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Summer Reads 2014

Critically acclaimed, award-winning YA books for Pride Month

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One of the (many!) great things about Pride Month falling in June is getting out of school, kicking back and enjoying a book at the beach, pool or in a lazy hammock strung between trees. An additional pleasure is finding literature that you can relate to, which was once quite challenging for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth. Fortunately, there are more outstanding YA reads available than ever before and we have some terrific, critically praised page-turners here for you that will launch your summer of sun-soaked bliss. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster) This coming-of-age novel received no less than five literary awards, including the Stonewall Book Award,…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Revealing biographies of Hillary Clinton, Robert E. Lee and Mariano Rivera

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Love revealing memoirs and biographies? We’ve got you covered. Our picks include Hillary Clinton talking about Benghazi, baseball’s greatest relief pitcher opening up about his rise to greatness, and the surprisingly progressive views of General Robert E. Lee. What better summer diversion is there than being invited inside the lives of people who intrigue us? Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon and Schuster, June 10) Following her run for the presidency in 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton expected to return to the Senate and serve the state of New York. Instead, to her surprise, newly elected President Barack Obama asked her to serve his administration as America’s 67th Secretary of State. In this eagerly awaited book, the former First Lady…

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Patti Callahan Henry shares the book that changed her life

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Sometimes a book will enter my life at the exact moment that I need it, and I know when this happens because I see a circumstance differently or my heart is changed by the story. Yet other times a book settles inside me and works its magic slowly, so it is only later, even years later, that I see its impact on my life. Beach Music by Pat Conroy is just such a book. I read Beach Music in the mid-90s and it quickly became one of my favorite books. To this day, when I am asked for a list of my favorite books, I always include this novel. It wasn’t until lately that I understood its influence in my…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Red-hot romance turns up the heat

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What could be hotter for a summer read than a sizzling romance? Whether you prefer yours foamy like a cappuccino, hot and dark like an espresso or invigorating like an old fashioned cup of Joe, a good romance beats caffeine as a summertime pick-me-up. And just like a tasty iced coffee on the deck, it’s hard to stop at just one. So fill your cup then get your fill of these passionate tales. Sure to melt your ice and your heart. The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs (Harlequin, July 1)  There’s a reason why Wiggs is a #1 New York Times bestselling author—she knows how to deliver a deeply satisfying story. In The Beekeeper’s Ball Wiggs takes us back to…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Literary classics in the making

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What is it about summer that makes us want to lose ourselves in the pages of the newest novel? Fans of literary fiction looking for the books that will transport them to other lands, or introduce them to intricate characters and complex relationships, should look no further than this list of new books hitting stores—and the beach—this summer.   Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo (Houghton Mifflin Harcout, May 6) D’Erasmo’s newest novel is narrated by musician Anna Brundage, who at 44 is launching a comeback, returning to her music and her life on tour one more time to try to salvage the career she struggled so hard to achieve. During her European tour, Anna revisits scenes from her bohemian childhood, in…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Swoon-worthy looks at art, fashion and style

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If spring is the season of rebirth, then summer is the time to sit back and enjoy the beauty around you. Whether it’s art, fashion, or just the lovely sound your ice makes when it clinks in the glass, this is the season for appreciating the little things. So why not invest in some quality books filled with beautiful art? Thankfully there are plenty of truly unique style, art and design books coming out this summer. Here are a few of the best: The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions by Edwina Ehrman (V&A Publishing, June 24)  There are few articles of clothing as iconic as the wedding dress, and this book traces its origins – from the 1700s,…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Chilling mysteries to beat the summer heat

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It’s hot. You’re sweaty, even sitting next to the pool or on a blanket on a nice beach somewhere. Luckily, your bag—and if you’re like so many of us at BookTrib, your reading material outweighs everything else—is full of opportunities to escape the oppressive temperatures with some good, old-fashioned suspense, the kind that makes cold sweat run down the back of your neck. These six thrilling summer reads will be like ice cubes to your nerves. Just remember, BookTrib is not responsible for any sleepless nights. Suspicion by Joseph Finder (Dutton, May 27) The moral of Finder’s adrenaline-fueled ride is simple: don’t accept money from strangers. Especially large sums of money from very powerful, and very shady, men. Single dad…

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