Rhody Reads: Six Selections to Build Your Home Library

April 2023


Like your streaming service watch list, what you choose to read reveals much about your interests; it’s also fun to mix it up a bit and try genres that are unfamiliar to you. This month’s selections include offerings by a former journalist, a school teacher, and an actress-turned novelist whose latest is landing on numerous must-read lists. Whether you are seeking intrigue or a tale of redemption, these six picks are ready to entertain.


First-time novelist and Rhode Island transplant C.B. Bernard knocks it out of the park with his gorgeous take on love and loss, Small Animals Caught in Traps: A Novel. Lewis, a fishing guide in Oregon, struggles to rebuild his life after a failed boxing career. When tragedy strikes, his survival depends on the one bright spot in his life, his daughter Gray. It’s a tale of love and redemption sure to capture your heart.


Based on a real-life true crime story, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Reef Road: A Novel is a thrilling mystery loaded with engaging and identifiable characters that will enthrall readers until the very last word. Violence is at the core of the story as it reverberates through families for generations. As the lives of two women are drawn together, they must solve a tragic mystery, as well as accept and understand how it affects their very identities. Royce hosts the Ocean House Author Series; visit OceanHouseEvents.com for details.


Politics in Rhode Island are always a hot topic and Richard Laliberte’s novel, The Thaumaturge of Providence, pulls no punches. From a doomsday cult to a drug cartel, everyone is invested in the outcome of the Providence City Council election and will do whatever it takes to make sure their side wins. As Brown student Eli Silverman digs deeper into the background of the predicted winner, will he find himself in a hole with no way out?


New York Times bestselling author and Rhode Islander Marie Force has released her latest book, How Much I Need, the fifth entry in her Miami Nights series. A tale right out of the daytime soaps, the romance focuses on shooting victim Milo who falls for the nurse who saved his life, Gianna. The more time they spend together during his recovery, the more they realize there may be something more between them. Tune in to find out what happens next…


Moses Brown English teacher and writer Matty Bennett captures the angst of growing up a gay teen in his young adult novel, We Give Support, Not Advice. After the tragic death of a student, Jefferson High School launches an LGBTQ support group led by the students who must figure out how to help one another survive and thrive during these challenging times. Told in Bennett’s beautiful poetic verse, the story is both a hopeful and necessary tale for our times.


In the dark, apocalyptic landscape of Alfred Kohli’s Blue Light, Duncan has no home. He spends his days fleeing the oppressive Overseers and their army of Enforcers that seek the remaining humans who give off a mysterious blue light. When one of the marked ones, Gabrielle, enters Duncan’s life, he must decide whether to continue on his journey or stay and fight for something more. A must-read for fans of The Last of Us.


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