Courtney is the Associate Director of Digital and Social Marketing for Penguin Young Readers Group where she has worked for 10 years.

 

 

 

 

 

The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove

The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove

Classic middle grade fantasy.  I devoured this book. If you like Phillip Pullman, you will love The Glass Sentence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too, by Anna Dewdney

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too, by Anna Dewdney

From Anna Dewdney, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Llama Llama books comes Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too.  This is the perfect book for Father’s Day (or anytime of year). My daughter wants to read this book every night!

 

 

 

 

Everything Leads to You, by Nina Lacour

Everything Leads to You, by Nina LaCour

I love everything by Nina LaCour and Everything Leads to You is no exception.  Heartfelt and touching.  Nina is the real deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Rocks!, By Tom O'Donnell

Space Rocks, by Tom O’Donnell

A terrifically funny middle grade novel.  The first in a series, this book is perfect for reluctant readers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erin

Erin Galloway is an Associate Director of Publicity and Marketing for Berkley/NAL.  Erin is a self-proclaimed romanceaholic who is lucky enough to make a living falling in love with great books and telling other people why they should love them too.

 

 

 

 

 

Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Everyone is fascinated by the Arrows in Nalini’s Psy-Changeling series, including me, her publicist!  I loved going “behind the curtain” and learning more about the Psy and this particular type of psychic talent.  The men and women who are Arrows may not have emotions, but they have an unshakable core of honor and loyalty that makes them so much more than just a military force.  I was captivated by the characters Nalini created and incredibly moved by seeing one of them truly understand what it is to love for the first time.

 

 

 

Air Bound, by Christine Feehan

Air Bound by Christine Feehan

Christine has always had a way with writing families.  This series is magical not just because the heroines and their heroes each have magical abilities, but because of the love, friendship, loyalty and humor that she is able to weave into their relationships.  I come away from each book feeling like I have made new friends.  And I am always eager to return to the mystical town of Sea Haven in the next installment.

 

 

 

 

Fall From India Place, by  Samantha Young

Fall from India Place by Samantha Young

Samantha Young is known for her emotional and sexy romances and she delivered on every level in this beautiful story of love rediscovered.  Hannah Nichols fell in love with bad boy Marco D’Alessandro as a teenager, but he broke her heart.  Seeing Marco return as an emotionally mature, confident and sexy adult is breathtaking.  He truly woos Hannah as every woman wants to be wooed, proving to her that he wants to build a future with her and that together they can face any obstacle, including the pain of their shared past.

 

 

 

Devil’s Game, by Joanna Wylde

Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde

Think Romeo and Juliet with about fifty times the sex appeal!  Em, daughter of a Reaper’s MC president, falls for Liam “Hunter” Blake, a high-ranking member of the Devil’s Jacks, a rival motorcycle club.  Liam and Em know they should stay away from each other and their attraction has already put both of them in danger, yet somehow they can’t walk away.  But is either willing to put their loyalty to each other above loyalty to their club?  Gritty, action-packed, emotionally-charged and flat-out sexy, this book will take you on a roller coaster!

 

 

 

I Want to Hold Your Hand Green Mountain Book Two, by Marie Force

I Want to Hold Your Hand by Marie Force

I fell in love with this series from the moment I realized there was a town moose!  Marie has created a cast of characters I know, love and root for.  Seeing young widow Hannah slowly open herself back up to love again after the devastating loss of her husband was poignant, romantic and so satisfying.  Plus, the men in Hannah’s family are a total hoot!

 

 

 

 

The Accidental Duchess, by Madeline Hunter

The Accidental Duchess by Madeline Hunter

I love a rich, passionate and intelligent historical romance and I know I can always count on Madeline for a satisfying story.  I also love a lady who isn’t afraid to write a bawdy tale.  Unfortunately, Lady Lydia Alfreton finds herself blackmailed as a result of the manuscript she wrote.  And who doesn’t love watching a proper duke fall in love with the woman he once disapproved of.

