Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 8 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.
Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the spooky fun has to end. This short story collection from Stephen King is packed with 10 brand new tales and 10 classics that are sure to have you sleeping with the lights on. Plus, King-diehards will love that each story is prefaced with a note from the author himself on the tale’s inspiration.
Alma Belasco was only eight years old when her parents sent away from her home in Poland to live in America, with the hopes of shielding her from the Second World War. It was in San Francisco that she met Ichimei Fukado, the son of family’s gardener. The two become fast friends, though as romance begins to bloom, Pearl Harbor is attacked. Ichimei and his family are rounded up with other Japanese Americans and forced into an internment camp. Alma and Ichimei reconnect countless times over the years, hiding their feelings from a world that wouldn’t accept their love. When she’s grown old and settled into a senior living home, Alma enlists her grandson Seth and her part-time secretary Irina to help her put some of her belongings in order—including decades of letters from Ichimei.
A period drama set in the 1960s, this scandalous title from Beatriz Williams is ideal for book clubs. Pepper Schuyler has a secret and it’s growing by the day—literally. Sleeping with her politician boss wasn’t her brightest move, but she’ll be damned if she has to go to him for financial help to raise the child she’s carrying. Instead, Pepper fixes up a rare 1936 Mercedes Roadster and puts it up for auction. It’s snatched up by Annabelle Dommerich, a woman with a few dangerous secrets of her own and a Baroness title that she’ll do anything to hide. The one thing Annabelle isn’t worried about hiding is her compassion. She opens her seaside cottage to Pepper and the two begin to reveal their darkest secrets and heaviest burdens.
In a starred review, Kirkus called this book “one of the most absorbing and empowering science histories to hit the shelves in recent years.” If that doesn’t get you running to buy this, what will? Dr. Vincent T. DeVita Jr. has studied cancer for 50 years and developed the first successful chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Alongside his daughter, science writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, he explains what he believes we must to to finally eradicate all forms of this terrible disease. This book is a must-read for those who want to help in the fight against cancer.
In this second installment from the father and son writing team of Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman, Detective Jacob Lev finds a cold case that seems to be connected to a recent crime in Paris. Jacob believed his own mother was dead for years before learning that she was alive, which is possibly why he feels drawn to a 2004 cold case where a mother and her son were murdered. When the investigation leads him to Paris, he finds not only a connection to the case, but new information about a dangerous secret from his mother’s past. Murder, thrills, and a dash of fantasy ensure that readers won’t be putting this down until they’ve reached the final page.
Stuck on vacation with her parents, Cassandra often escapes to the stretch of private beach attached to her family’s rental home. She likes the peace and quiet, though it doesn’t last for long. It’s there that she meets Lawrence, an attractive stranger who claims that the beach is his property, not hers. As it turns out, they’re both right. Lawrence lives in 1925, while Cassandra lives in the present day. By magic or miracle, they can see each other only on this stretch of beach. Before she lets the romance sweep her away completely, Cassandra decides to look up Lawrence online, and she discovers a horrifying secret that could tear him from her forever.
Have you ever wanted to go to Applebee’s for dinner and then found out you couldn’t because it had been burned down by dragons? Gracie Lockwood knows the feeling. She lives in an incredible world filled with magical creatures. Middle grade readers will be amazed by mermaids and giants, but to Gracie, it’s all normal. She doesn’t bat an eye at the annual dragon migration, but she does feel the sharp hit of fear when she sees an ominous Dark Cloud in the distance. Dark Clouds only come for people who are about to die, and this one is coming for her little brother. Determined to save him, Gracie’s family packs up and hits the road in search of the Extraordinary World—a place where magic doesn’t exist at all.
Adventure is out there! This is something two bundled-up explorers learn when they go in search of the mysterious Yeti in this charming picture book. To communicate their good intentions to the shy creature, the two boys send letters that let the Yeti know they are friendly. Unfortunately, they are unprepared for the snowy wilderness. Will the Yeti help them survive the frigid night, or leave them out to turn into explorer-shaped ice cubes? This book is perfect for readers already excited for the first snowfall of the year.