1. Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850 2. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 3. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669 4. The English Spy Daniel Silva, Harper, $27.99, 9780062320131 5. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
1. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547 2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307 3. The Wright Brothers David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742 4. The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America Arthur Brooks, Broadside, $27.99, 9780062319753 5. Being Mortal Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
When the Doves Disappeared
Edgar, aka Eggert Furst, aka Comrade Parts, is one of the most intriguing and pathetic villains I've come across.
Okasanen's latest novel, like her international best-seller Purge, delves into the political tumult of little-known Estonia, where the overly ambitious Edgar adopts a new identity, while selling out his friends and colleagues, with each regime swing between the Red Army and the Nazis.
His total lack of conscience and increasing paranoia of exposure by the two people who know him – his alcoholic estranged wife and his freedom-fighting cousin Roland – add just the right hint of dark comedy.
When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen (Knopf Publishing Group) Recommended by Vicki at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC
The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato by Kathy Giuffre
Just because we're all prisoners in the cave doesn't mean we can't have fun. The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato is based on Plato's Allegory of the Cave from The Republic. In this novel, the Cave is a dank basement bar in the small Southern town of Waterville, overflowing with cheap beer, good blues, and local oddballs. There's Vera, the tough but tender owner; Pancho, the philosophical piano tuner; Billy Joe, the former rising star back home after a stop in Memphis; and Commie Tom, the exceedingly generous proprietor of the Hammer and Sickle Bookstore.
In which Mr. Jackie Cooper locks his door and turns off his phone so he can finish a book, Ms. Martina Boone explains Southern Gothic from a young adult's perspective (must have swoony southern boys) Mr. David Arnold's book makes a woman cry and freaks out her children, and Ms. Tiffany Quay Tyson explains how she learned to shut up and listen.
HOLD LOVE STRONG by MATTHEW AARON GOODMAN – “Goodman’s relevant and enlightening debut novel belongs somewhere on the shelf between Richard Wright’s Native Son and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, both for its social importance and literary beauty. The novel is told in a series of vignettes, and centers around Abraham Singleton, a young man using all his available resources to navigate the housing projects of New York City. For Abraham, desperation and hope always coexist, but with the ups and downs of his life he finds one constant: the enduring love of his family. A brilliant read, everyone should be able to get into this coming of age story.” Amanda at Inkwood Book in Tampa, FL
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