We’re all spending a lot of time indoors these days, so what better opportunity to pick up one of these fabulous escapist reads? Consider buying a copy of one of these books from your local independent bookstore – they need our love more than ever!
Jennifer Robson, The Gown
The Gown tells the story behind the creation of one of the most famous wedding dresses in history: Elizabeth II's spectacular 1947 Norman Hartnell gown. Told from the perspective of one of the seamstresses tasked with embroidering the intricate flowers that adorn the dress, this story dives into postwar London with verve and heart.
Chanel Cleeton, When We Left Cuba
Living under the growing shadow of the Cold War, Beatriz Perez's dearest wish is to recover the life she and her family lost when fleeing the Cuban Revolution -- and when the CIA knocks on her door with a mission, she may have the chance to do exactly that...
Janie Chang, The Library of Legends
When the Japanese attack Nanking during the Second World War, people are lucky to get out with their lives. But China's universities have an even more monumental task: they must evacuate the students while also safeguarding the Library of Legends, the accumulated myths and stories that make up China's cultural heritage.
Kerri Maher, The Girl in the White Gloves
Grace Kelly is known the world over as a European princess and an American icon. In this novel, readers go beyond the silver screen to learn about her fascinating life: her fraught relationship with her father; her ambition to become one of the world's most acclaimed actresses; and her less-than-fairytale marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You
I adore Samantha Irby. Witty, sharp and wonderful, her essays never fail to make me laugh out loud -- I can't wait to pick up this latest collection.