With plenty of holiday weekends and long, lazy days, summer is the perfect time to lose yourself in a good book. But what should you pick up first? We’ve got a few suggestions that will keep you engrossed and entertained all the way through August, including a true crime thriller that’s made the news, a coming-of-age story about a girl dealing with the after effects of Vietnam, and a contemporary tale of marriage and incarceration.
Obsessed with the Golden State Killer, McNamara scoured through three decades of police reports and interviews. With a new suspect recently apprehended thanks to DNA evidence, this well-researched narrative of terror couldn’t be more timely.
Hannah’s new novel takes place in 1970s Alaska, where a 13 year-old Leni finds herself dealing with a new town and a father forever shaken by the Vietnam War. As Leni adjusts to Alaska, her father’s rage soon threatens everyone who makes this new place feel like home.
Touted as a modern-day “The Handmaid’s Tale,” this title creates a world where women find they have a new gift; they can send out power from their fingers to kill. With this new power brings a new spin on religion, politics and the role of women in society.
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are faced with a seemingly impossible beginning to their marriage. While staying at a hotel, Roy is falsely accused of raping a woman and is sentenced to 12 years in prison. Celestial tries to support her husband from outside but ends up finding comfort in the couple’s friend, Andre. A contemporary (and heartbreaking) tale of race and marriage.
Raised in a strict Mormon family in rural Idaho, Tara Westover is barely taught to read before her family forces her into hard work. Tara endures abuse and dangerous incidents before her brother encourages her to leave their abusive home to find further education. Tara pulls herself up enough to get into college and finds herself in a world she never expected.
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