A pretend relationship gives two friends more than they bargained for in a Renaissance Faire rom com filled with flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights. Read the First Few Pages of Well Matched on the blog.
An epic achievement and a huge delight, the entire history of popular music over the past fifty years refracted through the big genres that have defined and dominated it: rock, R&B, country, punk, hip-hop, dance music, and pop. Read the First Few Pages of Major Labels on the blog.
Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they’ve come from—and what they’ve left behind. Read the First Few Pages of Oh William! on the blog.
This warm, wise, highly entertaining twenty-first century love story is about what happens when the person who makes you happiest is someone you never expected. Read the First Few Pages of Just Like You on the blog.
When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos. Read the First Few Pages of The Love Hypothesis here.
We've seen a lot of interesting reads published this year. What's the best one you've read so far? Find out what the Best Books of 2021 (So Far) are, according to our resident bookworms, the First Look Club, and members of the Bookworm Corner community.
At the age of fourteen, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison. He survived eighteen years in solitary confinement until he was freed as part of an incredible crusade by the Equal Justice Initiative. My Time Will Come is an inspiring story of a man who transcended adversity through determination and art—in Ian Manuel’s case, through his dedication to writing poetry. Read more here.
Eric Nguyen debuts with a stunning novel about an immigrant Vietnamese family who settles in New Orleans and struggles to remain connected to one another as their lives are inextricably reshaped. Things We Lost to the Water is an exquisite tale-telling of love, survival, loss, and a sense of family. Read more here.
Jean Kyoung Frazier's debut novel, Pizza Girl, is a coming-of-age novel about an audacious and wryly funny pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers. Read more here.
Maggie O'Farell's Hamnet confronts a parent's greatest woe: the loss of a child. This fictional account imagines the emotional repercussions of Shakespeare and his wife after they lose their only son, 11-year-old Hamnet, to the black plague in 1596. Read more here.