Summer Reading Preview at Park Road Books / full list of books w/summaries,

Last month (on May 9, 2022), Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, curated a list of must-reads for the new Summer season.

Here are 19 titles to get you through summer and beyond!

 

 

Any Other Family by Eleanor Brown  (7/22, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $27.00, HC). Three sets of parents find themselves intertwined after adopting four biological siblings, having committed to keeping the children as connected as possible. / Women’s Fiction

 

Bartender’s Cure: A Novel by Wesley Stratton (6/22, Flatiron Books, $27.99, HC). Samantha is a bartender, at the perfect neighborhood bar. A debut novel, filled with cocktail recipes and bartending tips and tricks. / Debut Fiction, Women’s Fiction

 

By the Book by Jasmine Guillory (5/22, Hyperion, $15.99 TP). Isabel is an overworked/underpaid assistant book editor. When she volunteers to work with a high-profile author, she finds not only a possible promotion, but love. / Romantic Comedy; BIPoC Fiction

 

Child: A Memoir by Judy Goldman (5/22, U. of SC Press, $19.99, TP). The story of Judy’s relationship with Mattie Culp, the Black woman who worked for her family as a live-in maid and helped raise her. It is also the story of Mattie’s child, who was left behind to be raised by someone else. / Memoir, African-American History

 

I Wish for You by David Wax (4/22, Roaring Brook Press, $18.99 HC). From courageous lions and wise owls to playful dolphins and wolves finding their voices, this lushly illustrated book explores the values we can draw from the wondrous and inspiring natural world around us. / Picture Book; New Baby; Animal Picture Books

 

Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda (7/22, Scribner, $27.99 HC). This book opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed? / Thriller; Suspense

 

Lessons in Chemistry (4/22, Doubleday $29.00 HC). In 1960s California, Elizabeth Zott is a one-of-a-kind scientist. But her career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show. / Feminist Fiction; Humor

 

Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh (3/22, Pamela Dorman,  $28.00 HC). Emma loves her husband Leo and their young daughter Ruby. But almost everything she’s told them about herself, even her name, is a lie.When the very darkest moments of Emma’s past finally emerge, she must somehow prove to Leo that she really is the woman he always thought she was…/ Women’s Fiction; Suspense/Thriller

 

Love Marriage: A Novel by Monica Ali (5/22, Scribner, $27.99 HC). 26-year old med student Yasmin Ghorami is engaged to Joe Sangster, whose mother is a famous feminist. And as the wedding draws near, misunderstandings, infidelities, and long-held secrets upend both Yasmin’s relationship and that of her parents, a “love marriage,” according to the family lore that Yasmin has believed all her life. / Fiction; Cultural Heritage; Family Life

 

Marrying the Ketchups: A Novel by Jennifer Close (4/22, Knopf, $28.00 HC). A comedy of manners about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the deep-fried, beer-battered, cream cheese-frosted love that feeds them all. / Family Life; Fiction

 

Portrait of a Thief: A Novel by Grace D. Li (4/22, Tiny Reparations Books, $26.00 HC). Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, this heist novel is inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums; about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity./ Crime; Asian-American Fiction; Mystery

 

Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel by Shelby Van Pelt (5/22, Ecco, $27.99 HC). A widow takes a night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium. There, she becomes acquainted with Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova./ Literary Fiction; Animals

 

Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels & Crooks by Patrick Radan Keefe (6/22, Doubleday $30.00 HC). Twelve works of literary journalism. Subjects include: the intricacies of forging $150,000 vintage wines, exploring Vietnam with Anthony Bourdain, bringing down a black market arms merchant. / True Crime / Biography & Autobiography

 

Skinship: Stories (4/22 Vintage $17.00 TP). This debut collection centers on a constellation of Korean-American families. Through an array of lives, Choi explores where first and second generations either clash or find common ground, where meaning falls in the cracks between languages, where relationships bend under the weight of tenderness and disappointment, where displacement turns to heartbreak. / Asian-American Fiction; Family Life; Short Stories

 

This Time Tomorrow: A Novel by Emma Straub (5/22, Riverhead, $28.00 HC). On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice finds herself back in 1996, reliving her 16th birthday. But it isn’t just her adolescent body that shocks her, or seeing her high school crush, it’s her dad: the vital, charming, 40-something version of her father with whom she is reunited. / Family Life; Science Fiction

