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 Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Which of these books do you want to pick up?
Fans of Joan Silber, rejoice! Her new novel, Improvement, is here and it promises to transfix readers from the very start. Readers will meet a cast of characters whose lives end up being improbably connected. Reyna is a single mother living in New York City, and is connected to Boyd, who is incarcerated at Rikers Island. Once Boyd is released, Reyna starts helping him smuggle cigarettes until she decides she can’t do it anymore. This decision ripples out to a host of other lives and storylines that readers will enjoy delving into.
Anesthesia is, admittedly, pretty mysterious. Many of us have probably had the experience of being put under for some procedure or other, but we simply remember being awake… and then the procedure is over and we have no idea where the time went. In this exciting new work of nonfiction, Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo takes readers deep into the story of anesthesia and how it works and what it means for medicine as a whole. For readers who love a front-row seat to the stories unfolding at hospitals, this is the perfect book to pick up this week.
Travel to Los Angeles in the early 20th century, and meet Anna Blanc. Once a fixture in high society, she is now living in a crummy apartment and working for the LAPD. There, she finds herself assigned to a case concerning the body of a woman discovered in a trunk in Chinatown. Kirkus raved, “The feisty heroine’s sleuthing abilities and tricky love life make it hard to put this fast-paced historical mystery/romance down and leave you wanting more.” This second installment in the Anna Blanc Mysteries series is sure to delight readers.
Brandon Sanderson fans, we know you’ve been waiting for this one. Oathbringer is the third installment in the Stormlight Archive series, and if you’ve spent much time on the internet or chatting with your bookworm friends, you already know that this is one of the most anticipated fantasy books of the month. Mankind is up against the Voidbringers yet again, and it’s not looking good. Tor.com has been serializing chapters of the new book since August, so if you just can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, you can start reading over there.
Rebuilding her life after divorce, Hanna Casey moves back into her mother’s house in Ireland. Used to the bustle of London, which is where she lived before her husband’s infidelity, Hanna keeps to herself as the small town’s librarian. That is until she catches wind of a plan to boost local tourism that includes closing the library. Hanna leads the charge to save it, and doing so reminds her not only of her own strength but of the strength of community as well. The first in the series, Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s The Library at the Edge of the World is sure to please lovers of Ireland and small-town life.
Readers of Hilary Reyl’s Kids Like Us will fall in love not only with this young adult love story but with its protagonist as well. Autistic teen Martin gets to spend an extended time in France due to his mother’s latest film project. While there, he falls for a neurotypical French girl. At first, his love interest seems like a character from the pages of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, and that is what initially draws him to her, as he has a hard time distinguishing between the narrative of the novel and his own actual existence. At the same time, Martin makes new friends more easily than anticipated, only to realize that they may just be using him to get closer to his mother and her movie.
Whichwood, the middle grade companion to Tahereh Mafi’s Futhermore, begins with Laylee as the only person with magical skills in the village of Whichwood. There, Laylee has the grim task of preparing the souls of the dead for the afterlife by cleansing their corpses. Just as she pushes away memories of her dead mother and lost father, she also chooses to ignore her own needs and ignore the fact that she is undergoing a startling transformation as both her hands and hair are turning silver. When two strangers arrive from Ferenwood with the task of saving Laylee’s failing health, will they do so with magic? Or will the power of love and friendship save the day?
Useni Eugene Perkins first wrote the classic poem “Hey Black Child” in 1975 as part of a children’s play. But it wasn’t until recently that Perkins partnered with award-winning artist Bryan Collier to turn the poem into a stunning picture book that is sure to quickly become a read aloud favorite. This gorgeous book will delight, inspire, and empower both children and adults to follow their dreams and believe in themselves.