Our lastest issue of Foreword Reviews

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Summer starts—unofficially—this weekend. May your days be beachful and lead to glorious sunsets. May your golf ball fly straight and your bobber bob at the whim of feisty bluegills.

And you needn’t worry, we have your summer reading in mind. Our design team is a few busy days away from going to press with the latest issue of Foreword Reviews—125+ reviews of new books from independent publishers. With features on Mysteries and Thrillers, Political and Social Science, and Autobiography/Memoir, beach readers of all interests will find something to love. Take Aoife Clifford’s Second Sight (Pegasus Books), “a gripping, gut-wrenching thriller,” set in Kinsale, Australia; or Soji Shimada’s Murder in the Crooked House (Pushkin Vertigo), “a terrifying, grisly locked-room mystery.”

You want important? Check out Clementine Ford’s Boys Will Be Boys: Power, Patriarchy, and Toxic Masculinity (One World Publications) in the Political and Social Science spread. Drawing its title from the common excuse for toxic, testosterone-driven behavior, the book “scrutinizes societal behaviors that perpetuate patriarchy,” writes reviewer Mya Alexice. Another title we stand in awe of is Conor Bezane’s intimate and disturbing memoir, The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium & Why Sober is the New Cool.

We’re also packaging a Religion Spotlight into the back of the magazine, twenty titles covering everything from Mormon expansion to pagan holidays, from open and affirming churches to heartfelt community around shared tables. Managing Editor Michelle Anne Schingler, a Harvard Divinity School grad, takes extra pride in selecting something for every faith in this annual feature.

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