Happy Tuesday! It’s that time again: NEW BOOKS! On this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some great new releases, such as The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Into the Black, and The Lie Tree. I have a few more great titles for you below, and as always, you can find a big list in the All the Books! show notes. Ready? LET’S DO THIS.
This week’s newsletter is sponsored by A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry.
Some say she grants wishes. Some say her touch kills. One boy is drawn into her enchanted world.
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives in Puerto Rico, where he’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, Isabel. When letters from Isabel begin appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers—and finds himself lured into her strange and magical world. But the more entangled Lucas becomes, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life. Nova Ren Suma, bestselling author of The Walls Around Us, calls A Fierce and Subtle Poison “a breathtaking story in which myths come to frightening life and buried wishes may actually come true.”
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
This is a modern day retelling of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with Liz as a magazine editor and Jane as a yoga instructor, who decide to return to their Cincinnati family home when their father becomes ill. At home, Mrs. Bennet wonders how to find her eldest daughters love, as the younger Bennet girls do CrossFit and study for college. And then they meet Chip, from the reality show Eligible, and neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy. You know how it goes from there: Brooders will brood, sparks will spark, and schemers will scheme. I found this book to be a delight.
Backlist bump: Go watch Clueless.
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
A new Graham Swift novel is cause for a national holiday! He is such a phenomenal writer. This is a dazzling, sexy novella about Jane, a maid in an English country house and her affair with the heir of a neighboring home. It moves back and forth in time between the 1924 and Jane’s life at the end of the century, detailing all of Jane’s emotions and memories beautifully. Swift really is a marvel. He’s an absolute master with language. Fans of Ian McEwan will doubly love this.
Backlist bump: Waterland by Graham Swift
The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
It’s 22000 B.C. And what does that angel have in his pocket? Oh, it’s just a doomsday box, a small cube that can bring about mankind’s utter destruction. Wait, scratch that – he had it in his pocket. But now it’s lost. Now jump back to 2015: A professional thief has been hired to retrieve a small box for a mysterious client. Any guesses as to what it is? Yep, it’s the doom box! Unfortunately, he doesn’t know what it does until after he delivers it. Good thing he’s a professional thief! Kadrey, of Sandman Slim fame, delivers a fun, apocalypse-looming romp, full of thrills and laughs.
Backlist bump: Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me. If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’! (OMG I am OBSESSED with Litsy.)