New Fiction Round-up, June 2023

Whether you’re traveling this summer or staying close to home, these new novels coming out in June will keep you busy with summer reading.

6/6: All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby
Former FBI agent Titus Crown is one year into his tenure as the first Black sheriff in Charon County, Virginia, when a murder leads to an investigation that uncovers a serial killer who has been hiding in plain sight. From the author of Razorblade Tears. (thriller) A Peak Pick!

6/6: And Then He Sang a Lullaby by Ani Kayode Somtochukwu
In this exploration of love and freedom in a deeply homophobic society, August leaves his hometown of Enugu City, Nigeria, for university, and finds himself attracted to an openly gay man who works at a local café – just as Nigeria passes antigay laws. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

6/6: Between Two Moons by Aisha Abdel Gawad
In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn’s Arab immigrant enclave, three siblings come of age over the course of one Ramadan, navigating family dynamics even as violence against their Arab community comes close to home. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

6/6: A Botanist’s Guide to Flowers and Fatality by Kate Khavari
In 1923 London, Saffron Everleigh has given upon on the aristocracy in order to study botany. She’s swiftly recruited to consult on a set of murders in which strange bouquets may have played a part. Sequel to A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons. (historical mystery)

6/6: Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See
In 15th century China, Tan Yunxian is born into an elite family and pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable for a woman of her class by pursuing medical knowledge, balancing her passion for helping women alongside her duties as a wife and mother. (historical fiction)  A Peak Pick!

6/6: Mortal Follies by Alexis Hall
A young noblewoman finds her entry into high society hindered by a curse, and seeks help from another noblewoman rumored to be a witch. As the pair seek the root of these malign magic attacks, a romance blooms. (fantasy historical romance)

6/6: Open Throat by Henry Hoke
A queer mountain lion in the Hollywood hills navigates loneliness, human contact, and a fire that forces them into the streets of LA. (general fiction)

6/6: Relentless Melt by Jeremy P. Bushnell
In 1909, Artie Quick works as a salesgirl at Filene’s in Boston; at night she dresses as a man in order to study criminal investigation. Joined by her friend Theodore, who studies magic and the occult, they discover a series of abductions that may just take them face-to-face with an ancient evil. (fantasy historical mystery)

6/6: Such Kindness by Andre Dubus
One fall from a roof – and the chronic pain that results – is enough to sever Tom Lowe from his work and identity as a craftsperson. Living in subsidized housing, he struggles to find his footing. (general fiction)

6/6: Translation State by Ann Leckie
A translator, a diplomat, and a mechanic individually rebel against their prescribed futures and find their paths colliding as they search for a fugitive translator missing for 200 years, with consequences that may threaten the treaty between humans and the alien Presger. By the author of Ancillary Justice. (science fiction)

6/6: We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian
In 1950s New York, Nick Russo has scrapped his way to a job as a newspaper reporter. Andy Fleming, the newspaper-tycoon’s son, agrees to work for a year in the newsroom, where he and Andy find an unexpected relationship, in an era hostile to gay men. (romance)

6/13: 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster by Mirinae Lee
One woman adopts many different personas – among them murderer, spy, mother, slave, escape-artist, and more – in order to survive a life of turbulent times in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. (historical fiction)

6/13: Be Mine by Richard Ford
In this fifth and final novel featuring Frank Bascombe (first seen in The Sportswriter), Frank continues to search for meaning in life, from a new romance to a road trip with his son to Mount Rushmore. (general fiction)

6/13: The First Bright Thing by J.R. Dawson
In the wake of World War I, a magical, time-traveling circus is a safe haven for magical misfits and outcasts. But even as they bring joy to the towns they visit, darkness follows and threatens to catch them. (fantasy)

6/13: Maddalena and the Dark by Julia Fine
In 18th-century Venice, two girls at a prestigious music school are drawn together by a dangerous wager, and must decide what they’re willing to pay to achieve the futures they desire. (historical fiction)

6/13: The Puzzle Master by Danielle Trussoni
An expert puzzle maker offers to solve an enigmatic puzzle created by an inmate in prison for murder, only to be pulled into an ancient mystery. (thriller)

6/20: I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore
A novel of love and death, grief, and being haunted by the past, from a hospice in the Bronx, to an 1800s boardinghouse, to the afterlife. (general fiction)

