Staff Pick

Wetmore’s strong debut novel opens with a brutal crime committed against a young Mexican American girl in the small West Texas town of Odessa. From that powerful opening, I was immediately sucked into the story of how the community reacts to the incident, the imagery, and the lives of the women in a place centered on hardship, friendships, raising children, and being fiercely independent. Rarely have I read fiction so beautifully written.

 

Valentine: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913265
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Published: Harper - March 31st, 2020

Staff Pick

After college, Jason Hardy finds himself selling watches at J.C. Penney’s. Totally unsuited for the job he decides to try his hand at being a Probation and Parole Officer in one of America’s toughest cities, New Orleans.  Coming on board just when criminal justice is taking a hard look at methods and trying to keep people out of prisons, Jason is confronted with helping people immersed in poverty, drug addiction, gangs and violence with very few resources.  An amazing look inside a part of the justice system that is rarely talked about and the benefits of “social supervision.”  

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982128593
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 18th, 2020

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The title is based on a Dolly Parton song, and the lives of the characters in Holding on to Nothing are steeped in East Tennessee bluegrass along with alcoholism and tragedy. The only way out for our heroine, Lucy Kilgore, is to leave town and try for a better life and higher education in the big town of Knoxville, Tennessee - but things get in the way of her plans. This beautiful and haunting story will stay with you for a while.

Holding on to Nothing Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781949467086
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Published: Blair - October 22nd, 2019

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