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Summer reading for every genre lover

Whatever your favorite genre, summertime is the best time to dive into a good book. Check out these new 2021 releases, and get ready to soak up the sun while you enjoy a summer reading adventure. 

BIOGRAPHY 

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 by Fredrik Logevall
This volume spans the first 39 years of JFK’s life—through his decision to run for president— to reveal his early relationships, his formative experiences during World War II, his ideas, his writings and his political aspirations. In examining these pre-White House years, Logevall shows us a more serious, independently minded Kennedy, whose distinct international sensibility would prepare him to enter national politics at a critical moment in modern U.S. history. 

ROMANTIC COMEDY 

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Two estranged friends from the same small town try to reconnect over the course of one fateful week, in Emily Henry’s “People We Meet on Vacation.” Poppy hasn’t spoken to Alex in two years, but now she’s proposing they revive their old tradition of vacationing together. To her surprise, he agrees. But now Poppy only has one shot at rescuing their relationship...and just seven days to do it. 

FANTASY

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
Amnesiac Joe Tournier’s first memory is of stepping off a train in the 19th-century French colony of England, with the only clue to his identity a century-old postcard of a Scottish lighthouse. Written in illegal English instead of French and signed only with the letter M, Joe is certain that the person who wrote the postcard knows him. The search for M will drive Joe from French-ruled London to rebel-owned Scotland and finally onto the battle ships of a lost empire's Royal Navy. In the process, Joe will remake history…and himself.

NONFICTION (Business)

What Am I Supposed to Say?by Dr. Joyce Gillie Gossom
Using the words of authors, movie and television characters, as well as others who inspire us to be our best selves, Dr. Gossom looks at these words through the lens of transformative leadership and creates an opportunity to have a conversation with those who come to us for guidance and wisdom.

POETRY

The Life by Carrie Fountain
In elegant, colloquial language, Fountain observes her children dressing themselves in fledgling layers of personhood, creating their own private worlds and personalities, and makes room for genuine marvels in the midst of routine. Attuned to the delicate, fleeting moments that comprise a life, these poems offer a guide by which to navigate signs and symbols, and to pilot if not the perfect life, the only life we are given. 

MYSTERY

21st Birthday by James Patterson
When a young wife and mother goes missing with her baby girl, all eyes are on her husband, who paints her not as a missing person but a wayward wife—until a gruesome piece of evidence turns the investigation criminal. While a reporter pursues the story and a medical examiner harbors theories that run counter to the police, an ADA sizes the husband up as a textbook domestic offender...who suddenly puts forward an unexpected suspect. If what he says has even a grain of truth, not a woman in California is safe from the reach of an unspeakable threat. 

SCIENCE FICTION 

Infinite by Brian Freeman
One rainy night, the unthinkable happens: Dylan Moran’s car plunges off the road into a raging river, drowning his beautiful wife. Afterward, Dylan experiences sudden, strange visions: Wherever he goes, he’s haunted by glimpses of himself. Then, he runs into a psychiatrist who claims he’s her patient, who’s been undergoing a unique hypnotherapy treatment built on the idea that with every choice he creates an infinite number of parallel universes. Now those universes are unlocked―and Dylan’s doppelgänger has staked a claim to his world. Can Dylan use these alternate realities to get a second chance at the life that was stolen from him? Or will he lose himself…to himself? 

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