Today's releases include a poignant and laugh-out-loud tribute to the trials and treasures of being a parent; the highly-anticipated follow-up to André Aciman's Call Me By Your Name; and Jack Reacher gets himself into yet another jam.
Learn more about these and all of our picks for the Best Books of the Month.
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Nothing to See Here is a lot of fun to read—and despite its improbable premise (children who spontaneously burst into flames) it is an incredibly moving and surprisingly authentic portrait of parenthood. There is a lightness and joy that permeates every page, even as Kevin Wilson tackles moments that are sure to tug at your heartstrings, if not your tear ducts. When Lillian’s childhood friend calls her out of the blue with a job offer and a promise of reconnection, Lillian takes it—leaving behind her attic room in her mother’s house and a job she hates. There’s a mansion, a paycheck, and a rekindled friendship with her former best friend. But the offer is not as simple as it sounds. (They never are.) It turns out her friend’s husband, who is also in the running for Secretary of State, has twins from a former marriage that have a few issues: They’ve lost their mom, their dad is absent and obsessed with politics, and, oh yeah, they burst into flames when they are mad, sad, anxious, upset—you name it. Suffice to say, Lillian has her hands full. But with time, the kids and Lillian begin to figure out how to care for one another—and might just find love, support, and purpose in the process. Nothing to See Here is an incredibly rewarding and entertaining novel about how we control ourselves, how we learn to protect the ones we love, and how to have fun in the process. —Al Woodworth
Find Me by André Aciman
André Aciman’s Find Me is the follow-up to the knock-out, breathless, now movie-made novel Call Me By Your Name—a fever dream of what it’s like to fall in love for the first time. Elio and Oliver’s affair only lasted a brief glorious and torturous summer, so it is with great excitement that readers (new and old) should greet the sequel. Find Me picks up ten years after that heady summer romance in Italy. It opens with Elio’s father, Sami, who meets a woman on a train and is immediately swept up in her smile and words. His interior monologue of lust and love is vibrant, and although it’s no longer marked by youthful exuberance, his obsession is no less intense. Later, we learn of Elio’s new relationship with an older man, and like his father, his age plays a role in his actions, as does his past. And then we visit Oliver in the States. There’s not a day that goes by that these men don’t think about their pasts—pieces of music, cobbled streets in Rome, sipping wine transports them back in time. They dream of what their lives would be like—in every way—with the ones they want. Find Me is a heart-pounding novel of the love stories of men—of desire, infatuation, obsession, lust, and the endurance of a romance that can last a lifetime. —Al Woodworth
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
In Blue Moon, Lee Child turns the saying “No good deed goes unpunished” on its ear. Reacher helps an elderly man in a spot of trouble (his good deed) but when it turns out the man was on his way to make his weekly payment to a loan shark, it’s the Albanian street gang holding the ledger which ends up taking the punishment. And if Reacher has to ignite a turf war between rival gangs in order to mete out that punishment, well, why should he try to solve just one problem when he might neatly square away two? It’s not much of a spoiler to reveal such a plot point—the fact is, Reacher is Kung Fu in denim, a knight-errant with an honorable discharge who rights wrongs wherever he goes. He’s the tall, "ugly," 250-pound former military investigator who makes revenge fantasies come true in book after book. And while the body count and the blood spatter index is high in this book, even by the standards of a Reacher novel, when readers discover why the old man needed the loan, they’ll be cheering Reacher on with every page. —Vannessa Cronin
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