THOUGHTS ON THIS ‘N THAT celebrates INDIES FIRST in August, featuring some of the hottest books being published this month!
AND WE’RE GIVING THEM AWAY!
The best part? Just click on to this INDIES FIRST site and you can locate the nearest independent bookstore near you!
Henry Holt, Pub. Date August 1st
HAPPINESS: A Memoir (HenryHolt) by Heather Harpham, follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices. It’s a moving portrait of parenthood and partnership.
The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham’s writing transform the unwanted heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, HAPPINESS radiates in a new romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it’s a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.
Heather Harpham has written six solo plays, including Happiness and BURNING which toured nationally. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine and Water~Stone Review. Harpham is the recipient of the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase and lives along the Hudson River with her family. HAPPINESS : A memoir is her first book.
Viking, Pub. Date August 1st
Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, seventeen year-old, Lee Cuddy finds herself on the run in Augustus Rose’s novel, READY MADE THIEF (Viking).
Aided by Tomi, a young hacker and artist with whom she has struck a wary alliance, Lee escapes into the unmapped corners of the city—empty aquariums, deserted motels, patrolled museums, and even the homes of vacationing families. But the deeper she goes underground, the more tightly she finds herself bound in the strange web she’s trying to avoid. Desperate and out of options, Lee steps from the shadows to face who is after her—and why.
Augustus Rose grew up in Bolinas, California, and later moved to San Francisco. For many years he kept himself afloat through a series of bookstore jobs, where he found and collected books on cults, subcultures, urban exploration, speculative science, metaphysics, alchemy, conspiracy theories, subversive or underground art movements, and, of course, Marcel Duchamp. All stuff that later became both the center and the background noise of his debut novel The Readymade Thief. His screenplay Far From Cool was a finalist for the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife, the novelist Nami Mun, and their son. He teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.
Atlantic Monthly Press, Pub. Date August 1st
Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Or did she? In Sarah Schmidt’s debut novel, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE (AtlanticMonthlyPress), Lizzie Borden is recast into one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell–of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters desperate for their independence. It’s an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.
William Morrow, Pub. Date August 3rd
In Josilyn Jackson’s new novel, THE ALMOST SISTERS (WilliamMorrow), superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her bar stool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. An unplanned pregnancy, her stepsister’s imploding marriage and some big secrets kept by her beloved ninety-year old grandmother, Birdie, threatens the family’s freedom, future, and the world she thinks she knows.
New York Times Bestselling novelist, Joshilyn Jackson is the author of seven novels and a novella: The Opposite of Everyone, Someone Else’s Love Story, gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and the novella My Own Miraculous. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, three times been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.
St. Martin’s Press, Pub. Date August 8th
In Wendy Walker’s novel, EMMA IN THE NIGHT (St. MartinsPress), the Tanner sisters disappeared three years ago: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent had complete power. And one sister’s return, might just be the beginning of the crime. Twisted and disturbing, readers don’t know who to believe in the thriller.
Wendy Walker is an attorney and former investment banker. Her first thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller with movie rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Warner Brothers. The paperback will be out on July 18, 2017. EMMA IN THE NIGHT is her second thriller. Wendy lives in Connecticut where she is busy raising her three sons and writing her next novel.
Simon & Schuster, Pub. Date August 22nd
When a beloved high school girl, named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered in Danya Kukafka debut novel, GIRL IN SNOW, (Simon&Schuster) no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched. Not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three characters–Cameron, Jade, and Russ–must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.
Danya Kukafka is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She works as an assistant editor at Riverhead Books.
GIRL IN SNOW is her first novel.
SOURCEBOOKS, Pub. Date August 22nd
IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE (SourceBooks) by Leah Weiss introduces a new voice to homegrown grit and honest Southern women’s fiction.
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That’s long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. Sadie’s desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out-of-town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline – if she can just figure out how to use it.
We have copies of all seven novels to giveaway. Just tell us the name of your favorite Independent Bookstore, it’s location and why you like going there.
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We’ll announce winners at the end of the month.
Thanks to http://www.IndieBound.org, Amazon and the above-mentioned publishers for providing summaries.