releases we’re excited about
After a couple of weeks off (hey, it’s summer), we’re back with our list of a few of the brand-new releases that make us want to take vacation, drive to the bookstore, and spend all day reading.
Blush, Jamie Brenner
Described as “an ode to the blockbuster novels that have shaped generations of women,” this gorgeous novel features a vineyard, three generations of women at a crossroads, and a “trashy” book club.
Six of YA’s most celebrated authors join here to create this collection of interconnected stories about Black love, all set over the course of a summer-night blackout in NYC.
Daughters of Sparta, Claire Heywood
A reimagining of the siege of Troy from sisters Helen and Klytemnestra’s perspectives. (!)
Skye Falling, Mia Mckenzie
This story of a tumbleweed-carefree woman in her 40s meeting “the egg” she donated in her 20s looks to be quirky and bighearted, just how we like ’em here at The Birdseed.
Darling, K. Ancrum
A reimagining of Peter Pan, in which Peter is a boy who whisks Wendy off for a night in Chicago’s underground. The juicy tagline: “Not all lost boys should be saved.”
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, Alka Joshi
The sequel to last year’s The Henna Artist.
new in paperback
The New Wilderness, Diane Cook
THIS BOOK. This was our EIC’s favorite read of 2020. It’s gorgeous and brutal, and it’ll stay with you.
The Lightness, Emily Temple
This novel explores a teenager’s coming of age, set at a summer mediation (levitation?) camp
Tokyo Ueno Station, Yu Miri
The 2020 National Book Award Winner in Translated Literature features a ghost haunting Tokyo Ueno Station and a powerful connection to the Olympics–pick this one up before the Olympics start.