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Staff Picks for Summer Reading 2018

Book cover of Uncommon Type: Some Stories Uncommon Type: Some Stories
by Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen short stories and includes four tales featuring a small-town newspaper column called “Our Town Today with Hank Fiset.”( Alfred A. Knopf publishing)
Book cover of The Neighborhood: A novel The Neighborhood: A novel
by Mario Vargas Llosa,
One day Enrique, a high-profile businessman, receives a visit from Rolando Garro, the editor of a notorious magazine that specializes in salacious exposés. Garro presents Enrique with lewd pictures from an old business trip and demands that he invest in the magazine. Enrique refuses, and the next day the pictures are on the front page. Meanwhile, Enrique's wife is in the midst of a passionate and secret affair with the wife of Enrique's lawyer and best friend. When Garro shows up murdered, the two couples are thrown into a whirlwind of navigating Peru's unspoken laws and customs, while the staff of the magazine embark on their greatest exposé yet.( Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Book cover of One House Over One House Over
by Mary Monroe
When their new neighbors turn out to be high-steppin' bootleggers Milton and Yvonne Hamilton, the Watsons plunge headlong into good times and fast living. (Dafina Books
Book cover of Past Perfect: A Novel Past Perfect: A Novel
by Danielle Steel
What's so perfect about the past for Sybil and Blake Gregory, a successful Manhattan couple with three children who land in San Francisco when Blake impulsively accepts the job of a lifetime as CEO of a start-up? The family moves into a grand, surprisingly affordable Pacific Heights mansion and soon meets the affable Butterfield family, who lived there a century ago. Of course the Butterfields are ghosts, and only the Gregorys can see them, but that doesn't keep the two families from leading a charmed life together.( Delacorte Press)
Book cover of Mirror World Mirror World
by Jeremy Robinson
”Crazy has no memory and feels no fear. Dangerous and unpredictable, he's locked away in SafeHaven, a psychiatric hospital. When a mysterious visitor arrives and offers him a way out, Crazy doesn't hesitate to accept. But outside the hospital Crazy is faced with a world on the brink of nuclear annihilation, and finds himself relocated to Neuro Inc., a secretive corporation with strange government ties. When he discovers evidence of human experimentation, he [injects himself] with a syringe, the contents of which are unknown to him but precious to Neuro”-(Thomas Dunne Books
Book cover of Caught Up Caught Up
by Shannon Holmes
Living a very comfortable life with her daughter and husband, Dixyn Greene's life is blown apart when her husband is taken away by the Feds and she must do whatever it takes to maintain her lavish life.( Akashic Books)
Book cover of Love Sick: A Novel Love Sick: A Novel
by Autumn J. Bright
Toni Jones, Charleston's rising radio personality, has everything going for her: beauty, talent, a promising career, and now a handsome, ambitious husband on the move. But when his business fails, his dark side is revealed, leaving Toni to endure a doomed marriage plagued with years of domestic violence, deception, and even murder.
Book cover of Country Girls Country Girls
by Blake Karrington
Welcome to the South, where women are raised to be mothers and wives, and to stand by their men no matter what. It's a place where, if you're a size 8, you're too small. When Niya, the head of MHB decided to put her family's future first, nothing and nobody else mattered. You were either going to stand behind her or be the one standing on the other end of her gun.Will she be willing to risk her and her girls' lives in order to make MHB a dominant force in North Carolina's drug trade?( Urban Books)
Book cover of After Anna After Anna
by Lisa Scottoline
Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie's daughter Anna moves in with them. (St. Martin's Press)
Book cover of The Beach House The Beach House
by Mary Alice Monroe
Caretta Rutledge thought she'd left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother—coming just as her own life is spinning out of control—has Cara heading back to the scenic Low country of her childhood summers. (MIRA Publishing)
Savannah Blues
by Mary Kay Andrew
Meet Weezie (aka Eloise) Foley, a feisty antiques “picker,” banished by her spiteful ex-husband from the house she herself restored in Savannah’s historic district, who must come to terms with a life that has suddenly changed…and not, it, seems for the better.( HarperCollins Publishers)
Book cover of The Girls of August The Girls of August
by Anne Rivers Siddons
For fifteen years, four “girls of August” would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.(Grand central Publishing)
Book cover of The Raspberry Danish Murder The Raspberry Danish Murder
by Joanne Fluke
Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband’s assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross’s car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table. (Kensington Books)
Book cover of Death Wears a Beauty Mask Death Wears a Beauty Mask
by Mary Higgins Clark
A collection of short stories by the “Queen of Suspense” features her first published short story, “Stowaway.”(Simon & Schuster)
Book cover of The Templar Legacy: A Novel The Templar Legacy: A Novel
by Steve Berry
The first of the Cotton Malone series. (Ballantine Books)
Book cover of Three Complete Novels Three Complete Novels
by Dean Koontz
Three complete thrillers by Dean Koontz, The servants of twilight — Darkfall – Phantoms. (Wings Books)
Book cover of Along Came a Spider Along Came a Spider
by James Patterson
Homicide detective Alex Cross tracks down a serial killer
Book cover of Memory Man Memory Man
by David Baldacci
Amos Decker's life changed forever–twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. He was left with a side effect that he can’t forget anything. The second time, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare–his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered. His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. Later on while working as a private detective, he is called back in on another case and takes the opportunity to find out what happened to his family. (Grand Central Publishing)
Book cover of I Left My Heart I Left My Heart
by Debbie Macomber
Contains two novels. A Friend or Two: “Elizabeth Wainwright, an East Coast heiress in disguise, takes a job waitressing at a Fisherman's Wharf café, eager to live a simpler life. One day Andrew Breed–handsome, mysterious and charismatic–walks in. He says he's a longshoreman, but his words and actions don't quite add up. Is Elizabeth falling in love with someone who's pretending to be something other than he claims? Is Andrew?”– No Competition: “Local architect Shayne Reynolds is an art collector, but when it comes to Carrie Lockett he's as interested in the artist as he is in her California landscapes and stunning portraits. The talented and reclusive Carrie, however, rejects his overtures, but she won't tell him why, even though he knows she returns his feelings”—(Harlequin)
Book cover of The Identicals The Identicals
by Elin Hilderbrand
Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha's Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. Just because twins look exactly the same doesn't mean they're anything alike – and Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their whole lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together – or at least appear to – the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart. (Little, Brown and Company)