CoverSpy Agents' June Picks

By CoverSpy

By CoverSpy

Rather than click through to purchase these books from our list, CoverSpy encourages you to purchase directly from independent bookstores to support them when they need readers most. Black-owned bookstores to support:

 

MAHOGANY BOOKS (Washington DC)

SEMICOLON (Chicago, IL)

THE LIT BAR (The Bronx, NYC)

SOURCE BOOKSELLERS (Detroit, MI)

UNCLE BOBBIES (Philadelphia, PA)

FULTON STREET BOOKS (Tulsa, OK)

EYE SEE ME (St. Louis, MO)

FRUGAL BOOKSTORE (Boston, MA)

ESO WON BOOKS (Los Angeles, CA)

HARRIETT'S BOOKSHOP (Philadelphia, PA)

SISTER'S UPTOWN (New York, NY)

LOYALTY BOOKS (Silver Springs, MD)

TURNING PAGE BOOKSHOP (Goose Creek, SC)

WILD FIG BOOKS AND COFFEE (Lexington, KY)

 

Source: https://www.instagram.com/avidreaderpress/

Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing

$16.99 $15.63

"A resource for your shelf to visit again and again." —Agent Touchdown, Portland

The Farm

Joanne Ramos

$17.00 $15.64

"After an embarrassing scandal at her nannying job, a young Filipina mother takes a job as a pregnancy surrogate at an estate her fellow Hosts call "The Farm," where they carry babies for the ultra-wealthy and receive a life-changing payday in return. Under the veneer of idyllic perfection, however, lie dark secrets and all-too-real implications that make this read like a Handmaid's Tale prequel for the world we actually live in." —Agent Velocipede, New York City

Serpent & Dove

Shelby Mahurin

$18.99 $17.47

"This YA novel is a perfect escapist read: full of magic, romance, witchcraft, and secrets. Mahurin's world is so beautifully and richly described you'll feel like you've been pulled out of this one for a while." —Agent Woollysocks, New York City

Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries

Cindy Kuzma and Carrie Jackson Cheadle

$18.00 $16.56

"A good friend coauthored this one, so I'm a bit biased in my choice, but it's an appropriate time for me to finally crack it open. An excellent resource for anyone seeking relatable advice and experiences pertaining to being benched from their activity of choice." —Agent Em Dash, Chicago

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

Matt Parker

$27.00 $24.30

"If you have ever watched a construction site, you are fascinated as the building takes shape. But what if the building fell down during construction? This book examines several engineering disasters, computer snafus, and related mathematical challenges faced 'in the real world.' It is really the book your math teacher should have read when you asked, 'When am I going to use this?'" —Agent Eyre, Chicago

Blood Water Paint

Joy McCullough

$10.99 $10.11

"Written in verse, this book introduces the reader to the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian painter from the early 1600s. A fascinating look into an artist's beginnings and the social norms that drove her spirit and forced her to find strength in ways that many of us will never be able to fathom." —Agent Eyre, Chicago

Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: 404 Inspired Seasonal Dishes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

Mark Bittman

$17.00

"If you're short on time, ingredients, or inspiration (after two months of quarantine, who isn't?), this slim cookbook caters to all three. A collection of recipe 'sketches' providing yummy pairings that require minimal time in the kitchen." —Agent Sunshine, New York City

Sourdough

Robin Sloan

$26.00 $23.40

"If you've found yourself baking a lot over the last few months (I certainly have), this book will tap into your interest in the magic of carbs. Sloan's writing is comforting (like bread!) and deliciously descriptive. Clever and charming, Sourdough will have you thinking about what makes you happy in life—like, really happy—and whether you're prioritizing what brings you joy. And it'll also make you hungry." —Agent Ampersand, Washington DC

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