Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For November, we’re looking at a jaunty romance set in Singapore, a thriller about crime in the Missouri Ozarks, and a nonfiction narrative about panther conservation in Florida.
Lauren Ho’s Last Tang Standing (2020)
This novel has been described as a cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary and Crazy Rich Asians. Andrea Tang is a well-educated, well-to-do thirty-something, living the dream in Singapore. Her family is less than happy about her becoming the only unmarried member of the family, and Andrea herself is surprised that this designation starts to bother her. She thinks her problem is solved when she meets a wealthy, handsome potential suitor, but she keeps finding herself thinking about her equally handsome rival at work. Complications ensue.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Kevin Kwan, Helen Fielding, and Jojo Moyes.
Amy Engel’s The Familiar Dark (2020)
Noir is traditionally a genre more associated with urban environments, particularly the cities of California. But in the 21st century, there’s definitely been a trend toward rural/country noir. Amy Engel’s latest noir novel is set in the rural Missouri Ozarks. Eve is grief-stricken over the murder of her daughter and will do anything to find out what happened, even if it means returning to her own estranged mother’s home. . . .
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Daniel Woodrell and Karin Slaughter.
Craig Pittman’s Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther (2020)
Some of us at the library (who will remain nameless) fell down the Tiger King rabbit hole earlier this year. This book isn’t about the exploits of a certain Joe Exotic, but it’s still a pretty wild tale about big cats, specifically Florida panthers. Specifically it traces the eccentric personalities and not always competent efforts that worked to prevent the species from going extinct.
Recommended if you like nature stories with a touch of the absurd.
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 on any of these items or to place them on hold.