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Week of June 3, 2019

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Week of June 3, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of June 3rd include LAKE SUCCESS by Gary Shteyngart, a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times; CALYPSO, David Sedaris' most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book, in which he sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality; BEFORE AND AGAIN, Barbara Delinsky's novel about a woman in hiding who finds the courage to face the world again; THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams, an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast; MORNINGS WITH ROSEMARY (originally published as THE LIDO), Libby Page's debut about friendship and love, featuring the life-changing relationship between an anxious young reporter and an 86-year-old lifelong swimmer; and Anthony Ray Hinton's THE SUN DOES SHINE (Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection), a powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold - Current Affairs/Environment

June 4, 2019

Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks start rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong. Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin - Romance

June 4, 2019

Ayesha Shamsi’s dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her 100th marriage proposal. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family.

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment, but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family and friends. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made, though she can’t risk telling them too much. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself --- or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well.

Beyond All Reasonable Doubt written by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles - Legal Thriller

June 4, 2019

Thirteen years ago, a 15-year-old girl was murdered. Doctor Stig Ahlin was sentenced to life in prison. But no one has forgotten the brutal crime. Ahlin is known as one of the most ruthless criminals. When Sophia Weber discovers critical flaws in the murder investigation, she decides to help Ahlin. But Sophia doing her utmost to get her client exonerated arouses many people's disgust. And the more she learns, the more difficult her job becomes. What kind of man is her client really? What has he done? And will she ever know the truth?

Bright Ruin by Vic James - Dystopian Fantasy

June 4, 2019

The lower classes must give 10 years in service to Britain’s powerfully gifted rulers. With one uprising crushed by the glittering elite, commoners and aristocrats alike now take sides for a final confrontation. At the center of it all are Abi Hadley and her brother, Luke. Each has reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi, who was once their servant, now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim --- but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine. Risking everything to end a bright and shining tyranny, Abi, Luke and Silyen find themselves bound by a single destiny. Their actions will change their fates --- and the world --- but at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate.

Calypso by David Sedaris - Humor/Essays

June 4, 2019

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, David Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With CALYPSO, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality.

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo - Essays

June 4, 2019

In each of the 11 pieces collected here, Richard Russo considers the unexpected turns of the creative life. From his grandfather’s years cutting gloves to his own teenage dreams of rock stardom; from his first college teaching jobs to his dazzling reads of Dickens and Twain; from the roots of his famous novels to his journey accompanying a dear friend --- the writer Jennifer Finney Boylan --- as she pursued gender reassignment surgery, THE DESTINY THIEF powerfully reveals the inner workings of one of America’s most beloved authors.

The Devoted by Blair Hurley - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Nicole Hennessy’s world revolves around her Boston Zendo, to the chagrin of her Irish Catholic family. As she struggles to break free from a psychological and sexual entanglement with her mentor, her past finally catches up with her. A spellbinding confession of what it means to abandon one life for another, THE DEVOTED asks what it takes, and what you’ll sacrifice, to find enlightenment.

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle - Fiction

June 4, 2019

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her novel, THE DINNER LIST. When Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner, she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past…and Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain - Fiction

June 4, 2019

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam War, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly's part. And all for the love of her unborn child.

The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home --- until she learns of her dad’s failing health. Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister, Cassandra, enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá. But the threat of kidnappings, car bombs and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona's mysterious ways. As both girls' families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai - Fiction

June 4, 2019

It is 1985, and Yale Tishman is the development director for an art gallery in Chicago. As his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. In these intertwining stories, Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

High White Sun by J. Todd Scott - Thriller

June 4, 2019

In the wake of Sheriff Stanford Ross' death, former deputy Chris Cherry --- now Sheriff Cherry --- struggles to escape the long, dark shadow of that infamous lawman. But it's only when a local Rio Grande guide is murdered, and new deputies America Reynosa and Ben Harper’s ongoing investigation is swept aside by a secretive federal agent, that the novice sheriff truly understands just how tenuous his hold on that badge really is. And as other new threats emerge, nothing can prepare Chris for the high cost of crossing dangerous men such as John Wesley Earl, a high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, or Thurman Flowers, a part-time pastor and full-time white supremacist.

In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick - History

June 4, 2019

In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But as he had learned after two years of trying, coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake --- fought without a single American ship --- made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability.

Island of the Mad: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King - Historical Mystery

June 4, 2019

Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. Although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital, better known as Bedlam. To track down the vanished woman, Mary Russell must use her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge --- and enlist her husband Sherlock Holmes’ legendary prowess. Together, the two travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the murky canals of Venice --- only to find the shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era and a tormented English lady of privilege.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart - Fiction/Humor

June 4, 2019

Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema --- a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth --- has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West by John Branch - Biography

June 4, 2019

THE LAST COWBOYS is Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Branch’s epic tale of one American family struggling to hold on to the fading vestiges of the Old West. For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders --- many call them the most successful rodeo family in history. Now they find themselves fighting to save their land and livelihood as the West is transformed by urbanization, battered by drought and rearranged by public-land disputes. Could rodeo, of all things, be the answer?

