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Friday Reads: Memorial Day All Stars

Memorial Day weekend is here! Kick off your summer reading with our super-starred #FridayReads picks:

STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
“The plot is complex, and the action intense, made all the more so by forbidding terrain. The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron’s strongest novel yet.” — Booklist, starred review

“The shooting of investigative journalist Ariel Evans on Maine’s Maquoit Island drives Doiron’s outstanding ninth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. Doiron balances nuanced characterizations and intelligent plotting perfectly.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood
“This fictionalization of the 1948 kidnapping said to have inspired Nabokov’s LOLITA lures readers in with a disturbing hook: the dangers of innocence. This is a beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace.” — Booklist, starred review

“Readers who relish novels based on true events will be both riveted and disturbed by this retelling of one of America’s most famous abduction cases.” Library Journal, starred review

UPSTATE by James Wood
New Yorker book critic Wood contemplates deep questions while painting an indelible portrait of a family coming to grips, clarifying complex, recognizable problems as he moves his characters forward in ways that seem real and satisfying. Pitch perfect and highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

“[A] masterful, inquisitive, funny, and provocative novel… But it is a father’s love for his daughters that propels Wood’s beautifully distilled, archly revelatory tale bright with wise insights and thoughtful tenderness.” Booklist, starred review

IN THE GARDEN OF FUGITIVES by Ceridwen Dovey
“Excavation both archaeological and psychological figures prominently in Dovey’s gracefully constructed second novel, in which an epistolary dialogue between a stalled South African filmmaker and her former benefactor unearths issues of privilege, shame, and loss. ”Booklist, starred review

“Sweeping both geographically and intellectually; a literary page-turner.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

FLASH: The Making of Weegee the Famous by Christopher Bonanos — 3 stars! 
“Bonanos has meticulously researched every aspect of Weegee’s life, filling this fascinating and lively account with amusing and touching anecdotes and photographs carefully selected to illustrate Weegee’s work and life. Lovers of photography and/or New York City will appreciate this highly recommended biography of a man who not only became part of Gotham itself but also helped to shape its character and history.” — Library Journal, starred review

“In this deeply researched (though lightly worn) and compelling portrait, Bonanos captures all sides of an artist in spite of himself.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“As Bonanos tracks Weegee to Hollywood and back, and defines his key place in the history of photography, he makes the man behind the camera fully human in his moxie, foolishness, and dark incandescence.” — Booklist, starred review

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy (long) weekend!

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