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May is such a busy month. It feels like we're just getting outside into the world again, breaking free from our winter hibernation and seeing all the people we haven't seen in months. June starts off busy as well - prom, graduation, Father's Day, etc. But by the end of June, school is over and summer has begun. We get to take a deep breath, and slow down a little. If you're one of those wonderful people who make time to read throughout the May/early June busy times, great, but many of us won't have time to sit down and read for a bit. When you do, keep these new titles coming out this month in mind!

As always, these 10 featured books are presented in alphabetical order by the author's last name.

Bunny, by Mona Awad
An Indie Next pick, and a best book of summer according to, Bustle, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, and Vulture, there are plenty of people excited about Bunny. That includes our manager, Megan, who tore through the book. It focuses on a group of graduate students who all refer to each other as "Bunny." It's a delicious cross of "The Heathers" and "The Craft." We're hoping to have Mona out in the fall to tell us all about it!

The Stationery Shop, by Marjan Kamali
What would you do if the person who you felt destined to marry disappeared without a trace, and you didn't see them again for more than 50 years? That's the question at the heart of The Stationery Shop, and you will eager to find out the answer. We're thrilled also to be one of the first events Marjan will do in support of the book. The Stationery Shop debuts on June 18th, and on June 20th, Marjan will be in Acton. Not at the bookstore, but over at Orange Door Kitchen, for our second Feast of Fiction event, which will also feature authors Whitney Scharer and Grace Talusan. It's going to be a great time. Read more about that event and buy your tickets for it here.

FKA USA, by Reed King
This is bound to be one of the funniest post-apocalyptic novels you've ever read. It is the year 2080, more than 30 years after the world ended in the "Dissolution," and the USA is no longer. In the world formerly known as the USA (hence the title, FKA USA), life is not great, but it's about to get worse. A scientist has invented a highly-addictive drug that implants in people's brains, and allows her to control people's actions remotely. Soon, she'll have a whole army, and the only people who can stop them might just be a 16-year-old virgin and a talking goat. I loved this book with my whole heart. It is creative, funny, and dreams big. Just take a look at the map and tell me you're not intrigued!

Midsummer's Mayhem, by Rajani LaRocca
If it feels like we've been talking about this book for awhile, well, that's because we have. We're super excited for Rajani, who will be here on June 23rd with Jarrett Lerner and Susan Tan for a very fun middle-grade event. Midsummer's Mayhem also doubles as the first time I was featured in the Indie Next newsletter, which makes the book a little extra special for us. Here's what I wrote for it, which you can read online or if you grab a copy of it in the store: “An enchanting treat of a middle-grade novel, LaRocca’s debut is baked to perfection. You don’t need to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy this modern fantasy twist on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the third act (so to speak) takes a wonderful, unexpected turn. It’s the perfect book for young bakers and those who love stories about family and friendship!” 

The MVP Machine, by Ben Lindbergh & Travis Sawchik
My former colleagues from my days at FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus have co-written what is sure to be one of the best baseball books of the year. It focuses on baseball's newest data revolution. They declare the Moneyball era dead, and look at how the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox used cutting-edge technology to win the World Series, among many other topics, including how baseball has become both better than ever and arguably worse to watch. This will be the perfect Father's Day gift for any dad out there who enjoys thinking about the game.

Linus the Little Yellow Pencil, by Scott Magoon
Not sure if we've mentioned this before, but we love Scott. He is the author and/or illustrator of so many of our favorite children's picture books (Rescue & Jessica, Spoon, Mostly Monsterly, Misunderstood Shark, etc.), and on this newest book, it's "and," as in he's both the author and the illustrator. We don't want to spoil it for you, just come in and grab a copy, either on June 4th when it comes out, or on July 27th, when we'll welcome Scott back to the store!

Now? Not Yet!, by Gina Perry
Gina is another of our favorite picture book authors. A drawing she did for us when she visited last year still hangs in the kid's section. It's of her characters Peanut and Moe from Too Much! Not Enough! Those characters are back in Gina's new book, Now? Not Yet! This time, instead of being at their house, this odd couple is on a camping trip. Gina will be here on June 15th to celebrate the book's release for our Get Outside for Summer Story Time that will feature five books in total. We're very excited for this story time, it was a lot of fun last year, and should be this year as well!

The Great Great Wall, by Ian Volner
"Build the wall" has been a signature theme for America's 45th president. In this book, architectural historian and critic Volner examines past walls around the world -- in China, the Middle East, and Europe, as well as here in the US -- to see how they worked, what they reveal about human history, and how they relate to today. There is special attention paid to Trump and the walls along the US border already. This book is a smart blend of history and oh-so-topical current events.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong
The No. 1 Indie Next pick for June, Vuong's debut novel has appeared on countless "most anticipated" lists, including The Boston Globe and Publisher's Weekly. It is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. It shows off the undeniable love between a son and his single mother, and it is about the power of telling one's own story and obliterating the silence of not being heard.

Siege, by Michael Wolff
Oops, he did it again. When Wolff's last book, Fire and Fury was published, the president swore up and down that none of it was true and that Michael Wolff never had the access that he claimed to have. So much has changed since then, but Wolff has seemingly maintained close access to the White House, and has delivered another sure-to-be bombshell book. It starts at the outset of Donald J. Trump's second year in the White House, and ends with the delivery of The Mueller Report, making it very timely.

Also of Note:
Hangry, by Drew Brockington
Out of Place, by Jennifer Blecher
Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly, by Jim DeRogatis
Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey
City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Naturally Tan, by Tan France
Lena's Slippers, by Ioana Hobai
Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, by Katherine Howe
Underland, by Robert Macfarlane
Unicorn Day, by Diana Murray
Hum & Swish, by Matt Myers
Sorcery of Thorns, by Margaret Rogerson
It Feels Good to Be Yourself, by Theresa Thorn
Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner

New in Paperback:
The Lost Family, by Jenna Blum
Lethal White, by Robert Galbraith
The Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson
The Outsider, by Stephen King
The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai
Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny
The Book of Dust, by Philip Pullman
Calypso, by David Sedaris
Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman
Front Desk, by Kelly Yang

Today is National Smile Day, so it feels fitting that we'll be having Maddie Frost out for story time tomorrow, because her smile lights up any room! Maddie has written a lot of books, but tomorrow we'll be focusing on her Indestructibles series. These books are a parent's dream, because you can't rip them or chew them. They are, as the name says, indestructible! Maddie has written and illustrated five of these books, including the recently-released trio Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Join us at 11 am tomorrow to see this wonderful children's author and illustrator!


You can also join us tomorrow at 10 am at the Berlin Public Library, where we'll be conducting a pop-up book fair that features the town's summer reading list books! It should be a great time.
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