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Newish Releases To Add To Your TBR


Fiction Pick:

The Flight Attendant: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian

Full disclosure: I started this book last night so I don't have much to say yet. Other than it's awesome! Here's what we have so far, a flight attendant, who has a serious binge drinking problem, wakes up in a strange man's room to find she has an even bigger problem. He's dead. Like, murdered dead. She had to fight through her hangover to figure out how to deal with the situation. And that's all I know. I also know I can't wait to finish it. I like a good thriller and, so far, this book is pretty dang thrilling.

Non-Fiction Pick:

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

I recommended this book about a month ago before I read it. Now I've read it. It's a really interesing read. Tara Westover was raised in the middle of Idaho, secluded from most people. She and her siblings were not allowed to go to school, they never saw a doctor, they had no real exposure to the outside world at all. They spent most of their time working at the family's salvage yard, going to church, and canning peaches to prepare for the end days.

When sixteen-year-old Tara proclaims she'd like to go to college, it's a big deal. Her father in particular, is not happy. Against all odds, Tara goes to BYU where she learns of things like the Holocaust and the attack on the Twin Towers for the first time in her life. It's a total culture shock. This book made me feel both grateful and mad at myself; grateful that there was never any question that I would go to school and mad that I took it for granted. Read it.

What's Jimmy Pat Up To?:

When I creeped is page to see if he had something coming out today, I got a pop up message recommending Confession: The Murder of an Angel. Clearly his site does not know me at all. That sounds like exactly the kind of book I would never, ever read.

Our Pick of the Week:

An oldie, but a goodie, our pick of the week is Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. It is exactly the kind of book I want to read. Bernadette is an agoraphobic eccentric who can't even manage to handle her day-to-day errands. Her daughter, Bee, has no idea her mom is both a black sheep in the community and an award-winning, brilliant architect.

Bee has big plans to go on a family trip to Antarctica, but then her mother disappears. Where did Bernadette go? Read the book and find out.

This is the perfect summer read. I read it a few years ago and I still genuinely miss Bernadette. I wish I could call her up and see how she's doing. Or meet her for coffee. But, with my phone anxiety and her agoraphobia, neither would happen even if she was an actual person. So, I'll just have to revisit the book sometime.


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