The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin
Forty-four-year-old Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead-end job, bereft of family, and now reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Alice has begun having panic attacks whenever she thinks about how her life hasn’t turned out the way she dreamed. Even the beloved honeybees she raises in her spare time aren’t helping her feel better these days.
Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft by Samantha Silva
August, 1797. Midwife Parthenia Blenkinsop has delivered countless babies, but nothing prepares her for the experience that unfolds when she arrives at Mary Wollstonecraft’s door. Over the eleven harrowing days that follow, as Mrs. Blenkinsop fights for the survival of both mother and newborn, Wollstonecraft recounts the life she dared to live amidst the impossible constraints and prejudices of the late 18th century.
The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg AEgisdóttir
When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her colleagues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day.
A Matter of Life and Death by Phillip Margolin
Joe Lattimore, homeless and trying desperately to provide for his young family, agrees to fight in a no-holds-barred illegal bout, only to have his opponent die. Lattimore now finds himself at the mercy of the fight’s organizers who blackmail him into burglarizing a house. However, when he breaks in, he finds a murdered woman on the floor and the police have received an anonymous tip naming him the murderer.
The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance by Ross King
The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings―the dazzling handiwork of the city’s skilled artists and architects. But equally important for the centuries to follow were geniuses of a different sort: Florence’s manuscript hunters, scribes, scholars, and booksellers, who blew the dust off a thousand years of history and, through the discovery and diffusion of ancient knowledge, imagined a new and enlightened world.
Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard
Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths—that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.
The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds by Jon Dunn
Hummingbirds are a glittering, sparkling collective of over three hundred wildly variable species. For centuries, they have been revered by indigenous Americans, coveted by European collectors, and admired worldwide for their unsurpassed metallic plumage and immense character. They are, perhaps, the ultimate embodiment of evolution’s power to carve a niche for a delicate creature in even the harshest of places.
Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution by John Archibald
“My dad was a Methodist preacher and his dad was a Methodist preacher,” writes John Archibald. Everything Archibald knows and believes about life is “refracted through the stained glass of the Southern church. It had everything to do with people. And fairness. And compassion.” He asks: Can a good person remain silent in the face of discrimination and horror, and still be a good person?
Joey: The Story of Joe Biden by Jill Biden
This picture book biography of the 46th President, written by the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, tells the story of how a working-class kid from Scranton, Pennsylvania grew into the man who would become a long-serving senator from Delaware, vice president, and now, our newest president. Growing up as the oldest of four children, Joey Biden excelled at sports and was smart, but because of his stutter, reading out loud and speaking were often a struggle. He was bullied at school because of it. His parents encouraged him to believe in himself, and to always pick himself up after setbacks. Joe Biden’s own life is an example of what he likes to say, that “America is made of ordinary people capable of extraordinary things.”