Universe of Two by Stephen P. Kiernan
Graduating from Harvard at the height of World War II, brilliant mathematician Charlie Fish is assigned to the Manhattan Project. Charlie is assigned the task of designing and building the detonator of the atomic bomb. As he performs that work Charlie suffers a crisis of conscience and his wife, Brenda urges him to set them aside. Once the bombs strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the feelings of guilt devastate him and Brenda.
Some Go Home by Odie Lindsey
An Iraq War veteran turned small-town homemaker, Colleen works hard to keep her deployment behind her — until pregnancy brings her buried trauma to the surface. She hides her mounting anxiety from her husband, Derby, who is in turn preoccupied with the retrial of his father, Hare Hobbs, for a decades-old, civil rights-era murder.
My Mother’s House by Francesca Momplaisir
When Lucien flees Haiti with his wife, Marie-Ange, and their three children to New York City’s South Ozone Park, he does so hoping for reinvention, wealth and comfort. He buys a rundown house in a community that is quickly changing from an Italian enclave of mobsters to a haven for Haitian immigrants, and begins life anew. Lucien and Marie-Ange call their home La Kay — “my mother’s house” — and it becomes a place where their fellow immigrants can find peace, a good meal and legal help.
The Lightness by Emily Temple
One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure and to escape her overbearing mother — a woman as grounded as her father is mercurial — Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.
The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson
Imagine you have just been elected president. You are now commander-in-chief, chief executive, chief diplomat, chief legislator, chief of party, chief voice of the people, first responder, chief priest and world leader. You’re expected to fulfill your campaign promises, but you’re also expected to solve the urgent crises of the day. What’s on your to-do list? Where would you even start? What shocks aren’t you thinking about? The American presidency is in trouble.
The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained by Colin Dickey
In a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational — in fringe — is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the list goes on. It seems the more our maps of the known world get filled in, the more we crave mysterious locations full of strange creatures.
The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place by David Sheff
Jarvis Jay Masters’s early life was a horror story that ultimately ended up in San Quentin. At the time of his murder trial, he was held in solitary confinement, torn by rage and anxiety, felled by headaches, seizures, and panic attacks. David Sheff describes Masters’s gradual but profound transformation from a man dedicated to hurting others to one who has prevented violence on the prison yard.
The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America by Eric Cervini
In 1957, Frank Kameny, a rising astronomer working for the U.S. Defense Department in Hawaii, received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual, and after a series of humiliating interviews, Kameny, like countless gay men and women before him, was promptly dismissed from his government job. Unlike many others, though, Kameny fought back.