Happy first day of July! Looking for a new book to read while avoiding those rising summer temps? No problem! Our booksellers are back with another round of suggestions.
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Why aren’t people screaming about this book? We should be screaming about this book, collectively, as a country, we should be making very loud noise about the merit of Karla’s work and research, her treatment and interpretation of the life stories she’s gathered. People she’s met, people she’s loved, people she’s admired. Her life story, too, Karla presents so gorgeously and so earnestly, with sadness, with fear, and with a whip smart nuanced humor that really makes you think, damn, she’s cool. I cannot overstate the importance of these people’s stories: the dignity and agency with which every man, woman, and child spend their days trying to carve a place for themselves in this nation of immeasurable hostility.
The Great Passage by Shion Miura
A love letter to love letters, The Great Passage warms the heart of any word lover. The socially awkward Majime weighs his words carefully as he ponders how our word choices affect our relationships with each other. He thoroughly dissects the definition of love as he fumbles through conversations with a woman who has caught his interest, much to the amusement of his loud, extroverted coworker. Watching these relatable, quirky characters work together to build a dictionary is like sitting in a room drinking tea with close friends. I dare you not to search for the definitions of right and left as you’re reading…
Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
Lacey May is 14 and living in Peaches, a drought-ridden town in Central California that has turned to the proselytizing Pastor Vern and his promise of relief rain in exchange for nothing less than their total devotion, when her mother is exiled from the community on the back of the bike of a Turquoise Cowboy, leaving Lacey to fend for herself against a desperate and wanting parish. Now I can be tough on cult novels but this one’s got my heart. First, there’s the cult backdrop itself, a dried-up, glitter-blasted, heat-lined horror show that manages to mirror and amplify the more nightmarish aspects of a misogynistic society. Then there’s the hot-blooded and vibrant cast of characters that populate Lacey May’s world, from her taxidermy-loving grandmother to her near-famous lawn-painting boyfriend and the acid-scarred callgirl who saves. Finally, there’s Lacy May’s voice, which carries us through her faith, her doubts, her encounters with evil and despair, her bravery in the face of power, and her love-fueled search that won’t stop until she’s found some solid ground. But most of all, these pages contain so, so much divine feminine truth — a resource that is, to me, a substance more precious than gold.
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