- My Cone and Only
Instead, he works as an occasional handyman around Crowder, Tex., setting his own hours and playing in a cover band.
- At First Light
Hints of a romantic relationship between the pair enliven the story, and references to Beowulf and Viking history add depth.
- Pig and Horse and the Something Scary
If the story covers well-trod picture book fodder, the protagonists are a model of supportive friendship, and there’s great appeal in the idea that dealing with darker emotions doesn’t require bravery as much as it does a smart plan and a good pal.
- Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You
Trespicio breezily covers such topics as choosing one’s own agenda, dumping the expectations of a “bucket list,” not overpacking the (emotional) baggage, and ignoring that “inner critic, the unbearable Karen of brain.”
- This Is Your World: The Story of Bob Ross
It’s not the most eventful life story, but there is comfort in seeing a gentle soul (he rescued injured animals and “didn’t like to yell”) gradually find his voice and his calling through art and community.
- Birdie's Billions
A deftly plotted story that thoughtfully renders a close parent-child bond while engaging readers through the mystery of the money.
- Light Years from Home (Original)
Chen captures both the love and the friction of their sibling relationship when Jakob returns with a cover story about backpacking through Europe, confirming Kassie’s theory.
- She Heard the Birds: The Story of Florence Merriam Bailey
When a trip to “the big city” reveals a cruel fashion statement—hats covered with birds and feathers—Bailey determines to make a difference, collecting information and writing books, including an early field guide, and teaching people how to bird-watch (“Shhhhhhh!
- The Life Revamp: An LGBTQ Romcom (Original)
Readers will find themselves grinning from cover to cover.
- Stacked: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management
With quirky chapter headings (“The Condom Broke and Other Risk-Management Horror Stories”), jokes and cartoons—plus some interjections from Saul-Sehy’s mother—the authors make good on their promise not to take themselves too seriously.
- The Swallows' Flight
Set in the transitional time between the two world wars, covering 1927–1947, this poignant novel follows four young people on the precipice of adulthood amid the challenges of looming conflict.
- Literary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S. Connell
Paul marshals plentiful evidence that Connell’s work was well received and admired in his lifetime, including his nomination for a Booker lifetime achievement award, and covers his varied bibliography, which included short stories; his critically acclaimed 1959 breakthrough novel Mrs.
The two share a desire to cover a big story rather than the lightweight pieces they’re assigned.
- Murder at Greysbridge, 4
Though the overcomplicated plot offers few innovations, Carter’s good-hearted characters and nice use of familiar country-house mystery motifs combine for an entertaining story.
- The Candy Dish
She wants more, but the dish’s cover suddenly sticks tight.