 

 

Trust by Hernan Diaz (5/22, Riverhead, $28.00 HC). In the 1920s, Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen, had a life of seemingly endless wealth and extravagance. But at what cost did they acquire their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit. A novel within a novel. / Historical Fiction

 

Unlikely Animals: A Novel by Anne Harnett (4/22, Ballantine, $28.00HC). A medical school dropout comes back to her NH hometown to care for her father, who is dying from a mysterious brain disease. He’s also having visions of ghosts and small animals. Set against the backdrop of a town in the throes of an opioid crisis. / Family Life; Literary; Humorous

 

Upgrade: A Novel by Blake Crouch $28.00 (7/22, Ballantine, HC). Logan Ramsay feels a little… sharper. Better able to concentrate. Better at multitasking, memorizing…Logan’s genome has been hacked./ Sci-Fi Thriller

 

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill (5/22, Doubleday $28.00 HC). A fantasy novel, set in 1950s America. Thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are. / Coming of Age; Fantasy; Feminist Fiction



 Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC, is the partnered bookstore for WNBA-Charlotte Chapter. We are thrilled to have this seasonal Reading Preview event with them. For self-published authors, one of the benefits of being a WNBA-Charlotte Chapter member is waived shelving fees at PRB.  

JOIN OR RENEW WITH THE WNBA-CHARLOTTE  a volunteer association dedicated to books and the people who work with and love them, WNBA-Charlotte is focused on helping the Queen City’s literary community thrive. Please join us again for the 2022-23 year

Benefits include:

  • Free stocking for self published authors at Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

  • Access to our national book club (monthly meetings on Facebook)–a great way to share and discuss books with fellow book lovers.

  • Listing in blogrolls on WNBA websites, locally and nationally.

  • Discounts on fellow members’ editing, marketing, and publicity services.

  • Writing and publicity opportunities in The Bookwoman, WNBA national newsletter.

  • Members-only access to the WNBA national website and opportunities to network with members in all chapters.

*Remember, as a chapter member, self-published authors are waived their shelving fees at Park Road Books. One of our members member benefits,  special discounts for current WNBA-Charlotte members. Go to their PRB Consignment Program page section and learn more.

Yasmin Angoe with Nicole Ayers: Deconstructing a Debut Author’s Success (Feb 17th at 7pm EST)

Join us for:

Deconstructing a Debut Author’s Success

Yasmin Angoe in Conversation with Nicole Ayers

Thursday, February 17th
7:00-8:00pm est
Cost: Free
Online via Zoom, RSVP HERE

 

Yasmin Angoe wrote the female Jason Bourne that everyone needs. Complex, brave, and lethal, Nena Knight is without a doubt one of the best heroines I have ever read….” –Megha Parekh, Senior Editor, Thomas & Mercer

“A crackerjack story with truly memorable characters. I can’t wait to see what Yasmin Angoe comes up with next.” —David Baldacci, author

 

When Yasmin Angoe’s debut thriller, Her Name is Knight (Thomas & Mercer) was released in November to rave reviews and sales. It shot to the top of numerous bestseller lists, including AMZ’s Assassination Bestsellers, and Black & African American Literature–New Releases. Her ‘Nena Knight’ series of books is currently being adapted for television!

Writer and editor Nicole Ayers hosts a one-on-one conversation with Yasmin, for a look at what’s involved to earn the accolades and deals that she’s received.

 

**Two lucky attendees will each win a copy of Yasmin’s debut novel!

 

BIOS

Yasmin Angoe is a first-generation Ghanaian American and has worked in education for nearly twenty years as a middle and high school teacher and instructional coach. She received the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color from Sisters in Crime of which she is a member. Yasmin is a member of numerous crime, mystery, and thriller writing groups and organizations including Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.


Nicole C. Ayers
is an editor, writer, interviewer, and inspirational speaker.Her inspirational book  Love Notes to My Body, was recognized as one of 2020’s best life-changing books, and its two body-positive companion books. She’s a strong voice for female empowerment and the freedom it brings.

 

BOOK SUMMARY
Her Name is Knight (#1 in the Nena Knight series). Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful business syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances. But while on assignment in Miami, Nena ends up saving a life, not taking one. She emerges from the experience a changed woman, finally hopeful for a life beyond rage and revenge. Tasked with killing a man she’s come to respect, Nena struggles to reconcile her loyalty to the Tribe with her new purpose.