 

 

 

 

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Farin

Farin Schlussel works in the marketing department at Gotham Books and Avery, where she has encountered map thieves, scientists, strong librarians, delicious recipes, and lots of dog and cat photos. When she’s not hanging out at her local library, where everyone greets her like Norm from Cheers, she enjoys seeing Broadway shows, watching British TV, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and catering to the whims of her mischievous cocker spaniel.

 

 

The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife

The Coconut Oil Miracle, 5th Edition, by Bruce Fife

My favorite thing about The Coconut Oil Miracle is that it takes this “it” ingredient beyond the kitchen. For example, did you know that coconut oil also makes a great insect repellent, sunburn treatment, and diaper cream? Or that it promotes healthy skin and hair? Yes, there is so much more to coconut oil than Zico Water.

 

 

 

 

Budget Bytes by Beth Moncel

Budget Bytes, by Beth Moncel

How do I love thee, Budget Bytes? Let me count the ways… Actually, there are too many to count, but to narrow it down: every recipe I’ve made, be it from the book or the blog, has been super easy and absolutely delicious, and, yes, inexpensive. However, my favorite thing about the book is not the extra money in my pocket; thanks to Beth’s nutritionist background, all the dishes contain fresh ingredients, so I feel good about what I make, even if I do sometimes eat it straight out of the pot. Budget Bytes is a staple in my kitchen and should definitely be one in yours!

 

 

Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons

Success Through Stillness, by Russell Simmons

I’m a born and bred New Yorker with a gold medal in power walking, so it’s pretty difficult for me to slow down. Luckily, there’s hip hop mogul and master entrepreneur Russell Simmons, who, with the nickname Uncle Rush, is crafted from the same mold, but who found stillness and success through meditation. His new (and New York Times bestselling) book shows how meditation can lead to success and outlines different methods of meditation so you can find the one that’s right for you. I’m a big fan of chair meditation, which can be done pretty much anywhere.

 

 

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly Mcgonigal

The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal

Let’s be honest, we all want to exercise a little more willpower in some area of our lives. In The Willpower Instinct, Kelly McGonigal gives the reader all the tools to achieve that goal and also shows why willpower is important. I particularly like that Kelly doesn’t advise going cold turkey when giving up a habit, but to take it in small steps instead. I also like that she tells it like it is; when she spoke at the Random House Open House in November, she very bluntly stated that just saying you want to change is not enough, you have to really mean it and take action. (On a completely unrelated note, not only is Kelly smart, she’s also a theatre nut like me, which raises her level of cool exponentially.)

 

Operation Beautiful by Caitlin Boyle

Operation Beautiful, by Caitlin Boyle

Every time I think about this book, I break out in a huge grin. I love the idea of women empowering other women by leaving post-it notes emblazoned with words of encouragement like YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL in the places that tend to affect our self-esteem the most – bathroom mirrors, gym lockers, etc. Body image is so skewed in our society, and the messages in this book are so inspiring.

 

 

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Mia

Mia Garcia has worked for Penguin for 5 crazy years. She also runs Facebook.com/DestinationElsewhere, which you should totally join.

 

 

 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke 

I could go on for hours about Between the Devil: its rich atmospheric language, its seductive yet infuriating characters, its complicated romances…I LOVE IT. The novel follows Violet White’s life in a crumbling estate as eerie and grim things start to happen. Could they be tied to the mysterious new tenant that has taken residence in her guesthouse? Does it matter when that tenant is a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who’s crooked grin makes you want to kiss him? (The answer is maybe, guys, maybe) Tucholke’s debut novel is addicting and seductive and I highly recommend it.

 

Paper Valentine, by Brenna Yovanoff

Paper Valentine, by Brenna Yovanoff 

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful community is killing girls. Oh and did I mention that her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and has been haunting Hannah’s life ever since, pushing her to investigate the string of murders? There’s also the must-stop-thinking-about-him delinquent Finny Boone who keeps popping up into her life. The combination of a slow-burning mystery and blossoming romance make Paper Valentine a complex tale of love and death and is one of my favorites from Yovanoff yet!

