Readers Circle Recommendations


The Snail's Readers Circle, our team of volunteer reviewers, is working for you — reading, reviewing, and telling you all about their favorites. Think of these as our "staff picks," books specially selected by all kinds of readers. Click on each title to read the full review. We'll be glad to deliver these highly rated books to you! 

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Did I Say You Could Go Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982142124
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

As a fan of Wife 22, I was eager to read Did I Say You Could Go by Melanie Gideon. Hearing from different narrators, two moms and their respective daughters, engages the reader as undercurrents and untold personal truths are truly diverse from what each person perceives. The relationships between the moms and daughters are truly dysfunctional yet sort of like a car accident that you can't keep your eyes off of. Manipulation and deception play a key role in the story, but readers will be interested to continue to the end to find out who is actually the aggressor and who the victim! For anyone who wants to read about dysfunctionality in a friendships
—Michelle, Snail Readers Circle 


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Damnation Spring Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982144401
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Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson was in the top 3 books I’ve read this year! I’m blown away that it was a debut novel. Davidson is able to make the characters feel so real it’s like you’re experiencing the book alongside them. I also appreciated the environmental themes especially with the recent discourse around climate change! For those who enjoy Historical fiction, character development, family saga, and environmental themes. 
(Note on subject matter: includes infertility, miscarriage, and conservation)
—Sara Catherine Floyd, Snail Reader Circle 


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False Witness: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062858092
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Published: William Morrow - July 20th, 2021

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Karen Slaughter does it again! This one has all the Slaughter hallmarks: Strong and smart female characters, dark and dry humor, twists and turns you don't expect. Final Witness has the heart-stopping suspense we've come to know and love from Slaughter. Sisters share a dark secret no one would suspect until Leigh gets called to act as Andrew Tenant's defense attorney. He clearly chose her for a reason, but what is it? Does he know her secret?
— Candice Kirk, Snail Readers Circle


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The Rehearsals Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316592994
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 13th, 2021

Megs and Tom are the couple that you love to hate because they seem too good to be true. And at the beginning of "The Rehearsals" you kind of hate them. But then their story of reliving the day of their rehearsal dinner over and over again draws you in and you fall in love with them. You're right there on San Juan Island with them as they struggle to figure out what the right path is for each of them individually and as a couple. And the answer will surprise you! "The Rehearsals" is a great summer beach read for those looking for a romantic comedy with a lot of drama. A great romantic beach read.
—Jenn Elwell, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Personal Librarian Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593101537
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Published: Berkley - June 29th, 2021

The Personal Librarian tells the unbelievable but true story of Belle da Costa Greene, who serves as librarian, art collector, and friend to J.P. Morgan. The reader gets a glimpse into the world of Mr. Morgan and his astounding collection of art, manuscripts and books, as well as the New York art and social scene in the early years of the 20th Century. But it is Ms. Greene's secret - she is actually Belle Greener, an African-American passing as white - that makes this story so very compelling, timely, and unforgettable.
(Note on subject matter: Racism, Anti-semitism)
— Angela, Snail Readers Circle


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The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781492696728
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Published: Sourcebooks - June 22nd, 2021

Elizabeth Packard forever impacted women's rights with her passion, zeal, intellect, and steadfastness. Her story comes pouring through the narrative Kate Moore weaves in this book. Against all odds, Elizabeth's story shows how progressive she was for her time, and how she convinced others to join her in making changes for good. If she were alive today, there's no doubt she would be challenging and fighting the system to be better and fairer.
— Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle


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Impostor Syndrome: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062855282
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Published: Custom House - May 25th, 2021

Imposter Syndrome by Kathy Wang takes you on a journey with Julia Lerner, the COO of Tangerine in Silicon Valley. You watch how her childhood in Russia and a chance meeting at “the Institute” (ie orphanage) throws a stone that creates ripples for the rest of her life. As a Russian spy in the US, you can’t wait to keep reading to find out if Julia gets away with it even as you are drawn to her as a woman and person. For those interested in technology, Silicon Valley, and Russian spies
—Jennifer Elwell, Snail Readers Circle


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The Other Black Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982160135
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Published: Atria Books - June 1st, 2021

From the Prologue of THE OTHER BLACK GIRL to the very last sentence, I could not put Zakiya Dalia Harris's writing debut down! This is the tale of two Black women co-workers in the cutthroat publishing industry trying to determine if they are friends or enemies. A literary fiction tale with a side of suspense, this expertly woven critique on society is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.
— Kirsten, Snail Readers Circle


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158505
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 6th, 2021

“The Wonder Test” grabbed me from the first page and held on until the last! I was pulled into the world of Greenfield, California, and found myself trying to figure out what was going to happen next when I had to take a break from reading to be a parent. This is the perfect beach read for anyone who loves FBI thrillers and will make you think twice about everyone’s motives. Don’t walk, run, to get your copy! For lovers of FBI/police thrillers and suspense. 
(Note on subject matter: includes kidnapping) 
—Jennifer Gray Elwell, Snail Reader Circle 


