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June “What’s New?”

Jun 3, 2019

City of Girls, the newest novel from the author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, is expected to release on June 4.  Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest work is set in 1940s New York and follows Vivian Morris’s adventures as she moves to the city to live with her eccentric aunt after a lackluster performance in her first year in college. Vivian passes time in her aunt’s struggling theater with an exciting and wild cast of actors who introduce her to a way of life focused more on pleasure and joy than propriety and rules. Because it is framed as Vivian’s reflections on her youth as she grows old, City of Girls has memoir-like tone that is both poignant and nostalgic.

In Sarah Gailey’s Magic for Liars, Ivy Gamble rises to new heights in her almost-career as a private investigator when she is asked to solve a murder at the school of magic where her estranged twin sister teaches. Ivy has never shared her sister’s magic, and she claims she has never wanted to. However, it becomes clear that the resentment she feels towards her sister and this community she could never be a part of could hinder her ability to solve the murder. In Magic for Liars, Gailey nods towards fans of both fantasy and noir-style crime fiction while offering something a little different for both. See if you can tell the truths from the lies when this book releases on June 4.

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune chronicles the titular character’s journey back to her old Chinatown neighborhood after the death of her estranged mother. Although her agoraphobic mother never approved of Natalie’s dreams of becoming a chef, her death leaves Natalie as the sole inheritor of her grandmother’s failing restaurant.  When a local seer reads the fortune of the restaurant, she tells Natalie that the future of the restaurant and, therefore, her career depends upon her making three dishes from her grandmother’s cookbook for the surrounding neighborhood. Although she resents her deceased mother and the neighborhood that she tried to leave behind, Natalie’s attempts to fulfill her restaurant’s fortune teaches her more about her family, her home, and herself. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune is Roselle Lim’s debut novel and will arrive on June 11.

On June 25, Brad Thor will continue the story of Scot Harvath, a skilled warrior with a background in the military and counter-terrorism, in Backlash. Backlash is the 19th installment in the Scot Harvath series and promises to be just as packed with surprises as its predecessors. Stranded and alone behind enemy lines, Scot must fight his way out of danger’s clutches with the few resources at his disposal. Scot doesn’t just want to survive though; he wants revenge. Scot’s most recent adventure promises to keep you guessing until the last page.

To her sometimes-nosy neighbors, Evvie Drake is a widow who rarely leaves home. Everyone assumes she is grieving her recently-deceased husband, but Evvie instead harbors a guilty secret. In Evvie Drake Starts Over, Linda Holmes describes Evvie and Dean—a major-league pitcher who is struggling to pitch straight—as they become unlikely new roommates. Despite a house rule that neither of them should ask too many questions about the other’s past, they form a surprising bond as they begin to learn more about each other and their struggles. Releasing on June 25, Evvie Drake promises a feel-good story focused on connections and the messy reality of moving on.

These are just a few of the great new releases scheduled for this month. You can always come browse our New Arrivals collection for more books like these. If you are interested in joining the Bestsellers Club or placing holds on any of these items, please let us know.