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Big Name Authors They’re Not . . . But these three hidden gems are page-turners you won’t believe you missed

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Big Name Authors They’re Not . . . But these three hidden gems (books) are page-turners you won’t believe you missed.

Aimee Zuccarini, Howard County Library

Three books from authors you may not know.  Page-turners and a good read for the summer.



BOOKS)  Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

At five, second-generation Asian girl, Rumi Vasi, loves numbers the way a child might love a favorite storybook character. By ten, numbers are still possessed of personalities that live happily in Rumi’s imagination.
By fifteen everything changes when an observant teacher recognizes Rumi’s ‘math gift’, and informs her parents that Rumi might qualify for a scholarship to Oxford.
Immediately Rumi’s father, Mahesh, a discontented mathematics professor at a second-rate college in the Welsh city of Cardiff, establishes a nearly inhumane regime of study for his daughter – one that precludes everything a normal teen might enjoy. And Rumi is terribly normal:
When she asks her provincial mother, Shreene, about sexual intercourse, she is slapped and harshly reminded that only ‘whites’ have intercourse.
And when Rumi’s father finds her alone in the house, innocently hanging out with two male friends from school, she is severely punished.
Still, Rumi cannot help but daydream about the feel of a kiss; a boy’s hands in her hair and yes, sex.
Acceptance to Oxford though, is fraught with new challenges:
Rumi’s overbearing parents can’t let go. Like many immigrants, they want something vastly better for their children, but not at the risk of outside temptations.
And yet for the wide-eyed, wondrous Rumi, “this world and its possibilities” is precisely what she wants.

(BOOKS)  The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Polygamy is the focus of this big, fat novel that begins on a modern-day Utah ranch with a literal bang:
The 19th wife of an especially repulsive LDS, (Latter Day Saints) elder, is arrested for blowing away her husband with his own 44 Magnum.
At once, BeckyLyn Scott is facing both the death penalty and the estranged gay son she dumped out on a desert road years before when he was only fourteen.
But Jordan Scott doesn’t buy his mother’s murder charge.
He goes in search of the real killer among the countless welfare recipient sister-wives in the creepy town of Mesadale.
If that weren’t story enough, Ebershoff intersperses a parallel tale set in the mid 1800’s. Through fictitious as well as prime source materials, it chronicles the memoir of another scorned and real 19th wife: Ann Eliza Young.
Coerced into marrying Brigham Young, the 67-year old colonizer of the LDS when she was 24, Ann soon had enough.
Called Brigham’s ‘nineteenth headache’, Ann later divorced him and took her fiery crusade against polygamy to Congress.
There she spoke out against the sham of ‘celestial marriage’ and the emotional toll it took on the many women it deceived.

(BOOKS)  The First Bad Man by Miranda July

This wonderfully insane novel had me the moment I met Cheryl Glickman – a forty-something neurotic with a psychosomatic swallowing issue, a crush on a man twenty-five years her senior and a big blond slob living on her sofa.
Single Cheryl has worked for years as a manager at Open Palm, a woman’s self-defense organization.
But nearing forty-five, Cheryl hasn’t done a very good job of defending herself:
Lonely, self-deprecating, and clueless; (she’s sure her new Julie Andrews/Geraldine Ferraro haircut looks amazing. While that green corduroy dress with all the buttons does not maker her look like a lesbian.
As a matter of fact, Cheryl’s yin and yang could use a tune-up, according to her therapist, RuthAnn; (a woman Cheryl suspects is masquerading as a doctor).
When her crazy bosses ask her to take in their moody, twenty-year-old daughter until she finds an acting job, (it’s LA after all), put upon Cheryl agrees.
Clee Stengl is a sullen, though gorgeous giantess with poor hygiene who takes Cheryl’s home hostage. Dirty dishes, dirty underwear and dirty boyfriends make Cheryl’s throat swell to the size of an avocado.
She wants her houseguest from hell gone when Clee announces she’s pregnant.
In the meantime, what to make of Cheryl Glickman’s sex life and all those fantasies she’s been having about role playing and consensual body slamming?
Did I mention the homeless gardener who came with the house when she bought it from the Goldfarbs?
Outrageous on steroids.


Aimee Zuccarini, Howard County Libary