18 Books You Need to Read this Summer

Published on May 29, 2018

 

FICTION:

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The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

Four young friends navigate the cutthroat world of music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Leni and her parents move to Alaska in 1974 after her father has returned home as a veteran from the Vietnam War. The family struggles to survive the wilderness and her father's violent outbursts, while also falling in love with Alaska.

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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

A novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

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The Balcony by Jane Delury

A century-spanning portrait of the inhabitants of a French village, revealing the deception, despair, love, and longing beneath the calm surface of ordinary lives. Set in a small village near Paris, The Balcony follows the inhabitants of a single estate—including a manor and a servants' cottage—over the course of several generations, from the Belle Époque to the present day. 

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Florida by Lauren Groff

Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In the short stories of Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. 

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Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Explores the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—an independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century.

 

MYSTERIES & THRILLERS:

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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide. As Anna digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her. 

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I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke

A woman has washed ashore on a small Greek island with no memory of who she is.  Outside of London a new mother disappears, her husband is desperate to find her.  What is the connection? And are the four strangers who find her really who they say they are?

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Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

Dublin is the setting for this tense police thriller. DCS Frankie is haunted by the killer that almost ended her life.  Can she do this job, or is she still recovering emotionally and physically from her narrow escape with her own death.

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall, an old home for girls considered troublemakers. What happens when she re-visits the past?

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

 

NONFICTION:

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

In 1994, Clemantine and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps until she was twelve, when she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade.

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston

A never-before-published work from the author of the American classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God which brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade—illegally smuggled from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. 

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Red Notice by Bill Browder

A true crime thriller. Red Notice is a dramatic, moving and thriller-like account of how a young Russian lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky’s death transformed Bill Browder, a US-born financier and CEO of a successful asset management company from hedge-fund manager to global human rights crusader. 

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Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha

Follows a family who had overspent and were living beyond their means. It's the story of a marriage and family and the soul searching that can happen when your financial position has dramatically changed. 

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It's Beautiful Here by Megan Morton

Homes that make your heart skip a beat. Lose yourself in these beautiful rooms: artsy, inviting and welcoming.