The Girl in the Park

By Mariah Fredericks

When Wendy Geller’s body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream, “Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled.” But shy Rain, once Wendy’s best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just “party girl.” As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick’s mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.

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By Kathryn HarrisonEnchantments cover

From one of America’s most admired literary voices comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia’s Romanov Empire. Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Harrison’s signature crystalline prose, “Enchantments” is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart.

Carry the One

Carry the One coverBy Carol Anshaw

This stunning, breakout achievement has already been hailed by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of “Room,” for presenting “passion and addiction, guilt and damage, all the beautiful mess of family life. “Carry the One” will lift readers off their feet and bear them along on its eloquent tide.”

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories

Birds of a Lesser Paradise coverBy Megan Mayhew Bergman

From a prizewinning young writer whose stories have been anthologized in “The Best American Short Stories” and “New Stories from the South” comes a heartwarming and hugely appealing debut collection that explores the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world.

Unbeelievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings

unBEElievables coverBy Douglas Florian

With 14 funny, fact-filled poems and paintings, Florian explores the natural history of some of the world’s most unloved critters: bees. The poems detail the unexpected wonders of these bugs’ lifestyles, families, and communities, revealing them to be an important part of the ecosystem.

If You Were Here

If You Were Here coverBy Jen Lancaster

Amish-zombie-teen-romance author Mia and her husband Mac buy and renovate their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John Hughes’ movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, they get caught up in various wars with the homeowners’ association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters.

Where It Began

Where It Began coverBy Ann Redisch Stampler

After she is in a horrific car crash while drunk, Los Angeles high-school student Gabriella Gardiner assumes she stole her rich boyfriend’s car and smashed it into a tree, but she cannot remember anything about the events of the evening.