Best Summer Reading 2012, Part 2

August 21, 2012

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to read through the first group of 2012 Best Summer Reading. This second group contains a lot of books that were released in July, many of which still have holds on them. Put a hold on what looks good and then come in and check out the display for great books to read while you wait for your copy of the hottest book of the summer: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

        If you like staying up late into the night turning pages…

The 500 by Matthew Quirk
Former con artist and Harvard Law student , Mike Ford, accepts a position with the DC-based The Davies Group whose specialty is navigating the web of power and corruption by pulling strings for the top 500 most powerful people inside the Beltway.

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
When a random act of violence plunges him into a nightmarish world, Henry Steadman, a successful surgeon accused of murdering two people, must clear his name and discover who is trying to destroy him in order to save himself and his family.

Broken Harbor by Tana French
In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher’s haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood. By the Edgar Award-winning author of In the Woods.

Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
A continuation of the events in The Glass Rainbow finds Dave Robicheaux in a New Orleans recovery unit, where he is introduced to a country blues song by a Creole girl whose subsequent disappearance prompts his search for the girl’s sister against a backdrop of a bayou-threatening oil well rupture in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
When the body of a woman is found beneath Michelangelo’s dome, Gabriel Allon is summoned by Monsignor Luigi Donati to secretly investigate this mysterious death that has been ruled a suicide–a case that brings about an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions.

The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman
In 17th-century New Amsterdam, today Manhattan, 22-year-old trader Blandine von Couvering and British spy Edward Drummond investigate the mysterious disappearance of orphan children.

Tigers In Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
Old secrets are revealed and lives become unraveled when the children of a well-heeled New England family discover the body of a murder victim near Tiger House, their estate on Martha’s Vineyard.

        If you like your fiction from days gone by…

The Absolutist by John Boyne
In September 1919, 21-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to the sister of a man he fought alongside of during World War I, but the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit.

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
A historical love story inspired by the author’s Armenian heritage finds early 20th-century nurse Elizabeth Endicott arriving in Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to genocide refugees, a volunteer service during which she exchanges letters with an Armenian engineer and widower. By the best-selling author of Midwives.

Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle’s grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship.

        If you like your fiction right out of today’s headlines…

Gold by Chris Cleave
Sharing a close friendship and rivalry throughout their Elite training, world-class athletes Zoe and Kate find the limits of their physical and emotional realities tested on the eve of London 2012, where they consider difficult sacrifices and weigh their senses of mortality. By the author of the best-selling Little Bee.

A Hologram For The King by Dave Eggers
A struggling American businessman travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city with the hopes of securing a contract that will earn him a commission large enough to stave off his economic woes and hold his family together.

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia’s Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.

         If you like to laugh a little, cry a little…

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
Believing she is realizing her dreams when her sitcom is bought, television writer Ruth Saunders finds her happiness threatened by demanding actors and executives as well as an unrequited crush on her boss and her septuagenarian grandmother’s upcoming wedding.

Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
In the South Carolina Lowcountry, three generations of a family–a grandmother, a mother, and a son–discover the indelible power of love as they share a memorable summer on Sullivan’s Island.

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
Possessing a Harvard education and all of the accoutrements of a privileged life, Winn Van Meter attends the wedding of his eldest daughter, which is scandalized by the bride’s advancing pregnancy, her sister’s broken heart and the seductive machinations of wedding party members.

Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer
When fabricated aspects of their picture-perfect world are embarrassingly exposed by a car accident, Sunny Mann, an everyday woman longing for an ideal life; and Maxon, her savant astronaut husband, struggle through blame and fear before confronting realities about their deep bond.

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Follows the lives of four high school students, their friends, and families after a fatal car accident on graduation night on Nantucket has lasting repercussions for everyone involved.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Jolted out of emotional numbness by a letter from an old friend who wants to say goodbye before she dies, Harold Fry embarks on a 600-mile hiking journey to his friend’s side without supplies, an endeavor that stirs up memories of his unhappy marital and parenting experiences.

You & Me by Padget Powell
This hilarious novel, from a master of American fiction, follows two garrulous men as they, sitting and talking on a porch, argue about love and sex, how best to live and die, false truisms, the meaning of nihilism and the merits of Miles Davis, Cadillacs and Hollywood starlets of yore.

        If you liked the first one then you’ll like the sequel even better…

The Shadow Of Night by Deborah Harkness
In Elizabethan London, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop seeks a magical tutor, while vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of the enchanted manuscript Ashmole 782 deepens.