Book Buzz: Historical Fiction, Once, Twice, Thrice; Literary Science Fiction; Turmeric; and Space Race Rom Coms

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For June, we’re looking at historical fiction set during the Great Depression, the Russian Revolution, and World War II; Emily St. John Mandel’s newest book; a cookbook solely devoted to this month’s spice; and a rom com that pairs an astronaut with a movie star.

If you love historical fiction:

Donna Everhart’s The Saints of Swallow Hill (2022)*

The Saints of Swallow Hill takes readers into the grim pine forest labor camps of North Carolina during the Great Depression. Here, amidst the backbreaking labor of harvesting pine tar and the camp’s cruel management, a widow who’s disguising herself as a man for her own protection (Rae Lynn), the abused wife of the commissary owner (Cornelia), and a charming man with a secret of his own (Del) form a friendship.

*Also available as an ebook on Libby

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Kristin Hannah, Kim Michele Richardson, and Delia Owens.

Bryn Turnbull’s The Last Grand Duchess (2022)

The Romanovs have fascinated readers for decades, but usually the focus is on the younger two children (Anastasia and Alexei) of Nicholas and Alexandra, the last emperor and empress of Russia. This time around, the eldest Romanov daughter Olga is the protagonist, and the book follows Olga in opulent tsarist Russia through volunteer nursing during WWI and her growing realization that public sentiment against her parents is mounting.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Helen Rappaport.

Dinah Jefferies’ Daughters of War (2021)

In lovely rural Southwest France during World War II, three sisters have very different reactions to the war. Hélène is just trying to keep the family alive while Elise throws her energy into the Resistance and Florence retreats into a dream world of her own making. Then, one night, the war comes to their doorstep quite literally when the Allies approach them for help. Complications ensue. The first in a planned trilogy.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Kristin Harmel.

If you prefer science fiction with a literary bent:

Emily St. John Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility (2022)**

Emily St. John Mandel has gotten a lot of buzz in recent years for her imaginative post-apocalyptic science fiction and elegant prose. Her most recent effort spans centuries and planets, intertwining the stories of an exiled aristocrat in 1912 Canada, a novelist who lives on the moon in 2203, and a detective trying to unravel a mystery, all united by a mysterious violin being played in an airship terminal.

**Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Margaret Atwood, Colson Whitehead, Kate Atkinson, and David Mitchell.

If you are in need of a new cookbook:

The Turmeric Cookbook: 50 Delicious Recipes for the Healing Superfood (2017)

We’re highlighting turmeric for our spice of the month club for June, and if you want to go beyond what our handout offers with your sample of turmeric (or your own turmeric), be sure to check out this cookbook. Turmeric has many healthy properties, and the cookbook highlights these, as well as providing recipes that range from breakfast dishes to main dishes to drinks to desserts. Recipes include banana bread, mango no bake cheesecake, roast chicken with tandoori rub, and potato salad.

Recommended for cookbook and turmeric fans.

If you want an audiobook:

Jen Comfort’s The Astronaut and the Star (2022)

Reggie has only one great desire, to be the first woman on the moon. Unfortunately for this outspoken astronaut, she’s not going anywhere in outer space after her latest PR disaster. In the hopes of getting herself back in NASA’s good graces, she agrees to a mission that she never would have signed up for otherwise–training an actor how to be an astronaut for a movie. Reggie is determined to be cold as ice to heartthrob Jon Leo but finds him hard to resist. You know where this is headed.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Emily Henry.

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.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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