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Alexander McCall Smith, author of A Song of Comfortable Chairs: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (23)

Grace Makutsi’s husband, Phuti, is in a bind. An international firm is attempting to undercut his prices in the office furniture market. Phuti has always been concerned with quality and comfort, but this new firm seems interested only in profits. To make matters worse, they have a slick new advertising campaign that seems hard to beat. Nonetheless, with Mma Ramotswe’s help, Phtui comes up with a campaign that may just do the trick. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is approached by an old friend who has a troubled son. Grace and Phuti agree to lend a hand, but the boy proves difficult to reach. It will require not only all of their patience and dedication, but also the help of Mma Ramotswe and the formidable Mma Potokwani in order to help the child.

Week of August 28, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of August 28th include A SONG OF COMFORTABLE CHAIRS, the 23rd installment in Alexander McCall Smith's beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which finds Grace Makutsi encountering a pair of quandaries that will require all of her and Mma Ramotswe’s cleverness and generosity to resolve; BABEL by R. F. Kuang, a thematic response to THE SECRET HISTORY and a tonal retort to JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire; Kieran Scott's REGRETS ONLY, a fast-paced domestic thriller about a single mom who goes undercover to investigate a host of disturbing secrets held by the leaders of a local suburban parent-school association; and the paperback original END CREDITS, screenwriter Patty Lin's funny, fresh, eye-opening and inside-Hollywood story that will resonate with anyone trying to please their parents, maintain a love life, and find their way in the world.