Reading Round-Up: Main Street Booksellers

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Normal People
by Sally Rooney
Release date: April 16
Recommended by Jessica

Normal People tells the story of Connell and Marianne, two high school students from different social groups who start a secret relationship (his choice) and follows as they come of age in university and beyond. They both have individual traumas and struggles and find in each other a place of home and belonging. Heart wrenching and tender. I highly recommend!

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Light from Other Stars
by Erika Swyler
Release date: May 7th
Recommended by Jan

Swyler has a deft touch and the skill necessary to capture the complexities of families. Loss, love, friendship, the search for connection play out against space travel and a science experiment gone very wrong. Science is the vehicle but it's the passengers you will fall in love with.

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The Satapur Moonstone
by Sujata Massey
Release date: May 14th
Recommended by Adah

Sujata Massey has been a favorite writer of mine for years. This new series joins the ranks of thoughtful mysteries. Her main character is complex and of her time. This mystery unfolds like a blossom, revealing layer after layer of intrigue and secrets. Highly recommended


by Max Porter
Release date: May 14th
Recommended by Eleanor

I was worried Grief Is the Thing with Feathers would be the only book where Max Porter could put his singular writing style, a lyrical blend of poetry and prose that dances around loose narrative dappled with the surreal or mythical, to use. But I was (mercifully) so very wrong. Lanny, Porter's second book, is just as disarmingly strange and dazzlingly beautiful. Readers are transported to a small village in England, where a unique - some might say odd - boy disappears. His village, already teeming with both beauty and obscenity, responds to his disappearance with the full gamut of human emotion and propriety.

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Magic for Liars
by Sarah Gailey
Release date: June 4th
Recommended by Becca

A highly readable and engaging mystery/magical crossover. Dark humor and realistic characters make this debut novel a real winner. Flawed human beings navigate a world in shades of grey.

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Grace Will Lead Us Home
by Jennifer Hawes
Release date: June 4th
Recommended by Jan

Beautiful and devastating. Hawes' account of the events leading up to and the aftermath of the shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. Compassionate but uncompromising in its detail, her account broke my heart over and over. A fitting tribute to those who died and those who still struggle with loss.

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The Right Sort of Man
by Allison Montclair
Release date: June 4th
Recommended by Jan

Smart, compelling new mystery series. I loved the combination of an aristocratic widow and feisty ex-spy turning detectives after a client of their marriage bureau is murdered. Set in post-WWII England, both women have complex backstories. The plot has plenty of twists - can't wait for the next one.

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Roughhouse Friday
by Jaed Coffin
Release date: June 18th
Recommended by Jan

Ever wondered why anyone would take up bar boxing given the pain and limited rewards? Coffin's memoir sheds light on one man's choices. This is a thoughtful look at his very complex relationship with his father, being of mixed heritage in mostly white Maine and mostly Native Alaska. More art than action, more reflection than analysis, you'll carry his story with you beyond the last page.

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The Substitution Order
by Martin Clark
Release date: July 9th
Recommended by Jan

Don't be surprised to find yourself humming Scott Joplin's The Entertainer after reading Clark's twisty tale of complex cons and turned tables. In just 3 months, Kevin Moore slid life as a high-riding lawyer to a soon-to-be-divorced jailbird. Things only get worse when a high-stacks scam organization puts him in their sites. Moore fights back, pulling every favor and every trick he knows abetted by his rescue pup, Nelson. Clark's best work yet.