Every week, as part of SunLit – the literature section of the Sun – we feature recommendations from Colorado bookstore staff. This week, the staff at BookBar in Denver recommend “White Horse,” “Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir,” and “Sisterhood of Sleuths.”
White Horse: A Novel
By Erika T. Wurth
Flat Iron Books
From the editor:
Urban Native Kari James is a fan of heavy metal, ripped jeans, Stephen King novels and dive bars. She spends most of her time at her favorite place in Denver, a bar called White Horse. There, she does her best to ignore her past and the issues surrounding her mother who abandoned her when she was just two years old.
But soon after her cousin Debby brings her a traditional bracelet that once belonged to Kari’s mother, Kari begins to have disturbing visions of her mother and a mysterious creature. When the visions refuse to go away, Kari must find out what really happened to her mother all those years ago.
From Becky LeJeune, Event Buyer/Office Manager: One of my absolute favorite books of the year! “White Horse” features lore-based horror and family trauma. It’s also a bit of a love letter to Denver and heavy metal music. I’m here for it all and you should be too!
Dear Senthuran: A Memoir of the Black Spirit
By Akwaeke Emezi
Penguin Publishing Group
From the editor: In three critically acclaimed novels, Akwaeke Emezi has presented readers with a landscape marked by family tensions, Igbo belief systems, and a boundless search for what it means to be free. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the bestselling author of “The Death of Vivek Oji” reveals the heartbreaking but unresolved truths of their own lives. Through candid and intimate correspondence with friends, lovers and family, Emezi traces the unfolding of a self and the unforgettable journey of a creative spirit taking power in the human world.
From Mara Kalinoski, Marketing Coordinator: Akwaeke Emezi is pure magic. “Dear Senthuran” is a song, an adventure, a wound and a balm all in one. This is their first memoir, proving they are a master of every genre they write. The book covers so much territory, from the painful to the ecstatic. Told through a series of letters, the memoirs give us insight into Emezi’s relationships with humans, body, mind, life and death, writing and power. Their ability and willingness to bare their soul is a treasure we don’t deserve.
Brotherhood of Detectives
By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
(Little Brown Books for Young Readers
From the editor: Maizy always assumed she knew all about her grandmother, Jacuzzi. So when a box full of vintage Nancy Drew books is left in her mother’s thrift store, Maizy is surprised to find an old photo of her grandmother and two other women hidden under the collection. Stranger still, when Maizy shows the photo to Jacuzzi, she feigns ignorance, insisting that the woman is someone else. Determined to uncover the truth – and inspired by the legacy of Nancy Drew – Maizy launches her own investigation with the help of new friends Nell and Cam. This intergenerational mystery filled with literary history, friendship and family secrets pays a gripping tribute to the world’s most famous detective.
From Marilyn Robbins, Children’s Program Coordinator: Colorado author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is a genius, no mystery about it! She created a modern mystery tied to the story of the Nancy Drew stories nearly 100 years ago. Maizy finds a box of books outside her mother’s store. But what makes the box even more curious is the photo of her grandmother inside one of the books. However, her grandmother denies it was her and, to make matters worse, her best friend doesn’t seem to care about her anymore. “Sisterhood of Sleuths” is a mystery, but it’s filled with humor, laughs and a surprise or two.