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Jessica is a fan of science fiction, fantasy, romance, and nonfiction books—especially nonfiction books that explore science and history. Jessica recommends...
The Other Americans by
Set in 2014, Nora's father--a Moroccan immigrant who owns a diner--is killed in a hit and run car accident. She travels back home to the Mojave Desert to be with her family, and she is convinced that his death was not an accident. Each chapter in this novel is told in a different perspective and follows the people that live in their small town. As Nora searches for the truth about who killed her father, she uncovers family secrets that will change everything she thought she knew about her family. Part mystery and part family saga, this book presents a realistic look at life in America.
A charming food memoir that explores how important moments and relationships in Tucci's life are connected by food. Tucci explores the food of his childhood and shares how food was part of his relationship his first wife, Kate, and his second wife, Felicity. This memoir also details Tucci's experience surviving oral cancer. Fans of Eat a Peach by David Chang will enjoy this book.
Ghost Forest by
Jumping from the past to the present, the unnamed narrator of this book describes her childhood and her relationship with her family. She was born in Hong Kong, but she immigrated to Vancouver with her Mom as a child; her father stayed behind in Hong Kong for work. After her father falls ill, she must reevaluate her relationship with her father. Fans of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong will enjoy this book.
Lore Olympus: Volume One by
In this graphic novel, Smythe presents a fresh, modern take of the myth of Persephone and Hades. Persephone is a young college student in Olympus when she meets Hades one night, and they develop a strong bond. A rich cast of Greek gods and goddesses help add to the humor and drama of the story. The beautiful illustrations and bold colors make this graphic novel hard to put down.
The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by
Celeste is being pressured by her family to make an advantageous match. Kiernan Ransome has lived a carefree life as the third son of an earl. When his parents tell him that he has to marry a respectable lady within a year or he will be financially cut off, he makes a deal with Celeste to help him rejoin society. The chemistry between Kiernan and Celeste was excellent, and it was great to see Celeste's self-confidence and independence grow throughout the book. Fans of Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn will love this book.
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