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Summer Reading 2011

Summer Reading 2011

At, summer means that it's time for us to share some great book picks with our Summer Reading Contest and Feature. From May 31st through July 27th, we spotlighted a different title from Monday thru Thursday, offering a daily contest. Still in the mood for summer reading? Then check out our nearly three dozen suggestions!

Always Something There To Remind Me by Beth Harbison - Fiction

Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she'd already found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin - Historical Fiction

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash --- whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts' --- suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham and married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.

Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann - Fiction

A literary sensation, this extraordinarily candid novel about the experience of growing up female in America will strike a nerve in readers of all ages.

Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Woods - Memoir

A young woman follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo apes-who teach her a new truth about love.

Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago - Historical Fiction

An epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure by the author of the bestselling memoir WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN.

Daughters of the Revolution by Carolyn Cooke - Fiction


In 1968, a clerical mistake threatens the prestigious but cash-strapped Goode School in the small New England town of Cape Wilde. After a century of all-male, old-boy education, the school accidentally admits its first female student: a brilliant, outspoken, 15-year-old black girl whose arrival will have both an immediate and long-term effect on the prep school and everyone in its orbit.

The Diary by Eileen Goudge - Fiction

When two grown daughters discover their mother's diary in her attic, they are stunned to learn her true love was not their father.

Escape by Barbara Delinsky - Romance


Lawyer Emily Aulenbach finds herself working for a company she doesn't believe in, her marriage is suffering a major disconnection, and her entire existence is tied to her technological gadgets. Finally she can't take it anymore and runs away. Is there any hope of getting her previous life back on track? Or must she abandon the whole thing?

Faithful Place by Tana French - Mystery

Tana French's  In the Woods and The Likeness captivated readers by introducing them to her unique, character-driven style. With Faithful Place, the highly praised third novel about the Dublin Murder squad, French takes readers into the mind of Frank Mackey, the hotheaded mastermind of  The Likeness, as he wrestles with his own past and the family, the lover, and the neighborhood he thought he'd left behind for good.

French Lessons by Ellen Sussman - Fiction

A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor, learning about language, love and loss as their lives intersect in surprising ways.

Games To Play After Dark by Sarah Gardner Borden - Fiction

When Kate and Colin meet at a party in Manhattan, their connection is electric. They marry quickly, moving to the suburbs, and in the light of day they seem like any young couple. But the games they play after dark are far from routine.

The Gap Year by Sarah Bird - Fiction


The dreams of a mother, a daughter and a father collide in this novel of humor, emotional fireworks, and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Hotwire: A Maggie O'Dell Novel by Alex Kava - Thriller

Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction from the author of the bestselling debut novel COMMENCEMENT.

If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster - Fiction


Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, IF YOU WERE HERE follows Amish-zombie-teen-romance author Mia and her husband Mac through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying --- but always funny process --- of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John Hughes's movies made famous. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings, Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - Science/Biography

Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave 60 years ago. Yet her cells --- taken without her knowledge --- became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy.

The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller - Fiction

Meet Billy Gertz: a fiercely independent playwright, whose newest drama imagines the story of a man waiting to hear if his estranged wife has survived a cataclysmic event. As her life touches three other unforgettable characters, Billy's play --- the emotion behind its genesis and its powerful performance --- forms the thread that binds them all together. A moving love story and a tale of connection and loss, THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED is Sue Miller at her dazzling best.

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes - Fiction

When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing --- not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan - Fiction

Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction from the author of the bestselling debut novel COMMENCEMENT.

Nocturne: A Haunting Story of Forbidden Love by Syrie James - Paranormal Romance


When Nicole Whitcomb's car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger.

Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure by Beth McMullen - Thriller

A former U.S. spy turned stay-at-home mother of a toddler tries to find a most elusive work-life balance when the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction) decides it desperately requires her services again, and calls her back into the field.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender - Fiction

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the slice.

Pearl of China by Anchee Min - Historical Fiction

In the small southern China town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the 19th century, two young girls bump heads and become thick as thieves. Willow is the only child of a destitute family. Pearl is the headstrong daughter of Christian missionaries-and will grow up to become Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize-winning writer and activist. This unlikely pair becomes lifelong friends, confiding their beliefs and dreams, experiencing love and motherhood, and eventually facing civil war and exile. PEARL OF CHINA brings new color to the remarkable life of Pearl S. Buck, illuminated by the sweep of history and an intimate, unforgettable friendship.

Pretty Little Things by Jilliane Hoffman - Thriller

Thirteen-year-old Lainey Emerson is the middle child in a home police are already familiar with: her mother works too much and her stepfather favors his own blood over another man's problems --- namely Lainey and her wild older sister, Liza.

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman - Fiction

A rich and rewarding story of love, loss, and the power of family from the bestselling author of BAD MOTHER and LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS.

Savor the Danger by Lori Foster - Romantic Suspense

She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø - Mystery


It is Oslo in November, and the first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Antihero police investigator Harry Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother --- and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall.

Something for Nothing by David Anthony - Fiction

Martin Anderson has a racehorse, a deep-sea fishing boat, a vacation home in Tahoe, and a Caddy in the garage. But his life is in freefall.

Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin - Fiction

Over the course of one eventful summer, nine-year-old native Mainer Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon, a privileged girl "from away," become best friends.

The Summer of Us by Holly Chamberlin - Women's Fiction

The little beach house has a rickety porch and no closets, but the location is unbeatable --- close to a gorgeous shoreline and the best nightlife on Martha's Vineyard.

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews - Fiction


Ellis, Julia and Dorie, who have been best friends since grade school, now find themselves in their mid-30s and at the crossroads of life and love. A month renting an old beach house in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what each of them needs. But will this month in a summer rental steer them on the path to happiness and forgiveness?

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster - Romantic Suspense

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme --- until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley - Fiction

A widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford leads a quiet, private life. When the pastor of her close-knit church announces his plans to move the entire congregation to another state, Miranda jumps at the opportunity to dissolve ties with Mason Chandler and his controlling method of ruling his flock. But then Mason threatens to unearth secrets from her past, and Miranda feels trapped, terrified she'll be unable to protect her children.

When You Dare by Lori Foster - Romantic Suspense

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped --- and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.

You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz - Thriller


Mike Wingate seems to have it all in Gregg Hurwitz's latest nail-biter --- a devoted wife, a beautiful daughter, a growing company --- until shadowy figures from his past begin emerging and force him to protect his family at any cost.