Through the Barricades

Denise Deegan

Synopsis: In 1913 Ireland, Maggie Gilligan meets lawyer Daniel Healy. But as their friendship turns to romance, WWI begins and Healy signs up to fight.

PW’s Takeaway: An engrossing look at a chapter of Irish history.

Comparable Titles: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Sample Line: “Maggie woke coughing. It was dark but there was something other than darkness in the air, something that climbed into her mouth, scratched at her throat and stole her breath.”

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Age of Order

Julian North

Synopsis: In this dystopian sci-fi thriller, a kid from the wrong side of town gets a chance to attend a prestigious school in New York City, the capital of the 49 states led by the faux-meritocratic Orderist movement—and the exclusive realm of the “highborn” rich.

PW’s Takeaway: North has created a near-future world that feels all too believable.

Comparable Titles: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Sample Line: “Flashing globes scrutinized the scene beneath the drone’s rotating turret, an artificial gaze seeing, recording, targeting.”

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Slow Bullet

John L. Lansdale

Synopsis: During Vietnam, Robert Spicier saved Clark McKay’s life. Years later, McKay learns of Spicer’s mysterious death and resolves to find the truth.

PW’s Takeaway: Those who like their thrillers with a heavy dose of violent action will be satisfied.

Comparable Titles: Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series

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War Poet

Michael Hill

Synopsis: A look at the life of little-remembered American poet Alan Seeger.

PW’s Takeaway: A wonderful introduction to a fine poet. This volume will bring Seeger’s work to a new generation of readers.

Comparable Titles: Miranda Seymour’s Robert Graves: Life on the Edge

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This Is Not Your Father’s Fatherhood

Brian K. Pinaire

Synopsis: Pinaire hilariously attempts to make sense of modern fatherhood after the birth of his son.

PW’s Takeaway: New fathers will learn valuable tips from this account of becoming a parent.

Comparable Titles: Drew Magary’s Someone Could Get Hurt

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