The New Normal by Tracy Brogan

From neighbors to friends to lovers? All the makings of a risky second-chance romance by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan.

Since Carli Lancaster’s divorce, she’s worked hard to keep life as normal as possible for her daughters. When she lands a job as cohost of a local morning show, it looks like a fresh start. So does the arrival of a handsome new neighbor, who has more in common with Carli than just a property line.

Ben Chase is also new to single parenthood. And like Carli, he’s focused on the future.

From navigating neighborhood gossip to decorating for holidays to reaching out in times of trouble, they quickly learn to rely on each other. Just like a couple but without the complications of coupling! Sure, there’s attraction. They’re only human. But they’re also friends, and who wants to ruin a perfect relationship with romance?

They’re both thinking about adding some perks, though, and even if their new normal isn’t perfect, it’s definitely somewhere in the neighborhood.

I Keep My Worries in My Teeth by Anna Cox

A dazzling, sublimely funny debut that follows three unforgettable women who fight back after life kicks them in the teeth.

Esther, Frankie, and Ruth live in a small Ohio town anchored by the thriving Juliet Pencils factory. After a freak accident at the plant, these women have to re-create their lives using the only tools they’ve got: wits, molars, and a new pair of shoes.

Esther is an anxious person with a very specific prowess: she bites pencils. Her skill pays her bills but more importantly keeps her many worries in check. When the accident leaves her suddenly unemployed, she searches for new ways to manage her anxiety, but nothing works. She must discover a solution before her teeth mutiny and her worries take over.

Frankie, the teenage daughter of the pencil factory owner, is full of contradictions. She wages a campaign to become the only girl in an all-boys club and listens exclusively to punk music, but she also watches soap operas in secret. After the accident damages Frankie’s ability to speak, she is forced to step out of her powerful mother’s shadow so she can discover who she is and what she wants to say.

Ruth owns the local photography lab. She spends her days processing people’s happy memories but spends her nights alone, talking to her dead husband. As the town unravels, Ruth spearheads a massive campaign to refocus on its future, but nothing will succeed until Ruth lets go of her past.

This hilarious and redemptive story explores three women’s liberation

The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea by Kerrelyn Sparks

Enter for your chance to win a copy of THE SIREN AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Kerrelyn Sparks!

Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan’s two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path…

Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers—and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Brody, the enigmatic, infuriating shifter-spy has always made time for Maeve. But it’s been almost two months since she’s seen him. And though no one else believes Brody is in danger, Maeve is more than ready to rescue him herself.

The rumors Brody’s investigating are terrifying: a secret army of magic-users, in the service of the cruel Circle of Five. But when he uncovers the identity of one of the Five, the mission becomes personal. Cursed as a boy by the Sea Witch, Brody can spend only two hours a day in his human form, a restriction that limits his future and muzzles his heart. Plus Maeve teases him for being such a pretty doggy instead of appreciating his manly charms. To win his freedom, he must take on a terrible disguise. And when Maeve finds out, she’ll unleash a tempest like no other…

Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman

One of the most talked about literary collections of the year! Get ready to hear a powerful voice—the truth-telling, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Wanda Coleman in WICKED ENCHANTMENT: SELECTED POEMS.
“Wanda Coleman is not just wickedly wise, she is transcendent.”—The Washington Post
A selection of Bustle’s “Your National Poetry Month 2020 Required Reading List”
“One of the greatest poets ever to come out of L.A.”—The New Yorker
“Her work pushes us to confront injustice with as much candor as she did.”—Poetry Foundation

Around the Sun by Eric Michael Bovim

Enter for a change to win one of 20 copies of what Kirkus calls an "engrossing" debut novel by Eric Michael Bovim, "Around the Sun."

Set at intervals in present-day New York, San Francisco, Barbados, Italy, and Barcelona, "Around the Sun" is told in lush, graceful prose, a portrait of grief and hope in the age of social media, globalization, and artistic decadence.

The Refuge by Sandra Le Guen

Win a digital copy of The Refuge!

A story about finding refuge in a new friendship and a new home.

“There’s a new girl at school. She never stops looking up at the sky! She likes the stars and comets.”

Jeannette tells her mom about her new classmate, who also loves astronomy but seems sad. She realizes it’s not easy to move to a new place. So the next day, at recess, Jeannette asks Iliana to play.

