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Summer Reading 2016

All summer long, we at have been sharing some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Feature. While our series of 24-hour contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at our featured titles for some sizzling summer reading ideas.

- Click here to see the winners of our 2016 Summer Reading Contests.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2015

Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 33 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2015, while 11 others won a selection of three of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2015's Bets On selections.

Bill Clegg, author of Did You Ever Have A Family

On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke --- her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.

Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg

September 2015

When I first conceptualized “ Bets On,” my goal was to give notice to books that might slip under your radar. I decided that Bill Clegg’s novel, DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY, would be a Bets On selection last December when I tore through it over the holidays. I was just wild about it. Since then, it has been longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. I think being a Bets On selection pales next to those honors.

Week of May 16, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of May 16th include WILDFLOWER, a portrait of Drew Barrymore's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges and incredible experiences she’s had throughout her life; THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF AMERICA AT WAR, in which historian Kenneth C. Davis brings to life six emblematic battles, revealing untold tales that span our nation's history --- from the Revolutionary War to Iraq; THE SCARLET GOSPELS, which takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Clive Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time; and DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg, a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy.