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If your upcoming holiday involves some quiet reading time, don't miss out on some of the below book recommendations! More from Bookseller Vicki:
"Being an avid reader who loves to talk about books, I just have to know what other people are reading. Here's a list of books that everyone is talking about right now on websites, blogposts, instagram, and on reading lists. I can't wait to get my hands on them!"
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In her latest novel, a follow-up to her Brooklyn-bound novel"Modern Lovers," Emma Straub compares the Hudson Valley backdrop to the bustling gossipy small town setting of Gilmore Girls. An insightful story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, like it or not.
In September 1969, a cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. A witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting, this is a poignant look at NYC in a different time, though relevant to current NYC life, where New Yorkers have been forced to shelter inside their apartments and homes, not sure if it's safe to go outside or even go to the grocery store. Timely.
Vesta Gul is a widow adjusting to an isolated life in an unfamiliar town. While walking her dog she comes across a note that says "Her name was Magda.. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body." But there is no dead body. New to living in a town where she knows no one, Vesta obsesses over the note, inventing murder suspects and possible motives. I'm already obsessing over this black comedy and suspenseful must-read!
A debut novel following the fates of three people whose lives become entangled after a terrorist attack on an Indian train. Making a careless comment on Facebook, Jivan, who is striving to find a poverty-free life, is wrongly accused of planning the attack. A page-turner about fate, power, opportunity, and class, innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths. This book is being touted as "an extraordinary debut."
The Vignes, identical twin sisters, were inseparable as children, growing up in a small southern black community and running away together at the age of sixteen. They ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. This is a captivating and provocative page-turner about family and relationships.
A glimpse into Los Angeles suburbia where manicured yards disguise all kinds of radical beliefs and lifestyles. Pregnant, 18, and grieving the loss of her father, a pizza delivery girl finds herself clouding her life with one of her suburban customers. Named "a most anticipated book of 2020" by numerous magazines and media sources, this dark humor coming-of-age story is a perfect holiday weekend read.