At first, it’s a little hard to communicate because Iliana is learning a new language. The girls have to use their hands and their drawings. But they keep trying, and, soon, Iliana tells Jeannette about her difficult journey as a refugee who had to leave her country. Then their families meet, and Iliana’s parents share their story too. The girls’ friendship blooms, as limitless as the sky and their imaginations.

Originally published in France and brought to life with wonderfully expressive artwork, this is a book about sharing stories and finding refuge in friendship, family, and a new home.

The Pleasure Plan by Laura Zam

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Has the virus left you stressed? Time for some pleasure! Based on award-winning author Laura Zam's essay in New York Times Modern Love, THE PLEASURE PLAN is a memoir, sexual healing guide, and love story⎯all in one. This wild ride features 30 pleasure-enhancing methods, including Tantra with a geriatric mistress, hypnosis with a bawdy therapist, and cutting-edge workshops in erotic (and everyday) delight.

"Zam is funny, smart and one hell of an educator. All women need a Pleasure Plan.” -Betty Dodson, PhD, sexologist, Netflix sex educator, bestselling author of Sex for One

“Laura Zam’s work is passionate, witty, psychologically astute, filled with wisdom and good healing karma" -Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Unhooked and Five Men Who Broke My Heart

“The Pleasure Plan is a fiercely empowering tale, an intimate portrait of a couple that is also a map for greater enjoyment of sex and connection. Brave and inspiring!” — Aspen Matis, bestselling author of Girl in the Woods and Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir

Zam coverage: NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Guardian UK

Zam Awards:
*National Endowment for the Arts, panelist
*DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, 5 X winner
*Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, 1st place
*Tennessee Williams Fellowship, The University
*Open Society Fund grant

A Man by Keiichirō Hirano

A man follows another man’s trail of lies in a compelling psychological story about the search for identity, by Japan’s award-winning literary sensation Keiichiro Hirano in his first novel to be translated into English.

Akira Kido is a divorce attorney whose own marriage is in danger of being destroyed by emotional disconnect. With a midlife crisis looming, Kido’s life is upended by the reemergence of a former client, Rié Takemoto. She wants Kido to investigate a dead man—her recently deceased husband, Daisuké. Upon his death she discovered that he’d been living a lie. His name, his past, his entire identity belonged to someone else, a total stranger. The investigation draws Kido into two intriguing mysteries: finding out who Rié’s husband really was and discovering more about the man he pretended to be. Soon, with each new revelation, Kido will come to share the obsession with—and the lure of—erasing one life to create a new one.

In A Man, winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature, Keiichiro Hirano explores the search for identity, the ambiguity of memory, the legacies with which we live and die, and the reconciliation of who you hoped to be with who you’ve actually become.

More Than Love by Natasha Gregson Wagner

Enter for a chance to win one of 100 digital copies of MORE THAN LOVE, a memoir from classic Hollywood star Natalie Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner.

"In More Than Love, Natasha Gregson Wagner brings to life her extraordinarily talented and devoted movie-star mother, Natalie Wood, their magical life before Natalie’s tragic drowning when Natasha was eleven, and Natasha’s struggle to grow up after. The book is moving, powerful, and so honest. Natasha Gregson Wagner is a bright life force as was her mother."
—Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Charles has his life path planned. A brilliant young man, heir to a hefty Boston fortune, son of a Harvard professor, his destiny is to be a professor of history. But he eschews that career to pursue divinity studies. When he meets Lily in the Radcliffe library, she is quick to inform him she doesn’t believe in God. But Charles can’t let her go. Their marriage is predicated on a deep love – and a deep understanding of the chasm between them.

James grew up in a hardscrabble Irish Catholic family in Chicago – and spent much of his youth attending to his alcoholic father and fearful mother. He sees his future change when a relative leaves him enough money to attend college. Here he develops his moral outrage, and civic-mindedness. When he meets Nan, he knows she is too good for him. The devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante from Mississippi, Nan’s life was supposed to be predictable: Ole Miss and a hometown husband. But then her father insists she leave Mississippi for college. And then she meets James.

In THE DEARLY BELOVED, we follow these two couples through courtship and marriage, to their inevitable connection in New York City in 1963. When Charles and James are appointed co-pastors at the storied Third Presbyterian Church, the couples’ fates become entwined – uncomfortably.