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November 15, 2017

Plenty of sumptuous feasting on books is on tap with this issue. You can't go wrong with a tour of the South in Wiley Cash's The Last Ballad or Daniel Alarcon's haunting new The King Is Always Above the People. Veteran author Louise Erdrich is also back with the dystopian Future Home of the Living God so there's plenty to pick from over Thanksgiving break. Pile your plate high with paperbacks including the Man Booker shortlisted History of Wolves. Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading!

November 01, 2017

Tragic histories and secrets get aired in some of the engaging novels in this issue including in Isabel Allende's new book, In the Midst of Winter. Never Coming Back explores family secrets while Solar Bones is the summation of a life, mysteries and all. Our paperback section includes more opportunities to dig around with suspense novels such as Coffin Road by Peter May and Clare Mackintosh's I See You.

October 18, 2017

Everyday heroes get their time in the sun with A Moonless, Starless Sky, a nonfiction account of African men and women fighting the rise of extremism on the subcontinent; and the paperback original, Go, Went, Gone, in which a retired professor finds new meaning in his life when he meets some African refugees. Don't miss City of Dreams by Tyler Anbinder, now released in paperback, which chronicles the growth of the Big Apple, and popular literary fiction author Ha Jin's latest, The Boat Rocker, also new to paperback. Happy reading!

October 04, 2017

Two eloquent chroniclers of the African American experience, both National Book Award winners, return with brilliant works of fiction. Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing, is set in her native Mississippi and explores how drugs are ravaging a state that is already haunted by racism. James McBride's Five-Carat Soul touches on themes of slavery and segregation in a collection of short stories. If you love memoirs, don't miss You Will Not Have My Hate and Love Warrior, both newly released in paperback. Thank you for reading!

September 20, 2017

What does humanity deem as worth preserving — and at what cost? These are a few of many questions expertly discussed in this issue. Savage Country visits a time in U.S. history when the buffalo population was at risk, while the YA novel Landscape With Invisible Hand dives into a speculative future and assesses our collective decisions about the universe. The paperback releases are studded with favorites including Sebastian Barry's Days Without End and The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak. Happy reading!

September 06, 2017

Fall is in the air and it's time for reinvention. Arthur Less, the protagonist of the charming Less, is trying to reboot his life in the wake of his partner's marriage, while the Golden family attempts a version of the same in Salman Rushdie's The Golden House. The protagonist in Genuine Fraud, however, realizes there are limits to second acts. Our rich paperback selection includes Will Schwalbe's Books for Living and Emma Donoghue's The Wonder. Happy fall — and happy reading!

August 23, 2017

A large canvas can be a great backdrop for a powerful story as The Locals by Pulitzer-finalist Jonathan Dee illustrates. A similarly compelling case can be made for The Heart's Invisible Furies which tracks much of contemporary Irish history through the lens of one gay man. Our paperback selections include the winner of the 2016 BookBrowse Young Adult Novel, All We Have Left, and a precise exploration of family dynamics in Caroline Leavitt's Cruel Beautiful World. Go large or zoom in close with the many delightful books in this issue. Happy reading!

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  • Book Jacket: The Last Ballad
    The Last Ballad
    by Wiley Cash
    Ella May WigginsA hundred years ago or so, farming land west of Charlotte, North Carolina was given over to giant ...
  • Book Jacket: Future Home of the Living God
    Future Home of the Living God
    by Louise Erdrich
    Louise Erdrich began Future Home of the Living God in 2002, set it aside, and picked it up again in ...
  • Book Jacket: The Last Mrs. Parrish
    The Last Mrs. Parrish
    by Liv Constantine
    Amber has lived in poverty all her life, and she has had enough. Of course, wishing to have money ...

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