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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 Round House by
When Joe is thirteen years old, his family is forever changed when his mother is brutally attacked. Joe and his friends spend the summer trying to find the perpetrator so that his mother can have justice. Erdrich has created rich characters that will stay with you for a long time. For fans of literary fiction and coming-of-age stories.
Spoiler Alert by
April Whittier is such an avid fan of the TV show Gods of the Gates that she writes fanfiction using characters from the show. Her dream comes true when Marcus Caster-Rupp, a lead actor on Gods of the Gates, invites her to dinner after her cosplay photo goes viral on Twitter. Marcus secretly writes fanfiction under a pen name, and he realizes that April is one of his closest Internet friends. Can Marcus keep his online identity a secret from April as he pursues a relationship with her? For fans of contemporary romance and books by Mhairi McFarlane.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by
Korede is a nurse in Lagos with a secret: her sister, Ayoola, is a serial killer. Ayoola keeps asking Korede to help hide the bodies of the boyfriends that she has killed. Braithwaite's debut novel is a darkly entertaining book with unpredictable characters. For fans of Jeff Lindsey's Dexter series.
The Yellow House by
Sarah M. Broom grew up in New Orleans East as the youngest of 12 children. Her mother, Ivory Mae, raised her children in the shotgun house that she purchased when she was only 19 years old. Broom's memoir shows how places that no longer exist can still hold power. This book is beautifully written, heartbreaking, and will stay with you for a long time. For fans of memoirs and readers interested in the history of New Orleans.
500 Miles from You by
After witnessing a tragic accident, Lissie, a nurse in London, participates in a job swap with Cormack, a nurse in Kirrinfief, Scotland. This contemporary romance is funny and charming with realistic characters. The beautiful descriptions of Scotland make it a perfect book for armchair travelers. For fans of The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary.
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