Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in July. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out the booklist New July '19 Books You'll Want to Read and our new titles page.
In the African American enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis is kept on the straight-and-narrow by his grandmother. But being an African American in the 1960s Jim Crow South doesn't allow for innocent mistakes. Elwood is sent to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy,
a chamber of horrors filled with staff beatings and sexual abuse. Any boy who fails to comply is likely to disappear "out back." Elwood's new friend Turner insists the only way to survive Nickel Academy is to "scheme and avoid trouble." What follows will go down in history. Based off a real story of a 111-year-old reform school in Florida that changed the lives of thousands of children.
Jules Larsen acquires an unusual apartment-sitting job at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile places to live. As she gets to know the rules of the job - no visitors, no nights spent away from the apartment, no disturbing the other residents - she also gets to know fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who reminds her of her sister she lost eight years earlier. Ingrid tells her there's a dark history surrounding the Bartholomew, something sinister, but Jules tries to brush it off as a ghost story - until Ingrid disappears. As Jules digs deeper into the past, trying to find where Ingrid has gone, she finds herself in a race against the clock to unmask a dangerous killer.
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell in The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
Nina thinks she has her life just as she wants it. A job in a bookstore, an awesome trivia team, a world-class day planner, and a cat named Phil. When the father Nina has never met dies, leaving behind a large family she never knew about, she's horrified. If that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia revival, has turned out to be interested in her, and he's super cute. She could leave and escape, but is it time for Nina to come out of her shell? It may take a lot of ice cream and trivia, but Nina has to make a fresh start.
The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in Gods of Jade and Shadow.
During the height of the Jazz Age, Casiopea Tun is cleaning floors in her wealthy grandfather's house, dreaming of a life far from her dusty small town in Mexico. She finds a wooden box on her grandfather's room and opens it, freeing the spirit of the Mayan god of death. She is roped into helping him recover the throne from his brother - failure will mean Casiopea's death, but success will make her dreams come true. Casiopea and the god begin an adventure that will take her from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City and into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.
David Baldacci introduces Archer, a straight-talking former World War II soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he didn't commit in One Good Deed.
1949. Veteran Aloysius Archer is sent to Poca City on parole, instructed with multiple do's and dont's: do regularly report to his parole officer, don't go to bars or drink alcohol, but do get a job. However, Poca City has other plans in mind for Archer. During a single night of searching for employment - and a drink - he is hired to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman. But things aren't as easy as they seem. When a murder takes place, suspicions rise again Archer, and he realizes the crime can send him right back to prison if he doesn't track down the real killer.