The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen - Literary Thriller/Adventure

June 4, 2019

The 1950s ocean liner Queen Isabella is making her final voyage --- a retro cruise from Long Beach to Hawaii and back --- before heading to the scrapyard. For the guests on board, it’s a chance to experience a bygone era of decadent luxury, complete with fine dining, classic highballs, string quartets and sophisticated jazz. Smoking is allowed but not cell phones --- or children, for that matter. But this is the second decade of an uncertain new millennium, not the sunny, heedless mid-20th century, and certain disquieting signs of strife and malfunction above and below deck intrude on the festivities, throwing a trio of strangers together in an unexpected and startling test of character.

A Long Way Down: A Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis - Mystery/Thriller

June 4, 2019

When Ryan DeMarco’s estranged wife attempts suicide, he has no choice but to return to western Pennsylvania and all the memories that wait for him there. Unfortunately, it's not only ghosts from the past waiting to greet DeMarco upon his return. An old high school classmate has risen through the ranks to become a county sheriff, and he is desperate for help investigating a series of murders that might tie into a cold case from his and DeMarco's school days. DeMarco and his new love, Jayme, agree to join the team working on the case. But it's not easy for DeMarco to be walking the streets of his troubled past, and the deeper he and Jayme dig into the disturbing murders, the less likely it is that either one of them will escape the devastation.

The Lost Family by Jenna Blum - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

Peter Rashkin, the owner of Masha’s and its head chef, is a survivor of Auschwitz. Running the restaurant consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha, and two young daughters perished. Then June Bouquet, an up-and-coming young model, appears at the restaurant, piercing Peter’s guard. Though she is 20 years his junior, the two begin a passionate, whirlwind courtship. When June unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Peter proposes. But over the next 20 years, the indelible sadness of his horrific memories of the past will overshadow Peter, June and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking and unexpected ways.

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

One of the most powerful early medieval queens in British history, Languoreth ruled at a time of enormous disruption and bloodshed, when the burgeoning forces of Christianity threatened to obliterate the ancient pagan beliefs. Together with her twin brother, Lailoken, Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King. As Rhydderch's wife, Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom and all she holds dear.

Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell - Romance

June 4, 2019

When Mimi Huish first visits her dad's new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there. There's Paddy, with his electric-blue eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes Mimi laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal Mathieson is welcoming and charismatic. Though Mimi loves her city life and her career, she'd be very happy to return to Goosebrook if it means seeing more of him. Life is about to take some unexpected and shocking twists and turns. And Mimi's path and Cal's are set to cross again and again --- but will it ever be the right time for both of them?

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer - Thriller

June 4, 2019

One day in the early summer of 2017, about 400 people disappear from their lives. Where have they gone, and why? The only answer, for weeks, is silence. Kevin Moore is one of them. He leaves behind his retail job in San Francisco, sends a good-bye text to his mother, dumps his phone and wallet into a trash can, and disappears. The movement calls itself the Massive Brigade, and they believe change isn't coming fast enough to America. But are they a protest organization, a political movement or a terrorist group? The FBI isn't taking any chances. What Special Agent Rachel Proulx uncovers will shock the entire nation, and the aftermath of her investigation will reverberate through the FBI to the highest levels of government.

Mornings with Rosemary by Libby Page - Fiction

June 4, 2019

Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life, but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she has swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she is assigned to write about the lido’s closing. As Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li - Fiction

June 4, 2019

When disaster strikes at the Beijing Duck House, each character is forced to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay. Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their 30-year friendship into something else. And when Nan’s son, Pat, and Annie find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim - Fiction

June 4, 2019

America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means risking everything. She agrees to a radical plan. If she signs up for a one-way trip into the future to work as a bonded laborer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in 12 years. But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a changed and divided America, Polly must navigate a new life and find a way to locate Frank, to discover if he is alive, and if their love has endured.

Ohio by Stephen Markley - Fiction

June 4, 2019

One sweltering night in 2013, four former high school classmates converge on their hometown in northeastern Ohio. There’s Bill Ashcraft, a drug-abusing activist whose flailing ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to post-BP New Orleans, and now back home with a mysterious package strapped to the undercarriage of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting her family and the mother of her best friend and first love; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried to forget; and Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the washed-up captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax.

The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith - Mystery

June 4, 2019

Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie, hire a new au pair, and Isabel brings on an intelligent assistant editor to share her workload. Both women, though, have romantic entanglements that threaten to interfere with their work, and Isabel must decide how best to navigate this tricky domestic situation. Meanwhile, Isabel makes the acquaintance of Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s friend Basil. She tries to be supportive, especially given that Patricia is raising her son on her own, without the help of his father, a well-known Edinburgh organist also named Basil. But when Isabel sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man, she begins to rethink her assumptions.

