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Alice’s Trading Post

Feldman (emeritus, anthropology, Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage; Drunk on Love) includes fascinating details about Indigenous tribal customs, daily life, and history. Recommended for readers of immersive historical fiction.

Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art * Words and Wisdom

Light on commentary and context, this is a book to browse for insight and inspiration. Enthusiasts of American folk could open this book to any page and find something of interest, and it’s sure to delight Woody Guthrie fans. Recommended for public and academic library collections.

Another Kind of Eden

Dark backstories linger behind each complex character in this action-packed novel. Readers who first meet Aaron here will want to read previous novels in Burke’s “Holland Family” saga.

One Two Three

The residents of Bourne are scrappy, resilient, and unforgettable. Frankel’s (This Is How It Always Is) novel is part Erin Brockovich, part coming-of-age novel, and sure to spark lively discussions at book club meetings.


A Million Reasons Why

Intertwined secrets are revealed in swift plotting that will keep readers turning the pages. This emotional family and medical drama from Strawser (Not That I Could Tell) will appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty.

The Chicken Sisters

Mae and Amanda are spirited characters, and their foibles are told with care and humor. Recommended for Food Network and HGTV watchers, this debut novel is plucky and heartwarming. 


Pinebox Collins

Though jovial, Pinebox’s leisurely paced yarns are sometimes repetitive and predictable. Still, fans of humorous Westerns should enjoy the wit of Miller’s (A Father Unto Many Sons) memorable protagonist.

And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges

Each story is vivid, unexpected, and satisfyingly weird. Darkly comic and whip-smart, this collection is recommended for readers of Aimee Bender and Alexandra Kleeman.

Little Voices

Fast paced and psychologically complex, this debut mystery has plenty of twists and turns that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Megan Abbott.

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