- Megan Bingham
Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik, is a fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices - each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power, and love - into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again.
Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage, raises more questions than it answers - and will leave you guessing until its shocking conclusion.
Suzette is unable to form a bond with her seven-year-old daughter, who cannot - or will not - speak. Ever since Hanna was a baby, Suzette has felt rejected by her. It's as if the child hates her, leaving her mother very frightened. Alex wants to believe his wife's accounts of their daughter's cruel and unusual behavior, but he's never seen anything but her love. Is Hanna just a naughty girl whose antics reveal intelligence, creativity, maybe even charm? Or is she actually trying to kill her mother?
317 survivors barely make it out in the tragedy of Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man, by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic.
Four days after delivering the world's first atomic bomb to the U.S. flight crew in the Pacific, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese torpedoes, with a loss of all but 317 of the 1,196 men on board. U.S. Navy veteran Vincent, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, and documentary filmmaker Vladic, who's made an award-winning film on the tragedy, investigate what happened and how the decades-long struggle to vindicate the captain unfolded.
A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in the psychological thriller Give Me Your Hand, by Megan Abbott.
Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them. More than a decade later, Kit thinks she's put Diane behind her forever, and she's begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.
Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule in The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, by C.W. Gortner.
Narrated by the mother of Russia's last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia's most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years.
Bonus title! The third book in the Kendra Donovan time-traveling mystery series, Caught in Time, by Julie McElwain.
October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel - back to her own time period in the 21st century. But since that's not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker. When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn't just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office. As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she'd encountered every kind of evil. But when another even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they're dealing with a stone-cold killer - one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.