Category: Three to Read

Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 11/21/19

Thanksgiving is coming up. We’ll have license to feast, families will resume internal feuds, the Goku balloon will make its return to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Dragonball Z still counts as a book too). Anyway, there’s plenty of stuff and stuffing to be thankful for, including these new book releases!

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

 

Our Hot Pick

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

 

 

Synopsis:

An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history.
Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.
The legends in this book span centuries and continents, but what they have in common is that each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

 

Why?

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Vashti Harrison returns with her latest addition to the hit Little nonfiction series. Harrison provides an enlightening crash course on some of history’s most iconic figures and unsung heroes that may have been previously overlooked. Their achievements span across all fields of study and professions you can think of, and surely will inspire future icons in the making.

 

 

Our Coffee Shop Read

Ronin Island Vol. 1

 

 

Synopsis:

After a mysterious attack devastates a great swath of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean farmers, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: the Shogun has returned and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new threat…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

Written by bestselling author Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, Star Wars) and beautifully illustrated by Giannis Milonogiannis (Old City Blues, Prophet), Ronin Island explores an idealistic coming-of-age story against the backdrop of a morally grey time of war where the reasons for fighting are questioned at every turn.

 

Why?

Comics superstar Greg Pak has written epic contributions to the superhero genre before, but is now taking on an ambitious reinterpretation of history with some mythic flare. It’s Seven Samurai meets monster-invasion-apocalypse—brought to life with the art of Giannis Milonogiannis. Pull a Samurai Jack and travel to another land and time from the seat of your local coffee spot (he went to the future, but you get the idea).

 

 

Our Dark Horse

The Bromance Book Club

 

 

Synopsis:

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

 

Why?

It seems as though men have feelings too, and they show it when and where you least expect it. Some guys hype you up for a touchdown, other guys hype you up to save your marriage. With heart and humor, author Lyssa Kay Adams captures one of life’s many beautiful and nourishing occurrences that is the bromance—the loving companionship between dudes that lifts them up, and genuinely makes their lives better. If you can’t get enough, Booklist promises that, “Readers will look forward to more books in the Bromance Book Club series after this promising start.”

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 11/8/19

So Daylight Saving Time happened. Yeah, we got an extra hour of sleep for that one night—but now the days are so short that we’re getting even less Vitamin D than we did before because of our sedentary lifestyles. But let’s face it, we’d probably be at home reading anyway. Therefore…

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

 

 

Our Hot Pick

Lethal Savage

 

Synopsis:

Two men, one driven to the edge of sanity by heart-breaking losses, the other craving revenge, conspire to reshape America and bring her population to their knees.

When young men on the Warm Springs Reservation in Central Oregon are stricken with an unidentified disease that leaves them sterile, Peter Savage is called to aid in the investigation.

With the inquiry gaining momentum, Peter is kidnapped by hardened mercenaries. In the remote high desert of Oregon, Peter finds himself face to face with a demon from his past-an adversary who has seemingly risen from the grave.

As the minutes count down to a biological holocaust, Peter presents the only chance to save an unwitting civilian population. With his trusted canine companion Diesel by his side, along with a former-assassin-turned-ally, Peter must gamble far more than his own life… and the odds have never been so long…

 

Why?

Dave Edlund, author of the same breed as Clive Cussler, Lee Child, and James Rollins, delivers his sixth book in the series and has no signs of slowing down. Fast-paced, adrenaline-packed, the novel’s high-stakes plot is a heart-pounding ticking clock bio-thriller that’ll have readers everywhere racing for the finish line. Fans of the series will be enthralled, and newcomers need not fear: this novel tells you all you need to know before whisking you off into a grand adventure. Warning: You have already picked this book off the shelves last October 19th, but it won’t let you put it down until you skyrocket to the last, devastating, passion-filled last page.

 

 

 

Our Coffee shop Pick

Girls of Storm and Shadow

 

Synopsis:

In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

 

Why?

The sequel to the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire has arrived. Warrior couple Lei and Wren are keeping both their love and the rebellion strong after their win against the Demon King. Author Natasha Ngan delivers another epic addition to the fantasy genre with protagonist Lei, whose journey from cruel beginnings to victorious warrior will inspire and awe. James Patterson’s stamp of approval doesn’t hurt either.

 

 

 

Our Dark Horse

Angel: Being Human

 

Synopsis:

Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he’s spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in an attempt to redeem himself for the crimes committed by the monster he was when he was first turned. But now, on the trail of the most recent demonic uprising, he realizes that the redemption he seeks can only come with a price.

Torn between his self-sworn mission to protect humanity and his desire to rid himself of his curse, he stumbles across the legend of a demon, a trickster who claims they can cure vampirisim and restore his humanity for a small cost: a sacrifice…a Slayer.

 

Why?

If it’s too difficult leaving the Halloween spirit behind, then diving back into the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is just what you need. Before Twilight forever shook the vampire genre world, there was the epic Buffy spinoff, Angel, whose titular character reigns as the original tortured vampire stud. Behold the graphic novel expansion written by comics superstar Bryan Edward Hill and brought to life (or afterlife I guess) with the art of Gleb Melnikov. Grab your coffee, grab this graphic novel, and take a trip down memory lane with the adventures of Angel.

 

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 11/1/19

Halloween has concluded. Hopefully, you picked up plenty of candy and four-dollar-Chipotle burritos, and avoided all the creepy killer clown pranks that must have taken place (Joker and IT Chapter 2 were very popular after all).

Now it’s time to sit in bed with all your candy/dentist’s nightmares and pick a new book to sink your teeth into.

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

Our Hot Pick

The Art of Game of Thrones

 

 

Synopsis:

Filled with gorgeous illustrations and artwork from HBO’s hit series, The Art of Game of Thrones is the definitive Game of Thrones art collection.

The official collection of behind the scenes concept art and production design from HBO’s landmark TV show Game of Thrones. Learn how BAFTA and Emmy award-winning production designer Deborah Riley and her team brought to life the iconic locations of Westeros and beyond.

One of 4 comprehensive and officially licensed Game of Thrones retrospective books from Insight Editions.

• UNMATCHED DEPTH – 432 pages of concept art, sketches, and production design images covering Game of Thrones seasons 1-8.
• DETAILED REVELATIONS – Comprehensive behind the scenes details covering the design of iconic locations such as King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, and Castle Black.
• CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE CREATORS – Authored by production designer Deborah Riley and including an exclusive foreword from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B.  Weiss and preface from Emmy Award-winning production designer Gemma Jackson.
• A PRESTIGE COFFEE TABLE BOOK – Deluxe 9.75 × 13 inch format.
• A SOUGHT AFTER GIFT FOR FANS – Released in time for the holiday season, this is the perfect Game of Thrones gift for fans and collectors.

 

Why?

Whether you dressed up as your favorite character for Halloween or Comic con, you’ll want to continue celebrating your love of GoT with this epic art book. Production designer Deborah Riley provides an in-depth, eight-season-spanning retrospective and walk down memory lane with this visual compilation. Riley proves that the world building of GoT was without equal, and this book is filled with more imagination and scenic vistas than any touristy trip you might be planning. Your next social media vacation post can wait while you delve into Westeros once again.

 

Our Coffee Shop Read

A Tall History of Sugar

 

 

Synopsis:

A Tall History of Sugar tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was “born without skin,” so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance.

The narrative begins with Moshe’s birth in the late 1950s, four years before Jamaica’s independence from colonial rule, and ends in the era of what Forbes calls “the fall of empire,” the era of Brexit and Donald Trump. The historical trajectory layers but never overwhelms the scintillating love story as the pair fight to establish their own view of loving, against the moral force of the colonial “plantation” and its legacies that continue to affect their lives and the lives of those around them.

Written in lyrical, luminous prose that spans the range of Jamaican Englishes, this remarkable story follows the couple’s mysterious love affair from childhood to adulthood, from the haunted environs of rural Jamaica to the city of Kingston, and then to England–another haunted locale in Forbes’s rendition.

Following on the footsteps of Marlon James’s debut novel, John Crow’s Devil, which Akashic Books published in 2005, we are delighted to introduce another lion of Jamaican literature with the publication of A Tall History of Sugar.

 

Why?

A love story that spans eras and decades. There’s a sugar and coffee/sugar and Halloween joke here somewhere, but I will take the highroad, given how heartfelt the subject matter is. The New York Times reviews Curdella Forbes’s romantic epic as “a gift for grown-up fans of fairy tales and those who love fiction that metes out hard and surprising truths. Forbes’s writing combines the gale-force imagination of Margaret Atwood with the lyrical pointillism of Toni Morrison.” The emotional journey you’ll embark on from your local coffee spot will be quite bittersweet.

 

Our Dark Horse

A Year Without a Name

 

 

Synopsis:

From “an extraordinary new voice,” a “passionate and clear-eyed and unputdownable” meditation on queerness, family, and desire. (Mary Karr)

For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations–lovable little girl, daughter, sister, young gay woman–until their profound sense of alienation became intolerable.

Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted. Written with disarming emotional intensity in a voice uniquely theirs, A Year Without a Name is a potent, thrillingly unresolved queer coming of age story.

Named one of Fall 2019’s Most Anticipated Books by:

Time

NYLON

Vogue

ELLE

Buzzfeed

Bustle

O Magazine

Harper’s Bazaar

 

Why?

One of Fall 2019’s most widely anticipated releases has finally arrived. Growing up is already complex enough without having to deal with the kind of emotional self-discovery that few will really understand. Dunham’s timely memoir captures the struggle of growing into your identity when the answers aren’t at all easy to find, and shares her story with strength and vulnerability. According to REWIRE, “Dunham navigates how confusing gender is: how useless it can be while also existing as an essential facet of identity. Dunham stays true to their unfinished story by packing a lot of meaning into just 176 pages but never reaching concrete conclusions. But the concrete would be antithetical to the story; Dunham lives in the truth that all of us are unfinished, forever growing and learning. This in itself is a very queer frame of thought.”

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 10/23/19

We have reached that point in the season where your decision to go out is dependent on whether or not you want to throw on your jacket, search for a semi-warm place to loiter with your peeps, and take thirty to fifty minutes to figure out what to eat.

If that was as unappealing for you to read as it was for me to type, then let us boycott the outside world, and dive into the tales that the writers of today have worked so diligently to craft.

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

Our Hot Pick

Twice in a Blue Moon

 

 

Synopsis:

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

 

Why?

Whether we love the idea of love, or love to love, or love a good love story, even the crankiest of us root for love to prevail. The feels are strong with New York Times bestselling authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. Their latest release, Twice in a Blue Moon, captures all the emotions of dealing with the unpredictable adventure and rollercoaster⁠—there are undoubtedly many downs here and there⁠—that is your first love. Shondaland reviews, “This emotional, sweet, and surprising novel about first loves and second chances will leave a tender spot in your heart.”

 

 

Our Coffee Shop Read

Curious Toys

 

Synopsis:

In the sweltering summer of 1915, Pin, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a carnival fortune-teller, dresses as a boy and joins a teenage gang that roams the famous Riverview amusement park, looking for trouble.

Unbeknownst to the well-heeled city-dwellers and visitors who come to enjoy the midway, the park is also host to a ruthless killer who uses the shadows of the dark carnival attractions to conduct his crimes. When Pin sees a man enter the Hell Gate ride with a young girl, and emerge alone, she knows that something horrific has occurred.

The crime will lead her to the iconic outsider artist Henry Darger, a brilliant but seemingly mad man. Together, the two navigate the seedy underbelly of a changing city to uncover a murderer few even know to look for.

 

Why?

Time to move over, True Grit. A new unlikely buddy-cop duo has arrived. Elizabeth Hand’s Curious Toys is a transportative, historical thriller, providing a protagonist with a knack for action and initiative, against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century Chicago. In an age without Google Maps or the internet, Pin will use nothing but her wits and her brilliance to root out the city’s elusive murderer. Take this thriller to your next coffee stop—just in case the caffeine doesn’t do enough to get you pumped.

 

 

Our Dark Horse

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

 

 

Synopsis:

In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.

In Home, the number one New York Times international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage.

With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films–Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry — from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.

Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews’s trademark charm and candor, Home Work takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.

 

Why?

If anyone deserves a sequel to their memoir, it’s Julie Andrews (there’s a reason why The Sound of Music is always getting re-released in theaters). Andrews recounts the larger-than-life journey that is her Hollywood fame and success, while also opening up about her personal turmoils across the years. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the legendary icon behind the legendary voice, Home Work will make an ultimate fan out of you.

Fun fact—Julie Andrews voiced the giant ancient sea monster in Aquaman. Let that “sink” in.

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 10/15/19

Autumn is here. It’s getting cold outside, the sun is sinking below the horizon earlier and earlier. The sand on the beach is easier to walk across barefoot, yes, but the water is freezing. All the pools are closing, all the water parks are closed. It’s depressing, but think about the bright side: all the leaves are changing, giving us a rainbow of colors.

And just as the leaves fall, we’d like to fall into a great book.

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

OUR HOT PICK

Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

 

 

Synopsis:

Movies (And Other Things) is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things).

One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in McFarland, USA, and white saviors Native Americans in Dances with Wolves, and white saviors Black people in Black or White, and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in Draft Day?

Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George’s circle of friends if we opened up the Mean Girls universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from The Breakfast Club is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from Bring It On is out…). Another of the chapters, for a third example, creates a special version of the Academy Awards specifically for rom-coms, the most underrated movie genre of all. And another of the chapters, for a final example, is actually a triple chapter that serves as an NBA-style draft of the very best and most memorable moments in gangster movies.

 

Why?

We hyped this book up and boy did it not disappoint. Following Serrano’s Basketball (and Other Things), which notably made Barack Obama’s 2017 year-end list, Shea Serrano’s Movies (and Other Things) is a must-have for any movie lover, pop culture aficionado, or someone who just wants to read a great book instead of a good book. This book puts each piece of media in its proper place in the pop culture sphere. I can’t in the right mind tell you this book is a page-turner, because it either had me laughing so hard I could barely finish a page or I had to stop and take in something truly poignant. As Serrano himself jokingly said, “Please buy a copy of it or go to hell.”

 

 

Our COFFEE SHOP Read

Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis

 

 

Synopsis:

With echoes of Rules of Civility and The Boston Girl, a compelling and thought-provoking novel set in postwar New York City, about two women—one Jewish, one a WASP—and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting.

One rainy morning in June, two years after the end of World War II, a minor traffic accident brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. Their encounter seems fated: Eleanor, a teacher and recent Vassar graduate, needs a job. Patricia’s difficult thirteen-year-old daughter Margaux, recovering from polio, needs a private tutor.

Though she feels out of place in the Bellamys’ rarefied and elegant Park Avenue milieu, Eleanor forms an instant bond with Margaux. Soon the idealistic young woman is filling the bright young girl’s mind with Shakespeare and Latin. Though her mother, a hat maker with a little shop on Second Avenue, disapproves, Eleanor takes pride in her work, even if she must use the name “Moss” to enter the Bellamys’ restricted doorman building each morning, and feels that Patricia’s husband, Wynn, may have a problem with her being Jewish.

Invited to keep Margaux company at the Bellamys’ country home in a small town in Connecticut, Eleanor meets Patricia’s unreliable, bohemian brother, Tom, recently returned from Europe. The spark between Eleanor and Tom is instant and intense. Flushed with new romance and increasingly attached to her young pupil, Eleanor begins to feel more comfortable with Patricia and much of the world she inhabits. As the summer wears on, the two women’s friendship grows—until one hot summer evening, a line is crossed, and both Eleanor and Patricia will have to make important decisions—choices that will reverberate through their lives.

 

Why?

Gripping and wonderfully compelling, this tale weaves together themes of friendship, class, prejudice, and love expertly with the care and skill of a seamstress. The period piece details engross you—from the clothes, the glamour, the excitement, the feeling of 1947 New York. The characters live and breath 1947 New York and have a rich history, yet at the same time, Zeldis manages to effortlessly craft a story that not only fits the decade it’s set in, but transcend it.

 

 

Our DARK HORSE

Inheritance by Evelyn Toynton

 

 

Synopsis:

After the sudden death of her husband, Annie Devereaux flees to England, site of the nostalgic fantasies her father spun for her before he deserted the family. A chance encounter in London leads Annie to cancel her return to New York and move in with Julian, the disaffected, moody son of Helena Denby, a famous British geneticist. As their relationship progresses, Annie meets Julian’s sisters Isabel and Sasha, each of them fragile in her own way, and becomes infatuated with visions of their idyllic childhood in England’s West Country. But the more she uncovers about Julian’s past, the more he explodes into rage and violence. Finally tearing herself away, Annie winds up adrift in London, rescued from her loneliness only when she and Isabel form an unexpected bond.

Slowly, with Isabel as her reluctant guide, Annie learns of the emotional devastation that Helena’s warped arrogance, her monstrous will to dominate, inflicted on her children. The family who once embodied Annie’s idealized conception of England is actually caught in a nightmare of betrayal and guilt that spirals inexorably into tragedy.

 

Why?

When you take away all the romance and all the illusions, what’s left of love? Is there any love? Or can love only survive on us not truly understanding our partner? Toynton’s third novel asks these questions and follows through to the answers and what it means for this disintegrating aristocratic family. A small story, the real drama comes from the family and how you could cut the tension with a knife in every scene, but are afraid to, because of how everything can shatter at a moment’s notice. Frighteningly intense, it explores class and the way we react, and don’t react, to tragedy when it hits us in the face.

 

 

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