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Week of May 6, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of May 6th include LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives; THERE THERE, Tommy Orange’s shattering novel that follows 12 characters from Native communities --- all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize; THE MARS ROOM by Rachel Kushner, a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America; and Simon Winchester's THE PERFECTIONISTS, a superb history that traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement --- precision.

Alexander McCall Smith, author of The Colors of All the Cattle: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (19)

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant. But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Mma Makutsi’s old nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has acquired a new client: one of her late father’s old friends, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.