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Magical/Realism: Essays on Music, Memory, Fantasy, and Borders by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

In this captivating exploration of identity, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal uses pop culture to explore what it means to be human in a world that does not amplify all voices. Insightful and affecting, from the first page Magical/Realism drew me into its complex, painful, beautiful world. Through her lyrical prose, Villarreal navigates the intersections of personal experience and broader social issues, ultimately delivering a wise, tender, and essential memoir that resonates past its pages.  —Lindsay

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ISBN: 9780593187142
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Published: Tiny Reparations Books - May 14th, 2024

The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren

With its wacky yet relatable characters, tropical setting, and irresistible romance, The Paradise Problem is the perfect escapist read for fans of lighthearted, popcorn rom-coms. A fake marriage becomes real as Anna and West attend West’s sister’s wedding to satisfy his inheritance contract. They could not be more different yet more right for one another. I couldn’t stop smiling at this quintessential beach read.  —Lindsay

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Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2024

The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

Grief has a way of unifying us all. In The Air He Breathes, we watch as single mom Elizabeth forms a friendship with the “town jerk,” Tristan. While on its surface this sounds like a common story, Brittainy Cherry weaves together themes of love, loss, forgiveness, and redemption into an unforgettable narrative that feels both raw and incredibly tender.  —Lindsay

 

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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - March 19th, 2024

Lavash at First Sight by Taleen Voskuni

Taleen Voskuni delivers a delectable romantic comedy with a tender blend of humor, heart, and mouth-watering descriptions of Armenian food (like grocery shopping when hungry, this is not a book to read on an empty stomach). Sparks fly immediately between Ellie and Vanya when they are at a conference in Chicago, but their parents’ mutual disdain threatens to snuff out the flame before it can ignite. Lavash at First Sight was the refreshing balm my soul craved.  —Lindsay

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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2024

Here for the Wrong Reasons by Annabel Paulsen & Lydia Wang

For fans of Alison Cochrun or Alexis Hall, Here for the Wrong Reasons offers a refreshing, Sapphic spin on the reality dating show trope. Krystin and Lauren may be two out of thirty-something women competing for the attention of the male bachelor, but it’s not his love story that is the focus of this hilarious enemies-to-lovers romp. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and unexpected twists, this novel is the hug-this-book-to-my-chest-and-squeal type of good.  —Lindsay

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Published: Alcove Press - May 21st, 2024

Earls Trip by Jenny Holiday

With its lovable characters (no toxic masculinity in sight!) and irresistible charm (delightful found family!), Earls Trip is a must-read for fans of Regency-era romance looking for a fresh take on the genre. Jenny Holiday invites us to follow Archie and Clementine on their friends-to-lovers journey full of hijinks, shenanigans, and forced proximity. This book made me cry in the best way, but please note the content warning for dementia, grief, and loss of a parent.  —Lindsay

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Published: Kensington - April 23rd, 2024

Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe

Rufi Thorpe’s writing is as sharp and insightful as ever in Margo’s Got Money Troubles. She offers poignant commentary on societal expectations and the pursuit of happiness as she follows the titular character Margo from new adult to new mom. Her ex-wrestler father helps her craft a character for an OnlyFans account, leading to a hilarious, heartfelt story that should not work as well as it does. I could not stop thinking about this book. —Lindsay

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Published: William Morrow - June 11th, 2024

The Titanic Survivors Book Club by Timothy Schaffert

Has a book—or perhaps a book club—ever saved your life? Yorick lost his job as the Titanic’s librarian just before its tragic voyage, and he and other Parisians who missed the boat feel a haunting unease. The Titanic Survivors’ Book Club is filled with elegant insights into the human condition, characters brimming with Gatsby-esque yearning, and an understanding of the powerful role books play in creating community. It will have historical fiction lovers and casual readers alike saying, “Just one more chapter….” —Lindsay

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Published: Doubleday - April 2nd, 2024

The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Loren's storytelling prowess shines as we follow Finn and Liv, two survivors of the worst school shooting in history, as they reconnect after twelve years apart. While discussing intense subjects, The Ones Who Got Away never veered into ‘tragedy porn’ territory or made the events of prom night feel gimmicky. The trauma impacted them both in substantial ways and changed the course of their lives. This book made me cry with the characters and cheer for their happily ever after.

—Lindsay

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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - March 12th, 2024

Dragged to the Wedding by Andrew Grey

This fantastic fake-relationship rom-com is just as likely to make you laugh as it is to make you cry. James Petika needs a date to his sister’s wedding in Montana, where his family is unaware he is queer. To maintain his secret, he enlists the help of Daniel Bonafonte, better known as “Lala Traviata,” a beloved figure of Chicago’s drag scene. Everything collides to forge a perfect backdrop for the Birdcage-esque shenanigans.  

—Lindsay

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Published: Carina Adores - October 17th, 2023

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