The Best Thing You Can Steal by Simon R. Green
Gideon Sable is a thief and a con man. He specializes in stealing the kind of things that can’t normally be stolen. Like a ghost’s clothes, or a photo from a country that never existed. He even stole his current identity. Who was he originally? Now, that would be telling. One thing’s for sure though, he’s not the bad guy. The people he steals from always have it coming.
House of the Patriarch by Barbara Hambly
New Orleans, 1840. Freshly home from a dangerous journey, that last thing Benjamin January wants to do is leave his wife and young sons again. But when old friends Henri and Chloe Viellard ask for his help tracking down a missing girl in distant New York, he can’t say no. Three weeks ago, 17-year-old Eve Russell boarded a steamboat — and never got off it.
A Girl is A Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
In her 13th year, Kirabo confronts a piercing question that has haunted her childhood: who is my mother? Kirabo has been raised by women in the small Ugandan village of Nattetta — her grandmother, her best friend, and her many aunts — but the absence of her mother follows her like a shadow. Complicating these feelings of abandonment, as Kirabo comes of age she feels the emergence of a mysterious second self.
The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia
In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state — and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than 35-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi’s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie’s.
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
For the young Henry Louis Gates, Jr., growing up in a small, residentially segregated West Virginia town, the church was a center of gravity — an intimate place where voices rose up in song and neighbors gathered to celebrate and offer comfort. In this tender and expansive reckoning, Gates takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries.
When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep by Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold
Questions on the origins and meaning of dreams are as old as humankind, and as confounding and exciting today as when 19th-century scientists first attempted to unravel them. Why do we dream? Do dreams hold psychological meaning or are they merely the reflection of random brain activity? What purpose do dreams serve?
The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar by Peter Stothard
Many men killed Julius Caesar. Only one man was determined to kill the killers. From the spring of 44 BC through one of the most dramatic and influential periods in history, Caesar’s adopted son, Octavian, the future Emperor Augustus, exacted vengeance on the assassins of the Ides of March, not only on Brutus and Cassius, immortalized by Shakespeare, but all the others too, each with his own individual story.
Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom Vanderbilt
Inspired by his young daughter’s insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Tom Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. He tackles five main skills (and picks up a few more along the way), choosing them for their difficulty to master and their distinct lack of career marketability — chess, singing, surfing, drawing and juggling.
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
Nora O’Malley’s the daughter of a con artist; and in the process, she’s been a lot of different girls with a lot of different identities. When she pulls the ultimate con- escaping from her family’s business- she has a chance to play at being normal. But she needs to dust off those skills, and fast, because the morning she’s at the bank with her ex-boyfriend and new girlfriend, two guys start robbing the place. And they have no idea who they’re holding hostage.