Meanwhile, she learns a new Tribe council member is the same man who razed her village, murdered her family, and sold her into captivity. Nena can’t resist the temptation of vengeance—and she doesn’t want to. Before she can reclaim her life, she must leverage everything she was and everything she is to take him down and end the cycle of bloodshed for good.

 

RSVP HERE

 

 

Bibliofeast 2021

The WNBA-Charlotte Chapter
presents

BIBLIOFEAST 2021

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A virtual feast with Great Group Reads authors: Anjali Enjeti, Heather Frese, and Jason Mott.

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 7:00-8:30pm
Online sponsored on ZOOM
Moderated by Susan Walker

RSVP Here 

* Author Readings and Q&A *Book Raffle for Attendees 


Featured authors:

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Anjali Enjeti 
 has appeared in USA Today, Harper’s BAZAAR, Publishers Weekly, and ZORA. In 2019, she co-founded the GA chapter of They See Blue, an organization for South Asian Democrats. Follow her on Instagram @angali.enjeti

The Parted Earth (Hub City Press). August 1947 New Delhi, there is unrest leading up to the birth of the Muslim majority nation of Pakistan, and the Hindu majority nation of India. 16 year-old Deepa navigates the changing politics of her home, finding solace in messages of intricate origami from her secret boyfriend Amir. Soon Amir flees to Pakistan and a tragedy forces Deepa to leave the subcontinent forever. Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti’s debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the Partition of India on the lives of three generations of women.

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Heather Frese has published short stories, essays, poetry. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Front Porch, the Barely South Review, Switchback, and elsewhere, earning notable mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Essays.  Follow her on Instagram @HeatherKFrese

The Baddest Girl on The Planet (Blair). Evie Austin has not lived her life in a straight line. There have been several detours—career snafus, bad romantic choices, a loved but unplanned child—plus her ill-advised lifelong obsession with boxer Mike Tyson. This is the story of what the baddest girl on the planet must find in herself when a bag of pastries, a new lover, or quick trip to Vegas won’t fix anything, when she must learn from her relationships but also look within to navigate the decisions and turning points in redefining a new notion of herself.

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Jason Mott is a novelist and poet. He received an BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.ion of herself. Follow him on Twitter @jasonmott

Hell of a Book: A Novel (Dutton). An African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his bestselling novel. That’s the book’s storyline and, the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent. The novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. A 2021 National Book Award Longlist Selection.

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RSVP Here 

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Great Group Reads is WNBA National iniative of an annual collection of books ideal for reading groups. Hundreds of books are submitted to the GGR committee from publishers nationwide, in the categories of fiction, short stories, and memoirs. 

View the 2021 GGR full list and summaries

Download the 2021 GGR Flyer

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Susan Walker, National Reading Group Month Events Manager, susan.walker.books@gmail.com

Join us on Oct 12th at Mugs Charlotte

Chapter Members, join us LIVE for our
GREAT GROUP READS BOOKCLUB MEETUP

Tuesday, October 12th, 7:00pm
Mugs Coffee, 5126 Park Rd, Charlotte

 

Please rsvp if you wish to attend or vote on books.

RSVP HERE

Join us in picking our book club choices for December 2021 to September 2022. GGR Chair Kristen Knox will give an informative run-down of the newest Great Group reads list, which will be the basis of all titles for the calendar. We’ll decide what books to read and when.

 

WHAT IS GREAT GROUP READS?
Great Group Reads (GGR) is an initiative started by WNBA National in 2009. Books chosen are a resource for book clubs, reading groups, bookstores and libraries.

Titles for GGR are selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups for whom they are certain to open up lively conversations about an array of timely and provocative topics. The GGR Selection Committee focuses attention on under-represented books from independent presses and mid- list releases from larger houses. 


WHEN DOES THE CHARLOTTE CHAPTER BOOKCLUB MEET?

After books are selected and assigned, the WNBA-Charlotte’s Bookclub will meet the first Tuesday of every month, from November to September. Meetups will be from 7-8:30pm at Mugs Coffee Shop. Should there be a need to, for social distancing purposes, meet ups will be virtual on Zoom and chapter members will know in advance. Titles are picked and scheduled at the October 12th meetup. The list and schedule distributed to members asap.

