Just In-August 2019

The Red Daughter: a novel / John Burnham Schwartz

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Defecting to America at the height of the Cold War, the daughter of Joseph Stalin finds her quiet existence upended by controversial associates, CIA suspicion and her relationship with a young lawyer.

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: a novel / Juliet Grames

Believed cursed in her rugged Italian village, a tough, intelligent teen protects her younger sister during World War II, enduring challenges that transform her views about survival and independence.

The Dragonfly Sea: a novel / Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Ayaana embarks from Pate, off the coast of Kenya, on a dramatic ship’s journey to the Far East, where she will discover friends and enemies; be seduced by the charming but unreliable scion of a powerful Turkish business family; reclaim her devotion to the sea; and come to find her own tenuous place amid a landscape of beauty and violence and surprising joy.

Costalegre / Courtney Maum

An American heiress and modern art collector offers safe passage to a resort in Mexico to European artists under threat from the Nazis, while her emotionally unstable daughter chronicles their wartime experiences.

Searching for Sylvie Lee: a novel / Jean Kwok

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women — two sisters and their mother — in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge.

The Nickel Boys : a novel / Colson Whitehead

Follows the harrowing experiences of two African-American teens at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Feast Your Eyes: a novel / Myla Goldberg

The life of a controversial mid-20th-century photographer is chronicled through her daughter’s memories, interviews with her intimates and excerpts from journals and letters documenting her quest for artistic legitimacy in the face of public notoriety.

Evvie Drake Starts Over: a novel / Linda Holmes

Young widow EvvieDrake and major league pitcher Dean Tenney, who has lost his game and needs a chance to reset his life, form an unlikely relationship when Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house.

Lost Roses: a novel / Martha Hall Kelly

Based on true events, a tale set a generation before Lilac Girls traces the stories of three women, including Caroline Ferriday’s mother, a Romanov cousin and a fortune-teller’s daughter, against a backdrop of the Russian revolution and World War I.

The Gifted School / Bruce Holsinger

The students and parents of a tight-knit community find their bonds nearly destroyed by competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens nearby, in a story told from both adult and child perspectives.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota / J. Ryan Stradal

A talented baker running a business out of her nursing home reconnects with her master brewer sister at the same time her pregnant granddaughter launches an IPA brewpub.