Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For November, we’re looking at a witty rom com revolving around social media, the intense hunt for a fictional Nazi war criminal in the years following WWII, and a fascinating actual treasure hunt that has spanned over 200 years.
Hannah Orenstein’s Love at First Like (2019)
Eliza co-owns a jewelry store in NYC with her sister. On the eve of learning that one of her ex-boyfriends just got engaged, Eliza has an, ahem, moment in which she accidentally uploads a picture of herself wearing an engagement ring to Instagram. She has 100,000 followers who are very excited for the news this photo seems to suggest, and the post goes viral and store sales skyrocket. She could just confess all, but where’s the fun in that? So, off she goes to find herself a fiancé to match what was accidentally posted on social media. . . .
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Sophia Kinsella and JoJo Moyes.
Kate Quinn’s The Huntress (2019)
Nina is a female Soviet bomber pilot who, upon finding herself behind enemy lines, is lucky to have escaped the notorious Nazi war criminal known only as The Huntress. After the war, Nina joins forces with others, including a British war correspondent, to find The Huntress. Their search leads them to post-war America and a young woman who’s very suspicious of her mysterious new German stepmother.
Recommended for those who enjoy Kate Atkinson’s work.
D’Arcy O’Connor’s The Secret Treasure of Oak Island (2018)
In 1795, a young man named Daniel and his friends uncovered an elaborate old shaft with coconut plants that definitely were not native to the part of Canada where they were found. Daniel and friends became convinced this mysterious place was where the infamous pirate Captain Kidd had left his treasure. It was long rumored he had buried his treasure around here, and was this discovery not proof? That mysterious place in the ground on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia has inspired numerous other treasure hunters over the past 225-ish years. None have ever found the treasure, but that inconvenient fact hasn’t stopped treasure hunters from descending on Oak Island in the past–or present.
Recommended for those who enjoyed David Grann’s The Lost City of Z.
What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.