5 Great Summer Reads

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If you love to find a socially distant spot in a park and read during the summer, we have some great recommendations for you! Whether you like a page turning thriller, a commentary on our society, a female empowered narrative, we have a suggestion for you! Keep reading to find out more.

The cover of the novel The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
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The Vanishing Half 

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennet, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller about identical twin sisters who run away at age 16 from the southern, black neighborhood they grew up in. Years later, one of the twins moves back home with her daughter while her twin has been living a life passing as a white woman with a family of her own. What happens when the daughters of the twins lives intersect? I guess you will have to read to find out! 

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The Guest List

The Guest List by Lucy Foley is Reese Witherspoon’s book pick of June and is one of the best thrillers of the summer! A wedding is held off the coast of Ireland, and all seems perfect until a body is found. Suddenly, everyone on the guest list becomes a suspect. Who did it? This page turner will keep you guessing until the very end. 

Cover of book Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin
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Happy And You Know It

This book by Laura Hankin centers its plot around a struggling musician, Claire, who finds herself the newest musical entertainment for an infant play group on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Quickly, Claire finds herself wrapped up in a world of wealth, Instagram famous moms, and secrets. When certain secrets reveal themselves, will this tightknit group of mothers remain friends?

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All Adults Here

This novel by Emma Straub was an instant New York Times Best Seller, that has been optioned for a TV series. Astrid Strick, mother to three grown children, begins to question if she was the parent to her children she thought she had been. With a comedic, but truthful tone, Straub is able to examine sibling relationships, the unfortunate responsibilities and truths of being an adult and all that comes along with family dynamics. 

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Big Summer

This fun summer read by Jennifer Weiner centers around Daphne and Drue, once best friends who had a fight six years ago that ended it all. But, when Drue approaches Daphne to be her maid-of-honor at her elaborate Cape Cod mansion wedding, Daphne finds herself tempted by the lure of single men and a seaside weekend escape. A story about female friendships, family, and life in the age of social media, Big Summer is a great summer beach read! 

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