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Newish Releases: July 31

Fiction Pick:

The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin

I came across this book yesterday and was instantly drawn in by the cover. I know, I know, you aren't supposed to do that, but I totally do. All the time. Also, her last name is Frumkin; I couldn't resist. If I weren't currently reading four books, I would have checked this out immediately. But, alas, this one will have to wait.

The Comedown is Frumkin's first novel; I've been very into debuts lately. It could be that we represent a few new writers so I have a pretty good understanding of how difficult it can be to get people to take a chance on you. Unlike a certain someone further down in the blog who could sell a grocery list so long as he slapped his name on it. Frankly, I'm surprised he hasn't thought of that. Anyway, back to The Comedown. A tale of two Cleveland based families who are forever entwined following one fateful night, it spans generations. It's a dark comedy about complex characters who are all obsessed with the possible contents of a suitcase. I'm here for it. Also, lest we forget, the author's last name is Frumkin. She had me at Frumkin.

Non-Fiction Pick:

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

In 1985, Anthony Hinton was arrested for two murders he did not commit. Hopeful that this clear case of mistaken identity would be resolved, and unable to afford an attorney, Hinton went to trial (and he really didn't have a choice); he was convicted and sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent the next THIRTY YEARS on death row. Thanks to the tireless efforts of civil rights attorney, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton was eventually released on 2015. Can you imagine? I can because I do all the time. One of my irrational fears is being wrongfully convicted, which is silly, but it happens. Not often, but it does. Despite spending a large chunk of his life on death row, Hinton remained hopeful. I don't know how, but he did. His memoir, recently selected by the Oprah Book Club is sure to become a must read for anyone interested in the criminal justice system, especially when it comes to wrongful convictions.

What's Jimmy Pat Up To?:

Probably, as you read this, stealing my idea to publish other people's grocery lists.

Our Pick of the Week:

It's Young Adult week. So, of course, I'm going to pick a YA novel. It's also Harry Potter's birthday so I'm inclined to pick the HP series, but I'm not going to. Because surely you've read those already. Our pick this week is Every Day by David Levithan. Okay, this book is a little strange, but it's so good. Our main character, referred to as "A", wakes up as a different person every day. Basically, A jumps from one body to the next, inhabits that person for a full twenty-four hours before moving on. A has made peace with this and goes about their business. A does their best to not interfere too much with the host's life. No major life decisions are made, A keeps it pretty low-key, which is kind of them. Then, one day, A wakes up in a teenage boy's body. A and his host go to school where they meet up with the host's girlfriend. And everything changes; all the rules are put in a garbage can and set on fire. Like I said, it's a strange book, but if you can get past that, it's a very, very good.

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