Summer Reading Suggestions

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Ah, summer at last. It’s been a long time coming. Back in February, it seemed but a distant and remote possibility. But now the long, languid days of summer are here, and we couldn’t be happier. Summer is a time to slow down and relax; it’s a time to take things a little easier, whether it’s lounging by the pool, lazing in the hammock or sunning at the beach. It’s also a time for catching-up on your reading.

Publishers work overtime to get their books in print before the summer demand peeks, so our shelves are full of newly published titles – from literary debuts to new works from familiar authors. Looking for a summer reading suggestion? Here are few of our suggestions.

Fiction: In the Unlikely Event. Beloved children’s book author Judy Blume has created a gripping, compulsively readable story of the joys and sorrows of family based on events from her own childhood – a series of three plane crashes in 1950s New Jersey,

Debut Fiction: The Shore. First time novelist, Sara Taylor, has created an enthralling family saga that spans four generations set on islands off the coast of Virginia.

Historical Fiction: The Truth According to Us. Annie Barrows, the author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, returns with a charming coming-of-age story set in a sleepy West Virginia mill town during the Great Depression.

Romance: Paris, the City of Love, features in three romance novels for summer reading: Paris, He Said, by Christine Sneed, The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George, and A Paris Affair, by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Mystery: Harvard is the setting for Bradstreet Gate, by Robin Kirman, as three graduates search for answers to the brutal murder of a Harvard senior.

Thriller: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, is a taunt psychological thriller with multiple twists and turns. It begins innocently enough with a chance sighting from a train, but soon draws the reader into a series of chilling events that lead to a stunning climax.

Non-Fiction: David McCullough takes-off with The Wright Brothers, the engaging story of bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

Biography: Irrepressible, the Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham. Author Emily Bingham explores the unconventional life of her great aunt in this turbulent account of wealth, insanity, love and one woman’s search for happiness.

And, of course, the book that everyone is waiting for, Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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