It’s been a long, long while since I’ve posted, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been getting new books in! There are several titles that we’ve received in the past weeks by some of your favorite authors. Sooley, by John Grisham, is the story of a basketball player from Sudan who comes to America to find his dreams and faces a different experience than he expected. Edward Rutherford returns with his first novel in seven years, China: The Novel. It is truly an epic novel, covering the history of China from the Opium War in the 1830s through the present day. It is written in Rutherfurd’s trademark heavily-researched and highly accurate narrative. Andy Weir’s newest book, Project Hail Mary, follows up The Martian with all of the promise of the earlier novel: great sci-fi, human interest and redemption, and it’s a very suspenseful thriller on top of all that. Readers who enjoyed The Martian will be very pleased with this story. Chris Bohjalian goes further back in history than he’s done in his previous novels in The Hour of the Witch. Set in 17th century colonial America, this story weaves witch trials together with a troubled marriage, a murdered young boy, and deep secrets into a fascinating read.
Other high-demand authors with new books out include The Final Twist, the third and final installment in the Colter Shaw Series by Jeffrey Deaver; Ocean Prey by John Sanford, book 31 of the Prey books; Jack Carr’s newest action-packed Terminal List story, The Devil’s Hand; and rounding out the new thrillers is Robert B. Parker’s Payback by Mike Lupica.
Beach reads by popular authors with new titles this month include Nancy Thayer’s Family Reunion, Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis, The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews, and Amanda Quick’s The Lady Has a Past. For readers who like suspense while on vacation, Paula McLain’s new book, a suspense/thriller tale, When the Stars Go Dark, is a very good choice. This is a departure from her earlier books but does not disappoint.
We have some provocative nonfiction in our New Adult Book section: Killing the Mob by Bill O’Reilly, Persist by Elizabeth Warren, and What Happened to You? edited by Oprah Winfrey. Best-selling author and podcaster Jenny Lawson shares her journey with Depression in Broken in the Best Possible Way. The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale is the story of a haunted house in pre-World War II London and the Hungarian ghost hunter who tries to help. Coming back to the other side of the Atlantic in new nonfiction, for an in-depth look at Daniel Boone’s explorations and exploits in the American frontier, Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin is amazing! It is told from as much of a first-person perspective as possible for such an early time period; Clavin and Drury gathered diaries, journals and contemporary newspaper reports for this book.
New debut fiction includes The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan, a family saga that takes place in a myriad of places around the world; The Vietri Project by Nicola Derobertis-Theye, a magical realism story set in modern-day Italy; and The Vines by Shelley Nolden, a novel of loss and survival set in a forgotten hospital in New York City and that comes from the author’s personal experience with tragedy and a lengthy hospital stay. For my money, the best of all of the debut fiction this month is Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann. Readers who are from small towns in the South, but especially Texas, may find elements of their own childhood experiences or family in this modern-day story that interweaves mythology in a most entertaining way.
Happy reading, everyone! And remember, you can always call us at 214-363-9095 for reading suggestions.