• The cover of the book Marilou Is Everywhere

    Marilou Is Everywhere

    A moving, unique, and difficult-to-encapsulate story about a teenager who slides into the life of another girl who goes missing from her hometown. The protagonist is a character who makes a ton of choices I don’t understand at all, but she is written with such specificity and tenderness that those choices feel almost inevitable. This novel is saved from being too heavy by slivers of unexpected laugh-out-loud humor.

     
  • The cover of the book Evvie Drake Starts Over

    Evvie Drake Starts Over

    Charming NPR podcast host Linda Holmes has written an equally charming debut novel, set in coastal Maine, about a woman working through some very complicated emotions after the death of her husband, and a charming former baseball player with the ‘yips’ who’s lost his game. Will they fall in love? Maybe! Possibly! Who knows? (I do!)

     
  • The cover of the book Family of Origin

    Family of Origin

    A thoughtful and introspective blend of family drama and climate change, that still manages to be both propulsive and hilarious. CJ Hauser, author of the viral essay “The Crane Wife,” strikes a perfect balance between grounded emotions and out-there characters.

     
  • The cover of the book Bad Blood

    Bad Blood

    Speaking of out-there characters, I finally caught up with the rest of the world and got absolutely hooked on John Carreyrou’s riveting and deeply researched exposé about the rise—and collapse—of Theranos, the biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes. Now I can’t wait to watch the documentary!

     
  • The cover of the book The Body in Question

    The Body in Question

    A quiet and intimate book about two jurors in a grisly murder trial who embark on an affair while sequestered. This book examines desire, grief, guilt, certainty, and fidelity while being short enough to read in a single afternoon. Although very different, it reminded me favorably of Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night.

     
  • The cover of the book The Babysitters Coven

    The Babysitters Coven

    Last but not least, I’m always on board for fun, pop culture-laden YA. This debut novel is a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Undead Girl Gang. The action takes a little while to get going but following accident-prone babysitter Esme Pearl and her best friend’s teenage shenanigans was entertaining enough to keep me engaged until the supernatural adventure really kicked into high gear.