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Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
ANDREWS
When the dream job she has pursued all her adult life suddenly disappears, an ambitious journalist returns to her family's small-town newspaper before witnessing a car accident that ends the life of a local war hero.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
BENNETT
Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
CENTER
When her estranged, ailing mother asks her to move to Boston, firefighter Cassie Hanwell becomes the only woman in her new firehouse, where she faces discrimination, low funding, and her unwanted attraction to a fellow firefighter.
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
CHA
In Seoul, South Korea, four young women make their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies and K-pop fan mania.
The Second Home by Christina Clancy
CLANCY
Inheriting their family’s Cape Cod summer home years after long-term estrangement, two sisters are reunited by a man with a legitimate claim to the property who would set the record straight.
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
CLARK
Working for months on a plan to escape her secretly violent husband, Claire impulsively swaps airline tickets with a stranger also on the run before a fateful accident compels her to assume the other’s identity.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
HENRY
An acclaimed but blocked literary master and a best-selling novelist who has stopped believing in true love agree to a summer-long writing project that challenges them write well in each others’ styles.
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
HILDERBRAND
A tale inspired by the film, Same Time Next Year, that follows a man’s discovery of his mother’s long-term relationship with the husband of a Presidential frontrunner.
The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman
MICH SHIPMAN
Moving to Grand Haven with her traumatized veteran husband, Abby bonds with her reclusive next-door neighbor over a shared love of flowers that they cultivate together, discovering hope and healing along the way.
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
SITTENFELD
A novel of what-might-have-been follows Hillary Rodham as she takes a different path, blazing her own trail — one that unfolds in public as well as in private — and one that crosses paths again and again with Bill Clinton.
The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe
THORPE
In a novel of love, violence and friendship in the California suburbs, privileged teen Bunny Lampert befriends in-the-closet rebel Michael, who lives on the other side of the tracks.
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
WEINER
Six years after a fight ended their friendship, Drue Cavanaugh walks back into Daphne Berg's life with a massive favor to ask -- she wants Daphne to be the maid of honor at her summer wedding.
Sunrise on Half-Moon Bay by Robyn Carr
ROM CARR
A contemporary woman navigates her journey from a devoted parental caregiver to a person capable of embracing her own joy in the face of hardship.
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
ROM GUILLORY
Going against her better judgement, LA lawyer Olivia Monroe secretly starts dating a hotshot junior senator until their romance is made public and her life falls under intense media scrutiny, jeopardizing everything.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
ROM LAUREN
When her twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding, maid of honor Olive, accompanied by her nemesis, the best man Ethan, assumes the role of a newlywed on a Hawaii honeymoon before unexpectedly falling for her companion.
The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis
ROM SHALVIS
Returning to her Wildstone hometown in the aftermath of a latest heartbreak, Brynn discovers that her tough but chronically ill rival, Kinsey, is actually her half-sister, before agreeing to a summertime relationship with a childhood crush.
The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne
ROM THAYNE
Returning to her northern hometown to care for her estranged mother, an unfulfilled career woman reflects on the cycles of addiction and enabling that ended her sister’s life and orphaned her niece.
HumanKind by Rutger Bregman
HISTORY BRE
Challenges popular conceptions of an innately selfish human race to offer new historical and evolutionary perspectives that argue humans are more hardwired for kindness, cooperation and trust.
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
HUMOR IRB
A new collection of humorous and edgy essays from the author of "Meaty" and "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" that highlight the ups and downs of aging, marriage and living with step-children in small-town Michigan.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
TEEN ACEVEDO
An evocative novel in verse by the National Book Award-winning author of "The Poet X" follows the experiences of two grieving sisters who navigate the loss of their father and the impact of his death on their relationship.