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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Author of “The Perfect Age” and OC Family magazine editor Heather Skyler give us “Vegas Girls,” an intimate story of three women who reunite in their hometown and secretly aim to reconcile unfinished issues from each of their pasts in order to move on. …

With a dark sense of humor and a journalistic eye, Emily Witt serves up thoughtful musings on modern single life in “Future Sex.” Hook-up culture, Tinder, polyamory – no sexual subculture is left unturned in this smart debut. …

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward continues the urgent conversation started by Ta-Nehisi Coates in “The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race.” With this timely collection of essays, poems and memoir pieces, Ward brings together a powerful collection of black voices to create the chorus of a generation. …

It’s a little early for holiday shopping, but lovers of romance should have local author Anita Hughes’ “Christmas in Paris” on the top of their lists. Haute couture, a French count as a potential suitor, fortune-teller magic  – all the makings of a modern-day fairy tale come together in this charming tale. …

A young mother moves to California to reinvent herself and escape the bondage of caregiving until a life-threatening diagnosis forces her to face her past in Kim Hooper’s “People Who Knew Me,” an impressive debut from an exciting new voice in Orange County. …

Master of domestic noir Megan Abbott is back with “You Will Know Me,” a gripping psychological thriller set in the cutthroat world of competitive gymnasts, where parental expectations and promises of fame run amok.


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