Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson (Penquin)

A debut novel new in paperback presenting an entertaining new (contemporary)  Gilded Age family drama set in Brooklyn Heights.


The Women by Kristen Hannah (St. Martin's Press)

A powerful story about a young woman volunteering as a nurse during the Vietnam War who returns home to find a country divided and veterans overlooked and ignored; she finds love and challenges in Vietnam and back home, in spite of both offering demanding physical and emotional environments.


Adventures of Ellery Queen - Ellery Queen (Penzler)

This is a perfect introduction to the 1930s American puzzle mystery with 11 gems of ingenious plots, characters, and humor.  Spoiler alert: smoking, alcohol, sex (sort of) stereotypes.

Michael

 


Crying in H Mart - Michelle Zauner (Knopf)

Michelle Zauner is many things: a musician, a daughter, a Korean-American, and now a writer.  In this stunning memoir, she describes her complicated relationship with her Korean mother and its evolution following her mother’s diagnosis with a rare form of cancer.  With food and love at its core, this memoir is heartbreakingly relatable and certain to leave you desperate for a hug from your mother.

Paulameena

 


Divine Rivals - Rebecca Ross (Wednesday Books)

Iris is an aspiring newspaper columnist in the midst of a divine war of the gods. Writing letters to her brother on the family typewriter that she never sends, Iris unexpectedly starts receiving replies that unbeknownst to her are from her annoyingly handsome rival at the newspaper. Fun "romantasy" as the reader follows their relationship as it begins to bleed off the page and into the real world.

Paulameena

 


Doomsday Book - Connie Willis (Del Rey)

One of Willis' classic Oxford time-travel novels set in 14th century England; great!

Michael

 


I Have Some Questions for You - Rebecca Makkai (Penguin)

Lovers of true crime podcasts will not be able to put this book down. Bodie Kane is hired to teach a two-week course at the New Hampshire boarding school she graduated from and she is forced to reconsider the traumatic details of the murder of her former roommate.

Kristen

 


The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant - Elizabeth D. Samet (Liveright)

"Authoritative, thorough and compulsively readable" according to noted book critic, Michael Dirda. I agree;  mid-19th century American art, literature, politics, society and biography are all used to explain the background to Grant's wonderful narrative. As Dirda says, it is a book "to live in." Wonderful stuff.

Michael


Boomtown - A.F. Carter (Mysterious Press)

A wonderful small town detective story about a West Virginia town, Baxter, which encounters troubles with a lawless boomtown that rises nearby to provide entertainment of the employees of the struggling town's Nissan plant; a gritty rural noir with a great detective and great plot; nominated for a 2024 Edgar award.

Michael

 


The House in the Orchard - Elizabeth Brooks (Tin House)

In this atmospheric novel with a light touch of the Gothic, the questions of truth, forgiveness and manipulation are raised by an old diary discovered in Orchard House.