“Another well researched historical fiction by Brooks. This time she writes about race and horse racing, transporting the reader to the Antebellum South. The book is written from the point of view of several people in the life of the famous race horse and sire named Lexington. We follow his life primarily through the eyes of his enslaved groom and trainer but also his owner and the man who painted him. Even if you are not interested in horses, the depiction of their lives and society of the Antebellum South is worth the read. The modern day characters, studying Lexington as a scientific specimen and object of beauty, complete our understanding of his life but also face modern day issues of race and privilege that echo the past and with which we are more familiar. The author's note and historical information provided at the end fill in the questions readers might have about the historical accuracy of the subject.”Beth, A Great Good Place for Books
The Woman in the Library
“Wow! The Woman in the Library delivers all the suspense and twistiness that you could want in a mystery thriller. I was looking for reasons to open the audiobook and listen every day. This cleverly constructed novel opens with a scream—literally—and doesn’t stop until you reach the finale. Winifred, an Australian mystery writer, finds herself sitting with three strangers at the Boston Public Library on an afternoon when the hallowed halls are shaken by the aforementioned scream. The four become friends, bonding over their shared bizarre experience and the mystery of the woman eventually found murdered in the building. What Winifred doesn’t know then is that one of them is the murderer... In a master stroke of plotting there is also a parallel meta narrative going on with emails to an Australian mystery writer who is 'writing' the mystery you are at this moment reading. I just loved this book, and I’m really intrigued by whether Gentill intends to expand the characters in another book. Buy and download this audio book immediately! Katherine Littrell’s narration is superb. You won’t be disappointed.”Sarah, Raven Book Store
A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
“I just finished and loved this remarkable Booker Prize winning novel from South African author Dalmon Galgut. On her deathbed, Rachel Swart makes her husband promise that he will give their family's Black maid, Salome, the home on their family farm in which she has resided for decades. When this promise is repeatedly broken, the effects on the surviving three children are impossible to deny. Told through constantly flowing perspectives, (I'm still blown away by how skillfully Galgut does this) and beautiful, poetic language, this is the reckoning of one family and the country they call home.”Samantha, A Great Good Place for Books
“At 17, Kiara has had more difficulties than most. Forced to drop out of high school to find work to avoid eviction, she finds getting a job next to impossible. She falls into sex work, which leads her to a sex trafficking ring run by the Oakland police. Mottley presents these circumstances without flinching or hand wringing. Her astute observations of Oakland and the people Kiara encounters reveal a deep understanding of human nature. There are no heroes in this story, Kiara survives by focusing on her chosen family and learning to disregard those who don't reciprocate her love.”Amy, A Great Good Place for Books
This Time Tomorrow
“Time travel and 1990s teen angst and awkwardness with Emma Straub at the helm? Sign me up! This is the perfect blend of heartbreak and heartfelt laughter that we could all use a dose of right now.”Javier Ramirez, Exile in Bookville
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
An Oprah’s Book Club Novel
If you enjoyed Homegoing, then you’ll love The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.
“A sweeping, multi-generational novel about a Southern Black family and their rich and complex ancestry. Focusing on the life of Hailey Pearl, a young woman coming of age in "the city" and her hometown of Chicasetta, GA, the novel jumps back and forth in time weaving together the triumphs and tragedies of her people and how these stories are passed or lost through the generations. Compelling and important read.”Samantha, A Great Good Place for Books
“Hernan Diaz does things I've never seen in a novel before. Trust ties up threads of money and art, family and history, lies and truth. Think historical fiction turned meta, with a beating heart and spectacular writing.”Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore
“Hollywood Park is the kind of memoir that will turn you completely inside out before it lets you go. Within the specificity of his story, Mikel Jollett has somehow managed to make space for all of us — the intricate voice of his child and adolescent selves is one every reader will easily hear in their own head. This book is a brilliant and raw balancing of the accounts that make up a self, and I have nothing but respect for the vulnerability it took Jollett to step down from the stage he’s used to occupying as a musician and into a story that readers everywhere will hold in their hands and hearts for a very long time.”Afton Montgomery, Tattered Cover
Love & Saffron
A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love
“Such a sweet gentle tale of pen pals, born of a love of food and a great recipe. I was so enthralled and touched by the simplicity and beauty of the every-day-life displayed within the pages of this book. Keep a box of tissues handy. I was listening to the audio version while walking laps at the YMCA and CERTAINLY turned heads when I suddenly burst into tears!”Kathy, The Well-Read Moose
Nora Goes Off Script
“I ABSOLUTELY loved this book! Nora writes scripts for movies on the romance channel-until her life blows up, her self-centered husband walks out leaving her with a mountain of debt and two kids to raise. She then writes a script about her life and it becomes a big budget film starring two of Hollywood's best. When they arrive for a two day shoot she doesn’t expect to find an obvious spark with star Leo Vance who’s life is at a crossroads also. Can they overcome their baggage to find what they’re both looking for?”Kathleen, A Great Good Place for Books
“A Nina LaCour Novel (noun): a kiss on your forehead as you're tucked in at night, a cathartic cry in the shower, a perfectly made cup of coffee in your favorite mug, a well-mixed cocktail condensation sweating down the sides of the glass on a hot summer night, a sad song on the radio on a long drive, a familiar face in an unexpected place, feeling at home in quiet spaces, and out of body in familiar places. Yerba Buena is everything you'd want from Nina LaCour's adult debut. Two young women, each laden with generations of burdens and hope find each other and fall in love. But circumstance has never been kind to either. Each wants so desperately to find the footing that feels most right to them, constantly mis-stepping on their way to becoming better partners, better sisters, better workers and the person they want to be.”Cassie, Wellesley Books
If you enjoyed Well Met, then you’ll love Book Lovers.
