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Vulgarian Rhapsody

Though there is not much of a traditional storyline, Orloff’s delightful romp paints a picture that many audiences will find fun and enlightening; it will have other readers ruminating on their own scene circa Y2K.

A Little Ray of Sunshine

Higgins tackles what it means to be part of a family and how family can look very different from person to person. Her signature humor sprinkled into a heavy topic makes this a must-read.

The Homewreckers

Though it takes a little bit to get going, Andrews’s new beach read ticks off multiple boxes including romance, forgiveness, mystery, and loss. Recommended for most collections.

Black Cake

Already picked up by Oprah’s Harpo Films, Wilkerson’s novel jumps between Covey’s life and Byron’s and Benny’s in the current day. This engrossing read is highly recommended.

Shadows Reel

There is a lot going on in this book with the alternating storylines of the Picketts and Nate, but Box keeps everything flowing and easy to understand. Purchase where the series is popular.

Life After Death

Souljah takes a bold but ultimately disappointing step with this next installment in Winter’s story, which is definitely not what readers may expect. Some may say it goes too far in places, such as descriptions of bestiality, while Winter is in purgatory. Only purchase where avid fans await this sequel.

Honey Girl

With a cast of diverse and underrepresented characters, Rogers’s debut is a beautiful story of learning to love in so many ways: untraditionally, through deep hurt, through mental illness, and through struggles with which readers can relate. Highly recommended for all libraries.

The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks

Valerie combines laugh-out-loud situations with heart as Holly navigates her newest challenges. She takes a deep look at the people behind the social media posts and the struggles that everyone, even the seemingly perfect, faces daily. Recommended for those who enjoy reading about relatable heroines and parents who are trying to have it all.

Songs of Thalassa

A unique form of sf focusing on the beauty of nature, ecosystems, and marine biology. The book is a little slow on the action, which may lose some readers. And though well intentioned, the introduction comes off as another white male striving to tell women to be stronger leaders.

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