June 25, 2019

Summer picks: Feminists, super heroes, mythical seals and FBI investigations

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TrainwreckSady Doyle offers an essential, timely, feminist anatomy of the female trainwreck. (Think Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack.” Where did these women come from? What are their crimes? And what does it mean for the rest of us? This book is smart, snarky, funny and compassionate. You can also have a whole summer of Sady and order Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy and the Fear of Female Power, which comes out this August.

 

 

 

The Talented Ribkins: Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois’ famous essay “The Talented Tenth” and fueled by debut novelist Ladee Hubbard’s marvelously original imagination, this big-hearted debut novel is about race, class, politics, and the unique (and super) gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together. Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison writes, “For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard’s original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself.”

 

 

 

Several of the men on the remote Scottish island of Bancree have disappeared, unnerving the community. When a body washes ashore, suspicion turns to the newcomers of the small community. But seventeen year old Flora suspects something else, even though it seems impossible: She asks local residents for anything they know about “selkies,” the mythical women who can turn from seal to human and back again. Can the answer to the disappearances lie out there, beyond the waves?

 

 

 

The Mueller Report: Former FBI director Robert Mueller provides a thrilling investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The inclusion of FBI agents, Russian spies, forensic accountants, and government secrets makes this sound like a juicy fictional mystery novel, but this is a real life government document and in our opinion, a spectacular beach read.

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.

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