| By Gale Staff |
While winter often finds book lovers cozying up to devour a stack of fresh titles, the long days of summer encourage leisurely reads and new discoveries. This month we’re highlighting titles, now available in large print, that have enjoyed critical acclaim and reviews. Learn more about a few that will keep your readers coming back and delighting in a new “favorite.”
Maid, by Stephanie Land
Debuting at #3 on The New York Times bestseller list, Maid tells Stephanie’s story, a single parent working as a housecleaner while ultimately pursuing her dream of studying creative writing. No “rags to riches” tale, the first-time author shares hard truths about her journey as she discloses her daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter and their next home – a ramshackle studio apartment – sickened them both with persistent black mold. Recognition includes Forbes, Most Anticipated Books of the Year; People, Perfect for Your Book Club; USA Today, 5 New Books Not to Miss.
“An important memoir that should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“More than any book in recent memory, Land nails the sheer terror that comes with being poor, the exhausting vigilance of knowing that any misstep or twist of fate will push you deeper into the hole.”
– The Boston Globe
Editor, by Steven Rowley
Following the success of his debut novel, Lily and the Octopus (now in development as a motion picture), Steven Rowley delivers a fictional tale of a struggling writer who sells his novel to a major publishing house. The novel will be edited by none other than Jackie O. Yes, that Jackie – the Kennedy/Camelot/Onassis variety. While she coaxes him to finish his candid autobiographical novel, he encounters hard truths and perilous relationships with his dysfunctional family, threatening the completion of his book.
“Rowley deliberately mines the sentiment of the mother/son bond, but skillfully saves it from sentimentality; this is a winning dissection of family, forgiveness, and fame.”
– Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“While diving deep into questions of identity, loyalty, and absolution within the bonds of family, Rowley, author of the beloved Lily and the Octopus, soars to satisfying heights in this deeply sensitive depiction of the symbiotic relationships at the heart of every good professional, and personal, partnership.”
Girl He Used to Know, by Tracey Garvis Graves
Their love begins as it so often does, in college, with Annika and Jonathan bringing out the best in each other and planning a future together. Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestsellingauthor, presents their story, the unforeseen tragedy that drove them apart and their fateful reunion a decade later. What will their past – full of fears, anxieties, and “what if’s” – reveal as they consider the possibility of a happy future?
“Careful to balance the emotional and intellectual power between Annika and Jonathan, Graves creates a believable love affair in which Annika is not infantilized but rather fully realized as simply different. And her differences become her strengths when catastrophe strikes, compelling Annika to take the lead for the first time in her life. A heartwarming, neurodiverse love story.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Large print titles are available to purchase through Thorndike Press and through all major wholesalers.