 

WHAT ARE THE 2021 TITLES?
There were 20 titles selected, in the genres of fiction, short stories and memoir (we will choose to read to).

After Francesco by Brian Malloy (John Scognamiglio Books, HC) LGBT, Contemporary Fiction, Own Voices, AIDS Epidemic

All Sorrows Can Be Borne by Autumn Stephens (Rare Bird Books, HC) Saga, Coming-of-Age, Family Life

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks (Grove Press, TP) Memoir, LGBT, Aids Epidemic, Personal Activism

The Baddest Girl on the Planet by Heather Frese (Blair, HC) Southern Fiction, Small Town/Rural Fiction

A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Tin House Books, TP) Coming-of-Age, Japanese History, Historical Fiction

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton, HC) African-American Literary Fiction, Southern U.S.

Mona at Sea by Elizabeth Gonzalez James (Santa Fe Writer’s Project, TP) Coming of Age, Latinx

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (Algonquin, TP) Coming of Age,Vietnamese, Cultural Heritage

No Hiding in Boise by Kim Hooper (Keylight Books, TP) Literary, Psychological

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel by Marianne Cronin (Harper Perennial, TP) Friendship, Women’s Fiction

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslian Charles (Atria, HC) Historical [WWII] Fiction, Women’s Fiction

The Parted Earth by Anjali Enjeti (Hub City Press, HC) Literary, Asian-American, Cultural Heritage

The Portrait: A Novel by Ilaria Bernardini (Pegasus Books, HC) Women’s Fiction, Family Life

The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories by Caroline Kim (U. Of Pittsburgh Press, HC) Asian-American, Short Story Collection

A Recipe for Daphne by Nektaria Anastasiadou (Hoopoe, TP) Cultural Heritage, Women’s Fiction

The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson (Milkweed Editions, TP) Native American History, Aboriginal History, Nature & the Environment

The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (Dundurn Group, TP) Literary, Women’s Fiction, Cultural Heritage

The Third Mrs. Galway by Deirdre Sinnott (Kaylie Jones Books, HC) Hist. Fiction, Civil War Era, Women’s Fiction

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson (Kensington, TP) Biographical Fiction, Middle Eastern

Why Birds Sing by Nina Berkhout (ECW Press, TP) Family Life, Women’s Fiction

 

I LOVE READING! HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT JOINING THE COMMITTEE? Contact GGR Chair Kristen Knox, at KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com  *Note, you must be a full-paid up Member to serve.

2021 Fall Kick-Off & Networking Party

Members and Friends,

Please join us at our

Annual Fall Kick-Off & Networking Party

Monday, September 27, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 PM
BURTONS GRILL & BAR, 1601 E. Woodlawn Rd. (Park Road Shopping Center), Charlotte

RSVP

Join us for great conversation over good wine at our annual fall get together! Rendezvous with your fellow WNBA Charlotte members over drinks and appetizers. If you’re a new or potential member, come and meet everyone!

Find out what’s ahead for 2021-22, and how to get more involved!

Join us for a Virtual Chat with Dr. Bettye Kearse

Join us and Shelves Bookstore next month for:

Virtual Chat with Dr. Bettye Kearse
Author of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family
Thursday, February 4th, 7:00-8:30pm EST (5:00-6:30pm MT)
Cost: Free!

Online via ZOOM: RSVP HERE

 

*Two lucky attendees will each win a free copy of Dr. Kearse’s book!

 

“According to the history told by eight generations of my family’s griots, [James] Madison had a relationship with one of his slaves, Coreen, that resulted in the birth of a son, Jim, who was sold and sent away when he was a teenager. Jim was my great-great-great-grandfather.” –Dr. Betty Kearse, Lithub, March 2020 (link)

 

Part personal quest, part testimony, part historical correction, Dr. Bettye Kearse’s book The Other Madisons is the saga of an extraordinary American family. Join us as we talk with her about her book, her writing and research process and more.

One of “The Ten Best History Books of 2020” by Smithsonian Magazine

“A Roots for a new generation, rich in storytelling and steeped in history.”–Kirkus Reviews

Shelves Bookstore is a pop-up, online bookstore, offering a curated selection of Adult, Children’s Middle School, and YA titles, featuring diverse authors and stories. Owner Abbigail Glenn was a featured panelist in 15 for the Fall: Diverse, Heroic & Exciting Lit Picks, from the Queen City’s Top Indie Booksellers. 

