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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for August 24th, 2021 featuring Heller, Barker, and Jeffers

by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)

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


Peter Heller's The Guide (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Book Cover of The Guide by Peter Heller

Description from Publisher:

"The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where he uncovers a plot of shocking menace amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests.


'Peter Heller is the poet laureate of the literary thriller.'—Michael Koryta, New York Times best-selling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead


"Kingfisher Lodge, nestled in a canyon on a mile and a half of the most pristine river water on the planet, is known by locals as 'Billionaire's Mile' and is locked behind a heavy gate. Sandwiched between barbed wire and a meadow with a sign that reads 'Don't Get Shot!' the resort boasts boutique fishing at its finest. Safe from viruses that have plagued America for years, Kingfisher offers a respite for wealthy clients. Now it also promises a second chance for Jack, a return to normalcy after a young life filled with loss. When he is assigned to guide a well-known singer, his only job is to rig her line, carry her gear, and steer her to the best trout he can find.


"But then a human scream pierces the night, and Jack soon realizes that this idyllic fishing lodge may be merely a cover for a far more sinister operation. A novel as gripping as it is lyrical, as frightening as it is moving, The Guide is another masterpiece from Peter Heller."


Why I want to read it: I've loved everything I've read by Peter Heller, and I just recently finished The River (Amazon | Bookshop.org) not realizing at first that it would have a sequel! That was a heartbreaking but gorgeous five-star read for me, and I can't wait to get back to Jack's life and to see what comes his way next.

Pat Barker's The Women of Troy (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Book Cover of The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Description from Publisher:

"A daring and timely feminist retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it--an extraordinary follow up to The Silence of the Girls from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy.


'An important, powerful, memorable book.'--Emily Wilson, translator of The Odyssey


"Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war--including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean.


"It does not come, because the gods are offended. The body of King Priam lies unburied and desecrated, and so the victors remain in suspension, camped in the shadows of the city they destroyed as the coalition that held them together begins to unravel. Old feuds resurface and new suspicions and rivalries begin to fester.


"Largely unnoticed by her captors, the one time Trojan queen Briseis, formerly Achilles's slave, now belonging to his companion Alcimus, quietly takes in these developments. She forges alliances when she can, with Priam's aged wife the defiant Hecuba and with the disgraced soothsayer Calchas, all the while shrewdly seeking her path to revenge."


Why I want to read it: I absolutely loved a recent read, Jennifer Saint's Ariadne, and Madeline Miller's Circe is one of my favorites, so I'm eager to read more retellings from the perspectives of the women in the ancient world. I can't wait to read Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls, which is high up on my TBR, and I look forward to reading this one as well!

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers's The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Book Cover of The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Description from Publisher:

“'This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain… and so much more. In Jeffers' deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American novel.' —Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone and Another Brooklyn


"Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • An Indie Next Pick • A People 5 Best Books of the Summer • A Good Morning America 15 Summer Book Club Picks • An Essence Best Book of the Summer • A Time 11 Best Books of the Month • A Washington Post 10 Books of the Month • A CNN Best Book of the Month • A Ms. Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A Book Page Writer to Watch • A USA Today Hottest Summer Book • A Chicago Tribune Summer Must-Read • An Observer Best Summer Book • A Millions Most Anticipated Book • A Ms. Book of the Month • A BiblioLifestyle Most Anticipated Literary Book of the Summer • A Deep South Best Book of the Summer • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award


"The 2020 National Book Award–nominated poet makes her fiction debut with this magisterial epic—an intimate yet sweeping novel with all the luminescence and force of Homegoing; Sing, Unburied, Sing; and The Water Dancer—that chronicles the journey of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to our own tumultuous era.


"The great scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois, once wrote about the Problem of race in America, and what he called “Double Consciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans—the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers—Ailey carries Du Bois’s Problem on her shoulders.


"Ailey is reared in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that’s made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women—her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reaching back two centuries—that urge Ailey to succeed in their stead.


"To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors—Indigenous, Black, and white—in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story—and the song—of America itself."


Why I want to read it: This one promises to be such a powerful and important read. The comps to Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing, both of which are all-time favorites for me, certainly got my attention.

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