Quick Lit July 2019
If You Want to Make God Laugh

If You Want to Make God Laugh

Marais's debut Hum If You Don't Know the Words was a 2017 Summer Reading Guide selection and I've been looking forward to her new release, which comes out tomorrow, July 16. The book tells the story of three women, two sisters, Ruth and Delilah, and the much younger Zodwa, whose lives become intertwined after the sisters discover an abandoned day-old baby on their doorstep. Each of the women is actively dealing with a personal crisis, and in rotating points of view, we learn each about each woman’s secrets and situation. An absorbing tale of friendship, and redemption, and the transformative power of love. More info →
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Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

While this doesn't technically come out until August 13, many of you have your hands on it already because it's a July early-release Book of the Month selection. As a novelist, Center has said she is “interested in the ways people bounce back,” and after our protagonist and veteran firefighter Cassie throws a few very public punches at a community event, she struggles to figure out how to do just that—in a new firehouse that is reluctant, to say the least, to welcome a female firefighter into their boys' club. Her new position is complicated further when she falls for her fellow rookie, and is forced to finally think about her feelings (ugh). A fast, feel-good read. More info →
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Light from Distant Stars: A Novel

Light from Distant Stars: A Novel

After enjoying Shawn's YA novel The Day the Angels Fell, I've been eager to read this new release, his first novel geared toward adults, which hits shelves tomorrow. The story begins with a death: a son discovers the body of his father, he's filled with guilt and fear, he doesn't want to tell his sister he was the first one to know. But why? As the memories come pouring back over the ensuing days, the reader begins to find out what went on in this troubled family. Recommended for Billy Coffey fans. More info →
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The New Girl

The New Girl

This is my second-ever Daniel Silva book. I love a good spy thriller—they're perfect poolside reading—and this one has much to recommend itself: tight pacing, an intriguing setting (in the international art world), characters exchanging F. Scott Fitzgerald lines over dinner. I particularly appreciated how Silva took his inspiration from all-too-real international events: this time, the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In this book, Silva asks what if?, imagining how events might play out in the real Middle East. Don't miss the author's note at the end. More info →
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The Lager Queen of Minnesota

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

When I was recently reviewing my second quarter reading, I realized that I hadn't finished an audiobook since March! That's unusual for me, and it means I get less reading in—so I immediately downloaded a few promising titles from Libro.fm. This new title from the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest follows several generations of a Minnesota family as they establish themselves in the brewing industry—and fall to pieces in the process. Despite the family feud and plenty of tense moments, the tone is relentlessly hopeful, and the story hugely listenable. (I walked six miles yesterday just so I could get to the end!) Coming July 23. More info →
Iron Lake (Cork O’Connor Mystery Series Book 1)

Iron Lake (Cork O’Connor Mystery Series Book 1)

When a Minnesota reader mentioned that Krueger may be just the ticket for Louise Penny fans waiting for the next Gamache novel, I immediately downloaded the series' first book from my library. This procedural set in rural Minnesota features a strong sense of place, long-running grudges, and an ousted sheriff seeking justice where the authorities will not. Recommended for Louise Penny fans, yes, and also those who enjoyed Snow Falling on Cedars and this year's Summer Reading Guide pick The Current. More info →
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