WHAT ARE WE READING? Books of the Week

PRESENTED AND CURATED WEEKLY BY E. SHAVER, BOOKSELLERS

Looking to start a new book this week? E. Shaver Booksellers has you covered. Every week, their curated recommendations aim to give you top picks to select from. Get ready for some sleepless nights because you won't want to put these books down!

Perilous Times by Thomas D. Lee: In this slyly funny contemporary take on  Arthurian legend an immortal Knight of the Round Table faces his greatest challenge yet—saving the politically polarized, rapidly warming world from itself. In Lee's novel, legends don’t always live up to reality. Being reborn as an immortal defender of the realm gets awfully tiring over the years—or at least that’s what Sir Kay’s thinking as he claws his way up from beneath the earth yet again.

Kay once rode alongside his brother, King Arthur, as a Knight of the Round Table. Since then, he has fought at Hastings and at Waterloo and in both World Wars. But now he finds himself in a strange new world where oceans have risen, the army’s been privatized, and half of Britain’s been sold to foreign powers. The dragon that’s running amok—that he can handle. The rest? He’s not so sure.

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears: In Britney Spears’s memoir, we find a  brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope. In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the first time her incredible journey—and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history. Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s groundbreaking book illuminates the enduring power of music and love—and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.

Blackouts by Justin Torres: A book about storytelling—its legacies,  dangers, delights, and potential for change—and a bold exploration of form, art, and love, Justin Torres’s Blackouts uses fiction to see through the inventions of history and narrative. A marvel of creative imagination, it draws on testimony, photographs, illustrations, and a range of influences as it insists that we look long and steadily at what we have inherited and what we have made—a world full of ghostly shadows and flashing moments of truth. A reclamation of ransacked history, a celebration of defiance, and a transformative encounter, Blackouts mines the stories that have been kept from us and brings them into the light.



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