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Book Lovers

Nine new reads recommended by Portland bibliophiles

Back Cove Books

Cranky by Phuc Tran

Find out how kind friends and honesty help one cranky truck cool down in this humorous new picture book series about big trucks, big feelings, and even bigger friendships. (Release date: February 6)

Next Level: A Hymn in Gratitude for Our Differences by Samara Cole Doyon

Told from the loving perspective of a mother of a child with autism, Next Level shows the full humanity of people who move through the world and communicate in their own unique, complete, and powerful way. (Release date: April 2024)

The Islanders by Lewis Robinson

Follow Walt McNamara, a standout hockey goalie and son of the custodian at a New England prep school, as he wrecks his promising athletic career in spectacular fashion during the final throes of his parents' failing marriage. After he accepts an intriguing invitation to join the inaugural class of a leadership program for at-risk youth, Walt and his cohort are forced into survival mode as they gradually realize why, and for what, they were chosen. (Release date: September 2024)

Nonesuch Books

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

A 750-page page turner. The story is riveting and his writing is impeccable. It’s one of our favorite books of 2023! Verghese won the 2023 Writer of the World award and this novel was selected as one of Oprah’s 2023 book club picks.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Grann

An engaging, exciting nonfiction book that reads like a novel. The book tells the story of a shipwreck in the 1500s that had the crew marooned for months, if not years.

The Fourth Wing by Rececca Yarros

How can you not love a book with elaborate world-building and fire-breathing dragons? This story, the first installment in the Empyrean series, has strong female characters and is very well written.

Portland Public Library

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange returns with a novel following the descendants of a young man who survived the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. This is a compelling story about intergenerational trauma and reckoning with one’s history. (Release date: February 27)

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad by Damilare Kuku

After becoming a smash hit in her home country of Nigeria, actor Damilare Kuku’s collection of stories is on its way to the United States. Follow twelve women as they experience the highs and lows of dating, marriage, and finding love in unexpected places. (Release date: March 19)

How to Read a Book by Monica Wood

Mark your calendars for Monica Wood’s latest novel, where three Mainers whose stories have a tragic connection coincidentally meet in a Portland bookstore. This one’s sure to be a big hit! (Release date: June 11)

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