Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla is an author, poet and artist. Her book, Apples Rot on the Ground (May 2020), is a collection of gut-wrenching poems detailing the racism and bigotry that existed for Hispanic families in early New Mexico & Wyoming.
The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

The Chef’s Secret, Crystal King, Touchstone – Crystal King’s historical novel, “The Chef’s Secret,” is a fictional story based on a true character, Bartolomeo Scappi, who served as the Vatican chef during the 16th century Italian Renaissance.

Hunt Them Down by Simon Gervais

Hunt Them Down by Simon Gervais

Hunt Them Down, Simon Gervais, Thomas & Mercer – “Hunt Them Down,” by Simon Gervais, is a crime thriller riddled with immense and constant firepower, bodies strewn from Chicago to Miami, and crashing to a conclusion in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where one of the drug cartel’s most vicious leaders plots horrific revenge.

The Future is Female! edited by Lisa Yazek

The Future is Female! edited by Lisa Yazek

The Future i Female!, Lisa Yazek Editor, Library of America – Shocking, disturbing and awe-inspiring is Lisa Yaszek ’s compilation of 25 science fiction and pulp stories, all written by women, in a special publication by The Library of America,The Future is Female! It comes with a warning: Visionary women writers in this landmark anthology may permanently alter your perception of American science fiction.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond, Max Brallier, Viking – Jack Sullivan is back, fighting monsters and zombies (Boosh! Mergh! Boom!) with his trio of friends in Max Brallier’s The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond, the fourth in this popular illustrated youth-thriller novel series. 

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride, Ibi Zoboi, Harper Collins – Ibi Zoboi has successfully “remixed” Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice into a contemporary coming-of-age love story of race and family.

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages by Geraldine Heng

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages by Geraldine Heng

The Invention of Race in the Middle Ages, Geraldine Heng, Cambridge University Press – “The Invention of Race in Middle Ages” challenges “race theorists” who claim “race” identification is a modern phenomenon. Rather, as author Geraldine Heng’s research back to European Middle Ages reveals, it was actually then that different race distinctions emerged

The Lying King by Alex Beard

The Lying King by Alex Beard

The Lying King, Alex Beard, Greenleaf Book Group – This thin and nicely illustrated volume looks like a children’s book, but the tale inside “The Lying King” offers a timely and uncanny resemblance to our current adult times.

All This I Will Give To You by Dolores Redondo

All This I Will Give To You by Dolores Redondo

All This I Will Give To You, Dolores Redondo, Amazon Crossing – The crime occurs in Galicia, Spain, where even in the 20th century, aristocratic families expect to be recognized as nobility and granted extraordinary privileges.

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

The Masterpiece, Fiona Davis – Fiona Davis’ “The Masterpiece” is a light, romantic historical novel about the journey of two women, fifty years apart in age, who discover self-achievement as their lives collide when New York’s Grand Central Terminal was facing demolition.

Bandwidth by Eliot Peper

Bandwidth by Eliot Peper

Bandwidth, Eliot Peper, 47 North – Eerily, Eliot Peper’s futuristic-thriller, Bandwidth, mirrors today’s reality with computer hackers manipulating voters, government policies made via Twitter and world leaders confronting climate change.