Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 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.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta has seen a lot of crazy things in her time, but her 23rd adventure proves that she hasn’t yet seen it all. While investigating the death of a film mogul’s daughter, Kay receives a text with a video featuring her niece, Lucy. The secrets on the video can’t be shared with anyone, especially not her husband Benton, a former profiler for the FBI. Kay knows that she has to speak with Lucy immediately, but when she arrives at Lucy’s, she finds that FBI agents have already beaten her to the scene and are conducting a raid. There’s a mysterious connection between Lucy and the dead girl Kay was with earlier, and Kay must race to uncover the truth before it’s too late to save her niece.
While many feminists still struggle with intersectionality, Gloria Steinem has been doing things right for a long time. Following in her father’s nomadic footsteps, Steinem took off after college to travel the world. When visiting India, she was inspired by the communal gathering to talk about issues. Upon returning to America, she set about organizing similar groups to talk about feminism and equal rights. While others were struggling to see even the most privileged of women as equal, Steinem saw that the movement wasn’t truly succeeding if it left other women behind. Still craving more girl power? Check out Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl—a memoir about the founding of the punk band Sleater-Kinney.
Fans of alternate history, look no further—this one is a doozy. Set just after the events of The Darkest Hour, this sequel continues to explore a world in which the Germans won World War II and are currently occupying England. Former British police sergeant and war hero, John Henry Rossett, is recovering from gunshot wounds when he’s pulled back into action by Ernst Koehler, his German boss. Ernst’s wife and daughter have been kidnapped by Americans and he wants John to save them. Ultimately, John wants to do the right thing, but it’s a dangerous thing to do when caught between Nazis and a building British resistance. Betrayals, battles, and the atom bomb—this action-packed book has it all.
The first in Wendy Corsi Staub’s newest series, this book is ideal for readers who want to add a bit of spooky fun to their Halloween weekend. Bella Jordan and her son are on the road and looking for a place to call home. They stop in the town of Lily Dale because of a storm, but end up staying when a position opens up for Bella at the local hotel. Unfortunately, the job is only available because the person who held it before was murdered. In a town of psychics and mediums, you’d think someone would know who killed her, though no one is talking. Bella is up for the challenge, and won’t rest until she solves the case.
Eva Leigh continues her Wicked Quills of London series with this scandalous second installment. Maggie Delamere’s plays have dazzled London theatergoers, particularly Cameron, Viscount Marwood. He’s been charmed by her stories for years, yet she’s rebuffed his every attempt to get to know the playwright as well as he knows the plays. Maggie is determined to ignore any distractions, even attractive persistent ones, especially since she’s suffering from a horrific case of writer’s block. But when Cameron offers to let her use his country estate, Maggie can’t resist the opportunity to go somewhere that will give her space to breathe, think, and write. And, who knows, maybe she’ll also get to do a little kissing while she’s out there.
In 17 essays, Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson (Gilead) explores the way religion connects with every facet of our lives. She calls upon the writing of authors and philosophers such as Shakespeare and Locke to discuss the connections between faith and identity, politics, and science. As the world around us constantly evolves, Robinson gives readers a lot to consider when it comes to making religious beliefs fit into our modern lives.
Much like Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, aristocrat Jo Monfort isn’t satisfied with a life of looking pretty and marrying well. At 17, her greatest dream is to become a writer and to explore the world that exists outside of her social class. Jo gets her wish in the most unfortunate of ways: Her father is found dead from a gunshot wound in his study. There’s something fishy about what others are claiming is an accident and when Jo hears a young reporter talking about a conspiracy, she latches on and convinces him that they must get to the bottom of it. A thrilling young adult mystery, this book will keep readers flipping pages until they hit the shocking conclusion.
In this haunting tale inspired by Finnish mythology, an orphaned girl must save her brother. After the sudden death of their father, Tess and Axel are sent to live with their grandparents in Finland. There they’re visited by a man who claims to be the keeper of souls. Their mother’s ghost is traveling with him, searching for the spirit of their father. Alex, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, follows the man into the winter wilderness outside and Tess must find him or risk losing the only family she has left.
From the author of War Horse comes another moving tale of the first World War. Alfie and his father are fishing on an island off of Great Britain when they find a little girl washed up on the shore, nearly dead and clearly terrified. They bring her home and begin to care for her—not questioning the German name written on the blanket she clutches or why she won’t say a word. But other families in the neighborhood aren’t so kind when they learn that Alfie’s family is harboring a German. This is a touching and poignant story perfect for sophisticated and sensitive middle grade readers.
Choreographer Alvin Ailey create a style of modern dance that blended ballet, jazz, and African-American culture. He’s an inspiration to many, including Robert Battle. This picture book tells the true story of Battle, a boy who dreamed and worked and fought until he was a dancer worthy of Ailey’s personal dance company. Though he had to wear leg braces as a child, Battle was so inspired by Ailey’s Revelations, that he refused to give up his dream of one day moving his body with the kind of precision and grace it takes to be a modern dancer. Today, Battle is the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.