Depicting a culture that is a mystery to many, The Rathbones takes place among the whaling industry along the New England coast. Mercy Rathbone's father has been missing at sea for seven years, after he went hunting the last whale seen off Connecticut's shore. Mercy lives with her uncle until a violent visitor forces them to flee to the sea. What follows is a journey of discovery as Mercy uncovers the secrets of her family's past.
Janice Clark's Gothic-inspired novel reflects the writing of past greats. Beyond the search for a whale, Clark delivers a tale of mystery that will drag readers deep into the unforgiving sea. For more about the Rathbone family, watch the book trailer below from Knopf, and be sure to read our full review.
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Forty years after the murder of Sharon Tate, it would seem that everything about Charles Manson has already been reported. Jeff Guinn proves this all wrong in his new book, Manson, which uncovers never-before-heard stories and follows Manson's entire life, from childhood to adulthood.
With exclusive interviews and photographs, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Mason goes beyond previous biographies to provide a well-written and complete study of a man who has perplexed many for decades.
Read our review here and watch the trailer below from Simon & Schuster to learn more about the research and writing of Manson.
What do you think, readers? Will you be reading Manson?
Throughout her murder trial, Noa P. Singleton never spoke a single word in her own defense. Ten years later, Noa is six months away from her execution when she is visited by her victim's mother, who offers to change Noa's sentence to life in prison in exchange for only one thing, but that is the one thing that Noa will never do: tell her story.
In her debut novel, Elizabeth Silver has created an emotionally striking story that will cause readers to reflect on their own decisions. An engrossing rumination on the search for truth, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton will leave readers looking deep within at their own truths and deceptions.
For more about the literary psychological thriller, check out our full review and watch the book trailer below from Headline Books.
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In Benjamin Percy's Red Moon, the Lycan Republic is under American occupation, and all Lycans are required to suppress their instincts with Lupex, a drug that prevents the werewolf transformation process. The Lycans are our friends and neighbors, but when terrorist attacks occur, the guilty and innocent alike are targeted and rounded up. Claire Forrester is a Lycan on the run after seeing her parents murdered; Patrick Gamble is the sole survivor of a plane attack. The once peaceful coexistence is no more and with only weeks until the next full moon, no one knows what is waiting on the other side.
Bringing werewolves back into horror, Benjamin Percy has written a literary thriller with a complex world. More than a love story, Red Moon combines warfare and politics to create a story like none other. Watch the book trailer below by Hodder Books for a further look into Red Moon.
What do you think? Will you be reading Red Moon this summer?
Elizabeth Gilbert, the New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, is back this October with her first novel in 12 years. Beautifully researched, Gilbert brings life to the Age of Enlightenment in a full-immersion reading experience that promises to be another inspiring story of faith, love and discovery.
Spanning the 18th and 19th centuries, The Signature of All Things begins with Henry Whittaker, who has risen from the bottom to become the richest man in Philadelphia after sailing the world with Captain Cook. His daughter, Alma, becomes a talented botanist with a strictly scientific mind. While working on her studies, Alma meets Ambrose Pike. An artist of beautiful orchids, Ambrose has the potential to show Alma a world of art and beauty that she has long ignored.
To learn more about the inspiration of Gilbert's latest novel, watch Viking's book trailer below.
What do you think, readers? Will you be reading The Signature of All Things?
Astrid Krieger is not your typical little rich girl. She lives in a rocket ship prototype in the backyard of her parent's estate and believes "forgiveness is for those who are too weak to hold a grudge." After being kicked out of her private school, The Elite Bristol Academy, she is now facing the worst punishment possible: public school. Astrid is in for some fast lessons on the ins and outs of public school as her normal firecracker personality is no match for the public school student body.
With trademark humor—he's known to television audiences as a writer for FOX's "New Girl" and NBC's "Up All Night"—author David Iserson has created a uniquely witty story with Firecracker. Be sure to read our full review and watch the book trailer below created by the author and featuring some special guests.
Could public school be that bad? Will you read Firecracker to find out?
There's plenty of excitement in the BookPage office for our Nonfiction Top Pick for June. Several of us are dying to get our hands on Lily Koppel's The Astronaut Wives Club, a look at the fascinating history of the wives of America's Mercury Seven astronauts.
These women bonded together in the face of instant fame and constant public scrutiny, and the stories Koppel shares are oh-so-juicy. Our reviewer found many of the stories in this book to be truly flabbergasting—"You might find yourself shaking your head and thinking, 'Could this be real?' It almost feels like a dream, and occasionally like a nightmare"—which sounds like some great summer reading for nonfiction fans.
Check out the book trailer for The Astronaut Wives Club from Hachette:
The Astronaut Wives Club is out today! Will you check it out this summer?
At the start of the novel, Ben Hanson has already served time in jail and drained his million-dollar trust fund. When he returns to his hometown to sell the home of his recently deceased uncle, Ben meets up with Lauren Sheehan, a recent divorcé and failed doctor with a nasty case of PTSD. The novel follows these two deeply flawed characters as they struggle with their past in order to find hope for the future.
Somerville was recently in the news for his classy response to inaccuracies in the New York Times review of the book. Our reviewer says that Somerville is particularly "adept at unveiling those secrets that families keep hidden, most of all from themselves."
Check out the intriguing book trailer by Hachette Book Group:
Will this novel make your reading list?
How's this for a little lie: You're safe and your backyard is not radioactive.
Kristen Iversen unveils the not-so-innocent lies of her childhood in Full Body Burden. Her memoir is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism that reveals the truth about growing up in suburban Denver during the Cold War: next-door Rocky Flats was a U.S. Department of Energy facility that churned out plutonium “pits” for thousands of nuclear weapons.
Iversen talks about the book in a trailer from Crown:
Will you check out Full Body Burden?
Father's Day is just around the corner, and American Triumvirate is a great combo of history and sports for dads who love hitting the links on a lazy afternoon.
Veteran golf writer James Dodson shares the stories of Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. These three golf masters changed the face of modern golf during the mid-20th century, "when its growth was hampered by the Depression and World War II." Explains our reviewer: ". . . their lively competitions a postwar period of prosperity in which tournaments became more plentiful and the purses much larger."
Check out the trailer from Knopf:
Be sure to check out all the books in our Father's Day roundup!