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Pub Day Shout-Outs! May 5, 2020 featuring Acevedo, Applegate, and Ferner

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)

I'm cheating a little bit today--I'm highlighting my normal three books, but scroll to the end for more . . . it's great pub day!

book cover of Clap When You Land

Elizabeth Acevedo's Clap When You Land

Description from Publisher:

"Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

"In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

"Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

"And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other."

Why I want to read it:

One word: Acevedo. After her brilliant books The Poet X and With the Fire on High (check out our book club episode here), she has become an auto-buy author for me, and to be honest, I had pre-ordered this one before I even read a description. But doesn't it sound great?!

book cover of The One and Only Bob

Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Bob

Description from Publisher:

"Return to the unforgettable world of the Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling novel The One and Only Ivan (soon to be a major motion picture!) in this incredible sequel, starring Ivan’s friend Bob!

"Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

"Bob, Ivan, and Ruby have touched the hearts of millions of readers, and their story isn’t over yet. Catch up with these beloved friends before the star-studded film adaptation of The One and Only Ivan hits theaters in August 2020!"

Why I want to read it:

I absolutely loved The One and Only Ivan, which I picked up on my younger son's recommendation. I think that Bob, with its focus on Ivan's canine friend, sounds just as sweet and lovely as the first book.

book cover of Adult Conversation

Brandy Ferner's Adult Conversation

Description from Publisher:

"April is a thoughtful yet sarcastic mother of two who tries her best to be a caring, connected mom in a middle-class culture where motherhood has become relentless. April rages at modern motherhood’s impossible pressures, her husband’s 'Dad privilege,' and her kids’ incessant snack requests. She wants to enjoy motherhood, but her idealist vision and lived experience are in constant conflict with one another. Is she broken―or is motherhood?

"Desperate for an answer, she seeks out a therapist, and lands with an unexpected woman whose validation and wisdom gives April the clarity to reclaim herself and even start designing clothes―her pre-motherhood passion. But when the ever-elusive babysitter cancels last-minute, April finds herself back at square one. She seeks guidance, but her therapist is now dealing with her own crumbling marriage―and instead of counseling April, she convinces her to speed off to Las Vegas with her to help catch her husband cheating. With a little weed, alcohol, and topless pool hopping, plus a male stripper and some much-needed autonomy, the two find lost pieces of themselves that motherhood swallowed up. But neither one is prepared for how tested―and tempted―they will be, or for the life-altering choices their journey will force them to make. Who is guiding whom anymore?"

Why I want to read it:

Adult Conversation is the perfect blend of humor and gut-wrenching truth (check out my review here). We're also thrilled to be sharing an episode featuring our conversation with Ferner on May 27. Be sure to watch for it!


A few more . . .

Emma Straub's All Adults Here


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