Utopia Avenue – Book Review

Author: David Mitchell Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Publication Date: July 14, 2020 Book Review: Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss and guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet, Utopia Avenue embarked on…

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Dear Emmie Blue – Book Review

Author: Lia Louis Genre: Women’s Fiction Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books Publication Date: July 14, 2020 Book Description: In this charming and poignant novel, teenager Emmie Blue releases a balloon with her email address and a big secret into the sky, only to fall head-over-heels for the boy who finds it; now, fourteen years later, the…

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Watching You Without Me – Book Review

Author: Lynn Coady Genre: Fiction Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Publication Date: July 7, 2020 Book Description: After her mother’s sudden death, Karen finds herself back in her childhood home in Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade, acting as full-time caregiver to her older sister, Kelli. Overwhelmed and consumed by the isolation of…

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Florence Adler Swims Forever – Book Review

Author: Rachel Beanland Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication Date: July 7, 2020 Book Description: Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to “America’s Playground” and move into the small apartment above their bakery. Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they…

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Want – Book Review

Author: Lynn Steger Strong Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. Publication Date: July 7, 2020 Book Description: Grappling with motherhood, economic anxiety, rage, and the limits of language, Want is a fiercely personal novel that vibrates with anger, insight, and love. Elizabeth is tired. Years after coming to New York to try to…

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Grown Ups – Book Review

Author: Marian Keyes Genre: Romance Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada Publication Date: June 30, 2020 Book Description: They’re a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together–birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they’re a happy family.…

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The Lion’s Den – Book Review

Author: Katherine St. John Genre: Fiction Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication Date: June 30, 2020 Book Description: Sex, betrayal, and intrigue: A dream vacation on a luxurious yacht turns deadly in this pulse-pounding beach read “chock full of delicious characters who flaunt their sins . . . like the latest Birkin bag” (Adriana Trigiani).Belle likes…

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Prairie Fever – Book Review

Author: Michael Parker Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Algonquin Publication Date: May 21, 2019 ( Paperback Release-June 23, 2020) Book Description: Set in the hardscrabble landscape of early 1900s Oklahoma, but timeless in its sensibility, Prairie Fever traces the intense dynamic between the Stewart sisters: the pragmatic Lorena and the chimerical Elise. The two are bound…

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Everyone Knows How Much I Love You – Book Review

Author: Kyle McCarthy Genre: Fiction Publisher: Ballentine Publication Date: June 23, 2020 Book Description: At age thirty, Rose is fierce and smart, both self-aware and singularly blind to her power over others. After moving to New York, she is unexpectedly swallowed up by her past when she reunites with Lacie, the former best friend she…

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Head Over Heels – Book Review

Author: Hannah Orenstein Genre: Fiction Publisher: Atria Books Publication Date: June 23, 2020 Book Description: From the author of the Love at First Like and Playing with Matches, an electrifying rom-com set in the high stakes world of competitive gymnastics, full of Hannah Orenstein’s signature “charm, whimsy, and giddy romantic tension” (BuzzFeed). The past seven…

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