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Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

First time on sale in over a year for this book off the original Summer Reading Guide! As I told readers of the 2012 Summer Reading Guide, I would never have picked this book—first published in 2004—off the shelf: I just couldn't get past the awful cover. But a friend with great taste recommended it, and I gave it a try out of loyalty to her, and I've been recommending it ever since. This nonfiction narrative about a Hungarian gentleman thief reads like a novel, but this true story is stranger than fiction. More info →
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The Girls in the Garden

The Girls in the Garden

The action in this suspense novel centers around a beautiful private communal garden in London. Most of the neighbors have lived there for years and trust each other implicitly; one family felt lucky to find their new flat when they were displaced from their home after a tragic fire. In the prologue, one of these new neighbors, 12-year-old Grace, is found in a corner of this supposedly idyllic garden, injured and unconscious after a neighborhood party. Jewell flashes back in time to introduce us to all the neighbors, and we discover much to mistrust as we try to figure out what happened to Grace. (I need to warn you: nothing here is graphic, but as a parent of tween girls, the plot line here freaked me out.) More info →
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Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet

Readers who couldn't get enough C. S. Lewis as a kid are often urged to move on to his Space Trilogy as they get older. Once again, he sets his fantasies against the backdrop of classical mythology and biblical imagery; his characters encounter extraordinary creatures, fight epic battles, and come face to face with deep wisdom. This first book in the series tells the story of Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge professor who discovers after he's abducted that he's been taken from the "silent planet" of Earth. J. R. R. Tolkien inspired Lewis to write this story, and the character of Dr. Ransom is largely based on him. More info →
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The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind

First time on sale in almost a year! Like Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, this is a World War II novel done right. The story flips back and forth in time. In our contemporary story, a woman facing a personal crisis draws strength and inspiration from a precious gift—a painting of a heroine of a bygone era. In our historical storyline, we learn her fraught history. If you loved The Nightingale, this is a must-read. Hot tip: the audiobook is terrific. More info →
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Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4)

Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4)

This is the fourth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, which I love. (No need to read this series in order: they're interconnected but don't progressively build.) More info →
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Backseat Saints

Backseat Saints

I love Joshilyn Jackson and was psyched to find this one at a used book sale. I can’t wait to read it. From the publisher: "Rose Mae Lolley's mother disappeared when she was eight, leaving Rose with a heap of old novels and a taste for dangerous men. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she's living the very life her mother abandoned. She's all but forgotten the girl she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it's time to find her way back to that brave, tough girl . . . or else. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy's ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, running from a man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did." Whispersync narration available (read by Joshilyn Jackson). More info →
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The Late Bloomers’ Club

The Late Bloomers’ Club

From the author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. Pastry chef and author Miller takes her readers back to Guthrie, Vermont in her feel-good novel about following your dreams … after finally figuring out what it is you actually want. Nora Huckleberry (that name!) has lived in the same small town all her life, where she raised her baby sister and ran the family diner alongside her dad. When Peggy the cake maker unexpectedly dies, Nora and her sister inherit a house, land, and a host of complications——including the handsome man who wants to buy Peggy’s property to build a big-box store. Everyone in town has an opinion about what Nora should do. If you like the sound of two headstrong sisters, small town vibes, and plenty of food, this may be your perfect novel. More info →
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The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

From the author of The Dollhouse, a historical novel with a fabulous setting. Few remember it now, but a thriving art school (the Grand Central School of Art) was housed for twenty years in the upper eaves of the east wing, beginning with its founding in 1924. The book switches back and forth in time between the art school years and 1974, when Grand Central Terminal was very nearly razed by developers in order to build a skyscraper. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (who briefly appears in the novel) led the fight to save the terminal by granting it landmark status. Davis has said that her novel "touches upon issues dear to me: how women's voices and agency have changed over time, the importance of the arts in our lives, and the hidden stories within New York’s historic skyline." More info →
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The Editor

The Editor

I loved Rowley's quirky debut Lily and the Octopus; this new novel turns that same charm to the world of publishing. In 1990s New York, a struggling writer gets his big break, selling his manuscript to a major publishing house—and the editor he'll be working with is none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The publisher calls this "a poignant, insightful novel of young men and their mothers, authors and their editors, and the minefields of speaking the truth about those we love." More info →
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Everything Here Is Beautiful

Everything Here Is Beautiful

Celeste Ng calls it "a tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters." Responsible and conscientious, Miranda always keeps an eye on her unpredictable younger sister, Lucia. When Lucia starts hearing voices, Miranda takes over, helping Lucia navigate life, treatments, and diagnoses. But Miranda's constant worry and vigilance takes a toll on her, and her relationship with Lucia. Following the sisters over decades and across continents, Lee's compassionate debut novel shines light on how mental illness impacts individuals and their families. More info →
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His Majesty’s Dragon: A Novel of Temeraire

His Majesty’s Dragon: A Novel of Temeraire

When sea captain Will Laurence captures a French ship and finds an unhatched dragon egg among its cargo, his life changes. He develops an unexpected bond with the dragon, Temeraire, and joins the aerial corps to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. Combining high fantasy with real 18th century military tactics, Novik weaves a beautiful story of friendship, love, and adventure in her first novel. More info →
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Bluebird, Bluebird

Bluebird, Bluebird

As a Black Texas Ranger, Darren Matthews has an intricate understanding of racial tensions in East Texas. He’s proud of his roots and his family, but when his loyalty lands him in trouble, he agrees to get out of town and investigate a crime for a friend. He drives up Highway 59 to the town of Lark, where a recent murder has stirred up hatred and history. More info →
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Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox

From the publisher: "From the prizewinning young writer of 2019's Gingerbread, a brilliant and inventive story of love, lies, and inspiration. Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding, and the fairy tales don't get complicated. In this book, the celebrated writer Mr. Fox can't stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels, and neither can his wife, Daphne. Their adventures twist the fairy tale into nine variations, exploding and teasing conventions of genre and romance, and each iteration explores the fears that come with accepting a lifelong bond. Mr. Fox is a magical book, endlessly inventive, as witty and charming as it is profound in its truths about how we learn to be with one another." More info →
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Letters to Malcolm

Letters to Malcolm

From the publisher: "In the form of warm, relaxed letters to a close friend, C. S. Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. He considers practical and metaphysical aspects of prayer, such as when we pray and where. He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if he is omniscient, whether there is an ideal form of prayer, and which of our many selves we show to God while praying." More info →
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The Star Side of Bird Hill

The Star Side of Bird Hill

The BBC called this a "coming-of-age with Caribbean flavour." From the publisher: "Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother's limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life. This tautly paced coming-of-age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family.' More info →
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Secret Lives of the First Ladies

Secret Lives of the First Ladies

From the publisher: "Scandals, Seduction, Addiction, Adultery, Horrific Fashions...And the White House?! Secret Lives of the First Ladies features outrageous profiles of the women of the White House - complete with hundreds of little-known facts. You'll discover that Dolley Madison loved to chew tobacco, Eleanor Roosevelt and Ellen Wilson both carried guns, Jacqueline Kennedy spent $121,000 on her wardrobe in a single year, and Hillary Clinton dreamed of being an astronaut. How many of these women owned slaves? Which ones were cheating on their husbands? And why was Eleanor Roosevelt serving hot dogs to the King and Queen of England?" More info →
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