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THE BEST BOOKS FOR SUMMER
A runaway at 13, Felice has spent five years modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach. Soon she and her family will be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. Set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Miami, Birds of Paradise is filled with piercing insights into the politics of food and sugar, teen culture, and of the ebb and flow of marriage. The writing is sumptuous, the story moving, and the descriptions of food (one of AbuJaber’s specialties) are mouth-watering.
Birds of Paradise -by Diana Abu-Jaber
Untold Story -by Monica Ali
On Sale 6/5/12. Untold Story by Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane, imagines that Princess Diana, after being ceaselessly hounded by the paparazzi and feeling threatened by “Those in Control,” contrives an opportunity to escape her life and move to the US where she alters her appearance and lives quietly in a small town. This is an interesting story of reinventing ones’ self – both figuratively and literally. When taking control of one’s life, how much are you willing to give up and how do you start over? Can you leave the past behind?- Sydne, Atlanta
W.W. Norton & Company $15.95
Scribner $ 15.00
The Best American Short Stories 2011 -by Geraldine Brooks
The Best American 2012 titles will be available in October, an event we look forward to every year. But just because the new editions are coming, doesn’t mean the shelf life is past for the old. Creating something of a time capsule, and an engaging insight into the guest editors’ tastes, it is always a pleasure to revisit a Best American title. In the 2011 Short Stories, with guest editor Geraldine Brooks, some of the best writers working today are featured. You can get a preview of the much (deservedly) lauded, A Visit from the Goon Squad, and the opening story of Megan Mayhew Bergman’s amazing new collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Perfect entertainment on a short flight.
Mariner Books $ 14.95
Once Upon a River -by Bonnie Jo Campbell
On Sale 6/4/12. Casting off into the gothic backwoods of Once Upon a River is a bracing experience. Its teen heroine Margo Crane is abandoned by her mother, raped by her uncle, and causes untold trouble by her willful shooting habits. Margo idolizes Annie Oakley, and recalls characters from generations of adventure novels, but establishes a vivid and unique resonance of her own. Ultimately, her wild quest for love and freedom is a heartbreakingly beautiful journey for the reader. - Sara, Atlanta
The American Heiress -by Daisy Goodwin
For fans of Downton Abbey, The American Heiress is a great summer escape. Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.
W.W. Norton & Company $ 15.95
Jasmine Nights -by Julia Gregson
The author of the bestselling East of the Sun returns with a lush novel about a young singer who is recruited by the British Secret Service during the height of World War II, to spy on a Turkish impresario and his associates. But it’s a mission that will jeopardize not only her own safety, but also the love of her life… Jasmine Nights is a powerful story of danger, beauty, and love set amidst some of the most exquisite and dangerous cities of the Middle East.
St. Martin’s Griffin $ 14.99
Touchstone $ 16.00
With gorgeous cover art and a plot just made for the season, we can’t think of a better book to include in our summer round-up than The Book of Summers. For nine-year-old Beth Lowe, it should have been a magical summer–sun-kissed days lounging in rickety deck chairs, nights gathered around the fire. But what begins as an innocent vacation to Hungary ends with the devastating separation of her parents. Over the next seven summers, Beth walks a tightrope between worlds, fleeing her quiet home and distant father to bask in the intoxicating Hungarian countryside with her mother. It is during these enthralling summers that Beth comes to life and learns to love. But at sixteen, she uncovers a life-shattering secret, bringing her sacred summers with Marika abruptly to an end.
The Book of Summers -by Emylia Hall
Mira $ 14.95
Into the Darkest Corner -by Elizabeth Haynes
On Sale 6/5/12. Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.
Harper $ 25.99
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor -by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga
Focused on a small family torn by what the apocalypse has to offer, the authors unfold a nonstop gut wrenching story that the reader will undoubtedly remember for a long time to come. If this first book is any indication of future adventures, Walking Dead fans along with newbies should rejoice at the new approach to Robert’s world of the dead. - Mike ABQ St. Martin’s Griffin $ 14.99
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Imperative -by Eric Van Lustbader
On Sale 6/5/12. What’s summer without a few thrills? And Bourne is back in theaters! In The Bourne Imperative, the man Jason Bourne fishes out of the frozen lake is near death, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound and drowning. He awakens as an amnesiac, with no memory of who he is or why he was shot—and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own past.
Grand Central Publishing $ 27.99
Tumbleweeds -by Leila Meacham
On Sale 6/19/12. Devoted readers of Leila Meacham will devour this long, juicy page-turner. Tumbleweeds is the story of three young friends–the saint, the sinner, and the ange–growing up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. A fateful event casts a long shadow over these three intertwined lives and leaves the reader turning the pages desperately to see how it all plays out. Grand Central Publishing $ 25.99
Spy Mom -by Beth McMullen
After falling in love and making a quick exit from her nine-year career in the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction), ex-spy Sally Sin does her best to become Lucy Hamilton, a stay-at-home mom in San Francisco. No one, not even her adoring husband Will, knows about her secret agent escapades— chasing no-good masterminds through perilous jungles, escaping evil assassins, and playing dangerous games of cat and mouse with her old nemesis, Ian Blackford, a notorious and dashing illegal arms dealer. But sometimes her well-honed spy reflexes refuse to lay low. She can’t help breaking into her own house to check on the babysitter or stop herself from tossing the yoga instructor who gets on her nerves. And the Agency is desperate to get Sin back on the job. How can Sally or Lucy or whatever her name is save the planet while at the same time keeping her own family’s world from spinning out of control?
Hyperion $ 14.99
The Cat’s Table -by Michael Ondaatje
On Sale 6/12/12. The Cat’s Table is a spellbinding novel from the author of The English Patient. With intriguingly autobiographical intimations, an eleven-year-old boy in 1950’s Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: they are first exposed to the magical worlds of jazz, women, and literature by their eccentric fellow travelers, and together they spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.
Vintage International $ 15.00
The Watery Part of the World -by Michael Parker
On Sale 6/5/12. Michael Parker’s vast and involving novel about pirates and slaves, treason and treasures, madness and devotion, takes place on a tiny island battered by storms and cut off from the world. Inspired by two little-known moments in history, it begins in 1813, when Theodosia Burr, en route to New York by ship to meet her father, Aaron Burr, disappears off the coast of North Carolina. It ends a hundred and fifty years later, when the last three inhabitants of a remote island—two elderly white women and the black man who takes care of them—are forced to leave their beloved spot of land. Parker tells an enduring story about what we’ll sacrifice for love, and what we won’t.
Algonquin Books $ 13.95
Think of a Number -by John Verdon
On Sale 6/5/12. An extraordinary fiction debut, Think of a Number is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation. Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration, “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.
Broadway $ 14.00
Beautiful Ruins -by Jess Walter
On Sale 6/12/12.The award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with a gorgeously romantic new book. Called by Richard Russo “an absolute masterpiece,” Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. At turns funny and elegiac Beautiful Ruins is going to be at the top of a lot of best of 2012 lists. - Matt, LAX Harper $ 25.99
After she disappeared inside the hotel, Pasquale summoned her, that after years of living in this place, Americans, he’d created this woman from old bits of his dreams, from his epic, enduring solitude. He glanced and the whole world suddenly seemed so unlikely, our detached, existential sensation, such terrifying freedom – own body – and it thrilled him in a way that he could “Dee Moray,” Pasquale Tursi said, suddenly, looked over. Then Pasquale turned his back and said than a whisper, embarrassed by the hopeful breath that imagination. - From Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The Fault in Our Stars -by John Green
Don’t let the subject matter–two teens who fall in after meeting at their cancer support group–of this young adult novel put you off reading for a moment! The author, John Green, has been writing absorbing young adult novels for a while now and Fault in Our Stars is his most gripping, moving and heartbreaking of them all. - Anne, Atlanta
Dutton Juvenile $ 17.99
Theodore Boone: The Abduction -by John Grisham
Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone–who knows April better than anyone–has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone’s trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Puffin $ 7.99
entertained the unwieldy thought that he’d somehow after months of grief and loneliness and waiting for cinema and books, from the lost artifacts and ruins of over at Orenzio, who was carrying someone’s bags, time in it so brief and dreamlike. He’d never felt such a it was as if he were hovering above the village, above his never have explained. aloud, breaking the spell of his thoughts. Orenzio the name again, to himself this time, in something less formed those words. Life, he thought, is a blatant act of
Theodore Boone: The Accused -by John Grisham
Theodore Boone is back! And he’s ready for his next big case. Theo Boone might only be thirteen, but he’s already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend’s abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet.
Dutton Juvenile $ 16.99
Between Shades of Gray -by Ruta Sepetys
Not to be confused with the VERY different novel making headlines this summer, Between Shades of Gray is a moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book Thief. Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life—until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?
Speak $ 8.99
Blue Nights -by Joan Didion
From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion is an intensely personal and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old. Blue Nights—the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”—like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profound.
Vintage $ 15.00
The Heart and the Fist -by Eric Greitens
Eric Greitens worked in some of the roughest refugee camps in the world. After seeing the destruction that violence wreaked on so many lives, he trained to be a Navy SEAL so he could take the fight to the enemy. It is an amazing tale of one man’s extraordinary leadership and service as both a humanitarian and a warrior. He is a true inspiration. - Sara, Atlanta Mariner Books $ 15.95
To End All Wars -by Adam Hochschild
A riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time. An important investigation of those who were put behind bars because they preached peace.