 

 

Sweep- Book of Shadows, The Coven, and Blood Witch Volume 1, by Cate Tiernan

Sweep series, by Cate Tiernan 

I love the SWEEP series so much I keep a set in my office just to give away to people whenever they are looking for a quick, addicting read. Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical 16-year-old girl until a romance with a guy named Cal reveals that she is a witch – a very, very powerful witch, which of course means secrets, trouble and talk of soul mates. It’s impossible to explain how addicting this series is, once you start you’ll devour book after book.

 

 

 

Vampire Academy Box Set 1-6, by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy Series, by Richelle Mead 

Richelle Mead knows how to spin an addicting series. SHE KNOWS. From the Vampire Academy series to the current Bloodlines series, her books are fast paced and hard to put down. Though I love both series, I want to recommend the series that started it all: Vampire Academy. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. I know, I know, vampires are so 90s, 00s, etc WHO CARES THIS SERIES IS AWESOME. And Rose is kick-butt and makes mistakes and often punches people in the face before having a conversation. The series is well written, filled with action, strong female friendships, romance and mystery.  What more do you want?

Dark Currents - Agent of Hel, by Jacqueline Carey

Dark Currents, by Jacqueline Carey

Dark Currents was such a fun romp! I read the first two books in less than a week and can’t wait for the third in the series. It follows the day-to-day life of one Daisy Johanssen, hellspawn and local enforcer to the ancient deity living underneath her town, as she struggles to keep the human and the…not so human from destroying each other and the town. Dark Currents reminded me a lot of the earlier Sookie Stackhouse books with its humor and quick pacing. It’s an excellent start to what will surely be a treat of a series.

 

 

 

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Danielle

Danielle Stockley is an Associate Editor at Ace and Roc Books. You can find her opinions about books and science and stuff on Twitter @D_Stockley.

 

 

 

 

 

The Golden City, by J. Kathleen Cheney

The Golden City, by J. Kathleen Cheney

If you like historical mysteries, if you like romantic fantasy, even if you just like rich, detailed storytelling, then check out The Golden City. Set in Portugal at the turn of the last century, it tells the story of Oriana Paredes, a siren and spy living in a country that has banned her people from setting foot on its shores. Her search to find a murderer will set Oriana in the path of police consultant Duilio Ferreira, a man whose family is hiding a secret of its own. Find out why Library Journal named this one of the best five science fiction/fantasy books of 2013.

 

 

 

The Grim Company by Luke Scull

The Grim Company, by Luke Scull

The Grim Company manages the neat trick of dropping a group of mostly despicable stock fantasy characters into the middle of a war where entire city populations are merely collateral damage, with the end result being a lot of fun. As well as copious amounts of gore. Author Luke Scull isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel here. Instead, he takes all the wheel’s best features (So round! What spokes!)  and then pushes said wheel downhill at breakneck speed directly toward a cliff.

 

 

 

Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds

Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds

The universe is big. Really, really big. And also very old. No one does a better job if instilling these facts in a reader than Alastair Reynolds in Revelation Space.  Imagine investigating a culture that disappeared 900,000 years in the past, or trying to coordinate a mission when your most recent information is thirty years old and it will take you another sixty to travel to your ultimate destination. Then also imagine some amazingly cool weapons systems and a menacing threat to all humanity and you’ve got this first book of Reynolds’ Revelation Space series. Fun fact: while you and I have frittered away our lives, Mr. Reynolds found the time to become an author and an astrophysicist.

 

The Necromancer’s House, by Christopher Buehlman

The Necromancer’s House, by Christopher Buehlman

If I told you that The Necromancer’s House was about a wizard living in modern-day New York you might stop me and say you’ve heard this sort of thing before. But you haven’t. Andrew may be a wizard, but he’s also a recovering alcoholic hamstrung by his own vanity, and he lives in New York, upstate, where life is relatively quiet. Usually. But something Andrew did in the past is working its way back toward him and the people he cares about, one extremely violent act at a time.  This is a story about deeply flawed people that features a truly unique magic system and owes as much to horror as it does to contemporary fantasy. Fans of both should enjoy it.

