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.
World War II is raging, and England is in turmoil. Maggie Hope sees her world changing around her, and is eager to help out. Maggie works at the Special Operation Executive offices underneath a boss who discounts her work and her intuition because of her gender (despite her impressive career, which includes working as a secretary for Winston Churchill). But when a serial killer bearing many similarities to Jack the Ripper begins murdering women, Hope just knows she has to get involved. Will she be able to help the police catch the killer? You’ll have to read The Queen’s Accomplice to find out!
You likely already know Phoebe Robinson for her comedy and her work on WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens, and here, she brings her humor to the page. Robinson uses both candor and laughter to have important conversations about race and gender with her readers. Publishers Weekly wrote, “This is a promising debut by a talented, genuinely funny writer.” We couldn’t agree more, and we hope this is just the beginning for Robinson.
Readers who love thoughtful novels about families will be hard-pressed to find a better book to pick up this week. In his debut novel The Mortifications, Derek Palacio tells the story of the Encarnación family and their experiences emigrating from Cuba and making a home for themselves in Connecticut. Twins Ulises and Isabel Encarnación leave Cuba with their mother, Soledad, but leave behind their father, Uxbal. As the twins grow up, they form new lives in America, but still carry their native land in their hearts. An undercurrent of longing animates this novel: longing for family, for country, and for home.
We’ve all heard the statistics about gun deaths in America, but this book puts a new spin on a serious issue. Gary Younge casts gun violence against children in a very personal light in this gripping nonfiction account of ten children who were killed by firearms on November 23, 2013. Readers will mourn as each young life comes to a tragic end in the book, and will continue to feel their loss long after turning the final page. Kirkus writes of this book, “Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society.”
Take flight with this exciting new historical novel from Laurie Notaro. The year is 1927, and three women are inspired by the flight of Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic Ocean. The women are an heiress, a beauty queen, and a well-to-do widow. Of course, flying across the Atlantic isn’t seen as a normal pastime for women in the Roaring Twenties, so these three—Elsie, Ruth, and Mabel—will face considerable odds, not to mention the dangers of early transatlantic flight. Buckle up readers, and prepare for takeoff: You won’t want to miss this adventure.
William Pinkerton journeys from America to London in 1885 to hunt down the thief that his late detective father was never able to catch. Adam Foole is also on his way to London, following the trail of a woman he thought was long gone. Neither man knows it, but their fates are both tied to Edward Shade, an elusive con man whose criminal ties spread far and wide. Kirkus says, “Fans of steampunk and Victorian detective fiction alike will enjoy [Steven] Price’s continent-hopping romp in time.”
If you’re already in the mood for a holiday getaway, let Anita Hughes take you to the city of love. Isabel Lawson never expected to be spending Christmas alone in Paris. She was supposed to be on her honeymoon, but she called off her wedding a week before she was supposed to tie the knot. At first, Isabel isn’t sure she can weather the entire trip alone, but after accidentally locking herself on her hotel balcony, she makes friends with her rescuer—Alec, a French children’s illustrator staying next door. Isabel starts to believe that maybe Alec is who she is meant to be with, but readers will have to see for themselves how her Paris adventure ends.
Haley Dougherty’s freshman year at MacCallum College gets off to a rocky start: During a soccer match she gets a concussion, her third. So when her roommate, Jenny James, comes home from a party looking shaken up, Haley struggles to focus. It’s only later that she learns Jenny is accusing a fellow student, Jordan Bockus, of raping her at the party. Haley is recruited as Jenny’s advisor during the investigation, and Jordan’s advisor is a student named Richard, who shares the narration with Haley. Maria Padian’s young adult novel is an all-too-familiar story these days, but an incredibly important one.
Sharon Mentyka’s middle grade novel takes place in Puget Sound, where 12-year-old Marisa lives with her father on a houseboat. Marisa used to spend her days learning about whale behavior with her mother, but that was before her mom left her and moved to California. When a pod of 19 orcas, including mothers and their newborn calves, become trapped in the inlet near her home, Marisa realizes that she can use what her mother taught her to help the orcas get back to the wild. This is a moving story about grief, loss, and the connections between humans and the natural world.
Gideon, a little boy with a noble name and a red cape, dreams of shaking up his normal life and becoming a hero. He starts to catalog a list of what he knows about heroes from some of his favorite fairy tales like “Cinderella.” At first Gideon assumes that being a hero means being strong, brave, and clever. But upon further reading, he discovers that most fairy tale heroes are simply in the right place at the right time. Written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by Chuck Groenink, this funny picture book will delight readers of all ages and prompt discussions of what it really means to be a hero.