Friday, August 10, 2012

Best Book Bets - 6/19/12

Summer reading time is here.
That doesn’t just meaning required school lists (though we got you covered in that department as well), it’s time for literary escapes, drama, romance, fantasy and a little suspense. Enjoy!

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
Can a summer be complete without a seasonal released by this sparkplug of writer? Rather than another in her “number” series, Janet gives us a follow up to Wicked Appetite for our beach bag. This Lizzy and Diesel yarn combines Janet’s knack for mystery woven into a tale of the fantastic. A Harvard professor is murdered who is somehow linked to the long sought after Luxuria Stone. We are taken through the catacombs beneath Boston on the investigators’ quest, all the time avoiding a nefarious brood of medieval badness.
What snarky fun!

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Just in time for the summer NY Times bestseller J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the lauded Commencement, returns with a perfect beach read teeming with local references. The three Kelleher sisters reunite at the family beach house, both swimsuits and personal baggage packed. Join them in all their love, anger and frustration with one another as they contend with a family secret no one speaks of. Whip-smart dialogue, sense of place and the opportunity to wallow in another family’s dysfunction for a change makes this a satisfying read. Pass the sunscreen!
The World Without You by Joshua Henkin
The locale is now The Berkshires over the course of the Fourth of July weekend when, yes, another clan’s multiple dramas unfold as they all get together to attend a family memorial for Iraq veteran. Unlike the hard-to-warm-up-to characters of Jonathan Franzen, Joshua gives us people to care about and fret over. A study of the bonds of family; those that keep us together and the ones that wears on us. A splendid summer read for the lover of literature.
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
Want another New England read? Maggie Shipstead's debut novel covers a wedding weekend on an island just off our coast. The father prepares to give away his already pregnant daughter and the mother has planned every detail of the wedding only to have a cast of unpredictable characters upset them. How the plans go array forms the main story line of provides the reader with a casual and fun read.
Young Adult Release

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
What could be scarier than a Zombie apocalypse? What about teen angst running amuck? While one girl welcomes the end of the world, her peers cling to life. Together they discover that some monsters aren’t the undead. Author of the edgy YA favorite Some Girls Are throws her hat into the horror genre with the Brat Pack meets the Living Dead. This intense this intense novel that makes all the right moves, be it in the teen romance department or just in scaring your flip flops off.

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