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Pub Day Shout-Outs! September 29, 2020 featuring Lu, Menez, and Igharo

by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)


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


Marie Lu's Skyhunter


Description from Publisher:

"A broken world. "An overwhelming evil. "A team of warriors ready to strike back. "#1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves. "Talin is a Striker, a member of an elite fighting force that stands as the last defense for the only free nation in the world: Mara. "A refugee, Talin knows firsthand the horrors of the Federation, a world-dominating war machine responsible for destroying nation after nation with its terrifying army of mutant beasts known only as Ghosts. "But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front to Mara's capital, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? What secrets is he hiding? "Only one thing is clear: Talin is ready to fight to the death alongside her fellow Strikers for the only homeland she has left . . . with or without the boy who might just be the weapon to save―or destroy―them all. "Loyalty is life."


Why I want to read it: I'm here for anything that Marie Lu writes! I recently read Rebel (the much later continuation of the Legend series) and am currently reading Wildcard from the Warcross duology. I was thrilled to see this book on Libro.FM's ALC program choices, and I intend to listen to the audiobook very soon!

Marilynne Robinson's Jack


Description from Publisher:

"Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, the latest novel in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction.


"Marilynne Robinson’s mythical world of Gilead, Iowa―the setting of her novels Gilead, Home, and Lila, and now Jack―and its beloved characters have illuminated and interrogated the complexities of American history, the power of our emotions, and the wonders of a sacred world. Jack is Robinson’s fourth novel in this now-classic series. In it, Robinson tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the prodigal son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister, and his romance with Della Miles, a high school teacher who is also the child of a preacher. Their deeply felt, tormented, star-crossed interracial romance resonates with all the paradoxes of American life, then and now.


"Robinson’s Gilead novels, which have won one Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Critics Circle Awards, are a vital contribution to contemporary American literature and a revelation of our national character and humanity."


Why I want to read it: I am excited to read this series soon, and I've found that I really enjoy reading several books in a series at once. I loved the setting and tone in Robinson's Housekeeping, and I've heard that her Gilead series is absolutely brilliant, so I look forward to reading that series soon, including this latest installment!

Jane Igharo's Ties that Tether


Description from Publisher:

"When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.


"At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping—well forcing—her to stay within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and...white.


"When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother. Soon, Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter."


Why I want to read it: I'm so interested in books that examine the intersection between different cultures and the way that love can encourage connections that transcend cultural differences. I also love reading about examinations of filial duty and the way that personal desires and ambitions can clash with that responsibility. This one sounds like a fascinating read.

I'm also excited about these amazing books: Misty Copeland's Bunheads (picture book) and Billy Collins's Whale Day and Other Poems

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