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This summer, whether you are on the sand, on the grass, in a park, in a plane, in a (paddle) boat or at home, whether you are on holidays or just on lunch break: these are the books we recommend to you.

 

The Vacationers: A Novel

by Emma Straub

"Delicious . . . richly riveting . . . The Vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, made substantial by the exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents...


The Matchmaker

by Elin Hilderbrand

A touching new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand in which a woman sets out to find love for those closest to her - before it's too late.

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had...


Elizabeth Is Missing

by Emma Healey

In this darkly riveting debut novel, a sophisticated psychological mystery, one woman will stop at nothing to fiFInd her best friend, who seems to have gone missing. . . . 

Despite Maud's growing anxiety about...


The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

by Heather O'neill

An enchanting story of twins, fame, and heartache by the much-praised author of Lullabies for Little Criminals

Heather O’Neill charmed readers in the hundreds of thousands with her sleeper hit, Lullabies...


Mr Mercedes

by Stephen King

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours,...


What Would Lynne Tillman Do?

by Lynne Tillman & Colm Toibin

Here is an American mind contemplating contemporary society and culture with wit, imagination, and a brave intelligence. Tillman upends expectations, shifts tone, introduces characters, breaches limits of genre...


Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend

Broken Hearts & Revenge #1

by Katie Finn

In Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn, Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence....


My Salinger Year

by Joanna Rakoff

Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of...


My 1980s and Other Essays

by Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays

Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as “an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between...


Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

by Patricia Lockwood

A breathtaking new collection from one of today's boldest and most adventurous poets

Colloquial and incantatory, the poems in Patricia Lockwood's second collection address the most urgent questions of our time,...


The Beginner's Guide to Living

by Lia Hills

Seven days after his mother dies in a sudden, senseless accident, seventeen-year-old Will embarks on a search for meaning that leads him to the great philosophers—Plato, Seneca, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche—and...


A Paris Apartment

by Michelle Gable

Bienvenue à Paris!

When April Vogt's boss tells her about an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been discovered after being shuttered for the past seventy years, the Sotheby's continental furniture...


The Summer Invitation

by Charlotte Silver

When Franny and her older sister, Valentine, are summoned by their aunt Theodora from foggy San Francisco to sunny New York City for one summer, they are taken to timeless locales like Bemelmans Bar and the...


Cutting Teeth

by Julia Fierro

One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2014, Cutting Teeth takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children...


The Bridesmaids

by Eimear Lynch & Hanya Yanagihara

"An entertaining beach read… [and] a nice way to provide your besties with reading material for the bachelorette weekend."—Lauren Conrad

WHAT DO A FORMER FASHION MODEL, AN EX-NUN, AND A FRAT BOY HAVE IN COMMON?...


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

PEN/Faulkner Award 2014

by KarenJoy Fowler

"A gripping, bighearted book." -Khaled Hosseini

Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award

One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2013 and named by The Christian Science Monitor as one of the...


The Contrarians

by Gary Sernovitz

A bold and insightful novel detailing a young Wall Street analyst's fall from grace

Chris Kelch is at the top of his game, one of Freshler Feld's rising stars. At only twenty-eight, he's one of the highest-rated...


The Haunted Life: and Other Writings

by Jack Kerouac & Todd F. Tietchen

The once lost work of Jack Kerouac is published in full for the first time.


What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir

by Kristin Newman

A funny, sexy, and ultimately poignant memoir about mastering the art of the "vacationship." 

Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends' weddings and baby showers....


The Possibilities: A Novel

by Kaui Hart Hemmings

From New York Times bestselling author Kaui Hart Hemmings comes the highly anticipated follow-up to The Descendants.

IN THE IDYLLIC SKI TOWN of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months...


The Heiresses

Heiresses #1

by Sara Shepard

You know the Saybrooks. Everyone does. Perhaps you've read a profile of them in People or have seen their pictures in the society pages of Vogue. Perhaps while walking along that choice block on Fifth Avenue,...


Black Lake

by Johanna Lane

A debut novel about a family losing grip of its legacy: a majestic house on the cliffs of Ireland.

The Campbells have lived happily at Dulough--an idyllic, rambling estate isolated on the Irish seaside--for...


Mrs. Hemingway: A Novel

by Naomi Wood

The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story . . .

Paula McLain's New York Times-bestselling novel piqued readers' interest about Ernest Hemingway's romantic life. But Hadley was only one of four women...


Friendship

by Emily Gould

A novel about two friends learning the difference between getting older and growing up

Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at thirty, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is a Midwestern...


Eyrie

by Tim Winton

Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

An exhilarating new book from Australia’s most acclaimed writer

Tim Winton is Australia’s most decorated and beloved literary novelist. Short-listed twice...


The Lemon Grove

by Helen Walsh

“Walsh’s pacing is brilliant, her writing a combination of William Trevor and Erica Jong, as she fearlessly explores the complexities and nuances of a woman surprised by her own feelings…. Gripping…..Can...


The Three

by Sarah Lotz

Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he's right?

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within...


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