Elaine and Luisa's Picks: March - April 2019

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The Light Years: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374294410
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2019

With its riveting narrative and colorful cast of characters, it’s easy to forget that The Light Years is a memoir and not fiction. Born into a dysfunctional Roman Catholic family, Chris Rush was always a boy who stood out. His expansive spirit shone while he raced around his neighborhood in a pink satin cape or practiced fainting on command. That same internal flame sees him through years of drug abuse and adventures until he finally has had enough. With the eye of a visual artist, Chris beautifully paints the scenes of his life, but it is his effortless use of humor and honesty that transforms this memoir into a tour de force.  —Luisa 


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The Guest Book: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250110251
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019

It is easy to be swept away with the beauty of Sarah Blake’s writing, enthralled by her fully realized characters and the intricacies of their lives. Then it hits you—this is a terrific story. A multi-generational saga of the Milton family as they struggle with their loss of stature and realization of how their own shameless prejudices played a vital role. Compelling without being rushed, multifaceted without losing its heart, its expansiveness perfectly balanced with intimacy, you will savor every page.  Luisa


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The Parade: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525655305
Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

Meet two first-world contractors who are sent to an African country that is still reeling from a recent Civil War. Their job: get a road built across the country in time for a big parade. The country isn’t named, but South Sudan comes to mind. These economic mercenaries go by the pseudonyms, Four and Nine. Four is a by-the-book guy. who’s been told not to fraternize or wander or eat any food that not supplied by the corporation. Nine is gregarious and lusty, and his actions put them in peril. Four begins to question his own actions, his responsibility for his co-worker, and the ethics of the work they were hired to do. Will this road be good for the people? Do social and economic progress go hand in hand—or not? Long after you finish The Parade, you’ll be thinking about this suspense-filled tale.  —Elaine


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The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524747145
Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

Was it a hit and run accident or was it a murder? With nine narrators, this book could have been a mess, but Laila Lalami lets all of them tell us about the late Moroccan immigrant, Driss Guerraoui. As each narrator reveals secrets, a fascinating picture emerges. Driss’ widow, Maryam, desperately misses her home country. Driss’ daughter, Nora, is a jazz composer who struggles as a substitute teacher in Oakland. Iraq War Vet, Jeremy, is trying to help Nora while dealing with his own demons. Efrain is undocumented and could be deported soon. And then there’s Coleman, the detective who is trying to unravel it all while dealing with a son who is in big trouble. Like a symphony conductor, Laila Lalami, allows each character to solo and then to step back into the literary orchestra. The result is a nuanced, compelling tale.  —Elaine


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The Book of Delights: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616207922
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 12th, 2019

You can hear the smile in his voice as Ross Gay details the little things that have brought him delight for one year. From how a young tomato plant brings out the tender smiles on his traveling companions to the perfect curve of his coffee cup handle. Each moment may be uniquely delightful for him and yet his openness in sharing these moments reminds us of the universal desire to find happiness, relief, and beauty. With humor, humility, and grace Gay’s essays are a meditation on how valuing the little moments can transform our view of the world around us.  —Luisa


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When All Is Said: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250200587
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 5th, 2019

This is a tender portrait of a life buoyed by love and scarred by regret. On a Saturday night, Maurice Hannagin sits at the bar, raising a glass to the most important people in his life. Recounting the moments that have shaped him, he reflects on all he has had and lost. Anne Griffin effortlessly illustrates a man determined to have his final reckoning on his own terms, Hannagin is honest and full of Irish charm. The book captures the shifts in life between heartbreak and gratefulness, love and loss, memories and hope, When All is Said is more than the story of one man’s life, it is a tribute to the connections that matter most.  —Luisa


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Look How Happy I'm Making You: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385544030
Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2019

