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The Home for Wayward Girls

Readers will sympathize with the characters, thanks to Bradley’s writing abilities and subject choice. Homes for “wayward teens” remain a contemporary issue today. Recommended for YA and adult fiction collections.

The White Lady

The award-winning author of the Maisie Dobbs series skillfully juggles three timelines in a riveting stand-alone about a woman whose wartime experiences overshadow her post-war retirement.

Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages

A notable book about remarkable women that could have subsequent volumes. Recommended for readers interested in these authors or in 20th-century literature.

A Touch of Moonlight

Ray and Larimar’s romance is lovely, as is the inclusion of Dominican lore, culture, and recipes.

Small Mercies

After almost six years since his last novel, Since We Fell, Lehane’s (Mystic River; Shutter Island) latest is inspired by a childhood experience when his family was caught up in the violence of the anti-busing riots. Pair this powerful, unforgettable story with S.A. Cosby’s Razorblade Tears, another remarkable novel about racism, violence, and parental vengeance.

The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country

The popularity of the Lovecraft Country TV show means that even more readers will be eager for the return of Ruff (88 Names; The Mirage). A great suggestion for fans of novels hat grapple with the racism in stalwart horror tropes, such as Ring Shout by P. Djéli Clark and Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights

With themes of betrayal and love, followed ultimately by hope and new beginnings, Zeldis has written the type of historical fiction that book groups love, about strong women overcoming horrible situations.

The Twist of a Knife

Readers of character-driven novels will love the twists and turns of this Agatha Christie–style mystery that leads to an unexpected reveal. Perfect for fans of G.  M. Malliet, Elly Griffiths, and Richard Osman.

Hollywood: The Oral History

Recommended for the large audience of popular culture enthusiasts for whom knowledge of the Hollywood past will enable them better to appreciate occurring and anticipated industry changes.

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