Watermark Books: New & Recommended (July 29)
"Tigers in Red Weather" by Liza Klaussman (Little, Brown, $25.99) At the end of World War II, cousins Nick and Helena are on the cusp of starting their "real lives": Nick to reunite with her husband just home from the war; Helena to start a marriage to a Hollywood producer. Ten years later, both women have realized that what they thought was the perfect life has its cracks. While on vacation at the family home in Martha’s Vineyard, their children, Daisy and Ed, discover a secret that will bring Nick and Helena’s lives crashing down. An extravagant first novel, "Tigers in Red Weather" explores the themes of liars, love, lust and secrets.
"Shine Shine Shine" by Lydia Netzer (St. Martin’s Press, $24.99) Sunny has been bald since birth. Maxon is an autistic genius NASA engineer. For 20 years they have been unusual together. But now, Maxon is away on a space mission, programming robots for the new lunar colony. Sunny is pregnant with their second child – their first is an autistic 4-year-old son –and her mother is dying. Her only wish: that they could be normal. However, when an accident in space puts Maxon’s mission in peril, everything they have built hangs in the balance. A unique blend of science fiction, mystery, and heart-rendering storytelling, the only drawback to "Shine Shine Shine" is that the book ends too soon.
1. "The Bay of Foxes" by Sheila Kohler
2. "Freeman" by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
3. "Rules of Civility" by Amor Towles
4. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
5. "Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness
6. "Radiating Like a Stone" edited by Myrne Roe
7. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James
8. "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty
9. "Eight Wonders of Kansas" by Marci Penner
10. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James
Source: Watermark Books & Cafe
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