5 Sizzling Summer Reads
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July 2013
Written by
July 2013

Five Sizzling Summer Reads

Now that it’s finally summer, who isn’t looking for their next beach read? Here are five great summer books you should definitely take with you on your time in the sun.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud


Follow Nora Elbridge, an elementary school teacher who had all but given up as she lives life as the “reliable friend upstairs,” on the edge of the achievements of others, without focusing on happiness for herself. But when she meets her new student, Reza Shahid, and his glamorous family, her life takes a dangerous turn as she puts her own beliefs and life to protect her newfound family.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Starting back in the summer of 1974, follow the journey of six summer camp friends through 30 years of their lives and see how intensely 30 years can change a person’s passions, dreams, and friendships.

 Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

The third book in Pochoda’s mystery series takes readers on a ride through a different side of New York City. Solve the mystery of a missing girl in the neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and follow the effects that one girl has on the entire community, even among the massive anonymity of New York City.

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle


Fall in love with young Sadie Randolph, a third grade teacher who tells the stories of the old so they will be remembered once they’ve passed, and learn all the hidden strengths, weaknesses, and secrets of the residents as McCorkle manages to find hope and laughter in death, and point out all the blessings and wisdom that come from a good life lived, not lost.

 The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett


A lost love sparks an old bookseller’s obsession in an old Shakespeare forgery of his wife’s image. Take a trip through literary history with Peter Byerly to find his wife’s spirit.

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