 

 

Blood Oranges by Caitlin R. Kiernan writing as Kathleen Tierney

Blood Oranges, by Caitlin R. Kiernan writing as Kathleen Tierney

Utterly profane, unflinchingly honest, and undeniably funny are how I would best describe this sardonic twist on urban fantasy.  Don’t-you-dare-ever-call-me-Siobhan Quinn was just your average street junky until the day she was bitten by a werewolf and a vampire in the same night. Now the doubly-gifted (or twice-damned) Quinn is trying to track down who set her up. If only she could stop eating the suspects. Expect to be offended and entertained in equal measures

 

 

 

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Elda

Elda Rotor is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Director for Penguin Classics.  When she’s not overseeing the US Classics editorial program, she’s helping you memorize Yeats on your smartphone.

 

 

 

Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit

Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit

If you were granted a wish that lasted through sunset, what would you wish for?  A timeless and tempting proposition here, played out in Nesbit’s charming story of five siblings and the adventure and chaos that ensues. The Penguin Classics Drop Cap edition with Jessica Hische’s whimsical sand-fairy N casts a spell on any reader.

 

 

 

 

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

For a proper spooky tale, you can’t go wrong with Jackson. This is best-read in bed with a flashlight in a big old house. The creakier, the better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persuasion, by Jane Austen

Persuasion, by Jane Austen

It’s true what they say about reading classics at different ages and the changes in one’s reading experience.  Persuasion is one of my favorite Austens, with its deep reflection on love, longing and loss. All I can say is: we should all get back to letter-writing.

 

 

 

 

 

The Portable Thoreau, by Henry David Thoreau

Portable Thoreau                

While we await the new Portable Emerson edited by Jeff Cramer later this year, we can dip into its perfect Portable companion for the writings of Thoreau, who is probably the #1 most mentioned author that inspires Classics intern interviewees.  Walden & Co. continue to speak to the post-grad set and the rest of us.

 

 

 

 

The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry

The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry

Aside from the Penguin Classics Annotated Listing, this is the book I refer to most frequently and from which I gain so much. Edited by Rita Dove, these are the contemporary voices of America, with poems as diverse, dynamic, explosive, energized, meditative, haunting, and beautiful as our lives can be.

 

 

 

 

An Organizer's Tale, by Cesar Chavez

An Organizer’s Tale:  Speeches, by Cesar Chavez

After returning from Salinas, CA where we celebrated the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath at the Steinbeck Festival, I’m drawn to rereading Cesar Chavez’s historic speeches chronicling his civil rights leadership in support of fair wages, benefits, and humane working conditions for thousands of farm workers.  Powerful, relevant, and timely still.

 

 

 

 

Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

These days, it’s all about mindfulness, and Siddhartha’s journey is a personal favorite of several Penguin colleagues. To be in this world gladly, each finds her own path, and this is a wonderful guide.

 

 

 

 

 

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Laura

Laura Perciasepe is an Editor at Riverhead Books. She acquires and edits a wide range of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and works in translation. Originally from Baltimore, she now lives in Brooklyn.

 

 

 

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid

I cried at the end of this book so you know it’s good. This is Gatsby-ish in its scope; the tale of a young impoverished boy in an unnamed Asian city, on the rise, of course. There’s a love story, a story of success and failure, a family story, all bound up in this remarkable journey, both intimate and universal. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s short yet packs an unbelievable punch.

 

 

 

 

The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

I know this word is over-used in describing good books, but this book is truly stunning. A work in translation that has won accolades across the globe, this novel begins with a hippo escaped from a Colombian drug lord’s derelict zoo and doesn’t let up from there. It’s a page turner, a monumental story of politics and family, love and violence.

