Featured Books for April 2022
In April, we'll have just one book for both Book Club and our Buddy Read, Angie Thomas's Concrete Rose (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm). (Stay tuned to @unabridgedpod on IG for details about our chats!)
"If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.
"Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.
"Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.
"Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.
"When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man."
In May, we'll be discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm). Our buddy read pick will be selected by our Unabridged community! (Stay tuned to @unabridgedpod on IG for details.)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"'I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.' January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. . . .
"As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends--and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society--born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island--boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
"Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
"Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways."
If you missed our March picks, be sure to check out episode 223 in which we discuss Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm). Our Buddy Read pick was Meg Medina's Burn Baby Burn (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm), which we all thoroughly enjoyed!
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