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.
Pull up a seat: You’ve got a reservation at the beloved Beijing Duck House of Rockville, Maryland. At the restaurant, you’ll meet Jimmy Han (the owner, who inherited the restaurant from his father) and Jimmy’s brother, Johnny. Jimmy isn’t sure about staying at the Beijing Duck House long term (he’s interested in a career at a more posh restaurant). Johnny is working on his relationship with his daughter, Annie. These dramas and many others play out in this multigenerational novel about the immigrant experience and the complicated nature of families. You won’t want to miss it.
For readers who have been following news of the Flint water crisis, Mona Hanna-Attisha’s new book will be a welcome addition to an important national conversation. Hanna-Attisha was working as a pediatrician in Flint when news of the water crisis first began to spread. She was then faced with the difficult decision between trusting officials who claimed the water was safe to drink, or listening to what she heard elsewhere. Here, Hanna-Attisha tells the story of the water crisis in Flint and her activism on behalf of the victims.
Sam, Merry, and Conor lead a charmed life. They are a happy little family: Sam and Merry are loving parents, and their infant son Conor has it made. Then, Merry’s friend Frank comes to town, and quickly becomes part of the family too. She dotes on Conor, and forges a strong relationship with Sam. She picks up where she left off with Merry, and the two grow closer than ever. Slowly, however, Frank starts to see red flags. Little things are not quite right. The perfect-seeming family might not be as perfect as they’d like others to believe.
The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty
The New York City you know and love is gone. Instead, in Todd McAulty’s new novel, it has been taken over by robots, and they won’t be willingly relinquishing control anytime soon. Similar conflicts are playing out elsewhere in the United States, and the government is trying desperately to make peace with the machines. Barry Simcoe gets drawn into the conflict when his Chicago hotel is targeted, and he makes the acquaintance of an injured robot named 19 Black Winter and a medic. The trio will learn a terrible secret, and it will be up to them to act on the information or allow America to fall prey to robots once and for all.
Sunshine and secrets abound in this new release where wedding celebrations are put on hold after the maid of honor is murdered. It’s unclear who would want Instagram influencer Merritt Monaco dead, but the entire island of Nantucket is filled with suspects. There’s a reason that they call Elin Hilderbrand the queen of the summer beach read, and fans and newcomers alike are sure to devour The Perfect Couple.
Mattie fears that if her fascination is escapology is revealed that she’ll be alienated at school, which is why she keeps her underground performances a secret. When her classmate Will discovers her act, he surprises her by agreeing to keep her secret and sharing one of his own. Young adult readers won’t want to miss out on this book about embracing who you are. (Psst: Want a sneak peek? We have an excerpt over on BookishFirst!)
Sixth grader Mikayla comes from a family of wrestlers, though no amount of hard work or skill can convince the Eagles’ coach to abandon his sexist ideas and truly accept her as a member of the team. Mikayla leaves the Eagles behind and joins their rivals, the Gladiators. There she’s partnered with Lev, a fellow sixth grader who refuses to let anything get between him and the state championships. This story is sure to win gold in the eyes of middle grade readers who are looking for a book that explores friendship, family, and equality.
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
This inspiring picture book tells the story of Katherine Johnson, the mathematician whose calculations took Apollo 13 to the moon and back. From a young age Katherine loved to count, and her passion for learning led her to graduating from high school at the age of 14 and later to the doors of NASA. Katherine Johnson’s story takes “reach for the stars” to a whole new level, and all young readers are sure to be inspired by her talents and determination.