by Alice Elliott Dark
Agnes and Polly grew up together, summering each year at Fellowship Point in Maine. Though they took different paths as adults, the two have remained lifelong friends. Now in her eighties, Agnes, a successful author, is being pressured to write a memoir and working on a plan to save the area from developers, but is facing difficulties convincing Polly, who would prefer to leave it to her children. This is a story of friendship, capitalism and the patriarchy, the lives of women, relationships with the land, and so much more. It’s an excellent choice for readers of women’s fiction, authors like Elizabeth Strout and book clubs of all sorts.
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No matter what sort of books you put in your beach tote, you will find something fantastic to read this summer. Fans of thought provoking and creepy horror should check out The Pallbearer’s Club
by Paul Tremblay. Those who prefer romance should check out Honey & Spice
, the debut novel from British author Bolu Babalola. Short story lovers get a treat with a collection from Jess Walter, The Angel of Rome
which Booklist calls “a fizzy delight.”
Nonfiction readers have a not to be missed collection of true crime and true crime adjacent stories about grifters, killers, rebels and crooks from Patrick Radden Keefe, Rogues
. Science readers will want to get their hands on a copy of An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
, from one of the best science writers out there, Ed Yong. A new memoir in essays, Crying in the Bathroom
by Erica Sanchez, offers lyrical and deeply moving musings on the triumphs and painful lows of life.
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by Elissa Sussman
This Book Tok sensation is about a reporter who wrote a profile of the new American James Bond that became a sensation. Her story of an attempt at a basic lunch interview that stretched into a weekend made her writing career. But that weekend also haunted her with the possibilities of what might have been and the assumptions people made. Now a decade later, she’s been asked to profile Gabe Parker again—in fact he specifically requested her to write the story of his comeback after the very public flameout of his career. The book is as entertaining and thoughtful as the heroine, Chani, reviews her life, musing on fame and success. Recommended to romcom readers and fans of women’s fiction.
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