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.
If you’re in the mood for a satisfying read that isn’t quite as long as a novel, you’ll love Colum McCann’s latest: a collection on the relationship between writing and inspiration that includes a novella and three short stories. In two author’s notes, McCann speaks directly to the reader and sheds light on an incident where he was violently attacked last year. McCann’s own experience gives his stories a second layer of meaning and readers are sure to feel moved by tales of characters experiencing tragedies and loss.
Communism and romance mix to delightful results in this debut novel from Gavin McCrea that imagines the behind-closed-doors relationship of Frederick Engels and Lizzie Burns. Frederick moves Lizzie to London in 1870 so he can be closer to Karl Marx, but all Lizzie wants to be closer to is marriage. Their relationship is an interesting one to begin with: Frederick was the lover of Lizzie’s late sister, Mary. And as for Frederick’s famous Manifesto, Lizzie is illiterate. Unable to read a word, her views and opinions of his politics come from their conversations alone. This book gives new meaning to the phrase “rom-com” and we dig it.
You’ve heard of Bob Woodward, haven’t you? He and his pal Carl Bernstein helped break a little story called the Watergate scandal. If you can’t get enough of that cover-up, this is the book for you. Woodward still has a few secrets left, it seems, though he’s telling all in this nonfiction book about Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system. More lies from Nixon and more shocking revelations can be found within these pages. If you know a young reader who is fascinated by this time in history, we’ve got a book for him or her too.
The third novel in Steven Saylor’s Ancient World series finds the world at war. It is 88 B.C. and Mithridates continues to march through Roman colonies and claim them as his own, calling himself the King of Kings. Gordianus and Bethesda, his slave and his lover, have been quietly waiting out the fighting when a mysterious letter from an old friend draws them directly into the fray. But are they helping a spy or being tricked themselves? In a world of danger where death is around every corner, it’s hard to be sure.
The founder of Salon.com, David Talbot, details the incredible true story of Allen Dulles, the man who turned the CIA into the most powerful organization in Washington. As the longest-serving director of the CIA, Dulles has more secrets than the average American citizen and in this thrilling biography, Talbot lays some of them out on the table. Dulles didn’t always believe the law applied to him and followed his own rules, frequently pushing his own agendas through the organization, and using his influential power to sway officials as high-up as the presidents he worked under. This is a story too thrilling to be fiction.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… drone—run for it! But seriously, if you’re on the wrong side of Troy Pearce, you’ll want to steer clear. A former member of a CIA Special Ops group, Pearce now runs a private contracting company that deploys unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones). In his second outing, Pearce finds himself in a combat zone in North Africa when he answers the call of former President Margaret Meyers. There are a lot of players in this game—the Chinese government, a jihadist group, an a nomadic group of fighters—and Pearce’s skills with drones could be the thing that saves his life. Published last year, this title is now out in paperback.
Fairy tales are retold frequently in young adult fiction, but this book tackles the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Cast in our modern world, 17-year-old Claire shares the tale of her close friendships with Ella and the person who came between them. It was Claire who brought Orpheus and Ella together when she called Ella from a concert at the beach where Orpheus charmed everyone with his voice. Ella was in love instantly and, well, the rest is history.
Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore, though we think they’d love this book just as much as any adult. This book features incredibly intricate designs of creatures real and imagined. Horses gallop from crashing waves and a tiger’s fur fades to reveal an entire ecosystem. Staying inside the lines may be tough at times, but ultimately insanely rewarding. Break out the colored pencils and dive in.
Walter Dean Myers’ passing saddened readers all over the world who had grown up reading his captivating and eye-opening stories. In his last novel for teenagers, Myers introduces readers to Master Juba, a real dancer from the 19th century who influenced tap, jazz, and step dancing. This is a must-read for Myers’ fans, but also an excellent portrait of a man fighting to create art with dignity in a world that wasn’t ready to accept him.
If Charlie Han’s mom could wrap him in bubble wrap to keep him safe, she’d do it in a heartbeat. Charlie is tired of her overprotective antics, his father’s silence, and of being a loser—he is known at school for being the tiny kid from the Chinese takeout restaurant. His only friend is bullied just as badly, to the point where Charlie isn’t sure if he and Sinus are truly friends or just keeping each other company at the bottom of the food chain. Skateboarding changes everything. His mother would hate it but it makes Charlie feel free, and, who knows, it might even help him make a few friends.