What we’re reading this month

The latest tomes from local authors.

distortions purple haze
Photo by Mike Ramm/courtesy of Black Rose Writing
Dystortions: Purple Haze
By Lisa Pell
Black Rose Writing

Lisa Pell takes us back to the story of Addy O’Malibul with her third novel, the second in the Dystortions series. Former journalist O’Malibul is still on planet Malaprop and is following famous rock star Jon McGuiness of The Scarubs as she waits in her prison of the purple room of pain after being convicted of murdering a neighbor. And as is common on the planet, radio waves cross dimensions, and O’Malibul finds that her world is somehow interconnected with the rock star’s status and his genius. (August 2017)

code girls
Photo by Mike Ramm/courtesy of Hatchette Books
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
By Liza Mundy
Hatchette Books

Not only giving insight into the birth of code breaking during World War II—accomplishments include major battles on both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts—Code Girls gives a peek into lives of the intelligent women who left the safety of college and rural teaching jobs to come to the just-being-built neighborhoods of Arlington and live in wartime Washington, D.C. (October 2017)

(October 2017)