What We're Reading
If You See Me, Don't Say Hi by Neel Patel
A story collection by a first-generation Indian American gives voice to, and undermines, deeply held stereotypes through the subversive choices of protagonists who confront racism, discontinue hypocritical social mores, and navigate impossible secrets.
Heart Berries by Therese Marie Mailhot
The author recounts her coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest where she survived a dysfunctional childhood and found herself hospitalized with a dual diagnosis of PTSD and bipolar II disorder.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.
Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pierce
An adventurous young woman takes a typist job to assist the war effort and lands in the employ of a renowned advice columnist before she begins secretly replying to heart-wrenching letters rejected as unsuitable.
The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon
Julia Swann, mother of two young boys, is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly cuts out. It isn't until later in the evening when she discovers that something terrible has happened at Penn Station, where Michael was waiting for a train home.
Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd
Cathal Flood lives alone in a stuffed-to-the-rafters gothic mansion and resists his son's efforts to move him to an old age home. He has an ally in caretaker Maud, but family secrets and the long-ago case of a missing schoolgirl could upend everything.
Kidd's novel features a winning combination of descriptive writing, black humor, and biting dialogue.
The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart-a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker-places today's headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.
The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut
After a woman is convicted of a brutal crime, a prison psychologist recognizes her as his high-school crush, prompting a charged reunion that sets off an astonishing chain of events with dangerous consequences for both.