Spring is practically here and it’s time to peak around the page of the calendar to see what’s coming out in the month of April.
Latest in a Series
Scourged by Kevin Hearne This is the 9th book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. If you are fans of Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews, you will not be disappointed with this series. The audio books are brilliantly done and the voices for each character are clearly differentiated and elevate the humor.
If you have been in a reading slump, you will enjoy binge reading the adventures of Atticus and his beloved
From Kevin Hearne’s : The long-awaited ninth book is coming! And so is a whole lot of trouble. Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok upon the earth. They’ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons and there’s a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard pressed to survive, much less win.
Essay – Humor – Memoir
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
If you like Laurie Notaro, David Sedaris, and Nora Ephron for the quirky anecdotes and honest humor, you’ll enjoy Sloane Crosley.
In Look Alive Out There, whether it’s playing herself on Gossip Girl, scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, befriending swingers, or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight.
“Sloane Crosley does the impossible. She stays consistently funny and delivers a book that is alive and jumping.” ― Steve Martin
“In her third collection of personal essays, [Crosley] continues her tradition of hilarious insight into the human condition…[She] is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life’s darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates this collection.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A marvel…the latest collection from the Manhattan-based essayist suggests she can write engagingly about nearly anything.” — Kirkus, starred review
Curiosity Piqued by the Title Alone
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein
Blurb courtesy of author’s website
BEFORE SHE WAS A TRAUMA CLEANER, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, sex reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife…But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.
A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose.
Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead—and the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.
Mystery and Thriller
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
Blurb Courtest of author’s website
Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she’d lost forever, her only daughter Anna.
Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules, though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble brewing in a once-perfect marriage and home.
Events take a heartbreaking turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused and tried for the heinous crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her daughter, but the realization that Anna’s murder may have been at the hands of a husband she loves. In the wake of this tragedy, new information drives Maggie to search for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.
Women In Sunlight
Women In Sunlight by France Mayes
from the author’s website:
By the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, and written with Frances Mayes’s trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship, Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.
She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can’t help but question: will they find what they came for?
Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women—Julia, Camille, and Susan—all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. But how? With Kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten—and with drastic and unforeseeable results.