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Pub Day Shout-outs! June 9, 2020 featuring Tamani, Williams, and Rochon

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)


Liara Tamani's All the Things We Never Knew


Description from Publisher:

''Tamani masterfully bounces and slams two hearts up and down a shrouded court of first love and revelations. A hard-to-put-down backboard-breaker.'–Rita Williams-Garcia, National Book Award Finalist and New York Times-bestselling author


"From the moment Carli and Rex first locked eyes on a Texas high school basketball court, they both knew it was destiny. But can you truly love someone else if you don’t love yourself? Acclaimed author Liara Tamani’s luminous second novel explores love, family, heartbreak, betrayal, and the power of healing, in gorgeous prose that will appeal to readers of Nicola Yoon and Jacqueline Woodson.


"A glance was all it took. That kind of connection, the immediate and raw understanding of another person, just doesn’t come along very often. And as rising stars on their Texas high schools’ respective basketball teams, destined for bright futures in college and beyond, it seems like a match made in heaven. But Carli and Rex have secrets. As do their families.


"Liara Tamani, the author of the acclaimed Calling My Name, follows two teenagers as they discover how first love, heartbreak, betrayal, and family can shape you–for better or for worse. A novel full of pain, joy, healing, and hope for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jenny Han.


Why I want to read it:

I love a first love, young adult novel. Throw in basketball and love at first glance, and I am all in. I love all of the authors mentioned in the publisher's description, so I know this one is flying to the top of my TBR.

Sheila Williams's The Secret Women


Description from Publisher:

"The author of Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, now a Netflix film starring Alfre Woodard, returns with a riveting, emotionally rich, novel that explores the complex relationship between mothers and daughters in a fresh, vibrant way―a stunning page-turner for fans of Terry McMillan, Tayari Jones, and Kimberla Lawson Roby.


"Elise Armstrong, Carmen Bradshaw, and DeeDee Davis meet in a yoga class. Though vastly different, these women discover they all have one thing in common: their mothers have recently passed away. Becoming fast friends, the trio make a pact to help each other sort through the belongings their mothers’ left behind. But when they find old letters and diaries, Elise, Carmen, and DeeDee are astonished to learn that each of their mothers hid secrets―secrets that will transform their own lives.

Meeting each month over margaritas, the trio share laughter, advice, and support. As they help each other overcome challenges and celebrate successes, Elise, Carmen, and DeeDee gain not only a better understanding of the women their mothers were, but of themselves. They also come to realize they have what their mothers needed most but did not have during difficult times―other women they could trust.


"Filled with poignant life lessons, The Secret Women pays tribute to the power of friendship and family and the bonds that tie us together. Beautiful, full of spirit and heart, it is a thoughtful and ultimately uplifting story of unconditional love."


Why I want to read it:

I love fiction that tells the stories of friendships between women, especially when they are bonded by something life-changing. This book sounds like a beautiful example of this.

Farrah Rochon's The Boyfriend Project


Description from Publisher:

"USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon launches a new series about three young women who become friends when the live Tweeting of a disastrous date leads them to discover they’ve all been duped by the same man.


"Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other 'girlfriends,' London and Taylor — have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .


"For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?"


Why I want to read it:

I have been all about the romantic comedies and dramedies while I have been spending a lot of time at home. This sounds like a delightful romp. Here for it!

A few more . . .


Vicky Zimmerman's Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies

Lauren Ho's Last Tang Standing

Ameera Patel's Outside the Lines

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