Pub Day Shout-Outs! April 21, 2020 - Finney Boylan, Rai, Tran
by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)
Here are three books coming out today that I'm looking forward to reading!
Jennifer Finney Boylan's Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs
Description from Celadon Books:
In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking column went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love. Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman—accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.
Why I want to read it:
My eyes started welling up just from the title, and I'm really into cathartic reads right now. Also, Finney Boylan's previous memoir She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders is brilliant, so I'm absolutely there to read more of her reflections about her life and identity.
Alisha Rai's Girl Gone Viral
Description from HarperCollins Publishers:
One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a random guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire encounter with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae has the world swooning. Going viral isn't easy for anyone, but Katrina has painstakingly built a private world for herself, far from her traumatic past. Besides, everyone has it all wrong...that #CafeBae bro? He isn't the man she's hungry for.
He's got a <peach emoji> to die for.
With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina's ever seen, offers his family's farm as a refuge. Alone with her unrequited crush feels like a recipe for hopeless longing, but Katrina craves the escape. She's resigned to being just friends with Jas--until they share a single electrifying kiss. Now she can't help but wonder if her crush may not be so unrequited after all...
Why I want to read it:
Alisha Rai's romance novels are AMAZING--steamy and super sexy. I loved the first book in this series, The Right Swipe, so I'm looking forward to book two!
Description from Flatiron Publishers:
In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such as The Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, and teenage rebellion, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents.
Appealing to fans of coming-of-age memoirs such as Fresh Off the Boat, Running with Scissors, or tales of assimilation like Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Displaced and The Refugees, Sigh, Gone explores one man’s bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the ‘80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes—and ultimately saves—him.
Why I want to read it:
That title! I'm in for a funny, punny title, and the description sounds AMAZING!
A couple more (I can't resist!) . . .
Jennifer Dugan's Verona Comics
Val Kilmer's I'm Your Huckleberry: A Memoir
Stephen King's If It Bleeds
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