Download, read, and vote for your favorite July titles for the July 2021 LibraryReads list!
Votes due June 1!
“In this follow-up to BLACKTOP WASTELAND, a New York Times Notable Book, Ike Randolph learns that his son Isiah and Isiah’s white husband, Derek, have been murdered. Ike was a Black man ashamed of his gay son, who was ashamed of his criminal father, and Derek’s father is an ex-con as well; the two fathers, Black and white, join forces to find their sons’ killer.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert
“Soul Train–loving Fern is abducted as a girl and rescued as a woman, and the horror she and two other girls endured went undetected by nosy Miss Metropolitan, the advice columnist for the local weekly who lived across the street. Debut novelist Ferrell plumbs Fern’s anger, pain, and efforts to heal.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert
“Clancy’s SHOULDER SEASON reveals what happens when shy young church organist Sherri Taylor switches paths after her parents’ death to become a Playboy bunny.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert
She plans to prove there’s a dozen reasons why life isn’t like a romantic comedy, only to discover the one reason it is…
“Written with all of Chambers’ characteristic nuance and careful thought, this is a cozy, wholesome meditation on the nature of consciousness and its place in the natural world. Fans of gentle, smart, and hopeful science fiction will delight in this promising series starter.”–Publishers Weekly
“Readers will be changing from their ‘house’ yoga pants into their ‘dressy’ yoga pants—each pair with its own specific use—and all of those in between, and laughing all the way.”–Library Journal
“The characters are bold and complex in this story of fealty, family, and self. Epic worldbuilding, high action, and ruthless shades of love and desire make the tale at turns tragic and inspiring. VERDICT Parker-Chan’s debut is forceful, immersive, and unforgettable. This inspired queer retelling of Chinese history is an exciting read.”–Library Journal, starred review
“Tanabe (A HUNDRED SUNS) returns with a layered and engrossing Cold War historical… In addition to spotlighting 1950s attitudes toward gender and efforts to bring forth racial equality, Tanabe injects plenty of credible period details…and depicts the Communist characters with humanity against the chilling backdrop of mutually assured destruction. This would be perfect for a film or TV series.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Two decades after her residence as a troubled teen at a Maine commune led by the fiery and persuasive Abraham, Saskia and her four now-estranged friends there receive anonymous letters warning that something horrendous they did while trying to save the commune will become common knowledge unless they return to the place where the commune once stood.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert