Hello, all of our readers! July is a big month, with several new titles by some popular, high-demand authors being released. Daniel Silva’s latest, The Cellist, takes intelligence officer Gabriel Allon from England to Russia and a few places in between. Dead by Dawn is the newest offering in Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch mystery series. Jeff Abbott’s newest title, Ambush of Widows, is set in Austin. Kathy Reich’s latest installment featuring recurring character Temperance Brennan is The Bone Code. Karin Slaughter brings back her popular character Leigh Collier in False Witness. Lisa Jackson (The Third Grave, Tess Gerritsen (Choose Me), and Janet Dailey (Santa’s Sweetheart) each have new titles releasing soon.
New thriller/suspense titles include Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda and Safe in My Arms by Sara Shepard. Both stories are set around idyllic communities whose residents have secrets to hide. A slightly similarly story is The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. A young woman marries her dream man and after he disappears shortly into the marriage, she discovers that he is not who he told her he was. The interesting twist to this story is the unlikely alliance between her and her husband’s teen-age daughter who hates her.
Popular historical fiction authors with new releases include Marie Benedict, Beatriz Williams, and Sally Gunning. The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict, is the story of J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian. The book contains a glimpse of New York society at the height of the Gilded Age and an in-depth view of rare book and manuscript collection. Beatriz Williams’ newest, Our Woman in Moscow, is a suspense-filled story of life behind the Iron Curtain during the mid-19th century. Sally Gunning has moved forward in time from her previous American Revolution-era novels in Painting the Light, which is set at the end of the 20th century.
Thought-provoking new nonfiction include Peaceful on Purpose: The Power to Remain Calm, Strong, and Confident in Every Season by Joel Osteen and Powerful Thinking by Joyce Meyer. This new book contains quite a few “Joyce-isms” as in her previous books. Robin DiAngelo follows up her 2018 book, White Fragility with Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm.
Debbie Macomber heartfully writes about a middle-aged woman recovering from divorce and finding love again in It’s Better This Way. This story is perfect for those of us who are “of an age” and who would enjoy a positive, uplifting read about starting over.
Since we’re on the subject about being “of an age” and starting over, I want to share about two movies that are available on Hoopla right now, with no wait time. Then Came You stars Craig Ferguson, Elizabeth Hurley and Kathie Lee Gifford. It’s directed by author Adriana Trigiani (whose books we have here at the library) and is about a widow who has a plan to travel around the world with her husband’s ashes to visit places they enjoyed seeing in the movies but didn’t get to see together. She doesn’t get far, because the first stop on her trip changes her plans (and her life). 50 is the New 30 is a French film about a woman who has to move back in with her parents after her husband leaves her for younger woman. She opens up a shop, finds love and navigates a new life after 50 in a way only the French can! Both movies are fun and heart-warming.