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Great Summer Reads

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

While not your typical, light, romantic summer novel, Difficult Women is a short story collection about various women’s experiences. As the author of the novel, An Untamed State, and an essay collection entitled Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay has gained critical acclaim over the past few years. This book proves to be a testament to the world we live in, where what it means to be a women is re-defined every day.(photo courtesy of amazon.com)

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

This novel recounts the story of a dysfunctional family on vacation, which can only mean one thing-chaos. It’s a quick but fun read, and the beachy destinations described throughout the book are a great way to escape a summer in the city. So, pick up this book if you want to be whisked away to the islands and read about some relatable family drama.(photo courtesy of sarahsbookshelves.com

From Rockaway by Jill Eisenstadt

This debut novel from Jill Eisenstadt follows a close group of teenagers as they navigate life after high school. One goes to college while the others get jobs and spend their days working and nights partying. Something big happens when they all meet up for a reunion keg-party. Read the book to find out what happens!

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The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

If you’re a fan of mysteries, than pick this book up on your way to the beach (or garden)! When a young 13 year old girl is found unconscious in a communal garden in London, the community denies they had any part in the affair. This leads to an investigation that uncovers some serious secrets about the London neighborhood. Not everything is what is seems in this mysterious novel.(photo courtesy of www.simonandschuster.ca)


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