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New Releases: April 17

Coming next week:

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey.

I normally don't read books like this, however, I am interested in this one. In case you live in a cave and just recently emerged, James Comey is the former director of the FBI. He was appointed by President Obama and was dismissed in 2017. A Higher Loyalty delves into some of his more high-risk situations and how ethics in leadership play a vital role in decision-making at such a high level. These aren't decisions I struggle with like, which ill-fitting jeans will I wear today? His decisions, and the decisions of those around him, had much higher stakes. I watched the Comey testimony following his dismissal. When I couldn't watch, I listened. That's when I noticed he sounds a lot like Bob Odenkirk, the actor who plays Saul Goodman. Anyway, I already know how I stand politically so I don't need to read books affirming that or books that will only make me angry as I read them. This one, though, might be different because I am pretty obsessed with the inner-workings of the FBI. Also, he prosecuted Martha Stewart and I'm kind of interested to see how that went.

Noir by Christopher Moore.

Christopher Moore is hilarious. If you haven't read Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, you should. His books are zany. That's not a word I have ever used before but, it seems appropriate in this case. So, after you read the Comey book, clean your brain out with this one. Set in 1940s San Francisco, Noir is written in the classic noir style. A lot of dames, a bartender, a gin joint, and a possible UFO siting. And I assume literally everyone smokes cigarettes. If his other books are any indication, Noir is sure to be hilarious, smart, and so much fun.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.

Ellie Mack, fifteen years old, disappears. The police assume she has run away, her mother thinks otherwise. It's been ten years since the disappearance. Ellie's mother, Laurel, meets a man in a cafe and they hit it off. He introduces Laurel to his children, one of whom reminds her so much of her missing daughter. From the synopsis, it feels a little Lovely Bones-ish. I don't know for sure if Ellie is dead, but I'm going to assume she is. Read this book to find out for sure!

Those are my top three. Next Tuesday is a big day, so check out your local bookstore for all the new releases. Speaking of local bookstores, I am so excited for Bookish to open. I went to their meet and greet last week. They are a couple of lovely ladies and the space is so cute. Normally, I dread August because it's four thousand degrees but, I'm looking forward to it this year.

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