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE! 

BIBLIOFEAST 2020

Join us as well celebrate National Reading Group Month and the newest Great Group reads collection!

 

Monday, October 19th, 7:00-8:30pm

Online Via Zoom

* Book Giveaways for Attendees *

* Author Readings and Q&A *

*Recorded for Facebook & More*

Our Annual Bibliofeast book & author event is a virtual format this year! Enjoy a panel discussion featuring four outstanding authors, and their 2020 Great Group Reads-chosen titles!

  • Donna Hemans, author of Tea by the Sea (Red Hen Press, TP)

    Summary: When Plum’s daughter is kidnapped at birth, by the baby’s father, she spends the next 17 years searching for her  With travels that extend from Jamaica to Brooklyn, this novel examines issues of parenthood, tragedy, identity, redemption, and betrayal.

     

  • Nancy Jensen author of In Our Midst (Dzanc Books, HC)

    Summary: In 1940s Indiana, community fear and suspicion has grown about German immigrants. Nina and Otto Aust and their sons are first separated by the FBI, then interrogated, and ultimately sent to an internment camp in this WWII-set historical fiction.

     

  • Christina Baker Kline author of The Exiles (Custom House, HC)

    Summary: Set in the early days of Australia, this is a story of three women: Two English convicts, and a young Aboriginal girl who’s taken from her people to be raised as a sort of pet by the governor and his wife. This novel takes on colonization, native peoples, and the determination that enabled them to persevere in the face of exile.

     

  • Sahar Mustafah author of The Beauty of Your Face (W.W. Norton, HC)

    Summary: High School principal Afaf Rahman hides as a shooter guns down students at a Muslim girls school in Chicago. The novel alternates between Afaf’s live account of the attack and flashbacks to childhood incidents, including the relationship with her mother, her sister’s disappearance, and her own discovery of the comfort of Islam. 

VIEW THE FULL 2020 GREAT GROUP LIST HERE 

JOIN or RENEW by Sept. 21 (updated), and be entered in our booksellers raffle!

Members who join or renew by September 21st (updated :D), will be entered to win one of six $30.00 gift card from these Charlotte, NC booksellers! 

BOOK BUYERS, (Plaza Midwood), used books of all genres.

HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND (Elizabeth), comics, graphic novels, manga, specialty items, and collecting supplies.

MAIN STREET BOOKS  (Davidson), full service independent bookstore

PARK ROAD BOOKS (South Park), full-service independent bookstore

SHELVES BOOKSTORE, (Charlotte Metro-Area), mobile pop-up /online store featuring multicultural titles

THAT’S NOVEL, (Camp North End), used books, plus new books from select local authors

It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for your valued, important support at this time!  

Join or renew here! Thank You and Stay Safe!

Join us March 9th for our Spring “Meet the Authors” Evening

park road books picJoin us for our
Spring Meet the Authors Evening
Monday, March 9th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
at 
Park Road Books
4139 Park Rd, Charlotte

Join us for an evening of conversation with three prominent, southern-based authors, invited by the chapter.

(Author Bios & Book Summaries, click here)

 

Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones (Harper Perennial TP)

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Everhart, author of The Moonshiners Daughter (Kensington, TP)

 

 

 

 

 

 Susan Beckham Zurenda, author of Bells for Eli (Mercer University Press HC)

 

 

Each will speak briefly about their new novels, then give opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion.

We’ll have wine, refreshments, and a chance to mingle with the authors as well! For more info or questions, contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com 

 

Book Club Meetup, Tuesday, February 4th

E43301A3-1323-474B-BC4E-336EBA2E21E9Come and discuss Southernmost by Silas House (Algonquin, TP) 
Tuesday, February 4, 7:00pm
AMELIE’S BAKERY (updated!) 4321 Park Road., Charlotte, NC.

Synopsis: An evangelical minister in Tennessee reexamining his beliefs and teachings finds himself at odds with his congregation and his wife over the issue of homosexuality in this soul-searching novel about tolerance, family, right versus wrong, and forgiveness.

All are welcome to attend, to give your input or learn about a new book to read!

😊 📚 All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List.
Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com