When Kimberly Rae Miller was a little girl, she wished for three things: “new dolls, a best friend, and for her house to burn down.” Miller’s dad is a hoarder and filled the family house with paper and broken electronics. In her memoir, the author recounts a painful childhood, building walls so other kids would not discover her secret, fearing lice would crawl out of her hair in the middle of class, and being so anxious about cleaning once she went away to college that she would study YouTube videos to make sure she was cleaning the “right” way.
Nighttime travelling in mid-19th century England is risky thanks to highwaymen. One in particular, Whistling Jack, has become quite notorious with a large bounty on his head. Kit Bristol, a former circus stunt rider and current servant to Master Rattle, wakes in the middle of the night to discover his master fatally injured, dressed as Whistling Jack, and the authorities close on his heels. To draw them away, Kit costumes himself as the highwayman and takes off on his master’s horse, Midnight.
Seven-year-old Millie has a slight obsession with death and keeps a list of dead things in her life, one of the recent entries being “my dad.” Unable to deal with Millie, her mother tells her to wait for a moment in the underwear section of a department store and never returns. Millie, desperate to find her mother (she leaves notes saying “IN HERE MUM” everywhere she goes), tugs on the heartstrings of 80-somethings Karl the Touch Typist, a recent nursing home escapee, and Agatha Panthea, her grumpy, recluse neighbor.
Fifteen year old Oscar Drai has a habit of sneaking out of his boarding school and exploring the city of Barcelona. During one of his excursions, he meets Marina and her eccentric father, Germán. Marina soon shows Oscar one of her favorite mysteries of the city: on the last Sunday each month, at exactly ten o’clock, a woman dressed all in black takes a carriage to a small graveyard and places a rose on an unmarked grave. Oscar and Marina decide to follow the woman and, in the process, make an odd and macabre discovery.
William Bostwick’s compulsively readable book takes us through the history of western civilization through the lens of beer and its brewers. He keeps the focus on the human side of beer, with complete reverence for the process and creative mind behind the beverage. Each section looks at a historical period through a specific type - from saisons, to abbey ales, to IPAs - by examining the social, economic, and political factors that brought about the new brew.
When seventeen year old student reporter Millie Ostermeyer finds the body of coach Hank Killdare on school grounds, she decides to channel her hero, Nancy Drew, and investigate the murder before her rival, Viv, can beat her to the story. The coach - known as “Hollerin’ Hank” - had a bad reputation amongst the students and as Millie discovers more details of Coach Killdare’s life, her suspect list grows. Armed with an eye for detail and the help of the quiet (but handsome) new kid, Chase Albright, Millie uncovers motives and alibis.
Miss Annie Andrews absolutely, positively knows that she and Arthur Eggleston are meant to be together, so much so that she - on several occasions - has tried to convince Arthur to elope. Now that her older sister is away, Annie has the perfect opportunity to run away with Arthur - except her sister left good friend, Jordon Holloway, in charge of Annie in her absence so as to avoid any type of scandal.
Karou’s art school classmates don’t know much about her, other than she is an orphan, has vivid blue hair that never fades, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of fantastical beasts called Chimera. What her classmates don’t realize is that these characters aren’t from Karou’s imagination, but are actually her adopted family. Karou grew up in her adopted father, Brisbane’s, otherworldly trade shop.
Tarver Merendsen is a young decorated war hero from a normal - but not rich - family. Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest and most powerful man in the universe. They meet by chance on board the mega-spaceship Icarus, but Lilac quickly puts a stop to any intentions, as her father is known for making interested men disappear. One afternoon, the Icarus is suddenly yanked out of hyperspace, forcing Lilac and Tarver to eject in an escape pod. They land on a terraformed but seemingly uninhabited planet.
Raised by a band of con-artists and outsiders, Tooly Zylberberg has always led an unconventional life. Taking solace in her isolated existence, she is currently running a failing bookstore in a small village in Wales when an old boyfriend from New York sends her an urgent message about a man from her past he mistakenly believes is her father. Against her better judgment, Tooly flies to New York City and finds that the message was about Humphrey - a self-proclaimed grumpy intellectual from Russia who helped raise her.