Fiction: Brava, Valentine (Harper), Adriana Trigiani’s sequel to Very Valentine, follows shoe designer Valentine Roncalli to Buenos Aires, where she finds an unexpected piece of family history: a black cousin. Until her discovery, no one knew why her great-grandfather had severed ties with his brother. This book centers around the importance of family ties—at the heart of any Italian story.
Social history: In 1587, 118 men, women, and children left England for America. They landed on an island off the coast of North Carolina. By 1590, the island was abandoned and the colonists had disappeared. A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by James Horn (Basic Books) reconstructs the colonists’ story, offering new theories on what became of them.
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