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 Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.
We recommend picking up Alexia Arthurs’ buzzy collection of short stories this week. In it, Arthurs introduces readers to a group of Jamaican immigrants who are making their way in America while also maintaining relationships with those who they left behind. In one story, a mother and her son meet in New York City after nearly a decade without seeing one another. In another, two students at New York University become friends and grapple with race and class. For a sneak peak at this collection, check out “Bad Behavior,” which appeared in the Paris Review in the summer of 2016.
Famed fictional investigator Philip Marlowe (whom readers will recognize from the work of Raymond Chandler) returns in this exciting new novel from Lawrence Osborne. Only To Sleep will take readers to Mexico where Philip Marlowe is enjoying his retirement until a case falls into his lap. Two men from an insurance company visit Marlowe with a strange request. They tell Marlowe that an important client has drowned in Mexico, and they suspect the death might not have been an accident. Marlowe, of course, agrees to help uncover the truth. For fans of Chandler, this is an exceptional book to pick up this week.
In this memoir, Melissa Stephenson writes about her upbringing in Indiana, her family dynamics, and the painful loss of her brother to suicide in 2000. Cars mark major life events in this story, and readers will be thrilled to find themselves in the passenger’s seat as Stephenson grows and matures into an adult. In a starred review, Kirkus wrote: “ Lyrical and eloquent, Stephenson’s book is a journey of pain, beauty, and healing that also celebrates the life of her tragically misunderstood brother.”
Readers: Get excited. Becky Chambers is back with a third installment in the Wayfarers series, which takes place in the Galactic Commons galaxy where the Exodus Fleet (the fleet which transported humans away from Earth centuries ago) still exists. There, readers will encounter a cast of Exodans who have decided not to leave the ship. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raves: “This is a superb work from one of the genre’s rising stars.” Fans of the Wayfarers series: Don’t miss out on this novel we named one of this summer’s must-reads.
Sarah returns to her hometown in England after separating from her husband and almost instantly finds herself swept up in a whirlwind romance with a man named Eddie. After a perfect week together, he boards a flight and promises to call—which he never does. Despite her friends telling her that she’s been blown off, Sarah becomes obsessed with the idea that something must’ve happened to keep Eddie from calling. As she begins to search for answers, she uncovers a secret about Eddie’s past.
After her father is murdered and their cabin burns to the ground, Jess finds herself stranded and alone in the Canadian wilderness. Winter is coming and the only person who knows where she is won’t return for another year. It will take all of the strength Jess has to stay alive and a single mistake could cost her everything. If you’re craving a survival story, you won’t find a better pick this week—though it will make you want to avoid camping for a while.
Twelve-year-old Mara lives in the archipelago City of Islands, a magical and mysterious place. Her parents died when she was young, and now she works as a diver for the Lady of the Tides. Mara dives deep into the water in search of artifacts from the island’s founders, and instead finds something that will change the world as she knows it. Middle grade readers won’t want to miss this fantasy adventure.
Trevor by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Amy Hevron
In this heartwarming picture book, a lonely canary befriends a lemon. Trevor’s solitary life is transformed when he discovers a bright yellow lemon hanging from a tree outside of his window. He instantly pops open the door of his birdcage and flies over, believing the fruit to be a canary like him. The lemon is quiet, but Trevor simply thinks his new friend is shy. As sweet as lemonade, this story of friendship is sure to charm readers of all ages.