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Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

Nice Girls begins with "Ivy League" Mary moving back home from her prestigious college, moving back home with her father in disgrace after being expelled for fighting. Almost as soon as she is back in her affluent suburban hometown of... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country is a memoir of a woman whose parents overstayed their visa making the three of them undocumented immigrants, a family living in fear of deportation back to China. She begins her story as a child in China, her... Continue Reading →

Jane Austen and Shelley In the Garden by Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Shelley In the GardenĀ is a difficult book to describe in a sentence. It's a story of friendships new and old. Fran and Annie have been friends for most of their lives. They love each other even though... Continue Reading →

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

The People We Keep is a charming, though often heartbreaking, story, of a young woman who raised herself. Both her parents were alive, but her mother left long ago and her dad moved in with his girlfriend, leaving April to... Continue Reading →

Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey

Where the Truth Lies operates on two levels. On the surface, it is a suspenseful mystery about the disappearance of a high school girl, her family's trauma, and the determined efforts of her best friend to find out what happened... Continue Reading →

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

The Husbands is the story of Nora Spangler whose on track to become a partner in the law firm where she works. She's behind after taking some time off for parental leave when their child was born. She's pregnant with... Continue Reading →

Battle for the Soul by Edward-Isaac Dovere

Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaign to Defeat Trump is a richly detailed overview of the primary and general election campaign to take back the White House. It begins with the heartbreaking defeat of Hillary Clinton through the... Continue Reading →

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

A Dark and Secret Place is a terrifying thriller that begins when Heather Evans returns home after her mother's shocking suicide. Their relationship was difficult and full of conflict so Heather swings between anger, grief, and confusion. Adding to her... Continue Reading →

A Quantum Life by Hakeem Oluseyi

A Quantum Life is the memoir of Hakeem Oluwesi, an astrophysicist who with his own extraordinary mind, hard work, and a few critical teachers went from poverty and crime to working for NASA. It is also an extraordinary example of... Continue Reading →

What Doesn’t Kill Us by David Housewright

What Doesn't Kill Us is the 18th installment in the P.I. Rushmore MacKenzie series and a real surprise. Early in the book, Mac is shot and spends the majority of the book in a medically induced coma while his friends... Continue Reading →

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

In The Maidens, Mariana Andros is a group therapist who perhaps should heed Luke's advice as a physician to heal herself. Still mourning the loss of her husband, her group is festering with one patient who clearly has become obsessed... Continue Reading →

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Other Black Girl tells the story of Nella, an assistant to an editor at a prestigious publishing house. She is thrilled when another Black woman comes to work there, hoping for some solidarity in her desire to push for... Continue Reading →

Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Spells Trouble is the first in a new series, The Sisters of Salem. The prologue begins long in the past when the village of Goodeville is founded by a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials, one who was sentenced to... Continue Reading →

All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis

All the Children Are Home is a story about a family, foster parents Dahlia and Louie, and the four children who stayed long enough to burrow deep into their hearts, Jimmy, Zaidie, Jon, and Agnes. The first three had been... Continue Reading →

Her, Here by Amanda Dennis

Her, Here is the story of Elena who is hired to find Ella, a woman who is missing and presumed dead, by reading her diaries and turning them into a narrative. It seems a dangerous task for a woman who... Continue Reading →

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