Mariner Books $ 15.95
Death in the City of Light -by David King
On Sale 6/5/12. If you liked Devil in the White City, or The Monster of Florence, pick up a copy of Death in the City of Light. It’s the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld.
Broadway $ 16.00
Destiny of the Republic -by Candice Millard
On Sale 6/12/12. I loved The River of Doubt, about Theodore Roosevelt’s journey down the Amazon, and Candice Millard’s first book, so I couldn’t wait for Destiny of the Republic, and I was not disappointed. James A. Garfield was only President for a few short months before he was shot, and Millard makes us feel that loss poignantly. She vividly illustrates the best and the worst of politics, society, technology and medicine of 130 years ago, couched in a riveting narrative that races to its destined conclusion.- Sara, Atlanta
Anchor $ 16.00
Three Nights in August -by Buzz Bissinger
With Buzz Bissinger’s new book, Father’s Day out now, and Tony La Russa retiring, we just couldn’t help remembering how much we loved Bissinger’s earlier blockbuster, Three Nights in August. As the St. Louis Cardinals battled their archrival Chicago Cubs, we watched from the dugout through the eyes of legendary manager Tony La Russa, considered by many to be the shrewdest mind in the game. In his twenty-seven years of managing, La Russa had been named Manager of the Year a record-making five times and stood as the third-winningest baseball manager of all time. A great leader, he’d built his success on the conviction that ball games are won not only by the numbers but also by the hearts and minds of those who play.
Mariner Books $ 14.95
The Whistling Season -by Ivan Doig
Summer is a time to catch up on all the books you always meant to read. A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his best. “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” So begins the ad that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting, everwhistling housekeeper Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee, Montana in the fall of 1909. In the unforgettable season that follows, Morris and Rose bring “several kinds of education”—none of them of the textbook variety—to widower Oliver Milliron, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region’s one-room schoolhouse.
Mariner Books $ 14.95
The Namesake -by Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri is one of the most highly praised writers of her generation, and even a decade later, The Namesake remains amazingly popular. In it, Lahiri takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When their son is born, they name him for a Russian writer in memory of a catastrophe years before. As Gogol Ganguil stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs, he knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.
Mariner Books $ 14.95
Empress Orchid -by Anchee Min
Anchee Min is one of my favorite novelists. Her writing is clean and compelling, and you can feel Min’s personal history informing every fascinating page. Empress Orchid sweeps readers into the heart of the Forbidden City to tell the fascinating story of a young concubine who becomes China’s last empress. Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, and weaves an epic of a country girl who seized power through seduction, murder, and endless intrigue; a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived, and ultimately dominated, a male world. Sara, Atlanta
Mariner Books $ 14.00
Don’t let the weighty subject matter of The Emperor of All Maladies stop you from picking up this book. This “biography of cancer” is both riveting and greatly informative. By the end of the book you are left with a strong belief that human perseverance (patient, doctor, or scientist) is sure to triumph over cancer. - Anne, Atlanta
The Emperor of All Maladies -by Siddartha Mukherjee
Scribner $ 18.00
Fast Food Nation -by Eric Schlosser
The contemporary classic that helped to launch a global shift in awareness about the food we eat and its ramifications. Including a new afterword, Fast Food Nation is still eminently, unfortunately, relevant. As unsettling as Schlosser’s reporting and conclusions are, his storytelling is witty and compelling.
The Color Purple -by Alice Walker
The Color Purple is on Summer Reading assignment lists across the country, but it would be a shame to read this contemporary classic only if it was required. Its accessible style is an artful invitation to a difficult, but important subject. Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.
Mariner Books $ 14.95
Mariner Books $ 14.95
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The Stark River flowed around the oxbow at Murrayville the way blood flowed through Margo Crane’s heart. She rowed upstream to see wood ducks, canvasbacks, and ospreys and to search for tiger salamanders in the ferns. She drifted downstream to find painted turtles sunning on fallen trees and to count the herons in the heronry beside the Murrayville cemetery. She tied up her boat and followed shallow feeder streams to collect crayfish, watercress, and tiny wild strawberries. Her feet were toughened against sharp stones and broken glass. When Margo swam, she swallowed minnows alive and felt the Stark River move inside her. She waded through serpentine tree roots to grab hold of water snakes and let the river clean the wounds from the nonvenomous bites. She sometimes tricked a snapping turtle into clamping its jaws down hard on a branch so she could carry it home to Grandpa Murray. He boiled the meat to make soup and told the children that eating snapping turtle was like eating dinosaur. Margo was the only one the old man would take along when he fished or checked his animal traps because she could sit without speaking for hours in the prow of The River Rose, his small teak boat. Margo learned that when she was tempted to speak or cry out, she should, instead, be still and watch and listen. The old man called her Sprite or River Nymph. Her cousins called her Nympho, though not usually within the old man’s hearing. - From Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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