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Speaking of Books: 5 New Books to Read This Summer

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Summer is for book lovers! If your idea of the perfect summer vacation is finding a great new read, Reference Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett have selected five new books to consider for your summer-reading getaway.

animated graphic of flying booksThere is no one definition of a great summer book. Dive into a breezy beach book, discover a critically acclaimed literary novel, or chill out with the latest thriller. Whatever you choose, your summer read should be able to sweep you away to another world, real or imagined. Here are five new titles that critics, librarians and readers are talking about this summer:

Emma Straub’s The Vacationers is perfect vacation reading, combining the warm-weather locale of the Spanish island of Mallorca with the lively, complicated drama of an American family’s two-week vacation to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation. The novel offers a humorous but heartfelt portrayal of intricate dynamics of family life in the midst of change.

All the Light We Cannot See by the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Beautifully written, with stunning imagery, this novel captures the sights and sounds of wartime while focusing on the innate goodness of the major characters.

Chevy Stevens’ latest psychological thriller That Night is a riveting tale of secrets, betrayal, heartbreak, and ultimately, redemption with an unexpected twist. Returning home after serving time for the wrongful conviction of her sister's murder, Toni Murphy struggles to reacclimate and avoid parole violations while her boyfriend, who was also wrongly convicted, resolves to clear their names.

One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You, is a warm-hearted, “opposites attract” love story. The novel has an ensemble cast of colorful characters ranging from a single mom and her tortured Goth teen and gifted daughter to the technology millionaire whose vacation house she cleans. Each character's story is independent, yet they all come together, creating an exceptional novel about family, trust, and love.

Faceoff, edited by David Baldacci, is a one-of-a-kind anthology that brings together the most beloved characters from the most popular thriller series today. In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling thriller writers have paired their series characters in an eleven story collection.

Stop by or call the Reference Desk for more suggestions about what to read this summer. Tell the librarians about what you enjoy reading too - they love to talk about books with book lovers like you! Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett to recommend your favorite summer reads. In the coming weeks, the Librarians will suggest additional popular books to enjoy and include some suggestions from Garden City residents.


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