Whether you're headed to the beach, Paris, or the hammock in your backyard, Roxanne has the perfect book for you!
While biography and history tend to be Roxanne's go-to choices, there are also a number of fantastic, award-winning fiction books on this list.
Happy Reading, Happy Summer, and we hope to see you in the store soon!
Last summer, I interviewed author David Blight for the Just the Right Book Podcast. It was so great to hear David discuss the extraordinary life story of Frederick Douglass, a towering figure of charm, resilience, and genius. Despite its heft, I was riveted by the arc of the story, the history of the times, and above all, the inspiration of all that Frederick Douglass represented. This book deserves all the rave reviews and accolades it has received.
What starts off as a kidnapping mystery turns into a stunning novel told through interconnecting short stories. Julia Phillips’ debut novel is remarkable in its detail and nuance. Stunning!
His Favorites is a short but impactful story about a teenage girl's story told from the point-of-view of her adult self. After experiencing a traumatic accident in which her best friend is killed, Jo is sent away to a boarding school where she forms a “favorite student” relationship with her 34-year-old English teacher. In a way, he offers her a form of support she has yet to find, but it's also not okay. The ending left me wanting to know more about the characters as we're left with a haunting picture of the realities of the #metoo movement. Executed with precision, this book has a truly unique voice!
Do not be put off by this title. With a witty yet true-to-life portrait of sisterly rivalry and family relationships, Braithwaite takes us through the minefield of the love/hate of family relationships. I found myself chuckling at each misstep. A brilliant debut – I can’t wait for her next one!
A slim but layered novel, this debut is full of suspense, satire, and wit. Korede is becoming annoyed with her younger sister's habit of ending relationships via murder, but can't quite bring herself to say no when she's summoned to dispose of another body. Impossible to put down once you've started, this wonderfully written and compulsively readable novel both delights and horrifies.
Julie Orringer is one of our finest young writers, and her latest book is further evidence of her talent. Her research of Varian Fry, a real life American who traveled to Marseille and managed to escort renowned writers and artists out of Nazi occupied France, is meticulous. She mixes facts of Fry's life with fiction to create a riveting historical novel encompassing espionage, love affairs, mystery, and incredible bravery.
Reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s best work, West is a small-scale American epic that poetically explores destiny and empire, displacement and rebirth. What initially seems to be a fairly typical Western proves to be much, much more, as satisfying narrative depths lurk beneath the surface of its familiar story. West is a monument to the possibilities of fiction—and it may very well be a masterpiece.
The most stunning thing about West is its ability to leave the reader with the feeling of having just read an epic novel- no small feat when you consider its size. Full of exquisitely crafted sentences, unforgettable characters, and a variety of obstacles and conflicts, this work will immediately and viscerally draw you into its gorgeous and unforgiving landscape. A spectacular piece of literature.
Lepore is both a provoking historian & modern-day political journalist in These Truths. She identifies the Constitutional framers’ standards of “political equality,” “natural rights,” and “sovereignty of the people,” then she investigates how these ideas measure up before Washington crossed the Delaware, over the Mason/Dixon line, and into the Trump White House. Lepore offers us more than U.S. history; she explores America’s ever-evolving political landscape, while questioning our Constitution.
As a master of her craft, Lepore has given us another astounding book in a line of memorable reads. Never before, however, has her scope broadened to all of American political history. While raising the profile of women and non-white men, Lepore has covered all the bases and created a work to be savored over time. This belongs on the shelf of every history buff and its ideas will surely become a part of the American tapestry.