 

 

 

 

Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby

I love all of Nick Hornby’s books but this recent one has a special place in my heart. It’s classic Hornby, full of complicated relationships, humor, sweetness and sadness, and music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

This is the book I’ll be recommending all summer and I only regret that I read it myself before beach season! Emma Straub takes us on a trip to Mallorjca with a New York family that feels very familiar in its dysfunctions and in its bonds. It’s a keenly observed story with heart (that also looks great on your Instagram with its vibrant cover).

 

 

 

 

Margot, by Jillian Cantor

Margot, by Jillian Cantor

This is a what-if story about Anne Frank’s sister Margot, if she had escaped the war and come to America, living here in the 1950s as her sister became a cultural icon of hope. A psychologically sophisticated novel about sisters, memory, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive – this book became a house favorite at Penguin and it’s un-put-downable (that’s a real book publishing term, promise!).

 

 

 

 

The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano

The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano

This is another book in translation that I couldn’t recommend more – a completely unique voice and love story that transfixed me when I read it and has stayed with me long after. It’s about two Italian teenage misfits, the mathematics of humanity, recovery from trauma, and love.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eliza

Eliza Rosenberry is a Publicist at Blue Rider Press where she began her career in 2012. Originally from Massachusetts, she graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in English. She can be found wherever books and snacks are available.

 

 

 

This Town, by Mark Leibovich

This Town by Mark Leibovich

I love opening an issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine and seeing a new piece by Mark Leibovich. He’s the magazine’s Chief National Correspondent and writes sharp, critical, and thoughtful profiles of political figures (many of these profiles will be collected in his upcoming book Citizens of the Green Room - stay tuned!). This Town, which we published last summer in hardcover and this year in paperback, is an insider-y take on everything that’s wrong with Washington D.C.: in a nutshell, that the politicians, lobbyists, and media in our nation’s capital are way too friendly with each other. Mark is a hilarious writer and even though it paints a pretty depressing picture, This Town is so much fun to read. And the paperback edition has a new afterword, with updates on the Post-#ThisTown era.

Love & War

Love & War by James Carville and Mary Matalin

James Carville is a Democrat and Mary Matalin is a Republican, and they’re political consultants, and they’re married. I would have a hard enough time dating someone who didn’t like the same TV shows as me, let alone such a fundamental difference as political beliefs — especially when it’s also your career. But James and Mary have somehow made it work, and they speak candidly about their twenty years of marriage in Love & War. They also write about returning to Louisiana (where James is from) after Hurricane Katrina and working to rebuild the city of New Orleans — those passages are my favorite.

 

 

The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings

The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings (on sale 6/17/14)

The Operators, Michael Hastings’s book about General Stanley McChrystal and the war in Afghanistan, was published on January 5, 2012. I remember because it was my third day as an assistant at Blue Rider Press and Michael was the first author I’d ever worked with. He was most famous for getting McChrystal fired with a Rolling Stone profile; his reporting was refreshing, exciting, and brave. But Michael died tragically in a car accident a year ago, and it was a shock for all of us who had read his writing, experienced his talent and energy, and anticipated a long and prolific career. The Last Magazine is Michael’s debut novel, discovered in his files after his death: a hilariously funny account of a young journalist in the early 2000s trying to find his footing in a changing media landscape, and informed by Michael’s own experiences. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to read a new piece of his writing, this time fiction – but still with Michael’s signature insight, humor, and perspective.

 

Blowback, by Valerie Plame and Sarah LovettBurned, by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett

Blowback and Burned (10/21/14) by Valerie Plame

Valerie Plame is a former covert CIA operative whose identity was exposed (and her career was therefore ended) by the Bush administration. After writing a memoir, appearing often as a CIA expert on TV and on speaking tours, and moving her family out to New Mexico, Valerie is now writing a spy thriller series. Co-written with Sarah Lovett, BLOWBACK and BURNED star Vanessa Piersen, a covert CIA operative who travels the world and focuses on anti-nuclear proliferation, keeping her assets safe, and having secret affairs with other agents. Valerie is incredibly smart and charming, and her professional expertise is on every page of these books.

