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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

cover of Brain on Fire by Susannah CahalanWhen successful reporter Susannah Cahalan starts exhibiting mood swings, anxiety, and paranoia, she becomes convinced that she's probably bipolar. When the seizures start, doctors tell her she's going through alcohol withdrawal (even though she's not a heavy drinker). And when she's finally admitted to the hospital, doctors have no idea what to make of her condition, which has left her swinging to extremes, from highly paranoid and a flight risk, to dulled and almost catatonic.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I hesitated reading this one because so many people said you’ll either love it or hate it.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Brynn Greenwood

Cover of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn GreenwoodGreenwood’s tale is a unique and controversial love story about two damaged people.  When we first meet Wavonna Quinn, she is 5, come to stay with her mother’s sister, Aunt Brenda and cousins Amy and Leslie. Her mother is an addict and her father is a dealer. She moves from her Aunt’s home to her Grandma’s, after who’s death she returns to her parents and a new baby brother, Donal.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Anyone who reads Young Adult/New Adult recognizes Colleen Hoover as one of the pioneers of the independent publishing revolution.  Hoover’s debut novel, Slammed, hit the NYT Best Sellers list in 2012 and several successful titles have followed.  With last y

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays A Novel by Elan MastaiThose of us who crossed the space time continuum with Marty McFly will likely enjoy Mastai’s take on time travel.   

Tom Barren is from the Jetsons versions of 2016 - a utopia of flying cars, moving sidewalks, liquid polymer outifts that recycle daily, and more.  All courtesy of the Goettreider engine, a source of unlimited absolute clean energy, invented by Lionel Goettreider on July 11, 1965.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonLook no further for your next suspense title.  Swanson delivers a tangled web of murderous schemes at the center of which is Lily Kintner.  Beautiful and aloof Lily is the daughter of an eccentric writer and his artistic wife, the product of a rather bohemian upbringing.  Lily meets Ted on a flight and strikes up a conversation that leads to Ted admitting his wife is cheating on him and he’d like to kill her.  So begins a fledgling relationship whose foundation is devising the perfect crime together, until the plot takes a turn.  Lily’s unusual way of solving problems has caught up with her, dredging up an old acquaintance and another perfect crime.

Truth Doesn't Have a Side

A few years ago, a fascinating film hit theaters, called Concussion.  It told the story of a Nigerian doctor, Bennett Omalu, who discovered the debilitating brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated trauma to the head.  Most commonly found in athletes in high contact sports, such as football, boxing, rugby, and ice hockey, this terrible condition causes mood swings, sudden violent behavior, forgetfulness, and eventually death.  There is no known cure.

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry a novel by Jane HarperWell we’re on a roll with debut authors this summer with another outstanding mystery/suspense selection set in the land Down Under.  “Immerse” yourself in another summer drought story (see The Summer that Melted Everything) set in the small town of Kiewarra, where two crimes play out.  One from the past, a young girl drowned in the river, and in the present, a family of three shot dead on their farm.

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi WaxmanFollowing on the heels of some very heavy reading, this title was an absolutely delightful read.  Lillian, a recent widow raising two young daughtersin Los Angeles, finds herself at a crossroads between staying mired in grief or moving forward into a new and unexpected future.  Supported and encouraged by her outgoing and flirty sister Rachel, Lillian must come to terms with how she’s handling her husband’s death and its effect on her girls.