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.
This is author Lesley Nneka Arimah’s first collection of short stories, tackling life in Nigeria. In a dozen gripping tales, Arimah shows the intricacies of friendships and love and the poignancy of loss, and weaves in a futuristic thread that elevates the collection. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raved: “From the chilling opening story, ‘The Future Looks Good,’ structured like a Russian nesting doll, to the closing story, ‘Redemption,’ this collection electrifies.”
American history buffs listen up: This one’s for you. Author Daniel J. Sharfstein tells the story of two famous men—Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce in Oregon, and American general Oliver Otis Howard—who fought on opposite sides of the Nez Perce War in the 19th century. Readers will travel to the American West, and step into a violent and troubling chapter of the nation’s history. We especially recommend this book for those of you who devoured William Vollmann’s novel The Dying Grass and are now clamoring for more.
Looking for a new mystery series to dive into? Look no further. You could say that Delilah Metcalfe is a little stressed out. She’s having money problems, and she’s juggling two demanding business ventures—one of which is a dating agency. To make ends meet, she rents out some of the space in her office to Samson O’Brien. Samson is a detective, and his first case concerns the death of a man in the community. But the case is hardly as cut-and-dried as it first appears to be, and it looks like Delilah’s dating agency might be involved. Can Samson and Delilah get to the bottom of things before the death toll mounts?
Héctor and Lilia are starting a family, and they want to provide their young daughter with every possible opportunity. Héctor leaves Mexico for the United States, in hopes of finding a place to live and a source of income to support them. Lilia follows close behind, with little Alejandra in tow. Alejandra vanishes in the process, however, throwing the family into crisis. Several years later, Héctor and Lilia still feel the loss, but have started their lives again in Oaxaca. Then, they hear something incredible: Alejandra might be able to come home. This is a story about love, borders, and the incredible lengths to which parents will go for their children.
Lynn Kurland’s latest introduces readers to Emma Barton and Nathaniel MacLeod. Emma bids goodbye to her home in Seattle and travels to Scotland, hoping to leave behind her ex-boyfriend and her failed business. She’s seeking a distraction and she finds it in Nathaniel, the handsome Scotsman living near her rental. He isn’t like anyone she’s ever met before: He’s a time traveler, constantly bouncing (against his will) between the 14th century and the present day. When she ends up traveling back with him, the sparks begin to fly. Romance readers will fall for this couple and wish that all of their own vacations were as eventful as Emma’s.
As a ballerina, Eden’s perfected graceful movements. But one wrong step brought her down and left her in a month-long coma. When Eden wakes up, she struggles to readjust to her old life and to leave behind Jaz, a fellow patient. Eden visited the In Between while unconscious and remembers speaking to Jaz while she was there. It was a comforting place, but only when you have nowhere better to go. Joe, Jaz’s best friend, fears that he’s lost her forever. Eden alone has the ability to reach Jaz and hopefully bring her back.
Wells and Wong are back at it again in a new thrilling middle grade mystery. This time the two young detectives find themselves on the famous Orient Express. They had intended to have a relaxing vacation, but they quickly become aware that not all of the guests are who they appear to be. There are even whispers of a spy being onboard. When a fellow guest is found murdered, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells must solve the case before anyone else is hurt.
A little fox named Pandora is the star of Victoria Turnbull’s beautiful picture book. Pandora’s home was abandoned and is overrun with broken objects. She’s created a home for herself, hoping that someone may return, but no one ever has. Then one day, she comes across a bird with a broken wing. As Pandora cares for the bird, she becomes less lonely. But what will happen when the wing has healed and the bird is free to fly away? This is an evocative, emotional story with a subtle environmental message. Parents and young readers will want to visit Pandora over and over again.