National Book Award winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates is already receiving praise for his novel, The Water Dancer, due out late September. Publishers Weekly is calling it "bold, dazzling, and not to be missed." It is a book about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.
Based on a true story, The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes is the awe-inspiring story of five women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky. Looking to escape her stifling life, Alice Wright finds herself signing on to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library. Soon known as The Horseback Librarians of Kentucky, these women endure hardships and grow lasting friendships while bringing books to people and sharing the gift of learning. Look for this title to hit the shelves in early October.
Internationally bestselling author Patricia Cornwell releases the first installment of her new Captain Chase series, Quantum, in early October. Captain Calli Chase is about to go on a top-secret space mission. The night before, she discovers suspicious activity that could be a perfect cover for sabotage. Not only that, her twin sister has gone missing and clues point to her involvement in a plot that could have deadly consequences. If Calli fails to find the answers, it may cause a catastrophe for the entire nation. This heart-pounding thriller is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Food Network star and best-selling author Ree Drummond returns with her fifth installment of the Pioneer Woman Cooks book series, due out late October. The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating cooks up exciting new favorites from her life on the ranch. As always, the recipes are easy to follow with step-by-step instructions and tons of photos. Ree has been sharing peeks of the recipes in her blog and on Instagram. Let me tell you, they look delicious! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and start cooking.
I recently had the privilege of hearing author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson speak at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. If you have any interest in astrophysics, the universe, or science in general, I would highly recommend attending a lecture, or at least, reading his books. Tyson has a way of explaining concepts and theories, so that they are easily grasped by the lay-person.
Letters from an Astrophysicist, due out on Oct. 8, addresses a number of cosmic questions hand-picked by the author from letters he has received from people across the globe. Tyson provides candid and heartfelt answers to a vast array of inquiries about science, faith, philosophy, and life.
A few other highly anticipated titles:
- The Guardians by John Grisham
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe
- Me by Elton John
- Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren
Willard has multiple copies of these titles on order. Click on the links to the library's catalog, or use the Willard App, to place your holds today.
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hands on that new Stephen King novel. Happy Reading!
April is listening to the audio book, "The Turn of the Key" by Ruth Ware.