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’ve been hankering for a collection of short stories that get at the sheer weirdness of existence, then you’re in luck. Clare Beams’ debut collection, We Show What We Have Learned: And Other Stories takes seemingly normal situations and demonstrates their complexity and emotional richness. Readers will travel through time and space in this collection, from the Great Plague in London in 1665 to a town that has just endured a school shooting. This volume has impressive range for a first-time author, and we think this is just the beginning for Clare Beams.
On November 13, 2015, Antoine Leiris lost his wife and the mother of his young child, in the attacks on Paris’s Bataclan Theater. But as the title of this book suggests, Leiris is committed to resisting the impulse to hate the terrorists who took so much from his family. He writes to the attackers, “I will not give you the satisfaction of hating you.” This is a wrenching and articulate portrait of grief and loss, and Leiris’ pain radiates off the page. Kirkus writes that this volume is “Courageous and inspirational, without a wasted word.”
Robin Blake’s Cragg and Fidelis series is back with this fourth installment about the suspicious death of a baby in 18th century England and the ensuing investigation. This mystery begins when a newborn’s body turns up in a local tanner’s pit, which is run by a group of outcasts. Coroner Titus Cragg teams up yet again with Dr. Luke Fidelis to find the identity of the child, as well as who committed the murder and why. Tensions mount in the town of Preston, and political agendas and dark secrets collide in the search for answers. Readers who love mysteries with historical settings: Don’t miss this.
Visit the border between the United States and Mexico in this newly translated novel from Edmundo Paz Soldán. Three men travel to this border, each for different reasons and under different circumstances. One is a professor, one is a mentally ill artist, and the third is a serial killer. As the story lines deepen and characters’ true selves emerge, readers will be riveted by this original (if extremely violent) tale about three fascinating, very distinct men and their experiences by the border.
If you’re not immersed in the art world in your day-to-day life, then you might make the mistake of thinking this book isn’t for you. But this biography of a hugely talented landscape painter was written for a general audience, not an academic one, and it has something for everyone. Kirkus writes, “This is a popular rather than scholarly work, light on technical analysis but heavy on scenes from Turner’s life.” These scenes and personal details make J. M. W. Turner more comprehensible to the reader, not just as an artist, but also as a human being.
Aqib bgm Sadiqi is a cousin of the royal family and the son of the Master of Beasts. Aqib is tasked with marrying a high-ranking woman in society to help his family’s fortune and name. He’s willing to do anything to help his loved ones, until he meets Lucrio, a handsome soldier from a distant land. The book jumps between their passionate 10-day love affair, and Aqib’s future. Does he remain with Lucrio or stay loyal to his family and seek the hand of another? You’ll just have to read to find out.
Santino Hassell continues his Five Boroughs series with Interborough. In this installment, Raymond and David attempt to navigate the challenges couples face in long term relationships. Raymond is rarely home, always at one of his two jobs or at school. David supports Raymond going after his dreams, but hates that he sleeps alone most nights. The tension between them is made worse by the fact that Raymond, who is used to keeping his bisexuality a secret, isn’t honest about their relationship with his coworkers. This romance is ideal for readers who enjoy realistic tales that show love is magical but also takes work and effort. The book can be read as a standalone, but certainly works best when readers know the characters’ backstories from previous books.
Four years ago, Nico Walker’s older sister disappeared without a trace. The investigation hit dead ends time and time again, until the day that Sarah reappeared. Amnesia prevents her from remembering where she’s been for the last four years. In fact, she remembers very little about her life before or after the abduction. While Nico’s parents are overjoyed, Nico is more hesitant to celebrate. She remembers Sarah as a bully of a sister, someone who was needlessly cruel. But now Sarah is timid and kind. The tale is mostly told from Nico’s perspective, but a few chapters give readers insight into the few things that Sarah does remember. Cylin Busby’s young adult mystery is perfect for fans looking to curl up over Halloween weekend with a thrilling tale.
Tod Olson kicks off his middle grade series with this true tale of eight men who were stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. On October 21, 1942, a B-17 bomber made an emergency landing at sea. The plane was carrying Eddie Rickenbacker, one of America’s greatest war heroes. Rickenbacker was on a secret mission for the Pentagon, but never reached his destination. Instead, he and seven other men abandoned their plane and took refuge on three life rafts. For three weeks they floated in the middle of enemy territory, battling sharks, starvation, and sun exposure. Little history buffs will want to get their hands on this one.
A big responsibility is given to little Nanette. She must go to visit the baker, Juliette, and bring home a warm and delicious baguette. She has to jet, and be home before sunset. Nanette’s mind is set on success, until she smells the fresh baguette. If she had only a nibble or two, would her mother be upset? Parents don’t fret; Mo Willems’ latest is as a good as it gets!