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.
Galt Niederhoffer does not hold back the darkness in her latest taut psychological thriller, Poison. Cass Phillips, a journalism professor, has risen from the ashes after the death of her first husband and found love and happiness again with her new husband, Ryan. Together, they are raising two girls from Cass’ first marriage and the toddler they have together. To truly start over, they move from New York to a suburb of Portland. And yet, Cass soon begins to suspect Ryan in being unfaithful which he vehemently denies, essentially gaslighting her. Cass is somewhat obsessed with her husband which complicates her ability to cut through the truth and see him for what she begins to believe he is: A man who might be poisoning her.
Darryl W. Bullock traces 100 years of the rich history of LGBT music from both sides of the Atlantic. Many will pick this book up strictly because David Bowie is in the title but upon reading will learn that this book dives deep into how the LGBT community and its musicians shaped the music we love today. Aligning historical events and musical movements, Bullock delves into how these artists shaped and were shaped by the events of the day. Thoroughly researched and yet highly readable, this book is sure to please music lovers and historians alike. We like this book so much that we’re giving away copies to five lucky readers.
Jane Hawk is back in The Whispering Room, Dean Koontz’s page-turner of a sequel to The Silent Corner. Once a respected FBI agent, Jane Hawk has turned her back on the law and taken it upon herself to fight the evil she believes was responsible for her husband’s death. In doing so, she becomes one of America’s most wanted fugitives, after seeking to destroy the power players who are determined to take over the world. In order to protect her son and avenge her husband, it seems Jane must either fight or run for her life, but no one was betting on her doing both as she goes back and forth between hunted and hunter.
In Cartoon Country, Cullen Murphy, Vanity Fair editor at large, explores the fascinating history not only of his father, comic illustrator John Cullen Murphy, but also of his father’s contemporaries who lived near each other in post-WWII suburban Connecticut. Using photographs and illustrations alongside the narrative, Murphy weaves a tapestry of cultural history highlighting the golden era of beloved newspaper comic strips. Above all else, this is a story of father and son and how one generation passes on its gifts to the next.
Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes in Elizabeth Berg’s latest, The Story of Arthur Truluv. Arthur has been lonely since his wife died. On top of this he constantly has to evade his prying neighbor, Lucille. Though a cemetery seems an unlikely place to make a friend, Arthur, who eats every lunch by his wife’s grave, does just that. Things start to change for Arthur when he meets Maddy, a troubled teen who hangs out at the cemetery to get away from the cruel world around her. Soon, Arthur, Maddy, and Lucille come together to form not just a bond of friendship, but also one that looks and feels very much like a family. Berg is at her charming best with this sweet story about how even in our darkest moments of grief there is an opportunity to be reborn into hope and true love.
Reader, prepare to be charmed by Elliot Gabaroche, the 17-year-old narrator of Lily Anderson’s latest YA title Not Now, Not Ever. Elliot is an original if ever there was one. Rather than be like everyone else in her family and go through the Air Force summer program like her mom wants her to or stay in Sacramento like her dad and stepmother want her to, she is going follow her dreams and enter a competitive academic decathlon summer program. There, she will take place in a dog-eat-dog competition with the hopes of winning a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a sci-fi literature program. If you enjoy a good dose of geeky and romantic fun with your reading, this book is definitely for you.
Neil Patrick Harris has penned a delightful middle grade book, The Magic Misfits, the first in a new series. Packed with charming illustratrations by Lissy Marlin, the book follows the tale of a street magician named Carter who lands in the town of Mineral Wells. It’s a quiet place until a band of thieves arrives and shakes things up. Enlisting both the gift of illusion and the power of friendship, Carter and his buddies band together. Will they save the town? Or will B.B. Bosso and his thieving team prove too much for even magic to overcome?
Ahoy, maties! All aboard for April Jones Prince’s piratical reimagining of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Enter Goldenlocks who, by way of her rowboat, finds her way onto a ship manned by three pirates—a big papa, a mid-sized mama, and a wee lad. She’s not out to plunder; instead she makes things better. But the pirates are ignorant of her helpfulness and believe she’s out to hornswaggle them. Goldenlocks may end up walking the plank if she’s not careful. Landlubbers and swashbucklers alike will shiver their timbers over this familiar tale made new once more.