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Essential Fiction Books for Your Summer Reading List

Step into stories that will bring you to other places, whisk you to other eras, and immerse you in the lives of unforgettable characters. Find your next great beach read, including suspense, romance, and literary fiction.

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    Great Circle Book Cover Picture

    Great Circle

    by Maggie Shipstead

    An unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost—this book spans Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art.

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    Great Circle Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.95

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    Hell of a Book

    by Jason Mott

    Jason Mott’s Hell of a Book is an astounding work of fiction that is always honest, at time electrically funny, and goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans, and America as a whole.

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    Hell of a Book Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty

    by Lauren Weisberger

    From the bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, comes a highly entertaining, sharply observed novel about sisters, their perfect lives…and their perfect lies. One little lie. That’s all it takes. For the illusions to crack. For resentments to surface. Suddenly the grass doesn’t look so green. And they’re left wondering: will they have what it takes to survive the truth?

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    Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    While Justice Sleeps

    by Stacey Abrams

    While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.

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    While Justice Sleeps Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Friends from Home

    by Lauryn Chamberlain

    Jules O’Brien and Michelle Davis have been best friends since third grade, but is a shared history enough to carry their friendship through a lifetime? Disarming and wildly relatable, this novel is perfect for anyone who knows the complex love we have for our friends from home. It will have you calling the Michelle to your Jules immediately to discuss.

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    Friends from Home Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Highway Blue

    by Ailsa McFarlane

    A hypnotic debut of broken love on the run, Highway Blue is a story of being lost and found—and of love, in all its forms. Written in spare, shimmering prose, it introduces the arrival of an electrifyingly singular new voice.

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    Highway Blue Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.00

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    China Book Cover Picture

    China

    by Edward Rutherfurd

    China: The Novel brings to life the rich terrain of this vast and constantly evolving country. From Shanghai to Nanking to the Great Wall, Rutherfurd chronicles the turbulent rise and fall of empires as the colonial West meets the opulent and complex East in a dramatic struggle between cultures and people.

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    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    The Guncle

    by Steven Rowley

    A warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer. With humor and heart, The Guncle is a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even the most trying of times.

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    The Guncle Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Family Reunion

    by Nancy Thayer

    Eleanor, a longtime Nantucket resident, is trying to make the best of a lonely summer. Her spirited granddaughter, Ari, is learning what she wants out of life. Together they make exciting connections, old and new, over the course of an unpredictable, life-changing few months, and learn to lean on each other through every new challenge they face in life and love.

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    Family Reunion Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Songs in Ursa Major

    by Emma Brodie

    Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, Songs in Ursa Major pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many female artists must face: What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams?

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    Songs in Ursa Major Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    The Damage

    by Caitlin Wahrer

    When a small-town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own? Exploring elements of doubt, tragedy, suspense, and justice, The Damage is an all-consuming and propulsive read.

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    The Damage Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Angel & Hannah

    by Ishle Yi Park

    In this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet, Hannah, a Korean American girl from Queens, New York, and Angel, a Puerto Rican boy from Brooklyn, fall in love in 1990s New York City. In this sweeping, unforgettable story, Hannah and Angel are determined to protect their love against all odds.

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    A Burning

    by Megha Majumdar

    Megha Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic.

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    A Burning Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Vanishing Half

    by Brit Bennett

    The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing.

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    The Vanishing Half Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Old Drift

    by Namwali Serpell

    On the banks of the Zambezi River, an Old Drifter makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. As the generations collide and converge over the course of the century, their lives—their triumphs, errors, losses, and hopes—emerge through a panorama of history, fairytale, romance, and science fiction.

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    The Old Drift Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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