Spring list of books to try

Try these Publishers’ Weekly and Huff Post recommended reads, chosen from 14,000+ titles, some not so familiar authors:

Crime

The Accident by Chris Pavone The contents of The Accident, a manuscript submission by an anonymous author, shock New York literary agent Isabel Reed, who worries that the revelations of this nonfiction work about Charlie Wolfe, a global media baron, pose a real danger.

Runner by Patrick Lee  While jogging on a California beach, Sam Dryden, a former Delta Ranger, rescues 12-year-old Rachel fleeing heavily armed men. Their escape takes them across the country, while Rachel’s slow recovery of her memory points to a sinister secret government project.

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes  Only one man, known as Pilgrim, can link a series of deaths across the globe, including the murder of an anonymous young woman in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.

General

The Quick by Lauren Owen London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, he vanishes without a trace. Named one of the “Top Ten Literary Fiction Books” of the season by Publisher’s Weekly.

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr A blind French girl and a German boy cross paths in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of WWII.

All our names by Dinaw Mengestu  A love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America from a New Yorker “20 Under 40” winner and MacArthur fellow
 
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick  Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother for 38 years. Sheltered from life and afflicted with certain mental and physical limitations, he is more than lost when his mother dies. He explores his feelings in a series of letters to his mother’s favorite actor, Richard Gere. Quirky!
 
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart  An immigration story –  raw, funny, and tender tale of exile, coming of age, and family love.
 
Short Stories

Bark by Lorrie Moore An extraordinary collection of eight short stories by a true master of the genre. Offbeat humour and eerily familiar characters, Moore proves that humor is a fierce opponent for tragedy and that just beneath the atrocity of the human condition is the ever-present hope that something better is on its way.

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