June 2014 Paperback Releases

Pick It Up in Paperback: June 2014

 paperback releases june 2014

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly (June 1oth)

As the Great Flood of 1927 threatens the Mississippi Delta, Prohibition agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive in the town of Hobnob, Mississippi searching for a pair of agents who have gone missing. What they find instead are the remains of a robbery gone bad and an abandoned baby. Determined to find a home for the child, Ingersoll is told to take him to Dixie Clay Holliver, a local woman still grieving the loss of her own son. Though Dixie Clay and the agent feel an immediate connection, Ingersoll will soon discover he’s stumbled upon the best bootlegger in the county and her increasingly dangerous husband. [Full Review]

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (June 10th)

Jeremy Johnson Johnson has felt like an outsider most of his life. He’s been supporting his reclusive father ever since his mother left them and recently admitted to his classmates that he can hear voices. Though it causes the townspeople of Never Better to shy away from him, Jeremy knows that being able to hear the voice of Jacob Grimm, famous half of fairy tale writing pair The Brothers Grimm, is a gift. When Jeremy begins a friendship with popular Ginger Boultinghouse, she encourages him to take risks and break free from his usual routine. But these changes set off a series of events that will expose Never Better’s secrets in a tale dark enough to be plucked from the past. [Full Review]

The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom (June 10th)

Kent Wascom’s debut novel traces the life of Angel Woolsack, who leaves his preacher father and the plains of Missouri to create a new life with his adopted brother, Samuel Kemper, in the early 1800′s. The pair navigates their way through the South, loosening their morals and discovering breaking points on their journey toward settlement in West Florida. Through love, death, murder and marriage, Angel and his companions map out the harsh history behind the creation of the United States. [Full Review]

The Skies Belong to Us by Brendan I. Koerner (June 17th)

In his book The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking, Brendan I. Koerner pieces together a history of this time period, centering on a Vietnam veteran named Roger Holder and his party girl accomplice who successfully hijacked Western Airlines Flight 701 and became notorious throughout the world. Both a fascinating look into the psychology of America and a detailed portrait of the lives of the era’s key players, Koerner has put together a brilliant piece of narrative non-fiction that often reads like an exciting caper. [Full Review]

Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt (June 24th)

Duke and Jerene Johnston are pillars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, holding up the façade of their family’s rich Confederate heritage while attempting to bury secrets both past and present. Rather than helping the Johnston’s hold their spot on the social ladder, Duke and Jerene’s four children seem bound to knock the family down as their lives grow increasingly scandalous. Even Jerene’s siblings have a difficult time conforming to the high Southern standards her family was raised to follow. Though she understands that society is changing around her, Jerene is determined to hold on to her family’s legacy – at any cost. [Full Review]

 The Never List by Koethi Zan (June 24th)

Following a car accident that injured them both, best friends Sarah and Jennifer begin obsessively writing what they call The Never List; page after page of rules they agree to follow in order to stay safe. Though the guidelines seem irrational, the list protects the pair until they leave for college and begin to let their guard down. After breaking one of their own strict rules while leaving a college party, the girls find themselves held captive in a cellar, where they are tortured for years until Sarah devises an escape plan. Several years later, when their captor begins sending cryptic messages from jail, Sarah must abandon the protective life she has created for herself and begin digging into her past to make sure she is truly safe. [Full Review]

What paperback titles are you looking forward to this month?

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  • I have The Never List sitting on my shelf in hardcover and STILL haven’t gotten around to it. #bookwormproblems And I know I sound like a broken record saying I really want to read The Skies Belong To Us… sigh.

  • I’ve been craving Lookaway, Lookaway, but it is hard to get in the UK. I’m going to have to pick it up when I’m in Canada this summer.

    • I hope you’re able to get a copy because it’s such a fun, but pretty insightful, read.

      • Yes — I was trying to find a way to note the “insightful” part as well as the fun part. You’ve hit the nail on the head there.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Borrowed Lookaway, Lookaway from the library, but only got a chance to read the first chapter before it had to go back. I loved the writing! Now that it’s out in paperback, I may just buy my own copy.

    • You totally should! It ended up being one of my favorite books from last year and now it’s going to be a series on HBO.

      • Get out? Really? I loved it – that read was so much fun! That would make a great series too!

  • And…on another note to my replies — I’m not too sure I’m liking the cover design for the PB of “The Tilted World” ??

  • Silver’s Reviews

    Beautiful display of books.

    I have only read The Tilted World. It was pretty good.

    Lookaway Lookaway looks good.

    THANKS for sharing.

  • Adrienne

    The Never List sounds very intriguing, especially since you say it isn’t as over the top as it sounds at first. As a teacher just about to finish up the school year, I am looking for a book to kick off my summer…I think this is it. :) I found you on Va Bloggers

    • It’s a good book that won’t take too much over analyzing to enjoy, so it sounds like it would be the perfect start of summer read. Thanks for stopping by!