured girl from Ireland, who is governess to a Union colonel’s daughter.
After the surrender, Simon and Doris go their separate ways. He will travel around Texas seeking fame and fortune as a musician. She must accompany the colonel’s family to finish her three years of service. But Simon cannot forget the fair Irish maiden, and vows that someday he will find her again.

Incandescent in its beauty, told in Paulette Jiles’s trademark spare yet lilting style,  Simon the Fiddler  is a captivating, bittersweet tale of the chances a devoted man will take, and the lengths he will go to fulfill his heart’s yearning.

William Morrow 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.99

Miss Julia Knows a Thing or Two by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia has decided to turn over a new leaf. It's time to stop meddling in other peoples' lives, she thinks—but her hands are full before long! Her neighbor Mildred is sent into a tizzy when a grandchild she's never met shows up on her doorstep. And Mildred's husband keeps forgetting who she is, so she's all on her own. Meanwhile, Etta Mae is worried about losing her job now that the Handy Home Helpers is up for sale. Luckily, Miss Julia has experience dealing with children dropped on doorsteps, and sweeps in to lend a hand. But there's something missing in that child's life, and Miss Julia knows exactly what it is.

Viking Press 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.00

A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe

A faraway land.

A family’s dynasty.

A trail of secrets that could shatter their glamorous lifestyle.

On a humid afternoon in 1933, American Jessie Lesage steps off a boat from Paris and onto the shores of Vietnam. Accompanying her French husband Victor, an heir to the Michelin rubber fortune, she’s certain that their new life is full of promise, for while the rest of the world is sinking into economic depression, Indochine is gold for the Michelins. Jessie knows that the vast plantations near Saigon are the key to the family’s prosperity, and though they have recently been marred in scandal, she needs them to succeed for her husband’s sake—and to ensure that the life she left behind in America stays buried in the past. 

Jessie dives into the glamorous colonial world, where money is king and morals are brushed aside, and meets Marcelle de Fabry, a spellbinding expat with a wealthy Indochinese lover, the silk tycoon Khoi Nguyen. Descending on Jessie’s world like a hurricane, Marcelle proves to be an exuberant guide to colonial life. But hidden beneath her vivacious exterior is a fierce desire to put the colony back in the hands of its people––starting with the Michelin plantations.

It doesn’t take long for the sun-drenched days and champagne-soaked nights to catch up with Jessie. With an increasingly fractured mind, her affection for Indochine falters. And as a fiery political struggle builds around her, Jessie begins to wonder what’s real in a friendship that she suspects may be nothing but a house of cards. 

Motivated by love, driven by ambition, and seeking self-preservation at all costs, Jessie and Marcelle each toe the line between friend and foe, ethics and excess. Cast against the stylish backdrop of 1920s Paris and 1930s Indochine, in a time and place defined by contrasts and convictions, Karin Tanabe's  A Hundred Suns  is historical fiction at its lush, suspenseful best.


St. Martin's Press 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.99

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a "girlfriend") tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes,  Redhead by the Side of the Road  is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler's signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.


Alfred A. Knopf 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $25.95

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (signed copies on order!)

Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of  Afterlife , has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

Afterlife  is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our human family? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost?


Workman Publishing Company 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $25.95

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (signed copies available!)

Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s  A. B. C. Murders , Patricia Highsmith’s  Strangers on a Train , Ira Levin’s  Death Trap , A. A. Milne's  Red House Mystery , Anthony Berkeley Cox's  Malice Aforethought , James M. Cain's  Double Indemnity , John D. Macdonald's  The Drowner , and Donna Tartt's  A Secret History .

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife. 

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.


William Morrow 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.99

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (signed copies available!)

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby's glass wall: "Why don't you swallow broken glass." High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis is running an international Ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients' accounts. When the financial empire collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan's wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty,  The Glass Hotel  is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.


Alfred A. Knopf 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.95

Nonfiction
Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir by Madeleine Albright (signed copies on order!)

In 2001, when Madeleine Albright was leaving office as America’s first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. “I don’t want to be remembered,” she answered. “I am still here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.”

In that time of transition, the former Secretary considered the possibilities: she could write, teach, travel, give speeches, start a business, fight for democracy, help to empower women, campaign for favored political candidates, spend more time with her grandchildren. Instead of choosing one or two, she decided to do it all. For nearly twenty years, Albright has been in constant motion, navigating half a dozen professions, clashing with presidents and prime ministers, learning every day. Since leaving the State Department, she has blazed her own trail—and given voice to millions who yearn for respect, regardless of gender, background, or age.

Hell and Other Destinations  reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life.


Harper 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $29.99

Children's Fiction
Grandma's Gardens by Hillary Clinton (signed copies on order!)

From mother-daughter team Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton comes a celebration of family, tradition and discovery, and an ode to mothers, grandmothers and the children they love.

Grandma Dorothy shared her love of gardens with her daughter, Hillary, and her granddaughter, Chelsea. She taught them that gardens are magical places to learn, exciting spaces for discovery, quiet spots to spend time with family and beautiful areas to share stories and celebrate special occasions. But most of all, she taught them that in her gardens, her love grew and blossomed.

In this inspiring and heartwarming mother-daughter story, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton team up to show readers how sharing the things we love with the people we love can create powerful, everlasting bonds between generations.

Philomel 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $18.99

Tigger's Adventure of the Month
Staff Picks
Jill Recommends...
How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ashima Shiraishi

Champion Ashima teaches children the idea of a growth mindset through this beautifully illustrated story showing her love for the sport of rock climbing, which will make its debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics.



Make Me a World 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $17.99

Melissa Recommends...
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Donte is known at school as the "black brother", and his race is the only reason he can figure he gets in trouble at his primarily white private school despite having done nothing wrong. As a way to fight back against his main tormentor, Dante seeks out a former Olympic champion to teach him fencing. Rhodes' spare prose was short and to the point, paralleling the thrusts and parries in fencing. An important story about race and the myriad ways it can affect all aspects of a person's life, but also about learning that sometimes seeing and knowing yourself is more important than how others see you.

Little Brown Books for Young Readers - Format: Hardcover - Price: $16.99


The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Linus is a case worker for magical children, but despite his many years of experience, nothing has quite prepared him for the especially exceptional children and their caretaker he's to meet on his new Level 4 Classified case. Despite the people in the nearby village trying to put them in their place and send them away, Linus discovers that these magical youth are really just children with children's dreams and seeks to show others how much they matter. While this book is technically fantasy, it's not so much about magic as it is about prejudice and fear and hate, and how people are absolutely capable of change, both individually and inspiring change in others. This is a beautiful book that I will undoubtedly revisit many times in the future.


Tor Books 2020 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99


Grace Anne Recommends...
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I absolutely fell in love with Turtles All the Way Down. It's realistic and heartfelt and hopeful in a way that few books I've read are. The characters are genuine and well-developed, intensely flawed but intensely lovable. With incredibly realistic depiction of mental illness and the quirky, thought-provoking style that John Green is famous for, Turtles All the Way Down is a book that I plan to return to again and again.

Penguin Books 2019  - Format: Paperback - Price: $14.99

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Anna Anderson: ragamuffin or royalty? I've always been fascinated by the story of Anastasia, and this book takes you into the mystery of the woman who claimed to be the lost princess herself. I Was Anastasia is written from two perspectives - Anna's and Anastasia's - spanning nearly eighty years. With all of the intrigue of a thriller, you won't be able to put this book down. Find out for yourself - who was Anna Anderson?

Anchor Books 2019  - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.00

Volunteer Picks
Linda Recommends...
The Honey Bus by Meredith May

I must admit I'm terrified of bees, but I took the plunge into Meredith May's memoir anyway. Her account of growing up with her beekeeping grandfather is excellent. After her parents' marriage falls apart, Meredith, her brother and mother move in with her grandparents. Her mom, dealing with her own emotional problems, is mostly absent from Meredith's life. Helping her grandfather with his bees, Meredith learns a lot about the order of life and what to do when things don't go as expected. A must-read for fans of Educated and Southern Discomfort .

Park Row Books 2020 - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.99

Nancy M. Recommends...
Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera

Call Your Daughter Home is sure to become a classic in Southern literature. It is a book that I didn’t just read – I lived it and felt it. And even though it was heart-wrenching in parts, it was also uplifting with a beautiful message of strength, perseverance, and the power of women and a mother’s love. It is a beautifully written story of three women whose lives intersect in a small South Carolina town in the 1920s. Gertrude is a poor white woman with 4 daughters who has endured hardships that defy belief, and yet she finds the strength to do what she must to ensure that her children survive. Oretta is a first-generation freed black woman who works for the same family who owned her mother. She too has suffered from loss and pain, the least of which is not being able to do what she knows is right because she must remember her place. Annie Cole is the mistress of the plantation where Retta lives and works, and even though she is white and supposedly rich and privileged, she too has suffered great loss and pain. Though from totally different backgrounds, it is evident that these three women are more alike than they are different as they fight misogyny, poverty, and racism and try to save their families and those they love.

Park Row Books 2020 - Format: Paperback - Price: $17.99

Something She's Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell

I loved the way this book was written. You are drawn in immediately when you know a child has been taken without permission. But was she kidnapped? Charlotte seems to be totally overreacting; after all, the person who picked Daisy up at school was on the approved list. But as the story gets told, going back before that day and giving us insight into all the characters, you begin to understand Charlotte’s concern. But you also think she is partly to blame. As perhaps is her brother, who has never forgiven their nutcase of a mother. Maybe it is their mother’s fault they have both turned out the way they have. Is it their mother’s fault that Charlotte is so overly protective of Daisy that the child is not the happy-go-lucky 6 year old she should be? There are lots and lots of lies being told, lots of deceit, and a lot of troubled people with well-guarded secrets. It is a twisty, sometimes humorous read about characters that are all a little nuts. You just have to figure out who you can trust.

