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Pub Day Shout-Outs for June 15, 2021, featuring Diamond, Michaelides, and the Nanuas

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)


There are SO many good books coming out today, but here are just three books that I'm excited to discuss!


Book cover of Cheryl Diamond's Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood

Cheryl Diamond's Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"By the age of nine, I will have lived in more than a dozen countries, on five continents, under six assumed identities. I’ll know how a document is forged, how to withstand an interrogation, and most important, how to disappear . . .


"Wild, heart-wrenching, and unexpectedly funny, Nowhere Girl is an inspiring coming-of-age memoir about running for freedom against the odds.


"To the young Cheryl Diamond, life felt like one big adventure, whether she was hurtling down the Himalayas in a rickety car or mingling with underworld fixers. Her family appeared to be an unbreakable gang of five. One day they were in Australia, the next South Africa, the pattern repeating as they crossed continents, changed identities, and erased their pasts. What Diamond didn’t yet know was that she was born into a family of outlaws fleeing from the highest international law enforcement agencies, a family with secrets that would eventually catch up to all of them.


"By the time she was in her teens, Diamond had lived dozens of lives and lies, but as she grew, love and trust turned to fear and violence, and her family—the only people she had in the world—began to unravel. She started to realize that her life itself might be a big con, and the people she loved, the most dangerous of all. With no way out and her identity burned so often that she had no proof she even existed, all that was left was a girl from nowhere.


"Surviving would require her to escape, and to do so Diamond would have to unlearn all the rules she grew up with. Like The Glass Castle meets Catch Me If You Can, Nowhere Girl is an impossible-to-believe true story of self-discovery and triumph."


Why I want to read it:

I think this memoir sounds absolutely amazing! The comps to The Glass Castle and Catch Me If You Can definitely caught my attention, by the synopsis also somehow reminds me of Tara Westover's Educated. I can't wait to read this book (I'll probably try to find it on audio).

Book cover of Alex Michaelides's The Maidens

Alex Michaelides's The Maidens (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike―particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.


"Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.


"Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?


"When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything―including her own life."


Why I want to read it:

I'm cheating a little bit here because I've already read this one via audio, thanks to Libro.fm's ALC program. I listened almost immediately because I enjoyed the twists and turns of Michaelides's debut novel The Silent Patient (Amazon | Bookshop.org) so much. This one did not disappoint!

Book cover of Sarena and Sasha Nanua's Sisters of the Snake

Sarena and Sasha Nanua's Sisters of the Snake (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"A lost princess. A mysterious puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

"Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive.

"When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical.

"A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.

"Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Wrath & the Dawn and The Tiger at Midnight."


Why I want to read it:

I'm a sucker for YA fantasy AND for a gorgeous cover, so this one checks all my boxes. The comparison to The Wrath & the Dawn is also a great sign for me.

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