Grown-Up Reads

The Best Grown-Up Reads
of April 2019

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Spring is in full swing! It’s time for iced beverages, walks in the park, and the dreaded spring cleaning — a particularly difficult feat for those of us addicted to books. This spring, we challenge you to replace any book you haven’t touched in years with something new and exciting. From a page-turning thriller to amusing reflections on adulthood, these books compiled by Books from the Source offer something for every reader. Happy reading!

  • The Editor

    by Steven Rowley

    Did you know Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as an editor? Steven Rowley takes this fun fact and spins a charming story featuring aspiring novelist James Smale, whose autobiographical novel is finally acquired by none other than the former first lady. Throughout the editing process, Jackie and James develop a close friendship as she encourages him to write an authentic ending — even if it means confronting his fraught relationship with his mother.
    (On Sale: 4/2/19)

  • Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault

    by Cathy Guisewite

    For decades, Cathy Guisewite’s hilarious and iconic comic strip “Cathy” provided a deeply relatable look at the challenges of womanhood in a changing world. Now, Guisewite returns with a debut essay collection centered on what she’s dubbed “the panini generation” — women who find themselves taking care of both their parents and children. The result is a wry yet reassuring exploration that’s essential reading for mothers and daughters.
    (On Sale: 4/2/19)

  • When We Left Cuba

    by Chanel Cleeton

    Cuban-American politics and a forbidden love affair play out against a 1960s Cuban setting in this electric novel from bestselling author Chanel Cleeton (whose last book was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick!). Beatriz Perez lost everything during the years-long Cuban Revolution, including her family. When the CIA recruits her to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle, she’s faced with a barrage of difficult decisions. How much more can she stand to lose? And what kind of future does she hope for?
    (On Sale: 4/9/19)

  • Confessions of an Innocent Man

    by David R. Dow

    Written by anti-death penalty advocate and founder of the Texas Innocence Network, this timely thriller tells a frighteningly realistic tale about a man falsely convicted of his wife’s murder. After spending six years on death row, overlooked DNA evidence saves Rafael Zhettah from execution at the eleventh hour. Bitter and still mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Rafael vows to use his regained freedom to take revenge on the broken system that stole years of his life.
    (On Sale: 4/9/19)

  • Someone Knows

    by Lisa Scottoline

    Master of suspense Lisa Scottoline is back with a riveting exploration of the damage that secrets can inflict on a life. Allie Garvey has been haunted for two decades, after a high school prank turned deadly. When she goes home for a childhood friend’s funeral, she’s determined to learn what happened on that horrific night. But her search for answers leads her to unearth a shocking truth that may be even worse than never knowing.
    (On Sale: 4/9/19)

  • The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

    by Robert Hillman

    What reader doesn’t love a book about books? In this poignant love story set in 1960s Australia, Tom Hope finds himself drawn to a woman new to town: Hannah Babel, a Hungarian expat with a tragic history. Hannah’s an enigma, but it’s clear she has passion — particularly about opening a bookshop. She recruits Tom — who’s only read one book in his entire life — to build shelving, which leads to the discovery of unexpected love.
    (On Sale: 4/9/19)

  • Tin Man

    by Sarah Winman

    If you’re looking for a sweeping and cathartic tale, this is the book for you, but we must warn you that it’s a tearjerker. Ellis and Michael have been friends since they were 12 years old, but one day the friendship turns into more. Author Sarah Winman transports us to the future, where Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is gone. Rich in emotion and endearing characters, this slim novel — just released in paperback — begs for multiple reads.
    (On Sale: 4/9/19)

  • Park Avenue Summer

    by Renée Rosen

    In 1960s New York City, Alice Weiss is thrilled when she lands the job of a lifetime working for the first female editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Helen Gurley Brown — but Alice has no idea what she’s gotten into. Helen has the audacity to talk to women about “taboo topics,” and some of the staffers don’t like it. Confidential memos end up in the wrong hands, schemes are made to sabotage the boss, and editors are resigning left and right, but Alice is determined to help Helen succeed.
    (On Sale: 4/30/19)