SUMMER READS

by Derrick Baker and Kimberly Webster

Whether you’re vacationing by the sea or spending lazy days at home, these new page-turners will help you beat the heat. To help you navigate our selections, the books have been arranged into four categories; Historical Fiction, Memories, Thrillers and Family Life Fiction.

Historical Fiction

There There by Tommy Orange

This multigenerational novel tracks the history of Native Americans and the way the past has affected the current generation. As 12 individuals make their way to the Big Oakland Powwow, they reflect on their reasons for attending as well as the history that has brought them there. Telling a rare story of Native American heritage, Orange’s debut novel is one that will have a major impact on its readers. Release date: June 5.

Girl With a Gun: An Annie Oakley Mystery by Kari Bovee

Inspired by the exciting adventures of Annie Oakley, Kari Bovee’s debut novel, brings readers face-to-face with the legendary sharpshooter. After being offered a position in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Oakley is thrilled that she’ll finally get the chance to save her family’s farm. Then tragedy strikes in the form of two mysterious murders and she begins to question if she is the cause of these senseless crimes. Wanting to clear her name and solve the who-done-it, Oakley sets out on a courageous journey. What follows is a thrilling tale about a determined young girl and her quest for the truth. Release date: June 19.

Memories

Old in Art School by Nell Irvin Painter 

Shocking everyone in her life, Nell Irvin Painter returns to art school in her sixties. This inspiring memoir about following your dreams makes important observations about age, gender and a life in transition. For anyone who needs a pick-me-up, this memoir will give you hope that it’s never too late to pursue your passion and accomplish your goals. Release date: June 19.

Calypso by David Sedaris

If you’re looking for an assortment of amusing short stories, Calypso is the book to pack in your beach bag. An author who always makes us laugh, Sedaris’s latest release is chock-full of comedy about getting older and realizing the changes that come along with aging. Unlike any of his former story collections, this release takes readers along into his deepest thoughts and the accompanying fears about what lies ahead. Release date: May 29.

Thrillers

Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle

Kat Jenkins never envisioned that her son would go missing when she sent him off on an overnight school trip, but this mother’s nightmare will become a reality. As the search for her son continues, Kat meets Stef, another mother who proves to have unexpected ties to her son’s disappearance. Discovering that the two can only trust each other, Kat and Stef join forces to bring young Ethan home before it’s too late. Release date: June 26.

She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Michele Campbell’s novel is set at a quaint, conservative New England boarding school but when a murder is committed, everyone begins to question what’s really going on in this prestigious academy. Twin sisters Rose and Bel find themselves pitted against one another when the school manages to create a dangerous rivalry between them, and the wife of one of the school’s teachers begins to question her husband’s whereabouts . Full of dark secrets that surround a vicious murder, this thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. Release date: July 31.

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 not intended for her, but figures that the skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased where something is very, very off about this strange situation, and the inheritance is at the center of it. This new release from Ruth Ware is guaranteed to give you the chills in the summer heat. Release date: May 29.

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

All Frances wants is to fit into her new world of academy snob moms and spoiled children. However, when her overweight son is involved in a scandal that rocks the entire school, she finds that making friends with the other moms may not be possible after all . . . that is until she meets Kate Randolph. Kate is beautiful and everything Frances is not, but the two forge a new friendship based on their mutual dislike of the other moms at school. The plot thickens when one of these women is hiding the fact that they’re actually a murderer, threatening their friendship forever. Release date: July 10.

Family Life Fiction

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson

Kate Reddy is about to turn 50, and as her children become difficult teenagers and her husband begins to enter his own midlife crisis, she realizes that she no longer wants to just hold the title of “mother.” In this novel from bestselling author Allison Pearson, Kate begins her mission to get back to the top of the hedge fund she founded while finding a way to juggle all of her other responsibilities. A book that both mothers and working women alike certainly can relate to.  Release date: June 5.

My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

David Hedges’s life is slowly unraveling, and in this new novel, he reconnects with his ex-wife and daughter in ways that he hadn’t expected. As the three prepare to get their 17-year-old Mandy into college, they have to relearn how to all live under the same roof and get the most out of the somewhat awkward situation. A hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking narrative about one family’s search for happiness makes for a good read. Released on May 8. : :