Our June print edition has been available in bookstores and libraries for a couple weeks now, but in case you haven't had a chance to pick up the issue, we're highlighting all the reviews and features on BookPage.com. This week, a few books get a special shout-out on our homepage:
Read an interview with Aimee Bender on her novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
A boy with keys for fingers. A woman who gives birth to her own mother. Imps and mermaids falling in love. If all of this sounds too strange—even for fiction—then you’ve obviously never read anything by Aimee Bender. But now, with the publication of her second novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, it’s clearly time that you should.
Plan a summer trip in the USA with reviews of great travel books
How can you get away without the fuss and expense of flying? Road trip! These travel guides showcase America’s natural, historical and cultural wonders, so gas up the car and hit the road. Spontaneous jaunts can be memorable, but why not invest some planning in your trip? And if you like a little history and learning with your getaway, the Complete National Parks of the United States, is a great starting point for exploring America’s gorgeous parklands.
Read a review of Joshilyn Jackson's first-rate new novel, Backseat Saints
You only think you know what you’re in for when Backseat Saints begins: “It was an airport gypsy who told me that I had to kill my husband.” Joshilyn Jackson’s fourth novel isn’t a series of funny, trashy set pieces out of Dogpatch; rather, the tale Jackson tells is grim, and unless you count the narrator’s dog and a few minor characters, there’s not one likable person in it.
Will you be reading any of these books?