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New Book Releases Featuring Kosoko Jackson, Dylan Marron, and Jesse Q. Sutano

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)


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


Book cover of Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q. Sutano's Four Aunties and a Wedding

(Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe—even the mafia—in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.


"Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.


"Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family—actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene—over their dead bodies—and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia."


Why I want to read it: I read Dial A for Aunties and loved it. It was such a fun read. I am excited to revisit the aunties and Meddy again!


 

Book Cover of Conversations with People Who Hate Me by Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron's Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers

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Description from Publisher:

"From the host of the award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast Conversations with People Who Hate Me comes a thought-provoking, witty, and inspirational exploration of difficult conversations and how to navigate them.


"Dylan Marron’s work has racked up millions of views and worldwide support. From his acclaimed Every Single Word video series highlighting the lack of diversity in Hollywood to his web series Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People, Marron has explored some of today’s biggest social issues.


"Yet, according to some strangers on the internet, Marron is a 'moron,' a 'beta male,' and a 'talentless hack.' Rather than running from this online vitriol, Marron began a social experiment in which he invited his detractors to chat with him on the phone—and those conversations revealed surprising and thought-provoking insights.


"Now, Marron retraces his journey through a project that connects adversarial strangers in a time of unprecedented division. After years of production and dozens of phone calls, he shares what he’s learned about having difficult conversations and how having them can help close the ever-growing distance between us.


"Charmingly candid and refreshingly hopeful, Conversations with People Who Hate Me will be a guide to anyone partaking in difficult conversations and a permission slip for those who dare to believe that connection can be possible even in these dark times."


Why I want to read it: This sounds fascinating. It is the kind of nonfiction that I enjoy, so I am definitely going to be reading this one...soon.


 

Book Cover of Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

Kosoko Jackson's Survive the Dome

(Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"The Hate U Give meets Internment in this pulse-pounding thriller about an impenetrable dome around Baltimore that is keeping the residents in and information from going out during a city-wide protest.


"Jamal Lawson just wanted to be a part of something. As an aspiring journalist, he packs up his camera and heads to Baltimore to document a rally protesting police brutality after another Black man is murdered.


"But before it even really begins, the city implements a new safety protocol the Dome. The Dome surrounds the city, forcing those within to subscribe to a total militarized shutdown. No one can get in, and no one can get out.


"Alone in a strange place, Jamal doesn’t know where to turn until he meets hacker Marco, who knows more than he lets on, and Catherine, an AWOL basic-training-graduate, whose parents helped build the initial plans for the Dome.


"As unrest inside of Baltimore grows throughout the days-long lockdown, Marco, Catherine, and Jamal take the fight directly to the chief of police. But the city is corrupt from the inside out, and it’s going to take everything they have to survive."


Why I want to read it: Wow! This one sound AMAZING. One of the most compelling premises I have read in awhile--I love YA and the description of a cross between The Hate U Give and Internment-- that sounds like a very interesting story.

 

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