Rita & Peter Loved:
By Anne Youngson
"What a charming book. With remembrances of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society this special little book begs to be read and discussed. What does infidelity look like and is it ever permissible? Through weeks and months of letter writing a couple who have never actually met become letter-writing soul mates. This is a poignant novel whose characters become real people with hopes and dreams, losses and disappointments, ever searching for something they didn’t even know they wanted"
Dear Mrs. Bird
By AJ Pearce

“What initially seems like a breezy career girl story quickly turns into a gripping novel set in the WWII London blitzkrieg. During the nightly bombing runs, Emmeline volunteers at a nearby fire dispatch center. She dreams of becoming a journalist, but instead lands a day job screening advice-seeking letters for a weekly magazine, Woman’s Friend. All too soon, she and her friends become victims of the bombings and must deal with losses and new horrors each night. In Dear Mrs. Bird, AJ Pearce has given us a most memorable story about both the visible and hidden casualties of war. Recommended for all, including book clubs!” 
— Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

By Nico Walker

“Cherry is a book for our times, a bit like if Jim Carroll, Denis Johnson, and Tim O’Brien had conspired to break your heart. Walker’s writing is bare and essential, direct and unforgiving. Whether or not the reader has any sense of war, PTSD, or addiction, they will have a clearer one by the end of this blistering debut. I can’t wait for an encore.” 
— Mathew Clouser, BookPeople, Austin, TX 

America for Beginners
By Leah Franqui
 “A poignant story that confronts cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes through three people who end up on a trip across the U.S. The story revolves around a Bengali widow of means whose gay son was disowned; a young Bangladeshi man who has a job as a tour agent; and a young, white American woman who aspires to be an actress. These three are united in the journey initiated by the widow to tour the U.S., but really to find her son and confront his lover. Courage to face the unknown — whether it is a foreign country or questioning a previously held conviction — shapes the story and shows that we all have the potential to grow and change.” 
— Susan Bush, Island Bound Bookstore, Block Island, RI 

Baby Teeth
By Zoje Stage

“I am a little afraid to write a review after finishing this book because I have the terrible feeling that I’m being watched, this due to the suspicion that seven-year-old Hannah has jumped from the pages of the book straight into my head — something she undoubtedly planned the entire time, despite the obvious impossibility of it all. I could not put this book down — simply fascinating.” 
— Debra Barrett, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA 

Where the Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens

“Where the Crawdads Sing is a stunning and beautiful novel that readers will want to simultaneously savor and devour with every luxurious word. You’ll hear the gulls cry on the beach through these pages, you’ll see the light flickering through the marsh trees, you’ll smell the homemade grits sizzling on the stovetop. Your heart will ache for the lonely marsh girl and your wheels will start turning when a body is discovered, but you’ll never regret reading this gorgeous novel.” 
— Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE