Entertainment Weekly says, "Holly Goldberg Sloan is skilled at creating sympathetic and utterly charming young characters, and in Short she succeeds once again. . . . Sloan manages to deftly weave in tough topics like grief and identity with both the same humor and tenderness."
- by Gary Taubes
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project says, "Once again, the brilliant Gary Taubes manages to make a complex scientific subject easy to understand. The Case Against Sugar is a riveting history of ideas, a clear analysis of evidence, and an utterly persuasive argument that sugar is the new tobacco. Taubes methodically explains why sugar—not sloth, not fat—accounts for our unprecedented levels of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Taubes answers every counter-argument as he exposes bad research, reveals conflicts of interest, and explodes myths." Add Audible narration for $12.99.
- by Ruth Wariner
This is a good read, and a hard one. The publisher calls this "a riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl's coming-of-age in a polygamist family—Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children." Imagine Angela's Ashes, but instead of poverty and alcoholism in Ireland you have polygamy and child abuse in Utah. In this coming-of-age memoir, Wariner describes her childhood as the thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children. Absorbing and heartbreaking.
This is a terrific price on a brand new release, and could absolutely be "a book you choose for the cover" in the 2017 Reading Challenge. From the publisher: "In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success-only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached." Marie Claire says this is "a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever." Add Audible narration for $12.99.