The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, “The Serpent King,” focuses on three teen friends in Forrestville, Tennessee – a town named after the founder of the KKK and full of small-minded people. Dillard “Dill” Early Jr. is struggling to fit in after the arrest of his...

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The book is set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a planned community of upper middle-class residents. Elena Richardson’s family is torn apart after Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl, move into a rental home owned by Elena. Mia has a mysterious past and doesn’t fit in...

The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble

Montoursville author Carrie Anne Noble has a solid follow-up to her debut book, “The Mermaid’s Sister.” This time, the story takes place in the fantastic world of leprechauns and focuses on 16-year-old Tommin’s curse for gold that has afflicted him since birth....

The Windfall by Diksha Basu

My brother-in-law is marrying an Indian woman so I have been trying to learn more about Indian culture so I was excited to find this book on many “must-read” lists. This is a story of the Jha family, who for 30 years have lived in a cramped housing complex in East...

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

This was a fascinating story about what it’s like to live and die nearly 10,000 times. Milo has had 9,995 times to get it right and “achieve wisdom and become One with Everything.” But he just can’t get it right because he’s in love with Death, or as he calls her,...

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

This was a fun, summer beach read about Eleanor Flood, who is having a really bad day, even though she thought today would be different. When she work up, she planned to work on the little things, but life had so much more in store for her. She ends up spending the...