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May God Forgive by Alan Parks

This is a real page-turner, especially if you enjoy conflicted protagonists, gritty crime fiction and atmospheric landscapes. 1970s Glasgow provides the rainy, gloomy backdrop for this dark tale of crime and near-crime committed by the villains and sometimes by the police.

The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

A dense, complex and far-ranging but ultimately fully satisfying tale full of Jewish and European history, religion and politics will delight those who love big books about big ideas.

Saving Yellowstone by Megan Kate Nelson

The history of Yellowstone is checkered with altruism, egotism, greed and cruelty juxtaposed with notions of preserving important natural features for the enjoyment of the people. Great effort went into the conservation of what we now view as one of our nation’s greatest treasures.

After the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport

A comprehensive view of the Russian emigres, exiles from Imperial Russia and subsequently the Soviet Union. Intimate details of persons and outlines of the cultural and political outcomes engendered by the exodus at the turn of the 20th century. Rich with information and meticulously researched, it is a work of great merit.

Strangers I Know by Claudia Durastanti

An autobiographical fiction with meaning for any reader, particularly if language and its meaning to humankind is of interest. Sometimes funny and warm, sometimes dark and disturbing, it’s a great work of literature.

The Heretic by Liam McIlvanney

A quick-paced and character-driven Scottish mystery set in the gray and somber streets of Glasgow follows murder and gang-related retribution to a satisfying ending that should please any whodunit reader.

The Last Professional by Ed Davis

An up-and-down adventure on the hobo road showing how the riders of the rails have lived and even prospered in their own way with a wealth of tips on catching freight trains to ride for free. It is a story of friendship, loyalty and courage with a stimulating tingle of danger.