“Book Lovers by Emily Henry is a top notch romance novel! It was a fun listen- slow burn, miscommunication, light family drama, possible but unlikely situations, and all the happy endings we want and expect! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters and settings in this story. It took me away from my life and into Nora Stevens life! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”Anne, Cherry Street Books
Broken (in the best possible way)
If you enjoyed Meaty, then you’ll love Broken (in the best possible way).
“I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jenny Lawson is a genius. She can make me sob uncontrollably from both laughter and the heartbreakingly honest way she talks about mental illness. She takes the worst things in life and finds a way to laugh through them. Her ability to bring people together in a celebration of human awkwardness is just beautiful. This book provided much needed relief and escape from the divisiveness of the world.”Melissa, E. Shaver, bookseller
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning author—a funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one Baltimore family’s foibles, from a boyfriend with a red Chevy in the 1950s up to a longed-for reunion with a grandchild in our pandemic present.
The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the... Read more »
Take My Hand
“This novel about sexual sterilization of poor, Black, women in the American South in the early 1970s raises important and timely questions about reproductive choice and explores intersections of class, race and gender. The narrator conveys the heartfelt emotion behind the story beautifully. The characters were well-developed and complex, and the author's note at the end - not to be missed - highlighted the significant research that went in to this book. This empathetic novel is especially relevant for Saskatchewan readers who may recall that Health officials in this province apologized in 2017 to Indigenous women who experienced coercion to undergo tubal ligations as recently as 2015.”Tracey, Turning the Tide Bookstore
“The Island by Adrian McKinty is one wild ride of a thriller! McKinty maintains a fast pace and menacing tone throughout. The American tourist heroine is surprisingly tough and resourceful protecting her family in the face of what seem like impossible odds on a remote Australian island inhabited by a less than a hospitable clan living by their own harsh rules. Great vacation read, as long as you're not going to remote Australia!”Genevieve, A Great Good Place for Books
Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing. . . .
“The world of social media, big tech and internet connectivity provides fertile... Read more »
“I love that this book: is a magical realism book that dives into the harm of the model minority myth, and shows how that can translate into toxic ambition for so many second-generation immigrants; it's partially set in the Bay Area; there's a HEIST component at a wedding expo and it's being adapted for television by Mindy Kaling (producer of the Netflix hit show, Never Have I Ever). Smart and funny!”Zinna, A Great Good Place for Books
The Unsinkable Greta James
“The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith is just plain AWESOME! Greta is a rising indie musician who finds herself on an Alaskan cruise with her dad after her mom dies unexpectedly, she splits with her music producer boyfriend, and had a major meltdown at her last public appearance three months prior. Greta needs a reset. She has to decide what is most important to her-whether she really can make her dreams come true. Add in Ben, the visiting Jack London scholar, and you have a novel with the perfect combo of an unexpected romance and family angst. Pick up your copy today-trust me, you’ll thank me.”Kathleen, A Great Good Place for Books
Sea of Tranquility
“A gem of a novel, spiraling out of place and time to shape our present hopes and anxieties into a story of peace and resilience. Mandel weaves effortlessly between historical and science fiction and is a master of immersive storytelling.”Dan Brewster, Prologue Bookshop