What to Read: Week of June 7, 2016
Looking for something new this week? Check out our top picks, available in stores and online June 7.
By Margaret Terwey
If you’re after a quick read—and we do mean quick—the first two books in James Patterson’s BookShots series hit shelves June 7. BookShots are under 150 pages and under $5—shorter and cheaper, but with all the page-turning thrills you’re used to with James Patterson. Up this week are Zoo II and Cross Kill.
Stephen King’s End of Watch goes on sale this week, concluding the Bill Hodges trilogy. In this novel, the Mercedes Killer, first introduced in the Edgar Award winning Mr. Mercedes, returns, heinous as ever, to drive his victims to suicide.
The House of Secrets is the latest from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. In this thrilling book, Hazel Nash awakes in a hospital and can’t remember anything, not even her own name. Her father is dead and the FBI is asking questions. This is Meltzer doing what he does best—a page turner with a dash of international conspiracy theory.
Terry McMillan, who brought us How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale returns with I Almost Forgot about You. Dr. Georgia Young seems to have it all—great career, wonderful friends, loving family. But she’s also has two failed marriages in her past and a feeling of restlessness she just can’t shake. She sets out on a quest that just may give her a second chance at finding love.
Homegoing is a literary debut from author Yaa Gyasi that just might be the Next Big Thing in the book world. The novel spans centuries and continents, telling the stories of half sisters born into two different villages in 18th century Ghana, whose lives took very different paths. From the tribal wars of Ghana to the American Civil War to 20th century Harlem, Gyasi’s novel is a sweeping, intimate narrative of slavery, America’s Original Sin.
Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley, is a June Buyer’s Pick, chosen by our experts just for you. If you’ve ever had an aging dog that you loved fiercely, and then you had to let go, this debut novel was written for you. I won’t lie, you’ll need a lot of tissues, but there will also be laughs, and it’s so worth the emotional toll.