Title: Dreams and Shadows
Author: C. Robert Cargill. He spent years as a film writer on the web and is the co-screenwriter for the recent horror film Sinister.
Readers: Bookseller Pam, professors Michal and JoLee, victim advocate MJ and Gigi in publishing.
Summary: There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.
Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.
Title: The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
Author: Jennifer Cody Epstein. She is the author of a previous novel, The Painter from Shanghai.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Readers: Stay at home mom Shawna, retiree Nancy, attorney Elizabeth H. and librarian Mary Liz.
Summary: In this evocative and thrilling epic novel, fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, child of Japan’s New Empire, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on a March night when American bombers shower her city with napalm—an attack that leaves one hundred thousand dead within hours and half the city in ashen ruins. In the days that follow, Yoshi’s old life will blur beyond recognition, leading her to a new world marked by destruction and shaped by those considered the enemy: Cam, a downed bomber pilot taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army; Anton, a gifted architect who helped modernize Tokyo’s prewar skyline but is now charged with destroying it; and Billy, an Occupation soldier who arrives in the blackened city with a dark secret of his own. Directly or indirectly, each will shape Yoshi’s journey as she seeks safety, love, and redemption.
Title: I’ll Take What She Has
Author: Samantha Wilde. She is the author of a previous novel, This Little Mommy Stayed Home.
Genre: Chick Lit
Readers: Librarian Erin, accountant Gina aka Slappy, project manager Andrea and stay-at-home mom Krysta.
Summary: Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.
Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell. She’s the author of a previous adult novel, Attachments.
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Readers: Stay at home mom Shawna, bookseller Pam, freelance editor Allison and art history professor JoLee.
Summary: TWO MISFITS. ONE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE.
It’s 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under.
A cross between the iconic ’80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel.
Title: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini. She is the author of the 10-book Elm Creek Quilts series.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Readers: Professor Michal, consultant Alila, teacher Julie S., daycare teacher EMarie and prosecutor Rochelle.
Summary: A stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.