Book Buzz: Yellowface

Cover image of "Yellowface" by R.F. Kuang

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang “Bad Art Friend” meets psychological thriller in this pacy, satirical page-turner.   June Hayward is a struggling author whose debut novel flopped. Her college friend, Athena Liu, is a bestselling author who just landed a Netflix deal. When Athena dies in an accident, June finds herself in possession of the secret manuscript … Read more

Book Buzz: American Mermaid

Cover image of "Amerian Mermaid" by Julia Langbein

American Mermaid by Julia Langbein  This splashy debut novel is part Hollywood satire, part girl-power eco-thriller. High school English teacher Penny moves to LA for the summer to adapt her bestselling novel into a movie. In Penny’s book, also called American Mermaid, protagonist Sylvia is an asexual engineer who discovers that her disability—she has chronic … Read more

Book Buzz: No Two Persons

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister Some people mark summer by road trips and barbecues. Book lovers track the season by the pages we’ve read. Like Jenga pieces, we pull hardbacks from our teetering “to be read” piles, scan media for trending titles, and turn to library and bookstore staff for the next great book … Read more

Book Buzz: Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club

Cover image from "Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club" by J. Ryan Stradal

Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by J. Ryan Stradal  It seems natural that Ned and Mariel would end up together. After all, they were both raised in the Midwest by families with deep ties to the restaurant community. But the similarities end there. While Ned’s family helms the chain restaurant empire Jorby’s, Mariel … Read more

Book Buzz: No Two Persons

Cover image for "No Two Persons" by Erica Bauermeister

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister  At first glance, you might not understand the connection between the theme of this novel – the magic and power of story – and its title — No Two Persons. Inspired by the familiar adage “no two persons ever read the same book,” Bauermeister plays with structure to create … Read more

Book Buzz: The Least of Us

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The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth by Sam Quinones The Least of Us takes us into the lives of people involved with and impacted by fentanyl and super-meth.  Sam Quinones, a former award-winning investigative reporter and now author, has extensive contacts in Mexico and … Read more

Book Buzz: Cascadia Field Guide

The cover of Cascadia Field Guide is tan with images of flora and fauna.

Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry edited by Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman and Dereky Sheffield The collection Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry is a love story masquerading as a field guide. In the book, 14 artists and more than 100 poets and writers express their devotion to the bioregion through black-and-white illustrations, place-inspired poetry … Read more

Book Buzz: Romantic Comedy

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Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld  As a writer for late-night comedy show “The Night Owls”, Sally’s career is pretty much her life, and she’s okay with it. Between working long hours and catering to celebrity ego, there’s little time for romance, which Sally figures is fine, since she’s had her share of heartbreak. When musician … Read more

Book Buzz: Much Ado About Nada

Cover image of "Much Ado About Nada" by Uzma Jalalludin

Much Ado About Nada by Uzma Jalalludin  Canadian author Uzma Jalaluddin is known for contemporary romances that recast classic stories with fresh, modern settings and people. Her latest novel, Much Ado About Nada, is no exception. Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Jalaluddin takes the Regency comedy of manners into the Muslim community in a glitzy … Read more