May brings spring flowers and even more new books to Freading. Here are some new additions and notable titles that are available for downloading right now:
The A to Z of You and Me
By James Hannah
*A May 2016 Target Stores Book Club pick
Ivo is only 40, but he is under the care of hospice. His nurse suggests an alphabet memory game to help distract him. Different events in Ivo's life come flooding back to him, and he gains an amazing perspective.
"Hannah's debut is a humor-filled tear-at-the-heartstrings story... the urge to hug and simultaneously shake Ivo for the poor decisions he makes, and for the way he learns, loves, and forgives make this expertly crafted story a winner."
- Publishers Weekly
"An affecting debut... Hannah proves himself a worthy inheritor of the lip-trembling English tradition... Hannah's debut is an excellent example of that genre of sophisticated and sentimental fiction in which the terrible perplexities of life are teased into pleasing fictional shape"
– The Guardian
The Atomic Weight of Love
By Elizabeth C. Church
*A #1 Indie Next Pick for May 2016
*An Amazon.com Pick for “Best Book of May 2016”
Meridian is studying Orthinology at the University of Chicago when she meets Alden, a brilliant physics professor. She is drawn in by his ability to see the incredible beauty that lies within his field of study. Ultimately she defers her ambitions to follow Alden to the western part of the country. There he begins work on a top secret government project that later becomes known as the atomic bomb.
“One of spring’s hottest breakout novels”-Harper’s Bazaar
“Church's debut novel explores the relationship between sacrifice and love...Church's commentary on the American nuclear family, particularly the expectations placed on women, showcases iterations ranging from doting housewives and mothers who are content in their roles to the rebellious. Each sentence drives the plot further, exploring love's limits and its spoils. But it's Church's exploration of Meridian's role in her relationships that is the most gracefully executed feat of the novel. Meridian's voice is poignant, a mixture of poetry and observation...An elegant glimpse into the evolution of love and womanhood.” —Kirkus Reviews
Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur
*A current New York Times Best Seller
*A #1 Best Seller in Poetry on Amazon.com
An invigorating, eloquent collection of poems that discuss the incredible highs and lows that most of us have felt in one time or another in life.
“Rupi Kaur's first book, Milk and Honey is the poetry collection every woman needs on her nightstand or coffee table. Accompanied by her own sketches, the beautifully honest poems read like the everyday, collective experiences of today's modern woman.”
- The Huffington Post
The honest words of Rupi Kaur leave you continuously wanting more as she writes with eloquence and poise. Her work will send you to past thoughts and realities you might not have known you had.
- Sienna Brown, WildSpice Magazine
A Robot In The Garden
By Deborah Install
This adorable debut novel tells the story of a man who seems to be making continuous mistakes in life. He finds surprising inspiration after discovering a broken robot in his garden.
"[A] charming first novel... with characters that, whether they are carbon based or cybernetic, never fail to engage the readers' sympathy and win our hearts with their humanity."
- Publishers Weekly
"Install's debut novel is quirky and witty, full of true human-and robot-emotion that will have readers both laughing and crying. This unusual cast of characters, including the robot Tang, come from all walks of life and set up situations that are interesting and thought-provoking. A Robot in the Garden is a breath of fresh air."
- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
By Kristen Beddard
Author Kristen Beddard shares her funny and heartwarming experiences exploring Paris as a new resident. In an attempt to make herself feel more at home, she begins an initiative re-introducing her favorite food, Kale, to her new neighbors.
"With colorful descriptions of travel and the conversational tone of a best friend, Beddard's story is full and satisfying."
A Front Page Affair
By Radha Vassal
Kitty’s job entails writing about gossip and fashion on the Ladies’ Page. What she really wants to do is cover news stories. She gets a chance to prove herself as a journalist when a murder occurs at a high society picnic.
"This first in a planned series is a nice combination of mystery and thriller seasoned by historical facts and a look at women's lives before woman's liberation. " - Kirkus
"This lively and well-researched debut introduces a charming historical series and an appealing fish-out-of-water sleuth who seeks independence and a career in an age when most women are bent on getting married, particularly to titled Englishmen. Devotees of Rhys Bowen's mysteries will enjoy making the acquaintance of Miss Weeks."
- Library Journal-STARRED
"[A] spirited debut...Vatsal deftly intertwines the tumult of the era, from emerging women's rights to spreading international conflict, into this rich historical." - Publishers Weekly
"The fascinating historical details add flair to this thoroughly engaging mystery starring an intelligent amateur sleuth reminiscent of Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy. Vatsal's debut will leave readers eager for Kitty's next adventure." - Booklist
A Year In The Life of a Complete and Total Genius
By Stacey Matson
*Chosen as a 2016 Notable Children’s Book In The Language Arts by the Children’s Literature Assembly
Seventh grader Arthur Bean is a genius. The only problem is that no one knows that but him. His adventure begins when he decides that is going to prove how smart he is by winning this year’s story writing contest.
"With lots of warmth, humor, and sly wit, Canadian author Matson introduces readers to one of the funniest characters to ever cross the pages of middle-grade literature. With his story told through a series of e-mails, journal entries, and memos, Arthur Bean is a unique new voice not soon to be forgotten." - Shelf Awareness
"[A] humorous coming-of-age novel." - Publishers Weekly