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by Julie Clark
(Releases June 23, 2020)

The Last Flight centers around two women looking to escape their present lives; one from an abusive and controlling marriage, the other from a childhood/young adulthood gone terribly wrong. A chance meeting at an airport bar, a ticket switch, and a plane crash leads to a riveting story of deceit, found loyalty, and eventually true friendship. A remarkable story of two women's strength and the people they encounter. A must read!
-Katha Plack
by Lawrence Wright

What's the best thing to read during a pandemic? A novel about a pandemic! Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright brings us this timely, well-researched novel about a virus discovered at a refugee camp in Indonesia. Dr. Henry Parsons works for the WHO and is tasked with going to the camp to learn more but his driver, who accompanied him there was allowed to leave the area and then traveled to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. It's a race against time to try and contain it and prevent millions of pilgrims from exposure and then carrying the virus to their home countries. Full of suspense and fascinating history of pathogens, this novel is eerily prescient. Starred review from Publisher's Weekly and excellent interview on NYT Book Review podcast.
-Di Grumhaus

by Catherine Adel West
(Releases June 16, 2020)

Catherine Adel West's stunning debut novel explores the dark and cobwebbed corners that lurk in the history of two families. These long-buried secrets both bind and separate them through several generations, as they struggle to rise above this tangled web of mistakes, misplaced loyalty and violence that haunts them. Through the eyes of the Calvary Hope Christian Church, set in Chicago's South Side, we witness the strength of community, the on-going struggle of racial divide and the sad reality of neighbors who turn a blind eye to a crisis unfolding in the house next door. The bonds of sisterhood hold true through several generations of women who fight to save themselves from the reality of their lives and ultimately break free of their past. The murder of Ruby King's mother is the catalyst that forces the past to the surface and holds the key to forgiveness, hope, understanding and the possibility of a new beginning.
-Maxwell Gregory
by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett, the author of The Mothers, has written another moving, beautiful piece. The novel opens in 1968, Stella and Desiree Vignes are twins living in Mallard, Louisiana, a small town that prides itself as the home to very light skinned blacks. At 16, to escape the boredom of small town rural life, the girls run away to New Orleans. At that moment, their lives take very different paths. Desiree moves to D.C. and marries a man, who becomes abusive. Stella takes an office job in New Orleans by passing as white. Through three generations of Vignes women, and in settings as varied as the rural South and LA in the 80s, Bennett explores themes of identity, making yourself over and discovering your true self. Bennett's characters are richly portrayed, the plot hums along and the themes are sharply written. One of the best books I've read in a while!
-Laura Skinner
by Christina Clancy

After the unexpected death of their parents, three siblings are forced to deal with the events that divided their family at their summer home in Cape Cod years ago. Each one of the siblings is bonded to their Cape Cod summers, and the home that evokes so many stories and memories of their childhood. How do you sell a treasure? As they struggle to untangle years of hurt, secrets and betrayal, you ache for them to save their home and themselves.
-Maxwell Gregory
by Kristan Higgins

Fans of The Most Fun We Ever Had will love this family saga by New York Times best-selling author Kristan Higgins. The Frost family seems like the perfect foursome: Barb and John have been married for fifty years, their daughter Juliet is a brilliant architect married to a charming Brit with two darling daughters, and their free-spirit daughter, Sadie, is living a bohemian lifestyle in NYC. Exactly one day before their fiftieth anniversary, John suffers a massive stroke. While in the hospital keeping vigil, Barb learns that John has been cheating on her in a series of lovey-dovey-bordering-on-raunchy text messages she finds on his phone. As it would have it, their daughters are also covering secrets of their own as the Frost's worlds are upended by John's stroke. Heartwarming, funny, and touching, Always the Last to Know brings relatable familial challenges to this easy to pick up and hard to put down novel. A perfect summer read!
-Morley Vahey
by Alice Miller

Alice Miller has brought the story of Georgie Hyde-Lees and poet WB Yeats to life in More Miracle Than Bird; the title referring to a line in a Yeats poem. Hyde-Lees falls for the much older Yeats early on, but he has eyes only for a woman he cannot have. While trying to not pine for Yeats, Georgie finds work nursing WWI soldiers in a makeshift hospital in London. Yeats recognizes Georgie as his intellectual equal, and invites her to be a part of a secret occult "Order" which brings the issues behind their complicated relationship to light. Fans of The Age of Light will enjoy this fascinating look at the woman behind WB Yeats.
-Beth Mynheir
by Ines Bayard
(Releases June 16, 2020)

In this startling debut novel, Marie's respectable world is totally upended when she is raped by her boss. As she struggles with guilt, anxiety and despair, she turns inward starting a disturbing breakdown that is difficult to observe, yet hard to look away from. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she assumes her rapist is the father, not her husband, plunging her deeper into the destructive world inside her head. An illuminating, yet chilling look at how a life can be shattered.
-Maxwell Gregory
by Meg Mitchell Moore
(Releases June 16, 2020)

It is Little Fires Everywhere meets Never Have I Ever in this fun, witty and suspenseful novel. Sherri Griffith and her eleven-year-old daughter move to the idyllic coastal town of Newburyport, MA at the start of summer. They meet "The Squad," a group of a dozen mothers who also have eleven-year-old daughters and all call themselves best friends. As the Squad debates if they should socially accept Sherri and her daughter, it becomes obvious the duo are hiding a dark secret. Pour yourself an Aperol tequila cocktail (a "Squad favorite") and enjoy this perfect summer read.
-Morley Vahey
by Bakari Sellers

An illuminating look at the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working class told by Bakari Sellers, son of Cleveland Sellers. Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when he became the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. This memoir is also a love letter to his father whose life lessons continue to shape Sellers into an impactful leader.
-Kathy Petray
Ragweed and Poppy by Avi, Brian Floca
The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson
You Matter by Chirstian Robinson
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