What a lovely day for a #BookBday!
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell
This Iraq War novel begins with an explosion then unspools backward in time as Lt. Emma Fowler and her platoon are guided into disaster by suspicious informants and questionable intelligence, their very mission the result of a previous snafu in which a soldier had been kidnapped by insurgents. “Audacious… The book’s last line echoes the title of one of the first novels about modern warfare, Thomas Boyd’s THROUGH THE WHEAT, to which this novel is an entirely worthy successor. ”
— Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine
Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children would prefer, and when her husband dies, they offer solutions for their mother’s loneliness and despair. But there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy’s college days. “Schine is a master at limning family dynamics in all their messiness.” — Library Journal
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
A real-life Arrested Development that could only unfold in Southern Florida, this hilariously funny and unexpectedly moving memoir tells the story of how a nine-months-pregnant Victoria lost her parents to prison and nearly lost her mind. “Fedden’s true story of crime, comeuppance, and toughing it out will appeal to all devotees of scandalous endeavors and tabloid tales.” — Booklist