6/13: Loot by Tania James
In 18th century India, young woodcarver Abbas creates a giant tiger automaton for a sultan’s sons, travels to France as the apprentice to a clockmaker, and must steal his tiger back from an English countryside estate. (historical fiction)

6/13: Psyche and Eros by Luna McNamara
A riotous adaptation of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche. (fantasy romance)

6/20: The Brightest Star by Gail Tsukiyama
A fictionalized memoir of real-life actress Anna May Wong, the first Asian American movie star, beginning in the silent film era, who faced overt racism at every turn. (historical fiction)

6/20 The Three Deaths of Willa Stannard by Kate Robards
Sisters Willa and Sawyer may not have been close lately, but when Willa is found dead and the police rule it a suicide, she knows with absolute certainty it isn’t true. Saywer delves deeper into her estranged sister’s life to find the truth, but risks getting caught up in the same web of secrets that may have killed her sister. (mystery/thriller)

6/20: Lucky Red by Claudia Cravens
In 1877, 16-year-old redhead Bridget washes up in Dodge City, Kansas, where she takes work at the Buffalo Queen, the only brothel run by women. There she finds tolerable work, good pay, and a family of sorts, including a relationship with another woman. When her stability and happiness are threatened, Bridget must forge her own destiny. (historical fiction)

6/20: Unnatural Ends by Christopher Huang
In the wake of Sir Lawrence Linwood’s murder, his three adopted children – an archeologist, an engineer, and a journalist – gather at his estate, only to learn that receiving their inheritance hinges on solving his murder. (mystery)

6/27: Banyan Moon by Thao Thai
Three generations of Vietnamese American women grapple with the death of their family matriarch and the buried secrets that come to light in a story spanning decades, from 1960s Vietnam to Florida. (general fiction) A Peak Pick!

6/27: The Road to Roswell by Connie Willis
Attending a UFO-themed wedding in Roswell, New Mexico, Francie finds herself abducted by aliens, alongside a motley crew of other humans. Were they abducted because the alien needs help, and how will they figure that out and get home? (romantic comedy)

~ Posted by Andrea G.

New Nonfiction Roundup – June 2023


Add to your TBR pile with some of the best nonfiction that June has to offer.

Richard Rothstein (The Color of Law) teams up with daughter Leah for a primer on challenging segregation in the 21st century in Just Action. David Neiwert traces the radical right’s assault on democracy to its roots in the 1970s Northwest in The Age of Insurrection. Peter Turchin examines political disintegration in End Times, and Ben Terris explores Washington’s “New Normal” in The Big Break. Jason Del Rey investigates how Amazon and Walmart battle for our wallets in Winner Sells All, and whistleblower Frances Haugen reveals why she told the truth about Facebook’s role in spreading misinformation in The Power of One. Michael Waldman recounts the year that the Supreme Court divided America in The Supermajority.

Jennifer Ackerman reveals what new science tells us about the world’s most enigmatic birds in What An Owl Knows, while David Scheel explores the mysteries of octopuses in Many Things Under a Rock. John Vaillant recalls the devastating forest fire that burned Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada to the ground in Fire Weather. And Chris Van Tulleken shows us the science behind the food that isn’t food in Ultra-Processed People.

Through hundreds of photographs, Paul McCartney captures the moments when The Beatles became a global sensation in 1964. Maria Elena Fernandez presents an oral history of the first 10 years of RuPaul’s drag race in And Don’t F&%k It Up, while Chris Payne provides the inside story on emo’s mainstream explosion from 1999 to 2008 in Where Are Your Boys Tonight? Jeopardy host Ken Jennings presents a hilarious travel guide to the afterlife in 100 Places to See After You Die.

Scottish comedian Fern Brady delivers a sharp and often hilarious portrait of neurodivergence and living unmasked in Strong Female Character. Sarah Viren explores the nature of truth in the psychological thriller To Name the Bigger Lie. Natalie Beach debuts with a memoir-in-essays about the frenzied journey to adulthood in Adult Drama, while Samantha Leach debuts with an investigation into the fate of three rebellious suburban girls in The Elissas. Frieda Hughes, the daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, pens a memoir about a “hectic, unprincipled” magpie named George. TikTok star Hadley Vlahos shares unforgettable encounters during life’s final moments in The In-Betweens. And Tom Brokaw looks back at his parents and community in South Dakota where he was raised in the heartfelt memoir Never Give Up.

