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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The Italian Ballerina: A World War II Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780785232193
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Published: Thomas Nelson - July 12th, 2022

I'm a sucker for a historical fiction story. Especially one set during WWII that involves a romance. The story of Court, AJ, Julia, Matteo, Delaney and Calla are all intertwined in the most beautiful and tragic way. It's a story of love and loss and sacrifice. How a ballerina and two soldiers save the life of one little Jewish girl. The premise behind the story is real. The raid on the Italian Jewish ghetto by the Gestapo in 1943, the hospital that offered refuge to the few Jews who managed an escape and the amazingly self-less doctors, priests and soldiers who fought to protect them. It was a story I had a hard time putting down and one that I never tired of reading.
—Candice Kirk, Snail Readers Circle 


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Sea of Tranquility: A novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

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I loved Sea of Tranquility because it was so relatable and easy to emotionally connect with. It deals partly with a pandemic and many emotions that most of us have become quite familiar with in the last two years. It was heartbreaking, tender, and thought provoking making it such an interesting and immersive read. I truly enjoyed this novel and feel that it touches on topics that will make it effortless for many readers to deeply connect with. Sea of Tranquility beautifully weaves together past, present, and future in such a believable way that time travel, simulation theory, and life on the moon seem entirely possible. Emotional, enjoyable, relatable, and relevant to our current time, Sea of Tranquility explores the very heart of what it means to be human and how our seemingly small actions have the power to affect space and time.
—Jess Depew, Snail Readers Circle 


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Booth Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593331439
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 8th, 2022

Karen Joy Fowler has written a page turner about the infamous Booth family. This novel is gripping from the first page, and maintains momentum as it explores the family behind John Wilkes Booth, the rise of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency and the tensions of a nation reaching a boiling point in the 19th century. Through her captivating storytelling, Fowler gives voice to the lesser known members of the Booth family, while also revealing family scandals and the rise of the Booth brothers to fame on the American stage. Theatre buffs especially will enjoy the frequent Shakespeare references, quotes and stage directions. History buffs will appreciate the way Fowler’s in-depth research has driven her writing.
(Note on subject matter: includes death of children and violence)
—Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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The Double Life of Katharine Clark: The Untold Story of the Fearless Journalist Who Risked Her Life for Truth and Justice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728248417
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 15th, 2022

Secrets. Spies. Journalism. Intrigue. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF KATHARINE CLARK surprised me with how much I loved it. I didn't know much about Cold War era Yugoslavia, but I couldn't put this book down! Katharine Clark's friendship with Milovan Djilas turned the world upside down. He was a plagued writer who was stripped of his leadership, and she had a way to get his words to the world. This is a must read for any one looking for untold history. Plus, author Katharine Gregorio writes in such an engaging way, you'll forget you're reading nonfiction!
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle 


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Greenwich Park Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982150310
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Published: Gallery Books - January 25th, 2022

Excellent & binge-worthy. Greenwich Park is an impressive debut thriller and I can’t wait to read more from this author! This story alternates from three different women’s points of view: Helen, the main character; Serena, her sister-in-law; and Kate, Helen’s best friend. However, the story really revolves around a different woman, Rachel, who weaves herself into the lives of each character, but we do not find out how they all tie together until the end. Kathrine Faulkner’s complex and suspicious characters makes this slow-burning thriller a true mystery until the end. I had no idea where the story was going and everyone seems like a suspect in what turns out to be the biggest mystery of all — why does Rachel show up to a prenatal class faking a pregnancy and where does she go after her fight with Helen? You will definitely want to set aside a day to read this book because you will not be able to put it down after you start!
—Abigail Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle 


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Gallant Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062835772
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

I’ve been a huge Schwab fan since I first read “Vicious” years ago. While I prefer her adult books to her excellent YA series, one of my favorite traditions when I take off on a long plane flight is to listen to the latest audiobook of her Cassidy Blake series and chill, enjoying her spooky, ethereal worldbuilding. So I was very excited for “Gallant”, a MG standalone book about a girl searching for family within the backdrop of Gallant, a cold, frightening house. You’ll read a lot of “Coraline” comparisons, and they’re there, but the obvious “girl lost in another world” comparison goes to “Alice in Wonderland”. Olivia is a worthy heroine, and her bravery while facing strange twisted shadows and her own past is compelling. I particularly loved the sections with her mother’s diary, as they contained gorgeous artwork that enhanced what I was reading. Go into Gallant without the weight of Schwab’s previous books, and you’ll enjoy yourself. It’s creepy, bittersweet, dusty and sad. This is the perfect book for a cold spring, because while it’s chilly and bleak, there is that hint of hope nestled between the pages. Great for teenagers, tweens, fans of spooky stories, and anyone who likes a cozy read!
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062899767
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Published: Ecco - February 22nd, 2022

“Scoundrel” tells the tale of a Edgar Smith convicted for murdering a teenage girl and sent to prison on death row. Smith’s story is eventually championed by an influential journalist who believes him to be innocent - not for any reason of lack of evidence or police incompetence, but because Smith is a white, articulate, educated, conservative man: how such an individual be so violent? Eventually, Smith’s conviction is overturned only for him to attack again after only a short time of freedom. “Scoundrel” tells the story of the intersection of race, class, and the birth of modern conservatism in America. The man who founded the National Review, William Buckley, was by all accounts intelligent, empathetic, and passionate. His championing of Edgar Smith as innocent came from a place of privilege and camaraderie originating in race and class, in the belief that someone “like Edgar” could never have done such a crime. As a reminder: Smith was convicted of brutally murdering a teenage girl. Naturally a chunk of Buckley’s time was spent painting that poor 15 year old in a terrible light, because that’s one thing that’s never changed: if a woman or a POC is killed, then someone makes it seem as if they might have deserved it. This book was vital, frustrating, smart, and well-researched. I recommend anyone who has the interest to seek it out. Amazing how so little has changed in fifty years in terms of beliefs of “who” can commit crimes and whether or not we should empathize with them.
(Note on subject matter: includes murder and rape).
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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One Italian Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982166793
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Published: Atria Books - March 1st, 2022

This book was the perfect read. I finished it in one day with happy tears streaming down my face. Rebecca Serle’s writing is beautiful, gripping and leaves you wanting to highlight and re-read certain lines over and over again. This book was the perfect read that I finished with happy tears streaming down my face. Rebecca Serle’s writing is beautiful and gripping, and I will now read everything she writes. One Italian Summer has a hint of magical realism with time-travel in the premise. Katy and Adam are both so relatable I found myself wishing I was friends with both of them. This book is a love letter to motherhood, overcoming grief, and rekindling lost love. This book also helped feed my wanderlust and made me want to revisit Italy as soon as possible. Serle paints a pictures of Italy so beautifully that I could see it for myself and it felt as though I was transported for a day. This story will make you crave to learn more about your parents’ past and will allow you to look at every relationship with fresh eyes. This was one of my favorites I’ve read this year. Great for women ages 16 and older.
(Note on subject matter: death of a parent)
—Abby Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle


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Take My Hand Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593337691
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Published: Berkley - April 12th, 2022

This book is an intimate tour through reproductive justice topics. Readers will be captivated by the characters and the story while learning about the real way that institutions have perpetrated reproductive injustices against women of color in the United States, coerced sterilization, to abortion restrictions, to the denial of safe and health environments in which to raise children. The characters are nuanced and although the topics are heavy, the book never feels weighed down. I read it quickly and it will stay with me for a long time. 
(Note on subject matter: includes forced sterilization, abortion, and abuses to Black bodies)
—Amanda, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Younger Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250229618
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 5th, 2022

An incredible domestic suspense novel from the perspective of three women, THE YOUNGER WIFE showcases Sally Hepworth's incredible writing. Tully, Rachel, and Heather all have something to hide, yet one common hidden reality unites them together. It's not often a book can make me feel like I'm a character in the story, but I really identified with what these three women felt. They doubted their intuition and felt guilty for having those thoughts, and as the reader I did, too. Sally wrapped me into this story in such a masterful way, and it's definitely one to read!
(Note on subject matter: includes covid-19, sexual assault, kleptomania, abuse, alcoholism, murder, miscarriage, and gaslighting)
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle


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The Moment I Met You: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063003699
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

The Moment I Met You is a beautifully written story with vivid imagery and I found it riveting right from the start. I couldn't put it down because I wanted so badly to find out what happens to Elena that I was completely absorbed; this is a book I have continued to think about even once I finished it. Elena's story is an emotional one full of love, sacrifice, and an exploration of what it means to be faithful and courageous. If you are looking for a book with complex, compelling characters that will make you laugh, cry, and really think about how the choices we make affect our own lives as well as those around us, this book is for you.
This is one of the best books that I've read in a while! It was much heavier than I thought it would be (I thought it was going to be more light-hearted) but I appreciated how thought-provoking and emotional it actually was.
— Mica, Snail Readers Circle


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Young Mungo Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802159557
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Published: Grove Press - April 5th, 2022

Life in early 1990’s working class Glasgow has strict classifications: Protestant versus Catholic, working class versus middle class. And when Mungo—a Protestant named for the patron saint of the city—falls in love with a Catholic boy, he discovers another line he’s not supposed to cross. While Mungo’s brother Hamish seems content to relish in gang fights and council estate life, Mungo, his sister, and his mother all struggle to escape their fates. Young Mungo is brutal, but sometimes heartbreakingly sweet. This story is great for fans of queer lit, coming-of-age novels, Scottish lit, and literary fiction.
(Note on subject matter: includes rape).
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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The Golden Couple: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250273208
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 8th, 2022

From the authors of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl we are thrown into a whirlwind story of a couple and their unlicensed therapist. When Marissa and Mathew Bishop come for relationship therapy, they're apparently only there to heal from marital infidelity, but as their unconventional therapist begins to work with the couple, it becomes more and more clear that deeper, more sinister problems exist---and everyone is at risk.
—Sarah Catherine, Snail Readers Circle


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How High We Go in the Dark: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063072640
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Published: William Morrow - January 18th, 2022

When I started reading Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go In The Dark, I would have hesitated to call it hopeful, but now I think that’s a perfect description. This novel reads like a series of connected short stories, and part of the joy of this book is finding the threads that connect these characters. Each chapter centers on people struggling through their own slice of a world steeped in death and damaged by plague and floods. But the time I got to the end of this novel, I felt hope that we can get through calamity; there are possibilities, and there is hope.
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728246598
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 25th, 2022

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Liesl Weiss, who works in a university's rare books department, is in a bit of a bind: her boss suffers a stroke, and just as she steps up to take over his position temporarily a priceless series of books goes missing. It's obvious that one of her coworkers took the books. But who and why? With library donors demanding to see what they've paid for, Liesl must navigate politics, lies, and her own inadequacies to get to the bottom of the mystery.
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is a cozy mystery to curl up with in the dark days of winter. Unlike many thrillers, the stakes remain realistic and Liesl's challenges relatable: the need to protect her professional reputation and determine which of her colleagues are lying to her. This is a mystery more focused on characters than on body count. Nearly everyone in this book is over the age of 40, which makes for a mature, thoughtful puzzle. Jurcyzk's writing style is breezy and meanly funny, and her dialogue is pitch-perfect for a bunch of irritated academics wanting to get through the day and onto their next whiskey. I thoroughly enjoyed this small slice-of-life mystery and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about books.
— Whitney, Snail Readers Circle


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Tell Me an Ending: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982164324
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Published: Scribner - March 1st, 2022

"Tell Me an Ending" is a thoughtful science fiction novel that asks the question: would you delete a troubling memory? Would doing so help your mental health? Or would it become a crutch to avoid dealing with PTSD and failing relationships? "Tell Me an Ending" follows five characters as they navigate a world in which memories can be deleted and memories of deletion likewise vanish, leaving characters uncertain what they have experienced and unable to trust their own minds. The book initially functions like a collection of loosely linked stories in a shared world, but as the plot unfurls, connections between the disparate characters become stronger, and surprising relationships emerge. My favorite story among them was of William, a troubled ex-cop, who is considering having a memory of a violent crime scene photograph from work deleted. His tale is delicate, sorrowfully told, as he tries to unravel his PTSD from linked memories that have been corrupted or made stressful by virtue of being near the memories that are troubling him. I really enjoyed this book - I feel like it's a breed of realistic, easy-to-see-happening science fiction that is more character-driven than interested in explaining its pseudo-science. My only complaint was that it felt a little long - the ending might have been tightened up (Louisa's final section felt a bit like a villain monologue). But other than that... definitely recommended for someone wanting a character-driven tale that is as likely as it is chilling.
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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The World Cannot Give Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982170066
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 8th, 2022

"The World Cannot Give" is a rare breed of dark academia: one centered on the female experience and even more surprisingly taking place in high school. I've read a bunch of so-called "high school" dark academia, and they rarely stick the landing. So often characters in high school dark academia works are pretentious and positioned for maximum admiration, as they shun their social media accounts and drink old fashioneds. It's impossible to believe that they're supposed to be fifteen. Tara Isabella Burton brings equally pretentious, two-faced teens in "The World Cannot Give", but lends them a credibility and a tentative, fragile persona; these teens are trying on faces when they quote Proust and profess to love whiskey. They haven't figured themselves out yet. And so I loved "The World Cannot Give". I predict it'll be a controversial one. True, main character Laura Stearns is as frustrating as she is relatable: she's malleable, dramatic, and easily misled; more than a few times she's tricked by the eloquent and dynamic Virginia Strauss in such obvious ways that had me screeching at her to open her eyes. Virginia, the object of Laura's fascination and affection, is a horrible yet tender creature. I hated Virginia, even as I was intrigued by her. And, joy of all joys, this one's actually sapphic. If you enjoy tales of friend groups going to extremes to feel alive, romantic poetry, and descriptions of the cold North East, if you wish that The Secret History used women as more than set dressing... might I recommend The World Cannot Give?
(Note on subject matter: includes bullying, suicide, murder, and sexual behaviors).
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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Like a House on Fire Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593331828
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 26th, 2022

I love Merit and Jane’s love, and I devoured this novel in a single afternoon because I was completely invested in their relationship and could not stop reading until I knew they had the happy ending they deserve. Like a House on Fire follows Merit, a young architect who is unhappily married to a man she has been with since college, has two young children, and is feeling many mixed feelings about soon turning 40 and deciding to go back to work. She begins to feel like a stranger in her own life and loses touch with her identity. Upon going back to work at an architectural firm, Merit quickly befriends her new boss, Jane, a brilliant and beautiful married woman 20 years older than Merit who appears to go through life with an ease that Merit is drawn to immediately. They have a beautiful friendship that blossoms into a deep love and admiration for each other that Merit never believed could exist. Jane changes everything for Merit — most importantly, her view on love and desire. Their story is real and heartwarming, and I was rooting for their happiness the whole way through. Love is love and it always wins!
(Note on subject matter: includes miscarriage and infidelity)
—Abigail Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle


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Wahala: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063084247
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Published: Custom House - January 11th, 2022

I was drawn into a new world and fell in love with these characters. "Wahala" means trouble and starting from the first page you know this book is going to be full of it. As you're drawn into the world of four women in London with Nigerian heritage, you’ll constantly turn the page to find out what happens next. When a new friend enters into an already established group of three, who will end up in the most "Wahala"? For lovers of suspense, psychological thrillers, and books about friendship.
— Jennifer Elwell, Snail Readers Circle


A Ballad of Love and Glory: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982165260
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Published: Atria Books - March 15th, 2022

In this novel spanning the Mexican-American war, heroine Ximena Salomé de Benitez y Catalán heeds the call to serve as an army nurse when her life is turned upside down upon the arrival of the US Army at the Rio Grande. Fighting on the American side, John Riley, an Irish immigrant, becomes fed up with the unjust treatment of his countrymen by nativist officers. Riley, risking the punishment of desertion, swims across the Rio Grande to join the Mexican Army. John and Ximena find each other in the hospital, and as the war intensifies, so does their relationship. Grande's historical saga, inspired by actual events, sheds light on a time in history that continues to impact the US-Mexico border even now.
—Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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$16.95
ISBN: 9781684631179
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Published: Sparkpress - April 5th, 2022

The Lives of Diamond Bessie was a fast-paced, historical suspense novel that is inspired by a true story. Set during the women's rights movement, the story follows Bessie as she is forced to live at a convent for fallen women after getting pregnant out of wedlock. After being treated horribly and having her baby taken away from her at birth, she escapes and has to make a living and a life for herself on her own. Few rights and opportunities were available to women during the 1860s so she finds herself having to resort to prostitution even though she swore she would never go down that path. The need to survive changed her mind. As a prostitute, Bessie gets expensive gifts from her clients, money to help support herself and her love for shopping and a few love interests along the way. During this time, Bessie finds the only way out of prostitution is to get married. She has her sights set on a bachelor with a wealthy family and a gambling problem and after many missed warning signs, she finds herself marrying him. A man who turns out not to love her, but rather, he loves her precious jewels. Though he betrays her in the worst way possible, she does not let it stop her as she continues to haunt his mind and life from above.
(Note on subject matter: includes domestic violence and prostitution)
—Abigail Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle


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The School for Good Mothers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982156121
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2022

Frida has one very bad day with her toddler, and her entire life changes. In this Margaret Atwood-esque novel, bad mothers and fathers are removed by the state and sent to schools to learn to be good, practicing the latest parenting techniques with personalized, life-mimicking dolls. Frida has one year to become good and get her daughter back or else be separated from her forever. This book was dark and moving, highlighting gender and race and culture, all while focusing very individually on "bad" mothers you'll come to know and love.
(Note on subject matter: includes brief mentions of child abuse)
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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The Boy with a Bird in His Chest: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982171933
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Published: Atria Books - February 15th, 2022

This coming of age story is like none other, while also resonating with everyone who ever felt different, odd, or like they had a part of themselves to hide. Owen grows up with a literal bird living inside his chest, a secret he's forced to hide along with all the other parts of his identity. His journey into adulthood is one like so many others--full of broken hearts, experimentation, and inner turmoil--and will only leave you wishing you had your own Gail the bird living right beneath your ribs.
(Note on subject matter: includes some graphic sex scenes)
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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The Last House on the Street: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250267962
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 11th, 2022

The Last House on the Street begins with Kayla in the present day, a recently widowed single mother, when strange and eerie things begin happening at her new home. There is also Ellie who becomes a civil rights fighter in 1965 and falls in love with a fellow activist, bringing danger to them both. I loved how the story bounced between Kayla and Ellie’s perspectives and how Chamberlain weaved the story into one narrative. Overall, great storytelling and a wonderful read!
(Note on subject matter: includes civil rights violence)
—Katie, Snail Readers Circle 


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How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982159313
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 25th, 2022

This is the kind of book that has you dog-earring pages, taking notes, and trying to find ways to recall all the concepts when you'll certainly need them in the future. Invitingly straight-forward and charmingly relatable, Schur navigates big ethics questions and players. He delivers hilarious conversational sidebars about how to pronounce words that had me in stitches trying to conceal guffaws on the plane while reading. A wonderful "how to lead a moral life 101" guide, he answers questions with insightful humor, wit and delightful engagement that prompts judgment-free introspection. For anyone interested in philosophy and contemplating how they fit in the world while connecting to other folks.
— Keithe Eaton, Snail Readers Circle


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The Last Wild Horses: A Novel Cover Image
By Maja Lunde, Diane Oatley (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780062951410
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Published: HarperVia - February 15th, 2022

In this beautifully written novel, both nature’s power and fragility are represented by Przewalski's horse, the “last wild horse.” These wild horses unite the novel's three narratives. In 1881, a Russian zoologist and a wildlife-capture specialist travel to Mongolia to collect specimens to keep in zoos. A late-twentieth century veterinarian and her son return descendants of those same horses to Mongolia. And in Norway, in a dystopian 2064, survivors cling to their home, tied to the farm by a mare about to foal. Each narrative explores our complex responsibilities to the world—from the Earth to our own children. Great for readers interested in nature, ecology, and who liked The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy.
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snaile Readers Circle


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Fool Me Once Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781525899744
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Published: Graydon House - April 5th, 2022

When I started “Fool Me Once” I wasn’t sure about it. A dressed up Belle and Mrs. Potts running through Disney in a fantastical walk of shame?!? But as I continued to read I began to see the real person of Lee Stone - even before she could see it herself. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head, I wondered what would happen next and with each page I turned I learned a little more about Lee and about myself. If you’re looking for a read that is fun, spicy, and draws you all the way in then look no further and pick up “Fool Me Once.” You won’t be able to put it back down! 
(Note on subject matter: includes sexual content and drug use)
—Jennifer, Snail Readers Circle


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Without a Hitch Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780785258704
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Published: Harper Muse - December 7th, 2021

The bright lights and big city mean glitzy weddings that Lottie gets to help plan as she finds herself and her path in life. Starting with her girl hangout on what was supposed to be her wedding day, we follow Lottie as she grows up, figures out what she wants, and decides who she wants it with. Great for those looking for a cute entertaining read focused around glitzy weddings while also learning about oneself in their late 20s. 
—Jennifer, Snail Readers Circle 


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Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063031302
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Published: Harper Voyager - January 11th, 2022

Sue Lynn Tan’s Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a beautiful fantasy novel, centered around a young woman’s quest to save her mother. In Chinese legend, Chang'e becomes immortal when she drinks an elixir of immortality and flees to the moon. But this is her daughter’s story. When Xingyin’s magic draws the attention of other immortals, she must flee her home and undertake a quest to save her mother. On the way, she discovers and develops her skills in magic and archery (and falls in love). The novel itself is infused in magic. It’s full of lush descriptions of courts of royal immortals and mythical creatures (including dragons!). And at its heart, it’s a story about loyalty, love, and family. Great for teen and YA lovers of fantasy. 
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Lightning Rod: A Zig & Nola Novel (Escape Artist #2) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062892409
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Published: William Morrow - March 8th, 2022

 

In The Lightning Rod, Brad Meltzger delivers another winner. There is compelling character development, across a half a dozen characters, that keeps the reader in suspense until the very end. Nola Brown is the most complex character, and I'm sure she will appear in future novels given her mysterious ways. This book is highly recommended for anyone looking for a riveting thriller!
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982159313
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 25th, 2022

This is the kind of book that has you dog-earring pages, taking notes, and trying to find ways to recall all the concepts when you'll certainly need them in the future. Invitingly straight-forward and charmingly relatable, Schur navigates big ethics questions and players. He delivers hilarious conversational sidebars about how to pronounce words that had me in stitches trying to conceal guffaws on the plane while reading. A wonderful "how to lead a moral life 101" guide, he answers questions with insightful humor, wit and delightful engagement that prompts judgment-free introspection.
—Keithe Eaton, Snail Readers Circle 


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Our American Friend: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982158804
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 15th, 2022

The story of a young, up-and-coming reporter getting the exclusive biography deal of a lifetime with the First Lady. While Sofie writes of the First Last's history with the KGB and CIA, they both get closer and closer to an inflection point that will change their lives, and the course of American history, forever. This was an engrossing story spanning the globe across decades that will certainly make you question loyalty, responsibility, and complicity in our own lives and politics. 
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781476735078
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 24th, 2022

Dr. Yungman Kwak, a small-town OBGYN, is one of the most endearing characters I've come across in a long time, and I was so invested in the future he faces when modernity and capitalism sweep in to disrupt his entire existence. Partially a story following Dr. Kwak's new role as a boutique medicine provider under the tutelage of his ambitious son, and partially a story following Yungman's Korean upbringing, this book was beautiful and heartwrenching. Marie Myung-Ok Lee will wrap you around her finger with these characters and take you on a journey through time, family, and the future of American healthcare. 
— Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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Cover Story: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063072053
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Published: William Morrow - April 5th, 2022

Imagine "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Inventing Anna", and you'll have this glamorous story from Susan Rigetti. An intern at a major fashion magazine is hired by a rich, famous editor to be her ghostwriter, and the intern is sucked into the star's entire world. The world, fashionable and luxurious as it may appear, is not what it seems, as becomes immediately clear to the reader through the editor's emails, bank transfers, and personal reflections. A great read that you'll fly right through--all the way to the shocking twist of an ending!
— Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781250276698
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022

Bloomsbury Girls is written by the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society. I thoroughly enjoyed Evie Stone and Vivian's characters. The self assured way Vivian moves through the male dominated bookshop and world all while exhibiting small acts of defiance in retaliation to the barriers around her made me want to cheer, laugh and be green with envy. If men were to learn anything from this story, it is never underestimate a determined and scorned woman. The genius way in which young Evie Stone secures her place, and the place of long forgotten female writers, firmly puts every entitled male in his place. And she does it all with the quiet determination the reader comes to rely on in the midst of the other character's chaos.
—Candice Kirk, Snail Readers Circle


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Human Blues: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982167868
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 5th, 2022

I wanted to start this review with the phrase “a lot can happen in nine months,” but Aviva, the main character of Elisa Albert’s Human Blues would think that was hackneyed and immediately dismiss me with a sneer. But a lot does happen in the novel’s nine-month trip—just not the baby that almost famous singer-songwriter Aviva Rosner desperately wants. And while fertility and conception (just not IVF, which she’s very vocally opposed to) try to take center stage in this story, Aviva’s career, religion, marriage, and obsession with Amy Winehouse are also along for the ride. And it’s a wild ride!
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9780525511328
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Published: One World - June 7th, 2022

From the very beginning, I was completely captivated with this story. The book is told through a multi-generational storyline with the main focus on Luz "Little Light" Lopez. Luz is a tea leaf reader who is able to sense the future or "stories" of people. What I loved about this story is the vivid and descriptive scenes displayed throughout the book. It is heavily character based and each character's development was fully fleshed out. So much struggle, heartache, and pain was experienced through the years with the family but also so much love and happiness. I loved every minute of this beautiful and must-read book!
—Nicole Granville, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781400234370
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Published: Harper Muse - May 17th, 2022

The Draper Effect. The Grand Design follows the rise of Dorothy Draper and her colorful, rule breaking design business. From a young woman visiting the esteemed Greenbrier resort with her family and dreaming of escaping her future trapped in Tuxedo Park, Dorothy always dreamed of color and ways to make a room spark awe and conversation. Dorothy didn’t just break the rules when it came to interior design but she pushed the boundaries for what was deemed acceptable for a society lady of her time and was the head of her own company. Often keeping it afloat with her personal funds. She designed many hotels but the Greenbrier is considered her masterpiece. The love she felt for the place really showed in her designs. Dorothy succeeded in her true passion. Design. She stayed true to herself and her vision. Never wavering or changing for anyone. I admire her greatly for that.
—Candice Kirk, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781982122638
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Published: Gallery Books - May 3rd, 2022

In this comprehensive biography of Anna Wintour, Odell pushes beyond the tropes you've heard a thousand times about the queen of Vogue. Spanning her entire life, Odell paints a picture of Wintour as a strong, determined business leader who is willing to be innovative and make and own her mistakes, not the villainous movie character we love to hate. Just in time to pour over pictures from this year's Met Gala, this book is the fashion spark we needed in 2022.
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9780063115309
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Published: HarperOne - May 3rd, 2022

One of the better written celebrity memoirs, Minnie Driver is poignantly self-aware in this essay collection. It’s sweet and funny and has genuine tear-jerker moments, all while providing a glimpse into a very real childhood, motherhood, and grief story.
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781770416628
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Published: ECW Press - October 11th, 2022

“Dinner on Mars” is a fascinating nonfiction book about how and what we’ll eat when living on Mars. Assuming we are able to create a livable environment, how will we compensate for Mars colder temperatures, sun, and soil properties? Will we still eat meat? What foods can be grown in a lab, and how do we make it as satisfying as possible? I loved this book! Anything about space is fascinating to me, but Newman and Fraser are doing the kind of pie-in-the-sky thinking that makes living on Mars seem more real. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about 3D printing lab-grown “meat” to get the textures realistic - all this talk made me want to have a yummy impossible burger! The history of the pineapple was also really fun; I had no idea growing them was such a social status marker. Definitely check out “Dinner on Mars” if you’re remotely interested in deep space or how we may successfully live in it; it was written intelligently but I could still follow it easily. 
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781982169480
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2022

What would your life look like if just one thing was tweaked? In Adrienne Celt’s funny but mysterious novel End of the World House, we get to see two different versions of Bertie’s young adulthood: one that revolves around her best friend Kate and one with her boyfriend Dylan. Even though it’s Bertie’s life, it never seems like she’s in charge of it. And while it doesn’t feel like the main focus of the novel, I could relate to the very plausible near-future setting (tech bros are traveling to space, each vacation abroad could be your last, and coffee beans are scarce).
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781982153953
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 26th, 2022

Jennifer McMahon is a favorite author of mine, because she writes "cozy horror" - books that will undoubtedly chill you, but nothing that will scar you for life. You can absolutely envision yourself slamming down one of her creepy tales while it gently rains outside and you drink cup after cup of hot tea. "The Children on the Hill" is no exception; it is lightly inspired by "Frankenstein" and while it has a few twists and moments of terror, on the whole it's more of a spooky ride than a gristly haunted house. It features dual timelines: one following Vi, a young woman whose grandmother takes in a mysterious and strange child from a psychiatric facility, and Lizzy, who is researching disappearances that have never been solved. How the two timelines connect is the primary mystery. I really enjoyed this book. It's easy to read, entertaining, and the plot moves quickly. Anyone who wants a fun thriller with a spooky bent would absolutely enjoy this book (as well as any of Jennifer McMahon's work).
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781982151997
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2022

This beautiful memoir highlights the lived experience of a woman moving through the world differently than the considered norm. Chloe Cooper Jones congenital condition may impact her physicality and mobility, but the way it has shaped her personality, world outlook, and relationships is beautifully recounted in this book. An incredible reflection on beauty--its meaning, sources, and perceptions--, this book will challenge readers in the best possible way.
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle