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Anticipated Reads - Summer '23


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Adult Nonfiction

The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel [June]
Stéphane Breitwieser was arguably the most prolific art thief in history, with more than 200 heists and an estimated $1.9 billion stolen over eight years. He never fenced the items, instead kept them all in an attic and displayed for his own enjoyment. Finkel's play-by-play of each theft has the pacing and atmosphere of a good suspense tale.

Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks – A Cool History of a Hot Commodity by Amy Brady [June]
Ice is a part of your life, whether you eat it, skate on it or plop it in your cocktail. Brady explores its 200-year history in America as well as its surprising present-day uses.

The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial by David Lipsky [July]
Lipsky takes the reader on a journey through the evolution of climate change denial over the past 70 years. With dry wit and novelistic flair, he chronicles how harnessing electricity changed the world, charts growing public awareness of electricity and fossil fuels' contributions to climate change, and notes the climate denialism tactics and cultural forces that contributed to inaction.


Adult Fiction

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead [July]
A darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family. Whitehead's kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem is sure to stand as one of the all-time great evocations of a place and a time.

Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo [Aug.]
Known for her YA novels, Acevedo’s first adult fiction novel presents a stunningly unforgettable portrait of a family across two countries.

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia [July]
The author of Mexican Gothic returns with a new thriller about a pair of friends working in the Mexico City film industry drawn into a mysterious world of ghosts, cult horror, Nazi occultism and a cursed film that could cost them more than they bargained for.

Zero Days by Ruth Ware [June]
Ware returns with an adrenaline-fueled thriller that combines “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” with “The Fugitive” about a woman in a race against time to clear her name and find her husband’s murderer.


Children's Fiction

Butt or Face? by Kari Lavelle [July] This will be your new favorite laugh-until-it-hurts family game! Weird animals are introduced with a close-up photo. Readers must guess: are they seeing the front or the – um – back? The book features full photos of the animals as well as fascinating scientific facts, which explain how the critters' camouflage and trickery help them to engage with their habitats.

Martina Has Too Many Tías by Emma Otheguy [June] A quiet girl overwhelmed by her rambunctious family finds a magical land of solitude only to discover what truly makes a home a home in this lively bilingual picture book.

Stuntboy, In-Between Time by Jason Reynolds [Aug.] The second book in the Stuntboy series. Portico Reeves is the greatest superhero a lot of people have never heard of. He likes it that way. But he couldn’t save his parents from becoming Xs and now he has the frets. When he and his friends decide to hangout in an empty, unlocked apartment, they give some Grown Up People the frets, too.


Teen Fiction

The Brothers Hawthorne by Jennifer Lynn Barnes [Aug.]
The fourth book in the Inheritance trilogy (yes, we know). Grayson and Jameson Hawthorne are drawn into twisted games on opposite sides of the globe. With the help of their newfound family, they must dig deep to decide who they want to be and what they will sacrifice to win.

Her Radiant Curse by Elizabeth Lim [Aug.]
Cursed with a serpent's face, Channi is the exact opposite of her beautiful sister, Vanna, who is about to be married off in a vulgar contest. Weaving together elements of The Selection and Ember in the Ashes with classic tales and mythological figures like Beauty and the Beast, Helen of Troy and Asian folklore, Lim explores the dark side of beauty and the deepest bonds of sisterhood in this thrilling yet heart-wrenching fantasy.

American Royals IV: Reign by Katharine McGee [Aug.]
The stunning conclusion to the American Royals series. A queen's life hangs in the balance, and her siblings' decisions — about what to do, and most of all, who to love — could change the course of history.

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