Stone Field by Chrissy Lenzi, Roaring Press, out now
A re-imagining of Wuthering Heights for older teenagers. A young girl finds a strange young man in her family’s fields. She is white and he is Cree, but they are both a little wild and share a love of the forest.As the Civil War gears up they fall in love, but society does not approve of their relationship. A good historical drama of doomed love.
The Fortress: A Love Story by Danielle Trussoni, William Morrow, out September 2016
An adult memoir set in the South of France where Danielle and her husband move when their marriage starts to stale. A book about authenticity, love, and realities in family as Danielle overcomes her illusions and finds the courage to move on and start again.
The Best Man by Richard Peck, Dial, out September 2016
A middle grade to young adult book about acceptance and finding yourself. When Archer’s beloved grandfather dies, he is left without a role model and begins to question himself. Two marriages in quick succession, one of a gay couple, only leads to more questioning. The book stresses the importance of being oneself while gaining life insights from people you respect. There is also a lot of teen situation humor in the book and the writing is fast, readable and features believable dialogue.
The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Algonquin, August 2016
Very inventive and overall one of the best middle grade fantasies to come out this fall. Also one of the best dragon stories I have read! A small town sacrifices a baby to a witch every year, little knowing that the witch is good and makes sure the babies go to good homes. However, when the witch accidentally gives a child magic, she keeps the girl for herself, naming her Luna. But Luna turns out to be more powerful and dangerous than she anticipated.
The story is packed with plots, characters and misinterpretations and balances its intensity with humor.
Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine…and Beyond by Grant Whitus and Thom Vines, Waldorf Publishing, September 2016
Grant Whitus was the first person into Columbine after the shooting and this book tells the story of that and other dangerous crimes in the Denver area. The effects and emotional demands on a top officer are part of the story and while this may not be the best written book, it is extremely absorbing. Not an easy read but an important one. Adult.
Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler, Atlantic Monthly Press, September 2016
A beautiful adult novel about the effect of the Vietnam War on a Florida family. The story zeros in on the controversy of the war with its powerful threads affecting everyone’s values, sense of honor and guilt.
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