This week former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and possible v-p selectee Stacey Abrams bows with an inspiring book about correcting our broken voting system. Hector Tobar takes road-triping with a little-known 20th century adventurer. We also have romantic reads and tear-jerkers.
Our Time Is Now
Stacey Abrams (Henry Holt)
Bestselling author, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, and possible running mate for Joe Biden, Abrams, with her latest, has been making all sorts of must-read lists, including the New York Times
' 13 Books to Watch for in June
's 5 New Books to Read in June
. We said the book, which tracks voter suppression in the U.S., presents an "argument that any progressive legislative agenda must begin with voting reform." We added that "liberals will be inspired."
The Last Great Road Bum
Héctor Tobar (MCD)
One of the Chicago Tribune
's 10 Books to Wait Out Covid-19
, this nonfiction account about a 20th century adventurer and would-be writer named Joe Sanderson earned a star from us. We recently spoke to Tobar about why he opted to write about a man he called an "American Che Guevera,"
in a book in which we said he "brilliantly succeeds in capturing [his subject's] guileless yearning for adventure through high-velocity prose that is both relentless and wry."
The Marriage Game
Sara Desai (Berkley)
One of O, the Oprah Magazine
's 30 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020
, Desai's romance is, we said, "a playful take on enemies-to-lovers and arranged marriage tropes." About two Desi-Americans who, after initially clashing, fall for each other, we starred the novel and championed it as a "delightful debut."
The Sight of You
Holly Miller (Tor.com)
Miller's tearjerker debut novel about a man who becomes romantically entangled with his barista-turned-neighbor earned a star from us, as well as high praise. We called the romantic tale a "beautifully rendered work" that's "both heartbreaking and life-affirming." But, we warned, have the box of tissues close by.
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