Ready…Set…Read!

As we are holed up at home, waiting out the coronavirus pandemic, we are looking for ways to keep busy. Much talked about projects are getting attention. Exercise routines are taking on regularity. The cook in all of us is getting revealed. And many of us want to lose ourselves in a good book. It’s the perfect tiime to ready…set…read! So why not settle into a comfortable lounger in the backyard with a cool beverage and a good read? Whether you’re a Kindle reader or prefer the real thing, there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a brand new, all-consuming book. Here, a round-up of anticipated new books coming soon to a bookstore (or Kindle) near you. The selection is of some new releases and upcoming—a variety of novels, memoirs and non-fiction books—that we’re excited about. Now you’re good to go: ready…set…read!

The Tutor

Marilee Albert (Rare Bird Books, September 2019)
Okay, we know this book came out in 2019, but we are mentioning it here in case you missed it. First time novelist Marilee Albert tells the story of Alice, a Yale grad. She moves to Rome to be closer—but not too close—to her boyfriend who lives in Paris. She is seeking to make art and find a muse. Instead she finds herself entangled with a variety of men until she meets Frank, a middle-aged film maker.  She and Frank form an unusual bond after he hires her to be his philosophy tutor. Told with humor and insight, Albert’s novel introduces a young, complex and completely relatable protagonist that readers won’t soon forget.

Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury

Carolyn Burke (Penguin Random House, March 5)
Set in 1920s New York, Foursome reveals the story of four passionate artists. Photographer Alfred Stieglitz, celebrated for his successful exhibition of nude portraits of Georgia O’Keeffe. His future wife and a budding artist herself. Stieglitz’s protégé Paul Strand and his fiancé, Rebecca Salsbury. There was a bond between the two couples, complicated by attractions and tension. It lasted more than a decade and continued to impact their lives for years to come. Author Carolyn Burke uses old correspondence to weave together this compelling tale.

Blood: A Memoir by the Jonas Brothers

Neil Strauss with the Jonas Brothers (Pan Macmillan, March 17)
The Grammy-nominated Jonas Brothers are ready to tell the incredible story of their creation, rise to stardom, break up and now reunification. This frank memoir reveals the brothers’ true story and how they ultimately learned that blood is thicker than fame. Written by Neil Strauss, the unfiltered story is told in their own words.

It’s Not All Downhill From Here

Terry McMillan (Penguin Random House, March 31)
New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale) is back with a novel about the power of friendship and the reality of aging. At 68, Loretha Curry has a full life with a booming beauty supply business, many lifelong friends and an adoring husband. When unexpected loss rattles her world, Loretha has to summon all her inner strength to continue thriving and pursuing happiness as she explores new paths. All with a little help from her friends.

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Robert Kolker (Random House of Canada, April 7)
Don and Mimi Galvin and their 12 children were living the American dream during the heart of the baby boom. But by the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys were diagnosed with  schizophrenia. The Galvins were one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. The book explores the history of the science of schizophrenia, including institutionalization, lobotomy and the search for genetic markers. Genetic research based on the Galvin DNA continues to this day. Author Robert Kolker tells their fascinating story with compassion and insight.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, Inc., May 19)
This prequel to the hugely popular Hunger Games trilogy takes place in Panem 64 years before the events of the Hunger Games. This highly anticipated book will surely be a big hit with all of the young adults—and others—who made the Hunger Games books and subsequent movies so incredibly popular.

The Wife Who Knew Too Much

Michele Campbell (St. Martin’s Press, June 9)
From the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes this new thriller. Connor Ford, married to a wealthy, controlling woman he never loved, is extremely unhappy. When Tabitha Girard reconnects with him, the man who broke her heart, she thinks it’s a second chance at love. However, after Connor’s wife takes her own life, Tabitha finds her diary and begins to question the man she’s always loved.

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