Authors: Spring 2024

Monarch Book Recommendations

A Love Song For Ricki Wilde

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams is a captivating tale of love, music, and self-discovery. Set against the vibrant backdrop of the music industry, the novel follows protagonist Ricki as she navigates the highs and lows of her career and relationships. Williams skillfully weaves together themes of ambition, friendship, and romance, creating a story that feels both authentic and heartfelt. With lyrical prose and dynamic characters, the novel immerses readers in Ricki’s world, evoking laughter, tears, and everything in between. A Love Song for Ricki Wilde is a melodious journey that will resonate with readers long after the final page.


Broughtupsy is a soul-stirring exploration of family, resilience, and the complexities of identity. Set against the backdrop of 1970s Brooklyn, the novel follows protagonist Melody as she grapples with the challenges of growing up amid societal shifts. Cooke’s prose is richly evocative, drawing readers into Melody’s world with vivid detail and emotional depth. Through Melody’s journey, the novel delves into themes of race, class, and the pursuit of self-discovery with sensitivity and nuance. Broughtupsy is a poignant and thought-provoking coming-of-age story that lingers in the mind long after the final page.


Undiplomatic by Deesha Dyer is a candid and captivating memoir that offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in the White House. As the former social secretary to Michelle Obama, Dyer provides an intimate portrayal of her experiences navigating the complexities of politics, race, and personal identity. Her writing is refreshingly honest and insightful, offering valuable lessons on leadership, resilience, and the power of authenticity. Through vivid anecdotes and poignant reflections, Dyer brings readers into her world, highlighting the triumphs and challenges of working in one of the most influential roles in American politics. Undiplomatic is a compelling read that leaves a lasting impression.

While We Were Burning

After her best friend’s mysterious death, Elizabeth Smith’s picture-perfect life in the Memphis suburbs has spiraled out of control—so much so that she hires a personal assistant to keep her on track. Composed and elegant, Brianna is exactly who she needs—she slides so neatly into Elizabeth’s life it’s almost like she belonged there from the start and proves herself indispensable. Soon, the assistant Elizabeth hired to distract her from her obsession with her friend’s death is the same person working with her to uncover the truth behind it. Because Brianna has questions, too. She wants to know why the police killed her young Black son. Why someone in Elizabeth’s neighborhood called the cops on him that day. Who took that first step that stole her child away from her. And the only way she’s ever going to be able to find out is to entwine herself deep into Elizabeth’s life, where the answers to her questions lie. As the two women hurtle towards an electrifying final showdown, and the lines between employer and friend blur, it becomes clear that neither of them is what they first appear.

Murder On Demand

Murder on Demand by Al Roker is a gripping murder mystery that keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final page. Set against the backdrop of the glamorous world of television news, the novel follows protagonist Billy Blessing as he investigates a series of mysterious deaths. Roker’s writing is fast paced and full of twists and turns, making it impossible to put down. With its clever plot and engaging characters, Murder on Demand is a thrilling ride from start to finish. Fans of crime fiction will delight in this entertaining and well-crafted whodunit.