The Female Persuasion-Meg Wolitzer
Greer Kadetsky is a college freshman when she meets Faith Frank, a prominent figure in the women’s movement. Although madly in love with her boyfriend, Greer feels that something is missing, a sense of ambition she can’t place. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, something comes alive within Greer, and the two women connect. Faith invites Greer to seek out her purpose, and soon Greer finds herself on a path winding away from the future she’d always imagined. It’s Meg Wolitzer at her best.
Look Alive Out There-Sloane Crosley
Readers will know Sloane Crosley from her acclaimed essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number and fans will be delighted to have her back with this new collection. Still witty as ever, these pieces are also warm, hilarious, and full of adventures.
The Overstory-Richard Powers
Barbara's Bookstore owner/buyer Janet Bailey says, "The Overstory is a grand mandala of stories both delicate and all-encompassing. These stories that finally merge in a violent conflict, confront recent history through an oddly mundane yet gracefully poetic theme, the life of trees. Ecology as both hope and despair. It is a big book in every sense, richly human, winningly pedantic. This is a masterpiece by a master writer."
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath-Leslie Jamison
Readers may recognize Leslie Jamison from her 2014 essay collection, The Empathy Exams. She is a compelling writer and her newest book, The Recovering, is more than a memoir about recovery. Not only is it a deeply personal story of addiction, it also takes a look at artists and writers whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk-Kathleen Rooney (paperback release)
It's the last night of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian is on her way to a party. On a walk that takes her 10 miles around the city of Manhattan, she encounters a variety of characters-from bartenders to security guards to criminals-all while recalling her long and eventful life and the decades spent in Manhattan. Kathleen Rooney has written a novel that is not only a love letter to city life but also the portrait of the remarkable woman called Lillian Boxfish.