Forthcoming books

Book for January 5, 2022
was first published in 1998.

Delia Byrd is a native of Cayro, Georgia, and a recovering alcoholic who lives in Los Angeles with her surly ten-year-old daughter, Cissy. Celia is the former lead singer of the obscure blues-rock band Mud Dog. Cissies father, Randall, another member of Mud Dog, is killed in a motorcycle accident in the opening scene of the novel. Grief-stricken and penniless Delia packs up her daughter and drives almost non-stop cross-country back to Cayro. After a disappointing reunion with the grandfather who raised her, Delia enrolls Cissy at the local school and gets a job as a cleaning woman.

Delia has another two daughters by abusive Clint, a man she is still married to. These teenagers, Dede and Amanda, live with their paternal grandmother who has custody for them, a puritanical pious old witch. Delia embarks on an odyssey to rescue them. Failing to make headway with the devious grandmother Delia in desperation approaches Clint, who is gravely ill with cancer. He is willing to persuade his mother to give up control over her granddaughters if Delia moves back in with him and provides his care until he dies. After thoroughly cleaning the house, Delia moves all three girls in.

Things between Delia and her daughters are tense at first. Fourteen-year-old Amanda is as rigid and religion obsessed as her grandmother, frequently telling Cissy that she is going to hell. Dede is a sexually precocious twelve-year-old who likes to smoke cigarettes. They initially ignore their mother and younger sister - while hating their father, remembering the times he assaulted Delia. Cissy, unable to get along with any of her female relatives, takes pity on the bedridden Clint and begins reading to him. Eventually, Clint tells her about the early days of his marriage to Delia, expressing remorse about what he did to her.

Cavedweller was made into a 2004 film by Lisa Cholodenko

Dorothy Allison
(born April 11, 1949) is an American writer from South Carolina whose writing focuses on class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism.
Book for January 12, 2022
Project Hail Mary
Andy Weir
Andrew Taylor Weir (born June 16, 1972)is an American novelist whose debut novel, The Martian, was later adapted into a film of the same name directed by Ridley Scott in 2015. He also worked as a computer programmer for much of his life. He received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016.
Book for January 14, 2022
Project Hail Mary
Andy Weir
Andrew Taylor Weir (born June 16, 1972)is an American novelist whose debut novel, The Martian, was later adapted into a film of the same name directed by Ridley Scott in 2015. He also worked as a computer programmer for much of his life. He received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016.
Book for February 2, 2022
Season of Crimson Blossoms

was first published in Nigeria in 2015. The novel depicts a salacious affair between the 55-year old widow Hajiya Binta and the 26-year old drug dealer and local gang leader Reza.

Season of Crimson Blossoms on Wikipedia

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
(born 1979) is a Nigerian creative writer and journalist. He was described by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle as a northern Nigerian "literary provocateur" amidst the international acclaim his award-winning novel Season of Crimson Blossoms received in 2016.
Book for February 11, 2022
Shuggie Bain
Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie’s mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie’s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good—her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamorous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits—all the family has to live on—on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes’s older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is “no right,” a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her—even her beloved Shuggie. A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. Recalling the work of Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.
Douglas Stuart
Douglas Stuart is a Scottish - American author. His debut novel, Shuggie Bain, won the Booker Prize. He wrote Shuggie Bain over a ten year period and is currently at work on his second novel, Young Mungo, which will be published in April 2022. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he has an MA from the Royal College of Art in London and since 2000 he has lived and worked in New York City.
Book for March 2, 2022
Death in Venice
Death in Venice on Wikipedia
Thomas Mann

(6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized versions of German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

Mann emigrated to Switzerland in 1933 and to the USA in 1939. From October 1940 onwards his monthly speeches condemning the Nazis were broadcast by the BBC in German. Mann returned to Europe in 1952 and lived in Switzerland until his death.

Book for April 6, 2022
The Road
The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. The novel follows an unnamed father and son journeying together across a grim post-apocalyptic landscape, some years after a great, unexplained cataclysm has destroyed civilization and almost all life on Earth. Realizing that they will not survive another winter in their unspecified original location, the father leads the boy south, through a desolate American landscape along a vacant highway, towards the sea, sustained only by the vague hope of finding warmth and more "good people" like them, and carrying with them only what is on their backs and what will fit into a damaged supermarket cart.

Because of falling ash, the setting is very cold and dark and the land is devoid of living vegetation. There is frequent rain or snow, and electrical storms are common. Nearly all of the few human survivors are cannibalistic tribalists and/or nomads, scavenging the detritus of city and country alike for human flesh, though that too is almost entirely depleted.

The novel was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It also won the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It was named book of the decade by The Times.
Cormac McCarthy
(born Charles McCarthy, July 20, 1933) is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels in various genres, ranging from Southern Gothic, to western, to post-apocalyptic. He has also written plays and screenplays. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.