Acid Test LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal, by Tom Shroder

Acid Test by Tom Shroder (on sale 9/9/14)

Ever since this book was presented at our launch meeting last year, I’ve been itching to get my hands on a galley. Journalist Tom Shroder has written a history of psychedelics, and how the drug MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy) has been used to effectively treat PTSD, especially in returning military personnel. I had no idea (until this book) that more than 500,000 veterans suffer from PTSD.  Shroder’s reporting is phenomenal and his sources — including a veteran whose PTSD is under control thanks to MDMA therapy — are fascinating.  If weed was the big drug story of 2013, this book could do the same for psychedelics in 2014. And it doesn’t hurt that the cover is awesome.

 

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Jess

Jess Renheim is an Associate Editor at Dutton. She graduated from Middlebury College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, who is patiently trying to teach her Swedish.

 

 

 

 

The Keeper of Lost Causes, by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

I have a soft spot for Scandinavian crime fiction, and Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of my favorites to emerge from the increasingly popular genre. His first Department Q novel, The Keeper of Lost Causes, has a propulsive, expertly crafted plot involving one of Copenhagen’s coldest cases, but what distinguishes the series for me is Adler-Olsen’s dark humor and memorable cast of characters, particularly Detective Carl Mørck’s assiduous and quirky sidekick Assad.

 

 

 

The Secret Place, by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French

The fifth Dublin Murder Squad novel by Tana French certainly doesn’t disappoint. I am continually amazed by French’s ability to deliver an engrossing, clever mystery plot and the kind of nuanced, astonishing characters and powerful relationships in which I can’t help but feel deeply invested. Detective Stephen Moran, last seen in Faithful Place, takes center stage here alongside Det. Antoinette Conway, a pariah in the Murder Squad, as the two attempt to unravel the secrets and relationships amongst two rival groups of teenage girls at a private boarding school.

 

 

Fear Nothing, by Lisa Gardner

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner

It’s easy to see why Lisa Gardner has been called “the master of the psychological thriller” after reading Fear Nothing.  Joining Detective D.D. Warren at the center of this dark, riveting novel are two sisters: Dr. Adeline Glen, a psychiatrist specializing in pain management yet born with a congenital insensitivity to pain; and Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen and has been incarcerated ever since. Connected by a terrible legacy, Adeline and Shana Day are compelling female characters with emotional resonance, and their shared past hurtles them—and the reader—forward to the novel’s shocking conclusion.

 

 

Lexicon, by Max Barry

Lexicon by Max Barry

I loved this incredibly inventive, mind-bending thriller about a secret society devoted to exploiting the power of words. A shadowy organization known as the Poets trains promising young candidates to control people’s minds and to wield words as weapons. With rich dialogue, sympathetic characters, and sustained suspense, Lexicon is a highly entertaining, fast-paced read.

 

 

 

 

The Wicked Girls, by Alex Marwood

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Dark, thought-provoking, and chilling, The Wicked Girls is a psychological suspense thriller that intersperses a contemporary serial-killer storyline with the accounts of two eleven-year old girls—now grown and rehabilitated—who were convicted of murdering a toddler in 1986. Filled with clever plot twists and anchored by two complex, believably drawn female protagonists, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

 

 

 

 

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The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

 

Emma Straub, is the author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. Her latest, newly released book The Vacationers, is novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca. Emma shares some of her favorite vacation book recommendations to kick off your summer. What is on your summer reading list?

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The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

Because summer camp is the greatest, and Wolitzer is one of our national treasures.

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Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim

Because it’s fun to hang out with grumpy British ladies on vacation in Italy!

 

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Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead

Because rich people have problems too! Will make you want a lobster roll.

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Sag Harbor, by Colson Whitehead

Because it’s hard to be a nerdy teenage boy. Will make you want a ice cream cone.

 

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The Great Man, by Kate Christensen

Because not all vacation books need to be about vacations. Sometimes they can be hilarious and wise books about old people.