It’s a Groundhog #BookBday!

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so that means we’re getting warmer weather soon. Until then, cozy up with these new books:

THE YID by Paul Goldberg
A February 2016 Indie Next pick and two starred reviews! “In this fantastical (and fantastic) debut novel by reporter and writer Goldberg, who immigrated to the United States from the USSR in 1973, a troupe of unlikely Soviet characters assembles with a single objective…to do in Stalin before his henchmen unleash the pogrom. Highly recommended for readers with a grasp of history who enjoy imaginative deviations from what we think we know as historical truth.” — Library Journal, starred review

BLACK DEUTSCHLAND by Darryl Pinckney
Two starred reviews for this story about a young, gay African American man in divided Berlin. “The novel is full of wondrous things—several genial character portraits, funny and exact depictions of West Berlin, [and] beautiful evocations of Chicago… Despite the gravity of Jed’s burdens and dilemmas (race, success, sanity, America, Germany), the book’s tone is comic, pleasingly spry, and the prose breaks naturally into witty one-liners [and] perfected wisdom.” — The New Yorker 

A February 2016 Indie Next pick and Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! A debut for fans of M.L. Stedman’s THE LIGHT BETWEEN THE OCEANS, this novel is about a dying man with questions, a young boy who might have answers, and two mothers caught in the middle. “Deftly braiding together suspense, family drama, and keen insights into the workings of the brain, Guskin poses key and unsettling questions about love and memory, life and death, belief and fact. A novel that bridges the fuzzy categories of ‘literary’ and ‘commercial,’ THE FORGETTING TIME offers a vast spectrum of significant and nuanced topics that will catalyze probing discussions.” — Booklist, starred review

Two stars for Joinson’s follow up to A LADY CYCLIST’S GUIDE TO KASHGAR, in which an unexpected visitor reveals a secret that unravels young Prue’s world, and she must follow the threads that lead her back to family secrets long-ago buried in 1920s Jerusalem. “Atmospheric, romantic, yet refreshingly acerbic—Joinson’s timely portrayal of the difficult relationships between different cultures is rivaled by her heartbreaking delineation of the fragile relationships between individuals.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE BOOK OF MEMORY by Petina Gappah
In Guardian First Book Award winner’s first novel, an albino woman in Zimbabwe recounts the unlikely story of how she ended up on death row. “Gappah offers a nuanced, engaging journey as Memory rights the balance between truth and long-held assumptions.” — Booklist

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