Guys, what do you think about all this coronavirus story? Are you on a forced/voluntary quarantine? Have you changed your lifestyle or has it remained the same as before?
We’ve noticed that many people have decided to isolate themselves by staying at home most of the time. As a result, they now have much more free time, which they can spend with their families or doing something that they like, e.g. painting, playing a musical instrument, doing sport or reading books.
And if you’re a bookworm we can suggest you six amazing books released in 2020. Spend these weeks well!
The Holdout: A Novel by Graham Moore
A new novel from the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and bestselling author of The Last Days of Night— Graham Moore.
It tells about the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, an heiress to a billion-dollar real estate fortune, disappears on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, a twenty-five-year-old African American man, is the main suspect. It’s an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed—until Maya Seale convinced of Nock’s innocence. This young woman on the jury persuades the rest of the jurors to return the verdict of not guilty, a controversial decision that will change all their lives forever.
And now ten years later Maya is a defense attorney herself. A true-crime docuseries reassembles the jury, with particular focus on her. When one of the jurors is found dead in Maya’s hotel room all evidence points to her as the murderer. Now, she must prove her innocence—by getting to the bottom of a case that is far from closed.
Weather: A novel by Jenny Offill
Jenny Offill, the beloved author of the nationwide bestseller Dept. of Speculation, released her new book, Weather, at the beginning of February. It’s a “darkly funny and urgent” (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis.
Lizzie Benson got her job as a librarian even though she doesn’t have a traditional degree. However, this gives her a coign of vantage from which she can practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For many years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. When both of them have stabilized for the moment, Lizzie expected that she could spend her new free time with husband and son.
But her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, appears and makes an interesting proposal. Sylvia has become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization.
As Lizzie joins this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie has to address the limits of her own experience. But still, she tries to save everyone, using everything she’s learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks… And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in—funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.
The Last Passenger: A Charles Lenox Mystery by Charles Finch
Another bestselling author and another masterpiece on our list. A month ago, Charles Finch presented the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded Charles Lenox series— The Last Passenger.
London, 1855. A young and vigorous Charles Lenox faces the most difficult case in his entire practice: a murder without any clues. There was found a body of a handsome young gentleman slumped in a third-class car at Paddington Station. The man has no luggage, his pockets are empty, and there’s no sign of identification on his person. And putting together the clues to the mystery of the man’s identity only raises more questions with no answers. Besides, Lenox discovers that the crime has a significant connection to America.
But this case is not the only thing that the young Lenox must confront as there’s an equally troublesome problem in his personal life. Kitty Ashbrook, a beautiful and cultured girl, appears to be his soulmate―but love comes with its own obstacles. In tandem, this fierce early case and the passionate affair will shape the brilliant detective and thoughtful gentleman Lenox is destined to become.
The Cactus League: A Novel by Emily Nemens
Emily Nemens is a well-known editor and a recognized author. Her story-collection Scrub was a Bronze Medal finalist of the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award. And her novel The Cactus League has already received very positive reviews from readers and publishers. This book is an explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball.
Handsome, popular, and talented, Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions. He is stationed with the rest of his team in the extremely hot Arizona desert as they have their annual spring training. However, something is wrong—Goodyear is coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and crazy fans are eager to find out why―as they hide their own secrets.
Humming with the energy of a ballpark before the first pitch, this novel unravels the closely connected web of people behind a seemingly linear game. Narrated by a sportscaster, Goodyear’s story is interspersed with tales of Michael Taylor, a batting coach trying to stay relevant; Tamara Rowland, a resourceful spring-training paramour, looking for one last catch; Herb Allison, a legendary sports agent grappling with his decline; and many other characters, all striving to be seen as the season approaches. This journey is like the Arizona desert, as it can bring both possibility and destruction.
Tyll: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann
Are you familiar with the myth of Tyll Ulenspiegel (originally known as Till Eulenspiegel)? If no, we recommend you to read Daniel Kehlmann’s new book—Tyll: A Novel. It’s a hypnotizing retelling of the famous German myth, and we assure you that you’ll like it. Thanks to Ross Benjamin’s translation you can now enjoy the English variant of the book.
In his new novel, Daniel Kehlmann brilliantly intertwines the fates of many historical figures into one work of magical realism and adventure. This story of the seventeenth-century wandering performer and swindler Tyll Ulenspiegel begins when he’s a skinny boy living in a small village. When Tyll’s father, a miller with a secret interest in alchemy and magic, is found out by the church, his son is forced to flee with the baker’s daughter, Nele. Tyll and Nele find safety and companionship with a traveling performer, who teaches Tyll his craft.
That’s how Tyll’s journey of discovery and performance begins. He travels through a continent destroyed by the Thirty Years’ War and encounters along the way a hangman, a fraudulent Jesuit scholar, and the exiled King Frederick and Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia. What adventures await them ahead?
A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni
And finally, we want to present to you Robert Dugoni’s brand-new book. A Cold Trail is the seventh book in the Tracy Crosswhite series, in which Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite returns home to a brutal murder and her haunted past.
The last time Tracy Crosswhite, a homicide detective, was in Cedar Grove, it was to see her sister’s murderer put behind bars. Now she returns here for a respite. She hopes to start a new chapter of her life together with her attorney husband, Dan, and their daughter. But tragic memories soon prove that it’s impossible to escape from them.
While Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardized by the town’s revitalization, Tracy is urged by the local PD to work on a new case: the violent kill of a police officer’s wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold-case murder of a young woman. Suddenly Tracy and Dan find out that their cases crisscross, and Tracy’s trail becomes dangerous. Nevertheless, getting to the truth is all that matters. But what’s Tracy willing to risk as a killer approaches her and threatens everyone she loves?
Quarantine is not the end of the world, at least when there are so many exciting books you can read. Take care of yourself and your loved ones!
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