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Summer Reading 2019: July Prize Books

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Summer Reading 2019: July Prize Books

Summer will be here before you know it! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We will be hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through August 23rd, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win. We also will be sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.
 
See the prize books being awarded in May, June and August.
Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton - Memoir


BODY LEAPING BACKWARD is the haunting and beautifully drawn story of a self-destructive girlhood, of a town and a nation overwhelmed in a time of change, and of how life-altering a glimpse of a world bigger than the one we come from can be.   

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis - Historical Fiction


The Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers and poets who have called it home --- a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship and even their freedom.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center - Fiction


Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there's her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, who won't let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before.

In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark - Fiction


Based on a true story, this gorgeous new novel follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in an art scandal --- involving newly discovered van Goghs --- that rocks Germany amidst the Nazis’ rise to power. 

Inland by Téa Obreht - Fiction


In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life --- her husband and her elder sons. She is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West.

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess - Fiction


In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed "Book Party" --- where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson - Thriller


Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it --- teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited 15-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

Temper by Layne Fargo - Fiction


After years of struggling in the Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira Rascher finally lands the role of a lifetime.However, it means working with Malcolm Mercer, a mercurial director who’s known for pushing his performers past their limits, onstage and off. Kira’s convinced she can handle Malcolm, but the theater’s cofounder Joanna Cuyler is another story. Joanna sees Kira as a threat to her own thwarted artistic aspirations, her twisted relationship with Malcolm, and the shocking secret she’s keeping about the upcoming production.

Under Currents by Nora Roberts - Fiction


Zane Bigelow feels like a prisoner of war at home in North Carolina. Zane and his sister know there's something terribly wrong with his parents, a successful surgeon and his stylish wife. He counts the years, months and days until he can escape from his father's violent outburts and his mother's complicity in all of it. In fear for his life, he plays along with the insidious lie that everything is fine. One brutal, shattering night finally reveals cracks in the façade, and he begins to understand that some people are willing to face the truth, even when it hurts.

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber - Fiction


When a single mom becomes an empty nester, she spreads her wings to rediscover herself --- and her passions --- in this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

You've Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel by Laurie Gelman - Fiction


If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it. She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.