- Huntress, by Kate Quinn (Undated)
The Wonder of Lost Causes, by Nick Trout (May 2019)Do you like dogs? Then grab your Kleenex, because this is the book for you.
America Was Hard to Find, by Kathleen Alcott (May 2019)An interesting interweaving of lives in a Cold War America setting, beginning with an affair between an aspiring astronaut and a idealistic girl struggling for freedom from her wealthy family, and leading through the Apollo program and an organization similar to the Weathermen.
The Farm, by Joanne Ramos (May 7, 2019)An unsettling study in ambiguous morality and the commodification of female bodies in a large-scale surrogacy operation.
The Last Time I Saw You, by Liv Constantine (May 2019)Twisty turny thriller, full of red herrings and darkness. Resistance Women, by Jennifer Chiaverini (May 2019)Based on a true story, but did not finish. I find my appetite for WWII stories is not what it used to be.
How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Kate Mulgrew (May 2019)Mulgrew details the decline and deaths of her parents – her father, quickly, to metastatic lung cancer, and her mother, slowly, to Alzheimer’s. Interesting, funny, and heartbreaking exploration of family relationships and loss.
The Nine-Chambered Heart, by Janice Pariat (May 2019)I like the technical approach of this one, the idea of telling the story of a woman through the eyes of nine people who love her, but I was disappointed by the execution. It was very limited in the definition of love and the subject character felt rather flat.
Westside, by W.M. Akers (May 2019)Oddball story that starts strong with an interesting premise of an alternate NYC, but doesn’t actually answer most of its own plot questions, so that was a bit disappointing.
Biloxi, by Mary Miller (May 2019)Couldn’t get into it. Did not finish.
Aloha Rodeo, by David Wolman and Julian Smith (May 28, 2019)Nonfiction – short monograph about Hawaiian cowboys, largely focused on the late 19th/early 20th century rodeo culture.
Disappearing Earth, by Julia Phillips (May 2019)Too many subplots. Got bogged down and did not finish.
- The Most Fun We Ever Had, by Claire Lombardo (June 25, 2019)
- Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-Benn (June 2019)
- The Islanders, by Meg Mitchell Moore (June 2019)
More News Tomorrow, by Susan Richards Shreve (June 2019)Didn’t grab me. Did not finish.
The Unbreakables, by Lisa Barr (June 4, 2019)Reeling from the discovery of her husband’s serial infidelity, Sophie heads to France to figure things out and begin to heal the emotional wounds. Oddly, the second book in a row I’ve read from this list that includes a three-way.
- Travelers, by Helon Habila (June 2019)
City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert (June 4, 2019)A long but easy read about a disgraced society girl working in an enthusiastically sub-par theater in 1940s New York and discovering that she likes sex. So… yeah. That’s about it. Amusing, though.
- Mostly Dead Things, by Kristen Arnett (June 4, 2019)
- Costalegre, by Courtney Maum (July 22, 2019)
- Beirut Hellfire Society, by Rawi Hage (July 2019)
- Protect The Prince, Crown of Shards #2, by Jennifer Estep (July 2019)
- The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (July 16, 2019)
- The Peacock Summer, by Hannah Richell (July 2, 2019)
- Gravity is the Thing, by Jaclyn Moriarty (July 2019)
- The Golden Hour, by Beatriz Williams (July 2019)
- The Hotel Neversink, by Adam O’Fallon Price (Aug. 6, 2019)
- The Perfect Wife, by JP Delaney (Aug. 6, 2019)
DAYS UNTIL I PICK UP THE NEXT BATCH OF ARCS: 21 (ALA Annual 2019, June 20-25, 2019)