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Great Circle: A novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525656975
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

This story was absolute perfection, and I can't decide who I'm most in love with after finishing: The 1940's heroine Marian, whose only goal is to be a pilot in a world where females are preferred to stay home; her artistic twin brother, Jamie, orphaned with her as an infant; or perhaps their best friend, Caleb, who raises himself to love Marian and Jamie in a way only he can. Perhaps it's the WWII friends, Sarah the artistic patron, or the pilot couple Eddie and Ruth. Or maybe it's the disgraced actress in 2014, Hadley, charged with bringing Marian to the screen, despite how little is really known about her and her relationships. Regardless, each character is full of life, complexity, and honesty, and their relationships, histories, and adventures have left me missing them desperately since the moment I closed this book.

— Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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Revival Season: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982133306
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 25th, 2021

In Revival Season, 15-year-old Miriam Horton's eyes are opened to the complexities of spirituality and the depraved nature of humans, including one who she admires the most: her own father, an Evangelical Baptist preacher who plans revival circuits every summer. After witnessing her father violently react to a man who questions his ability to heal, Miriam's world is turned upside-down as has a front-row seat to the downward spiral of her father's confidence and his treatment of others. She realizes that her father has developed a God complex, and that his healings have become unsuccessful because he has begun to believe in himself more than God. In the midst of her father's crisis, Miriam grapples with the discovery of her own gifts and the tension between wanting to use her gifts to do God's work, and her father's conviction that women are unfit for such work.
— Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063017504
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2021

Between them, 17 year old Lenni and 83 year old Margot share 100 years of life experiences- love, joy, heartbreak, and everything in between. Both dealing with serious illnesses, they become unlikely friends and bond with each other through and arts and crafts class where they set out to create 100 paintings to document those years. The story is wonderfully told through flashbacks where we learn about what made our main characters who they are. The main and supporting characters are lovable and easy to connect with. The book is quirky, funny, sweet, and tough. I loved it because it was so tender and hope-filled even in the midst of tragedy.
(Note on subject matter: Terminal illness)
— Jess Depew, Snail Readers Circle


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London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063059788
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Published: William Morrow - July 6th, 2021

In a time when we could all use a feel-good book, I’m so happy I got my hands on this heartwarming memoir!  London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency is about the difficulties of navigating your 20s.  From trying to find a way out of her lackluster job to her mother constantly nagging her about sticking to society’s life “timeline” Kate covers the beginning of adulthood in a very relatable way.  She quits her job and starts her own small business, a dog-walking agency in London. Each chapter follows a specific client of hers and she writes about dogs and their quirky owners with such detail I can picture them completely in my head. I found characteristics of my own dog in each profile and was able to relate to the owners who deal with both the perks and the hard realities of having a pet. I recommend this charming memoir to everyone, but especially those who love dogs! 
— Abigail Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle


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The Final Girl Support Group Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593201237
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

Grady Hendrix's latest offering is an homage to '80s and '90s slashers, and a nonstop sprint to the bloody end. Lynette Tarkington, a lone survivor of a brutal massacre, is one of several middle-aged women who fight for their lives against a mysterious and vicious opponent determined to rid the world of "final girls." In The Final Girl Support Group, Hendrix takes a campy look at female horror archetypes that are often little more than tropes in their original material, and gives them heart, ambitions, regrets, and raging PTSD. The Final Girl Support Group reads more like an exceptionally gory thriller than a horror novel that'll keep you up at night, but you may want to leave a baseball bat by your bedside table just in case. (I LOVED it because this was ultimately about the perseverance of female friendship ... provided that everyone survives to the final reel, of course!)
Note: This book deals with PTSD from violent attacks, and contains gory violence.
— Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501171345
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 4th, 2021

I could not put this down, a lovingly traumatic tale for each character and relationship ... especially for this girl and her father. All involved are illuminated at their best as well as their worst as they navigate a game they can't win. The twists and turns pulled me in and dropped me flat again and again. Really well done; I cannot recommend enough. Perfect for anyone who enjoys a good page-turner or edge-of-your-seat read.
— Tracie, Snail Readers Circle

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave was a great whodunit novel centered around a man who goes missing, leaving his teenage daughter and her stepmother behind to sort out the mystery. Not only was it suspenseful and engaging, the story took things deeper as it explored themes involving grief and family drama. I finished this book within 24 hours because it was truly unputdownable and had so many twists and turns. Often I am let down by how mysteries end, but I am pleased to say this story finished as strong as it started! This book would make an excellent choice for book clubs and I cannot for it to be shared with everyone. For everyone! it had some bad language, but it is a book every young adult/adult would enjoy!
—Abigail Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle

 


