New Releases – Week of September 21
This week’s best new releases introduce us to an imaginary new friend, take us inside the gated communities of the rich and famous, and offer us a dose of reality in a sometimes surprising, often hilarious, new memoir.
A story that offers a fascinating glimpse inside a glamorous world of high society filled with money, power and fame. When journalist Thomas Clearly is assigned to write up an obituary of a legendary film producer, he has no idea that it will be his invite into the life of luxury enjoyed by the richest of the rich. But after a misunderstanding leads him to the stunning, mysterious Matilda, he finds himself falling hard and, despite all the reasons to stay away, they begin an affair. There must be a reason why Matilda has never left the grounds of the Bel Air estate where she was born—but unearthing long-hidden secrets can mean both of their ruins.
The title brought us in but realizing the author was #1 bestseller Lawson sealed the deal. Lawson is one of the funniest writers we’ve had the pleasure to read and you definitely need to check her out. Who else can take their battle with mental illness and turn it into something so full of humor, heart and wisdom? You’ll be surprised at just how hard you’re laughing at times.
For those of you with children, this new title from Newbery Medal-winning Katherine Applegate is worth a look, dealing with issues of homelessness, family ties and friendship. When Jackson’s family falls on hard times yet again, he turns to his imaginary friend Crenshaw to help him through.
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