It’s Eclectic

June new releases are an eclectic mix of thrillers, heart-warmers and/or stories of recovery. You are sure to have an emotional reaction to these reads.

1. The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

“In The Lost for Words Bookshop, Stephanie Butland has created a bibliophile’s delight. Witty and irreverent, funny and sad, this is a charming tribute to stories on the page and in our lives–and the powers they can hold over us.”—Matthew Sullivan author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you.

Into her hiding place – the bookstore where she works – come a poet, a lover and three suspicious deliveries.

Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?

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2. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier 

This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison and one who’s been searching for the truth. When she was 16 years old, Angela Wong disappeared without a trace. Nobody suspected her best friend, Georgina “Geo” Shaw was involved. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was friends with both girls.

Fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. Kaiser, now a detective with Seattle PD, learns that Angela was a victim of serial killer Calvin James.

In high school Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed. What happened that night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the past catches up with the present when new bodies turn up killed the exact same way as Angela Wong.

Jar of Hearts grabs you by the throat! The perfect blend of riveting characters, chilling details, and gasping twists in this standout thriller will keep you frantically reading until the explosive end.” – Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You

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3. The Lost Family by Jenna Blum

“Jenna Blum shines a powerful light on how the past swings back and how we must face it. The Lost Family is an extraordinary read, the kind of book that makes you sob and smile, the kind that gives you hope…. It is compassionate, masterful and disturbingly contemporary.”—Tatiana de Rosnay, bestselling author of Sarah’s Key

The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II story that spans from the 1960s to the 1980s.

In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s for the food, the service and the dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin. Peter, a survivor of Auschwitz, is the most eligible bachelor in town. But Peter has resigned himself to a solitary life. Running Masha’s consumes him, as does his guilt over surviving the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters did not.

Then June Bouquet an up-and-coming young model 20 years his junior peak’s Peter’s interest and they begin a whirlwind courtship. When June unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Peter proposes, believing a new family will allow him to let go of the past. During the next twenty years Peter’s past overshadows their future.

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 4. There There by Tommy Orange

There There is a quick-paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of 12 characters with separate reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil dance in public for the very first time. There will be a spectacle of tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, heroism and loss.

Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American in a novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse and suicide.

There There is a miraculous achievement, a book that wields ferocious honesty and originality in service of telling a story that needs to be told. This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book – a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall.”—Omar El Akkad, author of American War

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 5. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

“This is a book that puts you right into the shoes of the characters and has you asking: What would I do? You may find yourself increasingly uncomfortable with your answers. An unputdownable story that begs the age-old question of how well we can ever know someone else. And, perhaps even more important, how well do we know ourselves?”—Amy Engel, author of The Roanoke Girls

Erin is a documentary filmmaker and her new husband Mark is a handsome investment banker. On their honeymoon in Bora Bora they find something in the water. They must make a dangerous choice to speak out or to protect their secret. Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events.

With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges you to confront your hopes, your ideals and the lies we tell ourselves.

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Jennifer Jones

I’m the library’s fiction selector and I’ve been suggesting new books to library and bookmobile customers for over 17 years. I keep up on all the new book reviews, and my favorite question is “What are you reading?” I love to talk about books and to read books. I like to tell library customers, “Try something new. If you don’t like it, at least the price is right!”