The Golden Doves

by Martha Hall Kelly

American Josie Anderson and Parisian Arlette LaRue are former spies for the Allies and now survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Josie has joined the Army’s Operation Paperclip to hunt down a notorious doctor who did experiments on prisoners at the camp. Arlette is trying to track down her son, who was taken from her during the war.  The two women find their dangerous searches converge when Arlette travels to investigate an orphanage in French Guinea.

Small Mercies

by Dennis Lehane

It’s 1974, the first summer of Boston’s school desegregation mandate. Mary Pat has always lived in Southie, a neighborhood of Irish housing projects. When her teenage daughter fails to return home from an evening with friends, Mary Pat begins a desperate search that steers her to leaders of the Irish mob, and they don’t like the attention. Meanwhile, the son of a black coworker has been suspiciously killed on the subway tracks. Are the events related?

Yours Truly

by Abby Jimenez

When Brianna meets Jacob, things are not going well for either of them. Both doctors are recovering from failed relationships, work in a competitive medical environment, and Brianna’s brother desperately needs a kidney transplant. Stress and miscommunication put them at odds, and it’s only after Jacob reaches out through a thoughtful letter that Brianna begins to reassess her assumptions.

The Shadow Docket

by Stephen Vladeck

Since 2017, the Supreme Court has increasingly employed the Shadow Docket. Unlike the Merits Docket (where decisions are based on oral arguments, opinions, and dissents), the Shadow Docket effectively determines constitutionality by simply hearing a case or allowing lower court decisions to stand. Traditionally used only in emergencies, it is now used for many cases upholding conservative priorities. This is a discussion of its impact on U.S. law.

Walking with Sam

by Andrew McCarthy

Faced with a dwindling career and hoping to reconcile with his nineteen-year-old son, McCarthy decided they should repeat his long-ago 500-mile trek on the Camino de Santiago. Despite some of the usual parent-child tensions, together they talked through the impact of McCarthy’s divorce and Sam’s heartbreak over a girlfriend, along with their thoughts on drugs, gaming, the hot weather, hilly terrain, and fellow travelers.  A compelling look at a father and son.

The 1998 Yankees

by Jack Curry

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Yankees’ unprecedented 125 wins from a combined regular season and postseason. That record was followed by a 1998 World Series sweep of the San Diego Padres. Curry looks back at the organization’s dynamics, and the individual players and managers contributing to its domination of the sport. He then compares them to other record-breaking teams and presents his case that the 1998 Yankees were the best team ever.