IMPOSTOR SYNDROME, Kathy Wang. A tense, electric novel about a Russian orphan who becomes a spy as the CEO of a Google-like tech company. Essential reading for anyone working in tech. I loved this book. Read an excerpt here. “This book is an impeccably-plotted and snarky page-turner, and its portrayal of Silicon Valley is so accurate that I laughed out loud a few times,” writes Susie Yang for Book of the Month. “Wang’s depictions of office politics and geopolitical dynamics are spot-on,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.
SCORPION, Christian Cantrell. When her daughter is killed in a tragic accident, a CIA analyst attempts to lose herself in a new case involving an international assassin who brands numerical codes into their victims’ flesh. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls it “stunning… The result is as entertaining as it is intellectually and ethically challenging.” Bookshop.
BURN IT ALL DOWN, Nicolas DiDomizio. When an 18-year-old discovers his boyfriend is cheating on him at the same time his messy, wisecracking young mother’s relationship goes up in flames, the pair catastrophically attempt to get revenge on those who’ve wrong them. “This hilarious revenge-filled romp may seem like nothing but fluffy fun at the start, but, on a deeper dive, it’s a thoughtful examination of relationships and inherited trauma that will appeal to a wide range of readers,” writes Booklist. Bookshop.
THE KINGDOMS, Natasha Pulley. In an alternate 19th century England that’s been colonized by France, a man with amnesia attempts to solve the single clue to his past: a postcard, written in illegal English, and signed only with the letter “M.” “Suspenseful, philosophical, and inventive, this sparkling novel explores the power of memory and love,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Bookshop.
HANG THE MOON, Alexandria Bellefleur. A creator of a dating app tries to woo his childhood crush by recreating ploys out of classic rom-coms. “Smart, sexy, and sweet. Readers will be over the moon for this rom-com,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.
TALK BOOKISH TO ME, Kate Bromley. A successful romance novelist and bookstagrammer who’s struggling to meet her next novel deadline discovers that her irritating first love might be the muse her work — and heart — requires. “Bromley takes time to dive deeply into the complexities of Kara and Ryan’s story, building a believable foundation for a rekindled romance,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.
HOW TO FIND A PRINCESS, Alyssa Cole. In this Black, queer retelling of the Anastasia story, a long-lost princess falls in love with the investigator assigned to track her down. “Heartwarming… a charmer,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.
CHEAT DAY, Liv Stratman. A bakery manager who’s obsessed with diets embarks on an intense affair with a carpenter. “Sexy, witty and down-to-earth, Cheat Day tackles the truths about our modern occupations with wellness, relationships and what it means to be happy,” says Jami Attenberg. Bookshop.
HARD REBOOT, Django Wexler. In this futuristic sci-fi, a researcher trying to find the old planet earth is drawn into a seedy underworld when a con artist tricks her into wagering her university’s money on a robot battle. Bookshop.
THE GUNCLE, Steven Rowley. A washed-up sitcom star suddenly finds himself the caretaker for his young niece and nephew when they lose their mother. “A reading pleasure; pour yourself a tall glass and enjoy, preferably poolside,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Andrew Sean Greer. “Heartwarming, hilarious… Readers will find this delightful and illuminating,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.
ABOVE THE RAIN, Víctor del Árbol, Lisa Dillman (Translator). An elderly couple embark on their last road trip together, while in Sweden, the daughter of Moroccan immigrants plots her escape from her authoritarian grandfather and the drug trafficker to whom she is emboldened. “As William Faulkner famously said ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ He might have found a kindred spirit in Victor del Árbol,” writes The Houston Press. Bookshop.
THE CAVE DWELLERS, Christina McDowell. Washington, D.C.’s upper crust is forced to reconsider their own power and social standing when one of its families is brutally murdered. “A masterfully crafted, absorbing read that can simply entertain on one level and provoke reasoned discourse on another,” writes Booklist in a starred review. Bookshop.
HEAVEN, Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator). From the author of Breasts and Eggs. A tormented teen with a lazy eye joins forces with another bullied girl. “An unexpected classic,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Bookshop.
THE AUDACITY OF SARA GRAYSON, Joani Elliott. A greeting card writer discovers that her recently deceased mother, a world-famous suspense novelist, had a single dying wish: that her daughter write the final book in her bestselling series. Bookshop.
PLAYING THE PALACE, Paul Rudnick. An American event planner falls in love with the Prince of England, setting off a media firestorm. “A light and frothy take on royal romance,” writes Kirkus. Read an excerpt here. Bookshop.
THE LIVING SEA OF WAKING DREAMS, Richard Flanagan. A Sydney architect cares for her dying mother while people mysteriously — and wordlessly — begin to lose random body parts, such as fingers or knees. “Flanagan’s novel illuminates the dangers of taking the world and one another for granted. Its intensity, urgency, and insights are unforgettable,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.
VERSION ZERO, David Yoon. When an employee at a social media app raises questions about what the company does with the data, he’s fired and blackballed by Silicon Valley, sending him on a disastrous quest for revenge. “A fast-paced, contemporary take on The Monkey Wrench Gang, blowing up digital infrastructure instead of dams,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER, Mary Dixie Carter. A society photographer becomes obsessed with a family she photographs. “The depths to which Delta insinuates herself into their lives, and the reader’s growing realization that her fixation on the family can end only in the worst possible way, make the ensuing narrative climax all the more shocking for its unexpected twist,” writes The New York Times. Bookshop.
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