Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

YES, DADDY, Jonathan Parks-Ramage. An aspiring playwright falls for an established writer, but when he visits the older man’s sprawling Hamptons estate, the relationship turns unsettling and violent. “A well-formed coming-of-age story, both erotic and chilling,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.

THE ALBUM OF DR. MOREAU, Daryl Gregory. In this sci-fi novella, a Las Vegas detective has only 24 hours to uncover who murdered Dr. M., the manager of the world’s only genetically-engineered human-animal hybrid boy band. Bookshop.


Emily Henry’s effervescent latest, People We Meet On Vacation, is the clever beach read you need this summer

If you left home — the first home, the childhood home — did you reshape yourself into someone that fit your new surroundings? Was there something about your old town, your old self, that you felt you desperately needed to escape? And now, years later, how do you feel looking back at that transition? Were you fair to the person you were, to the place and the people that raised you?

I wasn’t. There were things I needed to leave behind and things I needed to keep, but I was so intent on escaping my small Northern California town, a…


Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

MARY JANE, Jessica Anya Blau. A teenager gets a summer job as a nanny in the house of a respectable local family, but that perception is quickly upended when a famous rock star moves in. “I dare you to find a more winning novel,” says Kevin Wilson. Bookshop.

ILLUSIONARY, Zoraida Córdova. Following a betrayal, a girl on the run joins forces with her enemy the prince to kill the king and save their kingdom. Bookshop.


Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

MEET ME IN ANOTHER LIFE, Catriona Silvey. Two strangers fall in love, and though their lives are cut short only a few days later in a tragic accident, they meet again and again in different lives, bodies, and scenarios, and are eventually forced to discover the truth of their connection before they die one final time. “A character-driven set of stories dotted with uncanny glimpses of different worlds, all of which come together and crescendo into revelations that will leave the reader reeling,” writes Booklist. Bookshop.

A SUNDAY IN VILLE D-’AVRAY, Dominique Barbéris, John Cullen (translator). At a home reminiscent…


Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

THREE-MARTINI AFTERNOONS AT THE RITZ: THE REBELLION OF SYLVIA PLATH & ANNE SEXTON, Gail Crowther. The true story of the friendship — and eventual rivalry — between the two legendary poets. “Deliriously fast-paced and erudite, this is highly recommended,” writes Library Journal in a starred review. Bookshop.

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, Kristy Woodson Harvey. A journalist discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her friend and his late wife have been deemed “abandoned” — but telling…


And other absurd, hilarious stories about history’s strangest literary objects from Edward Brooke-Hitching’s ‘The Madman’s Library’

In Over Coffee, writer, reader, and haphazard reviewer Angela Lashbrook chats with authors about their recent books, and quizzes them on their hot breakfast takes.

In 1708, under the pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff, writer Jonathan Swift published an almanac of predictions, titled, helpfully, Predictions for the Year 1708. Contained within it was the prediction that another almanac author, astrologer and Whig-supporter John Partridge, “will infallibly die upon 29 March next, about 11 at night, of raging fever.” Swift quickly followed up his almanac with a pamphlet, The Accomplishment of the first of Mr Bickerstaff’s Predictions. …


Whether you’re beachside, poolside, or air conditioner-side: there’s so much to read this summer, you won’t want to do anything else.

Thank god for publishing. While so much of the world ground to a halt, folks in the book industry — writers, publicists, authors, booksellers — continued their relentless, energetic exercise in delivering the entertainment we all needed to get through the past year — and beyond. Now things are looking a bit brighter, and despite the increased ability many of us now possess to actually go out into the world and do things, the long list of upcoming summer book releases is so painfully excellent I’m a bit nervous I won’t actually end up doing much besides reading in different…


Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

WE ARE WATCHING ELIZA BRIGHT, A.E. Osworth. An elite video game coder finds protection from a mysterious group known as the Sixsterhood after she is doxxed for reporting her harassment. “Osworth offers a sharp take on the deeply disturbing misogyny that lurks online as well as a hopeful look at combatting it,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

ANTIQUITIES, Cynthia Ozick. An elderly WASP trustee at a now-defunct all boys school prepares his memoirs, remembering the antisemitism that pervaded the school and his encounters with a mysterious older pupil. The New Yorker calls it “brisk,” writing that “Ozick’s book about a man…


Sanjena Sathian’s stunning Gold Diggers calls into question the relentless American pursuit of success

Our plan, I calculated quickly on pen and paper as I sprawled on Anita’s floor one weekday morning, would involve the abduction of a few thousand dollars’ worth of property. Grand theft. Up to ten years in prison.

If you could drink a beverage that imbued you with the ambition, passion, and energy of someone you admired, would you? What if that beverage were infused with liquid gold? What if you had to steal that gold from the person whose ambition you craved? …


👍 or 👎?

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I am staunchly against emoji reactions in online communication. In Instagram direct messages, reaction responses weaken conversations and compel participants to be lazy communicators. One-click communication, as likes and reactions are sometimes called, is cheap: easy to use, but you get what you pay for.

So when news came out that Twitter is currently testing adding reactions, including downvotes and upvotes, to tweets (not just in DMs, where they currently aggravate), my hackles rose — until I really thought about it for a minute. Part of what makes private DM reactions frustrating is that people use them, essentially, as read…

Angela Lashbrook

I’m a columnist for OneZero, where I write about the intersection of health & tech. Also seen at Elemental, The Atlantic, VICE, and Vox. Brooklyn, NY.

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