“The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty (Riverhead Books, $26.95) In 1922, years before she will become an iconic film actress, fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks left Wichita for New York City and the Denishawn school of dance. Much to her chagrin, she was accompanied by Cora Carlisle, a respectable neighbor hired by Brooks’ parents. “The Chaperone” weaves together the stories of Cora’s and Louise’s experiences in New York and the possibilities it offers them as they search for freedom and fulfillment. Laura Moriarty will be at Watermark Books on June 14, at 7 p.m.
“Porch Lights: A Novel” by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow, $25.95) When Jackie’s husband dies in the line of duty, she and her 10-year-old son decide that the best place for them to heal is Jackie’s childhood home of Sullivans Island. Of course, this means dealing with her mother, Annie, with whom things have never been smooth. Told in alternating viewpoints, “Porch Lights” highlights Frank’s hallmark themes of family, resilience and the strength of love. Dorothea Benton Frank will be at Watermark Books on June 26, at 7 p.m.
1. "Nothing Daunted" by Dorothy Wickenden
2. "The Yard" by Alex Grecian
3. "Radiating Like a Stone" edited by Myrne Roe
4. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
5. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James
6. "Freeman" by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
7. "Caleb’s Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks
8. "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett
9. "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" by Deborah Moggach
10. "Over Time" by Frank Deford
Source: Watermark Books & Cafe