“The New Me” by Halle Butler. Penguin Books, 2019. 208 pages. Countless think pieces have been devoted to the “millennial,” the generation born roughly between 1981-1996. These articles are often written by those from earlier generations, and have not always portrayed the millennial in the most positive light. “The New Me” by Halle Butler offers… Biting Satire of the Millennial Experience
A debut novel that is smart, romantic, and completely absorbing. America’s golden boy is Alex Caremont-Diaz, First Son of the United States. He’s good-looking, smart, and determined to be elected to Congress by the age of 30. Despite what the tabloids claim, Alex spends little time chasing women and is instead focusing on helping his… Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. New York: Wednesday Books, 2019, 432 pages
In a war torn continent, the survivors and refugees of World War II are fighting for their lives. They have spent the last ten years in a state of turmoil as their countries have become battlefields and their citizens targets of persecution or Germanized. As the Russians push into East Prussia, refugees flee in the… Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, New York : Philomel Books, 
Mindfulness has been credited with improving well-being, physical and mental health, and numerous books and programs are available to help people learn this practice. Applying the principles of mindfulness to work, family, relationships and other aspects of life has become a common theme. Therefore it was no surprise to see “Seven Practices of a Mindful… Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader by Marc Lesser. Novato, CA: New World Library. Copyright 2019.
Everyone has their secrets. Some secrets are darker than others. Some secrets are thought to be safer than others. But sometimes, someone is watching you. Once known as a writer of “chick lit,” Lisa Jewell is now a master of suspense, creating characters and communities that seem as real as the ones down the street… Watching You by Lisa Jewell, New York : Atria Books, 2019.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. Balzer + Bray, 2018, 451 pages. Not long after the Battle of Gettysburg, the dead started rising from the field, putting the American Civil War on pause. Several years later, Jane McKeene finds herself at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, training with her classmates in the art of… Fighting Zombies and Injustice
Kendra Michaels still has nightmares about serial killer Eric Colby and the confrontation that lead to his capture. Everyone telling her that she should be gratified to know that Colby has been executed for his crimes, is not helping, especially since she is convinced that he successfully faked his own execution. The problem is that… “The Naked Eye” by Iris and Roy Johansen, New York, NY : St. Martin’s Press, 2015.
“Southernmost,” the latest novel by Silas House (A Parchment of Leaves) is the story of Asher Sharp, an evangelical minister in rural Tennessee, who faces his greatest moral challenge when two gay men turn to him for shelter, both physical and spiritual, after a devastating flood. Asher first encounters the couple when one of the… Southernmost by Silas House, Algonquin Books, 2018
A hillbilly by common definition is a ‘backwoods person,’ someone a bit removed from mainstream society who has a slightly different value structure and way of life. The term is pejorative, most frequently used as an insult but sometimes, and in the case of this book, used less as insult and more as a way… Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. New York: HarperCollins, 2016.
While picture books might be targeted towards younger readers, these recent releases are sure to delight readers of all ages, through clever plots and beautiful illustrations. “Hungry Bunny” by Claudia Rueda. Chronicle Books, 2018. $15.99 Picture books that invite readers to interact with what’s on the page are increasing in popularity, as the interactive elements… Picture Books for Readers of All Ages