Harper Paperbacks 2020 - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.99

The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben has written yet another unputdownable compulsive read. He brings back one of my favorite minor characters, Hester Crimstein, and this time gives her a more substantial part. And he introduces Wilde – a true enigma whom I can’t wait to see more of. There are several story lines going on, and each is layered with a multitude of thought-provoking situations. Coben even manages to take a nonpartisan jab at our current political culture. As the truth comes out, many decisions must be made about righting wrongs and punishing the guilty. Is it ok to hurt an innocent person in order to protect many from something that ‘might’ happen? Is exposing the truth about something that took place years ago always the best answer? Or is the best thing for all concerned to just do nothing and live the rest of your life the best you can?

Grand Central Publishing 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $29.00

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (signed copies on order!)

Valentine is a powerful debut novel that takes place in the oil fields around Odessa, TX, in the '70s at the beginning of the oil boom. It is about racism, violence, good ole boys who stick together, and most of all about the misogyny that existed and was accepted at the time. It is the story of 5 women and children and how the brutal rape of a 14 year old Mexican immigrant affected each of them. The brilliant writing will keep you enthralled, even as your heart breaks for the way women are treated and dismissed.

Harper 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James

A haunted manor, star crossed lovers, a good guy to save the day – what more could you ask for in a wonderfully creepy gothic thriller set in the 1940s and in modern day? How about a really great surprise ending?






Minotaur Books 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

We know Anna Fox was a respected child psychologist. We know she is now severely agoraphobic and hasn't left her house in 10 months due to a severe trauma. We know she spends her days watching and rewatching old Hitchcock and other classic mystery films. We know Anna is separated from her husband and young daughter because of the same trauma – but she speaks with them almost every day. We know she drinks way too much, abuses the pills she has been prescribed, and lies to her psychologist about drinking while she is taking pills. We know Anna met a woman from the house across the park. We know she has met the woman’s teenaged son and believes he is terrified of something. We know she saw the woman being murdered. We know the police detective and her psychiatrist believe she is hallucinating. But…in reality we really don't know anything! The phrase ‘just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren't out to get you’ definitely applies to this novel. The Woman in the Window is one of the best Hitchcockian psychological suspense novels I have read.


William Morrow 2020  - Format: Paperback - Price: $9.99

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Wow! What a powerful story and terrific courtroom drama from a debut novelist. Kim’s background as a trial lawyer and a teenaged immigrant from Korea really brought to life the struggles the Yoo family faced trying to get to America for the sake of their daughter and made the courtroom drama so intense that you wished you were there to hear the lawyers’ interrogations in person. She also gave a very heartbreaking look at what parents of special needs children go through and the controversial decisions they must make every day. Miracle Creek is a remarkably written story about families and what sacrifices are made and what lies are told to try and protect those near and dear. But the lies – which seemed harmless by themselves – stacked up like dominoes and soon cascaded to a tragic end, a tragic end that might not have happened if just one small seemingly insignificant act or one small seemingly insignificant lie had not occurred.

Picador 2020  - Format: Paperback - Price: $17.00

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Either Rose Gold or her mother Patty Watts is lying. Or maybe both of them are. Either Rose Gold or her mother Patty Watts is planning revenge. Or maybe both of them are. Darling Rose Gold is an emotional roller coaster ride slinging you from side to side as you feel sorry for first Rose and then Patty as they each try to fulfill their obsessive need to feel loved and be needed.

Berkley 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.00

Brent Recommends...
A Shadow Intelligence by Oliver Harris

As readers, we all know in our hearts that we could be writers too. We read a book and think, 'Yep, I could do that, and one of these days I will.' Then you pick up a book like A Shadow Intelligence by Oliver Harris that is so cleverly plotted and intricately interwoven with suspense and intrigue that you think to yourself, 'Thank God I'm a reader, because there is NO WAY I could ever develop a concept and deliver a story this brilliant and compelling if my life depended on it.' A Shadow Intelligence is a good old spy novel in a modern setting, but more than that it is a complex mystery told in a captivating manner that I promise will keep you glued to this book until the very last page. Elliott Kane is a British agent who has suddenly been pulled back to London after a years-long undercover operation has mysteriously and suspiciously been terminated. On returning home, he seeks out a former colleague who he hopes can be much more, only to find she is mysteriously missing and has left only shadow clues to her possible whereabouts. The thrill ride that follows as he pursues the trail of Joanna Lake, the woman he loves, is a fantastic suspense thriller of the highest order, and not one whose ends can be predicted. Read this book.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $25.00

Adam Recommends...
Veronica Roth by Chosen Ones (signed copies available!)

Ten years after a group of teenage Chosen Ones defeat an evil villain, they are suffering from PTSD and fame. Kidnapped to another dimension, they must do it all again. A great, damaged lead character, with excellent world building and magic system.






John Joseph Adams 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Charleston housewives in the 90's versus a vampire. Reminded me of the Fright Night movie. It takes a while, but this book gets dark and creepy and gross.

Quirk Books 2020  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $21.99

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