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Lucky Dogs

Though uncomfortable and disturbing, this account of one woman’s experience of sex abuse and its consequences makes an impact. Recommended for readers of Lisa Taddeo’s Animal or Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive.

Do Tell

Give to fans of Jerome Charyn’s Big Red and those interested in stories set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Night Watch

A powerful listen for those seeking meditative and haunting historical fiction. Share with fans of Jennifer Cody Epstein’s The Madwomen of Paris.

The Rachel Incident

O’Donoghue’s complex coming-of-age story captures the fun, messiness, and unpredictability of youth. A winner for fans of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends.

Lucky Girl

A nuanced look at the complexities of race and culture in Nairobi and New York City. Share with fans of Daphne Palasi Andreades’s Brown Girls.

Murder by Degrees

Listeners will find much to love in this story that weaves social commentary and descriptions of period medical practices into a taut mystery. Mukerji is an author to watch.

Perfectly Nice Neighbors

This riveting thriller delivers plenty of twists alongside incisive social commentary. Great for book groups.

Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America

Richardson’s judicious approach makes complex political issues understandable. Readers of political history and current political affairs should find this book most informative.

The President’s Wife

Listeners will find actual history embedded in this novel. Share with fans of Marie Benedict and Fiona Davis.

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