What We’re Reading This Week

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The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

Coming in February 2018 from Riverhead Books is this memoir/meditation by a former member of the US Border Patrol who just happens to be a second generation Mexican/American. His father was a border crosser and his mother; who raised him; was a park ranger.. It’s a harrowing trip and tale…perfect for our current political climate. You can soon find copies of The Line Becomes a River on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.



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Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera

With his third book translated into English, Herrera is bound for international acclaim. With one of the most exciting releases this year, Herrera elevates crime fiction to a mythic level with Kingdom Cons. This could be The Lion in Winter of the 21st century.
Falling into the grace of The King and his court changes The Artist’s life. He ascends poverty, finds love, and his creativity blossoms. Eventually, this fabled existence is unveiled as a perilous cartel-life awash with paranoia and duplicity. Herrera’s spare, exacting prose recalls Cormac McCarthy and his themes that of Shakespeare. He’s his own writer, though. He’ll lure you in and leave you unsettled in his wake, much like his characters. You can find copies of Kingdom Cons on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
In the follow-up book to First Grade Dropout, our narrator is hesitant to leave what he knows. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be the first grade expert?! To make it even harder, he learns that his best friend Tyler will be in a different class…oh no! The boy start hearing stories from Tyler’s older sisters that may or may not be true. In the end, they figure out the girls were making it all up and that second grade is going to be great!
The illustrations are simple, yet full of expression and just as fun as the text. You can find copies of Second Grade Holdout on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

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