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Appleseed: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063040144
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Published: Custom House - July 13th, 2021

One of the signs of a good book is when you find yourself thinking about it often, well after you finish it. Matt Bell’s Appleseed is one of those books. The novel steers the reader through three plots: a story of Johnny Appleseed set two hundred years ago, a tale of a civilization on the brink of ecological disaster fifty years from now, and a story of an inhospitable Earth one thousand years in the future. Each tale is a strange and riveting journey on its own, encompassing a vast swath of human narrative, from Greek myth, the Bible, and Grimm’s fairy tales to early American folklore, but the stories become even more fascinating as Bell starts to pull them together into one epic tale of humanity’s relationship with the planet.
I LOVED Appleseed because it's a strange and beautiful book and it made me think about humanity's relationship to the Earth. Especially for people who like both sci-fi and literary fiction. Readers who've also enjoyed Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy, The Overstoryby Richard Powers, and Neal Stephenson's Seven Eves.
— Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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An Unlikely Spy: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063037885
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021

World War II looms in London, and Evelyn Varley wants to find her place in the world. She joins the MI5 counterintelligence unit but, as the reader learns in the very first chapter, finding a place for yourself may not mean that it’s the right place. I was pulled into Evelyn’s story on the first page and stayed hooked through the end in a race to find out what has happened in Evelyn’s life to shape the woman she has become. The Unlikely Spy is a great read for those interested in how WWII shaped the lives of young people in England.

For lovers of WW2 fiction and character studies.
— Jennifer Elwell, Snail Readers Circle


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Vortex: An FBI Thriller Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063004085
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Published: William Morrow - August 10th, 2021

 

Vortex by Catherine Coulter pulls you in from the first page. Who is Snake? Dante? Aolith? And what in the world has happened? With every subsequent page, you are pulled into the story so quickly that soon you are blowing off bedtime and responsibilities just so you can find out what happens next! Vortex follows a multitude of characters whose lives intertwine as two crimes are solved. What happened to Serena at a college rave seven years ago and where is she now? And where are Mike and the missing flash drive? Mia, Serena’s best friend and now reporter, finds her everyday political story may be connected to her best friend’s disappearance. And Olivia, a CIA operative recovering from a concussion, is trying to stay alive and find Mike. For lovers of crime thrillers and government agency procedurally, particularly with strong female characters.
(Note on subject matter: includes rape and murder)
—Jenn Elwell, Snail Reader Circle 


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Lightning Strike: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #18) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982128685
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Published: Atria Books - August 24th, 2021

Easily one of the best books I've read this year. Krueger effortlessly weaves lilting language, thought-provoking issues, and an extremely compelling mystery into a historical, small town setting. A young boy follows in his father footsteps as he searches for "crumbs" to help solve a crime and discovers some much larger truths along the way. The characters are unforgettable, the story is suspenseful, and the writing is beautiful. 

Especially for readers who enjoy murder mysteries, coming of age stories, Native American stories, and well-written fiction. It is almost Southern Gothic, but maybe not quite dark or southern enough. Some of the theological threads remind me a bit of Marilynne Robinson as well.
— Angela Rawls, Snail Readers Circle


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$25.00
ISBN: 9781571311801
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

This book is pensive, reflective, and poetic. It is a unique work of art that blends poetry and memoir. I found Dara's voice to be honest and earnest. This book is a slow hike through the wild places of Northern Ireland that will make everyone who picks it up to pause and soak in the next bird song they hear. For those looking for something pensive, and reflective, with an interest in understanding Autism, and naturalists. 
—Amanda, Snail Readers Circle 


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She Who Became the Sun Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250621801
Availability: Backordered at publisher (but we may have it in stock!)
Published: Tor Books - July 20th, 2021

Zhu Chongba disguises herself as a man (specifically, a monk) in order to stave off death by starvation during a drought. Along the way, she gets involved with fighting the invading Mongols, using her cleverness rather than military brawn to gain power. She Who Becomes the Sun is a bleeding, aching, heavy tome of desire, survival and sacrifice, a grim tale about identity, gender, public versus private perception, and most of all ambition: who do you become when you when you force destiny to take notice of you? What horrors will you commit to keep destiny's attention?
(Note on subject matter: It's a military fantasy in 14th-century China, so it's violent and has a great deal of misogyny. It's definitely an adult fantasy as well — not YA.)
— Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

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Heartbreaking, dripping in gore, life-affirming, nasty, and sweet, My Heart Is a Chainsaw had me from the first thirty pages and didn't stop. You’ll be terrified to turn the page, but so invested in the story that you can’t help but do just that. Jade is a half-Indian teenager with an axe to grind nearly as big as Jack Torrance's literal one. She's obsessed with slasher flicks, and when a new girl and her wealthy family arrive in town, Jade is certain she has glimpsed an incredible omen to a bloody and exciting summer: an actual Final Girl in the flesh. People start dying, and violently. Are their deaths horrible coincidences? Or is something more sinister stalking the town? 

