Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Spring Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Readers may already know author Doree Shafrir from her career at BuzzFeed, but here, she’s spinning a tale about the startup world. Katya Pasternack works at a tech blog, and will do whatever it takes to break an exciting new story first.When she stumbles upon a big new story about Mack McAllister, a startup founder with a trendy new app called TakeOff, it looks like her career might be about to take off too. If you love smart, true-to-life novels and are fascinated by the startup world, this is the book for you this week.
Readers, meet Joseph Petrosino. He was born in 1860, and worked for the New York Police Department where he earned a reputation as a talented detective. There, he formed the Italian Squad where he worked to protect the immigrant community during a wave of crimes. Petrosino is referred to in some circles as the “Italian Sherlock Holmes,” and this book about him will fascinate readers. In a starred review, Kirkus wrote: “[Stephan] Talty is an excellent storyteller, and this particular story is highly relevant as America’s next set of immigrants struggles for acceptance.”
They say not to talk to strangers. Still, that doesn’t stop Alice Lake from stopping to speak with the man who is sitting outside her house. That decision will prove fateful, as the man doesn’t know his own name, and Alice invites him into her home. At the same time, a young woman in London realizes that her husband has gone missing. These stories intertwine in Lisa Jewell’s psychological thriller I Found You. If you love stories that tie multiple cases together in fascinating ways, this is the novel for you.
If you love incisive short stories that deliver maximum impact in few words, then look no further than C. J Collins’ translation of these short stories by Osama Alomar, who is from Syria but now lives in Chicago. These pages are full of allegories and fables about people, animals, and objects. At only 96 pages, you won’t believe the punch that this collection packs. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raved: “Alomar’s writing brims with hope, and this slim volume is full of compassion and depth.”
Leighton Elizabeth James has been in love with Maverick Austin Davis for as long as she can remember. It’s been ten years since she last saw him, since she confessed her feelings and he left without a backwards glance. Maverick was a rodeo star for years, but now he’s back in town after one too many injuries. Leighton doesn’t want to get hurt again, but she can’t help the pull she feels towards Maverick. Has a decade apart changed the way he feels about her, or is she still his kid sister’s lovesick best friend? This is the first in Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, and readers will be eager for more after following Leighton and Maverick’s heartwarming reunion.
Evangeline Riley will never forget her 16th birthday: Hurricane Katrina hit her small fishing town of Bayou Perdu and her family evacuated to Atlanta. Evangeline misses everything about her life in Louisiana: her mother’s diner, her friends, and the quiet peace she’d find when she’d take her skiff out onto the water. Slowly, Evangeline and her family begin to rebuild their lives and find their footing. Evangeline enrolls in a new school and finds friends, an understanding school counselor, and a fellow refugee named Tru, a boy who makes her heart beat faster. Joanne O’Sullivan’s novel explores what happens in the wake of a natural disaster: the grief, loss, heartbreak, and slow but steady remaking of a life.
Eleven-year-old Rafael Rosales spends every spare second playing baseball. He dreams of one day becoming good enough to leave the Dominican Republic and join a major league team in America. It’s going to be a tough road, but he believes in himself and is determined to succeed. Kurtis Scaletta’s novel alternates between the childhoods of Rafael and 12-year-old Maya, a budding environmentalist who worries about the fact that bees are dying all over the world. She wants to help protect the planet, but it seems like a daunting task. Then she spots a young baseball player named Rafael, a prospect for the Minnesota Twins. He isn’t faring well, but she can tell he won’t give up or stop trying. He quickly becomes her favorite player, as well as a reason to believe that she too shouldn’t give up. These two tales, set nine years apart, are beautifully woven together, and readers will love getting to know both of these memorable characters.
Joseph is bravely going where few kids dare: Downstairs after bedtime. He’s convinced that his parents lead wild, exciting lives after dark. Why else are they so insistent about getting him and his sister into bed on time? After they tuck him in for the night, he waits until the coast is clear and then slips out of his room and into the hall. Joseph isn’t sure what to expect: ninja acrobatics, a tuba mariachi marching band, a hot-fudge fountain. Armed with a set of cardboard spy goggles and his trusty notepad, Joseph is prepared to report back to his fellow kids on exactly what adults do when their children go to bed.