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New Book Releases Featuring James Bird, Sajni Patel, and Sascha Rothchild

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)


Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!


Book Cover of Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild

Sascha Rothchild's Blood Sugar (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:

“'I could just kill you right now!' It’s something we’ve all thought at one time or another. But Ruby has actually acted on it. Three times, to be exact.


"Though she may be a murderer, Ruby is not a sociopath. She is an animal-loving therapist with a thriving practice. She’s felt empathy and sympathy. She’s had long-lasting friendships and relationships, and has a husband, Jason, whom she adores. But the homicide detectives at Miami Beach PD are not convinced of her happy marriage. When we meet Ruby, she is in a police interrogation room, being accused of Jason’s murder. Which, ironically, is one murder that she did not commit, though a scandal-obsessed public believes differently. As she undergoes questioning, Ruby’s mind races back to all the details of her life that led her to this exact moment, and to the three dead bodies in her wake. Because though she may not have killed her husband, Ruby certainly isn’t innocent.


"Alternating between Ruby’s memories of her past crimes and her present-day fight to clear her name, Blood Sugar is a twisty, clever debut with an unforgettable protagonist who you can’t help but root for—an addicting mixture of sour and sweet."


Why I want to read it: Well, this just seems very intriguing. A main character who we know murdered three people? A murder that she didn't commit, but is accused of? Yes to all of this. This sounds like a page turner!


 

Book Cover of My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel

Sajni Patel's My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding (Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin. After being rejected by Juilliard, Zuri’s last hope is a contest judged by a panel of top tier college scouts. The only problem? This coveted competition happens to take place during Zuri’s sister’s extravagant wedding week. And Zuri has already been warned, repeatedly, that she is not to miss a single moment.


"In the midst of the chaos, Zuri’s mom is in matchmaking mode with the groom’s South African cousin Naveen—who just happens to be a cocky vocalist set on stealing Zuri’s spotlight at the scouting competition. Luckily Zuri has a crew of loud and loyal female cousins cheering her on. Now, all she has to do is to wow the judges for a top spot, evade getting caught by her parents, resist Naveen’s charms, and, oh yeah . . . not mess up her sister’s big fat Indian wedding. What could possibly go wrong?"

Why I want to read it: I was hooked by "hip hop violinist." This sounds positively delightful and an excellent summer read.


 

Book Cover of The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls by James Bird

James Bird's The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:

"A middle-grade novel by James Bird about a boy sent to his Ojibwe family to straighten out his life.


"Benjamin Waterfalls comes from a broken home, and the quickest fix he’s found for his life is to fill that emptiness with stuff he steals and then sells. But he’s been caught one too many times, and when he appears before a tough judge, his mother proposes sending him to 'boot camp' at the Ojibwe reservation where they used to live.


"Soon he is on his way to Grand Portage, Minnesota, to live with his father – the man Benny hasn’t seen in years. Not only is 'boot camp' not what he expects, but his rehabilitation seems to be in the hands of the tribal leader’s daughter, who wears a mask. Why? Finding the answer to this and so many other questions prove tougher than any military-style boot camp. Will answers be enough for Benny to turn his life around and embrace his second chance?"

Why I want to read it: I have a soft spot for middle grade lit, and this sounds great. I love the premise, and I have to know why the tribal leader's daughter wears a mask. This sounds so good!


 

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