Maximum Shelf: FOUR TREASURES OF THE SKY (1/5/22)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Jenny Tinghui Zhang’s FOUR TREASURES OF THE SKY, a propulsive and dazzling debut novel, set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West. Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: OLGA DIES DREAMING (9/15/21)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Xochitl Gonzalez’s OLGA DIES DREAMING, a blazing debut about a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots­, all in the wake of Hurricane Maria. It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU (8/2/21)

Yesterday’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick was BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU, a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of NORMAL PEOPLE and CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: THE ORPHAN WITCH (5/24/21)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Paige Crutcher’s THE ORPHAN WITCH, a spell-binding story about the sisterhood of magic and one woman’s quest to find her place in the world. Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: TOKYO EVER AFTER

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Emiko Jean’s modern fairy tale, TOKYO EVER AFTER. Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: FINDING FREEDOM (11/30/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Erin French’s heart-stopping memoir, FINDING FREEDOM: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch. Make your way to Freedom, Maine, and you will find both an exquisite meal and a vivid memory. After the flood of calls for dinner reservations crashed the restaurant’s phone lines, Erin knew she […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: OF WOMEN AND SALT (9/30/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Gabriela Garcia’s sweeping, masterful debut, OF WOMEN AND SALT. In present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL (7/15/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Rob Bell’s powerful exploration into understanding your purpose in the world, EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL: Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here. Our home is a universe of endless dynamic connections that never stop inviting us to participate in the great mysterious love at the heart of it […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: PIRANESI (6/24/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Susanna Clarke’s intoxicating, hypnotic new novel, PIRANESI. Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder […]

Read More…

Maximum Shelf: PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU (4/8/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Ellen Feldman’s historical novel of survival, morality, and reckoning with the past, PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU. Charlotte is a survivor. She lived through WWII in Paris, working in a bookstore under the watchful eye of the Nazis. Now she and her daughter, Vivi, are safely settled on the […]

Read More…

css.php