Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Al Woodworth on September 10, 2020
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Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Every month, Amazon First Reads offers a collection of titles available a month early to readers. You can select one new pre-release Kindle book each month for $1.99 or one free if you’re a Prime member.

This month's selections include a World War II novel set in China, a rom-com about roommates, a thriller worthy of comparisons to Chandler and Hammet, and more.

Check out our picks from this month's selections below and for the full list of offerings visit: www.amazon.com/firstreads.


A Single Swallow by Zhang Ling, translated by Shelly Bryant

For fans of World War II novels, look no further than A Single Swallow, the eagerly awaited English translation of the award-winning epic story of three soldiers and the one woman who united them all. As Zhang Ling's editor wrote, "A Single Swallow is about many things that happened in that war—Americans fighting far from home, the poverty and suffering of the local Chinese population, the horror of combat, the power of redemption. But most of all, it is one hell of a love story."


Welcome to the United States of Anxiety: Observations from a Reforming Neurotic by Jen Lancaster

Prescient title, right? Obviously this book was written before the pandemic, and while it doesn't address our current masked state, it does look at topics like the environment, body image, home envy, and why they make the author's stomach churn with anxiety and how to combat those feelings. And here's the thing—it's funny. In the words of Jen Lancaster's editor "this book will make you laugh. It will challenge your expectations...it will highlight small, everyday ways that will help you feel more in control and will give you permission to take a breath and stop being so hard on everyone, including yourself."


Rommaid by Sariah Wilson

Looking to escape the pandemic with a rom-com? Well, Sariah Wilson's Roommaid could be the perfect book for you. Madison Huntington can't afford a big apartment on her teacher's salary, but lucky for her, she's been offered the opportunity to take care of a penthouse apartment in exchange for boarding. And, it really is her lucky day: the owner is as handsome and kind as he is wealthy. Looks like Madison's dreams might just come true after all. Cue the lights for romance.


The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith

Harlan Coben raves “Ian K. Smith’s The Unspoken is the start of a big, bold, original new series. Chicago PI Ashe Cayne is the perfect hero for our times. I can’t wait to read his next adventure.” Is there anything more to know? Okay, I'll tell you this: Ashe Cayne is an ex-cop turned private investigator who seeks justice while putting his life on the line on the dangerous streets of Chicago. Also, The Unspoken is reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.


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