Randall Sullivan paints a vivid portrait of the Columbia River, America’s deadliest waterway, in Graveyard of the Pacific, while Will Grant takes a 2,000 mile horseback journey into the Old West in The Last Ride of the Pony Express. Joseph McGill follows in the footsteps of slavery by visiting former slave dwellings in Sleeping With the Ancestors. Holocaust survivor Hannah Pick-Goslar chronicles her time in a concentration camp and a fateful friendship in My Friend Anne Frank. Calder Walton tells the story of the hundred-year intelligence war between the East and the West in Spies. J.C. Hallman reckons with the origins of women’s health with the story of a young woman and a devious surgeon in Say Anarcha, and Mattie Kahn tells the untold story of how young girls have sparked America’s revolutions in Young and Restless.

Megan Ramos provides essential reading for women seeking information on balancing hormones to lose weight, lower stress, and optimize health in The Essential Guide to Intermittent Fasting for Women, while Martinus Evans pens the ultimate guide for anyone who wants to run in The Slow AF Run Club. Laura Belgray provides insight on living your best life when you’re the f*%@ing worst in Tough Titties, Jessi Kneeland guides readers with tools for overcoming body image issues in Body Neutral, and Rainesford Stauffer reimagines ambition and the ways we strive in All the Gold Stars.

~posted by Frank B.

#BookBingoNW2023: Manga or Graphic Novel

Here at the library, we have so many great manga and graphic novel titles that it can be hard to decide what to read next! Here are some suggestions for your Summer Book Bingo reading:

Those Who Helped Us by Seattle-born Ken Mochizuki (author) and Kiku Hughes (illustrator, Displacement), blends a fiction and nonfiction Japanese American story about the internment of World War II. Eleven-year-old Sumiko Tanaka’s world is turned upside down when her family is incarcerated in Minidoka. Together with her seventeen-year-old sister, Yuri, they struggle to adapt to their new lives imprisoned in the desert.


In Kat Leyh’s Thirsty Mermaids, three drunk mermaids cast a spell on themselves to become humans, but they can’t remember how to change themselves back. Stuck in their land-dwelling forms, they begin to live as humans with the help of a local bartender, tackling mundane challenges like finding jobs and paying rent.


In Satoko and Nada by Yupechika, a Japanese student named Satoko and a Saudi Arabian woman named Nadaare become roommates in the United States. Told mostly from Satoko’s point of view, the manga details Satoko’s learning about Nada’s culture through episodic yonkoma (four panel strip) format.

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A Peek at Peak Picks – June 2023

Ten books are joining Peak Picks in June!

In fiction, the first Black sheriff of a Small southern town battles racism while on the hunt for a serial killer in S.A. Cosby’s All the Sinners Bleed; the first novel from Roxane Gay Books follows two queer Nigerian students amid the passage of new anti-gay laws in Ani Kayode’s debut And Then He Sang a Lullaby; three generations of Vietnamese women grapple with secrets and burdens following the death of their matriarch in Thao Thai’s Banyan Moon; twin sisters and their older brother, just out of prison, come of age over the holy month of Ramadan in Aisha Abdel Gawad’s Between Two Moons; and bestselling historical novelist Lisa See returns with Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China.

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Finding Moments of Calm with Photography Books

Lately, I’ve been finding moments of calm by perusing the library’s many photography books. Flipping through pages of art and photos can bring a much needed pause from all of the screens around me. In honor of National Photography Month, here are some photography books that I’ve enjoyed:

Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World’s Most Quiet Places

This collection features quiet places and moments across the globe, showing us the beauty that can be found in nature and solace. 



Chronorama: Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century 

Over 400 photographs were selected from the Nast archive for this collection. Split into seven decades, from 1910 to the 1970s, it depicts fashion as art and the changes that can take place over time.



Lois Greenfield: Moving Still 

In her photos, legendary dance photographer Lois Greenfield captures the beauty of art, dance and movement.



Hikes: The Most Scenic Spots on Earth

This collection features over 100 photos of beautiful hikes, highlighting many of the stunning places to explore around the planet.


~Posted by Siri A.