By: Camille Perri
Tina Fontana, office assistant to a powerful executive, is overeducated and underpaid. She lives in a drab apartment in Brooklyn with rats for neighbors. When a technical glitch mistakenly pays her enough money to eliminate her student loans, Tina finds that she can't pass up the chance to keep the money which is just pocket change for her boss. When other assistants want to take advantage of a similar scheme, Tina is dragged further into a scam that she would rather avoid. This novel by debut author Camille Perri is smart and funny and populated by quirky, endearing characters.
By: Corey Pegues
An improbable but inspiring story of a black kid on the streets of Queens becoming a top cop in the NYPD. From the truth of selling marijuana, cocaine and crack to the truth of subtle and overt racism in the precincts, this is a fast moving recounting of a man’s journey of determination from one side of the law to the other. Proposed as a major motion picture deal, this book is recommended for those seeking to understand relations between blue and black.
By: Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox was a talented architect who was utterly destroyed when her award-winning house was intentionally demolished in a nasty feud. She and her husband move to Seattle where he becomes a successful inventor at Microsoft. After many miscarriages, their daughter Bee is born with a severe heart defect which is eventually repaired with surgery. Bernadette becomes a stay-at-home mom, but over time , social anxiety and agoraphobia rule her. When her husband considers forcibly committing her to a mental health facility, Bernadette escapes. Although devastated, Bee is driven to find her mother. Readers will enjoy this funny novel which pokes fun at social niceties and helicopter parenting.
By: Alison Case
This clever novel is a reimagining of Wuthering Heights as seen through the viewpoint of the Earnshaw's loyal servant, Nelly Dean. Growing up with the Earnshaw children, Nelly was well educated for a servant of her time. As she approached adolescence, her mother insisted that she become less of a playmate to the young Earnshaws and more of a housekeeper. When Mr. Earnshaw adopts a homeless orphan, whom he names Heathcliff, the family is in an uproar. Fans of Wuthering Heights will be interested in this well-written piece of historical fiction.