Especially for lovers of slow-burn horror and horror movies (there are lots of pop culture references!), anyone with a love of camp, fans of Stephen King
(Note on content: sexual abuse, graphic violence, animal cruelty)
— Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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Dare to Know: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683692607
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Published: Quirk Books - September 14th, 2021

James Kennedy’s fascinating novel Dare to Know starts with a sci-fi speculation: what if science could pinpoint the exact date and time of your death? That’s an intriguing proposal; however, this novel isn’t satisfied by simply exploring this question. What could have been a societal sci-fi story turns into something else entirely—a very personal and riveting horror story full of terrors like sagging careers and failed relationships, oddly specific Gen X fears (bearded 1970s hippies and Don Henley songs), and universal horrors like death and the end of the world.
Especially for adults, sci-fi and horror readers, fans of Blake Crouch and Stephen King
— Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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Anywhere for You: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062933874
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Published: William Morrow - April 6th, 2021

A captivating book for the romantic at heart. I couldn’t stop reading this book, as I wanted to figure out why Mary’s missing boyfriend would disappear. This is a story about the importance friendship plays in the lives of the characters in the novel. Sometimes people can let you down, but getting through life can be made easier, with the help of friends.
(Note on subject matter: includes depression and death of family member)
—Linda, Snail Readers Circle


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Animal: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982122126
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

Wow! Lisa Taddeo is immensely talented. Rarely do I read a fiction novel that feels so real and provokes such raw emotion. Taddeo’s great attention to detail and unsparing descriptions about pain, violence and abuse are powerful. I found her writing mesmerizing and the book impossible to put down because Taddeo presents multiple mysteries that are uncovered throughout. Who is Alice? What is Leonard’s dark secret? Who is Joan talking to in second person? And what happened to her as a child that caused her such trauma? Animal defines female rage in a way I’ve never read before which was both eye-opening and thought-provoking.
(Note: this book comes with many trigger warnings — rape, suicide, domestic violence, murder, infidelity, miscarriages and sexual violence. Although it may not be a pleasant reading experience, I can promise readers that this is a story that will haunt your mind for a long time and is unputdownable.)
— Abigail Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle

This book, and especially Joan’s life is disturbing, but the writing was so compelling that I couldn’t stop. Every line was meticulously crafted, and on every page I was pulled in for more! Each character was so interesting, Joan was the sort of protagonist that you don’t necessarily like but definitely want to know more. After reading reviews of Taddeo’s nonfiction, Three Women (I haven’t read it myself), I think Animal is a book that brings that story to life.
— Sara Catherine, Snail Readers Circle


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Songs in Ursa Major: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780593318621
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Published: Knopf - June 22nd, 2021

I went into this book blind, and I really enjoyed it! Similar to a real life story (in fact it's inspired by the affair between Joni Mitchell and James Taylor), I felt connected to the characters in this story. There were a couple things that made the plot and dialogue feel a bit forced, but I didn't find that it detracted from the story. It almost seemed to me that DAISY JONES met the movie MUSIC & LYRICS (both of which I loved!), which made it a perfect summer beach read. Especially for readers who like the 1970s music scene, ones who enjoyed DAISY JONES & THE SIX and/or MUSIC & LYRICS (the movie).
(Note on the subject matter: includes sex, booze, drugs, panic attacks, mental health/illness, overdosing)
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Reader Circle 

 


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Seven Days in June Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538719107
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2021

A hot and steamy story about an author whose ex unexpectedly comes back in her life one summer. I’m pushing this to the top of all my friends’ beach read lists, but don’t let that fool you—it packs depth and drama as well!
(Note on subject matter: drug and alcohol abuse and a little self harm)
—Sarah Catherine


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ISBN: 9780778331858
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Published: Mira Books - June 22nd, 2021

After reading The Henna Artist which I truly enjoyed, I knew I wanted to continue on in the series to read more about Lakshmi. It has been 12 years since Lakshmi, Malik, and her younger sister Radha left Jaipur. The story continues with Malik returning to Jaipur to learn more about the building & design business but soon discovers secrets that will alter the lives of many of the characters. Meanwhile, Lakshmi has married and is living a pleasant and relaxed life with her husband while working at the clinic. She has befriended Nimi, Malik's new love and offers to assist her while Malik is away in Jaipur. Their lives all become intertwined together due to the threat of a smuggling scheme. I was so captivated in the lives of the characters and just enough suspense to keep the storyline going throughout the book. Even though this one is a sequel to The Henna Artist, I do believe readers can dive into this one without reading The Henna Artist first. But I highly recommend reading Henna Artist first which would add more depth of backstory and understanding of the characters! I would recommend this to readers who enjoy historical fiction, different cultures, and family dynamics.
—Nicole, Snail Reader Circle 


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Find You First: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062678317
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Published: William Morrow - May 4th, 2021

The twists and turns of a dying man trying to do the right thing and the young woman he believes to be his daughter...it's almost impossible to believe. This story keeps you guessing the entire way, bouncing from elation to despair and back again. Spinning a web of characters, wickedly entertaining ... you'll never guess where they end up in the end. An epic read. For those who love a good cliffhanger!
—Tracie, Snail Readers Circle


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All's Well: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982169664
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

Miranda Fitch is in agony following a fall that ended her illustrious acting career. When a trio of strange men offers her a method of ridding herself of her pain, she discovers that accepting Faustian bargains come at a brutal and bloody price. Miranda is both deeply relatable and monstrous; her transformation from victim, to villain, to something in between was a train wreck I couldn't look away from. As with Mona Awad's first book, "Bunny", "All's Well" is a quirky, original work that relies heavily on internal monologues and deep characterization - sometimes tilting away from the plot slightly, as the ending of the novel falters somewhat under the weight of Miranda's unreliable narration. Nonetheless, "All's Well" is a treat for anyone seeking an unusual protagonist who enjoys both the drama department and the dramatic. For readers who enjoy open-ended novels, horror enthusiasts, Shakespeare lovers, theater lovers, and readers who enjoy unreliable narrators.
(Note on subject matter: includes chronic pain and drug use/abuse)
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982102548
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. I was so intrigued with Orquidea Devina and the magical force surrounding her that I hardly wanted to put this book down, because I needed to hurriedly piece together all of the interconnected pieces. This story is about family dynamics and how our choices not only affects us but can have an enormous impact on our future family from generation to generation. The book alternates between past and present, revealing the secrets and magical curses that have haunted Orquidea and her family for years. Blending a bit of mystery and fantasy, Zoraida Cordova does an excellent job developing this story with complex multi-generational characters. This family is connected by magical roots that make them stronger together than they ever are apart! I loved it because it weaves together magical realism with deep rooted family dynamics. It had me captivated from beginning to the end.
— Nicole Granville, Snail Readers Circle 


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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982167356
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Published: Atria Books - July 6th, 2021

This is a very funny book. Gilda, a 27-year-old atheist lesbian winds up needing to pretend she’s straight, available, Catholic, and an elderly (deceased) church receptionist named Grace. Gilda also lives with anxiety, to the point that cleaning up the Jenga tower of dirty dishes in her apartment is overwhelming and her visits to the ER for anxiety attacks are so frequent that the staff knows her by name. This book reminds us that the world can be difficult to navigate and everyone’s dealing with issues you don’t know about. For people in their 20s and early 30s.
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle 


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Down Range: A Novel (Garrett Kohl) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063066502
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Published: William Morrow - August 3rd, 2021

Down Range follows DEA agent Garrett Kohl back home to the Texas High Plains for a short mission to protect an Afghan boy. While home, he discovers his family is the target of a criminal organization that has infiltrated the entire town and it is up to Garrett to protect his family. Each character's personality is so unique and readers quickly get to know each character. This action-packed plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat the entire time, and they will be left wanting to follow Garrett on his next journey. For any fans of suspense or thrillers - it keeps you hooked and on the edge of your seat!
—Katie, Snail Readers Circle 


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$27.95
ISBN: 9781616957414
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Published: Soho Crime - September 7th, 2021

A new beginning is always good, Sara was happy to leave all of her troubles behind. A brand new home close to her adoring husband's family...idyllic. Until, she's in this new home and essentially can't get out. Why won't the stain disappear in front of the stove? Why is everyone afraid of her husband's father? Who is Mary? This home holds terrible secrets, secrets Sara cannot let rest. Someone has to take care of the children after all.
—Tracie, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Collective: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063083158
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Published: William Morrow - November 2nd, 2021

Wow! Once I got started this book was so hard to put down! Just how far will a mother go to avenge her child's murder when she feels the justice system has failed her? Will it be worth it? The Collective is a disturbingly plausible thriller that follows grieving mother Camille on a journey to answer these questions for herself. I found myself going back and forth about who to root for and against as I read this book. It kept me guessing, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I think if the ending hadn't felt a little rushed it would have been a five star read for me. Great for readers who love a fast paced thriller
(Note on subject matter: includes murder and abuse of children)
—Jess Depew, Snail Readers Circle 


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$27.99
ISBN: 9780063079915
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Published: William Morrow - October 5th, 2021

A frantic, shocking thriller that bobs and weaves through horror and heartbreak, prejudice and obsession, gore and genuine emotion. Watch what happens when a 90's escape room-haunted house hybrid goes horribly wrong with characters you can't help but be invested in. A must read for spooky season.
(Note on subject matter: is very graphic with gore and horror)
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle)


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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982181031
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Published: Atria Books - October 5th, 2021

“We Are Not Like Them” is a timely story told in alternating viewpoints. Riley, a Black journalist with aspirations to become anchor at a prominent Philadelphia news station, and Jen, her longtime white friend whose husband is a cop, find their relationship on the rocks when Jen’s husband is involved in the shooting of an innocent 14-year-old Black boy. To further complicate matters, Riley is given the opportunity to cover the story as lead reporter, while trying to keep her friendship with Jen under wraps. This book relays a crucial conversation in present-day America. It is unique in that it is co-written by two authors, Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, whose own perspectives no doubt enrich the conversations and conflict between Riley and Jen. This is one of the best and most important books I have read in awhile. It gripped me from the get-go, and I highly recommend reading it. I loved this book because of the authentic, yet difficult, conversations between the two main characters in relation to race, police violence and navigating a life-long friendship that is in jeopardy. Great for Everyone, but I think this book would make excellent required reading for high schoolers. 
—Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062312662
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Published: William Morrow - September 21st, 2021

The Snail is pleased to offer *signed copies* of this new southern novel by prizewinner Wiley Cash.

It's going to take some time to process the powerful, unexpected ending—not to mention the overall effects—of this excellent book. Wiley Cash's writing is so lovely and mesmerizing, and his main character, Sheriff Winston Barnes, is so calm in the face of catastrophic events, that I felt lulled into a false sense of security that things would be ok. From a mysterious plane crashing in the dark of night and a dead man on the runway to a daughter whose world is falling apart, a wife battling cancer, and a racially charged election he's likely to lose, Winston has his hands full. But he seems up to solving the mysteries of his town and his family, and I found myself turning the pages as he tried. This book combines the intensity of a thriller with the dark beauty of a southern gothic story, and will be enjoyed by all kinds of readers.
— Lady, Snail owner


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780063082465
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 2nd, 2021

This book gets you hooked from the first page as the reader gains a glimpse into the narrator's childhood hardships and then moves quickly to how she turned her past struggles into success. Ellice Lititlejohn seems to have made a success of herself, yet we find her in a sticky situation within her new job that intensifies as the book continues. Suspicions abound as the reader tries to discern the truth out of the circumstances that Ellie finds herself in. Part thriller, part uplifting story about a downtrodden kid making good, and part commentary on racism and sexism in the workplace, All Her Little Secrets is a book that was difficult to put aside.
(Note on subject matter: includes murder and rascim)
—Michelle, Snail Readers Circle 


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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250777577
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 13th, 2021

Laurie Gelman brings back the sassy and sometimes off-putting Jen Dixon back to her readers as Jen moves into the next phase of her life. Stuck once again as a key player in the PTA, Jen finds herself overwhelmed not only with volunteer responsibilities, but also caring for her ever-present family chaos and attempting a new career. Funny and fast read for those who need a break from heavier topics. Great for those who read Gelman's first two books.
—Michelle, Snail Readers Circle


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780593355992
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Published: Bantam - October 5th, 2021

Sarah Larsen thinks she may have found her ticket out of debt when she finds an ad for a nanny job in a high end area of town. After interviewing and being offered the job, she's CERTAIN she's saved her boyfriend Jonathan and her from drowning in debt. In fact, the benefits are better than anything they could have dreamed. Given their desperate situation, the strange requirement of discretion, including signing an NDA, doesn't sway Sarah from accepting the position. However, Sarah soon finds out that many things are not what they seemed. Who can she trust? Anyone? This story is filled with dark secrets, suspense, and several twists that make it difficult to put down. It was perfectly creepy and kept me wondering until the very end. For readers who love a good mystery/thriller with lots of twists.
(Note on subject matter: includes child loss and a disturbing mother/child relationship)
—Jess Depew, Snail Readers Circle


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$26.99
ISBN: 9781728245522
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 22nd, 2021

Whether you read thrillers or not, HOSTAGE is a book for you! Clare Mackintosh strings you along with gripping, short chapters, revealing enough information to keep the pages turning. Everything was not as it seemed, and the twist at the end made this one of the best books I have read this year. This was my first Clare Mackintosh book, but it certainly won't be my last! For those who like thrillers or are curious about thrillers, locked-room-esque mysteries (this is not one of those, however), and plot driven books. I loved HOSTAGE because everything was not as it seemed which kept me on the edge of my seat.
(Note on subject matter: includes infertility, abuse, affair, divorce, kidnapping, language, anaphylaxis, sexual assault, hostage situation, and death)
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781982137366
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

A teen mother and her boyfriend go missing following a party, but no one in the village knows anything. A year later, a mystery writer begins picking at the threads of the young couple's disappearance, beginning a thrilling and tense tale of class, abuse, and self-discovery. The less you know about this book going in the better, but the writing was topnotch and the multiple points of view were distinct from one another and interesting. I particularly loved the perspective of the missing teenage victim, Tallulah; she was deeply flawed but also sympathetic as she gets involved with people more manipulative and crafty than she is. The resolution of the tale required a little bit of suspension of disbelief (I have to be vague here), but not so much that the entire mystery was ruined. For readers who like an atmospheric, slow-burn mystery. For thriller lovers and anyone who likes an atmospheric, slow-burn mystery.
(Note on subject matter: includes abuse and sexual assault)
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781641292429
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Published: Soho Press - November 2nd, 2021

Is it possible lie about who you are if you don’t even know who you are? For blue-skinned Kalki Sami, raised as a god but tormented by self-doubt, discovering who he is means he has to challenge the roles everyone else in his life forces onto him. Blue Skinned Gods is a beautiful book about identity, family, faith, and love—core human elements that are universal, whether you’re living in an isolated ashram in India or in Brooklyn. Great for fans of international fiction (especially India).
(Note on subject matter: includes suicide)
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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By Simone de Beauvoir, Sandra Smith (Translated by), Margaret Atwood (Introduction by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063075047
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Published: Ecco - September 7th, 2021

This cerebral short novel will be cherished by Simone de Beauvoir lovers. While the timeline feels disjointed at times, the philosophical themes that de Beauvoir is known for shine through. This book feels like an intimate glimpse into the real friendship that inspired it, Simone’s childhood relationship with her beloved friend Zaza. The focus on serious friendship between young women is refreshing and de Beauvoir’s ideas about education, women’s opportunities in society, religiosity, sexuality, and intense friendship are worth reading about, even many years after she wrote this novel. For readers who are familiar with Simone de Beauvoir, interested in the history of feminism.
—Amanda, Snail Readers Circle


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$22.00
ISBN: 9780802158741
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Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

Grab a cup of coffee, and curl up in a cozy chair-- "Small Things Like These" by Claire Keegan is the perfect winter read. Bill Furlong, father of five and coal merchant, lives a quiet life in a small Irish town during the mid-1980s. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the busiest time of year for Furlong's business, he makes a delivery at the local convent and discovers a young woman whose very existence causes him to consider his own past, while also questioning the integrity of the church that seems to control the whole town. Although this is a fictional work, the story does recount Ireland's Magdalen laundries, run by Roman Catholic orders, which housed thousands of women and children from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. I loved this book because it was a short, heart-warming story about a man who refuses to "look the other way" and whose empathy nudges him toward caring for those who cannot care for themselves. I loved it because it was a short, heart-warming story about a man who refuses to "look the other way" when he makes an uncomfortable discovery at the local convent in his small Irish town.
—Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9780063066625
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 16th, 2021

I read this in a day, not because I had the time, but because I could not stand for a moment to not know what happened next. This dystopian journey rewrites the history of the 20th century and brings into question every aspect of our modern lives. While Miriam researches memories and the benefits of rewriting them to avoid conflict and war, she's pulled into relationship after relationship that challenge notions of family, loyalty, trust, and groupthink. Out of the 100 books in 2021 I've read, this makes the top 3 for me. I loved it because it was one of the most engrossing things I've read in a long time--from the characters to the dystopian rewrite of our world, I couldn't put it down.
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781250790286
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Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

"Summer Sons" by Lee Mandelo is a creeping, dreadful tale that drips with humidity and the bitterness of lost chances. Andrew Blur is aptly named - a determinedly bland protagonist that shoves his emotions down and away in order to investigate the death of his best friend, Eddie - a death that was ruled a suicide. Andrew knows there's something suspicious about the "suicide" because Eddie's ghost said as much to him. Andrew's strange ability to communicate with the dead is more of a curse than a gift; cold, fetid shadows follow him through this claustrophobic tale as he navigates Eddie's friendships and academic community. This is a slow Southern Gothic tale - a little too slow, truthfully, as it takes a good 150 pages for the horror to really start kicking up. Andrew is an interesting protagonist, but so determined to NOT pursue the obvious threads that are kicking up around him that his inertia can be frustrating. That inertia does pick up about halfway through the novel, as "Summer Sons" begins to sink its teeth into the concepts of race, queerness, depression, and ancestral legacy. "Summer Sons" is horror in the visceral sense; there are no jump scares or wild action scenes here, at least not of the haunted house variety (there are a few car races, but those are largely testosterone-fueled bonding sessions). The horror in "Summer Sons" rides on your back, a cold, heavy presence that gets heavier with every step. It's the kind of book that had me by the throat every time I set it down and wondered if the pace was going to pick up soon. It whispered a refrain of Eddie's last text message to Andrew in the moments when I was not reading it: "Come home. I'm waiting." Great for Southern Gothic lovers, those who enjoy slower reads, and fans of LGBTQ+ in horror.
(Note on subject matter: some heavy violence)
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593128862
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Published: Del Rey - September 28th, 2021

The students of the Scholomance - at least, the ones who survived "A Deadly Education" - are back for their senior year. Reluctant Dark Sorceress El (named for Galadriel, yes, and she hates it) and her almost-maybe-boyfriend Orion Lake ( the most powerful monster-killing Sorcerers of their generation) have one more year of equals and opposites attracting before they're free of the school. But with graduation looming, the hordes of monsters that usually attack the students are eerily missing, and El has to decide who her allies really are under such dire circumstances. If she does give in and tap into her dark potential, will it be able to save anyone? But if it could save *everyone*, how will she decide if it's worth the price? This sequel to "A Deadly Education" picks up right after the horrible cliffhanger of the first book - but with all the Dark Magic on the pages, don't count on a perfectly satisfying ending! I was slavering for "The Last Graduate" as one of my top 2021 reads, and fortunately (unfortunately?) this left me snarling for more. A solid second installment of a trilogy that clearly has even more power yet to come! Perfect if you're a fan of dark academia, grew up on magic schools and want something new but also familiar, and love snarky heroines and settings with character (or, you know. lots of monsters).
(Note on subject matter: some violence and consensual sex scene)
—Melanie Berry, Snail Readers Circle


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$12.95
ISBN: 9781542029179
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Published: Montlake - September 1st, 2021

I loved this book! The story loosely follows a narrative reminiscent of Pride & Prejudice but it’s a very wide riff which I loved. Very creative and unique with modern day takes on things like transgender dating, racial bias, and growing while in college. If you want to read a book about strong, resilient women and the men that come into and out of their lives then this book is perfect for you! 
—Jennifer, Snail Readers Circle


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By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781641291675
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Published: Soho Crime - October 5th, 2021

 

“An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed” is collection of devious little short stories translated from Swedish into English about Maud, a quiet, well-traveled octogenarian who wants to enjoy her last few years alive. Unfortunately, people keep cropping up that need killing! And Maud is just the old lady to do it. This is a sequel of sorts to "An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good", which also followed the same character. Each short story is a fast-paced exercise in “how will she kill them?” and “how will she get away with it?”; the fun is in watching people underestimate her due to her feigned weakness, deafness, and dementia. Maud is a vicious, crafty killer with the spirit of “Dexter” in that most of her victims “deserve” their fate in one way or another. None of them deserve to be killed, of course, but you might find yourself empathizing with Maud as she cuts a swath through Sweden’s neighborhoods. Because she seems easily manipulated, a lot of people try to do just that… and a lot of people wind up pushing up daisies. Although the stories in these two collections are contained, they do reference one another, so I wouldn’t call them standalone. I highly enjoyed my time with Maud as she sets up a peaceful retirement for herself. I give both books an enthusiastic four stars; they are perfect for enjoy by a fire as the weather turns nearly as cold as Maud's heart.
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle
 




 


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On Animals Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982181536
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 12th, 2021

New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is known for her accessible, learned writing style, and it shines in this collection of essay about her relationship with animals. Written early in her career until fairly recently, these essays showcase her compassionate but realistic perspective on lives involving the raising and caring for a variety of animals, both common and exotic. Due to Orlean's polished, effective prose, she can cover a number of topics that seem mundane and make them fascinating - I was pulled into the world of dog shows, regaled about the differences between the horse and the mule. I felt for a young woman forced to give up her homing pigeons. I learned about the legal battles of keeping pet tigers in an age long before the greasy flash of the "Tiger King" television show. And we got to see a little bit of Orlean's personal life too, as she describes what it's like caring for many creatures in her home. This read was fascinating, quick, and tidy - a neat length for an essay collection. You can tell that each essay was picked with care; there are no "lesser" entries. I'd recommend this for any animal lover who wants to learn more about the history of husbandry as well as strange, forgotten quirks of forgotten animal-related history. My favorite fact I walked away with? For a brief time in the Victorian period, it was considered extremely manly to care for chickens. However, the trend died once men realized how messy they are.
(Note on subject matter: includes animal abuse)
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593101537
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Published: Berkley - June 29th, 2021

The Personal Librarian details the life of J.P. Morgan's Personal librarian, Belle de Costa Greene. Belle grew up in Washington D.C. to parents that championed equality. Her father was the first black man to graduate from Harvard. At her mother's insistence she lives her life as a white woman. While she certain lives a charmed life working for one of the wealthiest men in the States and traveling the world securing manuscripts and art, it isn't without its challenges. She sometimes feel bereft and lost. Especially after the loss of Mr. Morgan. She questions whether she's living her truth. If there was more she could do for her race other than presenting herself as something else. Race aside, reading about how powerful a force and how respected she became in the literary world is astounding. Accomplishing it with a secret as big as skin color make it all the more impressive and noteworthy. For those that like history and strong female characters. 
—Candice, Snail Readers Circle