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.
Dive into this buzzed-about work of nonfiction that was just named a finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize. In Truevine, Beth Macy tells the story of two brothers who were abducted and then forced to join the circus as a sideshow attraction. The brothers in question were George and Willie Muse, and they drew spectators from far and wide who hoped to catch a glimpse of the two black albino siblings. Macy tells the story of the brothers’ journeys, and their eventual rescue from enslavement in the circus. If you love narrative nonfiction, you can’t miss this book.
They say that two is company, and three’s a crowd. That certainly seems to be the case when Charlie and his wife Chloe open their home in the mountains to Charlie’s cousin, Matthew. Big personalities clash under one roof, and the remote setting doesn’t help to relieve any tension. Matthew has long admired Chloe from afar, and suddenly, he has a front row seat to everything she says and does. Then, a fourth individual arrives, totally shifting the balance of power yet again. This novel is packed with suspense and dramatic tension that will keep readers turning pages long past bedtime.
Sonya Chung’s newest novel will take readers to Washington, DC, where Charles Lee is negotiating the responsibilities of being a husband and a father. Charles is married to Alice, and they have two children together, Benny and Veda. When a young babysitter named Hannah enters their lives, however, everything will change. For readers who love family dramas with a lot of heart, this novel is sure to deliver. Kirkus raved that The Loved Ones is “Elegant and empathetic, a book impossible to put down.”
Isaiah Quintabe, or IQ, is the guy you call in when you don’t have any leads, but you want some answers. He doesn’t get out much, but he has considerable talents as an investigator, and will immediately remind careful readers of the famous Sherlock Holmes. In this mystery, IQ takes on a new client, rapper Calvin “Black the Knife” Wright, who someone is trying to silence permanently. Publishers Weekly called IQ “gripping and moving,” and we think fans of Sherlock Holmes in particular will love it.
Readers who’ve been hankering for another installment in Randy Wayne White’s Hannah Smith series are in luck. Everyone’s favorite investigator who doubles as a fishing guide is back, and she’s out to solve a Florida mystery that will save the state’s prized citrus crop. To keep catastrophe from striking the state, Hannah will have to work quickly to find some of the original Florida orange stock and replant it. This search will take Hannah far and wide across her home state, and prove more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Pour a glass of orange juice, and get ready for this wild ride.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes won’t want to miss this new book by Sherry Thomas. Charlotte Holmes wants far more for herself than a loveless marriage, but when she makes the decision to lose her virginity to a married man, the scandal causes her family to throw her out on the streets. Charlotte fends for herself by using her intelligence to help the police solve crimes, using the name Sherlock Holmes. When her father and sister are suspected of being involved with a murder, Charlotte knows that she must uncover who the killer truly is to protect her family.
P.C. Cast’s new series is an epic fantasy set in a postapocalyptic world. Mari is destined to be the Moon Woman, or healer, of her tribe, the Earth Walkers. But Mari is harboring a secret that makes her reluctant to take up the role. While her mother is an Earth Walker, her father is a member of a rival tribe, the Companions. Gifted with both her mother’s ability to heal through the moon’s power and the Companion trait of bonding with a canine, Mari isn’t sure where she truly belongs. When a Skin Stealer named Dead Eye declares himself to be a god and threatens her world, Mari must put her own fears aside and use all of the power she possesses to save her people and their world.
Sonya Sones’ latest young adult novel follows 14-year-old Molly Rosenberg, who decides to fulfill her high school’s community service requirement by participating in Santa Monica’s annual homeless count. It’s there that she meets Red, an 18-year-old girl living on the streets. With December coming to a close, Molly makes it her mission to reunite Red with her family for Christmas—a task made complicated by Red’s refusal to share any information about her past or where she came from. Molly can’t fault her for it, though, as she’s keeping a secret of her own. Told in verse, this is a story of two souls who meet at the right moment and save each other.
Three 10-year-old girls discover the healing magic of friendship in this middle grade novel from Elaine Vickers. It’s the summer before fifth grade and Grace, Jada, and Malia are all nervous. Grace’s best friend moved away, and now she’s afraid of starting the school year alone. Jada wonders if finding her mom, who left the family years ago, will help fill the hole she feels in her heart. Malia worries that her family won’t be the same after the birth of her new baby sister. Thanks to the help of the local librarian, the girls each discover a special treasure box at the library, and they start to fill it with items that are special to them. Slowly but surely, the treasures start to bring the girls closer together.
Margriet Ruurs’ picture book was inspired by the artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. Badr uses small stones and rocks to create touching scenes of family life. Ruurs used many of Badr’s pieces to shape this story of a Syrian refugee family. After their village is torn apart by civil war, a young girl named Rama and her family begin walking to Europe, only bringing with them what they can carry on their backs. The story, which is told in both English and Arabic, is sure to affect readers of all ages.