What’s better than kicking back with a twisty thriller, historical adventure or unforgettable memoir? Not much. So, we’re thrilled that our newest Monthly Picks are here, and we have some choice reads you just won’t be able to put down. Travel back to 19th century London; pursue a thrilling cold case in 1960s Baltimore; step into a hundred years of mythologized New Orleans history; live a single day on repeat—and bend the space-time continuum with two fearless kids. Don’t worry if you want to read them all, that’s what longer days are for.
Our Monthly Fiction Pick
The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Sara Collins’s debut novel is an unforgettable, reimagined gothic tale. If you loved Circe by Madeline Miller, you won’t want to miss this atmospheric story—with more than a few twists—of a young girl transported to 1800s London from her Caribbean home.
“The Confessions of Frannie Langton is the kind of book that stays with you. One that whispers of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Frannie’s story is full of trauma, strife, and a little bit of love. This book is a triumph. I wish I could spend more time with Frannie.”—Marie C, Bookseller, B&N Home Office
Our Monthly Mystery & Thriller Pick
Lady in the Lake: A Novel
Laura Lippman, author of Sunburn and the Tess Monaghan Series, returns to the streets of Baltimore in this classic story of ambition, dreams and murder with elements of noir and sly humor. “Elegantly written…Lippman again proves she’s a sharp observer of people.” —The Associated Press
“Like Lippman’s other novels, this book has a strong sense of place, great characters, and touches on race, women’s issues, and figuring out who you really want to be. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel mixed with old-school noir.”—Amanda C, Bookseller, Atlanta, GA
Our Monthly Nonfiction Pick
The Yellow House: A Memoir
Sarah M. Broom
This extraordinary memoir of place, class and race blends the author’s family history with the mythology of New Orleans to tell a deeply American story. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this is “a remarkable journey… one of loss, love, and resilience.”—Robin Roberts, Good Morning America
“A story both intimate and broad, illuminating how our own “houses” of family, history, race, and identity, manifest and impact in times of hope, tragedy and diaspora. Bloom engages the reader with grace and passion, vulnerability and strength, and the narrative spins, surprises, and pops. I was drawn in completely.”—Sallye L, Bookseller, B&N Home Office
Our Monthly YA Pick
What if you had to make a choice that would haunt you forever? Five friends are forced to relive a single day on repeat, and only one will escape in this dark psychological thriller about truth, lies and the power of memory. This page-turner will leave you breathless as it races to a shocking conclusion.
“What a ride! I couldn’t read this one fast enough! Explores time travel in a very new and twisted way.”—Rachel S, Bookseller, Lincoln, NE
Our Monthly Young Reader Pick
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
Middle school is hard enough without the power to bend the space-time continuum. Sal and Gabi broke the universe, and now it’s up to them fix it. A hilarious non-stop adventure with all the right twists and turns, first in a terrific new series from Rick Riordan Presents.
“Full of adventure, sass, heart, and delicious food. It will leave you hungry for Sal & Gabi FIX the Universe!.”— Kel R, Bookseller, Lafayette, IN