Books in Bloom

Just like we’ve been waiting for those springtime buds to emerge from the earth, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the latest books of the season. Check out these literary picks that have scored spots on our shelves.

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“TRACY FLICK CAN’T WIN” BY TOM PERROTTA | SCRIBNER

Tom Perrotta’s follow-up to the memorable “Election” (the movie version starred Reese Witherspoon in the iconic role) reintroduces us to Tracy Flick, now in mid-life. An assistant high school principal in a New Jersey suburb, Tracy is on the brink of a much-anticipated promotion. But when she is asked to serve on the committee to elect members of the school’s Hall of Fame, a former school quarterback emerges as a questionable candidate and brings up bad memories for her. As high school politics rears its ugly head for her once more, Tracy reflects on events and figures in her past that still leave her unfulfilled. Doesn’t she deserve more after all this time?

No word yet on a movie adaptation, but we’re hopeful there will be one with Reese Witherspoon starring once again.

“YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY” BY AKWAEKE EMEZI | ATRIA BOOKS

Five years after her love died in an accident, Feyi, an artist, is ready to begin living—and dating—again. She starts a tenuous relationship with a man, but realizes she has more desire for her new beau’s father than for him. Her art career is on the verge of taking off, but Feyi isn’t sure who she is or what she wants in life. How can someone who is still grieving her past love feel optimistic about her chances for a new one?

The author’s bestseller, “The Death of Vivek Oji,” was a finalist for the National Book Award.

“THIS TIME TOMORROW” BY EMMA STRAUB | RIVERHEAD BOOKS

On the night before she turns 40, Alice is content if not ecstatic with her life. She’s got a good job and a wonderful best friend, but her dad is in failing health. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds that she has gone back to her 16th birthday—and her dad is in his prime. With this new insight of their collective past, she begins to see the present in a different way, but now she may have the ability to alter it.

> Time-travel gets a new spin through the sharp wit of Emma Straub in her much-anticipated new novel

“LAST BREATH” BY NEV SANTANA

After her mother dies from lung cancer, Atlanta journalist Candice Thomas moves to Austin. However, her fresh start proves harder than anticipated. Marcus Carter is also struggling as the first Black CEO of a tobacco company, having assumed the position after his white father passed away. Confrontation ensues when Candice blames the company for her mother’s death, and Marcus discovers his father did not die of natural causes—and suspects Candice’s new employer knows the identity of his father’s killer.

> A writer and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, Nev Santana uses his storytelling talents to shine a light on minority representation, social justice, mental health, and love.

For the BABY BELLAs

“LOVE TO BE LOVED” BY EMMA MAIORANA

ILLUSTRATED BY GAYLE COBB | BRAUGHLER BOOKS

Bruce and Obie are brother cats on a visit to a rescue ranch. They befriend some fun-loving farm animals who teach them that while they might not be indoor animals, they enjoy attention and affection just as much as pets at home do. The author is an animal lover and wrote this book to

teach children to be compassionate toward animals and understand that everyone wants and deserves to be loved.

> This beautifully illustrated book is recommended for young readers up through age 9.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:

LAUREN VENA

If you read the delight that is “My Mom…The Best Ever” and wondered “What about the dads?” then has been rewarded. Lauren Vena is back with a new those amazing men your kids adore.

Told from the perspective of kids who think they’re is a superhero—albeit one who has a “dad bod” and main nemesis is the morning traffic jam—this book is a hilarious love letter to father and father figures.

“It has the same comedy and feel as the ‘Mom’ book,”
Lauren says. “The humor in it is for a 2 year old or a 75 year old. It makes you just laugh, and it’s a great family book.”

STARS SHARE THEIR OWN STORIES

Memoirs allow an intimate glimpse of writers’ lives. That’s why we’re so excited when the celebrities we love put pen to paper and tell their own stories. Here is a stack of books that will keep you turning pages all season. Better yet, grab the audio versions (we love Libro.fm, which supports independent bookstores), so you can hear the stories straight from them.

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