New fiction roundup – August 2018

This month’s roundup begins with a book that slipped past the July new fiction roundup, and continues on to the story of a dancer in the court of Korea’s last royal dynasty, a pregnant mistress on the run, a reclusive detective that comes down from the hills for one last case, and much more.

7/31: This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero – Twins Adrian and Zooey Kimrean couldn’t be more different: Adrian icily logical, Zooey impulsively creative. But they share a private investigator business, and also one body. Their new case has them tracking down the killer of a crime boss’s son.

8/7: The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin – In the final years of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, orphan-turned-dancer Yi Jin is caught up in the dizzying sweep of court life.

8/7: The Last Hours by Minette Walters – When the Black Death enters England in June of 1348, Lady Anne decides to quarantine her estate of Develish, both nobility and serfs. When food stocks run low, tensions rise. Continue reading “New fiction roundup – August 2018”

New Nonfiction Roundup – August 2018

What’s new in August? Incisive books about the brain, reflections on “adulting” and parenthood, challenges to the concept of identity, and much more!

8/7: Chinese Street Food – Howie Southworth & Greg Matza. A pair of food authors share authentic recipes for small bites from the streets of China.

8/7: Dopesick – Beth Macy. An overview of America’s opioid crisis implicates “Big Pharma” while profiling those who have become addicted.

8/7: Everything Trump Touches Dies – Rick Wilson. An indictment of the Trump administration from a Republican strategist.

8/7: Fly Girls – Keith O’Brien. Five women, including Amelia Earhart, who competed in the national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.

8/7: Maeve in America – Maeve Higgins. An Irish comedian leaves her homeland to find herself in America. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – August 2018”

New Fiction Roundup – July 2018

7/3: Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce – In 1940s London, Emmy takes a job at the London Evening Chronicle and ends up not as a journalist but rather as a typist to an advice columnist. When she sees all the letters that go unanswered, she begins responding on her own.

book cover image of clock dance7/10: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler – Willa Drake finds renewed purpose in her life when she spontaneously flies to Baltimore to take care of a woman she only tangentially knows, that woman’s nine-year-old daughter and their dog, Airplane.

7/10: The Lido by Libby Page – An anxiety-riddled cub reporter for a small London paper is assigned to cover the closing of a local rec center and bonds with an 86-year-old widow who has swum in the community pool every day since childhood. A novel of connection and community across generations. Continue reading “New Fiction Roundup – July 2018”

New Nonfiction Roundup: June 2018

What’s new in June? A bevy of biographies and memoirs, travel guides to places near and far, and so much more!

6/5: Alone Time – Stephanie Rosenbloom. Consider the pleasures of traveling solo through the author’s visits to Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York.

6/5: Bruce Lee: A Life – Matthew Polly. An authoritative biography of the prominent Asian American actor and martial arts expert who died at 32.

6/5: First in Line – Kate Andersen Brower. The author of The Residence looks at the modern vice-presidency by looking at 13 men who have occupied the role. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup: June 2018”

New Fiction Roundup – June 2018

6/5: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd – In a near-future world, people’s shadows begin to disappear. Once their shadow is lost, so too are all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have so far escaped the Forgetting, but when Max’s shadow disappears and she runs away, Ory is determined to follow and find her.

6/5: Florida by Lauren Groff – A collection of short stories set in Florida, full of storms, snakes, sinkholes and secrets. By the author of Fates and Furies. Continue reading “New Fiction Roundup – June 2018”