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Week of June 3, 2019

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Week of June 3, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of June 3rd include LAKE SUCCESS by Gary Shteyngart, a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times; CALYPSO, David Sedaris' most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book, in which he sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality; BEFORE AND AGAIN, Barbara Delinsky's novel about a woman in hiding who finds the courage to face the world again; THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams, an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast; MORNINGS WITH ROSEMARY (originally published as THE LIDO), Libby Page's debut about friendship and love, featuring the life-changing relationship between an anxious young reporter and an 86-year-old lifelong swimmer; and Anthony Ray Hinton's THE SUN DOES SHINE (Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection), a powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin - Romance

June 4, 2019

Ayesha Shamsi’s dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her 100th marriage proposal. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family.

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment, but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family and friends. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made, though she can’t risk telling them too much. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself --- or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well.

Beyond All Reasonable Doubt written by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles - Legal Thriller

June 4, 2019

Thirteen years ago, a 15-year-old girl was murdered. Doctor Stig Ahlin was sentenced to life in prison. But no one has forgotten the brutal crime. Ahlin is known as one of the most ruthless criminals. When Sophia Weber discovers critical flaws in the murder investigation, she decides to help Ahlin. But Sophia doing her utmost to get her client exonerated arouses many people's disgust. And the more she learns, the more difficult her job becomes. What kind of man is her client really? What has he done? And will she ever know the truth?

Bright Ruin by Vic James - Dystopian Fantasy

June 4, 2019

The lower classes must give 10 years in service to Britain’s powerfully gifted rulers. With one uprising crushed by the glittering elite, commoners and aristocrats alike now take sides for a final confrontation. At the center of it all are Abi Hadley and her brother, Luke. Each has reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi, who was once their servant, now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim --- but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine. Risking everything to end a bright and shining tyranny, Abi, Luke and Silyen find themselves bound by a single destiny. Their actions will change their fates --- and the world --- but at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate.

Calypso by David Sedaris - Humor/Essays

June 4, 2019

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, David Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With CALYPSO, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality.

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo - Essays

June 4, 2019

In each of the 11 pieces collected here, Richard Russo considers the unexpected turns of the creative life. From his grandfather’s years cutting gloves to his own teenage dreams of rock stardom; from his first college teaching jobs to his dazzling reads of Dickens and Twain; from the roots of his famous novels to his journey accompanying a dear friend --- the writer Jennifer Finney Boylan --- as she pursued gender reassignment surgery, THE DESTINY THIEF powerfully reveals the inner workings of one of America’s most beloved authors.

The Devoted by Blair Hurley - Fiction

June 4, 2019

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle - Fiction

June 4, 2019

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her novel, THE DINNER LIST. When Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner, she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past…and Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain - Fiction

June 4, 2019

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam War, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly's part. And all for the love of her unborn child.

The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home --- until she learns of her dad’s failing health. Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai - Fiction

June 4, 2019

It is 1985, and Yale Tishman is the development director for an art gallery in Chicago. As his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. In these intertwining stories, Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

High White Sun by J. Todd Scott - Thriller

June 4, 2019

In the wake of Sheriff Stanford Ross' death, former deputy Chris Cherry --- now Sheriff Cherry --- struggles to escape the long, dark shadow of that infamous lawman. But it's only when a local Rio Grande guide is murdered, and new deputies America Reynosa and Ben Harper’s ongoing investigation is swept aside by a secretive federal agent, that the novice sheriff truly understands just how tenuous his hold on that badge really is. And as other new threats emerge, nothing can prepare Chris for the high cost of crossing dangerous men such as John Wesley Earl, a high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, or Thurman Flowers, a part-time pastor and full-time white supremacist.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart - Fiction/Humor

June 4, 2019

Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema --- a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth --- has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen - Literary Thriller/Adventure

June 4, 2019

A Long Way Down: A Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis - Mystery/Thriller

June 4, 2019

The Lost Family by Jenna Blum - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell - Romance

June 4, 2019

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer - Thriller

June 4, 2019

Mornings with Rosemary by Libby Page - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life, but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she has swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she is assigned to write about the lido’s closing. As Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li - Fiction

June 4, 2019

When disaster strikes at the Beijing Duck House, each character is forced to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay. Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their 30-year friendship into something else. And when Nan’s son, Pat, and Annie find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Ohio by Stephen Markley - Fiction

June 4, 2019

One sweltering night in 2013, four former high school classmates converge on their hometown in northeastern Ohio. There’s Bill Ashcraft, a drug-abusing activist whose flailing ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to post-BP New Orleans, and now back home with a mysterious package strapped to the undercarriage of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting her family and the mother of her best friend and first love; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried to forget; and Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the washed-up captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax.

The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith - Mystery

June 4, 2019

Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie, hire a new au pair, and Isabel brings on an intelligent assistant editor to share her workload. Both women, though, have romantic entanglements that threaten to interfere with their work, and Isabel must decide how best to navigate this tricky domestic situation. Meanwhile, Isabel makes the acquaintance of Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s friend Basil. She tries to be supportive, especially given that Patricia is raising her son on her own, without the help of his father, a well-known Edinburgh organist also named Basil. But when Isabel sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man, she begins to rethink her assumptions.

Rescued: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt - Mystery

June 4, 2019

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on any more cases. He’d much rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation, than find himself back in a courtroom. However, when a truck carrying over 70 dogs from the South to the rescue-friendly northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved. He is eager to help the dogs, many of whom come to the Tara Foundation while awaiting forever homes. The accused just happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiance --- her tall, good-looking, ex-Marine ex-fiance. Even with dozens of cases behind Andy, this one may prove to be his most difficult.

Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by Karen Auvinen - Memoir

June 4, 2019

Determined to live an independent life on her own terms, Karen Auvinen flees to a primitive cabin in the Rockies to live in solitude as a writer and to embrace all the beauty and brutality nature has to offer. When a fire incinerates every word she has ever written and all of her possessions --- except for her beloved dog Elvis, her truck and a few singed artifacts --- Karen embarks on a heroic journey to reconcile her desire to be alone with her need for community.

Southernmost by Silas House - Fiction

June 4, 2019

In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew --- and risks losing everything. With no way out but ahead, Asher takes his son, Justin, and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he’d turned against years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new way of understanding love.

Summer Hours by Amy Mason Doan - Contemporary

June 4, 2019

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister, is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, she finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, who has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel. As the summer winds to its end, Miranda is caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish her from the island for nearly two decades.

Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall - Psychological Thriller

June 4, 2019

Trouble the Water by Rebecca Dwight Bruff - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe - Mystery/Thriller

June 4, 2019

Washed-up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone has been waiting patiently to finish what was started. Now, 15 years later, a broke and desperate Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a web series in which she'll pose as a real-life private detective --- a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept. Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin.

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri - Romantic Comedy

June 4, 2019

Katie Daniels, a 28-year-old Kentucky transplant with a strong set of traditional values, has just been dumped by her fiancé when she finds herself seated across a negotiating table from native New Yorker Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-assured woman wearing a man's suit. While at first Katie doesn't know what to think, a chance meeting later that night leads them both to the Metropolis, a dimly lit lesbian dive bar that serves as Cassidy's second home. Soon their undeniable chemistry will push each woman to confront what she thinks she deserves --- and what it is she truly wants.

Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang - Science Fiction/Thriller

June 4, 2019

Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she'll take any job for the right price. As far as Cas knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower...until she discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Möbius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master. Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she's involved. There’s only one problem: she doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore.