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30 Book Recommendations From BookExpo 2019
Posted On July 9, 2019
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Want to know what the book buzz will be for the rest of 2019? Here are some of the books promoted during BookExpo 2019 (May 29–31) that look promising.

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The PlazaThe Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel

by Julie Satow


Published June 4, 2019


A “thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today’s Billionaire Row. … [It] is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy. With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York’s place at the center of the country’s cultural narrative for over a century.”

The Darwin AffairThe Darwin Affair

by Tim Mason

Historical Fiction

Published June 11, 2019

Algonquin Books

“Get ready for one of the most inventive and entertaining novels of 2019—an edge-of-your-seat Victorian-era thriller, where the controversial publication On the Origin of Species sets off a string of unspeakable crimes. … Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.”


Lean OutLean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace

by Marissa Orr


Published June 11, 2019

HarperCollins Leadership

“Based on in-depth research and personal experiences, Lean Out is inspired by the journey of Marissa Orr, a single mom of three trying to succeed in her fifteen-year career at the world’s top tech giants. In an eye-opening account, Orr exposes the systemic dysfunction at the heart of today’s most powerful corporations and how their pursuit to close the gender gap has come at the expense of female well-being. … Offering compelling new arguments for the reasons more women don’t make it to the top, Lean Out presents a revolutionary path forward, to change the life trajectories of women in the corporate world and beyond.” (Read Terry Ballard’s interview with Orr in “Women Take Center Stage at BookExpo 2019.)

Reading Behind BarsReading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian

by Jill Grunenwald


Published July 2, 2019

Skyhorse Publishing

When Jill Grunenwald graduated from library school in 2008, the only job she could find “was behind bars as the prison librarian at a men’s minimum-security prison. … Over the course of a little less than two years, Jill came to see past the bleak surroundings and the orange jumpsuits and recognize the humanity of the men stuck behind bars. They were just like every other library patron—persons who simply wanted to read, to be educated and entertained through the written word. By helping these inmates, Jill simultaneously began to recognize the humanity in everyone and to discover inner strength that she never knew she had.”

The Flight GirlsThe Flight Girls

by Noelle Salazar

Historical Fiction

Published July 2, 2019

MIRA Books

“A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes. … Shining a light on a little-known piece of history, The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women’s fearlessness in the face of adversity, and the power of friendship to make us soar.”



The Wedding PartyThe Wedding Party

by Jasmine Guillory


Publishing July 16, 2019


“With [their best friend] Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. … Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right? … [A]s with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.”

The Two Lila BennettsThe Two Lila Bennetts

by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke


Publishing July 23, 2019

Lake Union Publishing

“Lila Bennett’s bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. … In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time. … She must make a list of those she’s wronged … to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die?”

The Lager Queen of MinnesotaThe Lager Queen of Minnesota

by J. Ryan Stradal

Literary Fiction

Publishing July 23, 2019

Pamela Dorman Books

“A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer. … Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we’re surprised, moved, and delighted.”


Never Have I EverNever Have I Ever

by Joshilyn Jackson


Publishing July 30, 2019

William Morrow

“A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.”



Pleased to Meet MePleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are

by Bill Sullivan


Publishing Aug. 6, 2019

National Geographic

“The foods we enjoy, the people we love, the emotions we feel, and the beliefs we hold can all be traced back to our DNA, germs, and environment. This witty, colloquial book is popular science at its best, describing in everyday language how genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology work together to influence our personality and actions. Mixing cutting-edge research and relatable humor, Pleased to Meet Me is filled with fascinating insights that shine a light on who we really are—and how we might become our best selves.”

The WarehouseThe Warehouse

by Rob Hart

Science Fiction

Publishing Aug. 20, 2019


The Cloud is a “giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. … As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme … as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here. … Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go … to make the world a better place.”


The VentriloquistsThe Ventriloquists

by E.R. Ramzipoor

Historical Fiction

Publishing Aug. 27, 2019

Park Row Books

“In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich. … It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.”

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Brandi Scardilli is the editor of NewsBreaks and Information Today.

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