1. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Jim Obergefell (out June 16)
Obergefell, the Cincinnati man at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, takes readers behind the scenes with the key players and events that led to his groundbreaking civil rights victory.
2. Overwatch by Matthew Betley
Former Marine officer Logan West battles inner demons and external mercenaries in this military thriller from a St. X high school grad who is also ex-marine. Betley spent ten years in the Marine Corps and was trained as a scout sniper platoon commander, infantry officer and ground intelligence officer.
3. Things Organized Neatly by Austin Radcliffe
With all due respect to Marie Kondo, sometimes looking at pretty photographs of thing organized neatly is just as good—and maybe better—as actually organizing things neatly. Based on the blog of the same name by Cincinnati photographer and self-described “art world hustler” Austin Radcliffe.
4. Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder (out June 7)
Seventeen year-old Penelope Marx curates her own personal museum to help her cope with love, friendship and the heartbreak they can bring. Brooklyn based Leder returns to her hometown for a reading and signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers at Rookwood on June 21.
5. The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson
Wilkinson and her partner, poet Ron Davis, own Wild Fig Books and Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky. In her latest book, the women of Opulence have a lot to contend with: Love, loss, single parenthood, and the occasional dead, lighting-struck husband.