New Releases – Week of June 22
An exciting debut novel, a long-time favorite author and a visit to Paris all make the list—of the best new books of the week!
The premise of this debut novel is intriguing and the early reviews are excellent so of course we have to see what all the fuss is about. In an old house on the Long Island Sound, Simon Watson lives alone. His parents have long since passed away and his younger sister reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival. When an old book surfaces at Simon’s house, he is surprised to find it’s a log from the owner of a traveling circus in the 1700s. Aside from the strange details, Simon learns of the drowning death of a circus mermaid—which happens to be the way his mother, also a circus mermaid, died. Why is it that women in Simon’s family have drowned on July 24th? As the date in question rapidly approaches, Simon worries about his sister and wonders if there is anything he can do to avoid this twist of fate….
We have loved Green ever since we discovered Jemima J back in 2000—and we often feel as though we have grown up alongside her characters as they moved from one stage of life to another. Twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs lives life on the wild side. She escapes from family drama by attending every event in London and getting completely wasted. When a terrible mistake leads to life-altering consequences, Cat knows it’s time to grow up. Fast forward 20 years and Cat is now a struggling single mother determined to finally make peace with her past. But can she earn the forgiveness she seeks without losing everything she holds dear?
From the beautiful cover to the theme of literature as medicine, this book couldn’t hold more appeal for Shelf Pleasure staffers. Monsieur Perdu owns a floating bookstore on the Seine River, where he recommends (or “prescribes”) novels to combat heartache and other hardships. Despite his efforts to help others, Perdu can’t seem to mend his own heart, broken when the love of his life disappeared. In an attempt to finally put the past behind him once and for all, Perdu travels to the south of France in search of answers. Filled with a charming and eccentric cast of characters, The Little Paris Bookshop reveals an important truth about the healing power of words.
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