Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson (releases 4/6)
Few people write books that are as personal and as funny as Jenny Lawson. And she does that all while writing about a very serious subject—her struggles with both her mental and physical health. Continuing the story of her two previous books, Broken talks about her recent challenges and treatments while relating experiences from her life with her trademark raw honesty. As always, she deliberately chooses to accept the obstacles and celebrate the absurdities of life in a fantastically profane manner. If you dislike saccharine sentimentality, her books are definitely for you. Note: Audiobook readers get the added pleasure of the author’s Texas accented narration.
New & Upcoming Books for Adults
This month offers many possibilities for daring and adventure. A book about Pan Am stewardesses, Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke, offers readers an irrestible combination of history and the glamour of air travel in a bygone era. Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenridge takes us into a story based on the life of the daughter of Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first Black female doctor in New York while The Conductors by Nichole Glover is a fantasy featuring a magician and former conductor on the Underground Railroad who now solves mysteries in Philadelphia. Alma Katsu moves from excellent psychological thrillers into spy thrillers with Red Widow, about uncovering a mole in the CIAs Russia division.
Check this Out!
Interested in reading more about the British Royal family? Check out this list of books about the current family members.
The last few weeks have brought renewed curiosity in the members of the current British Royal family. Interested in reading more? Check out this list of recent books about the members of The Firm, including Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the making of modern royal family
by royal journalist Omid Scobie and Lady in Waiting: my extraordinary life in the shadow of the crown
by Anne Glennconner, a behind the scenes look at palace life from a friend of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Princess Margaret.
What We’re Reading
Better Luck Next Time
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
A divorce ranch in 1930’s Reno is the extremely engaging setting for this funny and touching novel. Each ranch hosted wealthy women establishing residency for their quickie Nevada divorce and offered handsome cowboys and fun social events to enliven their stay. Narrator Ward Bennett was a cowboy at one of these ranches, and he reminisces about one particular summer that featured a daredevil aviatrix, a San Francisco socialite and her petulant teenage daughter and one very ill-advised love affair. With plenty of playful banter and scenes to go with the setting and outsized characters, this is a wonderfully entertaining read.
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