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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!

August 02, 2017

The power of language — in both good ways and bad — is apparent in the books we feature in this issue. In The Confusion of Languages, Siobhan Fallon explores how it can complicate already tenuous relationships while in Hunger, memoirist Roxane Gay uses language as a tool to explore her struggles with body image and weight. Among the newly released paperbacks we have a Daphne du Maurier-like Rabbit Hall and a fresh new voice in My Name is Leon. Happy reading!

July 12, 2017

Enjoy the dog days of summer with a few reading indulgences. We've got a riveting mystery set in California, Shadow Man, and a pulse-pounding procedural, The Force. We also feature Arundhati Roy's new novel after a hiatus of twenty years, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Pack your beach bag with the Oprah pick, Behold the Dreamers or a whole host of other newly released paperbacks including the atmospheric Smoke, or take a journey around the world in Crossing the Horizon. Happy reading!

June 21, 2017

History hits home in various ways in this issue. World War II and Vietnam loom over Before We Sleep, while the paperback original, Kintu, traces Uganda's history over the course of many generations. Personal histories visit Driving Miss Norma, a spirited account of one woman's facing down her own mortality, while Priestdaddy is an engaging memoir by a young poet mostly focused on her father, a colorful Catholic priest. Don't miss new paperback releases including the exquisite Mischling about twin subjects in a Holocaust camp and YA releases, The Serpent King and Thanks For the Trouble. Happy reading!

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