Rescued: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt - Mystery

June 4, 2019

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on any more cases. He’d much rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation, than find himself back in a courtroom. However, when a truck carrying over 70 dogs from the South to the rescue-friendly northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved. He is eager to help the dogs, many of whom come to the Tara Foundation while awaiting forever homes. The accused just happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiance --- her tall, good-looking, ex-Marine ex-fiance. Even with dozens of cases behind Andy, this one may prove to be his most difficult.

Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by Karen Auvinen - Memoir

June 4, 2019

Determined to live an independent life on her own terms, Karen Auvinen flees to a primitive cabin in the Rockies to live in solitude as a writer and to embrace all the beauty and brutality nature has to offer. When a fire incinerates every word she has ever written and all of her possessions --- except for her beloved dog Elvis, her truck and a few singed artifacts --- Karen embarks on a heroic journey to reconcile her desire to be alone with her need for community.

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz - True Crime/History

June 4, 2019

In 1929, 30-year-old gangster Al Capone ruled both Chicago's underworld and its corrupt government. To a public who scorned Prohibition, "Scarface" became a local hero and national celebrity. But after the brutal St. Valentine's Day Massacre transformed Capone into "Public Enemy Number One," the federal government found an unlikely new hero in a 27-year-old Prohibition agent named Eliot Ness. Chosen to head the legendary law enforcement team known as "The Untouchables," Ness set his sights on crippling Capone's criminal empire. Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz have recaptured a bygone bullet-ridden era while uncovering the previously unrevealed truth behind Scarface's downfall.

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler - History

June 4, 2019

In 1587, 115 men, women and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina to establish the first English settlement in the New World. But when the new colony's leader returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers had vanished, leaving behind only a single clue --- a "secret token" etched into a tree. What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? That question has consumed historians, archaeologists and amateur sleuths for 400 years. In THE SECRET TOKEN, Andrew Lawler sets out on a quest to determine the fate of the settlers, finding fresh leads as he encounters a host of characters obsessed with resolving the enigma.

Southernmost by Silas House - Fiction

June 4, 2019

In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew --- and risks losing everything. With no way out but ahead, Asher takes his son, Justin, and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he’d turned against years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new way of understanding love.

Summer Hours by Amy Mason Doan - Contemporary

June 4, 2019

Becc was the good girl. Until a secret affair with the charming Cal one summer in college cost her everything she held dear. Now, Becc’s past is back front and center as she travels up the scenic California coast to a wedding --- with a man she hasn’t seen in a decade. As each mile flies by, Becc can’t help but feel the thrilling push and pull of memories, from infinite nights at beach bonfires and lavish boat parties to secret movie sessions. But the man beside her is not so eager to recreate history. And as the events of that heartbreaking summer come into view, Becc must decide if those dazzling hours they once shared are worth fighting for or if they’re lost forever.

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister, is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, she finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, who has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel. As the summer winds to its end, Miranda is caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish her from the island for nearly two decades.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin - Memoir

June 4, 2019

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. As he realized and accepted his fate, Hinton resolved not only to survive, but to find a way to live on Death Row. For the next 27 years he was a beacon --- transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of JUST MERCY, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall - Psychological Thriller

June 4, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Ellen falls under the spell of glamorous newcomer Sasha. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha's family, she doesn't see the darkness that lies beneath their musical, bohemian lifestyle. At a New Year's Eve party, events come to a dramatic head, resulting in a court case that means family life at the Corner House will never be the same again. Twelve years later, Ellen and Sasha are sharing a flat in London. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. Finding out the truth about what really happened on New Year's Eve 12 years ago puts Ellen in terrible danger, and forces her to confront not only the past, but how well she really knows her best friend.

Trouble the Water by Rebecca Dwight Bruff - Historical Fiction

June 4, 2019

Inspired by the life of an unsung American hero and slave, TROUBLE THE WATER navigates the rich tributaries of courage, betrayal and redemption. In his inspiring journey, Robert Smalls witnesses great privilege and suffering alongside his owner’s daughter and the dangerous son of a firebrand secessionist. At the age of 12, he’s sent to work in Charleston, where he loads ships and learns to pilot a cotton steamer. When the Civil War erupts and his cotton steamer becomes a Confederate warship, Robert seizes the opportunity to pursue freedom for himself and the people he loves.

Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe - Mystery/Thriller

June 4, 2019

Washed-up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone has been waiting patiently to finish what was started. Now, 15 years later, a broke and desperate Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a web series in which she'll pose as a real-life private detective --- a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept. Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin.

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri - Romantic Comedy

June 4, 2019

Katie Daniels, a 28-year-old Kentucky transplant with a strong set of traditional values, has just been dumped by her fiancé when she finds herself seated across a negotiating table from native New Yorker Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-assured woman wearing a man's suit. While at first Katie doesn't know what to think, a chance meeting later that night leads them both to the Metropolis, a dimly lit lesbian dive bar that serves as Cassidy's second home. Soon their undeniable chemistry will push each woman to confront what she thinks she deserves --- and what it is she truly wants.

Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang - Science Fiction/Thriller

June 4, 2019

Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she'll take any job for the right price. As far as Cas knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower...until she discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Möbius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master. Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she's involved. There’s only one problem: she doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore.