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Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen

Warner’s voice is much needed in American Buddhism. Readers seeking a straightforward explanation of the religious aspects with a critical eye toward the mystical will be grateful for his insights.

Murder at Kensington Palace

Penrose deftly intertwines the politics of navigating Regency-era society, scientific progress, and the deepening relationship between the protagonists. Series fans will enjoy revisiting the lively cast of characters, while historical fiction readers will be satisfied by the immersive, richly detailed mystery.

Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side: A Guide to the Lotus Sutra

While scholarly in nature, this work’s engaging, thoughtful manner serves its subject well. Essential for readers with academic-level interest in Buddhist studies.


True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun

Recommended for communities with a strong focus in Buddhism, women’s spirituality, and/or local connections to this sect; otherwise, an optional purchase.



Dark, gritty, and clever, this is quintessential Nesbø, a powerhouse of a storyteller. Familiarity with the characters is beneficial, but not required, to appreciate this well-plotted mystery. Series fans will either love or hate this, but either way it’s a must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/19.]

The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You

A much-needed exploration of the refugee experience; Nayeri’s writing will be welcomed by a wide audience. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/19.]

Stone Cold Heart

Highly recommended for fans of police procedurals with compelling detectives. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying

Readers seeking a deep exploration of Buddhist philosophy will be richly rewarded by Rinpoche's thought-provoking and ultimately inspiring story.

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married

Pop psychology fans and adventurous book clubs will be at home here. Recommended for public libraries.

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