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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for September 14, 2021, featuring Daria, Jackson, and Whitehead

by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)


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


Book Cover of A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria

Alexis Daria's A Lot Like Adiós (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"Hi Mich. It’s Gabe.


"After burning out in her corporate marketing career, Michelle Amato has built a thriving freelance business as a graphic designer. So what if her love life is nonexistent? She’s perfectly fine being the black sheep of her marriage-obsessed Puerto Rican-Italian family. Besides, the only guy who ever made her want happily-ever-after disappeared thirteen years ago.


"It’s been a long time.


"Gabriel Aguilar left the Bronx at eighteen to escape his parents’ demanding expectations, but it also meant saying goodbye to Michelle, his best friend and longtime crush. Now, he’s the successful co-owner of LA’s hottest celebrity gym, with an investor who insists on opening a New York City location. It’s the last place Gabe wants to go, but when Michelle is unexpectedly brought on board to spearhead the new marketing campaign, everything Gabe’s been running from catches up with him.


"I’ve missed you.


"Michelle is torn between holding Gabe at arm’s length or picking up right where they left off—in her bed. As they work on the campaign, old feelings resurface, and their reunion takes a sexy turn. Facing mounting pressure from their families—who think they’re dating—and growing uncertainty about their futures, can they resolve their past mistakes, or is it only a matter of time before Gabe says adiós again?"


Why I want to read it: I just started You Had Me at Hola and am loving it so far (although, admittedly, I've only just begun!). I love Daria's style and am enjoying reading more romance books, so I hope to be reading this one soon. It sounds excellent!


Book cover of White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson's White Smoke (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

"Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

"The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

"But 'running from ghosts' is just a metaphor, right?

"As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks."


Why I want to read it: This one, which is perfect for fall mood reading, sounds so powerful. I loved Jackson's story in Blackout and have been wanting to read more of her work. I'm also excited to see that this one is a Libro.fm ALC choice, and I'll likely listen to the audiobook!


Book cover of Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead's Harlem Shuffle (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"'Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked...' To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver's Row don't approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it's still home.


"Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time.


"Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn't ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweler downtown who doesn't ask questions, either.


"Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa—the 'Waldorf of Harlem'—and volunteers Ray's services as the fence. The heist doesn't go as planned; they rarely do. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes.


"Thus begins the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he begins to see who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs?


"Harlem Shuffle's ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It's a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.


"But mostly, it's a joy to read, another dazzling novel from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Colson Whitehead."


Why I want to read it: I admire Colson Whitehead's work so much, and this one sounds fascinating. This promises to be a complex story with so many powerful aspects, and I look forward to reading it!

There are so many great books coming out today! Here are a couple of others that I'm so excited to read.


Brigid Kemmerer's Defy the Night (Amazon | Bookshop.org)

Gabrielle Union's You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


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