This month’s roundup of Adult Books for Teens includes a CIA memoir, an epic fantasy, an historical look at the 1938 Cote d’Azur, and a western featuring queer librarian spies on horseback.
UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED by Sarah Gailey
Award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.
“Though the setting is more familiar, Esther’s journey of self-discovery will appeal to teen readers of fantasy adventures.” —Booklist, YA Interest
“Gailey’s gorgeous writing and authentic characters make this slim volume a pure delight. Readers will relish this showcase of Gailey’s striking talents.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE UNSPOKEN NAME by A.K. Larkwood
A stunning debut fantasy about an orc priestess turned wizard’s assassin.
“Teenage fantasy fans will enjoy Csorwe’s growth, adventures, and burgeoning romance.” —Booklist, YA Interest
“Lushly detailed with incredible worldbuilding, Larkwood’s debut is a singular take on orcish fantasy, filled with fierce fighting and magic.”
—Library Journal, starred review
THE UNEXPECTED SPY by Tracy Walder
A highly entertaining account of a young woman who went straight from her college sorority to the CIA, where she hunted terrorists and WMDs
“An excellent choice for YAs, especially young women aspiring to public sector careers.” —Booklist, YA Interest
“Walder spins a thrilling tale in her debut memoir of her life in the CIA and FBI.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
CHANEL’S RIVIERA: Glamour Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944 by Anne de Courcy
This captivating narrative explores the fascinating world of the Cote d’Azur during a period that saw the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the twentieth century.
“This will appeal to fashion and design enthusiasts and provide researchers with a fresh angle for reports about WWII.”
—Booklist, YA Interest