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Like the old saying goes, with May flowers come May new releases. Or something.

As we do at the start of every month, we're going to preview the 10 books we're most excited about, and give a shout-out to a bunch of other new releases and new paperback releases. And as always, these books are listed in alphabetical order by author last name.
 

With the Fire on High, by Elizabeth Acevedo
Novels in verse have seen a big resurgence this decade, and they came to the forefront again last year when Acevedo's debut, The Poet X, won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Her new novel, also written in verse, With The Fire on High, centers on a high school senior (and mother) with a passion for cooking but without the means to turn her culinary dreams into reality.

The Guest Book, by Sarah Blake
We booksellers love this one. Blake's last book, The Postmistress, published nearly a decade ago, is considered a new classic. The Guest Book tells the tale of the multigenerational story of the Milton family, WASPy scions of banking, owners of an island in Maine, strict observers of social protocol and the obligation to do good -- and of all the ways in which they have failed in fulfilling that mandate. And don't forget, we have a free tote bag for the first few people who pre-order the book!

When Sue Found Sue, by Toni Buzzeo
Local author Buzzeo does great work, as evidenced by the board books of hers that fly off our shelves. You probably know her from those books -- Whose Tools?, Whose Truck? and Whose Boat?, most especially. Excellent books all, but her new book may be her best work yet. In When Sue Found Sue, Buzzeo tells the true tale of paleontologist Sue Hendrickson, who on a dig in 1990 in South Dakota, found the largest and most complete T Rex skeleton ever. The skeleton is still on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Toni will be here in store on Saturday, June 15th as part of a very fun story time we're planning. Stay tuned for details on that!

The Age of Living Machines, by Dr. Susan Hockfield
When your career includes accomplishments like being the first female president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), you've earned the right to be seen as an authority on ... well, just about everything. Dr. Hockfield is especially an expert in the field of life sciences, and in her new book, she explains how the convergence of biology and engineering is poised to fuel some of the largest technological innovations in human history, on par with -- if not more powerful -- than the invention of the computer chip. What's more, she does so in a way that everyone can understand.

Shouting at the Rain, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Lately, main character Delsie has been looking at her life through new eyes, and wishing for a "regular family," as much as she loves her Grammy. Together with a new friend, Delsie learns the difference between angry and sad, broken and whole, and abandoned and loved. The author's previous book, Fish in a Tree, is a customer favorite here, and Shouting at the Rain is poised to do so as well. If you pre-order soon, you can still get a signed copy!

Let Me Hear a Rhyme, by Tiffany D. Jackson
Our resident Tiffany D. Jackson authority, Olivia, loved this book as much as Jackson's first two books, Allegedly and Monday's Not Coming. In Let Me Hear a Rhyme, three Brooklyn friends hatch a scheme to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive. As their plan comes to fruition, each has to confront what really happened to their friend, and wrestle with the (separate) secret each one is hiding. 

Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered, by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
Our bookseller Hannah loves mysteries. She once said with full conviction that a book isn't good if it doesn't have a murder in it. So it's no surprise that Hannah's favorite podcast is "My Favorite Murder," hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. The true crime podcast is one of the most popular in the world, and has a devoted fan base of "Murderinos." Now the duo has written their first book, a feminist memoir, that is sure to be as entertaining as their podcast. If you pre-order it, we have some goodies for you!  

Aurora Rising, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
What if I told you that this book was Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Breakfast Club? Is that something you might be interested in? I think it's something you might be interested in. Told from the points of view of seven different characters in the year 2380, not all of them human, this promises to be a great young adult sci-fi series. That's right, series - this is the first book in what will be a trilogy, with books two and three launching in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

This America: The Case for the Nation, by Jill Lepore
If you know the name Jill Lepore, you're already standing at attention, and rightly so, as she is one of the foremost history scholars this planet has to offer. Last year's These Truths was an instant bestseller. Like These Truths, This America will be a must read. Unlike These Truths, which weighed in (pun intended) at 960 pages and a $39.95 price tag, This America is slimmer in both respects -- it's only 160 pages and costs $16.95. It will be the perfect non-fiction beach read. 

Llama Destroys the World, by Jonathan Stutzman


Consider yourself warned!!!

Also of Note:
- The British Are Coming, by Rick Atkinson
- Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep
- Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry
- Secrets of a Fangirl, by Erin Dionne
- FORTNITE OFFICIAL GUIDE: Battle Royale Survival Guide, by Epic Games
- Into the Jungle, by Erica Ferencik
- If I Was the Sunshine, by Julie Fogliano
- Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game, by Chris Grabenstein
- Bunnicula, 40th Anniversary Edition, by James & Deborah Howe
- Just Jaime, by Terri Libenson
- FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019: The Official Book, by Jen O'Neill
- Lambslide, by Ann Patchett
- The Farm, by Joanne Ramos
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
- Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway, by David Rigby ***Author lives in Acton!!!***
- Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, by Mariko Tamaki
- I Have an Idea!, by Herve Tullet

New in Paperback:
- The Penderwicks At Last, by Jeanne Birdsall
- Florida, by Lauren Groff
- The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare, by Shannon & Dean Hale
- The Word Is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz
- Rocket Men, by Robert Kurson
- Puddin', by Julie Murphy
- Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
- There There, by Tommy Orange
- Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, by Amy Stewart
- The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton
We have partnered with Libro.fm Audiobooks. When you purchase books or memberships through Libro.fm/SilverUnicorn, we get compensated! You can learn more about Libro.fm on the newly-created Audiobooks page of our website, but the main highlights are:

- Libro.fm is independently owned, unlike Audible, which is owned by Amazon.
- Unlike with Audible, you will own books you purchase from Libro.fm DRM-free, meaning you can play it on any device you want!
TOMORROW IS INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!!!



Like we discussed in last week's newsletter, tomorrow is the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day! There's going to be a lot of exclusive goodies - some free, some for sale - and we're going to have two really great events. Ali Benjamin is at 2 pm, and Jessica Barry and Megan Collins are at 7 pm. I feel like I've been talking about these events ad nauseam, so if you want to learn more about them click on the links below in the event listings! But I promise you won't be disappointed with either event. :-)

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