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5 Books You'll Obsess Over

January 10, 2017
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If you’re like me, you obsess over new books. You get giddy when you plan your trip to your local Books-A-Million, and you plan for days on what book you’re going to get. In-store, you run your hands across the covers looking for the perfect book. But it’s hard.There are so many choices. New titles by new authors draw you in, but your favorites draw you to a new section. We’re here to make that choice a little easier. Here are the 5 new releases our experts guarantee you’ll obsess over.

In the Great Green Room by Amy Gary

In the Great Green Room is one of the best non-fiction titles we’ve read in a very long time. Margaret Wise Brown was the prolific author behind two of the most beloved children’s classics: Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. She perfectly captured a child’s sense of awe and wonder throughout her works. But there’s more to Brown than her literature. She lived an extravagant and eccentric life before suddenly and unexpectedly passing away at the age of forty-two. Amy Gary perfectly captures Brown’s larger-than-life fame and personality, and she draws on new letters, diaries, and historical information to paint a telling portrait of the children’s literature icon.Click here to buy.

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston is well known as a true-crime author, but The Lost City of the Monkey God displays his writing chops to the world. Preston displays his penchant for storytelling in his first-hand experience searching for the Lost City of the Monkey God, a legendary city in the jungles of Honduras where indigenous people fled to escape Spanish invaders during colonization. Following the archaeological journey through La Mosquitia, Preston discusses the complicated history of colonization, the legendary city, and the expedition.Click here to buy.

Rest In Power by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

We all know the name Trayvon Martin. His death made headlines throughout 2012 and 2013, inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, and continue to impact the state of race relations into the present. But we really only know part of the story. Martin was a person. He had goals, family, friends, hobbies, and an independent personality, and his death has an impact we’ll never be able to comprehend. That’s the story Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin tell in Rest In Power. They tell the story of their son, the story of their love, his death, the injustice, and the birth of a movement. No matter your opinion on the event, this is a heartbreaking must-read from two parents living without their son.Click here to buy.

The Guests on South Battery by Karen White

Karen White finally returns to her bestselling Tradd Street series with The Guests on South Battery. Melanie Middleton, the psychic real estate agent extraordinaire, returns as a married mother on her way back to work. Paired with a seemingly quick and easy sale, Middleton feels the ghosts of Charleston reaching out to her again. A spellbinding tale, White masterfully layers the paranormal with mystery, history, and a little romance. Her inclusion of architectural details and the history of Charleston will leave even the least voracious readers scrambling to complete the series. Click here to buy.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

The 1950s and 60s were a time of idealism in science and the future. Flying cars, moving sidewalks, space exploration were all concepts considered a concrete future for the unparalleled optimism of the American dream. But that optimism disappeared as the dream of utopia faded into the fear of dystopia. However, in Elan Mastai’s captivating debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays, that’s simply not the case. But when Tom, a man who can’t find his place in the utopian future, is stranded in our modern 2016 after a time travel accident, he has to figure out whether he should fix the flow of history or forge a new life. Click here to buy.

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