The Tuesday Chirp


releases we’re excited about

Cover for Colleen Oakley's The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island, Colleen Oakley

A journalist finds an island in which all of the residents–following the lead of a woman who lost her husband–are pretending that the woman’s husband is still alive.

Cover for Monica West's Revival Season

Revival Season, Monica West

A young woman comes to terms with her faith, her family, and her femininity, grappling with her power and her place in the world. This debut looks fantastic.

Cover for Julie Murphy's Pumpkin

Pumpkin, Julie Murphy

The final book in Julie Murpy’s bestselling and life-affirming Dumplin’ series.

Cover for Bavel by Ori Menashe, Genevieve Gergis, and Lesley Suter

Bavel, Ori Menashe, Genevieve Gergis, Lesley Suter

This gorgeous cookbook includes stories and recipes celebrating the Middle East’s diverse food.

Cover for Adiba Jaigirdar's Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, Adiba Jaigirdar

Fake-dating-turned-real-dating romance featuring two Bengali girls?  Yes, please!

Cover for Christina McDowell's The Cave Dwellers

The Cave Dwellers, Christina McDowell

A send-up of “the cave dwellers,” the entrenched, moneyed, storied families of Washington, D.C.


new in paperback

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix

Book clubs, vampires, chilling romance, and horror. Perfect summer read, anyone?

Cover for Grady Hendrix's The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

The Birdbath

Five of our favorite eBook (Nook) deals, updated every Wednesday and Friday

Cover for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenze
$1.99

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenze

The Stonewall and Printz-Honor-winning stunner.

Cover for Camp by L.C. Rosen
$2.99

Camp, L.C. Rosen

With an adorable cover and fantastic tagline (“Putting the ‘out’ in the great outdoors”), this B&N monthly pick looks wonderful.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
$2.99

Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman

The bestseller that inspired the Oscar-winning adaptation.

Cover for The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
$1.99

The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta

Another Stonewall award-winner, The Black Flamingo explores identity and belonging.

Cover for Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
$1.99

Like A Love Story, Abdi Nazemian

A Stonewall-winner about being true to yourself and navigating friendship and love.

Review: Semiosis by Sue Burke

Cover for Semiosis by Sue Burke

Every once in a while I’ll impulse-buy a book because of something frivolous like it was on sale or I like the cover, and then I’ll read it and be blown away and be so glad the book spirits led me to that book.  This was Semiosis–I loved this strange book. 

synopsis: a group of humans lands on a far-off planet.  They find new, strange, and disconcertingly sentient life forms as they struggle to establish a new civilization.

flash review: Burke seamlessly weaves different voices over time and generation, offering context that allows us to see both the development of the group and how time and space shape values. Burke also offers a compelling exploration of pacificism and building nonviolent society.

put this on your TBR if: you like SciFi

read this ASAP if: you’re into pacifist theory, you’re interested in intergenerational dynamics, you really love your houseplants

The Birdbath

Five of our favorite eBook (Nook) deals, updated every Wednesday and Friday

Cover for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenze
$1.99

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenze

The Stonewall and Printz-Honor-winning stunner.

Cover for Camp by L.C. Rosen
$2.99

Camp, L.C. Rosen

With an adorable cover and fantastic tagline (“Putting the ‘out’ in the great outdoors”), this B&N monthly pick looks wonderful.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
$2.99

Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman

The bestseller that inspired the Oscar-winning adaptation.

Cover for The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
$1.99

The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta

Another Stonewall award-winner, The Black Flamingo explores identity and belonging.

Cover for Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
$1.99

Like A Love Story, Abdi Nazemian

A Stonewall-winner about being true to yourself and navigating friendship and love.

The Tuesday Chirp


releases we’re excited about

Madam by Phoebe Wynne

In this cliff-perched thriller, a teacher struggles to mold her pedagogy to fit a prestige all-women’s school. Dark? Feminist? Windswept? We’re in.

Cover for Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams

Attrib. and Other Stories, Eley Williams

We’re excited about this collection’s cover and its exploration of that familiar feeling of struggling to find the right words.

The cover for Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Tokyo Ever After, Emiko Jean

The Summer 2021 Reese’s YA pick is described as The Princess Diaries + Crazy Rich Asians, and includes heartfelt discussion of identity and belonging.

Cover for Wild in the Wind by Grahame Baker-Smith

Wild is the Wind, Grahame Baker-Smith

The follow-up to Baker-Smith’s gorgeous 2018 children’s book The Rhythm of the Rain promises to be just as beautiful.

Cover for The Betrayals by Bridget Collins

The Betrayals, Bridget Collins

Mysterious competition and toppled traditions and betrayals, plural.


new in paperback

Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell

Shakespeare; the plague. What better way to bridge 2020 and 2021?

Cover for Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Catherine House, Elisabeth Thomas

Let’s agree today is a great day for gothic boarding-school stories.

Cover for Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas