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- June 30, 2008
- Vol. 69
- No. 25
Picks and Pans: Books
A SUMMER AFFAIR
by Elin Hilderbrand
Claire Crispin has it all—acclaim as an artist, a loving husband, cute kids, a house on Nantucket—and then she gets more! Will new love destroy her great life? Hilderbrand's seventh is voyeuristic fun.
THIS CHARMING MAN
by Marian Keyes
He was "the John F. Kennedy, Jr. of Dublin," and he loved and left them all. As the four women in this charming novel tell their tales, what comes through isn't bitterness but the strength that's forged from broken hearts.
THE BEACH HOUSE
by Jane Green
A sweet, uplifting story about an eccentric 65-year-old widow who rediscovers happiness after opening up her seaside home to summer renters.
DIRTY GIRLS ON TOP
by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
The perfect chaser to the Sex and the City movie, Valdes-Rodriguez's romp follows Latina girlfriends trying to find time for dating, jobs and themselves.
NOTHING TO LOSE
by Lee Child
The latest Jack Reacher thriller finds Child's retired-soldier hero uncovering the connections between the secrets of a sleepy Colorado town and a war that's raging overseas. Explosive and nearly impossible to put down.
by Sarah Strohmeyer
About "the power of love ... and dessert" (as the jacket copy describes it), chick-lit queen Strohmeyer's latest features a meddling but well-meaning mom, star-crossed lovers and a baking class. What's not to like?
by Julie Kramer
In this snappily paced debut thriller, TV reporter Riley Spartz tries to stop a serial killer who's targeting women named Susan. Truly scary, no matter what your name is.
by Ted Sorensen
Take a break from escape-lit and delve into the fascinating autobiography of John F. Kennedy's impossibly eloquent speechwriter. You'll feel smart—and nostalgic—by Election Day.
by Ethan Canin
Status, money and politics intersect in this ambitious tale of a 1970s yard boy who becomes entangled in the web of a powerful New York family. Canin, bestselling author of The Palace Thief, is at the top of his game.
SO LONG AT THE FAIR
by Christina Schwarz
A midwestern couple struggle with a crisis in their marriage, circa 1963. Schwarz's emotional acuity and multilayered storytelling make this one spellbinding.
THE FILM CLUB
by David Gilmour
What happened when the author let his son drop out of 10th grade—as long as he agreed to watch three movies a week with Dad? Read Gilmour's quirky, irreverent memoir and see.
STAND THE STORM
by Breena Clarke
The River, Cross My Heart author returns with an affecting story about two freed slaves living in Washington, D.C., before the Civil War, struggling to stay alive—and help others escape—in a land that won't protect them.
THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE
by David Wroblewski
It's the must-read of the summer: an enthralling literary saga about a mute Wisconsin teen and his eerily intelligent dogs on the run after a death in the family. All that, plus echoes of Hamlet.
by Isabel Fonseca
With humor and a sure hand, Fonseca (author Martin Amis's wife) writes about a journalist who—after 20 years of marriage—finds a love letter to her husband from another woman.
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