This beautifully constructed collection examines the many crossroads of motherhood. Here you will find your best friend, mother, sister, and maybe yourself. Every story resonates with honesty and every choice treated with tenderness. Humor and regret settle into the corners of these lives, and the many facets of motherhood are exposed. From the desperation of wanting to get pregnant to the private grief of an ending that is anything but perfect, Polly Rosenwaike’s skillful prose illuminates how universal these feelings of conflict are as we contemplate the transition from being an individual to becoming a parent.  —Elaine


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

Witnessing the evolution of rock ‘n roll on the dance floors of the Sunset Strip, Daisy Jones resolves to be the voice behind the music instead of just a muse. The Six is a band on the cusp of greatness whose lead singer, Billy Dunne, struggles with fatherhood and fame. When these two rising stars are finally brought together, their chemistry makes rock ’n roll history. The story is so vivid, it’s easy to forget that Daisy Jones & The Six were not a real band. In this novel, each memory is illuminated by the passion, love, and regret we recognize in the greatest rock anthems and come to expect in the work of the talented Taylor Jenkins Reid. This wonderfully exuberant addition is no exception.  —Luisa


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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982102807
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Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2019

Pulling back the curtain on her seemingly perfect life, Mary Laura Philpott exposes the anxiety and disillusionment that are often her companions, along with the unsparing sense of humor that helps her survive. As her expectations fail to meet reality, Philpott is forced to reexamine what the goalposts in her life really mean. From discovering mom talk is boring to getting into a neighborhood pet standoff, her stories are unique, but the deeper thread they pull is recognizable in us all.  It is not unusual to find yourself both laughing and crying when reading this brilliant collection of essays.  —Luisa


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Lights All Night Long: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525558736
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Published: Penguin Press - April 2nd, 2019

The courage of youth and beauty of faith is crystallized in this story of love, loss, and acceptance. Ilya and his older brother Vladimir may have been thick as thieves but while Ilya’s high marks in school offered him a way out of their depressing Russian town, Vladimir’s path has led to more illicit activities. Now, as Ilya navigates his new life in Louisiana, he is determined to save his brother who is accused of murder back in Russia. He does not do this alone, as he has formed a bond with the older daughter of his host family. Lydia Fitzpatrick’s stunning debut brings these vastly different cultures to life and imbues every scene with empathy and understanding. A brilliant and thrilling novel that shouldn’t be missed!  —Luisa


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Run Away Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538748466
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 19th, 2019

Simon Greene is in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields watching an emaciated, clearly stoned young woman play guitar for meager tips. Although he’s heartbroken, Simon has finally found his runaway daughter, Paige. She was a talented, delightful girl attending a prestigious college when she became an addict. Simon tries to speak to her but he is stopped by her junkie boyfriend, Aaron. As Paige slips away, Simon and the boyfriend have a fight and Simon not only gets beaten up, he gets arrested and his world goes off the rails. This is just the beginning of one of the best thrillers I’ve read in years.  —Elaine


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The American Agent: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062436665
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Published: Harper - March 26th, 2019

It’s 1940 and the Germans have begun the Blitz. London is bombed every night. When Catherine Saxon, the daughter of an Isolationist US Senator is murdered, Maisie Dobbs is recruited to find out why and by whom. In spite of the barriers for a woman war correspondent, Catherine was determined to have a career as one of Edward R. Murrow’s “boys.” Did the broadcasts of her observations of the horrors of the Blitz lead to her murder? As Masie investigates, the suspects pile up, and the effort to convince the American public that American must enter the war, becomes crucial.  —Elaine


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The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501154850
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

In 1938 on the Korean Island of Jeju, the Japanese are feared and despised. The women of Jeju support the island by diving for sea life in the frigid water. Young-sook and Mi-ja became best friends when they were children, although Mi-ja’s family had been shunned because of her father’s collaboration with the Japanese. The girls become diving partners, and they share their secrets. They support each other through marriage and motherhood. But then there is a betrayal and mass murder of Jeju people, and that friendship is broken. This mesmerizing story opens in 2008 when Mi-ja’s granddaughter comes to the island to find Young-sook, now a beloved old woman, who makes it clear she wants nothing to do with this girl and her American family.  —Elaine