by Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph
Spring and summer are filled with excellent book releases. So many that it can be easy to miss a book that could be your next fav. Don’t worry, we’ve got you! Check out these recently released books that we think you’ll love. See our list of recently released nonfiction too »
New-ish fiction titles
First Time for Everything by Henry Fry
Why you should try it: Think of this book as a gay Sally Rooney novel: Dramatic life changes are tempered by good friends and deep conversations.
Description: A newly single, recently-evicted, young, gay man moves in with a flamboyant non-binary artist and his extravagant friends living in an East London "commune" and embarks on a voyage of personal discovery including dating, career changes, and therapy.
The Golden Season by Madeline Sneed
Why you should try it: This one is for anyone who had a tough time coming out and navigating the relationship changes that came with it.
Description: In a novel set in the Southern Baptist "Bible Belt" of West Texas, a father and daughter must grapple with her coming out and the ways in which it redefines questions of faith, love, and what it means to be family for them both.
By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley
Why you should try it: You've heard the short version: Jackie O's wedding dress had to be recreated at very short notice. Now, hear the story of the woman who made it happen.
Description: The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of enslaved persons, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America's most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy.
Nevada by Imogen Binnie
Why you should try it: Road trips are infamous for being journeys of self-discovery, and this book is no different, as a woman grapples with her emotions and insecurities in her girlfriend's stolen car.
Description: Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City, is trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she'd carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.
A Proposal They Can't Refuse by Natalie Caña
Why you should try it: This book has everything: a Chicago-based story, best friends-to-lovers romance, and a fake engagement. What's not to love?!
Description: Natalie Caña turns up the heat, humor, and heart in this debut rom-com about a Puerto Rican chef and an Irish American whiskey distiller forced into a fake engagement by their scheming octogenarian grandfathers.
Mother Ocean Father Nation by Nishant
Why you should try it: This gripping historical novel is, at its heart, a story about a family trying to make it through a time of civil unrest alive.
Description: Follows a brother and sister whose paths diverge—one forced to leave, one left behind—in the wake of a nationalist coup in the South Pacific.
Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.