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The Cactus

The Cactus

From the publisher: "Soon to be a Netflix feature film starring Reese Witherspoon. In this charming and poignant debut, one woman's unconventional journey to finding love means learning to embrace the unexpected. For Susan Green, messy emotions don't fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an 'interpersonal arrangement' that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is realized. She is losing control. Enter Rob, the dubious but well-meaning friend of her indolent brother. As Susan's due date draws near and her dismantled world falls further into a tailspin, Susan finds an unlikely ally in Rob. She might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go." More info →
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Not So Pure and Simple

Not So Pure and Simple

I'm always eager to read a new Lamar Giles novel, and this one didn't disappoint. This YA story reads as fast and fun, while delving into the serious topics of friendship, dating, family struggles, and toxic masculinity. Del's been in love with the same girl since kindergarten, but he can't bring himself to tell her. To complicate things, he's developed a reputation as a player, and he's not sure how to admit that it's completely unfounded. And his parents are sending him decidedly mixed messages and sex and dating: his mom dragging him to learn from the fiery preacher at her church, and his dad dishing "manly" but unhelpfully vague advice. How is he supposed to navigate the world when no one will admit what relationships are really like? I enjoyed Del's candor and cluelessness when it came to girls and his classmates, but—perhaps because I'm no longer a teenager—my favorite character is his big sister, who's learning to engage and educate on timely issues on her exploding YouTube channel. More info →
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After You: A Novel

After You: A Novel

In this much-anticipated sequel to word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You, Moyes takes her story in an entirely different direction: in a harrowing plot twist, Lou discovers that one damning photo has the power to ruin a young girl's life—but how to recover it? More info →
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Lighthouse Island

Lighthouse Island

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. From the publisher: "A captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope. In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few. It is a harsh world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan. Growing up, she dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest. When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets a man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megapolis—Lighthouse Island." More info →
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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

MMD readers keep telling me to read this. From the publisher: "Julie takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America." More info →
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Nick

Nick

From the publisher: "Critically acclaimed novelist Michael Farris Smith pulls Nick Carraway out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this look into his life before Gatsby. Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby's periphery, he was at the center of a very different story-one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I. Floundering in the wake of the destruction he witnessed firsthand, Nick delays his return home, hoping to escape the questions he cannot answer about the horrors of war. Instead, he embarks on a transcontinental redemptive journey that takes him from a whirlwind Paris romance-doomed from the very beginning-to the dizzying frenzy of New Orleans, rife with its own flavor of debauchery and violence. An epic portrait of a truly singular era and a sweeping, romantic story of self-discovery, this rich and imaginative novel breathes new life into a character that many know but few have pondered deeply." More info →
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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

This novel is strongly reminiscent of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry in that its all about the power of books and the power of community. When young Swedish girl Sara arrives in small town Iowa to find things are NOT as she expected, she takes the logical next step: she opens a bookstore. More info →
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Saving Ruby King

Saving Ruby King

Zakiya Harris, author of The Other Black Girl says of this debut: "Saving Ruby King is a stunning force of a novel that has everything anyone could want in a family saga—honey-dipped prose, strikingly human characters, and a satisfying, soul-stirring conclusion that will stay with me for a long, long time." More info →
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Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Take My Hand writes an introduction to this version of Northup's bestselling 1853 memoir that became a critically acclaimed film. The publisher calls it a "harrowing true story." More info →
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Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Summer Reading Guide author Jenny Colgan (Cafe by the Sea) serves up another sweet summer read. From the publisher: "For fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Jojo Moyes, and Jane Green, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is an irresistible novel—moving and funny, soulful and sweet—about happiness, heartache, and hope. And recipes." More info →
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The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor

By the author of American Royals. From the publisher: "Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall." More info →
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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

Though you may not recognize his name, Alexander von Humboldt was the father of modern environmentalism and the most famous scientist of his age. Born in the late 18th century, he had a deep love for outdoor exploration and traversed the globe in search of unusual environments. Von Humboldt was friends with Thomas Jefferson, inspired Darwin and Thoreau, and was passionate about helping humans understand our relationship to the natural world. In this biography, Wulf captures the man as endlessly passionate, progressive, and impactful. More info →
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The Luminaries

The Luminaries

New York Magazine calls this "A very clever, absurdly fun novel that reads like a cross between a locked-room mystery, a spaghetti Western, a game of Sodoku, and Edwin Drood." This bestselling, Man Booker Prize-winning novel is set in New Zealand during the gold rush of 1866. This is a fabulous ebook read, just because it's so long, but readers with great taste love this one. At 848 pages, this novel is an investment, but those who are up for the challenge are rewarded with a large cast of well-drawn characters, a sophisticated structure, and a well-developed and ultimately rewarding mystery. More info →
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At the Water’s Edge

At the Water’s Edge

From the publisher: "In this thrilling novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water's Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands." More info →
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A Glass of Blessings

A Glass of Blessings

"Wilmet Forsyth is bored. Bored with the everyday routine of her life. Bored with teatimes filled with local gossip. Bored with her husband, Rodney, a civil servant who dotes on her. But on her thirty-third birthday, Wilmet's conventional life takes a turn when she runs into the handsome brother of her close friend." (description from the publisher). Mavis Cheek says, "[Pym] makes me smile, laugh out loud, consider my own foibles and fantasies, and above all, suffer real regret when I reach the final page. Of how many authors can you honestly say that?" More info →
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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Readers fell in love with this light-hearted mystery—from the 2018 Summer Reading Guide and the list of books featuring seasoned female protagonists—in which a Bavarian widow moves to Sicily and rediscovers her love of living. "On her sixtieth birthday my Auntie Poldi moved to Sicily, intending to drink herself comfortably to death with a sea view." So says Poldi's nephew Michael. But life gets in the way: when Poldi's handyman goes missing, Poldi resolves to find him—with the help of the sexy police Commissario and a host of quirky Italians. Her quest brings Poldi back to life, and all she loves about it—namely prosecco, men, and gossip. Big-hearted and funny, smart and escapist: it's like taking your own Italian vacation. A delightful surprise and I'm happy the series continues. More info →
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Kate Atkinson has become one of my must-read authors. Her new historical sticks to the WWII setting of Life After Life and A God in Ruins but stands on its own. It's 1940, and an eighteen-year-old girl named Juliet, in search of a job, is surprised to find herself plunged into the world of espionage. Confession: I read this at the beach two summers ago and loved its droll British voice (though it took me more than a few chapters to get oriented). More info →
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Blessings

Blessings

From the publisher: "This powerful new novel by the best selling author Anna Quindlen begins when a teenage couple drives up, late at night, headlights out, to Blessings, the estate owned by Lydia Blessing. They leave a box and drive away, and in this instant, the world of Blessings is changed forever. Richly written, deeply moving, beautifully crafted, Blessings tells the story of Skip Cuddy, caretaker of the estate, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him." More info →
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The Worst Best Man

The Worst Best Man

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. Would you hire a wedding planner who was left at the altar? Despite the irony of her past, Carolina Santos dreams of being the best wedding-coordinator in the DC area. When a huge career opportunity presents itself, she leaps at the chance to prove her skills...except it means working with her ex-fiancée's brother. Equally motivated by this big opportunity, Max Hartley is ready to put any awkwardness aside to get the job done. Of course, that's tough to do when your new colleague hates your guts. Over the course of their work, Max and Lina start to see each other in a new, more flirtatious light. They try to ignore sparks between them as they finish their work, but it proves impossible in this sassy, laugh-out-loud open door rom-com. More info →
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