Fresh Off The Press: April 2019

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Spring fever is among us! Bring on the pastels, Easter egg hunts, blooming flowers, and, of course, more books! Here are 11 new releases to indulge in this season.

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When We Left Cuba

When we left cuba
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by Chanel Cleeton
Berkley Books
09 April 2019

Historical Fiction: Promised to be one of the most exhilarating novels of the year is a story about the Perez family who are part of the 1960s Cuban sugar aristocracy. In the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, they are exiled and settle in Florida. The plot focuses on Beatriz, one of the Perez daughters, who links herself to the CIA in an effort to assassinate Fidel Castro. When We Left Cuba is an intoxicating family drama about revenge, romance, and social issues, with morsels of historic facts woven throughout.


Lost Roses

Lost Roses
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by Martha Hall Kelly
Ballantine Books
09 April 2019

Historical Fiction: From the bestselling author of Lilac Girls is another riveting, historical novel based on true events. The year is 1914; Eliza Ferriday excitedly embarks on a journey with her friend Sofya, traveling from New York to their ancestral home of Russia. What starts as a cheerful adventure, frolicking the streets of Saint Petersburg,  is devastated when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia begins to fall. Eliza beelines back to America, but Sofya stays behind. The two friends stay connected through letters during the revolution, but suddenly Sofya stops responding…


I Miss You When I Blink

I miss you when I blink
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by Mary Laura Philpott
Atria Books
02 April 2019

Nonfiction/Memoir: This charming memoir, told through essays, is about feeling that you have it all figured out, then reaching the stark realization that you are simply (& sadly) going with the flow, stuck in the daily grind. Without true happiness and a feeling of purpose, have you failed at life? I Miss You When I Blink is “full of spot-on observations about home, work, and creative life, Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart.”


White Rose

White Rose
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by Kip Wilson
Versify
02 April 2019

Young Adult/Historical Fiction: Written in poetic form, Wilson tells the story of Sophie Scholl, a (real life) German college student who joined The White Rose, a non-violent Nazi resistance group. The small group acted as pamphleteers, distributing what would have been considered treasonous material and encouraged people to awaken themselves to the atrocities happening around them. White Rose is historically accurate, intensely emotional, and unforgettable.


The Path Made Clear

Path made clear
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by Oprah Winfrey
Flatiron Books
26 March 2019

Self-Help: Looking for some insight this season? In her latest book, Oprah shares with readers a mindful guide for envisioning and creating a purposeful life. Each of the ten chapters represents a milestone, and she shares her own personal road to self-discovery along the way. To accomplish absolute transparency, amidst the words of wisdom are over 100 inspirational photographs. The Path Made Clear “provides readers with a beautiful resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be.”


The Handmaid’s Tale:
The Graphic Novel

Handmaids tale
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by Margaret Atwood
Art & Adaptation by Renée Nault
Nan A. Talese
26 March 2019

Science Fiction/Dystopia: In this breathtaking graphic novel adaptation of the modern classic, readers can provocatively relive The Handmaid’s Tale. The United States of America is now referred to as Gilead and runs as a totalitarian society where women are stripped of their rights and only considered valuable based on their fertility. People are hung in the streets daily. It is about control, rebellion, and independence; it is an absolute must-read!


The Girl He Used to Know

The Girl He Used to Know
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by Tracey Garvis Graves
St Martin’s Press
02 April 2019

Contemporary Fiction/Romance: Annika Rose will capture your heart. She is a quirky introvert; she prefers solitary activities like reading or playing chess. While studying at the University of Illinois, Annika meets Johnathan – the love of her life. He is finally someone who understands her and they form a remarkable bond. That is, until something tears them apart. Ten years have passed since college, but they randomly run into each other in Chicago and attempt to rekindle their relationship. With hardships left unresolved from the past, will their connection stand the test of time?


The Mother-in-Law

The Mother in law
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by Sally Hepworth
St. Martin’s Press
23 April 2019

Mystery/Thriller: Diana is the quintessential mother-in-law. She is the matriarch and a pillar of the community. She is nice enough, but deep down Lucy knows that Diana will never think she is good enough for her son. Since marrying Oliver, ten years have passed and a lot has changed. Diane was found dead with a suicide note, but the autopsy shows different results. The skeletons will come out of the closet for everyone in the family…


My Lovely Wife

My Lovely Wife
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by Samantha Downing
Berkley Books
26 March 2019

Mystery/Thriller: Normal suburban family. A fifteen-year marriage. Boredom. Dysfunction. Dark secrets. Murder. We suggest that you crack the spine of this debut novel without knowing any more about the plot. It is tension-filled, paralyzing addictive, and will leave you in awe.


Women Talking

Women Talking
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by Miriam Toews
Bloomsbury Publishing
02 April 2019

Contemporary Fiction: A secret meeting is held in the loft of a barn. The attendants are eight Mennonite women who, among hundreds of other girls in their village, have been repeatedly raped in the night. It has been going on for as long as they can remember and are under the impression that the violators are demons who have come to punish them for their sins. Now they have learned that instead of demons, it was in fact men from their own colony. They have been drugged and abused for decades and are now determined to do whatever it takes to protect themselves, their daughters, and the future from harm.


The Mister

The Mister
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by E.L. James
Vintage
16 April 2019

Romance: Presenting a new romance by E L James, author of the sensational Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Need I say more?13cropped-blonde-vs-books-header-blue-and-green-big-3129675811-153575013766113

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