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Summer Newsletter 2023 Hardback Fiction

Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea

In this captivating, emotional, and thrilling historical novel, Urrea loosely traces his mother’s experience in World War II in the Red Cross Clubmobile Corps, which brought coffee, donuts, and a sense of home to frontline troops. Recognizing both the unsung heroism of these women and the crucial role they played in building morale during the war, Good Night, Irene is an uplifting portrait of ordinary courage. A book about love and loss, with humor, grief, and compassion filling the pages. 

—Casey

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316265850
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 30th, 2023

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese has written a book to savor, with rich characters, well-developed scenes of South India’s Malabar Coast, and an intricate depiction of the complicated history of colonialism and independence and of the innovation and impact of the practice of medicine from 1900 to 1970. The Covenant of Water carries the reader through the life of Big Ammachi as she experiences heartache and injustices, and as she responds with understanding, empathy, longing, and love. Truly a book worth your time and a treasure that promises to stay with you for a lifetime. 

—J.L.

 

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780802162175
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2023

The Trackers by Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier (of Cold Mountain fame) takes us to the Great Depression as a New Deal artist accepts a cross-country mission to find a wealthy rancher’s missing wife. Frazier’s characters and his views of history are so compelling because they are deeply nuanced. You’ll find few clear heroes or villains in this book but plenty of intriguing and flawed individuals who are just trying to survive this wild journey. Enjoy the ride!

—Glenn

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780062948083
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Published: Ecco - April 11th, 2023

The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor (Real Life and Filthy Animals) is one hell of a writer. His latest novel, set in Iowa City, brings together a cast of grad students and town locals who intermingle, tangle, and seek meaning for their lives and each other. Where conflict across race, class, and perspective is writ large on the body, with electrifying results, this is biting social commentary, a coming-of-age in chorus; this is modern day St. Elmo’s Fire, but messier and more real. 

—Melinda

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593332337
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 23rd, 2023

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Chain-Gang All-Stars is critically challenging, emotionally wrenching, and thought provoking. Follow various perspectives through a world where the prison industry has taken over as the number one entertainment platform, bringing gory gladiator matches to the modern day. Fans of Friday Black will love Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s newest dystopian novel, one that confronts systemic racism, privatized prisons, and the tragedy that arises in the midst of pure violence. 

—Kailey Jo

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Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593317334
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Published: Pantheon - May 2nd, 2023

Hula by Jasmin Iolani Hakes

It is our responsibility to bring the past into the future as a living, breathing thing. Hula is in Hilo’s very blood, but Hilo struggles to fit in with her family, due to her mother’s solitary and hovering nature. Following in the tradition of Pachinko, this multigenerational story sings with rhythmic prose while allowing the silenced voices of Hawai‘i to finally be heard. You’ll come away from this book with a deeper understanding of these beautiful islands.

—Ivy

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780063276987
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Published: HarperVia - May 2nd, 2023

The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane

What does one week in the life of a marriage look like? Mary Beth Keane (Ask Again, Yes)  introduces us to Malcolm and Jess, a married couple for whom feelings about infertility and parenthood, infidelity and commitment are at the forefront of life. Set against the backdrop of the bar they own and a snowstorm that upends their routines, The Half Moon is an immersive story of love and forgiveness that perfectly captures the emotional depth of our most intimate relationships. 

—Casey

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982172602
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Published: Scribner - May 2nd, 2023

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

The morally bankrupt main character in Yellowface has claimed an identity not her own, taken credit for a bestseller she didn’t write, and is pretending to be Asian American when she decidedly is not. The book keeps the reader wondering how many ways June Hayward, using her assumed name of Juniper Song, can be a victim of her own premeditated actions. Part thriller, part meta social commentary on the publishing industry, the book’s gray areas make it simultaneously hard to keep reading and hard to put down. If you’re a fan of R.F. Kuang’s fantasy novels or are looking for a new voice in fiction, you will enjoy Yellowface.

—Ian

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780063250833
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Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2023

Doña Cleanwell Leaves Home: Stories by Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo, a foundational writer of Chicana feminism, has returned with a new collection of stories that cross from Chicago to Mexico while delving deeply into the lives of those beloved but not fully known. Whether it is the “discovered” fully actualized mother in the titular story or the deceased sister finally seen, these stories of maturing Chicana women cross borders and social expectations in remarkable, affirming ways that only Castillo can traverse. 

—Melinda

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780063259416
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Published: HarperVia - May 16th, 2023

Halcyon by Elliot Ackerman

The author of Waiting for Eden returns with a new novel set in an altered recent past in which Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election, Osama Bin Laden was killed in Afghanistan rather than Pakistan, and scientists have figured out how to resurrect the dead. Martin, a Civil War historian, soon learns that his elderly landlord, with whom he has a budding friendship, was one of the first people to be returned to life. In calm, clear-eyed prose, Elliot Ackerman uses his bold premise to explore issues of ethics, truth, history, class, and privilege. 

—Rico

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321621
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Published: Knopf - May 23rd, 2023

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