Whiskey When We’re Dry - John Larison

Staff Pick

From a fantastic new voice in literature, Whiskey When We’re Dry is an historical adventure novel that redefines the typical American Western epic. Growing up on the frontier with her father, Jessilyn is a gifted shooter used to being fiercely independent. So when her father dies, rather than succumb to life as a wife and mother, Jessilyn becomes Jessie, and sets off west in search of her outlaw brother, Noah. Told in three parts, and exploring issues of gender identity, sexual identity, family and alcoholism, the novel has themes that are quite timely, yet is also still made mesmerizing by Jessilyn’s unique voice and complex character. Her quest takes on America as a whole, and the history that has stayed with this country all along.

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ISBN: 9780735220447
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Published: Viking - August 21st, 2018

Bearskin - James A McLaughlin

Staff Pick

Bearskin is an evocative, mesmerizing thriller set deep in the Appalachian wilderness. Determined to lay low from a Mexican Sinoloa cartel killer bent on revenge, Rice Moore gets a job as a warden of a wilderness preserve. But when bear poachers start hunting the property, Rice reverts to his most basic, primal self to catch them, and putting his secrecy on the line. With brilliant and spare prose, the haunting, lush and unknowable Virginia forest preserve is the real protagonist of this expertly woven debut. A perfect read for the camping and hiking trip you were planning in the woods this summer.

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ISBN: 9780062742797
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Published: Ecco - June 12th, 2018

Glass Houses - Louise Penny

Staff Pick

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec embarks on his thirteenth case in Glass Houses (Minotaur, $28.99). The latest installment of Louise Penny’s award-winning mystery series is a wonderful example of a book that not only builds on and extends an established character but also stands alone as a satisfying narrative in itself. In the Montreal suburb of Three Pines, a mysterious, hooded figure dressed in black suddenly appears one day on the town commons. Motionless and silent, watching carefully, he seems like a dark conscience passing judgment on an unknown crime. When a murder soon follows, Inspector Gamache and his team of detectives must solve the crime while also concealing certain details in order to lure in bigger drug kingpins. Glass Houses is told from Gamache’s perspective nearly a year after the murder, and the truth is slowly revealed during a court case as pieces of the mystery come to light and the tension builds to a thrilling climax. Beautifully written, with smart and likable characters, and grounded in snowy and scenic Quebec, this is a mystery that even non-mystery readers will love.

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ISBN: 9781250066190
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017