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New Book Releases Featuring Jennifer Close, Kristen Dwyer, and Remma Patel

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)


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


Book Cover of Such Big Dreams by Reema Patel

Remma Patel's Such Big Dreams

(Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:

"Rakhi is a twenty-three-year-old haunted by the grisly aftermath of an incident that led to the loss of her best friend eleven years ago. Constantly reminded she doesn’t belong, Rakhi lives alone in a Mumbai slum, working as a lowly office assistant at Justice For All, a struggling human-rights law organization headed by the renowned lawyer who gave her a fresh start.


"Fiercely intelligent and in possession of a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue, Rakhi is nobody’s fool, even if she is underestimated by everyone around her. Rakhi’s life isn’t much, but she’s managing. That is, until Rubina Mansoor, a fading former Bollywood starlet, tries to edge her way back into the spotlight by becoming a celebrity ambassador for Justice For All. Steering the organization into uncharted territories, she demands an internship for Alex, a young family friend from Canada and Harvard-bound graduate student. Ambitious, persistent, and naïve, Alex persuades Rakhi to show him 'the real' India. In exchange, he’ll do something to further Rakhi’s dreams in a transaction that seems harmless, at first.


"As old guilt and new aspirations collide, everything Rakhi once knew to be true is set ablaze. And as the stakes mount, she will come face-to-face with the difficult choices and moral compromises that people make in order to survive, no matter the cost. Reema Patel’s transportive debut novel offers a moving, smart, and arrestingly clever look at the cost of ambition and power in reclaiming one’s story."


Why I want to read it: I actually have this book thanks to Random House #partner. I think this book sounds fascinating. I am intrigued by an examination of ambition and power in this context.


 

Book Cover of Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer

Kristin Dwyer's Some Mistakes Were Made

(Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:

"Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. But when a rash decision throws Ellis’s life—and her relationship with Easton—into chaos, she’s forced to move halfway across the country, far from everything she’s ever known.


"Now Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton in a year, and maybe it’s better that way; maybe eventually the Easton-shaped hole in her heart will heal.


"But when Easton’s mom invites her home for a visit, Ellis finds herself tangled up in the web of heartache, betrayal, and anger she left behind . . . and with the boy she never stopped loving."


Why I want to read it: YA with intrigue and romance? You know I am here for it. This sounds like a perfect YA read.


 

Book Cover of Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close

Jennifer Close's Marrying the Ketchups

(Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:

"An irresistible comedy of manners about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the deep-fried, beer-battered, cream cheese-frosted love that feeds them all.


"Here are the three things the Sullivan family knows to be true: the Chicago Cubs will always be the underdogs; historical progress is inevitable; and their grandfather, Bud, founder of JP Sullivan’s, will always make the best burgers in Oak Park. But when, over the course of three strange months, the Cubs win the World Series, Trump is elected president, and Bud drops dead, suddenly everyone in the family finds themselves doubting all they hold dear.


"Take Gretchen for example, lead singer for a ’90s cover band who has been flirting with fame for a decade but is beginning to wonder if she’s too old to be chasing a childish dream. Or Jane, Gretchen’s older sister, who is starting to suspect that her fitness-obsessed husband who hides the screen of his phone isn’t always 'working late.' And then there’s Teddy, their steadfast, unfailingly good cousin, nursing heartbreak and confusion because the guy who dumped him keeps showing up for lunch at JP Sullivan’s where Teddy is the manager. How can any of them be expected to make the right decisions when the world feels sideways—and the bartender at JP Sullivan’s makes such strong cocktails?


"Outrageously funny and wickedly astute, Marrying the Ketchups is a delicious confection by one of our most beloved authors."


Why I want to read it: This one is already on my TBR pile. I love a book centered around food (I know you know that about me), and this book chronicling the Sullivan family's restaurant sounds amazing. I love that it is called "outrageously funny"--that makes me want to read it all the more!


 

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